01Mar/21

Scroll through Colonial life

first_img 2This diagram of how “to make a portable moon dial” is found in a mathematics notebook compiled by Harvard undergraduate Joshua Green in 1782. Collection of Houghton Library. In a few weeks, the Harvard Library will release a new website for its ongoing, multiyear digitization “Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.” Approximately 450,000 digitized pages of all the known archival and manuscript materials in the Library relating to 17th- and 18th-century North America will be available to the public.Launched in November 2015 with 150,000 images, the online collection documents life in the European colonies of the Americas and Caribbean, as well as in Great Britain, continental Europe, and Africa. These extraordinary materials enable viewers to see through the eyes of the influencers and common folk of the era, providing insights not only about revolution and politics but also economics, science, society, and much more. 12Faculty meeting minutes of Oct. 2, 1761, noting that Harvard College students were granted permission for “firing off their squibs and crackers & at night for a Bonfire & illuminating the College” in honor of King George III’s coronation during a day of rejoicing and displays of liberty. Harvard University Archives. 7Beginning in 1799, clients signed this beautifully inscribed subscription book for the Massachusetts Mutual Fire Insurance Co., agreeing to pay an assessment “in case losses should happen so as to consume the absolute funds.” Massachusetts Mutual Fire Insurance Co. records, Baker Library, Harvard Business School. 6This sketch for a tavern sign was included in an account entry for Dec. 31, 1797. Daniel Rea Jr., a house painter, was paid $10 to make the sign for Richard Hayman. Daniel Rea & Son account books, Baker Library, Harvard Business School. 10In 1743, Samuel Adams answered affirmatively to the question “Is it lawful to resist the supreme magistrate, if the commonwealth cannot otherwise be preserved?” in this Commencement Quaestiones for master’s degree candidates. Harvard University Archives. 4Phebe Folger Coleman made this copy of a printed image of a couple enjoying each other’s company in her notebook. Coleman wrote these lines to her husband, Samuel Coleman, a whaling vessel captain: “Why should so much of our time be spent apart, why do we refuse the happiness that is within our reach? Is the acquisition of wealth an adequate compensation for the tedious hours of absence?” Collection of Houghton Library. 11Harvard undergraduate Fisher Ames owned this embroidered pocketbook from 1774. Harvard University Archives. 14This vellum document, dated 1702, is an official record of the transfer of land on Dock Street, near the East River in New York City, to Hendrick Van der Heul. The document was “Sealed and delivered” with several signatures on one side. Harvard Law School Historical & Special Collections, Small Manuscript Collection, Small Manuscript Collection. 18A manuscript containing recipes for medical disorders compiled by London physician Edward W. Stafford for Gov. John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Province, dated May 6, 1643. Stafford’s prescriptions include hypericon (St. John’s wort) for madness; a mixture of toad oil and powder with yellow wax for “King’s evil” (scrofula); and a drink of sweet milk, saffron, and bay salt for jaundice. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. 5Rules and Articles of the Massachusetts Mutual Fire Insurance Co., incorporated in 1798, to provide insurance against fire “whether the same should happen by accident, lightning, civil commotion or foreign invasion” were ornately written in the company’s records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School. center_img 8Paul Revere, one of the founders and earliest subscribers of the Massachusetts Mutual Fire Insurance Co., was among the first to sign its subscription book in February 1799. Massachusetts Mutual Fire Insurance Co. records, Baker Library, Harvard Business School. 13This printed Massachusetts probate form from 1712 was attached to a manuscript copy of the last will and testament of Ebenezer Clapp of Milton. Clapp was declared “infirm in body … yet … of memory and understanding competent.” Harvard Law School Historical & Special Collections, Small Manuscript Collection. 3Elizabeth Lincoln sent this lock of hair to Samuel Norton, ca. 1780, with the final lines of “The Friend” by Anne Steele: “Oh may I make my friend’s distress my own — Nor let my heart unhappy grieve alone — In sorrow let me never want a friend — Nor when the wretched mourn a tear to lend.” Collection of Houghton Library. 9Official seals and calligraphy decorate Richard Saltonstall’s commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Provincial Army of Massachusetts. The commission was issued by Gov. Thomas Pownall on March 5, 1760. Harvard University Archives. 17A 1659 hand-drawn portolan chart depicts the coasts of North and South America for sailors to use for navigation. Collection of Houghton Library. 16Bills of lading detail the contents of shipments bound for Boston on the “good ship Lydia” that sailed from London in the spring of 1766. Harvard Law School Historical & Special Collections, Small Manuscript Collection. 1This copy of printed images in a notebook made by Phebe Folger Coleman (1771–1857) features a cameo portrait of John Hamilton Moore (center), whose research developed the theory and practice of finding the latitude, longitude, and variation of the compass. Collection of Houghton Library. 15A detail of the transfer of land on Dock Street. The first of eight wax seals attached is shown on the lower left. Harvard Law School Historical & Special Collections, Small Manuscript Collection. 19This detail shows the wax seal on the M.B. diploma conferred in 1797 on New Hampshire physician Lyman Spalding. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.last_img read more

26Jan/21

Asian American Association celebrates New Year

first_imgStudents can play games, enjoy food and try their luck for the new year at the Asian American Association’s (AAA) annual casino night in the Coleman Morse Lounge on Friday in celebration of the Lunar New Year, lasting from 9-11 p.m.Crystal Chen-Goodspeed, junior and treasurer of the AAA, said the event will give students the chance to compete for tickets and enter into the raffle for prizes, which include a Kindle and Beats by Dre headphones.“There is free reign to play any game [visitors] want … There will be Asian-themed goodies and red envelopes during the course of the event to really convey the many messages of Lunar New Year,” Chen said. “At the end of the night, everyone will submit their raffle tickets and drawing will commence to distribute prizes.”Khanh Mai, junior and vice president of AAA, said the games will incorporate a range of meanings and traditions.“Some of the games are seen as traditional to the respective culture, such as bau cua of Vietnam and mahjong of China. Others are more prototypical of casinos, like blackjack and poker,” Mai said.“It is like your normal casino night with an Asian flair,” Chen-Goodspeed said.According to Chen-Goodspeed, gambling and games are traditional celebrations of the Lunar New Year.“A big part of the holiday is large family gatherings and gambling. It is believed that if you have good luck in gambling during the celebration, then you will have good luck for the remainder of the year,” Chen-Goodspeed said.Mai said this event is important because it allows students to maintain their Lunar New Year traditions even while away from home.“It’s important for ND students to celebrate partly because it may be a glimpse of home-away-from-home for them,” Mai said. “I know that my first time away from home during Lunar New Year was especially rough; I would equate it with not being home for Christmas.”The AAA — who partnered with the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Chinese Culture Society and Japan Club, as well as the multicultural commissioners from Siegfried, Pasquerilla West, McGlinn, Carroll and Breen-Phillips for the event — encourages all students to attend, even if they have never celebrated in the past.“It’s always insightful to learn about different cultures and their own special way of seeing and celebrating the world,” Mai said.Although celebrations of Lunar New Year vary around the world, the AAA hopes their casino night will encompass the core tradition of the holiday, Mai said.“Families tend to gather in the days preceding Lunar New Year to indulge in family time and begin festivities; [Casino Night] plans to do the same. It’s time for us to spend with one another, and amidst the fun, think back on the year past and look forward to the future,” Mai said.The entrance fee of $5 at the door gives each student 15 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased if needed.Tags: AAA, Asian American Association, asian american association casino night, Casino Night, coleman morse lounge, crystal chen-goodspeed, khanh mai, lunar new yearlast_img read more

30Dec/20

Solo Backcountry Ski Adventure on North Fork Mountain

first_imgThe drifts are unexpected. There’s easily six feet of snow, piled high in velvety waves, just a few feet shy of the cliffed-out mountain rim. They roll one after the other, like an ocean swell, for as far as I can see into the forest ahead. I assume the trail is somewhere beneath the snow. I lost the blazes a half-mile back, but the ridgeline is so narrow (maybe 10 feet wide), there’s nowhere else for the singletrack to go but forward, beneath the undulating snow. Forward is the only choice I have, too, so I put my cross-country skis back on for the one thousandth time today and ski into the drifts, sinking to my knees under the weight of my backpack.This isn’t how my backcountry ski adventure trip was supposed to go. I was supposed to spend three days backpacking the glorious North Fork Mountain Trail, a 24-mile ridgeline path that hugs the cliffy North Fork Mountain as it splits two forks of the Potomac River in West Virginia. I brought my skis along on a whim, in case I had the chance to drop into nearby Canaan Valley and sample their sublime cross-country specific singletrack. Skiing was supposed to be a distraction, not my main mode of transportation through the wilderness, but a freak spring storm dumped two feet of fresh powder across West Virginia’s Highlands.When I originally drove over the North Fork Mountain, scouting the trail at the beginning of my trip, I took one good look at the icy, snow-covered cliffs and headed straight for Canaan Valley, thinking my notion of a meandering backpacking adventure was completely sunk.I parked my truck in a ski in/ski out campsite with electricity in Canaan Valley State Park and proceeded to spend the day skiing solo along the trickling creeks of the park while listening to The Police on my headphones. I raced half a dozen deer (the deer always won) and only once thought I was entering into a “To Build a Fire” moment because I was completely lost.I could have stayed in Canaan Valley for the remainder of my trip skiing fresh powder and eating chicken wings and drinking bottles of Miller High Life at the state park lounge. It would be a beautiful vacation, but not much of an adventure. So in a moment of hubris, I packed my truck and headed back to North Fork Mountain looking to redeem the original plan. If the trail was covered in snow, then I’d ski it.That’s the beauty of the solo trip, after all. You can do what you want, when you want. I came alone so that I could change my mind on a whim. So I could sandbag it or go full tilt with no one else to consider. So I could ski and eat chicken wings or embark on a backcountry ski adventure with my trusty PBJ’s. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good “bro” trip as much as the next dude, but every once in a while I think it’s important to set forth solo for a few days when you don’t have to compromise, and the only body odor making the tent toxic is your own. Three days in the woods being selfish—what’s not to love?The juxtaposition between the Valley and the knife-edge North Fork Mountain is stark. The snow I skied yesterday in the Valley was like cotton. Soft and pillowy. Up here, along the cliffs, it’s icy and underpinned by a layer of rock. The views are incredible, but the skiing is shit. Most people mountain bike the North Fork. Others backpack it. I know one guy who’s gunning for the trail running speed record. I’ve never heard of anyone skiing it, though, and I can see why.There’s no snow at the northern trailhead when I begin my hike south, so I strap my skis to my backpack and climb the monstrous 2,000-foot vertical slog in my cross country ski boots. The blisters come fast, but as soon as the trail levels out on the ridge, the snow begins to get thicker. Soon, I’m clicking into my skis and kicking slowly beneath a canopy of hardwoods. The snow is patchy for the first few miles, so I’m constantly having to take my skis off, then put them back on, then take them off…My pack weighs roughly 75 pounds even though I’m only going for a 12-mile, overnight jaunt. I blame the obscene number of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and extra pairs of socks I felt compelled to pack.There are occasions of flow. Brief moments when the snow is deep enough and the terrain rolling enough for me to glide down a little hill, then kick-kick to another crest and glide down a little hill and repeat for maybe 100 yards. It’s unexpected and blissful. The kind of flow you get when mountain biking or cross country skiing, but never experience while backpacking. It feels like cheating, and I love it.I don’t bother making a fire when I set up camp six miles into the trail. I clear a square out of the snow big enough for my tent, then scramble to the top of a cliff to watch the sunset while eating three PBJ’s. I’ve never liked camping solo and I’m convinced every sound I hear throughout the night is a yeti. When I wake up, I see tracks surrounding my tent. I’m no Natty Bumppo, but I can tell they’re too small for a yeti. I figure something cute and furry came to visit, lured by the aroma of peanut butter wafting from my pack.The skiing is better as I hit the high point of the trail and find myself in the sea of snowdrifts, sinking to my knees with every step. Then the trail drops elevation through rhodo thickets and the snow gets thin and rocky again. I tell myself this is what I wanted. I eschewed deep powder and groomed trails for something more adventurous and difficult. This is the decision I made. I chose the harder option. This is the problem with traveling solo. Not only is there no one around to take your picture, there’s no one around to blame but yourself.Near the gravel road where I stashed my truck, the ridgeline broadens and the forest turns from rocky rhododendron fields into a canopy of tall pine trees. The grade is mellow and the forest is open without a hint of underbrush. Here, the skiing is good. Actually, it’s great. There’s a foot of untracked powder offering unlimited tree runs. You can make wide arcs through the pines for 100 yards to the bottom of the slope, then kick back up to the top and pick a different, fresh line. I drop my pack at the top of the slope, ready to ski laps until my legs turn to jelly, and look around.  There’s no one else around to claim the first tracks. It’s just me and the snow. Not exactly what I expected when I planned this trip, but exactly what I wanted.last_img read more

19Dec/20

Lawyer disbarred for taking advantage of jailed client

first_img November 1, 2002 Regular News Lawyer disbarred for taking advantage of jailed client Lawyer disbarred for taking advantage of jailed clientcenter_img Lawyers may not take advantage of clients to enrich themselves, particularly when the clients are at a disadvantage, including being imprisoned.The Florida Supreme Court drove that point home in an order October 10 disbarring an attorney the court said converted client property that had been seized by the government and then returned to the client.The case involved a man arrested on drug distribution charges and who had several cars and other property seized. The attorney was hired to represent the defendant under the federal Criminal Justice Act, which provides payment for defense counsel when defendants may not have enough unseized assets for legal fees.As a part of the representation, the attorney participated in an agreement between the government and defendant, who was then in prison, to have several of the cars returned to the defendant in exchange for a $30,000 payment and allowing the government to keep one of the vehicles.After the transaction, the attorney sent the defendant a retainer agreement for work on that deal, but the client refused to sign. The attorney then sent power of attorney agreements which would have transferred ownership of the vehicles to the attorney, but the client again refused to sign.Shortly thereafter the attorney sold the vehicles to a business associate for $30,000, and the client a few weeks later wrote the attorney a letter accusing him of misconduct and firing him. The business associate sold one of the cars, and the buyer paid most of the money to the attorney, who in turn invested it in a business he co-owned with the associate. The money was accounted for as a capital contribution from the attorney.The referee rejected the attorney’s claim he was owed the money, noting he was to be paid under the Criminal Justice Act and acted deceptively to cover up his actions.The court agreed with the recommended discipline of disbarment, noting the attorney failed to live up to the agreement by which the vehicles were returned to his client.“Moreover, our analysis of what occurred in this case is that [the attorney] blatantly engaged in self-dealing conduct for his own selfish benefit, to the detriment of his client,” the court said in its unanimous opinion. “We emphasize that regardless of a client’s circumstances and particularly when the client is vulnerable for any reason, including imprisonment, it is a lawyer’s plain and straightforward ethical obligation to represent the client’s interest, and not permit the lawyer’s self-interest to be served, to the client’s detriment.. . . We make this express statement so that every Florida lawyer will be aware of this court’s intent to steadfastly enforce this essential ethical obligation.”The opinion, in case no. SC00-256, can be viewed on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org.last_img read more

19Dec/20

Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules

first_img Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules The Small Claims Rules Committee invites comment on the proposed three-year-cycle amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. The full text of the proposals can be found on the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org. The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by February 1, 2007. Interested persons have until August 1 to submit comments electronically to Judge Pauline Drayton, chair, Small Claims Rules Committee, [email protected] Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules 7.32212-0This form is amended to reflect the change above to rule 7.060 regarding venue. RULECOMMITTEE VOTEREASONS FOR CHANGE 7.06011-0Regarding venue: in an action for money due, if there is no agreement as to where suit may be filed, venue will be where payment is to be received rather than where it is to be made. June 15, 2006 Notices 7.34711-0This is a new form for a satisfaction of judgment.last_img read more

18Dec/20

3 Ways to fund the advancement of female leaders

first_img 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shazia Manus At AdvantEdge Analtyics, Shazia Manus applies a futurist view to the field of analytics, helping credit unions discover new possibilities for exceptional member experiences. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group … Web: advantedgeanalytics.com Details Three practical methods for injecting financial support into the lives of promising young women across the globe are scholarship, microfinance and equal pay. Each of these approaches is already helping advance female leaders to deserving success. With more involvement from the credit union movement, this advancement will continue – both here in the U.S. and globally.ScholarshipFinancial assistance not only helps a deserving female get to college; it can also help young women pursue a career in law, medicine or other advanced-degree professions they may not otherwise be able to afford. What’s more, scholarships awarded to women present a better return on investment, as women are more likely than men to complete college and attend graduate school. Without the burden of student loans, these women can more readily leverage the income generated by higher-level careers to help finance the next generation of college graduates.For many young women, scholarships represent more than money. As one young woman studying to be a nurse explained, they also build confidence and a sense of community responsibility: “It wasn’t just the financial help; their support gave me hope, knowing there were people I didn’t know who believed in me, and I wasn’t going to let them down.”What credit union leaders can do: Explore ways to develop or support scholarship programs for up-and-coming female leaders, social entrepreneurs and others who have the potential to reshape their corners of the world.MicrofinanceMicrofinance is a word used to describe broad financial services for entrepreneurs and others lacking access to traditional credit and other banking services. Microcredit is among these services, and with loans as low as $125, it has proven to be life changing in many parts of the world.The beauty of microfinance is the beneficiary decides how to put the funds to the most impactful use. The Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) explains it best: “While third-party institutional aid programs that try to dictate development in emerging nations from the top down have historically failed, microfinance has the promise of promoting in-country development from the bottom up. The key is focusing on improving the capacity of motivated local populations – the very people who are most vested in promoting long-term, lasting economic improvements in their families, communities and countries.”What credit union leaders can do: Look for opportunities to invest in credit union development and microfinance institutions (MFIs). Such an investment may be an altruistic effort aimed at empowering more women; it may also provide a financial return.Equal pay When women earn more, they are empowered to save more. As Sallie Krawcheck, formerMerrill Lynch and Smith Barney CEO and current chair of Ellevate Network, has said, “The retirement savings crisis is also a woman’s crisis.”Today, women retire with two-thirds the savings of men, yet they live six to eight years longer. Naturally, this leads to higher medical costs during a time of their life when 80 percent of women are single. “And it may actually be getting worse,” writes Krawcheck. “Because retirement savings tend to be driven by lifetime wages, we may be moving in the wrong direction, as women’s labor force participation declines.”What credit union can do: Conduct regular salary audits to proactively monitor and solve any gender-based pay differences that may exist within your organizations.ConclusionAnne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, said, “The smartest thing you can ever do is to constantly ask questions.” Ask what role you and your organization can play in the formation of scholarship, microfinance and equal pay initiatives. But don’t stop there. Allow your curiosity free reign. Ask yourself what you – an ambitious individual full of your own potential – need and then strive to meet that need for others. The results will be cumulative, and more women in the credit union movement will achieve their dreams, ultimately improving the financial lives of more people around the world.This article is an excerpt from a white paper co-authored by Shazia Manus, CEO of TMG (The Members Group) and Calyn Ostrowski, Worldwide Foundation Executive Director, World Council of Credit Unions. The full paper can be found here. last_img read more

08Dec/20

Claudia Tenney and George Phillips set to face each other in the NY 22nd District Republican Primary

first_img“I think I’m in the best position to do it. I’m a compassionate advocate, I’m a mother, I’m a small business owner, I’ve faced tough elections,” said Tenney. Former Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney, has her eyes on regaining the seat once again after she was defeated by incumbent and democrat, Anthony Brindisi, in 2018. Meanwhile, she faces Seton Catholic Central and SUNY Broome history teacher, George Phillips, in the race after beating him in the 2018 primary election. “I’m the only one who can beat Anthony Brindisi,” said Phillips. “Tenney lost to the district that the president won by 15 points. It’s a big republican district and I’m the only one that can beat Brindisi in this election in the fall.” In response, Tenney says, “The only people that are going to rebuild this are the people who built the economy in the first place and that’s President Trump and the republicans, so people like me who understand small business.” (WBNG) — As the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District seat heats up, both republican candidates express their goals before the primary.center_img The candidates say they want to focus on the financial comeback for the 22nd district from the pandemic crisis. In response to the crisis, Phillips says, “I’ve laid out a plan on the economic issues that are so important here… I’m the only one with true conservative values.” Both candidates say they are the best ones to beat Anthony Brindisi in the general election come November. Phillips saying he is the better pick because he represents the Southern Tier as someone who is a strong member of the community. Tenney says she is the better pick because of her experience with elections and politics as well as being an owner of a small business. Polls open Tuesday, June 23 at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. For your nearest polling location and more, click here.last_img read more

20Oct/20

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 23

first_imgIsrael honors victims by refusing to yieldSadly, Matt Oill and others of his ilk overlook the terrorist actions of the Palestinians: rockets into residential areas, suicide bombers, and, yes, raising their children to hate Israel and throw rocks and worse. Israel is reactive, not proactive. Hamas and other Palestinians attack Israel, including but not limited to peaceful citizens on buses, in cafes and in their homes. And their leaders misdirect funds and materials designed to improve the lot of their citizens, not only for rockets and bombs, but to build tunnels into Israel for kidnappings and attacks, with cement that could have built schools, hospitals and homes. These are funds that could have fed citizens and created jobs.If the Palestinians were to recognize Israel’s right to exist and stop their aggression, they could live in peace with Israel and all could prosper.The Holocaust gave rise to the expression “Never again.” Israel honors those who were murdered by refusing to yield to those who would destroy it, those who would destroy the only true democracy in the Middle East, where citizens of all faiths can live in peace if only allowed to do so.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPut Liberty back, fix local traffic patternsEnough. Put Lady Liberty back on her pedestal.Mess around with the disaster that is the Eastbound Western Gateway Sidewalk wall/view stopper/dirt cyclone generator. Or, the idiocy that is the eastbound traffic from Washington Avenue attempting to move left, contending with three lanes of commuters and then clashing with the exiting GE/Mont Pleasant traffic off I-890 as that traffic descends, out of the sky, into a blind spot, with the intention of moving to a right-hand lane. All the while traveling, at varying speed, around a tight curve.I have at least six more suggestions for a remedial civil engineering class at Union, RPI, or HVCC to work on, if anyone cares.Dick CurtisSchenectady World is less better without Frank DuciThe world is a less better place with the loss of Frank Duci. I used to work with him downtown in GE in Building 55, and he always had a smile for everyone.I found him to be a man of his word. I used to play in a softball league when they had the diamonds in the park. They were in pretty bad shape. So I asked him if the city could do anything about them.He made a date with me to go and look at them. It was a super-hot day, but he said he would go. So he did, and he took his time and looked at all the fields. The next thing I knew, they were being repaired and much better to play on.When they were talking about limiting dogs to three per household, I explained to him that I had a state license that allowed me to have up to 10 dogs. So he invited me to the next town meeting that was to discuss the issue. The town dog catcher was there and she insisted that dogs cause dirt and cockroaches. I told her to come to my house and if she could find one cockroach, I would give her a year of my salary.Frank had the limit instituted and excepted individuals with state licenses.He was a really great guy and looked out for the people, especially the little guy. Like I said, the world is a less better place without him and too bad there aren’t more like him.He was always easy to reach if you needed to talk to him. Now with some people, they are just too busy to be bothered. So, all I can say is rest in peace, Frank.Wanda HunterSchenectadycenter_img Thanks to stranger who helped with tireOn May 16, the tire pressure light went on as I was taking my granddaughters to dinner. I stopped at Stewart’s on upper Union Street to fix the problem. As I was finishing, a man offered to check the tires with his gauge. I was so thankful for the help. It is heartwarming to know that this stranger was willing to take the time to help me.Valerie SantoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

19Oct/20

Historic women’s golf event in Saudi Arabia set for October

first_imgThe tour has been on hold since the South African Women’s Open finished on March 14, with the next scheduled event the Jabra Ladies Open at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France from June 18-20. Topics : The first women’s professional golf event to be staged in Saudi Arabia has been rescheduled for Oct. 8-11 after it was postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have confirmed.The Saudi Ladies International, which is part of the Ladies European Tour (LET), will be hosted at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club with a purse of $1 million, and is the first of its kind to be held in the kingdom.”We have been extremely impressed by Golf Saudi’s commitment to working through the challenges and making this historic event happen,” Alexandra Armas, LET CEO, said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

19Oct/20

UAE, Israeli cyber chiefs discuss joining forces to combat common threats

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates and Israel share threats to their national online networks, the Israeli cyber-security chief said on Thursday in a rare public discussion of potential cooperation with his counterpart following the normalization of relations.The establishment of formal Israel-UAE ties over the last month – spurred in part by common worries about Iran – unleashed a flurry of bilateral deals, including on cyber technologies, Israeli exports of which were valued at $6.5 billion in 2019.”We are threatened by the same threats … because of the nature of the region, because of the nature of our new, ‘outed’ relations and because of who we are – strong economically and technologically,” Igal Unna, head of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, told UAE counterpart Mohamed al-Kuwaiti in an online conference. “We see already things in fast progress and I am very optimistic that we have a lot in common and a lot to share.”Kuwaiti described the UAE as potentially at risk of online sabotage including ransomware attacks as it develops its digital sphere. He promoted the idea of international cooperation – including in joint exercises – in cyber defense.”Israel is very well-known on the technological part and that will really help,” Kuwaiti said.Doron Hadar, commander of the Israeli military’s crisis negotiation unit, said during the conference that dealing with ransomware attacks is “not a ‘win/lose situation’, it’s a ‘lose/lose less’ situation. So [with] the right negotiation and dialogue … you will manage the situation and you’ll survive.”Kuwaiti described normalization with Israel as a “step forward” for the UAE government as it pursued things like smart government and artificial intelligence technologies. The UAE valued its cyber-security market at $490 million last year.Neither Kuwaiti nor Unna explicitly named threats to their countries. Israel has elsewhere described itself as in a cyber-war with arch-foe Iran. Topics :last_img read more