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Six years a hostage

first_imgOne moment she was stumping on the campaign trail, and the next she was a guerrilla hostage. Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt described the physical and mental torment of spending more than six years in captivity during her remarks Wednesday (Dec. 8) at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS).Rescued by the Colombian army in 2008, it was apparent that the emotional wounds from her ordeal were still fresh as Betancourt discussed her struggles — with the guards, with other hostages, and within herself — that marked the slow passage of years in jungle deprivation.Betancourt’s story was elicited through questions from History Professor Caroline Elkins, chair of the Committee on Ethnic Studies, which, along with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, sponsored the event. Betancourt’s appearance followed the release of her account of the ordeal, “Even Silence has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle.”Betancourt was a presidential candidate in 2002 for Colombia’s Green Oxygen Party, traveling in territory where an armed guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), was operating. After being denied the military escort she had been promised, Betancourt decided to push ahead and soon was captured at a FARC checkpoint.“I was thrown, like the snap of a finger, from civilization to prehistoric living,” Betancourt said.She was rescued along with several other hostages when Colombian army personnel disguised as FARC soldiers pretended they were taking the hostages to meet international humanitarian workers, loaded them on a helicopter, and flew them to freedom. Betancourt was very ill at the time and suffering from hepatitis.Betancourt described the brutality of their teenage guards, but much of the hostages’ ire was directed not at the guards but at each other. Betancourt, who has been criticized by other hostages for her behavior, didn’t duck Elkins’ questions about the subject, saying the hostages couldn’t vent their frustration and anger on the guards — who could shoot them — and so turned on each other.Elkins, who reviewed Betancourt’s book for The New York Times in September, observed that Betancourt’s account deals not only with what happened, but also with her internal struggle during that time. Elkins said the book was not only an account of self-discovery but also a “devastating self-critique.”Betancourt, who drew a capacity crowd to the CGIS’s Tsai Auditorium, said writing the book was a kind of torture in itself. Each day, she had to sit down to write and return to the jungle, relive what happened to her, and confront her own behavior. During this process, Betancourt said, she struggled with whether she should leave out less-flattering incidents, but once having written them down, elected to leave them in. The process, she said, was a way for her to tell her family what happened, something she was unable to do talking to them after her rescue.“I couldn’t talk about it because of the emotions I had and because of the emotions they had,” Betancourt said. “The process of writing was torture, forcing myself every day to go back into the jungle into that situation.”Betancourt said she went through a process of forgiveness, first for herself and then for others.Though her internal journey took up a good portion of the discussion, she also recounted the physical deprivations and hardships, which were considerable. Hostages were pushed on forced marches further and further into the jungle. She was held with other hostages in close quarters, where the boredom and constant threat of violence kept them on each others’ nerves. They were never allowed to settle, and each morning had to pack up their belongings in case the army got too close and they had to flee. Each afternoon, they’d unpack again, whether they moved or not.She was eventually kept at a makeshift prison camp with other hostages, including three American contractors, one of whom clashed repeatedly with her. The guards were changed periodically, and each time new guards arrived she observed a gradual but steady transition in their attitudes toward the prisoners, from kind to brutal, a transition she attributed to the effects of having total power over another.Betancourt repeatedly tried to escape, but was captured and punished each time — chained by the neck to a tree after one attempt. She spoke of the relief she obtained from reading the Bible and said one kind guard taught her to weave a belt.Through it all, Betancourt said, the memory of her children and family — her father died while she was in captivity — kept her going.“My driving force was my love for my children,” Betancourt said.Harvard History Professor Caroline Elkins (left) speaks with Ingrid Betancourt. Elkins reviewed Betancourt’s book, “Even Silence has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle,” for The New York Times.last_img read more

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Connectivity Made Simple with MyService360

first_imgInclusion of Additional ProductsYour inventory list in the ‘Connectivity’ section will now include software products that are capable of connecting home (i.e. sending files home to Dell EMC).  Review the ‘Not Connected’ view within this section (Figure 2) to see which of your hardware and software products are capable of connecting home to Dell EMC, and take action to connect your systems appropriately. Dell EMC recommends connecting your eligible systems via ESRS v3 to maximize your product performance.  Learn more about this proactive, remote monitoring capability and how to get connected below.New Representation of Connection TypesThe connection types displayed within your view have now been grouped as ‘ESRS’ and ‘Other’, helping you to hone in on the most relevant information to you.  Reference the products in the ‘Connected’ section with an ‘Other’ connection to identify opportunities for an upgrade to ESRS for optimal connectivity.  You can reference a list of ESRS-supported products here.Note: The ‘Connected via Other’ category includes email, dial home, and connection channels for products acquired by legacy EMC. While these are valid connection channels, ESRS is considered the gold-standard of connectivity for your eligible legacy EMC products.Get Connected with Secure Remote Services (ESRS)Prevent unplanned interruptions to your data and IT environment, by connecting your eligible products with ESRS v3.  Secure Remote Services (ESRS v3) is a highly secure, two-way remote connection between your legacy EMC products and Dell EMC Customer Service.  By enabling continuous remote monitoring and proactive remote troubleshooting, ESRS helps ensure the health of your environment behind the scenes, so you can focus on your business objectives.  ESRS also enriches your MyService360 experience by creating a consistent, secure data feed back to Dell EMC, ensuring that the data you access, such as code levels, is current and high-value.Let Dell EMC help take the guesswork out of maintaining a healthy IT environment.  Visit the getting started page and enable ESRS v3 for your eligible products listed as ‘Not Connected’ in the ‘Connectivity’ section of MyService360, today.Need Help?Reference the ESRS Forum within the Dell EMC Community Network for quick guides and reference materials when connecting your systems with ESRS.Ensuring the accuracy of your data is our priority.  Please open a Service Request if you have any data-specific questions.Should you have any other questions or feedback on your online experience, please submit them through the Help and Feedback form.For detailed instructions on using the ‘Connectivity’ section of MyService360, please visit the Help Page.Lauren ContiDell EMCProduct Marketing ManagerFollow us @DellEMCSupport While product connectivity plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy IT environment, Dell EMC knows it can be complicated at times to understand all of its facets. You may find yourself asking questions like “What does it mean if my product is ‘connected’?”, “How do I know which of my products can get connected?”, or “How do I connect my systems?”. To address these questions and create a simpler, more transparent online service experience, Dell EMC has introduced a revised set of data rules and definitions for the ‘Connectivity’ section of your MyService360 dashboard.Key Elements of Your Enhanced ‘Connectivity’ View: ConnectedDell EMC has received an incoming file(s) – i.e. the product has ‘connected home’ – via ESRS, email, or other connection channel.There are two product-specific exceptions to this definition:Isilon – As Isilon products are clustered systems, the connectivity status of an Isilon product is determined at the cluster level.Data Domain – Unless reconfigured to adopt ESRS connectivity, the device may be presumed to be connected due to a proprietary connectivity solution integrated into Data Domain devices. Simplified Definition of ConnectivityTo make it easier to quickly assess which of your products are connected, the ‘Connectivity’ section of MyService360 now uses these more straightforward connection status definitions for your products: Not ConnectableYour system is not capable of sending file(s) or device data to Dell EMC.With some product exceptions, your system may be connected via a related system, for example, a clustered configuration.center_img Not ConnectedDell EMC has not received an incoming file(s) via ESRS, email or other connection channel.Note: You may have declined the option to send system files or device data to Dell EMC, or you have not yet established connectivity with Dell EMC for your device.  Read on to learn how to connect your eligible systems. Please note that the following information pertains to your legacy EMC Install Base.  Connectivity is defined using different parameters for your legacy Dell equipment.  Modified Connectivity MeasurementWith these revised data rules and definitions surrounding connectivity, your connectivity rates will now be measured based on the total population of products in your Install Base that are capable of connecting home.  Please note that this modified measurement may adjust the percentages of ‘Connected’ and ‘Not Connected’ systems you see in the initial ‘Connectivity at a Glance’ view within this section (Figure 1).last_img read more

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Credit union leaders bring ‘robust agenda’ to CUNA GAC Hill visits

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly 5,000 credit union leaders will bring a robust agenda to members of the U.S. Congress and other policymakers at CUNA’s upcoming Governmental Affairs Conference , says CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.In CUNA’s “The Weekly Legislative Update,” Donovan highlights how GAC participants will come ready to talk about preserving the credit union tax status, stopping merchant data breaches and improving merchant data security standards, and enacting credit union regulatory relief in the wake of Dodd-Frank and other rulemakings.“Credit unions weren’t part of the problem (which caused the economic downturn), but they’re certainly being impacted by the solution to the problem. We need to tell Congress to remove those barriers and let credit unions serve their members–that’s the key message we’re going to be delivering at the GAC,” Donovan says in the update. continue reading »last_img read more

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Families enjoy first ever Visions of Christmas in the Park

first_imgENDWELL (WBNG) — From crafts to pictures with Santa, the first ever Visions of Christmas event was all about holiday cheer. “We’re here for the winter fun, for the holiday activities and to bring the little one to have fun,” said Karen Gonzalez of Port Crane. “We’ve been very busy today we’ve had cookie decorating lots of crafts of course Santa is here with his elves,” said DeHate. The event was a collaborative effort between Visions Federal Credit Union and the Town of Union. “I was trying to hang out with my family and my Nana told me this was a good park to sled at and we’re just ready to have some fun,” said Serenity Slater of Whitney Point. “It’s wonderful to bring the families out for things to do its very very nice our communities need more things like this,” said Gonzalez. The event at Visions included a visit from Santa as well as some balloon twisters. Meanwhile at Highland Park, the holiday fun continued with outdoor activities including a mechanical reindeer. Also a sense of community, no matter the weather. “We’ve had an event here from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and up at Highland Park they have festivities starting at 2:30,” said Mandy DeHate of Visions Federal Credit Union. Having fun seemed to be a common theme for everyone who stopped by Highland Park Sunday afternoon. “Being a part of the Town of Union we thought it was really important to have a collaborative event,” DeHate said. The event also included a tree lighting and fireworks show.last_img read more

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Sabers working to get in game shape ahead of the season

first_imgCONKLIN (WBNG) – The Susquehanna Valley girls basketball team is beginning to prepare for a season that is expected to begin January 4. “As long as we are still able to play its worth it,” said Hogan. For sophomore Brynn Hogan and junior Kaelyn Roloson, they are excited to be back on the court in any way possible. On the court it’s a whole new ballgame having to wear a mask for the entirety of practice. “For us it’s awesome, it’s been a really long seven months without basketball,” said head coach Chad Freije. “To finally be back playing basketball it’s a great feeling. Something we all needed and missed a little bit.” Today, state officials gave low and moderate risk sports the green light to begin. High-risk sports, including basketball have not been cleared by the state. For coach Freije, his first goal for offseason workouts is about getting his team back in shape. “I like it even though it’s a lot at once but it’s good to get back,” said Roloson. “They have them on different days so it’s been pretty easy to juggle them all,” said Hogan. Both girls are three sport athletes which presents a new challenge this school year. They are adjusting to a new schedule, with practice for all three sports during the week. With games hopefully right around the corner, the Sabers are doing whatever they have to do. “We’re trying to ease them back in for some of the drills and conditioning to get them where they need to be come January 4th,” said Freije. “We’re adapting to it, we are just glad we can be here,” said Roloson. last_img read more

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Australia says borders likely to stay closed until 2021

first_imgTopics : “We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely,” Birmingham said in a speech to the National Press Club.The return of international students will be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed as international education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26.14 billion) a year.Australia has had more than 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 people have died from COVID-19, the disease it causes.It recorded its biggest daily rise in new infections in more than a month on Wednesday, with the most of them in Victoria, the second most populous state.Victoria reported 21 new cases overnight, of which 15 are returned travellers in quarantine, taking the total tally for the day to 22 cases, with some states yet to report their data. Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travellers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday.Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social-distancing rules.Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time.last_img read more

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PM warns France ‘not to let down guard’ as virus cases surge

first_imgCastex, a right-wing technocrat, was named prime minister last month in a cabinet reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron. Before his appointment, Castex masterminded the plan that took France out of lockdown.He faces a delicate August in the frontline of the health crisis, with Macron decamped for his annual holiday at the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat in the south of France. The country has emerged relatively swiftly from a two-month lockdown imposed to combat the virus, but this has come with the risk of an increase in cases. France, which has registered over 30,000 deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic, recorded thousands of new confirmed infections last week, prompting some regions to reimpose local restrictions.”We are seeing an increase in the figures for the epidemic which should make us more attentive than ever,” Castex said.”I call on every French person to remain very vigilant. The fight against the virus depends of course on the state, local communities, institutions, but also on each of us,” he added. Topics : Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday urged France “not to let down its guard” in the fight against the coronavirus in order to prevent a new national lockdown, as concern grows over a surge in cases.”The virus has not gone on holiday and neither have we,” the premier said on a visit to the northeastern city of Lille.”We need to protect ourselves against this virus, without putting a stop to our economic and social life, in other words avoiding the risk of a new generalized lockdown.” Outdoor masks obligatory The city of Lille, a bustling hub close to the Belgian border, has been the subject of particular concern with the prevalence of the virus doubling to 38 people per 100,000 in just two weeks.In parts of the city it is now obligatory to wear masks outside to limit contagion, a move that local authorities in France can decide themselves.Outdoor mask-wearing has also been made mandatory in parts of the northern region of Mayenne, as well as the popular coastal holiday destinations of Biarritz, Saint-Malo and Le Touquet.The mayor of the southern city of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced Monday that masks would be obligatory on some streets, including the busiest ones by the Mediterranean Sea.Asked how long the measure would remain in force, he replied: “Until someone tells me that the virus is not circulating.”Police were already out on the streets of Nice to enforce the new rule, but fines for not wearing masks — which can go as high as 135 euros ($158) — will only be imposed from Wednesday.The French government has encouraged citizens to go on holiday this year, especially within the country, in the hope of giving some help to an economy that contracted by a whopping 13.8 percent in the second quarter.But officials are keenly aware that opening up brings risks, and the government has been troubled by scenes especially of young people partying at close quarters outdoors in holiday spots.last_img read more

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Mandate roundup: Cornwall, FRR, AP2, APUC

first_imgThe £1.3bn (€1.5bn) Cornwall Pension Fund has appointed two managers to a £60m global frontier-market equity mandate.The local authority fund launched the tender in May and saw interest from 17 applicants, reduced to a shortlist of 16 with the help of bfinance.HSBC Global Asset Mangement and Advance Emerging Capital have both been appointed, with the £60m funding split equally between the firms.In other news, France’s Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) is seeking a provider to evaluate the risks inherent in its €36.6bn portfolio. The reserve fund said the successful applicant would be appointed for four years, with the potential for a further one-year extension of the contract.Applicants have until 23 December to apply.The FRR has further concluded several other procurement exercises, reappointing Russell Investments to a panel of transition managers, alongside Goldman Sachs and BlackRock Advisors.The fund has also appointed two further asset managers to socially responsible equity mandates worth €150m, bringing to a close a nearly two-year process.BNP Paribas Asset Management and Kleinwort Benson Investors will be required to invest in thematic mutual funds, and the FRR said the approach would allow it to seek exposure to water, eco-technologies, waste management and renewable energy.Meanwhile, four of Sweden’s AP funds have appointed two companies to handle global voting services for the buffer funds.Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) and Nordic Investment Services (NIS) were chosen for the high quality of their analysis, according to a statement by AP2.The joint tender by AP1-4 will see both companies working across all four funds’ portfolios.Finally, APUC, the body responsible for procurement of more than 50 of Scotland’s universities and colleges, is seeking to launch a defined contribution supplier framework for the higher education sector.According to the tender, the framework would accessible to higher education procurement services for London and other English regions, as well as Wales.Applicants, which are welcome to contact APUC until 9 January, must have an S&P credit rating of BBB or higher to qualify.last_img read more

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WADA ready to wipe out drug cheats, chief says

first_img Read Also: Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in an independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016. The issue has dealt a colossal blow to the status of post-Soviet Russia as a major sports power after hosting events such as the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. The Sochi Games later became notorious for the number of doping violations by prominent Russian athletes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Outgoing WADA President Craig Reedie says the Russian doping scandal shows that clean sport is under attack, but the anti-doping organization now has the tools to better weed out drug cheats. Taking stock of his six years at the helm of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the 78-year-old Briton insists the group is “stronger” than ever as it faces the “unprecedented” challenge of the doping crisis in Russia. Outgoing WADA President Craig Reedie says the Russian doping crisis is the biggest challenge he has faced in his six years at the helm of the anti-doping agency “Considering the last six years in particular, I am especially pleased to see how WADA responded to the challenges it faced since 2014, in particular the Russian doping crisis,” he said in his end-of-term message. The crisis, he recalled, led to the creation within WADA of an “intelligence and investigations” service, which played “a decisive role” in the recent decision to exclude Russia from major world sports competitions for falsifying anti-doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA announced Friday that it has challenged the exclusion. Ultimately, it will be up to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on the matter, said Reedie, whose term officially ends Tuesday. “Throughout this process WADA has shown it has the will, the expertise and the legal tools to stand up effectively to this unprecedented level of cheating and corruption,” he said. WADA decided on December 9 to ban Russia from participating in major international events for four years, including the 2020 and 2022 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup. Loading… Promoted ContentCelebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals? Only handpicked Russian athletes will be able to participate in the competitions, but under a neutral flag and without the national anthem being played. WADA estimated that Russia had “manipulated” the data of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory which were transmitted to it at the beginning of the year, an umpteenth rebound in a scandal which started with the revelation in 2015 of an institutional doping practiced since 2011 and involving senior officials, secret agents and trafficked urine vials.last_img read more

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Steven Davis indifferent to Northern Ireland’s controversial new home strip

first_img Press Association Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis insists getting to Euro 2016 is more important than the shirt players will wear once they are there. Many fans were left underwhelmed by the design of the country’s new home kit last week, with some unimpressed by the blue sleeves and two-tone horizontal blue stripe joining the traditional green and white colouring. A petition calling for the shirt to be scrapped has attracted more than 6,000 signatures but the Irish Football Association has reported record pre-sales, boosted by the side’s qualification for next summer’s finals. center_img A new away jersey followed on Thursday, predominantly white with a green stripe, and was welcomed with greater warmth. But Davis, who will don the new home shirt for the first time against Latvia on Friday, believes there are bigger concerns for the squad. “I don’t think it’s going to be top priority,” he said. “The kit is not really in the back of our minds to be honest. The main thing for the players is to make sure we’re on that plane when it takes off for France.” Only injury could prevent the skipper from lining up in France next summer, but with some squad regulars set to miss out on the final 23-man party, Davis sees a competitive edge in the camp. “These games are important in our preparation,” he said. “We’ve talked many times before about momentum in football and we want to keep hitting the standards we set. “One thing that’s definitely improved in the squad over the last campaign is the intensity in training, the competition for places getting stronger…that will continue to be the case because people are going to be desperate to go to the Euros.” last_img read more