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first_imgThe concept of digital humanities is about bringing as much life to the study of human culture as there is culture of humanity itself. Through sound, images, video, and the immense body of data collected every day describing the footprint of life, researchers, scholars, and students are exploring unconventional ways to tell the story of humankind.More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.“This is a moment for Harvard to say that the digital humanities are important,” said Odile Harter, an organizer of the event and a research librarian. “I’m hoping that people will leave having made some progress, having been inspired, supported, encouraged, and helped in some way toward whatever they are working on.”THATCamp is an acronym for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” The event was characterized more by what it was not than by what it was. It was not a conference, symposium, or convention with a full complement of lectures, papers, and PowerPoint presentations. It was a gathering where everyone was a participant in spontaneous discussion.Participants voted on what they wanted to discuss and then gathered to talk. When the day was done, the hope was that participants would leave inspired, more educated, and with an expanded network of people to help advance their projects.THATCamps have taken place in the Boston area, across the country, and around the world. The concept was developed in 2008 at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to bring humanities professionals and technologists together to jump-start the use of digital media and computing in the research and teaching of humanities.Martin Schreiner, an organizer of the local camp and the head of the Harvard Libraries maps, media, data, and government information department, said the dynamic of humanities research is steadily changing. New technology and the Internet are creating ways to conduct and present research for students and scholars alike.????From my perspective, the way people do research now is with databases that can be searched across the continent,” he said. “The old idea of sitting in a carrel and going into the library stacks — you can’t work that way anymore because people have to work together. Everything is very interdisciplinary.”More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.P.J. Neal is entering the final year of his graduate work at the Harvard Extension School. His thesis deals with the relationship between Harvard and the military during World War II. He came to THATCamp looking for ideas about how to present his research using digital media.“We have such great materials in the Harvard Libraries, such great materials in the Harvard Crimson, and I’d like to create an online tool that makes those materials come alive,” he said. “I understand technology, I’m comfortable with it, and I’m comfortable with partnering with people who know how to do it.”Kelly Fitzpatrick, a graduate student at Simmons College, was introduced to digital humanities while working on her undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College. She created a website of digitized photos and print media from World War I. She then used an interface to deconstruct and analyze the material around the theme of her research.“In the past two years, I feel that digital humanities has really taken off as a thing that people are recognizing as unique,” Fitzpatrick said.There were a dozen sessions Saturday that included discussions about building collaborations, introducing digital media to students and educators, improving accessibility and usability of digital archives, the use of digital media in academic storytelling, and the use of maps and geographic data.But a question underlying many of the sessions was the acceptability of digital humanities as scholarly work.“We have come a long way in developing our own tools and digitalizing information,” said Douglas Seefeldt, a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. “But we have a long way to go to find platforms that are recognized as peer-reviewed, scholarly communications platforms such as journals and books.”THATCamp at Harvard was sponsored by Research Computing for the Arts and Humanities, the Harvard College Library, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Library, and the Northeast Regional Computing Group, and organized by the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard.last_img read more

first_imgEMC has publicly declared 2016 as the year of All-Flash – how apropos that Gartner has again placed EMC solidly in the “Leaders” quadrant of the latest Solid State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant (ME); a position we’ve held since its inception three years ago achieved on the shoulders of EMC’s market-leading XtremIO all-flash array (AFA).Since its market debut in November 2013, XtremIO has gone on to outsell every all-flash enterprise storage array on the market. But selling more isn’t enough to land you in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors on both “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” According to Gartner, a “Leader” has the market share, credibility, marketing, and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. A “Leader” demonstrates a clear understanding of the market needs and is an innovator and thought leader. We believe EMC’s sales success with XtremIO is a direct result of these characteristics. What we believe may be most impressive about EMC’s placement in the MQ is that our results are based almost exclusively on XtremIO. We can only imagine the results in next year’s SSA MQ when Gartner will be able to consider EMC’s entire all-flash portfolio including VMAX All Flash, Unity, and DSSD.Gartner Magic Quadrant For Solid State Arrays:EMC released XtremIO 4.0 at EMC World 2015, supporting new larger all-flash array configurations, expanding on-demand capabilities, and consolidating workloads at unprecedented levels of performance and availability. It leverages XtremIO’s breakthrough scale-out architecture, which more than doubled previous density with 40TBs per X-Brick, and offers configurations of up to eight 40TB X-Bricks.As the fastest-growing product in EMC’s history, we see customers choosing XtremIO over competing all-flash arrays for its ease-of-use and unique architecture that enables consolidation of mixed tier-1 workloads while delivering consistent and predictable performance at scale. Thousands of customers have deployed XtremIO to take advantage of its always-on, always inline data services (e.g., deduplication and compression), enterprise-class availability, as well as integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) that enables customers to accelerate and improve IT and business productivity.Although XtremIO makes EMC #1 in AFA market share according to IDC[i], it’s just one of several products in EMC’s all-flash portfolio. Earlier this year, we launched brand-new all-flash products including VMAX All Flash, Unity, and DSSD, offering customers a compelling and comprehensive portfolio of all-flash enterprise storage products on the market. We expect each of these new all-flash solutions to help expand EMC’s leadership position by addressing new market segments and helping customers tackle almost any data center use case, providing customers the most AFA choices in the industry.Our customers value and acknowledge that the power of the EMC portfolio extends well beyond primary storage. EMC also has an extensive portfolio of innovative, best-in-class solutions built and designed for all-flash. A few examples include EMC RecoverPoint for replication, EMC VPLEX for continuous availability, EMC ProtectPoint and EMC eCDM (enterprise Copy Data Management) for streamlined data protection, EMC ViPR for resource management and automation, and EMC AppSync for iCDM. This rich portfolio enables entire workflows to be accelerated, streamlined, protected, and automated, from the storage through the hypervisor and into the application itself, all with unique optimizations for flash storage.2016 is the year of all-flash and EMC’s all-flash product ecosystem is built to accelerate mission-critical workloads. We believe these analyst rankings confirm and validate EMC as a trusted and able leader to help our customers modernize their data centers.[i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, June 3, 2016 graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from [insert client name or reprint URL].Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more

first_imgWhen a student approached Notre Dame psychology professor Alexandra Corning several years ago about writing a senior thesis on eating disorders, Corning said she knew very little about the topic. Now, she conducts research about eating disorders and teaches an undergraduate course titled “Understanding Eating Disorders.” While diagnosable eating disorders are a major concern, Corning said she focuses on the large number of people who struggle with symptoms, but do not have a diagnosable disorder. Statistics, however, are not always accurate because eating disorders and related symptoms are often underreported, according to Valerie Staples, staff clinician and coordinator of eating disorder services at the University Counseling Center. Students wanting to help a friend, Staples said, must address specific concerns about behaviors in a compassionate, nonjudgmental manner.  “It’s not about finding the perfect words,” she said. “I don’t have tips on how to make this an easy conversation, but I think there really isn’t a wrong way to tell someone you’re worried about them.” There are three types of eating disorders, Corning said. They fall under the categories of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and not otherwise specified. Not all symptoms fit under these categories, and some fit under all of them. For example, Corning said over-exercising can be a symptom of anorexia, but also a form of purging after binge eating associated with bulimia. “I think that there’s, for some, a misconception that people can’t get better,” she said. “And if I didn’t see people get better, I don’t think I could keep doing this [job.] … It’s a long process of change, but people can overcome an eating disorder and live very long, full lives without this consuming them.” “Even when you’re struggling sub-clinically, you’re struggling,” Corning said. “Our campus, even if you looked around and discovered, yes, full-blown, diagnosable cases are rare … there’s lots of people who are struggling at a sub-clinical level.” While she said the study did not set out to find statistics in that area and was not an entirely random sample, the findings did show that eating disorder symptoms are frequent on campus.  While realizing the prevalence of disordered eating and the difficultly of confronting these issues can be discouraging, Staples said she finds hope in stories of recovery. One in three college-aged women has disordered eating habits, although only nearly 10 percent have a full-fledged eating disorder, according the University Counseling Center and resources distributed on Notre Dame’s campus this week as part of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center.  Eating disorders and body image issues are prevalent for the college-aged population due to competition and comparison among students, Staples said.  “And [college students today] have grown up in a culture where there’s more bombardment of these images,” she said.  Of all the students who came to the University Counseling Center last year, Staples said the Center’s annual report indicates that 10.3 percent reported eating concerns. Yet in addition to working with students who have eating disorders, Staples also meets with concerned friends. “Every year, every semester, I have people calling me or coming in in groups to consult about a friend who they’re worried about,” Staples said. “When I’m consulting with them about how to help a friend, we spend a lot of time talking about not only what they can say to their friend, but also about what to expect.” “Of the people who signed up for our study and were in it … 56.2 percent either had a diagnosable eating disorder or showed symptoms,” Corning said. “It means that if you think no one else is struggling, you’re wrong.” Corning said it is important for students to understand that they are not alone in facing symptoms of eating disorders. A study she did in 2006 found that a great number of female undergraduates at Notre Dame displayed these symptoms.  Staples said she finds the amount of student energy and participation in the event this week to be extremely encouraging. One of the most important aspects of Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week is based on educating students about how they might help a friend with an eating disorder, she said. “Even if students on campus think that they don’t know somebody with an eating disorder, it’s very likely they do,” she said. “We have a lot of members of our community who are really struggling and who are in a lot of physical and emotional pain.” Eating disorder symptoms are prevalent in both men and women in part because popular culture provides constant reminders of a thin ideal for women and a muscular ideal for men, Corning said. last_img read more

first_imgWashington Hall rang with laughter Monday evening from first-year Moreau First Year Experience students who had gathered to watch and participate in Sex Signals, an annual improvisational comedy show sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) that aims to educate and inspire student discussion about sex, relationships and consent.The show was introduced to Notre Dame five years ago, but it is the first year the GRC is partnering with the Moreau program to allow students to receive ten extra credit points for their attendance, GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. Poncho Ortega | The Observer Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, left, and Vincent Banks of Catharsis Production perform during ‘Sex Signals’ Monday night. The Gender Relations Center program aims to create a culture of consent.“This year we revised the design of the first two weeks to be more conversation based and included the opportunity for Sex Signals, which uses humor, case studies and audience participation,” Gebhardt said. “It is our hope that the extra credit will give students an incentive to make the event a priority,  as it is our institution’s way of acknowledging how the conversation should not merely happen in class but throughout our campus.”Vincent Banks and Jessamyn Fitzpatrick of Catharsis Productions — the Chicago-based performance group running Sex Signals, launched into a discussion about sexual relationships in a campus setting —“How many of you had sex ed classes in high school?” Banks asked the audience.A majority of students raised their hands.“What did you learn in those classes?” he asked.Students shouted out their answers.“Did anyone learn how to have sex. — other than from porn” Banks said half-jokingly in response.Throughout their hour and 15 minute performance, Banks and Fitzpatrick interacted with their audience as they acted out three hypothetical scenarios representative of real-life situations — flirting at a party, sexual harassment at a gym and dealing with people who make excuses for sexual assault in the name of friendship. The acts were used as teaching tools to break stereotypes, explain gender spectrums, clearly define consent, fight against victim-blaming and encourage bystander intervention.Towards the end of the program, the performers called for students to “raise the bar” on campus by making a culture of consent so normal that it would force those who do not ask for it to stand out.First year Danielle Slevin attended the performance with her friend and — fellow first year — Helton Rodriguez.“I felt that it was really empowering and really moving, especially to be in a room full of kids who might have experiences similar to mine or who feel the way I do. … I have friends who have been affected, whether it’s being uncomfortable at parties, or things that have escalated to more serious situations that were usually induced by alcohol,” Slevin said. “It’s a serious thing that is present on this campus, and it’s something that should be spoken about.”Rodriguez, who participated during the show, said he reflected on how the issues presented in the show were present in his life.“Whenever I have girls over at my dorm to study, I always have to ask if they’re comfortable walking home alone,” he said. “And it’s just kind of a sucky part of life.”He feels that Notre Dame’s strong Catholic identity can reinforce values preventing sexual assault, but also can make the topic a taboo to talk about.“I think, regardless, it’s problem on campus,” he said. “You can argue whether or not it’s harder or easier to talk about, but you have to talk about it.”Editor‘s note: A previous version of this article used the incorrect gender pronouns when referring to a student on first mention. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Moreau First Year Experience, Sex Signals, sexual assaultlast_img read more

first_imgBenjamin Walker in ‘American Psycho’ Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 View Comments Audiences are in for a bloody good time at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre as American Psycho previews begin on March 24. Headliner Benjamin Walker, Tony winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominee (and current vlogger) Jennifer Damiano are just a few of the stars that will slay in the production, which officially opens on April 21.The Rupert Goold-helmed musical boasts a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and a score by Duncan Sheik. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), American Psycho follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, affluent and devastatingly handsome Wall Street tycoon in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a picture-perfect apartment. There’s just one snag: he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.The cast also includes Heléne Yorke, Theo Stockman, Brandon Kalm, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Alex Michael Stoll and Morgan Weed.London fans feasted their eyes on the to-die-for musical during its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013 followed by a successful run in the West End. The thriller’s subsequent off-Broadway engagement was axed, clearing its direct shot at the Great White Way. Benjamin Walkercenter_img Star Files American Psycho Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. – If Georgia doesn’t receive adequate rainfall over the next three to four months, drought conditions in summer and fall next year will likely be worse than those in 2007. Drought conditions will persist across regions of the state currently in drought and likely expand statewide by spring. Half of state in extreme droughtHalf of the state is in extreme drought conditions now. The worst conditions are across the mountains and piedmont regions west of Interstate 75. The extreme- to exceptional-drought regions of the state will probably muddle through the winter and early spring. But without a significant recharge of the soil moisture, groundwater, streams and reservoirs, conditions next summer could become catastrophic in these regions. Moisture conditions across southeast and coastal Georgia are deteriorating, and abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions have developed in these regions. Drought’s not breakingWhile winter rains will lead to short-term improvement in soil moisture, stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels, it is imperative that Georgians do not assume that the drought is breaking. Currently, there is no relief in sight. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center predicts a moderate to strong La Niña pattern to persist through spring. With this pattern, a warm, dry winter and spring are highly probable across middle and south Georgia. Across north Georgia, there is high probability that all except the extreme northwest corner will be warm and dry through spring. Extreme northwest Georgia will be near the transition from dry weather to the south and wet weather across the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys. This means that northwest Georgia could be wetter or drier than normal through the winter and spring. With the moderate to strong La Niña pattern in place, there is a high likelihood that north and west Georgia won’t be able to recover from the drought this winter. Dry winter and spring likelyThe current La Niña pattern also means that areas of southeast Georgia that aren’t classified as being in drought could be experiencing drought conditions by spring. The Southeast Climate Consortium is calling for a high probability that most of the Southeast will continue to experience a dry winter and spring. Temperatures across most of the region will likely be above normal. Only northern Alabama and extreme northern Georgia have much of a chance of bucking the warm and dry trend. As we move into late spring and early summer, indications are that the La Niña pattern will slowly weaken with neutral conditions expected for the summer. NOAA forecasts a chance of some improvement across extreme northwest and north-central Georgia, but with drought likely to develop across southeast and coastal Georgia. Plethora of information availableWater-conservation and drought-management tips for home, garden, landscapes and pets can be found at Get updated drought information at The Web site includes information on how to deal with the drought. Updated weather information is at This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide. The Southeast Climate Consortium has a wealth of agricultural and climate Web-based tools available at The impact of climate on coastal regions can be found on the Web at read more

first_img                                                Nightly Lodging                       $3.91 daily                                                Full Room                                $23.54 weekly                                                Full room & Board                  $81.31 per week Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters for both the minimum wage and meals and lodging allowance can be found at the Vermont Department of Labor’s website ( is external)) under the ‘News’ section. Information about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s workforce can be found through the Vermont Department of Labor website at is external) or contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour program at 802-828-0267.VT Dept of Labor. 11.4.2011 The Department of Labor announced today that the state minimum wage will be increasing to $8.46 per hour from $8.15 per hour on January 1, 2012.  Vermont’s minimum wage increases at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated in August, for the preceding year, or at 5%, which ever is less.  In addition, the same increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the maximum tip credit allowed, as well as the State allowed rates for employer provided rooms and meals, that may be deducted from an employees pay.  All these changes stem from the CPI increase of one and one tenth percent, from 2.7% to 3.8%. Accordingly the basic wage rate for ‘service and tipped’ employees will increase to $4.10 per hour from $3.95.  Service or tipped employees may include individuals working in industries such as hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants that customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct and personal service.  Tipped employees’ (as well as other employees) total earnings during a pay period must equal or exceed $8.46 per hour.  If a combination of tips and the basic wage do not meet that requirement, the employer must make up the difference.  An employer may deduct from wages earned, an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished and accepted.  The allowances and the increased rates as of January 1, 2012 are as follows:                                                                                               Breakfast                                 $2.85 dailyLunch                                      $3.20 daily                                                Dinner                                     $3.56 daily                                                Full Board                               $9.61 daily or $67.29 per weeklast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Moody’s Investors Service expects “very weak” second-quarter earnings in the U.S. coal sector because of falling electricity demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying it sees 2020 coal consumption by power utilities shrinking more than 30%.“The U.S. coal industry has weakened after taking the brunt of lower electricity demand and is now highly vulnerable to resurgent coronavirus infections that could further reduce demand for coal in a downside scenario,” Moody’s said in a July 15 note.Meanwhile, coal export prices continue to weaken, with the firm noting that global steel production, which depends heavily on metallurgical coal as an input, fell about 5% through May.Moody’s also noted that it took negative ratings actions in the first half on most of the North American coal producers it covers, with a couple of exceptions.“Only the low-cost, met-focused producers such as Arch Resources Inc. (Ba3 stable) and Warrior Met Coal Inc. (B2 positive) have not experienced a recent downgrade to long-term ratings nor an outlook revision, as they have fundamentally stronger discretionary cash flow generation than their peers — free cash flow before considering dividends and expansionary capital spending,” Moody’s wrote.The U.S. coal sector has been hit by a wave of bankruptcies driven in part by the pandemic and competition from other energy sources such as gas and renewables. Coal has also fallen out of favor in some jurisdictions as governments and consumers push for lower-carbon alternatives. Moody’s projected that aggregate EBITDA for rated U.S. coal producers would slump by about 50% in 2020 and said the sector faces further downgrades if the pandemic significantly worsens.[Kip Keen]More ($): Moody’s expects US coal producers to report ‘very weak’ Q2’20 earnings Moody’s: U.S. utility sector coal consumption could fall more than 30% in 2020last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2010 Leaders from the U.S. Southern Command and the Peruvian Joint Military Command joined their defense and security counterparts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay as part of the 2d Annual South American Defense Chiefs (SOUTHDEC) Conference, held in Lima, Peru, on 3 and 4 August. The topic of this year’s conference, “Military support to humanitarian assistance and disaster response,” focused the regional cooperation forum on support for humanitarian-aid and disaster-relief missions, as well as serving as a basis for guiding discussions among the high-ranking military leaders who participated. Diálogo met with the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Armed Forces, Adm. David René Moreno Moreno, to talk about this and other issues. Diálogo: What is Colombia doing in terms of humanitarian aid in other countries? Adm. Moreno: The last specific humanitarian-aid mission that we did was to Haiti, as a consequence of the earthquake they suffered. The Colombian armed forces and the government in general made the decision very quickly. First we sent a field hospital, and between 25 and 30 members of a medical team, more or less, were sent, who provided a variety of medical care to people affected by the earthquake. They were in Haiti for almost two months, helping these people. Some very important coordination was done with the Southern Command so that this team of doctors could be specially assigned to work with these people, but besides this – these doctors, who were all members of the military – two logistical support ships were also sent, with approximately 850 tons of aid each. These ships were there for twenty days each and also provided support to our medical personnel who were on land; in the same way, however, an air bridge was set up starting on the same day the disaster occurred, so that the air force sent various of its cargo planes, C-130s and 727s among them, with many tons of aid for the Haitian people. Speaking generally, we maintained another source of support there that seems very important to me in that we sent the commander of the battalion we have for responding to natural disasters, who became the fundamental pillar for being able to direct the efforts of Colombian armed-forces personnel in that territory. Diálogo: Are there other prospects or possibilities that Colombia will provide this kind of humanitarian aid to other countries? Adm. Moreno: We’re oriented toward being able to provide help to countries that are in need of it at some point in time. To give an example, in the case of natural disasters, Colombia would be entirely ready and very happy to be able to collaborate with other countries, anywhere where it would be possible for us to be present to provide this assistance. Diálogo: What needs to happen for this to occur, Admiral? For example, Gen. Fraser said during his presentation at the conference that perhaps if there are more exercises along these lines among the countries of the region, this could be done more quickly, as happened with Argentina and Brazil helping Chile, no? Adm. Moreno: We’ve always done this and have authority from the government to do so, and the government is always ready to be able to provide this help. I give you the example of when, unfortunately, there were the earthquakes here in this beautiful country, in Peru. The President of the Republic himself, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, the day after the disaster, came here to accompany the Peruvian authorities, and we also sent a large amount of aid. This included some field hospitals also, to provide support to the Peruvian authorities. The equipment came with some technicians who were responsible for the hospitals. So, just as we also provide aid to the Central American countries when there is an emergency, we’ll always be ready and prepared to be able to do this. Our policy is to support all friendly countries. At this meeting that has just ended today, the principal topic was oriented toward how we can contribute in an orderly, coordinated way, with good training, with good development of our capabilities, in support of countries that need help after having suffered a natural disaster. But what is most important in all this is how we can train and develop our capabilities before the emergency happens, so that when the emergency does occur, the personnel, the supplies, the equipment, and the aid that we can provide are ready. Diálogo: And if this happened in Colombia, the country would be open to receiving this aid from other countries? Adm. Moreno: I’m sure that if it were necessary, we would be entirely open to being able to receive this aid. We’ve had natural disasters that have been very damaging, if I can put it like that. To give you an example, the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in 1985, when, unfortunately, two towns suffered the impact of the whole avalanche that resulted. At the same time, we’ve also, unfortunately, had some earthquakes in the coffee-growing region that have done a very, very great deal of damage. We know that these natural disasters frequently happen due to both earthquakes and floods. We’ve succeeded in responding to them very well. We have some experience with which to be able to respond to them, and we hope that they never happen again, although nature is unpredictable. Diálogo: Colombia seems to be the country in the region that has worked with the United States most easily in an intelligence-exchange relationship. How did this come about? Adm. Moreno: I believe that what’s most important is that in all countries where we find ourselves dealing with transnational crimes or set ourselves to work together for the purpose of being able to unravel these crimes, there can’t exist borders that get in the way of pursuing an objective as large as the one we have, which is putting an end to these crimes. I give you an example that seems very important to me now in the early years of this century. This is the case, for example, of cyberwar. Cyberwar can be waged by any kind of criminal; from anywhere in the world, someone could at this moment be meddling in any country’s financial system, causing chaos, a catastrophe. So, those of us who suffer or could suffer from illegal activities of this kind have to join together and unite our efforts in order to be able to combat these shared threats. Throughout history, we’ve been joined to the United States by excellent ties of friendship, of cooperation, because we’ve always been seeking the same thing: strengthening a democracy, defending a democracy, and being able to pursue those individuals who commit crimes of this kind that can affect our countries.last_img read more