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By Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/Diálogo April 01, 2019 Diálogo spoke with U.S. Army Brigadier General Antonio Fletcher, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), which leads all special operations forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Diálogo: What is SOCSOUTH’s mission and how does it fit into broader U.S. security cooperation efforts in the region? U.S. Army Brigadier General Antonio Fletcher, commander of Special Operations Command South: First, let me say how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to take command of Special Operations Command South. As a long time 7th Special Forces Group soldier with numerous deployments to our partner nations, to lead this organization is truly a special experience. I was previously at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as director of Plans and Policy (J5), so I had some time to think about and formulate what I would pursue as a mission, what my priorities are, and how I would fit SOCSOUTH into SOUTHCOM’s strategy to meet some specific challenges in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission at SOCSOUTH is to find and fix threats and enable our interagency partners and partner nations to counter threats to U.S. interests and maintain regional stability. We bring unique capabilities to assist SOUTHCOM with its strategy in the region, and we are constantly engaging with the SOUTHCOM team to ensure our efforts are aligned. We can deploy rapidly, we have organic cultural and language abilities, and we have built positive and enduring relationships with security force leaders throughout the region, especially those involved in counter terrorism operations. These relationships are vital to our success and simply cannot be built at a time of crisis—they must be built beforehand. Diálogo: What are your priorities for SOCSOUTH for 2019 and beyond? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: As I mentioned earlier, being director of SOUTHCOM’s J5 before taking command gave me a unique vantage point to develop priorities for the command. My priorities are: countering threat networks, particularly terrorist and insurgent networks; supporting U.S. and partner nation law enforcement agencies’ initiatives to counter transnational criminal organizations; maintaining our readiness to deploy and respond rapidly; and, lastly, proving through our actions that the United States is the best partner to meet today’s security challenges in the region. Diálogo: How do you expect to foster interoperability and jointness with SOCSOUTH’s/SOUTHCOM’s partner nation militaries in Latin America and the Caribbean? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: First, I would prefer to say partner nation security forces instead of militaries because some of our valued partner nations have non-military forces, specifically Panama and Costa Rica. So, how do we foster jointness? We do this by highlighting the idea that challenging national security situations are often best solved by a whole of government approach. The whole of government approach is much better at countering threat networks and providing long-term security for citizens, and lays the groundwork for improving prosperity in contested areas because it brings together experts from across the government to solve these problems. This is a much more effective and efficient approach than relying on just a military solution which may eliminate the immediate security threat but leave citizens little future protection and support. The goal is an enduring state of security that will promote prosperity and provide stability for its citizens. Diálogo: What is the importance of combined special operations forces (SOF) engagements among regional partner nations? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: SOF engagements benefit the United States and our partner nations in many ways, but I’ll highlight three specific examples. First, as I mentioned previously, we build valuable relationships with security professionals in the region. Second, we share tactical skills and learn from each other. Finally, we continue to build linguistic and cultural skills and develop more in-depth knowledge of the partner nations’ governance. Diálogo: What do you think are the most important lessons SOCSOUTH SOF personnel can share with their Latin American and Caribbean counterparts in the face of transnational organized crime threats? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: It takes a whole of government approach to disrupt a transnational criminal network. National as well as local level leaders must develop cooperative strategies to confront these threats. One of the most important lessons our SOF personnel can share is that criminal networks threaten citizen security, undermine human rights, cripple the government’s rule of law efforts, and hinder economic development—they undermine our partner nation governments on many different levels. That is why a whole of government approach is necessary to counter these threats. Diálogo: How do combined events like Fuerzas Comando play a role in sharing that experience and furthering jointness and interoperability with partner nations? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: Fuerzas Comando is our flagship event of the year, promoting partner nation military-to-military relationships, strengthening ties, increasing expertise among the region’s SOF while promoting regional security. This exercise not only builds trust between each other but challenges everyone in a multinational special operations skills competition. The end result of the exercise is a fraternal community of elite forces who are able to collaborate to support security and stability in the region. Every event is geared toward working as a team in a competitive environment emphasizing jointness and interoperability. This year’s event was held in Panama, and Chile has agreed to host the exercise in 2019. Diálogo: How can SOCSOUTH support partner nations to develop and increase their capabilities to counter threats? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: SOCSOUTH has a long history of working with our partners in the region. Our interactions with our partner forces have been very positive and of mutual benefit. Security cooperation is our primary focus; we facilitate our partner nation forces’ training and work side by side to become more interoperable. When our SOF interact with partner nation units, we develop a common understanding of capabilities and training opportunities, we all adhere to the principles of human rights, and rule of law is everything we do. What SOCSOUTH cherishes the most about our international SOF partners is the high level of professionalism and camaraderie. Diálogo: How do success stories such as Colombia influence your vision to help develop other partner nations’ capabilities? Brig. Gen. Fletcher: Like many other countries in the region, Colombia is a strategic partner for SOCSOUTH. Colombia’s successes are in great part because the United States has been working with them through their challenging times. SOCSOUTH understands the many successes other countries have had in Latin America. For example, Brazil led MINUSTAH in Haiti and other partner nations led various humanitarian assistance/disaster response and peacekeeping operations throughout the region. SOCSOUTH recognizes the tremendous sacrifices all our partner nations put forth when they contribute to regional security and stability.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York National Weather Service forecasters warned that although they predict the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season starting next month will be normal, coastal residents remain at risk for a potential big storm like Sandy.Officials urged residents of the East Coast, including Long Island, to prepare for the worst and not be lulled into complacency by the “near or below normal” outlook for the hurricane season, which starts June 1 and ends Nov 30. The season peaks in September.“It only takes one destructive storm to make for a very bad season,” Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told reporters during a news conference Thursday. “Whatever the probabilities are, one storm can wreak tremendous havoc.”The agency’s meteorologists predicted eight to 13 tropical cyclones, three to six of which may strengthen into hurricanes, with one or two of those reaching major hurricane status—a category-three storm with 111-129 mph sustained winds capable of snapping trees and devastating homes.Experts said that several factors are at play in their seasonal forecast. While the Atlantic is in the midst of a hurricane-prone part of a multi-decadal cycle, the sea-surface warming weather pattern known as El Niño is expected to suppress tropical cyclones from gaining wind speed. They noted that the outlook is of expected hurricane activity, not the impact of predicted storms.That’s why Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials joined forecasters at the press conference to remind residents of hurricane-prone areas that they should heed the lessons of Sandy to have a plan, pack essentials and not ignore orders to evacuate their homes.“There should be no one that doesn’t understand if they’re in a danger zone,” said Joseph Nimmich, FEMA associate administrator for Response and Recovery. “There is not one of us that can withstand the surge and protect their house when it is under attack by nature.”While hurricane categories rank storms on wind speed, it is often the storm surge—hurricanes causing ocean water to rush over land—that claims the most lives. To help local officials and residents better prepare for storm surges, the National Hurricane Center will create the first-ever Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map warning maps this season.“During Sandy, Staten Island, Rockaway and the South Shore of Long Island were slammed with a storm surge that had all the power and fatal results of a tsunami,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said in a news release announcing the new maps. “We all saw the devastating impact a storm surge can have, which is why these new storm surge maps and warning systems that highlight the life-threatening risk of remaining within these vulnerable areas during a storm are so essential.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road trains will mostly begin rolling again Monday morning 37 hours after service was suspended Saturday when a blizzard hit the region, but some lines remain snowed in.As of 5 a.m. Monday, regular weekday service will be available on the Babylon, Ronkonkoma, Port Washington and Huntington/Port Jefferson branches and service will also be provided in diesel territory on the Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson Branches, between Greenport and Ronkonkoma and on the Montauk Branch west of Speonk, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.But snow still needs to be cleared from the tracks before trains can resume running on the other four of the LIRR’s 12 branches. Lines that will remain suspended Monday include the Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach and West Hempstead branches. Commuters who ride trains on those branches are urged to use alternate LIRR branches until their usual trains return.In addition, trains will not be running by Monday morning between Jamaica and the Atlantic Terminal. LIRR riders normally destined for Brooklyn should take trains to Penn Station, where their tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on the No. 2 and 3 subway trains.For more information on when the remaining LIRR suspensions will be lifted, visit www.mta.info. Service had been suspended at 4 p.m. Saturday as winter storm Jonas hit the region.(Photo credit: MTA/LIRR)
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: https://mwcua.com Details Do you realize that as a credit union employee, every professional interaction you have can potentially work to the advantage of your credit union? Public relations spans across all interactions and relationships – not just the media. And how you understand that can dramatically influence the perception of your credit union – and help members or potential members in the process.Think about it. When you are attending various functions on behalf of your credit union, how will your message resonate with your audience, whether it’s a presentation or just sitting with a group at a luncheon? When someone asks you how a credit union is different than a bank, do you rely on standard answers, or can you personalize it so the recipient can relate and get a truer picture?Consider these guidelines:How am I saying it?What is my main point?What data or example will back my point?Develop your elevator speech – a quick, to-the-point response that communicates in a way that is memorable and understandable. This can be done following some simple rules.First, determine what the recipient/audience needs from you. What specific examples will resonate with the person or group you are interacting with? Next, pull three points that you want to communicate – identify three components that drive home your message and be sure to include them in your response. Last, make the point memorable – give a real-time example that’s helps what you said stick with the recipient.If you’re trying to express how your credit union serves its members:INSTEAD OF THIS: “We have more than 50 branches and serve 90,000 people in our region who rely on our innovative products to help them achieve their goals.”SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS: “We serve folks like Paul. Paul is a single dad with three children. Around August his budget is stretched to buy school supplies. A back-to-school loan is an example of one of the products that our credit union offers to its 90,000 members in the region who face challenges similar to Paul’s.”INSTEAD OF THIS: “There are 90,000 people who are unbanked in Colorado.”TRY THIS: “There are 90,000 people in our region who don’t have access to banking. That is enough people to fill three Coors Field Stadiums.”With a little thought and preparation, you can utilize nearly every interaction as an opportunity to communicate the difference that your credit union is making in a very tangible way. And that will benefit both members and your credit union.
continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The AXFI conference isn’t the most intuitively named financial services conference. But that’s about the only thing it doesn’t do well.Designed to address the intersection of data analytics and financial innovation—with a decidedly credit union leaning—AXFI (Analytics and Financial Innovation) recently wrapped up its fourth annual event in suburban Minneapolis with about 300 highly engaged attendees.What really struck a chord with me—aside from the ragtag band of credit union veterans who performed Tuesday night—were a pair of presentations from gentlemen whose expertise resides well outside the realm of financial services.Their perspectives reinforced the extent to which the issues facing financial institutions are universal, and how we can benefit from reaching outside our comfort zone for fresh ideas.Eric Berlow is an ecologist by trade, and a TED Fellow whose talks on simplifying complexity have garnered over two million YouTube views. He led the University of California’s Science Institute inside Yosemite National Park, focusing on data-driven solutions for preserving wildlife ecosystems.
The social network acted as ballot counting continues in battleground states two days after Tuesday’s vote, with Democrat Joe Biden still confident of capturing the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump.“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” Facebook said in response to an AFP inquiry.“The group was organised around the delegitimisation of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”- Advertisement – Facebook on Thursday shut down a pro-Trump group organising protests against vote-counting, saying it was being used to delegitimise the election process and included “worrying” calls for violence.The group, called “Stop the Steal,” was just days old but had topped 3,00,000 members by the time it was removed for violating Facebook policies.- Advertisement – But his tweets have been masked with notices telling people the claims are misleading.Facebook and Twitter have been scrambling to prevent the platforms from being used to spread false claims regarding the integrity of voting or ballot counting.The platforms have pledged stepped-up scrutiny of false election information, including premature claims of victory, seeking to avoid a repeat of 2016 manipulation efforts.Separately, Facebook said it implemented its policy banning political ads after the close of polls. A Facebook spokesperson said the goal was “reducing the chance for confusion or abuse” and that the ban will likely last about a week.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “Stop the Steal” was calling for “boots on the ground” to protect what it called the “integrity” of the vote, according to the Washington Post, and encouraging donations to help send supporters to battlegrounds such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.Some of the commentary warned of being “on the verge of civil war” and asked supporters how they would go about “overthrowing the government,” the Post reported.Since Election Day the president has fired off tweets calling for ballot counting to be stopped, and contended without proof there has been voter fraud.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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“Selfish interests”British foreign minister Dominic Raab said it was “completely unacceptable” for Russian intelligence services to target work on the pandemic.”While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health,” he said in a statement. He said Britain would work with allies to hold perpetrators to account.The NCSC said the group’s attacks were continuing and used a variety of tools and techniques, including spear-phishing and custom malware.”APT29 is likely to continue to target organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic,” the NCSC statement said.The US Department of Homeland Security and US Cyber Command also released technical information on Thursday about three hacking tools being deployed by the Russian hackers, codenamed WELLMAIL, SOREFANG and WELLMESS.Private sector cybersecurity researchers who had spotted the WELLMESS malware over the last year were unaware of its Russian origins until Thursday.In several cases, WELLMESS was found within US pharmaceutical companies, said three investigators familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information. The tool allowed the hackers to stealthily gain remote access to secure computers. They declined to name the victims.Britain and the United States said in May that networks of hackers were targeting national and international organizations responding to the pandemic. But such attacks have not previously been explicitly connected to the Russian state. Topics : Cybersecurity researchers said an APT29 hacking tool was used against clients located in United States, Japan, China and Africa over the last year.Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.In a separate announcement Britain also accused “Russian actors” of trying to interfere in its 2019 election by trying to spread leaked documents online. Russia’s foreign ministry said those accusations were “foggy and contradictory”.Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week. Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday.A coordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services.”We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said NCSC Director of Operations Paul Chichester.
Pensioenfonds IBM, Radstand Pensioenfonds, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Robeco, EDHEC-Risk Institute, PIMCO, UNEP, Credit Suisse, Jones Day, Focus Orange, Sweco Capital Consultants, Insight Investment, Global Impact Investing Network, PGGM, Association of Consulting Actuaries, LCP, Invesco Perpetual, Standard Life InvestmentsPensioenfonds IBM – Wouter van Eechoud has been appointed director and executive board member of the Dutch pension fund. He succeeds Ruud Hommes, who is to leave the pension fund after 18 years. Van Eechoud was a supervisor of pension funds at regulator De Nederlandsche Bank and has also worked in the banking sector.Randstad Pensioenfonds – Han Thoman has been named chairman of the Randstad Pensioenfonds, completing the new and independent board. Thoman is already independent chairman of the pension funds of Grolsch and SNS Reaal. He has been director at DSM Pension Fund Services and asset manager and pensions provider Blue Sky Group. Thoman has also chaired the foundation for company pension funds (OPF), which merged into the Dutch Pensions Federation.Edmond de Rothschild Group – Roderick Munsters has been named chief executive of the Swiss firm’s asset management business. Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager. Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where Munsters spent six years as chief executive, he was CIO at APG. EDHEC-Risk Institute – Riccardo Rebonato has joined the institute from PIMCO, where he was global head of rates and FX research. Rebonato, who will also join the EDHEC Business School’s faculty, has previously worked at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was head of front-office risk management and head of client analytics, as well as head of derivatives research at Barclays Capital.United Nations – Erik Solheim is being lined up as the executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), having been chosen by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon as his candidate for the position. Solheim has been chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD since 2013 and was Norway’s minister for the environment and for international development from 2007 to 2012. Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa Castellano is poised to succeed Christiana Figueres as the UN’s chief climate change official, also having been selected by Ban. Castellano is the Mexican ambassador to Germany and was Mexico’s foreign affairs minister from 2006 to 2012. Figueres will step down as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July. Credit Suisse – Eric Varvel has been named head of asset management at the Swiss bank, filling a vacancy left by last year’s departure of Bob Jain. Varvel, a former chief executive of Credit Suisse’s investment banking division, will assume his new role at the beginning of next month. In his time at the bank, he has also served as its chair for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, in addition to serving on its executive board.Jones Day – Irene Vermeeren has been named a partner at the law firm, based in Amsterdam. Vermeeren is to focus on Dutch and European pensions, benefits and compensation. She also chairs the advisory committee on pensions law at the Dutch bar association and is a board member of the knowledge network Women in Institutional Pensions. Previously, Vermeeren was head of the pension industry group at law firm Baker & McKenzie.Focus Orange – Eko Loijenga has joined consultancy Focus Orange as an associate partner. Loijenga is to focus on total rewards, executive remuneration and people analytics. He has worked at Hewitt, Aon, Deloitte, Towers Perrin and PwC.Sweco Capital Consultants – Lilian ter Doest and Philip Bischop have started as senior consultants at Sweco Capital Consultants, formerly Grontmij Capital Consultants. They are responsible for direct and indirect property investments, client relations, acquisition and development. Previously, Ter Doest worked as commercial director at fund and property manager Annexum. Bischop joined from the €113bn asset manager and pensions provider MN, where he was head of property portfolio management.Insight Investment – Tom McKeon has been named head of portfolio oversight within the manager’s farmland investment team. McKeon was most recently chief executive at Hassad Australia, the agribusiness subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority. Prior to joining Hassad in 2011, McKeon ran his own consultancy and worked for Great Southern as national manager for water resources.Global Impact Investing Network – Wouter Koelewijn has joined the network as global liaison for Europe. Koelewijn was most recently senior innovation manager at Dutch pension manager PGGM, but he has also worked at Deloitte.Association of Consulting Actuaries – Bob Scott has been elected chairman of the UK association, succeeding outgoing chair David Fairs, effective from June. Scott is senior partner at consultancy LCP, where he has worked in a number of roles since 1982.Invesco Perpetual – Sebastian Mackay is to join the manager’s multi-asset team from September. He joins from Standard Life Investments (SLI), where he was investment director, but also a member of the global absolute-return portfolio construction team. Mackay began his career at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in 2000.