Veterinary Clinical Pathologist

first_imgPercentage Of Time100 Posting NumberF0773P Working TitleVeterinary Clinical Pathologist DepartmentVet Med Clinical Pathology Lab Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Faculty RankOpen Rank Tenure StatusTenure Track Negotiable FLSA Qualified applicants should submit (1) a letter of intent includingprofessional interests and career goals, (2) a curriculum vitae,and (3) the names, mailing addresses, and contact information forthree professional references.Please apply at http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/177333.To ensure consideration, all application materials must be receivedby February 15, 2021.Please contact Dr. Bridget Garner, search committee chair, by email([email protected]) or telephone (706-542-5847) if you have anyquestions regarding the position. Posting TypeExternal Retirement PlanTRS or ORP Physical Demands Classification TitleOpen Rank Applicants will possess a DVM or equivalent degree and be boardcertified or board eligible in veterinary clinical pathology by theAmerican College of Veterinary Pathologists (or equivalent).Clinical track (non-tenure track):Clinical Assistant ProfessorBoard certified or eligible for board certification. Demonstratedevidence of a high level of competence and promise of moving towardexcellence in patient care, student instruction, scholarlyactivities, or practice and service.Clinical Associate ProfessorBoard certification and a minimum of five years at the rank ofassistant professor (clinical or tenure track), or comparableexperience. Clear and convincing evidence of stature as a regionalauthority. Demonstrated excellence in clinical competency anddocumented excellence in patient care, student instruction,scholarly activities, or practice and service.Tenure track or Tenured:Assistant ProfessorBoard certified or eligible for board certification. Demonstratedevidence of a high level of competence and promise of moving towardexcellence in the criteria appropriate to their workassignment.Associate ProfessorBoard certification and a minimum of five years at the rank ofassistant professor. Clear and convincing evidence of stature as aregional and emerging or existing national authority.To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must beappointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at aprior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation tothe institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure uponappointment before hire.For additional information on the rank requirements for theDepartment please see the UGA Faculty Affairs website for details(https://provost.uga.edu/policies/appointment-promotion-and-tenure/). Advertised SalaryCommensurate with Experience Underutilization Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Employment TypeEmployee Special Instructions to Applicants Position Summary Preference will be given to individuals with ACVP boardcertification and a graduate degree in pathology or a related areasuch as veterinary pathology, immunology or molecular biology, and3 years’ experience in diagnostic clinical pathology. Credit and P-Card policy Job Posting Date12/02/2020 Is this a Position of Trust?Yes Open until filledYes EEO Statement Minimum Qualifications Contract TypeFiscal (12 mo.) Additional Requirements Position Details Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No About the College/Unit/Department The Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine at TheUniversity of Georgia, invites applications for a twelve-monthfaculty position in veterinary clinical pathology. The position canbe either clinical (non-tenure) or tenure track with appointment atthe rank of assistant or associate professor.The clinical pathology laboratory is accredited by the AmericanAssociation of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, equipped withstate-of-the-art instrumentation, and is staffed by 3 full-timeclinical pathologists (including this position) and 6medical/laboratory technologists. The lab serves a thrivingveterinary teaching hospital with a diverse caseload that includessubmissions from companion and food animals, exotics, and wildlifepatients.The successful applicant will join a team in the Department ofPathology that includes 22 pathologists (including 5 clinicalpathologists), anatomic and clinical pathology residents, researchscientists, and graduate students. Departmental centers of researchemphasis include pathogenesis of infectious disease infood-producing, avian, wildlife and aquatic animals, moleculardiagnostics, genomics and proteomics, tumor pathobiology, softtissue physiology and repair, and laboratory animal pathology. Thedepartment is committed to excellence in teaching that spansundergraduate, professional, graduate, and resident programs.The successful applicant will have responsibilities thatinclude:1) Providing high quality diagnostic service to the veterinaryteaching hospital.2) Contributing to instruction of residents, graduate students, andveterinary students.3) Supporting the research mission of the department and collegethrough participation in collaborative research projects.Opportunities also exist for developing and leading a productiveresearch laboratory.Specific percentages are flexible and will be based on thecandidate’s expertise and interests, and on departmentalneeds. College/Unit/Department websitewww.vet.uga.edu Anticipated Start Date06/01/2021 The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)Yes Posting Details The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, foundedin 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providingservices to animal owners and veterinarians, and conductinginvestigations to improve the health of animals as well as people.The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals,and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital anddiagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the mosttechnologically advanced facilities located on a university campus,the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studyingemerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and humanhealth.The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of theuniversity community, recognizing that differences in experienceand culture can only lead to a more well-rounded and acceptingacademic environment. We have an expectation that all employeeswill demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion asembodied in our Principles of Community(http://vet.uga.edu/principles-of-community/) Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Does this position require a P-Card?No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Is driving a responsibility of this position?Yes Location of VacancyAthens Area About the University of Georgia Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies 1) Providing high quality diagnostic service to the veterinaryteaching hospital.2) Contributing to instruction of residents, graduate students, andveterinary students.3) Supporting the research mission of the department and collegethrough participation in collaborative research projects.Opportunities also exist for developing and leading a productiveresearch laboratory.Allocation of effort is flexible and will be based on thecandidate’s expertise and interests, and on departmentalneeds. Duties/Responsibilities Duties/Responsibilities Job Closing Date Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterOptional Documentslast_img read more

Billy Iuso Announces 50th Birthday Celebration At Tipitina’s With Johnny Vidacovich, Papa Mali, And More

first_imgNew Orleans guitarist Billy Iuso will host his “Far Out 50th Freak Out” on January 25th, one day before his 50th birthday, at New Orleans, LA’s iconic Tipitina’s.The two-set affair will open with a performance from Iuso and his Restless Natives band, followed by a special, guest-filled set of songs from 1969 (the year Iuso was born) featuring drummers Russell Batiste Jr. and Johnny Vidacovich, guitarists Papa Mali and Brian Stoltz, bassist Reggie Scanlan, Mike Doussan, and Michael Fouquier.Billy Iuso and Restless Natives are basically synonymous with New Orleans, a musical gumbo with a blues-rock base, sprinkles of psychedelia, and hearty funk rhythms that take no direct route to the heart of your soul. Frontman Billy Iuso’s earthy vocal tone and the disarmingly raw sentiments embedded in his lyrics lend a richer dynamic to the muscular fretwork that’s always powered his performance. Now, the song-centric version of himself reveals a reinvigorated platform for his artistic output that will surely keep fans happy along the way.Head here to purchase tickets to Billy Iuso’s  50th birthday celebration at Tipitina’s.last_img read more

Down the rabbit hole at Houghton

first_imgIt’s been 150 years since a young girl tumbled down a rabbit hole to a magical world of madcap make-believe and curious creatures eager for conversation. Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” resonated with children and adults. Older readers loved its logic, younger readers its foolishness. The book’s popularity has never dimmed.Now comes a chance to connect with the story behind the story. “Such A Curious Dream! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” on view from May 20 through Sept. 5 at Houghton Library, explores the genesis and legacy of the work that inspired generations of writers and captured the cultural imagination. Along with the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, “Alice” remains among the most frequently quoted books in English.And it still resonates.In the 19th century, it resonated instantly for Harcourt Amory, a textiles magnate and an 1876 graduate of Harvard College whose interest in Carroll ephemera began when he bought a first edition of “Alice” as inspiration for the toy theater he was building for his children. Amory continued collecting Carroll memorabilia while the author was alive and purchased numerous items directly from Carroll’s estate when he died in 1898.Alice Liddell and her sisters were among Carroll’s favorite subjects to photograph. The Liddell sisters posed for this photograph in 1860, two years before the genesis of the “Alice” story. Courtesy of Harvard Library, gift of Alfred Reginald Allen, 1963Much of the material in the show is from Amory’s archive, which includes hundreds of items “related closely to Carroll,” said curator Heather Cole.“Amory collected the books that Carroll wrote in first editions,” said Cole, “but also subsequent editions, translations, parodies, reinterpretations, anything that had any connection to the stories, as well as ephemera, popular items, games and toys.”Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in January 1832 in Cheshire County, England, was a shy, brilliant man whose gift for mathematics matched his vivid imagination. A lecturer in math at Christ Church, Oxford, and an Anglican deacon, Carroll’s artistry was ever present. He wrote poetry and short stories from an early age. Later he became an accomplished photographer. But it was befriending the new dean of the college, Henry Liddell, who arrived at Christ Church in 1856, that changed his life. Carroll grew close to Liddell’s wife and young children, among them a girl named Alice. (Some scholars are convinced that Carroll had an unhealthy relationship with Alice Liddell.) One afternoon, during a row on the Thames with the three Liddell daughters, Carroll told them his tale of a young girl and her adventures in a mysterious land.While Carroll’s own early drawings of Alice were inspired by Alice Liddell, illustrator John Tenniel refused a model for the character. His illustrations are perhaps even more recognizable than Carroll’s own text. Courtesy of Harvard Library, gift of Mrs. Harcourt Amory, 1927The real-life Alice begged him to write the story down, and he obliged. A facsimile of that original manuscript, illustrated by Carroll, which he presented to Alice as a Christmas gift in 1864, is displayed in the first of the show’s nine glass cases.Nearby, an undated letter from his friend Charles Kingsley, who urged Carroll to publish “Alice,” points to the story’s universal appeal.“Many thanks for your charming book,” the letter reads. “My real opinion of it may be gathered from this fact, that I received it in bed in the morning, and … in bed I staid [sic] until I had read every word of it.”Other items in the show reveal Carroll’s drive for perfection, such as a suppressed original edition from 1865 whose poor quality failed to meet the high standards of both the author and his illustrator, John Tenniel. (The recalled edition in Houghton’s collection is exceedingly rare. Only 23 of the 2,000 originals survive, and of those, only one, the copy now under glass in the show, was bound in white vellum and presented to Alice Liddell — who, when asked, dutifully gave it back.)Carroll’s story is as indelible as the original images that illustrated his prose. The Houghton exhibit includes rich studies of several Wonderland characters: the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and, of course, Alice — the waves of her long hair, the ruffles of her pinafore — sketched in vivid detail by Tenniel.The book crossed oceans and media. In America, the Perkins Institute and Massachusetts School for the Blind published a version for the visually impaired in 1927, also in the Houghton show. Companies with something to sell, such as the beer-maker Guinness, seized on the story’s popularity, creating ad campaigns around it.Imitation is the highest form of flattery, goes the saying. Artists have interpreted “Alice” for decades. The exhibit includes woodcut prints by Barry Moser that offer a darker, haunting take on Carroll’s vision (look closely at the background), while Robert Sabuda’s 2003 pop-up book brims with creative whimsy.Other highlights include an “Alice”-themed board game from 1940, a 1923 Russian translation by Vladimir Nabokov, and a 1913 Harvard Lampoon retelling that transplants Alice to Cambridge.The quirkiest item in the show: bars of soap embossed with the images of “Alice” characters.“It’s an odd thing for the library to collect,” admitted Cole. “It’s unique for our collections and a good challenge for our conservators.” How have they treated them thus far? “Just by leaving them alone.”Fans who can’t make it to Houghton can browse the collection via an accompanying website filled with animations and interactive features. Virtual visitors can zoom in on photos and texts and flip through Alice Liddell’s copy of the book.The library’s digital team wanted to create something “whimsical and different that would catch the eye but maintain the integrity of the material,” said designer and multimedia specialist Enrique A. Diaz. “We wanted to make the inaccessible accessible with these informed glimpses into the collection.”last_img read more

Museum of Biodiversity collects specimens for research

first_imgUnknown to many of the students who walk past every day, behind the glass doors of the Museum of Biodiversity lies one of the largest repositories of biological specimens in Indiana. The museum, located on the first floor of Jordan Hall of Science, maintains the Department of Biological Sciences’ vast collection of insects, plants, fossils, mammals and other specimens. Collected over its 150-year history, the collection now stores roughly two-thirds of the one million specimens. Founded by Notre Dame founder Fr. Edward Sorin, the museum’s collection was first exhibited at the University’s first graduation ceremonies in 1844. When most of this original collection, kept in the Main Building, was destroyed by fire in 1879, Sorin commissioned Fr. John Zahm, the namesake of Zahm Hall, to rebuild the collections. Much of the museum’s current collection of skeletal remains was purchased by Zahm and delivered to the University in 1897. Founded by Fr. Julius A. Nieuwland in 1904, the museum’s herbarium has grown to contain over 280,000 plant specimens and actively supports research efforts around the world. The museum’s current collections also include 150,000 insects and a smaller collection of mounted animals and wet specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in jars.Today, in addition to supporting research efforts, the Museum of Biodiversity also offers a valuable resource for teaching. Museum director and professor emeritus Ronald Hellenthal stressed that the collections have been widely used both by explicitly science-related classes, such as entomology and parasitology and classes not explicitly related to science, such as studio art. Additionally, students interested in research may request access to museum materials.“At any given time, we often have a dozen or more students engaged in undergraduate research projects or graduate research projects that are using our material,” Hellenthal said. “We do have some small laboratory facilities where people can work on material here, but we don’t normally check out material to students. We have some students that are doing museum work for pay, we have some students that are doing undergraduate research projects and we have some students that are here doing volunteer work in the collections.”While the collections are available to students enrolled in these classes or with a specific research interest, they are not intended for general browsing or public access.“We’re a support facility for the University,” Hellenthal said. “We support research activities, we support teaching activities, we do outreach. That’s our principle function. We’re not a public museum. We don’t have the staffing or the facility to be open to the public, so that’s really our principle purpose.”The museum, however, does open its doors for select events every year.“There are a limited number of opportunities each year where we do open the museum up,” he said. “We participate in the Smithsonian Museum Day Live, so we’re open to the general public one day a year, but we’re also open to a variety of events throughout the year, such as the College of Science Fall Undergraduate Research Fair and Junior Parents Weekend.”Another function of the Museum of Biodiversity, especially the Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium, is the retention of “voucher material” — specimens previously used in published scientific reports or studies. Storing these specimens in perpetuity is frequently required by research grants, said the museum’s curator Barbara Hellenthal.“When researchers publish papers, their obligation is to file specimens that are reported or worked on in their papers,” she said. “We acquire material from people who have done outside work out in the field, and when they write their paper or dissertation, they file their specimen here.”Over the summer, the museum completed the daunting task of surveying the over 10,000 trees and woody plants on the Notre Dame campus with the help of undergraduate students and is working to process and publish this data. Another ongoing project it is engaged with is producing high-resolution images of all the specimens kept in the Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium. Most specimens of historical importance have already been imaged and all images and data are available online, Barbara Hellenthal, the curator of the museum, said.“We have about 280,000 specimens,” she said. “We’ve already imaged about 10,000 specimens from the Greene Herbarium, and about the same for the Nieuwland Herbarium. My goal is to get the data for all of them and get all of them imaged. We have a ways to go.”Tags: College of Science, Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium, Museum of Biodiversitylast_img read more

Latest U.S. Energy Information Agency data: solar and wind costs trend down

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Agri-Pulse:The cost of building some renewable energy generators is down, according to a data analysis released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Among newly constructed utility-scale electric generators in 2016, annual capacity-weighted average construction costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and onshore wind turbines fell.New construction for wind and solar power were among the year’s most popular generation additions, with natural gas rounding out the top three. These three technologies accounted for approximately 93 percent of added capacity. Total electric generating capacity increased 50 percent over 2015.Solar PV construction has steadily declined since 2013 when costs were $3,705 per kilowatt (kW) for construction. In 2016, the construction cost was $2,436 per kW as 500 PV generating units added 8 gigawatts (GW) to the energy mix. The EIA could not predict how 2018 tariffs on imported panels might affect future solar PV costs.Wind capacity additions were the most popular in 2016. Utilities added 84 wind turbine projects with a total of 8.8 GW. Construction costs were down slightly from 2015, at $1,630 per kW. The data show capacity-weighted costs were lower for larger wind plants due to shared infrastructure costs.Unlike PV solar and wind generation, construction costs for natural gas generators increased slightly in 2016. In 2016, 100 natural gas-fired generators, totaling 9.8 GW, were added to the electric grid.More: Construction costs decline for wind, solarKallanish Energy:Nearly 500 PV generating units totaling 8,000 megawatts (MW) were added to the electric grid in 2016, making it the second-most common technology installed in 2016, after wind turbines.Utilities added 84 wind turbine projects, totaling 8,800 MW, to the electric grid in 2016. The construction costs for onshore wind generators in 2016 reached $1,630/kW, a slight decrease from 2015.Capacity-weighted costs tend to be lower for larger wind plants. In the past three years, most new wind capacity has been larger plants — 89% of 2016 wind turbine additions were to sites with more than 100 MW. As the capacity added at a site increases, the capacity-weighted construction cost decreases because the siting and infrastructure costs are shared by more turbines and capacity.Wind class — the wind speeds for which a wind turbine is optimized — can also affect wind generator costs; wind turbines designed for high- and medium-speed winds (classes 1 and 2) averaged about $100/kW more than turbines designed for low wind (class 3).In 2016, 100 natural gas-fired generators, totaling 9,800 MW, were added to the electric grid. Costs averaged $895/kW, an increase from $812/kW in 2015. Of the 9,00 MW added, 3,600 MW were combustion turbines.More: Average U.S. construction costs for solar, wind fell in 2016 Latest U.S. Energy Information Agency data: solar and wind costs trend downlast_img read more

System Takes Shape for Military Disaster Relief in Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo February 02, 2011 A system is in the works that will strengthen the ability of military services to contribute to civilian-led disaster response in the Western Hemisphere, a Defense Department official said on 24 January. Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas Security Affairs, spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue, a policy forum on Western Hemisphere affairs. Stockton was joined by Frank O. Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere. The United States is working with partners in the region, Stockton said, to plan for and better coordinate the international influx of help that follows deadly disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “When the earthquake struck, there were plenty of partner nations who stepped up to the plate, eager to provide assistance,” he said. “The problem was … we didn’t have a database of the capabilities specific countries could bring to the fight. And we had no way to match up Haiti’s most important requirements with the kinds of assistance that nations were able to provide.” The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck in January 2010 killed an estimated 230,000 people and displaced one-third of Haiti’s population, U.S. Southern Command officials said. Southcom established Joint Task Force Haiti to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was the largest disaster response mission in modern U.S. military history. “Civilians will always be in charge of disaster response,” Stockton said. “Defense will only be in support of those civilian leaders. But in a catastrophe, let’s face it, sometimes defense establishments are where the capability is. We need to be able to harness those defense capabilities to serve the requirements established by civilian authorities in the country that’s been struck by the disaster in a way that’s much more effective than we had in Haiti.” A mechanism to improve the integration of defense capability and civilian authority in response to natural disasters was introduced during a November conference Western hemisphere defense ministers in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates strongly endorsed a proposal based on consultations among partners as well as on September workshops in Washington and in Lima, Peru, and lessons learned from relief operations in Haiti. The proposal, co-sponsored by 14 countries, called for: — Standardizing a system for military collaboration during disaster relief operations through a Military Assistance Collaboration Cell; — Adopting a common platform for information sharing; and — Establishing working groups to develop the framework for military support for civilian-led disaster relief operations. “We are now in the process of organizing a workshop to be held in South America where the details of all this will be ironed out, institutionalized and, hopefully, implemented,” Mora said. Stockton said such a system would help a country struck by a natural disaster detail its most urgent priorities and allow those providing assistance to match those needs with international contributions. “Let’s have a database, purely voluntary,” he said, “that enables countries in advance of an event to offer up what they might be able to provide so that can be fed in to the consultative process.” Stockton noted that 128 days remain before hurricane season begins 1 June for the United States and countries in the Caribbean, and earthquakes can happen year-round. “We have standing working groups, and we’re making progress on this because in our hemisphere a [natural] catastrophe is not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Stockton said. “So we are moving out in a way that’s focused on saving lives in partnership with the nations of the region.”last_img read more

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublicaCurrent and former government officials have been pointing to the terror attacks in Paris as justification for mass surveillance programs. CIA Director John Brennan accused privacy advocates of “hand-wringing” that has made “our ability collectively internationally to find these terrorists much more challenging.” Former National Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden said, “In the wake of Paris, a big stack of metadata doesn’t seem to be the scariest thing in the room.”Ultimately, it’s impossible to know just how successful sweeping surveillance has been, since much of the work is secret. But what has been disclosed so far suggests the programs have been of limited value. Here’s a roundup of what we know.An internal review of the Bush administration’s warrantless program – called Stellarwind – found it resulted in few useful leads from 2001–2004, and none after that. New York Times reporter Charlie Savage obtained the findings through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and published them in his new book, Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post–9/11 Presidency:[The FBI general counsel] defined as useful those [leads] that made a substantive contribution to identifying a terrorist, or identifying a potential confidential informant. Just 1.2 percent of them fit that category. In 2006, she conducted a comprehensive study of all the leads generated from the content basket of Stellarwind between March 2004 and January 2006 and discovered that zero of those had been useful.In an endnote, Savage then added:The program was generating numerous tips to the FBI about suspicious phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and it was the job of the FBI field offices to pursue those leads and scrutinize the people behind them. (The tips were so frequent and such a waste of time that the field offices reported back, in frustration, “You’re sending us garbage.”)In 2013, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies analyzed terrorism cases from 2001 on, and determined that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records “was not essential to preventing attacks.” According to the group’s report,In at least 48 instances, traditional surveillance warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court were used to obtain evidence through intercepts of phone calls and e-mails, said the researchers, whose results are in an online database.More than half of the cases were initiated as a result of traditional investigative tools. The most common was a community or family tip to the authorities. Other methods included the use of informants, a suspicious-activity report filed by a business or community member to the FBI, or information turned up in investigations of non-terrorism cases.Another 2014 report by the nonprofit New America Foundation echoed those conclusions. It described the government claims about the success of surveillance programs in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as “overblown and even misleading.”An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal.Edward Snowden’s leaks about the scope of the NSA’s surveillance system in the summer of 2013 put government officials on the defensive. Many politicians and media outlets echoed the agency’s claim that it had successfully thwarted more than 50 terror attacks. ProPublica examined the claim and found “no evidence that the oft-cited figure is accurate.”It’s impossible to assess the role NSA surveillance played in the 54 cases because, while the agency has provided a full list to Congress, it remains classified.The NSA has publicly discussed four cases, and just one in which surveillance made a significant difference. That case involved a San Diego taxi driver named Basaaly Moalin, who sent $8,500 to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. But even the details of that case are murky. From the Washington Post:In 2009, an FBI field intelligence group assessed that Moalin’s support for al-Shabab was not ideological. Rather, according to an FBI document provided to his defense team, Moalin probably sent money to an al-Shabab leader out of “tribal affiliation” and to “promote his own status” with tribal elders.Also in the months after the Snowden revelations, the Justice Department said publicly that it had used warrantless wiretapping to gather evidence in a criminal case against another terrorist sympathizer, which fueled ongoing debates over the constitutionality of those methods. From the New York Times:Prosecutors filed such a notice late Friday in the case of Jamshid Muhtorov, who was charged in Colorado in January 2012 with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, a designated terrorist organization based in Uzbekistan.Mr. Muhtorov is accused of planning to travel abroad to join the militants and has pleaded not guilty. A criminal complaint against him showed that much of the government’s case was based on intercepted e-mails and phone calls.Local police departments have also acknowledged the limitations of mass surveillance, as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis did after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Federal authorities had received Russian intelligence reports about bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but had not shared this information with authorities in Massachusetts or Boston. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Davis said,“There’s no computer that’s going to spit out a terrorist’s name. It’s the community being involved in the conversation and being appropriately open to communicating with law enforcement when something awry is identified. That really needs to happen and should be our first step.”Correction, Nov. 18, 2015: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology’s report about the effectiveness of the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records was issued in 2014. The report came out at the end of 2013.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Owego residents, officials speaking out over Teeter Road closure frustration

first_imgTown of Owego Supervisor, Don Castellucci Jr., says he understands the problems people are facing, but believes the closure is necessary until more plans are discussed. “Over the last two years, both my wife and I have had incidents in which we had to go to the hospital in an ambulance,” said Schneider. “In fact, the Campville ambulance, when they took me to the hospital, they went down this road to Twist Run Road because they said it was shorter with traffic in town.” OWEGO (WBNG) — Nearby residents along Teeter Road say they don’t want to wait until the spring for the road to re-open, but town officials say it may have to wait for safety needs. Castellucci mentioned how the road won’t be able to get repairs until spring arrive. However, the town board is offering a public meeting for residents to talk about a plan to work together on until the winter season is over. The town of Owego closed off part of Teeter Road back in early December due to reports of a plow truck getting stuck in hazardous conditions.center_img RELATED: Owego road closure causing safety concerns for residents “It’s not convenient, but at the same time, the town has the responsibility for driver safety, employee safety, and equipment safety so we have to weigh those things,” said Castellucci. Meanwhile, local resident, Paul Schneider, says this is the first time he’s seen part of the road closed off, causing drivers to take a long detour. He says among many concerns such as access for NYSEG and workers from the Greater Binghamton Airport to maintain a nearby tower, his biggest worry involves his health.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Discovery reforms need to be backed by state funds

first_imgThe only way for them to keep up will be to hire additional staff, the cost of which will have to be borne by local taxpayers, at least initially.In addition to the cost of having to prepare and turn over the information, additional costs could come when cases that would normally be plea-bargained are taken to trial, resulting in greater expenses for prosecution and defense. And to speed up the transfer of huge files of evidence, some prosecutors have proposed purchasing better technology to assist them in sharing the documents with police.As with the objections to bail reform, supporters of discovery reform say the complaints from law enforcement are being overblown in order to frighten the public into demanding changes and reversing the progress that’s been made.But one can’t argue with the proven additional staff and financial burdens the law has already placed on law enforcement, just as one can’t argue that dangerous criminal suspects, including homicide suspects, who previously would have been held on bail have been released without bail.Perhaps perception of the problem is a matter of degree, but problems still exist and they must be addressed.The state has to provide some kind of direct financial support to localities to pay for these so-far unfunded mandates.It’s unfair to burden local taxpayers with solving a problem that the state initiated and didn’t plan to pay for. Categories: Editorial, OpinionBack in November, before new bail and discovery reforms took effect, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked Albany County District Attorney David Soares for expressing concerns about the costs and implementation of those reforms.“Another day, another excuse. … His math and his convictions are both questionable,” the spokesman told the Times Union.Now that both reforms have been implemented and now that reality has replaced aspiration, the only thing that seems questionable is why the warnings of prosecutors and other law enforcement officials weren’t heeded when the legislation was being prepared. And these days the only excuses seem to be coming from reformers who can’t quite seem to figure out how things could have gone awry so quickly.We’ve detailed the problems with the bail reform proposals in the past and suggested potential solutions.Now we turn to discovery reform — designed to speed up and increase the amount of information made available to criminal defendants, and to expedite disposition of their cases.Like the reforms to the cash bail system, discovery reform was long overdue because it was depriving defendants, many of them minorities and the indigent, of the ability to properly defend themselves. The result of not having timely information about their cases resulted in suspects being compelled to take plea bargains when perhaps the evidence would have supported either acquittal or a lesser sentence. It also resulted in them unduly serving time in jail awaiting disposition of their cases.The law was an attempt to restore equality to an unfair system of justice. And we agree it is needed.But like with the bail reforms, the Legislature didn’t put enough thought into the impact on the judicial system of expedited discovery before enacting the law, which requires that discovery materials be turned over to the defendant within 15 days of arraignment.In an article in Wednesday’s Gazette, prosecutors and police from around the region articulated the special challenges they’re facing of having to comply with the new law — all of which were anticipated well before it went into effect.Prosecutors have complained about the vast new workload that has resulted in adding hundreds of cases to their existing job in just the past few weeks. That’s placed an undue burden on staffs, forcing them to work weekends and nights just to keep up.The new speed at which documents such as witness lists and police reports have to be turned over has also stressed out police and crime labs.center_img Counties and cities shouldn’t have to wait for anticipated savings from fewer incarcerations and emptier jails to pay for the new initiatives — savings that many in law enforcement are doubtful will ever fully materialize.If those savings do come to bear as a result of these reforms, then the state can scale back on the financial support it provides and use those savings to offset the cost of the reforms.But until then, the local governments that are bearing the cost of these reforms shouldn’t have to front the money in order to implement them.Further, the state should look at whether the reforms themselves are creating more problems than they solve and actually hurting law enforcement’s effort to bring criminals to justice. And they should consider whether the new timetable for turning over documents is reasonable, or whether it can be modified to relieve the pressure on law enforcement while still guaranteeing defendants a speedy trial.Complaining about a legitimate problem is not the same thing as making excuses.And disregarding the seriousness of a problem is not the same as solving it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Experts slam govt for ‘inconsistent, poor’ COVID-19 policies after transport relaxation

first_imgChairwoman Asfinawati of the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) lambasted the new “travel relaxation”, saying that any government policy adopted solely for economic reasons and with minimal consideration of public health was off target.“It is worrying when the policies taken are not based on accurate data. The outcome may be worse, considering the small percentage of our population that has been tested compared to those of other countries,” Asfinawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Despite the government’s claim that the policy was intended to accommodate essential travel for public officials, COVID-19 patients and their families and Indonesians wishing to repatriate, Asfinawati feared that the policy could easily be misused.“How are we going to verify all [travelers]? I said from the beginning [that] what are needed from the regulations are the details. With this [policy], public officials can easily fabricate a legitimate reason to go back to their hometowns. In the end, this would be class bias,” she stressed. The government’s latest move to allow public transportation services to resume, even as the mudik (exodus) ban remains in force, has added unnecessary complications to that nationwide physical distancing policy. Experts say that the move is not only poorly calculated, but also inconsistent at a time when the nation’s fight against COVID-19 should be strengthened, not relaxed. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi reopened all air, land and sea transportation services on Thursday, saying the measure was necessary for the national economy to survive.Although the new policy applies to certain individuals like state officials and medical workers and carries certain requirements, it has compounded the nationwide ban on all domestic travel to and from the so-called COVID-19 red zones. Read also: New regulation allows businesspeople, officials to travel despite ‘mudik’ banThe government has been heavily criticized for its inconsistent stance on social distancing since the first large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) was implemented in Jakarta.Ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers were left confused as to whether they could still transport passengers when the capital implemented the PSBB on April 10.While the Health Ministry rejected Jakarta’s request to allow ojek drivers to transport passengers, the Transportation Ministry issued a regulation that stipulated the opposite, which many pointed out was a contravention of the PSBB’s implementing guidelines.The government then issued the mudik travel ban on April 21, weeks after affected informal workers had started returning to their hometowns. President Joko Widodo attempted to fend off criticisms that the regulation came “too late”, with an etymological claim that the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik was not the same as the “regular” pulang kampung tradition of returning to one’s hometown.This Wednesday, however, Budi Karya said that mudik and pulang kampung were the same thing and that the government was banning both under the President’s instruction.Economist and political analyst Ichsanuddin Noorsy pointed out other instances that showed the government’s lack of commitment to COVID-19 mitigation, such as allowing international flights to operate normally despite the mudik ban.Ichsanuddin also regretted the Manpower Ministry’s plan to bring in 500 foreign workers from China in direct contravention of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s recent temporarily ban on foreign arrivals to Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia to revise ‘overall data’ on COVID-19 cases as govt scrambles to ramp up testing“Almost all policies on COVID-19 [mitigation] are inconsistent,” he said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that such policy inconsistencies had led to weak inter-agency coordination in the field.“[These] policies are not based on the correct understanding of the problems – [they are] poor public policy formulations,” Ichsanuddin said, adding that he was afraid public distrust of the government could grow as a consequence.Similarly, Lokataru Legal and Human Rights Foundation executive director Haris Azhar said that the central and regional governments were out of sync in their stances on the COVID-19 social restriction policies.“The stay at home order is to reduce transmission. [So] Why is it that the government is now facilitating public transportation?” he said. “It’s confusing, because the regional administrations seem to want strict restrictions, but the central government keeps pushing the other way,” Haris told the Post on Thursday.Haris also called on the central government not to claim that Indonesia had succeeded in “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 transmission as a reason for making new policies.“It should not use language that says we are [now] safe. The numbers are still going up,” he said.Topics :last_img read more