Secrets are often harmless, but they can prompt major problems when they happen at the highest levels of government.So what are the consequences when a U.S. president is dangerously preoccupied with secrecy? According to author Mary Graham and Brookings Institution fellow Norman L. Eisen, both panelists at a Harvard Kennedy School gathering Monday evening called “Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump,” that question is particularly relevant with a new administration taking charge.Moderated by Kennedy School Academic Dean Archon Fung, the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, the panel discussed issues involving the Trump administration. But both panelists set their views in a historical context. Graham, who is co-director of the Kennedy School’s Transparency Policy Project and author of “Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Power,” said that only three presidents have ever been transparent: George Washington, and to a lesser extent Gerald Ford and Barack Obama.She said that every other administration withheld some crucial information, whether about Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, Richard Nixon’s burglaries, or Bill Clinton’s affairs. “Secrecy turns out to be the president’s greatest power,” she said. “And if not controlled, it’s also the greatest threat to democracy.”Playing devil’s advocate, Fung asked whether too much transparency also might paralyze the government. Eisen, who was U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic under Obama, countered that transparency was more of an advantage. Citing his own earlier work in helping craft the Dodd-Frank law on Wall Street regulation, Eisen said that “We conducted that in an extraordinary atmosphere of openness, from releasing our administration blueprint to the public before Congress had done its drafting. In the end, we got 80-90 percent of what we asked for, so it didn’t cause any gridlock.”In response to a student question, Eisen said that even Obama felt the need to be somewhat secretive when conducting controversial drone strikes against suspected terrorists. “There are times when you have competing moral imperatives,” Eisen said. “And I know that was something the president struggled with.”Still, both panelists agreed that it was a problem when President Trump implemented his travel ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. “I think the president owes us an apology,” Graham suggested. “He kept his plans hidden not only from his advisors, but from the lawyers and from the agents who would have to carry it out, and it was disruptive to thousands of immigrant people. I think this is a particularly dangerous moment, because nothing can stop a president who wants to do harm behind closed doors. Accountability is after the fact, and we don’t have a way to stop a president who wants to do something unwise, foolish, or illegal.”Both panelists expressed concern that Trump, the oldest elected U.S. president, has yet to make public his medical records or his tax returns. “I worry a lot about corruption,” Eisen said. “And I think that darkness is an enabling factor for corruption. It has a corrosive effect on government decision-making, and those decisions can cost people their lives. We need to know, for example, about the relationship with Russia. It pops up and occupies the media, then it submerges again. The president says he has no business dealings with Russia, and his son says they have money pouring in. So which is it? Our founding fathers were so concerned about this that they wrote a conflicts clause into the Constitution.”An audience member pushed further, asking whether media scrutiny has devolved into infotainment. “With the new phenomenon of reality TV, I’m surprised it took as long as it did for a Donald Trump” to arrive, Eisen replied. “The traditional media was slow to react. They maintained the ‘he said, she said’ approach and the wall between editorial and coverage. But when you have a political virus in the system, you can’t maintain those practices.”The upside, said Graham, is that the new era of government secrecy is likely to be an age of activism.“That’s where my book ended, on an optimistic note,” Graham said. “I don’t think limits on secrecy have ever depended on the Congress and the courts. They depend on the courage of individuals. And there are more people watching now than there ever were before. You can’t keep secrets from a democracy for very long.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amanda Kosby (L) and Tara Riley (R) were arrested for heroin possession with their children in the car.Two mothers who were allegedly in possession of heroin and who police said had gotten high earlier in the day Wednesday were arrested in East Patchogue after being discovered inside a parked car along with their children and open heroin bags, Suffolk County police said.Two police officers were on patrol when they saw the two women—26-year-old Tara Riley of Medford and 27-year-old Amanda Kosby of North Bellport—sitting in a 2002 Ford Explorer in the parking lot of East Winds apartment complex on Montauk Highway at 9:30 p.m., police said.Both women were allegedly in possession of “hypodermic instruments containing heroin,” police said. Riley’s 4-year-old daughter and Kosby’s 5-year-old son were in the back passengers seat, police said.The two officers also found open bags of heroin on the front seat, police said, adding that the women said they had gotten high earlier in the day.Riley and Kosby were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Both women will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Thursday.Both children were released into the custody of family members, police said. Suffolk County Child Protective Services was also notified.
continue reading » Small credit unions face many challenges these days to keep pace in a hotly competitive market and to recruit talented employees. HUD Federal Credit Union has launched an initiative to deal with the latter of those difficulties as a long-term play to address the former.The $45 million, 5,000-member credit union based in Washington, D.C. is developing ambitious internship and management training programs designed to provide hands-on learning and match trainees with seasoned industry mentors.Paid, part-time internships are offered to college students whose courses of study and career goals align the HUD FCU’s needs. When they graduate, interns will be considered for a program that offers a “passport to executive management” with training across eight core disciplines: accounting, administration, compliance, data analytics, HR, IT, lending, marketing and business development, member services and operations.Interns and management trainees work alongside the credit union’s 12 employees and also benefit from the expertise of “consultants,” long-time credit union managers who are seeking new opportunities in the wake of mergers, starting their own businesses or moving toward retirement. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Australia unveiled a draft law Friday to force Google and Facebook to pay news media for their content or face huge fines in one of the most aggressive moves by any government to curb the power of the US digital giants.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the “mandatory code of conduct” to govern relations between the struggling news industry and the tech firms after 18 months of negotiations failed to bring the two sides together.In addition to payment for content, the code covers issues like access to user data and transparency around the algorithms used to rank content in the platforms’ news feeds and search results. “The government’s heavy-handed intervention threatens to impede Australia’s digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australians,” said Mel Silva, Google’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand.Facebook issued a terse one-line response that hinted it could reconsider its activites in Australia if the proposals were implemented.”We are reviewing the government’s proposal to understand the impact it will have on the industry, our services and our investment in the news ecosystem in Australia,” said Will Easton, Facebook’s local manager.The initiative has been closely watched around the globe as news media worldwide have suffered in an increasingly digital economy, where advertising revenue is overwhelmingly captured by Facebook, Google and other big tech firms.The crisis has been exacerbated by the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with dozens of Australian newspapers closed and hundreds of journalists sacked in recent months.Unlike other countries’ so-far unsuccessful efforts to force the platforms to pay for news, the Australian initiative uses competition law and not copyright regulations to challenge what Australia calls an “acute bargaining power imbalance” between media and the US giants.’We want it to be fair’ The move has been strongly pushed by Australia’s two biggest media companies, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Nine Entertainment, who stand to gain the most from the crackdown.News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller called Friday’s announcement a “watershed moment” and declared the “platforms’ days of free-riding are ending”.Frydenberg warned Google and Facebook that any “discrimination” against Australian media as a result of the new law would be considered a punishable breach of the code.He said the aim was “not to protect Australian news media businesses from competition, or from disruption that’s occurring across this sector” but rather “to create a level playing field”.”We want Google and Facebook to continue to provide these services to the Australian community which are so much loved and used by Australians.”But we want it to be on our terms. We want it to be in accordance with our law. And we want it to be fair.”Under the code, drawn up by the Australian anti-trust watchdog ACCC, tech companies will be required to negotiate with news firms “in good faith” over payments for use of their content.If agreement cannot be reached within three months, the issue will go to binding arbitration.Violations of the code will draw penalties of up to Aus$10 million (US$7 million) per breach or 10 percent of the company’s local turnover, which the ACCC has estimated at some US$4 billion annually.Both Facebook and Google say advertising revenue linked to news content is a small fraction of their overall revenue and that they have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to local news media by driving traffic to their online services, providing grants and purchasing some content.But ACCC chief Rod Sims said Friday such efforts failed to address the unfair power wielded by the tech titans.”We wanted a model that would address this bargaining power imbalance and result in fair payment for content, which avoided unproductive and drawn-out negotiations, and wouldn’t reduce the availability of Australian news on Google and Facebook,” he said.Topics : “Nothing less than the future of the Australian media landscape is at stake with these changes,” Frydenberg said, calling the legislation a “world-leading regulatory framework”.He said legislation implementing the code would be introduced to parliament in the coming weeks after a final round of consultations — and would include “substantial penalties” that could cost the tech companies hundreds of millions of dollars.While the code could eventually apply to any digital platform, Frydenberg said it would initially focus on Facebook and Google, two of the world’s richest and most powerful companies.Google responded quickly, saying it was “deeply disappointed” with the proposal.
“He joins at an exciting time for the company as our assets under management grow and will make a great contribution to developing the pool alongside our partner funds.” Mike Weston, former head of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, has been appointed chief executive of LGPS Central, the asset pooling vehicle for nine Midlands-based local authority pension funds. Weston will start his new role on 7 March. He replaces Andrew Warwick-Thompson, whose decision to step down from LGPS Central was announced in September.Weston stepped down as CEO of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform last month after more than four years in charge. Joanne Segars, chair of LGPS Central, said: “I am delighted that Mike is joining the company as CEO. He brings a wealth of understanding of investment management, occupational pension schemes and the LGPS. Mike Weston, incoming CEO of LGPS CentralWeston said: “Pooling provides an important route to deliver investment efficiencies and opportunities to partner funds. Much progress has already been made, but there is more to do.” Before joining the Pensions Infrastructure Platform in 2015, Weston spent five years as investment chief of the Daily Mail & General Trust’s pension fund. LGPS Central also announced that John Burns had been promoted to the role of deputy CEO. He will carry out this role in addition to that of chief operations and financial officer. The pension funds behind LGPS Central have £45bn (€51bn) in assets under management between them.The manager recently launched its first pooled private equity vehicle, which raised money from five of its pension fund clients.
UEFA have announced that Russia will host the 2023 Super Cup despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommending the nation should not be allowed to host major competitions. The European governing body revealed on Monday that the 2023 clash between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League will take place at the Kazan Arena. Russia was already set to host a number of matches during the summer’s pan-continental European Championship. But while the nation recently avoided a blanket ban from the Olympics and other major sporting events, WADA recommended late last year that they should be prevented from hosting sporting events for at least four years. This is because they had been part of an ‘extremely serious’ case of non-compliance around doping issues. Liverpool celebrate after winning the 2018/19 Champions league There were a series of breaches of the World Anti-Doping Code carried out by Russia to lead to the decision. Read Also WADA asks CAS for public hearing on Russia doping case Loading… WADA also recommended that Russia would not be allowed to bid for any events during the sanctioned period. In addition, they cannot bid for the right to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. UEFA’S UPCOMING FINALS 2022 Women’s Champions League final: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy 2023 Women’s Women’s Champions League final: Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Holland 2022 Europa League final: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary 2022 Super Cup final: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 2023 Super Cup final: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
Syracuse’s matchup at Georgetown this season is reportedly set for Dec. 16, per Mike Waters of Syracuse.com. The game is tentatively scheduled to start at noon, per Waters.The matchup is the third in a four-part series that the two schools agreed to in the summer of 2014. The move came as a result of SU leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.Two years ago, Georgetown beat Syracuse 79-72 at the Verizon Center. It was then-associate head coach Mike Hopkin’s first game filling in for a suspended Jim Boeheim. This past season, the Hoyas came to SU and despite Tyler Lydon’s 29 points, beat the Orange 78-71.SU’s full schedule isn’t released yet. The dates for the Kansas (Dec. 2) and Connecticut (Dec. 5) are already set. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 26, 2017 at 10:46 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
He finished on 17-under-par, one shot ahead of Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard Rose says that it was a nevy finish.Graeme McDowell was the best of the Irish, he finished on 6-under-par after shooting a final round 68. McDowell shot three birdies on the back nine, with one bogey on the par-4 18th the only blemish on his car.
Photo © Tipp FM Tipperary will have to adapt their club championship structures following yesterday’s Special Congress.Delegates from across the country voted to adopt the Ard Comhairle’s motion which will see a major restructuring of the Munster, Leinster and All Ireland Championships.Tipperary, Dublin and Cork had alternative motions, but each were defeated. It’s estimated that with the new structure of the Senior Championship – the club championship will have to be played off over 14 weeks – giving 7 for hurling and 7 for football.Currently, it takes at least 11 weeks to play off each competition.County Board Secretary Tim Floyd says Tipp will have to look at restructuring the club championship now…
Jansen’s strikeout of Hernan Perez in the 11th was his 36th of the season without having allowed a walk all year, setting a major league mark.Both teams combined for 42 strikeouts.But Bellinger had the biggest hit after lining a 1-2 fastball from Feliz (1-5) into the right-field bleachers to break the 1-1 tie. Yasmani Grandal had tied the game with one out in the ninth by lining a 3-1 fastball from closer Corey Knebel over the wall in right-center. Lost in the late-inning power surge was the duel between starting pitchers Kershaw and Jimmy Nelson. Domingo Santana had the only run off Kershaw, hitting a 1-0 fastball down the middle of the plate deep to left-center to ending a stretch of 20 in a row retired by the lefty. It was a rare mistake in a game in which Kershaw fanned a season-high 14, one off his career high. MILWAUKEE >> Cody Bellinger homered in the 12th inning off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz, salvaging a 2-1 win Friday for the Los Angeles Dodgers on a night when ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw recorded his 2,000th strikeout. Kenley Jansen (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, stranding the potential tying run at third with one out in the speedy Jonathan Villar by striking out Orlando Arcia looking and getting Travis Shaw to pop out to short. The Dodgers pulled out a win and a couple impressive mound milestones, too. Their pitchers set a franchise record with 26 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 22 set on Aug. 8, 1972 in a 19-inning loss to Cincinnati . Nelson was just as effective for the Brewers, tying a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowing five hits over eight strong innings. Kershaw counterKershaw recorded his 2,000th strikeout in 1,837 2/3 career innings. The Dodgers said he was the third-fastest pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone. Pedro Martinez reached the plateau in 1,715 1/3 innings, and Randy Johnson was next at 1,734 innings.Trainer’s roomDodgers manager Dave Roberts said that left hander Alex Wood (shoulder) could start throwing by the end of the weekend, and that tests on Wood’s AC joint came back negative. Wood might return for the Dodgers’ series next weekend at home against the Reds, Roberts said. … Tests on left hander Adam Liberatore (forearm) revealed no nerve or ligament damage, and Roberts said the reliever would probably be sidelined a couple weeks after going on the 10-day DL on Wednesday.The Brewers Ryan Braun is running on a treadmill for the first time since going on the DL for a left calf injury, though the outfielder says there is no timetable for his return. Braun went on the 10-day DL on May 26, the second time he had been sidelined this year for the injury. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error