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Connecticut man dies in snowmobile crash

first_imgA Connecticut man died last night after his snowmobile crashed into a nearby utility pole.DALLAS PLANTATION – A 33-year-old Connecticut man died following a snowmobile crash on the ITS trail 89 heading towards Rangeley Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.William Arnow of Stamford, Conn. was operating his 2019 Ski Doo MXZ last night when he crashed into a utility pole that was located off the side of the trail, according to information released by IFW spokesperson Matt Latti. He was with a friend, according to the press release, heading back to their rental house in Rangeley when the crash occurred at roughly 10:30 p.m.Arnow’s friend called 9-1-1 after finding him unresponsive, and performed CPR until the Maine Warden Service, Rangeley Police Department and Emergency Service Personnel arrived. Rangeley Fire Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and NorthStar EMS assisted at the scene.Per the press release, speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.Arnow was wearing a helmet according to the press release.last_img read more

Dateline: Classroom

first_imgPir Zubair Shah, a Pakistani journalist who shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard this year. He has a Green Card in his pocket, has a master’s degree in foreign policy, and speaks seven languages, including Pashto, Punjabi, and Urmari, the language of his tribal boyhood. When Shah was a reporter for The New York Times, more than half of his stories appeared on the front page. And today (Dec. 15) is his 34th birthday. Life is good.But things could have turned out differently.In 2007, while reporting for Newsday, Shah set out for a village in his homeland of South Waziristan, the mountainous region in northwest Pakistan famed for its volatility. (It borders Afghanistan and harbors its own Taliban fighters.) Before reaching the village, he got a warning: Turn back.Shah drove away, but then saw someone emerge from the darkness, a bearded man carrying a walkie-talkie and an AK-47. They looked at each other — the trim cosmopolitan journalist and the Taliban fighter — with recognition and shock. “We used to play together,” said Shah of their shared village boyhood. “This guy had now become a commander. He had found a purpose.”It was a familiar story of fateful divides and divergent worlds in tribal Pakistan. “That’s what you want as a young guy — a vehicle, a gun, and some status,” said Shah. “I could have been the same.”Instead, Shah was drawn to journalism after preparing for a foreign-service career — convinced that his mission was to report on a part of the world that is little understood. “No one knows anything about our area,” he said of the Waziristan region, which has a fierce warrior ethic and rugged terrain. “It’s all stereotypes.”Even Pakistanis fear to go there now, and foreign journalists are banned, he said, adding,  “No one had access. But I had access.” Shah slipped into the tribal areas to report on drone attacks, Taliban economic activity, police recruiting, Taliban terror campaigns in the Swat Valley, and the extrajudicial killings that he said followed a Pakistani military sweep of the same area.Shah fled Pakistan last year, more afraid of reprisals from the government for his reporting than from the Taliban. “I can’t go back; it’s too dangerous,” he said. “You can’t protect yourself from the state. They’re everywhere. They go everywhere with impunity.”In his years of reporting from Pakistan, Shah said the danger was continuous for reporters working along the fault lines of a politically volatile country. Fellow journalists and friends of his were tortured, he said, and one was killed. In 2008, he was held by the Taliban for five days, released unharmed, and then detained by Pakistani government interrogators for three more days.With all that behind him, there is for now Harvard, a place he never dreamed of being. “When we first arrived,” said Shah of his Nieman class, “we were told Harvard is a candy shop. After some time, I realized it’s true,” and he is taking advantage of its offerings.This semester, he is auditing classes at the Harvard Kennedy School on media and politics; human rights tools for practitioners; and American foreign policy decision-making in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He also is taking a course on narrative writing to sharpen his storytelling. “Every moment I reported has a story behind it,” he said, but “English is not my language. It takes time.” His plan for next semester is to explore courses in law, business, and divinity.While he learns, Shah is also willing to share. In November, he was a guest in two successive morning sessions of “The Voice of Authority,” a freshman expository writing class taught by novelist and veteran preceptor Jane Unrue. She’s a member of Harvard’s Scholars at Risk Committee and has a special interest in writers who face danger in their home countries.“The questions were good,” said Shah, “what I would expect from real journalists.” Students asked him about trust, bias, competition, sources, social media, danger, and the personal costs of reporting from a country like Pakistan.He was especially quick to answer the last: His reporting cost him access to his homeland. “I am paying the cost of being outside my country,” said Shah.But he added, “what I do will have a big impact in the long term.” For the world, the cost of not reporting accurately from a capricious and nuclear-armed Pakistan is too high, said Shah. “The consequences are so dire. You need to be informed.”And the quality of international journalism “depends on the quality of local reporters,” he said. You have to know the language, follow the customs, and look the look. Some days, Shah dressed up for an embassy reception, but later donned a dastar and shalwar kameez to visit a local madrasah. “You can’t go with a clean shave and a tie and a suit,” said Shah of Islamic religious schools. “No one will talk to you.”As a boy in tribal South Waziristan, Shah watched firefights, carried a gun at the request of his village elder father, and witnessed the dancelike battle cry that is a Pashtun custom. As a reporter, he took late-night calls from intelligence agents, sorted through missile fragments at attack sites, counted bodies and graves, interviewed suspected suicide bombers, came under small-arms fire, and watched drones chatter 5,000 feet overhead. (“They sound like bees,” he said.)But in the November writing class Shah was glad to meet students who are free to study, exchange ideas, and live in peace. He said later, “I wanted them to be as innocent as they are.”last_img read more

A COVID-19 battle with many fronts

first_img Mobile clinics finding their place in pandemic When she talks about how her team has performed, the pride in her voice is clear. “Everyone has been stretched to their limits and is working so hard because they know how consequential the work they’re doing is,” she said. “When I say [the work] is 24/7, I mean it.” She reports some conference calls start at 11:30 p.m., and then others at 6 a.m. “There are no other hours available because everything else is full.”And they have made progress. “We were the first public health lab in the country to start testing for COVID-19 onsite,” rather having to send to the CDC and wait for results, said Ezike.Ezike said she knows the pandemic is affecting lives in a multitude of ways, “whether it’s financially or social isolation almost to the point of depression.” This brings with it what feel like impossible decisions. “We’re trying to protect everyone’s physical health, to keep them from contracting the virus, from getting sick and dying from the virus,” she said. “But at the same time, the measures put in place to promote that [like stay-at-home orders] are now taking away livelihoods.”In fact, Ezike said her office gets calls from residents who are facing such choices. They appreciate the risks but are being squeezed: “They say, ‘I’m desperate to get back to work. I’m already months behind on my rent.’”Ezike is looking forward to a time after the pandemic. She hopes the lessons about mitigating the spread of disease will mean it will become “unacceptable to have the tens of thousands of deaths that we have every year from influenza.”She also hopes there will be “a focused eye on long-term care facilities, making sure that they have all the infrastructure and supports they need, so that our most vulnerable, most treasured citizens are not targets for widespread morbidity and mortality.”She is also thinking about the existing disparities in health care, like those suffered by African Americans. When the next outbreak arrives, she said, “I hope we won’t find one group bearing the higher proportion of burden of that disease.”RITU SADANA, Sc.D. ’01GenevaSenior Health Adviser, Head of the Ageing and Health Unit, World Health Organization,When Sadana watches media reports about the COVID-19 pandemic, especially about the risks older populations face, she feels a sense of urgency — and responsibility.  “The speed and severity of the pandemic has touched many lives, with deaths particularly concentrated in older adults and those with underlying conditions,” she said. “You want to get accurate information out, and you see that this is exactly an area where you can make a difference.”Besides her work with the Ageing and Health unit, Sadana also coordinated development of the WHO global strategy on aging and health, drawing on expertise from their six regional offices, many countries, and civil society organizations.The WHO Health Emergencies Programme “is really at the heart of [the agency’s] COVID response,” Sadana said. “Infection prevention and control procedures were one of the top priorities,” she said, so her team was tasked to work with others across the agency to quickly draft a technical guide on infection prevention and control in long-term care facilities. “I hope a year from now that we will be able to say that we did our piece and that the wave of the epidemic is under control by then.” — Ritu Sadana, Sc.D. ’01 The stories of how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended work and life are as diverse as the new challenges and pressures the disease has created. The Gazette asked alumni who are engaged in the battle against the disease to share their experiences and how their work has radically changed.NGOZI EZIKE ’94ChicagoDirector of the Illinois State Department of Public Health,For leaders of public health departments across the country, the pandemic has meant a stark new reality of always feeling behind, difficult decisions, endless workdays.Ezike remembers waiting for an individual’s test to come back from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The call came late in the evening: a positive result, the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S.“The CDC was on site the next day,” she recalled. “We were all on site at the hospital, working out the plan to identify all the people that this individual would have come in contact with for the preceding 14 days.”Her team also had to notify the health care workers who had come in contact with the patient. “It was just a tremendous frenzy. This was brand-new. We were building the plane while we were trying to fly it.”Some days later she got a call from the head of infectious disease at the CDC. “We were basically going to have 48 hours to plan for screening at O’Hare International,” she said. “That was another frenzied moment.” When the next outbreak arrives, “I hope we won’t find one group bearing the higher proportion of burden of that disease.” — Ngozi Ezike ’94 When the pandemic began to spread, Shetty said it felt as if he and his teams were “mobilizing for war.” Shetty has responsibility for 12 medical facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida, and he is focused on preparing those facilities and his staff for to meet the demands of the pandemic while simultaneously managing the hospitals’ day-to-day operations.The pandemic has put Shetty and his teams in uncharted territory. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “Our system has never seen anything like it. It’s such a fundamental disruption to everything that we usually do that, in a sense, we’ve had to throw away the playbook and start over.” At the same time, he’s been inspired by everyone he works with. Despite the potential risks, “no one is saying, ‘I’m not coming to work. I’m too scared. I can’t do this.’” And despite the other personal challenges they’re facing (such as child care while schools are closed), “everybody’s somehow making it work and then coming to work to do their jobs,” he said. “[The pandemic] is such a fundamental disruption to everything that we usually do that, in a sense, we’ve had to throw away the playbook and start over.” — Sanja Shetty ’96, M.A. ’96, M.D. ’00 He and Chen then set out on their Datamap Project with the goal “to inform the public of what is going on around them through this spatial data visualization.” They wanted “to promote accessibility of information to aid decision-making, and to encourage an evidence-based, objective approach toward this outbreak.” Being able to visualize the disease’s spread, they hoped, would convey the seriousness of the message to “stay at home and help flatten the curve” as well as provide some small measure of comfort.Putting the spread of the disease in geo-spatial terms “is probably the most relevant and easy-to-understand way to contextualize the numbers,” Wang believes. “Numbers don’t have meaning and context until you put them in space.”No maps they had seen were mapping county-level data, so they wanted to include that as well as hospital information, “including number of beds available in total, hospital location, and a ‘load factor’ to show [if a hospital was] getting anywhere close to capacity.” Wang pointed to where color on the map was darkest. That indicates locations where “the bed/patient ratio is showing a 0, 1, or 2.” He explained, “This means that the medical resources are probably stretched thin.” Wang and Chen hope this information, for example, could be used by those wanting to support hospitals most in need.Wang and Chen felt it was essential the map be an open-source project. “We felt like that was an important component of transparency,” said Wang, who said he hopes that others who want to can learn from the algorithm they used for the visualization.The duo noted that their education from the Graduate School of Design was influential, with its many “system thinkers” engaged in the “conversation on urbanism, resiliency, conservation, revitalization, and social justice,” said Wang. “That’s how we ended up working together on this.”ALEX WU, Sc.D., M.P.H. ’18Pacific NorthwestEpidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Wu, a second-year EIS officer, recently returned from an unusual solo deployment in the Pacific Northwest, where he worked with a Native American community. “EIS officers are rarely sent into the field alone, but because there are so many places that need our help right now, I found myself deployed as a one-person team,” he said.After nine hours of travel from his home in Portland, Ore., he arrived at a reservation and immediately got to work, meeting with the tribal council. The leaders told him the tribe was worried about what would happen if the reservation experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases, Wu said. They had questions about how best to support community members who may be isolated or even quarantined and how to protect their public health workers. They also asked for guidance on how to report case and contact information, specifically what kind of organizational structure would be needed and how the tribe’s Emergency Operations Center should be involved. Of course, Wu said, “They also asked the same question a lot of people have right now: When will life get back to normal?”Wu listened to the tribal leaders discuss the practical approaches they had developed for dealing with COVID-19. Then he explained “how [those] practices could align with CDC guidelines to protect their tribe.” Wu also provided training to community members who would serve as contact tracers. Working alongside tribe members, he was able to “develop an organizational chart showing what each group on their response team would do if there was a surge.”At night, Wu — who also assists the executive director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, answering questions about COVID-19 on weekly video conference calls with over 200 tribal clinicians nationwide — returned to his nearby motel room to review what he’d heard and “to think about what else the tribe needed.” Wu said his supervisor would call to check in every evening. Being a “one-person team” made the communication especially welcome, he said. In addition to the guidance his supervisor would provide, “it was immensely helpful, mentally to have these evening discussions.”A few days after Wu returned home from his recent deployment, he got a call from the tribe’s leaders: The surge they had feared had arrived. “They were prepared,” he said. “Their trained team of contact tracers knew what to do and how to report the information they collected. Their workers who had to make house visits knew what to do to protect themselves.” Wu said the call made him grateful for the experience. In fact, a group of nurses from the Texas and Florida hospitals he oversees stepped up to meet another community’s need, volunteering at a hospital in Southeastern Massachusetts. He said the nurses were greeted with applause. “People were so grateful to them for coming and volunteering to join the fight, you know, leaving the comfort of home, leaving families.” Shetty said when the team returns, “not only will they be coming back to care for patients, but they’ll be bringing back a ton of expertise.”Shetty has turned to his classmates and “the network of Harvard friendships” in recent weeks, for inspiration, and also for connections and resource-sharing. “You hear from a classmate who’s working on drug development, one who’s on the front lines in an ICU in Boston, another who’s in New York City.”Through those friends, Shetty also came across the story of a 1996 graduate of the College who wrote about his experience of being on a ventilator. “Here’s a patient who’s telling us what it’s like and how scary it can be,” Shetty said. It was a powerful, human story, and a reminder of the responsibilities medical professionals have, he said.YIJIA CHEN, M.L.A. ’17BostonLandscape Architect with DumontJanksYUJIA WANG, M.L.A. ’17Lincoln, Neb.Assistant Professor of the Practice at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Principal at Yichang Landscape and PlanningFor designers Chen and Wang knowledge is power, especially during a pandemic when misinformation is “flying around,” and the public needs information that is accessible and current. Collaborating remotely, Chen and Wang created their Datamap Project, an online “spatial data visualization” of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.When the outbreak began in China, Wang, who has family and friends there, found he was turning to whatever data, graphs, and maps he could find. As parts of China issued measures to slow and contain the spread of the virus, “you can imagine the level of stress” for people, he said. Information became “a calming factor,” helping people understand “what they were dealing with in the immediate areas where they live.” — Yujia Wang, Co-creator of the Datamap Project From a care of souls to the care of bodies They then brought together a group of about 20 experts in geriatrics and 100 more in infection prevention and control from around the world “to review the draft, discuss it, improve it.” Sadana said the challenge is obviously to get the science right, but it’s called an “interim guidance” for a reason: Time is critical, and updates are issued when new evidence is collected. “We really had 10 days to get the first one out,” she recalled. “I’m still amazed [that] it was possible to get it done [so quickly].” She said the dedication of professionals on the team, especially her colleague Yuka Sumi, and the willingness of experts from around the world to donate their time, attests to the convening power and role WHO plays.Their second technical guide addresses health and social care workers in primary care who provide support for older adults.Having accurate data is critical, said Sadana. She points to the dashboard the organization created that captures the cases and deaths based on what countries report.  At the end of April there were 3 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths worldwide reported to WHO, “but not all countries are reporting cases or deaths to WHO by age and sex,” she said. Her department is part of the agency’s efforts, for example, to “advocate that deaths in care facilities or deaths outside of hospitals are also counted.” The data WHO provides is critical to understanding the impact the disease is having. Sadana noted that WHO’s European Regional Office’s weekly surveillance reports showed that 95 percent of COVID-19 deaths were in persons age 60 years and over.“Every person has the right to health and access to treatments,” said Sadana. That value stands at the core of WHO’s mission and her work there. “It’s important to have ethical principles, but we need to have guidance that puts these in practice and doesn’t neglect older people’s needs and [that doesn’t] discriminate based on age.“We’re trying to step up to the challenge, and I hope, I hope a year from now that we will be able to say that we did our piece and that the wave of the epidemic is under control by then.”SANJAY SHETTY ’96, M.A. ’96, M.D. ’00DallasPresident of the South Region for the Steward Health Care system Related While most of his friends and family were in cities “not hit particularly hard,” he found himself pointing them to the maps even so. Information became “a calming factor,” helping people understand “what they were dealing with in the immediate areas where they live.” Watching the number of cases in the nation decrease provided hope, because, as Wang put it, people could “clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, both on a national and local level.” In the trenches Team at Harvard plans to launch clinical trial in fall Kevin Cranston took his M.Div. degree to the Bureau of Public Health Harvard’s Family Van takes pulse on best ways to use these untapped resources Global race to a COVID-19 vaccine Three physicians in three distinct settings detail life in the midst of pandemic The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

IT Security at the Crossroads

first_imgExcerpts from Art Coviello’s keynote today at the 2013 RSA Conference in San Francisco.  We are at a critical crossroads – the next phase in the evolution of the Information Age with this convergence of Big Data, mobility, cloud, and our social media-driven society. It is past time for us to disenthrall ourselves from the reactive and perimeter-based IT security dogmas of the past and speed adoption of intelligence-driven security. Requirements for this new model include a thorough understanding of risk, the use of agile controls based on pattern recognition and predictive analytics to replace outdated static controls and the ability to analyze vast streams of data from numerous sources to produce actionable information.What results is a model based on “Big Data” – our own version of security Big Data.Last year was a breakthrough year for the concept of Big Data. For all of the buzz, there’s tremendous confusion about the term because it represents more than just a lot of data.  Fundamentally, Big Data is about the ability to extract meaning – to sort through the masses of data elements and find the hidden patterns, the unexpected correlation or the surprising connection.  It’s about analyzing vast and complex unstructured data sets at high speed to solve innumerable problems across a wide spectrum of industrial, non-commercial and governmental organizations.Big Data has the potential to transform our lives, our health, our environment, our livelihoods – almost every facet of our daily lives – for the better. Yet, we are only at the dawn of Big Data.While the most common business analytics are based on structured data using relational data bases, the real goldmine is in unstructured data which is five times larger and growing three times faster.By 2020, analysts predict that tens of billions and perhaps as many as 200 billion objects will be connected. Think of the richness and variability of data that data scientists will have to work with. And, we’re not only talking about how Big Data will impact and drive information technology. We’re talking about how businesses and organizations will fundamentally change and evolve to become more productive and efficient. However, according to IDC, less than one percent of the world’s data is being analyzed.Security Big Data will be applied in two ways: security management and the development and application of individual controls.Because sources of security data are almost limitless, there is a requirement for security management that goes well beyond traditional SIEM.  We have reached the limits of that technology and organizations must be able to gain full visibility into all data, structured and unstructured, internal and external.Big Data architectures will be scalable enough such that all data can be analyzed no matter how expansive or fast changing. Organizations will be able to build a mosaic of specific information about digital assets and users and infrastructure, allowing the system to spot and correlate abnormal behavior in people and, in the flow and use of data.In a recently published security brief titled, “Big Data Fuels Intelligence Driven Security,”experts from RSA, Northeastern University and Booz Allen Hamilton set out the components for a Big Data oriented security management system.It must start with automated tools that collect diverse data types and normalize them. And the data needs to be stored in a centralized warehouse where all security-related data is available for security analysts to query. The system must include analytics engines capable of processing vast volumes of fast-changing data in real time as well as a standardized taxonomy for indicators of compromise that are in machine-readable form and can be readily shared. It must also rely on N-tier infrastructures that can scale out across multiple vectors and have the ability to process large and complex searches and queries. Finally, the system must have a high degree of integration with GRC systems and task specific security tools to detect attacks early or even in advance, and then trigger automated defensive measures such as blocking network traffic, quarantining systems or requiring additional identity verification.A high degree of integration in the controls themselves is key to replacing today’s non-system of individual, isolated static controls. Big Data controls will be agile and predictive like next generation authentication and malware blocking.Although initially task-specific, to be truly dynamic and situationally aware, these controls have to evolve. Individual Big Data controls will be smart to begin with but will also have the capacity to be self-learning. And they should be able to inform or be informed by other controls and feed or receive intelligence from security management systems and report to and receive instructions from GRC systems.While we are several years away from all controls and management platforms having this level of completeness, the process is well underway. Vendors have already been building tools with Big Data analytics and are offering products that will have a disruptive impact on many tired product categories like anti-virus, authentication and SIEM.As an example, RSA just announced version 8.0 of the SecurID authentication manager platform. Version 8.0 includes a risk based analytics engine that has experience gained from nearly 50 billion transactions. We also recently announced our Security Analytics platform, a new approach to security management that fuses log and packet data with internal and external threat intelligence. This platform gives analysts unprecedented visibility to assess and defend against advanced attacks.But Big Data is only as good as the amount and quality of the data.  This is why it is so important to address the need for information sharing so that external feeds of intelligence can have a force multiplier effect. Whether it’s within or among industries, or between and among vendors, Intelligence-driven security models can only succeed through better sharing of intelligence.I don’t mean to imply we are headed to some security utopia, but, we should be able to keep pace with our adversaries, and, in many instances, get ahead of them, even in the face of uncertainty.last_img read more

Medford Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor’s Dog With BB Gun

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Martin FreyA Medford man has been accused of shooting his neighbor’s dog with a BB gun on Sunday evening, Suffolk County police saidOfficers responded to a 911 caller’s report that her dog had been shot on Lincoln Road and upon arrival they found a German Shepard bleeding with a BB gun pellet lodged in his nose at 7 p.m.The dog owner’s neighbor, 54-year-old Martin Frey, was charged with animal cruelty and criminal possession of a weapon after police said he was found to be in possession of a gravity knife.Frey will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.The dog’s injuries were not life-threatening.last_img read more

Bureau Director Kraninger calls Berger, discusses CU priorities

first_imgBureau of Consumer Financial Protection Director Kathy Kraninger called NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday further building on the ongoing relationship between bureau leadership and NAFCU staff. During the call, Berger congratulated Kraninger on her new role and shared credit unions’ top priorities that specifically concern the bureau.“We appreciate Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger’s interest in issues critical to the credit union industry, and we thank her for the continued focus on protecting consumers,” said Berger. “We look forward to working with Director Kraninger to ensure a healthy regulatory environment in which credit unions can grow, thrive and successfully serve their membership.”NAFCU and credit unions’ priorities were also hand-delivered in a letter to the bureau Tuesday. In the letter, Berger listed the top five tenets the association focuses on throughout the year, including: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Big yellow screens

first_imgI’ve been known to say that I have had success in my life by being in the right place, at the right time. “I’ve been lucky.”I have also had a few times when I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a mixture of those two scenarios. This quote stopped me dead in my tracks, standing in the middle of a hallway. I can name several examples of how I was either prepared or unprepared to accept an opportunity, personally and professionally. Can’t you? You know how some days just fly by? Those that seem to happen, but you don’t actually know what happened? For me, last Wednesday was such a day. As I walked to my office, through the long corridors of our headquarters, a bright yellow image from our digital screens caught my attention. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Seneca, Roman philosopherlast_img read more

Red Dot Award: Design Oscar of the Rašić + Vrabec studio for the logo of the 66th Pula Film Festival

first_img“We were already honored that the awarded logo won the jury competition for the 66th Pula event itself, which is one of the oldest continuous film festivals in Europe and the world. At that time, we already felt that this logo had a very successful future ahead of it”Point out the authors, Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašić. The use of numbers in the logo emphasizes the tradition and longevity of the festival itself. The figure itself is powerful and symbolic and allows for numerous uses and associations. “Viewers thus interpreted the logo themselves, interpreting it in different ways; from eyebrows to eyebrows, glasses, openings through which to peek, Arena floor plan, film rolls and even exclamation points, etc. From the very beginning it proved to be inspiring and applicable, and the reactions of the audience were excellent”The authors point out. The Red Dot awards will be presented to the winners at the award ceremony on October 1 in Berlin, and that night the awarded projects will be exhibited as part of the “Designers’ Night” celebration in Ewerk. The winning works will also be immortalized in the International Yearbook Brands & Communication Design 2019/2020. which comes out on November 14th. Rašić + Vrabec are specialists in design in culture and for brands that want to become culture. They design and create exhibitions, spaces and products, and the founders of the studio, Vedrana Vrabec + Marko Rašić, have been working professionally for more than 15 years. The most prestigious and largest international recognition for design – Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design – went to the Zagreb studio Rašić + Vrabec, the authors of the visual identity of the Pula Film Festival. center_img Photo: Rasic + Sparrow This year, more than 8600 projects applied for this prestigious award, and an international jury of 24 renowned experts selected logo66. Pula Film Festival one of the best in the Brand Design & Identity category for logo design. Vedrana Vrabec and Marko Rašićlast_img read more

Macron taps trio to help drive coronavirus recovery

first_imgTopics : On the eve of the reshuffle, Macron said his 2017 campaign promises remained central to his policymaking. But he said they must “adapt to international upheavals and the crisis we are living through: a new path must be drawn.”Political rivals denounced the reshuffle as window-dressing that would not deliver the “new path” Macron promises.Bruno Le Maire, who spent heavily to keep flagship companies afloat and save jobs during the lockdown, will stay at the helm of a finance ministry tasked with steering France out of the downturn, and now has full control of the budget.Elisabeth Borne will take charge of an enhanced labor and social affairs ministry just as the depression unravels gains on unemployment.Macron wants to reset relations with unions and voters after waves of protests. Borne, who successfully pushed through changes to French railways in the face of union opposition, will be in charge of seeing sensitive pension reforms over the line.Greener policies?A week after the Green party seized control of some of France’s biggest cities, including Lyon and Bordeaux, establishing themselves as a real political force, Macron also named former ecologist Barbara Pompili as environment minister.Pompili’s ministry will oversee energy and housing as Macron seeks more emphasis on green policies to drive the economic rebound and build a sustainable future for companies like Air France and Renault.In 2018, she chaired a parliamentary committee that delivered a report critical of France’s nuclear power industry. A senior source inside state-owned utility EDF described her appointment as disastrous for the sector.But Greenpeace France said it was skeptical how much influence over environmental policymaking Pompili would have. A presidential aide said the theme for the main economic briefs was “continuity”, in a sign Macron will not veer left and will seek to consolidate his center-right base ahead of 2022.Macron’s appointment of Castex, a little-known senior civil servant, as prime minister was taken as a sign by rivals he was intent on taking back full control of policy ahead of elections in 20022.They said the changes fell short of the reinvention Macron had promised.”It’s a game of musical chairs,” Alexis Corbiere, a lawmaker for the far-left France Unbowed party, told BFM TV. “Let’s be frank, it’s a roadmap for more of the same.”center_img France is creating three beefed-up ministries to spearhead its recovery from coronavirus turmoil as Emmanuel Macron attempts to recast his presidency less than two years before a possible re-election bid.In a cabinet reshuffle days after voters punished Macron and his party in local elections, the president and his new prime minister, Jean Castex, are putting the focus on tackling the pandemic’s social and economic fallout, and the environment.Macron, 42, swept into power in 2017 promising to cut corporate taxes and ease regulation to drive growth and create jobs, while protecting the most vulnerable. But the worst depression in decades has reversed some hard-fought gains and left Macron with 21 months to persuade voters that his reforms will leave them better off.last_img read more

US Fed opens policy meeting amid faltering confidence

first_imgTopics : The United States central bank opened a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday amid signs of waning consumer confidence and with Congress locked in debate over how best to support the economy amid the pandemic.With interest rates already at zero and the Federal Reserve pumping trillions into the economy through myriad loan programs, policymakers are expected to focus less on direct action as COVID-19 remains a bigger concern.Coronavirus cases and death tolls are resurging, and many states have reimposed more strict controls, again shutting down some businesses, while tens of millions of jobs have been lost, many permanently.  Jobless workers are also now facing the imminent expiration of extra unemployment benefits unless Congress acts.Analysts expect the Fed to reinforce a tool used during the global financial crisis: forward guidance. The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected make plain that it has no intention to raise the benchmark interest rate until the US is fully back on track and unemployment has fallen significantly from the current 11.1 percent level, while focusing less on inflation.Amid signs the economy continues to struggle, how much of a boost that declaration will provide is unclear, but economists view it as a minimum step.center_img “The events of recent weeks have changed my view on forward guidance,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said in an analysis. “Now is the time to clarify the Fed’s position on forward guidance, which means being explicit about holding interest rates near zero until the economy actually overshoots on its two percent inflation target.”More lendingThe FOMC will announce its policy decision Wednesday afternoon, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell will hold a press conference to explain the statement.Powell has said the central bank can do more to help the economy weather the pandemic storm, and on Tuesday the board announced it was extending through the end of the year lending facilities that had been set to expire around September 30.The Fed said those programs for firms of all sizes as well as states and municipalities “provide a critical backstop stabilizing and substantially improving market functioning and enhancing the flow of credit to households, businesses and state and local governments.”But as the pandemic fire continues to rage, a key measure of consumer confidence dropped sharply in July, highlighting the continued uncertainty about the economy. The Conference Board research firm said its consumer confidence index fell to 92.6 from 98.3 in June, worse than analysts expected.The government on Thursday will release the first official data on the damage done to US GDP in the April-June quarter, which is expected to show a shocking collapse of around 35 percent. But the Fed does not need that figure to realize the harm already inflicted on American households and firms.Powell and other central bankers have made it plain that the Fed’s options are limited and the federal government will need to provide more cash.As expanded unemployment payments and a moratorium on evictions are set to expire, Senate Republicans late Tuesday unveiled a US$1 trillion support package that slashes additional weekly jobless benefits to $200 a week from $600, but also would offer a second round of $1,200 payments to individuals and give funding to schools, provided they reopen.That sets the stage for a showdown with Democrats who are pushing their own $3 trillion plan. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer call the Republican effort a “weak, piecemeal proposal that will only prolong the suffering for millions of workers and families across America.”US stocks tumbled on Tuesday amid mixed results from companies battered by the pandemic, and the lack of progress in Congress towards reaching an agreement on a new rescue package.last_img read more