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Ala Wai Watershed Restoration Project
The Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation has released a video overview of the Ala Wai Watershed Restoration Project to coincide with the return of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hawaii based canoe Hōkūle`a. Risk Mitigation Advisor Major General (Ret.) Darryll Wong, a Director of the Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation, is featured in the video.
For additional information about Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation and the Ala Wai Watershed Restoration Project, please visit http://www.ponoh2o.org.
For additional information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society, its work to preserve traditional Polynesian voyaging science, and the Hōkūle`a's three year worldwide voyage, please visit http://www.hokulea.com.
Extraordinary Service to the State and the Community
Major General (Ret.) Darryll Wong 2017 Recipient of The Kekumano Noblesse Oblige Award
This year, the coveted Kekumano Award given by Maryknoll School in Honolulu was given to Major General (Ret.) Darryll Wong, a Risk MItigation Foundation Advisor and the CEO of its affiliated, Disaster non-profit organization. The Award celebrates and perpetuates the spirit of service to others and giving back to the community in fulfillment of Maryknoll's motto of Noblesse Oblige – to whom much is given, much is expected.
The"Sallyport Global" Scandal
Logistics gone haywire: Fraud, Sex trafficking, Overbilling, Theft, Project & Contractor Mismanagement
The latest stumble in efficient project execution and waste management is the "Sallyport Global" scandal in Iraq, echoing the prior "Fat Leonard" scandal and the myriad calls for more efficient, holistic, and collaborative compliance review and risk assessment by the Special Inspectors General for Afghanistan and for Iraq.
The Moraa Educational Complex
Afghanistan's Pioneer in Muslim Women's Education
Dr. Azizzulah Amir is a Risk Mitigation Advisor and a cardiologist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Last year, Amir opened the first, the largest, and the most unique educational complex of its kind for women in the history of Afghanistan, the Moraa Educational Complex (MEC).
"One of the main causes of the long lasting conflict and violence in Afghanistan is lack of education and specifically lack of education for women. Women have long been marginalized and deprived from access to education. Children of educated mothers are very less likely to join terrorist organizations and destroy their own country." - Aziz Amir
The Moraa Educational Complex (MEC), located in 42,000 square meter area in Kabul, includes a well-equipped modern nursery, kindergarten, high school, midwifery school (midwifery, nursing, medical technology, anesthesia, radiology, pharmacy, dentistry, physiotherapy), university (medicine, computer science, BBA and education), a multi-specialty hospital (to be built) and a dormitory having capacity of 960 students (female only).
This video is of the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony opening of MEC attended by Her Excellency the First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani along with the Ministers of Education and Higher Education. Aziz is in a dark suit and tie to the left of the First Lady (in green with sunglasses).
Kerry Gershaneck, was asked about his expert perspective on Thailand's "coup" in this television broadcast.
Prof. Kerry Gershaneck, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Risk Mitigation Hub of the Alliance, is also The Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, and a Senior Research Associate at the Thammasat University Faculty of Law 'German Southeast Asia Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance' in Bangkok. Kerry is the the single foreign professor/instructor at Thailand's West Point equivalent (Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy).
Prof. Gershaneck is also a Senior Associate at Pacific Forum CSIS.
China's Culture & Organized Crime
Corruption that is Endemic and Systemic
A conversation between former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Hawaii & the Asia Pacific Region, Charles Goodwin, "3rd Rail" CEO Grant Newsham, and David Day, the Risk Mitigation Foundation Chairman.
The topic is China, the Bo Xilai trial, and whether China is serious about moving against corruption.
The Silver Lining
The opportunity to deepen friendships, alliances and trust as a consequence of a successful HADR undertaking.
Interesting comments on the change in perception by Japanese public opinion following the successful Operation Tomadachi in Japan.
A unusual televised conversation between Shizuoka Prefecture's Governor Heita Kawakatsu and the Risk Mitigation Foundation's Chairman, David Day.
The Human Hacking Side of Cybersecurity
The "social engineering " piece
Amin Leiman is on the Board of Advisors of the Risk Mitigation Foundation. He is a cybersecurity expert with nuclear powerplant expertise and joins David Day in this conversation on how hackers use physical espionage through social interaction to enhance their digital breach capabilities.
Loss of Critical Infrastructure: Disaster Repair/Community Standup
An unusual conversation between Gov. Heita Kawakatsu (Shizuoka Prefecture - Japan) and Risk Mitigation's Chairman, David Day, on mitigation efforts following the loss of nuclear powerplants. This mitigation effort was necessitated by the loss in nuclear powerplants in the wake of the Great Tohoku earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Other Roles of the Yakuza in Japanese Society
They may not be what you think
Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Hawaii & the Asia Pacific Region, Charles Goodwin, joins "3rd Rail" CEO Grant Newsham and David Day, the Risk Mitigation Foundation Chairman, for this conversation.
The discussion focuses on the role of the Yakuza in Japanese society and covers such interesting topics as the Yakuza involvement in dispute resolution and its role as a venture capitalist in Japan.
The "3rd Rail"
Often Overlooked and Typically Misunderstood
Grant Newsham, the CEO of The "3rd Rail" organization of the Risk Mitigation group and David Day sit down together for an extensive discussion on the concept of the "3rd Rail" in Risk Mitigation in a television broadcast.
Corruption in China: Another Execution
Risk Mitigation Chairman David Day is interviewed about the execution of an influential member of the Judiciary in Chongqing, China on charges of corruption and rape.