NEWS REVIEW OF THE YEAR

first_imgAUGUSTAtkins Nutritionals filed for protection from bankruptcy in the US, reporting debts of nearly £170m. The news was welcomed by bakers as marking the end of the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet craze. Northern supermarket chain Booths started a review of its speciality breads on offer at its 26 stores, which was set to last 12 months. The company also extended its speciality range to include more unusual products and a new range of sourdough breads. The in-store bakeries carry a range from Bolton-based craft baker Greenhalgh’s.ADM Milling announced plans to raise flour prices £9.38 a tonne from September 12, blaming rising energy costs. Plant bakers Allied Bakeries, Warburtons and British Bakeries also put up prices earlier in the summer, blaming inflationary pressures. Fine Lady Bakeries was fined £150,000 plus costs after the death of an employee at its Banbury bakery in 2002. The employee fell from a 22-inch platform while trying to free a jammed bread cooling machine. He sustained severe head injuries and later died. The Office of Fair Trading caused controversy when it said it had no plans to revamp the Supermarkets Code of Practice, saying there was no evidence it was not working well. A new National Food Survey showed an ongoing decline of volumes of bread purchased since 1974, but wholemeal loaves are becoming increasingly popular. The report, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said the average UK consumer bought 720g of bread a week in 2003-4, spending £3.70 a week on bread and cereal products. Around £1 of that was on cakes, pastries and biscuits.Cake manufacturer Kate’s Cakes said it planned to nearly double turnover to £32 million with a recently launched branded range and extended national supply network. Bakery chain Sayers began piloting a new format at a new flagship store in Liverpool city centre. The new store’s layout was focused on getting customers in and out as quickly as possible, with more space given to self-serve ranges, it said. The store was Sayers’ 116th. Tesco said it was to roll out standard-sized bread baskets to all 1,000 stores following pilots. The roll out would be done in clusters with all stores, including Tesco Express, due to use them by the end of 2006. The Federation of Bakers appointed Gordon Polson as its director, effective from September. Mr Polson’s recruitment followed a long hunt for a successor to John White. Northern Irish miller Neill’s invested £500,000 in de-branning technology to produce purer whiter flour. The 100-year old Belfast baker said the investment would strengthen its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading mills.last_img read more

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Speech: Lord Ashton’s speech at the British Pavilion opening event

first_imgLadies and Gentlemen, good afternoon.I am delighted to be here today, as the representative of Her Majesty’s Government, for the opening of the British Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.I am very grateful to the British Council for inviting me to this auspicious event and allowing me to say a few words.May I begin by congratulating the artist, Cathy Wilkes, for creating the incredible works on show inside this building, and Dr Zoé Whitley, for so skillfully curating the exhibition.I had the pleasure of touring the pavilion this morning and I must say I was awed by the visually striking and thought-provoking display. I am sure that everyone here today and the many thousands of people who will visit the pavilion over the next 6 months will have the same experience.On behalf of the UK Government I would like to thank the British Council for successfully managing the British Pavilion programme, which, together with their wider work around the globe, has promoted the best of the UK’s arts and culture on the world stage.And may I also express my deep gratitude to the many sponsors, supporters and patrons of the British Pavilion, whose kind and generous support is so vital to its continued success. Thank you very much.Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot overestimate the power of art and culture to bring people together from different places around the world. Often it is our cultural links which are right at the heart of cooperation between different nations, even when we may disagree in other areas.As the world’s preeminent arts festival, the Venice Biennale exemplifies the value of international cultural collaboration and exchange.The British Pavilion holds a particularly special place within this magnificent festival, as one of the permanent national pavilions. And of course, it is also one of the longest-standing, having been established in 1909.Therefore, I hope, you will forgive my lack of modesty when I say that the British Pavilion truly is a ‘must see’ for any visitor to the Biennale. And this year’s exhibition truly lives up to its ‘must see’ status.I am also delighted to say that, beyond the Pavilion itself, the festival this year has an incredibly strong showing of talent from the UK, not least of course with Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, as Artistic Director of the festival, becoming the first UK-based curator to hold the coveted title.And in addition to this, the Central Exhibition will also feature the work of 5 further artists from the UK, all supported by the British Council.The 58th Venice Biennale is therefore set to be a great showcase for British arts, demonstrating that the UK is an international cultural powerhouse, not only in our heritage but in our amazing and thought-provoking contemporary art.So I would like to conclude by wishing the greatest success for the British Pavilion, and the UK artists in this year’s festival.Thank you.last_img read more

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Ten Hotels We Recommend If You’re Going To Fool’s Paradise In St. Augustine

first_imgFool’s Paradise is just around the corner! On April 1 & 2, 2016, the funk-fueled destination event will take place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities: St. Augustine, FL. In case you are still looking for a place to stay, we’ve gone out to find the most convenient, affordable hotel options in the area. Book now!Rooms Available:America’s Best Value Inn (3.6 Miles)Magnuson Hoteil Historic St. Augustine (3.7 Miles)Country Inn & Suites (4.1 Miles)Southern Oaks Inn (4.5 Miles)Knights Inn (4.3 Miles)Courtyard Marriott (2.7 Miles)Fairfield Inn & Suites (9.8 Miles)Holiday Inn Express (9.3 Miles) La Quinta Inn & Suites (9.6 Miles)Best Western St. Augustine I-95 (10.4 Miles)Three VIP Hotel Packages remain, which include 2-Day VIP ticket(s) to show (for each person in package), free access to the late night shows, priority access to pit area and seating, discounted beverages, exclusive happy hour with artists, and a very special Fool’s Paradise poster & t-shirt designed by AJ Masthay. You can purchase the Hotel “Fool For Love” VIP package here.Fool’s Paradise will feature two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) & The Shady Horns. GRiZ and Lettuce have announced a special live band collaboration. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power, Brasstracks and Marvel Years. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect! Tickets here.In addition, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! This includes Break Science, Vulfpeck, Goldfish and a very special performance by the Fools for Funk, featuring Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis. Late Night shows will take place at Elk’s Lodge after the Amphitheatre festivities are over. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore.last_img read more

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Aqueous Announces Nickelodeon Theme For Upcoming NYC Halloween Show With Mungion

first_imgRecently, Buffalo’s fan-favorite up-and-coming jam band Aqueous released a brand-new studio LP, Color Wheel. In promotion of this new collection, the band is prepping to embark on their most ambitious and extensive headlining tour to date, which kicks off this weekend in St. Paul, MN, and spans through to New Year’s Eve. During the tour, the band will find themselves celebrating Halloween at Brooklyn, New York’s Knitting Factory for a fun themed performance with support from Mungion.Each Halloween show, Aqueous challenges themselves to take on a theme to inform the performance. In the past, the band has chosen The Wizard of Oz, Back To The Future, and Super Mario Brothers as a template for their Halloween performances. This year, the group has chosen to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite cartoon channel growing up, Nickelodeon.Notes guitarist Mike Gantzer,We take Halloween pretty seriously over at camp AQ. In previous years we’ve done some wild themes where we’ll incorporate all the music and the whole vibe of whatever the theme is. … This year for our show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, we wanted to pay tribute to a golden era of cartoon history: Nick Toons! We all grew up loving shows like Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Hey Arnold, Spongebob Squarepants, and the list goes on and on. The music from a lot of these shows is so awesome, and it’s gonna be a blast diving down this rabbit hole of nostalgia and blending the whole Nickelodeon vibe within the AQ sound. Add Mungion as support to the mix, and you’ve got a pretty bombastic show going down for Halloween this year.A limited amount of tickets for Aqueous’ upcoming Halloween show with Mungion are available. To purchase tickets, head here. For more information on Aqueous’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.As noted in a press release, “In other news, Mike Gantzer is hosting a Roll Your Own on SiriusXM’s Jam On station this week. The episode airs three more times: Thursday, October 18th at 2 pm ET, Saturday, October 20th at 5 pm ET and Sunday, October 21st at 1 pm ET.”Aqueous’ 2017 Wizard Of Oz-Themed Halloween Show[Video: Craig Baird]Aqueous Upcoming Tour Dates:10/19 & 10/20 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater >10/24 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom ^10/25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge ^10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^10/27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow ^10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^11/1 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar ^11/2 – Washington D.C. – Union Stage ^11/3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore ^11/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry #11/6 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall #11/7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House #11/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social #11/9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #11/10 – Tampa, FL – The Crowbar #11/11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room ^^11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit In #11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop **11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall ^12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $12/14 – Covington, KY – Madison Live $12/15 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Taverns $12/30 – Buffalo, NY – Nietzsche’s !12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *** w/ ELM> w/ Umphrey’s McGee^ w/ Mungion+ w/ EGI** w/ Lunar Ticks# w/ The Heavy Pets^^ w/ Guavatron$ w/ Goose! w/ lespecial! notes special VIP date; tickets cannot be purchased separatelyView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Paperwork for a new future

first_imgHarvard University submitted a new development agenda for Allston Thursday (Oct. 18), detailing nine projects slated for development over the next 10 years. The projects identified complement planned activity on the Health and Life Science Center and the residential and retail development envisioned for Barry’s Corner.The nearly 100-page document, filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and called an Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF), marks the first step of a thorough public review process that eventually will result in a new Institutional Master Plan (IMP) for the University. The University’s current IMP expires in December.The IMPNF paints a 10-year picture of development that, according to Harvard Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, “will provide critical physical improvements serving key academic needs while establishing Barry’s Corner as a nexus of University and community interaction that will be transformative for Harvard and the Allston community.”Yesterday’s filing includes nine building and renovation projects that the University aims to complete over the next decade. Most of the projects will happen internally on the Harvard Business School (HBS) campus or athletics areas and will be funded through a variety of sources, such as University funds and philanthropy, including the $40 million Chao family gift announced last Friday, which will help finance replacement of HBS’s Kresge Hall with a new executive education building. Included among the nine projects are the renovation of historic Harvard Stadium and the construction of a new basketball facility on North Harvard Street, adjacent to Barry’s Corner.Within the 10-year time frame of this IMPNF, there are a number of other relevant projects being developed on Harvard-owned land. From a technical regulatory point of view, these are not included as “Proposed Institutional Projects” in the IMPNF because they are being reviewed through another regulatory mechanism, they are already approved, or they are noninstitutional uses.The plan includes a new hotel and conference center fronting Western Avenue near the intersection with Soldiers Field Road, and a “mixed use/institutional” building on a portion of the site where the Charlesview apartments stand today, thereby creating a corridor of activity and introducing a variety of uses along Western Avenue.In addition to building and renovation projects, the plan details new roadways and traffic patterns, a publicly accessible grove of trees on the northeast boundary of Barry’s Corner, wider sidewalks to accommodate an expected increase in pedestrian activity, and sustainability improvements that will make the area greener and more inviting.Harvard’s Health and Life Science Center, though not listed as a project in the IMPNF because of its status as a previously approved project, remains a key component of Allston development. The project represents the single largest investment in a science facility ever made by the University, and the largest envisioned for at least the next decade. The University is currently engaged in a space-planning process and architectural review of the building. Early site work is expected in 2013, with construction anticipated in 2014.“Allston presents the University with the opportunity to develop a unique innovation hub. It will be focused on both teaching and research in translational life science and engineering,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber. “In Allston, we will build on our research expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, and take advantage of the proximity to Harvard Business School and the i-lab [the Harvard Innovation Lab] to explore and develop new technologies in critical areas like drug delivery, medical devices, smart materials, and tissue engineering.”Proposed Institutional Master Plan (IMP) Area.A second major development project, the residential and retail commons proposed for Barry’s Corner, is also being permitted separately from projects included in the IMPNF. The University has partnered with Samuels & Associates, a well-known Boston real estate developer, to bring the noninstitutional, mixed-use project to fruition.The Health and Life Science Center and Barry’s Corner residential and retail commons — like projects and renovations discussed in the new IMPNF — are expected to play a vital role in attracting consistent pedestrian activity to the area. The wider sidewalks described in the plan, for example, are expected to be needed to handle the increased foot traffic of hundreds of researchers, faculty, and students from the Health and Life Science Center, as well as that of residents and customers of the Barry’s Corner residential and retail project.“Harvard, in partnership with the city and the community, is seeking to enhance our campus in Allston and strengthen our community connection in Barry’s Corner,” said Lapp. “The plan we’re submitting today includes nine projects that we will build in the next decade and articulates a vision for the area as a vibrant, walkable, and environmentally sustainable place. We are excited to be moving forward.”Though Harvard has submitted the plan to the BRA, this is not the first time that city and neighborhood officials have seen the ideas it contains. Before its filing, the content was previewed by the BRA, the Harvard Allston Task Force, and the University’s Allston neighbors through an extensive public meeting schedule.The IMPNF is the culmination of years of outreach and discussions within Harvard, with the city of Boston, and with members of the Allston community. The plan draws from the Allston Work Team recommendations, drafted by a committee of Harvard deans, faculty members, and development experts in light of the shifted economic landscape. The recommendations, issued in June 2011, proposed a path forward in Allston, including resumed construction on the science site, housing, and a future Enterprise Research Campus. The University adopted those recommendations in September 2011.Football, basketball, and businessWithin the plan filed this week are several projects significant to the Harvard community, though they may be less visible to the outside community.Several major projects will take place at HBS, which plans to replace Kresge and Burden halls, build a new facility to house faculty and administrative offices, and undertake major renovations to Baker Hall. In addition, the University will renovate the Soldiers Field Park graduate student housing on Soldiers Field Road, just east of HBS.“It is impossible to overstate how important our campus is in creating a transformative educational experience for the students and executives who come to Harvard Business School.” said Angela Crispi, dean for administration. “Although we are a global institution, Boston is our home, and it becomes a second home for our graduates, whose generosity helps us to evolve the campus to meet the ever-changing needs of business education.”The renovation of Harvard Stadium will include preservation of the existing structure, built in 1903 and a National Historic Landmark. The revamp will include installation of an elevator to improve accessibility to disabled visitors, addition of locker rooms and meeting and office space, an upgraded press box, and construction of enclosed club seating, all of which will result in a slight reduction in overall seating capacity. An extension to the stadium’s west side will house some of the additional space.Also included are plans to construct a new home for Harvard basketball. The current facility at the Lavietes Pavilion seats just 1,950 and is the smallest in the Ivy League. A new facility with 3,000 seats is proposed for 175 North Harvard St., next to the planned Residential and Retail Commons at Barry’s Corner and on the site of the current Harvard Allston Education Portal, which will be relocated within Barry’s Corner. The building also will include about 140,000 square feet of mixed-use and institutional space.Included in this week’s filing is a mixed-use building for the site of the Charlesview apartments. Current residents are expected to move to new apartments being constructed along Western Avenue in the former Brighton Mills shopping center sometime in 2014.The exact institutional use is yet to be determined, but planners envision possible development of a 200,000-square-foot building of between six and nine stories on a portion of the site. Although the site is set back from Barry’s Corner, separated by an existing grove of trees, Harvard planners see the location as important to the corner and are proposing a ground floor with service, retail, institutional uses, and programming. The grove itself, which will extend further into Barry’s Corner, will be a site for informal gatherings and performances.Planners envision some changes to traffic patterns in the corner itself. Construction of a road through the current Charlesview site, linking Western Avenue and North Harvard Street east of Barry’s Corner, will facilitate cars turning right from Western Avenue to North Harvard Street. This change will allow the right turn lane in Barry’s Corner ­­— which cuts off a small island — to be eliminated and will permit the sidewalk and trees in front of the Charlesview site to be extended further into the corner.Managing water for sustainabilityEnvironmental sustainability, a University-wide priority, is also a consideration for the Institutional Master Plan. Although the sustainability features of individual projects will be finalized during planning for those buildings, the overall sustainability goal is also apparent in the larger-scale planning document.The planning document sees a net increase in green space in the area, encourages foot and bicycle traffic, and seeks to manage water on site in sustainable ways.Landscaping is planned so as to absorb rainwater, slow runoff, and allow natural filtering processes to come into play. Rainwater capture and reuse is planned, and the use of nonpotable water is being explored to support landscaping.For the next 30 days, community members and city agencies will have the opportunity to give feedback on the plan. The next Harvard Allston Task Force meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7.last_img read more

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What’s killing the study of international relations

first_imgWhen it comes to international relations (IR), Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Stephen Walt would suggest less testing and more conceiving. Walt and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago believe “downgrading theory and elevating hypothesis testing is a mistake,” when it comes to IR. The authors even call it “the road to ruin” in their working paper, “Leaving Theory Behind: Why Hypothesis Testing Has Become Bad for IR.”IR has long been a study shaped by “isms.” The authors point out that realism and liberalism still comprise of more than 40 percent of all introductory IR courses among U.S. universities and colleges. But rather than developing or carefully employing theories, IR is following a trend among the academic world – emphasizing what the authors call simplistic hypothesis testing.“Theory usually plays a minor role in this enterprise, with most of the effort devoted to collecting data and testing empirical hypotheses,” write Walt and Mearsheimer. “Our bottom line: deemphasizing theory and privileging hypothesis testing is not the best way to gain new knowledge about international politics. Although both activities are important to scholarly progress, the current overemphasis on hypothesis testing should be reversed and greater attention devoted to the more fundamental role of theory.”last_img read more

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A case for veterans

first_imgThe average week for a typical law school student involves poring over a list of daunting cases and deconstructing complicated arguments. But last week the work of three Harvard Law School (HLS) students included something else: an appearance in federal court.The students, who are part of the School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, stood before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims last Wednesday to argue for the rights of their client, a decorated U.S. Army veteran.As part of its annual educational and outreach campaign, a three-judge panel traveled from Washington, D.C., to Harvard’s Ames Courtroom to hear oral arguments in the case of Ausmer v. Shinseki, involving a disabled combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The case involves the rights of deployed service members who also have benefits claims pending at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).“The fact that we have a service member here who was deployed, who had some difficulty imposed upon him by that deployment, and allegedly missed the deadline to appeal the VA’s decision, presents the opportunity to argue before the court not just the facts, but the law, and find out what his rights are and establish those rights in the future,” said HLS student Christopher Melendez, who helped argue the case.Melendez, along with fellow students Bradley Hinshelwood and Juan Arguello, represented Lt. Col. Wilson J. Ausmer Jr., who was recalled to active duty in 2011, after he had filed a claim for disability compensation. The Veterans Board of Appeals decision was delivered to Ausmer’s home while he was stationed in Afghanistan. At issue in the case is whether he missed the deadline by filing the appeal after he returned home.Ausmer’s legal team argued that there were defects in mailing the decision and that the VA did not consider the challenges Ausmer faced upon returning to civilian life.“The case really turns on the question of what rules, what appeal deadline should apply when a denial is issued by the VA but the veteran is redeployed,” said Daniel Nagin, a clinical professor of law at HLS who directs the School’s community lawyering program and the Veterans Legal Clinic, which are based at Harvard’s Legal Services Center. Nagin supervised the team of HLS students who worked on the case.“We are arguing to the court that the veteran being overseas when the decision was issued should prevent the appeal clock from starting to tick because of the way that the decision was mailed,” said Nagin, “and alternatively that the court should give him extra time to file his appeal because of his particular circumstances.”The court, which also heard arguments on Wednesday from VA representatives, will likely issue its ruling on the case in the coming months. It’s a decision that could have far-reaching implications for veterans regularly recalled to active duty.“One of the hallmarks or signatures of these recent conflicts, in terms of military personnel, is multiple deployments,” said Nagin. “We don’t think our client is the only one grappling with how these appeal deadlines would apply.”The group Disabled American Veterans has been assisting throughout the proceedings.To prepare for the case, the HLS students took on the role of lawyers, spending countless hours researching and reviewing previous rulings and writing and filing briefs with the court. Working closely with Nagin and their co-counsel from the law firm Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, the students also challenged themselves in rigorous moot court sessions.“You have to be prepared for pretty much anything,” said Hinshelwood, who was tested early when the judges interrupted his opening statement with a barrage of questions. But Hinshelwood stayed calm, carefully responding to each query. In an interview before the session, he said the opportunity to participate in the case was likely “the best practice you can get for actually being a lawyer.”“So much of the law school education is really oriented around reading case law, thinking about the policy implications of legal rules, or learning those legal rules,” he said. “There really aren’t many opportunities, other than clinics, to apply the stuff you learn in class to actual facts and actual situations. And so to have the opportunity to do that is hugely valuable.”Melendez, a former Marine, and Hinshelwood, who knew many people who served in the military from his small hometown in Virginia, said working with the Veterans Legal Clinic has inspired them to work on similar issues in the future.“This will not be the last time that I do veterans work,” said Melendez.“I’d love to continue to do this kind of work, if not full-time, in some kind of pro bono capacity, because there is a lot of work out there,” said Hinshelwood. “It’s obviously an area of huge need.”The court was created in 1988 to review decisions on claims handed down by the Veterans Board.The judges posed for photographs with the students before the proceedings and held a question-and-answer session with the courtroom audience following the oral arguments. They explained that the court started traveling to law schools as part of an educational campaign in 2001. “We want to introduce students to the idea that there is veterans law,” said Chief Judge Bruce E. Kasold.It is “an area that they can either pursue working at the court, or in private practice or [with] the VA, or potentially as a pro-bono counsel,” added Judge Mary J. Schoelen. “We have a very robust pro bono program before our court.”last_img read more

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Evolving fraud strategies to battle cybercriminals

first_imgCyber Monday in 2014 saw online spending totals north of $2 billion for the first time ever. This is just one piece of evidence supporting the increased online shopping behaviors of U.S. consumers. Pair that with increasingly sophisticated fraud maneuvers, and payment cybercrime becomes a very hot topic. So hot, in fact, it was one of the major themes of this year’s TMG Executive Summit.The recently released “Threatmatrix Cybercrime Report” takes a closer look at the growing problem of online and mobile payment fraud. The report found device, identity and geographic “spoofing” attacks are now the most frequent forms of attack. If you are unfamiliar with geographic spoofing attacks, it’s a method in which crooks gain unauthorized access to a device and then send messages that appear to be coming from a trusted source.Mobile usage continues to rise, accounting for up to 31 percent of transactions. The study explains how identity theft (much of which stems from last year’s data breaches) and increased mobile transactions have come together to effectively drive up mobile payment fraud. Cybercriminals are increasingly creating new “fake” accounts to make use of these stolen credentials. continue reading » 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Before you retire, what does your family think?

first_imgYou’re starting to think it’s time to retire and launch your next adventure. To celebrate, you’re buying a sailboat — one the whole family can enjoy on weekends and vacations. They’ll love it, right? This post is currently collecting data… 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In reality, your family members (i.e. your grown children) might have different ideas about both your retirement and their free time. And until you communicate your plans with them, you’ll likely end up adjusting your expectations.You might be thinking: Shouldn’t I do what I want to do? Since it’s my retirement, why consult my children about it?The fact is, when your plans could affect their lives and time, it’s important to share with them what you’re thinking. Your adult children might have a different idea about how they want to spend their free time — which is in short supply. This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

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Biden campaign staffer slams Facebook for ‘shredding the fabric of our democracy’

first_imgA Biden campaign staffer publicly condemned Facebook over its handling of the election aftermath late Monday, claiming it is “shredding the fabric of our democracy.”Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, sent out a series of tweets criticizing Facebook’s handling of misinformation and calls for violence related to the election. Russo specifically called out Facebook’s handling of posts by Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, and the news outlet Bannon previously ran, Breitbart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.Erin Scott | Reuters The criticism could be an early indication of President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to the social media platform and potentially the tech industry at-large. Biden has given few hints about how he would handle the laundry list of concerns around the tech industry, which span from content moderation to antitrust issues.But the sparse comments he has given so far do not bode well for the tech industry and specifically for Facebook.“No, I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know,” he told the New York Times Editorial Board, according to a transcript published in January. “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem.”- Advertisement –center_img Biden also told the Times he believed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from being held liable for their users’ posts, should be “revoked.” That’s a far bolder stance than most lawmakers on ether side of the aisle have stated, given that the law also allows platforms to take down objectionable posts, like those promoting violence or harassment.Facebook banned a network of pages linked to Bannon on Monday for “artificially boost[ing]” the number of people who would get to see their posts on the platform. A group originally called “Stop the Steal,” which amplified Trump’s baseless claims about election fraud, was among the pages Facebook found to have violated its policies and removed. A Bannon spokesperson did not provide comment on the removals Monday.But according to Russo, the action was too little too late. The group had already exposed thousands of users to the baseless theories and several more popped up after its removal, according to Russo.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Russo also criticized Facebook for maintaining Bannon’s page on its platform after Bannon called for the beheading of government infectious diseases-expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray in a podcast. Twitter suspended the podcast from its platform and Google-owned YouTube also took down the episode.After Bannon released the episode, his lawyers defending him on charges that he defrauded donors to a nonprofit sought to be released from his case.Russo contrasted Facebook’s approach to election misinformation with Twitter’s, which has more aggressive policies for labeling potentially misleading information. He claimed while Twitter prevented election misinformation from Trump from being spread widely, “Facebook continued to actively promote the posts in feeds.”Russo said in a tweet that the campaign had “pleaded with Facebook for over a year to be serious about these problems. They have not.”The messages signal Facebook is likely to face continued scrutiny under the Biden administration. The company has been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states over antitrust concerns for well over a year. The federal agency could bring charges against Facebook as soon as this month, according to Politico.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.WATCH: Here’s why some experts are calling for a breakup of Big Tech after the House antitrust report – Advertisement –last_img read more

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