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Shares of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash rebounded somewhat Wednesday after a pretty ugly day Tuesday. The stock of all three “gig” companies plummeted following the Biden administration’s announcement of a proposed rule that could lead to millions of Americans, including drivers for ride-hailing and delivery services, being classified as workers and not as independent contractors.
While still just a proposal, it would be a big shift if enacted.
Washington should be involved in setting standards for how gig workers are classified, said Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell. Up until now, she said, the federal government has “failed to keep up with the regulations that are needed to meet the changes in the economy.”
Campos-Medina said the rules for gig companies have been largely set by cities and states.
Take California, which has resorted to a patchwork of legislation, court rulings, even a referendum to regulate how the industry classifies workers.
Campos-Medina said having the federal government take initiative matters.
“It raises the standards for everybody,” she said, “for every worker” in a way that many labor activists say is long overdue on other issues like raising the federal minimum wage, which Congress hasn’t done in more than a decade.
Flex, a group that represents eight companies in the ride-hailing and delivery industry, is currently reviewing the government’s approach to refining the status of workers, according to its CEO, Kristin Sharp.
“We’re cautiously optimistic that the proposed rule, if enacted as is, which may or may not be the case, wouldn’t result in significant impact to our member companies’ operations,” she said.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have said reclassifying drivers as workers would require them to change their business models because of rising costs from new benefits and protections for workers.
Any change wouldn’t just affect workers at gig companies, according to Veena Dubal, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It could also impact those “in low-wage sectors that are primarily occupied by immigrants and racial minorities,” including construction, farm, domestic and janitorial work.
Dubal said the Biden administration’s proposal is a start, but doesn’t go far enough.
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Oct 10, 2022 (Alliance News via COMTEX) -- Quadintel's latest global Cybersecurity Insurance market research report gives detailed facts with consideration to market size, cost revenue, trends, growth, capacity, and forecast till 2030. In addition, it includes an in-depth analysis of This market, including key factors impacting the market growth.
The Global Cybersecurity Insurance Market size is expected to reach $32.6 billion by 2028, rising at a market growth of 18.8% CAGR during the forecast period.
This study offers information for creating plans to increase the market’s growth and effectiveness and is a comprehensive quantitative survey of the market.
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Global Cybersecurity Insurance Market Size, Share & Industry Trends Analysis Report By Component, By Insurance Coverage, By Insurance Type, By Organization Size, By End User, By Regional Outlook and Forecast, 2022 - 2028
Cybersecurity insurance plays an important role in banking and financial institutions. Throughout the forecast period, the sector is anticipated to control a sizable portion of the market. Identity fraud is common there and it is one of the businesses that is tightly controlled and governed, which drives up demand. The landscape of every nation's essential infrastructure and business networks is evolving as a result of improvements in information technology, communication technologies, and the smart energy grid. However, as technology advances quickly, so do the hazards that accompany it.
Personal information is valuable, cybercriminals commit crimes where personal data, including credit card numbers, identities, medical records, and other details, is sold on the dark web. It is one of the few things that have caused the demand for cybersecurity to rise. One of the most quickly expanding latest technologies is cloud computing, which has helped to break down traditional IT borders, open up new markets, fuel the mobility movement, and enhance unified communications. To reduce the risks associated with maintaining sensitive data in the current cybersecurity scenario, a variety of IT stakeholders and companies are turning to innovative insurance models.
A wider variety of security controls and technologies would be considered by insurers as the market for cybersecurity insurance continues to develop. As a result, the degree of data sensitivity and an organization's capacity to sufficiently disguise it will be crucial in evaluating the overall risk, which is what is motivating the adoption of new technologies like microsharding. To limit the attack surface and remove data sensitivity, microsharding technology divides data into units as small as one-digit bytes before distributing shards to various locations.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Numerous governments and regulatory bodies have mandated that both public and commercial enterprises adopt new methods for working remotely and upholding social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Since then, several firms' new business continuity plans (BCPs) have been based on digital methods of conducting business. People are increasingly inclined to employ digital technologies due to the widespread usage of BYOD devices, the WFH trend, and the penetration of the internet into every corner of the world. This is driving the demand for cyber insurance measures to protect against the fallout from cyber-attacks.
Market Growth Factors
Use Of Blockchain Technology With Artificial Intelligence (Ai) For Risk Analysis
Among the most latest hot technologies, AI and blockchain are predicted to supply risk analytics solutions increased capabilities and offer up new business opportunities. These technologies' integration with risk analytics programs would help cybersecurity insurance companies with some of their most pressing problems. The development of modern technologies enables quicker transactions and settlements, making it easier for financial institutions and their clients to perform transactions while removing the need for middleman fees. To analyze claims, manage reserves, and provide policy coverage, risk analytics solutions are crucial.
Cyber Liability Insurance Benefits
Organizations are legally required to notify impacted parties in the case of a breach. This may increase the entire cost of a data breach, especially when it comes to security updates, identity theft protection for those affected by the breach, and defense against potential legal action. User data would be protected from cyber criminals by the coverage provided by cyber liability plans for these exposures. compensation for business loss due to disruption. An IT breakdown brought on by a cyberattack can disrupt corporate operations and cost organizations money and time.
Market Restraining Factors
Rising Expenses For Cybersecurity Insurance
One of the main things preventing the cybersecurity insurance market from expanding is the higher price of cybersecurity insurance. Due to the ransomware assaults over the past two to three years, insurance firms have been forced to pay out hefty claims. The expense of recovering the compromised system is substantial, even if the cybersecurity insurance firms do not pay the ransom. To compensate for the increased costs resulting from the extra services, such as aid with data recovery following a ransomware attack, cybersecurity insurance firms are raising the coverage rates.
Based on component, the cybersecurity insurance market is segmented into solutions (Cybersecurity solutions, Analytics Platforms, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity) and services. The services segment witnessed a significant revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. Due to the growing use of technologies like Blockchain and the Internet of Things. Moreover, post-incident services are expected to expand the market. Zurich Cyber Security Services, Aon Cyber Risk Professional Service, Munich Re Cyber Risk Services, and others are a few of the well-known offerings.
Insurance Coverage Outlook
On the basis of insurance coverage, the cybersecurity insurance market is bifurcated into Data Breach and Cyber Liability. The cyber liability segment garnered the highest revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. It is because businesses can purchase a variety of coverage choices under a cyber liability insurance policy to help guard against data theft and other cyber security problems. Every type of business that uses technology to conduct business, from multinational corporations to mom-and-pop shops, is at risk from cyberattacks.
Insurance Type Outlook
By insurance type, the cybersecurity insurance market is divided into Packaged and Stand-alone. The standalone segment witnessed a substantial revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. It is because the demand for solo insurance is projected to increase due to its comprehensive cover policy. The Swiss Re research on personal cyber security insurance predicts double-digit growth for standalone insurance over the next few years.
Organization Size Outlook
Based on organization size, the cybersecurity insurance market is classified into small & medium enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises. The large enterprise segment procured the highest revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. An enterprise with more than 1,000 employees invests heavily in cutting-edge technology to Boost efficiency and productivity. In the highly competitive environment in which their businesses operate, large companies frequently choose cybersecurity insurance solutions and are expected to invest heavily in advanced cybersecurity insurance solutions in the future.
On the basis of end-user, the cybersecurity insurance market is categorized into Technology providers [Insurance companies, third-party administrators, brokers, and consultancies, Government agencies] and Insurance providers [Financial services, Telecom & IT, Healthcare and life science, Retail and Consumer goods, Telecom, Travel, tourism, and hospitality, and Others. The insurance provider segment registered a substantial revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. Due to the vast clientele that the sector serves and the sensitive financial information at risk, the BFSI business is one of the vital infrastructure categories that frequently experience data breaches and cyberattacks.
Region-wise, the cybersecurity insurance market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and LAMEA. The North America region garnered the highest revenue share in the cybersecurity insurance market in 2021. Because North America's economies are stable and well-established, it can make considerable investments in R&D projects, which helps the market for cybersecurity insurance to create new technologies. The market in this area is anticipated to develop significantly due to the presence of the majority of major players in the cybersecurity insurance market.
The major strategies followed by the market participants are Partnerships. Based on the Analysis presented in the Cardinal matrix; Microsoft Corporation is the forerunner in the Cybersecurity Insurance Market. Companies such as Cisco Systems, Inc., Accenture PLC, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. are some of the key innovators in Cybersecurity Insurance Market.
The market research report covers the analysis of key stake holders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Accenture PLC, FireEye, Inc., SentinelOne, Inc., UpGuard, Inc., CYE (Cyesec Ltd.), BlackBerry Limited (CYLANCE), and BitSight Technologies, Inc.
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Recent Strategies Deployed in Cybersecurity Insurance Market
Partnership, Collaboration and Agreement:
Apr-2022: Microsoft came into a partnership with HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services company. Through this partnership, the companies aimed to integrate HCL Technologies? cybersecurity fusion platform solutions and in-depth domain details, to Microsoft?s range of security products such as Azure Sentinel and Microsoft 365 E5, provides companies the building blocks to effectively protect against a vibrant cybersecurity ecosystem.
Feb-2022: SentinelOne formed a partnership with Mandiant, the leader in dynamic cyber response and defense. Together the companies aimed to assist companies to decrease the risk of data breaches and reinforce capabilities to alleviate cyber risks. Additionally, the partnership permits Mandiant?s well-known incident responders to utilize SentinelOne?s Singularity XDR platform to analyze and rectify violations.
Feb-2022: Check Point Software Technologies partnered with Redington India Limited, the largest IT software and products provider in India. Through this partnership, Redington would be a provider for Check Point Software's cybersecurity solutions to SMBs in India, via a 15,000-strong partner network. Additionally, the companies aimed to provide rigid security to the Small and Medium-Sized Business industries in India.
Dec-2021: Accenture came into a partnership with Generali along with Vodafone Business. Through this partnership, the companies aimed to introduce an offering of cyber insurance services straight to Generali 2021 strategic scheme, which aims to strengthen the organization?s position within the SME and corporate sectors and create modular products and precaution services in the property-casualty industry. Additionally, Accenture would provide Generali clients with cyber risk checks and deliver punctual replies to cyber happenings.
Sep-2021: SentinelOne announced Network Detection and Response integration with Arista along with Fidelis Cybersecurity and Vectra. This integration offers protection, unified visibility, automation, and enforcement transiting the business attack surface. Additionally, SentinelOne?s XDR abilities with NDR partners offer a complete cybersecurity strategy. Moreover, the power of autonomous medium improves NDR solutions? capability to detect, avoid, and respond to network threats in real time.
Jan-2021: BitSight formed a partnership with Kovrr, a leader in data-driven cyber risk modeling. Together, the companies aimed to deliver the industry?s most extensive data-driven cyber risk financial quantification solution for the insurance industry. Additionally, BitSight-Kovrr Financial Quantification for Insurance Cyber threat provides cyber insurers the tools needed to create judgments more precisely and confidently about the main spots of the cyber insurance industry such as modeling, underwriting, and suite management.
Aug-2020: Check Point Software Technologies formed a partnership with Claroty, the leader in operational technology. Together, the companies aimed to provide enterprises and essential infrastructure operators the real-time visibility and cybersecurity required to protect industrial control system networks and OT from cyberattacks. Additionally, the integration of Claroty?s Continuous Threat Detection and Check Point?s IoT Protect threat deterrence solution offers industrial consumer safety, visibility, and automation to safeguard networks from occurring IoT threats.
Product Launch and Product Expansion:
May-2022: Cisco introduced a new cybersecurity assessment tool for small and medium-sized companies in the Asia Pacific. The new tool offers expanded the attack range and improved cybersecurity threats outside the boundaries that businesses have traditionally developed to protect the company. Additionally, the new tool sets the cybersecurity willingness of enterprises through the Zero Trust vision.
Nov-2020: Check Point Software Technologies unveiled Check Point R81, a next-generation suitable cyber security platform. The new Check Point R81 is the industry?s first to offer liberated threat prevention developed for the complete distributed industry, allowing IT team to handle the most dynamic and complicated network conditions effectively and easily. Additionally, the platform boosts the policy installation, one-click advancements, and the power to instantly upgrade security gateways.
Acquisition, Joint Venture and Merger:
May-2021: Cisco completed the acquisition of Kenna Security, pioneering risk-based vulnerability management software. Through this acquisition, Cisco would convert the method security and IT teams collaborate to decrease the attack surface as well as the time it takes to witness and react. Additionally, Cisco Security would be integrating threat and risk-based vulnerability administration as part of the SecureX platform, expanding the medium knowledge and allowing complete scorecards for security management and hazard response execution.
Jan-2020: Accenture took over Symantec?s Cyber Security Services business from Broadcom. Through this acquisition, Accenture would be one of the foremost suppliers of managed security services, also improving its capability to assist firms in rapid detection, anticipation, and reaction to cyber dangers.
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Market Segments covered in the Report:
Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
By Insurance Coverage
By Insurance Type
By Organization Size
Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
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Third-party Administrators, Brokers, & Consultancies
Retail & Consumer Goods
Telecom & IT
Travel, Tourism, & Hospitality
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of LAMEA
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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
CYE (Cyesec Ltd.)
BlackBerry Limited (CYLANCE)
BitSight Technologies, Inc.
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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has scored his administration high in performance in just two years and eight months.
Governor Diri said Saturday, that within the period under review, his administration has made modest and visible progress that has impacted the state positively.
The Bayelsa governor spoke during a state broadcast aired on Yenagoa-based radio and television stations to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence and the 26th anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa State.
He again spoke during an anniversary parade at the Peace Park in Yenagoa.
A statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that within the period, his Prosperity Administration had embarked on big-ticket as well as smaller projects across the eight local government areas of the state.
According to Senator Diri, his administration has so far embarked on construction of nearly 150 kilometers of road infrastructure, including internal roads, in the three senatorial zones of the state.
He said the government has recorded appreciable achievements in the health, sports, education and agricultural sectors as well as in human capacity development and empowerment programmes.
The Bayelsa helmsman, however, acknowledged that the state had not arrived at its desired destination as developing Bayelsa was still a work-in-progress.
The statement reads in part; “Any honest commentator will agree that government under my careful watch has made commendable growth and development.“
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Brookings Institution Center for Effective Public Management Deputy Director John Hudak talked about President Biden’s latest pardon of all people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law.
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When it comes to the enterprise attack surface, few pieces of infrastructure are as exploitable as identities. Cybercriminals work round the clock to exploit digital identities, with research (2022) showing that over 40% of all breaches involved stolen credentials.
By stealing a user’s identity, an individual can gain access to all the downstream systems they have access to.
That’s why Today, at Microsoft Ignite 2022, Microsoft unveiled Entra Identity Governance, which introduces new features like lifecycle workflows to simplify identity management and governance across clouds, devices, apps and more.
The release serves to bolster Microsoft’s growing ecosystem of identity protection solutions, designed to ensure only the right people, machines, apps and services have access to the right resources at the right time.
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In addition to the launch of Entra Identity Governance, Microsoft also announced the launch of Workload Identities, a solution designed to manage identity and access for digital workloads, and Certificate-based Authentication (CBA), a multifactor authentication capability designed to be phishing resistant.
Microsoft also announced the release of Microsoft Defender for devops, a solution developers can use to identify and remediate code vulnerabilities before they reach production environments.
Finally, the organization announced the release of Microsoft Defender Cloud Security Posture Management, a tool that can map potential attack paths in an enterprise environment for organizations to prioritize software fixes and address potential exploits.
Out of all the announcements unveiled at the event, the launch of Entra Identity Governance has the potential to be the most disruptive.
According to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), 84% of organizations experienced an identity-related breach in the past year. Part of the reason for this high rate of exploitation is that managing identities has become increasingly complex.
“Every organization’s IT landscape will continue to evolve. Cloud adoption, cross-company collaboration, and the types and quantities of identities are all growing, while attackers continue to get smarter and more sophisticated,” said Joy Chik, president of identity and network access at Microsoft.
“Appropriate checks and balances might limit damage if bad actors do gain access to an enterprise. That’s why it’s important to ensure that only the right people have the right access to resources for the right amount of time. But since this is a non-trivial task that IT can’t do alone, governance solutions are critical,” Chik said.
One of the key steps organizations need to take to secure their environments is not only to secure users’ identities and accounts, but also to secure machine identities. This is an area that Entra Identity Governance aims to address head on.
“Most current identity systems were designed to manage human identities, but workloads, such as applications and services, also need identities so they can access cloud resources, communicate with other non-human identities,” Chik said.
These machine identities, or “workload identities” as Chik refers to them, each need to be secured, managed and authenticated, just the same as human identities, which Entra aims to address throughout the entire machine identity lifecycle.
Given that machine identities now outnumber human identities by 45x, this is a component of enterprise security that can’t be overlooked.
Identity governance is emerging as a priority for more and more organizations, with researchers anticipating the identity governance and administration market will grow from $3.8 billion in 2018 to reach $7.7 billion by 2023.
One of Microsoft’s main competitors in the market is the SailPoint Identity Platform, which is designed to automate the discovery, management and control of all users.
It’s an approach designed to secure remote working environments under the zero-trust security model, giving security teams the ability to govern access to cloud platforms including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with automated onboarding and offboarding.
Sailpoint most recently announced raising $134.3 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2022.
Another significant competitor in the market is identity and access management provider Okta, with Okta Lifecycle Management.
The solution is designed to automatically onboard and offboard employees, contractors, vendors, partners and customers. Okta recently announced raising $383 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2022.
According to Chik, the key differentiator between Entra Identity Governance and existing solutions is accessibility.
“Our customers have told us that traditional identity governance solutions are frustrating and resource-intensive to use. They do not scale easily to the needs of hybrid and cloud environments, and they require integration with identity and access management systems,” Chik said.
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The White House on Wednesday touted its efforts to provide relief for Black American farmers on the same day that the federal government was hit with a class action lawsuit by said farmers, who say the government broke its promise to keep their farms afloat throughout and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden administration reacted to the lawsuit with a statement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that does not explicitly mention the lawsuit that was announced on Wednesday and filed in the United States Court of Federal Claims on Oct. 7. However, the government sought to clarify its position after lawsuits filed by white farmers, who claimed they were discriminated against, led to court injunctions that froze the $5 billion intended to relieve Black and minority farmers.
The funding was earmarked in the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021. It quickly drew outrage from Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who called the policy “reparations,” while others claimed it was reverse discrimination.
A group of Black farmers, represented by famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump, says the U.S. government breached its “contractual rights” when it repealed the provision in ARP that would’ve provided the federal funding for “socially disadvantaged” farmers, particularly Black farmers who had been historically discriminated against by USDA.
Crump compared the “breached contract” to the 40 acres and a mule that was promised to enslaved African Americans during the American Civil War – a pledge of land that never came to fruition. The civil rights attorney is calling for the exact amount of funding ($5 billion) initially included in ARP to be awarded to the plaintiffs.
He told theGrio the objective of the lawsuit is to “make the federal government live up to the promise that the Black farmers and the brown farmers relied on when they passed the American Rescue Plan.”
“The powers that be, for whatever reason, started to scream reverse discrimination. And then the government broke their promise,” said Crump. “They did not stand up and fight for the Black farmers to get equal justice and equal opportunity after it was clear that so many times Black farmers and brown farmers, Asian farmers and native farmers have been discriminated against.”
Crump also noted that Black and minority farmers relied on the promise of debt relief by the federal government, so much so that they invested in new equipment and land. The plaintiffs say they are now in jeopardy of losing their farms and livelihood.
Leon W. Russell, chair of the National Board of Directors at NAACP, told theGrio that Crump’s lawsuit on behalf of Black and brown farmers is an “excellent strategy,” noting that Black farmers have been promised relief for decades. “Promises have not been kept,” he said.
While the administration says it is adamant about fighting for Black farmers, it defended its decision to repeal the ARP provision. In a statement, USDA said had they not, the legal battle “would likely have not been resolved for years.”
The Biden-Harris administration noted that in the Inflation Reduction Act, Democratic senators provided $3.1 billion for “distressed borrowers” and an additional $2.2 billion to provide financial assistance for farmers who “have suffered discrimination by USDA farm loan programs.” However, the bill’s language no longer mentioned race as a specific criterion.
In a previous statement at the time of the IRA’s passage on Capitol Hill, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who co-sponsored the new provisions, said “those farmers, particularly Black farmers, who have suffered USDA discrimination, this legislation sets in motion a process to right those wrongs.”
In the early 20th century, there were many Black farmers in the United States. In a previous interview with theGrio, Black farmers advocate and former USDA state director, Shirley Sherrod, estimated that there were “almost a million Black farmers somewhere around 1910 or so,” who she said, “owned about 15 million acres of farmland.”
Today, the number of Black farmers is said to be dismal, as many of them had to shut down their businesses due to a lack of capital. Additionally, many were denied loans from the Department of Agriculture because of alleged discrimination. A settlement was eventually reached during the Obama administration to the tune of $1.25 billion.
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An education administrator and Proprietress of Mummy’s Place International Nursery and Primary School, Akure, Ondo State, Dr. Damilola Oshin, has called on the stakeholders in the education sector in the country to take education more seriously.
She said education should not be seen as a business venture to make monetary gains but to be seen as a service rendered for the betterment of the society.
The administrator stated this in the school, in Akure, the state capital, while speaking after the school received an award as the winner of the Best Private School in Nigeria. It was gathered that the award was organised by the Federal Ministry of Education to commemorate the 2022 World Teachers’ Day celebration, in Abuja.
According to Oshin, education should be more of passion to add value and render services to the society rather than the general trend to make it a business venture.
She noted that the love for children always motivated the management team of the school to make lots of sacrifices to ensuring excellence and huge investment in infrastructure development.
She said, “Love helps the helpless to see that there is help somewhere. It is a very important aspect of humanity, children need loads of love and we should be there for them.
“Education services should not be business-oriented, it is a calling to nurture children, build them and get them to a place of independence. Education services must get to all strata of the economy.
“We’ve been trying to keep the standards, this year is just a year that we are recognised and we will just keep doing what we have been doing. They came from Abuja to look at our facilities and they were surprised, the children are neat, cultured and loving.
“We will continue to be focused and committed, we won’t relent to bring out the potentials in the students,” she said.
Decrying the dwindling level of educational standard and industrial actions in the country, the proprietress lamented that it was worrisome that these were happening in Nigeria.
“Every parent should be panic because of the ASUU strike, it is painful and worrisome to see that their education is affected because of strike.
“The only way is to continue to pray. Parents should get the children engaged in anyway because an idle hand is the devil’s workshop,” she opined
In her remarks, Director of Quality Assurance, Ondo State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Dunni Famewo, described the award as a well-deserved recognition for hard work and excellence, saying the school had made the state proud.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) decision to send a plane of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last week ignited a fiery debate about what lawmakers should do with the historically high number of immigrants crossing the southern border — as well as scrutiny of what the Biden administration has already done.
Many Republicans cheered DeSantis for forcing an uncomfortable conversation about immigration on a liberal enclave that has suffered little from the consequences of the border crisis. Democrats accused DeSantis of exploiting 48 immigrants for political gain in a stunt they argued could be illegal, as well as morally wrong.
But the move has also focused attention on the extensive efforts the Biden administration has undertaken in previous months to distribute immigrants, often minors, to cities and states that did not want to receive them.
DeSantis’s critics complained about the lack of advance notice the Florida Republican gave to Martha’s Vineyard before the immigrants arrived in a small town that was ill-equipped to deal with the arrivals.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, both Republicans, had already drawn the ire of Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., and New York City for busing thousands of immigrants to each city over the summer in an effort to highlight the border crisis.
Both had argued President Joe Biden’s immigration policies placed disproportionate burdens on their states and that Democratic leaders who designated their cities as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants should help accommodate them.
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Before Abbott, Ducey, and DeSantis made headlines for sending immigrants where they are not wanted, Biden’s federal agencies flew or bused immigrants to several places where local leaders have objected.
The flights appear to be related to federal attempts at resettling unaccompanied minors with relatives or approved sponsors scattered throughout the country.
While this is a long-standing practice, the number of children crossing the border without their families has skyrocketed over the past year, putting a strain on the state and local resources available for those immigrants.
And the Biden administration’s approach to resettling the undocumented immigrants, as well as its pick of destinations, has ruffled feathers.
The Biden administration spent months, for example, flying immigrants to a suburban airport outside New York City despite concerns from some locals about the influx of children and young adults.
Federal officials sent more than 2,000 immigrants to Westchester County and nearby areas between June and October of last year, prompting questions even from Democratic lawmakers.
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) complained that the Biden administration was withholding information about the flights, which reportedly occurred largely at night and in secret.
“We need information from the administration. Where are they sending these kids? So that the school districts can be prepared for the influx of kids, and then we need to get them money," Suozzi said in October. "I am just angry and frustrated."
Republicans in a blue-collar region of Pennsylvania complained when the Biden administration began flying immigrants to airports in Scranton and Allentown without warning.
Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) said he had an unsatisfying conversation with Biden administration officials after demanding answers about migrant flights landing near his district.
“We’ve had these secretive flights, or their attempts to be secretive, into the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area,” Meuser said in January.
“They’ve no respect for the people of Pennsylvania or the citizens of the country to be handling this in such a clandestine manner,” Meuser added.
Dozens of flights shuttled immigrants from the border to Jacksonville last year, according to DeSantis’s office, which said the Biden administration refused to provide information about who the immigrants were or where they were being taken once the flights touched down in Florida.
DeSantis’s office said more than 70 migrant flights arrived last summer, prompting the state of Florida to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration over immigration policies that DeSantis and others have blamed for worsening the migration crisis.
In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said her office had no warning about the arrival of nearly two dozen immigrant children at the Des Moines airport in April of last year.
Reynolds said her state had so little information about the arrival of the immigrant flight in Des Moines that authorities investigated whether they had encountered a “criminal act of human trafficking.”
Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA), who is in danger of losing her reelection bid this year, also complained about the secrecy Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services seemingly engaged in when Iowa leaders asked about the flight.
“I join Gov. Reynolds in demanding further investigation and disclosure from HHS to determine why this flight was kept secret and why its existence was denied to both the public and to the public officials seeking to learn the whole truth,” Axne said at the time.
Tennessee leaders objected when the Biden administration began sending immigrant flights to their state as well.
The Biden administration reportedly sent at least four planes of immigrants to Chattanooga, Tennessee, last year.
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State Republicans complained at the time that they had no warning of the migrant flights.
“Our office has received no information from the Biden administration informing us of a mass transportation of migrants to Tennessee," Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said in May 2021. "It is absolutely unacceptable if the Biden administration is facilitating a mass migration without any input or oversight from Tennesseans and the affected communities.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) said at the time that he had denied a request from the Biden administration for his state to accept unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border but that the administration sent them anyway.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Republican-led states are suing the Biden administration in an effort to halt its plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans, accusing it of overstepping its executive powers.
It’s at least the second legal challenge this week to the sweeping proposal laid out by President Joe Biden in late August, when he said his administration would cancel up to $20,000 in education debt for huge numbers of borrowers. The announcement, after months of internal deliberations and pressure from liberal activists, became immediate political fodder ahead of the November midterms while fueling arguments from conservatives about legality.
As the lawsuit was being filed, the Biden administration quietly scaled back eligibility rules for the debt relief, eliminating a relatively small group of borrowers who are the subject of legal debate in the suit. Those borrowers, whose loans are backed by the federal government but owned by private banks — a relic of defunct lending programs — are now ineligible for Biden's debt cancellation, the Education Department said.
In the lawsuit, being filed Thursday in a federal court in Missouri, the Republican states argue that Biden's cancellation plan is “not remotely tailored to address the effects of the pandemic on federal student loan borrowers,” as required by the 2003 federal law that the administration is using as legal justification. They point out that Biden, in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes” this month, declared the COVID-19 pandemic over, yet is still using the ongoing health emergency to justify the wide-scale debt relief.
“It’s patently unfair to saddle hard-working Americans with the loan debt of those who chose to go to college,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who is leading the group, said in an interview.
She added: “The Department of Education is required, under the law, to collect the balance due on loans. And President Biden does not have the authority to override that.”
The states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina joined Arkansas in filing the lawsuit. Iowa has a Democratic attorney general, but the state's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, signed on the state's behalf. The states argue that Missouri's loan servicer is facing a “number of ongoing financial harms” because of Biden's decision to cancel loans. Other states that joined the lawsuit argue that Biden's forgiveness plan will ultimately disrupt revenue to state coffers.
In particular, the suit alleges that Missouri's loan servicer will lose revenue from loans it owns through the Federal Family Education Loan Program — a program that allowed private banks to issue and manage federally backed student loans until the program was disbanded in 2010.
The Education Department updated its website Thursday saying borrowers with federal loans that are owned by private banks, including the FFEL program and Perkins loans, will now be ineligible unless they already consolidated their loans into the government's direct lending program before Thursday. The change will reverse eligibility for about 770,000 borrowers, the department said.
“Our goal is to provide relief to as many eligible borrowers as quickly and easily as possible, and this will allow us to achieve that goal while we continue to explore additional legally-available options to provide relief to borrowers with privately owned FFEL loans and Perkins loans,” the department said in a statement.
Still, the administration has long said it was confident the forgiveness program would survive court challenges.
“Republican officials from these six states are standing with special interests, and fighting to stop relief for borrowers buried under mountains of debt,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said Thursday. “The president and his administration are lawfully giving working and middle class families breathing room as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments in January. ”
Biden’s forgiveness program will cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for those making less than $125,000 or households with less than $250,000 in income. Pell Grant recipients, who typically demonstrate more financial need, will get an additional $10,000 in debt forgiven.
The administration also said it would extend the current pause on federal student loan repayments — put on hold near the start of the pandemic more than two years ago — once more through the end of the year.
The administration faced threats of legal challenges to its plans almost immediately, with conservative attorneys, Republican lawmakers and business-oriented groups asserting that Biden was overstepping his authority in taking such sweeping action without the assent of Congress.
Democratic lawmakers battling in tough reelection contests also distanced themselves from the student loan plan, as Republican officials called it an unfair government giveaway for relatively affluent people at the expense of those who didn’t pursue higher education.
In their lawsuit, the Republican attorneys general also contend that the forgiveness program violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which lays out how federal agencies should make regulations in order to ensure executive branch policies are well-reasoned and explained.
“The president does not have the authority to put himself in the place of Congress,” Rutledge said in the interview. “These actions must be taken by Congress and he can’t override that.”
To justify the plan’s legality, the Biden administration is relying on a post-Sept. 11, 2001, law meant to help members of the military that the Justice Department says allows Biden to reduce or erase student loan debt during a national emergency. But Republicans argue the administration is misinterpreting the law because, in part, the pandemic no longer qualifies as a national emergency.
Another lawsuit against Biden’s student loan program was filed this week in an Indiana federal court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian legal advocacy group that employs a lawyer who says he would be harmed by the forgiveness plan. The lawyer, Frank Garrison, says erasing his current debt load will trigger a tax liability from the state of Indiana, which is among at least a half dozen states where the forgiven loan amounts will be subject to state taxes.
A federal judge on Thursday rejected Garrison's request to temporarily block Biden's plan, saying there's no evidence he will be “irreparably harmed" by the cancellation. Garrison was given until Oct. 10 to revise his argument.
The White House dismissed the lawsuit as baseless because any borrower who does not want the debt relief can opt out. The Education Department is still on track to unveil the application for the forgiveness plan in early October, and it sent an email to borrowers Thursday explaining how to prepare to apply. The email noted that applicants do not have to submit any supporting documents.
Republicans have also seized on the Biden plan’s price tag and its impact on the nation’s budget deficit. The Congressional Budget Office said this week that the program will cost about $400 billion over the next three decades. The White House countered that the CBO’s estimate of how much the plan will cost just in its first year, $21 billion, is lower than what the administration initially believed.
Associated Press writer Collin Binkley contributed to this report.