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Homeland Security Today: "Security Concerns Surround Summer 2016 Rio Olympics"

05/04/2016

Homeland Security Today: "Security Concerns Surround Summer 2016 Rio Olympics"

. . . Joseph Ryan, professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Security at Pace University, told Homeland Security Today that in the current threat environment, dangerous security incidents are no longer a matter of “if” but of “when.” However, he is optimistic that the games will be safe.

“You can always expect something is going to happen,” said Ryan. “Security teams must be absolutely vigilant.”

Prof. Ryan chaired an Advisory Group for the US Department of Justice that developed security strategies for the 1996 summer Olympics. He is also a 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and was their expert on evaluations of all levels of police management, and on community policing and violence.

“Right now, there are no red flags,” said Ryan. “If we go back to Egypt to the Arab Spring Uprising, if something like that were to happen in Brazil—which I am more than confident will not—that would be a major red flag.”

Ryan added, “I am presuming that from all the lessons learned from previous games, particularly the Munich games where we lost so many lives, Brazil is really going to crack down and make sure the security of the athletes is the number one priority. There is no reason that I am currently aware of to suspect any concerns regarding security.”

Based on his experience, Ryan said security personnel will likely be on the lookout for several indicators leading up to the Olympic Games, including chatter and unusual activity at sports facilities prior to the games. Security personnel should not wait for day one of the games to begin securing these facilities---vigilance is needed now to ensure nothing dangerous is entering two or three months beforehand.

Read more: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/secur...

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Financial Times: "Cruz quits and hands victory to Trump"

05/04/2016

Financial Times: "Cruz quits and hands victory to Trump"

. . . Before Mr Cruz’s announcement, David Caputo, a politics professor at Pace University in New York, said Mr Trump had essentially won the nomination several weeks ago. “All the factors were there for his winning — enthusiastic supporters, weak opposition and little co-ordinated effort to stop him, plus a favourable set of primary elections.” He said one of the interesting things to watch for now was who the New York mogul would pick as his vice-presidential running mate.

Read more: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4e168026-1183-11e6-839f-2922947098f0.html#axzz47e4zSJqn

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Washington Post: "Hulu may soon offer live TV, including sports"

05/02/2016

Washington Post: "Hulu may soon offer live TV, including sports"

Hulu is reportedly looking into offering live-streaming content from a handful of cable channels for about $40 per month. (Dan Goodman/AP)

. . . Hulu will still need to offer its own original programming to stand out from the pack, said Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "Fox and Disney content will be a very strong beginning for the new service. However, since that programming can be obtained in other ways, Hulu will need to do more than offer Fox and Disney content."

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/05/02/hulu-may-soon-offer-live-tv-including-sports/

 

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U.S. News & World Report: "General Electric Charges Ahead"

05/02/2016

U.S. News & World Report: "General Electric Charges Ahead"

. . . "GE has made clear that it's in a transformational strategy," says John Alan James, a professor at Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York and chairman emeritus of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation. This will take the company toward "industrial-related products that focus on the new age of digital controls; GE's acquisition of Alstom is a major commitment to this new direction."

Read more: http://money.usnews.com/investing/articles/2016-05-02/general-electric-charges-ahead

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Law360: "Banks Between A Rock And A Hard Place On Chat Records"

05/02/2016

Law360: "Banks Between A Rock And A Hard Place On Chat Records"

. . . one of the industry's best practices for protecting sensitive data is to get rid of anything that may not be necessary to maintain, said Darren Hayes, an expert on cybersecurity at Pace University.

“Sometimes the less information that you have on your servers, the better,” Hayes said.

Read more: http://www.law360.com/articles/790171/banks-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-on-chat-records

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U.S. News & World Report: "A Big iPhone Slump Bites Into Apple (AAPL)"

04/29/2016

U.S. News & World Report: "A Big iPhone Slump Bites Into Apple (AAPL)"

. . . "There's a different feel about Apple since the loss of Steve Jobs," says Darren Hayes, an assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. "It has been many years since the company has released a product that has the public mesmerized. We've come to expect technology companies to surprise us and Apple has only surprised us with disappointing earnings growth."

Read more: http://money.usnews.com/investing/articles/2016-04-29/a-big-iphone-slump-bites-into-apple-aapl

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New York Daily News: "Trump stands by ‘woman card’ jab, but denies Hillary Clinton comments were sexist"

04/27/2016

New York Daily News: "Trump stands by ‘woman card’ jab, but denies Hillary Clinton comments were sexist"

. . . Trump's gender-centered attack line was widely mocked Wednesday with many political experts deeming the mogul's decision to go after Clinton, on account of her being a woman, as a foolish ploy that will further hurt his already dismal standing among female voters.

"About 70% of women have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to an April 2016 Gallup poll," Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, Chair of Political Science Department at Pace University in New York, told the Daily News. "His commentary about playing 'the woman card' will not play well with female voters, particularly those who continue to face pay inequities and gender discrimination."

In addition to the Gallup poll cited by Lavariega-Monforti, a USA Today-Suffolk University poll released earlier this week showed that 66% of likely female voters had an unfavorable view of Trump, compared with 48% who had an unfavorable view of Clinton.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election/trump-stands-woman-card-jab-denies-anti-clinton-sexism-article-1.2616745

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FoxNews.com: "Cruz and Kasich join forces against Trump -- but will it work?"

04/25/2016

FoxNews.com: "Cruz and Kasich join forces against Trump -- but will it work?"

. . . The first test of the strategy will be in Indiana on May 3. The latest Fox News poll shows Trump with a comfortable eight-point lead over Cruz in Indiana. Trump holds 41 percent of voters, while Cruz has 33 percent, with Kasich trailing with 16 percent.

On paper, that math appears to work for Cruz and Kasich’s strategy. If just more than half of Kasich’s voters moves to Cruz, and very few move to Trump, then the Texas senator will win the state, and a greater share of the 57 delegates available.

Oregon has 28 delegates up for grabs, while New Mexico has 24. Therefore, if the strategy works in the three states, it would make Trump's prospect of hitting 1,237 extremely narrow.

However, David A. Caputo, Professor of Political Science in New York’s Pace University, told FoxNews.com that the assumption that some of that vote won’t leak to Trump is flawed.

“The assumption is that Indiana voters are largely conservative, therefore when Kasich is out, voters will go to Cruz. I would argue, however, that some of that vote goes to Trump and so that strategy going forward may not work,” Caputo said.

As a wider strategy, Caputo says the transferability of votes that the two campaigns are assuming exists may not be there after all, and that it could even have unintended consequences.

“I think it could have a boomerang effect. If I’m a Kasich supporter and told to vote for Cruz, I may just think ‘wait a minute I’m for the candidate but I don’t like being told what to do’ and they might go and vote for Trump instead,” Caputo said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/25/cruz-and-kasich-join-forces-against-trump-but-will-it-work.html

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Tax policy in flux affects Main Street"

04/22/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "Tax policy in flux affects Main Street"

U.S. Department of the Treasury building, in Washington. Photograph by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

. . . Treasury was right to curtail inversions, said Philip G. Cohen, a retired vice president of tax at Unilever United States, and an associate professor of taxation at Pace University Lubin School of Business. Congress has failed to act, he said, and the government had to send a message to stop an abusive tax avoidance practice.

He said the high corporate tax not only hurts U.S. companies with global operations, it burdens smaller U.S. companies that don’t have foreign operations to use for tax avoidance techniques.

The proposed rule that would treat a company’s foreign debt as equity goes too far, he said. But putting an end to taxation of foreign earnings of American corporations, as some reformers have advocated, would encourage companies to move jobs and investments outside of the U.S.

“If Singapore decides to offer a tax holiday,” Cohen asked, “why would you put up an R&D facility in Tarrytown?”

“I want to encourage investments in the U.S. I want to make the U.S. business friendly, while at the same time curtailing abuses.”

The Treasury rules have been characterized as stopgap measures to slow down the pace of inversions. There is widespread agreement that comprehensive tax reform is needed.

Cohen said the tax base should be broadened and the statutory rates lowered. But he has written elsewhere that there is little appetite in the current Congress to change a tax system that opens the campaign donation spigot. Maybe next year, if a Democrat is elected president and Democrats control the Senate, a reform bill can be negotiated with a Republican House.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/78889/tax-policy-in-flux-affects-main-street/

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El Diario: "Nuevo empujón para Trump y Clinton, pero la campaña sigue"

04/21/2016

El Diario: "Nuevo empujón para Trump y Clinton, pero la campaña sigue"

. . . Para la profesora Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, politóloga de la Universidad de Pace en Nueva York, los contendores de Trump tiene pocas oportunidades en las urnas, pero aparentemente esperan poder competir en la convención, si a Trump no llega al número de delegados para ganar en la primera votación.

“Ted Cruz había venido ganando en competencias recientes, pero la realidad es que el margen de Trump sigue aumentando y no hay forma de alcanzarlo en número de delegados”, dijo Lavariega-Monforti.

Read more: http://www.eldiariony.com/2016/04/19/nuevo-empujon-para-trump-y-hillary-pero-la-campana-sigue/

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