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Washington Times: "Expert’s warning: Likelihood of future cyberattacks on U.S. emanating from Cuba is ‘100 percent’"

01/05/2015

Washington Times: "Expert’s warning: Likelihood of future cyberattacks on U.S. emanating from Cuba is ‘100 percent’"

The U.S. and Cuba are enjoying a nice honeymoon following the recent reconciliation between the two nations after five decades of acrimony. But don’t get too chummy, warns one information security expert. “Apparently the United States has not yet learned its lesson of the downside of giving away communication technology to Communist regimes, and will once again pay the price. In a year or two when Cuba gets advanced broadband circuits promised by President Obama, the likelihood that we will see attacks on U.S. public and private networks emanating from Cuba is 100 percent,” predicts James W. Gabberty, professor of information systems at Pace University in New York City and an alumnus of both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University Polytechnic Institute.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/28/inside-beltway-michael-savage-takes-new-role-life-/#ixzz3Nz32H8Ya

 

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Pace School of Performing Arts Announces Los Angeles Intensive for Acting, Dance and Choreography for Film

12/23/2014

Pace School of Performing Arts Announces Los Angeles Intensive for Acting, Dance and Choreography for Film

First-of-its-Kind Program Engages Leading Industry Practitioners and Gatekeepers for a Three-week Undergraduate Intensive Focusing on Training and Transitioning into the Film Industry 

NEW YORK – The Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) today announced a first-of-its-kind, three-week intensive course in Los Angeles for its undergraduate students in Acting, Dance and Choreography for film. The program, which engages industry experts to help students prepare for the profession, is part of Pace School of Performing Arts’ ongoing commitment to be the first in the United States dedicated to bi-coastal training in the performing arts. It will occur every year as a regular part of PPA’s program. 

“At the School of Performing Arts the goal has always been to make sure that our students are ready for the profession,” said Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of the Pace School for Performing Arts. “Our Los Angeles Intensive is another major step in this direction. The Intensive will empower young performing artists to hit the ground running in Los Angeles and seamlessly integrate into the industry. We are collaborating with some of the top names in the film and dance business to provide Pace students a leg up in their careers.” 

PPA student participants will be divided into two concurrent workshops, enrolling 20 students in Acting for Film and 20 in Dance and Choreography for Film. 

Students participating in the three-week intensive in film acting will have unique exposure and access to industry experts who will coach, advise and demystify the Hollywood landscape. The program offers an “insider’s look” at the creative and business side of the entertainment industry. Along with teachers in acting and dance training, guest lecturers will include professionals in film, television and commercial casting, producing, social media and marketing. The course will conclude with a digital showcase that students can present to casting directors, talent agents, and talent managers. 

The Los Angeles Acting for Film Intensive will be operated in collaboration with College to Career Acting (CTCA), founded by Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem. Wendy Kurtzman is an Emmy-nominated casting director with more than 25 years of experience who has been responsible for launching many notable careers in TV and film. Caroline Liem is a 16-year casting veteran, audition coach and international teacher. She served most recently as the casting director for the award-winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Together their objective is to help performers with the transition from college into the professional world.

“This program is the first of its kind. It is taking the students before they graduate and giving them the vocabulary and tool kit they will need to survive,” said Wendy Kurtzman and Caroline Liem of CTCA. “Students will enter their careers with a confidence and a point of view. That self-awareness and sense of direction is something our colleagues have been longing for.” 

Two industry participants, Seth Yanklewitz, vice president of casting at FOX Broadcasting and Iris Grossman, talent agent at Paradigm echoed those thoughts: “I can't remember a time, if ever, that a major New York performing arts college gave its students access to the industry on such a comprehensive scale. And before they graduate, too,” said Iris Grossman. 

Seth Yanklewitz concurred: “I hope this collaboration with Pace and CTCA will be one of many. Academia and the industry can and should share the responsibility for helping nourish these young performers.”

“This three-week intensive will make a world of difference for Pace’s acting students,” said Grant Kretchik, director of PPA’s in BFA in Acting program. “Access to this kind of industry expertise and real-world training are both rare and invaluable for undergraduates — this program will be a wonderful addition to PPA’s Acting curriculum.” 

The Los Angeles Dance and Choreography for Film Intensive will be run by Mandy Moore, a two-time Emmy nominee and world-class director, choreographer and dancer best known for her ground-breaking work on the global television hit So You Think You Can Dance. She recently did the choreography in David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. 

“Pace School of Performing Arts Commercial Dance students are being afforded a rare opportunity in this new three- week Los Angeles Intensive,” said Rhonda Miller, director of the PPA’s Commercial Dance program. “Dance is a competitive industry; being able to think critically about the business of it will help Pace students to achieve, and succeed in, those critical first jobs.” 

“As an Entertainment Industry choreographer I am thrilled that Pace School of Performing Arts Commercial Dance Program is educating their dancers to be knowledgeable about the world of dance for the camera. How exciting for these performers to learn the process of working on a set. This intensive is so beneficial to their success and I am thrilled to be the instructor for this bi-coastal program,” said Mandy Moore.

The addition of this new program represents the next step in the ambitious growth of the Pace School of Performing Arts; under the stewardship of Jorge Cacheiro, the school has launched eight new majors including a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Commercial Dance two years ago, and a BFA program in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials just this past year. This three-week intensive will help students to gain quality real-world experience. 

The Los Angeles Intensive is set to begin on January 5, 2015. 

About Pace School of Performing Arts

In their new home at 140 William, Pace School of Performing Arts offers vibrant life to downtown Manhattan.  The first performing arts school in nearly 50 years in Manhattan, The School of Performing Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in ActingActing for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials; Commercial Dance; Musical Theater; andProduction and Design.  Also available are Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theater Arts – Acting; Directing under the International Performance Ensemble program; and Stage Management. Visit www.pace.edu/dyson/performingarts

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The college offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.  Visit www.pace.edu/dyson

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

Contact:

Scott Trent (strent@pace.edu, 212-346-1152)

Madeline Kaye or Jovana Rizzo (Madeline.Kaye@berlinrosen.comJovana@berlinrosen.com, 646-452-5637)

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Compliance Week: "SEC Nudges Companies on Cash Flows"

12/23/2014

Compliance Week: "SEC Nudges Companies on Cash Flows"

. . . The solution now is for companies to get back to basics, says Robert Chersi, a former CFO and executive director of Pace University’s Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation. “Knowing that it’s a 2015 hot topic for both the SEC and the PCAOB, it’s really incumbent on corporate accountants to focus on this,” he says. “Analyze where the information is coming from, and make sure you understand the topic well.”

Read more: http://www.complianceweek.com/news/news-bulletin/sec-nudges-companies-on-cash-flows#.VJipNf9QA

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Hollywood Reporter: "Sony Hack Debacle Renews Talk of Studio Sale"

12/23/2014

Hollywood Reporter: "Sony Hack Debacle Renews Talk of Studio Sale"

. . . “This is a bump in the road for Sony,” says John Alan James, a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and chairman emeritus of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation.

James, who spent 15 years advising a major Japanese corporation, says that the hack and Sony’s response to it is not enough to encourage Sony management to sell Sony Pictures, though Lynton and Pascal might not survive the upheaval. 

“The Japanese don’t act quick on anything. I think they’ll wait this out,” James says. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if the top executives at Sony Pictures are asked, ‘take your time, clean this up, then go.’ ”

James also speculates that Pascal and Lynton were not behind the decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

“It had to come from Japan, because they were so embarrassed,” he says. “They shouldn’t have done it. One thing about Americans is our spirit as individuals. They say: ‘No kooky North Korean is going to scare me from living my life.'"

Read more: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-hack-debacle-renews-talk-759710

 

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Daily Beast: "Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea"

12/23/2014

Daily Beast: "Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea"

. . . “The United States is hugely important economically to China and with the recent cut in growth forecasts for China we are in a much better position to pressure the Chinese government to control the activities of North Korea,” said Darren Hayes, a former investment banker who’s now a professor and the director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. “China is probably our best hope.”

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/19/obama-could-hit-china-to-punish-north-korea.html 

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China Daily: "Venezuela could seek China's help as oil drops"

12/23/2014

China Daily: "Venezuela could seek China's help as oil drops"

. . . Dan Greenberg, director of Latin American studies at Pace University in New York, said Venezuela's economy was on thin ice even before the recent oil price slump.

"Inflation in the last year was estimated at over 50 percent in the country," he told China Daily in an interview on Dec 12. "Venezuela has been facing a capital flight problem as the rich are moving money out of the country."

Greenberg said Venezuela, under former President Hugo Chavez who died in 2013, began to use oil money to fund an extensive array of social programs. "Chavez financed these programs using profit from the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). The programs were successful reducing poverty by as much as 50 percent in some regions," said Greenberg.

When oil prices were rising and holding above $100 a barrel, the Chavez arrangement seemed to work. "One issue that did emerge was that PDVSA, at one time considered one of the best managed oil companies in the world, was denied the funds it needed to maintain its facilities and explore for oil in new areas like the Orinoco Basin."

Greenberg explained that the Orinoco region has extensive oil reserves similar to the tar sands of Canada. "Both require heavy investments to extract and refine the oil," he said.

Funding the social programs deprived PDVSA of the money it needed to maintain and expand production, Greenberg said. So Venezuela is battling declining production and lower prices.

Greenberg said Venezuela also has a political problem. Current President Nicolas Maduro won a close election to succeed Chavez in 2013. "He was Chavez's hand-picked successor," Greenberg said of the country's former foreign minister. "He lacks Chavez's charisma."

Greenberg expects Venezuela to go into default. "In many ways it will be similar to what happened to Argentina in 2002," he said.

Last month Maduro secured a $4 billion loan from China for the country's international reserves. Greenberg believes Venezuela will require more help from China because Russia is also suffering from low oil prices and may not have the resources to help its Latin American ally.

"I think the big question will be not if China will help Venezuela, but what will China want in return," he said. "The Chinese are shrewd and they may want fields in the Orinoco region in return for whatever aid package China develops."

Read more: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-12/19/content_19120876.htm

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U.S. News & World Report‎: "'The Interview' and the Reckoning"

12/23/2014

U.S. News & World Report‎: "'The Interview' and the Reckoning"

. . . “It’s a wake-up call for the entertainment industry. There is going to be a lot more review for political aspects of their projects,” says Darren Hayes, assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

“People will be worried that hacktivists will consider this as a way to get back at the entertainment industry,” he says.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/12/18/sony-hack-puts-hollywood-us-government-in-unprecedented-position

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace students win College Federal Reserve Challenge"

12/18/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace students win College Federal Reserve Challenge"

A group of Pace University students won a major academic competition that tested their economic knowledge earlier this month.

Pace defeated Princeton University, and, with honorable mentions, Bentley University, the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to win the 11th annual national College Federal Reserve Challenge. The competition evaluates the teams’ understanding of the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking and the role of the Federal Reserve System.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/68027/pace-students-win-college-federal-reserve-challenge/

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Business Insider: "Pace University's National Champion Monetary Policy Team Predicts The Fed's Next Move"

12/18/2014

Business Insider: "Pace University's National Champion Monetary Policy Team Predicts The Fed's Next Move"

The Pace Outlook

The Pace team — which beat teams from Princeton and University of Chicago — notes that the phrase "considerable time" might be giving the market unclear signaling. But they warn if the phrase goes away completely the market will be completely directionless.

But as the Pace team sees it, "if 'considerable time' is taken out of the statement, then the June 2015 meeting gets targeted," as the first time the Fed would raise rates, which for Pace strips the Fed of the policy flexibility it's been seeking to maintain. 

And if the Fed were targeting June 2015 on its own, leaving "considerable time" in the statement would still be appropriate, Pace said. 

As part of its championship-winning policy recommendations, Pace suggested the Fed stress data dependency in its forward guidance. Additionally, Pace recommended that the Fed hold a press conference which each policy announcement, as the market currently expects the Fed would only raise interest rates at a meeting that is followed by a press conference from chair Yellen. 

Press conference meetings, however, are only held four times a year: in March, June, September, and December. 

And as the Pace team said, "You can't be data dependent if you can only start to raise rates four times a year." 

 

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Sandy Hook, two years later: Steps we must take"

12/17/2014

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Sandy Hook, two years later: Steps we must take"

The recently released report by Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate describes a trajectory toward unimaginable tragedy – lost lives of twenty young children and those of the educators who tried to protect them two years ago on December 14th, writes Andrea Spencer, dean of Pace University’s School of Education, an educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy and co-author of “Shooting At Sandy Hook Elementary School.” Investigation of this trajectory was commissioned by Connecticut’s Child Fatality Review Panel, conducted by experts from psychology, psychiatry, social work, education and advocacy. The result is a document that details the life of AL, the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook shootings. Amidst a welter of informational sources, the panel struggled to comprehend and then to communicate the complexities of systems failures that emerged. These failures left untreated a desperately damaged and severely mentally ill individual who brought about unparalleled devastation in the lives of school, families and the Newtown community. What remedies might diminish the potential for similar disasters? The report provides many important recommendations. However, among these, school records were one key source of insights into the circumstances and lost opportunities that defined AL’s withdrawal into isolation and violence. From an educational perspective, what lessons might be learned?  

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/227314-sandy-hook-two-years-later-steps-we-must-take

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