Stevie Wonder To Perform A Free Concert In Support Of Hillary Clinton

first_imgWith the presidential election less than one week away, legendary musician, songwriter, and political activist Stevie Wonder is throwing his support behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Wonder will perform a free concert at Philadelphia’s CODA Nightclub this Friday, November 4th as a part of the Clinton campaign’s “Love Trumps Hate” concert series. While the concert is free, it requires an RSVP, which you can find at this link. Only one RSVP per person, and an it does not guarantee entry to the show, so make sure to arrive early to give yourself the best shot to get inside the doors of the small nightclub.last_img

Helping women help themselves

first_imgWhen Victoria Budson was a college sophomore, her parents asked her what she planned to do with her life.“I want to lead social movements,” she told them. Slightly baffled, her father — one of several Harvard graduates in the family — responded, “Well, are you going to go to the Business School or the Law School?”“Back in the ’80s, saying you wanted to have a career in feminism was something of an unknown,” Budson recalled one recent morning from her office in the Taubman Building. Little did Budson or her parents know that her passion for women’s equality would in fact lead her to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she has served as executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) for the past 15 years.By helping HKS faculty to craft policies and programs to help bring about gender equality in American politics and abroad, Budson has stayed true to her original cause. She even earned that parent-assuaging Harvard degree: In 2003, she became the first HKS employee to graduate from the School’s midcareer master in public administration program while working full time.“The work I do here is about closing gaps,” Budson said. “People make laws out of their life experience. If women aren’t represented, the most basic needs of women’s lives won’t be translated into good policy.”Budson, who grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass., left home to attend Haverford College but developed back problems that forced her to return to her hometown. During her two-year recovery from spinal fusion surgery, she enrolled at Wellesley College, a change that led her to new thinking.“I don’t think one can ever understand how to build equality if one has never been someplace where one is put first,” she said of her time at the women’s school. Even the college’s gym was a revelation. “I’d never been in a sports facility before in my life where the women’s locker rooms weren’t an addition.”After graduating in 1993, Budson embarked on a career in politics. She soon became the first woman chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts and was elected to Wellesley’s town meeting.In 1996, she met Joseph Nye, then the new dean of the Kennedy School, who mentioned that HKS hoped to start a women’s center. “I felt that I knew just what should be done,” she said. Nye agreed, and hired her to be the first executive director of WAPPP.At the time, the HKS faculty had one woman. When Budson called an introductory meeting with the School’s female students, the group could fit comfortably in a single function room.“I sat with these women — who were at a school of government, who thought enough of themselves to have applied to a school like Harvard, and who were successful enough to be admitted — and I said, ‘How many of you are interested in running for public office?’” Budson recalled. “I got one hand.”Convinced the School could do more to help produce elected women leaders, Budson started From Harvard Square to the Oval Office, a program that trains 50 female students each year. The program hosts workshops with top political consultants on everything from media appearances to fundraising strategies, supports summer political internships, and gives its graduates a support network to tap into down the road.“We help people go from having the idea to run, to having the skills and confidence and actually envisioning themselves as political leaders,” she said.Outside Harvard, Budson remains active in state politics and women’s issues. This past summer, she was elected chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, after being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick.  The commission, an independent state agency, works to advance equality for women in all areas of life.“My work here at Harvard is incredibly important, but [it] won’t feed women who are hungry or shelter women who don’t have homes,” she said, although hopefully it will lead to policies that leave fewer women hungry or homeless in the future. The research and ideas coming out of WAPPP will improve systems over time, but Budson insists that women must get involved now, no matter how imperfect the political process.“Structural change will take a really long time,” she said. “I can’t wait that long.”last_img read more

Watch An American in Paris’ Cast Dance for Colbert

first_imgOoh la la! An American in Paris became the first Broadway musical to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 18. First up, director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives Colbert a dance lesson (he “nailed it,” apparently). Then Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope took the stage to show the world that they’ve got rhythm. Check out the videos below; the show is playing at the Palace Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 An American in Paris Related Shows View Commentslast_img

Colombia nabs guerrilla tied to American’s killing

first_imgBy Dialogo August 27, 2009 BOGOTA (AP) 8-22-2009 — Colombian police have captured a guerrilla suspected of killing a U.S. military contractor and a Colombian soldier after their surveillance plane crashed in the jungle in 2003, authorities said Saturday. Judicial police director Luis Ramirez alleged that Jose Armando Cadena Cabrera, who went by the nom de guerre “Bronco,” was personally responsible for the two killings and was part of a band of rebels that kidnapped three other Americans who were on the plane. “The entire crew survived the plane crash and ‘Bronco’ killed the U.S. citizen Thomas John Janis and the soldier Luis Alcides Cruz, who refused to be kidnapped,” Gen. Ramirez said in a phone interview. The other three Northrop Grumman Corp. contractors on the plane — Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell — wrote in a book this year that a guerrilla named Sonia told them she killed Cruz and Janis, who was from Montgomery, Alabama. Ramirez said authorities have begun a formal investigation of Cadena Cabrera on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. Cadena Cabrera was captured in the capital, apparently while conducting intelligence work for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Gonsalves, Howes and Stansell spent more than five years in FARC captivity after the Feb. 13, 2003, crash. They were rescued in July 2008 by a Colombian military operation that also freed 12 other high-profile hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.last_img read more

Life lessons from a vendor visit

first_img 133SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Waylett Michael joined Magnolia Federal Credit Union in May 2016. He holds a B.A. Degree in Financial Economics from Lynchburg College and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) … Web: https://www.magfedcu.org Details As a lifelong economy-flying patron, I’ve never flown first class.  I’ve watched for years, flight after flight, the highly successful and esteemed first-class passenger enter the plane before me, place their luggage in the spacious overhead compartments, and take their oversized seats with dignity and class. I’ve always cautioned myself against becoming envious of people, (as it’s based off of ephemeral snapshots of their lives and inevitably leads to dissatisfaction) but I must admit I’ve succumb to envy, and even resentment, of the first-class passenger a time or two in my lifetime. Even with my wholehearted attempts to fight against it, the first-class passenger has long-represented aloofness in my eyes.But on Monday, September 22nd there I was, on the first leg of a flight from Jackson, MS to Chicago by way of Atlanta, sitting comfortably and contently in first-class with the rest of the distinguished. At last, I had arrived I thought… about darn time, I thought. I boarded the plane early and avoided the lines; I had excess space for my luggage in the overhead bin; and I sat down in a king-sized, cushiony seat with a bottle of water to my right awaiting my arrival. What’s more, the flight attendant immediately asked if she could get me anything within seconds of taking my seat. The economy passengers hadn’t even entered the plane, and the flight attendant was already asking me what else I needed to solidify the royal, first-class treatment.Let the record show, I would never expend my money or my credit union’s money on first-class seats. I’m far too cheap for that. The first-class seats were purchased by Lending Solutions Inc (LSI), a vendor of ours, who were hosting a colleague and I to their headquarters in Elgin, IL to see their operation in action. If I didn’t make it obvious enough that this was my first time in first-class for the plane ride, I’m certain everyone around us knew I had never been chauffeured in a limo before. It was a dead giveaway, when, immediately upon entering the limo, I started playing with all the gadgets and had our driver snap endless pictures of us in the backseat like I was on top of the Eifel Tower or something.After a brief tour of LSI’s facility and discussion about our working relationship, their supreme hospitality continued when they treated us to the Bears v. Eagles game on Monday night. Outside the stadium, an hour before kickoff, a Colin Kaepernick football jersey triggered a conversation between my co-worker and I, for which I was unprepared. In an effort for full disclosure, the co-worker was my subordinate and happened to be an African-American woman. As she became most passionate about her convictions and stance, my experience in HR and my Danger Radar urged me to disengage, stop the discussion, and rough transition to a discussion about unicorns or the beautiful Chicago skyline hovering above scenic Lakeshore Drive. I ignored my paranoid judgment and we proceeded to discuss a heavy and sensitive topic.What started with a personal opinion that kneeling during our national anthem is disrespectful (and Mr. Kaepernick could use other methods for bringing racial inequality to the limelight) ended with a meaningful discussion about racial inequality and police brutality. The conversation began to turn when I stopped trying to have an opinion and “behave” like a boss. Instead, I began to listen. When I engaged my ears and disengaged my mouth, I began to witness a lot of anger and disappointment from her. This co-worker persuaded me to focus on the issue Kaepernick was protesting, rather than the method in which he was taking a stand by taking a seat.I learned. My opinion and stance on the issue changed. I too became outraged and disheartened that that such injustices were still occurring in 2016. This experience reminded me of a lesson in leadership I continue to be taught over and over again. I’m not always there to have all the answers or convince others of my opinion. Sometimes, even though my job title may try to deceive me and make me think otherwise, I’m actually there to be the pupil and to learn from those I manage. Not a lesson you’re taught ever day in management school!While I’ll refrain from being disingenuous and be forthright in my admission of just how cozy and nice those first-class seats were, I will say the most effective leaders I’ve ever witnessed in education, sport, and business all have this one thing in common: they don’t lead from first-class, they lead from coach.last_img read more

A mentality of abundance

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hayden Monson Hayden Monson is the Technical Marketing Manager for FLEX. Hayden has been with FLEX since 2013 and has worked in various customer service and marketing roles over that time. As … Web: https://flexcutech.com Details Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young, is most known for his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He now runs a private equity firm and travels the nation as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson. Speaking to a group of 15,000 at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, Steve shared an invaluable lesson about having a mentality of abundance.Young spent his college days at BYU where he was recruited as a promising quarterback only to find himself sitting the bench as the 8th string option. He wanted to quit football but when he called home to his father, he was told, “If you quit, you won’t have a home to come to”. However, with hard work and a little patience, he went on to have a record-setting senior year and was named First Team All-American.Upon arriving at the 49ers in 1987, Young was expecting to take the starting quarterback role from the legendary, but aging, Joe Montana. Much to his surprise, Joe was in fantastic shape and wasn’t showing signs of slowing down. Steve found himself in a competitive situation that he described as ‘toxic’. During his playing time, Young felt his mistakes were placed under a microscope. He recalls going to the grocery store and overhearing others talking about him saying, “He’s good, but he’s not Joe”. Steve was once again in a dark place where he felt like quitting.During this difficult time in his career, he flew home to visit his family with the intention of rediscovering his roots. Young first met with his brother, who at the time was in med school along with supporting a wife and three children.  His brother had no sympathy for Young’s woes in the NFL ($$$). He then spoke with his parents who responded with an encouraging “hang in there”. Meeting with his family didn’t seem to help Steve with how he’d been feelingOn his flight back to San Francisco, he sat next to non-other than Stephen R. Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Covey recognized Young and struck up a conversation. He listened to Young’s entire story about playing under the great Joe Montana and how he didn’t measure up to the fan’s lofty expectations. Empathizing with Young, Covey said, “Wow, what you are going through sounds difficult, so difficult that it might be more than any one man can bear”. Nodding his head, Young exclaimed, “Yeah! Finally someone who understands me”.Covey then asked about Young’s environment. “What is the 49ers’ front office like?”, “Tell me about your coach, Bill Walsh”. Young responded with extremely positive comments about the 49ers’ management and coach. “And Steve, isn’t it true that Joe Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and if you needed to go to someone with an immense amount of experience to ask for mentorship, wouldn’t he be a good resource?” Young, reluctantly nodding, found himself on the precipice of a paradigm shift.All of his time spent on the 49ers up to this point, Young had felt a toxic tension between himself and Montana. After Young’s eye-opening conversation with Covey, he started to see the world with a mentality of abundance. Just because Joe was succeeding, it didn’t mean that he had to fail. Steve began to feed off of Joe’s success and became that annoying 3-year old that won’t stop asking questions. He learned everything he could from Montana during his last years. Young went on to be the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX and retired with the highest passer rating among NFL quarterbacks at the time.Credit unions are the brainchild of abundant thinking. People helping people, collaboration, the credit union difference, shared branching, the list goes on. While this speaks for the credit union industry and its mission, does your credit union practice a mentality of abundance internally? Is there toxic tension between staff members of varying rank or authority?Beyond internal dynamics, there could possibly be toxic tension in vendor relationships. Is your technology partner reluctant to collaborate? Do you find your credit union running into a lot of red tape? Do you often hear, “Sorry, our system doesn’t do that and we aren’t looking to add that feature”?Whether it’s internal staff or vendor relationships, look for people who have a mentality of abundance. Look for teammates that see their success as your success and vice versa. If you work under a great CEO, learn all you can. Find out what makes them tick and what attributes to their success. You might inherit their job someday. If you are looking for new technology, seek out those who prioritize their client’s growth and profitability. Consider their willingness to adapt to your needs and ask credit unions using their technology what they have done to ensure their success.A win/lose mentality doesn’t lead to greatness and toxic tension breads bitter relationships. Don’t guard your skills and knowledge as proprietary information. View your coworkers as resources to learn, grow and become better. Employ abundant thinking, it’s the credit union way.  last_img read more

Woman of distinction

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Global equity markets crash on virus fears, oil prices plunge

first_imgRead also: Oil plunges about 30% after Saudi Arabia slashes prices, opens tapsDriving the declines was a ferocious sell-off in the oil markets, sparked by top exporter Saudi Arabia slashing prices – in some cases to unprecedented levels – after a bust-up with Russia over production.Both main oil contracts – which had already been under pressure over falling demand caused by the virus – dived around 30 percent, marking the worst drop since the 1991 Gulf War and the second biggest fall on record, according to Bloomberg News.Saudi equities tanked more than nine percent with oil titan Aramco losing 10 percent. Dubai and Kuwait sank a similar amount, while Abu Dhabi equities were almost eight percent down.Saudi Arabia launched an all-out oil war Sunday with the biggest cut in its prices in the past 20 years, Bloomberg News reported, after OPEC and its allies failed to clinch a deal to reduce output. A meeting of main producers was expected to agree to deeper cuts to counter the impact of the coronavirus — but Moscow refused to tighten supply.In response, Riyadh slashed its price for April delivery by $4-$6 a barrel to Asia and $7 to the United States. Russia’s decision not to comply had already battered prices and there are warnings they could continue to drive lower towards $20 if the two sides do not reach an agreement. “Something like this could have more global repercussions than a trade war between China and the US because oil touches so many things in the world economy,” said Rohitesh Dhawan, director of energy, climate and resources at Eurasia Group in London.Energy firms hammeredJeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA, said: “Saudi Arabia seems intent on punishing Russia.”Oil prices… will likely be capped over the next few months as coronavirus stalls economic growth, and Saudi Arabia opens the pumps and offers huge discounts on its crude grades.”Energy firms were slammed, with Hong Kong-listed CNOOC tumbling 17 percent and PetroChina down more than nine percent, while in Tokyo, Inpex dived 13 percent. In Sydney, Santos dived 27 percent and Woodside Petroleum tanked 18.4 percent, while BHP was more than 14 percent down.”Plummeting oil prices and spreading coronavirus are fanning fears of downside risks to the global economy,” said Takuya Kanda, at Gaitame.com Research Institute.Foreign exchange markets were also extremely volatile, with traders snapping up the yen — seen as a hedge against global instability — and selling off the dollar owing to uncertainty over the coronavirus in the United States.Read also: Panic selling hits Indonesia, Philippine stocks set for bear runMarito Ueda, senior trader at FX Prime, told AFP: “Fears over the virus’s impact on the global economy and a plummet in US yields had investors seeking the safe-haven yen.””It is essentially a flight from the dollar,” he added. The greenback fell below 103 yen, levels not seen since the third quarter of 2016.Currencies of countries that rely on oil cash were among the worst hit, with Russia’s ruble almost six percent lower, Australia’s dollar diving five percent at one point and Mexico’s peso also down five percent.  Analysts warned of further gyrations as the outbreak shows no sign of abating, with more than 110,000 people infected in scores of countries. Italy, which is now the hardest-hit country outside China, has put a quarter of its population in lockdown, while sporting and public events around the world have been cancelled.”You just don’t know which way things are going to go, it makes it very hard to price anything right now,” said Sarah Hunter, chief economist for BIS Oxford Economics, on Bloomberg TV. “We’re seeing that in the market with the wild oscillations that are coming through.”Topics : Trading floors were a sea of red, with Tokyo plunging more than five percent, while Hong Kong dived 4.2 percent. Sydney shed 7.3 percent.Bangkok crashed more than eight percent, Singapore and Jakarta were more than five percent down. Manila and Mumbai lost more than six percent, while Shanghai, Taipei and Wellington were around three percent down.London and Frankfurt plunged more than eight percent at the open, while Paris retreated 4.2 percent.The losses followed sharp falls in Europe and Wall Street on Friday. Equity markets collapsed Monday as the rapidly spreading coronavirus fans fears for the global economy, while a crash in oil prices added to the panic with energy firms taking a hammering and wiping hundreds of billions off valuations.As the deadly disease claims more lives around the world, dealers are shedding riskier assets for safe havens, sending gold and the yen surging and pushing US Treasury yields to record lows.While governments and central banks have unleashed or prepared stimulus measures, the spread of COVID-19 is putting a huge strain on economies and stoking concerns of a worldwide recession.last_img read more

Govt provides emergency assistance to Rohingya stranded in Aceh waters

first_imgTopics : The North Aceh administration said that, based on a meeting conducted by the regency’s consultative leadership board (Muspida), the authorities agreed to let the Rohingya continue their journey to their initial destination.“What has been conveyed by the regional leadership communication forum [Forkopimda], we will follow. We have also performed COVID-19 tests on [the refugees]. We have followed all of the health protocols,” North Aceh administration regional secretary Risawan Bentara said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Currently, the Rohingya refugees are being held in a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe. They were said to be in weak condition and authorities were providing them with food.Several countries in Southeast Asia have imposed strict restrictions at their borders since the start of the pandemic, including restrictions on the entry of refugees to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.Malaysia, for instance, is considering a plan to turn back nearly 300 Rohingya refugees who were detained by local authorities after they arrived last week on a damaged boat, Reuters reported.Meanwhile, authorities in North Aceh said they had considered many options before deciding that they would release the refugees back to sea.Read also: Indonesia, Australia explore solution to Rohingya refugee crisis under Bali Process“After we repair their boat, we will provide them with fuel for the boat. The Indonesian Navy and the Water and Air Police Unit will escort them until they leave Indonesian waters,” North Aceh’s 011 Lilawangsa military resort commander Col. Inf. Sumirating Baskoro said on Thursday.Though an official decision on the matter from the Aceh government is pending, the Indonesian government in general remains attentive toward the Rohingya crisis.During the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting earlier this week, Retno said that the migration of boat people could not be separated from the crisis. “An accelerated repatriation process is key,” she said. The Indonesian government has said that it has provided emergency assistance to dozens of Rohingya refugees who found themselves stranded in northern Aceh waters.The 94 refugees, consisting of 49 women, 15 men and 30 children, were rescued by local fishermen on Wednesday.The fishermen – Faisal, 40, Abdul Azis, 40, and Raja, 30 – rescued the foreign nationals from a sinking cargo ship using their fishing boat, the KM 2017.811, kompas.com reported.center_img Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday that the emergency assistance was given based on humanitarian considerations, despite the border restrictions Indonesia has in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.“At the same time, we will continue to work with countries in the region through various mechanisms on early detection measures, as well as to prevent boat people from taking unsafe journeys at sea from their country of origin,” Retno said in Thursday’s press briefing.According to reports, the refugees would be returned to sea once their boat is repaired.Read also: Amnesty urges Indonesia to protect Rohingya stranded in Aceh waterslast_img read more

China rolls out mass testing in Xinjiang after new virus cases

first_imgChina launched mass health screenings in Xinjiang on Saturday after a spike in coronavirus cases raised fears of a fresh outbreak in the far western province.The new cases illustrate the continuing difficulty China faces in stamping out the contagion, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year before spreading around the world.The new testing regime comes a day after authorities curtailed most flights into regional capital Urumqi and shut down local subway and public transport services.  The city had recorded 17 new coronavirus infections as of Saturday, authorities said in a briefing.Mass screening for the virus will begin in buildings which had reported new cases and eventually cover all of Urumqi, said local health commission chief Zhang Wei.”The whole city has entered a ‘wartime state’, and will suspend all kinds of group activities,” an official said at the briefing, according to state media reports.Urumqi residents were also urged not to leave the city unless absolutely necessary. Strict lockdowns across the country and widespread COVID-19 testing largely brought the outbreak under control within Chinese borders earlier this year. But a new cluster emerged in Beijing in June and infecting more than 330 people before it was contained, after millions of people living in the capital were tested for transmission.Xinjiang was one of the first regions to let students return to school in late March after authorities declared an end to the initial wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.Ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims make up around half of the remote and landlocked region’s population. Many of them complain of decades of political and religious oppression by China’s ruling Communist Party, which the government denies.center_img Topics :last_img read more