Technology, analytics, data, life – start from the beginning

first_imgTechnology, analytics, data, life – start from the beginningShared from Change-effect on 25 Apr 2016 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article I’ve just got back from the HRTechFest in Washington. Last time I went to one of these, I wrote this about Technology being HR’s biggest asset. I still think it is – so take a look.Read full article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

Brand clinic:

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand specialist pi global, gives us the second tranche in a regular series on how to avoid the pitfalls of brand-buildingBake a loaf, put in a brown paper bag and sell it. What you’ve just sold is a loaf of bread a product. It’s just bread, no matter how delicious. Put it in a bag that has the words ’Shepherd’s Bakery Established 1898 Purveyors of Fine Baked Goods’, however, and all of a sudden you have the genesis of something that transcends the mere functionality of a product and starts talking to consumers on a different level. A product is a function. A brand is an emotion.What do you think of when you think of Hovis? Do you just think brown bread? Or are images conjured up in your mind? Do you hear music, for example? A brand appeals to the heart as well as the head. It needs to be communicated appropriately and consistently to the consumer, who needs to learn what ’it’ is, what ’it’ stands for and why ’it’ is different.In the early days of Apple, advertising agency TBWA recognised the importance of clearly differentiating this brand from the plethora of other computers. So they didn’t talk about computers they talked about ’thinking different’. Apple’s success has been largely due to the fact that it concentrates on the desirability of its brand. The technology is there only to make the consumer experience as simple yet engaging as possible. It may be brilliant but it’s almost invisible, hidden by a beautifully crafted brand personality.’A soft drink with vegetable extracts’ recognise it? How about ’The real thing’? They are both Coke only the former is the functional product descriptor, the latter is what consumers actually buy and love.Brand personalities need to be built on truths: what is it about this company, these products, this provenance that we can leverage in the creation of a distinctive and motivating brand? Everything the brand does should stem from, and relate to, this perso-nality, from R&D right through to how the consumer uses it. If it doesn’t, it becomes blurred and the resulting mess is usually extremely expensive to repair.Building and maintaining the salience of a brand is crucial to its long-term success.l Next month: visual brand identification.last_img read more

Speech: Government funding for cleaner buses

first_imgBus and Coach Minister Nusrat Ghani speaking at the UK Bus Summit.Importance of industryI’m a huge advocate for buses.Catering for over 5 billion passenger journeys a year.That’s two thirds of all public transport trips.Buses are the most effective and affordable way to keep busy towns and cities moving.And we’re very fortunate to have such excellent coach services in this country too.Providing a comfortable, reliable and great value alternative to long distance train and car travel.Put simply, this industry is indispensable.No other form of public transport offers anything like the benefits that you offer.Whether it’s capacity, geographical coverage, ease of use, cost, efficiency – I could go on.For me most importantly, buses provide a unique answer to most of the local transport challenges that we face.Yet so fundamental are they to British life that they’re often taken for granted.That’s something that I want to change, with your support.I want to champion buses and coaches.To shout about the benefits of bus travel.How they bind our towns and cities together.How they provide essential links for rural communities, such as the one I represent in Wealden, East Sussex.And how they’ll become even more vital in years to come.Congestion and air pollutionOf course, one of the biggest obstacles to growth is road congestion.And that’s nothing new.Buses have been hampered by congestion since the days of the horse-drawn omnibus.But I want to use the Bus Services Act as a way of encouraging authorities and bus companies to make services more attractive, and create a shift away from car use.I know it’s a big challenge.But road transport is going to be revolutionised over the next 3 decades.New vehicle technologies.New infrastructure.The phasing out of fossil fuels.And digital communications transforming the way passengers plan and use transport….All of which provide an unprecedented opportunity for buses.We have to hammer home our message:That rather than contributing to the problem of nose-to-tail traffic and harmful pollution.Buses and coaches are a part of the solution.You’ll certainly have the government’s support.We have already committed £3.5 billion for measures to improve air quality.Last year we published plans to tackle traffic pollution, and announced a £220 million Clean Air Fund in the Budget.Later this year we’ll be unveiling our Clean Air Strategy.And hosting an international zero-emission vehicle summit.The opportunity here is to position the bus industry as a leader in environmentally friendly transport.As a catalyst for greener, smarter travel.And as the most practical answer to the long term mobility needs of our towns and cities.Low emission busesBritain is already a pioneer in low carbon buses.And the industry can be proud of what it’s achieved in recent years.We’ve got great companies like ADL, Wrightbus and Optare manufacturing green buses.We have almost 6,000 low carbon buses in service.The highest number of electric buses in Europe.And we also have the largest hybrid fleet of over 3,000 vehicles.And in 2015, our Low Emission Bus Scheme helped put more 300 green buses on roads across Britain.And that was followed in November 2016 with a further £100 million investment.We welcome further interest and participation in these schemes.The sooner we get more low emission buses on the road, the faster we’ll reap the benefits.So today I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be awarding nearly £40 million of that funding to 20 local authorities as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund.This will be used to retrofit buses with technology to reduce tailpipe emissions of nitrogen dioxide.Originally we invited authorities to apply for a funding total of £30 million now and £10 million in 2 years’ time.But we received a large number of strong applications for this round.And we wanted to start realising the air quality benefits as quickly as possible.So we’ve made the full amount – just under £40 million – available now to fund two-year projects.It will enable older vehicles to meet the minimum standards in the Clean Air Zone Framework, particularly in areas exceeding statutory limits.And I am going to announce the successful bidders:West Yorkshire.Bristol and Bath.Gateshead.Leeds City.Transport for West Midlands.Leicester City.Oxford City.Coventry.Nottinghamshire.Transport for Greater Manchester.North Tyneside.Nottingham City.Transport for London.Sheffield City.Sefton MBC Air Quality.Southampton City.Derby.Essex.South Tyneside.And finally, Newcastle City.I’m grateful to all the bus companies who had a hand in the applications.Ultimately, we see dedicated ultra low emission buses as the long-term answer – but retrofitting offers a very attractive alternative for now.Not all local authorities were successful with their bids.But there will be further opportunities for councils to receive money for retrofitting through the Clean Air Fund.As local authorities prepare to set out their initial plans for reducing nitrogen dioxide concentrations by the end of March, retrofitting technology will help ensure that more buses help clean up the air in our cities.And as we look to the future, technology will give us other opportunities to improve the efficiency of buses.For example, if we know how much passenger demand there is for a particular route or service, we can look at providing the appropriate size of vehicle for the job…..Not just cutting the number of empty seats.But cutting costs and emissions too.Bus Services ActI’ve already mentioned the Bus Services Act, and how it’s designed to make bus services more attractive to the travelling public.That’s something I will be focusing on in the months ahead.New enhanced partnership powers will enable local authorities and bus operators to work together to improve services.And new franchising powers, replacing the existing Quality Contract Scheme, will also improve the management of buses in the regions where they apply.I’m keen to see the open data provisions in the act benefit passengers too.One of the existing barriers to passenger growth is that it can be difficult to obtain information on bus fares, routes or times.Where the information does exist – on the web, for example – it can be inconsistently presented, or be buried in unwieldy and hard-to-decipher timetables.But by making data open and accessible, software firms can create apps that package and deliver the relevant information to smartphones at the click of an icon.So the open data should make it easier for passengers to use the bus network.We published guidance on implementing the measures in the Act last November.And we’ll publish further regulations and guidance this year.ConclusionSo – to sum up – I see the future as full of opportunity.If buses are crucial to our transport system today….Then as road transport is transformed over the coming decades….They will become more important than ever.And I’ll be doing everything I can to spread the message.I’ll be getting around the industry over the next few months, and meeting as many of you as possible.To hear your views on how we can best support growth.But one thing is absolutely clear.The key to success is partnership. Government and bus industry, local authorities and operators working together. For the benefit of the passenger, for the benefit of bus operators, and for the benefit of Great Britain. Opening remarksThank you David [Begg, Chair] for that welcome.It’s a real pleasure to join you for today’s (8 February 2018) summit.This is my first formal speech since joining the Department for Transport in the recent reshuffle, and I was delighted to take on responsibility for government bus and coach policy.last_img read more

Tesco shares rise following Dave Lewis appointment

first_imgShares in supermarket giant Tesco climbed more than 2% to 291p on the news that Philip Clarke is to be replaced by Unilever’s Dave Lewis in October.Clarke officially leaves the company on 1 October, though will remain in a supporting role untilt he end of January 2015.Lewis, president of Unilever’s personal care division producing brands including Dove, Lynx and Sure, will take the helm and analysts suggest the jump in share prices reflect confidence in his appointment.Shares leapt 2.5% in early trading yesterday before ending at 1.3% up at 288.6pThe arrival of Lewis and exit of Clarke was seen as a worry to its biggest rivals Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, which both saw shares drop following news of the board change.last_img read more

John Mayer Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead At 2017 Fall Ball [Soundboard Audio]

first_imgOn the fifth night of “Fall Ball” 2017, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead welcomed a familiar face to the stage, the one and only John Mayer. Almost exactly a year after their first-ever collaboration, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger welcomed the Dead & Company guitarist and vocalist to close the first set with an 18+ minute “Althea”. Appropriately, fans were giddy in shock and awe as the guitarists traded licks and smiles, but interestingly not vocals.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Busts Out Rare Radiohead Cover During A Wild Night 4 At Brooklyn BowlJohn Mayer returned to the stage for a scorching second set, joining the band in true jam fashion that eventually segued into “Here Comes Sunshine” and “New Minglewood Blues”. Watching the guest guitarist perform alongside the Grateful Dead enthusiasts brought true joy to those in attendance—as the band before the audience’s eyes is, by definition, a direct result of the music-loving souls in that very room. The Fall Ball is the Autumnal cousin of the annual Freak’s Ball, organized by the famous Freaks List of New York. The Almost Dead originally formed as a one-off band for the 2013 edition of the long-running Freaks Ball, and the band holds a special relationship with the group of fans who helped mold them. It’s only appropriate that the band still successfully exists, selling out show after show, welcoming an impressive roster of Grateful Dead, and company, members along the way—and that we get to celebrate the fact together at this semi-annual shindig.The second set continued in high gear, with the rebirth of “Lazy Lightning”, which had not been played by the Almost Dead since Valentines Day of 2016 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT. The quintet also debuted their version of “China Doll”, with teases of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter” and Pink Floyd‘s “Run Like Hell”. The second set closed with an enormous “I Know You Rider”, before the band and their special guest returned for another satisfying encore. After a beautiful piano solo from Marco, the band and Mayer delivered a soul-stirring version of Dr. John‘s “Such A Night” before closing Friday night with a huge “Franklin’s Tower”.While John Mayer’s sit-in was certainly appreciated, JRAD fans agree that the core five are best influenced by their own synergy. Part of what makes the band so special is their intention to launch songs with surprise twists and turns, and their ability to do that is severely limited by an “other” on the stage. Despite that fact, we’ll welcome John Mayer’s May-RAD any time—or at the very least, once a year.Listen to the soundboard audio below, from Eric McRoberts:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | NYC | 10/13/17Set One (9:36PM – 11:30PM)Jam @ ->Greatest Story Ever Told # >CandymanFeel Like A Stranger $Loser % ->Crazy FingersCosmic Charlie (SM/JR) ^ ->Jam ->Althea &Set Two (11:36PM – 1:24AM)Jam * ->Here Comes Sunshine + ->New Minglewood Blues @@Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion >Jam ## ->Lazy Lightning $$ ->China Doll %% (TH) ->Marco Solo ->There is a Mountain ^^ ->I Know You RiderENC:Marco Solo ->Such A Night & ->Franklin’s Tower &@ – With The Wheel Teases (Band)# – With an Unknown Tease (MB) and The Wheel Teases (TH)$ – With a “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Tease (either SM or TH)% – With a “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica) Tease (TH)^ – First Time Played by Almost Dead& – With John Mayer on Guitar* – With “Serpentine Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire) Teases & China Cat Teases (Band). With John Mayer on Guitar+ – With a Marco Solo that included a Cosmic Charlie Tease. With John Mayer on [email protected]@ – With a West LA Fadeaway Tease (MB). With John Mayer on Guitar## – With teases / jams of Uncle John’s, “Jolene” (American Babies), Ruben & Cerise, Playin in the Band & The Wheel if not more$$ – Not played by Almost Dead since 2016.02.14 at Higher Ground, Winooski, VT, a gap of 57 shows%% – First Time Played by Almost Dead, with teases of “No Quarter” (Led Zeppelin), “Run Like Hell” (Pink Floyd) & something else that I can’t read from my notes :/^^ – Donovan cover, very short, just the Choruslast_img read more

The Disruption Dilemma

first_imgThe biggest challenge I see when discussing Converged Infrastructure (CI) with new customers has little to do with technology. The technology is ready; it is the people and processes that lag behind. This lag slows the adoption and benefits that technology has been created to deliver. However it does not have to be this way, if we learn from the past.Earlier in my career I had the opportunity to be part of a major disruptive technology – VoIP. The parallels of that disruption and the converged infrastructure revolution are amazing.Reflections on VoIPA typical customer interaction during the VoIP disruption days looked like this: PBX staff on one side of the conference table, networking staff on the opposite side, and executive management mediating the middle. Typically, there was no love lost between those two groups. The discussion would deteriorate into the PBX team saying “there is NO way you are going to run my voice traffic over that upstart Ethernet network. Phones are mission critical to our business, and we have been doing it this way for 50 years!”Look at the phone on your desk today and you can see which side ‘won’ the war. With VoIP, there was never much doubt. The economics and technology assured that.My colleague, John Lockyer, recently wrote about other technology shifts that have impacted IT teams and how Converged Infrastructure will change the game – again.I am going to dive deeper into two specific questions:As technologists on the front end of the disruption, could we have done more to ease the churn caused by technology adoption?If we understood the people and process issues, could we have helped speed adoption, helped companies retain valuable talent, tribal knowledge, and realized the benefits sooner?Looking back on the VoIP disruption, my answer to both is “yes”.Ease the ChurnWe misunderstood the people problem. The pushback on VoIP was not due to the actual technology, and we should have seen that sooner. Almost without exception, after one of those contentious meetings between the PBX staff and the networking staff, one of the PBX team members would approach, look to make sure none of his team was within earshot, and proceed to ask “so… if someone wanted to learn more about this VoIP stuff, where would they look?” Typically this person was an ambitious junior member of the team or a very perceptive technologist. In most cases, it is that person that survived the disruption and is thriving in the industry today.So what did we miss? We missed the point that when a person builds a career around a specific technology (or vendor), their value to an organization is based on that knowledge. They know how to install, fix, upgrade, and generally operate the technology; they have attended industry events, know the vendors, and have deep contacts in place. If you threaten to take that value away by injecting something new, they may fight tooth and nail against the change. Their perceived value, and therefore their paycheck, is tied to that knowledge.This situation is bad for the individual, the team, and the company as it slows adoption of the technology – and therefore delays the return on investment. A great quote by Upton Sinclair sums it up: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”Speed AdoptionWhen confronted by this dilemma, disruptive technology vendors need to go the extra mile to help evolve the value set to a new one that complements the disruptive technology. We need to implement training programs aimed at transitioning employees’ technology skills to the new set, offer access to friendly internal engineers who have already successfully made the transition from previous technology – and we need to do it immediately.While this will not solve every people problem, it will go a long way to reduce the period of disruption, engender much more good will, speed adoption and advance the ROI. Applying this lesson to the current CI revolution, we need to offer cross training to the storage team, networking team and application teams. We need to foster policy-based integration rather than individual hands-on application built around silos. We need to talk with each other and build confidence, perhaps by establishing internal change agents and mentors.As vendors, we need to be the champions that guide the direction of organizational value, and accelerate it. We have done a great job of kick-starting this process at VCE. In fact, we delivered thousand of training hours to our customers last year in addition to creating customer and technical advisory boards. This is just the start. I encourage you to take the reins to foster conversation within your organization.last_img read more

SMC opens satellite writing center

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series exploring the new initiatives at the Cushwa-Leighton Library, which will showcase the life of Sister Madeleva Wolff, cater to students’ writing needs and raise awareness for eco-friendly printing.The Cushwa-Leighton Library recently implemented new initiatives to accommodate the needs of students, including offering increased writing support for students. On Monday, Saint Mary’s opened the brand-new, walk-in-only writing center satellite location, “Write Now,” on the top floor of the library. The center will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. before fall break and Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. after the break.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Aaron Bremyer, director of the Writing Center, said students can expect to find assistance of all kinds on any of their writing assignments.“[Our tutors] are very well-prepared to sit and talk about the assignment and help at any phase in the writing process,” Bremyer said. “We can help them begin the process, polish the draft they have and help organize thoughts and brainstorm during these shorter half-hour tutorials in the Write Now center.”Bremyer said one or two student tutors will be working at the new writing center location, along with a reference librarian downstairs as an added benefit.“Our tutors are great writers and have been very successful in their classes, but not only are they good writers themselves, but they have been recommended because they work well with women who are struggling or succeeding with the writing process,” Bremyer said.Junior Megan Woods, a tutor for the Writing Center, said she is looking forward to working in the new writing center because it will allow more students to get the help they need.“I think this will be a great program because the Writing Center has restraints with how many people can sign up for appointments, but in the new location, people can just walk in, and we can talk with them for a half-hour on whatever help they need with a paper,” Woods said.The Writing Center works with all students, some who are juniors and seniors refining their writing, and others who are first-years or sophomores who often struggle with the early stages of their writing. Bremyer said he wants to dispel the belief that going to the Writing Center is punitive.“We collaborate with people who are invested in their own success because we are invested in their success as well, so people can be prepared at all different levels of writing,” Bremyer said.Bremyer said he is excited about the new changes in the library, especially because Write Now can help more students who might not be able to make appointments in the Writing Center due to a high demand for tutoring there.“Last year, we had a substantial increase in the number of students who needed to sit down and collaborate with tutors, so now we have more tutors, and here we will be able to work with students who simply couldn’t make it on the list last year,” Bremyer said. “We had 80 percent of our days completely full with a waiting list, so we’re hopeful that on those days, students will be able to go the new location and work with tutors.”Bremyer hopes that the new writing center location will be recognized as a powerful resource for the Saint Mary’s community.“Good writers share their work,” he said. “That’s true of the professors here, thats true of our best students here, and it should be true of anyone who wants to do well, that they see the writing center as an avenue to help them succeed.”Tags: Cushwa-Leighton Library, Library, saint mary’s, SMC, Write Now, Writing Centerlast_img read more

Indonesia suspects more avian flu as outbreaks spread in China

first_imgNov 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new suspected case of H5N1 avian influenza was reported in Indonesia today, while still another poultry outbreak was reported in China, its ninth in the past month.In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the avian flu case reported in an 18-month-old boy in Thailand last week, while Thai officials said the boy’s grandmother has tested negative for the virus.A 20-year-old Indonesian woman died in a Jakarta hospital Nov 12 after suffering from a high fever and respiratory problems, prompting tests for avian flu, according to an Associated Press report today.A neighbor of the woman had 10 chickens that died recently, and other members of her family kept birds as pets, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Ilham Patu of Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital said an Indonesian lab would test samples from the woman today, and samples also were being sent to a Hong Kong lab for testing.The WHO today confirmed H5N1 avian flu in the 18-month-old boy from a suburb of Bangkok, saying he remained in good condition. His case, reported in the media Nov 11, is the fourth in Thailand this year and the 21st since early 2004.The boy’s 65-year-old grandmother had been suspected of having avian flu, but Thailand’s health ministry said she has twice tested negative for H5N1, according to an AFP report today. A third test result was still awaited. The ministry said her condition was improving.China reported an H5N1 outbreak that killed 800 poultry in the eastern part of Anhui province, the ninth outbreak in about a month, according to an AFP story today. The outbreak was discovered Nov 6 and the cause was confirmed as H5N1 today.Local officials ordered the culling of all poultry within 3 kilometers of the affected farm, and more than 126,000 birds have been killed so far, the story said. The agriculture ministry said another 279,000 birds in the area have been vaccinated.Also, a group of WHO experts arrived in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, to investigate three pneumonia cases, including one death, suspected of being caused by avian flu, AFP reported.In Romania, the veterinary authority said four dead hens in a village in the Danube delta had tested positive for an H5 flu virus, according to a Reuters report. Samples from the hens, found in the village of Caraorman, were to be sent to Britain to test for H5N1, officials said. H5N1 was found in poultry in two villages in the Danube delta last month.In Vietnam, researchers reported that the H5N1 virus had mutated in ways that enable it reproduce more effectively in mammals, but two health officials described the findings as neither new nor particularly alarming.An online report by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City said, “The H5N1 type noticed among people and poultry in early 2005 has undergone some changes, facilitating its reproduction in cells of mammals and making it more dangerous,” according to an AFP report today.Reuters reported that the findings were based on an analysis of 24 H5N1 isolates from poultry and humans. The information came from the online newspaper Vnexpress, which quoted Cao Bao Van of the Pasteur Institute. In one human isolate from southern Vietnam, he said, researchers had found a mutation in the PB2 gene that “allows more effective breeding of the virus in mammals.”The researchers offered no conclusions about the virus’s ability to spread from person to person, Reuters reported.An AFP story today quoted the director of the Pasteur Institute, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, as saying that the new findings were “not of any surprise” and that the “changes in the virus are not that significant.”In addition, a WHO spokeswoman in Hanoi, Dida Connor, said mutations in the virus were not unusual. “It is sometimes difficult to directly link specific changes in the genetic sequence to changes in virus behavior, including its ability to infect humans,” Connor said.The Pasteur Institute report said the virus had developed resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine, but that finding has been reported before.Avian flu has broken out in poultry in 10 of Vietnam’s 64 provinces since early October, the AFP report said.In Taiwan, meanwhile, an H7N3 avian flu virus was found in droppings form a migratory bird, according to another AFP report today. The virus was found in one of 20 samples of bird droppings gathered from a swamp near the southern city of Tainan.No dead birds were found in the area, and authorities were unsure of the virus’s virulence, the story said. An official said a mild strain of H7N3 was found last April in bird droppings near Taipei.Taiwan has had no H5N1 outbreaks, but eight pet birds smuggled from China tested positive for the virus last month, the story noted.See also:Nov 14 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_14/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Russia jails ex-US marine Paul Whelan for 16 years over espionage

first_imgWhen asked about such an idea, the Russian Foreign Ministry told the RIA news agency it had proposed prisoner swaps to the United States many times but gave no further details.Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington to secure the release of two Russian nationals – convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, a pilot serving 20 years in the United States for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the country.Zherebenkov said Whelan had no objection to the idea of formally asking Russia to pardon him, something that if granted could secure his release.Whelan will serve his sentence in a maximum security prison, Moscow’s city court said. His trial was closed because authorities said it involved the discussion of state secrets.State prosecutors, who accused Whelan of having at least the rank of a US military intelligence colonel, had asked the court to sentence Whelan to 18 years in a maximum secuTopics : A Russian court found former US marine Paul Whelan guilty of spying for the United States on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in jail, a move the US ambassador to Moscow called an egregious violation of human rights that would harm ties.Whelan, who holds US, British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28, 2018.Russia says Whelan, 50, was caught red-handed with a computer flash drive containing classified information. Whelan, who pleaded not guilty, said he was set up in a sting and had thought the drive, given to him by a Russian acquaintance, contained holiday photos. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told reporters after the verdict that no evidence had been produced to prove Whelan’s guilt and demanded he be released immediately.”His conviction is a mockery of justice,” said Sullivan.He said the ruling would not have “a good influence” on already poor ties between Moscow and Washington, but that dialogue would continue.Vladimir Zherebenkov, Whelan’s lawyer, said his client had been told when detained that he would be part of a prisoner swap with a Russian national held in the United States.last_img read more