The Journey to Next Generation Security Leader

first_imgThe Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) program was developed by the Security Executive Council (SEC) in collaboration with industry thought leaders and security practitioners to create a curriculum intended to guide the next generation of strategic thinking.Approved and tested on six continents with the industry acclaimed University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of International Business, this program delivers: • A strategic business approach to all-hazards risk mitigation • Access to the latest research and proven practices presented by our Solution Innovation Partners • A collaborative influence platform that benefits Security leaders and their functional colleagues such Human Resources, Operations, Marketing, and Finance • A persuasive value proposition for your organization including the modeling and creation of a program case study for senior executives. • Access to a highly leveraged network of current and former risk and security executivesMany security practitioners have relied on the 3 C’s – compliance, crisis responseand complacency – in lieu of continuous improvement. Francis D’Addario, emeritus faculty for Strategic Influence and Innovation for the Security Executive Council and former vice president of Partner and Asset Protection for Starbucks Coffee,states: “In this atmosphere of global risk, our sometimes poor decisions have resulted in a short supply of long-term security results producers and successors. Our next-generation leadership maybe our last, best chance to compensate for dwindling resources.”- Sponsor – “Our research shows that much of a security leader’s success revolves around communication and receptiveness,” says Kathleen Kotwica, EVP and Chief Knowledge Strategist for the Security Executive Council.Approved for up to 9 CPE credits with ASIS International, attendees will come away from this conversation with actionable ideas they can interject into their programs.This is an event for security practitionerscreated by security practitioners. To learn more about NGSL and to see the agenda for the next event, please visit: Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Chapter Highlights: San Francisco

first_img Kathryn Shelton is Director of Chapter Advancement for America’s Future Foundation. AFF San Francisco officially launched with a Happy Hour on Thursday, April 23, 2015. 40 liberty-minded locals gathered at the Slate SF lounge to toast liberty and celebrate AFF’s expansion to the West Coast. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District – an historic and iconic cultural neighborhood – Slate SF provided an ideal setting to discuss and celebrate America’s history, exceptionalism and future.The evening began with a welcome from Paul Doherty, AFF-San Francisco’s Chapter Leader, followed by remarks from Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute.Sally discussed PRI’s mission and recent work, and then spoke about Obamacare and its alternatives. She concluded that young people need to have an active voice for liberty in order to make real social change.last_img read more

(AUDIO) Caleb Rowden on Senate GM filibuster

first_imgA group of Missouri senators started filibustering Monday afternoon, and continued into Tuesday, over a potential incentives package for General Motors. That filibuster has now ended.Columbia Sen. Caleb Rowden joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday morning:(This story was last updated at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

‘Now we can forget Turkey’: Modric and Croatia lay ghost of 2008 to rest

first_imgCroatia World Cup Share on Twitter features Pinterest Since the 1998 World Cup, when Croatia famously reached the semi-final, they had not won a knockout tie at a World Cup or European Championship, an extraordinary statistic given the talent that has been in their ranks. Before Sunday they had not even appeared in another World Cup knockout game and so when Modric saw his weak penalty saved by the Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, the demons circled and shrieked.It is almost impossible to imagine the pressure on the players in the shootout, although the Denmark manager, Åge Hareide, offered some insight. “Research has proven during penalty shootouts that your adrenaline and stress levels are as high as when you are in a war zone,” he said.Modric stepped up to take Croatia’s third penalty, his team trailing 2-1. This time his kick was even softer. He placed it with little conviction down the middle and how his heart must have jumped when Schmeichel, who moved to the left, struck out a trailing leg in an attempt to save. But the ball went in. It was not easy because the Turkey game was still in our minds. I think it was in everyone’s mindsLuka Modric Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Topics Twitter Luka Modric Luka Modric after missing his penalty in 2008. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images The parallels with the Denmark game were vivid. In 2008 Croatia had breezed through the group phase, winning each of their three ties, including a 2-1 victory over Germany. They had played some lovely stuff. But against Turkey, they hit the wall. Their cohesion evaporated, together with their spirit of adventure.Here in Russia, Croatia won all three group games, including a 3-0 thumping of Argentina. Their football was slick, incisive and ruthless. But the Denmark match brought another freeze. What was going on?There is a further strand to the tale. At Euro 2016 Croatia had taken seven points from an available nine to advance as group winners. They beat Spain 2-1 in the final group match. But against Portugal in the last 16 they did not play. A dismal game was locked at 0-0 in extra time and heading for penalties when Ricardo Quaresma conjured a 117th-minute winner for Portugal. World Cup 2018 Share on LinkedIn Luka Modric’s mind went back to Euro 2008. Everybody’s in Croatia did. The midfielder had blown a 117th-minute penalty to win Sunday night’s World Cup last-16 tie for his country against Denmark and all he could think about was Turkey.It was the defeat that scarred a generation of Croatian footballers and fans. They had faced Turkey in the quarter-final of the European Championship – it was then the first knockout round – and, when Ivan Klasnic put them 1-0 up in the last minute of extra time, the victory appeared to be theirs.It had been a dire game, with chances at a premium but, incredibly, Turkey’s Semih Şentürk found an equaliser in the 122nd minute. Croatia were crushed and they would lose the penalty shootout. Modric missed his kick. So did Ivan Rakitic. Facebook Modric had won the most intense of personal battles and his team would do likewise. When Croatia’s goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, made his third save of the shootout, the scene was set for Rakitic to win it. In another redemption story, a further piece of symmetry, he found the net. Croatia exploded in relief.“The victory says a lot about our spirit,” Modric said. “I said before the game that since 2008 we had never passed the first knockout game and it was very important for us to take the monkey off our back. And we did it. It was not easy because the Turkey game was still in our minds. I think it was in everyone’s minds because it was so tough for us, that defeat.“With me missing a penalty in the last few minutes, we needed to have big character and team spirit and everything to stay calm and focused and win the game. With this, I think we can now forget about Turkey. Will it change the mentality? I hope so.”It should be noted that Modric, after his penalty miss, continued to demand the ball; he did not run or hide. And there was never any question over whether he would take a kick in the shootout.A monkey off their backs? This was a whole troop of them. The hope is that Croatia, arguably the team of the tournament during the group phase, can rediscover their freedom. Modric has rarely looked so happy after a game and he was all smiles as he spoke to reporters in the mixed zone. Next for Croatia is a quarter-final against Russia on Saturday.“From the first game of this World Cup, we have showed character and mentality,” Modric said. “And we showed it again against Denmark. This team has character, that is without doubt. But now we need to continue. This team can do much more. Hopefully, we will do.” Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Croatia send Denmark out of World Cup after Subasic heroics in shootout Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Reports 2014 Unaudited Year End Results

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 25 Feb 2015 – Commonwealth Bank, today, reported unaudited total profit of $53 million in 2014. Total assets closed to $1.47 billion at December 31, 2014. Earnings were up 7% over 2013 when the Bank reported total profit of $50 million. Total assets were up 3% over 2013. “I am pleased with the Bank’s results in 2014,” said William B. Sands Jr., Executive Chairman of Commonwealth Bank.“They confirm that our business strategy remains appropriate and that our staff remains both capable and dedicated to the plan as laid out by the Board and Executive Management.”The improvement reported in total profit for the year was despite the introduction of a new $5 million turnover based business license fee in 2014.Interest Expense declined in 2014 as the chronic excess liquidity in the system continued to depress deposit interest rates. For 2014 interest expense was $31.7 million compared to $35.5 million a year earlier. Sands noted that, “Although the bank grew its loan book by 3% in 2014 – the timing of the growth was such that it did not materially impact fiscal 2014. We expect to see the full impact of the growth in 2015 when the new loans would have earned interest for a full year.”Amid an environment of high nonperforming loans, Commonwealth Bank continued to record low levels of impairment in its portfolio when compared to the industry averages. As a result the Bank was able to reduce its loan impairment expenses by $3.4 million compared to 2013. Charged Off Loans declined by almost $6.5 million in 2014 to $28.4 million, while at the same time, Balance Sheet allowances for loan impairment increased by $1.2 million over 2013 to $55.5 million. On December 31, 2014, Commonwealth Bank’s impaired loans represented 5.8% of its total outstanding loans. The industry’s impaired loans, as reported by The Central Bank, were 16.1% of aggregate loans of all banks.The Bank’s total expenses grew by 10% in 2014 which equated to $5.9 million. Total Group taxes and license fees increased by $4.2 million over 2013. Apart from the increase in tax and government license fees, most of the remaining increase was in variable costs.Commonwealth Bank continues to report strong capital and liquidity ratios with a capital ratio of 27.9% and a liquidity ratio of 33.6% compared to the requirements of The Central Bank of 17% and 20% respectively.The Bank’s earnings per share was $0.49, return on assets was 3.3% and return on equity was 23.1%. These all compare favourably with 2013 when the Bank reported $0.46, 3.1%, and 23.0%, respectively. The Bank continued to share its success with its shareholders through uninterrupted quarterly dividend payments. Dividend payments totaled $0.30 per share in 2014 and were unchanged from 2013.Showing appreciation for the results, Sands pronounced “Commonwealth Bank remains grateful to our customers and shareholders for their continued support. I want to personally thank every member of our team of dedicated professionals who are integral to our success.”Commonwealth Bank is the largest Bahamian owned bank listed on BISX. The Bank is a market leader in service and convenience, operating eleven branches in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama and employs over 530 staff.Please visit the Bank‘s website at for information on Commonwealth Bank’s dividend payment history, other financial reporting information and a full set of audited financial statements which will be published on our website within the time frame established by BISX. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Radio pulses from pulsar appear to move faster than light

first_img More information: A preprint of the article is available at . ( — Laboratory experiments in the last few decades have shown that some things can appear to move faster than light without contradicting Einstein’s special theory of relativity, but now astrophysicists have seen real examples of superluminal speeds in the form of radio pulses from a pulsar. Superluminal, or faster than light, speeds are associated with anomalous dispersion, which is a process in which the refractive index of a medium increases with the wavelength of light passing through it. If a light pulse (consisting of a group of light waves at different wavelengths) passes through such a medium, the group velocity of the pulse can increase to a velocity greater than any of the waves within the pulse, but the energy of the pulse still travels at the speed of light, which means information is transmitted in accordance with Einstein’s theory.Astrophysicists, led by Frederick Jenet of the University of Texas at Brownsville, have been monitoring a pulsar, PSR B1937+21, which is about 10,000 light years from Earth. They used the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to obtain radio data over three days at 1420.4 MHz with a bandwidth of 1.5 MHz. They found that pulses closer to the center arrived earlier than the normal timing, which suggests they had travelled faster than the speed of light.A pulsar is a neutron star that is spinning rapidly and emitting a rotating beam of radio radiation as it spins, which is observed on Earth at regular intervals rather like light from a lighthouse. The pulses of radiation can be affected by several factors as they travel through the interstellar medium (ISM). Their polarization can be rotated if they pass through a magnetic field, for example, and they can be scattered if they encounter free electrons, and can be absorbed by neutral hydrogen in the ISM. Jenet and his colleagues think anomalous dispersion also affects the pulses.According to Jenet and colleagues, the pulses from the pulsar traveled through a cloud of neutral hydrogen, which has a resonance of 1420.4 MHz — the exact center of the bandwidth studied. Passing through the cloud caused anomalous dispersion that resulted in a superluminal group velocity, and pulses with frequencies closest to the resonance frequency arrived earlier than other pulses. The scientists believe the pulses appear to travel faster than light because of an “interplay between the time scales present in the pulse and the time scales present in the medium.” The faster-than-light pulses do not violate Einstein’s theory because technically the pulse carries no information. The effect has been known in laboratory experiments, but these observations were the first in an astrophysical context.The findings, to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, could help astronomers gain a more complete understanding of the composition of space in the regions between stars, and in particular the properties of neutral hydrogen clouds in our galaxy. Explore further Astronomers weigh ‘recycled’ millisecond pulsar A diagram of a pulsar, showing its rotation axis and its magnetic axis. Image: NASA © 2010 Citation: Radio pulses from pulsar appear to move faster than light (2010, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more