Leadership the FBI way’

first_imgWith a resumé boasting high-profile casework at the FBI, service at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and risk assessment at Disney, Dr. Kathleen McChesney’s career has been anything but boring. McChesney, the third woman recruited into the FBI and former third-ranking executive, offered experiential advice on leadership in the second lecture of the Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture series entitled “The Privilege to Serve: Leadership the FBI Way” on Tuesday. McChesney said it takes a certain type of person to develop into an exceptional leader. “Two of the most important qualities of leadership deal with people and challenges,” McChesney said. “A leader has to like people, I mean really like people, to work with them, serve them, do things for them and genuinely enjoy their company.” However, McChesney said leaders cannot always expect the respect and friendliness to be returned. “As a leader you’re going to make decisions that people don’t like,” McChesney said. “You want people to respect you, and if they like you that’s a bonus.” Despite the hierarchical nature of the FBI, every member is required to be both a leader and a team player, she said. “Everyone in the FBI is expected to be a leader at one time or another, even if you don’t have the formal title,” McChesney said. “The people we hire are mission-oriented, so it is very easy to get them to step up and volunteer for cases that might not be all that attractive.” McChesney used two very well-known cases to highlight examples of exceptional leaders. McChesney first referenced Special Investigator Bob Walsh’s handling of the infamous Unabomber case, when Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski mailed bombs across the country in an increasingly sophisticated plot. “[Walsh] was a very innovative leader. He always believed the case was going to be solved even when others didn’t,” she said. “He continued to search outside the box and look for new resources and additional sources.” McChesney recalls being contacted by Walsh while living in Los Angeles, when he requested her assistance on the case. While she was too busy with her own cases to dedicate resources away, what Walsh did next solidified his superior sense of initiative and captured McChesney’s attention. “Bob brought everyone to San Francisco and had a specialist come to brief us on the latest news from the case,” McChesney said. “Because he took the time to inform us and get us involved, the next time he called me for resources he got them right away.” “In 1995, [Kaczynski] wrote a 35,000-word manifesto and sent it to the New York Times, threatening to continue mailing bombs if they failed to publish it,” McChesney said. “It was the FBI’s decision to ask the New York Times to publish it because we felt that, from a law enforcement standpoint, it was the best and smartest thing to do. It was a big risk for the Times but eventually ended the case. It was a long-term case so it was hard to maintain focus, but that’s the job of leader and that’s exactly what Bob did.” While Walsh displayed leadership over a long period of time with his Unabomber case, the next case’s leader, Special Agent Sheila Horan, exhibited composure under pressure following the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania. Horan immediately deployed over 900 agents to Africa, the largest deployment of agency personnel up to that point. McChesney said Horan’s team was quickly able to identify the bomb conspirators as four Al Qaida members. She attributed Horan’s success to her preparedness and established relationship network. “It is very important to establish your liaison with people you think you’ll have to work with in crisis situations early on so you’ll know each other and trust each other,” McChesney said. “Sheila immediately began those relationships and was very respectful to people like the ambassador and president of Kenya.” McChesney said Horan faced substantial challenges as not only an American, but a woman, operating on mission in the African nation. “Sheila had to designate jobs having to do with health and safety, welfare, culture,” McChesney said. “She had to learn what things you could and could not do as a woman or foreigner in Africa, make sure everyone knew certain hand signals that would be insulting – there was a lot of training on the fly.” Despite the stress and challenges of leadership, McChesney told the audience it was a gift she hoped many of its members would experience. “When you find things you’re passionate about and somebody pays you to do that, that’s a great privilege, and I wish that for all of you,” she said.last_img read more

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United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Considers Brazil A World Leader in Clean Energy

first_imgBy Dialogo June 05, 2009 Toronto (Canada), 03 June (EFE). – A report on investments in clean energy, released today by the UNEP Program, classifies Brazil as “the largest world market in renewable energy” and highlights the steps taken by Latin America to support alternative sources. The “Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment” report affirms that, for the first time in history, investments in clean energy in 2008 were ahead of those made in sources of fossil fuels, and that they reached 155 billion dollars. The section dedicated to Latin America indicates that Brazil is the “the largest world market in renewable energy.” UNEP said that around 46 percent of the energy consumed by the country comes from renewable sources and 85 percent of the capacity to generate it comes from hydroelectric and bioethanol energy. Also, around 90 percent of their new cars are fueled with ethanol as well as with gasoline (which is mixed with at least 25 percent ethanol). At the end of 2008, ethanol comprised more than 52 percent of the fuel consumed by lightweight vehicles. Brazil is one of the world leaders in financing renewable energy. In 2008, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) financed more renewable energy projects than any other financial institution in the world. The report highlights that although Brazil represents more than 90 percent of the new investments in Latin America, Chile, Peru and Mexico, it is increasing its institutional support for clean energy. Chile recently approved a law concerning renewable energy that required electric companies which produce more than 200 megawatts to generate at least 10 percent from renewable sources. Since 2008, Peru has required that at least 5 percent of the electricity produced in the country over the next five years must come from renewable sources, for which it established a series of tax incentives. Mexico has as an objective that, by the year 2012, 8 percent of its energy consumption will come from renewable sources, although it is hoped that by the end of June that Mexican authorities will increase this figure to 16 percent.last_img read more

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Uruguay Is “On Top” In Software Technology, EU Ambassador Says

first_imgBy Dialogo November 10, 2009 Uruguay has a level of development in the software industry that puts it “on top” in the region as far as “value and volume of exports” and also in “quality and innovation,” the head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Uruguay and Paraguay, Geoffrey Barrett, said. Barrett so expressed himself at the inauguration of the Software Testing Center (CES), a project for technology evaluation in which the EU has invested one million “non-reimbursable and non-debt-generating” euros. From 2004 through 2008 the EU participated in this pioneer industry in Uruguay through the Enlaces project, through which the EU contributed another million euros and which left “the EU highly satisfied,” according to the community representative. That previous project “succeeded in bringing a measure of order to the dizzying growth of the software industry” and was the reason for the creation of INNOVA, the project that the European block is financing and the National Agency for Research and Innovation is administering, Barrett added. The community representative indicated that Uruguay doubled its software exports in less than a decade and that foreign sales were around 220 million dollars in 2008, adding at the same time that “it’s not crazy” to think that this figure might exceed 400 million dollars in 2010. “The appropriate decisions were taken at the right time, and valuable personnel were brought in from abroad, who trained very capable people in this country, and they in their turn left and came back with new knowledge,” Barrett recalled that a businessman in the sector explained to him shortly after his arrival in Montevideo. The CES is a consortium made up of the Uruguayan Information Technology Chamber (Cuti), the Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic, and the Julio Ricaldoni Foundation. Cuti’s president, Alvaro Lamé, emphasized to EFE that Uruguay is the “third-ranking Latin American country in per-capita software exports.” Lamé explained that the center will be dedicated to “consulting about testing, independent testing, and training,” which entails a “mechanism for evaluation and improvement.” The convergence between industry and the academy in the CES will attempt to “contribute quality, value, and productivity to businesses in order to achieve improved positioning and profits in the sector,” in Lamé’s judgment.last_img read more

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State Police investigating deadly weekend crash in town of Chenango

first_imgPolice noted the road was covered in snow. New York State Police said 82-year-old Harold Sickles was killed when another driver lost control of their vehicle, crossed into the opposite lane and struck Sickles’ head-on Castle Creek Road. Sickles was transported to Wilson Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — Police are investigating a deadly car crash that occurred Saturday morning. The crash remains under investigation.last_img

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Livingstone: London needs 15 new towers by 2011

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Long live King’s Cross

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Seraphs Lift Mater Dei Prep

first_imgThe Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

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Sickles to Open Second Location in Red Bank

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRED BANK – Sickles Market, the 100-plus year old farm market will open a second location on the West side of Red Bank in late 2017.The 8,000-square-foot planned building will be on the site of the former Anderson Moving and Storage building on Bridge Avenue that has been empty for decades.The new market will be an important part of the gentrification of Red Bank’s West side.Sickles is leasing the location from Metrovation and working with the architecture firm Richardson Smith Architects.“We feel we have a strong brand in the area,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market, which started more than 100 years ago.The new Sickles Market will have similar inventory in both stores. A new addition to the fare – in both Red Bank and Little Silver locations – will be seafood.“It will all be devoted to food,” says Sickles. With little room for the gift and garden centers now found at the Little Silver market, aThe Sickles family once operated a grocery, wine, and liquor store in Red Bank around the 1960s-70s, said Bob Sickle. Photo courtesy Sickles Familypossible pop-up garden center may be added.The sprawling ground floor will house produce, bakery, seafood and specialty foods and limited seating, while upstairs floor will have office space. An important element will be 155 parking spaces. “Parking is key in Red Bank,” Sickles said.“The future for us is focused on perishables in the food area,” he said. “Cheese in particular is our strong suit; charcuterie is something we’re going to take even further” in the Red Bank location.What this will mean for Red Bank is a continued gentrification of Red Bank and the Westside in particular. “And I imagine at least 40 or 50 jobs will be added” he said.Sickles thinks a market like this will allow shoppers a convenient place for produce, gourmet foods and now seafood, with access to the bridges leading to Middletown and River Plaza, in addition to the Red Bank train station.Sickles said the move to the Red Bank location is almost fitting as his grandfather once had a store in Red Bank for a time in the early 1900s. Also, Sickles said, he knew the Anderson children while growing up.“We realize we’re in the midst of suburbia,” and Red Bank is a semi-urban area. “We’re going to need nice urban places for people to live and save green space area.”last_img read more

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — What better way to enjoy rain

first_imgSo, the majority of our time was spent on the lake.  Either way, at least we made it through the month and caught a lot of fish.  So, here’s the latest report………Kootenay Lake:Well, it’s been a numbers game on Kootenay lately.  Lots and lots of fish being caught.  Same size as the last few months, but they seem to be getting fatter.  Most of our trips have seen 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat, although we just had a crazy day last week with over 25 fish on throughout the day.  At least it keeps people busy. The average sizes have been between 2 – 5 pounds, with a few fish up to 10 pounds. The Bull Trout have been the bigger of the two species lately. We took part in the Nelson City Police Derby in October, and as usual, we had a blast. Lots of fish were caught and lots of fun was had.  This annual charity derby has always been a good one to attend, and this year may have been the best.  For those of you who missed it this year, you missed out on a fantastic Prime Rib Dinner and more door prizes than people this year. So, everyone went home with plenty of prizes.  Another job well done by the local police alumni.  Hope to see more familiar faces again next year! And now that November is here, there has been a break in the weather and people are starting to get out on the water again.  I’ve seen more boats in the past 2 days than I’ve seen all last month. Hopefully the weather is a bit more enjoyable for this month, and more people can get out and enjoy the active fishery. November has always been my favourite month in the fall for fishing.  So, stay tuned………….Columbia River: The river has produced some nice fish this past month.  Although, we didn’t get out there as much as we usually do because of the weather.  But, when we did, we managed to hook some good fish.  Walleye fishing continued to be good throughout October with some nice fish up to 6 pounds being caught.  I even saw a picture of a beautiful 14 pounder from last week.  Nice to see there’s still some big ones in there. The Rainbow fishery was also pretty good.  Some healthy bows up to 5 pounds coming in lately.  Hopefully the weather will allow us to get out there a bit more this next month.Kootenay Rivers and Tributaries: Bull Trout fishing was in full swing during October again.  And, as usual, there were some big bulls pulled out from the rivers.  Again, we didn’t get out as much as I would have liked, but when we did, the fish were rewarding.  Biggest Bull I saw was 15 Lbs, but lots of 6 – 12 pound fish were caught.  It was nice to have a few different options this fall.  A good change of scenery. And now for the next couple months we will probably spend most days on the lake, but when the nice weather days show up, we will definitely want to hit the river a few more times.What are they biting on: The Rainbows have finally started coming to the top, so we are catching a lot of fish on the usual buck tail flies.  Lately my favourite colors have been lucky numbers: 214, 215, 221, and 234.  Common colors of grey/white or black/white have been working best.  Mostly with the green crystal. We have also been catching a fair number of Bull Trout and Rainbows on the down rigger.  Magic depths have been from 100ft – 135 feet.  And my favorite lures have been the Highliner Flasher with a hoochie, or the Highliner Flasher with some of my new favorite spoons.  Gibbs Delta G-Force spoons have been a great addition to my tackle box.  Specifically the ‘Skinny G’ has been working best for me in the magic colors called ‘No Bananas’ or ‘Paddy Wagon’.  Check them out… On the rivers, we have been catching Rainbows on the fly and also on spinners tipped with a worm.  Or the bottom bouncer with worm has worked well also.  Our big Bull Trout have been caught on some big streamer pattern flies, as well as spinning rod with Gibbs Crocodile spoons.  Just have to put it in their face. That should about cover it for now. Until next month,Tight lines…………………………. It’s time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Despite one of the wettest October’s on record, Kerry has a way of getting the best out of a day on the water.Despite the weather in October, we managed to get out on the water almost every day.  I had good intentions of spending lots of time in the jetsled, however it was much more comfortable in the big boat with the furnace.  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

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