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The Big Apple is Off Limits, Thanks to Sicilian Mafia

Press Release | Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:35am EST

Giovanni Gambino Warns ISIS: The Big Apple is Off Limits, Thanks to Sicilian Mafia

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Giovanni Gambino Warns ISIS: The Big Apple is Off Limits, Thanks to Sicilian Mafia

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In an interview with NBC News, Giovanni Gambino, son of a key figure in the Gambino crime syndicate, describes the historical reality that led to the birth of the Sicilian Mafia – and how its modern elements are at work today protecting New York City neighborhoods from Middle Eastern terrorists. In the wake of the heinous attacks in Paris, that protection is more important than ever.

“The Mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved,” says Gambino. “As with everything in life, there are good, bad and ugly parts – the rise of global terrorism gives the Mafia a chance to show its good side.”

Gambino says that ISIS fears the Sicilian Mafia, therefore no underground cells have taken root in Sicily, and the island has not suffered any terrorist incidents. He believes that same kind of grassroots protection is in force in New York today.

The FBI and Homeland Security are limited in what they can do, according to Gambino. They often act too late, or fail to see a complete picture of what’s happening due to a lack of “human intelligence” – the knowledge of individual movements and actions that even the best technology can’t always capture. The Mafia and its allies, however, are connected to neighborhoods in a meaningful way. Wherever the Sicilian influence is strong in New York, ISIS interlopers simply won’t be able to set up shop.

“The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighborhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe,” he adds. “We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organization that calls itself the Islamic State.”

About Giovanni Gambino

Giovanni Gambino was born in the province of Palermo in Sicily. He grew up in Torretta, located in a mountainous area overlooking Palermo. He is the youngest in a family that included four sisters and a brother. His family moved to the neighborhood known as Bensonhurst in southwest Brooklyn in 1988. Over the years, Giovanni has developed a passion for writing, including screenwriting. Giovanni has fostered relationships with major movie producers, and he is on his way to building a highly respected career in Hollywood.

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Giovanni Gambino was born in the province of Palermo in Sicily.

 

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Source: Will County News

FBI Advises Orland Park Police About Name on ISIS ‘Hit List’

FBI Advises Orland Park Police About Name on ISIS ‘Hit List’

Islamic State hackers targeted 100 service members whose information was widely available on the Internet.
FBI Advises Orland Park Police About Name on ISIS 'Hit List'

The ISIS threat touches close to home as Orland Park police have been contacted by the FBI regarding a U.S. airman whose name appears on an Islamic State “hit list” posted online.

Police Chief Tim McCarthy confirmed the FBI’s outreach for the Chicago Tribune Tuesday morning.

“Beyond that, and in the security interest of the service member and family, we are not confirming anything else about this matter or any security measures that may be taken,” McCarthy said.

A group calling itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division” boasted recently that its hackers had breached Defense Department databases to cull information about 100 U.S. military members. The hackers group said the information was posted online to encourage Muslims in the United States to attack and kill members of the military.

“We have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you,” the ISIS hackers wrote on a website.

Reports the Daily Beast:

As it turns out, the group didn’t need to hack the Pentagon. At least two-thirds of the troops on the ISIS “hit list” had been featured on public Defense Department websites designed to promote the military, The Daily Beast has learned.

Many service members were quoted or photographed in promotional stories talking about their work, often in the Middle East. Others were featured in news videos or in holiday messages to their families. Some were photographed after they returned home from long missions. Others were spokespeople or official photographers for the U.S. military. …

At least 60 of the troops listed were featured on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDs), a website created shortly after the 9/11 attacks to promote the U.S. military’s defense efforts to the public. The site is updated daily with videos, photos, and news articles, all produced by Defense Department personnel. At least six other service members were quoted in promotional stories on the U.S. Navy’s official site,navy.mil, or the Air Force’s af.mil.

The Defense Department is advising service members and families to review their social media information and remove anything that may compromise their security.

Source: Will County News

District 33C’s after-school enrichment program has a new name and expanded focus.

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 19, 2015

 

Homer 33C “STEAMs” ahead with Explorers

 

Homer School District 33C’s after-school enrichment program has a new name and expanded focus.

 

EXPLORERS, which has been challenging Homer 33C students to delve further into math, science and art with after-school activities for 13 years, will now include technology and engineering in the mix — reflecting the district’s new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative.

 

“Every year, we have adapted and changed,” said EXPLORERS program Coordinator Karen Norville. “This year, we’ve aligned our workshops and logo to reflect the district’s STEAM program.”

 

STEAM AHEAD WITH EXPLORERS offers unique learning experiences to help Homer 33C students become Future Ready Students for the 2st Century.

 

“We offer intense, kinesthetic learning in small class sizes,” said Norville. “Each workshop is taught by professionals in their field.”

 

Science workshops have included lessons in matter, physics and nuclear science.

Technology lessons have explored ecobots, bits and binary and JavaScript.

Engineering workshops have challenged students to build bridges and ecobots.

Art workshops have exposed students to the Fine Arts of watercolors and pastels as well as the English and Language Arts of Shakespeare and storytelling through comics.

 Math workshops have included learning experiences in fractions, geometry and polydrons.

 

Students pay a nominal fee (about $20) to participate in each after-school workshop. The participation fee covers the cost of the presenter’s fee as well as the teacher/monitor, said Norville.

 

“The program has been very well received,” she added.

 

The after-school enrichment program was launched in 2002 when the district’s gifted program was temporarily discontinued (due to budget constraints). But even after the district was able to bring back its gifted program, the EXPLORERS program continued because it had become so popular with students and their parents, said Norville.

 

“It has been running beautifully,” agreed Superintendent Kara Coglianese, “and complements our Preparing Future Ready Students initiative perfectly.”

 

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Source: Will County News

Laptop conversion to save Homer 33C taxpayers more than $100,000

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 19, 2015

 

Laptop conversion to save Homer 33C taxpayers more than $100,000

 

In an ongoing effort to save money and be good financial stewards, Homer School District 33C has found another way to save taxpayer dollars.

 

Arlene Siefert, the district’s Director of Technology, reported at the Nov. 17 school board meeting that her team has found a way to convert 500 aging laptops to Chromebooks using CloudReady.

 

The conversion will not only make it faster and easier for students to access information but save the district more than $100,000 by not having to replace antiquated equipment.

 

“We were challenged to find innovative ways to meet student needs while saving the district money,” said Siefert. “Through research, we found CloudReady.”

 

CloudReady is a full operating system (OS) that makes computers function like Chromebooks. It runs one thing — a browser — keeping machines fast and responsive.

 

Siefert estimates it will cost $23,500 to convert 500 laptops. Had the district gone out and purchased 500 new Chromebooks, it would have cost $125,000.

 

Students use the Chromebooks for everything from research and note-taking to quizzes and group engaged projects.

 

The district plans to convert 300 laptops immediately, enabling students to use them for PARCC testing in the spring.

 

The remaining 200 laptops will be converted to Chromebooks in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Will County News