Russian Propaganda Invades Latin America

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo February 22, 2019 Russian pro-government media carry out an ongoing campaign to discredit nations unaligned with Russia’s interventionist policies. Russian cable and online TV broadcasts spearhead the disinformation campaign. The broadcasts, disguised as news and documentaries, reach the televisions and computers of hundreds of Latin Americans who are exposed daily to Russian propaganda to influence regional governments. RT TV and internet network is the main pillar of the Russian campaign in Latin America. The network started broadcasting in 2009 and operates in Moscow, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Havana, Mexico, Washington, D.C., and Miami. Without factual evidence, RT claims to have a weekly audience of 18 million viewers in 10 countries in the region. The network was able to access Latin American audiences by purchasing different cable companies. In Venezuela and Argentina, the signal is also transmitted through open TV. Carlos Murillo, an international relations specialist at the University of Costa Rica, warns that the Kremlin uses information as a weapon, and RT became one of its main means to attack Latin America. “Moscow can’t promote its hegemonic project actively; it prefers to use subliminal techniques, so that the world can know its alleged noble purposes. If we remember the czarist period and its cultural influence, Putin’s regime is a hybrid between the czarist and Soviet eras. Therefore, news stories at RT feature the message of ‘Russia’s good,’ distorting and adapting interviewees’ statements to strengthen the [hidden] official message,” Murillo told Diálogo. “In short, it’s an extensive and intensive use of communication as a soft power resource, as a political weapon to position their interests in the region.” Alejandro Barahona, a political scientist at the University of Costa Rica specialized in Latin American studies, agrees with Murillo, and adds that Russian TV stations try to present themselves as alternative media outlets. In reality, they are part of a communist propaganda mechanism that only tries to promote Russia’s role in the region. “Power tends to be more and more [fluid]. This helps us understand the multiple spaces necessary to manage it, and mass media are essential to influence public opinion. That’s why Russia promotes its media and agencies to fuel its expansion both politically and militarily in Latin America,” Barahona said. In addition to RT, Russia seeks to increase its presence by way of the Sputnik news agency, a platform presented as an international service, which only disseminates the distorted discourse of Russia and its allies, just like RT. Every year, both media outlets organize paid visits to Moscow for Latin American journalists to promote themselves to the Latin American press. Unconditional support Russia seeks to influence countries in the region with these platforms. The two most recent cases are Venezuela and Nicaragua. Russian TV channels replay altered and exaggerated speeches of Nicolás Maduro and Daniel Ortega, referring to so-called coup d’états. They also attack international organizations, such as the Lima Group that advocates for a democratic transition in Venezuela and Nicaragua. “RT becomes a key element for all those under direct Russian influence. The Kremlin knows that Venezuela and Nicaragua are partners that enable it to show what a good, loyal partner it is and that it’s there for its partners no matter what. Moscow needs Caribbean coasts, and these two countries along with Cuba are key. They are in the United States’ backyard, hence the urgency to reinforce regimes that might be of help. So RT’s coverage on these cases is based on the position of an attempted coup d’état,” Murillo said. Complaints in other latitudes The concern about RT’s role is a troubling topic beyond Latin America. Several countries reported that the network is mere propaganda and publishes fake news to interfere in local affairs. For example, Spain accused RT of promoting social unrest and seeking to interfere in Catalonia’s bid for independence in 2017. The network was also linked to fake social media accounts used to disseminate information that defended the secession. France experienced a similar situation during the 2017 presidential elections that saw the victory of Emmanuel Macron. “During the campaign, RT and Sputnik were influence agents that spread fake news about me and my political campaign,” said Macron during Vladimir Putin’s visit to France in May 2018. Far from new, the Russian strategy intensifies around the world, and Latin America is no exception. The presence of its interfering propaganda in Latin American countries is undeniable. RT and Sputnik depict an idyllic and happy Moscow that doesn’t exist, a purportedly well-intended Moscow that in reality only seeks to expand its politics and military power in Latin America for its own benefit.last_img read more

Cuomo Adds Medical Marijuana to 2014 Agenda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013.Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed tentatively legalizing medical marijuana during his election-year State of the State address Wednesday, meaning New York State may become the 21st state in the nation to do so.The much-anticipated-yet-still-controversial idea was expected, although the governor didn’t spend as much time discussing it as he did offering updates on earlier initiatives such as building casinos, strengthening public corruption laws and passing a Women’s Equality Agenda—in addition to a few new items on his agenda.“We have to make New York healthier,” Cuomo told the audience while outlining his plan to launch a pilot program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses. “Research suggests that medical marijuana can help manage the pain of cancer and other diseases.”His announcement came a month after state lawmakers held a hearing  in Mineola on a medical marijuana proposal.The address came a day after Vice President Joseph Biden and Cuomo announced a plan to “re-imagine” New York with $16 billion worth of public works projects to rebuild upstate bridges, modernize New York City airports and storm-proofing subway tunnels—a plan they called a national model.Key issues he raised for Long Island—aside from taxes—included spending $100 million statewide on affordable housing, building strategic fuel reserves to pre-empt gas lines like those after Sandy and enhancing storm early detection systems.He also unveiled new plans to freeze property taxes for two years to help homeowners, reform the corporate tax structure to make the state more attractive to business and lower the estate tax so that it’s aligned with other states.Other new plans Cuomo outlined in his address include establishing the nation’s first college specifically for emergency preparedness and homeland security, ensuring three-time drunken-driving convicts lose their licenses for good and offering full scholarships to the top 10 percent of high school graduates who pursue degrees in math or science and agree work in New York for five years after graduation.He announced his support for an existing proposal that would ensure 16 and 17 year old minors would no longer be automatically charged as adults when accused of committing non-violent crimes—a distinction New York shares only with North Carolina.On the casino front, Cuomo said requests for proposals for four upstate Las Vegas-style casinos will be issued in March with bids due in June and winners will be announced in early fall.He additionally tried to defuse bickering sparked by his Moreland Commission on public corruption, co-chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, which began investigating the New York State Legislature in the wake of the latest string of lawmakers’ arrests.“It reflects badly on all of us, because people don’t distinguish,” Cuomo said. “And it goes to the essence of what were trying to do.”He wants new anti-bribery and corruption laws, publicly financed elections and lawmakers to disclosure outside clients with business before the state, among other changes that some in the state Senate and Assembly have resisted.State Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who issued a statement after the address saying that Republicans are “prepared to pass legislation that attacks corruption in government,” signaled that Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Agenda is still a point of contention.While state Assembly Speak Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) stated after the address that Democrats are prepared to once again pass all 10 parts of the proposal, Republicans in the state Senate have backed all but one: reinforcing a woman’s right to an abortion.“Let’s enact a women’s equality bill that protects all women from discrimination in the workplace and ensures equal pay for equal work,” Skelos said, without mentioning the hot-button reproductive rights issue that sank the legislative package last year.“It’s just been another year where government has failed to act on behalf of women,” Cuomo had said during his address. “Stop playing politics with women’s rights.”last_img read more

Delivering impactful leadership education

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details A leadership educational program can only be deemed a success if it changes targeted behaviors and leads to improved outcomes. A recent McKinsey and Co. survey “Decoding Leadership – What really matters,” describes how over 90% of CEOs plan to increase leadership development investment, as it is critical to the health of the organization. But the data also uncovered that most CEOs (57%) were not confident that these training investments would be effective. Often, there are few clear answers about where to focus leadership development investments. Unfortunately, programs can address a broad range of matters, may not be focused on the organization’s needs and are often ineffective and unsustainable.McKinsey researchers found that four characteristics of leadership were correlated with “healthy organizations.” The qualities are: solving problems effectively; operating with strong results orientation; being supportive; and seeking different perspectives.These leadership qualities fit well with successful leadership demonstrated by our clients. We can learn by examining how a good leader employs these qualities to increase organizational effectiveness. One client CEO, who embodied these characteristics, implemented a learning program to increase leadership and organizational capacity. She chose one area where she believed there would be an immediate and measurable effect. She felt that a positive change in meeting culture would increase leadership and organizational capacity – clearly a results-oriented approach. After collecting data from middle managers through senior leaders in her organization, the CEO learned that 66% of her management team spent between one and three full days in meetings each week, yet only 18% believed that all meetings attended were absolutely necessary. Meetings almost never started and ended on time, and very few meetings had all the correct participants. Agendas were generally lacking, as was a clearly defined purpose for the meeting. Ultimately she found out that only one in five meetings were achieving their stated objectives.Knowing that the existing meeting culture was holding back productivity, she decided to impact their culture through the focus on meeting management skills. Armed with the above data, the CEO rolled out a 90 minute on-line interactive leadership-learning program with follow-up that included personal action plans – with each participant making a commitment to implement the newly learned effective meeting behaviors. The program was highly successful and especially impactful for middle managers looking to increase their leadership capacity. Senior management was then held accountable for modeling the newly learned behaviors, as everything starts within the C-suite of the organization. No training program that is not embraced or modeled at the senior-most levels of an organization will survive or become part of the fabric of the company.The CEO knew that an educational program could only be deemed a complete success if it changes targeted behaviors and leads to improved outcomes. After the organization implemented this meeting-focused leadership program, meetings started and ended on time, had a defined purpose and included only, and, for the most part, all the right people. The participants were taught to stay on topic and the meeting facilitator assisted in this goal. By each meeting’s end, participants developed an actionable and accountable plan for follow-up.This results oriented program, which took about three hours of employee time in total, was estimated to add days of additional productive time each month for each employee. It also relieved some of the frustration meeting participants felt due to the previously wasted time spent in meetings. Participant feedback was extremely positive as over 90 percent felt that the learning would make them and the organization more efficient overall. As this enlightened CEO demonstrates, an actionable results-oriented program can create a large impact on the culture and productivity of an organization. The seemingly simple task of running more efficient and productive meetings resulted in more professional interactions involving more strategic thinking and effective implementation of plans, not just in formal meetings, but also for the organization’s capacity as a whole.last_img read more

Lošinj’s extreme world cycling competition was declared the best sporting event of 2018.

first_imgEventex’s recognition is an excellent promotion of Croatia as a sports destination, but also of Lošinj as an extremely interesting destination for cycling tourism. Also, this is a great announcement of a new race Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike on Lošinj, which takes place from May 07-10, 2019. years. The Downhill World Cup Lošinj is considered a unique race because the competitors raced through an urban area, with the goal on the coast, which was the first similar case in the World Cup. This interest was also recognized by online voters and the expert commission of Eventex of ten members. Last year’s edition of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj won the prestigious “Eventex Awards” in the category “Art, entertainment & public – Sporting Event”. Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj, an extreme world cycling competition, was held from 19 to 22 April 2018 in Veli Lošinj. It was watched by more than five thousand visitors, and was broadcast live in as many as 105 countries, which means that the race was watched live by more than a million and a half spectators. Downhill World Cup Losinj / Facebook: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Losinj The Eventex Award and international competition is the most recognized in the world of events. The prestigious award is given for outstanding achievements, high-quality services and technical merits in production, as well as designing top-notch experiences and experiences. The online announcement of the winners, which was held on March 26, 2019 as part of the Eventex ceremony, the first place in the “Sporting Event” category was won by the unique and extreme Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lošinj among as many as 331 registered candidates from around the world . The criteria that were evaluated during the selection of the winners, among other things, are innovation, creativity and uniqueness.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Personnel Change

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Personnel Change SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017center_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Mary Isenhour will step down as Chief of Staff to take an external role with the governor. Mike Brunelle, the governor’s Executive Deputy Chief of Staff, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.“Mary has been with me since the beginning, and I am tremendously grateful to her for her service and loyalty,” said Governor Wolf. “Mary’s dedication to the people of Pennsylvania and to the governor’s office are unmatched.”“Mike brings a diverse array of experience, and he knows state government inside and out,” he continued. “I am confident that Mike will ensure there is a seamless transition.”Mike Brunelle most recently served as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff after joining the administration as a Special Assistant.Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mike Brunelle spent two years as the National Campaigns Director for the Service Employees International Union, where he led the organization’s programs in 26 states, and was the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Pennsylvania State Council.Before coming to Pennsylvania, Mike spent 8 years working on various candidate and issue-based campaigns in the Northeast, including the elections of Governor John H Lynch. He served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, was a state representative in the New Hampshire General Court, and also served as the Democratic Whip.Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Lemoyne with his wife Erika, and their daughter, Ava.Mike Brunelle assumed duties as executive deputy chief of staff in Pennsylvania on January 11, 2016.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Moody’s: No-deal Brexit ‘manageable’ for EU asset managers

first_imgThe credit strength of asset managers in the UK and the remaining European Union countries would not “materially” weaken in the event of the UK leaving the bloc without a withdrawal agreement, according to Moody’s.The credit rating agency said the asset managers would face some pressures in the event of a no-deal Brexit – such as uncertainty about the future status of EU employees working in the UK and vice versa – but that it considered these manageable.Temporary measures put in place by UK and EU regulators would minimise the operational disruption of a no-deal outcome, and asset managers’ own efforts to prepare for such a situation would also help protect their credit profiles, Moody’s added.The rating agency highlighted that UK-based asset managers had focussed in particular on creating or expanding entities regulated in the EU under MiFID legislation to prepare for the loss of EU “passporting” rights if the UK left the EU without a deal. This exercise had entailed costs so far contained at estimated 0.1%-0.6% of operating expenses, according to Moody’s.In February, the European Securities and Markets Authority and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced an agreement to preserve delegation rules in the event of a no-deal Brexit.These rules allow UK asset managers to create funds that are domiciled and regulated in the European Economic Area (EEA) – which includes EU countries – and market them to clients in the EEA or EU while continuing to manage them from the UK via an outsourcing arrangement.According to Moody’s, about 84% of the assets that UK-based firms manage on behalf of non-UK EEA clients are in funds managed via delegation.In addition, the UK has put in place a “special permissions regime” to allow asset managers based in the EU or EEA to continue operating in the UK for up to three years after a potential no-deal Brexit.Last month the FCA published final rules aimed at providing certain about the financial regime firms would be operating under even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  After an extension of the original deadline, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, 12 April. Prime minister Theresa May has yet to secure a majority in parliament for her withdrawal agreement and the outcome of talks with the Labour party about a compromise is uncertain. May is about to visit several European capitals in an attempt to get agreement on postponing the date at which the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. Tomorrow she will meet Emmanuel Macron in Paris and Angela Merkel in Berlin followed on Wednesday by an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels.last_img read more

Unacceptable body slam: Angry father tackles son’s opponent

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Jones’s son is a student from Hickory Ridge High School. His son was reportedly not injured. He was booked on a $1,000 secured bond at the Cabarrus County Jail. According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the referee had just gave the hand signals to call the student’s move illegal. Kannapolis police said Jones was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Some however shunned the temptation to blame Jones for acting on impulse noting that no man would stand and see his son being injured in the name of school wrestling, especially when they are non-professionals who have been taught to follow rules to the letter. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img A North Carolina father Barry Lee Jones has been arrested and charged with assault after tackling his teenage son’s opponent at a high school wrestling match when he did an illegal move. Officers from the Kannapolis Police Department said in a press statement that Barry Lee Jones was arrested on Saturday. In the video, the two high school students are seen wrestling when Jones’ son is body slammed by his opponent. Jones apparently saw the body slam as too hot for comfort and within a matter of seconds rushed into the court to tackle his son’s opponent and teach him when to draw the line Barry Lee Jones dashed to tackle opponent who body slammed his son  in school wrestling match. According to Fox 61, the teen Jones tackled was from Southeast Guilford High School.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Trike’ hits man crossing road

first_imgResident Antonio Monteclaro sustainedinjuries on the feet, a police report showed. He was recuperating at the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. Police investigators said a tricycle drivenby Nohnit Tristesa of Sta. Rosa, Guimbal, Iloilo hit the victim while he wascrossing the road around 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. ILOILO City – He was crossing the roadin Barangay Banuyao, Miaga-ao, Iloilo when a tricycle hit him, police said. center_img The suspect was arrested and nowdetained in the custodial facility of the Miag-ao police station, facingcharges./PNlast_img read more

PFA to offer Suarez counselling

first_imgLuis Suarez will be offered anger management counselling after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the Professional Footballers’ Association has revealed. Press Association The FA is reviewing the incident and Suarez is likely to be charged on Monday. Suarez is also one of the candidates for the PFA Player of the Year award to be announced on Sunday, and Taylor confirmed that the latest controversy would not affect his position on the shortlist. Taylor added: “It’s decided on votes and it is a football matter but of course it is embarrassing that it should happen.” Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre cancelled a scheduled flight to Australia, where he was due to promote the club’s pre-season tour, to deal with the fall-out of the Suarez controversy having learned lessons from previous public relations disasters. He described Suarez’s behaviour as “not befitting of any player wearing a Liverpool shirt” and said he would be dealt with internally – most likely by way of a heavy fine. Liverpool have stopped short of imposing their own ban on the striker but he is likely to be ruled out for the remainder of the season once the FA’s disciplinary process kicks in. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Having reviewed the video footage and spoken to Luis, his behaviour is unacceptable and I have made him aware of this.” The player issued his own apology – something he failed to do adequately when found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra last season – first on Twitter and then via an official club statement. “I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea,” he said. “I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally. I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.” center_img Suarez has apologised for his “inexcusable behaviour” after the incident during the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday left the Uruguay international facing the prospect of a lengthy ban. It is the latest in a series of unsavoury incidents in Suarez’s career and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said the players’ union would offer the striker help to deal with his temper. Taylor told Press Association Sport: “There is no doubting his football ability, that’s why it is so disappointing and embarrassing when he lets himself down. We have to work hard on anger management now. We have trained counsellors in this field and we will be offering their services to Liverpool and the player to try to improve matters.” last_img read more

Tipp footballers retain Division 3 status

first_imgWestmeath, who were vying with Tipp for survival and lost to Longford today, and Limerick are both relegated to Division 4.Tipperary’s next competitive outing is against Waterford in the Munster Championship at the end of May. The Premier County drew 3-9 to 0-18 with Sligo in their final match of the current campaign.Tipp’s goals were scored by Michael Quinlivan, captain Peter Acheson and Alan Moloney.The point picked up at Markievicz Park saw Liam Kearns’ side end up with 7 points from their seven matches.last_img read more