It’s been awhile since we’ve done a product update (we’ve been caught up blogging about some of the economic news), but this week we pushed out a few product updates and I wanted to take this opportunity to give everyone the latest from the team.About a week ago we achieved a major Glassdoor milestone – we crossed the 100,000 mark for total approved reviews and salaries. That’s a BIG number to hit in just over 100 days since launch – and we have users in over 90 countries to thank for this success. It’s become more and more obvious that the need for transparency in the workplace knows no boundaries, so we will continue working hard for you.Thankfully with our “give-to-get” model, it should get easier and easier. It may not be obvious, but this big number is just the beginning. With our “give-to-get” model, the more we have to offer new users, the more likely they are to post their own review or salary (and join our community). And so it goes – it’s a model that supports itself – so thanks everyone for helping us get that ball rolling.But that’s not the only thing that’s getting better. We continue to listen to your feedback, and this week we pushed out several new features that are worth noting. The most obvious of which is a new home page to help you find the most relevant reviews and salaries, but we also updated My Account to allow you to edit/remove your previous posts, and we’ve added the ever important “remember me” feature to our login page for those of you that keep forgetting your username or password.We also began laying the groundwork for a few other major improvements to search – so there’s lots more to come, hopefully we can get you to check back with us in the weeks and months ahead as we roll out these new features. And please keep sending your feedback – we’re listening.
Luke Ronchi’s 26-ball 52 helped Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday and become Pakistan Super League champions for the second time.Opting to bat first, Peshawar Zalmi lost three wickets within the first six overs and were struggling at 38/3. Then, Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson got together to stitch a 52-run stand for the fourth wicket before Hussain Talat removed Jordan for a 26-ball 36.And that was the opening of the floodgates for Islamabad. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals to keep a check on the run flow. Dawson anchored the innings and finished with a 30-ball 33 before falling in the 17th over. However, Wahab Riaz walked in slogged the bowlers around take Peshawar’s score to a fightbale 148/9 from their 20 overs. He remained not out on 28 off 14 balls, hitting four boundaries and one six in the process.Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up 3/25 from his four overs while Samit Patel and Hussain Talat picked up two wickets each.Coming into bat, Islamabad were off to a blinder. Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan hammered the bowlers all around the park and it looked like the match is going to be over within 15 overs. Ronchi raced away to his fifty before falling to Chris Jordan in the ninth over but the damage was already done.50 comes up for Luke Ronchi!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/g4JUpRIIqfadvertisementPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018Umaid Asif rthen emoved Chadwick Walton soon after and captain Jean-Paul Duminy fell eight balls later and Islamabad were reduced to 102/3 from 96/0.All eyes were on Farhan to carry on and win the match but Riaz had other plans. The left-arm pacer got the wicket of the settled opener and sent him packing for 44 from 33 balls. And all of a sudden it was a tough ask for Patel and Shadab from there. But Patel and Shadab were soon sent packing by Hasan and their trouble deepened.But, Asif Ali came out bashed 26 off 6 balls to guide the 2016 champions past the finish line and lift their second title. Ali hit three sixes in his innings.Faheem Ashraf scores the match-winning six for Islamabad United!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/u7GanoAfmgPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018
The South Dakota Legislature has approved a roughly $4.55 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.The House voted 63-4 to pass the budget Friday as the main part of this year’s legislative session came to an end.The Senate earlier voted 33-2 for the measure.The Legislature has been dealing with lower-than-anticipated state tax collections.Lawmakers last month settled on state revenue targets significantly lower than those Gov. Dennis Daugaard included in his December budget address.The budget for the next fiscal year includes roughly $1.59 billion in general state spending, nearly $30 million below the governor’s December budget plan.
Clean-up continues in northwest Iowa near Doon where 32 Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail cars carrying oil derailed June 22nd.Andy Williams of the railroad now says 10 rail cars spilled 160-thousand gallons of oil.That’s revised down from an earlier estimate that 14 of the 32 cars leaked approximately 230-thousand gallons of crude oil into flooded farm fields, some it making into the Little Rock River.The trains began running again in three days, but Ken Hessenius of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says there’s lots of clean up left to be done.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DERAIL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………removal undoubtedly” ;16Hessenius says the conditions around the accident site are making it tough to get right in.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DERAIL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… necessary clean up. ;10Flooding is believe to have caused the cars to derail.Hessenius says he’s never had to deal with a spill of oil this large in his 30-year history in northwest Iowa.
A major college football program’s athletic director has called out ESPN’s College GameDay for a segment during Saturday’s show at the Michigan-Michigan State game.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit spoke about UCF on Saturday morning, saying that there were other Group of 5 programs deserving of attention.“Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power 5 because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving?” Herbstreit said during a segment.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper, which is what you want to look at a lot of times, are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”UCF has since taken some shots at Herbstreit on social media.Tonight, UCF’s athletic director, Danny White, took a shot at Herbstreit and College GameDay on social media.You can read his letter below:Good evening, @CollegeGameDay: pic.twitter.com/GmEi8dS4AL— Danny White (@UCFDannyWhite) October 22, 2018UCF is currently undefeated and ranked higher than any other Group of 5 team. However, the Knights have virtually zero chance of making the College Football Playoff.
He explained that this approach is in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Strategy, which the Department of Correctional Services has incorporated in its operational policies. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Ministry is expanding its rehabilitation programme to further reduce recidivism.Speaking to JIS News at the valedictory service for the 76th intake of Correctional Officers at the Salem Baptist Church in St. Ann on January 23, Senator Charles Jr. said that the partnership with advocacy group, Stand Up for Jamaica, through its Fresh Start programme, has garnered $45 million to boost the CXC curriculum and training for inmates.The State Minister added that this partnership and other projects, such as the ‘We Transform’ programme, which targets juveniles 12 to 18 years, will be used to expose inmates to life skills, vocational skills and prepare them for other opportunities.“The goal is really for us to train and to teach vocational skills where possible, and to help the inmates to be equipped, so that they can have purposeful rehabilitation for successful reintegration,” he said.The State Minister underscored the importance of the partnership, saying this will provide opportunities for inmates to get a job, so that they do not “reoffend”.He argued that while there might not be a 100 per cent success rate, this is an investment in the country.“This is a smart investment, not in a prisoner but in a Jamaican, because if we can transform these lives, when they return to their community they will be less of a risk, and they may even be constructive and productive citizens,” the State Minister said.
zoom Image: Deutsche Messe AGFor the first time in its company history, Deutsche Messe AG will organize an event in Canada. Hannover Fairs USA, Deutsche Messe AG’s U.S. subsidiary, established on Thursday with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) the Canadian Wind Energy Conference Partnership, in which Hannover Fairs USA holds a majority share.From now on the Canadian Wind Energy Conference Partnership will organize the CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition, which with 200 exhibitors and approximately 2,000 visitors is Canada’s biggest wind-energy event.“The Canadian Wind Energy Association is a strong and influential partner,” said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “Our long-term goal is to establish our portfolio of energy events worldwide. So far this year we have launched a trade fair in Brazil and started new partnerships in the U.S. and Turkey. The new cooperation in Canada is a perfect match for our activities.”“Deutsche Messe has a phenomenal track record over many years in producing wind energy conferences and exhibitions,” said Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. “Partnering with such a well-established trade event management organization allows us to enhance the scope and diversity of conference exhibitors and delegates, and increase our reach internationally.”Canada currently has 7,000 megawatts of installed capacity, and new projects will contribute an additional 1,500 megawatts annually in the coming years. The CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition, Canada’s leading wind-energy event, promotes public discussion about policy, communications and business development in the expanding Canadian wind-energy market. Industry leaders participate in and support the event, which will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary from 27 to 29 October 2014 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Québec.Deutsche Messe AG, December 5, 2013
zoom Caterpillar’s Cat® C175 and Cat 3512 generator sets have been selected to power the first Zentech R550-D jackup newbuild for Alliance Offshore in China.Five Cat C175 generator sets, each with rated power of 1833 ekW at 1200 rpm, will be used as the prime power for the jackup with 1x Cat 3512 generator set providing emergency power.The newbuild is currently being constructed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company in China and the Cat power solutions will be delivered in summer 2014. Cat dealer China Engineers Limited (CEL) led Caterpillar’s efforts on the project.Tim Tian, Caterpillar Oil & Gas Asia Pacific China sales manager said: “The Cat C175 is the industry leader for jackup rigs in the offshore industry, reliably powering jackup rigs operating around the globe drilling at varied depths.”Cat C175 is ideal for customers seeking a high power density and lower emissions offshore drilling module. Offering 20 percent more installed power than previous models, the C175-16 allows for deeper drilling and higher mud pump loading. cat, April 16, 2014
The men recalled, with remarkable consistency, private sessions with Mr. Weber in which he asked them to undress and led them through breathing and “energy” exercises. Models were asked to breathe and to touch both themselves and Mr. Weber, moving their hands wherever they felt their “energy.” Often, Mr. Weber guided their hands with his own. Advertisement Login/Register With: For a fashion model, success is the ability to incite desire. The job requirements often include nudity and feigning seduction; provocation is a lever for sales. In the industry, boundaries between the acceptable and the unacceptable treatment of models have been etched in shades of gray.This has allowed prominent photographers to cross the line with impunity for decades, sexually exploiting models and assistants. The experience, once seen as the price models had to pay for their careers, is now being called something else: abuse of power and sexual harassment.Fifteen current and former male models who worked with Bruce Weber, whose racy advertisements for companies like Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch helped turn him into one of the foremost commercial and fine art photographers, have described to The New York Times a pattern of what they said was unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior, often during photo shoots. From left, Ryan Locke, Robyn Sinclair and Terron Wood. Each said he had experienced sexual harassment during his time modeling. (Credit Ryan Young for The New York Times; Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times; Amanda Lucier for The New York Times) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsBeardy’s and Okemasis First Nation is one of five finalists for the Kraft Hockeyville contest.The community could win $100,000 in upgrades to their hockey arena and the chance to host an NHL pre-season game.The winner is determined by online voting, which concludes tonight at midnight.
OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says the federal government will consider legislation to protect employees’ pensions when a company goes bankrupt.While there’s no plan for the government to introduce legislation at the moment, he says it will carefully examine two different private member’s bills on the subject, put forward by a New Democrat MP and a Bloc Quebecois MP.“This is a legitimate issue and a legitimate challenge,” Bains said Wednesday, adding that the government is “very mindful” of the fact that bankruptcy “could happen at any time with any company.”“That’s why we support secure pensions, that we want to make sure that companies maintain and fulfil their pension obligations and so we’ll work with the employees and companies to address this issue.”Bains added that the government is “willing to work with anyone that wants to put forward proposals.”Sears-Whirlpool curtail relationship after 100 yearsLampert blames Sears Canada management for exacerbating the retailer’s woesHudson’s Bay CEO exit has many nervous about department stores’ futureThe government has come under increasing pressure to do something to protect the pensions of employees since struggling retailer Sears Canada won court approval to liquidate its assets and close all its remaining stores. The company has been operating under court protection from creditors since June.The NDP wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, asking him to launch a special parliamentary investigation into the liquidation of Sears.“While in opposition, the Liberals vowed to change bankruptcy laws to protect workers,” NDP pensions critic Sott Duvall told the House of Commons.“But since then the Liberal government has done nothing to help workers except apparently monitor the situation, leaving workers at companies like Sears, U.S. Steel, Stelco, Algoma steel, Wabush Mines, and Cliff Mines reeling.”Outside the Commons, Duvall said he’s met with workers who’ve lost their benefits, severance and termination pay and their pensions when a company goes belly-up.“This is criminal and it’s got to stop,” he said. “It’s theft, that’s basically what it is, it’s real theft.”Duvall said he believes it’s already too late to help Sears employees but the government needs to act quickly to prevent the same thing happening over and over again.In the Commons, Trudeau said that “our hearts go out to workers affected” by the Sears liquidation and he insisted the government has been making every effort to “help them through this tough time.” However, he suggested their pensions are safe.“I understand the current Sears Canada pension fund assets are held in trust and must be used solely for the benefit of pensioners,” Trudeau said.Bains said Service Canada has held 82 sessions with Sears employees across the country to advise them on the various government programs that exist to help them and their families.The Canadian Press
Following yesterday’s deadly earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Indonesia’s island of Java, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is today sending two truckloads of food assistance to the survivors, as estimates of the number dead, injured and missing in the disaster climbed toward 600, with 30,000 others displaced.The aid comes after UN teams were despatched on Monday to the worst-hit areas in West and Central Java and was requested by Indonesian authorities, the agency said, adding that the assistance consists of 15 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits and micronutrient noodles while two other trucks are on standby.“According to the Indonesia Red Cross, some 256 people have died, 127 are missing and 200 injured by the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report, adding that the number of casualties continues to increase and the worst-hit area appears to be the Pangandaran resort town in West Java.Sixty per cent of the 30,000 or so people displaced by the disaster are from the Pangadaran area according to the two UN teams sent to the affected regions immediately after the earthquake hit on Monday afternoon local time, WFP said. Three field kitchens have now been set up in the region and food is being distributed, it added.An earthquake in May that also hit Java killed more than 5,000 people and injured more than 8,000, while parts of the country are still recovering from an earthquake off Indonesia’s Sumatra island in December 2004 that caused a devastating tsunami which killed more than 230,000 people and affected more than 12 countries in Asia.
Canadian manufacturers see stronger export sales, but overall outlook bleak: RBC by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2016 10:12 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A monthly survey of purchasing managers suggests the outlook for Canada’s manufacturing sector remains negative but is not quite as dire as in December because of a pickup in export demand.The RBC Canadian Manufacturing PMI registered 49.3 in January, just below the 50-point mark that indicates a neutral outlook.Royal Bank noted in its commentary that the December reading of 47.5 was a record low for the five-year-old index. Any measure below 50 is considered a negative outlook for the coming months.January also marked the sixth negative month in a row, the longest stretch since the RBC index began in late 2010.Similar indexes published in the United States and China also showed negative readings Monday.The Canadian manufacturing index showed the overall business conditions deteriorated, reflecting lower output, new business and employment in January.The one area of improvement was a rebound in export sales, which offset some of the downturn in domestic demand.“Ontario manufacturing continues to be the bright spot, while the sharp drop in performance in Alberta and B.C. suggests that heightened economic uncertainty and ongoing declines in capital spending are weighing on the economy,” RBC chief economist Craig Wright said in a statement.RBC publishes the index in conjunction with Canada’s Supply Chain Management Association and Markit, a global financial information company that compiles similar indexes for several countries and regions.“After December’s record low, Canada’s manufacturing sector was close to stabilizing in January, with improving exports a key ingredient at the start of 2016,” said Cheryl Paradowski, SCMA’s president and chief executive officer.“Manufacturers saw a solid upturn in new work from abroad, which helped support production levels but didn’t quite offset sustained weak domestic sales.”“The figure for Canada as a whole continued to mask diverging fortunes provincially, notably between the export-led manufacturing rebound in Ontario and the oil-related downturn faced by a large proportion of manufacturers in Alberta and British Columbia,” Paradowski said in the statement.
PlaySight’s SmartCourt technology will provide players and coaches with video analysis on everything that happens during practices and matches.Credit: Matt Wilkes | Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s and women’s tennis teams have gone a combined 15-1 this season — earning national rankings of No. 8 and No. 16, respectively — and they might have just gotten another leg up on the competition.In January, the OSU Varsity Tennis Center had PlaySight’s SmartCourt technology installed on two of its courts, providing players and coaches with video analysis on everything that happens during practices and matches.Using six cameras and a courtside kiosk, players can run drills or play a match and instantly receive feedback on their game through video and various statistics tracked by the system. If they’re not at the tennis facility, they can also access the information through their phones and laptops at any time and place.“One of the great features is that it automatically tags every event that’s happening on the court,” said Josh Graves, PlaySight’s sales manager for North America. “That means that the system, through image processing and sophisticated algorithms that are running on a computer … is able to determine whether you’re hitting a forehand crosscourt winner or a backhand slice to the net or a first-serve ace.”From there, if a player wants to see all of his or her aces or backhands, a video package can be grouped together to view just that. The technology also has the capability of tracking serve speed, rally length, accuracy and more, which provides an advantage in a sport that still trails behind others when it comes to analytics, said David Schilling, OSU men’s volunteer assistant coach.Although the Buckeyes haven’t had the technology installed for long and are still learning about all that the system can do, they have already begun to see the benefits, particularly when it comes to scouting.“I think it’s tough to try and keep track of matches and scout other people when you’re trying to focus on your own players,” men’s redshirt senior Chris Diaz said. “So when you have something like this to do it for you, I think that’s going to be really helpful for the coaches and for us, too, coming down the stretch.”Beyond the analytical tools, men’s head coach and director of tennis Ty Tucker said the live video streaming, which is available on PlaySight’s website, is one of the most important aspects of the new technology for him.“The real reason we got it is the streaming because when you have international kids, their parents might be able to get here one time a year, so they get to see two matches,” he said. “They’re pretty addicted to their kids’ tennis, you know? To be able to now be in Finland or to be in Germany or to be in Denmark and turn on a Friday night and watch your son play a tennis match, you better believe it’s important to them. So it’s a recruiting advantage, it’s a scouting advantage.”Redshirt junior Ralf Steinbach, a native of Halle, Germany, said he is excited that his family will be able to watch his matches from across the globe.“It’s just fun that I get off the court and I have text messages and they know what happened,” Steinbach said. “It’s not like I have to explain everything.”PlaySight, which is based in Israel with an American office in New Jersey, is hoping the streaming will be an attractive feature to more colleges.Thus far, the company has installed more than 300 systems worldwide, including 12 at Division I universities in the United States, since breaking into the tennis business in 2010.“The feedback has been great, just in terms of the quality of the stream, as we hope will be the new standard in college tennis,” Graves said. “We’re working with the (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) on trying to get the live court … into as many colleges as possible because this can really increase the visibility of college tennis, and we think that it’s a great viewing experience for fans and alumni.”PlaySight has also gotten the attention of those on the professional tour. The No. 1 men’s player in the world, Novak Djokovic, is an investor, and the systems have been installed at the locations of all four Grand Slam events — the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon.SmartCourts are also being developed for other sports, with installations for basketball systems taking place across the world in countries like Israel, Spain, Germany and Australia, Graves said.“It’s been really great,” Graves said. “I think the first thing that any customer that’s worked with us for a while has learned is that the technology is developing quickly. Even though it’s already very developed, the company is very innovative, and the software is constantly changing.”But the company isn’t only aiming to provide analytical tools for player development. It also tries to make tennis more enjoyable for players of all skill levels.“You can put up targets, like virtual targets, and the machine tells you if you hit it deep enough and stuff like that,” Steinbach said. “Or how fast your serve is, if you hit it in the right spot, if it’s in or out. So, I really like it.”While Tucker said he enjoys having video to reinforce his teachings to players, he looks forward to figuring out everything the system can do.“We’re just learning,” he said. “It’s got bells and whistles. It’s too complicated for me a lot of the time, but it’s pretty good stuff.”However, he doesn’t expect the technology to change the way he conducts practice.“I still stop and yell at them,” he said with a chuckle.
Alvaro Morata is set to complete a loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid this weekend amidst protest from Atleti supporters.The Spain international who was caught in a three-way transfer involving Gonzalo Higuain and Krzysztof Piątek finally looks set to seal a loan move to the Los Colcheneros.Morata struggled to live up to expectation as Chelsea’s leading striker, managing a meager goal return of 24 in the 72 appearances he made for the Blues.Gonzalo Higuain’s recent move to Chelsea to reunite with Maurizio Sarri simply meant that the 26-year-old had no future at Chelsea.In wake of the Argentine’s arrival, reports in Spain suggests that Morata had arrived in Spain on Saturday evening ahead of his imminent switch to Diego Simeone’s team.Nonetheless, Morata’s previous affiliation with Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid has already earned him a hostile reception from the club’s ultras even before his move was official.During Saturday’s league clash with Getafe, the ultras chanted against the signing of the former Juventus striker while endorsing their academy product Borja Garces.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…When asked about the fans’ reaction that echoed throughout the Wanda Metropolitano following his side’s 2-0 win, Diego Simeone insists that he understood the fans sentiments.However, he was quick to throw his full support behind the decision to bring Alvaro Morata to the club.“The fans’ opinion is always respectable,” he said, according to LiveSoccerTV.“I look for players who serve the club and the team.”
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‘E-Wallet’ for RMG workers. Illustration: CollectedPresident of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Rubana Huq on Tuesday said the wage payment system of RMG workers is going to be digitised soon.”RMG workers will receive their wages under the digital system. We’re going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ICT ministry on 27 June to introduce mobile banking ‘E-wallet for RMG workers’,” she said.The BGMEA chief was speaking at a knowledge-sharing event on creating the business case of MFS-Based Wage Digitisation in the RMG Sector organised by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at a city hotel, reports UNB.She said the aim of the digitising the payment method is to fulfill government’s goal to go for a ‘Cashless Bangladesh’.Rubana urged country’s all the mobile financial service providers like bKash to come forward to join the ‘E-Wallet for RMG Workers’ platform.”Our main goal is to build digital Bangladesh. So, we hope our goal will be implemented overcoming all bureaucratic complexities,” she said.The BGMEA president said their main challenge is now to implement the wage digitisation process in all the garment factories.Ananya Wahid Kader, senior financial sector specialist of IFC; Shwapna Bhowmick, country manager of Bangladesh and Myanmar of Marks and Spencer; Sharif Almas Rahman, Director of Stylecraft Ltd; and Mid Sajjadur Rahman Mridha, chairman of ABA Group, were present.Besides, Mizanur Rashid, chief commercial officer of bKash, and Takreem Riwan Siddiqui, consultant of IFC, spoke at the event while Nuzhat Anwar, acting country manager of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal of IFC, gave the opening remarks.
by NPR News Greg Myre 8.26.19 5:46pm The head of the National Security Agency, Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, has a catchphrase: “persistent engagement.”This covers a broad spectrum of cyber activities at the nation’s largest spy agency. But at its core, it means relentlessly tracking adversaries, and increasingly, taking offensive action against them.”That’s the idea of persistent engagement. This idea of enabling and acting,” Nakasone recently told NPR. When he took over the agency last year, he said that rivals didn’t fear the U.S. in the cyber realm, and he intended to change that.To get a glimpse of how Nakasone is fostering a more aggressive cyber strategy, NPR paid a visit to the expansive compound in Ft. Meade, Md.You can still smell the fresh paint when walking the long, whitewashed corridors of the Integrated Cyber Center, the newest building on the compound.”Technology is ever changing, national security threats are ever changing. And for us to be effective, we need to be as agile, ideally one step ahead of that. We’ve adapted to that next threat,” said Anne Neuberger, a senior NSA official.Neuberger, 43, worked in financial services before joining the NSA a decade ago. Almost every job she’s had at the agency has involved launching a major new project.She helped establish U.S. Cyber Command, the NSA partner dedicated to cyber actions abroad. She then served as NSA’s first chief risk officer. She’s part of the NSA’s Russia Small Group, a task force created in the wake of Russia’s election interference.Nakasone has just tapped Neuberger to lead the new Cybersecurity Directorate, which launches in October. Broadly speaking, it’s intended to bring together the NSA’s full range of cyber capabilities, offensive and defensive. She’s intentionally vague on the details. But she does link her work to Nakasone’s larger theme of “persistent engagement.””Knowing that we’re not waiting for the incident, we’re tracking, we’re understanding, we’re degrading their capabilities, their ability to operate in a way that hopefully prevents that key attack,” she said. “So when he says ‘persistent engagement,’ that’s what he means.”She spoke near the Joint Operations Center, a cavernous hall with staffers in circular pods of desks. Huge wall screens feature cable news channels and flash updated information.I’m allowed to watch briefly through windows overlooking the floor. Then, with the flick of a switch, the windows frost over, obscuring everything inside.The key threats”The four main threats that we’re concerned about from a cybersecurity perspective are China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. That’s not necessarily the totality of everything that we deal with. But those are certainly the big ones,” said Josh, a member of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Operations Group who is only allowed to be identified by his first name.He’s in blue jeans and a short-sleeve shirt, untucked. Shaving hasn’t been a priority this week.Civilians like Josh account for about 60% of the NSA staff. They work alongside the roughly 40% that are military. It leads to an odd mix of cultures.Down in software development, where Josh used to work, “jeans, T-shirt and flip-flops was pretty standard attire,” he said.Elsewhere at the NSA, male staffers are usually in “slacks and a button-down. Of course, if we’re down at the White House for a National Security Council meeting, you’re in suit and tie. So you have the full gamut.”The NSA is a big place and getting bigger. The agency is considered to have the world’s greatest concentration of supercomputers, operated by an army of computer scientists, mathematicians and linguists. Since its formation just after World War II, the NSA has shared as little as possible with the public.James Bamford has written four investigative books about the NSA. When he wrote the first one in the 1980s, even “the name of the NSA was considered secret,” he said. “They were enormously paranoid. They threatened me twice with prosecution for writing my book.”And now?”They’ve moved gradually over the years to be more open. But I think each time it’s been forced on them through scandals and through Congressional hearings and oversight and so forth,” Bamford said.Unfinished debatesRevelations in 2013 by then-NSA contractor Edward Snowden unleashed a powerful backlash against the agency. He raised a host of privacy issues, some of them still a source of fierce debate.The 2015 USA Freedom Act, the law that allows the NSA to obtain U.S. phone records of terrorism suspects, expires at the end of the year. A battle is already brewing over whether it should be extended.Neuberger said these concerns aren’t lost on the NSA.”We are a surveillance agency in a democracy,” she said. “The risk of losing public understanding of what we’re doing, public trust and who we are as an organization is something that has to be forefront in our mind.”When the NSA detects bad actors abroad, that information increasingly needs to be shared with the public, with U.S. companies and others being targeted.Nakasone says he sent cyber warriors to Europe last fall to protect against Russian interference in the U.S. mid-term elections.The U.S. reportedly unleashed a cyber attack on Iran after it shot down a U.S. drone in June.This all points to the growing role of cyber in national security, and the NSA says it’s built a pipeline to attract top talent.Cynthia Miller, the head of human resources, said the agency partners with more than 200 universities, funding academic programs and research.”So we of course recruit a lot of people from those schools,” said Miller.The NSA doesn’t divulge the size of its workforce, though it’s believed to be around 40,000. The NSA does not specify its budget, either, though it is routinely described as the country’s largest spy agency. The overall U.S. intelligence budget is around $60 billion annually.New hiresMiller does volunteer that the agency has hired around 2,000 new staffers this year — many just out of college or graduate school — making this one of the largest intakes ever.The bigger challenge is retaining talent.”I’m not gonna be able to pay you what Google, Amazon or any of those type of companies can pay you and I don’t even attempt to have that discussion,” said Miller. “What you do get here that you can’t get anywhere else is the contribution that you make to the United States of America. That’s huge, thank goodness.”Josh, from the cyber operations team, left the NSA several years ago to join a startup. But he came back, even though it meant a pay cut.”There are those nuggets that you get to see here that nobody else gets to see, and there’s an excitement factor to that,” he said.Josh added that the Islamic State attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people in 2015, prompted his decision to return. He came back to an operation that’s crippled ISIS online, just as it was beaten back on the battlefield.Greg Myre is a national security correspondent. Follow him @gregmyre1.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2019/08/20190826_atc_persistent_en… ‘Persistent Engagement’: The Phrase Driving A…
Kolkata: One person was killed and seven others were injured when a portion of the balcony of an old and dilapidated warehouse in Chitpur area collapsed, a senior officer of police said on Thursday. According to locals, a two-storied sugar factory located at 5, Khagen Chatterjee Road, opposite the Cossipore Gun and Shell Factory, has the factory in the ground floor, with the first floor being used as the labourers’ quarters. On Wednesday evening, eight persons were standing under the balcony of the building. At around 8.50 pm, a portion of the balcony collapsed on the people standing beneath. They were immediately rushed to different hospitals across the city by their family members. One of the injured Manju Singh (54) succumbed to her injuries at the Bisudhananda Saraswaty Marwari Hospital. Meanwhile, two of the injured were treated and discharged from a nursing home in Bagbazar. Five others are still undergoing treatment in multiple hospitals. “A portion of a balcony measuring 8ft by 10ft of the labourers’ quarters on the first floor of an old dilapidated (G+1 storied) warehouse, collapsed on Khagen Chatterjee Road. We have rescued other residents of the building safely,” an officer said.
Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate questioned actor Prosenjit Chatterjee for nearly six hours on Friday, in connection with the ongoing probe of the multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam. A day before, actor Rituparna Sengupta was interrogated by the central agency.Sources said the agency had sent summons to these actors to dig information on financial transactions between their companies and the Rose Valley group. “I have provided them with all the details they wanted. They had sent summons to my company, and I have always said I am ready to cooperate,” Chatterjee said post interrogation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata This is the first time that the actor has been questioned since the chit fund scam came to light in 2013. As per sources, Chatterjee had attended several events hosted by the Rose Valley group. He had also reportedly acted in a film produced by it. Sources said the agency had received documents that revealed transactions carried out between the Rose Valley group and Chatterjee’s company and the ED officials sought clarification on the same. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateChatterjee is a famous actor and has acted in over 200 Bengali and Hindi movies. ED had registered an FIR against the Rose Valley firm, its chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Kundu was arrested by ED in Kolkata in 2015 and multiple chargesheets were filed in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar courts. It has also attached assets worth Rs 4,200 crore in the case till now. The group had reportedly floated 27 companies to allegedly run the chit fund operations. The ED has alleged that the scheme floated by the group promised investors in various states inflated returns. (With inputs from Indian Express)