Cambridge, ON (PRWEB)
June 29, 2015
As of May 2015, dB Noise Reduction proudly became a member of AMCA and is actively participating on AMCA’s member-committees to assist in advancing the health, growth and integrity of the industry.
Founded in the United States in 1917, AMCA (Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.) is a not-for-profit trade association; an organization comprised of the manufacturers of fans, industrial fans, louvers, dampers, air curtains, air flow measurement devices, ducts, silencers (sound baffles, or acoustic attenuators) and other air system components for residential, commercial, industrial and heavy industrial applications.
AMCA has grown to over 330 member companies in 34 countries; providing an integrated forum for members as well as testing, certification and standards that govern the industry and promote integrity. AMCA’s strength lies in its’ ability to foster a collegial atmosphere among members; enabling even business-competitors to work together collaboratively to solve common issues facing the air movement and control industry.
dB Noise Reduction provides expertise in the design and manufacture of silencers, acoustical flex connectors and noise control systems that pair with the other AMCA member’s products as part of a complete air movement system. If silencers are what you need, please call us at 1-877-744-8601; or simply email us at http://www.dbnoisereduction.com/requestquote.php. If you wish to do your own selections using our web-based Silencer Selection Tool software, please register with us at http://www.dbnoisereduction.com/web-app-signup.php.
dB Noise Reduction has sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, serving North America and many international locations. Our capabilities include projects ranging from small, low cost solutions to complex multi-million dollar projects with a focus on customer satisfaction and custom engineered solutions.
In addition to silencers, dB Noise Reduction offers many other products and noise control solutions to suit a wide variety of conditions and applications – for more information on dB Noise Reduction’s capabilities and products please visit http://www.dbnoisereduction.com.
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Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) February 09, 2015
Catherine Sas, a leading immigration practitioner in Vancouver, BC, has recently announced the commencement of new and improved legal consultancy regarding the changing immigration programs in the country. With the alterations and suspensions of immigration to several categories, Canadian immigration has been able to clean up the backlog of applicants that are in the system already. Despite this, the system has been able to maintain its annual processing target of 250,000 immigrants each year. With so many rapid changes, it is hard for a layman to keep track of immigration law and understand its intricacies. Sas facilitates her clients to receive fair representation in all immigration matters and ensures that their legal rights are safeguarded in the process.
Understanding Immigration Law Changes
The immigration mix refers to the percentage of intake between the economic, family or humanitarian/refugee categories. But from a processing perspective, the mix can also be considered as between permanent and temporary immigration. In the past decade, there has been a shift toward temporary immigration streams, while permanent migration has remained relatively static. This can be substantiated by the statistics for the past ten years (between 2002 and 2012) that show that permanent migration has remained constant at approximately 250,000 immigrants per year.
Prior to the global recession in 2008, Canada had been experiencing strong economic growth coupled with a shortage of both skilled and unskilled workers. While the levels of foreign workers had been steadily increasing, Canada’s educational institutions had been attracting foreign students in greater numbers. At the same time, Canada was also experiencing a tremendous backlog in permanent residence applications. By 2008 a backlog of nearly 1 million applications was clogging the system with processing times taking up to ten years for some cases.
On the business side of things, Canada’s entrepreneur and investor programs have both been closed for several years while the government continues to process those applications previously submitted. Many immigrants are facing problems receiving the desired status due to the increased limitations and penalties. As a result, immigration lawyers are now becoming a necessity in Canada.
Catherine Sas is a leading immigration practitioner in Vancouver, BC. For more information on her services, log on to http://www.canadian-visa-lawyer.com or email at csas(AT)millerthomson.com.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Proxy Director of Bethel 26, announced that New York City and Ohio, respectively, as confirmed cases and one case of 8 Swine flu Patients, the pigs in the United States Influenza The total number of patients has reached 20. Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano announced the same day, the United States into the public health emergency.
At the same time, Canada’s eastern and western Nova Scotia, British Columbia were also confirmed in four cases and two cases of swine flu.
Day before, Gibbs said the White House spokesman, had just returned from Mexico with President Obama “good health”, without any symptoms of swine flu. It is reported that Obama’s visit to Mexico this month during the anthropologist Felipe in Mexico? Solis, visited the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Just a week later, the expert on sudden death, followed by news that the man died of “flu”, a statement that the United States of “serious concern.”
Bethel in the White House press briefing that the U.S. distribution of swine influenza patients are: California, 7 cases, 2 cases in Kansas and New York City, 8 cases, 1 case of Ohio, Texas, 2 cases . He said that although the United States and Mexico were infected with the influenza virus strains of the same pigs, but surprisingly, the United States are relatively mild condition of the patient, but there are people killed in Mexico. With the screening of the depth, the United States may find more of the virus.
The same day, Canada Nova Scotia public health department officials said the province’s four cases of confirmed cases from the same private school students, these students, aged between 12 and 18 years old, had first arrived in April of this year Mexico travel. It is reported that the swine influenza infection less severe, are recovering. Since the recent outbreak of swine flu epidemic in Mexico has been across Canada have taken a variety of early warning measures. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said that the Canadian government has formed an emergency response to the Commission, pay close attention to the latest outbreak of swine flu.
Southern neighbor the United States, Mexico is now the swine flu epidemic in the hardest hit. Mexico Ministry of Health’s latest epidemic report, Mexico has 81 suspected patients died of swine flu, since the April 13 first case of human infection with swine influenza cases to 25 major hospitals of Mexico has received a total of 1324 suspected cases of people. The last 24 hours, only the capital Mexico City alone there are five dead pigs suspected influenza patients (the total number of deaths rose to 15).
Mexico City mayor suggested that local residents not to enter the Chapultepec Park and San Juan Park two normal people are used to walking a large leisure park, to reduce the possibility of cross infection. He said the city decided to suspend the temporary capital of the Supreme Court and the tribunal’s activities, since April 27 to May 6, the city has the legal proceedings in civil and commercial trial will be suspended, only to keep criminal activities. The official also appealed to the public, the event of a flu signs and symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
New York City confirmed eight new infections were in Queens, a private middle school students. Over the past few days, which more than 100 high school students travel to Mexico after the city of Cancun Resort fever, sore throat and other symptoms, including 8 suffering from Type A influenza, the U.S. CDC to their virus samples to test confirm that they have been infected. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that relevant departments on more samples are tested to determine if more students infected with the swine flu.
With the swine flu outbreak, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the United States into 26 public health emergency. It is learned that this is a response to such incidents “standard procedures”, the president took office in January, and a few months ago during the Minnesota, North Dakota, during the floods, authorities have declared a state of emergency. The future, from the swine flu has been found in patients with regional visitors may be asking health, suspected symptoms of swine flu appeared visitors will be isolated.
Concerned that the swine flu outbreak in the United States will not restrict entry of foreign tourists, but some visitors may be asked to undergo the relevant tests.
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White Plains, NY (PRWEB) February 18, 2015
The leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions each received a comprehensive report countering a GAO report on Internet pharmacies. Written by Gabriel Levitt, vice president of PharmacyChecker.com, the report corrects the public record and informs elected officials and the healthcare community about online pharmacy safety and affordability. Mr. Levitt stated:
“The GAO report wrongly labels safe foreign online pharmacies as rogue online pharmacies. This misrepresentation is leading to misguided policies that hinder online access to safe and affordable medication.”
“According to the CDC, about five million Americans personally import prescription drugs from foreign sources each year due to high domestic drug prices. Safe international online pharmacies are a lifeline of affordable medication for Americans. Ill-considered federal enforcement or private actions will lead more Americans to skip needed medication, which leads to more hospitalizations, sickness and death.”
According to the new report, there are critical errors of auditing standards, omission, fact, or analysis, found in the GAO report about Internet pharmacies, such as those identified below:
1. The GAO report doesn’t meet Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) because it relies almost exclusively on sources biased against safe personal drug importation, particularly the U.S. pharmaceutical and pharmacy industries.
The analysis and conclusions found in the GAO report are overly reliant on stakeholders who have significant financial interests in the audit’s outcome, such as pharmaceutical companies and U.S. pharmacies, as well as the associations and groups they fund.
GAGAS standards require that audits exercise “reasonable care and professional skepticism… Professional skepticism is an attitude that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of evidence.” Mr. Levitt’s report demonstrates that the GAO s relies on data it was presented by industry sources, and the FDA, without a “questioning mind and a critical assessment of evidence.”
2. The GAO report omits critical peer-reviewed studies and even its own earlier conclusions about online pharmacies.
Peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates the authenticity and safety of medications ordered from foreign, credentialed online pharmacies that require valid prescriptions, including hundreds of orders placed with foreign pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker.com . Furthermore, GAO’s earlier research clearly showed that many Canadian online pharmacies are safe .
3. The GAO report mentions Section 708 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) only once in a footnote to explain that the law expands federal authority to destroy imported prescription orders, but does not explore the unintended consequences of seizing and destroying medications imported for personal use.
In contrast, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Angus King (I-ME), David Vitter (R-LA) expressed serious concerns about the “potential health threat to hundreds of thousands of Americans” from Section 708 . Congressman Keith Ellison wrote the FDA about many of his constituents, underscoring that Section 708 will impede their access to safe and affordable medication .
4. The GAO report wrongly identifies a safe international online pharmacy – CanadaDrugs.com – as a “rogue.”
CanadaDrugs.com was wrongly labeled a “rogue” pharmacy in the GAO report, despite its record of safety. In fact, due to its verifiable licensure, long history of pharmacy safety, and website transparency, CanadaDrugs.com could be used as a good example of how Americans are benefiting from lower cost medications from other countries.
5. The GAO report doesn’t fully analyze or explain FDA survey data relating to how many Americans are using online pharmacies, potentially encouraging confusion about the problem’s scope.
GAO writes: “According to a recent survey conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… nearly one in four adult U.S. Internet consumers surveyed reported purchasing prescription drugs online. At the same time, nearly 30 percent said that they lacked confidence about how to safely purchase medicine online. This is a matter of grave concern as rogue Internet pharmacies may sell products that, among other things, have expired; been labeled, stored, or shipped improperly; and may even be counterfeits—unauthorized versions—of other drugs.”
The GAO report omits a crucial finding of FDA’s data: while 23% of American adults may have bought medication online, 83% of them buy medication from U.S. online pharmacies “associated with their health insurance” . These figures and further analysis demonstrate that less than 4% (not “one in four”) Americans are purchasing from unsafe or foreign online pharmacies.
6. The GAO report doesn’t recognize that Americans can and do benefit from Canadian and other foreign pharmacies accessed online, yet its lead author has, elsewhere, noted the benefits of personal drug importation via online pharmacies.
In an interview on GAO Live, the lead author of the GAO report spoke with a consumer who orders from a Canadian online pharmacy and stated that if the patient has “done some kind of verification that it’s a Canadian pharmacy, and she knows that the drug she has been receiving is the drug that has been prescribed, that’s fine”. This position is not included in the GAO report.
To read and download the whole report for free go to http://www.pharmacychecker.com/online-pharmacies-personal-drug-importation-public-health.pdf.
PharmacyChecker.com (http://www.pharmacychecker.com) is the only independent company that verifies U.S. and international online pharmacies and compares prescription drug prices. It was formed in 2002 when its founder, Tod Cooperman, M.D., saw that increasing numbers of Americans were looking on the Internet to save money on medication but did not have adequate information to protect their health. PharmacyChecker.com is a stakeholder in the online consumer-driven healthcare community, seeking an open Internet environment that promotes innovation and new business models, especially those that serve the public interest.
 Internet Pharmacies: Federal Agencies and States Face Challenges Combatting Rogue Sites, Particularly Abroad, GAO-13-560 (Washington, D.C. July 2013)..
 Government Auditing Standards, GAO-12-331G (Washington, D.C., December 2011).
 Bate, Roger, Ginger Zhe Jin, and Aparna Mather, “In Whom We Trust: The Role of Certification Agencies in Online Drug Markets,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. December 2013, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 111–150, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, ISSN (Print) 2194-6108, DOI.
 Internet Pharmacies: Some Pose Safety Risks for Consumers, GAO-04-820 (Washington, D.C.: June 17, 2004).
 U.S. Senator David Vitter, “Vitter Fights to Keep Prescription Drug Prices Affordable Through Reimportation,” July 9, 2014 [press release].
 Letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by Congressman Keith Ellison dated July 1st, 2014.
 FDA Consumer Survey Highlights: “FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) conducted a behavioral assessment survey to understand the knowledge, attitudes and practices associated with purchasing prescription medicine from online pharmacies in May 2012.”
 See point no. 6 to link to the relevant clip of an interview with Marcia Crosse, Ask GAO Live: Chat on Internet Pharmacies, August 12th, 2013.
Photography used to be viewed as just solely as a hobby and possible side job. Of course, you can’t be a photographer without expensive equipment and programs! Well, that’s one of the misconceptions of being a photographer. While that used to be the case before the evolution of technology, it’s different now. More and more people are realizing that photography can be a great and rewarding career choice. With today’s technology and computer software anyone with talent, training, experience and passion can do it! Photography schools in Canada and the United States are growing in popularity due to the growing career choice.
Although someone may have talent and learning on the job is one of the best ways to absorb information, it is better to have the background of a course. That way, you learn the fundamentals and education behind photography. Some individuals, when choosing a photographer, look for experience and training in their resume. They want someone who will capture their product, child or event perfectly. The training will teach you the basics of the camera, how to shoot with different effects, lens and flash attachments, shooting in various conditions, how to shoot creatively and lighting in your photos.
In a photography school you can even choose a specialization to get training specifically for the photography field you want to go into. (Wedding, Child, General, Media, Celebrity or Model) Believe it or not, photographers are even used in many career fields that you wouldn’t think of! (Food, Forensic, Crime Scene, Fine Arts, etc…) That’s how cops solve their cases, how photos get in magazines, menus and billboards. It’s how families capture memories!
Photo Journalism is probably one of the most popular fields to get into after graduation. What this field is, is basically news photography. Rather than a print journalist that tells their story through words, a photo journalist tells their story through photos. They usually aide the writer and take photographs that further the story that is being written. The subject for these photos can be very wide ranged. They are often hired by print media or news outlets to work with their reporters. Photo journalists are important to media because without imagery you just have mundane everyday stories. People want to see what they’re hearing about.
With an education and background in photography, you will have the opportunity to learn the business side of photography as well. Since many photographers start their own businesses in the future, you really need to have business skills to help you compete in the wide world of photography. Sure you may have a lot of talent, but without someone knowing that you won’t have clients. It definitely takes a lot of time and money to invest in your business, they want to make sure that you do it right.
Not only will you learn photography skills, you’ll also learn the computer and web part of it. There is a lot that goes into making a photographer one that can actually do it all and be successful. The more you can offer, the more you can make. You truly want to be the jack of all trades in the photography world. Let’s say you’re a photographer and taking photos of your subject and when you get to upload your photos you see that your pictures need an extra something. Maybe the lighting isn’t perfect, there is a flaw on your model, a bug flew in front of your lens at the exact moment the shutter went off… There are many reasons that your photos might not be perfect. In that case, you don’t want to waste time and space! You’ll need to do some photo editing. It is true that many photographers hire a graphic designer or someone who is a specialist in photo retouching, but if you can do it yourself, you’ll be saving money and actually bringing more into your company. Schooling will teach you this side, how to use the photo editing programs, settings, controls adjustments to add that extra touch to your photos, maybe make them more dramatic or add or remove something from the photo. Photo editing is actually very fun and interesting.
One of the best and most exciting things is working aside professional photographers as professors. Maybe one of your professors is an award winning photographer, maybe they’ve worked with interesting celebrities or various media outlets. Professors at photography school actually have great stories to tell because of their extensive background and many experiences. You’ll definitely have the benefit of learning from their actual real world experiences and learn from their knowledge about the career field that they work in.
There are a number of photography schools in Canada and the United States to take advantage of. The growing number of people who go into art or photography schools out of high school is enough to realize just how popular that field currently is. With a degree in photography, you can really get a great career or start your own business. You can generate a lot of income in various ways through the various fields.
Ready to channel your inner creativity in an art institute? Enrol in a photography school for photography or one of the many fine photography schools in canada. The career you dreamed of may be just around the corner.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) March 31, 2015
Internet marketing company IDEAS media LLC. is making a huge impact in the concrete world by focusing on niche specific online marketing for concrete companies. While many construction related businesses are still reeling from the past recession, many in the specialty concrete industry are thriving. Most marketing companies attempt to reach every type of business to offer their services, Ideas Media LLC. has learned that focus is key.
Targeting niche markets like ‘specialty and decorative concrete’ allows industry specific niche campaigns for their clients, yielding, quick, turnkey online programs with high impact results.
Vice President of Operations, Rebecca Donaldson stated, “It’s all about getting the job, for our concrete clients. We know concrete, we understand concrete contractors and concrete suppliers, so we can quickly tailor a marketing campaign specific for them. We don’t deal with a shoe company one day and a concrete company the next. We live eat and breathe concrete, that’s it, and our goal is to get our customers in front of web searchers.”
While most other search engine marketing companies out there rely solely on telemarketing and working the numbers to gain new clients it is their lack of expertise in the subject matter that keeps them from gaining ground within so may industries. When a company is ready to get started on a campaign the learning curve and amount of time and effort required to train the marketing company is often daunting and way too time consuming, also resulting in added costs.
It is not surprising that many local online marketing companies are beginning to emulate what IDEAS media LLC has been doing for over 10 years: focusing on niche specific markets.
With a combined experience of 30 years in the concrete industry and a database of keywords, along with an understanding of what people are actually searching online when it comes to commercial and residential concrete, http://www.concreteideas.com has become one of the top online authority websites for the concrete industry.
Mark Donaldson president of IDEAS media LLC. claims that “if any concrete business wants to compete locally, they can get a substantial boost in online rankings by joining an authority website such as http://www.concreteideas.com, the resulting inbound links, leads and traffic to their company gives their business and website the boost it needs to be included in the search results above their competitors. Businesses that still believe in, and rely solely on; having a company website may find themselves gradually disappearing from top search results, in place of those who build a network of great content marketing pieces, goiing social, building affiliates and inbound links.
In addition to the niche industry authority website, IDEAS media focuses on building long term marketing strategies with it’s concrete clientele by assisting them with building company websites, SEO, content marketing like blogging, press release and social media marketing. The a la carte approach helps companies large and small with any budget get into the online marketing game. To learn more, visit: http://www.getideas.com.
About IDEAS media LLC: IDEAS media was founded in 2006. The company iis made up of a small but mighty group of hard working individuals that focus on a niche industry. By taking pride in really getting to know their clients, they have a real passion in helping them grow their businesses and become profitable with online marketing and lead generation strategies. Starting back in 1998, President Mark Donaldson grew his concrete company in both Canada and United States through advanced marketing techniques. Since selling both very successful installation companies in 2006, Mark and his team have dedicated their time in helping other concrete companies become successful in the online marketing space while growing their client base and brand.
ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) April 06, 2015
T.E.N., an information technology and security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted April 6, 2015 through June 5, 2015 for the 2015 Information Security Executive® (ISE®) West Awards.
Awards include the Information Security Executive® of the Year, which recognizes executives who have made a positive impact on their organizations through risk management, data-asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and information security; and the ISE® Project of the Year, which recognizes a project completed during the previous 12-18 months that has had a significant impact on an organization’s risk management or information security posture. Eligible nominees meet all appropriate criteria and are based in the U.S. West territory, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Executives and/or project teams can be self-nominated in addition to entries by supervisors, employees, peers or technology partners. Anyone interested in nominating for the ISE® West Awards may download the forms here. All nominations are sent to T.E.N.’s distinguished panel of ISE® Judges for review and scoring.
“The West coast is home to many of the nation’s most innovative companies and forward thinking leaders,” said T.E.N. CEO & President Marci McCarthy. “We encourage executives and their teams to consider their work over the past 12-18 months and take advantage of this opportunity to benchmark against other high-caliber security programs in the region.”
Nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized at the ISE® West Executive Forum and Awards on August 20, 2015 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA. The Executive Forum will include keynote speakers, interactive roundtables moderated by the CISOs and VPs of participating companies and engaging panel discussions. Finalists and winners in both categories are announced at the awards gala that evening and recognized through press coverage and inclusion on the T.E.N. and ISE® websites. Organizations taking part in previous programs have included leading organizations, such as BlackLine Systems, Caesar’s Entertainment, St. Joseph’s Health and the Warner Bros. Entertainment.
T.E.N., a national technology and security executive networking organization, facilitates peer-to-peer relationships between top executives, industry visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N.’s executive leadership programs enable information exchange, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship program, the nationally-acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals. Other offerings include The ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge, T.E.N. Custom Programs and the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to gain access to highly credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit http://www.ten-inc.com.
About ISE® Award Program Series
For more than a decade, the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Award Program Series has empowered security executives and their project teams to Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate. Recognized as the industry’s most prestigious IT Security award program, it has become the most anticipated award program for security executives and their project teams. Winners have included executives and project teams from leading organizations such as Nike, The Walt Disney Company, the United States Postal Service, Schlumberger, Texas Instruments, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Equifax, Comcast, PayPal, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Nationwide.
Our distinguished ISE® Judges are past nominees representing a cross section of industries, including commercial, government, health care and academic sectors. For this reason, the ISE® Awards represent the best achievements of the year as evaluated by those regarded as the industry’s most influential and successful thought leaders. Coupled with a one or two-day executive summit, the ISE® Awards are held across the country and Canada in major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco. The ISE® Awards Program Series has reached more than 10,000 executives across a broad range of industries and has been a major influence in executives’ careers, knowledge sharing, and the development of peer-to-peer relationships.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 24, 2015
More money is needed to effectively carry out the U.S. diplomatic mission overseas, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. He testified, in late February, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee saying a mere one percent of the total U.S. budget supports everything the Department of State does abroad and it’s not enough. According to Kerry, it begs the question: Why don’t the Department of State and other civilian authorities like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have the budget necessary to carry out their missions?
American University School of International Service professors Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray, co-editors of Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy? (Georgetown University Press, 2015), and the experts they assembled G. William Anderson, Brian E. Carlson, Charles B. Cushman, Jr., James F. Dobbins, Jennifer Kibbe, Edward Marks, Anthony Quainton, Derek S. Reveron, Nina M. Serafino, Connie Veillette, and Sharon Weiner say as the title of the book states a preference for the Pentagon to take on the roles once reserved for civilian authorities. The contributors trace the various factors leading to the militarization of U.S. foreign policy over the last 70 years.
The authors examine the post-World War II trend in three parts: the institutional and political context, observing the militarization trend (in the areas of development, security assistance, public diplomacy, traditional diplomacy, intelligence, and policy advice), and the implications of militarization. Throughout recommendations are made on how to stem mission creep and potentially reverse it.
The Birth of a Trend.
Adams and Murray identify the Cold War as the start of the shift when the National Security Act of 1947, Truman Doctrine, and the establishment of NATO all began to shift the leadership of American foreign policy from State to Defense. As the DoD budget and capabilities grew, the trend accelerated. “The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a real game changer because the White House and Congress became consumed with counter-terrorism efforts that led to the twin wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” says Shoon Murray.
Conventional warfare gave way to insurgency after 2001. U.S. intervention in the Balkans that had distributed responsibility between the State Department for reconstruction and governance and DoD to carry out military operations was abandoned as James F. Dobbins points out given the new insurgency paradigm. “The button downed U.S. diplomat has given way to a US military uniform in the eyes of the international community,” says Adams.
2005 A Defining Year
In 2005, DoD began to incorporate nation building into its mission. Adams, Murray, and several of the contributors point to the 2005 DoD Directive 3000.05 that included stability operations as a core U.S. military mission. “It is a remarkable development that the Pentagon would give marching orders for the services and commands to consider noncombat tasks on par with war fighting,” write Adams and Murray.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing back in 2008, where Adams testified, he pointed out that the Pentagon’s share of funding for overseas security assistance – traditionally a State Department responsibility budget just for U.S. development assistance– increased from 5.6 percent to 21.7 percent or $ 5.5 billion from 2002 to 2005.
Is It A Mission the Military Wants? Maybe.
Several of the chapter contributors question whether the military actually wants the additional portfolios added to its core mission. What stands out is the reluctance of U.S. military leaders to remain responsible for development and humanitarian missions better suited to civilian agencies. For example, in 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, “America’s civilian institutions of diplomacy and development have been chronically undermanned and underfunded for too long—relative to what we traditionally spend on the military.” The concern was echoed by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he said the political leadership views the military as more capable, assigning it more noncombat missions, and further weakening civilian agencies. He wanted “to break this cycle”.
However, the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) seems to relish the expanded role. SOCOM’s responsibility to lead and synchronize the global war on terror has sometimes conflicted with U.S. civilian authorities abroad. School of International Service diplomat in residence Anthony Quainton and Murray in one of the chapters spoke to two dozen retired U.S. ambassadors in the course of their research about whether in their postings they experienced any conflicts with DoD operations. The answer was largely no with one exception. “Many of the ambassadors we spoke with,” write Murray and Quainton, “were suspicious of SOCOM, perceiving SOF (Special Operations Forces) as more free-wheeling and less deferential to ambassadorial authority.” One former ambassador quoted in the book said SOCOM was secretive making it tricky for US ambassadors to represent U.S. interests when secret missions even to the ambassador were being carried out.
Mission Creep by the Numbers
Adams, who served as the associate director for national security and international affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration, runs through several figures demonstrating the militarization of foreign policy. For example, the Pentagon budget is more than 10 times as large as the nation’s international affairs spending, and there are 215 uniformed military personnel for every Foreign Service officer.
Adams is concerned that the asymmetry could lead to “blowback”. “On the one hand it’s funny that there are more musicians in DoD bands than in the entire foreign service, but on the other hand the militarization has consequences,” says Adams, “For decades the United States has advised well-endowed and powerful militaries in less developed countries to remove themselves from politics, social work, and the local economy, but today the expansion of the U.S. military into noncore missions sends a conflicting message to these militaries. If the U.S. military can be an investor, government adviser, developer, why not them?”
Many of the contributors concede that projects once squarely in the domain of civilian authorities like the State Department and USAID will continue to be executed by the U.S. military. But should the nation’s military, the point of the spear, be digging wells, constructing schools and providing medical assistance or advising national and local governments on governance and the rule of law? The majority of authors seem to agree it’s better suited for USAID and the State Department to do the humanitarian and state building work on the ground even if it means some soiled hands.
Torrance, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2015
Attorney Paul Mones and Attorney Irwin Zalkin announced the filing of a civil lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse on Tuesday against the American Youth Soccer Organization (“AYSO”), a registered California not-for-profit corporation with its national offices located in the city of Torrance, California.
The lawsuit (Case No.BC 574025) has been filed on behalf of four unnamed Plaintiffs (John Does, 1-4) who were minors when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. The complaint was filed this morning in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
According to the civil complaint, the four Plaintiffs, three of whom are adults now and one who is a minor were all allegedly sexually abused by Renoir Valenti, who came in contact with them as a commissioner, youth soccer coach and/or referee in the AYSO. The complaint alleges that Valenti sexually abused and molested the plaintiffs on multiple occasions. The complaint also alleges that AYSO had a duty to protect the Plaintiffs and knew or should have known that Valenti was a danger to children in his care.
The complaint further alleges that Valenti’s behavior and actions violated AYSO policies intended to protect children. The four Plaintiffs were all minor children at the time of the abuse alleged in the complaint. The abuse alleged in the complaint occurred to the various Plaintiffs during the period 1996 through 2012.
About Paul Mones
For over thirty years Paul Mones has dedicated his legal practice to protecting victims of child abuse. The focus of his work is representing victims of sexual abuse against the institutions in which the children were sexually molested. These efforts have included lawsuits around the nation against the Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Church, private and public schools and other youth-serving organizations throughout the United States. http://www.paulmones.com
About The Zalkin Law Firm
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Robert F. Audet, Inc enrolled in the Simplified Acquisition Program in January 2013, and as a result won 6 federal contracts totaling $ 479,184. Tammy Helgren of US Federal Contractor Registration suggested that the Simplified Acquisition Program would be the best government-marketing program for their business model based on their business goals. Robert F. Audet, Inc has managed to become extremely successful in the federal marketplace from a direct result of the Simplified Acquisition Program. The Simplified Acquisition Program has proven to be the most efficient government-marketing program in 2014. US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third party registration firm developed the Simplified Acquisition Program in an effort to help small businesses win simplified acquisition contracts.
Below is a contract awarded from the Department of the Army to Robert F. Audet, Inc as found on the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS):
Vendor Name: ROBERT F. AUDET, INC.
Contracting Agency: DEPT OF THE ARMY
Date Signed: November 06, 2013
Action Obligation: $ 319,500
Contracting Office: W2SD ENDIST NEW ENGLAND
NAICS (Code): ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND OTHER WIRING INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS ( 238210 )
PSC (Code): REPAIR OR ALTERATION OF RESTORATION OF REAL PROPERTY (PUBLIC OR PRIVATE) ( Z2QA )
Vendor City: EAST GREENWICH
Vendor DUNS: 620823930
Vendor State: RI
Vendor ZIP: 028181422
About Robert F. Audet, Inc
Robert F. Audet, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Rhode Island in 1990. Their focus is technically complex electrical installations. They perform all phases of commercial, industrial and governmental electrical work: Medium voltage, low voltage, and systems – including fire alarm, security, and telecommunications. They have an in-house team of certified medium voltage splicers. All of their electricians are licensed, some holding more than one license. Their electricians hold certificates in many other disciplines needed in their work, i.e. lift licenses, CPR site aid, confined space, etc. All employees are OSHA 10 qualified. Their company is a member of Associated Builders and Contractors.
Robert F. Audet, Inc Vendor Profile
Active in SAM; Registration valid until 1/31/201
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes:
238210 – Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Federal Purchasing officers looking for information on Robert F. Audet, Inc please call Laura Ley at (401) 884-3310 or visit their Federally formatted website at http://www.rfaudetgov.com/.
Tammy Hellgren can be reached at 1(877) 252-2700 Ext 718 to discuss Simplified Acquisition Program enrollment for both federally registered and unregistered businesses. US Federal Contractor Registration is the only firm allowed to qualify and maintain the simplified acquisition program. For businesses interested in learning more please visit http://www.SimplifiedAcquisitionProgram.org.
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