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What is an expert?

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first_img Comments are closed. What is an expert?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Read full article During our working lives, almost by default, we look at the long tenured staff members in our organisations with reverence. We see them as professionals to look up to, fountains of knowledge and information, given the years of service. Quite rightly so. In that time, they must have learned a fair amount about the industry in which they operate. But surely having 10, 15, 20 years of experience in an industry doesn’t constitute immediate ‘expert status’?In my opinion, it’s the breadth of experience you have in your chosen skill-set that will differentiate you. Let’s take the recruitment industry for example. Recruitment isn’t the type of industry that has one clear cut way to do things that’s considered “correct” and does not follow a specific formula or set of rules. Success in recruitment will come from tackling a range of recruitment challenges in your career and the way in which you handle them, along with the experience you gain from them. The length of time in an industry can of course ensure a certain depth of knowledge in one or a number of things and in my opinion, I would put a higher value in less depth of knowledge of 10 recruitment challenges learned over 20 years, than 20 years of experience facing one recruitment challenge.It’s the age old “1 year of experience 10 ways, or 10 years of experience 1 way” adage. I believe the most successful recruiters who can legitimately call themselves experts fall into the “1 year of experience 10 ways” group. We operate in an industry where our skill-set is not an exact science. It will be our adaptability and ability to be agile in our approach when grasping the intricacies of any given talent acquisition problem, (whether it’s internal or agency, large enterprise or SME, volume or not etc.) and offering expertise on efficient and effective ways to manage it based on previous experience, that will genuinely ensure the worthiness of the reverence you will receive.center_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Antarctic ecosystem monitoring: quantifying the response of ecosystem indicators to variability in Antarctic krill

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first_imgThe utility of upper-trophic-level species as ecosystem indicators is determined by our ability to relate changes in indices of their performance to changes at lower trophic levels. Such relationships were assessed using indices of predator performance (response vectors) for four predator species, together with independent ship-based acoustic estimates of abundance of their main prey, Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), from South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Out of 32 response vectors investigated, 13 showed a significant non-linear relationship, based on a Holling Type II response, to krill abundance, and just five showed a significant linear relationship. Predator responses reflecting the processes during summer, when prey surveys were undertaken, showed the closest relationship with prey abundance. Distinct relationships existed between the variability of indices and the biological processes they measured. Body mass variables had the lowest variability (CVs 50%). Multivariate indices, produced by combining response vectors from all four predator species into a single combined index, provided a better fit with krill data than any of the individual vectors. Whereas population size parameters for individual species showed no relationship with annual estimates of krill abundance, a combined, multispecies population size index did show a significant response. Understanding the form of the relationship between concurrent indicators of prey abundance and key ecosystem metrics/reference points, such as population size, is crucial to the application of monitoring data to management action.last_img read more

All we hear is Radio HaHa

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first_imgInspired by ‘Slow Radio’, SpareRoom has launched Radio Haha: a six-hour podcast featuring nothing but the sounds of people laughing.• Radio Haha is designed to highlight the importance of laughter in a happy flatshare• 85% of housemates believe laughter is important for a happy flatshare• 87% of SpareRoom ads that mention laughter have a living room, demonstrating the importance of communal spaces in creating happy houses• Laughter has real health benefits, helping alleviate stressful emotions and drawing people closer together• Radio Haha is available to stream and download, click hereIt’s said that laughter is the best medicine and that’s especially true when it comes to flatshares. In fact, the overwhelming majority of housemates , 85% (1) believe that laughter is important for a happy flatshare. What’s more, science has shown that laughter can create a positive emotional climate in groups of people. (2)Today, to highlight the importance of laughter in the making of happy house shares, SpareRoom has taken inspiration from the worlds of slow radio and ASMR* by launching Radio Haha: an epic six-hour podcast that consists of nothing but the sounds of people laughing.…when it comes to a house share, laughter can be the social glue that binds the house together.”While Radio Haha has been designed mainly as an unorthodox way to encourage more housemates to share a little laughter together (and realise laughter’s house-bonding benefits), the podcast could also have direct therapeutic benefits for its listeners. Indeed, aside from the potential relaxing and stress-reducing benefits of slow radio and ASMR-style content, research shows that simply listening to the sound of others laughing can trigger laughter and have a positive effect on a person’s mood. (3)Matt Hutchinson, Communications Director at SpareRoom, said: “Studies have shown that laughter has a wide range of benefits: it can decrease stress, boost the immune system, improve your mood and even provide a bit of a workout. But more than the benefits to body and mind, when it comes to a house share, laughter can be the social glue that binds the house together, turning tenants from people who simply share a property into good friends who genuinely enjoy one another’s company. With Radio Haha we wanted to do something out of the ordinary to encourage house shares everywhere to laugh together as much as possible.”With Radio Haha we wanted to do something out of the ordinary to encourage house shares everywhere to laugh together as much as possible.”In addition to promoting more laughter in house shares, Radio Haha also hopes to encourage landlords to consider keeping living rooms in properties rather than turning them into extra bedrooms.Invariably socialising – and laughter – between housemates takes place in the communal living spaces, none more so than the living room, which is often the heart of the house share. Perhaps tellingly, a cross-section analysis of SpareRoom ad descriptions reveals the vast majority of (87%) of ads that mention laughter come from properties with a living room.(4)Radio Haha is available to download and stream for free, click here.For more information please contact [email protected] or 020 7234 91501. According to a SpareRoom poll of over 800 people, conducted in March 20182. According to research compiled by helpguide.org based on data from scientific journals [Date Accessed March 2018) www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine3. www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine4. According to analysis of 2,727 property ads listed on SpareRoom, 2,383 contain the keyword ‘laughter’ and are properties with a living room.*ASMR stands for ‘Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. ASMR videos feature repetitive ambient sounds that viewers claim can induce a tingling feeling in the viewer and have become an internet phenomenon: www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-begin-gently-probe-science-behind-asmrAbout SpareRoomSpareRoom is the UK’s leading flat and house share site with over 7 million registered users. Founded in the UK in 2004, the company expanded into the US market in 2011 and has currently helped almost half a million people find a room or roommate.SpareRoom holds weekly SpeedFlatmating events, helping people find their ideal flatmate in a relaxed, social setting, in London, Manchester and New York.housemates Laughter happy flatshare Radio slow radio people laughing Radio Ha Ha SpareRoom Speedflatmating flatshare April 5, 2018Chris SmedleyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » All we hear is Radio HaHa previous nextAgencies & PeopleAll we hear is Radio HaHaTune into the podcast that’s SIX HOURS of the sounds of laughter.The Negotiator5th April 201801,216 Viewslast_img read more

United Biscuits takes steps to greener life

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first_imgUnited Biscuits (UB) has sought to enhance its green credentials by setting out targets for redu-cing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, waste sent to landfill, water use and packa-ging waste.At the same time, the company is increasing its use of environmentally friendly transport and sustainable sourcing.UB’s commitments are contained in the document Achieving Sustainability, and have been accompanied by an initiative to get its 9,000 employees to be environmentally conscious, by giving them each a free low-energy lightbulb to use at home. Staff have also received energy-saving tips and advice on changes they can make at home to protect the environment.UB has set a target to reduce its UK carbon emissions by 35% by 2020 from its 1995 levels. The company is currently testing new oven burners at its Harlesden factory in north London and plans to roll them out to another five factories over the next three years.Meanwhile, the company is seeking a 22% reduction in CO2 emissions from its vehicle fleet, equipping it with a new satellite location service which provides live tracking via the internet. The service logs information on each vehicle or trailer, monitoring waiting times, inactivity, delays and any route diversions.The company has also introduced improved filtration and reuse of water to wash raw materials, as part of its drive to achieve a 25% reduction in water consumption by 2020 compared to 2007.UB has already reduced the weight of packaging used by 6,800 tonnes and wants a 20% reduction by 2015, compared with 2003.Work is also under way with a snacks film provider to create a new film that is 17% lighter than that currently used.last_img read more

How Earth was watered

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first_imgEarly Earth’s accidental deluge via water-carrying comets has long been a stumbling block for those interested in life on other planets.Scientists agree that life needs water to evolve. But if water only arrives through chance impacts with comets, then life elsewhere might indeed be rare.Water is common among the meteorites and other small bodies whose collisions formed the Earth, but scientists have long believed that the intense heat of the events dried out the young planet. Water must have arrived later, splashing down from comets after the planet was formed.New research, however, is changing that view. Evidence is mounting that the planet’s water arrived early, during formation, aboard meteorites and small bodies called “planetesimals.” The work also suggests that though the planet-forming collisions were so energetic that they led to oceans of magma and widespread melting, even the intense heat would not have dried out the planet completely.The emerging view of a watery birth for the Earth has raised the hopes of scientists seeking extrasolar life. If the presence of water isn’t left to chance collisions but instead is a product of the planet-forming process, then oceans where life can evolve may be common after all.“It is very possible that many planets are born with liquid water oceans,” said Linda Elkins-Tanton, director of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.Elkins-Tanton spoke Wednesday at the Geological Lecture Hall. Her talk, “Building Earth-like Planets,” was part of the Evolution Matters lecture series of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Elkins-Tanton studies the evolution of terrestrial planets and the relationship between Earth and its life forms.One problem with the water-from-comets theory, Elkins-Tanton said, is that evidence has emerged that water was present on Earth far earlier than previously thought. The planet’s oldest rocks date back 4.03 billion years, but there’s a material older than rocks, called “detrital zircons,” that formed some 4.40 billion years ago, just 164 million years after the first solids began to form out of the protoplanetary disk. And some of those zircons show evidence of having been created in contact with water.Another issue with the comet theory, Elkins-Tanton said, is that the water on most comets doesn’t match that on Earth. Water is made up of oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen’s nucleus is normally made up of one proton, but the nucleus of a different form, called deuterium, has a proton and a neutron. Scientists can fingerprint water using the ratio of regular hydrogen to deuterium. For most comets, that ratio doesn’t match water on Earth, she said.Meanwhile, the water in meteorites and planetesimals does match that of Earth. But before scientists could settle on those bodies as the source of the planet’s water, they had to solve another problem. Those bodies had up to 18 percent water, much more than Earth, and scientists couldn’t think of a reasonable process to explain where it all went.The answer that has emerged, Elkins-Tanton said, is that much is lost in the development of a planet.Planetesimals that are large enough have an internal heating process, powered by the decay of an isotope of aluminum, which is unknown on Earth. This can cause water to rise to the surface, where much is lost to space. The remaining water is close to that of Earth, Elkins-Tanton said.With the right isotopes in water and roughly the right amount, scientists could point to planetesimals, not comets, as Earth’s water source.Next, they had to understand whether and how water might survive the collisions that created the planet. Evidence came from looking at other bodies, such as Mercury and the moon. Scientists examined a volatile material, potassium, on Mercury, thought to be as likely to be lost in an impact as water would be on Earth, and found a ratio similar to that on Earth, indicating that not all volatiles were lost in Mercury’s planet-forming process. They also looked at the interior of the moon, which experienced a massive formative collision but no subsequent watery comet impact, and found that parts of it have as much water as Earth does. Together, these examples indicate that water could survive the planet-forming process, Elkins-Tanton said.Computer modeling demonstrated how. The extreme heat would have boiled the water off as steam. But instead of being lost to space, it eventually would have condensed and fallen back, re-creating oceans in a cycle that repeated from collision to collision, Elkins-Tanton said.“The evidence that we have from our solar system indicates that the chances that planets everywhere in the universe are habitable through liquid water obtained by natural accretion … are very high.”last_img read more

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies at 56

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first_imgCUPERTINO, Calif. — Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. He died peacefully, according to a statement from family members who said they were present. “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple’s board said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and officially resigned in August. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple’s chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook. Outside Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, three flags — an American flag, a California state flag and an Apple flag — were flying at half-staff late Wednesday. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.” Cook wrote in an email to Apple’s employees. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company. Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world with a market value of $351 billion. Almost all that wealth has been created since Jobs’ return. Cultivating Apple’s countercultural sensibility and a minimalist design ethic, Jobs rolled out one sensational product after another, even in the face of the late-2000s recession and his own failing health. He helped change computers from a geeky hobbyist’s obsession to a necessity of modern life at work and home, and in the process he upended not just personal technology but the cellphone and music industries. For transformation of American industry, he has few rivals He has long been linked to his personal computer-age contemporary, Bill Gates, and has drawn comparisons to other creative geniuses such as Walt Disney. Jobs died as Walt Disney Co.’s largest shareholder, a by-product of his decision to sell computer animation studio Pixar in 2006.last_img read more

Revolution’s Family Tree: Franklin and Adams to Manning and Snowden

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There once stood a large elm tree at the corner of Essex and Washington streets in Boston responsible for sparking and embodying the patriotic spirit that fueled the American Revolution. In 1765, patriots such as the Loyal Nine and Sons of Liberty hung in effigy the official charged with implementing that year’s infamous Stamp Act—which among other stipulations required magazines and newspapers to be printed on British paper; viewed as a form of censorship among colonists. The protest was the first public act of defiance against the British government and transformed the tree into a rallying point for the growing resistance simmering throughout the 13 colonies. Soon, a sign proclaiming “Tree of Liberty” was affixed to its trunk. This spirit did not fade when British troops tarred and feathered dissenters beneath its branches, nor after it was cut down during the siege of the city. Rather, “Liberty Trees” sprang up across the fledgling confederation and inspired even more to speak out and oppose the assault on colonists’ civil liberties, rights they believed were theirs. The tree became a flashpoint for revolution, and its image emblazoned many “traitors” and “rebels” struggling to be free from oppressive rule who sought to establish a government reflective and representative of its people’s best values and interests…“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure,” wrote Thomas Jefferson soon after the signing of the U.S. Constitution.Namir Noor-Eldeen walks through the bright sunlight of an open courtyard in New Baghdad, Iraq, his camera slung around his shoulder, the same he’s done countless times before as a photojournalist for Reuters covering the ensuing chaos of the U.S.-led invasion.The 22-year-old, one of the most well-respected war photographers in the industry, is once again accompanied by 40-year-old Reuters camera assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh; two of about a dozen or so men talking and strolling casually to the right of a nondescript building in the eastern suburb of the capital.“Okay we got a target fifteen coming at you,” crackles a voice from the cockpit of an AH-64 Apache gunship hovering about a mile away, the crosshairs of its 30mm machineguns bouncing from the dome of a nearby mosque to the torsos of the group, before focusing for a time on Chmagh, then Noor-Eldeen. “It’s a guy with a weapon.”Their sights zoom in as the men continue through the yard; several others standing beside a scooter while others occupy a nearby street corner.“Stay firm,” commands another voice over the radio. “And open the courtyard.”“Yeah roger,” a voice responds. “I just estimate there’s probably about 20 of them.”The vantage zooms in closer, the crosshairs settling on Chmagh for a few moments, who appears to be carrying a satchel, then back to Noor-Eldeen.“That’s a weapon,” states a voice.“Yeah,” another agrees.“Fucking prick,” blurts a voice, the crosshairs focusing on Noor-Eldeen’s crotch.“Have individuals with weapons,” says another as the gunship banks to the left, the men falling out of view behind a building.“Hotel Two-Six, Crazy Horse One-Eight,” spits the radio. “Have five to six individuals with AK-47s. Request permission to engage.”“Roger that,” another responds. “We have no personnel east of our position. So, uh, you are free to engage, over.”“I’m gonna—I can’t get ’em now because they’re behind that building,” says a gunner. “He’s got an RPG!”“All right, we got a guy with an RPG,” says another.“I’m going to fire.”“Okay.”“Hotel Two-Six, have eyes on individual with RPG,” says a voice. “Getting ready to fire. We won’t—““Yeah, we got a guy shooting,” interrupts another.“God damn it,” says a voice, the camera’s view shifting to the building’s right flank. As the gunship turns the corner, its crosshairs align with one of the men in the group, who’s looking in the opposite direction.“Just freakin’—once you get on ‘em, just open ‘em up,” declares a voice.“You’re clear,” says a voice.“All right, firing,” responds another.“Let me know when you’ve got them.”The crosshairs target the center of about 10 people huddled together, most of their backs to the gunship.“Let’s shoot,” says a voice.“Light ’em all up,” says another.“Come on, fire!” someone shouts.Bodies drop as a barrage of shelling shreds the crowd.“Keep shootin’, keep shootin’,” a calm voice states.Dirt and debris are launched into the air as the earth explodes from beneath the men and machineguns rattle and hiss.“Keep shootin’,” the voice repeats.The crosshairs dance within the dust, tracking any distinguishable human form and a thick cloud billows upward, blocking the view. More bursts of gunfire, more smoke.“Come on, fire!” shouts a voice.“Yeah, we see two birds and we’re still fir[ing],” says another.“I got ’em…,” says a voice before another cuts in.“All right,” he laughs. “I hit ’em.”The laughter continues with the sights fixed on the massacre.“All right, you’re clear,” someone says.“All right, I’m just trying to find targets again,” assures the shooter.As the smoke clears the lifeless men are strewn across the courtyard, many distorted into odd shapes and mutilated; some lying bent and twisted atop each other.“Got a bunch of bodies layin’ there,” says the shooter.“All right, we got about, uh, eight individuals,” says another.“Yeah, we got one guy crawling down there,” someone adds. “We’re shooting some more.”“Hey, you shoot, I’ll talk,” a voice responds.“Currently engaging approximately eight individuals, uh KIA, uh RPGs and AK-47s,” radios another.The camera again scans the yard. Piled, mangled bodies, some staining the ground, become clearer.“Oh yeah, look at all those dead bastards,” says the gunner.“Nice,” says another. “Nice. Good shootin’.”“Thank you.”The crosshairs circle back to Chmagh, lying crooked halfway on the curb and street, his left leg twisted unnaturally 180 degrees off alignment, the back of his head and shoulders jilting upward as he struggles and pushes off his elbows.“He’s getting up,” says a voice.“Maybe he has a weapon down in his hand?” asks another.“No, I haven’t seen one yet,” says the shooter.Face down, Chamgh somehow gets to his knees.“Come on, buddy,” eggs a voice.“All you gotta do is pick up a weapon,” says another.The camera zooms in on a dark van that pulls up alongside Chamgh. Two men begin trying to lift him up by his arms and legs.“We have individuals going to the scene, looks like possibly picking up bodies and weapons,” someone says.“Let me engage!” shouts the gunner. “Can I shoot?”“Come on, let us shoot! They’re taking him.”“Fuck,” says a voice as the men try and load him into the van.“Roger,” says another. “Engage.”“Come on!” shouts the gunner to the rattling of more machinegun fire. The van shakes violently as its front explodes, bursts of light flashing from its inside before jolting forward several feet and slamming backwards and to the side, smoke and shrapnel again clouding the scene.The gun jams briefly before resuming; after a few moments the smoke clearing. A basketball-sized hole is seen through the center of the windshield. The men who were helping Chamgh lie motionless and outstretched around the van.“Oh yeah, look at that!” laughs the gunman. “Right through the windshield.”“I think we whacked ‘em all,” someone adds.“That’s good,” says another.“Hey yeah, roger, be advised, there were some guys popping out with AKs behind that dirt pile break,” a voice informs an incoming ground team that will be photographing the scene. “We also took some RPGs off, earlier, so just make sure your men keep your eyes open.”Instead of armed insurgents, the team discovers two severely wounded children in the van; its driver, their deceased father, had been driving them to school when he saw Chamgh and attempted to bring him to a hospital.“Well it’s their fault for bringing kids into battle,” says the gunner, following up a comment about how a tank crushed a body as it approached.The massacre and cockpit chatter among the two U.S. Apache helicopters participating in it make up the bulk of Collateral Murder, leaked classified cockpit gunsight footage of July 12, 2007 airstrikes that killed, along with all of the other men accompanying them, Reuters journalists Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh. Following their deaths the media organization requested the footage documenting the clash to no avail; Noor-Eldeen’s body reportedly discovered by a friend in a dilapidated Iraqi morgue.A clearer view of the truth of that tragic day did not emerge until Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks—the online international nonprofit whistleblower site which publishes secret, classified and leaked news material about governments and corporations from around the world—presented the footage on April 5, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and made it available to the world via wikileaks.org and collateralmurder.com.The U.S. military characterizes the slayings as justified. Subsequent military reports released the same day as Collateral Murder hit the Internet state the journalists were not wearing anything that would identify them as such, their Canon EOSs with telescopic lenses resembled weapons, and they were among armed insurgents; the military says weapons were found by ground troops at the scene.In February, U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who’s currently facing a military court martial at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland for leaking more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables and more than 490,000 classified U.S. Army reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, including sharing the aforementioned video. The 25-year-old faces life in prison if convicted on the heftiest charges under the Espionage Act of 1917 and aiding the enemy.Listen to Manning’s statement:Yet this is not your typical court martial, contend the few core journalists who’ve been covering Manning’s plight since the beginning—he was arrested in May 2010 after an informant turning over chat logs to the FBI—other whistleblowers, advocates and outside observers. Nor is Manning, who’s been jailed for more than three years, sometimes in solitary confinement and in conditions so severe it caused international uproar and State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley to resign in protest, your typical soldier.Taken within the larger context of 2001’s Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF); alarming new provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); a recent power grab by the military sans Congress the Long Island Press exposed in May which essentially suspends the Posse Comitatus Act and allows the military to take authority over undefined “domestic disturbances”; the government’s recent admission it seized the phone records of the Associated Press and a reporter as part of an investigation into an alleged leak; the naming of Fox News reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator in another investigation; and the Pandora’s box the latest U.S. government whistleblower, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden leaked to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald about the government’s ongoing mass surveillance programs; Manning’s prosecution has ramifications on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It has ramifications on the Fourth Amendment. It speaks to a larger discussion regarding the lack of whistleblower protections, especially for those employed in the national security and intelligence sectors—President Barack Obama has used the Espionage Act more than double all presidents combined. It shines a light into the murky back-alley dealings of U.S. foreign policy, opening the door for more rigorous debate about the ever-growing U.S. military industrial complex and covert surveillance forces. And it has tremendously significant ramifications for the future of journalism—specifically investigative journalism.That is because Manning’s trial is also very much a trial about WikiLeaks, which the U.S. government is widely believed to have empanelled a grand jury against and which the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind ruled in pre-trial hearings, has the same standing as a media outlet as The New York Times and Washington Post, who also published significant portions of he and Snowden’s classified disclosures.Truth-seeker: Government Accountability Project’s Kathleen McClellan advocates for whistleblower protections.“What the mainstream media here in the U.S. should realize is: as goes Wikileaks, as goes the mainstream media,” warns Kathleen McClellan, national security and human rights counsel for nonprofit whistleblower advocacy group Government Accountability Project (GAP), at its D.C. headquarters. “There’s no distinction in the law between an organization like WikiLeaks disclosing information and The New York Times disclosing information. The law doesn’t protect either more or less.”Yet despite what’s at stake, the vast majority of mainstream journalists and news organizations throughout the country have been providing little, if any, coverage of the Manning trial at all (Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan recently chastised the staff because of it). A handful of dedicated, if lesser-known journalists and outlets have, however, and theirs has been the most in-depth and consistent reporting on the proceedings to date—to where many others frequently call seeking input before publishing their own stories. Sometimes, they’ve been the only coverage.Their commitment has oftentimes come at great costs and sacrifices.WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS REVOLUTIONARY?CLICK HERE AND TELL US IN THE COMMENTSDIRTY WARSThe Obama administration’s harsh treatment and prosecution of Manning and the shadowy actions of military and covert surveillance operations both overseas and domestically are not new occurrences, rather, the war between the government and public over what information is shared and what stays secret has been raging since the birth of the country, with revealing glimpses behind the curtain every so often.Independent investigative journalist-turned-Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh exposed what has become known as the My Lai Massacre—the mass murder and cover-up of up to more than 500 unarmed South Vietnamese villagers, including women and children, by U.S. Army troops in 1968. Initially it was reported to the public that 128 enemy combatants were slain in battle.Daniel Ellsberg leaked a classified internal Department of Defense report detailing much of the decision-making behind U.S. policy and involvement during the Vietnam War in 1971 and was also tried under the Espionage Act, yet the judge ruled a mistrial after learning about, among other actions taken against him by the intelligence community, the tapping of his phones.The Watergate break-in, orchestrated by President Richard Nixon’s CIA-connected “plumbers” and exposed by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with help from perhaps the most infamous whistleblower in U.S. history, former top FBI official Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat—also ironically essentially a case of presidentially condoned domestic spying, albeit on the National Democratic Committee headquarters instead of the general public at large—resulted in an investigation by the Senate and culminated in Nixon’s 1974 resignation.The following year’s Senate Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, known as the Church Committee after Democratic Sen. Frank Church of Idaho, stands as perhaps the most intrinsic look inside the inner workings of this world to date. It probed not only the CIA’s activities for illegalities and abuses, but the NSA and FBI—including the agencies’ roles in assassinations targeting foreign leaders.Among the findings: The CIA had varying roles in coups and assassination plots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Cuba and Vietnam. In the case of the Congo, the committee discovered the agency had plotted to kill its newly elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and although didn’t ultimately do the deed (the Belgians did), had supplied weapons and money to help it along, originally planning to poison the leader.The committee also shed light on just how high up the chain of command these orders came, revealing a concept called “plausible deniability,” meaning the president and other officials with authority to pull the trigger on such activities could know without knowing about them and escape blame.President Dwight D. Eisenhower was implicated in the Lumumba takedown, according to the committee’s reports. Classified information detailing the government’s roles in similar schemes in Iran and other countries wouldn’t surface until decades later.The Church Committee also discovered widespread domestic surveillance operations by the CIA, including the mass photographing and/or opening and resealing of citizens’ mail without even the U.S. Postal Service’s knowledge.In 1996 Pulitzer Prize investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed the CIA’s involvement in at least permitting Nicaraguan drug smugglers linked to the Contras to peddle crack cocaine on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s as a way to fund its guerrilla operations during the Reagan administration.Jeremy Scahill, reporter for The Nation, exposes questionable present-day operations in the recently published Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield, also a documentary in theaters now. Besides uncovering the self-authorized international assassination program of the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)—according to Scahill, the equivalent of the president’s personal death squads with international reach, though Americans can also be targeted—he documents the systemic eradication of nearly all oversight over such forces, arguing, that their actions actually serve to perpetually feed the “War on Terror.”Sept. 11, 2001 opened the door.“To fight its global war,” writes Scahill, “the White House made extensive use of the tactics [former Vice President Dick] Cheney had long advocated. Central to its ‘dark side’ campaign would be the use of presidential findings [executive directives] that, by their nature, would greatly limit any effective congressional oversight.“According to the National Security Act of 1947, the president is required to issue a finding before undertaking a covert action,” he continues. “The law states that the action must comply with U.S. law and the Constitution. The presidential findings signed by [President George W.] Bush on Sept. 17, 2001, was used to create a highly classified, secret program code-named Greystone. GST, as it was referred to in internal documents, would be an umbrella under which many of the most clandestine and legally questionable activities would be authorized and conducted in the early days of the Global War on Terror.“It relied on the administration’s interpretation of the AUMF passed by Congress, which declared any al Qaeda suspect anywhere in the world a legitimate target,” he adds. “In effect, the presidential finding declared all covert actions to be preauthorized and legal, which critics said violated the spirit of the National Security Act. Under GTS, a series of compartmentalized programs were created that, together, effectively formed a global assassination and kidnap operation.”In other words, where in the past journalists including Hersh were rewarded for exposing war crimes and corruption, the government’s espionage case against whistleblower Ellsberg was dropped and the president of the United States ousted due to disclosures about covert surveillance, nowadays, an Army private and former NSA contractor face decades, if not life in prison for exposing the same crimes, news outlets such as the AP have had their phone records seized and a journalist has been named as a co-conspirator in the government’s attempt to plug a leak.All indicative, say critics, of an ongoing war not just against journalists, but civil liberties across the board.“Gone are the days of Watergate and the Pentagon Papers,” laments Jane Hamsher, founder and publisher of FireDogLake.com, a progressive news site and action organization that’s been covering Manning’s story and trial for years. “You got the government considering whistleblowers terrorists and journalists looking down their noses on people who are sources.”“What we’re really seeing here is a war on information and who controls information,” says GAP’s McClellan. “Cracking down on what the public is going to hear and cracking down on who can speak to certain issues.”“It’s so hard on the whistleblowers,” adds Hamsher. “It’s just so emotionally hard on them. They’re destroyed, they’re wiped out financially, they’re called traitors, they lose their jobs. Anybody who thinks this is something somebody does for attention is out of their minds.”She would know. FireDogLake’s headquarters—a two-story house in Northwest D.C. (ironically a few blocks from Manning Place)—not only serves as its staff’s newsroom and lodging, but doubles as a meeting/refuge space for whistleblowers and others who’ve risked a lot in order to broadcast the truth.WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS REVOLUTIONARY?CLICK HERE AND TELL US IN THE COMMENTSBLACKOUTThey travel from other states every week, put their personal lives on hold, sleep wherever they can—local hotels, rented rooms or the homes of those sympathetic to the mission: telling the story of Bradley Manning and his trial, raising awareness about the case and its larger context, documenting history. They wake up at the crack of dawn and they make the trek to Fort Meade, Md.At least once a week they’ll pass a crowd of people of varying numbers protesting on their way in. They stand outside the base’s main gates, sometimes holding signs, often wearing black T-shirts proclaiming “TRUTH” in white block lettering—the weekly vigil of supporters and Bradley Manning Support Network members. Some have come from across the country; some have come from other countries entirely.The journalists wait in their vehicles till around 8 a.m. or whenever the MPs show up to inspect their paperwork, credentials, vehicle registration, photo identification and vehicles. They’re eventually escorted to the other side of the complex to a small hall serving as the “media operations center.” Journalists can also opt for a limited number of seats in the courtroom.Here, the proceedings are broadcast from one wall-size projector screen and journalists are permitted to bring along a computer “for filing and note taking purposes only.” Filing is to be done when court recesses. Social media posting may only be done when court is in recess or during break.Seventy journalists can fit here and more than 250 applied for opening arguments, but since then there’ve only been about a dozen on average. Half as many have been here consistently.The live feed from the courtroom occasionally craps out in the middle of important testimony [as it did on June 26, prompting complaints], and the shotgun speed the judge issues rulings and prosecution reads critical testimony into the record are regular sources of familiar jokes and frustration. More frustration, however, since unlike a traditional court proceeding, there is no official transcript provided for the public, and thus, no public record of what is said during the proceedings unless these handful of journalists write it all down, as fast as they can.“I often times get asked, ‘Why do you do this?’” says Alexa O’Brien, one of them, who’s been covering Bradley Manning for three years and is single-handedly responsible for transcribing and posting on her website AlexaOBrien.com literally every single syllable and filing she could type or obtain, including from the pre-trial hearings. She’s also recently built an online, searchable database for this. “I don’t have a simple answer for it.”“It’s the largest leak trial in U.S. history,” she explains in the empty media parking lot following June 26’s proceedings. “It has ramifications, wide ramifications, on the First Amendment and foundational purposes of our government and of society at large.“The government is using charges in this court martial that have never been used in military law,” continues O’Brien. “They want to take the intent and the motive out of the Espionage Act, and that intent makes the Espionage Act as constitutional as it could possibly be. It’s a First Amendment right.“The Department of State has been the puppet master in this prosecution vis-à-vis this—the largest criminal investigation ever into a publisher, which is the U.S. investigation into WikiLeaks—and we don’t see in any of the major papers the kind of reporting about what is happening…and what is at stake,” she adds.Dissenter: Kevin Gosztola, reporter for FireDogLake, has been providing nonstop coverage of the Bradley Manning trial.Kevin Gosztola, reporter for FireDogLake.com, seated in the backyard of its headquarters, agrees. He, along with O’Brien, the Associated Press’ David Dishneau, Adam Klasfeld from Courthouse News Service, a news wire, and Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network, make up the core of stalwarts covering the case.“When you think about what happened,” says Gosztola, “the significance isn’t just the act itself but the disclosures, the content of what was released to WikiLeaks—when you look at the Collateral Murder video and what it revealed, the killing of Reuters employees who were out there basically doing their news jobs, and the fact that somebody wounded was killed and shot and you can hear the bloodlust in the voices of the soldiers who seem to be playing some kind of video games—and when you look at the U.S. diplomatic cables and the different military reports from Iraq and Afghanistan that he disclosed, which give a full, complete picture of those wars, a picture vastly different than the one the United States government was promoting to people during the war, I think that’s some of the importance and significance of his act, in that he punctured a hole in this whole secrecy that we have in our government and gave us a way to tell a lot of information that probably shouldn’t have ever been kept secret from us in the first place.”Two tremendously large poodles gallop by as Hamsher explains FireDogLake’s purpose and origins inside.“This is what is called the Hamsher Hotel,” she smiles, while chopping mixed vegetables on the kitchen counter into a salad. “Glenn Greenwald’s room is upstairs; Kevin is staying in it now. Glenn has his own room. Dan Ellsberg stays there. Dan Choi stays there. We have dinners here like once a month or so with [NSA whistleblower] Tom Drake and [CIA torture whistleblower John] Kiriakou before he went to jail—Peter Van Buren, all the whistleblowers. We really try and have a place that nurtures and takes care of people.”“I was just interested around the time of the 2004 Election and the power of online media and what it could do, and I was posting on Daily Kos and whenever I would finish I would post it on a free blogspot that I called firedoglake because I like to lie by the fire and watch the Lakers with my dogs,” she says. “And we started writing about the Scooter Libby trial and the next think you knew we had 100,000 people a day showing up. So it expanded to more than just me writing and now what Kevin does is very much in the tradition of what we started with, which is providing a counter-narrative to stories that aren’t being adequately covered or that are sort of overwhelmed by propaganda distributed by powerful self-interested people.”“They’re seeking life in prison for giving secret documents to a news organization and so that would essentially turn whistleblowing something akin to treason and that’s already had a huge chilling effect on sources for investigative journalists,” says Fuller, from the support network’s home base, a rented house in Columbia, Md.Fuller says he’s “talked to reporters who have been to Guantanamo Bay for military tribunals, and they say this is the more restrictive case,” adding that the judge has been clocked reading one of her rulings at 100 words per minute.Klasfeld, standing on a dock in the shadow of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, stresses the importance of keeping the focus on the content of Manning’s disclosures.“I think one thing that needs a little more emphasizing and highlighting is: Just what exactly did Bradley Manning leak?” he asks. “What do we know now in 2013 that we didn’t know before WikiLeaks published all this information in 2009 and what is the value of that information? What do we know about what’s going on in Guantanamo Bay? What do we know about what happened in the Iraq and Afghanistan War? Whether it comes to casualty counts or incidents that weren’t investigated, what did we not know about the conduct of U.S. diplomacy that we do know now?“In a lot of the focus in who Bradley Manning is and what WikiLeaks is, the personal drama of it—which is interesting—just what was leaked has gotten the short shrift.”It’s that content, along with a host of varying personal reasons, which attracts Manning supporters from across the globe to Ft. Meade—a trek that also requires an ample amount of dedication from the members of the public who do.WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS REVOLUTIONARY?CLICK HERE AND TELL US IN THE COMMENTSSECRET COURTIt’s approaching 9 a.m. and nearing 90 degrees by the time a soldier wearing U.S. Army fatigues walks over to the makeshift barricade in a back parking somewhere in the 95-acre complex of Ft. Meade to tell Dominic and Cynthia Vautier of Bellevue, Wa. that the start of the trial is going to be pushed back a bit.There are no signs indicating this is the courthouse, and nowhere to find reprieve from the sun. Were it not for the makeshift fencing—long lines of bicycle racks stacked alongside each other and a printout that warns not to go beyond the barricade—a visitor might imagine they were at one of the dozens of other military facilities throughout the base.The 71-year-old software engineer and Vietnam-era veteran sits on the hot cement, legs crossed, while his wife, 64, gazes behind the line at several air-conditioned trailers housing soldiers when David Reed, another spectator, joins them. He jokes that maybe they’re not letting Dominic in because he looks suspicious.“I would have thought there would be more people coming to the trial,” the 67-year-old retiree says. “It’s an apathy.”“It took us two days to figure out how to get into the fort,” says Dominic, explaining that the couple made the trek as part of Cynthia’s vacation.“When I’m a grandmother, I feel that I should be able to tell my grandchildren with great pride that I was at this trial and supported a hero,” she says.Soon others join them, many wearing “TRUTH” shirts. In all, about 50 supporters wait in the heat till they empty their pockets, are scanned with a magnetometer, obtain a pass, wait for a while in a side room and finally enter the courtroom (25 are permitted, the rest head to an overflow trailer).Kat, 47, from Ontario, who wore a “TRUTH” shirt and declined to give her last name, stressed the importance of being there to “show my support and be a witness to the proceedings and make it less secretive,” she says. “We’re here in support of Bradley and for people telling the truth, for example, Bradley Manning—about war crimes.”Deb Van Poolen, an organic farmer and artist-turned-court sketch artist who’s been coming to the trial every day to capture the scene and making them available on her website for free to raise awareness, takes a seat in the first row, behind the prosecution team.Two plainclothes soldiers, one with an earpiece, a sidearm and a taser, stand arms crossed between the public and Manning, who is dwarfed by his lead attorney David Coombs, Major Thomas Hurley and Captain Joshua Tooman.Three empty rows of 12 empty chairs and computers fill the courtroom to the right of the judge; five cameras pointed at the public are mounted above her head. Each session begins with a decorated Army official reading aloud a list of rules, which includes no loud whispering and no falling asleep.When U.S. Army prosecutor Major Ashden Fein isn’t standing before the judge, he slouches back in his chair while two other prosecutors occasionally giggle with each other. Manning and his team sit upright, intently listening to every utterance. Between two recesses the visitors dwindle to about 15; by 3 p.m. there is an hour-long closed session. Judge Col. Lind informs the trial will resume the following day at noon.It’s now that the media center crew hurries to file their stories and post them on their websites, Tweet out updates and prepare for the next day.“I knew the trial was going to be conducted in secrecy and de facto-secrecy and I felt that there was no coverage of it that was satisfying to me, gave me the information, answered any of the questions that I wanted to have answered, and so I decided that I was going to transcribe it,” O’Brien tells us back in the empty media parking lot. “I think if Manning gets sentenced to life, that is going to be a historic day in the history of our country, but I think also, just civilization in general.”“I do believe that fundamentally, it is our responsibility if we do know better, to do everything we can to dissent, but also to do the right thing here,” adds O’Brien. “The act of doing a transcript, for example, is a very simple act, but if it’s going to get me almost arrested at Ft. Meade, if it’s going to get me in a situation where I am somehow counter, there’s something wrong there.”last_img read more

Swiss consultancies rank managers on sustainable investing ‘brands’

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first_imgMore than three-quarters (184) of the managers analysed formally commited as responsible investors, but most of these (147) “miss the opportunity to share their approach and actively incorporate it into their brand”, according to the index report.Only 13 companies had a clearly articulated purpose, of which only three “truly connect to a greater societal impact”: Hermes Investment Management, AXA Investment Management and Swedbank Asset Management.“The common unifier for a successful position of both committing to ESG and reflecting this in the brand architecture is to clearly articulate and link an intrinsic, inner guiding purpose, connected to tangible social impact,” according to the index report.Ten companies scored highly on branding but had a low commitment rating, which was interpreted as “their aspiration having not yet been translated into action”. Many European asset managers commit to responsible investment but do not actively incorporate this into how they convey their identity, according to two Swiss brand consultancies.Brand Affairs and H-Ideas – which advise companies on branding and marketing – analysed 239 European investment groups ranked in IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers to evaluate whether management companies’ “good intent” was also communicated through their brands.The companies collated the data the ‘H&K Responsible Investment Brand Index’.Actual commitment, according to the index, was demonstrated through hard facts, such as committing to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and “the intent that transpires from within asset managers through their brand, best visible in openly and transparently communicated vision and purpose statements”. According to the index authors, asset managers should make “finding, articulating and communicating purpose a strategy priority”.Markus Kramer, partner at Brand Affairs, said: “Especially in a world that is becoming increasingly transparent and competitive and where sustainability is on everyone’s lips, a clear definition of one’s own values and vision is the key to a successful responsible investment branding and long-term business success.”Kramer developed the index with Jean-François Hirschel, founder and CEO of H-Ideas.Size no impediment, geography influentialSize did not appear to have a significant bearing on asset managers’ ability to integrate responsible investment into its branding, according to the index. The 47 companies that achieved an above-average score were responsible for €211bn each on average, compared with €202bn for the total peer group average.Geographical location did appear to have a major impact on index rankings, however. There were significantly more French businesses among the 47 best-practice companies than from other countries. Swiss and Benelux asset managers were also well represented, while German companies were strongly under-represented.The index considered the extent to which sustainable development lies at the heart of a company’s identity.last_img read more

Investigators working leads in recent burglary cases

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first_imgBatesville, In. — Detectives in Batesville continue to sift through clues to find those responsible for two recent day-time burglaries. Chief Stan Holt says evidence has been collected at the scene and is being processed by Indiana State Police.The first burglary occurred in the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue on the morning of July 29. The second was reported on Wood Lawn Drive near Huntersville Road. Police thieves got away with cash and jewelry.Chief Holt offers the following advice for residents:Keep doors and windows lockedNever place valuables in open viewStay aware of what is happening in and around your propertyUse an alarm when possibleKeep areas well lit at nightIf you see suspicious activity call 812-934-3131. Always give police the time of day, description, direction of travel and any other information to identify suspectsIf you see a crime in progress call 911last_img read more

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first_imgThe protocols are being done in accordance with all federal, state, medical and university guidelines to begin voluntary workouts.Regardless of home state, all athletes will be required to self-quarantine upon arriving on campus for a maximum of 14 days. Quarantine time may vary based on additional guidance from the state and the phase of reopening in Massachusetts.All athletes will be tested for COVID-19 on or about Day 8 of quarantine. Protocols are also in place for the quarantine and treatment of positive COVID-19 cases should they occur.___Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. ___Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition event.The 33rd-ranked Coric posted the news on Twitter.He says “I want to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. Please everyone who has been in contact with me for the last few days gets tested!”He says he is feeling well and has no symptoms. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Iowa’s athletic department says nine athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov announced that he tested positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play in the final.Coric played a match against Dimitrov in Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Incoming freshmen players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them.___The ATP men’s tennis tour says it is continuing to “plan and adjust” its precautions and protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic with an eye to its planned Aug. 14 resumption of competition.The tour issued a statement Monday following word that two top-35 players tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in unsanctioned exhibition matches organized by No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. June 22, 2020 The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.Las Vegas is now considered the U.S. favorite to host NHL playoff games, unless two Canadian cities are selected. Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities — if not the front-runners.The NHL has said it will select two hub cities — one for the Eastern Conference playoffs and one for the Western Conference. The Stanley Cup Final or “final four” would likely be in one of the two cities.___Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening. The Wisconsin athletic department’s infection response team is monitoring the recovery of the athletes but didn’t specify which teams the two play for. Wisconsin plans to release the aggregate number of positive tests at regular intervals during the initial phase of athletes’ return to campus.___Boston College says its football players began returning to the school Monday as part of its COVID-19 operational plan to bring all its student-athletes back to campus.The school says its new protocols include limiting personnel at facilities, mandating face coverings be worn in common areas, as well as daily temperature checks for staff and athletes. Increased cleaning measures will also be in effect at all facilities. The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation.Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all.The club says the five players did not attend the match against Proleter on Saturday when the Serbian league champions completed their season.About 20,000 fans attended a Serbian Cup semifinal match against Partizan Belgrade this month as the country lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions.The match against Proleter was also attend by about 20,000 fans. Both gatherings have drawn criticism from the public as Serbia records dozens of new coronavirus cases each day.center_img Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home.The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were placed in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to eventually return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. Associated Press That accounts for nearly one-quarter of the 40 tests conducted in that time frame. Since the beginning of the return-to-campus protocol May 29, there have been 12 positives among 386 tests.The athletic department said contact tracing has begun. Individuals who test positive are being isolated, and a quarantine is in place for individuals who might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.“While we have experienced an increase in positive tests, almost all are related to individuals who had been in quarantine due to our contact tracing and developed symptoms,” stated Dr. Andrew Peterson, head team physician. “Our overall process, including testing and daily health screening, is working as expected.”___Players of Brazilian soccer giant Corinthians visited the club on Monday to pick up personal protection equipment against COVID-19 after tests showed 21 out of its 27 players had contracted the disease. The São Paulo-based club said Sunday that 13 players are fully recovered, but eight will not be allowed to start training on July 1 because of the disease. Corinthians tested 190 people, including players, staffers and their families. The club did not name the players who tested positive. Brazil is Latin America’s hardest hit country by the new coronavirus, with more than 50,000 deaths and 1 million confirmed cases.___The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: There were no social distancing measures observed at the Adria Tour exhibitions.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, who is currently No. 19, and his opponent in Croatia on Saturday, No. 33 Borna Coric, both said they have COVID-19.The ATP said it “continues to urge strict adherence to responsible social distancing and health and safety guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.”Exhibition events have been staged in various places around the world while the ATP and WTA tours have been suspended since March because of the pandemic. The tours announced last week they plan to return in August.___ Louisville football’s season opener against North Carolina State has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled Kentucky Derby weekend at neighboring Churchill Downs.The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The preceding and highly attended Thursday race card known as “Thurby” was set for the same day as the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against the Wolfpack, but the schools announced Monday that they had agreed to the switch to avert logistical conflicts with parking and traffic.“We appreciate the NCAA, ACC and N.C. State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a news release. “We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time.”___Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus.last_img read more