Security Industry Predictions for 2016

first_imgHacktivism and the Attack Surface – Per my earlier comment, as cyberattack tools and services become increasingly commoditized, the cost of attacking an organization is dropping dramatically. This enables more attacks that do not have financial gain as the primary focus. Sophisticated hacktivist collectives like Anonymous have been joined by relatively unsophisticated cyber vigilantes. Organizations need to realize that financial gain is no longer the only or even the biggest driver of some of their adversaries. Security operations and risk managers should evolve their understanding not only of the threat, but also of what, why, where, and how they are being targeted. Shakeout of the Security Industry – Our industry has been awash in venture capital and as a result, foolish investments have been made in strategies and technologies that are little more than snake oil. As organizations’ security programs continue to mature, they are learning that claims of being able to prevent advanced threat breaches are nothing more than fantasy. Expect to see a shakeout in the security industry as organizations maturing understanding of advanced threats increasingly drives their security investment decisions. This year marked a strategic shift from a maniacal focus on prevention, toward greater balance on monitoring, detection, and response capabilities. It’s become cliché to say that breaches are inevitable and that faster detection and more accurate incident scoping are the way forward.2015 saw continued acceleration of threat evolution.  What was considered an “advanced” threat in years past has become a commodity today, with sophisticated malware and exploits available for the price of a movie ticket. As troublesome as these observations seem, the most impactful evolution goes almost entirely unreported and misunderstood. The threats that matter most, today’s pervasive threat actors are now conducting attack campaigns comprised of multiple exploit methods and multiple backdoors to assure persistence. Incomplete incident scoping has become a critical and consistent mistake made by security teams.This year was also notably characterized by security vendors claiming to be able to prevent advanced threat breaches when the reality is they can’t. It was characterized by organizations recognizing the need to monitor and defend their digital environments differently, but continuing to center their security programs on the same technologies and approaches they have been using – hoping for a different outcome, but not acting differently.Here are some of the emerging trends that our industry and organizations need to be ready for in 2016:Strategic Data Manipulation and Disruption – Organizations will begin to realize that not only is their data being accessed inappropriately, but that it is being tampered with. Data drives decision-making for people and computer systems. When that data is unknowingly manipulated, those decisions will be made based on false data. Consider the potentially devastating consequences of misrepresented data on the mixing of compounds, control systems, and manufacturing processes. Increasing Attacks on Application Service Providers – As organizations become more comfortable with the “as-a-service” model, many of their most sensitive applications and data reside in the cloud. The aggregation of this valuable data from many companies creates an incredibly lucrative target for cybercriminals and cyber espionage. A deeper appreciation of third party risk is needed. ICS (Industrial Control Systems) Pushed to the Breaking Point – Intrusions into systems that control operations in the chemical, electrical, water, and transport sectors have increased 17-fold over the last three years. The advent of connected and automated sensors aggressively exacerbates these issues. The growth in the use of cyber technology for terrorism, hacktivists and other actors, combined with the weakness of ICS security generally and the potential impact of bringing down a power facility or water treatment plant (hello, California), makes the critical breach of an ICS in 2016 extremely concerning and increasingly likely.last_img read more

Charlotte, N.C.

first_imgPopulation: 775,202Public lands: Lake Norman, McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, Latta Plantation Nature PreserveOutdoor Highlights: US National Whitewater Center, Freedom Park, Renaissance Park, Little Sugar Creek Greenway, McAlpine Creek Greenwaylast_img

This is the Noli

first_imgPaddlers, filmmakers, and local citizens team up to nominate the Nolichucky as a Wild & Scenic River.That the Nolichucky River is both wild and scenic seemed obvious enough on a brilliantly clear day last fall when I walked into its namesake gorge east of Poplar, N.C. The water level, which fluctuates widely in this dam-free stretch of the Nolichucky, was ideal for paddling, the water surging powerfully but remaining a clear, beer-bottle green in the channels between boulders. And though the landing at Poplar is little more than an hour’s drive from downtown Asheville, and this was the kind of sun-drenched afternoon that beckons paddlers, I counted precisely one small party of kayakers.“The Nolichucky Gorge is as remote a place as some people will ever get to in their lives,” said Matt Moses, owner of Mountain River Guides & USA Rafts near Erwin, Tenn. “We see a remarkable amount of wildlife. One trip not too long ago witnessed an osprey pulling a fish out of the river, a mama bear and two cubs on the bank and a deer swimming, probably to get away from the bears. And right at the end, as if that wasn’t enough, we had an eagle fly right over.”More than just Wild and ScenicAlong with checking essential boxes for federal designation as a Wild and Scenic River: beauty, pristine surroundings and unhindered flow-the upper Nolichucky claims other qualities that justify its listing. It generates more than $12 million in tourism revenue for the local economy, a figure that with a few tweaks to accommodate visitors could easily climb to nearly $17 million, a consultant recently found. Among the many cultural resources along its banks is the site of a classic moonshine-making, government-averse mountain settlement, the now-abandoned Lost Cove.In fact, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed the Nolichucky’s worthiness for listing more than two decades ago, in 1994, when it named the stretch through the gorge as eligible for Wild and Scenic status, said Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater’s national stewardship director.The only remaining gap, one that paddlers and local businesses have recently been working hard to fill, is political action.“Eligibility is based on the river’s physical attributes, while designation is based on public and political will to see the river protected,” Colburn said. “It’s really all about public enthusiasm.”Public Enthusiasm and Political ActionThat has been growing for about two years, starting with conversations among guides and spreading to local business and political leaders. A petition on has been signed by more than 20,000 supporters, and a Facebook page links to a short film, This Is the Nolichucky, that highlights the river’s distinctive qualities. Entrepreneurs in Erwin, Tenn., a former railroad hub near the lower end of the gorge, have jumped on board, seeing listing as a crucial step in their effort to refashion their town as a center of outdoor tourism. The mayor of Erwin and leaders of surrounding Unicoi County have sent letters backing Wild and Scenic designation to federal lawmakers who must introduce a bill to make it happen.“This all sprung organically,” Colburn said. “It was just a good idea that started resonating.”That those federal lawmakers remain noncommittal is the main obstacle to securing Wild and Scenic status. But the job of convincing them has been made easier by the disappearance of traditional opposition from mining, agricultural and railroad industries, said Tyler Engle, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Unicoi County, home to the western portion of the gorge.“We have presented this idea for the last couple of years,” he said, “and, really, we have not heard of any opposition.”Lobbying for the Nolichucky is easy because the river is so distinctive, so stunning.Its tributaries, including the North Toe and Cane rivers, drain the slopes of two of the highest points in the East, Mount Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Near Huntdale, N.C., these tributaries join to form the Nolichucky, which flows west into the gorge— a deep gash in the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border that could only have been created in an area with unique geology, said Philip Prince, a geologist with the state of Virginia and an avid paddler.“That is a steepness and a magnitude of relief that’s only going to occur with a very quartz-rich bedrock, and it’s not a topography that you’re going to find anywhere else in Appalachia,” Prince said.This hard rock also creates the erosion-resistant ledges and chutes that provide some of the most challenging rafting and kayaking in the East. The river descends an average of 31 feet per mile through the gorge, cascading down runs such as On the Rocks and Quarter Mile.Unlike some of the Southeast’s most famously harrowing rivers—the dam-controlled Gauley, for example—the Nolichucky claims no Class V rapids. But its roughest passages can seem at least that treacherous in high water.“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been plenty scared on the Gauley,” said Chris Lennon, a USA Raft paddling and fishing guide who has extensive experience leading trips on both rivers. “But when the (Nolichucky) is erupting and it’s chaotic and there is all this debris and root balls floating by, I’ve definitely been more puckered up here.”“That’s the beauty of a free-flowing river like the Nolichucky, it’s always changing. That and there’s no houses on the ridge tops. There’s no horns honking. There’s no cell service.”The unspoiled conditionis a result not only of a topography that prohibits road building and limits trail construction—even the nearby Appalachian Trail skirts the gorge—but also, ironically, its most visible mark of civilization: the railroad that runs next to the river for the length of the gorge.This stretch was part of the original 242-mile Clinchfield Railroad, a marvel of mountain-traversing engineering that connected Spartanburg, S.C. with Dante, Va. in 1909. The route was chosen because the gorge presented builders with a natural gap through the Blue Ridge and, said railroad historian Martha Erwin, because steam engines of the era needed a reliable water source for the frequent refilling of their tanks.The Tennessee Valley Authority once identified the towns of Erwin and Poplar as prime sites for hydroelectric dams, according to Forest Service documents. These dams were never built, Lennon said, because by the time of the TVA’s formation in 1933 the rail line was well established as an economic powerhouse.“The railroad took precedence over the TVA,” Lennon said. “It saved this gorge.”And as the years passed and traffic on the line steadily decreased, paddlers and Forest Service employees came to see the tracks less as a man-made blight and more as a landmark.In 1980, a federal study declined to recommend the Nolichucky for Wild and Scenic statuspartly because the report stated, the railroad “significantly diminished” the river’s “scenic values.” In 1994, the Forest Service reversed this finding, determining that “the railroad is well-screened from the river by vegetation,” and that the railroad trestle crossing the river near Poplar “does not appreciably detract from the river’s outstandingly remarkable values.”The tracks tucked into the base of the gorge’s southern wall, the rumble of occasional freights, the whistle blasts sounded by friendly engineers—all these sights and sounds have become highlights of rafting trips through the gorge, Moses said.“The only sign of human intrusion is the railroad tracks, and who doesn’t love trains?”The railroad—or at least its near demise—is also the reason business leaders who once seemed indifferent to the idea of Wild and Scenic listing are now all for it.For decades, the city of 6,000 was home to one of the region’s largest rail terminals, said Jamie Rice, the city’s communications specialist: “Erwin really hung its hat on being a railroad town until three years ago.”That was when CSX, the railroad giant that had absorbed the historic railroad in 1983, abruptly closed the terminal due to decreased demand for its primary cargo, coal.The company immediately laid off 400 workers, most of them highly skilled and well-paid union members, Rice said. Another 200 CSX employees moved to take other jobs with the company.“I thought, well, here we are, a railroad town without a railroad,” Erwin said.To respond to the crisis, Rice, 36, who had recently moved from Asheville to her hometown of Erwin and invested in downtown property, teamed up with other like-minded business people to form an economic development group, RISE Erwin.Casting about for a new economic identity,“we looked out our windows and realized, my goodness, we are so blessed with all these natural assets that really, up to now, nobody has supported,” said Rice, who was later hired by the city of Erwin to promote the town.The group started hosting events such a spring festival timed to accommodate thru-hikers on the nearby Appalachian Trail, offering beer, music, food trucks, podiatrists and massage therapists. Maybe the area’s biggest economic coup has been attracting Pyranha Kayaks, which recently relocated from Weaverville, N.C. to a site west of Erwin.By the time CSX closed its terminal, Colburn had already begun quietly pursuing Wild and Scenic designation—an idea that had also been percolating in the mind of Curtis England, the manager of a Nantahala Outdoor Center outpost formerly based on the Nolichucky. He had learned of the Nolichucky’s eligibility status while studying for a degree in outdoor recreation. He had guided scientists on the river researching the endangered elktoe mussel, which can only live in clean, free-flowing rivers.“It was a cumulative thing … a lot of different events that got me thinking that (permanent designation) is really a no-brainer,” he said.England launched the petition in early 2017 and enlisted the support of other guides, including Lennon. One of Lennon’s first steps was to reach out to his well-connected boss, Moses, who took the idea to RISE.Moses’s pitch to RISE—that Wild and Scenic status for the Nolichucky could cement the region’s identity as a destination for paddlers and anglers—was persuasive partly because Congressional listing is such a rare distinction, Colburn said. Only four streams have been designated in western North Carolina, which, on the other hand, is home to 390 dams. Membership in the exclusive club of listed, free-flowing rivers, he said, “can definitely raise awareness as a point of pride for the area.”But he and Moses added they don’t necessarily want to attract hordes of paddlers to the Nolichucky. A better outcome might be a sustainable flow, Colburn said, more like “drip irrigation,” less like “turning open a firehose of dollars.”Many advocates of Wild and Scenic designation for the Nolichucky don’t even mention economic development. They just want to see the river preserved, and the bad news here is that listing can only do so much.It won’t stop riverside subdivisions from sprouting on the private land upstream from the gorge, Colburn said. It won’t doom factories or intensive agricultural operations, he said. “It does not restrict industry or development and it is not a watershed-wide limiting piece of legislation.”Though It would require the Forest Service to manage its land to preserve the river’s outstanding qualities and prohibit the construction of dams on this property.Though the river’s eligibility status already offers some protection, Colburn said, Congressional action would make this firmer. And permanent.“Otherwise, in 10 years, this (eligibility) could just go away.”One other benefit of designation, he said: it encourages the kind of cooperative conservation efforts that have already greatly improved water quality.Jeff Stanley, a guide who owns Wahoo’s Adventures, which is based in Boone, N.C., and operates an outpost in Poplar, remembers the Nolichucky as a different river when he started leading trips on it in the 1970s.“It was like the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon—chocolate milky, real silty,” he said. “After you swam in it you’d have to hose down because you’d have these little bits of mica on you. You’d kind of shine.”This poor water quality was another reason the river was not recommended for listing in 1980.In 1994, however, the Service reported that the river had become much cleaner due to the decrease in a once-dominant upstream industry, mica mining, and the work of local, state and federal agencies to reclaim old mines. In 2002, North Carolina upgraded its rating of the Nolichucky.So far, none of this has spurred action from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, a Republican whose district includes Unicoi County and whose position on designation mirrors that of other federal lawmakers from the region.“I will be interested to hear from local stakeholders about how to best ensure future generations can continue to enjoy this river,” he said in a statement from his legislative office.Colburn is not surprised. One of his major challenges, he said, is to remind energized activists that building the required support for designations often takes years.But he and others are sure it will happen. Once Moses leads people down the clear river and past the glistening white cliffs, “we’re hard pressed to find anyone who would say it doesn’t deserve to be designated,” he said. “One trip is enough to convince most people that this is a very special place that needs to stay that way.”last_img read more

Panama To Continue Seeking Alternatives for Fight against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo March 28, 2012 Panama will continue engaging in dialogue with the remaining Central American countries in order to reach consensus on the fight against drug trafficking, although it opposes decriminalizing drugs, Foreign Minister Roberto Henríquez announced on March 26. “We’re always going to continue to be a part of the dialogue,” because in Central America, “concerns are arising in terms of how to tackle this fight and to what extent the fight against drug trafficking is being effective and whether we’re winning it or not,” Henríquez said. The Central American presidents will meet again in Guatemala on April 11 and 12 in order to continue discussing new strategies to combat the drug trafficking that is plaguing the region, according to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. A presidential-level meeting called for that purpose by the Guatemalan head of state, Otto Pérez, in his country Saturday, was attended only by the host and his counterparts from Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla. At the meeting, Pérez put forward a position in favor of decriminalizing drugs in order to reduce crimes linked to drug trafficking, which was not supported by his peers. On March 26, Henríquez reiterated that Panama “does not believe in decriminalizing drugs, neither their use nor much less their trafficking,” although he acknowledged that “it’s necessary to really evaluate the issue and see whether there are other options that might enable us to be more efficient and successful in this difficult fight against drug trafficking.” In Guatemala, the Central American presidents will seek a consensus position to take to the Summit of the Americas that will be held in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) on April 14 and 15. “Never talking about issues that are important for the region, whether agreement or consensus is reached or not, is going to be a failure. Those attempts are always valuable,” Henríquez said.last_img read more

Chile, US Strengthen Interoperability with Southern Star

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo September 28, 2018 For almost two weeks, the port region of Antofagasta in northern Chile was the scene of a joint and combined exercise for Chilean and U.S. special forces. The Southern Star 2018 exercise coordinated by the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, in Spanish) with the support of U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), tested participating units in air, sea, and land simulated operations. Southern Star 2018 gathered 1,023 Chilean and 53 U.S. service members, August 20th-29th. Chile participated with the Army Special Operations Brigade, the Navy Special Forces Command, and the Air Force Special Forces Group, while the U.S. counted on SOCSOUTH, the Army 7th Special Forces Group, troops of the Naval Special Warfare Command, and units of the Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Control, among others. Officers from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, and the United Kingdom participated as observers. The biannual exercise seeks to assess the planning, management, and command processes of participants in simulated joint and combined scenarios. The goal is to strengthen Chilean and U.S. special forces’ interoperability and operational capabilities. “The training was very relevant for those who participated,” U.S. Sergeant Fist Class Alexis Ramos, Public Affairs, noncommissioned officer in charge, SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. “Anytime we are able to rub elbows with our partners and exchange ideas is a great thing for both nations, because opportunities like these allow us to increase our capacities and interoperability.” International intervention In the Atacama Desert and on the Pacific coast of Antofagasta, Chilean and U.S. officers joined forces to neutralize terrorist cells and put an end to internal conflicts affecting the fictitious island of Chiland. In a simulated scenario, the United Nations ordered an international intervention with the deployment of combined forces to restore peace on the island. “One of the advantages [of the location] is that there are military flight zones that allow for 24-hour operations, night flights, and with less restrictions on the use of weapons and real ammunition,” Major General Pablo Müller Barbería, commander of the Chilean Army Special Operations Task Force and leader of the joint and combined forces of Southern Star 2018, told Diálogo. “There are also landing sites to carry out amphibious and insertion operations. Finally, the specific characteristics of the Chilean desert, with its different landscapes similar to Iraq and Afghanistan, makes it appealing for service members of partner nations who take part in the exercise.” The scenarios included infiltration and extraction maneuvers in hostile territory, terrorist confrontations, hostage liberation, and rescue operations. The units also carried out boarding missions, air and land assault, and cybersecurity operations to counter terrorist actions. Among the exercises carried out, Chilean Air Force F-16 fighters overflew the steep hills of the desert and destroyed targets on land, allowing armored vehicles to move in and secure the area. Special Forces of the Chilean Army and their U.S. counterparts supported the operation on the ground with fast-rope insertion from helicopters. On another occasion, the special forces captured a merchant ship that refused to cooperate on the coast. Chilean Navy tactical divers boarded the ship from the Naval Aviation AS365 Dauphin helicopter, while a U.S. Navy SEAL team boarded from a Defender speedboat. The teams searched the ship with the support of air snipers. “The simulated scenarios were designed to challenge the joint staff to think critically and work through the military decision-making process,” Sgt. 1st Class Ramos said. “The exercise provided an opportunity to exercise planning, execution, support, and command and control procedures in a combined and joint environment at the operational and tactical level, helping us improve our shared understanding and capabilities.” Commitment to regional security “[Southern Star 2018] was very positive. We verified, under high standards, the efficiency and deployment of capabilities of this type of special units that interoperated without any problem,” said Maj. Gen. Müller. “However, there are always lessons learned that allow us to improve integration processes and complement capabilities.” Coordinated by EMCO and SOCSOUTH, Southern Star is carried out jointly in Chile since 2007. In 2009, troops from Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay joined the Chilean-U.S. training for the first and only time. Since 2015, the exercise alternates each year with the U.S.-based Northern Star exercise. The next edition of Southern Star will be in 2020. “As we move forward, you will see Chile continue to lead [Southern Star] with the U.S. being there for support,” Sgt. 1st. Class Ramos concluded. “Both the U.S. and Chile are committed to regional security, and [Southern Star] is one way we improve together.”last_img read more

What do the most successful credit unions have in common?

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: Details “What are your most successful credit unions doing, that we’re not?” I routinely get that question when I speak with credit union leaders. Sometimes it’s asked in a conference breakout session, and other times it comes up during one-on-one conversations. Either way, my answer is the same. Successful credit unions build teams of dreamers. Our most successful clients imagine what the future of their credit union could be, and then they work toward that goal every single day.These qualities routinely become clear when I review our clients’ results from the previous year. Last year continued the trend. As I scoured our Q4 call reports and year-end numbers, all I could think was “Wow!” In terms of loan growth, our top five credit unions, which ranged in asset size from $20 million to $253 million, achieved increases from 18.11% to 38.02%.Membership growth didn’t disappoint either. With asset sizes ranging from $20 million to $180 million, our top five credit unions saw membership growth anywhere from 4.82% to 12.92%. In addition to these loan and membership growth numbers, many of our clients also saw remarkable year-over-year gains in net income, net worth, and ROA.I’ll pat our team on the back. Our graphic designers, copywriters, social media experts, and relationship development specialists work hard every day. They understand that their mission isn’t to make these numbers happen. They work knowing they can make a positive impact in the lives of members, which, in turn, helps our credit unions grow. In a recent meeting, one of our creative team members shared, “It’s not just about checking boxes. It’s about creating content that stands out, gets noticed, and creates action.” They’re exactly right. A willingness to take action—that’s one more thing our growing and thriving credit unions have in common.They dream big. They balance risk with reward. They hold their teams accountable and take the small steps that lead to big wins. They work with a strategic mission that results in consistent improvement. They don’t just love what they do; they’re obsessed with solving problems. They challenge the status quo and stretch themselves—and everyone around them—to embrace uncomfortable situations, because that’s where growth takes place. In the wise words of Sir-Mix-a-Lot, “Successful people jump at opportunity and take advantage of it.”last_img read more

Drugged driving impacting the Southern Tier

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Police say the issue of drugged driving goes hand-in-hand with the opioid crisis in the Southern Tier. “I just thanked god that there was nobody on the side of me and I could swerve and get out of the way and then when I pulled over and said my little prayer and looked back, I just saw cars,” said Jones. Vestal Police say as the drugged driving issue continues to grow, it’s looking to add more officers in that role. This year the department has made 18 driving while ability impaired arrests. Police say the driver was on drugs, which reminded Jones of something she knows all too well, an epidemic that is now affecting the roads. “Just because overdose deaths are down, I don’t think it means that overdoses are down and I don’t think it means that the use of these drugs are down, and nor does it mean that the use of these drugs and then driving has decreased. I think it’s the opposite,” said Lieutenant Streno. While police acknowledge it’s a major problem, “There is a simple solution. Don’t do drugs and drive a motor vehicle. It is that simple,” said Lieutenant Streno. Vestal Police say the issue is actually getting worse. That’s an estimated one arrest, about every two weeks, in the Town of Vestal alone.center_img Also known as a DRE, that officer is trained to evaluate drivers and determine what type of drug they’re on and what influence it has over them. Vestal Police has had to take some extra steps to deal with the issue. “Driving while under the influence of drugs has become such a problem that we have an officer who’s been specially trained. He’s federally certified as a drug recognition expert,” said Lieutenant Streno. “So how I feel about it not only as a citizen of the community, but also of somebody who has a loved one, I am pissed. I am really angry over this, and this has to stop,” said Jones. “It’s a tremendous increase over the last year or two,” said Vestal Police Lieutenant Christopher Streno. The DRE who works with Vestal Police is only one of four in Broome County. A crash in Vestal on Tuesday made for a close call for Rebecca Jones of the Town of Maine, who says she was driving on State Route 26 at the time of the incident.last_img read more

Lawsuit Challenges U.N.C.’s Affirmative Action Policies

first_imgThe chance may be hard to resist, agreed Mr. Bagenstos. “Affirmative action is something that’s been a big agenda item of the conservative movement for a long time,” he said. “I think the justices know exactly what they want to do with these cases.”In a referendum vote last week, California voters narrowly approved maintaining the state’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions, indicating some softness in public opinion on the issue even in a liberal state. The Trump administration filed a case against Yale in October, and a newly seated Biden administration — which is expected to support affirmative action policy — could choose to review and drop that case, experts said.“I think the Biden administration is going to take a really careful look at the Yale case,” said Samuel Bagenstos, a law professor at the University of Michigan, and a principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Obama administration.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img However, Students for Fair Admissions has petitioned the court to add it as a plaintiff in the Yale case, a move that, if approved, would keep the case alive even if the Biden administration drops out. The Trump administration has also filed an amicus brief in the Harvard case that the Biden administration might withdraw, but that would not prevent the case from proceeding.Now that the Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority, including the Trump appointees Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Neil M. Gorsuch, it has a chance to make the biggest change in affirmative action admissions in more than 40 years, when it forbade the use of racial quotas but supported the principle of diversity.“I think there are six votes on the Supreme Court to dramatically limit affirmative action and to overrule earlier decisions allowing it, and that’s going to be true whether it’s Trump or Biden,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law scholar and dean of the University of California, Berkeley, law school.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt to disburse money to laid-off workers, families to curb economic impacts of COVID-19

first_imgProgram participants will receive Rp 1 million per month (US$ 61) for three to four months. To protect the economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to speed up the disbursement of training funds for workers through the preemployment card program, as well as increase the allowance provided to low-income families.Originally slated for April, the preemployment card program’s launch has been brought forward to this Friday.“Several sectors have started layoffs. [The program will] support laid-off workers as well as day laborers and micro-businesses that have seen a decline in sales. We hope that those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak can learn a new skill or improve their skills,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday. The government has allocated Rp 10 trillion for the program, which is expected to provide training to about 2 million people.Earlier, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said online training would be available nationwide while offline training sessions would be available in Riau, Bali, North Sulawesi and Surabaya in East Java during the program’s first phase of implementation.The President has also announced an increase in the amount of aid given to families enrolled in the Family Hope Program (PKH) for the next six months.“The allowance has been increased from Rp 150,000 to Rp 200,000 for each family. The allocation fund is Rp 4.5 trillion,” said Jokowi, adding that the program could cater to around 20 million low-income families. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia que los restaurantes pueden aumentar la ocupación en interiores al 50% a partir del 21 de septiembre

first_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Los restaurantes deben autocertificar que cumplen con las órdenes correspondientes En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que los restaurantes pueden aumentar la ocupación en interiores al 50% a partir del 21 de septiembre. Con el fin de garantizar que estas empresas operen de manera segura mientras Pennsylvania continúa mitigando la propagación de la COVID-19, y para inspirar en los clientes y los empleados la confianza de saber que pueden comer sin peligro, los restaurantes se comprometerán a cumplir estrictamente con todas las guías y pedidos de seguridad de salud pública a través de un proceso de autocertificación.“Si bien nuestras medidas de mitigación agresivas y apropiadas han mantenido el recuento de casos bajo, debemos continuar tomando medidas importantes para proteger la salud y la seguridad públicas mientras nos acercamos al otoño. Al mismo tiempo, también debemos apoyar a la industria de servicios de alimentos minoristas que ha luchado a través de esta pandemia”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La autocertificación garantiza que los restaurantes puedan expandir su funcionamiento en interiores y comprometerse con todas las órdenes adecuadas para que los empleados y los clientes por igual puedan estar seguros de que están debidamente protegidos”.Los restaurantes que se autocertifiquen aparecerán en la base de datos en línea “Open & Certified Pennsylvania” que admite búsquedas de restaurantes certificados en todo el estado. Los consumidores podrán acceder a esta base de datos y encontrar comercios certificados en su zona, lo que garantiza que los consumidores puedan tomar decisiones más informadas sobre los establecimientos de alimentos que buscan frecuentar.Los documentos de autocertificación y la información sobre el programa Open & Certified Pennsylvania se pueden encontrar en Internet a partir del 21 de septiembre. Contendrán lo siguiente:• Una lista de los requisitos contenidos en la actual guía de la industria de restaurantes y las medidas de aplicación;• Una declaración de que el propietario ha revisado estos requisitos y se compromete a seguirlos;• El número máximo de ocupación en interiores de la empresa según el código de incendios; y• Una declaración de que el propietario comprende que la certificación está sujeta a sanciones debido a la falsificación no jurada a las autoridades.Cualquier restaurante que desee aumentar su capacidad en interiores al 50% el 21 de septiembre debe completar el proceso de autocertificación en Internet antes del 5 de octubre. Los dueños de negocios deben conservar una copia de la confirmación de la autocertificación que recibirán por correo electrónico. Se debe implementar el distanciamiento social, el uso de máscaras y otras medidas de mitigación para proteger a los trabajadores y a los clientes. Asimismo, a partir del 21 de septiembre, los restaurantes que venden alcohol cerrarán la venta de alcohol a las 10:00 p.m.Además, a los restaurantes que se autocertifiquen se les enviarán por correo materiales distintivos de Open & Certified Pennsylvania, como adhesivos para ventanas y otro tipo de carteles que designen su certificación, que pueden mostrar a los clientes y empleados.La autocertificación se utilizará como parte de las medidas de cumplimiento vigentes convenidas por el Departamento de Agricultura y la Oficina de Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de la Policía Estatal de Pennsylvania, y se compartirá con los departamentos de Estado, Trabajo e Industria y Salud, y otros organismos de cumplimiento de la ley. Los restaurantes que funcionen al 50% de su capacidad tendrán que verificar el estado de autocertificación como parte de la aplicación continua de estos organismos a partir del 5 de octubre, y se centrarán en la concienciación de las empresas. El estado continuará con su enfoque mesurado para aliviar las restricciones al tiempo que mantiene vigente el resto de las tácticas de mitigación específicas dirigidas a la industria minorista de alimentos a medida que los restaurantes aumentan la capacidad al 50%Por otra parte, la inclusión de un restaurante en la base de datos de restaurantes Open & Certified Pennsylvania demuestra que se preocupa por sus clientes, sus empleados, la comunidad y el futuro económico del estado.El proceso de autocertificación se diseñó en base a una medida de mitigación similar en Connecticut, y la limitación de ventas de alcohol se inspiró en una medida de mitigación similar en Ohio.Es crucial que los restaurantes fomenten la confianza del consumidor, ya que según el estudio de seguimiento de los viajeros estadounidenses más reciente de Longwoods International, solo el 40% de ellos se sienten cómodos comiendo en restaurantes locales.“Reconocemos las consecuencias que la pandemia de COVID-19 ha tenido en las pequeñas empresas de Pennsylvania, especialmente en nuestros restaurantes”, agregó el Gobernador Wolf. “A través de este proceso de autocertificación, la industria de restaurantes de nuestro estado garantizará la seguridad y el bienestar tanto de los empleados como de los clientes, y podrá comenzar a regresar a su funcionamiento normal y a la recuperación financiera”.Los propietarios de restaurantes que tengan preguntas adicionales sobre el programa de autocertificación pueden comunicarse con el mes de julio, siguiendo las recomendaciones del gobierno federal y en respuesta al aumento de los casos de COVID-19, el Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, firmaron órdenes sobre medidas de mitigación específicas para todas las empresas de Pennsylvania en la industria de servicios de alimentos, incluidos restaurantes, vinerías, cervecerías, clubes privados y bares. El estado y los organismos locales continuaron e incluso aumentaron las medidas correspondientes de cumplimiento.El Gobernador ha instado a la Asamblea General a apoyar su plan para contribuir con la recuperación adicional de pequeñas empresas, que incluye la propuesta de $100 millones de dólares en préstamos y subvenciones condonables para las industrias de la hospitalidad, el ocio y los servicios.El Gobernador también instó al Congreso a brindar rápidamente ayuda financiera a los restaurantes de la nación mediante la aprobación de la Ley de Apoyo económico real que reconoce que la asistencia única de restaurante es necesaria para sobrevivir (Ley RESTAURANTES). El proyecto de ley bipartidista en el Congreso otorga $120 mil millones de dólares para ayudar a los restaurantes independientes con los retos económicos generados por la pandemia de COVID-19.View this information in English. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf anuncia que los restaurantes pueden aumentar la ocupación en interiores al 50% a partir del 21 de septiembrecenter_img September 08, 2020last_img read more