Brave new HR is bold and business-minded

first_imgSpeaking at last week’s Boardroom HR conference, Nick Starritt, former groupHR director of BP, gave a good definition of how you measure whether you’redoing your job as HR chief properly or not. He said he always feels his pulsewhen he is talking to the CEO and he knows if it is not racing then he is notreally coming up with the goods. Other speakers and delegates talked about how HR should challenge the board.Andrew Banks, CEO of TMP Worldwide recruitment, told senior HR people to”be tough on your leaders”. Claire Chapman, Tesco HR chief, went asfar as to say, “Be prepared to be bold and be fired.” And it seems that the enlightened CEO agrees with her. Paul Carter of RollsRoyce Combustion Systems told the audience of senior HR people that they shouldget on and do what they feel is right and justify it later. “Ask forforgiveness rather than permission,” Carter said. In other words, the time has come for senior HR people to go on theoffensive. To be effective at the top in HR you need courage. But as peoplelike Starritt demonstrate in spades, you also need a lot of clarity. The conference looked at HR outsourcing and Internet-enabled HR and therewas heated debate about the relative merits of different approaches. Certainthings can be taken for granted, as Vance Kearney at Oracle pointed out.”The question I’ll always be asked is ‘How much more can you do next yearand how much less can you do it for?’” he said. There is one golden rule:if your HR strategy is not aligned and integrated with business strategy thenyour days are numbered. At this event, at least, there were HR people withenough fire in their bellies to make sure that doesn’t happen. By Noel O’Reilly Brave new HR is bold and business-mindedOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Letters: local government faces staff crisis

first_img Previous Article Next Article Letters: local government faces staff crisisOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Our front page exclusive on councils’ recruitment and retention crisis hasstruck a chord with HR professionals in that sector. Tellingly, manyrespondents wished to remain anonymous so they could fully vent theirfrustrations surrounding the issueWhat a cavalier attitude to staff A starting point for councils tackling their skills crisis (News, 15January) would be to learn how to treat people who apply for jobs. I applied for a relatively senior HR role within Education Leeds beforeChristmas and have yet to receive acknowledgement of progress. Staff there didnot even think to let applicants know when interviews were being held, so wecould at least guess if we had been selected or not. It is a shame a large employer like Leeds City Council doesn’t seem able toget the basics of good employment practice right. Maybe this is another reasonwhy local government employees are leaving and moving to employers in other sectors.David Albone Corporate services manager, The Ridings Housing Association Adapt or lose the skilled workers Although local authorities occupy a central role in the local community,little is done to market employment opportunities in the sector beyondadvertising in the local press and providing a job counter in reception. Local authorities need to be more imaginative, commercial and sell theirbrand in the same way as other big businesses they are in competition with fora skilled and committed workforce. Historically, local government has had ‘a job for life’ image, but youngerworkers’ expectations are changing. More needs to be done to look at the wayswork can be tailored to fit around people’s choice of lifestyle. If there is to be a vibrant workforce major reinvestment is needed now toenable local authorities to reintroduce qualification-based trainingprogrammes. It will be the best way to ensure a future supply of skilled andexpert workers in hard-to-fill specialist areas. Pauline Maynard Human resource manager, Croydon Council Pay and benefits do not compare Local government cannot attract staff as it is not paying the going rate,particularly for professionals. While a new job evaluation scheme is being introduced in April which aims toharmonise pay and conditions, feedback during consultation has been poor.Fifteen per cent of staff are set to lose out in terms of salary. I fear peoplewill vote with their feet. We need to look outside local authorities for an example of what benefitpackages are available in the private sector. If local government is going to meet its commitments to customers, it needsto bring itself up to speed with how to motivate modern workforces. Name and organisation withheld Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Klay Stall Ruled Medically Ineligible to Compete for USU

first_img Written by Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball center Klay Stall will not return to the Aggie roster in 2020-21 after being ruled medically ineligible to compete. Stall was hampered by injuries throughout his career at Utah State, limiting his time on the court, but will earn his degree in exercise science at the end of this semester.Stall spent his first year at USU as a redshirt before appearing in 10 games during his redshirt freshman year in 2017-18. A back injury cut his season short and an offseason knee injury the following year kept him from competing during the 2018-19 season. Last season, Stall appeared in just three games as he continued to battle through injuries.“Our hearts go out to Klay. Our coaching staff and his teammates feel for him,” head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith said. “We appreciate Klay’s commitment, dedication and accomplishments to the Aggies over the last four years. We are excited for Klay to earn his degree at Utah State and support his future endeavors.” September 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Klay Stall Ruled Medically Ineligible to Compete for USU Tags: Klay Stall/Utah State Aggies Basketballlast_img read more

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Russia: Navy Plans to Participate in Naval Exercise with NATO

first_img View post tag: Navy December 2, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: plans View post tag: NATO View post tag: Exercise View post tag: with View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: participate Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy Plans to Participate in Naval Exercise with NATO View post tag: Russia In training year, Russian Navy plans to participate in a number of joint naval exercises including those with navies of the US, Great Britain, and France, reports RIA Novosti referring to a spokesman for defense ministry.New training year in Russian Armed Forces started on Dec 1. The past one was marked by the Center 2011 large-scale exercise, successful test launches of Bulava and shaping a new branch – Aerospace Defense Force.“Russian warships and submarines are deployed worldwide within task groups and singly. It is planned that Russian warships would take part in the FRUKUS 2012 maneuvers, NATO exercises BALTOPS 2012, IONIEX 2012, and the international search-and-rescue exercise Bold Monarch 2012, Russian-Norwegian exercise Pomor 2012, international exercise Northern Eagle 2012, and the RIMPAC 2012 exercise”, said the interviewee.According to him, in 2012 Black Sea Fleet will take part in activation of BLACKSEAFOR task group. Terms and dates of exercises are being currently agreed via diplomatic channels. In addition, Russian warships are supposed to pay visits to over 40 foreign ports in 2012. “Navy command plans that Russian warships would continue presence in the Gulf of Aden and near the Horn of Africa on the regular basis in order to maintain maritime security. With this in view, rotation of the ships is scheduled”, added the Navy spokesman.He stressed that Russian mariners were planning to start a long-range cruise no later than in Dec 2011. As is expected, Northern Fleet carrier group headed by aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov will be deployed in ocean zones.According to Russian Navy, in the new training year high emphasis will be put on development of shipbuilding program which implies construction of frigates and corvettes, as well as construction, trials, and commissioning of nuclear-powered submarines. Building of diesel electric submarines and modernization of available nuclear ones will be also continued. “Construction of submarines will go along with further modernization of search-and-rescue facilities including salvage ships, piloted and unmanned search-and-rescue submersibles”, added the interviewee.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 02, 2011; Image: navsource Russia: Navy Plans to Participate in Naval Exercise with NATOlast_img read more

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Bayonne Briefs

first_img ×This osprey nest was sighted near the Newark Bay Bridge. The first successful osprey nest in the Meadowlands district in approximately 100 years was a result of a handmade osprey platform installed over a decade ago at PSEG’s Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City. Last year, there were about a dozen nesting pairs. Recently, osprey have been photographed near Rutkowski Park, Bayonne, and seen fishing in the park’s pond, which is close to the railroad bridge. Bayonne man killed by payloader at North Bergen recycling facilityAngelo Maietta, 31, of Bayonne was killed by a payloader at Lincoln Recycling in North Bergen at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 in what North Bergen Police Captain William Lyons called a “tragic death.”Maietta’s brother, Rafel, told News12 that his brother was closing the doors on the back of their truck when the truck came out of the building, reversed toward them, crushing Maietta. North Bergen police and the Hudson County prosecutor’s officer launched an investigation, as well as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This osprey nest was sighted near the Newark Bay Bridge. The first successful osprey nest in the Meadowlands district in approximately 100 years was a result of a handmade osprey platform installed over a decade ago at PSEG’s Hudson Generating Station in Jersey City. Last year, there were about a dozen nesting pairs. Recently, osprey have been photographed near Rutkowski Park, Bayonne, and seen fishing in the park’s pond, which is close to the railroad bridge.center_img Lincoln Equities Group closes on 153-acre warehouse siteLincoln Equities Group (LEG) completed its acquisition of a 153-acre site on the former Military Ocean Terminal Base, called the Bayonne Logistics Center.LEG purchased the site from Ports of America this spring, which was brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. LEG plans to redevelop the property into 1.6 million square feet of industrial warehouse space adjacent to the Port of New York and New Jersey.The existing World War II-erawarehouses once stored missiles, tanks, and all kinds of cargo to ship abroad to support war efforts from 1967, when the peninsula became a military base, to 1999, when the base closed. Then, in 2007, Ports of America purchased the land and buildings where it has been ever since. Those old warehouses will be demolished, and the land raised by six feet, which will require 2 million tons of fill that will pave the way for “the next generation of industrial warehousing,” according to Joel Bergstein, President of LEG.“As the e-commerce industry and same day-delivery services expand, the demand for industrial warehousing near ports and major metropolitan areas will rise,” said Bergstein in a press release about the closing. “We see tremendous potential in this underutilized waterfront site.”Person found dead in truck on 24th StreetAn unidentified person was found dead in a white Toyota pickup truck on West 24th Street near Kennedy Boulevard on the morning of Thursday, May 31. It’s the second time in three months that a person was found dead in his car in Hudson County. The death was deemed not suspicious by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, meaning it wasn’t a murder. Man charged with allegedly stealing $4,360 of alcohol and snacks from the Bayonne Golf ClubA 47-year-old Bayonne man was charged with burglary, theft, and possession of burglar’s tools after police pulled him over on 22nd Street at around 3 a.m. on May 30 allegedly for reckless driving and noticed a large quantity of sealed goods in the back seat. Much of it allegedly bore “Bayonne Golf Club” labeling, according to the Bayonne Police Department.According to the BPD, those goods included several sealed, wholesale-quantity cases of sports drinks, various plastic storage containers filled with potato chips, a plastic container filled with a combination of sealed and opened liquor bottles, several wicker baskets filled with food, several sandwiches packed in cardboard boxes, and cans of cold beer.After noticing condensation on the cans of beer that indicated the cans were recently removed from refrigeration and the “Bayonne Golf Club” labeling on bags and boxes, the BPD called the golf club security, who confirmed that a rear door to the club was left ajar and the inside clearly burglarized. Blood drive in honor of Michael RomanoNew Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive on Friday, June 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Henry’s Church on 28th Street and Avenue C. The blood drive is in memory of Michael Romano, a Bayonne resident who died in 2005 at the age of 11 after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare and incurable cancer of nerve cells.Liberty State Park marina plan is dead in the waterA marina proposed for the south side of Liberty State Park has been rejected by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after months of protests by park advocates.This is the third victory for park preservationists in two years.The DEP, which oversees the state park on the eastern side of Jersey City, will, however, grant Suntex Marinas – which was to develop the southern marina – an additional 10 acres at the north end of the park where the company already maintains a marina.Earlier in May, the DEP also rejected a proposed expansion of Liberty National Golf Course into a jetty near the south end of the park, prompting a significant outcry from park supporters as well as environmentalists over the possible encroachment into wetlands and wild species habitat located there.Two years ago, Friends of Liberty State Park along with local public officials and others stopped a massive development plan proposed for the park, including the construction of a possible casino.All three of these plans were proposed with the backing of then Gov. Christopher Christie. Advocates for the park credit the change of administration and the support of current Gov. Phil Murphy for the rejection of the latest plans.Sam Pesin, president of The Friends of Liberty State Park was elated.“This great news marks a major turning point in LSP history with hopefully a long, positive era initiated by Governor Murphy and his excellent DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe and Assistant Commissioner Ray Bukowski,” Pesin said. “The Friends of LSP and our advocacy co-leader Greg Remaud, head of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, thank the hundreds of park supporters who once again stood up for our urban state park, and expressed special thanks to Mayor Steven Fulop and the Hudson County legislative delegation.”“The decision not to pursue the Suntex Marina term sheet pushed through during the previous administration demonstrates that Governor Murphy and NJDEP Commissioner McCabe are strong stewards of the public trust, even in the face of influential special interests, said Greg Remaud, the NY/NJ Baykeeper. “Liberty State Park is back in good hands.”Natasha Deckmann named CEO of CarePointCarePoint Health has announced the appointment of Natasha Deckmann, M.D., as chief executive officer of the health care system, which includes three area hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.Deckmann has held leadership positions for the past several years at Optum, a leading health services and innovation company. Her tenure included serving as the head of Population Health Solutions at Optum Health, managing $2 billion in revenue and driving innovative solutions to population health challenges.“We are pleased to introduce Dr. Deckmann as the new CEO of CarePoint Health and know the depth of her experience and leadership that she brings to our three hospitals and, especially, our patients,” said Jeffrey Mandler, an owner and board member of CarePoint Health. “Dr. Deckmann is a strategic leader with a proven track record of delivering results, and her experience in managing people across diverse cultures and geographies offers the type of insight and knowledge to lead the delivery of health care to our communities.“Dr. Deckmann will unify and lead the hospital system into its next phase of service to the community,” added Mandler.Dr. Deckmann also previously served as chief operating officer of Consumer Solutions Group (CSG) at Optum Health. She also held a number of senior leadership roles at Marsh Inc., including chief operating officer of the International Division, and led strategic consulting engagements for clients across the entire health care industry, including the U.S. government, for Oliver Wyman. Dr. Deckmann also worked with the Health Care Initiatives group at General Motors Corporation. She has expertise in population health management, benefit management, care management, M&A, product development and management, portfolio management, strategy, operations and change management.“I am eager to be joining the CarePoint Health family which continues to be a leader in delivering quality care and health care innovation,” said Dr. Deckmann. “My mission will be to continue to elevate the level of care while working closely with the diverse Hudson County community to ensure we are reaching all individuals.”Dr. Deckmann earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.Gov. Murphy reinstates health insurance mandate for New JerseyeansNew Jersey became the second state to enact a health insurance requirement for all residents, according to Politico. Residents who do not maintain health insurance will have to pay a penalty. Essentially, the mandate restores a key provision of Obamacare that was rescinded by Congress after Donald Trump became president.NJ Transit won’t share the condition of NJ bridgesNew Jersey’s public transit agency won’t share any information with the public about whether or not the state’s railroad bridges are safe, according to The Record. NJ Transit has refused to provide even the redacted copies of documents requested by The Record and NorthJersey.com under the state’s Open Public Records Requests law because, according to the agency, releasing the documents “would jeopardize the safety and security of NJ Transit bridges.”last_img read more

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The Funniest Things Overheard at Lockn’ Festival 2016

first_imgWith thousands of people descended upon the Oak Ridge Farm for the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia over the weekend, hilarious comments were bound to be overheard. Though music by so many great live musicians took the spotlight at the festival, the crowd that formed over the weekend provided a true sense of community.As part of our ongoing “Overheard At” series, we present to you the funniest things uttered at this year’s Lockn’. What were some of your favorites? Be sure to let us know!“As I was dropping someone off at Will Call, a guy asked me if I knew where Will Call was.”“My feet aren’t really working but they’re working great.”“It may be a Phish but it’s not a Herring!”“I’m guessing a Zero encore, as in no encore” (Right before Phish encored with Character Zero)“A gal was fishing an IPA out of her shorts after passing security. Five guys watching. One comments, ‘Congratulations you just birthed an IPA.’”“You don’t realize how many people are behind us til you turn around and look.” After a Derek Trucks solo: “There should be a prescription required for that.”Overheard on the lot waiting to get in Thursday at 6 AM: “Lockn is just waiting and weirdness, my friends. Waiting and weirdness.”“Ice cold handjobs here! Get your ice cold handjobs here.”“That’s definitely the last time I boof altoids”“We can play spirit sticks with these glowsticks!” “What do you normally use?” “Regular sticks.”“Can somebody please tell me what I’m looking for?”“I have a wook timer. 10 minutes.”“Get your vegetarian hot dogs here! all beef!”“Extra Brown, those jam band hippies didn’t know what to do with the Poopship.”“I didn’t come here to be sober you mfers!”“If I want to park, do I have to buy a parking pass?”“If it says gates at noon, does that mean the gates OPEN at noon?”“I don’t know where my sweat ends and the world’s moisture begins.”“Are those wooks holding onto each other’s dreadlocks?”Guy says to his girl, “what the hell is a fried burrito any way?”  Some random guy walking by, in his best Cheech voice replies, “Das a chimichonga, man.”“Yo dude, where’s your pot? Not your weed, but your pot. I want to cook something.”“A dude passed out, man. … while Trey was shredding.”Me to my friend: “Remember last year when…” Random stranger interrupting: “No one remembers last year, man.”At Circles Around The Sun: “I think the theme of this set is ‘people who took acid for Phish need a place to go.’”Getting out of a car in the day lot, first day, and the very first thing heard from someone in a schoolgirl voice: “Have you thought about synthetic urine?”“Some of the portapotties have hand sanitizer and some don’t. You could say it’s a real crapshoot.”“How do you tell a wook to go home at the end of a festival if its home is the forest?”“Fuck yeah! This shit is great!” Someone asked if “things were kicking in.” Guy replied, “No this shower. IT’S FUCKING GREAT!”To the tune of a Hot Pockets commercial: “Hot Lockn.”“Someone pooped in my cooler.”“This rice ball is like a mozzarella stick and a pizza had a love child.”“I feel like I’ve spent the past three days in a hot yoga studio 24/7.”Three people at the water tank on Blue Ridge Lane: “Someone look up what potable means.”“You guys, listen. I just really need some AC and cocaine right now.”New vocabulary word: redneck loofah (wet wipe on a stick).“If music could take a dump, it would sound like Ween.”“After this whole day of amazing music, I have one song stuck in my head: ‘Freeze Frame.’ Damn you Peter Wolf!”“I hate when people make glowstick orbs with random colors. Pick a theme goddamnit!”“Is acid kosher? Because it’s Friday night and I’m about to eat a whole bunch of it.”Posted on a sign: “Official Lockn booby painting. Two thumbs up from Nelson County sheriffs”A girl walking past after My Morning Jacket on Saturday night stating she had taken not 1 not 2 not 3 but 4 SHOWERS!“We got a piñata full of drugs!”“I probably shouldn’t risk this at a music festival.”“Where’s my wallet?! I have a bunch of opium in it.”“We were selling stickers and a dude asks my 10 year old if he could get one for a dollar. She looked him square in the eye and informed him, ‘this isn’t the dollar tree.’”Overheard while waiting for JRAD on Friday night, after hearing the same Motown CD forever on loop when they started a half hour late: ” Where are these guys? I’ve had enough of Sweatin’ to the Oldies.”“A guy asked to trade shoes with me because his feet hurt.”“No ducks, no deal.”“Two stoners in the hammocks next to me ruminating on how they lacked the motivation to go get more weed.”“Whatever you do, take care of your shoes… That’s why I wear sandals, they take care of themselves.”“I don’t know about Krishna but these beads are fucking killin’ it.”“I’m carrying a fully cooked hot dog, in a bun, in my bag for when I get hungry.”“I’m about 75% sure there’s not acid on those gummy worms. I can’t remember.”“I’m good man. I’m still fucked up from last year.”last_img read more

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Judge upholds Harvard’s admissions policy

first_imgReacting to the ruling, Harvard’s lead attorney, William F. Lee ’72, said justice had been served.“Today’s decision unequivocally affirms that Harvard does not discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions process, and that Harvard’s pursuit of the diverse student body central to its educational mission is lawful,” said Lee. “It represents a significant victory not merely for Harvard, but also for all schools and students, for diversity, and for the rule of law. As the court has recognized, now is not the time to turn back the clock on diversity and opportunity.”Blum said his group was disappointed with the ruling. “We believe that the documents, emails, data analysis, and depositions SFFA presented at trial compellingly revealed Harvard’s systematic discrimination against Asian American applicants,” he said, promising to appeal the decision.During the trial, which began last October in Boston’s federal courthouse, Harvard’s expert witness, economist David Card of the University of California at Berkeley testified that SFFA’s case was based on a flawed statistical model. As part of her ruling, Burroughs wrote she found “no credible evidence that corroborates the improper discrimination suggested by [SFFA’s] statistical model. Asian American applicants are accepted at the same rate as other applicants and now make up more than 20 percent of Harvard’s admitted classes, up from 3.4 percent in 1980.”Eight current and former Harvard students testified in support of the University’s race-conscious admissions policies during trial. SFFA did not call any student to the witness stand to testify, which Burroughs noted during final arguments in February, telling SFFA’s lawyers that they had a “no-victim problem.” In Tuesday’s ruling, she reiterated the point.“SFFA did not present a single Asian American applicant who was overtly discriminated against or who was better qualified than an admitted white applicant when considering the full range of factors that Harvard values in its admissions process.”Jeannie Park ’83, co-founding board member of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard and president of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, two groups that joined briefs supporting the University and that together have 7,000 members representing all of Harvard’s Schools, regularly attended the trial.“We are thrilled that the judge has ruled to affirm race-conscious admissions at Harvard and that the attack on campus diversity that this lawsuit represents has been beaten back,” said Park. “As alumni, we well know the critical role that the diversity of our classmates played in our education and continues to play in fostering the best possible learning environment and education for those who will lead our world in the future. The testimony of the student and alumni amici clearly made a difference in this case, and we are ever grateful to our members who shared their stories and thankful to Judge Burroughs for hearing them.” Lawyers for Harvard defend University practices, warn of dire consequences if overturned Students, alumni speak from experience on power of diversity Related William Lee says he expects judge will find that College does not discriminate against Asian Americans Harvard supporters set to testify in admissions trial Attorney appears confident admissions case ruling will favor Harvard Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled in favor of Harvard Tuesday, upholding its practice of including race as one of many factors considered in reviewing applications to the College.The long-awaited decision was the culmination of a lawsuit that began in 2014 when the group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), founded by affirmative-action foe Edward Blum, charged the University with discriminating against Asian American applicants based on their race. Blum has supported other lawsuits targeting civil rights protections in recent years. SFFA has similar litigation pending against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas.In her 130-page ruling, Burroughs found for Harvard on SFFA’s claims, ruling that the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, does not engage in racial balancing or the use of quotas, and does not place too much emphasis on race when considering an applicant’s admissions file. She also wrote that, “Harvard has demonstrated that no workable and available race-neutral alternatives would allow it to achieve a diverse student body while still maintaining its standards for academic excellence.”In her conclusion, Burroughs cited Supreme Court precedent, quoted Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and referenced the testimony of Ruth Simmons, former Brown University president and current president of Prairie View A&M University.“Harvard’s admission program passes constitutional muster in that it satisfies the dictates of strict scrutiny,” wrote Burroughs. “The students who are admitted to Harvard and choose to attend will live and learn surrounded by all sorts of people, with all sorts of experiences, beliefs, and talents. They will have the opportunity to know and understand one another beyond race, as whole individuals with unique histories and experiences. It is this, at Harvard and elsewhere, that will move us, one day, to the point where we see that race is a fact, but not the defining fact and not the fact that tells us what is important. But we are not there yet. Until we are, race-conscious admissions programs that survive strict scrutiny will have an important place in society and help ensure that colleges and universities can offer a diverse atmosphere that fosters learning, improves scholarship, and encourages mutual respect and understanding.”In a letter to the community following the ruling, Harvard President Larry Bacow called it a victory for both diversity and inclusion.“The consideration of race, alongside many other factors, helps us achieve our goal of creating a diverse student body that enriches the education of every student. Everyone admitted to Harvard College has something unique to offer our community, and today we reaffirm the importance of diversity — and everything it represents to the world.” Final arguments in admissions suitlast_img read more

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Eight Shows to Look Out for at NYMF

first_img Lesli Margherita (Photos courtesy of New York Musical Festival) Star Files View Comments The thirteenth annual New York Musical Festival officially starts on July 11, kicking off a month of workshop productions, developmental readings and concerts of shows to look out for. Several musicals, including Next to Normal, [title of show] and Altar Boyz got their big break at NYMF, so this is your chance to stay ahead of the curve. Below are eight picks with talented stars, intriguing scores and noteworthy premises that caught our eye. For the full lineup and tickets, visit the NYMF website.RemissionReading: July 11, 15 & 17Tony nominee Emily Skeggs will take a quick hiatus from Fun Home to explore another troubled college student at NYMF. In the reading of Rebekah M. Allen’s musical, Skeggs will play Davy, a junior who hides her cancer diagnosis and copes with life or death decisions through storytelling and fantasy. Like Fun Home, the show’s tone jumps between somber and unexpectedly energetic while facing dark themes.A Lasting ImpressionReading: July 13 & 20Jennifer Damiano and Meghann Fahy both played Natalie in Next to Normal on Broadway, and now they’ll share the stage as siblings. The show follows the connections and relationships between sisters Kali and Simone and Jo (played by Ciara Renée), a journalist who returns from assignment in Syria. Whitney Mosery, who worked with Damiano as the associate director of American Psycho, will helm the reading of Emily Kaczmarek and Zoe Sarank’s musical.Eh Dah? Questions for My FatherSolo Show: July 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 & 28Self-proclaimed “Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya Aziz tackles culture wars, Islamophobia and more in her semi-autobiographical solo show. The performance artist and songwriter weaves through several characters and voices to find the balance between her eclectic New York City life with the uncertainties of her Egyptian-American father and Muslim family. For a taste of Aziz’s unique sound and style, check out footage from her previous show, Sitting Regal by the Window.IconProduction: July 20, 23, 24 & 26A lavish score, Broadway grand dames and an intricate plot involving an American princess and an ill-fated affair all come into play in this romantic drama. Jonathan Kaldor and Sebastian Michael’s musical follows an American debutante who marries into a royal family and the affair with her music teacher turns violent, as well as a young man who uncovers his grandfather’s story 40 years later. The starry lineup includes Donna McKechnie and Tony Sheldon.A Scythe of TimeProduction: July 21, 23, 24 & 26Lesli Margherita in a fancy hat with peacock feathers? You’ve got our attention. The Broadway.com favorite will star in Alan Harris and Mark Alan Swanson’s show, which follows a 19th-century London writer as she attempts to solve the mystery of the deaths of several contemporaries. So like Mrs. Wormwood, she’s British, but this time, she loves reading. Inspired by two Edgar Allan Poe stories, the production also features PJ Griffith and Matt Dengler.Bread and RosesReading: July 22An all-star cast, including Mandy Gonzalez, Jon Rua (recently of Hamilton) and Mary Testa will take part in a developmental reading of this new musical, inspired by a true story and based on the film of the same name. With a sound that blends cultures and genres, Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander tell the story of Maya, a young Mexican woman who crosses the U.S. border to work with her sister as a janitor. After facing harsh and abusive conditions, she joins the movement to unionize the workers.Dust Can’t Kill MeProduction: August 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7Once Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis and Spring Awakening’s Kathryn Gallagher are no strangers to incorporating instruments into their performances, and they’ll do so once more for this folk musical. The story follows a group of individuals who journey into the desert during the Dust Bowl following a prophet’s promise of paradise. The score, by Elliah Heifetz and Abigail Carney, is already one to keep your ears out for, having already picked up accolades from Fringe NYC.Newton’s CradleProduction: August 3-7Tony winner Victoria Clark will put her director’s cap on to helm a workshop of a new musical by mother-and-son team Kim and Heath Saunders (the latter set to make his Broadway debut this fall). The story, set to an electro-pop score, follows Evan Newton (played by Heath), a young man who, after proposing to his girlfriend, is forced to confront his family and fight the labels—like “autistic”—he was given from an early age.last_img read more

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Sherry FitzGerald set to go public

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RI digitalizes trade, investment to spur economy amid pandemic

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has prompted Indonesia to digitalize various administrative processes to spur trade and investment amid a slowing economy and with social restrictions in place.For example, Indonesia is allowing Australian exporters to use an electronic certificate of origin in order to claim free trade agreement benefits for its exported products, according to Sally Deane, senior trade commissioner of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).The move is seen as a positive step for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which enters into force on July 5. Topics : “Australia and Indonesia were already making progress in this space [regulatory reform], but with COVID-19 we have seen some acceleration of these trends,” Deane said in a virtual discussion on Tuesday.Before the pandemic, Indonesia used electronic quarantine certificates for the trade of agricultural products with Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand, according to the Indonesian Agriculture Quarantine Agency.Deane said that moving forward, both governments should further utilize digital channels to allow Indonesian and Australian business communities to participate in virtual business matching or product showcases at a time when international travel is restricted.“I think we can look at ways of using digital channels to bring our two business communities together,” Deane added.Under the CEPA agreement, Indonesian exports to Australia will get zero tariffs. Likewise, most of Australia’s exports, including live male cattle, frozen beef, dairy products and sugar, may enter Indonesia without any duties.center_img The Indonesian Trade Ministry expects the export of some Indonesian products to Australia, such as automotive products, timber, textiles, electronics and communication tools, to increase despite recording a US$3.2 billion trade deficit last year.Digitalization has also taken place on the investment front. The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) currently provides an online one-stop service platform, the Online Single Submission (OSS), to process business permit applications. The OSS was created to simplify the administrative process of starting a business in the country.BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia also announced his plan to develop a web-based OSS application that can be managed not only by his office but also by regional administrations.In a hearing with the House of Representative on Tuesday, he proposed a budget of Rp 150 billion ($10.6 million) for software development and hardware distribution to provinces, cities and agencies across the country.“Right now, there are various applications to process permits, especially at the regional level,” Tina Talisa, the agency’s spokeswoman, told The Jakarta Post via text message on Wednesday. “Hence, we see the need to use a single application and integrate the app for the government and regional administrations.”Tina said the application was “one of the agency’s strategies to recover investment in 2021,” as the pandemic forced the agency to revise down this year’s investment target.Total investment realization in the first quarter grew 8 percent year-on-year to Rp 210.7 trillion. However, Indonesia booked an annual decline of 9.2 percent in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the same period, propelled by the coronavirus pandemic, which brought the global economy to a temporary halt.Red tape and unfavorable labor laws for businesses have weighed down Indonesia’s appeal to foreign investors. The country’s ranking in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index has stagnated at 73rd of 190 for the past two years.The incoming partnership may prompt Indonesia to further improve its investment climate, particularly in education, tourism and construction, according to Pingkan Audrine, a researcher at the Center for Indonesian Public Policies think tank, quoting data from the Trade Ministry.last_img read more

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