On Feb. 4, more than 70 Harvard Law School students, faculty, and other members of the Harvard community gathered in Wasserstein Hall to hear Enver Hasani, president of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, speak on “European Self-Determination and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo.”The nine-member Constitutional Court of Kosovo was established in 2009 as the final authority on the interpretation of the Republic of Kosovo’s constitution. Before his appointment to the court, Hasani was the head of Kosovo’s newly established Office of Foreign Relations, a legal adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, and a delegate to the Rambouillet Conference on Kosovo. He has also served as rector, dean of the faculty of law, founder and head of the Human Rights Centre, and professor of international law and international relations at the University of Prishtina.In his HLS talk, Hasani traced the evolution of nation-building from the Renaissance to the Napoleonic Wars, then turned to the making and unmaking of the former Yugoslavia, from the Versailles Peace Conference in 1918 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the ensuing conflict in Kosovo, and the new republic’s declaration of independence in February 2008. He focused next on the U.N. General Assembly’s request, at the behest of the government of Serbia, for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on the legality of the declaration under international law.Read more on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Story
How can employers mitigate the escalating costs of health care while providing a benefits program that meets the needs of their employees? By becoming data rich and making data analytics meaningful to their workforce.Meaningful and Actionable DataOver the past decade at EMC we have created a center of knowledge through the use of aggregate healthcare data analytics. This holistic approach provides us with business intelligence, insights into the overall health of the population, as well as the ability to measure ongoing results.Today, through the use of a central data repository (a third party data warehouse) we are data rich and have clarity on the health of the population, consumption of healthcare services, and EMC’s overall healthcare spend. This knowledge enables us to focus on targeted health programs relevant to our population, which drives engagement and health literacy.Data provides insight into our collective Medical, Behavioral Health, Prescription, Disability, Workers Compensation, Vision, and Dental claims. On a quarterly basis, aggregate data is analyzed to indicate the prevalence of chronic conditions and areas of risk. From this analysis, health management programs are developed and delivered to our 25,000+ U.S.-based employees and their dependents.A quarterly scorecard with aggregate information provides the Benefits team and senior management with a dashboard style view of:Total healthcare cost with two previous years of historical cost dataAverage cost per capita and per capita cost percentage increaseOverall cost broken down by type – medical, pharmacy, behavioral and vision, and disabilityEmployees overall out of pocket cost by claim categoryDemographicsOut of pocket costs which includes co-pays, deductibles, and employee contributionsTop 10 Hospitals/providers and diagnostic categoriesTop 10 Drugs and Therapeutic ClassesPrescription Drug Formulary DistributionShort Term and Long Term Disability utilizationShort Term Disability Medical DiagnosisHealth management programs utilizationThe Proof is in the DataThe foundation of future business success is good data and data analytics. Data has a positive impact on population health in all aspects of care, utilization, health outcomes, provider, and health plan performance. Data drives business results fueling the business case for future funding of health initiatives and overall investments in future health management strategies, tools, and resources. Employees and family members continue to enjoy rich plan designs, broad networks, and access to quality care, affordable out of pocket costs, and employee contributions. The “nugget” is cost containment, which contributes to shareholder value. Over the past decade, this approach has resulted in over $300M of cost containment for EMC, its employees, and its shareholders.
By Staff Officers from the Brazilian Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South November 01, 2019 From a military perspective, the maritime domain represents maneuver space. In the southern portion of the Western Hemisphere, this maneuver space is invaluable, particularly during a crisis. After a hurricane, an earthquake, a flood, a volcanic eruption, or a man-made disaster, crisis response forces with amphibious platforms can launch humanitarian relief efforts from ship to shore without relying on ground-based lines of communication, which may be untenable during the disaster.Of course, transnational criminal organizations also leverage the maritime domain by maintaining a steady flow of illicit goods from south to north in both the Caribbean Sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Money and weapons flow in the opposite direction back to these organizations, further increasing their wealth, power, and influence.Unfortunately, neither Brazil nor the United States—two of the wealthiest nations in the Western Hemisphere—is able to allocate adequate personnel or amphibious platforms to unilaterally respond to natural disasters or defeat threats, such as the cartels, in South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Individual nations’ resource shortfalls necessitate that they act in concert, sharing burdens as they confront common threats and challenges.This need for collaboration has led to an appealing potential future for United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Brazilian naval forces. This article argues that the liaison officer (LNO) concept is a powerful first step toward establishing a maritime-focused Combined Task Force (CTF). Hence, Brazilian LNOs currently deployed with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) 19 may be the catalyst for incorporating Brazil and other regional partners in the nascent maritime- focused CTF, as contributors to the headquarters staff, force providers for mission-oriented task forces (TF), or both.Investing in the futureBrazil has already invested in this potential future—a multinational, maritime-focused CTF that operates primarily in the southern portion of the Western Hemisphere. The Brazilian Navy selected two of its finest officers, Corvette Captain (CC) Luiz Roberto dos Santos Carneiro, Junior, and Lieutenant (CT) Rafael Bortolami Catanho da Silva, to serve as LNOs on the command element staff for SPMAGTF-SC 19, headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. CC Carneiro is a Brazilian Marine who graduated from the Brazilian Staff Course forIntermediate Officers.He assisted in the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Operations in Haiti, referred to as MINUSTAH (UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti), from 2004 to 2017. CC Carneiro serves alongside the SPMAGTF-SC 19 Operations Officer. CT Bortolami is a Naval Surface Officer who graduated from the Tactical Airborne Controller course. Additionally, he has experience in the UN Peace Keeping Operation ongoing in Lebanon, commonly referred to as FTM-UNIFIL (Maritime Task Force-UN Interim Force in Lebanon). His background made him a natural fit to serve alongside the SPMAGTF-SC 19 Air Officer.Training in the U.S. In preparation for his SPMAGTF-SC 19 involvement, CC Carneiro participated in two months of pre-deployment training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He saw firsthand how certification exercises (CERTEX)—CERTEX 1 and CERTEX 2—allowed SPMAGTF-SC 19 to train using a scenario that replicated the conditions the unit may face while deployed. During CERTEX 3, the Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)—one of the USMC’s premier training and evaluation organizations for deploying units—observed SPMAGTF-SC 19 and evaluated its performance. We will return to this subject of an EOTG-like organization and its importance later in the article when we discuss the evolution of the CTF, the development of doctrine, and the execution of CERTEXs (based on that doctrine) to prepare professional, trained units for deployment.In an effort to build cohesion and resilience, SPMAGTF-SC 19 also conducted helicopter underwater egress training (the ‘helo dunker’), a CH- 53 Super Stallion familiarization, small arms live-fire training, and two dismounted marches. Of note, CC CARNEIRO’s unique perspective was necessary during this training because it shaped how SPMAGTF-SC 19 crafted its best practices. In fact, CC CARNEIRO’s involvement enabled trust-based relationships to form early, which is a best practice worth replicating.Brazilian Marine Maj. Luiz Roberto Dos Santos Carneiro Junior shows U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Austin Alexander, an aircraft maintainer, how to filter water during a jungle warfare training exercise in Comayagua, Honduras, July 22, 2019. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mathew Rosado)While on deployment, the Brazilian LNOs are invaluable for many reasons, but in particular, two stand out. One, like Brazil, the LNOs are “neutral brokers” during military-to-military engagements and crisis response operations. This reputation, stemming from Brazil’s foreign policy of non-intervention, is undoubtedly an asset to the SPMAGTF- SC 19 Commander, and will be to future CTF Commanders. Two, incorporating officers, staff non-commissioned officers, and units with extensive experience conducting peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operations into formations such as the current SPMAGTF-SC (and future CTFs) is a “force multiplier,” creating countless advantages and opportunities for a commander.In some ways, Exercise UNITAS AMPHIBIOUS 2019 was a preview of this potential future for SOUTHCOM and the Brazilian Navy. Not only did Brazil host UNITAS on its 60th anniversary in August 2019, but also during the exercise, a CTF comprised of staff officers, units, and assets from Brazil, the US, and eight other partner nations was formed. UNITAS AMPHIBIOUS 2019 focused on HA/DR operations, both afloat and ashore. It is thus fitting that Brazil holds a leadership role to rehearse this theory of action called the “maritime-focused CTF.” So what’s next?Near-Term Future The USMC and US Army have long espoused a learning model based on the “crawl, walk, run” methodology, which is an apt way forward for the Brazilian Navy and SOUTHCOM regarding the maritime-focused CTF (Training Circular 7-9, p. 2-5). In effect, this methodology does two things: (1)i t tempers expectations about how quickly (or slowly) an organization such as the CTF can gain proficiency, and (2) it provides an underlying logic for developing an approach which turns the CTF concept (current state) into a capable organization (desired state). If Brazil sees value in LNOs on the SPMAGTF-SC 19 staff, continued partnering in the “crawl phase” can occur in two ways.First, the Brazilian Navy can increase its level of participation—staff personnel (particularly in functional areas where it lacks expertise and desires improvement), units, ships, or aircraft—on future SPMAGTF-SC deployments. Second, SOUTHCOM could change the goal of one of its exercises (e.g., UNITAS or TRADEWINDS) to focus on the development, and eventually, sustainment, of the maritime- focused CTF. Moreover, the Brazilian Navy can commit personnel to serve in leadership and planning roles within the CTF—in its headquarters, one or more subordinate mission-oriented TFs, or both—during subsequent exercises.The lessons learned from SPMAGTF-SC deployments and various exercises, particularly from formal after action reports (AAR), will feed into the follow-on “walk” and “run” phases. Both options provide opportunities over the next one to three years for key stakeholders to learn in a low-risk environment. Moreover, these can be executed together— creating a hybrid, third option. A “crawl” phase structured in this manBraner may appeal to other partner nations and garner their participation, because associated rewards will out-weigh costs (and risks). At its core, the “crawl” phase begins to establish the maritime-focused CTF on an episodic basis (i.e., form, operate, and dissolve for an exercise). Since HA/DR will likely be a regular mission set of the CTF, this episodic model is fitting: the hurricane season’s predictable nature provides an annual trigger for forming, operating, and dissolving the CTF in the “run” phase.Training and operationsDuring the “walk” phase (occurring over the three to five year period), AARs from the “crawl” phase will inform the development of written and practiced standard operating procedures (SOP) for the CTF headquarters and one or more subordinate mission-oriented TF(s). Undoubtedly, this effort will require a dedicated team of personnel to turn lessons learned and best practices into a series of products that staff members and tactical units can use in execution—for training and operations.Two basic actions must occur during the “walk” phase: (1) develop and write SOPs, and (2) test and refine the SOPs. The SOP development team will likely consist of personnel from the Brazilian Navy, SOUTHCOM, Navy South (NAVSO), Marine Corps Forces South (MARFORSOUTH), Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and France. The SOP development team will naturally welcome other partner nations’ participation.Existing SOPs such as the Multinational Forces SOP (MNSOP), used during Exercises TALISMAN SABER and RIM OF THE PACIFIC (RIMPAC), may be useful starting points to gain early momentum in SOP development. Because the SOPs for the CTF headquarters and for any subordinate mission-oriented TFs will differ, two or more separate groups of SOP development personnel will be required. For example, the CTF headquarters SOP will likely focus on how and where to form, operate, and dissolve the CTF headquarters (i.e., the various boards, bureaus, centers, cells, and working groups, or B2C2WG, needed to function as an effective multinational force in the maritime domain).In contrast, the TF HA/DR SOP, for instance, will likely focus on a myriad of tactical considerations, such as the tactics, techniques, and procedures related to ship-to-shore movement, convoy and site security, distribution of supplies, casualty treatment and evacuation, and reporting. Once written, these SOPs can be tested and refined, at a minimum, during each SOUTHCOM designated exercise: UNITAS, TRADEWINDS, etc. As the SOPs mature and the episodic CTF demonstrates proficiency, the necessary conditions will be set to transition to the “run” phase.Long-Term Future During the “run” phase, the CTF will be called upon to respond to crises after disasters (natural and man-made) and defeat threats (state and non- state). We foresee routine contributions of staff members, tactical units, ships, and aircraft to the CTF headquarters and subordinate mission- oriented TFs from the Brazilian Navy, SOUTHCOM, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and France. Support to the CTF’s subordinate mission-focused TFs will occur based on the political will of each country. Thus, a nation can support the CTF at large without providing forces to every subordinate mission set.When the CTF operates in and from the maritime domain, observers will see a professional, reliable force taking swift action to mitigate suffering or defeat common threats. The President of the United States’ recent recognition of Brazil as a major non-NATO ally of the US, and Brazil’s strategic aim to expand its oversight and control of the blue Amazon (Amazonia Azul), indicate that now is the perfect time for the Brazilian Navy to assume a leadership role within the maritime-focused CTF (Presidential Memorandum, p. 1). Brazil’s leadership in this endeavor will both demonstrate the prestige of its armed forces and encourage other partner nations to contribute to the security and stability of the Americas.Over time, as the CTF operates and continues to learn, its SOPs will evolve into doctrine. As this happens, doctrine will likely create future pre- deployment training requirements (or certifications) for members of the CTF headquarters and subordinate mission-oriented TFs. A training center of excellence for the maritime-focused CTF, with a training cadre (similar to EOTG), could provide dedicated support to its training requirements.Brazil, given its location and prestige, may be a natural fit for such an entity, which enables the sustained professionalism of a force manned, trained, and equipped to confront the threats and challenges we share in the southern portion of the Western Hemisphere.
On Memorial Day, we honor those that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Although we remember with gratitude each day of the year, today we come together to officially memorialize our fallen soldiers. Below are a few quotes honoring our American heroes that we can reflect on today and always.“You silent tents of green, We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” — Joseph Campbell“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” — Nathan Hale“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” — President Harry S. Truman 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
The VITA volunteers at ACMG Federal Credit Union($62.1M, Solvay, NY) saw close up the angst that’s been reported around the country this year as some taxpayers realize they’re not getting the tax refund they expected.“Some were quite upset,” says Wendy Wheelock, director of marketing. “‘This is crazy,’ they told us.”ACMG trained students from Syracuse University to be volunteer tax return preparers, and the group assisted 168 taxpayers during two sessions in February.Further south, UVA Community Credit Union($954.2M, Charlottesville, VA), has prepared more than 525 returns so far this year across its six branches where staff volunteers provide the service on weekdays and Saturday mornings. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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President Emmanuel Macron warned France on Tuesday that it was at just the start of a health epidemic as thecoronavirus outbreak crept closer to the heart of French political power.Culture Minister Franck Riester said late on Monday he had tested positive for the virus, and Macron’s chief of staff is self-isolating after contact with an infected person, said an official at the Elysee Palace, the presidential residence.Measures are in place to protect Macron: meetings are kept to a minimum, video conference calls are being encouraged and non-essential visitors are being turned away. The coronavirus has now infected 1,784 people in France and killed 33, the head of the country’s public health service, Jerome Salomon, said on Tuesday evening.Riester became the first French government minister to go down with the coronavirus. He said he had been tested on Monday afternoon after feeling flu-like symptoms.He attended last Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, chaired by Macron, and sessions last week in parliament where five lawmakers have tested positive.A policy of no handshakes between ministers was already in place by then. This week’s cabinet meeting was still due to take place, an official at the prime minister’s Matignon office said.Desks are being cleaned twice a day and the distance between seats is being widened, the Matignon official said.Macron’s chief-of-staff, Patrick Strzoda, was working from home as a preventative measure and had not shown any symptoms of a coronavirus infection, the Elysee official said.Topics : “Don’t start thinking we’re creating a bubble,” the Elysee official said, adding that “we’re still in line with the kind of advice we’re giving to the whole French population.”Macron’s government had led calls for a fiscal shock in Europe to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. There has been global disruption to businesses and supply chains, and neighbouring Italy is in lockdown.Macron visited a paediatric hospital on Tuesday and urged the French people to stay calm after signs of panic buying of staple goods in and around Paris.But he cautioned: “We’re only at the beginning of this epidemic.”
Advertisement Advertisement Comment Ramsey is on big wages at Juventus (Picture: Getty)The Serie A club has a huge wage bill, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt and Adrien Rabiot on huge salaries.AdvertisementAdvertisementJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri offered his public backing to Ramsey last month, but the 29-year-old has scored just once this season and is yet to register an assist for his team.Ramsey is under contract at Juventus until 2023 and came off the bench in the defeat to Hellas Verona on Saturday.MORE: Cedric Soares provides positive injury update to Arsenal fansMORE: Shkodran Mustafi takes aim at former Arsenal manager Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterSunday 9 Feb 2020 5:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link962Shares Juventus preparing to sell Aaron Ramsey just year after Arsenal transfer Ramsey could leave Juventus this summer (Picture: Getty)Juventus are ready to cut their losses with Aaron Ramsey after just a season in Turin, according to reports in Italy.Arsenal lost Ramsey to the Italian giants on a free transfer last summer, as the Welshman sought a new challenge in his career.But the spell in Italy is yet to really get off the ground, with Ramsey struggling to shake off injury concerns.Ramsey signed a deal worth a reported £400,000-a-week with Juventus, but has made just 12 appearances in Serie A this season.ADVERTISEMENTTuttosport claim Juventus have been left frustrated with Ramsey’s fitness issues and want to cash in on the midfielder.
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoEastpark Bulimba Eastpark Bulimba is developer De Luca’s third major residential project in Bulimba in four years.CONSTRUCTION is well underway on what will be De Luca’s third local project in just four years for the powerhouse suburb of Bulimba.Eastpark Bulimba will deliver one, two and three-bedroom apartments, plus a collection of two-bedroom, double storey loft homes.De Luca has already delivered successful projects at Parkside Bulimba and Addison Quays.Earthworks started on Eastpark in January with the foundations and basement underway and construction of stage one is expected to be completed late this year.De Luca managing director Nic de Luca said more than 60 per cent of all stock was now sold with nearly three-quarters to owner occupiers.“Demand has been strong across the board for all product types,” Mr De Luca said. “The three-bedroom parkfront apartments and two-bedroom apartments with courtyards have been particularly popular.”The Ellivo Architect designed apartments are positioned around a resort-style swimming pool with sun decks, barbecue and dining areas for residentsMr De Luca said there was a large number of downsizes who were looking to take advantage of the lifestyle benefits Bulimba offered. “We’ve definitely seen a spike in demand from locals since construction works commenced,” he said.“People understand that this is a unique opportunity in a tightly held precinct, and now that a firm completion date is in site, people are expressing considerable interest in the remaining stock.”Stage one will deliver 33 apartments and six loft homes along the Banya Street side of Eastpark.It also includes all recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool, barbecue area, a communal lawn, private seating, and direct access to Johnston Park.Following Stage One’s settlement to schedule, Stage Two is forecast for completion late April 2018. The Eastpark sales display is located on site at 30 Johnston Street, Bulimba and is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm. The on-site showroom includes display kitchen, and buyers can walk the site to understand the views and lifestyle on offer.The sales display will be closing midyear to make way for the next phase of construction.Remaining apartments at Eastpark are now selling from $449,000 for one-bedroom apartments, $599,000 for two-bedroom apartments, and $849,000 in three-bedroom park front apartments.
69 Mt Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.A five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at Jindalee has sold for more than $2 million.The property at 69 Mt Ommaney Drive, sold for $2.125 million on April 3.Place Graceville selling agent Sam Prosser said the suburb record was $2.25 million which was set pre-flood in 2009.“This is the second biggest sale ever for the suburb and the highest sale ever for a flooded property in Jindalee,” Mr Prosser said.He said the property had been on the market with two different agents for more than year.FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here.Mr Prosser said the buyer was from Sinnamon Park and attracted to the size of the home, the riverfront access and the quality of the build.The architecturally designed home features 661sq m of living space, he said.From the double front doors is an uninterrupted view to the swimming pool, pontoon and river.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStyles to Steal: Brisbane Cafes00:40The four large bedrooms include private ensuites and walk-in wardrobes.The master bedroom has a lounge area and private balcony with extensive river views.Mr Prosser said the Jindalee market as a whole was very hot with a real lack of homes for salein the area.“The suburb offers a wide range of prices for all types of home buyers,” he said.“From entry-level buying, you can still buy property for under $500,000, all the way to direct riverfront homes.”The property is close to shops, parks and restaurants.