Automating IoT security threat/risk analysis and compliance

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT A Discovery service allows peers/subscribers to learn about the services supported. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. There are three sharing models defined in TAXII: Hub and Spoke, Source/Subscriber, and Peer to Peer.Both STIX and TAXII are machine-readable. Designing services such as this to be machine-readable is a pre-requisite for enabling automated analysis and response to the latest threats. These threat intelligence feeds provide useful information but must be analyzed in the context of the unique vulnerabilities associated with an IoT product – for this, additional data feeds are required. The latest security advisory data must be available for example. Machine-readable vulnerability feeds allow an IoT security service to analyze threats in context to come up with a true risk-based scoring model for their products. Cisco for example has defined the OpenVuln API to enable automation of their Cisco-specific security advisories. Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) provides a vendor-agnostic capability for machines to consume CVE data. SCAP has been around for more than a decade and provides a listing of known security flaws, software configuration issues and associated product names.Product vulnerability information must extend down to the components used within the product. Open Source Software (OSS) and third-party libraries play a vital role in IoT products. Customer organizations must be able to identify these libraries within deployed IoT products to accurately calculate risk. To solve this, the National Telecommunications Industry Association (NTIA) is working on the Software Component Transparency initiative that will result in a machine-readable Software Bill of Materials (SBOM).The SBOM will allow customer organizations to be able to query for the libraries and components used within the product and make use of the data in an automated analysis program. This supports easy identification of vulnerable components that must be patched and allows APIs to be developed that track the status of these components during the life of a product. It will take time however for IoT product vendors to begin incorporating this new capability.In the interim, tools such as VDOO Vision™ can be used by security operations teams to scan IoT products attached to the network, report back on vulnerabilities and inventory all of the third-party libraries present in their IoT devices. This information is used to more accurately calculate risk and determine which specific library patches must be deployed quickly. Tools such as VDOO’s Embedded Runtime Agent (ERA™) can even be quickly compiled on IoT products to mitigate identified firmware risks far more quickly than it would take a developer to patch, presenting security operations teams with a balanced approach towards mitigation. ERA supports both Linux and Android and operates on MIPS, ARM and X86_64 architectures. It is designed to minimize impact on device requirements such as code-size, latency. For example, ERA introduces only 1MB of storage overhead and less than 1% of typical IoT CPU overhead. Security engineers are informed of the tailored ERA safeguards based on the results of the VDOO Vision scans.Security Operations teams should begin designing automated risk management processes for their IoT deployments. In the Department of Defense (DoD) for example, cyber security leaders have begun to build upon the success of their continuous compliance programs to begin enabling a more comprehensive automated risk management program. Instead of simply calculating compliance scorecards that demonstrate a deployment’s adherence to a set of policies or regulations, security teams can automatically quantify risk by evaluating multiple data feeds that better inform on the context of a vulnerability. This requires a holistic view of the current vulnerabilities within a system and the impacts and likelihood of threats. By automating and integrating vulnerability data with threat intelligence data an organization can create a near real-time view of their risk management profile for their IoT products.All of these automated data feeds can allow product security engineers to begin thinking about automated responses to the latest risks. We can look to the cloud firewall industry for examples of automated response to threat information. Cloud firewalls today integrate APIs that can automatically modify rules based on the latest threat intelligence – for example, known-malicious IP addresses or DNS records.IoT products should begin to incorporate basic security automation features at the device and cloud service level that allow policies and rulesets to be updated as new threats are discovered or the likelihood or impact of a threat increases. Organizations such as NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE) are also defining new approaches such as Manufacturer Usage Description MUD that allow device profiles to be generated and stored in the cloud. These profiles signal to the ecosystem the valid communication profile for the device. Using an approach such as this, IoT device profiles can provide an additional input into the automated risk analysis of an IoT deployment.As industry continues to make progress in enabling technologies for automated risk management, IoT product vendors should adopt these features to support their customers’ ability to quickly assess risk and automatically deploy mitigation actions.Brian Russell is a Security Advisor for VDOO and Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group. He is also a Chief Engineer for Cyber Security Solutions at Leidos – a Fortune 500 Government Contractor where he has led Research and Development (R&D) for secure cloud systems, autonomous vehicles, permissioned blockchain networks, and cryptographic key management systems. Brian is an adjunct professor with the University of San Diego (USD) in the graduate Cyber Security Operations and Leadership Program and co-author of the book Practical Internet of Things Security. He is also a SANS Analyst. An Inbox service allows nodes to receive content and a Polling service specifies how to request content.center_img Continue Reading Previous PEAK-System: integrate CAN FD interface and I/O functionality into your hardwareNext ADLINK joins ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee Risk management is a never-ending task. Security engineers must continuously evaluate threats, vulnerabilities and risks to meet compliance mandates and stay ahead of attackers. Analysts must be able to analyze near daily vulnerability reports and calculate their impact on systems. This can lead to overwork and fatigue as vulnerability reports never stop. Automation is critical to helping organizations make sense of threat intelligence data, dynamically update policies and achieve continuous compliance within systems. Machine-readability is required to enable automated threat and risk analysis processes.This article examines some of the automated threat and vulnerability management options available today and discusses how these approaches can be adapted to the goal of securing the IoT and maintaining near real-time views of not only compliance but also risk status. A previous article more broadly discussed the need for tools that help developers more effectively build security into IoT products.To enable automated risk management for IoT deployments, analytics systems ingest data from numerous disparate sources and automatically analyze that data to craft a clear picture of the latest risks. Sources of data ideally include IoT products themselves which should be designed to report on device software and hardware composition and third-party or open-source components. Firmware analysis tools run by the security operations team scan the latest deployed firmware and report back on weaknesses. Threat intelligence feeds provide context to threats including attacker profiles and capabilities. All of this data should be provided in machine-readable format so that it can be fed to machine-learning algorithms that are trained to calculate a risk profile for each device. Maintaining a continuously updated risk profile of each type of device provides a solid foundation for analyzing security trade-off decisions. Figure 1 shows a framework for automated and continuous threat and risk analysis.click for larger image Figure 1: Data collection informs automated risk profiling (Source: VDOO) One of the first areas that can be automated is threat intelligence sharing. Threat intelligence provides ongoing data regarding the latest attacker profiles and context related to Indicators of Compromise (IoCs). Today, there are a number of automated threat intelligence sharing tools available. Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX) is one example. Created by MITRE and OASIS, STIX allows sharing of threat information including motivators, capabilities, and suggested response. STIX also provides data related to the indicators of compromise and the appropriate response/course of action to take if compromised. STIX 2.0 is available from OASIS and is designed to work either as a standalone sharing standard or with the Trusted Automated eXchange of Intelligence Information (TAXII) specification.TAXII is also defined by OASIS. TAXII is a REST-based API that operates over HTTPS. The specification defines how standardized threat intelligence information is shared. Channels can be configured using a basic publish/subscribe model allowing producers to share threat intelligence data with consumers. In an IoT model, the cloud security service supporting the device product would act as a consumer of threat intelligence data, enabling the service to autonomously evaluate the latest threat environment associated with the device. Three services are defined: A Collection Management service allows for subscription to data collections.last_img read more

Diego Maradona fined for dedicating club win to Venezuela President Maduro

first_imgDiego Maradona has been fined for dedicating a recent victory by his Mexican club to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico’s football federation said on Monday.The Argentine great, who coaches Dorados de Sinaloa, had dedicated a 3-2 win over Tampico Madero to Maduro and Venezuela in a news conference at the end of last month.The body said in a statement that Maradona had been fined an unspecified sum for violating the federation’s code of ethics which mandates political neutrality.Maradona had said he was dedicating the victory to Maduro and Venezuelans caught up in an economic crisis. He also criticized US President Donald Trump.Also Read | Diego Maradona released from hospital after routine operationAlso Read | Diego Maradona expresses desire to coach Argentina for freeAlso Watch | Cristiano Ronaldo not the greatest. I am: Diego Maradona to India Todaylast_img read more

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE DEATH OF LE MARS MAN

first_imgPLYMOUTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A LE MARS MAN.SHERIFF MIKE VAN OTTERLOO SAYS THE BODY OF 57 YEAR OLD JOHN PETER KOLEY WAS DISCOVERED IN HIS HOME ON HIGHWAY 3 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BY KOLEY’S SON, WHO THEN CALLED 9-1-1:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/KOLEY1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….ANY FORCED ENTRY. :12THE SHERIFF SAYS THE CAUSE OF KOLEY’S DEATH IS UNKNOWN AT THIS POINT OF THE INVESTIGATION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/KOLEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..WHAT HAPPENED. :27VAN OTTERLOO SAYS CERTAIN FACTORS HAVE AUTHORITIES LOOKING AT THIS AS A SUSPICIOUS DEATH, BUT NATURAL OR OTHER CAUSES HAVE NOT BEEN RULED OUT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/KOLEY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….TELL US THAT. ;16AN INVESTIGATIVE TEAM FROM THE WOODBURY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS ASSISTING IN THE CASE.KOLEY’S BODY WAS SENT TO THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE IN ANKENY WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR AN AUTOPSY WHICH WILL BE PERFORMED FRIDAY MORNING.last_img read more

2016 Bundaberg Cup Registrations Open!

first_imgFollowing the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are getting ready to nominate for the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, the 2016 Bundaberg Cup. With $20,000 up for grabs across men’s, women’s, mixed and junior divisions the message is to get in early to secure your team’s spot and be in the running for the largest prizemoney purse and prizes on offer.Entries for the 2016 Bundaberg Cup are now open with a new event website launched to encourage early registrations and promotion of accommodation and travel options for participants – click here.Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor said: “The revamped Bundaberg Cup website makes it easier for participants to register and provides comprehensive information regarding customised accommodation, travel and tourism offers for Bundaberg Cup participants, courtesy of our great partners Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).“Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football (QTF) have worked closely with BNBT, TEQ and other partners to make it more affordable and easier for players to get to Bundaberg; and enabling more time to enjoy the many local attractions that this great region has to offer,” he said.“In addition to the significant prizemoney on offer, the Bundaberg Cup provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport and to increase tourism and participation numbers tokey destinations, such as Bundaberg.“With the recent changes to our (QTF) event calendar and advent of accommodation and travel options we are expecting team and visitation numbers to increase significantly in 2016,” O’Connor added.The General Manager of Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Katherine Mergard, anticipates strong visitation numbers through the period highlighting some of the many off-field activities visitors can enjoy while in town.“The Bundaberg Region is looking forward to welcoming players and families to town for the Bundaberg Cup in November this year. The Mon Repos Ranger guided Turtle Encounter tours kick-off on Saturday, 12 November, watermelons are coming into season and the Southern Great Barrier Reef is serving up snorkelling and diving experiences just off our shores, so we invite teams to stay a little longer and explore!” she said.Former NRL, Queensland Maroons, Kangaroos and now Touch Football star and event ambassador, Scott Prince joins the many returning players to Bundaberg competing in the 2016 instalment.“I’m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,” he said.“It’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs; a moment the family and I would love to see,” Prince said.“The prize money on offer (at the event) is outstanding which should see a good mix of the best-of the best along with social players of all ages and abilities, in town.“I am very hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,” Prince added.Teams from Sydney travelled north for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, with organisers confident of increased participation from International, intra (Queensland) and interstate teams in 2016.Teams will compete for prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 19-20 November (Saturday and Sunday).The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, head to the Bundaberg Cup website today.Related Files160812_2016_bundaberg_cup_media_release_v1-0-pdf160812_2016_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2016 Bundaberg Cuplast_img read more

Hundreds arrive to honour El Paso victim after public invited

first_imgEl Paso: When Jordan Ballard read that one of the victims of the El Paso massacre had few relatives and the public was invited to her funeral, the Los Angeles resident bought a plane ticket and flew to El Paso to honour a woman she had never met. She was one of hundreds of strangers who braved 100-degree (38 Celsius) heat to pay their respects to 63-year-old Margie Reckard. Feeling alone after her death, Reckard’s companion of 22 years, Antonio Basco, had welcomed anyone to come. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I arrived here this morning,” said Ballard, 38, who lived in New York City during the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “His story moved me.” The service was moved from a funeral home to La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center to accommodate the crowd. Vocalists and musicians volunteered to help, including a mariachi band. Condolences and orders for flowers poured in. “He felt like he was going to kind of just be by himself with this whole thing but it’s not so,” Perches Funeral Homes director Harrison Johnson said on Thursday of Basco. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls While well-wishers waited, Basco arrived to people shouting blessings in English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone gave him a gift that appeared to be an El Paso t-shirt. “I love y’all, man,” Basco said, before breaking down. Jason Medina, 42, of El Paso, also felt he had to come. Wearing a black and red zoot suit, Medina stood quietly in line and waited for his chance to say goodbye to someone he never knew. “I know her now,” Medina said. “We’re all family, bro.” Johnson, who is also a pastor, headed the service. Funeral home staff urged attendees to be patient as people began rotating in and out of the service amid scorching heat. Reckard had children from a previous marriage who travelled from out of town to the funeral. But Johnson said that for Basco, Reckard was “his life, his soul mate, his best friend.” The couple had a car wash business, he said. “Probably some people have felt like Mr. Tony in a time of death they felt like they were alone and nobody was around,” Johnson said. On Tuesday, Perches posted on Facebook a photo of a bereft Basco kneeling by a candlelight memorial. The post welcomed anyone to attend Reckard’s funeral and soon drew thousands of comments and shares. Perches is among local funeral homes offering free services for the 22 people killed. In the days after the shooting, Basco told El Paso television station KFOX that Reckard’s kindness and selflessness was incomparable. “When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” Basco said. Her son, Harry Dean Reckard, told The New York Times that when he and his brother and sister were children, the family didn’t have much money and frequently moved. He said his mother would sometimes work at fast food restaurants or as a hotel housekeeper to add to what her husband earned as a truck driver. “As a kid, I just remember her feeding us and trying to provide for us the best that she could,” said Harry Dean Reckard, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He said that after his father died in 1995, his mother began a relationship with Basco. The couple had moved to El Paso a few years ago. He said his mother, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease, “was loved by many.”last_img read more

Steven Tyler Rocks StarStudded Celebrity Fight Night

first_imgOn Saturday, March 10, 2018, stars and athletes from around the country, gathered at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.Steven Tyler performs onstage at Celebrity Fight Night XXIVCredit/Copyright: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight NightGRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her thirteenth year as emcee. Activist and Alzheimer’s research advocate Maria Shriver was honored and spoke to the devastation of neurological diseases, while Dr. Stacie and Richard Stephenson were also honored for their philanthropic contributions. Officer Tom McGrath and civilian Jonathan Smith were honored in an emotional presentation for the bravery they displayed during the horrific Las Vegas shooting that took place this past year. Lonnie Ali presented the two gentlemen with the Muhammad Ali Unsung Hero Award at the star-studded evening honoring Muhammad Ali’s legacy, while announcing new initiatives to further the organization’s work with neurological diseases.The organization also announced last night, their new initiative to help support and raise funds for Barrow Neurological Institute’s Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program. Philanthropist and activist Maria Shriver was honored last night, for her work to battle the number one neurological degenerative disease in the world. “Thank you for making an effort to help others,” Shriver stated, referring to the efforts of Celebrity Fight Night to aid not only those who suffer from these horrible diseases, but focusing on their caregivers as well.The black tie event featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner and exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a trip to Steven Tyler’s private estate in Maui, an international trip of the bidder’s choice with Larry Fitzgerald, dinner with Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Martin Short, a New York City VIP visit including tickets to Broadway’s Hamilton, tickets to the U.S. Open and a VIP Fashion Week experience, dinner with Reba McEntire at her private residence in Nashville and more.GRAMMY Award winning songwriter and producer David Foster, returned for his 19th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. The evening began with a moving rendition of the National Anthem performed by Julia Cecere and a bald eagle flying across the ballroom. Performances continued throughout the night, including violinist Caroline Campbell, The London Essentials, Smokey Robinson, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian McKnight, Matteo Bocelli, and America’s Got Talent’s Angelica Hale. The evening closed out with headliner and legendary rock performer Steven Tyler with his Nashville band, Loving Mary. Tyler had the crowd on their feet, singing along to his greatest hits including “Sweet Emotion,” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” and “Walk This Way.”Additional celebrity guests included Lonnie Ali, Billy Crystal, Bo Derek, Candace Cameron Bure, Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly, Randy Jackson, Melissa Peterman, Cale Hulse, Nancy Lieberman, Gena Lee Nolin, Chris Rich, Tom Chambers and many more.last_img read more

Say hello to Saul Goodman finally

first_imgIn an interview last January, Odenkirk said he was regretting Jimmy’s evolution into Goodman.“Jimmy is mutating and changing,” the actor said on the set of the series, shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “There are parts of this guy that are shutting down. The lesser angels of his nature are coming to the surface. It’s a shame to have to say goodbye to him.”Executive producer Peter Gould, who developed the Goodman character on Breaking Bad, spoke to the Times in a phone interview last week about his long-awaited arrival and what may be in store for viewers as Better Call Saul moves closer to merging with Breaking Bad. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The moment that fans of the AMC drama Better Call Saul (the quirky prequel to the landmark drama Breaking Bad) have been waiting 2-1/2 seasons for finally arrived Monday night: the introduction of the title character.Better Call Saul has focused on con-man-turned-lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a likable attorney who often resorts to bending the rules of law. In the current season, the drama has moved closer to McGill’s evolution into Saul Goodman, his shadier alter ego who became the legal protector of drug kingpin Walter White in Breaking Bad.Goodman arrived with a flashy flourish in Monday’s episode, “Off Brand.” In the instalment, a ruling in a disciplinary hearing pitting Jimmy against his most bitter opponent, his brother Chuck McGill (Michael McKean), results in Jimmy being suspended from practising law for one year. The penalty presents Jimmy with a dilemma: he’s purchased $4,000 of local air time advertising his services, money he is in danger of losing.Jimmy comes up with a scheme to advertise to sell the time. In a disguise accented by a black cap, sunglasses and facial hair, Jimmy goes into hyper-huckster mode in a commercial where he appears as ad salesman “Saul Goodman.”center_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Once a book selling giant Barnes Noble sold to hedge fund

NEW YORK — The beleaguered bookseller Barnes & Noble is being acquired by a hedge fund for $476 million.The national chain that many blamed for the demise of independent bookstores has been ravaged by Amazon.com and other online competitors. Independent bookstores have also persisted in the face of digital publishing.The company said in October that it might put itself up for sale.Barnes & Noble said Friday that it’s being acquired by Elliott Management for $6.50 per share, an approximately 9% per cent premium to the company’s Thursday closing stock price. Elliott bought the U.K. bookseller Waterstones in June 2018.The sale, valued at about $683 million including debt, is targeted to close in the third quarter if approved by regulators and shareholders.Shares jumped 11% before the opening bell Friday.The Associated Press read more

UNP backbenchers slam Minister demand LG polls

Kavinda Jayawardena said that the UNP wants the LG election to be held and that the party was never for it being delayed. United National Party (UNP) backbenchers today slammed Minister Faizer Mustapha and demanded that the Local Government (LG) elections be held on schedule.UNP Parliamentarian Kavinda Jayawardena said that the Minister must be held responsible if the election is not held on schedule. He told reporters today at a media briefing attended by UNP backbenchers that Faizer Mustapha must resign from his post and sit with the UNP backbenchers if he cannot ensure the election takes place. Jayawardena said that the UNP backbenchers are also prepared to back holding the election under the old system. (Colombo Gazette) read more

HBC initiates quarterly dividend loss from continuing operations widens

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HBC initiates quarterly dividend; loss from continuing operations widens by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2012 11:05 am MDT TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX: HBC) plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of just over nine cents per share despite a wider loss from continuing operations.In its first quarterly report since returning to the public stock market, Canada’s oldest company said Tuesday its loss from continuing operations was $8.5 million or eight cents per share in the third quarter.That compared with a loss from continuing operations of $7.5 million or seven cents per share in the same year-earlier period.Revenues in the three months ended Oct. 27 were $930.4 million, up from $896.7 million in the 2011 period.The company’s net loss, which included a $6.5-million gain from discontinued operations, was $2 million or two cents per share.That compared with net income of almost $1.24 billion or $11.83 per share a year ago when the company enjoyed an unusual gain of almost $1.25 billion from discontinued operations.The dividend will be paid Dec. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 19.HBC said consolidated same store sales increased 3.5 per cent in the third quarter, with an increase of 4.5 per cent at Hudson’s Bay and 5.2 cent on a U.S. dollar basis at Lord & Taylor.The improvement in same store sales was primarily driven by stronger store-wide promotional events including Bay Days at Hudson’s Bay and Friends and Family at Lord & Taylor.However, foreign exchange rate movements related to the translation of Lord & Taylor results, and lower sales at Home Outfitters, negatively impacted consolidated same store results, it said.“Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor continued to deliver solid, mid-single digit same store sales increases for the third quarter of 2012, including an eight per cent same store sales increase in October at both banners,” CEO Richard Baker said in remarks accompanying the results.“This continued strong performance has allowed the company to approve an initial quarterly dividend of 9.375 cents per share.”HBC last traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2006 before it was taken private by U.S. businessman Jerry Zucker, who later died unexpectedly. New York-based NRDC Equity Partners acquired the company in 2008 for $1.1 billion from Zucker’s widow.Since then, the company has been working to transform its stores and revamp its image into a more upscale retailer.It returns to the public stock market last month was greeted with muted reaction as shares in the company closed slightly lower than the initial asking price of $17 on the first day of official trading.Hudson’s Bay shares were down two cents to $16.79 in Tuesday morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.HBC (TSX:HBC) plans to sell a total 21 million shares — about one-fifth of the company’s stock — raising about $365 million through its initial public offering. The $17 asking price values the company at about $2 billion.It said the IPO will primarily consist of a treasury offering of 14.7 million common shares, grossing about $250 million before expenses.Proceeds from that portion of the IPO will go to HBC, which will use the funds to reduce debt.There is also to be a secondary offering by Hudson’s Bay Company (Luxembourg) of 6.7 million common shares, for gross proceeds of $115 million for the selling shareholder.The private Luxembourg holding company will continue to have about 98 million common shares of the Toronto-based public company, or about 82 per cent of the Hudson’s Bay Co.’s outstanding stock. read more

UN rights chief calls for probe into protestor deaths in Bahrain

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued his call after what his Office (OHCHR) described as the deadliest security operation in the Al-Diraz area since March 2011 and the third one since December 2016. According to OHCHR, supporters of Sheikh Isa Qassem, the highest Shia authority in Bahrain, had been holding a sit-in since June 2016. At least five protesters were killed and some 286 individuals were arrested. Official accounts suggest that 19 security personnel were injured during the recent security operation by Bahraini security. The operation came two days after a Bahraini Court had handed down a one-year-suspended sentence to Sheikh Isa Qassem on charges related to illegal funding and money laundering. “I urge the Government to investigate the events of 23 May, in particular the loss of lives, to ensure that the findings are made public and that those responsible are held accountable,” High Commissioner Zeid said, also calling on all sides to refrain from violence. Reports that those who died were buried without the consent of their families were also disturbing, he said, adding that loved ones must be allowed to perform funerals in line with their customs and traditions.Last Wednesday, one of the country’s last remaining opposition groups, the National Democratic Action Society, also known as Waad, was dissolved by a court in Manama. Sources suggest that a number of activists and human rights defenders have also been summoned for interrogations in recent days, with allegations of ill treatment during the questioning. “Human rights defenders working in Bahrain reportedly continue to face restrictions, intimidation, interrogations, detention and travel bans,” Mr. Zeid said. “I urge Bahrain to choose a different path – one of engagement and dialogue, as well as accountability for violence, regardless of the perpetrator. My Office stands ready to offer technical assistance and advice on the promotion and protection of human rights in Bahrain.” read more

Yeboah Stony Brook hang on for 7167 win over Quinnipiac

NEW YORK — Akwasi Yeboah had 19 points and eight rebounds and Stony Brook scored 10 of the final 12 points to hold on for a 71-67 win over Quinnipiac on Saturday night.Stony Brook (7-1) is off to its best start since moving to Division I prior to the 1999-00 season.Jules Moor made a layup and then a 3-pointer to open the scoring and spark a 24-6 run over the first nine minutes and the Seawolves never trailed. Elijah Olaniyi scored nine points during that stretch and Yeboah added seven, including two 3s.Camron Young’s dunk with 13:50 to play capped a 10-0 run that trimmed Quinnipiac’s deficit to 47-40 and Tyrese Williams made a layup to pull the Bobcats within two points with 2:48 remaining. Miles Latimer and Yeboah each made a layup before Abdulai Bundu’s putback made it 65-61 with 59 seconds to go but Quinnipiac went 0 for 4 from the field from there.Young made 15 of 18 from the free-throw line and finished with a season-high 29 points for the Bobcats (2-4).The Associated Press read more

The NCAA Tournament Has Turned Into A Dunk Contest

In one of the most intoxicating games of this year’s NCAA Tournament, the UCF Knights went toe-to-toe with the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils. Leading up to and throughout the game, considerable bandwidth was spent debating whether the soon-to-be top pick in this year’s NBA draft, Zion Williamson, would add another body to his posterized graveyard. UCF center Tacko Fall, the would-be victim, chipped in 15 points on seven made shots, each of which came in eerily similar fashion. They were all dunks. At 7-foot-6, Fall is genetically predisposed to excel above the rim, as evidenced by his ability to jam it, flat-footed.Nobody this season dunked on Mike Krzyzewski’s squad more than Fall and the Knights. But the Blue Devils, which ultimately moved on with a win, are even more dunk crazy. And they aren’t the only team still playing in this tournament with eyes trained on the rim.This season’s Sweet 16 features a number of teams that relish slamming the ball through the cylinder. The teams have combined to produce 1,866 dunks this season. Three of the four dunk-happiest teams this season — Florida State, Duke, and LSU — are still in the field. Another contender, Gonzaga, ranks in the top 10 while Auburn, Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan rank in the top 30 by this measure. In all, six of this year’s Sweet 16 entries have a dunk share1The percentage of 2-point field-goal attempts that were dunks. exceeding 10 percent. Four years ago, only one did. Murray St.13.8✓ The dunkers are thrivingDivision I men’s college basketball teams for whom at least 10 percent of their 2-point field-goal attempts in 2018-19 were dunk attempts Stanford14.9 Of course, there are outliers. Most noticeably, Loyola-Chicago made a surprise run into and past the Sweet 16 a season ago. The Ramblers had just 15 dunks, accumulating a 1.6 percent dunk share. Duke squares off with Virginia Tech on Friday and has a clear edge on dunking; the Hokies (62 dunks) have fewer than a third as many dunks as the Blue Devils (188). But far more often, it seems that the high-flyers are moving on.Dunks have held a special place in the NCAA Tournament for decades. It’s how many came to know the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. It’s where Florida Gulf Coast, a plucky No. 15-seed in 2013, became known Dunk City. They have been everywhere this season and will continue to be, particularly with the regional semifinals featuring Florida State, Duke and LSU, three teams that have already skied for at least 177 dunks. The play has elevated the entertainment of the sport by a considerable measure.While the rise of the 3-pointer has justifiably garnered much attention, the dunk is the sport’s most marketable shot. The feat of athleticism is frequent fodder for highlight reels and commercials. And, since nearly 90 percent of all dunk attempts since 2010 have been converted into points, it’s likely the most efficient shot in basketball. What was once banned is now propelling the sport forward. So keep your eye on the rim this weekend as the Sweet 16 takes flight. Mississippi St.12.3✓ Little Rock10.6 William & Mary10.4 Marshall10.1 Xavier13.2 Auburn13.4✓✓ UCF14.0✓ Duke14.4✓✓ Nevada11.3✓ UCLA13.5 Vanderbilt10.3 Texas12.8 This is less about a few dunk-crazed teams and more a reflection of the nationwide trend in college basketball. As of Tuesday, there had been 19,550 dunks this season, the highest total of any season since at least 2010. Five years ago, for comparison, there were 17,687. Individually, the 2010 season featured 23 players who had at least 45 dunks. This season there are 36, seven of whom remain in the tournament. “We’re seeing more dunks,” Jay Bilas told The New York Times, “because there are more spectacular athletes out there.” Arkansas12.5 Arizona St.12.0✓ LSU14.2✓✓ Maryland10.7✓ To be sure, some of this is intuitive. Advances in science and technology make comparing today’s college athlete to those of yesteryear a comical examination. Perhaps more than ever, basketball rewards height — and, increasingly, arm length — and athleticism. Nowadays, warm-up lines seem to be as much for the fans as for the players. Tennessee is credited for starting a choreographed dunk during warm-ups that involves the entire team. It spread around the country and even reached the NBA.The digital market is saturated with looped clips of diminutive high-flyers, players leapfrogging multiple humans and guards audaciously double-pumping in transition. The NCAA’s official website ran a listicle of players it wants to see in a dunk contest.2Some posit that college already boasts the better contest. Because of his dunking prowess, Williamson eclipsed 1 million Instagram followers before he even got to college.As the number of dunk attempts has spiked, so too has their importance. Dunks accounted for 5.4 percent of all 2-point field goal attempts this season, the highest portion since 2014-15, and the fourth consecutive season that the national dunk share has risen.In fact, according to Bart Torvik’s website, three3Duke, Florida State and LSU. of the 12 teams with the most single-season dunks since 2010 can be found in this weekend’s regional semifinals. Source: Barttovik.com Georgia10.9 Alabama10.6 Texas Southern10.5 Washington10.3✓ Villanova12.8✓ Creighton10.3 Eastern Michigan12.6 Florida St.16.0✓✓ Texas A&M10.2 Virginia10.7✓✓ Gonzaga11.4✓✓ Dayton12.2 TeamShare of offense from DunksMade Tournament?Made Sweet 16? 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Flagship government policy to supervise inmates leaving prison severely criticised by inspectors

first_imgRe-offending rates among criminals given short jail sentences remain high and public protection work is “weak” despite a probation revolution, watchdogs have warned.Risks of harm presented by prisoners are not always recognised and victims are not always protected, according to an assessment of a key plank of a shake-up of how offenders are managed.Campaigners labelled the reforms a “reckless experiment”, while the Government insisted public protection is its “top priority”.The overhaul launched in 2014 saw the creation of National Probation Service (NPS) to deal with high-risk offenders, while remaining work was assigned to 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). Turning prisoners’ lives around is difficult, and success in individual cases is not guaranteed, even when everything possible is doneDame Glenys Stacey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Under the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, all prisoners sentenced to a year or less are now subject to 12 months of supervision on release. The change means an extra 50,000 individuals are supervised – an increase of around 25 per cent.CRCs are responsible for “through the gate” services, helping inmates to prepare for release and resettle in the community – including finding accommodation, employment or training and managing finances.A joint report from HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons said public protection work around short-sentence prisoners is “weak” and warned this is a “systemic problem”.The watchdogs raised concerns that the risk of harm to others from prisoners was not always recognised, which meant victims were not always protected – particularly in cases of domestic abuse.In one case, a registered sex offender released without any accommodation has since disappeared, according to the report. The inspectorates said rates of re-offending and recall to prison were high.A follow-up found that a quarter of the prisoners in the inspection sample had already been recalled to prison in connection with alleged new offences and/or for not keeping appointments under their licences.The picture was more positive for women, but the report said that many officers “conveyed a lack of hope and an almost fatalistic acceptance of the likelihood of failure”.In other findings the inspectorates, which looked at a sample of 86 cases, said:Not enough assistance was given to prisoners to resolve debts;Too many prisoners were released without any accommodation;Basic custody screenings, completed at the start of sentence by prison staff, drew only upon what the prisoner had said and were a “wholly inadequate” basis for resettlement planning;None of the prisoners in the sample had been helped into employment by through the gate services;CRCs are not sufficiently incentivised under their contract arrangements to give priority to through the gate work.HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey said: “There were great hopes for Through the Gate and there is still the potential for change that government and others wish to see.”But turning prisoners’ lives around is difficult, and success in individual cases is not guaranteed, even when everything possible is done, particular for those with mental illness or addictions.”There is far more chance of success if those involved are determined and incentivised to do the best possible job and systems are designed to support them.” Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Transforming Rehabilitation was supposed to turn lives around, reduce re-offending and make us all safer.”It is doing precisely the opposite – failing to help people find homes and employment, failing to prevent people committing further offences, and failing by exposing victims of crime to more danger.”Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:”We are already carrying out a comprehensive review of our probation reforms to improve outcomes for offenders and communities.”We want to incentivise good resettlement outcomes to cut crime and protect the public.”Public protection is our top priority and we will not hesitate to take the necessary action to make sure our vital reforms are being delivered to reduce re-offending, cut crime and prevent future victims.”last_img read more

Soto Consulting urges digital simulation operational reviews of processing plants

first_imgAustralia’s mining industry often acts as an indicator for the industry on a global level, and according to engineering and design company, Soto Consulting, it is also where pressures to achieve greater resources processing rates have unearthed a hidden risk for company owners and managers. “Situations are occurring where a processing plant is pushed to maximum capacity for the very first time, and these are unchartered waters for site owners that have never tested their technologies at that high level or beyond the nameplate capacity of their plant.” Soto carrries out plant analysis and capacity evaluations in the mining sector, and says the digital simulation environment is the ideal test platform for plant owners and managers to foresee any complications.“The fastest and most accurate approach is to review operational limitations of their plant using digital simulation means as a way – not just old plants but also new ones which are constructed with conflicting performance requirements to that originally planned during the design specification phase for the plant,” said Managing Director,Frank Soto. He cites an example of mine processing plant owners are aiming for 14,000 t/h on their conveyor systems, “which is a very fast rate and will almost certainly lead to new operational and maintenance issues that will impact on the operating cost of the plant.”“Pressures to increase rates are also taking existing plants into extra periods between shutdowns in operations, which extends the time frames between scheduled repair sessions. But perhaps the biggest cause for concern is that many plants are being tested under actual operating conditions with a high level of trial and error, taking guesses as to which parts may or may not work under the untested, increased workload. Our reasoning is that it is best to review a plant and assess it properly in the digital simulation environment before exposing it to a potentially crippling risk by taking chances ‘on the fly’. We have proven digital testing and prototyping methods and we can work out if we will get the additional uptime, throughput and capacity they are chasing.”Soto Consulting believes this approach is a form of operational expenditure which optimises a mine’s capital expenditure. Using rapid prototyping and simulations, it enables identification of areas where modifications to an existing plant can increase throughput, reliability and maintainability. “Sometimes this approach even unearths safety issues which should have been imbedded in design but generally aren’t, therefore improving access and safety for employees. As many plants reach their maximum operating capacity and now start to go beyond the original specifications the risk is that plants start to fail and breakdown prematurely. The peak performance and throughput may be negated due to extended breakdowns and outages that reduces overall plant throughput and increases operational expenditure.”last_img read more

Spain prevented upset against brave Norway

Spanish dream of lifting their first EHF Euro trophy in history, came one step closer to becoming realityas ‘Hispanos’ managed to secure a late comeback against rampant Norway.‘The Vikings’ showed a fine example of Scandinavian handball tonight, as theytook Spain to the swordwith 7 goals from the line-player Myrhol. His goal-scoring record was matched by his Spanish counterpart Canellas, who found his range going into the second half. Last minutes of the game have seen a big fight at both ends but Norway didn’t have any more tricks up their sleeve as the score stood at27-25 for Spain. Spain opened the game well, with 8:4 in the first 12 minutes of the game.; courtesy of Barcelona winger Thomas who scored 4 goal early into the match. Norway kept playing as Myrhol brought them within reach with his goal in 18th minute. That was as close as Norway could get in the first half being four goals apart at the interval; 12:8 for Spain at the break.Second half saw Spaingo to a five-goal advantage thaks to Andreu; goalkeeper Sierra should also be credited as the kept most of Hansen’s shots away from his goal. Lindboe brought back the one-goal deficit, as a turnover from Canellas granted him a fast-breakBjornsen put the score back on level terms at 15:15 with a penalty, 40 minutes in.  Hansen was struggling no more, as he nets his team the lead, with 15:16. Two clear-cut chances from Tvedten denied as his replacement LIndboe sets the score at 16:17. Norways’s first two-goal lead came from Lokkebo, with 15 minutes to play, it was 16-18 in favor of ‘The Vikings’.Aalborg-based goalkeeper, Erevik earned himself his 18th save of the match, keeping a penalty from Thomas. Hansen comes to play once again, delivering a two-goal lead for Norway with 10 minutes left until the final whistle. The Norwegians won’t be counting chickens just yet, as the Spanish variety in defense (5-1) did wonders to get them back into the game. Errors came from the Norwegian defense, allowing Spain to score 4-1 run, mainly thanks to Canellas’ efforts from the 7-meter line. Canellas brought the difference back to one for his team, replacing Thomas as the penalty taker;23:22.Goals came from Thomas Andreu And Canellas, contested by Tonesen and Kjellingto se Norway back with a chance of taking something from this game in the last minute, with 26-25. Coach Hedin was reluctant to push his defense forward in the last thirty seconds, thus depriving his team a chance of taking one point.It was Ugalde who sealed their faith with two seconds remaining on the clock, making it 27-25 in favor of the World Champions.After this win, Spain is through to the Main Round, but will battle for the top of he group in a direct duel with Iceland, while Norway will seek their chance in match against Hungary on Saturday.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC aalborgDenmarkeuro 2014IcelandNorwaySpain ← Previous Story Macedonia takes a big step towards the Main Round Next Story → Danish easy win over Austria read more

Jim Sarris appointed as new Head of Delphi Bank

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Jim Sarris has been appointed as the new Head of Delphi Bank. A career banker with more than 20 years experience in large financial institutions in Australia, Mr Sarris has been appointed in the role following his most recent position as the Head of Corporate Banking.He believes focusing on Delphi’s strengths as a bespoke financial services provider will lead to a range of exciting growth opportunities in an ever changing banking environment.He said he looked forward to building on the solid brand and working closely to further reinforce the existing strong community and customer connections to lead the Bank into the future.“Engagement and commitment to our community are fundamental to Delphi Bank,” Mr Sarris said.“The Hellenic community will continue to be at the core of our strategy and Delphi Bank is well placed to offer premium services and products to new and existing clients.“I believe leveraging the benefits of being part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group will also provide exciting prospects for connecting with a wider customer segment.”Mr Sarris is already very well connected within the Hellenic community, and has been a founding member of the Bank of Cyprus Australia since 2000, which then became Delphi Bank in 2013.“Delphi Bank is the largest Hellenic bank in Australia, with a strong track record of growth driven by successful community engagement and customer satisfaction.“We’re really excited about the future of Delphi Bank, which has robust foundations for growth in this dynamic environment,” Mr Sarris added.Previously, as a Director of the Bank of Cyprus Australia’s Charity Foundation, Mr Sarris led the Foundation over a three year period raising and donating well over $300,000 to organisations such as Very Special Kids, Agapi Care, Australian Greek Welfare Society (now Pronia) and Camp Australia.last_img read more

OGM le gouvernement décidé à agir contre la culture du maïs Monsanto

first_imgOGM : le gouvernement décidé à agir contre la culture du maïs MonsantoSuite à l’annulation de la suspension de la culture du maïs Monsanto 810 par le Conseil d’Etat, la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet s’est dite déterminée à faire de nouveau interdire la culture de cet OGM en France. L’annonce de la décision a suscité de vives réactions. Hier, le Conseil d’Etat a décidé d’annuler la suspension de culture du maïs OGM de Monsanto que le gouvernement français avait voté en février 2008, estimant que celle-ci ne se basait pas sur une base juridique acceptable. Face à cette décision, les ministres de l’Ecologie et de l’Agriculture ont ainsi affirmé que tous les moyens étaient désormais à l’étude pour parvenir à interdire en France cette culture. À lire aussiEt si des plantes bioluminescentes étaient en passe de détrôner les lampadaires ?”Je suis plus déterminée et plus convaincue encore qu’en 2008 de la nécessité pour nous d’interdire la culture du Monsanto 810 en France et nous sommes en ce moment même en train d’étudier les modalités juridiques pour poursuivre cette interdiction”, a confié à l’AFP la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. Elle a également ajouté : “quatre études sont venus conforter les inquiétudes qu’on avait en 2008”, précisant que le Haut Conseil des biotechnologies avait notamment fait état de “lacunes dans la surveillance” des effets du Monsanto 810 sur les insectes.De son côté, le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire a lui aussi affirmé que le gouvernement restait “défavorable” à ce type de culture car “il reste encore trop d’incertitudes sur les conséquences pour l’environnement”. Quant aux ONG, elles ont lancé un appel semblable au gouvernement pou inciter une action rapide : “si le gouvernement ne fait pas le nécessaire, en mettant en place une nouvelle interdiction, on risque de voir réapparaître les OGM dans nos champs dès le printemps prochain”, a prévenu Sylvain Tardy, directeur des campagnes de Greenpeace France. Une “clause de sauvegarde solide et conforme au droit européen” “Le Conseil d’Etat n’interdit pas d’interdire, il dit simplement qu’il faut le faire selon une procédure différente, avec une question mieux posée et une décision au final qui soit mieux motivée”, a toutefois précisé à l’AFP l’avocat spécialiste des questions environnementales Arnaud Gossement. Pour l’heure, la question reste donc en suspens dans l’attente d’une décision du gouvernement mais l’eurodéputé EELV José Bové a d’ores et déjà proposé son aide pour rédiger une nouvelle “clause de sauvegarde solide et conforme au droit européen”. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 09:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Panne Orange lopérateur penserait à indemniser ses clients

first_imgPanne Orange : l’opérateur penserait à indemniser ses clientsSuite à la panne qui a eu lieu hier et qui aurait touché 30 à 40 millions d’abonnés, l’opérateur n’a pas ménagé ses efforts pour rétablir rapidement la situation. Le réseau enfin rétabli, un indemnisation envers les clients serait au bout du fil.”J’étais chez SFR, et je suis passé récemment à Orange. Je regrette un peu mon choix…” disait un passant hier soir à la caméra de BFM TV. Des clients étonnés, déçus, mais surtout perplexes face à la panne géante qui a touché le réseau de l’opérateur historique, dont les prémices aurait débuté vers 10h30, rapporte le Parisien.Au mutisme de la part de la direction d’Orange a succédée la valse des ministres Fleur Pellerin (Ministre déléguée à l’économie numérique) et Arnaud Montebourg (ministre du redressement productif), plus rassurante.  Mme Pellerin prévoyant l’espoir d’un rétablissement rapide de la situation.Chose faite cette nuit vers 3h20, annoncé par un communiqué d’Orange : “l’ensemble des services du réseau de téléphonie mobile Orange est revenu à la normale vers 03h20 (…) Les clients d’Orange, sur tout le territoire, ont rencontré de grandes difficultés pour passer des appels et envoyer des sms entre 15h00 et 00h30. Quant à l’internet mobile, les difficultés ont persisté jusqu’à 03h20, heure du retour à la normale “.À lire aussiiPhone 5 : retour en stock chez Free Mobile, Orange, Joe et Virgin MobileL’opérateur ouvrant sa missive par des excuses : “nous présentons toutes nos excuses à nos clients et à nos partenaires pour cet incident rarissime et nous travaillons à une indemnisation de nos clients “. Des interrogations face à la grogne des utilisateursEn réponse à cette panne historique ayant touché ses clients directs (environ 26 millions) ainsi que ceux de certains opérateurs virtuels (mvno) tel que Sosh ou Virgin Mobile, Orange travaillerait donc à une solution d’indemnisation. Hier, dans la rue, dans les forums de discussion et sur les sites internet, cette solution apparaissait comme l’unique réponse espérée par les clients de l’opérateur, et même par certaines célébrités (Amel Bent, David Hallyday, Anthony de l’émission de téléréalité Koh-Lanta) exhortant Orange à vite rétablir la situation, devenant de par leur présence médiatique sur Twitter, de véritables porte-paroles.Remboursements au pro rata de forfaits, heures ou connexions de données offertes ? Pour l’heure, aucune de ces solutions n’a été avancée par Orange, et les clients devront patienter pour avoir le fin mot de ce black-out téléphonique de 13 heures. Des interrogations qui se jumèleront avec celle concernant la nature de cette panne historique, inconnue pour l’instant, même si Orange assure qu’il ne s’agissait pas ici d’un “acte de malveillance”.Le 7 juillet 2012 à 10:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Begich says hes no moper urges Native youth to persist

first_imgFormer U.S. senator Mark Begich spoke to the Elders and Youth Conference today, one of his biggest Alaskan audiences since he lost re-election and left office in January.Download AudioBegich urged the young attendees to participate in their communities, to vote and to stay positive. He drew on his own life for illustration.“A lot of people assume that somehow I was born and then I was in public office. Just magically occurred. That is not the case,” he said. “I have won elections and I have lost elections. The question is: what do you do?”Begich recounted his early beginnings in civic life, how he started a non-alcoholic teen nightclub to give Anchorage youth like himself something to do, and why he first ran for public office.“When I ran for Anchorage Assembly at the age of 26 … the reason I decided to run was not because I said to myself, ‘Geez, I want to be an assembly person,’” he said. “I ran because I wanted to do something for the community I lived in, that I felt it had already been good to me, at that young age, and I wanted to give something back.”If it bore some resemblance to a campaign speech, his spokeswoman, Rachel Barinbaum  says the ex-senator was on the agenda to discuss “Your Voice: Action, Advocacy and the 2015 Elders and Youth Resolutions,” with a request from the hosts to pitch the importance of voting.One of his key messages is to remain tenacious and not take rejection as the final word.“When I ran for mayor and lost twice before winning. It wasn’t sitting around moping and saying, ‘Well the sky has fallen. I lost an election. My life is over.’ No. Got right back up,” Begich told the audience. “As I said earlier: Persistence. Positive attitude. Know you can make a difference.”After leaving the Senate, Begich formed a consulting group and signed on with a D.C. lobbying firm to be a strategic advisor. He has also worked as an advisor for the law firm Sonosky Chambers and on a campaign to kill the Iran nuclear deal.Begich has been repeatedly asked if he is considering a run against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, or maybe Congressman Don Young. He hasn’t announced any future political plans.Young and Sen. Dan Sullivan, the man who unseated Begich, are due to address the AFN convention on Thursday, followed by Murkowski on Friday.last_img read more

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