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Molango vows to listen to players as new PFA chief executive

Molango vows to listen to players as new PFA chief executive

Maheta Molango has vowed to listen and work for players as he takes over as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The former Brighton striker has replaced Gordon Taylor, to become the union’s first new chief executive in 40 years.

In an open letter to players, the 38-year-old promised the organisation will meet their needs and outlined his vision for the PFA.

He wrote: “One principle will guide my leadership of our union, and it is this: the PFA belongs to the players. It should always be run on behalf of its members, for its members.

“I have begun my time at the PFA by speaking to members, our internal teams and a wide range of people from across football.

“I’ve been hearing about the issues that matter to them – asking what role the PFA can play and where we can do more. Most importantly, I’ve been making clear my desire to ensure that we work together. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations.

“I know that the interests and needs of players are constantly changing. As your union, it is our responsibility to understand where, and how, we can best support you and represent you, whatever stage you are at in your career.

“To do this, we need your involvement. I want members to have greater opportunities for input into the work of the PFA. Recent changes to our structure, I believe, will support this, and I am personally committed to making sure your voices are heard and represented.”

Molango spent time at Brighton between 2004 and 2007 and also played for Lincoln, Oldham, Wrexham and Grays.

He is a qualified lawyer, fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, German and English, and was seconded to Atletico Madrid as legal counsel in 2015 – ahead of their 12-month transfer embargo in 2016.

In two windows he helped oversee 30 deals, including the sale of Mario Mandzukic to Juventus, Filipe Luiz’s return from Chelsea, Yannick Carrasco’s switch from Monaco and Antoine Griezmann’s new deal.

Previously a part-time scout for Charlton, he negotiated Mesut Ozil’s termination deal from Real Madrid ahead of his move to Arsenal in 2013.

“As a player in England, like you, I was a member of the PFA. The players’ union supported me, and I saw its value first-hand,” he continued.

“Having also played and worked in football in other countries as chief executive (at Real Mallorca) and lawyer, I’ve seen how well-regarded the PFA is and how widely it is recognised for the way it successfully represents players’ interests.

“The PFA has been central to a huge amount of positive and transformative change within football over the years – change that has benefitted members at every level of the game. This collective influence has been hard-won and it is something we must strive to protect.

“The impacts of the coronavirus have shown how important the PFA can be to defend your interests. The game – OUR game – is at a crossroads and the players should be at the centre of any discussion about the future of football.

“I join the PFA at a time of change, both for the union and within the game more widely. I take over the role of chief executive from Gordon Taylor, who led the PFA for over 40 years.

“Gordon achieved an enormous amount on behalf of members, and he deserves our thanks and recognition for his work and his commitment.”

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Harris County Flood Control District executive director resigns

Harris County Flood Control District executive director resigns
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Harris County Flood Control District’s executive director is stepping down.

Russell Poppe sent his letter of resignation to the county board of commissioners last Friday. His last day is set for July 2.

“The growing expectations associated with these efforts have adversely affected the quality of my personal life to a point I can no longer sustain,” Poppe wrote.

While he is resigning, Poppe said he does not have any announcements about the next chapter in his career and is taking time to select the best opportunity for him and his family.

Poppe, who worked with the flood control district for over 15 years, took over as executive director back in 2016 after the previous director retired.

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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON — As the East Coast suffered from the effects of a ransomware attack on a major petroleum pipeline, President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that placed strict new standards on the cybersecurity of any software sold to the federal government.

The move is part of a broad effort to strengthen the United States’ defenses by encouraging private companies to practice better cybersecurity or risk being locked out of federal contracts. But the bigger effect may arise from what could, over time, become akin to a government rating of the security of software products, much the way automobiles get a safety rating or restaurants in New York get a health safety grade.

The order comes amid a wave of new cyberattacks, more sophisticated and far-reaching than ever before. Over the past year, roughly 2,400 ransomware attacks have hit corporate, local and federal offices in extortion plots that lock up victims’ data — or publish it — unless they pay a ransom.

The most urgent fear is an attack on critical infrastructure, a point made clear this week to Americans, who were panic-buying gasoline. A ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline’s information systems forced the company to shut down a critical pipeline that supplies 45 percent of the East Coast’s gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for several days.

While every president since George W. Bush has issued new guidelines to bolster the country’s digital defenses, Mr. Biden’s order is intended to reach deep into the private sector. And it is far more detailed than past efforts.

For the first time, the United States will require all software purchased by the federal government to meet, within six months, a series of new cybersecurity standards. Although the companies would have to “self-certify,” violators would be removed from federal procurement lists, which could kill their chances of selling their products on the commercial market.

The order also establishes an incident review board, much like the teams that investigate airline accidents, to learn lessons from major hacking episodes. The White House is mandating that the first incident under review will be the SolarWinds hack, in which Russia’s premier intelligence agency altered the computer code of an American company’s network management software. It gave Russia broad access to 18,000 agencies, organizations and companies, mostly in the United States.

The new order also requires all federal agencies to encrypt data, whether it is in storage or while it is being transmitted — two very different challenges. When China stole 21.5 million files about federal employees and contractors holding security clearances, none of the files were encrypted, meaning they could be easily read. (Chinese hackers, investigators later concluded, encrypted the files themselves — to avoid being detected as they sent the sensitive records back to Beijing.)

Previous efforts to mandate minimum standards on software have failed to get through Congress, notably in a major showdown nine years ago. Small businesses have said the changes are not affordable, and larger ones have opposed an intrusive role of the federal government inside their systems.

But Mr. Biden decided it was more important to move quickly than to try to fight for broader mandates on Capitol Hill. His aides said it was a first step, and industry officials said it was bolder than they expected.

Amit Yoran, the chief executive of Tenable and a former cybersecurity official in the Department of Homeland Security, said the question on everyone’s mind was whether Mr. Biden’s order would stop the next Colonial or SolarWinds attacks.

“No one policy, government initiative or technology can do that,” Mr. Yoran said. “But this is a great start.”

Government officials have complained that Colonial had poor defenses, and while it established a hard shell around its computer networks, it had no way of monitoring an adversary who got inside. The Biden administration hopes the standards set out in the executive order, requiring multifactor authentication and other safeguards, will become widespread and improve security globally.

Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, praised the order but said it would need to be followed by congressional action.

Mr. Warner said recent attacks “have highlighted what has become increasingly obvious in recent years: that the United States is simply not prepared to fend off state-sponsored or even criminal hackers intent on compromising our systems for profit or espionage.”

The new order is the first major public part of a multilayered review of defensive, offensive and legal strategies to take on adversaries around the world. This executive order, however, focuses entirely on deepening defenses, in hopes of deterring attackers because they fear they would fail — or run a higher risk of being detected.

The Justice Department is ramping up a new task force to take on ransomware, after the discovery in recent months that such attacks are more than just extortion, they can bring down sectors of the economy.

Mr. Biden announced sanctions against Russia for the SolarWinds hack, and his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has said there will also be “unseen” consequences. So far, the United States has not taken similar action against China’s government for its presumed involvement in another attack, exploiting holes in a Microsoft system used by large companies around the world.

The executive order was first drafted in February in response to the SolarWinds intrusion. That attack was especially sophisticated because hackers working for the Russian government managed to change code under development by the company, which unsuspectingly distributed the malware in an update to its software packages. It was discovered during Mr. Biden’s transition and led him to declare he could not trust the integrity of federal computer systems.

The review board created under the executive order will be co-led by the secretary of homeland security and a private-sector official, based on the specific episode it is investigating at the time, in an effort to win over industry executives who fear the investigations could be fodder for lawsuits.

Because it was created by an executive order, not an act of Congress, the new board will not have the same broad powers as a safety board. But officials are still hopeful it will be valuable in learning of vulnerabilities, improving security practices and urging companies to invest more in improving their networks.

Much of the executive order is focused on information sharing and transparency. It aims to speed the time companies that have been victimized by a hack or discover vulnerabilities share that information with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Author: David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes
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US production rebound will lead to new oil price war, shale executive says

US production rebound will lead to new oil price war, shale executive says

The US oil industry faces a new oil price war if shale production rebounds next year by rising 1 million bpd compared to this year, chief executive at shale giant Pioneer Natural Resources said at BloombergNEF’s annual summit.

Last year, the OPEC+ group broke up their production pact in March after demand started crashing in the pandemic and US crude oil production had hit 13 million bpd in the weeks prior to the start of the pandemic.

“OPEC and Russia were upset that we grew too much,” Scott Sheffield said at the summit. “If we ever start growing again too much, we’re going to have another price war,” the shale executive added.
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Sheffield continues to believe — as he did earlier this year when Saudi Arabia surprised the market with an extra cut of 1 million bpd — that US oil production will not surge again because operators are very much aware of the consequences of soaring output and will continue to keep disciplined spending.

“If we grow another million barrels a day next year, we’re going to have another price war in my opinion going into ‘23,” Sheffield told the BloombergNEF summit.

One million bpd growth is basically the increase the EIA predicts for US crude oil production in 2022 compared to the average for Q2 2021. As per EIA’s latest estimates, US oil production is set to increase from an average 10.9 million bpd in the second quarter to nearly 11.4 million bpd by the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter next year, US oil production is expected to average above 12 million bpd — at 12.18 million bpd.
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Pioneer’s Sheffield, however, said he was “totally against” that forecast, noting that he believes US shale would maintain the pledges to not rush to boosting output.

Large listed producers promise restraint, and the market, and even OPEC+, believe restraint will indeed be the case for the US oil industry this year. However, $ 60 oil makes boosting production too tempting for the private operators, since higher production and cash flows help them grow and pay off debts, without Wall Street breathing down their necks whether they are spending within their means.

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Kimberly Godwin named president of ABC News, becoming 1st Black executive to run major US broadcast newsroom

Kimberly Godwin named president of ABC News, becoming 1st Black executive to run major US broadcast newsroom
NEW YORK — ABC News has named news veteran Kimberly Godwin as its new president, the first Black executive to run one of America’s major broadcast network newsrooms, Peter Rice, chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content, announced in a statement Wednesday.Godwin joins ABC News with 35 years of newsroom experience, most recently at CBS where she was second-in-command as executive vice president of news.

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” Godwin said in a statement. “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together.”Godwin will be taking over in May for James Goldston, who announced in January that he planned to step down after seven years as president.

At CBS, she helped developed and oversaw the CBS News Race & Culture Unit and CBS Village, a multiplatform franchise to highlight content about diverse groups. She was recognized in 2020 by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with the Ida B. Wells Award for her work in advocating for coverage of communities of color.

Before her career for network news, Godwin worked at local stations in top markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Cleveland.”Kim is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made her the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success,” Rice said.

The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of ABC News and this station.

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Citi executive joins Black business leaders in opposing Georgia voting law

Citi executive joins Black business leaders in opposing Georgia voting law

Two Citibank executives on Wednesday came out against Georgia’s recently passed voting bill, with one company official saying he was “appalled” by the law.

Chief Financial Officer Mark Mason and head of global public affairs Edward Skyler released statements on LinkedIn condemning the GOP-backed voting law.

“As an American, I am appalled by the recent voter suppression laws passed in the state of Georgia. I see it as a disgrace that our country’s efforts to keep Black Americans from engaging fully in our Constitutional right to vote continue to this day,” Mason, who is Black, wrote in a post[1].

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“I will join the efforts of many of my fellow Americans in working to ensure other states don’t follow this horrible example. Many heroes have dedicated their lives to fighting for our rights, and we cannot let this type of disenfranchisement go unchallenged.”

“The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Citi not only supports this fundamental right, we have taken steps to encourage our colleagues to vote, such as providing paid time-off for the 2020 election,” Skyler wrote in a statement. “We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the ability of Americans to avail themselves of this fundamental right.”

Mason said he would be lending his voice and support to the 72 Black business leaders[2] who signed a letter Wednesday calling on companies to fight similar voting bills advancing at the state level across the country.

“This impacts all Americans, but we also need to acknowledge the history of voting rights for African-Americans,” wrote former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, who led the public letter. “And as African-American executives in corporate America, what we were saying is we want corporate America to understand that, and we want them to work with us.”

On Wednesday, Ed Bastian, CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, released a statement calling the Georgia voting law “unacceptable.”[3] That move came on the heels of public backlash to a previous statement in which Bastian made comments seemingly in support of the new law.

The Georgia law limits ballot drop-box use and enacts new voter ID requirements. It has already been hit with three lawsuits. The most recent one, filed in federal court, alleges race-based discrimination.

References

  1. ^ post (www.linkedin.com)
  2. ^ 72 Black business leaders (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ calling the Georgia voting law “unacceptable.” (thehill.com)

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Officials say cyber executive order with dozen’s actions forthcoming

Top federal officials teased an upcoming executive order to improve federal cybersecurity in the wake of two major international hacking incidents. Meanwhile, Epic Games filed a complaint about Apple’s “monopolistic” aspects with a British watchdog group, and a top Facebook official announced his departure.

ORDER INCOMING: Officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday said that the Biden administration is working on “close to a dozen” action items to be included in an upcoming executive order meant to strengthen federal cybersecurity in the wake of two major breaches.

“We continue to work urgently to make the investments necessary, and the administration is working on close to a dozen actions for an upcoming executive order,” a senior DHS official told reporters during a phone call.

The comments were made as the Biden administration continues to grapple with the fallout from both the SolarWinds hack, which U.S. intelligence officials have assessed was “likely” carried out by Russian operatives, and from the newly discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server application that was initially exploited by a Chinese hacking group.

Anne Neuberger, President BidenOfficials say cyber executive order with dozen's actions forthcomingJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data Congress looks to rein in Biden’s war powers Democrats seize on voting rights; GOP cries foul MORE[6][7][8][9][10]’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, announced in February that at least nine federal agencies and 100 private sector companies had been compromised as part of the SolarWinds hack, first discovered in December. [5]

Neuberger also announced last month that an “executive action” was in the works as part of responding to the SolarWinds hack. Her comments were made prior to the discovery of the Microsoft vulnerabilities, which have hit thousands of organizations worldwide. [11]

Read more about the impending order here. [12]

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AN EPIC COMPLAINT: Epic Games on Tuesday filed a complaint about Apple to a British competition watchdog for their “monopolistic practices.”

The video game maker accuses Apple of anticompetitive behavior and establishing strict rules on app distribution and payments, which is a violation under British laws.

The watchdog is already probing the tech giant for its stranglehold on the app market.

By kneecapping the competition and exerting its monopoly power over app distribution and payments, Apple strips U.K. consumers of the right to choose how and where they get their apps, while locking developers into a single marketplace that lets Apple charge any commission rate they choose,” said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney in a statement.  [13]

Read more about the complaint[14]

FAREWELL TO FACEBOOK’S CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER:  Facebook Chief Revenue Officer David Fischer announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the company at the end of the year.

“I want to share the news that I’ve decided to leave Facebook toward the end of this year,” Fischer wrote on Facebook. “I expect to be at Facebook into the fall and will be focused on advancing our mission and ensuring a smooth transition.”[15]

Fischer’s job at Facebook was to oversee advertising business and the social media network’s worldwide sales organization, CNBC reported.[16]

Once Fischer leaves, Facebook is replacing the chief revenue officer position with a chief business officer position.

Read more here[17]

YOUTUBE UNDER FIRE: Staff members at YouTube have recently taken issue with the company’s refusal to remove a song that some of them find to be racist toward the Asian American community.

Employees called for the removal of rapper YG’s 2014 song “Meet the Flockers,” due to its inclusion of lyrics that detail a burglary and call for targeting of Chinese neighborhoods, according to Bloomberg.[18]

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Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have seen a recent surge in violence during the coronavirus pandemic, with a recent incident including a shooting rampage in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead, including six Asian women.

In light of the increased violence, some YouTube employees requested that the company’s Trust & Safety team, which is tasked with ensuring a safe community on the platform, remove the song. That request was later denied, Bloomberg reported.

Read more here[19]

Lighter click: The best addition for your home office [20]

An op-ed to chew on:  Copyright bots powered by a 1998 law threaten the public’s right to know[21]

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Fired, interrogated, disciplined: Amazon warehouse organizers allege year of retaliation (NBC / Olivia Solon and April Glaser)  [22]

America’s digital defender is underfunded, outmatched, and ‘exhausted’ (Politico / Eric Geller) [23]

U.S. Special Operations Command paid $ 500,000 to secretive location data firm (Vice Motherboard / Joseph Cox)[24]

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  2. ^ @magmill95 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ @chrisismills (twitter.com)
  4. ^ @rebeccaklar_ (twitter.com)
  5. ^ President Biden (thehill.com)
  6. ^ Joe Biden (thehill.com)
  7. ^ The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data (thehill.com)
  8. ^ Congress looks to rein in Biden’s war powers (thehill.com)
  9. ^ Democrats seize on voting rights; GOP cries foul (thehill.com)
  10. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  11. ^ announced last month (thehill.com)
  12. ^ Read more about the impending order here.  (thehill.com)
  13. ^ in a statement (www.epicgames.com)
  14. ^ Read more about the complaint (thehill.com)
  15. ^ wrote (www.facebook.com)
  16. ^ reported (www.cnbc.com)
  17. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  18. ^ according to Bloomberg. (www.bloomberg.com)
  19. ^ Read more here (thehill.com)
  20. ^ The best addition for your home office (twitter.com)
  21. ^ Copyright bots powered by a 1998 law threaten the public’s right to know (thehill.com)
  22. ^ allege year of retaliation (www.nbcnews.com)
  23. ^ ‘exhausted’ (www.politico.com)
  24. ^ paid $ 500,000 (www.vice.com)

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Welcome! Follow our cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@chrisismills) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage.[2][3][4]

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Former Google executive launches left-leaning tech coalition

Former Google executive launches left-leaning tech coalition

A former Google executive is launching a new tech coalition that brings together some of the nation’s top companies amid increased regulatory scrutiny in Washington.

Adam Kovacevich[1], Google’s former public policy head who most recently held a similar position at electric scooter company Lime, said the industry group called Chamber of Progress includes tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Uber, Grubhub, Lime, Doordash, Instacart, Waymo and Zillow.

“It’s pretty clear that the tech industry’s political honeymoon is over — and there are some big questions for policymakers about how do you make sure that all Americans benefit from high tech advancements and how do we make sure the tech industry operates fairly and responsibly,” Kovacevich told The Hill. “Another way of putting that is, will tech’s future be as progressive as its past? That’s the big question that our organization will be focused on.”

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Kovacevich described the industry coalition as “center-left.”

“What it means is that we care about progressive goals, and we’re not reflexively anti-business,” he said.

No partner companies have a seat on Chamber of Progress’s board of directors and they cannot vote on its policies, the coalition said in Monday’s announcement.

The group will advocate for public policies that fall under economic progress, social progress and consumer progress, Kovacevich said.

The launch comes as lawmakers take a closer look at regulating the biggest players in Silicon Valley. Tech giants are facing intense scrutiny from both sides of the aisle over their market power, as well as content moderation policies.

One hotly debated bipartisan issue is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides tech companies legal protections from content posted by third parties.

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Kovacevich said the Chamber of Progress will be defending Section 230, a 1996 law he says is “deeply misunderstood” by policymakers.

“It incentivizes platforms to moderate their platforms in a way that creates a healthier experience for their users,” he said.

The market power of top tech companies is also in the spotlight, with lawmakers considering whether to pursue further competition laws to address allegations of monopolies in the industry.

Kovacevich said his group will be “defenders” of “safe and secure win-win marketplaces online.”

“Almost every online service is a marketplace of some kind. You’ve got the company that runs the marketplace, you’ve got the sellers and participants in the marketplace, and then you’ve got consumers who the marketplace manager is trying to ultimately please,” he said. “So we’re going to be defenders of that kind of win-win aspect of marketplaces and that will probably be involved in competition policy, as well.”

In its first action, the Chamber of Progress called on Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation, and encouraged state legislatures to reject bills that would make it harder for people to vote.

“The reason why we wanted to do that was because in some ways the tech industry has been all about creating products that democratize commerce and information, but we also need a healthy participatory democracy underlying our economy,” Kovacevich said. “And so we felt the voting rights was a natural fit for an industry that’s been focused on democratizing goods and services.”

References

  1. ^ Adam Kovacevich (thehill.com)

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