FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Film Commissioner, Kim Marie Spence, says the island’s film industry is “booming”.Jamaica’s Film Commissioner, Kim Marie Spence, addressing Canadian filmmakers at a networking session organised by JAMPRO in Toronto, Canada, recently.Speaking recently to filmmakers attending a networking session organised by JAMPRO in Toronto, Canada, Ms. Spence said two Jamaican feature films are to be released in October. They are “Better Mus’ Come”, which is about political turmoil in the1970s, and “Rise Up”, which follows three artistes trying to make it in the music industry.Giving more details on the film industry, Ms. Spence said a third Jamaican film, called “Ghett’a Life”, is slated for release in 2011, while “Small Island”, a two-part series on the emigration of Caribbean peoples to the United Kingdom was also shot in Jamaica. Partially shot in Jamaica was the recently released Hollywood movie, ‘Knight and Day’, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.“The industry is booming and we are looking for partnerships and investments. If we, as a small island, can produce this much, what more can we do if we are working with you here,” she said, adding that Jamaica is open for business in the creative industries.JAMPRO’s Film Commissioner, Kim Marie Spence (second right), North American Regional Manager, Robert Kerr (right), and Senior Consulting Officer, Nardia McKenzie (centre), welcome Jamaican actress Terri Salmon (second left) and owner of Jones and Jones Productions, Denise Jones (left), to the JAMPRO-sponsored networking session for Canadian filmmakers in Toronto, Canada, recently.The audience viewed a synopsis of the new “Locations Catalogue”, highlighting a wide range of locations in Jamaica. Recently completed by the Commission, the catalogue can be accessed on the agency’s website and features more than 1,000 photographs.“A lot of people think of Jamaica as just sun, beach and sand, but there is so much more. We have acting talent and technical talent. There is a lot of variety, not only with the scenery, but also with the people,” noted the head of the oldest film commission in the English-speaking Caribbean. Over 3,000 film projects have been serviced by the Jamaica Film Commission since it was established in 1984.The networking session was organised to give Canadian filmmakers an idea of what Jamaica and the Film Commission can offer.Jamaica’s Film Commissioner, Kim Marie Spence (left) in discussion with Canadian rapper and actress, Michie Mee (centre), and Deputy CEO of Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC), Kirk J. Buchanan (right), at a JAMPRO-sponsored networking session for Canadian film makers in Toronto, Canada.It was held during the current 35th staging of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). During the 11 days of the Festival, which ends on Sunday, September 19, more than 300 films will be screened. Jamaica does not have an entry this year, but Ms. Spence expects that will change for next year’s Festival.Jampro’s North America Regional Manager, Robert Kerr, echoed her promise of Jamaican films in next year’s TIFF, noting that as a film destination, Jamaica offers diversity in people, talent and location which are sought by some of the most demanding filmmakers.In attendance were actors, producers, and filmmakers from Canada and Jamaica, including actress and principal of the Reel World Film Festival, Tonya Lee Williams; Jamaican actress, Terri Salmon; Canadian rapper and actress, Michie Mee; Deputy CEO of the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC), Kirk J. Buchanan; and Jampro’s Senior Consulting Officer, Nardia McKenzie. Advertisements Jamaica’s Film Industry Booming, Says Commissioner Foreign AffairsSeptember 20, 2010 RelatedJamaica’s Film Industry Booming, Says Commissioner RelatedJamaica’s Film Industry Booming, Says Commissioner RelatedJamaica’s Film Industry Booming, Says Commissioner
About Colorado Mountain CollegeImagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students,faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of theirbackgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. An institution that is alsointegrally connected to, appreciated by, and supported by thosesame communities.Envision yourself at a dynamic, innovative, forward-leaning collegethat has an enterprising spirit and deep commitment to everylearner – from first-generation college students to adult learnersto academically motivated students seeking a more traditionalliberal arts education – all within a robust and highlypersonalized learning environment.Visualize applying your energy and skills to an organization thatrespects and cares about its employees enough to offer competitivecompensation and benefits while encouraging every team member torenew and recharge in places of inspiration, reflection, andworld-class outdoor recreation.Welcome to Colorado Mountain College and its eleven campuslocations sprinkled across a spectacular region of Colorado’scentral Rocky Mountains.Our visionColorado Mountain College aspires to be the most inclusive andinnovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating theeconomic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of itsbeautiful Rocky Mountain communities.The collegeCMC is a comprehensive, public, open-access dual-missioninstitution offering 136 academic programs ranging from specializedcertificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees, a wide range ofonline, non-credit and lifelong learning courses, as well asextensive concurrent enrollment opportunities in close partnershipwith neighboring school districts.Over 15,000 students attend CMC annually, and 40% of degree-seekingstudents earn a certificate or degree every year. The college’sLatinx enrollment has doubled in six years to 27%, making CMCeligible for federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. CMCcourses are highly personal and many are experiential by design,each with a maximum registration of 25 students.Colorado Mountain College campuses are located in Aspen,Carbondale, Breckenridge, Dillon, Steamboat Springs, GlenwoodSprings, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Leadville, Rifle, the VailValley, and Salida. Of these locations, three areresidential—Spring Valley, Leadville, and Steamboat Springs — andstudents in Breckenridge have access to college-owned off-campushousing. CMC campuses are close-knit communities, on averageserving between 1,000 – 2,000 students.The majority of the college’s financial support comes from localproperty taxes, not tuition or state revenues. Consequently, CMC isuniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, mission-focused,and responsive to community and workforce needs. The college’scentral administrative office, which supports all campus locations,is located in historic downtown Glenwood Springs, the town fromwhich CMC originally launched in 1965.Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher LearningCommission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on HigherEducation. For general information about CMC, its programs,locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to: www.coloradomtn.edu .Our commitment to an environment where everyonebelongsOur college and beloved mountain communities are enriched by avariety of voices and experiences.At Colorado Mountain College, we continually work to improvelearning and working environments that welcome everyone. We aredeeply committed to promoting a free and open exchange of ideas,improving critical thinking, deepening mutual empathy and respect,and ensuring that every learner and team member has equalopportunities for personal and professional success.The college prioritizes the recruitment, hiring and retention of anengaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds,characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at CMC.Therefore, we value applicants who bring a richness of priorexperience and training, and a commitment to the concepts ofinclusive and equitable practices, as well as an understanding ofhistoric and current social issues that impact groups fromdifferent socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.CMC employees enjoy regular opportunities to raise their awarenessabout pressing societal issues, develop individual criticalthinking skills, and expand their understanding of and empathytoward others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or otherfactors. Our goal is to deliver personalized teaching methods andeffective student support services that enable students to achievetheir goals, regardless of academic, financial, or experientialbarriers.Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate acommitment and competence to work effectively with students,employees, and community members of all backgrounds.The positionUnder the supervision of a designated supervisor, the EnrollmentServices Specialist is responsible for assisting with therecruiting and pre-enrollment follow-up of prospects and students.This position interacts with inquiries, applicants and studentsinterested in pursuing a degree at CMC through face to faceinteractions as well as varied communications strategies. Thisposition will also support campus enrollment specialists in theirefforts to support admissions efforts.View/download job description including hiring salary range:Enrollment Services Specialist, CSPre-Requisites for the Position (QualificationsStandards)Education and experience sufficient for the rigors of the position.Examples may include a Bachelor’s Degree from an accreditedinstitution and two years related work experience; or, Associate’sDegree and three years related work experience, or High SchoolDiploma/GED and four years related work experience or equivalenteducation and experience that will provide the necessary knowledge,skill and abilities to perform the functions of the position.Knowledge of a variety of standard administrative and businessmethods and procedures; standard Microsoft Office software.Familiarity with other software such as CRM software isdesirable.Ability to: read, write, speak, and understand English well;operate variety of office equipment; proficient in computerapplications, including word processing, spreadsheets andelectronic mail; multi- task; meet deadlines; strong verbal,organizational, and interpersonal skills.Diverse. Inclusive. Innovative. Focused on Student Success. Theseprinciples reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building ourteams and cultivating leaders. They guide us to be an institutionof higher education that’s the right fit for every faculty member,staff, student, and community member in its trust. Applicants mustdemonstrate a commitment to working effectively with students,employees, and community members of all backgrounds.Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilitiesare preferred.To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest,resume, and list of three professional references. CMC is an EOEcommitted to diversifying its workforce.External Applicants: Apply OnlineInternal Applicants: Please proceed to the HR page ofBasecamp or by searching in Learning Hub for instructionson applying for a full time position as an internalapplicant.Review of application material will begin April 20,2021.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott is one of 12 governors who today sent a letter to Congress advocating for quick action to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance program (CHIP). “We believe covering children and pregnant women without disruption is one thing we can all agree on.”“For twenty years, this program has successfully provided vital health coverage and care to about nine million children. Without it, access to essential health services like well child exams, asthma medicine, and hospitalizations will be at risk. As health insurance premiums climb at unsustainable rates, this program gives hard-working families access to otherwise unaffordable coverage,” writes the group of governors.See the full letter below.
At its inaugural triathlon industry gathering in La Jolla, California, the Triathlon America Conference was heralded as a big success.Taking place on February 27-March 1, 2011, by the end of February, the first Triathlon America Conference had 218 multisport industry players signed-up for the event.The event organisers note that around 230 delegates attended the 3-day conference and around 295 visited the Triathlon America Awards ceremony and banquet.On the evening of Monday 28 February, triathlon industry members gathered for the first annual Triathlon America Awards Celebration presented by Active Network. Here, the ‘best companies, programs and athletes in the triathlon industry in 2010 were recognised and honoured on the final night of the Triathlon America Conference.’Triathlon America Award Winners included:• Most Valuable Triathlete of 2010 (MVT) – Chrissie Wellington • Long Distance Male Triathlete of the Year – Chris McCormack • Long Distance Female Triathlete of the Year – Chrissie Wellington • Olympic Distance Male Triathlete of the Year – Javier Gomez • Olympic Distance Female Triathlete of the Year – Emma MoffattIndustry and program category winners for the Triathlon America Awards Celebration, presented by Active Network, included:Most Innovative Top Five Triathlon Products in 2010 (listed in alphabetical order) • Newton Terra Momentus Trail Shoe • Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 • Speedfil Hydration System by Inviscid Design • Speed Concept 7 Series by Trek • Zipp Firecrest by Zipp Speed WeaponryTop 10 US Retailers of the Year (listed in alphabetical order) • All 3 Sports – Atlanta, Georgia • Bonzai Sports – Falls Church, Virginia • Gear West Bike & Triathlon – Long Lake, Minnesota • Inside Out Sports – Charlotte, North Carolina • Nytro Multisport – Encinitas, California • Sbr Shop Inc – New York City, New York • Speedy Reedy Triathlon – Seattle, Washington • Sports Basement – San Francisco, California • Trisports.com – Tucson, Arizona • Triathlon Lab Inc – Santa Monica, CaliforniaBest Published Triathlon Photograph of 2010 (print or online) ‘Mens Start’ – Photo by Paul Phillips. Competitive Image published by Electronic Edition of Sports Illustrated.Best Published Written Triathlon Article of 2010 (print or online) ‘One From the Heart’ – written by Lee Gruenfeld and published in Inside Triathlon MagazineSubmissions and rankings for the awards were determined by a National Voting Panel (NVP) consisting of all Triathlon America founding members and 10 additional award panel members prominent within the industry, including triathlon icons Mark Allen, Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser, Karen Smyers as well as NBC Today Show host Natalie Morales.In the lead up to the industry gathering, support for the conference had been very strong. A number of sponsors stepped up to help make the industry event a success:Platinum Sponsors Active Network, Competitor GroupGold Sponsors Ashworth Awards, Ironman, Kimbia, Leslie Jordan, Life Time Fitness, Troutman SandersSilver Sponsors Always Advancing, Clif Bar, Crichton & Partners, EnduraFit, Event Director, Mike Plant & Associates, MyLAPS, Raceit, Tri-California EventsBronze Sponsors Champion System, Endurance Films, FRS Healthy Energy, 2XUwww.triathlon-america.com Related
Rep. McGhee uses his life struggles to inspire others Senior Editor Branded as “borderline mentally retarded” with an IQ of 78, Kionne McGhee was hidden away in the “special needs” classrooms through high school and tormented by bullies. One day, he wrote on the blackboard an algebraic expression borrowed from another student in a “regular” class. When he asked his teacher to teach it to his special-needs class, she said, “If ya’all dumb-ass kids can’t count to one thousand, how do you expect to do this question when it contains numbers and letters?” “Are you telling us that you can’t do it?” McGhee bounced back. “Immediately, I was snatched from my chair, thrown to the ground, and restrained,” McGhee recounted. Dragged to the principal’s office, the teacher said he’d been “disruptive and combative toward her and other students,” and McGhee was suspended for 10 days — one of his 20 suspensions totaling 100 days. McGhee, diagnosed as dyslexic, rejected “the victim mentality” and graduated from Howard University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. In 2012, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he is now the ranking Democratic member of the Civil Justice Subcommittee. “Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been told ‘you can’t’ many times. But if I had listened to the people who tried to hold me back with these soul-crushing words, I would never be where I am today: in a position to regularly help individuals and entire communities through my role as an attorney and an elected government official,” Rep. McGhee, D-Cutler Bay, writes in his latest book, Conquering Hope: The Life You Were Destined to Live. “Trust me when I say that starting with that tiny bit of hope that lives in your heart, you can accomplish amazing things over the course of these next months and continuing on for the rest of your life.” Rep. McGhee brought his positive message to the Summer Scholars Program, put on by the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, that introduces foster children and at-risk students to the justice system and spotlights potential careers. He gave out free copies of his books, inspiring the creation of a book club. “The future is really bright for them. You can be a foster kid and struggle and you can go through dangerous quagmires in life. But in no way should that affect their ability to hope and their ability to dream,” 38-year-old McGhee said the week before the book club was scheduled to meet for the first time. Why does he give his time this way? “Somebody did it for me. It’s paying it forward. I get emotional every time I think about it. Looking at these kids, they are not responsible for being brought into the world in the circumstances they find themselves. It’s incumbent upon us to make it right for them.” McGhee found an eager audience for his life’s story that began as a poor kid in the Naranja projects of South Miami, the son of a loving mother who cheerfully boarded a bus to pick beans and squash. His father was not part of the family, because, as McGhee writes, “In the projects, men were not allowed to live in the same households with their children. This meant our moms did double-duty and that we did not have fathers or father figures to serve as our role models or provide the healthy love and motivation that comes from a father.” But McGhee’s mom did double-duty raising her children with an encouraging smile. “She served as a living, breathing example of hope in action,” McGhee wrote. “Mom knew where I was headed well before I realized. She trained me up in the ways of the world and showed me how truth and justice do prevail in the long run.” McGhee learned that first-hand when he was in a serious car accident in 1997, and wound up in the emergency room. When a Highway Patrol trooper showed up in the ER to question him, McGhee told him he couldn’t talk right then. The trooper called for backup, and McGhee was ordered to put his hands behind his back, and was rushed by several officers. “I could hardly breathe as I felt the weight of officers on my chest. I felt constriction around my neck, then a punch to the right side of my head. Another blow came to the back of my head,” McGhee described. “Meanwhile, somebody had grabbed my arm and was twisting so hard I was afraid it might break. At the same time, I endured hits to my stomach coming from different angles and different people.” During those five minutes or less, while nurses screamed for the officers to stop, McGhee said, “I could feel tears of pain and humiliation running down my face.. . . I was whisked away to jail and charged with crimes that could have easily sent me to prison for a very long time.” A judge dismissed many of the charges and found McGhee not guilty on the rest. As awful as the experience was, McGhee said, it has made him a better lawyer, both as a young prosecutor in the 11th Circuit, and now in his own practice in Miami. At Kionne L. McGhee Law Group, he both defends those charged with crimes and represents victims of crimes. “I know what it’s like when in your heart you know you are innocent, but you’re at the complete mercy of authorities who believe otherwise,” McGhee said. “The part of the system I like best is when it works, when it’s fair,” McGhee said. “Sitting with a client charged with a crime or a victim’s family, I tell them, ‘We may not like the politics or the approach of the other side. But we have to ask two things: Was it fair? Was it just? If we answered those questions affirmatively, let’s close this and move on.’” Earlier this year, during debates in the Legislature about fixing Florida’s unconstitutional death penalty sentencing process by requiring a jury to vote 10-2 to recommend the death penalty (instead of the former simple majority vote that made Florida an outlier state), McGhee asked: “Colleagues, if we’re requiring jurors to get it right in all or nothing in the guilt phase, why are we reducing the number for the ultimate penalty?” McGhee knows what it is like to lose family members to killers. In 2005, his younger brother came up missing and was found bludgeoned and drowned. The murderer has not been found. The following year, McGhee’s father was in Georgia doing landscaping work, when a man with mental problems pulled a revolver and shot him dead for no apparent reason. That killer is currently serving a 25-year sentence, he said. “The death penalty is imperfect. It’s flawed. Because it’s flawed, the execution of one person creates a perfect reason not to side with Florida’s death penalty,” McGhee said. In other legislative work, The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section enlisted McGhee to sponsor HB 145 that dealt with, among other issues, allowing private schools to exempt surcharges on credit cards that certain higher education institutions enjoyed, and it passed unanimously. A piece of legislation McGhee said he feels especially good about — HB 279 — did not make it to the House floor, but he is going to try again next year. “It would have required the state to give a tax-free holiday for military veterans and their spouses. Veterans deserve each and everything they can get in the way of tax breaks. It didn’t make it to the floor because of how much it would cost the state. I am working that out now with members of the Legislature to try to get a compromise.” McGhee describes how proud he was when he and his wife, Stacy, and their three children, Kionne II, Hayley, and Hayes, went to the Capitol for the first time in 2012, and saw his name on a door on the 13th floor. “Whether you come from humble beginnings or you’re carrying the weight of a label society has placed upon you, it doesn’t matter as far as your future is concerned,” McGhee preaches to children and anyone else who may read his book. “You have the ability to find, embrace, and conquer hope. You can grab on to hope and never let go, just as I did. And I assure you, hope can take you to some pretty amazing places in life. Give it a try. What do you have to lose?” August 15, 2016 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Rep. McGhee uses his life struggles to inspire others Rep. Kionne McGhee, right, and a summer scholar
Some decisions arouse far more anxiety than others. Among the most anxiety-provoking are those that involve options with both positive and negative elements, such choosing to take a higher-paying job in a city far from family and friends, versus choosing to stay put with less pay.MIT researchers have now identified a neural circuit that appears to underlie decision-making in this type of situation, which is known as approach-avoidance conflict. The findings could help researchers to discover new ways to treat psychiatric disorders that feature impaired decision-making, such as depression, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder.“In order to create a treatment for these types of disorders, we need to understand how the decision-making process is working,” says Alexander Friedman, a research scientist at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the lead author of a paper describing the findings in the May 28 issue of Cell. LinkedIn Share on Facebook Email Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Friedman and colleagues also demonstrated the first step toward developing possible therapies for these disorders: By manipulating this circuit in rodents, they were able to transform a preference for lower-risk, lower-payoff choices to a preference for bigger payoffs despite their bigger costs.The paper’s senior author is Ann Graybiel, an MIT Institute Professor and member of the McGovern Institute. Other authors are postdoc Daigo Homma, research scientists Leif Gibb and Ken-ichi Amemori, undergraduates Samuel Rubin and Adam Hood, and technical assistant Michael Riad.Making hard choicesThe new study grew out of an effort to figure out the role of striosomes — clusters of cells distributed through the the striatum, a large brain region involved in coordinating movement and emotion and implicated in some human disorders. Graybiel discovered striosomes many years ago, but their function had remained mysterious, in part because they are so small and deep within the brain that it is difficult to image them with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Previous studies from Graybiel’s lab identified regions of the brain’s prefrontal cortex that project to striosomes. These regions have been implicated in processing emotions, so the researchers suspected that this circuit might also be related to emotion.To test this idea, the researchers studied mice as they performed five different types of behavioral tasks, including an approach-avoidance scenario. In that situation, rats running a maze had to choose between one option that included strong chocolate, which they like, and bright light, which they don’t, and an option with dimmer light but weaker chocolate.When humans are forced to make these kinds of cost-benefit decisions, they usually experience anxiety, which influences the choices they make. “This type of task is potentially very relevant to anxiety disorders,” Gibb says. “If we could learn more about this circuitry, maybe we could help people with those disorders.”The researchers also tested rats in four other scenarios in which the choices were easier and less fraught with anxiety.“By comparing performance in these five tasks, we could look at cost-benefit decision-making versus other types of decision-making, allowing us to reach the conclusion that cost-benefit decision-making is unique,” Friedman says.Using optogenetics, which allowed them to turn cortical input to the striosomes on or off by shining light on the cortical cells, the researchers found that the circuit connecting the cortex to the striosomes plays a causal role in influencing decisions in the approach-avoidance task, but none at all in other types of decision-making.When the researchers shut off input to the striosomes from the cortex, they found that the rats began choosing the high-risk, high-reward option as much as 20 percent more often than they had previously chosen it. If the researchers stimulated input to the striosomes, the rats began choosing the high-cost, high-reward option less often.Emotional gatekeeperThe findings suggest that the striatum, and the striosomes in particular, may act as a gatekeeper that absorbs sensory and emotional information coming from the cortex and integrates it to produce a decision on how to react, the researchers say.That gatekeeper circuit also appears to include a part of the midbrain called the substantia nigra, which has dopamine-containing cells that play an important role in motivation and movement. The researchers believe that when activated by input from the striosomes, these substantia nigra cells produce a long-term effect on an animal or human patient’s decision-making attitudes.“We would so like to find a way to use these findings to relieve anxiety disorder, and other disorders in which mood and emotion are affected,” Graybiel says. “That kind of work has a real priority to it.”In addition to pursuing possible treatments for anxiety disorders, the researchers are now trying to better understand the role of the dopamine-containing substantia nigra cells in this circuit, which plays a critical role in Parkinson’s disease and may also be involved in related disorders.
U.S. Sen. Tom UdallFrom the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:Also calls for a vote on his bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, co-sponsored by 27 senators.WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) today to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution.His legislation – S. 1039 – currently has 27 cosponsors in the Senate. Udall also was the lead author of a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent unauthorized war with Iran.In August, Udall led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include his bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final NDAA. The Udall amendment received a bipartisan majority in the Senate when it was considered in June of 2019.“The president has pushed us to the brink of a disastrous and illegal war with Iran that the American people are not behind. As we deal with a reckless president and administration that are flouting the Constitution and re-using the public relations campaign peddled in the run-up to the Iraq war, Congress needs to step in,” Udall said.“Since President Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, he has weakened our national security and pushed us to the brink of a deadly war with no Congressional approval. The calls for war with Iran echo the same failed strategy that led us to invade Iraq. Congress must assert its constitutional authority to halt the march to war with Iran before we repeat our past mistakes and risk the lives of thousands more Americans while squandering our global reputation, with little chance of improving our long-term security,” Udall said. “Another endless war in the Middle East is not the ‘better deal’ the president promised. It’s past time for all members of Congress to stand up against this administration’s reckless aggression before more American lives are needlessly lost—Congress should pass this resolution and our bipartisan legislation to prohibit the use of funds for hostilities against Iran unless there is a specific authorization or declaration of war.”Under the War Powers Act of 1973, such resolutions are privileged, meaning that the Senate can be forced to vote up or down on the legislation. The resolution requires the halt of any U.S. hostilities within 30 days unless explicitly authorized by law or a declaration of war but does not prevent the United States from defending itself from attack. The resolution will force a public debate and vote in Congress as intended by the framers of the Constitution to determine whether United States forces should be engaged in these hostilities. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a similar resolution on the House floor this week.The text of the resolution can be found here.
NGA News:Legislation Will Strengthen Preparedness and Response Among States and LocalitiesWASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Governors Association (NGA) commends Congress for taking a critical step forward in helping states and localities enhance their cybersecurity efforts and urges passage of legislation this year to provide a dedicated cybersecurity grant fund for states and localities.The rise of cyber incidents, intrusions and disruptions highlights the urgent need to establish a comprehensive approach to protect critical infrastructure at all levels of government.Governors have continually called on Congress to provide additional resources to states to help strengthen their cybersecurity posture.This year, there are several pieces of legislation before the Congress that would lay the groundwork for increased funding and resources to help states develop and implement innovative cybersecurity practices, help to build resources and human capital, better detect and analyze cyber threats, as well as help to enhance partnerships among different levels of government.NGA calls on Congress to pass legislation this year – such as S.1065/H.R. 2130, the State Cyber Resiliency Act, S.1846 the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2019 and H.R 5823 the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act – to authorize dedicated grant funding for states and localities to help improve the preparation, response and recovery efforts related to cyber incidents.
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