Shorenstein Center welcomes 2013 spring fellows

first_imgThe Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is pleased to announce its 2013 spring fellows.“We have an all-star group of fellows from the heights of journalism and politics and the pinnacle of digital technology, and it promises to be a semester that is super-rich for students interested in these things,” said Alex Jones, the center’s director.Peter Hamby is a national political reporter for CNN, based in the Washington bureau.Melinda Henneberger is a political writer for The Washington Post, where she writes a twice-weekly column and anchors the She the People blog.John Huey was the editor-in-chief of Time Inc.Martin Nisenholtz is a senior adviser for The New York Times Company and an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Journalism School.Paul Sagan is executive vice chairman of Akamai Technologies and was the company’s chief executive officer from 2005 until January 2013.Michael Slaby was chief integration and innovation officer for the Obama campaign in 2012 and chief  technology officer for the campaign in 2008.last_img read more

Women Empowerment in Saudi Arabia

first_imgAfter celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, just a short time ago, this blog post feels extremely relevant. Before I start telling this story, let me set the scene for you: 3 women from 3 very different locations, thousands of miles apart, somehow find themselves all on the same page. And what is that page you might ask? Equality for women, a topic that we all hold extremely close to our hearts.Marta and I are very lucky to work within the Newport and Warsaw offices, where equality amongst genders comes naturally. However, this isn’t always the case for Maryam Aljishi. As a proud feminist and member of the Women Empowerment graduate project, she is fiercely fighting for equality within her office in Saudi Arabia. Marta and I both know that the position of women in Saudi Arabia is different than in our own countries, but it took us barely two sips of coffee that morning to find out why.Who is Maryam Aljishi?Maryam was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She went on to study a degree in Management Information Systems and graduated from university in 2017. She started her career working within the oil and gas industry for General Electric. 8 months into the job, Maryam felt unfulfilled and knew that this was not the path she wanted to continue down. Maryam’s passion and drive to pursue a career within the digital industry resulted in an internship at Microsoft, where she found the company to be very ‘pro-women’. While she had a fantastic time at General Electric and Microsoft, she explained, “they just were not the jobs I was looking for”.Joining DellMaryam later applied for an account manager position at Dell. Just before her interview, a Starbucks employee shared with Maryam that “no women work in that office”. She didn’t let this scare her off. 6 months down the line, Maryam feels she has found her forever home at Dell Technologies.I asked Maryam if she had any reservations about joining a male dominated industry. “I definitely had, and still do have some worries” she explained, “I do question am I ever going to be good enough in their eyes, to climb the ladder and get myself a managerial role”. I truly believe this is something felt by many women, from many companies, across the globe. I know these worries have certainly crossed my mind, but I find comfort in seeing influential and powerful women in top decision-making roles at Dell, and might I add, doing a fantastic job of it.Empowering WomenWhen Maryam first joined Dell, there were only 3 women in the office, and there weren’t activities or groups for them to socialize. One of the women had been working in the Saudi Arabia office for almost 9 years, but hardly ever spoke to anyone. “I just thought to myself, this is not healthy” Maryam openly shared. It was concerning to her that none of the women communicated—she wanted to help change this. Maryam initiated change by simply creating a WhatsApp group. The chat gave her female colleagues a platform where they could communicate and connect with one another. It was a great way for them to meet and have lunch, allowing them to form friendships and stand as one united front.But Maryam did not want to stop there. In her short time in Dell, she has worked alongside HR to create opportunities for female students through an internship program. There are currently 6 students who come into the office 4 times per week. Maryam told us that ‘they absolutely love it’. When asked if it is difficult to encourage young female students to be interested in IT, Maryam replied “most people have a very male dominated perception of IT, but moving forward, I would like to make sure that it’s something that appeals to both men and women”. This is something that resonated strongly with Marta and me. Growing up, I was always under the impression that IT was a man’s industry, but oh how my opinion has changed, and I’m very glad it has!Maryam is also working to get a ‘Women in Action’ organization set up in her office. She talked us through the process and how it has not been easy nor straight forward.However, it’s not just offices such as the Saudi Arabia one that doesn’t have such organizations in place. In fact, my own office doesn’t have a WIA organization set up due to our small size, but after speaking with Maryam, I definitely feel inspired to start one.The Office Environment“Men are not used to having women around them in the office. They don’t know how they should treat me and approach me and this can sometimes make things awkward” Maryam stated when asked about what it is like to be 1 out of the 7 women in the office. “You need to understand that we have different rules here. Women and men are not to allowed to share the same work environment. We aren’t supposed to work or sit together. I was one of the first ones to stop being so strict about it. It’s crazy when I think about it”. I remember feeling quite taken aback when Maryam told me of this law, as it’s something that I’ve never had to abide by. However, things are changing for the better. There is a feeling of freedom in the newly built city of Neom in Saudi Arabia. Men and women will be able to freely work amongst each other. This has given Maryam hope, as well as Marta and myself. Equality and change are happening.The FutureAs we neared the end of our discussion I asked Maryam where she wants to go with the WIA organization. Maryam began “If I have the budget, I’d love to rent a place that holds around 30 to 40 people. I want to invite girls of all ages and help them understand what is possible for them to do. I want to show them the career opportunities and encourage them to network with each other. I mostly want to help people”. Maryam also hopes to invite more woman to the office, including students, leaders and managers of the organization. Creating an environment where females feel comfortable is her ultimate goal, and I truly believe she will achieve it.Just a mere week after speaking with Maryam, both Marta and I had the pleasure of meeting her face to face at the first graduate event in Lodz, Poland. She was exactly how I thought she would be, and her enthusiasm is inspiring. Maryam has this wonderful energy and friendliness that, pardon the cliché, makes you feel like you’ve known her for years. She is someone I would like to keep as a colleague, but most importantly, a friend for many years to come.When reflecting upon our discussion, I felt a number of emotions. As someone who was brought up in a society that encourages women to follow their dreams and pursue any career they wish for, I felt shocked and slightly saddened that this is not always the case for my female counterparts in different countries. I’ve come to realize and understand the importance of initiatives like Women in Action within our organization. It’s the people who make Dell Technologies thrive and develop. The future of IT is being driven by young and passionate graduates like Maryam, who are pushing for more inclusivity and equality.I feel very lucky to be a part of the graduate program where I have the opportunity to meet fellow graduates from across the globe who are so willing to share their stories and struggles. But most importantly, I feel inspired to fight for what I believe in and be more fearless, like Maryam. We all agreed that things will change with the spread of knowledge, but also with the surge of millennials entering the workplace. It may take months, maybe even years to see the first effects of our actions, but for the first time we can see it clearly on the horizon.I will leave you with a quote which I believe will stay with me for a long time to come;“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise themSharelast_img read more

Route 14 in East Montpelier closed into November due to bank slide

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) at 10 am on Thursday, October 6, 2011, will close a small section of Route 14 in East Montpelier that was damaged by spring flooding and exacerbated by Tropical Storm Irene. The road is expected to remain closed into November. Route 14 between its intersection with Route 2 and Northstar Fireworks was restricted to one lane on September 26 due to the roadway beginning to slide into the Winooski River. Engineers originally believed the road could be repaired while maintaining one lane of traffic, but the roadway continues to undermine. Electronic message boards beginning Wednesday will warn motorists of the coming closure. ‘All the rain we had over the past week exacerbated the situation, and earth is now disappearing from underneath the road at an accelerated rate,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We have already lost about three feet of asphalt, and there is no longer room to safely have both traffic and construction vehicles in the same area.’ All commercial vehicles will be rerouted to Route 302 regardless of their destination, while pleasure vehicles can use Route 302 to reach Montpelier or Country Club Road to reach Plainfield. VTrans plans to keep Route 14 passable for emergency vehicles. While the agency hopes to keep one-way traffic flowing until 10 a.m. Thursday, roadway workers will continually monitor the situation and reevaluate plans. The agency will close the road without warning anytime if it believes public safety could be compromised. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Durbin Amendment fight: Who’s ready, who’s not?

first_imgA fight to repeal the so-called Durbin Amendment could put any effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank at risk, Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and counsel at the National Retail Federation warned Tuesday.“There’s not an appetite to have this fight again,” Duncan said, in an interview.However, credit union officials, who favor repeal, are gearing up for that fight.The Financial CHOICE Act being pushed by House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) would repeal the amendment.The Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank placed a cap on credit card interchange fees. The common name of the cap comes from its principal sponsor, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brilliant life at bayside

first_imgBayside at Bushland Beach NEW  land has been released at residential development Bayside at Bushland Beach as Townsville’s northern suburbs continue to flourish.More land was released last year due to an increase in buyer demand from downsizers and first homebuyers.More than 1300 families live in the estate following a wave of new infrastructure including a Coles shopping centre, community parklands, and the $200 million Townsville Ring Road extension.The masterplanned community provides a relaxed, seaside lifestyle and is on the doorstep of Halifax Bay and its stunning views of Magnetic Island.The new land release consists of 19 premium lots, ranging in size from 480sq m to 709sq m with land prices starting at $148,000. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It’s also in walking distance to the Bushland Plaza shops and the children’s playground at Peggy Banfield Park.Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said Bayside was a vibrant, family-friendly community with parkfront and beachfront amenity, at a price point that makes home ownership possible to a broader spectrum of the market.“Bayside is unique because it is the only masterplanned community on Townsville’s Northern Beaches which adjoins the beachfront, giving residents an unparalleled lifestyle,” he said.“From their vantage point, residents can access the shores of Halifax Bay within minutes, with its walking trails and stunning views of Magnetic Island.“On the weekends, local beachfront markets offer a mix of local produce and crafts. “Local dining options include the Bushland Beach Tavern, just metres from the waterfront.” For more information visit www.bushlandbeach.com.aulast_img read more

Brilliant performance by Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Brilliant performance by Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra by: – August 11, 2011 In photo: Gustavo Dumel. Photo credit: Venezuelanrepoprt.comThe concerts by the young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel are always full of surprises. This is a reason why his London fan base, as well as the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra’s (SBYO), is always increasing.This time around, at the BBC Proms 2011, the musicians didn’t turn into their Venezuelan flag jumpers, but instead they thrilled the public with the superb coordination between the orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, as well as the impeccable conduction of metals and other instruments by Dudamel, giving the impression at times that the sounds would come from various spots of the theatre, away from the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.In a sell-out concert, over 5,000 people rejoiced from the excellent musical performance given by more than 350 people among musicians from the orchestra, members of the choir, Dudamel and the leading soprano and mezzo-soprano Miah Persson and Anna Larsson. All of them combined to produce a brilliant execution of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, ‘Resurrection’.At the end of the concert, the public gave the musicians a standing ovation. They even went further and stomped their feet on the ground as a way to complement the performers. In fact, even Mr. Mike Brewer, chorus-master of the National Youth Choir Orchestra of Great Britain, went to the stage to receive, along with Dudamel and the rest of the group, a very long lasting round of applause.From here, Dudamel and the SBYO will go to Turkey to conclude their European tour, which began last week in Austria.Press ReleseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominicalast_img read more

Galatasaray Signs Nigeria midfielder on Four-and-half-year deal

first_img Galatasaray confirmed his capture via their official website on Thursday afternoon. The versatile forward previously had trials with Stoke City and Manchester City before moving to Serbia in 2016, and helping FK Napredak Krusevac gain promotion to the Serbian top-flight. Sekidika left the Serbian side last year and joined Turkish TFF First League side Eskisehirspor. He netted eight goals in 16 appearances for Mustafa Özer’s team this season, before he was snapped up by Gala.Advertisement Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz revealed his satisfaction with the acquisition of Sekidika. “Jesse, is a footballer who is in line with our strategic and rejuvenated policy,” Cengiz told the club website. “We believe that he will always take part in the struggle to carry the flag of Galatasaray to the top as a team player.” Reacting to his signing, the Nigerian said: “I came to a very large club. I am very happy. I will use this great opportunity. Galatasaray was a place I always wanted.” Read Also:Kylian Mbappe, Neymar dazzle as PSG thrash Galatasaray He joins Super Eagles winger Henry Onyekuru, who completed a loan move from AS Monaco this week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For AdultsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Galatasaray have completed the signing of Nigerian winger, Jesse Sekidika, from Eskisehirspor on a four-and-half-year deal.last_img read more

Trojan Wrestling Results

first_imgEast Central defeated Franklin County 59-14 on Thursday, November 29th.Trojan Grappler winners were Tyler Schneider-113#, Dylan Heinrich-126#, Sam Ringer-132#, Hunter Mobley-138#, Ben Wolf-145#, Kasey Carr-152#, Brady Rullman-170#, Kole Viel-182#, Austin Cox-195#, Andrew Carr-220#, and Phil Sims-285#.EC participated at The Harrison Invite going up against some of top Wrestling teams in Cincinnati.#3 Fairfield  51,  EC  22#1 Mason  56, EC  18#8 Lebanon  45, EC  30Centerville  56,  EC  21#5 Harrison  55,  EC  24Trojan individual results. Tanner Bush-106#, 4-1 with 4 pins; Tyler Schneider-113#, 3-2 with 3 pins; Charlie Euson-120#, 2-3 with 1 pin; Dylan Heinrich-126#, Sam Ringer-132#, 0-5; Hunter Mobley-138#, 1-4 with 1 pin; Ben Wolf-145#, 4-1 with 2 pins; Kasey Carr-152#, 1-4 with 1 pin; David Nash-160# 0-1; Brady Rullman-160#, 0-3; Bennett Noble-170#, 2-3 with 2 pins; Kole Viel-182#, 1-4; Austin Cox-195#, 0-5; Andrew Carr-220#, 1-4; and Phil Sims-285#, 1-4.The Trojans will return to action Thursday, December 6th in a dual meet hosting Union County starting at 6:30 PM; travel to Pendleton Heights for a meet on Saturday, December 8th, starting at 8:30 AM; hosting Greensburg in a dual meet on Tuesday, December 11th starting at 6:30 PM; and hosting a meet on Saturday, December 15th, starting at 9 AM.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Scott Schwartz.last_img read more

Jennifer Michelle Butler

first_imgJennifer Michelle Butler, 45, of Hooven, Ohio, passed away Sunday June 16, 2019 in Madison, Indiana.She was born October 31, 1973 in Bellville, IL, daughter of Harvey Butler and the late Jane (Nethercott) Butler.Jennifer enjoyed sports, she was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.Jennifer is survived by her fiance, David R. Iles; sons, Tristan Thornon & Andrew Manetzke; sister, Rhonda Butler.She was preceded in death by mother, Jane Butler, daughter, Tatiana Snow.Friends will be received Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm immediately following visitation.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Cricket News CAB Invites Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina And Narendra Modi For India Vs Bangladesh Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bangladesh are embarking on their second tour of India in the last three years. In 2017, the team had broken new ground as they played their first-ever Test in India during the match in Hyderabad. In 2019, Bangladesh will embark on their first full tour of India by playing three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests which will be part of the ICC World Test Championships. The first Test will be played in Indore while the second match will be played at the historic Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26. However, according to sources, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has sent an invitation to Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina to watch the game. The sources revealed that CAB has also sent invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but it couldn’t be confirmed. An unnamed senior CAB official said, “I can confirm that an invitation has been sent to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s office some time back. However in case of our Honourable PM, BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly is looking into it. I cannot confirm or deny the development,” the official added. The potential cricket diplomacy could be part of a larger diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh, which have ebbed and flowed in the past couple of months. Recently, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed, while another injured on Thursday in firing “apparently” by the Border Guards Bangladesh (BJP) troops of Bangladesh along the international border of the two countries in West Bengal. Prior to that, three Indian fishermen went for fishing in River Padma in the border area and one of them was apprehended by a BGB patrol party.Also Read | Tamim Iqbal Back In Bangladesh Squad For Twenty20 Internationals Against IndiaBangladesh and India’s Prime Ministers met recently during the start of October where they decided to set up a joint coastal surveillance system and launched an LPG supply project. Prime Minister  Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina held “comprehensive” talks, signalling further expansion of already close strategic ties. The two sides signed seven agreements and launched three projects including import of LPG by India from Bangladesh besides resolving to expeditiously prepare a draft framework for sharing of waters of six rivers. In the discussions, PM Hasina also raised her concerns over roll out of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, an exercise carried out to identify genuine Indian citizens living in Assam and weed out illegal Bangladeshis.last_img read more