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USU QB Jordan Love Named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgOctober 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU QB Jordan Love Named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week Brad James Tags: Homecoming/Jordan Love/Mountain West Conference Player of the Week/UNLV Rebels/USU Football Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State University quarterback Jordan Love was named as the Mountain West’s offensive player of the week for his exploits in last Friday’s 45-20 win at BYU.The 6-4 225-pound native of Bakersfield, Calif. completed 18 of 24 passes for 165 yards and a career-high four scores for the Aggies, who won this conference honor for the second time this season.In his past three games, Love has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 757 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.Love has currently thrown 109 straight passes without an interception as well.With Love at the helm, the Aggies’ offense is first in the Mountain West and third nationally in scoring at 50.2 points per game in 2018.The Aggies return to action Saturday for Homecoming as they host the UNLV Rebels for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.This game will be broadcast on Facebook.Additionally, Monday, Love was named as one of the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” quarterbacks for week 6 of the college football season.Other recipients were Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Iowa State QB Brock Purdy, Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson.last_img read more

USS John Warner returns from first deployment

first_img View post tag: USS John Warner View post tag: US Navy The crew of US Navy’s Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) completed their maiden deployment as they returned to Norfolk on July 11.John Warner sailed over 30,000 nautical miles during the deployment and carried out missions in support of theater commanders. It also pinned “dolphins” on 11 officers and 22 enlisted crew who earned their qualifications in submarine warfare.“Going on deployment is an amazing accomplishment for the crew, they really came together,” said Cmdr. Burt Canfield, John Warner’s commanding officer. “Today is a culmination of not just a lot of hard work on the individual level, but for the crew itself. Watching those guys mature together and accomplish the mission is absolutely fantastic.”Despite it being John Warner’s maiden deployment, the crew was ready to support in all mission areas. John Warner left on deployment in January and in April she was called upon to conduct combat operations. According to the Pentagon, John Warner fired six Tomahawk missiles during a US and ally missile strike on targets in Syria.“It’s always an honor to be called on by the nation to do really the most challenging thing that we can do as a warship, to launch missiles or torpedoes,” said Canfield. “It is a great honor to have the faith and confidence of EUCOM and the Combatant Commander for which we were working. The crew performed as trained, professionally, efficiently, like clockwork and executed that mission.”While deployed, the crew was able to enjoy several port visits, including Greece, Scotland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The submarine also sailed above the Arctic Circle and inducted 123 sailors into the “Order of the Blue Nose,” one of the rarer line crossing events for sailors.USS John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class attack submarine and first ship to bear the name of Senator, John Warner. The submarine was built by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn., and commissioned August 1, 2015. The 377-foot ship has a current crew compliment of 15 officers and 117 enlisted sailors and displaces more than 7,800 tons of water. Photo: Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) stand topside as it pulls into Naval Station Norfolk, following completion of a six-month deployment. Photo: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Virginia-Class Share this articlelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JANUARY 15, 2017

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that today the City-County Observer is posting a link to the Indiana State Boards Of Accounts audit of 2016 for the City Of Evansville? …we are aware that many of our readers are college educated; bankers; are wealth managers; hold business and CPA degrees; small business owners and are CEO of many local corporations? …we encourage our readers to analyze the attached link to the Indiana State Board of Accounts audit and tell us what they found out?IS IT TRUE here is the link to the Indiana State Boards Of Accounts audit for the City Of Evansville for 2016?  …here’s a copy of the audit reports? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE we wonder why City Controller Russ Lloyd, Jr didn’t make the results of the Indiana State Board of Accounts 2016 audit of the City of Evansville public?IS IT TRUE that a couple years ago we took on the management of the city-owned and operated Oak Hill and Locust Hill cemeteries because of the poor conditions of these cemeteries?  …recently we re-checked the overall conditions of these two cemeteries?  …we are extremely pleased to report that major improvements have been made to both of these cemeteries? …we observed that new road lines had received a fresh coat of paint, improved directional signs were installed, trees are trimmed, grounds are very well kept, graves markers and stones have been put back in an upright position, and the flower vases were put back on top of grave markers?  …we are happy to report that the current management of the city-owned and operated Oak Hill and Locust Hill cemeteries has done a good job in correcting the problems of neglect and vandalism of years past at these cemeteries?  … it’s important to point out that some of the problems of neglect and vandalism at Oak Hill and Locust Hill cemeteries were going on long before the current Superintendent of City Cemeteries took over? …we would like to give Christopher Cooke, Superintendent of City Cemeteries and his staff five (5) cheers for a job well done?IS IT TRUE that the former Indiana State Representative Mike Braum is making political waves throughout in Indiana?  … we are hearing that this conservative United States Senate candidate is attracting many anti-establishment voters to join his campaign?  …that this self-made millionaire and Harvard honors graduate has invested over $4 million dollars of his own money to fund his primary campaign? …Is it refreshing to see an extremely successful business person running for public office?IS IT TRUE that the area Chamber Of Commerce search for a new Executive Director is down to eight (8) finalists?  …that six (6) candidates are from out of town and other two (2) candidates are from Vanderburgh County?  …we must point out that the Chamber of Commerce encourages people to buy local?  …we hope that the Chamber search committee will decide to hire locally?IS IT TRUE that the Executive Director of the “Right To Life of Southwest Indiana”, Mary Ellen Van Dyke is doing an excellent job of protecting the unborn?IS IT TRUE the former Mayor of Evansville, Jonathan Weinzapfel recently told Channel 25, Brad Byrd, that he’s considering running for United States Congress?  …Mr. Weinzapfel told Mr. Bryd that he will announce his decision in the very near future?  …if he runs for the congressional seat he better be ready to defend the bad business decisions he made while he was Mayor?IS IT TRUE we are told that many local Democrats are very pleased that the make-up of the 2018 City Council leadership is all democrats?  …that some people wonder why City Council didn’t select a Democrat to be the new City Council attorney?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the City Controller should have made the results of the Indiana State Board of Accounts 2016 audit of the City of Evansville public?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any readers comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertiserslast_img read more

Ready salted is no longer top crisp

first_imgReady salted crisps are no longer the nation’s favourite flavour, as cheese & onion has now taken the top spot. The market for cheese & onion crisps is worth £256m, according to Mintel research, with sales having increased an impressive 15% in the last two years. Valued at £244m in 2006, ready salted crisps have slipped into second place, despite an increase in sales of 5% over the same two-year period.Meanwhile, sales of the classic salt & vinegar and prawn cocktail flavours both fell by 7% between 2006 and 2008, while sales of the beef variety grew over 10% during the same period.Yet traditional flavours are not falling from favour, said Mintel. “Despite the ongoing development of new and exciting flavours, the traditional favourites still win hands-down,” said senior market analyst Emmanuelle Bouvier. “In fact, cheese & onion, ready salted and salt & vinegar still account for almost two-thirds of sales of standard crisps.”last_img read more

Greggs results: “unsurprisingly disappointing”

first_imgGreggs results were this morning labelled “unsurprisingly disappointing” – after the bakery chain revealed a fall in its 2012 profits.Wayne Brown, analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said that recent trading at the group had been poor – with like-for-like sales down by 4% in the all weeks to 16 March.And he dismissed the argument that Greggs had been hit by the downturn on the high street.Brown, who rates the stock as a hold and has target share price of 485p, said: “Whilst the adverse weather has impacted the performance in January, underlying LFL sales in February has improved to a declineof 2%. However recent BRC data has been positive despite the adverse weather highlighting Greggs relative underperformance. The number of shoppers on the high street rose +2.7% in Feb 2013 vs Feb 2012.”However, the analyst said it agreed with the new 2013 strategy for the bakery company that will see investment in its core estate and a lower rate of new openings.He added: “We expect this to have a negative impact on LFL sales in the short term due to increased shop closure but should provide a stronger platform for growth in the future.”last_img read more

The human element: Remembering Calestous Juma

first_imgOn their way to church on Sundays, the residents of Port Victoria, Kenya, would pass by young Calestous Juma’s house and drop off things that were broken — radios, record players, appliances. The 12-year-old had special dispensation from his priest to stay home and fix them. He was, the priest contended, “doing God’s work.”The scale of the broken things that Juma tried to fix grew considerably over the years, to range from agricultural to technological education in Africa to acceptance of new technology — as did the community of people who depended on his intellect and energy. This week, the global community mourned the passing of the leading voice among interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners working to harness science, technology, and policy in the service of sustainable well-being.Juma, who died Dec. 15 after a long illness, was a professor of the practice of international development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He was 64.From colleagues at HKS to world leaders to his countless friends and followers, Juma was remembered for his towering contributions, as well as for his modesty and good humor.“I came to rely on Calestous’ invincible good spirits in all of our conversations about his own work and about the Kennedy School’s work regarding Africa,” said Douglas Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy. “For all of Calestous’ amazing accomplishments and contributions to the Kennedy School and to the world, he was always modest about what he had done and focused entirely on what he could do next. He was a true model for us all to aspire to. I will miss him very much, as I know so many of us will.”Archon Fung, academic dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at HKS, lauded Juma’s tireless work. “He warmed me with his humor and enlightened me with his wisdom,” Fung said. “He touched so many of us so often, and he will be greatly missed by all of us in the Kennedy School community.”Juma’s work varied in scale from the global to the very local. It was his studies on the interaction of biodiversity, biotechnology, and development that first brought him to international prominence, said his colleague Bill Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development. Juma’s influential book “The Gene Hunters” helped give rise to the U.N. Biodiversity Convention, and he served as the convention’s first executive director from 1995 to 1998. “For all of Calestous’ amazing accomplishments … he was always modest about what he had done and focused entirely on what he could do next.” — Douglas Elmendorf Juma co-chaired the African Union’s High Level Panel on Science, Technology, and Innovation, and pushed for the creation of a system of scientific and technical universities in Africa, and for the use of technology to improve the continent’s agricultural output.He also counted technical contributions among his achievements. Juma helped engineer a cook stove whose improved efficiency minimized the adverse health effects of indoor smoke. His experience with that process — users balked at the lack of smoke, which had helped them keep mosquitoes away — helped him understand the importance of “inclusive innovation.” (“We miss this human element all the time,” Juma said.)Juma was a science teacher and journalist before earning his doctorate in science and technology studies from the University of Sussex. He went on to found the first African nonprofit dedicated to the application of science and technology to sustainable development before joining HKS in 1999.“It was my initiative to bring Calestous to HKS, partnering with Bill Clark and Jeff Sachs, after I learned he was movable from the leadership of the Global Biodiversity Convention,” said John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and former science adviser to President Barack Obama. “His passing is a shocking personal loss, as well as leaving a gaping hole in the global community of interdisciplinary scholar-practitioners in the domain of science and technology for sustainable well-being.At HKS Juma was affiliated with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Center for International Development, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He also served as faculty chair of the executive-education programs “Innovation for Economic Development” and “Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa,” and had served as faculty chair for the Mason Fellows program.The recipient of a raft of prestigious prizes, including the 2017 Breakthrough Paradigm Award and the 2014 Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize, Juma served on the jury of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He was a member of the Royal Society of London, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the African Academy of Sciences, and the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, among others.Juma was a prolific writer, whose recent book was “Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies.” He was also a social media leader, with a huge following and a sideline in cartoons that poked fun at what he saw as obstacles to science and progress.“To ministers and heads of state, he was a sought-after adviser, pointing the way toward reforms that boosted farm yields, educational standards, and economic prosperity,” said Ash Carter, Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and director of the Belfer Center. “To the scientific community, he was an unstinting champion of innovation and rigorous evidence. To his students, he was a passionate teacher and mentor. To thousands of his fans on social media, he was a fount of insight, optimism, and good humor.“To us, he was a dear friend and extraordinary colleague.”Juma is survived by his wife, Alison, a son, Eric, and a sister, Nanjala.last_img read more

It’s spy vs. spy vs. spy

first_imgSpying is a secret world that strives mightily to stay out of the public eye. But in an age of almost limitless electronic surveillance, that’s become much harder to do.Just in the past year, three men identified as Russian military intelligence officers were accused of poisoning a former spy, his daughter, and two others, using a deadly nerve agent. A Russian woman acting as a graduate student admitted to U.S. prosecutors that she was an agent for Russia while cozying up to officials in the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party. And this week, former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that he opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president might have been acting on behalf of Russia after Trump fired McCabe’s boss while the FBI probed that country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.Suddenly, the topic of spies and spying dominates newsfeeds. Yet much of what the public and even policymakers know about this complicated subject is shaped by old James Bond films or John le Carré novels — and that needs to end, according to Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Walton studies intelligence history and international relations, and co-runs the Applied History Project at HKS. He was recently named general editor of “The Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence,” to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. The three-volume work will document for the first time the vast and largely opaque record of how undercover information-gathering has been used and misused in conflicts from the ancient world through the cyberwarfare of the present.The Gazette asked Walton to help contextualize the FBI’s Russia investigation and the role other intelligence agencies may be playing in it, and to explain how intelligence and espionage have changed — and remained unchanged — since their earliest days.Q&ACalder Walton Former head of Britain’s MI6 recounts how intelligence gathering has changed deeply Gazette: First, what is the difference between espionage and intelligence?Walton:  Espionage traditionally refers to human spies and spying. Intelligence is much broader. It can mean human intelligence, but it also can mean technical intelligence operations, like signals intelligence, or code-breaking, or imagery intelligence. Intelligence is not mysterious: It is secret information, which, by definition, requires secret means to obtain. Sometimes there’s not that much difference between publicly available information in The New York Times, for example, or in the Harvard Gazette, and in intelligence briefings — and when that happens, policymakers rightly ask what’s the point of intelligence briefings if they can read the same or similar information in the press? The purpose of intelligence is to provide policymakers, decision-makers, with something extra — something they can’t obtain, read, or see on the news or some other way. So, at its most basic, the purpose of intelligence is to help policymakers make their decisions. It’s to be able to know about enemies’ intentions and capabilities, and it is to be able to know about threats on the horizon. It doesn’t always work, as we’ve seen recently, but that’s the aim.GAZETTE:  Is it always conducted by one government or state against another?Walton: Not necessarily. Intelligence existed even before there were states, as we understand them today — it goes back to the ancient and nomadic worlds. Today, intelligence is also being conducted in another way outside of governments and states: With the privatization of intelligence, with big businesses like Facebook, hoovering up data, intelligence exists in the private sector as well as the government. In fact, big companies like Facebook now know arguably more about people than even the government, in some cases. So that’s a form of intelligence. It doesn’t have to be state-to-state. But traditionally, for the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, it was state-to-state, yes.GAZETTE: What do you make of news that the FBI opened an investigation into whether the president of the United States has been working on behalf of Russia? In the history of Western espionage, has there been anything comparable to a major world power like the U.S. possibly being controlled by an enemy agent like Russia?Walton: I think what we’re seeing unfolding on the news every day right now is, potentially, the greatest intelligence or espionage scandal in modern history, maybe in history, full stop. The Kremlin has managed to get a candidate who’s very favorable to itself in the White House. It is still slightly hypothetical, because we don’t know the results of the investigation, but the fact that [the FBI] started an investigation at all, and this question had to be asked at all, shows how weird and unprecedented this situation is. If the music stops right now and actually there’s nothing to it, still the fact that we had to ask this question, and it was investigated, is extraordinary.My inclination is to say the FBI would have had to have a strong basis of evidence. Where did the information probably come from? We’ll hopefully know in 50 years’ time when the records are out, but it seems likely that they probably came from different sources, from signals intelligence, maybe from human sources, from foreign intelligence and from allies, as well. Unlike the U.S., and this is a crucial point, where there are restrictions on eavesdropping of phone calls and communications of U.S. citizens, those rules don’t apply to international allies. So it may well be that closer allies like Britain or Germany would have been collecting phone calls in a way the U.S. wasn’t. But it would not be inconceivable to say “this happened.”I’m struggling to find another parallel where Russia or another known power might have helped to install someone with loyalty to another country in the White House or in particular behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The Kremlin used the KGB repeatedly throughout the Cold War to meddle in U.S. domestic politics. Every major branch of [President Franklin Roosevelt’s] wartime administration was penetrated by Soviet intelligence — in particular by now-infamous KGB agents such as Alger Hiss, who was working in the State Department. Also, FDR’s close adviser Harry Hopkins had set it up so that if, in 1944, FDR died — and unfortunately, it looked quite likely that he was going to die then — he would appoint Alger Hiss to be his secretary of state and Harry Dexter White to be his secretary of the treasury. And we now know from KGB records that both were Soviet agents.In 1968, the Kremlin offered to secretly subsidize the election campaign of Hubert Humphrey, who was running against Richard Nixon. He politely turned down the Kremlin’s offer. The KGB’s greatest attempt to meddle in U.S. presidential elections in the Cold War was against Ronald Reagan, whom the Kremlin regarded as the greatest single threat to the Soviet Union, which he probably was. So, in his various election bids, they did everything that they could, first, to undermine him, and second, to gather compromising material on him. They tried to dig up anything they could that would blacken his name, but they couldn’t find anything. And when that happened, they tried to do anything they could to support his opponents. Moscow sent a telegram to the KGB officers stationed in the U.S. saying essentially, “It doesn’t matter which party you get an agent in, Democrats or Republicans, but whoever it is must defeat Ronald Reagan.” None of this worked. Reagan won in a landslide. But the Kremlin’s strategy was clear: promote favorable candidates and undermine those hostile to Moscow.There have been extraordinarily high-level penetrations of the KGB, and then Russian intelligence, into the U.S. intelligence community itself as recently as the 1990s with Aldrich Ames, who was, at one point, the head of CIA Soviet counterintelligence, and Robert Hanssen, who was in the FBI.Even if this is nothing, the fact that we’re all spending so much time on this serves the Kremlin only too well in its long-term strategic aims. “The old phrase ‘gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail’ was unfortunately the dominant U.S. attitude before the Second World War — with catastrophic consequences at Pearl Harbor. … America learned the hard way: In reality, that was what everyone else was doing, and America was being not only naïve, but putting itself at risk by not doing so.” U.S. and Russia, behind the curtains Related Intelligence group gathers to analyze current relations, gauge future goals GAZETTE: What can you tell us about the forthcoming book project, “The Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence,” that you’re co-editing with Christopher Andrew, the renowned British intelligence historian?Walton: I’m thrilled to be leading this project, which will be a landmark three-volume study. There are about 30 chapters in each volume. The first volume is the ancient world and the medieval world; the second volume is from the Renaissance to the First World War. The First World War marked a major change in terms of the way the government gathered intelligence. And the third volume is from the First World War to present-day cyberwarfare.I’m general editor of the whole project, and also volume editor of the third volume on the 20th century. I’ll be contributing at least three chapters and also an introduction and a conclusion. Once we’ve got all 90 chapters together, then, as the two general editors, we will be bringing the whole thing together and trying to answer a fundamental question: Looking at this whole enormous tapestry of history, what difference can we say intelligence has made to statecraft and warfare? That’s really the aim of the whole project. What difference has it made? Does it make a difference, and if so, how? When and why hasn’t it made a difference? And what are the broad trends and themes that will help us understand intelligence — how it can be used and how it can be abused or misused? We’re calling the project, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “Intelligence from Plato to NATO.”Gazette: Will any of the research be done at Harvard?Walton: Yes, absolutely. I’m here and we’ve got obviously a wonderful collection of historians here. We’re hoping to involve a number of historians at Harvard. The project fits well with the public policy research of HKS — in this case, informing policymaking by learning from history. I’m excited to bring it to the Applied History Project at HKS, which I help to run, and also the Intelligence Project at HKS, which I’m part of. My aim is to use “The Cambridge History of Intelligence” to make HKS into a world-leading center for the study of intelligence history. “The Cambridge History” has a clear applied-history spirit to it in that it’s trying to understand what’s going on today by looking to the past. That’s really what we’re trying to do. Gazette: Technology aside, how does intelligence and espionage today differ from 100 years ago, 500 years ago? Because at the end of the day, people are still people. We haven’t changed very much, I imagine.Walton: That’s right. The joke is that it’s the world’s second-oldest profession. Humans are humans, as you just said. Having a well-placed spy in your enemy’s camp, that’s the same as it’s always been and will always continue to be even in the cyber era, with the role of the human agent who can give you codes and passwords into an enemy state or nonstate actor that is trying to launch a cyberattack. If you have an agent who can give you those passwords, that’s clearly crucial. It’s also no different than how agents have been recruited all throughout history.Aside from technology, the old phrase “gentlemen don’t read each other’s mail” was unfortunately the dominant U.S. attitude before the Second World War — with catastrophic consequences at Pearl Harbor. There was a belief in the U.S. government before World War II that lowering yourself to intercepting communications, well, that’s not what gentlemen did. But America learned the hard way: In reality, that was what everyone else was doing, and America was being not only naïve, but putting itself at risk by not doing so.How different are government interception activities today from the past? They’re different in scale and nature, obviously, with the digital revolution, the interconnectivity of everybody in the world, so there’s more data than ever before, and it’s growing exponentially. Government agencies and businesses are gathering more data more quickly than ever before. But the principle of intercepting communications that someone wants to keep secret, involving people aiming to do harm in one way or another, that goes right back to the ancient and classical world. So, the principle is the same, but the scale at the moment almost beggars belief compared to the past — a seismic change.The digital revolution unfolding in front of us right now, with knock-on consequences for intelligence gathering, is analogous to the development of the printing press in the 1400s. Both are revolutions in the transmission of ideas. And we saw what the printing press unleashed within Europe and then the New World. I think it’s safe to say that if that past is a guide, then the cyber revolution today will also be unleashing all sorts of social revolutions and dislocations that we can’t predict at the moment, but it definitely has an intelligence component for private business, citizens, and government.Gazette: If most of the espionage techniques, the active measures, Russia used in the 2016 election and is still using to shape U.S. politics and public opinion are straight from the old Soviet intelligence playbook, why are they still effective?Walton: You’ve hit on something that’s really close to my heart. We do know about these techniques — information about the KGB’s playbook is in the public domain — the professionals know about them within the FBI and the CIA. The problem is there’s a massive, yawning gap in terms of the public understanding about Russian active measures, in particular, and intelligence more generally. From my perspective, much of this stems from the fact that intelligence is not addressed in serious books of history. I guarantee you that if you pick up most books on post-war international relations, U.S. foreign affairs, and some of the best and most recently published books on the Cold War, intelligence is addressed in a lopsided manner, at best — more often as footnotes of history. You will likely find references to what the CIA did, about how they meddled in foreign countries and launched coups. But I guarantee you that you will find hardly any mention of the KGB, or Soviet active measures. The result is you’re given this lopsided, one-sided view of history where the CIA was apparently active in these countries doing various things, instigating coups, but there’s no mention of what the KGB was doing in those same countries. We are supposed to believe that CIA was operating in a vacuum.In reality, KGB active measures were often on a much larger scale than anything the CIA could marshal in the Cold War. So, part of the surprise and shock about recent revelations about Russian active measures, from poisonings in England to election meddling in the U.S., has arisen because of a lack of public understanding about their long history. I’m afraid it has a lot to do with historians and scholars of international relations not incorporating intelligence into their work. From my perspective, this is going to be my lifetime’s work, to try to get the use and abuse of intelligence incorporated into international relations scholarship in a way it is not at the moment.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Goodbye James Bond, hello big datalast_img read more

Foundation hosts disaster training seminar

first_imgThe calls were, in some cases, routed to some of the more than 800 volunteer attorneys recruited by the YLD. Those attorneys handled an equal percentage of landlord/tenant issues and insurance-related issues.Other calls — such as requests for agencies’ phone numbers — were handled directly by Bar staff. Moses said many calls were so heartwrenching that volunteers needed crisis counseling after manning the hotline.Doyle said the Foundation is in the process of establishing a grant program for legal aid disaster-related client needs and a $10,000 donation earlier this year by the YLD would support the Foundation’s efforts in that area.Last year’s hurricanes may have inspired the Foundation to develop a comprehensive disaster plan, but the idea started back in 1992, following Hurricane Andrew. Attorney Terry Coble stood in front of a picture of the devastation in Homestead caused by the fierce, category 5 mauler, and spoke of the immediate needs after such a disaster. Coble, along with Chuck Elsesser, of Florida Legal Services, was heavily involved in the response efforts following Andrew.“When you’re dealing with chaos and the infrastructure is destroyed, you need to realize how hard it will be to accomplish even the most simple tasks,” Coble said.To help legal aid grantees better navigate their own post-disaster landscape, the Foundation hired Coble and others to write different sections of the disaster manual.Often, Coble said, a legal aid attorney’s primary goal will be to help a client navigate the FEMA maze.Although FEMA has a mandate to get information out, Coble said “lower-income communities might not be reached by the government’s efforts.” Because of delays in getting the information out, Coble said, a crucial component of an attorney’s post-disaster legal strategy is to advocate for extensions to file for benefits. All but one of FEMA’s deadlines can be extended, he said. For those who apply for disaster unemployment assistance, that benefit can only last 26 weeks.After individual representation, which Coble said generally involves legal action against insurance companies, contractors, or landlords; the next phase can be more difficult to plan. Elsesser said once the community reaches the “we will rebuild” stage, many of the area’s poorest residents could be left in the lurch.Elsesser said low-income housing generally suffers the biggest losses and a large percentage of legal aid clients live in low-cost housing, and there may not be anywhere for them to go.Sometimes, property owners do not rebuild low-income housing. Sometimes, city officials can be glad to be rid of low-income housing developments and mobile home parks. Often, Elsesser said, that property is zipped through the rezoning channels, paving the way for high-priced condominiums.Legal aid needs to take a proactive approach and identify low-income housing before a disaster, he said. This can be done through the county’s rent rolls and the housing authority’s list of low-income housing.“It is impossible for the community to go back to the way it was,” Elsesser said. “Generally, redevelopment will always affect poor people, and catastrophic damage can impact the community forever.”Elsesser said it was important to negotiate the “Right of Return” for all pre-storm tenants. “If it was tied to benefits and went down, it needs to go back up,” Elsesser said.Immediately post-disaster, Elsesser also recommended advocating for the increased availability of interim FEMA trailer assistance. “Housing vouchers are useless unless there is housing,” Elsesser said, “For three or four years after Andrew, people were still living in FEMA trailers.”Sometimes, Elsesser said, “HUD may release certain developers from the need to repair, but disaster cannot be used as an excuse to exit subsidized housing.”Alice Nelson, a consultant to the Foundation and former executive director of Southern Legal Counsel, stressed that the disaster manual “is only the beginning.” Nelson urged the legal aid representatives to compile their own individual emergency plans. The plan should include a “disaster contingent cooperative,” which would include a partnering law firm or legal aid organization on the opposite side of the state. This law firm would agree to receive your office’s forwarded calls, in the event of a disaster, and vice versa.“You never know,” Nelson said, “Whether you will be the provider or the beneficiary of such an agreement.” Foundation hosts disaster training seminar September 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Foundation hosts disaster training seminar Legal aid lawyers learn how to assist the most vulnerable among us Ripple effects from damage from last year’s unprecedented four hurricanes continue to pound the Floridians who can least afford it.And now in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina, weather experts say more storms are expected this year.To help the state’s legal aid clients weather hurricanes, The Florida Bar Foundation recently hosted the first ever disaster-training seminar for Florida’s legal aid programs. The Foundation developed the training curriculum and a companion manual in response to last year’s storms and the flood of problems they caused for Florida’s poorest residents. Nearly 50 representatives from legal aid organizations and members of the Young Lawyers Division listened as guest speakers touched on topics ranging from short- and long-term client issues following a hurricane, to how legal aid societies can prepare themselves and their offices for such an event.“We felt the need for a more comprehensive approach to responding to disasters of this magnitude,” said the Foundation’s Paul Doyle.YLD President Jamie Moses said a hotline set up last year by the YLD and manned by Bar staffers logged more than 11,000 calls last hurricane season.“Our role,” Moses said, “is to prevent those 11,000 calls from going to your office.”last_img read more

8 tips to grow your social media presence in 2020

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Social media can be a cornerstone component in building a comprehensive digital marketing strategy. It offers direct targeting to the exact type of people you’d like your message to reach. It’s a way to spread brand awareness, share helpful information, tell your story of who you are, and, of course, even sell. For marketers at banks, credit unions, financial institutions, and in fintech, it’s all very clear: there’s a need to go digital and get on social. It’s where consumers are. According to a 2019 report from HubSpot, over 40% of the world’s population is on social media (an estimated 3.2 billion users), with 54% of those social users using social platforms to research products and services.The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this need as we’ve seen an abrupt shift to operating in virtual environments. Social media has continued to grow as an important tool to share and distribute information with social platforms reporting 2020 increases in user engagement and platform usage, according to Sprout Social.Consider the following tips when starting or growing your financial institution’s social presence and strategy.1. Identify Your Audience Pew Research Center reports 7 out of 10 US adults have used and are familiar with social platforms. With a reported 2.45 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the leading platform, with Instagram topping 1 billion, and LinkedIn and Twitter each boasting over 300 million according to Sprout Social’s 2019 Index. Taking the opportunity to introduce yourself, your business, and your role in a community can help identify a group of people who not only are interested but are willing to follow and share your business page. Take time as an organization to consider who your ideal audience (demographics, interests, careers, industries, etc.) is and what content could be produced to reach them.last_img read more

DHT: Financing sustainable tourism development – the topic of this year’s Croatian Tourism Forum

first_imgFIRST DHT ON THE CONTINENT: THREE DAYS OF RICH PROGRAM AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISM IN SLAVONIA “The sustainability of our tourism, the tourism industry and financial institutions focused on tourism financing are closely interconnected and interdependent. In this context, our intention is to correctly set long-term sustainable goals, the achievement of which will achieve stability and predictability of tourism development.”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović on the occasion of the Croatian Tourist Forum. The forum will bring together the business, institutional and financial sectors to discuss the challenges of sustainable tourism development and the importance of further investment in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offerings. Find out more details about the Croatian Tourism Day program in Slavonia in the attachment. On the third day of the event, as part of the 19th Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Having in mind the challenges of sustainable tourism development as well as the importance of further investments in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offer, this year’s panel was dedicated to the financing of the tourism sector called Financing the sustainable development of tourism.  HTF will be held on October 4.10, 12 – 13: 30h, in Tvrđa, in Osijek. RELATED NEWS: The panel will be attended by: Victoria Zinchuk, EBRD Director in Croatia, Anton Kovačev, Head of the EIB Zagreb Office, Boris Bekavac, President of the Economy Committee of the Association of HGK Banks (TBC), Josipa Jutt, President of the HGK Hotel Association, Cluster General Manager, Hilton International, Frano Matošić, State Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ivo Kunst, Institute of Tourism, Marko Jurčić, Advisor to the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, moderator. Photo: Pixabay.com Representatives of the Croatian tourism sector will gather from October 2nd to 5th in Slavonia for the first continental Days of Croatian Tourism, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board. last_img read more