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Justice Sonia Sotomayor to headline Vermont’s 15th Annual Women’s Economic Conference

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says this year’s 15th Annual Vermont Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference, set for Saturday, October 8, in Randolph, will feature a special guest: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Leahy said Justice Sotomayor will begin this year’s sessions with a question-and-answer forum with conference-goers.   ‘Marcelle and I are delighted that she is coming to Vermont,’ said Leahy.  ‘She personifies the American Dream, and her life and achievements already have inspired so many.  She is a perfect match for this conference and its purpose.’ This is the 15th year for the popular day-long conferences, which Leahy launched 15 years ago.  The free sessions will be hosted at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont, with lunch and child care included.  This year’s practical, how-to workshops will offer tools for women at all stages of professional development, to expand and succeed in business planning and strategic media planning, to hone leadership skills, and to discover and apply techniques in work-and-life balance.  Online registration for the conference begins September 6 at www.leahy.senate.gov(link is external). (FRIDAY, Aug. 26) — Senator Patrick Leahylast_img read more

Mexico Takes New and Important Leadership Roles in Central America

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo June 12, 2017 Dr. Richard Downie was director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, from March 2004-March 2013. As such, he was a fixed presence at the security conferences co-sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) every year. The Perry Center is located at the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C., and provides security and defense education to personnel from U.S. Northern Command, SOUTHCOM, and partner nations in the Americas.Now a senior partner at Deplhi Strategic Consulting, which specializes in security and defense issues in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Dr. Downie attended the 2017 Central American Security Conference, in Cozumel, Mexico, to moderate a roundtable on regional cooperation to combat transnational threats in Central America. Diálogo spoke with Dr. Downie during the conference, in April, to discuss security and defense issues affecting the region, among other topics.Diálogo: How important is the fact that Mexico co-hosted CENTSEC for the first time?Dr. Richard Downie: Mexico being a co-host with SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM is really important, not only because they are present, but the country is showing a leadership role. And they are taking it on. What I saw this morning during my session, which was about building a network of regional cooperation to address transnational threats, was that you need a strong network of good actors to work against the networks of bad actors, and what you saw here today was an agreement, in principle, on all those issues. Where it breaks down is what you need to get that cooperation to happen, and what type of cooperation you actually need. In my opinion, the most important issue discussed today was information sharing. Also, I saw that rather than just being a conference where people get to know one another, the senior military and other leaders present really want to take the next step towards building that network and taking the steps that are needed to build the cooperation that they will have, or need to have to address these transnational threats in the region.Diálogo: What do you think is the next step in order to accomplish something concrete?Dr. Richard Downie: I think the real value of having Mexico here is that they can take the leadership role. United States has done plenty in the region, and Mexico now willing to take a leadership role is extremely important. We saw them step up today, because they are leaders in the region, and they are taking other leadership roles in the region, such as with the Inter-American Defense Board, and the meeting of ministers of defense [Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas]. I think their ability and willingness to take on some of the leadership roles with Central America will make a huge difference.Diálogo: That lines up exactly with what Admiral Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander, wants for the region, correct?Dr. Richard Downie: Correct. Admiral Tidd puts great emphasis on trying to build these relationships [with partner nations], but he understands the limitations. What are those limitations? We need to delve into those a bit more. That is what I was trying to do today in my session, to really get to the heart of what are the issues that are keeping us from taking the next step, and that is what he wants to achieve. At this level they can decide anything they want. But you have to have the political coverage. There has to be some sort of framework, agreement, or some sort of a legislative agreement, international legislative agreement, to do something, to move this level of cooperation ahead. Otherwise, it just ends up being another conference, another discussion, and “hopefully we’ll do something next year.” I hope that we’ve gotten to the point where we really need to move this along.Diálogo: Do you think the reason for inviting ministers of defense to this conference was to actually achieve something? Because the generals and admirals can meet and decide things but there is a political side of it, right?Dr. Richard Downie: That is exactly right. The problem is something is missing. Because you have all these high-level conferences, such as CENTSEC, but what is needed to actually make a difference against these transnational threats is not happening. Therefore, what we were trying to find out, at least that is what I was trying to do in my session, was the step we need to take to get us there. And that is a very hard thing. I mean, it’s not easy to get that kind of information sharing. We raised the issue [during the roundtable] about the fact that last week there was a Russian plane that was approaching the U.S. airspace near Alaska, and jets went up to intercept those aircraft, and the jets were American and Canadian planes. That is an amazing feat, that you had U.S. and Canadian planes working together to intercept Russian planes. That is the level of confidence that is truly an example for the world. But they didn’t get there overnight; that was [the result of] decades of effort, to make that level of cooperation, and trust work. That was Admiral Tidd’s point this morning, we’ve got to build that trust, and you’ve got to start somewhere. It’s that first step. We’ve been talking about this, but it’s not there yet.Diálogo: More and more we see some countries’ armed forces participating in supporting their police. Do you see this as a trend or do you think that somehow the armed forces will go back to their original role, which is protecting their countries’ sovereignty?Dr. Richard Downie: I think what you saw, particularly in the comments from El Salvador and Honduras, is that they do not want their military to take on the policing role. El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala all talked about the requirement for the military to be involved in supporting the police, not to do the police’s job for them, because the police just don’t have the capability. It takes time to build up not only the size of the police, the capability of the police, to be able to function as they are doing. But the Minister of Defense of El Salvador, General Munguía Payés said, “you’ve got to walk in one of our neighborhoods, to understand.” This is not a public security problem. It’s much bigger than that. So what they are seeing is not what we view as a typical police problem. You’ve got military focused on what is essentially a big police problem. What he is saying, and what you are seeing in other countries as well –I am sure in the Northern Triangle they are all facing this– is that this is a lot more than a policing problem. You need to come down here to see it. But this is a huge effort that the police alone just can’t handle.last_img read more

EU plans to step up fight against child sex abuse

first_imgTopics : The European Union is set to unveil a package of measures to better combat child sex abuse after online demand for illegal content involving minors soared during the coronavirus lockdowns, an EU commissioner said Sunday.EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Germany’s Die Welt daily that she wanted to lead “a more efficient fight” against the scourge of child abuse, including through closer cooperation with social media companies.”Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for material showing the sexual abuse of children has risen by 30 percent in some member states,” she said in comments translated into German. The internet is “sadly a decisive factor” for potential perpetrators looking for victims, she added, underscoring that more cooperation with internet companies was needed.Experts have repeatedly sounded the alarm about vulnerable children forced to stay indoors for much of the past few months as part of efforts to halt the coronavirus, potentially trapping them with their abusers and cutting them off from outside help.There has also been concern that the millions of children spending more time online are at greater risk of being groomed on the internet by pedophiles.The urgency of the problem was highlighted again when German police on Saturday said they had detained 11 people accused of being part of a pedophile ring and filming their actions.Officers seized hard disks containing up to 500 terabytes of data, including videos and photos, from the cellar of one of the suspects, a 27-year-old man from the western city of Muenster.Investigators have identified at least three potential victims aged five, 10 and 12 years old. center_img The new plan, which Johansson said would be presented “soon”, would include the creation of a new EU center to help member states “investigate, prevent and combat child sex abuse” and facilitate cross-border information sharing.She also called for tougher action against perpetrators.”We need prevention strategies but we can’t rely on that alone,” Johansson said. “We also need to enforce our laws when they are broken and show that our values prevail, both on the internet and in real life.”last_img read more

Freshman Salazar looks to continue contributing as Syracuse travels to Miami (Fla.)

first_imgCorrection: In a previous version of this article, the number of times Salazar won both a singles and doubles match was misstated. Salazar had won a singles and doubles match once before. The Daily Orange regrets this error.Valeria Salazar has not allowed her recent success to change her demeanor on the court.When Salazar delivered a big win for Syracuse against Florida State on March 7, the freshman cracked a smile as teammates rushed to congratulate her on the court.But Salazar wasn’t prepared to remain content with the victory over the Seminoles. The expectations would remain the same moving forward — to continue performing at a very high level during her first season with the Orange.“I’ve been playing since I was 10, and have traveled to many places,” Salazar said. “The experience of wanting to win, and being in that tough position (to win) makes you really want it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Syracuse (2-8, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to face Miami (Fla.) (12-2, 6-0) on Friday, Salazar is primed to continue rising as a reliable contributor. Her success with Maddie Kobelt in doubles, as well as her recent improvement in singles matches, has played a critical role in SU’s two victories against ranked teams.Regardless of the outcome, Salazar stays calm and collected and always reminds herself of the unpredictability of the game.“Sometimes you lose, and sometimes you’re lucky and you win,” Salazar said. “That’s how tennis goes.”With injuries to Aleah Marrow and Breanna Bachini, Salazar has embraced her increasing role with the team. In her victory against Florida State, she won both a singles and doubles match, a sign that her hard work was leading to success against ranked opponents.Head coach Shelley George acknowledged that Salazar has grown as a player due to the leadership around her, and is gaining the respect of her teammates through her recent success.“Valeria has great leadership there on the court with her,” George said. “Maddie is a senior, she’s been through all of this before. But Valeria’s got her own game. She can make her own shots as well.”Salazar has improved her development as a player while playing alongside Kobelt. While Kobelt has led the doubles pairing all season, she believes that Salazar has delivered on her end in the matches.“All season we’ve been playing together, and she has been rock solid,” Kobelt said. “She has done a really great job with composing herself and executing the right shots.”Salazar has excelled in SU’s rotation because of her willingness to take risks and do whatever is necessary to win matches. A recent example was her victory in the singles match against Florida State’s Kristina Schleich. Salazar had allowed a 5-2 lead in the final set to slip away.But her resiliency paid off as she rallied to win the next two points and secure a 7-5 victory.“I went for too much in that match point, but I had to do something,” she said. “I had to go out for all of my shots. I had to keep playing my game.”As Syracuse looks to earn its first road win of the season, Salazar believes she is very fortunate with her recent performances against quality teams in the ACC.And against the Hurricanes, she could be the difference-maker.Said Salazar: “I’m just very happy that I am able to be in this position. I have played many matches before, but this is a different atmosphere.” Comments Published on March 20, 2014 at 12:10 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp lose out to Clare

first_imgLast year’s Waterford Crystal Cup champions Tipperary have been knocked out of this year’s competition. Brendan Maher had a last minute chance to level the game with Clare but couldn’t convert it. The full time score was Clare 16 Tipperary 15. Clare now go on to play Cork in the semi-final of the competition.last_img