The measure of a woman

first_img In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established a presidential commission to examine and report on the status of American women. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reflects on the 50th anniversary of the presidential report and discusses how to involve more women in politics.Pelosi said that while there have been many legislative efforts brought forward to address these problems over the years, progress has been far too slow.“I’m really tired of incrementalism,” she said in an interview following the talk. “I think we have to kick open the door and just say, ‘We’re going to make our own environment.’ And our environment is one where women have access to quality affordable child care, paid sick leave — that their work is valued in the workplace. And if they want to be involved in the civic life of our community, money and the harshness of campaigns will not be an obstacle to them.”When asked about how to increase the number of women leaders in the business and political worlds, Pelosi said that ultimately the issue is not so much about gender, but rather, hearing and seeing a broad range of viewpoints.“It’s not that women are better than men in every respect,” she teased the crowd. “It’s just that the difference of opinion is really important. And it’s really important for young women to see other women at the table who have shared their experience, whether they’re a student, whether they’re a young working mom — that somebody who identifies with their experience, with their generation, with their gender, is at that table.”Today’s climate of scorched-earth politics and shadowy campaign financing also affects the number of women who choose to go into public service.“I do think that one of the obstacles to women participating is the lack of civility, as well as the role of money, in politics,” Pelosi said afterward. “Anyone you want to run for public office is someone who has options … professional, academically, family-wise. Why would they subject themselves to what happens when you run for office, which is you become a target. I can speak with some authority on that subject. And so, why would they do this?”The daughter of a congressman and later the mayor of Baltimore, Pelosi saw politics up close from an early age, but said that for many years she never had any ambition to run for office, preferring instead to work behind the scenes on issues important to her while raising her five children.“I didn’t set out to become speaker [of the House]. I didn’t set out to run for Congress. It just so happened that I was ready. You don’t know what opportunity may come next. Just be ready,” she told students.“You’re there not just to do politics, you’re there for what you believe in,” Pelosi said. “And if you believe in something, you have a vision, an idea about something for the future, you know what you’re talking about, about your issues of concern. You have a plan on how to get it done. You will attract support, and you will make a difference.”Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987 representing the 12th District in San Francisco, and was the first woman to serve as speaker of the House, from 2007 to 2011. She said that although conditions are still far from ideal, there have been positive changes in attitudes and opportunities for women in Washington.“I can see a difference in the 26 years I have been in Congress. Once you get the gavel, it’s all different,” she said, chuckling. “It changes everything.” <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Wage equity. Affordable child care. Paid sick leave. Although these are contemporary problems, they are also issues that political leaders have been struggling to resolve for half a century, ever since President John F. Kennedy commissioned a landmark report on women.Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, appeared at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of “The President’s Commission on the Status of Women” and to take measure of how far, and not so far, women have come since the report was published in October 1963.“He probably never thought that 50 years from now, we’d be having this conversation. But we are,” Pelosi told the audience at the Knafel Center.Kennedy had initiated an unprecedented effort by the federal government to review and assess how existing laws, practices, and policies limited women’s access to employment, to equal wages, and to their full rights under the law.The commission, headed by Eleanor Roosevelt and including Mary Bunting, then-president of Radcliffe College, was also charged with determining whether changes were necessary, particularly for those who wanted to enter the workforce but needed assistance to do so.The report called for significant reforms that presaged demands made by the emerging feminist movement, including a formal end to gender discrimination in hiring, access to paid maternity leave and universal child care for those who wanted to work, and an insistence that the courts fully recognize women’s civil and property rights under the 14th Amendment.“Women should not be considered a marginal group to be employed periodically only to be denied opportunity to satisfy their own needs and aspirations when unemployment rises or a war ends,” Kennedy wrote in 1961, announcing the formation and goals of the commission. “Women have basic rights which should be respected and fostered as part of our nation’s commitment to human dignity, freedom, and democracy.”House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on women in politicslast_img read more

Why Does Hardware Matter in a Software-Defined Data Center?

first_imgToday, organizations with a modernized infrastructure (aka “modernized” firms) are much better positioned to handle emerging technologies than their competitors with aging hardware. Modernized firms can quickly scale to meet changing needs. They understand the importance of flexibility, especially when it comes to handling demanding applications and processing the insane amount of data inundating us from all angles!The right software-defined data center (SDDC) solutions can help organizations address those heavy demands and accommodate future growth. SDDC breaks down traditional silos and plays a critical role in a firm’s data center transformation. Since all elements in an SDDC are virtualized – servers, storage, and networking – they can easily adapt and decrease the time to deploy new applications.With all these benefits, it’s no surprise that most organizations see value in SDDC as a long-term strategy. They want to be there, and know they need to be there to succeed long-term. But getting to that point is a journey – and one that must start with the right foundation.Setting the Record StraightWhen it comes to SDDC, one of the biggest misconceptions is that hardware doesn’t really matter. Those of us in hardware don’t take it personally (after all, it is SDDC, not HDDC). But that mindset couldn’t be further from the truth. Having the right hardware doesn’t just matter, it’s critical. Why? For one thing, SDDC runs on hardware. This may seem like a given, but without the right servers in place you can’t do all the other cool stuff that comes along with SDDC. Servers are the foundation of SDDC, and without a solid foundation? Well, we all know what happened to the guy that built his house on the sand…To provide a little more context, here are 6 Reasons Hardware Matters in an SDDC: Increased Capacity: Because SDDC runs on hardware, performance is constrained by the capacity and limitations of your servers. You’re forced to operate within the boundaries of resources available, and if those resources are limited, your SDDC capabilities will be, too.Faster Deployment: A modern infrastructure helps reduce the time it takes to deploy new applications. Automation tools such as zero touch deployment make life a lot easier for your IT staff. With aging infrastructure, it can take IT organizations days, weeks, or even months to deploy new versions of applications in their data centers. Modernized servers help to drastically reduce this time. Scalability – The right hardware enables you to more easily scale to meet your changing needs. Modernized servers support data growth, because they give you the capability to add additional resources such as memory. You can scale out to meet business demands, avoiding infrastructure “sprawl.”Emerging Workloads – Today’s workloads are more complex than those of the past. Emerging workloads that require large amounts of parallelized computation need modernized servers designed specifically to support them. If your organization uses (or plans to use) predictive analytics, machine learning, or deep learning you need to have the right infrastructure in place. A recent study by Forrester found that 67% of servers purchased in the next year will be used to support emerging technology workloads including IoT, additive manufacturing, computer vision, predictive analytics, and edge computing.[1]Customized Workload Placement – Another benefit to modernized servers is the ability to customize your workload placement based on your specific needs and resources. This means you can run some workloads on-premises (such as data-sensitive applications), while keeping others in the cloud. For example, PowerEdge MX7000, which was designed specifically for SDDC, is a modular, software-defined infrastructure that can assign, move, and scale shared pools of compute, storage, and fabric with greater flexibility and efficiency.Improved IT Staff Productivity – With aging infrastructure, your IT staff likely spends a large chunk of their time managing day-to-day tasks. This doesn’t leave much time to focus on strategy or work on things that will contribute to overall business results. Modernized servers help you automate tasks, making it much easier to deploy, monitor, and maintain, so your staff can add more value in other areas.The journey to an SDDC can be challenging, and unfortunately the path to get there isn’t clear cut. But if you start with a solid foundation, including the right servers, you’ll be positioned to adapt and grow to meet your changing business needs.For more info about the importance of server refresh and modern infrastructure, check out Forrester’s recent study Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success or the Dell EMC eBook The Journey to a Software-Defined Data Center.To learn more about PowerEdge, visit, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.[1] A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, “Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success,” May 2019.last_img read more

Lecturer reflects on life of influential theologian

first_imgHenri Nouwen’s search for meaning led the Catholic priest and theologian to a Trappist monastery, Latin America, and finally, the L’Arche community, Andrea Smith Shappell said in a lecture Tuesday morning. The lecture, which detailed Nouwen’s roles as teacher, searcher and pastor, was part of the Center for Social Concerns’Lecturer  research lecture series. Smith Shappell, associate director for theological reflection and summer service learning, said her interest in Nouwen began upon reading his works and meeting him while she was an undergraduate student at Notre Dame. “I then looked forward to his visits to campus when I was working for the Center for Social Concerns in the early years. I also served on the board of the Henri Nouwen Society from 2005 to 2010,” she said.  After his ordination, Nouwen asked for permission from his archbishop to study psychology, Smith Shappell said, which was an “unusual” request in 1957. “Many Christians at that time perceived psychology to be an enemy of the faith, largely due to Freud’s influence,” she said. “But Nouwen believed that psychology dealt with issues that were important to the Church, particularly understanding human behavior in order to respond to the pastoral needs of humans.” Nouwen completed his doctorate in psychology and received a fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, Smith Shappell said. The clinic was the birthplace of the field of “clinical pastoral education.”“Nouwen drew upon his experience as a psychologist to bring the knowledge of counseling and human behavior into pastoral ministry. He also adapted the CPE model to serve a wide audience of Christians, from college students to parishioners,” she said.  Smith Shappell said although Nouwen taught at prestigious institutions, published dozens of books and was a popular speaker, he was restless. “He continually engaged in a process of discernment, a particular type of theological reflection in making decisions in light of faith,” he said. “For Henri, the continuing question was, what is God calling me to do?” Nouwen taught at Yale from 1971 to 1981, and during this time he took sabbaticals at the Abbey of Genesee, a Trappist monastery in New York. “Henri taught about solitude and inner freedom, but he struggled with his own compulsions to keep speaking, writing and teaching at a frantic pace. He needed to retreat from life at Yale to address his compulsions in prayer and solitude,” he said. “Nouwen was friends with the Genesee abbot, Dom Bamberger, and made the unusual request to become a temporary member of the monastery. … While at the abbey, Henri discovered the utter necessity of life in community as something he had craved. He reflected that his capacity for intimacy with God was his interrelated with his ability to love and live with other monks.”After a few months at the monastery, Smith Shappell said, Nouwen became frustrated by the isolation of the abbey. “Henri decided he wanted to return to Yale to write more and speak less, realizing that none of the problems he brought to the abbey had been resolved, nor would a longer stay help him,” he said. During his time at Yale, Nouwen developed an interest in Latin America, Smith Shappell said. “Through contacts with Maryknoll missioners, Henri made plans to spend six months in both Bolivia and Peru in 1981,” she said. ”He felt called to work in Peru, but after a few months, he recognized that he did not fit in, and those that lived with him, the Maryknoll missioners, recognized that as well.“Henri felt the Maryknoll missioners were intensely individualistic in their struggle for justice and peace. His longing for a community of prayer was not compatible with their lifestyle nor did he agree with their more militaristic strain of liberation theology.”Although few people have the ability to explore vocation by living in monasteries and traveling to South America, Smith Shappell said, “what we can learn from Henri is to continually listen to God’s call to deepen our attention to prayer and contemplation and to find ways to heed the call to action in response to injustice.”Nouwen returned to the United States, Smith Shappell said, when he recognized that he was not called to live in Latin America, but inform others what was happening there. “One way he did this was to join a Witness for Peace delegation, for a trip to the border of Nicaragua and Honduras. Witness for Peace was a movement against the U.S. involvement in the contra-war in Nicaragua in the 1980s,” she said. “Unlike the Vietnam War protests that were held in the United States, people traveled to Nicaragua’s war zones to see firsthand the effects of the war.” After meeting with women who lost their husbands and sons in the war, Nouwen shared their stories in lectures across the United States. “He wanted to show that what the U.S. was doing was, in his words, unjust, illegal and immoral,” she said. Nouwen also proposed the concept of communal reconciliation, Smith Shappell said. “Henri continually asked forgiveness for the sins that the U.S. government and citizens committed against the women and their country. His experience stretched the understanding of reconciliation: It wasn’t an individual sacrament, but there was need, in a way, to enter into communal reconciliation for social sin,” she said. “He toured the nation talking about this experience and the power of forgiveness. His lens, though, was always one of spirituality — a pastoral response.”Nouwen did not choose to write or lecture about reconciliation or social sin, but he expressed his concern though his actions, Smith Shappell said. “Nouwen is not known as a social justice activist, but he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma. He protested against nuclear submarines Connecticut, and he toured the country to tell people what was really happening in Nicaragua,” she said. In the third phase of his life, Nouwen lived in a L’Arche community, Smith Shappell said. “L’Arche is a movement started by Jean Vanier in France, creating communities of people who have disabilities, who live with assistants. The assistants help them to reach the expression of their full humanity,” she said.Smith Shappell said Nouwen’s move to the L’Arche community “meant counter-culturally embracing ‘downward mobility,’” a concept that was grounded in his understanding of the Incarnation. “His experience living with the L’Arche community was the culmination of integrating his theology of downward mobility with his lived experience,” she said. “Downward mobility led Nouwen to a community where the core members did not read his books or know he wrote books. “The accolades Henri had received as a well-known speaker and author were replaced with a community that appreciated him as a human being, to love and be loved. This was the home — the earthly home — that Henri had been searching for.” Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Henri Nouwenlast_img read more

Cattaraugus Woman Charged In Mass Gathering Investigation

first_imgMGN ImageCATTARAUGUS – A Cattaraugus woman is charged following an investigation into a mass gathering at 9983 New Albion Rd. Monday, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say they received numerous complaints from a number of constituents concerned about a mass gathering at the residence of 29-year-old Melinda Dreaver. The complaints reportedly varied from multiple vehicles at the residence and parked in the roadway, loud noise and concerns about the safety of the people at the “large party.”Deputies say they responded to Dreaver’s residence on three separate occasions throughout the evening. Deputies made several attempts to educate and warn Dreaver of the health risk this large party was creating for her, the people at the party, and the public.Each time, Dreaver allegedly refused to comply and stop the party. On Tuesday, a review of the investigation of this incident was done by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. It was determined, based on the alleged actions of  Dreaver and the number of complaints received by the Sheriff’s Office, that she was in violation of the New York Penal Law and in violation of the New York State Executive Order 202.10 in regards to mass gatherings. Dreaver was taken into custody by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. Dreaver was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, second-degree criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct.Dreaver transported to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office where she was processed and released with appearance tickets. She will appear in the New Albion Town Court at a later date to answer the charges. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After victories in 2016, CUNA looks to future regulatory relief

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA began 2016 by implementing an advocacy strategy aimed at working with Congress to work with regulators to reduce regulatory burdens on credit unions. The strategy has seen some success this year, with more work to do, but also positions CUNA to work further on this strategy in the years ahead.“We used our unparalleled grassroots efforts, as well as the first-of-its kind regulatory burden study to help credit unions and leagues bring together an unprecedented 399 members of Congress—a bipartisan supermajority of both chambers—to send a strong message that regulatory burdens are impeding credit union service to members, and that regulations should be tailored to reduce that” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.CUNA undertook this effort with the hope of improving current proposals, such as the NCUA’s field-of-membership rule, as well as impact forthcoming rulemakings from agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).“After CUNA, credit unions and the leagues loudly and publicly pushed for it, the CFPB has acknowledged that it has some exemption authority, although we continue to push for broader and more widespread use,” Donovan said. “The NCUA went from saying ‘no’ to our pleas for examination fairness efficiency to undertaking a comprehensive overhaul of its supervisory process.” continue reading »last_img read more

A road map for linking innovation with strategy

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A credit union’s strategy must evaluate the internal and external factors it will encounter on our journey through ordinary times and totally unprecedented circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic and help its leaders create a sustainable competitive advantage to remain relevant to members, as well as provide long-term viability regardless of future economic circumstances.Over the better part of the past three decades, I’ve led board and management team members through the strategic planning process. In the early years, we debated the importance of keeping up with new technological innovations and allocating resources to these new ways of doing business.Questions popped up like: “Is it really important to have a website?” “Will members feel comfortable with the idea of having their personal information being accessible via the Internet?” “Is an automated loan-decisioning model really better than looking the member in the eye?”We spent weeks doing cost/benefit analysis, trying to determine whether we wanted to be “on the bleeding edge” or “fast followers.” We ultimately determined what resources we’d be willing to commit to implementing cutting-edge advances. The process continued through the next several decades.last_img read more

An outside chance

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Aviva announces exit, sells entire stake in Indonesian joint venture

first_imgBritish insurance company Aviva Holding Ltd. has announced its exit from Indonesia, selling all its shares in its joint venture in the country, PT Astra Aviva Life (Astra Life), to its partner, PT Astra International.Aviva released the statement on the company’s website on Friday.“The transaction is expected to be completed in quarter four of 2020 and is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approval in Indonesia and the completion of Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited’s [Bangkok Bank] acquisition of PT Bank Permata Tbk [Permata Bank], Aviva Indonesia’s bancassurance partner,” the statement said. The shareholders of Bangkok Bank approved the acquisition of Permata Bank on March 5.Bangkok Bank announced in December that it had agreed to buy 89.1 percent of stakes in publicly listed Bank Permata from Standard Chartered and Astra International for around US$2.67 billion as part of its overseas expansion.Read also: Bangkok Bank to acquire another Indonesian bank after Permata deal: OJKBritish financial giant Standard Chartered and Indonesian diversified conglomerate PT Astra International were the majority owners of Bank Permata shares, each owning 44.56 percent. Astra Life was established on May 26, 2014, and by 2018 it had over 750 employees and provided services to over 1.4 million customers, according to information on the company’s website. The company had total assets amounting to Rp 5.9 trillion (US$407 million) in the fourth quarter of 2019, a Rp 900 billion year-on-year growth, according to its financial statement.Aviva began a review of its Asia business in 2019 under new CEO Maurice Tulloch, Reuters reported.The company said in November that it had decided to keep its Singapore and China operations, but was considering options for its Indonesia, Vietnamese and Hong Kong businesses. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

Pension funds for Dutch airline KLM hit by third-quarter turbulence

first_imgKLM’s three largest pension funds have reported negative third-quarter returns of up to 4.1%, while their coverage ratios fell by at least 10 percentage points over the period.Their official policy funding – drawn from the 12-month average – also dropped by several percentage points.Last week, the five largest pension funds in the Netherlands announced investment losses of up to 3.2% over the past three months, with only the €345bn civil service scheme ABP (0.8%) and the €39bn metal scheme PME (0.5%) managing to record positive returns year to date.The KLM pension funds attributed their deteriorating financial position to a combination of negative returns, the reduction of the ultimate forward rate (UFR) for discounting liabilities and falling long-term interest rates. The two rate developments in particular led to a significant increase in liabilities, with the €7.3bn Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM, the scheme for ground staff, indicating that its liabilities had increased by 5.5%.However, the €2.5bn pension fund for cabin staff, with a quarterly loss of 4.1%, took the biggest hit, resulting in its policy funding falling by 3.3 percentage points to 110.9%.The Pensioenfonds KLM Cabinepersoneel cited a quarterly loss of 9.2% on its 42.5% equity allocation, as well as a 1.4% loss on its 44.5% fixed income holdings.In contrast, the scheme’s real estate portfolio returned 0.6% over the third quarter, taking its year-to-date return for the asset class to 5.6%.Mark Burback, CIO at Blue Sky Group, the KLM schemes’ asset manager and pensions provider, attributed the performance of real estate to investors’ preference for fixed income investments following the negative sentiments on financial markets.The Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM, meanwhile, lost 3.8% over the last quarter.Commenting on the quarterly results, the scheme for ground staff said the volatile equity markets wiped out its expected annual result.It said its policy funding fell by 2.4 percentage points to 112.8%, adding that indexation would be unlikely in the years to come.The €7.8bn pension fund for cockpit staff – despite an investment loss of 3.9% and a 1.8-percentage-point drop in policy funding to 123.9% – remained in the best shape of the three large KLM schemes.The Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel said it still had a funding surplus and did not need to submit a recovery plan.The pilots’ scheme announced a positive return on investments of 0.6% year to date, while the pension funds for cabin and ground staff incurred losses of 1.4% and 1%, respectively.last_img read more

Planned Parenthood latest video – the most disturbing thing you’ll see all year

first_imgLifeSiteNews 4 August 2015I’m about to show you something that, if you’re alive and have a heartbeat, will deeply disturb you, and then make you hopping mad.I warn you, it’s graphic. But everybody needs to see this. Because this is the truth. And even if the truth is difficult, and gruesome, and challenging, it must be known.This morning the Center for Medical Progress released the latest in their series of undercover sting videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies.The first part is plenty disturbing, as director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, discusses how she “diversifies” Planned Parenthood’s “revenue stream” by selling aborted baby parts, and how their abortionists can modify the abortion procedure (Note: totally illegal) to obtain “intact” foetuses. read more