Novorossiyan militia encircle Kiev regime’s troops

first_imgAnti-fascists protest war against Novorossiya by Ukraine and Western powers outside the Munich Security Conference, Feb. 7.Photo: Antiimperialistische AktionEuropean Union leaders made a flurry of diplomatic visits in early February, holding panicky negotiations with Kiev and Moscow to reach a ceasefire in the war between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, also called Novorossiya.On Feb. 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Barack Obama in Washington to discuss U.S. plans to openly arm the Ukrainian coup regime of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and neo-Nazis installed with Washington’s help one year ago.This followed whirlwind visits by Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to Kiev and Moscow. The leaders of the two dominant EU economic powers met face to face with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin for five hours on Feb. 6 to present a ceasefire proposal.Held with no other diplomats or media present, the meeting fed speculation that the EU bosses wanted to speak frankly with Putin about the U.S. attempt to push Europe into conflict with Russia. The EU is being economically hurt by sanctions on Russia, imposed at Washington’s insistence.French media reported that Hollande and Merkel undertook the trip without consulting Washington — a highly unusual step. Other reports suggested that a section of the Obama administration shares the European concern that the West may lose out by escalating the war. (RT.com, Feb. 6)The Hollande-Merkel proposal is to be the focus of reconvened negotiations in Minsk on Feb. 11.A high-ranking source in German intelligence told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Feb. 8 that the real death toll of the Ukraine civil war is nearly 50,000, including civilians and troops. This is almost 10 times the “official” United Nations figure.Interest from the EU and perhaps U.S. leaders has little to do with stopping civilian casualties in the besieged Donbass region. Rather, it is prompted by the Novorossiyan militia’s successful encirclement of an estimated 6,000 to 7,500 Ukrainian troops in the region of Debaltsevo in northern Donetsk and southern Lugansk.The looming defeat of the latest Ukrainian offensive — begun by Kiev in early January — also stepped up calls by the U.S. Congress to provide the coup regime with more powerful weaponry.McCain admits Ukraine used banned weaponsSenate Armed Services Chair John McCain — who has based his long career on support for war crimes — leads the charge for openly arming Kiev, with $3 billion in heavy weaponry as a starter. At a Feb. 5 Washington news conference, he admitted that the Ukraine junta has used internationally banned cluster bombs in its war against Donbass. McCain said this war crime was a reason to give Kiev more weapons: “I think that if we had provided them with the weapons they need, they wouldn’t have felt they had to use cluster bombs.” (Sputnik News)The overwhelming majority of Congress — both Republicans and Democrats — plus Secretary of State John Kerry and outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, back the plan to arm Ukraine, as does Ashton Carter, Obama’s nominee to replace Hagel. (Sputnik, Feb. 4)Washington has been arming Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko’s government, both through proxies like Poland and directly in secret, since at least mid-December. Novorossiyan militias have captured U.S.-made and NATO-distributed weapons during the past month.Kerry and State Department official Victoria Nuland, an architect of last year’s coup, rushed to Kiev Feb. 5, a day ahead of Merkel and Hollande’s visit, in an attempt to stiffen Poroshenko’s backbone with a pledge of another $1 billion in economic assistance.The same day, NATO announced it would increase its “Rapid Response Force in Europe” to 30,000 troops, from the current 13,000.Poroshenko’s government showed no signs of wanting peace. In the past week, Ukraine’s armed forces, National Guard and volunteer fascist battalions continued to terrorize civilians throughout the Donbass by shelling homes, schools and hospitals. They killed five people by striking a hospital in the capital of Donetsk Feb. 4. Even after Kiev agreed to create a “humanitarian corridor” in the area around Debaltsevo, the National Guard Aydar Battalion fired on civilians fleeing Chernukhin, Lugansk, as the people’s militia attempted to evacuate the village. (News-Front.info, Feb. 6)And overnight Feb. 8-9, a Ukrainian missile struck a chemical plant in central Donetsk, shaking the entire capital city. (Rusvesna.su, Feb. 9)‘Minsk warmed over’In a Feb. 3 interview with Cuba’s Prensa Latina news agency, Deputy Chair of the Donetsk Supreme Soviet and chief negotiator Denis Pushilin said, “Kiev’s troops apply the methods used by the U.S. military in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They unload heavy artillery against the population from afar until they know the area is destroyed, and then send in soldiers to kill those who remain alive and clean out the city.”In the face of this brutal situation, Hollande and Merkel appear to be offering to turn the clock back to the September Minsk agreement, with some additional language on “federalization” meant to appease Russia, and the introduction of “peacekeepers” — that is, troops taking orders from the West. (Slavyangrad.es, Feb. 6)Donetsk and Lugansk would be forced to roll back the progress they have made in the past month against the Ukrainian occupation forces, including the situation in the Debaltsevo.Saving the Ukrainian military from defeat and its hardware from confiscation by Novorossiya is the most immediate purpose of the EU proposal.“Minsk warmed over” is how anti-imperialist media analyst Daniel Patrick Welch described it.Will the Novorossiyan leadership, much less the population, be willing to go along with a re-run of Minsk after so much death, destruction and broken promises by the Ukrainian junta and its Western backers? It will be a very hard sell.Donetsk Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko has stated that the people’s republics intend to reclaim the entire territory of the former Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, including occupied cities like Mariupol and Slavyansk.Alexei Mozgovoi, the radical commander of the Lugansk “Ghost Brigade” that is slamming shut the “Debaltsevo cauldron” on Ukrainian occupation forces, made a Feb. 1 political appeal to all people of Ukraine: “Our goal is to remove the oligarchs and big business which destroy the economy that belongs to the people, and build a fair system, creating equal conditions and equal opportunities for all segments of the population.” (Red Star Over Donbass blog)The leaders and people of the Donbass have every right to take advantage of whatever differences exist within the imperialist camp to defend themselves, further their goals of liberating the primarily Russian-speaking southeastern region of Ukraine, and provide internationalist assistance to Ukrainian anti-fascists.The global anti-war, anti-imperialist and workers’ movement has a responsibility to support their struggle and to oppose every manifestation of U.S.-EU imperialist intervention. This means stopping the U.S. and EU from arming the fascist-oligarch regime in Kiev.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Academic Adviser – UMSON P-TECH Subaward grant

first_imgDescription/Job SummaryOverview: Under the general direction of the Dean, thisposition will be responsible for providing academic advising ofundergraduate students in the Pre-Health Professions Pathwaysinterested in completing the RN to BSN articulation and dual–enrollment programs.Responsibilities/DutiesEssential Functions: Provides academic advising of undergraduate students in thePTECH nursing pathway for completion in the BCCC nursingprogramProvides academic advising regarding all relevant curriculumareas- course requirements and selection, policies and procedures,scholastic standards, new freshman and transfer issues, asappropriate for students enrolled in the PTECH nursing pathwayFacilitates PTECH nursing students’ academic progress byassessing their needs and developing appropriate educationalplansMaintains student academic files to demonstrate academicprogression metrics. The tracking activities include documentationof each PTECH student advising meeting sessions; electronicmonitoring; enrollment, progression and graduation metrics andutilization of Gap analysis.Assists in the development and preparation ofadvising/educational materials in collaboration with the BCCCNursing faculty and Marketing Department. The educational materialsmay include training manuals, brochures, handouts, generalinformation summaries, and newslettersCollaborates with BCCC Nursing faculty, the Admissions andStudent Affairs Division and Marketing Department to conductinformation sessions and distribute educational/multimediamarketing materials regarding the PTECH nursing pathway toppotential, current students, and other interested partiesMaintains, collects and disseminates information to students,faculty and departments regarding advising strategies for academicstrategies and academic support services.Participates in professional development activities,professional conferences, BCCC departmental meetings and advisorymeetingsCollaborate with BCCC Associate Dean, BCCC Nursing to developfaculty mentoring program; identify BCCC nursing faculty mentors toparticipate in this program.Collaborate with UNSON and BCCC to design and implement amarketing campaign to attract middle school students to PTECHprograms at BCCCPerform other additional duties as assigned Work Environment:This position typically works indoors in a standard classroom/labenvironment, generally free from hazardous or unpleasant physicalconditions. Work involves observance of safety precautions typicalof modern classroom/lab settings. The work environment is highlydiverse and demands a high level of cultural competence ininterpersonal communications and interactions.Physical Demands:The work entails sitting and standing for extended periods,frequent walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. Work requireseye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, near vision acuity, andthe ability to see and read printed material and computer screens.Duties involve oral, written, electronic and telephoniccommunication; typing; and lifting and transporting supplies,materials and equipment.Required QualificationsMinimum Qualifications: Experience in an institution of Higher EducationExperience with Canvas or other LMSExperience in outcomes assessmentExperience designing marketing and education materialsExperience in public speaking in an institution to studentsdirectly and in groupsExperience in advising students pursuing health professionscareers Knowledge of group dynamics and student behaviorKnowledge of a variety of teaching techniquesAbility to teach and advise in a classroom lab settingAbility to assess educational needs and develop advisementplansAbility to interpret test dataAbility to set educational goals and to define specificobjectives Bachelor’s Degree in counseling or related fieldMinimum of 1 year experience in academic advising orcounselingPreferred QualificationsPreferred Qualifications: Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:last_img read more

Making the most of your (next) data breach

first_imgIan Livingston, former CEO of BT Group, memorably stated: “There are two types of CEO, those that know their systems are being hacked – and those that don’t.”That was three years ago. While CEOs are undoubtedly more aware of the risks now, how many have employees who still play fast and loose with customers’ personal data? And how many senior managers have full control over their employees’ practices?Although much may have been invested to protect digital estates, many senior executives are unsure what personal data they retain and where, how well protected it is, who has access to it and – in an age of collaborative commerce, lengthening supply chains, and ecosystem delivery – precisely who is accountable for what.Some still rely on averages (“It won’t happen on my watch”) and apathy (“Everybody loses a little once in awhile”) to get them through any choppy water, should incidents occur and reach the public domain. But if you rely on crisis communications as your main defense (“We are investigating an incident we can’t comment on now; meanwhile the launch of x has delivered stunning figures…”), then there may be trouble ahead.With increasing transparency, tougher penalties, ongoing press interest, and the rise of socially-savvy, digitally-literate citizens and consumers, a casual approach to privacy has to change.Even the best defenses will succumb to attack sometimes. This is as much due to simple human error as it is to the asymmetry of security. The defender needs to protect perfectly on all fronts, while the attacker needs to find just one crack in the armor.Breaches are inevitable, and many customers understand that data loss happens regardless of how well-prepared a business is. How you act during and after a breach – and how you communicate with your members in the hours and days after discovery – is vital.Yes, some members will immediately leave in disgust, no matter what you do. But the vast majority of customers are more likely to leave because they feel your organization does not act with integrity.So how do you reduce the negative impact of any incident and make sure you “don’t waste a crisis,” should one occur?Redirect executive angst to infrastructure attention…If you run the department where the incident arose, you have to expect executives to focus on your operation and to be prepared to endure the heat of micro-management for awhile post-breach. This energy should soon be galvanized to address underlying issues you have probably been aware of for awhile, but which have been in the “vital but not urgent” budget category.Know in advance what to ask for once the immediate crisis is over while decision-makers have intimate awareness of your part of their business. For example, perhaps now is the time to move to the cloud – but have you reviewed the pros and cons from each stakeholder’s perspective?…and fresh opportunityInvestment shouldn’t stop at just fixing. Privacy confidence stems from the certainty that scrutiny brings.While there should be due caution about not rushing into another faux pas, a crisis handled well, and an intimate understanding of what data you hold, should give you new opportunities to engage anew with members. So long as they feel charmed and not persecuted by your renewed familiarity with them.Practice (don’t just document)Most businesses have well-documented if not oft-rehearsed or realistically-simulated emergency response plans. Practicing, not just writing down, your incident response plan builds organizational “muscle memory.” The best data breach is a staged one. One that reawakens people to the real world impacts that could occur if we mishandle the personal information entrusted to us.Institutionalizing the right habits is essential. Think how many people have read your fire policy and how many know what to do because the company has rehearsed a fire drill regularly. Then consider how much more likely a data breach is than a fire. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nick Rhodes Nick Rhodes specializes in benefit realization and privacy. He has been with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for 19 years helping clients plan, prioritize and push-through change. He works through the … Web: www.baesystems.com Detailslast_img read more

Facebook Removes Pro-Trump ‘Stop the Steal’ Election Group

first_imgThe 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 –last_img read more

Gap doubles Milton Keynes outlets with second store in new centre

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Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, US and Canada

first_img“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.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal job is ‘too good an opportunity’ to turn down

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Dec 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Advertisement Arteta has been Guardiola’s assistant since 2016 (Picture: Getty)It’s convinced the Gunners’ board that they need to find a manager sooner rather than later and they cannot allow the Swede to take charge for the rest of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta has spent the last three years serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and he is in line to take over from the former Barcelona boss when he steps down at the Etihad.That opportunity could come in the next 18 months but Arteta is keen to take his first steps into management and the Daily Mail claim he wants the Arsenal job.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt’s claimed there’s considerable support on the Arsenal board for Arteta but the club are yet to whittle down their options to a shortlist.It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will offer the job to Arteta or risk waiting until the end of the season before making a permanent appointment.The Gunners travel to London rivals West Ham on Monday night as they search for their first win in the league since October 6th.MORE: Brendan Rodgers sends message to James Maddison over Manchester United move Mikel Arteta would take the Arsenal job (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta would accept an offer to manage Arsenal as he views the opportunity as ‘too good’ to reject.The Spaniard is now one of the frontrunners to replace Unai Emery following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign a new long-term deal at Leicester, while Massimiliano Allegri has vowed to wait until next summer before choosing his next club.Arteta was in the running to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018 but the Gunners opted for the experience of Emery.However, the Spaniard was sacked after a winless run of seven matches and interim boss Freddie Ljunberg has just one point from his first two matches at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Mikel Arteta thinks Arsenal job is ‘too good an opportunity’ to turn downlast_img read more

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack investigated in doping cover-up probe

first_imgFormer IAAF president Lamine Diack is being investigated in relation to allegations that he helped to cover up doping cases.The 82-year-old is suspected of taking money from Russia to sweep over positive drugs tests.His advisor, Habib Cisse, is also being investigated.Sebastian Coe succeeded the Senegalese as IAAF president in August, bringing an end to Diack’s 16-year reign.A statement from the IAAF confirmed that French police visited their offices on Tuesday to conduct interviews.”The IAAF confirms that, emanating from separate ongoing investigations by WADA’s independent commission and the IAAF’s own independent Ethics Commission into allegations surrounding its anti-doping rules and regulations, a French police investigation has now commenced,” a statement read. “The IAAF is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process.”As part of the French investigation, police visited the IAAF HQ offices yesterday to carry out interviews and to access documentation.”The IAAF will make no further comment at this time.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lizzie, 10, and dad Craig are PING Family champions

first_img Tags: Family, Fourball Betterball, PING Golf mad 10-year-old Lizzie Wilson and her dad, Craig, are the new PING Family Fourball Betterball champions.The Nottinghamshire pair teamed up to score 45 points over the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club and took the title by the slender margin of one point.“I played best!” laughed Lizzie, who has cut her handicap by 11 shots this season and now plays off 24. “I’ve had great fun playing with my dad and our playing partners were very nice. I’ve made some new friends and it’s been a great experience.”Craig added: “It’s been a fantastic day.” They took on the challenge of related pairs from across the country, who flock to play in this popular competition run by England Golf.Last year Craig and his wife, Claire, took part for the first time and this year they decided to include Lizzie, who has been playing since she was eight.“My wife and I played last year and it was a fantastically organised day. This year we thought that Lizzie could play and I got lucky she was paired with me! It’s been a great day,” said Craig, a 13-handicapper.Claire, who plays off 12, played in the competition with her dad, Michael Marriott, and has already staked a claim to be Lizzie’s partner in 2019!The whole family are members at Norwood Park Golf Centre, where Lizzie has been encouraged by the junior development programme.She’s also been inspired by attending the Women’s British Open; and enthused by receiving a bag of junior clubs through the Bags4Birdies initiative run by PING and UPS. Every birdie scored in Majors in one year by Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen saw a bag of clubs given to a new young player.“That was very exciting for her and now Lizzie is doing better than the rest of the family!” said Craig. She’s won a county U18 handicap competition and she’s had an outing with the Nottinghamshire second team – and her next big date is on Tuesday when she tees up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final with Madeleine Smith, who was co-runner-up today.Lizzie sums up why she enjoys golf: “I love how you get to make new friends. But basically I just love playing the shots. I just love it!”And it won’t be long before the Wilsons are joined by their other daughter. Holly, seven, has also taken up golf and was thrilled when the family spectated at the Women’s British Open and she got Georgia Hall’s signed ball after the third round. “Since then she just wants to play golf,” said Craig. “I think I’m going to be a caddie or a taxi service!”The runners-up were Madeleine and Ian Smith, also from Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire, who scored 44 points, pipping Linda and Peter Spencer of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on countback. Third place, again on countback, went to Alison and Robert Horak of Ullesthorpe Court, Leicestershire, on 43 points, ahead of Jane and Steve Ackling of Wollaton Park, Nottinghamshire. Debra and Glenn Wright of Millfield, Lincolnshire, took sixth prize on 42 points, on countback from two other pairs.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 2 Sep 2018 Lizzie, 10, and dad Craig are PING Family champions last_img read more

Wilson looking to be the Super Bowl QB star

first_imgSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson answers questions during a media availability Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J.  (AP Photo)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The captain was a few minutes late, though no one seemed to mind.Russell Wilson is usually worth the wait, and no more than on this day, his final one speaking about the game before he actually plays The Game.Peyton Manning is supposed to be the star of this Super Bowl, but a minor league second baseman who refused to listen to those who said he was too small to play quarterback in the NFL may have something to say about that. Proving people wrong is almost as fun for Wilson as winning football games, and he’s done both with great regularity since being drafted with the 75th overall pick two years ago by the Seattle Seahawks.“For all the kids that have been told, no, that they can’t do it, or all the kids that will be told no,” Wilson said. “That’s one of the reasons that I left playing baseball, to be honest with you. I had this urge to play the game of football, because so many people — I shouldn’t say so many, a handful of people — said I couldn’t do it.Richard Sherman will be the player most remembered from the win that got Seattle here. But if not for a gutsy play on an equally gutsy call, the Seahawks would not be in position to win their first Super Bowl title. Wilson found Jermaine Kearse in the end zone for the touchdown on a fourth down against San Francisco in the NFC championship game, giving the Seahawks the lead for the first time.It was the kind of play a veteran star like Manning might make when it counts most. The kind of play Wilson prepared for meticulously every day for the past two years.The kind of play that can win a Super Bowl.“I don’t think I’ve seen too many people have the knack to want be great. He wants to be a great quarterback,” receiver Percy Harvin said. “He just doesn’t want to be average or All-Pro. He wants to be talked about as a great quarterback and I don’t think he’s going to stop until he does.”By now, Wilson’s story is fairly well known. The son of the late Harrison Wilson III — a star athlete at Dartmouth who became a lawyer after briefly thinking of trying out for the NFL in 1977 — he lost a job as starting quarterback at North Carolina State while playing second base in the Colorado Rockies organization.Wilson would give up baseball to star as a graduate student at Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to the Big 10 title and a spot in the Rose Bowl. But he was undersized at 5-foot-11 and languished in the NFL draft before Pete Carroll and the Seahawks took a chance on him for what was expected to be a backup quarterback position.Instead, Carroll called him to the basketball court at the team’s complex prior to his rookie season, where Wilson watched him shoot jumpers.“I go outside and he said, ‘You want to shoot?’ ” Wilson said. “Then he said, ‘We want you to know you’re going to be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, hopefully for a long time.’“That put a huge smile on my face. I immediately thought of my mom and dad and all the things they’ve done for me and all the discipline they gave me.”That discipline is evident in the way Wilson approaches his job as both the quarterback and leader of his team. Like all quarterbacks he watches film, but Wilson is constantly studying situations and is relentless about fixing mistakes.“He makes everyone around him almost a perfectionist because we pick up off that and the habits that he has,” said receiver Ricardo Lockette. “He is always the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave.”Those habits helped propel the Seahawks to an 11-5 record last season behind their rookie QB. They beat the Washington Redskins in the first round of the playoffs, then lost a shootout to Atlanta that had Wilson down in the dumps — if only for a moment.By the time he was in the tunnel going back to the locker room he had already begun thinking what he had to do in the offseason to get the Seahawks over the hump this year.“I want to change the game and there’s a difference between being good and being great and changing the game,” Wilson said. “Guys like Peyton Manning change the game in terms of the way he thinks and in terms of the way he processes things. Tom Brady is the same way, he’s so clutch that people fear him. One day I want to evolve to that.”Wilson can take a big step in that direction should he join an elite group of quarterbacks (Brady, Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger) who have won a Super Bowl in just their second year. He’s certainly not overwhelmed by the moment, and seems to embrace the challenge, even when it comes to answering the same questions over and over during the pregame buildup.A great believer in visualization, he already sees himself on the field at the Meadowlands, is already trying to figure out how to feel when the national anthem is sung and the stadium erupts in flashes for the kickoff.“Then it will be, OK, I’m ready to go,” Wilson said.If he is, there may be more than one quarterback star in this Super Bowl.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more