A range of low-calorie gluten- and lactose-free cakes has been launched exclusively in Selfridges.Star of Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin, Harry Eastwood has teamed up with American entrepreneur Ashley Maddox to launch Petit Pois, a range of cakes made using vegetables instead of butter and some of the sugar.The cakes contain free-range eggs, 70% cocoa chocolate, real vanilla bean and unwaxed citrus fruit in four flavours: vanilla, chocolate, lemon and orange. Each cake has a very thin layer of icing and is topped with a little green marizpan pea. The firm claims that the vegetables continue to moisten and sweeten the cakes days after being made. The cakes are £5 for a box of two.
Fruition are gearing up to release a new album on February 2, 2018, Watching It All Fall Apart, via LoHi Records. In celebration of the upcoming release, the Portland, Oregon-based band have shared the lead single from the album, “I’ll Never Sing Your Name”. Additionally, they will hit the road in 2018. The album is now available for pre-order on CD, digital or limited edition color swirled vinyl, as well as deluxe bundles via the band’s store here.In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producerTucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the band’s three singer-songwriters’ (Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja) sublime harmonies they first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart finds them fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.In the making of their forthcoming record, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”Enjoy Fruition’s new single “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” below.Closing out the year with a NYE run of the Pacific Northwest that includes two hometown shows at the 1400 seat Crystal Ballroom, Fruition will be headed back out on the road from February to April, with two release-week celebration shows at The Ogden Theater (Denver, CO) on February 2nd and 3rd. First leg of tour dates below.Watching It All Fall Apart tracklist:1) Stuck On You2) Northern Town3) There She Was4) I’ll Never Sing Your Name5) Let’s Take It Too Far6) Turn To Dust7) FOMO8) I Should Be9) Lonesome Prayer10) EraserFruition Tour Dates:12/29 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe12/30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom12/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom01/25 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat01/26 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station01/27 – Bozeman, MT @ Eagles Ballroom01/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room02/02 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre02/03 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre02/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada02/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Atomic Cowboy Pavillion02/09 – Chicago, IL @ Martyrs02/10 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern02/14 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl02/15 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar02/18 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley02/21 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge02/22 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s02/24 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ WinterWonderGrass Festival02/25 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ WinterWonderGrass Festival
A major effort under way at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) to redesign its educational strategy has received significant new support of $12.5 million from the Charina Endowment Fund and Richard L. (M.B.A. ’59) and Ronay Menschel of New York City.The Transforming Public Health Education Initiative Fund will support development of innovative materials, technologies, and approaches required to redesign the master’s degree program for health professionals and to develop a new leadership doctorate in public health. The innovations will also benefit other graduate degree programs at the School as part of an overall effort to better prepare 21st-century students to achieve maximum impact in their careers.The $12.5 million will underwrite efforts by the HSPH faculty to infuse the educational experience at HSPH with more case-based and field-based “real world” learning opportunities. It will also accelerate efforts at the School to develop “flipped classroom” experiences, in which lecture-style material is increasingly delivered online before class, while classroom time is spent by students and faculty actively engaging together to develop strategies for solving the types of problems students will encounter in their careers.The fund will support the development of revised and enhanced master’s-level curricula to be made available to students in 2015, and a new doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) degree that the School will offer for the first time beginning in 2014. Both degrees will continue and strengthen the HSPH tradition of preparing students for leadership careers in public health.The overall support to public health in the past year by the Charina Endowment Fund and the Menschels is $15 million. Their support includes an earlier $2.5 million to fund Ariadne Labs, a joint initiative of HSPH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital headed by Atul Gawande to improve health systems performance in the U.S. and globally through simple checklists and other innovations that reduce surgical errors, increase the safety of childbirth, and produce better planning with patients for end-of-life care.This new funding for education builds on a gift HSPH received in 2012 from an anonymous donor for $5 million for curriculum development and scholarships for a new doctor of public health (Dr.P.H.) program at the School. The School also received a $500,000 grant from the Medtronic Foundation in 2011 to support efforts to enhance its educational programs, and a $300,000 grant for faculty training from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT).“This combined funding, totaling $18.3 million, shows a remarkable level of philanthropic interest in, and commitment to, public health education in the U.S. and globally. It positions us well to continue to educate the public health leaders of tomorrow,” said Julio Frenk, HSPH dean. “As soon as this fall, students at the School will begin to benefit from the generosity of these gifts through the enhanced classroom experiences they will encounter.”The Transforming Public Health Education Initiative Fund will also support facilities development to make these innovative and team-based approaches to education possible. It will facilitate opportunities for HSPH faculty to collaborate with other faculty across Harvard to improve students’ educational experiences, and will provide support for faculty to learn new ways of teaching content that will more actively involve students in learning.“Public health students preparing for leadership roles in government, nongovernmental agencies, and private firms need both in-depth knowledge in specialized areas of public health and a wealth of competencies that enable them to work collaboratively across the wide range of disciplines involved in improving the world’s health,” said Frenk. “We are re-envisioning our approach to education in our professional programs to enable our students to meet the rapidly changing needs of the field.”“We support Harvard School of Public Health with our philanthropy because we believe in the importance of public health and the opportunity to expand the knowledge and skill sets of future public health leaders through the use of technology and case studies examining evolving health challenges,” said Ronay Menschel.“Improving learning leads to better-prepared students who can more successfully address the major public health issues facing the world today,” said Richard Menschel. “Better-educated public health leaders have the capacity to improve the health of us all.”“To transform public health education for the 21st century we must supplement traditional lectures with case-based teaching and with team-based learning, simulations, and other experience-oriented opportunities,” said Frenk. “Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Charina Endowment Fund and Richard and Ronay Menschel, we will harness the latest advances in educational technology and give our faculty the time they very much want to learn new teaching methods and infuse their courses with these new instructional approaches.”Richard Menschel, a senior director at Goldman Sachs, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ronay, who is the chairwoman of Phipps Houses and The Trust for Governors Island. They have three daughters: Charis ’97; Sabina ’99, M.B.A. ’05; and Celene ’04, M.B.A.’13. Ronay is a Cornell University graduate and a past vice chair of its board of trustees. Over the years, the couple has shared their generosity with several Harvard Schools and programs, including the Business School, the Graduate School of Education, HSPH, and the Harvard Art Museums. Richard Menschel’s involvement with Harvard includes many leadership roles, including national co-chair of the Harvard University Campaign in 1992-99, service on the University Campaign Executive Committee, and honorary co-chair of the forthcoming HSPH Capital Campaign. Richard Menschel is a recipient of the Harvard Medal.
Before Notre Dame took on Massachussetts on Saturday, a panel composed of Notre Dame faculty convened in Jordan Hall of Science to discuss “Science, Religion and Environmental Change: How it Relates to the encyclical the Pope Has Issued.”Panel moderator Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science, said the discussion is particularly timely given that Pope Francis has been speaking about his encyclical, “Laudato si’” and the moral obligation to solve the issue of climate change during his visit to the United States.“Pope Francis in a statement said ‘Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations,’” Galvin said. “‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment.’”The first panelist, David Lodge, professor of biology and director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, began the panel by giving some historical context.“At the intersection of science and religion, you can’t just jump into any modern document and think that it can be taken entirely at face value,” he said. “You want to think about how the scientific community … might react to such a document. The history of the interaction between Christianity and science has been, to say the least, a little fraught on occasion.”Lodge spoke specifically of the conflicts between Galileo, Darwinism and environmentalism and the Church. He said these are three examples “on which it’s difficult to even entertain a serious, polite conversation sometimes” between the Church and the scientific community.“And into that context steps Pope Francis,” Lodge said. “And Pope Francis and the encyclical really provide some just wonderfully refreshing surprises in this context. … Pope Francis takes science really seriously … so scientists can read this document and feel perhaps pleasantly surprised given the context I described.”Lodge also said Francis writes in the encyclical that environmental change should be a moral concern for humans everywhere, not just those who are directly affected by it at this moment in time or those who place an intrinsic value on the lives of other creatures.“In the encyclical Pope Francis says ‘Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common path,’” Lodge said. “God does not only love us, the Pope says, he loves all the other critters, too, and that’s the basis of the moral obligation.”Panelist Georges Enderle, professor of international business ethics said people need to accept climate change is a problem in the world today.“I think it is very crucial to open our eyes and face reality,” he said. “This is not just the opinion of a few people studying philosophy, but I think it’s an urgent need which is emphasized by the Pope in this encyclical.”“Climate change is an enormously complex and urgent problem,” Enderle said. “We need new dialogue, and the Pope, in his address to the joint session and to Congress … urges us to talk together, to seek together and to have a dialogue, because only then will we have a chance to address those important issues. We need action at all levels. The rule of law in a country is a public good, which means everybody benefits from it, and a war is a public bad. Everybody is affected by it. And so, if you say … the climate issue is a public bad, we have to think about how to address it.”The third panelist, Joyce Coffee, managing director of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), said she believes through his encyclical, the Pope has made the issue of climate change a human rights issue that is not just for Americans to think about in terms of how it affects first-world countries such as the United States.“The Pope has really put the question of climate change firmly and unequivocally as a human rights question,” she said. “Those living in lower incomes in least-developed countries experience 10 times more climate impacts than those in rich countries on an annual basis. Our data also showed that it would take more than 100 years for lower income countries to reach the level of resilience that we enjoy in upper-income countries, and this disproportionate risk is something the Papal encyclical calls out.”Coffee also spoke to ND-GAIN’s mission, saying the organization’s mission of service to justice, educating the next generation of leaders and increasing the world’s awareness about the need to adapt to climate change, lines up with Pope Francis’s call to action in his encyclical.“We believe that if we can increase the uptick of investments that save lives and improve livelihoods in the face of global shifts, we will in fact be addressing that incredible call to action that is throughout the Papal encyclical,” Coffee said. “We will actually be seizing opportunities for these collateral benefits of climate adaptation … the Pope spoke to. … Climate adaptation lifts more out of poverty. … Climate adaptation can help decrease armed conflict, especially when that conflict is driven by droughts and food insecurity.”Alan Hamlet, assistant professor in the department of civil environmental engineering and earth sciences, said the encyclical makes the need to address water as a part of this discussion clear.“Almost everything that we care about, in a global context right down to our daily lives, is very connected with water,” he said. “The encyclical does an absolutely great job of laying down the connections between social, technical, economic and so forth, all of those systems. And embedded in almost all of those issues is water.”Hamlet said the world needs to move away from looking to past water trends to predict future ones and to move past the damage report into solutions.“There’s a great need, in the water sector, to move beyond the use of historical records for our planning,” Hamlet said. “We assume that the variability we’ve seen in the past with historical records is a crystal ball of sorts for the future. With climate change, that idea is really gone and we need to use models instead of observations. … We also need to move beyond the damage report. … It is an extensive, formidable list, but we need now to move beyond saying what is going to break to saying how we are going to try to fix it.”Despite the panelists’ praise of Pope Francis’s encyclical for addressing many critical issues, they also voiced concerns about certain aspects, such as its specificity to which it did not address other topics that they felt should be mentioned.During her introduction, Galvin said Notre Dame is already taking necessary steps to meet the challenge presented in the Papal encyclical.“This is a critical time which will require all of us to act,” she said. “At Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins announced this week, on Monday, that Notre Dame will cease burning coal in five years and cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030.”The panelists also spoke about the unique role Notre Dame may play as a Catholic university in carrying out the mission presented by Pope Francis in his encyclical.“I came upon the line [in the encyclical] that said, ‘Young people demand change,’” Coffee said. “‘They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environment degradation and suffering of the excluded.’ I thought that sounds so much like the mission statement here. … I think that we have a real opportunity here to further that quest for human solidarity within the curriculum, action and work that happens at our University that impact society, to really bring more service to justice through the University’s efforts to educate the next generation of leaders.”Tags: and Environmental Change”, encyclical, Professor panel, religion, science
Editor’s note: This is the second day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s stories examine the services available to students at the University and the College. Any student can register with Disability Services to request accommodations, according to coordinator Scott Howland.Eric Richelsen “It starts by providing documentation for the disability, so that can vary from pretty extensive evaluations that have been done for a learning disability or ADHD, or it could just be information from a medical doctor about a condition,” he said. “In some cases, if it were an obvious disability probably less information is needed, if anything at all.”The largest group of students served by the office are students with ADHD, Howland said, but the fastest-growing group is students with mental health issues. “Really, about 90 percent of the students we work with, they have non-visible disabilities,” he said. “We work with 650 students that are registered with the office, so if students are looking around campus and think they are identifying students with disabilities, they are really only seeing a small fraction.” The requirements on institutions of higher education are different from elementary, middle and high schools, Howland said. “The difference is that, with K-12, it’s really the responsibility of the school to identify the students that have disabilities. Their ultimate goal is academic success of the student,” he said. “In higher education, we want the student to be successful as well, but really, students must self-identify to the University as having a disability, and again, we’re just trying to remove barriers to give them the same opportunity. Our ultimate goal is that we’re giving students the same opportunity to be successful. “In that sense, in K-12, they might provide more tutoring, more specialized instruction. We’re providing more access.”Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the University sees its role as one of providing the chance for all students to succeed.“It is our responsibility as administrators to ensure that every student has the opportunity to flourish during their time at Notre Dame,” Hoffmann Harding said.“Like other Universities, we are seeing an increased need for the resources and services offered by our Office of Disability Services. We aim to continue educating the campus community — faculty, staff and students alike — about these resources so students can make an informed decision about what they may need at any given time, so they can experience Notre Dame to their fullest potential.”Accommodations Every academic accommodation is made with the idea of providing equal access, Howland, said but also maintaining the integrity of the class. “Accommodations are not provided that would lower the standard or alter the class significantly for a student with disability. It’s achieving the same goal, but taking a different way or method to get there,” he said. After a student has self-identified and requested accommodations from the University, Howland said he would meet with the student to discuss reasonable accommodations. “We would talk about specific accommodations, where they’re needed, how we would go about implementing them and how we would go about determining what might be reasonable, what’s not reasonable in the scope of a class. They might ask for an accommodation for a class that we might not be able to provide because it has too much of an impact on the integrity of the class,” he said. “Because every student is different, and every class is different, there is a process by which my office would ultimately decide what’s the reasonable accommodations. “Of course we’d also be consulting the department, faculty members, in making that decision. So there is a process, for instance, if I think a student should have an accommodation in a class and the professor disagrees. Then our policies outline the process by which then that might be elevated to the dean’s office or the provost’s office to determine how the University would respond to the request.”Some accommodations can be provided quickly upon a student’s request, Howland said, such as acquiring a large print or electronic version of a textbook for a student who has a disability that impacts their ability to read standard print. “Other accommodations, it might be asking for modification to a part of a class or to a major, those are going to take a little bit longer. We generally try to get some sort of response to the student within a week to two weeks,” he said. Howland said the office evaluates the efficacy of accommodations throughout the semester. “We do it more formally at the end of the year, but we would do that continually throughout the year as well — we would seek feedback from students to get their feeling as to whether the accommodations were appropriate and helpful,” he said. Service dogs and emotional support animals Accommodations available to students also include the opportunity to have service dogs and emotional support animals on campus, Howland said. “There are two categories: service animals, which can now only be a dog, and the intention of a service dog is to provide a specific task to a student with a disability,” he said. “That could be providing guidance around campus for someone with a visual impairment, there could be a service dog for someone with diabetes, that would help them better detect when their blood sugar is higher or lower.” Emotional support animals do not necessarily have to be dogs and typically aid those with a mental health condition and provide a calming effect with their presence, Howland said. “When it’s an emotional support animal, it’s really restricted to the student’s dorm room. Obviously they can take it out for exercise or to go to the bathroom, but really it’s limited to their dorm room,” he said. “It can’t go to the dining hall or anything like that, whereas service animals can go anyplace on campus the student can go, with the exception of like a science lab that is a clean lab that’s using protective suits and things like that.” Study abroad Howland said he has encouraged students who have received accommodations from Disability Services to participate in study abroad programs, especially as more countries have adopted basic standards for accommodations.“Depending on the setting, if a student has needed housing accommodations, then we we would try to work with that setting to provide similar accommodations while they are abroad,” he said. “The only time I might try to discourage a student or make a student aware of potential problems, [is] if they are a student in a wheelchair or they are looking at countries where they might run into accessibility problems. We’ve had students that have traveled in many programs.”Academic accommodations are also available to students in abroad programs, Howland said. “One of the challenges is if it is a student that has needed academic accommodations, but they’re taking classes that are part of another university and not necessarily under Notre Dame’s supervision, the laws might differ in those countries as far as what accommodations they can provide,” he said. “We had a student that studied in Jerusalem, and some of those courses were taken at different schools — the people that were Notre Dame contacts or representatives in those countries were still able to help with coordinating with accommodations. … It still worked, but sometimes it can be more a challenging if there’s less control over the classes a student is taking.”Peer institutions The University “compares fairly well” to private schools that are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Howland said, in terms of the number of students served. “Staffing, I think we might be a little bit lower,” he said. “We’re working with around 650 students, and there’s two full-time staff and a half-time administrative assistant.”The Sara Bea Center for Disability Services primarily acts as a testing center for students who need accommodations for exams, Howland said. “This fall, it will be 10 years since we’ve been here, and I think we’ve begun to outgrow the space,” he said. “A goal would be to add additional space, and additional staff that can continue to provide a lot of one-to-one assistance.” Stanford University is a university that Notre Dame aspires to become a peer of, Howland said. “They’re a school that has developed, from the point that they have a very large staff, and they have the Office of Accessible Education,” he said. “They have a much greater staff than we do. I think that is one, that I would look to, as a highly-selective institution that is leading.”Tags: disability, Disability series 2016, Observer Disability Series 2016, Office of Disability Services
By Dialogo April 01, 2010 Beginning in 2003, Ecuador and Chile formed the Chiecuencoy engineering company as their contingent for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, performing construction work and providing support to civil organizations.The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of a contingent of 66 individuals, including four engineering officers and 62 troops specialized in operating machinery and heavy equipment. Up to now, 11 military contingents have provided services, becoming carriers of a message of peace and progress for the Haitian population. Immediately following the earthquake, the Ecuadorean company of engineers, as part of MINUSTAH, participated actively in search and rescue operations, medical care, humanitarian aid, debris removal and water distribution, obtaining the following results: Rescue/Recovery Activities: Ecuadorean Company of Engineers The rescue operations were carried out around the clock, with the personnel organized into groups and working eighthour shifts, focused primarily in the vicinity of the Hotel Montana, where there were about 200 people at the time of the disaster. The Ecuadorean contingent administered first aid to the injured, while other teams searched among the ruins in the hope of finding people alive. These tasks extended for approximately two weeks, followed by debris removal using heavy machinery and the recovery of the remains of those who regrettably perished in the disaster. Likewise, the country formed the Ecuador Task Force- Humanitarian Mission to Haiti, made up of specialized personnel from the Red Cross, firefighters, the Armed Forces and the national police, who had the necessary equipment for search and rescue operations; the task force arrived in Port-au-Prince 48 hours after the earthquake. In coordinattion with rescue teams from other countries, members conducted searches for trapped victims, supported by trained dogs, but despite the effort made, only corpses could be recovered. The task force not only put its contingent at the service of the Haitian people but also delivered provisions to local humanitarian aid organizations for distribution to the victims. Hotel Montana (day 1), Persons alive: 7, Persons deceased: 1, Total: 8 Housing behind the base, Persons alive: 5, Persons deceased: 2, Total: 7 Hotel Montana vicinity, PErsons alive: 4, Persons deceased: 0, Total: 4 Pan-American House Delmas 60, Persons Alive: 1, Persons deceased: 0, Total: 1 Hotel Montana (after day 1), Persons Alive: 10, Persons decease: 17, Total : 27 Total Alive: 27, Total deceased: 20, Total: 47
Another gadget showcased as part of the demonstration was a remote-controlled, helicopter-like aircraft that weighs approximately one pound, reaches up to 1,200 feet and can fly continuously for about 30 minutes. Known as InstantEye, the system offers birds eye views of a disaster area, without risking the lives of rescue personnel. Other technologies demonstrated were three mobile applications that are part of the GlobalMedAid kit developed by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center. The kit includes an English to Spanish simultaneous translation application that facilitates the communication between healthcare personnel and disaster victims, a data capture solution for documenting care and treatment of the injured, and an application designed to improve training of medical personnel while deployed. Besides the display of innovative technologies for disaster relief, Mr. Hurtado also saw this demonstration as a venue for creating and tightening links between organizations and countries. “The relationships and contacts we develop and hone through science and technology engagements create networks that will be invaluable when something happens and we actually know who to call,” said Hurtado. In late September, after the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School releases a final assessment of GeoSHAPE and its operational utility, the tool will be integrated with the Pacific Disaster Center’s DisasterAWARE platform, and the U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit’s CyberGIS project, an existing effort to build web mapping and geographic data sharing applications focused on complex humanitarian emergencies. Looking further ahead, Hurtado envisions a myriad of initiatives and applications spinning off this geospatial information sharing tool, which can complement other USSOUTHCOM’s efforts to improve support to the response to natural disasters and humanitarian assistance crises in the region. It inform us plenty. It’s good to know what really happens in our country. Pray to God for the needs of the country. It’s very interesting. The initiatives are excellent in order to be somewhat prepared when a disaster occurs EXCELLENT NEWS COVERAGE! THE ACTIONS OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS SHOULD BE FOUGHT ON ALL LEVELS…EVEN AT A GOVERNMENT LEVEL. This is very well explained THE INITIATIVE AND APPLICATION ARE VALID, AND YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THEM. By Dialogo September 05, 2014 The main players in the simulated hurricane created to test GeoSHAPE were Honduras-based U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) – a task force able to dispatch airlift, logistical, medical, firefighting and other capabilities to support disaster relief missions –, and COPECO. Similar to U.S. Federal Management Agency (FEMA), COPECO is a government organization charged with providing the national response to disasters in the Central American country. Other participants were the Honduran Red Cross and Green Cross; representatives from the Military, Police and Firefighters; non-governmental organization World Vision, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Working simultaneously from their respective locations 52 miles away, JTF-B and COPECO’s operators used Android tablets and cell phones to enter hurricane-related events. Symbols for helicopter landing zones, water distribution points, hospitals, blocked roads, flooded towns… started crowding the maps at both sites. “The simulation tested how GeoSHAPE can enable organizations to collaboratively edit information from their locations and synchronize it across geographically dispersed servers to create a common picture of the disaster and the resources at hand,” says Scott Clark, director of geospatial programs at LMN Solutions, a Virginia-based IT company commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the software. Clark also underscored the open source, open standard nature of GeoSHAPE, which makes it possible for organizations to easily adapt the software to their needs without incurring great licensing expenses. The operational demonstration also offered the opportunity to showcase other technologies that might prove useful in the response to disasters. Among those was the CommCube, a portable Internet hotspot designed to support voice and data communications for up to 50 users in a 1,000 feet radius. A category 5 hurricane hits Honduras just before sunset, tormenting towns and people along its path. Behind, it leaves a toll of roofless houses, truncated lives, and thousands left with nothing but the hope of getting help quickly… now. Fortunately, Hurricane Gonzalo was only a figment of the imagination, the “perfect storm” crafted by the Science, Technology and Experimentation Division at the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) to demonstrate and assess GeoSHAPE, a software application designed to revolutionize the way organizations collaborate in response to disasters. Take the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, for example. Tons of supplies were flown in and hundreds of organizations came to lend a helping hand, but they lacked an unclassified geospatial information exchange tool to coordinate relief efforts. “Operations like the response to the earthquake in Haiti revealed gaps in the methods for creating and sharing map data on critical aspects of the emergency response,” said Juan Hurtado, USSOUTHCOM’s Science Advisor. Where are water and food distribution points? What’s the condition of roads and bridges? Where are the locations of personnel and resources deployed in support of the rescue efforts? USSOUTHCOM’s quest for a technology solution that could answer that type of questions and close those gaps started in August 2012, when the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Rapid Fielding, funded the Rapid Open Geospatial User-driven Enterprise (ROGUE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project to develop a geospatial information sharing capability. GeoSHAPE, which stands for Geospatial Security Humanitarian Assistance and Partnership Engagement, was created under the ROGUE project as a combination of a web-based application that sits on a server, and a portable application called Arbiter for the collection of data and images in the field. “With GeoSHAPE, geotagged information can be shared almost in real time when an internet or cell phone connection is readily available. Otherwise, the information is sent as soon as a connection is established,” said Donald Jones, who managed the development of ROGUE for USOUTHCOM. GeoSHAPE can display disaster-relevant information in a map that anybody with a web browser and the appropriate permissions can see from anywhere in the world. “The outcome is improved situational awareness and fact-based decision making, hopefully bringing the response to people faster, more effectively,” he added. Progress on the program moved quickly and two years after the beginning of the JCTD, the software was ready to be demonstrated in an operational setting. The location chosen: Honduras. “Central America is often battered by hurricanes, mudslides, floodings… and our command has a long history of collaboration with Honduras in many areas”, said Hurtado, who early in his career spent a tour in the country. The Science, Technology and Experimentation Division that he heads at USSOUTHCOM was established in 2002 and since then has endeavored to develop technology solutions to regional challenges and to provide capabilities that address U.S. military operational requirements and also build U.S. and partner nation capacity to disrupt illicit trafficking, counter transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York XKCDThe Heartbleed computer security bug is many things: a catastrophic tech failure, an open invitation to criminal hackers and yet another reason to upgrade our passwords on dozens of websites. But more than anything else, Heartbleed reveals our neglect of Internet security.The United States spends more than $50 billion a year on spying and intelligence, while the folks who build important defense software—in this case a program called OpenSSL that ensures that your connection to a website is encrypted—are four core programmers, only one of whom calls it a full-time job.In a typical year, the foundation that supports OpenSSL receives just $2,000 in donations. The programmers have to rely on consulting gigs to pay for their work. “There should be at least a half dozen full time OpenSSL team members, not just one, able to concentrate on the care and feeding of OpenSSL without having to hustle commercial work,” says Steve Marquess, who raises money for the project.Is it any wonder that this Heartbleed bug slipped through the cracks?Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher who saved the Internet from a similarly fundamental flaw back in 2008, says that Heartbleed shows that it’s time to get “serious about figuring out what software has become Critical Infrastructure to the global economy, and dedicating genuine resources to supporting that code.”The Obama Administration has said it is doing just that with its national cybersecurity initiative, which establishes guidelines for strengthening the defense of our technological infrastructure—but it does not provide funding for the implementation of those guidelines.Instead, the National Security Agency, which has responsibility to protect U.S. infrastructure, has worked to weaken encryption standards. And so private websites—such as Facebook and Google, which were affected by Heartbleed—often use open-source tools such as OpenSSL, where the code is publicly available and can be verified to be free of NSA backdoors.The federal government spent at least $65 billion between 2006 and 2012 to secure its own networks, according to a February report from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. And many critical parts of the private sector—such as nuclear reactors and banking—follow sector-specific cybersecurity regulations.But private industry has also failed to fund its critical tools. As cryptographer Matthew Green says, “Maybe in the midst of patching their servers, some of the big companies that use OpenSSL will think of tossing them some real no-strings-attached funding so they can keep doing their job.”In the meantime, the rest of us are left with the unfortunate job of changing all our passwords, which may have been stolen from websites that were using the broken encryption standard. It’s unclear whether the bug was exploited by criminals or intelligence agencies. (The NSA says it didn’t know about it.)It’s worth noting, however, that the risk of your passwords being stolen is still lower than the risk of your passwords being hacked from a website that failed to protect them properly. Criminals have so many ways to obtain your information these days—by sending you a fake email from your bank or hacking into a retailer’s unguarded database—that it’s unclear how many would have gone through the trouble of exploiting this encryption flaw.The problem is that if your passwords were hacked by the Heartbleed bug, the hack would leave no trace. And so, unfortunately, it’s still a good idea to assume that your passwords might have been stolen.So, you need to change them. If you’re like me, you have way too many passwords. So I suggest starting with the most important ones—your email passwords. Anyone who gains control of your email can click “forgot password” on your other accounts and get a new password emailed to them. As a result, email passwords are the key to the rest of your accounts. After email, I’d suggest changing banking and social media account passwords.But before you change your passwords, you need to check if the website has patched their site. You can test whether a site has been patched by typing the URL here. (Look for the green highlighted ” Now Safe” result.)If the site has been patched, then change your password. If the site has not been patched, wait until it has been patched before you change your password.A reminder about how to make passwords: Forget all the password advice you’ve been given about using symbols and not writing down your passwords. There are only two things that matter: Don’t reuse passwords across websites and the longer the password, the better.I suggest using password management software, such as 1Password or LastPass, to generate the vast majority of your passwords. And for email, banking and your password to your password manager, I suggest a method of picking random words from the Dictionary called Diceware. If that seems too hard, just make your password super long— at least 30 or 40 characters long, if possible.
by: Dan BergerAs much as I like quick lists and tips on improving skill sets and becoming a better person, achieving those ends also involves a journey of self-discovery that isn’t so black and white.Leadership Coach David Roppo says in a LinkedIn article, “Leadership, especially the legendary type, requires a journey. There isn’t a shortcut, quick fix approach, or an effective method for micromanaging life and/or personal behavior.”He explains that legendary leadership “is a product of internal development on both emotional and spiritual levels.” In other words, what you see is what you get: The characteristics you exhibit on the outside come from who you are on the inside. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Weak leadership is commonplace among CEO’s across all industries and credit unions are no exception. The financial and emotional impact on the credit union, its stakeholders (members) and the community that relies upon the credit union is problematic to quantify; however, the costs must include reputation risk, high-staff turnover, inability to accomplish approved strategies and low morale. All drain limited resources and hit the bottom-line.Reputation risk displays itself in declining membership growth, increased scrutiny by the local press and examiners, and staff turnover costs are estimated to be in a range of 25% to 200% of annual salary. As the credit union fails to grow loyal members, productivity ratios decline and so begin a downward spiral placing undue stress on staff, the board of directors and you, the CEO.In my 29 years as a credit union executive, here is what I observed as common causes of poor leadership and how you can avoid them:1. Be passionate about your role awareness and self direction as a leader. What does that look like? continue reading »