Hertford celebrates diversity in Equalities Week

first_imgShe said: “It’s really important that Oxford faces head on the systemic issues it has concerning access and inequality, and I hope this is some kind of part of that.I’m hoping the week will encourage people to think about these issues on a day to day basis and do their best to counteract them.” Aiming to make Oxford a more progressive and inclusive institution, the group encourages public discussion of Oxford’s “uncomfortable” history, especially regarding its imperialist past. In discussing the importance of hosting an Equalities Week, Sentance highlighted the necessity of the Oxford community confronting its systematic inequalities. Singh told Cherwell: “We all experience life differently – I don’t simply mean that we have different experiences but also that no person thinks in the same way as another. Due to these differences, it is vital to listen to one another because it is vital to try to understand. It is not enough to believe and say that we care. Be curious, learn more and love people. Champion those people who experience injustices. By hosting events such as EqualiTEAs, a women*’s night at the Hertford bar and an Equalities formal, Sentance hopes Equalities Week will foster a greater sense of community across Hertford College and a greater awareness of everyday activism in which one may participate. Oxford has been criticised recently for racial profiling of students by porters and for failing to treat disabled students fairly. On the importance of Equalities Week and her admiration of the work Sentance has done, second-year Hertford student Ashley Singh discussed the way in which people must interact to fight for acceptance, inclusion and equality. Fenella Sentance, Hertford’s JCR equal opportunities representative, planned the week in collaboration with other Hertford students, resulting in a fully student-organised event. Sentance told Cherwell: “The main goal was to focus on those communities – their experiences and concerns. Everyone in college has been enthusiastic [and] supportive, which has been really nice.” Sentance said: “I’d like women*, people of colour, LGBTQ+, working- class and disabled students at Hertford to feel recognised and listened to – and to feel that they have a community of people supporting them.” Sentance said that the goal of Equalities Week is to ensure women*, black and minority ethnic (BME), working class, LGBTQ+ and disabled students at Hertford have an opportunity and space to share and focus on their experiences. During fifth week, Hertford College hosted its annual Hertford Equalities Week. “To do so, we must participate, avoid being a bystander, even (or perhaps most importantly) in everyday life. Validate people – your peers, your mentors, the people who serve you, the people who rarely feel valued. Fight ignorance – the rights given to all people (freedom, safety, equality) protected by law are not just given. They are duties for us all.” There was a women*’s meeting and box decorating event on Tuesday in the JCR. On Wednesday, there was an Equalities Week formal hall to celebrate diversity and inclusion at the College. The formal hall hosted speeches about equality and diversity on campus.Hertford hosted an Equality and the Arts Panel Thursday to discuss activism, diversity and the arts with poets Will Harris, Rachel Long and Jay Hulme. With an aim to encourage the Oxford community to consider ways in which inequalities and injustice can be combated at Oxford, it is an opportunity to discuss topics including diversity, social equality, justice and activism. Hertford Equalities Week will wrap up Sunday, Nov. 17 with a talk from public engagement walking tour company Uncomfortable Oxford at 5:30 p.m in the Hertford Old Library.last_img read more

SolVe Desktop Overview & Installation

first_imgFor additional details on how to install and use SolVe Desktop, the Dell EMC Community Network provides excellent references here:SolVe Desktop Community ForumSolVe Desktop Information and DetailsSolVe Desktop Overview and Training (PPT)SolVe Desktop Release Notes (PPT) SolVe Desktop is an interactive, standalone application that generates specific, step-by-step procedures for servicing your Dell EMC products. SolVe Desktop gives you access to trusted best-practice instructions on how to resolve common service tasks for your products, including warnings for known issues, troubleshooting advice from product support engineers, and a wide array of services and resources for many Dell EMC products, including NetWorker, VPLEX, Connectrix, VNX, Data Domain, Isilon, and more. Click here to view a complete list of SolVe Desktop products available to customers and partners. The SolVe Desktop application can be downloaded from Dell EMC’s Online Support Site. It’s easy to install and automatically prompts you to update, so you’re always sure you have the latest version of the application. SolVe Desktop provides Knowledge Base articles, expert support advice and user resources relevant to your products, as well as how-to videos, top-trending support solutions for your products, and more. To install SolVe Desktop and begin using it today, watch this quick video on Downloading, Installing and Authenticating SolVe Desktop.Download SolVe DesktopPrior to downloading the application, know that SolVe Desktop requires Microsoft .NET 4.5.1. If you don’t already have it (or aren’t prompted automatically to install it before downloading SolVe Desktop) you can manually install Microsoft here. Installing SolVe Desktop is easy and fast. Using Google Chrome as a preferred browser, simply visit www.support.emc.com and:Click “SolVe” on the home pageSelect “Executable” and “Download”Follow the prompts to complete the installationAuthenticate by accepting the End User License Agreement Our SolVe Engagement Team is focused on providing our customers, partners and internal users with tools and processes to ensure the successful implementation and continued support of your Dell EMC products. Have questions about how to best optimize the SolVe Desktop application and gain greater insights on support procedures for your Dell EMC products? Please reach out to us at [email protected] If you encounter any issues installing SolVe Desktop, please contact the Customer Service Help Desk.Holly AndersonDell EMC, Social SupportFollow us @DellEMCSupportlast_img read more

Broadway’s On Your Feet! Wakes Up Times Square

first_img Related Shows ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017center_img The rhythm certainly got everyone at GMA on November 18 when Gloria and Emilio Estefan, along with the cast of On Your Feet!, paid a visit to the Times Square studio. After the power duo discussed their recently bestowed honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, talk turned to the bio-musical, which Gloria admitted was “surreal” to watch. The pair often visit the production at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre so keep your eyes peeled—if you’re lucky they may even hand you a Kleenex! Check out the interview below, which is followed by Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra leading the musical’s company in a medley that will get you on your feet (naturally!). On Your Feet!last_img read more

The Woodsman, Inspired by L. Frank Baum, Set for Off-B’way

first_imgThink Wicked but focused on the Tin Man! The Woodsman, a retelling of the origins of Oz’s Tin Woodsman, is heading off-Broadway once again. Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, tickets are now on sale for the production, which will begin performances on January 27, 2016. Opening night is set for February 7 at New World Stages—Stage 5.Reprising their roles from previous 59E59 productions will be Benjamin Bass, Devin Dunne Cannon, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda A. Lederer, Aaron McDaniel, Lauren Nordvig, Oritz, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas and Sophia Zukoski.Penned by Ortiz with music composed by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring, the production is based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum. The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. The Land of Oz will be brought to life by Strangemen & Co. with puppetry and original music.The Woodsman will feature set and puppet design by Ortiz, costume design by Carol Uraneck, lighting design by Catherine Clark and Jamie Roderick, associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon and costume coordination by Molly Seidel. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 The Woodsman last_img read more

55 new judges added

first_imgGary Blankenship Senior Editor A last-minute compromise on next year’s state budget has cut 11 judgeships from the number the legislature was poised to approve in the coming year.Lawmakers had been set to authorize all 66 new judges certified by the Supreme Court, and perhaps even one extra county judge. But budget negotiations between the House and Senate cut that number to 55. All the new judges will also be elected, not appointed by the governor.Removed by the last-minute agreement were two proposed new district court of appeal judges: one each for the Second and Fourth DCAs.Also removed was one proposed new circuit judge each in the Second, Fifth, Seventh, 11th, and 17th judicial circuits. On the county bench, Hillsborough County lost both of its new proposed judgeships, and Brevard, Colombia, Marion, and Pinellas counties each lost one judgeship. A new county judgeship for Colombia County added by the House was also stricken.Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chair of the House Fiscal Council, explained on the House floor on the last day of the session that the Senate had reduced the proposed number of judges to 55 and as part of the compromise budget between the two chambers. He also said that deal had all the new judges elected rather than appointed.Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, vehemently objected to electing the new judges. He noted that statistics from the Judicial Qualifications Commission show that judges who are elected have more disciplinary complaints and that Gov. Jeb Bush has done an outstanding job of appointing judges.Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, said while he philosophically agreed with Mahon, the need for more judges is too acute to risk getting none this year. He called for next year considering a constitutional amendment to appoint all trial judges and have them stand for merit retention elections, adding he thinks it is unseemly for judges running for office to accept campaign contributions, especially from lawyers who are likely to appear before them.“If we are placing campaign reform on us, then I think appointment of all judges and merit retention is one of the campaign reforms we should place on the third branch of government,” he said.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, noted that last year lawmakers agreed to fund half of the court’s requested 110 new judgeships that year and half this year, with last year’s being appointed and this year’s being elected. He added he has no problem with Bush’s record of appointing judges in Broward County.“The truth of the matter is a deal is a deal,” he said. “We’ll end up with no judges if we try to play games with this issue.”Negron concurred as he made closing arguments on the bill, adding like Mahon he would prefer the judges to be appointed but noted the Senate had strong feelings on the subject.“I would rather have 55 elected judges in courtrooms throughout Florida than zero new judges,” he said. “One of my goals in appropriations was that we have more judges in courthouses around Florida. It will serve the people and I think we can trust the people to elect them.”The court system has faced difficulties for several years, where the Supreme Court’s annual certification was either only partially funded or not funded at all. That resulted in a certification last year for 110 new judges.Lawmakers reacted by pledging to create those new posts, but over a two-year period. They approved 55 new judges last year, but in the meantime in this year’s certification the court said another 11 new judges were needed besides the 55 left over from last year.State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said getting most of the judges will be a help to the system, because meeting the large backlog of new judges tended to drain money needed for other court system operations.“As long as we’ve got that many judges that are necessary, it’s hard to get all the other operating parts of our budget addressed because of what the legislature has to spend on judges,” she said.The House had already passed its bill certifying all 67 new judges (the House added one to the Supreme Court certification) before the budget agreement was reached, so the Senate on May 3 took up the House bill and amended it to provide for 55 judges. Unlike the House version, it provided that all of the county and circuit court new judges would be elected in November.As approved, the HB 113 would provide six new circuit judgeships in the 20th Circuit, four in the 13th Circuit, three each in the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and 11th circuits, two each in the First, 10th, 12th, and 17th circuits, and one each in the Sixth, Seventh, 14th, 18th, and 19th circuits.On the county bench, the bill calls for four new judges in Broward County, two each in Brevard, Orange, Pasco, and Pinellas counties, and one each in Charlotte, Collier, Duval, Lee, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Palm Beach, and Polk counties. 55 new judges added May 15, 2006 Regular News 55 new judges added But efforts to add two more DCA judges faillast_img read more

Avoid these big-data mistakes and drive insight through effective analytics

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sundeep Kapur Sundeep has been assisting financial institutions with their omni-channel strategies – a more effective branch, a better online experience, & great consumer engagement. He is the author of an online … Web: www.emailyogi.com Details We sit on a significant amount of data that we struggle to leverage effectively. The challenges we face are plenty – from not having simplified and automated access to the data, to not being able to find the data in a timely manner (sometimes not at all), to making incorrect assumptions about the data, to investing in (the wrong) technology without having a clearly charted purpose, to progress that is not as fast as anticipated.The last three years have seen a surge in big-data initiatives at financial institutions followed by a plateauing/fizzling out of potentially valuable outcomes. A few financial institutions are doing really well with these analytics initiatives, but these are only a handful. After a careful assessment of over 300 big-data projects at financial institutions, I would humbly like to suggest some prescriptive ideas. Charting a Clearly Defined Data StrategyIdentify sources of data – internal and externalThink about questions you will ask of the potentially assimilated data – what is it you want to doEvaluate the value of answering the each of the questions (ROI)Prioritize a few mini-projects, execute a pilot, and keep improvingPlan to scale, identify solution providers/partner who can help you with this journeyMost financial institutions talk about the first four bullets but start with number five. This approach quickly turns the project upside down as the solution provider/partner leading the project brings a significant amount of bias to the problem that needs to be solved. Measuring the ROIWill this help you drive more engagement with consumers?Will you be able to reduce the cost of operations?Will you be able to drive incremental, attributable revenue?Will this help you become more efficient?Will your big-data initiative help you with compliance?Every one of the above can be applied to the initiatives that you choose. Some can be applied to more than one initiative. For example, better engagement could mean lower churn and the potential adoption of additional products and services by consumers. Compliance, efficiency, and lower cost could also apply to a single initiative. Apply these metrics to each of your potential questions/projects to help you decide how to prioritize your potential projects. Also, compare the degree of difficulty to implement each potential project so you can weigh effort versus return.Three Big Roadblocks Process – not having a clear roadmap, and the potential of enterprise-wide disruptionTechnology – siloed data, poor quality data, inability to collectively view dataPersonnel – Lack of data analytics expertise and a data driven cultureBig-Data Analytics Maturity (step-by-step expectations)To keep things simple, I will break this down into three stages of maturity. Collecting, validating, and consolidating data/informationVisualization of data/information, reporting, interactive analyticsPredictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and automationNone of the 300+ financial institutions are focused on the most important aspect of having automated access to data – stage three. This is true for three reasons – it takes too long for the data to come together, they simply do not have enough data to be statistically relevant in the prediction process, and the programming language being used is not capable of predictive analytics.Some Lame ExcusesI list five quotes from five leaders about their big-data initiatives and sincerely hope that you too find the irony in their statements. I have added my own commentary to each statement.“I have the tallest building in town. I don’t need data to tell me who is coming to my financial institution.” Complete arrogance.“I gave away all my historical data to a printing company. They have given me a great rate on printing for the next five years. That to me is great ROI.” Ethics? Privacy? Selling your most profitable asset?“I cannot afford to pay for an expensive database programmer.” Complete myopia.“Just two more years, and it is someone else’s problem (about to retire).” Absolution of responsibility.“I already have all the data I need.” And yet, they cannot execute simple transactions.One executive even told me that they were doing predictive churn analytics with a partner. I quickly learned that the partner was predicting churn with under 10,000 transactional records. A successful financial institution I know predicts churn with 88% confidence with over 1 million transactional records. If your provider/partner tells you they can predict without scale you are better off hiring a fortune teller.Doing it CorrectlyBuilding a foundational big-data strategy is important. Think about the following factors – data audit, data assimilation, data cleansing, automation, data governance, quality control, data sharing. You need a proper process that begins with you knowing what problem you want to try to solve for.Move beyond the fundamentals of reporting. Big-data analytics should not be the glorification of reporting. You need a complete picture of what is going on. Use this process to cleanse your financial institutions reporting process and reports. Minimize reporting, and make it actionable.Think about the application of artificial intelligence so you can truly transform your financial institution and the existing roles of team members. AI exists to automate low value tasks that keep people away from more creative and valuable tasks. Use these guidelines to choose a partner for your big-data initiative. Many providers (including financial institutions) consider RPA based tasks (robotic process automation) as AI. Our industry is beginning to see the demise of some of these providers. Please be aware.Meet the ExpertsI have invited five big-data experts that I sincerely respect and admire to participate in a brainstorm with me on what it takes to drive success. We are hosting this discussion on September 10, 2019. If you would like to join the discussion or even have questions for my panel – [email protected]last_img read more

Teachers ‘could face sack’ for refusing to promote gay marriage

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 18 Nov 2012Primary school teachers could face the sack for refusing to promote gay marriage once same-sex unions become law, a minister has signalled. Liz Truss, an education minister, refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience. Miss Truss said simply that it was impossible to know what the impact of the legislation would be at this stage. Her admission came in a letter to a fellow Conservative MP, David Burrowes, last month. Mr Burrowes, a practising Christian, originally wrote to Maria Miller, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on schools of the Coalition’s plans to change the marriage laws. It followed the publication of a legal opinion by Aidan O’Neill QC, a barrister in the same London chambers as Cherie Blair, commissioned by the Coalition for Marriage, which campaigns against same-sex unions.Mr O’Neill, an expert on human rights, was asked to advise on the impact redefining marriage to include same-sex couples could have on schools, churches, hospitals, foster carers and public buildings. Among his conclusions was that schools could be within their statutory rights to dismiss staff who wilfully fail to use stories or textbooks promoting same-sex weddings. Parents who object to gay marriage being taught to their children would also have no right to withdraw their child from lessons, he argued. And, in theory, the fact that a school was a faith school would make no difference, he added. One scenario he looked at was what would happen if a primary school asked a Christian teacher to use a book called King & King, a story of a prince who marries a man, and produce a play based on the tale. Mr O’Neill concluded: “If the teacher refused to obey the otherwise lawful instructions of her employers then this would constitute grounds for her dismissal from employment.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9686306/Primary-school-teachers-could-face-sack-for-refusing-to-promote-gay-marriage.htmllast_img read more

Simpson and Walton Earn All-GSC Honors

first_img Share May 3, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – As West Florida prepares for their Gulf South Conference Tournament opener on Friday against Henderson State, two Argonauts were honored by the conference for their success in 2007. On Thursday, senior Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) and junior Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest HS) were named to the All-GSC Second Team.Simpson is the 16th Argonaut to earn multiple All-GSC honors. She was also named to the All-GSC Second Team in 2006. Simpson is second on the team with a .305 batting average and leads the Argonauts with 57 hits. She has recorded seven three-hit games this season and leads West Florida with 17 multiple-hit games. Simpson’s 31 career multiple-hit games are the most among active Argonauts.Walton earned all-conference honors in her first season with West Florida. She was a 2005 All-Mid Florida Conference First Team honoree at Daytona Beach Community College. Walton (17-8) leads the Argonauts in wins, earned run average (1.51) and shutouts (8). On Mar. 19, Walton tossed a perfect game in a 6-0 win over Oakland City. Recently, Walton earned her first GSC East Division Pitcher of the Week honor earlier this week. She has won six consecutive starts while only allowing one run in her last 35 innings pitched as a starter. At the plate, Walton is batting .295 with two home runs and 15 RBI.GSC East Division second seed West Florida will face GSC West Division third seed Henderson State at 11:45 a.m. CST on Friday in the first round of the GSC Tournament. Follow the game with “live stats,” and live audio and video on www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Simpson and Walton Earn All-GSC Honorslast_img read more

Allegri denies Balotelli interest

first_img The Italy international has scored just two goals since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in a £16million transfer in August and has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season. Allegri, who coached Balotelli at Milan before taking the helm of Juve in July, told Italian TV station RAI: “I think this is a made up story. “Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus.” The 24-year-old Balotelli, who is a reported target of Paris St Germain, has struggled with a groin injury since November. Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola insists that despite Balotelli’s slow start to life at Anfield, the former Inter Milan striker will come good at Liverpool. “I’m not worried,” Raiola told RAI. ” Mario has been out for almost 10 weeks with an injury and you cannot judge him until he is 100 per cent fit. “It’s not easy to go abroad and adapt quickly to a new team.” Raiola does not regret Balotelli’s return to the Premier League. The striker played almost three seasons at Manchester City before joining AC Milan in January 2013. “Decisions are judged at the time when they are made,” Raiola said. “In the summer, it was right (for Balotelli) to leave Milan and I would do it again. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied media reports linking Liverpool’s misfiring striker Mario Balotelli with a move to the Turin giants in the winter transfer market. “Mario has gone to the best league in the world. “Now he is not doing well at Liverpool for different reasons b ut Mario is calm and he is working to return to be in top condition. “I do not regret this transfer and Mario’s departure from Milan.” Balotelli is under contract with Liverpool until June 2017. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea edge out Barca in shootout

first_img Press Association Hazard gave the near 80,000 fans in attendance reason for cheer at the FedEx Field, Washington’s NFL stadium, when he put Chelsea ahead after 10 minutes. The Belgian collected the ball in Barca’s half before shrugging off several challenges and poking past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Ivan Rakitic nearly drew Barca level almost immediately but saw a strike palmed over the bar by Courtois, while at the other end Oscar’s strike came back off the woodwork. Chelsea took their narrow lead into the interval but were pegged back six minutes into the resumption, Suarez scooping over Courtois, with Kurt Zouma clearing after the ball had already crossed the line. A spate of substitutions appeared to suck the momentum from the game but Barca took the lead in the 62nd minute after Sandro cut inside and fired past Courtois. However, Cahill bravely levelled in the 86th minute, leaping highest to head home from Willian’s floated free-kick, with the England defender receiving a bloody nose from Barca substitute custodian Jordi Masip for his troubles. That took the game to spot-kicks, where Radamel Falcao, Victor Moses, Ramires and Loic Remy were all on-target to give the Blues a confidence boosting win ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield meeting with Arsenal at Wembley. Chelsea finished their pre-season tour of North America by defeating European champions Barcelona 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes in Washington DC.center_img The Blues converted all four of their spot-kicks in the International Champions Cup match but the Spanish giants were left to rue Alen Halilovic’s chip which came back off the bar and Thibaut Courtois saving from Gerard Pique. It was an excellent end to the tour for Jose Mourinho’s men, who went ahead through Eden Hazard’s early strike only for Barca to turn the tide through second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Sandro Ramirez although Gary Cahill headed home four minutes from time to send the game straight to penalties. last_img read more