United States Steel Corporation To Kick Off Annual United Way Campaign With Public Party

Mistakes happen, but inflating the rate of terrorist convictions by more than a quarter seems pretty fishy. Math isnt that hard. It doesnt take a conspiracy theorist to wonder whether the exaggeration is intentional to help fuel the fear of terrorism . The government has used this fear to push some unpopular agendas; making terrorism real might require convincing people that there are more potential terrorists around than is actually the case. That, or perhaps the focus is on embellishing Americas success in the war on terror. While spending countless billions in taxpayer dollars, establishing an elaborate international spy program and foregoing a slew of other civil liberties in the name of national security, American citizens want to know that these sacrifices are necessary and worthwhile. What better way to justify these costs than to exaggerate the number of terrorist convictions the United States is securing? Certainly, it wouldnt be the first time government agencies were caught playing fast and loose with terrorist data. When information on the NSAs surveillance program first leaked, authorities insisted that the information collected disrupted over 50 terrorist plots. Subsequently, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee acknowledged that that justification was patently untrue . For what its worth, this years review isnt the first time terrorist conviction statistics have been audited. In 2007, auditors discovered that reported figures were also egregiously incorrect. In the previous audit , not only was the EOUSA discovered to be misrepresenting 100% of the terrorist-related statistics it released, the FBI similarly overstated the severity of terrorist threats in 80% of the figures it delivered to the media.

STEEL / UNITED WAY PARTY ON THE PLAZA WHERE: U. S. STEEL TOWER PLAZA (RAIN LOCATION: U. S. STEEL TOWER UPPER LOBBY) 600 GRANT STREET WHEN:FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013, 11:00 A.M. 3:00 P.M. CONTACT:SARAH CASSELLA, 412-496-7523 (CELLULAR) United States Steel Corporation will kick off its Pittsburgh-area 2013 United Way employee campaign by hosting its annual Party on the Plaza event Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the plaza outside of the U. S. Steel Tower. The event, which is in its twentieth year and is open to the public, is the largest one-day fundraising event for the United Way of Allegheny County. “This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Party on the Plaza, a company tradition that we are proud to host each year,” said Sharon Owen, vice president Supply Chain & Customer Service for U. S. Steel and chairwoman of the company’s 2013 United Way campaign. “This is a great opportunity for our employees to help strengthen the communities where they live and work.” Games, raffles and a large, prize-filled silent auction are just some of the activities available to Partygoers. All proceeds from the day’s events benefit the United Way of Allegheny County.

Atamira Dance Company breaks into United States market

The three-week tour came about as a result of showcasing their work to overseas presenters as part of Creative New Zealands international programme. During July and August the company showcased their popular short works programme KAHA throughout Maui and Honolulu in Hawaii, San Francisco, and Massachusetts, with eight performances to more than 2,500 people and more than 20 teaching workshops. Atamira is the first Maori contemporary dance company invited to perform at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Western Massachusetts. Other tour highlights include performing at the Louis Vuitton stage at the America’s Cup Village in San Francisco including a send-off Haka for Team New Zealand; at the Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Honolulu); and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Creative New Zealand helped fund Atamiras United States debut through its International Presentation Fund, which supports touring of high quality New Zealand work. “We are proud to support New Zealand touring companies like Atamira,” says Cath Cardiff, Creative New Zealands Senior Manager Arts Policy, Capability and International. “Our international initiatives are about promoting the talent and unique contribution of our countrys artists to the rest of the world. We hope this opportunity has been a platform for Atamira to build relationships and audiences in the United States in the future.” For Atamira, the experience was as much an opportunity for cultural exchange and sharing as it was a tour of the company’s work. “It was an amazing time for us as a team to come together strongly and present our unique choreographic work in the United States,” says Atamiras Artistic Director Moss Patterson. “Being cultural ambassadors for our country was a great honour, and we hope the positive connections we established with presenters and new audiences will serve us well for future tours of the USA.” Atamira plans to tour the United States again with a full-length work in 2014/2015. Hot off the heels of their United States debut, Atamira will next perform at the Nelson Arts Festival on 17th October, and will return to Auckland for a Tempo season at Q Theatre 18-19th October. Atamira has also been successful in its bid for further funding through Creative New Zealands Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) programme for 2014/15, which they can use to develop more of the compelling and high quality Maori contemporary dance theatre that they are known for.