Lessons on studying security

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAER93bTO2k” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/tAER93bTO2k/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> On Tuesday, Cass Sunstein, a member of a five-person advisory panel created by President Obama to make a sweeping review of U.S. surveillance activities, discussed the group’s efforts and the 46 recommendations it released last month, including major reforms to the way the intelligence community does business.“We did have a shared, unanimous belief,” Sunstein told a crowd at Harvard Law School, “that reforms are highly desirable.”Sunstein, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, examined some of the committee’s key recommendations, top among them the suggestion that compiling telephone metadata — information about whom a person called and when — be taken out of the hands of government and placed with either phone companies or a new, private entity.“Our recommendation is not that the phone companies should all of a sudden start storing the metadata. … They already have it. They store it.”The committee took the position, explained Sunstein, that the risk associated with private maintenance of the data is better than the risk of a government compiling communications information and possibly using it to “entrench itself or to punish people.”Sunstein, Harvard’s Robert Walmsley University Professor, said that while the risks from the government holding such data is small in the current environment, over the course of time it might not be “small enough to be comfortable.”“Our tradition is [to be] particularly nervous about state action that threatens privacy or politics, and that is probably a good tradition to be able to be part of,” he said.When it comes to listening in on the heads of other countries “we are in tension with,”  Sunstein said the group recommended that people outside the intelligence community be involved in the process to help manage and gauge the risks of such work. Members of the intelligence community should be in the room, said Sunstein, but so should other high-ranking government officials. “A wide assortment of people with different concerns should be there.”Another recommendation countered the “need to share” approach adopted by the intelligence community in the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.That philosophy, the panel worried, has given a wide range of people in recent years access to material unrelated to their work, material they could potentially use “to compromise any number of interests,” said Sunstein.Instead, he said, the panel suggested that classified material be shared only with those “who by virtue of their work need to know” it. In addition, he said, people with access to confidential information should be re-vetted periodically, “to make sure they aren’t developing risks in terms of their loyalties and their commitments.”Sunstein said the committee’s review process was inclusive. It involved a public-comment period and meetings with representatives from the private and public sectors, including officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency (N.S.A.). The discussion was also based, he said, on a number of principles meant to help to organize their recommendations, including the notion that “there are some things that are off limits.”“Suppressing dissent, intruding into people’s private lives, or compromising people’s religious liberty … are illegitimate grounds for action, and they can’t be invoked as a basis for surveillance,” he said.Sunstein was wary of critics who say that the N.S.A. wants to “sweep stuff up.” He noted that even his colleagues on the panel who are well-versed in issues of civil liberty and privacy were “impressed by the N.S.A.” and its openness in helping think through important reforms.The N.S.A., he said, is committed to ensuring that the nation avoids another terrorist attack, but “it isn’t interested in people’s political views, or personal views, or personal lives. It just isn’t.”And while the intelligence community may not agree with all of the panel’s recommendations, said Sunstein, “the fact that our report, which has a number of non-trivial changes from the status quo, has not got the intelligence community all up in arms, I think, is helpful in seeing their openness in trying to strike a better balance.”Sunstein said he found it “pleasing” that it’s impossible to discern how people will side on any one of the committee’s 46 recommendations purely based on their party affiliations.“That is a challenge in a way because you don’t have prebaked alliances on which you can build. But it’s also a great opportunity for the United States, for the first time really in a long period, to put our operations in this domain on a very firm footing that will make it less necessary, or at best unnecessary, for us to have the kind of heat that we have seen over the last years.”When asked if he thought there would have been a presidential review panel if the security case involving Edward Snowden, the intelligence contractor who publicized a trove of sensitive government documents, didn’t exist, Sunstein offered the noontime crowd a little humor.“I read a lot of science fiction, which has a lot on alternative universes, parallel universes, and I actually believe they are true. So I tried to visit a parallel universe in which Snowden didn’t happen, and that’s classified.”Cass Sunstein on ‘Liberty and security in a changing world’last_img read more

Students compete in Tough Mudder race

first_imgSeveral Notre Dame students participated in a race through a giant obstacle course this weekend, an obstacle course that ends in a field of live wires that carry a 10,000-Volt shock. Sophomores Ryan Tixier, Dan Yerkes and Kevin Colvin tested their endurance in the Tough Mudder course Saturday and Sunday in Attica, Ind. They joined more than 6,500 other participants in the 12-mile obstacle course. “Tough Mudder has some crazy obstacles, but it’s worth it because it’s for a charity that helps returning vets readjust to life back home,” Tixier said. “Our roommate, Kevin, sent us a link on Facebook about it earlier in the semester, so we all grabbed onto it.” Tixier said British Special Forces designed the course to be a test of strength, mental grit and camaraderie. All proceeds from the weekend’s race support the Wounded Warriors Project, a charity that helps soldiers returning from overseas readjust to life in the United States. Some of these veterans participated in the race, Tixier said. “The most satisfying thing is that you’re actually helping people,” Tixier said. “There were some returning vets from Iraq there, one with prosthetic legs, who did it too. That just made it much more real. It was a really great event overall.” Icy water, swamps and blazing bales of kerosene-soaked straw greeted the participants at each turn of the course, according to the race website. Other obstacles included trails of cargo nets, 12-foot high walls and wire fields. “You’d run two miles, then scale a rope and drop 20 feet into an icy lake. You would swim under barriers and could barely move at some points,” Tixier said. “At another you crawled through a trench with dangling barbed wires filled with electricity hanging down. You’d feel jolts, but you kept going.” Yerkes, who ran the Chicago Marathon in October and qualified for the Boston Marathon, said the military-style obstacles were very different from other endurance races. They made teamwork necessary to complete the course. Tixier said he was surprised by the level of camaraderie displayed at the event. Though participants were physically exhausted, he said they were enthusiastic and helped one another finish the course. “You’d stay at one place for five minutes to pull people over an obstacle,” Tixier said. “My roommate Kevin helped a girl over a muddy log because she couldn’t move. She had said, ‘My legs don’t work.’ But she rested and ended up finishing the course later.” Teamwork, physical exhaustion and determination were on full display during the course’s final sprint, Tixier said. “The very last obstacle was the field of live wires. You’d see the finish line, but stood there for two minutes with 20 other people trying to get the will power to just do it,” he said. “But it was a good last obstacle because it brought the life back into you.” The contestants celebrated the end of the race with music and food, as well as free tattoos or a head-shave, Tixier said. “They had a big stage with music, but most people huddled around fires,” Tixier said. “We were just happy to have survived. I did get my head shaved with a Mohawk before the race started though. You could get that or a mullet.” While the race was tougher and colder than he expected, Tixier said he planned to participate in a Tough Mudder event again. “I’ll do it again, but not during November,” Tixier said. “There were too many ice water swims where your entire body just goes numb. If I did it again, it would be during the summer months and I’d get more guys from my dorm to do it.”last_img read more

CUNA: MBL guidance should be open for comment prior to final rule

first_imgWhile CUNA supports proposed changes to the National Credit Union Administration’s member business lending (MBL) regulation, guidance should be released and open to comment before the rule is finalized.In its comment letter to the agency sent Tuesday, CUNA praised the agency for moving from the current prescriptive approach to a more principle-based methodology.“CUNA supports NCUA’s approach because it simplifies the regulation and removes many onerous business lending restrictions in the current rule not mandated by the Federal Credit Union Act (FCUA),” the letter reads. “The prescriptive approach may have been appropriate in the early years of business lending; however, in spite of the FCUA limitations and this prescriptive approach, credit unions across the country have developed robust commercial lending programs with experienced management and sound lending practices.”CUNA also urged the agency to release and permit comment on the supervisory guidance it intends to issue. The proposal requires a more thorough examination of loans and policies by examiners, so the NCUA should provide consistent training and guidance to examiners, CUNA added. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Alex Trebek, Longtime Host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ Dies at 80

first_img– Advertisement – Otherwise he was a steady and predictable host — a no-nonsense presence, efficient in his role.A full obituary will be published shortly. Mr. Trebek had announced in a video on March 6, 2019, that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that week. He said that like many others with the disease, he had no symptoms until it had spread throughout his body. He delivered the news from the show’s set, wearing, as usual, a bandbox fresh suit and tie as he spoke straight to the camera without sentiment or histrionics.As a host, Mr. Trebek was the essence of durability. In the decades that he captained “Jeopardy!” more than 400 other game shows came and went. “Jeopardy!” endured, with millions of Americans organizing their weeknights around the highbrow program, shouting out the questions to their televisions as Mr. Trebek read the answers with his impeccable diction.One of the chief appeals of the show, apart from its intellectual challenge, was its consistency. Over the years, its format stayed almost the same, as did Mr. Trebek, though he trimmed back his bushy head of hair, grew grayer and occasionally sported a mustache, beard or goatee. – Advertisement – Alex Trebek, who hosted “Jeopardy!” for a record-setting 36 years and who brought an authoritative and unflappable persona to the quiz show’s peculiar conceit, in which answers are delivered in the form of a question, died on Sunday. He was 80.The death was confirmed by the show’s producers on Twitter. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Groups initiate fundraiser to support Veronica Koman following demand to return her scholarship money

first_imgHilman said Veronica had paid back Rp 64.5 million out of the Rp 773.8 million scholarship from her own money but he hoped the fundraising could pay off the remaining funds demanded.He said Veronica was aware of the initiative, which was started on Aug. 11, and fully supported it.On Tuesday, Veronica, who is currently residing in Australia, posted a statement claiming that the Indonesian government had forced her to return the scholarship money as a form of “financial punishment” for her activism in advocating for human rights in Papua and West Papua.She also posted on social media on Wednesday that the classes she took in her postgraduate study and all of her essays she wrote were on human rights advocacy in Papua. “However, the Indonesian government regards my dedication to Papua as [a form of] treason because it has never considered Papua a part of NKRI [the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia]. I’m gladly willing to be abandoned by Indonesia. Hand me to Papua, we have pride too,” she wroteIn a written statement on Thursday, the LPDP, which is under the coordination of the Finance Ministry, stated that the request to refund the scholarship was made because Veronica had failed to return home to Indonesia after her studies.Veronica had previously refuted LPDP’s claims saying that she returned to Indonesia to join the Jayapura-based Human Rights Lawyers Association for Papua (PAHAM Papua) in 2018 and she also gave pro-bono legal services to Papuan activists in three separate trials in Timika, Papua, from April to May 2019.However, the LPDP claimed that Veronica had not yet graduated when she returned to the country.”VKL graduated in July 2019 and registered her graduation on the LPDP system in September 2019. VKL returned to Indonesia in 2018 when she had not yet finished her studies so she did not return as an alumnus but as an ongoing awardee. Thus, her return cannot be regarded as the fulfilment of her alumnus obligations,” the LPDP stated, referring to Veronica by her initials.Social media users have questioned the LPDP decision saying that many awardees had not returned to the country after their studies but faced no consequences.”My friend returned to Indonesia, but he received a [job] offer from abroad. He has been working there ever since. No sanctions, nobody is looking for him either,” user @leavesomeday tweeted.Fyi bener sih. Temen ai udah balik ke Indonesia, terus ada offer di LN sampai sekarang gapulang. Ga ada sanksi, dan ga dicariin juga— Leavesomeday (@leavesomeday) August 11, 2020Siska, a 2016 LPDP awardee in the United Kingdom also claimed fellow awardees had not returned to Indonesia after finishing their studies.”A friend of mine who studied at the same university as me in the UK has not returned to Indonesia. He is currently working for a private company in the UK,” she told Tempo.co.Another awardee, she said, had got a job in the US before completing her three years’ obligatory work in Indonesia.Topics : Civil society group Papua Itu Kita (Papua Is Us) and Jayapura-based publication Jubi have initiated a fundraising movement to support Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who was recently asked to return government-sponsored scholarship funding for her studies in Australia.”Papua residents initiated the fundraising because they feel thankful to Veronica who has been a vocal advocate for human rights issues in Papua. They want to help her too,” Veronica’s lawyer Michael Hilman told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Veronica was asked to return scholarship money totaling Rp 773.8 million (US$52,760) from the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) that she received in September 2016 to enable her to study for a master’s degree in law at the Australian National University.last_img read more

Original Winkworth family home for sale in new Cairns location

first_img17 Christensen St, Machans Beach used to be located on Winkworth St, Westcourt and home to the Winkworth family.A HOME with a unique link to Cairns history, relocated to a spacious beachside block, has come onto the market almost 100 years after it was built.The original Winkworth family home first appeared on Westcourt’s Winkworth St in 1927, built by prominent carpenter Thomas who lived in the area and established the city’s first joinery works.Serving as an alderman on the Cairns City Council, Mr Winkworth died in 2012 but his house was moved to Christensen St, Machans Beach in 2006. Inside 17 Christensen St, Machans Beach.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoElite Real Estate Services sales director Karl Latham said the block represented the “ultimate lifestyle property” and the home retained all the charms of a turn of the century Far North home.“Even though the block is 2429 sqm it is like acreage,” he said.“It has character, space, it is close to beach, a boat ramp is at the end of the street, it backs onto bushland but is still only 10 minutes to the city.”Tongue and groove walls, casement windows and fretwork above doorways evoke the style and atmosphere of the 1920s. The property comes onto the market almost two years after LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison started the Cairns Queenslanders Facebook group to help revive a love of the architectural style. 17 Christensen St, Machans Beach used to be located on Winkworth St, Westcourt and home to the Winkworth family.The group is still going strong with dozens of passionate followers.Mr Morrison has said previously the Queenslander was “the antithesis of bland modern homes”.But the Christensen St home also has plenty of modern conveniences such as a modern, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and stone benchtops, four large bedrooms upstairs, all with built in robes and airconditioning and plenty of storage with a lock up shed and undercover parking for more than four vehicles.last_img read more

DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

first_img(Council on Ageing) On 15 June 2020, the Dominica Council on Ageing (DCOA) joins organisations, Government agencies, professional community groups and institutions around the world to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).In 2006 the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse.WEAAD was recognised as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011.“Several senior citizens are abused by people who are close to them, relatives, caregivers,” said Ophelia Marie, president of the DCOA. “Abuse is in the form of neglect and it could be financial, emotional, physical, psychological and other types of abuse.”Although there is no data on levels of elder abuse in Dominica,   Ms. Marie said the World Health organisation (WHO) has estimated that one in six people 60 years and older have experienced some form of abuse in the community setting during the past years.Declaring elder abuse a serious public health issue, the United Nations has acknowledged that it is “deeply concerned” about the situation affecting older persons around the world  especially since levels of elder abuse will increase as the population of older persons rises.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social distancing and other protocols, in its observance of WEAAD-2020, the DCOA will focus on the media.One of the main highlights of the day will be a radio address on Monday 15 June by Honourable Dr. Addis King, Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors’ Security, and Dominicans with Disabilities.In its observance of WEAAD, the DCOA has planned other radio addresses and programmes as well as newspaper articles highlighting the theme of WEAAD-2020 which is “Lifting up Voices”.“We are also using the day to draw attention to the situation of the older persons: how recognised are they; how included are they in the social fabric of society; what happens to them in any special way because they are senior citizens; how much are they included in decision making, or expressing their views on national issues,” said Ms. Marie. “We really need to look at the way we treat our seniors.” Share Sharing is caring! InternationalLifestyleLocalNews DCOA Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by: – June 11, 2020 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 31 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

first_imgFinancial markets have gone into atailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe andAsia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death tollat its lowest for almost three weeks. PHOTO BY REUTERS BEIJING – The new coronavirus has peakedin China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned,as infections mushroom in other countries. Confirmed cases at the centre of the global coronavirus outbreak. AFP But the situation is worsening in othercountries, with more than 2,000 cases and around 30 deaths reported abroad,prompting a raft of restrictions on travellers from infected nations. (AFP)last_img

249 nabbed for defying quarantine, curfew

first_imgOn Tuesday night in this city, thepolice arrested 40 curfew and quarantine violatorsin the City Proper area. They were temporarily held at the Iloilo FreedomGrandstand. “Some of them were minors and weneeded to call the attention of their guardians or parents,” said Malong. ILOILO City – From March 22 to 24 thepolice arrested 249 persons for violating the curfew and house quarantine beingimposed by various local government units across Western Visayas to prevent thespread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The quarantine aims to limit themovement of people to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. PRO-6 information officer PoliceColonel Joem Malong said the violators were taken to police stations andreleased the following day. To those traveling to work, Malongsaid, should secure quarantine passes from their barangay councils or havetheir company identification cards ready. Others were of legal age andbinge-drinking outside their houses, she added. Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) datashowed Negros Occidental having the highest number of violators at 92. Antiquehad 39 and Iloilo province, 35. “We are once again urging the publicto stay at home. We are reminding them, too, that there is a liquor ban,” saidMalong.  “But if there is no work and noimportant matter to attend to, avoid loitering. Stay in your house. We havepolicemen conducting 24/7 checkpoints,” said Malong./PN The police gather these persons at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand for violating the ongoing enhanced community quarantine and curfew on Tuesday night (March 24, 2020). Since it is impossible for them to observe social distancing in a small and cramped police detention cell, the next best thing to do is “ground” these violatos at the grandstand. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

Zabaleta expects response from City

first_imgManchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident manager Manuel Pellegrini will soon put right what went wrong against Chelsea. Zabaleta said on City TV: “It was one of those games that we didn’t do our stuff. “It was an important game for us to get three points and be back on top of the league. “We need to think and be positive now and review the game, just to see all the mistakes and try not to make them again. “Sometimes when you lose one game it is terrible, but we must be stronger than ever. “We know we are only two points behind Arsenal and there is still a long way to go. “We have got 14 games more to the end of the season. We need to be positive.” City started with confidence as Yaya Toure and David Silva went close but Chelsea, defying predictions they would be defensive, soon took control of the game. Ramires tested Joe Hart before Branislav Ivanovic lashed in a fine goal from the edge of the area. Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hit the woodwork as the visitors continued to dominate. Silva did have two more late chances but City were unable to claim an equaliser. City had been without top scorer Sergio Aguero and midfielder Fernandinho, who pulled out before the game with an unspecified muscle strain. The Brazilian will undergo further assessment but is expected to be out for at least a fortnight. Pellegrini said: “He has a muscle injury, we will see how long it is but it will be a couple of weeks, three or four weeks.” City’s apparently quickening title charge was slowed and their free-scoring attack blunted as the Londoners claimed a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. The result prevented City moving back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and saw Chelsea pull level with them in second, two points behind leaders Arsenal. Press Association It also ended their formidable home run, having won all 11 previous league games at Eastlands, and was the first time they had not scored at the ground since November 2010. Zabaleta said: “We were a little bit frustrated by the result but this is football. Sometimes you can lose games. “We can learn from mistakes and we see how difficult the Premier League is at the moment. Every game is very difficult. “We need to keep calm. I think the manager is clever enough to work during the week and show to us on video what we did wrong and try to do well next game. “We still have a chance in four competitions. We have important games coming up in February. “We need to have a good rest now and be ready for Saturday. That is going to be another tough game, Norwich away.” City host Chelsea again in the FA Cup fifth round on February 15, three days before Barcelona visit in the Champions League. Before that they have Premier League games against Norwich and Sunderland, who are also their Capital One Cup final opponents on March 2. last_img read more