13 Jul

The Vix volatility index is going berserk

first_img whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Jessica Morris This widely watched “fear index” went berserk today, indicating market mavens are feeling increasingly uneasy.The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (Vix) rose 11 per cent in early morning trade stateside. This is significant because the Vix, conceived in the early 1990s, gauges expected volatility of future prices and is tied to the S&P 500.The logic is that, as investors start to see signs of increased risk, they’ll hedge against this by buying options. The higher the expected swings in price, the higher the premiums charged by writers of options.It’s led to a belief we should be scared when the Vix ticks up, and relieved when it eventually careers down.But others rubbish this as a market myth.”The truth is that the Vix is not an “Index of Fear” and never has been,” Steve Sedgwick, CNBC anchor, has previously wrote in City AM.”It’s a plain old measure of premium: premium in option products that are a derivative of the equity market, a market that apparently is at, or near, all-time highs in many cases.”(Source: CBOE) center_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressUndo Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.com Friday 17 April 2015 10:23 am The Vix volatility index is going berserk last_img read more

4 Jul

News / Forwarder Forto goes green and offers to compensate customers’ CO2

first_img© Vaeenma Digital forwarder Forto will offer climate-neutral solutions across its portfolio by 2025 – but it already has a good take-up of its carbon offset programme, despite higher costs for customers.The company has pledged to offer to compensate the CO₂ of every customer, and is working with Planetly to measure and analyse the carbon footprint of the transport booked by customers, in order to identify inefficiencies and reduce emissions.Its partnership with carbon management firm Planetly also enables customers to offset non-avoidable emissions through selected climate projects, to become climate neutral.Forto charges customers €11 per tonne of CO₂ for carbon offsets, and has committed to offsetting an additional tonne. It has also implemented an ‘opt out’ rather than ‘opt in’ scheme. “We are strongly pushing climate-neutral transport already today. Our goal is to reach climate neutrality for 100% of transport by 2025,” CEO Michael Wax told The Loadstar.So far, he added, customers have been keen, and the majority have not opted out.“Most of our customers have joined our programme. We already offer carbon offsets for all shipments today – by default and with no additional charge for sea LCL. There is an opt-out for sea FCL, and an opt-in for air/rail. Our main focus is on FCL sea, since this currently makes up the biggest part of our business.“However, we are also trying to make a strong push in air and rail. After all, we have a goal we want to reach,” he said.Carbon offsetting – while a step in the right direction – is not the final answer to the problem of climate change, but Mr Wax said Forto also had an eye on new fuels, but that would not affect the choice of transport provider as yet.“Our mid- to long-term goal is to reduce emissions as much as possible, and we are investigating several measures, including sustainable fuels.“There are currently no plans to exclude partners that do not have a strong sustainability programme. Our goal is to work with our partners to make logistics more sustainable. However, we believe that those with a strong sustainability positioning, will have an advantage in future logistics.”The move comes as companies, both big and small, across the logistics sector begin to push sustainable solutions.Soren Toft, chief executive of MSC, today published an interview with Bud Dar, EVP maritime policy and government affairs for MSC, which calls for industry collaboration on a sustainable future.“It takes a community,” said Mr Dar. “We rely on partnerships. It’s extremely important to work with energy providers – the most important solutions will be on the fuel side.“We have to decarbonise, and we have to do it on a faster timeline than even seems possible right now.”center_img By Alex Lennane 08/04/2021last_img read more

20 Jun

Brennan: What happens to Laois now is ‘within our own destiny’

first_img Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Community By Siun Lennon – 26th February 2019 Brennan: What happens to Laois now is ‘within our own destiny’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSAllianz Hurling League Division 1BEddie BrennanLaois senior hurling teamLaois v Carlow Twitter Previous article‘This is not over yet’ – defiant Sugrue calls on Laois to respond to defeatNext articleElection Diary: Dumping in Borris-in-Ossory and campaign launches Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.center_img WhatsApp Community Home Sport GAA Brennan: What happens to Laois now is ‘within our own destiny’ SportGAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling Team Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council “In that regard you’re coming away with something. You’d just be disappointed where for a time there we did have numerical advantage you have to make it count. You know we had opportunities there to see that match out.“But you have to credit Carlow too, I thought the two teams went at it fairly well there under tough conditions.“The killing part for me that we had numerous chances you know, there was a good few wides and even frees and bits and pieces but that’s not a portion of blame to anyone it means maybe just a failure to execute under pressure.“What I’d be disappointed with was just that we had the opportunities and that’s always the way I think after a match – if you didn’tn have those opportunities you’d say ‘well we were delighted with that’.“You always look at it when you get chipped for a draw like that you say Jesus that was one we could have come away with but look it’s not the first time Carlow have done it here.“You’d be disappointed with certain aspects of it and that’s our function is to go and seek those little edges off the lads. Like if you were to come home and be pleased with and smug maybe after this you’d think no, you always want a little bit more.“It’s a really good result, don’t get me wrong it’s a really good result because this has proven a hard place for people to go and you have to give Carlow massive credit for where they are over the last couple of years. They’re preparing for a Leinster championship this year so we knew we were going to have to hurl really, really well.”The Graigue Ballycallan native stated that matches like the Carlow game would be crucial for preparing his side for critical championship matches down the line.“That was a good test of players I mean for this time of year there was a lot at stake there.“I suppose we always take the positive out of it but the critic in me will look for those edges and I think if we don’t look for those edges we’re probably not going anywhere.“It’s all about learning I suppose and we’re looking at this saying, ‘Look, when the pressure comes on like this during championship matches, that’s when you need you need to be able to execute.“I think Carlow were maybe that little bit more composed than we were today when the pressure really came on, they dealt well with being down a man. But it’s a learning curve and that’s what it’s all about.“This is what it’s about, these are really competitive matches for us and that’s what we want. We want to test lads, we want to find out what kind of characters we have.“From a players perspective, you’re hoping that they bring a level of consistency to their performance. Look, there’s days there that lads have off days and all I ask is that their bad is good – that they’re still getting in a hook and a block, they’re still getting in something for the team, and that’s all you can ask for.”As for next weekend, Brennan says that they’ll face whatever they meet head on.“We’re very much in the shake up and in control of our own destiny too. You control what you’re in control of and the reality is, we have to go to Parnell Park and get a result and it’s a tough place to go.“Certain results are out of our hands in a way and you know whatever faces us, faces us. The reality is that the goalposts don’t change and that at the very least you need a point. It is what it is; it’s a real championship match next weekend.”SEE ALSO – Explained: What the Laois hurlers must do to reach the league quarter-finals Pinterest Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile On Saturday Laois drew with Carlow after having victory snatched from their grasp in the dying seconds of the game.Afterwards there was a melancholy air to the result as Laois left the field looking dejected having victory snatched from them in the dying seconds of the game.A David English free in the final moments of the game diminished Laois’s one point lead and meant both teams shared the spoils.However, as Laois trailed by four with 12 minutes to go, a draw could be considered a lot better than the likely outcome after 58 minutes.Speaking after the game, manager Eddie Brennan remained positive about the game and the task ahead.“When you get your nose in front you tend to get a bit greedy and you want the two points in that regard. We were kind of in control of our own destiny. To be fair, we kind of faded there for large periods of that second half.“Even though Carlow were numerically shorter than us, they stayed very composed and at one stage went four points up so we did have to claw it back.”However the amount of wides struck – 16 in total – was something that Brennan said he felt disappointed with after the 70 minutes. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

16 Jun

Memorandum on Space Policy Directive 7

first_imgMemorandum on Space Policy Directive 7 The White HouseSUBJECT: Space Policy Directive 7, The United StatesSpace-Based Positioning, Navigation, and TimingPolicyThis Space Policy Directive establishes implementation actions and guidance for United States space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) programs and activities for United States national and homeland security, civil, commercial, and scientific purposes. This policy complements the guidance set forth in Executive Order 13905 of February 12, 2020 (Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services), and the intersector guidance for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) included in the December 9, 2020, National Space Policy. This policy supersedes National Security Presidential Directive-39 (NSPD-39) of December 15, 2004 (United States Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy).Section 1. Scope. This policy directive provides guidance for:(a) sustainment and modernization of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and federally developed, owned, and operated systems used to augment or otherwise improve GPS;(b) implementation and operation of capabilities to protect United States and allied access to and use of GPS for national, homeland, and economic security, and to deny adversaries hostile applications use of United States space-based PNT services; and(c) United States participation in international cooperative initiatives regarding foreign space-based PNT services and foreign use of GPS and its augmentations.Sec. 2. Definitions. For purposes of this document:(a) “PNT service” refers to any system, network, or capability that provides a reference to calculate or augment the calculation of longitude, latitude, altitude, or transmission of time or frequency data, or any combination thereof.(b) “Primary PNT Service” refers to an independent PNT service chosen by a user or system operator as the preferred source of PNT information. A primary PNT service is expected to provide sufficient accuracy, availability, integrity, or other characteristics important to the user.(c) “Augmentation” refers to any system that provides users of PNT signals with additional information that enables users to obtain enhanced performance when compared to the un-augmented signals from a primary PNT service alone. These improvements include improved accuracy, availability, integrity, and reliability, and independent integrity monitoring and alerting capabilities for critical applications. Augmentation systems inherently rely on a primary PNT service to operate.(d) “Alternative PNT Service” refers to a PNT service that has the capability to operate completely independent of, or in conjunction with, other PNT services. Multiple, varied PNT services used in combination may provide enhanced security, resilience, assurance, accuracy, availability, and integrity. An alternative PNT service allows a user to transition from the primary source of PNT signals in the event of a disruption or manipulation.(e) “Interoperable” refers to the ability of multiple, independent PNT services and their augmentations to be used together to provide better capabilities at the user level than would be achieved by relying solely on a single service or signal.(f) “Compatible” refers to the ability of multiple, independent PNT services and their augmentations to be used separately or in combination with each other without interfering with any individual service, and without adversely affecting the United States and allied military employment of PNT, commonly referred to as Navigation Warfare.(g) “Navigation Warfare” or “NAVWAR” refers to the deliberate defensive and offensive action to assure and prevent positioning, navigation, and timing information through coordinated employment of space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare. Desired effects are generated through the coordinated employment of components within information operations, space operations, and cyberspace operations, including electronic warfare, offensive and defensive space operations, and computer network operations.Sec. 3. Background. The multi-use services provided by GPS are integral to United States national security, economic growth, transportation safety, and homeland security. These services are essential but largely invisible elements of worldwide economic infrastructures.(a) Responsible use of Space-Based PNT.(i) GPS is a key component of multiple sectors of United States critical infrastructure, as identified in Presidential Policy Directive-21 (PPD-21) of February 12, 2013 (Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience) and stated in EO 13905. Cascading effects from extended PNT service disruption or denial can adversely affect all sectors. Autonomous vehicles on land, sea, and air have begun to rely on GPS for navigation, positional awareness, and other vehicle capabilities. Additionally, many information systems rely on the GPS timing signal to enable both fixed and mobile communications. An extended outage of GPS, or extended period of spoofed or manipulated GPS signals, could cause severe economic losses and put lives at risk.(ii) GPS remains critical to United States national security. Its applications are integrated into virtually every facet of United States military operations. United States and allied military forces will continue to equip and train for the responsible use of GPS and alternative PNT services to support mission operations.(iii) The widespread and growing dependence on GPS by military, civil, and commercial applications, systems, and infrastructure make the performance of many of these systems inherently vulnerable if disruption or manipulation of GPS signals were to occur. GPS users must plan for potential signal loss and take reasonable steps to verify or authenticate the integrity of the received GPS data and ranging signal, especially in applications where even small degradations can result in loss of life. In addition, whether designed for military capabilities or not, signals from PNT services and their augmentations provide inherent capabilities that may be used by adversaries, including enemy military forces and terrorist groups.(b) Space Applications. Applications for GPS now extend beyond Earth. The Terrestrial Service Volume of GPS, defined as the volume from the ground to an altitude of 3,000 kilometers, has become an integral component for space launch operations. Use of GPS is expanding into the Space Service Volume (SSV), which extends from 3,000 km to geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), despite reduced line-of-sight visibility and lower received signal power. Satellites rely on GPS for navigation, attitude control, space situational awareness, and new space science applications such as radio occultation. Consistent with Space Policy Directive-1 (SPD-1) of December 11, 2017 (Reinvigorating American’s Human Space Exploration Program) and Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3) of June 18, 2018 (National Space Traffic Management Policy) PNT services will also play an important role in space traffic management and future applications in the Cislunar Service Volume, which extends from GEO out to and including the Moon’s orbit. For requirements necessary to support these emerging applications, agencies should coordinate through standard GPS requirements processes.(c) Foreign Space-Based PNT. Emerging foreign space-based PNT services could enhance or undermine the future utility of GPS. The United States will continue to encourage the development of foreign space-based PNT services based on GPS and their responsible use in non-military applications with allied and likeminded nations. Use of multiple, varied PNT services can result in better performance in terms of user accuracy, availability, and resilience. However, the United States Government does not assure the reliability or authenticity of foreign PNT services. Although foreign space-based PNT services may be used to complement civil GPS service, receiver manufacturers should continue to improve security, integrity, and resilience in the face of growing cyber threats. Thus, incorporation of foreign PNT in multi-constellation devices should be designed in a manner that precludes potential degradation of essential user capabilities resulting from possible foreign global navigation satellite system (GNSS) origins. The United States will maintain awareness of the risks and potential benefits associated with the use of foreign space-based PNT services and continue to promote and support the responsible use of GPS as the pre-eminent space-based PNT service.(d) United States Policy and Management Framework.(i) The United States continues to improve and maintain GPS and its augmentations to meet growing national, homeland, and economic security requirements as well as other civil requirements, and to enable diverse commercial and scientific applications. In parallel, the United States continues to improve capabilities to deny adversary access to space-based PNT services, particularly including services that are openly available and can be readily used by adversaries or terrorists, to threaten the security of the United States. The United States is addressing risks associated with dependence on space-based PNT and fostering responsible use approaches to PNT service acquisition, integration, and deployment across critical infrastructures. The United States is also encouraging the development of alternative approaches to PNT services and security that can incorporate new technologies and services as they are developed, such as quantum sensing, relative navigation and private or publicly owned and operated alternative PNT services.(ii) The diverse requirements for and multiple applications of space-based PNT services require stable yet adaptable policies and management mechanisms. Therefore, the United States Government will continue to support a policy and management framework governing GPS and its augmentations that meets increasing and varied domestic and global requirements.Sec. 4. Policy Goals and Guidance. The goal of this policy is to maintain United States leadership in the service provision, and responsible use of global navigation satellite systems, including GPS and foreign systems. To this end, the United States Government shall:(a) Provide continuous worldwide access to United States space-based GPS services and government-provided augmentations, free of direct user fees, and provide open, free access to information necessary to develop and build equipment to use these services;(b) Operate and maintain the Global Positioning System in accordance with United States law to satisfy civil, homeland security, and national security needs, consistent with published performance standards and interface specifications;(c) Improve NAVWAR capabilities to deny hostile use of United States Government space-based PNT services, without unduly disrupting civil and commercial access to civil PNT services outside an area of military or homeland security operations;(d) Improve the performance of United States space-based PNT services, including developing more robust signals that are more resistant to disruptions and manipulations consistent with United States and allied national security, homeland security, and civil purposes;(e) Improve the cybersecurity of GPS, its augmentations, and United States Government owned GPS-enabled devices, and foster private sector adoption of cyber-secure GPS enabled systems through system upgrades and incorporation of cybersecurity principles for space systems, interface specifications, and other guidance that prescribes cybersecurity for user equipment;(f) Protect the spectrum environment that is currently used by GPS and its augmentations, and work with United States industry to investigate additional areas of the radio spectrum which could increase GPS and PNT resilience;(g) Invest in domestic capabilities and support international activities to detect, mitigate, and increase resilience to harmful disruption or manipulation of GPS, and identify and implement, as appropriate, alternative sources of PNT for critical infrastructure, key resources, and mission-essential functions;(h) Maintain GPS and its augmentations for use by United States critical infrastructure to enhance safety of life functions and operational efficiency, consistent with PPD-21;(i) Engage with international GNSS providers toensure compatibility, encourage interoperability with likeminded nations, promote transparency in civil service provision, and enable market access for United States industry. Encourage foreign development of PNT services and systems based on GPS and the inclusion of GPS as an essential element in systems that integrate multiple PNT services. At a minimum, seek to ensure that all foreign systems are compatible with GPS and its augmentations, that they do not interfere with GPS military and civil signals, and that mutual security concerns are addressed to prevent hostile use of United States space-based PNT services;(j) Promote the responsible use of United States space-based PNT services and capabilities for applications at the Federal, State, and local level, consistent with Executive Order 13905; and(k) Promote United States technological leadership in the provision of space-based PNT services and in the development of secure and resilient end user equipment.Sec. 5. Management of Space-Based PNT Services.(a) The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (Executive Committee) is the interagency body responsible for guiding and preserving whole-of-government interests in the provision of space-based PNT services, augmentations, and space-based alternatives. The Deputy Secretaries of the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation, or their designated representatives, shall co-chair the Executive Committee.(b) In addition to the Co-Chairs, the members of the Executive Committee shall be at the deputy secretary level or equivalent from the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or their designated representatives, and the heads of other executive departments and agencies (agencies) invited by the Co-Chairs. The Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration shall serve as an ex officio member consistent with the Administrator’s duties to advise the President on telecommunications and information policy issues.(c) Components of the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of Management and Budget, the National Space Council staff, the National Security Council staff, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Economic Council staff, may participate by invitation of the Co-Chairs as observers and advise the Executive Committee on Presidential policy implications. The Chairman of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board (or designated representative) shall be invited in an advisory role representing non-governmental considerations. The Co-Chairs may also invite the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to participate on the Executive Committee as appropriate. The Executive Committee shall convene at least once each year and as required on the advice of the Executive Steering Group, as described in Section 5(e).(d) The Executive Committee shall make recommendations on sustainment, modernization, and policy matters regarding United States space-based PNT services to its member agencies, and to the President, through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, or the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, as appropriate. In addition, the Executive Committee will advise and coordinate with and among the agencies responsible for the strategic decisions regarding policies to maintain and improve United States leadership in the provision of space-based PNT infrastructures and services, including GPS, its augmentations and United States Government owned and operated space-based PNT systems and applications, security for these services, and their relationships with foreign space-based PNT services. Specifically, the Executive Committee shall:(i) Ensure that national security, homeland security, and civil requirements receive full and appropriate consideration in the decision-making process and facilitate the integration and deconfliction of these requirements for space-based PNT capabilities, as required;(ii) Coordinate individual Departments’ and Agencies’ space-based PNT program plans, requirements, budget considerations and policies;(iii) Every four years provide the Executive Secretary of the National Space Council a report assessing current and planned civil space-based PNT services and whether they are projected to remain competitive with foreign space-based PNT services;(iv) Promote, review, and implement plans to modernize United States space-based PNT infrastructure and services, including development, deployment, and operation of new or improved, or both, national security and public safety services;(v) In coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, promote research and development on next-generation technologies and on workforce development to ensure continued United States leadership in space-based PNT technologies;(vi) Review proposals from and provide recommendations to agencies for international cooperation in coordination with the Department of State, as well as PNT spectrum management and protection issues in coordination with the Department of Commerce; and(vii) Maintain and receive advice from the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board (Advisory Board). The Advisory Board shall be composed of experts from outside the United States Government, and shall be chartered as a Federal Advisory Committee. The Advisory Board shall seek input from state and local governments, industry, and academia on developments in the application of space-based PNT technologies and advise the Executive Committee on policy and service impacts.(e) The Executive Committee shall maintain an Executive Steering Group composed of officials designated by the agencies that constitute the Executive Committee. The Executive Steering Group shall meet as needed to determine tasks and topics that require consideration of the Executive Committee. The agenda for Executive Steering Group meetings shall be approved by steering group members or their designees in advance. The Executive Steering Group, operating on a consensus basis, shall build consensus and work to resolve issues on behalf of the Executive Committee while establishing priorities and deconflicting tasks across the interagency members and the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Coordination Office. When the Executive Steering group members cannot achieve consensus on proposals, budget recommendations, or policy, or in the event of critical events affecting United States space-based PNT architecture or services, the group shall recommend supplemental meetings of the Executive Committee to address relevant issues.(f) The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Coordination Office (NCO) shall support the meetings and functions of the Executive Committee and Executive Steering Group. It shall be led by a full-time Director assigned from the Senior Executive Service from an agency other than the Department of Defense, and include a Deputy Director assigned from the Department of Defense. Agencies represented on the Executive Committee shall assign staff to the NCO, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, on a defined duration as required for task completion with appropriate technical expertise. The Executive Committee shall determine the resources for the NCO, including funding, location, staffing, and composition, consistent with this directive.(g) The NCO shall serve as the Secretariat for the Executive Committee and shall perform functions delegated by the Executive Committee and Executive Steering Group. Agencies shall provide appropriate information to the NCO to ensure interagency transparency about space-based PNT programs, plans, policies, budget allocations, and activities affecting mutual interests or interagency dependencies. The NCO will coordinate the development and dissemination of strategic messaging and educational materials to support trust and adoption of United States space-based PNT services.(h) The Executive Committee shall advise on and coordinate the interdepartmental resource allocation for GPS and its augmentations. The Secretary of Defense shall have primary responsibility for providing resources for development, acquisition, operation, sustainment, and modernization of GPS. The Secretary of Transportation shall continue to provide resources to the Secretary of Defense for assessment, development, acquisition, implementation, operation, and sustainment of GPS civil signal performance monitoring and any additional designated GPS civil capabilities that have exclusively civil (non-military) application consistent with interagency agreements. GPS augmentations and other unique PNT capabilities shall be funded by any agency requiring those services or capabilities, including out-year procurement and operations costs. Any new technical features proposed and funded by the civil agencies shall not unduly degrade or displace existing or planned national security functions of GPS. Resource issues will be resolved through the regular budget process.(i) Within 120 days of publication of this directive, the Executive Committee shall publish an implementation plan to enact over a five-year period all provisions of this directive. Further, the Executive Committee will update the charter of both the Executive Committee, Executive Steering Group, and NCO consistent with the provisions within this Directive.Sec. 6. Foreign Access to United States Space-based PNT Capabilities.(a) Exports of any United States PNT capabilities included on the United States Munitions List or the Commerce Control List will continue to be licensed pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the Export Administration Regulations, as appropriate, and in accordance with all existing laws and regulations. Export controls shall be updated to ensure that unnecessary controls that undermine or restrict the resilience and global use of civil GPS are reduced or eliminated without compromising United States navigation warfare, national security, or homeland security.(b) As a general guideline, most exports of civil, mass-market space-based PNT capabilities that are currently available or are planned to be available in the global marketplace will continue to be considered favorably. Exports of sensitive dual-use or advanced PNT information, systems, technologies, and components will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with existing laws and regulations, as well as relevant national security and foreign policy goals and considerations.Sec. 7. Agency Roles and Responsibilities. Agencies shall allocate the resources required to fulfill the objectives of this policy, subject to the availability of funds appropriated for that purpose.(a) The Secretary of State shall:(i) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation and the heads of other appropriate agencies, promote the use of GPS and its augmentation services and standards with foreign governments and other international organizations, and encourage the development of foreign civil PNT services and systems based on GPS;(ii) Take the lead for negotiating with foreign governments and international organizations regarding civil and, as appropriate and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, military PNT matters, including coordinating interagency review of:(A) Instructions to United States delegations for bilateral and multilateral consultations relating to the planning, management, and use of GPS, other global and regional navigation satellite systems, and their augmentation systems;(B) International agreements, arrangements, and public statements with foreign governments and international organizations regarding the planning, operation, management, or use of GPS, other global and regional navigation satellite systems, and their augmentation systems; and(iii) Participate with the Secretary of Defense in PNT dialog with allies, especially NATO relations.(b) The Secretary of Defense shall:(i) Have responsibility for the development, acquisition, operation, security, and continued modernization of GPS, while facilitating appropriate civil and homeland security representation and participation in these activities and any decisions that affect civil and homeland security equities;(ii) Develop, acquire, operate, realistically test, evaluate, and maintain NAVWAR capabilities and other capabilities required to:(A) Effectively utilize GPS services in the event of an adversary or other jamming, disruption, or manipulation;(B) Develop effective measures to counter adversary efforts to deny, disrupt, or manipulate PNT services;(C) Identify, locate, and mitigate, in coordination with other agencies, as appropriate, any intentional disruption or manipulation that adversely affects use of GPS for military operations;(iii) Ensure the earliest operational availability for modernized military and NAVWAR capabilities;(iv) Train, equip, test, and exercise United States military forces and national security capabilities in operationally realistic conditions that include denial or degradation of GPS. In cooperation with the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Homeland Security, and as appropriate, with the Secretary of State, develop guidelines that facilitate these activities and NAVWAR training, testing, demonstrations, and exercises without unduly disrupting or degrading homeland security and civil services and operations, either internationally or domestically;(v) Encourage use of GPS national security services by allied military forces to facilitate interoperability between United States and allied forces and capabilities, and to maintain their use as the pre-eminent military space-based PNT capability;(A) Consistent with the guidance in Section 6 of this directive, make GPS national security services, user equipment, information, and technology available for use by allied military forces; and(B) Work with allies to monitor access to national security services and user equipment to limit the potential for adversaries to use these capabilities against United States and allied military forces;(vi) Maintain the commitment to discontinue the use of the feature known as Selective Availability;(vii) In coordination with the Department of Transportation, maintain safety-of-life backwards compatibility commitments to enable continued international acceptance of civil and military GPS PNT services in civil airspace;(viii) Facilitate access to appropriate levels of national security services and user equipment at the Federal level to meet critical requirements for emergency response and other homeland security purposes, and, on an exceptional basis, for civil purposes, including State or local emergency response in accordance with established memorandums of understanding;(ix) Develop improved and dedicated national security PNT capabilities, including more diverse, flexible, and capable signals and services;(x) In coordination with the Secretary of Transportation, provide estimates of GPS program costs based on the Department of Transportation’s strategy and future requirements to implement GPS data and signal authentication and reflect strategy consistent with the Federal Radio Navigation Plan or its successor;(xi) Maintain lead responsibility for negotiating with foreign defense organizations for any cooperation regarding access to or information about GPS military services;(xii) In cooperation with other agencies, as appropriate, assess the utility and feasibility of hosting secondary payloads on GPS satellites, including those intended to enhance global search and rescue capabilities for all users. No secondary payload may adversely affect the performance, schedule, or cost of GPS, or its signals or services. Resources required for the assessment, development, acquisition, integration, and operation of secondary payloads shall be the responsibility of the sponsoring agency or agencies; and(xiii) In coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce, and with all agencies who are members of the Executive Committee having been notified, maintain the Department of Defense’s lead responsibility for Radio Frequency compatibility coordination with other Radio Navigation Satellite Services (RNSS) who operate or intend to operate in the RNSS radio frequency bands utilized by GPS.(c) The Secretary of Commerce shall:(i) Promote United States industry access to foreign markets for space-based PNT goods and services while adopting a risk management approach to United States national security concerns;(ii) Invest in research and development on next-generation technologies that could enhance GPS applications for commercial use;(iii) Represent United States commercial interests with other agencies in the requirements review of GPS and its related augmentations;(iv) In coordination with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, seek to protect the radio frequency spectrum used by GPS and its augmentations through appropriate domestic and international spectrum management and regulatory practices;(v) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, facilitate cooperation between the United States Government and the United States private sector as appropriate to identify mutually acceptable solutions that will preserve existing and evolving uses of space-based PNT services, while allowing for the development of other non-interfering technologies and services that depend on use of the radio frequency spectrum;(vi) In cooperation with the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, develop, and provide to the Secretary of Transportation, requirements for use of GPS and its augmentations to support civil space systems; and(vii) In cooperation with the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, develop guidelines to improve the cybersecurity of PNT devices, including their capability to detect and reject manipulated or counterfeit signals, and promote the responsible use of space-based PNT services and capabilities for applications that support national security, economic growth, transportation safety, and homeland security as directed in Executive Order 13905.(d) The Secretary of Transportation shall:(i) Have lead responsibility for the development of requirements for civil applications from all United States Government civil agencies;(ii) Ensure, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, the performance monitoring of United States civil space-based PNT services;(iii) Consistent with the guidance in section 6 of this directive, and in coordination with the Secretary of State, facilitate international participation in the development of civil transportation applications using United States space-based PNT services;(iv) Consistent with the background provided in section 3 of this directive, and in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, ensure that international transportation initiatives consider the dual-use nature of space-based PNT services, particularly including services that are openly available and can be readily used by adversaries or terrorists to threaten the security of the United States;(v) Ensure, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, that public safety service applications based on United States space-based PNT services meet or exceed internationally recognized standards as required to meet mission requirements, including those used for aviation, maritime, and surface transportation applications;(vi) In cooperation with the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, promote the responsible use of United States and foreign civil space-based PNT services and capabilities for transportation safety as directed in EO 13905;(vii) Represent the civil agencies in the development, acquisition, management, and operations of GPS and its augmentations;(viii) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security and the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, implement Federal and facilitate State, local and commercial capabilities to monitor, identify, locate, and attribute space-based PNT service disruption and manipulations within the United States that adversely affect use of space-based PNT for transportation safety, homeland security, civil, commercial, and scientific purposes;(ix) Ensure the earliest operational availability for modernized civil signals and services on GPS and its augmentations, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense;(x) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assess and assist, as appropriate, in the international acceptance of using the military PNT services of GPS for operations in civil airspace;(xi) Facilitate international coordination for the development of monitoring standards for space-based PNT services;(xii) Maintain awareness of the risks and potential benefits associated with the use of foreign space-based PNT services, and(xiii) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, develop and validate requirements and a funding strategy to implement data and signal authentication of civil GPS and wide area augmentations for homeland security and public safety purposes consistent with the Federal Radionavigation Plan or its successor plan.(e) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:(i) Identify space-based PNT requirements for homeland security purposes to the Secretary of Transportation;(ii) In coordination with the Secretary of Transportation, and with the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, promote the responsible use of GPS and other PNT services, consistent with EO 13905;(iii) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, and in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce:(A) Ensure that mechanisms are in place to monitor, identify, locate, and attribute space-based PNT service disruptions and manipulations within the United States that can cause significant disruption to United States critical infrastructure and scientific purposes; and(B) Develop procedures to notify the civil sectors and Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal agencies when space-based services have anticipated disruptions or are deemed to be no longer reliable.(iv) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Secretary of Transportation, develop and maintain capabilities, procedures, and techniques for, and routinely exercise, civil contingency responses to ensure continuity of operations in the event that access to GPS services are disrupted or manipulated;(v) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation, and in cooperation with the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, coordinate the use of existing and planned capabilities to identify, locate, and attribute any disruption or manipulation of GPS and its augmentations within the United States that significantly affects homeland security or critical infrastructure;(vi) In coordination with the Secretary of Transportation, provide to the Executive Committee resourcing recommendations based on the Department of Transportation’s strategy and future requirements to implement data and signal authentication and reflect that strategy consistent with the Federal Radionavigation Plan or its successor plan;(vii) In coordination with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Director of National Intelligence, promptly notify the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Director of National Intelligence, and the heads of other relevant agencies in cases of significant domestic or international disruption to or manipulation of United States space-based PNT services to enable appropriate investigation, notification, or enforcement action.(f) The Director of National Intelligence shall identify, monitor, and assess the development of foreign threats to the use of GPS PNT architectures and related services, and provide information to assist the Secretary of Defense in development of countermeasures.(g) The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall:(i) In cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce, develop and provide to the Secretary of Transportation technical requirements for the use of GPS and its augmentations to support civil and commercial space systems;(ii) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Secretary of Transportation, develop requirements for GPS support of space operations and science in higher orbits within the SSV and beyond to cislunar space; and(iii) In cooperation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, sustain and modernize search and rescue and distress alert and location capabilities and programs that operate as secondary payloads on GPS satellites.Sec. 8. Notification of Harmful Disruption or Manipulation. Agencies detecting or receiving domestic or international reports of harmful disruption or manipulation of United States space-based PNT services shall provide timely reports to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Director of National Intelligence. Upon notification:(a) The Secretary of Commerce, and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in cooperation with the heads of other agencies as appropriate, shall take appropriate and legally permissible actions required to mitigate harmful disruption or manipulation of United States space-based PNT services within the United States.(b) The Secretary of State shall, as appropriate, notify or coordinate the notification of foreign governments and international organizations in the event of harmful disruption or manipulation of United States space-based PNT services caused by foreign government or commercial activities.(c) The Secretary of Homeland Security, when appropriate, shall notify the civil sectors and United States Government agencies of the disruption.Sec. 9. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this directive shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This directive shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) This directive is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable as law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, architecture, communications, cyber threats, cybersecurity, Department of Justice, environment, executive order, Government, GPS, infrastructure, intelligence, investigation, NATO, Security Council, telecommunications, United States, White Houselast_img read more

16 Jun

Northern Basin enters new year still in drought

first_imgNorthern Basin enters new year still in drought Much of the northern Basin is beginning 2021 with little reprieve from its prolonged dry period. This is despite drought-breaking rain in other parts of the Murray–Darling Basin over the past couple of months.The MDBA head of River Management, Andrew Reynolds, said the whole of the Queensland part of the Basin remained drought declared, and northern and far-west regions of New South Wales were still waiting for significant rainfall to help replenish their river systems.“The northern Basin’s water storage levels have started the year lower than we’d hoped, despite the influence of La Niña,” Mr Reynolds said.“While the Basin storages as a whole are sitting on 54 per cent, the dams in the northern Basin are on 27 per cent.“These water storage results demonstrate just how patchy rainfall has been – the Paroo, Moonie, Gwydir, Namoi, Peel and Castlereagh catchments have had minor to moderate inflows and sent unregulated flows into the Barwon River, including flows past Walgett. Yet cease-to-flow conditions are still occurring further downstream in the Darling River.“Persistent above-average rainfall is needed to turn around this long-term drought.”Areas that received a healthy flow early last year are once again struggling with no flow or disconnected river reaches. In response to the situation in the Barwon-Darling, the New South Wales Government has enacted the new Resumption of Flows rule which means water coming through cannot be taken by certain licence holders for irrigation until there is a period of improved flow past Wilcannia or good prospects of sustained flow at Bourke.“Protecting water in this way for downstream communities and ecosystems strikes a balance with upstream needs to also access water,” Mr Reynolds said.To help support stressed ecosystems, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is delivering water into the upper Barwon River system from the Gwydir and Macintyre rivers as part of the Northern Waterhole Top-up.Mr Reynolds said that in contrast with the north, most of the southern Basin has benefited from reasonable rain in the past few months, reflected in state water allocations that are up to 100 per cent in regions such as the Murrumbidgee and for some Victorian licences. Southern storages are 62 per cent of capacity, which is up from 37 per cent this time last year.“Water quality issues continue to be a watchpoint for the MDBA and state agencies, due to the ongoing risk of hypoxic blackwater. We also encourage people to be alert to blue-green algae outbreaks, which have been occurring in several parts of the River Murray and in storages in Victoria and the northern Basin.”For more on the current state of the Basin, see the latest Basin in Brief. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Barwon-Darling, blue-green algae, Bourke, commonwealth, drought, Government, MDBA, Moonie, Murray-Darling Basin, New South Wales, Queensland, southern, Victoria, Walgett, water quality, water storage, Wilcannialast_img read more

16 Jun

UK PM call with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 24 February 2021

first_imgUK PM call with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala 24 February 2021 The Prime Minister spoke to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, this afternoon.He warmly congratulated Dr Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment, noting the importance of a strong WTO in today’s globalised economy.They discussed the international vaccine roll-out and the barriers to trade that risk impeding the global response to the pandemic.They also spoke about the opportunities for driving a green economic recovery from Covid-19, and the Prime Minister welcomed her support for COP26.The Prime Minister looked forward to working closely with Dr Okonjo-Iweala in the coming months and to welcoming her to Cornwall for the G7 Summit in June. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:covid-19, Economy, G7, Government, Minister, pandemic, PM, Prime Minister, trade, UK, UK Government, vaccine, world, WTOlast_img read more

11 Jun

Retired SMPD officer becomes entrepreneur

first_imgRetired Santa Monica Police Officer, Steve Heineman is following his entrepreneurial roots with a new startup social media company.Heineman worked with the Santa Monica Police Department for nearly 25 years, and retired in 2013.“I had a full and great career at SMPD, and I am very thankful for what the City has done for me,” said Heineman.After retiring he spent much of his time with his family and began to notice how often his kids and their friends were using social media. Heineman decided it was not time to completely retire; after all he was only 54 and capable to doing much more.Heineman took the road to being an entrepreneur and investor. In 2014 he had the financial means to invest and become part of the new social media technology company, Social Bluebook (SBB).The company devoted to helping social media creators gain exposure while building their business, as well as increasing their brand value.“Social Bluebook allows the social content creator to have access to brands to make deals that are equitable to both parties,” said Heineman. “The marketplace within the company really empowers the creative content creators to connect with advertisers who are looking to do branded content on their social media channels.”Chad Sahley founded the company in 2014 in partnership with Sam Michie and with the financial assistance from Steve Heineman.As of June 2016, SBB had over 33,000 social media platforms with an audience reach of over 2.87 billion people. Over 400 brands have registered with SBB and the company is continuing to grow.As the company continues to see growth they have decided to announce a Regulation A+ initial public offering. The offering is open to both accredited and unaccredited investors. Heineman explains that investing in SBB is an investment in the creator content community, along with the future of creator led marketing.The Regulation A+ offering is intended to open the door for creators to invest in their own careers. Ultimately allowing any investor the opportunity to invest in the company’s vision of bringing clarity to the online marketplace.Heineman explains that SBB is a unique company and is only moving forward. They were the first to announce they have patent pending valuations formulas for YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various blogs.In a recent press release the company states they have high hopes in raising $12 million in its mini IPO under Regulation A+.SBB is taking advantage of new SEC regulations and opening up the door to the crowd in an effort to level the playing field for creators.SBB funding will accelerate their expansion. If interested in investing, the price per share is at $3.0029 and the company can guarantee that the Regulation A+ round will be open until it sells out, or for 12 months, which ever comes first.“The social media thing did intimidate me but I saw my kids interacting with it and realized traditional media is changing and I am learning to speak their language” said Heineman. “I can appreciate change, and at the end of the day Social Bluebook is providing an opportunity for content creators and is the future of media.”For more information visit, https://invest.socialbluebook.com/en/projects/4456-INVEST-IN-SOCIAL-BLUEBOOK or you can join Social Bluebook at A&R Bar in Santa Monica on Friday, April 21 from 6 – 10 p.m. They will be celebrating as they kick open the doors for their Reg. A+ investment [email protected] :daily presssanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdpsmpdsocial bluebooksocial mediaSteve Heinemanshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMarina Andalonview all postsAlcohol approved for controversial restaurant at The Shore HotelMovies I’m LovingYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours ago HomeFeaturedRetired SMPD officer becomes entrepreneur Apr. 20, 2017 at 7:30 amFeaturedNewsRetired SMPD officer becomes entrepreneurMarina Andalon4 years agodaily presssanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdpsmpdsocial bluebooksocial mediaSteve HeinemanSocial Bluebook  last_img read more

11 Jun

Samohi Grads raise $15,000 for Summer Reading Program

first_imgHomeNewsEducationSamohi Grads raise $15,000 for Summer Reading Program Aug. 13, 2020 at 6:00 amEducationFeaturedNewsStudentsSamohi Grads raise $15,000 for Summer Reading ProgramGuest Author10 months agoSamohisummer reading programFile image Ashley NapierSMDP InternThe Samohi class of 2020 may have had an unexpected end to their senior year, but a special group of seniors will leave a lasting legacy. Samantha Breuer, Maya Lauer, Guilia Trevellin, Ansel Garcia-Langley and Anna Doñata said goodbye to their high school alma mater this year with a generous parting gift- a $15,400 donation to be used for the purchase of this year’s summer reading book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson.Anna, Maya and Guilia were taking an African American Literature class their senior year, while Samantha and Ansel were enrolled in the Spanish and Latinx Literature class. Both classes integrate literature written by minorities to promote a wider variety of authors from different economic and racial backgrounds and their impact in the world of literature.This is where Anna, Maya and Guilia were first exposed to “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. The book is a memoir about Stevenson founding the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. The story details his fight to protect the basic human rights of the vulnerable, poor, marginalized and wrongfully accused. Their class discussed the impact of the book, while relating it to current issues, such as the Black Lives Matter Movement.Their African American Studies teacher, Mr. Fulcher began explaining to the class that this year’s summer reading book was “Just Mercy,” although Samohi needed to provide every student with their own copy of the book and did not have the funds available to do so.The seniors began discussing their class topics with one another and became “really upset about the lack of representation in the literature,” says Samantha Breuer and decided to write an open letter to their English department “encouraging them to broaden the literature that they use.”After they released the letter, it felt natural that the next step was to create a fundraiser to raise enough money to provide every student with a copy of the book. Guilia Trevellin explains how they all believe that “ ‘Just Mercy’ is such an important book for people to read” and quickly made their GoFundMe page in early June to raise the money as soon as possible.The GoFundMe page started to gain traction, and the seniors decided to reach out to their local Kiwanis Club which donates thousands of dollars every year to a variety of local charities and organizations, including the Santa Monica Public Library and Samohi. The Kiwanis Club members wanted to support their endeavors and got them in contact with the Santa Monica Public Library-SMPL.The SMPL partners with Samohi every year to provide lists of all the summer reading books in the district, as well as copies of those books for students to check out. Dana Bartbell, an SMPL librarian explains that a mandate from SMMUSD made it a requirement for Samohi to provide each student with their own copy. Dana and her peers quickly began trying to find affordable copies of the book wherever they could to comply with the mandate, but were falling short on their search, with a looming deadline approaching. This is when the Kiwanis club reached out to SMPL and told them about the students initiative.“These phenomenal kids believed in the importance of the book and believed in fighting for materials to support social justice” says Bartbell. Which is why The Kiwanis Club along with the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Foundation donated $1,000 to the SMPL to assist the students with their endeavor.In a matter of two weeks, the GoFundMe page passed their $15,000 goal, raising $15,400 that the seniors donated to the Samohi Associated Student Body-ASB club- which will be given to Samohi principal Dr. Antonio Shelton.Copies of “Just Mercy” will be distributed to students during registration week and will give students approximately two-weeks to finish the title before the start of school on August 24. Samohi plans on using the copies as a learning tool in the future to continue the discussion of racial and social [email protected] :Samohisummer reading programshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBiden, Harris lash Trump in introduction of historic VP pickRent relief applications open MondayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

4 Jun

China, India to account for half of new AsiaPac subs

first_img LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2017: The Asia-Pacific region is forecast to account for two-thirds of the world’s mobile subscriber growth by the end of 2020, led by rapid increases in China and India, bringing the number of unique users in the area to 3.1 billion.According to new figures from GSMA Intelligence, almost half of the world’s 753 million new subscribers expected by the end of 2020 will be located in India and China – with 206 million and 155 million new users respectively.The latest version of the GSMA Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific report, published today, tipped the Asia-Pacific region to drive growth as unique subscriber numbers rise from 2.7 billion in 2016 to 3.1 billion in 2020.This increase will boost mobile penetration in the region from a reported 66 per cent of the population last year to 75 per cent in 2020.Technology advancesDuring 2016 more than half of the region’s users had access to 3G or 4G technology. This figure is expected to continue to rise, with 5G technology advancing rapidly in developed markets.“Led by India and China, Asia’s mobile industry will be the main engine of global subscriber growth for the remainder of the decade, connecting almost half a billion new customers across the region by 2020,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA.“We are also seeing a dramatic shift to mobile broadband networks, particularly 4G, which is providing a platform for a rich range of innovative new services across both developed and emerging markets in the region. Meanwhile, advanced operators in Asia are set to become among the first in the world to launch commercial 5G networks before the end of the decade,” Granryd added.In the wide-ranging report, GSMA analysts estimated mobile technologies and associated services contributed $1.3 trillion in “economic value” to the region in 2016 – accounting for 5.2 per cent of regional GDP. This is expected to rise to $1.6 trillion in 2020 – equivalent to 5.4 per cent of GDP.Although the report found strong growth in the region, it also highlighted the wide variations within the market.The Asia-Pacific area boasts four of the world’s most penetrated markets – Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan – but also some of the lowest as North Korea and some Pacific Islands lag well behind the global average. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 JUN 2017 Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Chris Donkin HomeMWC Shanghai 2017 China, India to account for half of new AsiaPac subs Tags Previous ArticleQ&A: ZTE CTO talks 5G at MWC ShanghaiNext ArticleChina to account for 39% of 5G connections in 2025 Author ChinaGSMA IntelligenceIndiaMWC Shanghailast_img read more

31 May

McCarron leads Champs. Tour in Pebble Beach

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Scott McCarron shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance Championship. McCarron had seven birdies and an eagle to go along with a bogey on the par-71 Poppy Hills course. Bernhard Langer was in second, followed Kevin Sutherland another two shots back after a 66. Russ Cochran and Scott Parel were next at 67, joined at 4 under by Jerry Kelly and Scott Dunlap, who shot 68s on the par-72 Pebble Beach course. McCarron, who started off on the back nine, began his round with two birdies, and was at 3 under after another one on No. 15. He then birdied Nos. 1 and 2 and added an eagle on the par-4 No. 5 to move to 7 under. A bogey on the next hole was followed by two birdies on his last three. Fran Quinn, Jesper Parnevik, Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie, Joe Durant, Tom Kite, Duffy Waldorf and Lee Janzen each shot 68s on Poppy Hills, and were joined at 3 under by Brandt Jobe, who had a 69 on Pebble Beach.last_img read more