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Daily Archives: June 12, 2013

Census – Asians Fastest-Growing Race or Ethnic Group in 2012

News release:  “The U.S. Census Bureau announced Asians were the nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration. By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012. The Hispanic population growth was fueled primarily by natural increase (births minus deaths), which accounted for 76 percent of Hispanic population change. Hispanics remain our nation’s second largest race or ethnic group (behind non-Hispanic whites), representing about 17 percent of the total population. These statistics are part of a set of annual population estimates released today by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. They examine population change for these groups nationally, as well as within all states and counties, between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. Also released were population estimates for Puerto Rico and its municipios by age and sex. “Asians and Hispanics have long been among our nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic groups,” noted Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (climbing 2.2 percent to about 1.4 million), American Indians and Alaska Natives (rising 1.5 percent to a little over 6.3 million), and blacks or African-Americans (increasing 1.3 percent to 44.5 million) followed Asians and Hispanics in percentage growth rates…The population of children younger than 5 is close to becoming majority-minority nationally, standing at 49.9 percent minority in 2012.”

Pew – Understanding the Social Media and Technology Landscape

Data to Live By: Understanding the Social Media and Technology Landscape – “New technologies and social media have had a major impact on the way we communicate and live life. Senior Researcher Mary Madden delivered the keynote address for the Lawlor Symposium’s summer seminar, sharing “data to live by” to aid in understanding this newContinue Reading

Paper – Foreign exchange intervention and expectation in emerging economies

Foreign exchange intervention and expectation in emerging economies by Ken Miyajima, Working Papers No 414, Bank for International Settlements, June 2013 “Using monthly data for four selected emerging economies, sterilised central bank foreign exchange intervention is found to have little systematic influence on the near-term nominal exchange rate expectations in the direction intended by theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Export-Import Bank, Community Bank Failures, Bridge Conditions

Export-Import Bank – Recent Growth Underscores Need for Improved Risk Management and Reporting, GAO-13-703T, Jun 13, 2013 Financial Institutions – Causes and Consequences of Recent Community Bank Failures, GAO-13-704T, Jun 13, 2013 Transportation Infrastructure – Limited Improvement in Bridge Conditions over the Past Decade, but Financial Challenges Remain, GAO-13-713T, Jun 13, 2013

FTC Issues Revised Business Guide on ‘Red Flags’ Identity Theft Rule

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission has issued revised guidance designed to help businesses comply with the requirements of the Red Flags Rule, which protects consumers by requiring businesses to watch for and respond to warning signs or “red flags” of identity theft. The guidance outlines which businesses – financial institutions and some creditors –Continue Reading

NY Mayor Releases Plan to Fortify and Secure Infrastructure

NYT: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined a far-reaching plan on Tuesday to protect New York City from the threat of rising sea levels and powerful storm surges by building an extensive network of flood walls, levees and bulkheads along its 520 miles of coast. The mayor said the plan would initially cost about $20 billion,Continue Reading

New resources on FDsys

Congressional Bills – S.744 (RS): Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Pilot Partnership – U.S. Department of Treasury Treasury Combined Statement of Receipts > Treasury Reporting Rates of Exchange > Official Register of the United States > Account of the Receipts and Expenditures >

Unsettledness in Delaware Corporate Law: Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Purpose

Unsettledness in Delaware Corporate Law: Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Purpose, Lyman Johnson, Washington and Lee University – School of Law; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN – School of Law, June 11, 2013. 38 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 2013, (Forthcoming) “This article revisits two fundamental issues in Delaware corporate law. One — theContinue Reading

Amnesty International’s 2013 report – The State of the World’s Human Rights

“The Amnesty International Report 2013 documents the state of human rights during 2012. The Foreword and the country-by-country survey of 159 individual countries and territories set out a global overview of human rights violations and abuses inflicted by those in power on those who stand in the way of their vested interests. Human rights defenders, often themselves livingContinue Reading

Report – Condition of Education 2013

“The Condition of Education 2013 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education, in addition to Spotlights that look more closely at 4 issues of current interest. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significantContinue Reading