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The recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands has been hit with a major setback that could ripple through all aspects of the territory, following an announcement from U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson that H.U.D. has decided to delay billions of dollars in funding to the U.S. territories based on alleged corruption in Puerto Rico.

To put the announcement in perspective, during the Mapp administration, H.U.D. had approved a total of $1.8 billion in funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands, monies to be used for everything from new housing communities, infrastructure resiliency, and road projects. Some $8 billion was approved for Puerto Rico.

Now, the funds are essentially on hold, with a senior H.U.D. official telling U.S. media reporters on Friday that H.U.D. had concerns about “past mismanagement of funds” being heightened by “unrest in Puerto Rico.”

“Right now, because of the government instability, we have serious concerns and we want to make sure that we are pumping the brakes and that we’re being prudent and that the money is being spent properly,” the official said. “We’re looking for ways to even put our current monitoring process on steroids to make sure that the money goes to the people of Puerto Rico and doesn’t get wasted.”

Funds for the U.S. Virgin Islands are delayed with Puerto Rico’s share, the official said. Guidelines for the territories will be worked out “sometime in the near future”; HUD did not offer further timeline details, according to CNN.

In July, a federal grand jury returned a 32-count indictment in a wide-ranging government corruption scandal that resulted in the arrest of two former senior officials of the Ricardo Rosselló administration, the former Puerto Rico governor who resigned Friday.

According to the federal indictment, the former secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Education, Julia Keleher; the former director of the Health Insurance Administration, Ángela Ávila; the president of accounting and auditing firm BDO Puerto Rico/USVI, Fernando Scherrer, and subcontractor Alberto Velázquez Piñol were arrested by federal officials as part of the indictment. The indictment says the former officials illegally directed federal funding to politically connected contractors.

The only known connection the USVI has had with the corruption scandal that rocked Puerto Rico is that Mr. Scherrer, the BDO Puerto Rico/USVI president, also headed the USVI BDO operation, with John Engerman being Mr. Scherrer’s immediate subordinate.

Even so, the corruption scandal in Puerto Rico in which BDO was implicated, made for bad optics in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Engerman is a confidant and close friend of Governor Albert Bryan. He led Mr. Bryan’s campaign as manager during the primary and general elections. Likewise, Mr. Scherrer had connections in the Ricardo Rosselló administration, which allegedly allowed him to secure deals in PR. The fact that BDO Puerto Rico/USVI has been awarded millions of dollars in contracts in the U.S. Virgin Islands could easily lead people to believe that Mr. Engerman’s relationship played a role in securing the deals — even though the company under Mr. Engerman’s leadership had been securing government contracts before Mr. Bryan’s tenure.

Following the indictment, questions lingered about the legality of BDO PR/USVI’s operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as Mr. Scherrer, who registered as a CPA in the territory as part of the process to get the company up and running here, is no longer at the firm.

In a release issued in February, BDO Puerto Rico/USVI said it would “operate within the Public Finance Authority’s (PFA) newly established Office of Disaster Recovery, which will provide strategic oversight for the expected $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds allotted to the USVI.” BDO Puerto Rico/USVI makes a bulk of its money in the territory by securing millions of dollars in federal contracts from Witt O’Brien, which was hired by the Government of the Virgin Islands to ascertain that the federal dollars are spent effectively and wisely.

Puerto Rico was slated to receive about half of the $16 billion H.U.D. has to distribute to states and territories hit by natural disasters since 2015, according to CNN. The funding is intended for major projects to make infrastructure more resilient, rather than immediate rebuilding needs. To receive the funding, local governments must submit grant requests to H.U.D. for review.

Puerto Rico Housing Secretary Fernando Gil Enseñat told CNN in a statement that his department “has not been involved or implicated in any of the alleged corruption or fiscal irregularities, and in fact has been recognized by H.U.D. staff for commitment to fiscal controls, management, and risk mitigation.”

Mr. Engerman told The Consortium in July that he would buyout the Virgin Islands arm of BDO PR/USVI. Once the process is complete, Mr. Engerman said he would then change the name BDO VI to something entirely different in an effort to untie the company from the PR scandal.

Yet even with that effort, if successful, Mr. Engerman would have to deal with a slew on consequential challenges. For example, part of the BDO appeal is the “world-class resources” available to its clients. The About Us page says, “BDO in Puerto Rico/USVI is a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth largest accounting and consulting network.” Untying the USVI operations from BDO and essentially forming a new company, which Mr. Engerman said he will wholly own, could lead to a halt in the company’s operations — and even a nullification of current contracts. It is expected that firms that are approved for major, multi-million federal contracts go through a rigorous process before approval.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: 10 Keys To Self-Motivation

We all know proactive, constructive and dynamic professionals as well as those who are passive, ineffectual and chronic complainers. What determines whether you yourself fit in the former or latter group?

While external factors can have an impact on our motivation levels at work, the attitude we bring each day is self-determined. Attitude explains how someone who lost multiple elections might become president of the United States or someone fired from his own company might then become a business icon.

A paper by IESE lecturer and consultant, Pablo Maella, recommends 10 behaviors and attitudes to increase both your personal welfare and professional effectiveness.

1. Accept reality and others as they are. Self-motivation begins with having realistic and appropriate expectations of work and of those around you. Instead of demanding that circumstances conform to your wishes, accept them as they are and, from that point, find room for improvement.

2. Know yourself and accept that you have strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes we seem to think that making a mistake is intolerable in a good professional, that it leads to disaster. But if we don’t come to terms with our own fallibility, we end up piling on frustration and missing out on opportunities for improvement. Being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses allows you to be more effective and may save you from a downward spiral of low self-esteem. Acknowledge your mistakes, but also appreciate your successes.

3. Don’t complain. Imagine you own a fast-food franchise and a bad batch of meat is discovered in another location of the same chain. You’ve done nothing wrong, but your business will be affected. In this situation, a franchise owner could either complain about the stroke of bad luck or be proactive and establish concrete measures to minimize the negative impact of the news. Complaining solves nothing while focusing our attention on that which we can’t control.

4. Appreciate what you have and be grateful. “Psychological hedonism” is a mental mechanism by which we accustom ourselves with astonishing ease to the progress of our work and then no longer appreciate this progress. We must make a pointed effort to pay attention to the positive, to what is working well. When we emphasize what we lack rather than what we have, we can end up discouraged.

5. Bring a positive attitude to your task. A business study showed that positive, optimistic salespeople billed 90 percent more than those saddled with negativity. And that is because the attitude with which we handle a situation or task influences the final result. In other words, if you go to a party thinking it will be boring, you probably won’t have much fun, as your initial attitude will make it more difficult. Now, don’t confuse positivity with naiveté or a lack of realism.

6. Set relevant goals and challenges. According to the goal-setting theory of Edwin Locke, we are motivated when we perceive that our goals can be achieved and will involve considerable effort. Also, we are more motivated by more relevant goals. Therefore, important goals — goals that provide something of value to others — are more inspiring than an intrinsic objective (e.g., professional development) or extrinsic one (e.g., a raise or promotion).

7. Imbue what you do with meaning. Given the same task, one worker may just carry stones while another helps build a building. Going to work each morning to get paid is not the same as going to serve the community and develop personally. It’s about finding important motives for doing what we do and giving our best to the task. A full life is not dependent on our occupation, but our ability make our actions matter.

8. Be proactive. When we take decisive action at work, rather than sit back as spectators, we take on more ownership and feel more motivated.

9. Raise hopes and rely on responsibility. The key to motivation is not so much doing just what we like, but instead pouring the most enthusiasm into what we have to do. And when enthusiasm fades, take responsibility to carry on.

10. Be persistent and persevere. If we give up when faced with obstacles, we head into a negative feedback loop being discouraged, with sapped enthusiasm, making us less likely to achieve our goals. Trying to overcome obstacles is, in itself, a motivating force. Determination and perseverance in tough times are the way to rekindle motivation.

Lacking determination or perseverance, Abraham Lincoln would not have run for the U.S. presidency after his earlier election defeats. And Steve Jobs would not have gotten over his dismissal from Apple in 1985 to return a few years later and turn the company into the ubiquitous success it is today.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Russia Now Split Into Three Parts Only One Of Which Moscow Reliably Controls – OpEd

The disintegration of Russia is proceeding rapidly, US-based Russian commentator Aleksandr Nemets says, with China in effective control of much of the area beyond Lake Baikal, Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov much of the North Caucasus, and Moscow reliably in charge of the remainder (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5D3F4508C4C01).

In a provocative Kasparov commentary, he says that China is already in effective control of much of the eastern portion of Russia, “including Primorsky Kray, Khabarovsky Kray (to the south of the Uda Rivere) Amur Oblast, Chita Oblast (now Trans-Baikal Kray), Buryatia, the southern part of Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Kray.

And Nemets argues that what he calls “the Kadyrov empire” is in control not only of Chechnya but also of certain portions of Ingushetia and Daghestan. Because of the expansion of China given Russia’s growing infrastructure problems, Moscow has been forced to ally itself with Beijing; and it has farmed out control of the Caucasus to Kadyrov.

The US-based Russian commentator says that “the disintegration of the Russian Federation has advanced quite far and become irreversible. I repeat, this is the situation in July 2019. There is no doubt that the disintegration of Russia will develop further and possibly take quite ugly forms.”

That China has made inroads in the Russian Far East in part because of the decay of Russian infrastructure there is beyond question, although calling it an occupation or the already accomplished disintegration of Russia overstates things as they now are. And Kadyrov’s role in the North Caucasus while growing in many ways reflects Moscow’s own desires.

(In an equally provocative way, Israeli analyst Avraam Shmulyeivhc argues that Moscow views Kadyrov’s “Chechen totalitarianism” not as a rival but rather as a model for Russia (youtube.com/watch?v=LXYlnlpnQsw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2ssMIxqz4mzblsiFack-7O18Sb_fkmUTVDkAAlAwpfZR8HxYvhxRF_UE0).)

But Nemets is right to point to infrastructure decay as a clear threat to Moscow’s rule of much of the country.  Its roads, rail lines, and air routes not only are inadequate to handle existing levels of interaction between the center and the periphery but open the way for outsiders to play a role that a country as hypercentralized as Russsia will view as threatening.

An example of the inability of Russian infrastructure to cope came this week: China has reached an agreement with Omsk Oblast, deep in the middle of Siberia, to ship grain produced there on Chinese ships via the Ob River and the Northern Sea Route to Asian markets (omskportal.ru/ru/government/News/2019/07/29/1564396003985.html and thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2019/07/ships-sail-down-great-siberian-river-deliver-shipments-grain-japan-arctic-route).

That doesn’t mean that Omsk Oblast should be added to the list of “China controlled” regions of Russia that Nemets offers. It does mean, however, that regions within the Russian Federation, including those far from the periphery, may develop new relations with the center because of the center’s failure to take care of infrastructure linking them together.

And that in turn will promote fissiparous tendencies in at least some of them even if it doesn’t mark the beginning of the end of the Russian Federation anytime soon. 

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The Global Security News: 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: Politicians grieve for El Paso victims, with Democrats decrying GOP inaction on gun laws

Leaders took to cable television and Twitter, with reactions to the mass shooting at a Texas Walmart and shopping mall falling along party lines. Politics 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites)

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: US State Department Details New Skripal-Related Sanctions On Russia

(RFE/RL) — The U.S. State Department has detailed new sanctions imposed on Russia for its alleged involvement in the March 2018 near-fatal nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain.

“Pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act), the United States is announcing a second round of sanctions on Russia for its use of a ‘novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2018,” the State Department said in a statement on August 3.

“This act endangered thousands of lives in Salisbury and Amesbury, and caused the hospitalization of the Skripals, a British police officer, and two civilians, one of whom subsequently died from her exposure,” it added.

The measures will take effect following a 15-day congressional notification period and remain in place for a minimum of 12 months, the State Department said.

The statement came a few hours after President Donald Trump said Washington was imposing new sanctions on Russia, a move Moscow called “regrettable” and said would damage bilateral ties.

Trump signed an executive order on August 1 imposing the second set of sanctions against Moscow as mandated under CBW after Russia’s involvement in the use of the nerve agent novichok in the attack was determined.

The British foreign minister, Dominic Raab, said his government welcomed the U.S. move to increase the pressure “in response to Russia’s use of a deadly nerve agent in Salisbury.”

“Continued global response shows we will not stand & watch these horrific weapons be used without consequences,” he wrote.

The State Department said the sanctions will include “U.S. opposition to the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance to Russia by international financial institutions, such as the World Bank or International Monetary Fund.”

Also “a prohibition on U.S. banks from participating in the primary market for non-ruble denominated Russian sovereign debt and lending non-ruble denominated funds to the Russian government.”

And, “the addition of export licensing restrictions on Department of Commerce-controlled goods and technology.”

Economists said the new sanctions won’t have much of an impact as Russia has foreign currency and gold reserves exceeding $500 billion, precluding the need for borrowing.

“The sanctions themselves are relatively lenient and may prove the lesser of evils if they serve to prevent harsher sanctions against Russian sovereign debt, etc., that U.S. senators are trying to push through Congress,” Moscow-based Alfa Bank said in a statement.

The State Department determined in August 2018 that Russia violated the 1991 CBW Act in the Skripal case, and imposed a first round of sanctions targeting foreign aid, the sale of defense and security goods, and U.S. government loans for exports to Russia.

The same 1991 law requires the president to impose a second round of sanctions if he cannot determine whether the country in question has stopped using chemical weapons within three months.

Moscow strongly denies it was behind the poisoning, which has worsened already severely strained ties between Russia and the West.

The Skripal poisoning lead to additional U.S. and European Union sanctions on Moscow and to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions of Russian and Western officials.

Trump had stalled on implementing the restrictive measures and has refrained in general from publicly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The two spoke by phone on July 31 and discussed the widespread forest fires in Russia and bilateral trade relations.

Trump signed the executive order after a bipartisan letter sent to the White House earlier this week by leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged him to take action.

The letter said that “well over a year has passed since the [Skripal] attack,” yet the “CBW Act mandated the second round of sanctions to be imposed within three months…Therefore we urge you to take immediate action to hold Russia accountable for its blatant use of a chemical weapon in Europe.”

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Puerto Rico News: Tipeja “Douglas Leff”, get the fuck out of Puerto Rico! Mamabicho “Douglas Leff”, get the fuck out of Puerto Rico! Und how about that?!


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