Advanced Leadership Initiative invites you to join the conversation

first_img Read Full Story The Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) wants to know what you think about education, technology, and innovation. As part of its upcoming Education Think Tank, people from outside of Harvard University are invited to join in the conversation about how to make education more relevant.“If we are serious about reinventing education, it is going to take many people,” says Professor Fernando Reimers, ALI co-chair.ALI is an interfaculty collaboration at Harvard that aims to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector, where they potentially can make an even greater societal impact.This year, the mission of ALI’s Education Think Tank, dubbed “Leveraging Technology to Enhance the Relevancy and Quality of Education,” is to dig deep into issues surrounding education innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. “It seems to me the needs in a social context involving jobs, the economy, and politics are changing much faster than schools are,” Reimers says. “We need to think hard about what we are going to do to adapt to those changes.”For more informationlast_img read more

The #1 Reason Ransomware Works

first_imgRansomware can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be.Last May, some 200,000 PC owners worldwide suffered a costly wake-up call from the aptly named WannaCry cryptoworm that encrypted their data. The attackers demanded $300 in bitcoin payments to unlock the data. Hospitals, universities, automakers and logistics firms were among those reported hit, but the worst affected were small and medium-size businesses.Why those businesses? Because their data wasn’t sufficiently protected with complete backups like larger enterprises. And that’s the whole reason ransomware works: Victims can’t afford to lose their data, so they pay up, even if payment is no guarantee they’ll get their data back.With WannaCry, hundreds paid the ransom but got nothing in return. And if Dell EMC’s 2016 Global Data Protection Index is any indication, ransomware can still find lots of targets: 90 percent of the survey’s respondents are behind the curve in the maturity of their data protection strategies.Dell EMC aims to help them change that with practical, cost-effective and greatly simplified data protection (DP) that works 24×7 across all kinds of data workloads, no matter where they reside — on-premise, in the cloud or some hybrid of the two.Growing Needs for Comprehensive Data ProtectionOrganizations of all sizes need DP. While malware and anti-virus safeguards are necessary to safeguard data from threat actors, they are not sufficient to guard against phishing attacks, which are how ransomware and advanced persistent threats can circumvent defense-in-depth strategies. Also, organizations need DP’s backup and recovery capabilities to provide business continuity in the case of system failures or disasters.So why do the DP strategies and practices of so many organizations fall short? Here are some important reasons:Data growth: Keeping up with the growth of both structured and unstructured data from various sources is one of IT’s biggest challenges affecting DP practices.Complexity: Managing DP for complex IT environments — especially diverse platforms and applications — can be complicated, often requiring time-consuming management of many legacy point solutions already in place.Inconsistency: Inconsistent backup processes can arise from trying to protect applications and data in varied places — from on-premises infrastructures to virtualized environments to private, public and hybrid clouds.Cloud migrations: More and more enterprises are migrating workloads to the cloud, but they lack the tools to protect their data residing there, or they mistakenly believe their cloud provider will provide that protection.Copy data sprawl: By some estimates, 60 percent of all data storage is a copy of some kind, whether for disaster recovery, development and testing, or application maintenance — just to name a few. And a typical database environment can have 5–12 copies for each production instance.As a result, IT groups, especially their DP specialists, can have trouble meeting backup windows and SLAs governing goals for recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Regulatory compliance and audits can be issues, too.Dell EMC Streamlines the Data Protection ProcessTo simplify and streamline the DP process, Dell EMC has introduced its updated Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition. This set of 11 powerful DP tools covers the entire DP continuum of availability, replication, snapshots, backup and archiving.For more specific use cases — such as heavily virtualized environments, mission-critical apps and archive-only solutions — specific tool sets are available in four packages: Data Protection Software for Backup; Data Protection Software for VMware; Data Protection Software for Applications; and Data Protection Software for Archive.Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition can protect everything from user laptops to the largest data centers. It enables long-term retention of data to private, public or hybrid clouds, too. With deduplication rates of up to 99 percent plus a tight integration with Dell EMC Data Domain infrastructure, the Dell EMC Data Protection software can help lower DP’s overall TCO dramatically by reducing:Storage capacity requirements for backups by up to 97 percentNetwork traffic by up to 99 percentBackup times by 50 percentWhat’s more, the Dell EMC Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition delivers a consistent user experience for DP administrators across all its different tools to minimize learning and maximize productivity. At the same time, organizations can gain global data protection and copy oversight without compromising self-service workflows of their lines of business.Dell EMC Data Domain Solutions Enhance the DP BenefitsDell EMC also offers a broad portfolio of Data Domain storage infrastructure solutions for enterprises of all sizes. This includes the recently introduced all-in-one Integrated Data Protection Appliance and the software-defined Data Domain Virtual Edition.The different Data Domain solutions can scale up to 150 PB of logical capacity managed by a single system. They can also achieve backup speeds of up to 68 TB/hour, making it possible to complete more backups in less time and provide faster, more reliable restores.Check out Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions and see Dell EMC’s leading position among all DP offerings. Then get more information on the full line of Dell EMC Data Protection software and Data Domain options, to discover which DP solution can meet your organization’s requirements.last_img read more

PrismND to host second annual LGBT retreat

first_imgErin Rice | The Observer This weekend, PrismND will host its second annual retreat — one it hopes will foster reflection and a feeling of fellowship within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at Notre Dame, PrismND spirituality commissioner Shannon Connolly said.Connolly said the retreat looks to serve LGBT students whose spiritual needs may not be entirely met by what is provided on campus.“There are not many venues on campus that are, understandably, willing to create a space that addresses LGBT student needs in terms of spirituality,” Connolly said. “ … And that’s understandable because that’s not serving the needs of the majority. That’s definitely not the majority here. So, there are conversations that happen on campus around the theology of [LGBT issues], which is great, there are a lot of fellowship opportunities in general and resources in general, but we feel really called to offer that space where orientation or gender identity isn’t going to come up as an issue.”Sophomore and PrismND secretary Jennifer Cha said the club established the retreat to give LGBT students the chance to engage with the faith life “so integral to Notre Dame’s identity.”“Spirituality and LGBTQ life are sometimes portrayed in opposition to each other, and we wanted to challenge that idea by creating a space where the two can be not only in conversation with but intimately connected to each other,” Cha said.Connolly said she hopes the retreat, which will feature LGBT student speakers in addition to other basic retreat activities, will foster internal reflection.“I’d like to think that [the retreat] will invite people to look at a process that they don’t have time to look at,” Connolly said. “Journeying with your orientation or your gender identity is something that’s very difficult, and it’s part of who you are. … Not only is [the retreat] an invitation to take that time [to explore that], it’s an invitation to be with people who understand it, to be in a place where you can reach out to people.”Campus response to the retreat has been mixed, Connolly said.“Notre Dame itself, the administration, has been incredibly supportive,” she said. “Campus ministry, rectors, there are too many people to name who have been supportive. The student body has mixed reviews a lot of the time. It’s hilarious how many people think we’re actually trying to ‘pray the gay away.’ Some people I don’t think understand how this is kosher, but we definitely do keep it in line with Catholic teaching.”The question of PrismND’s involvement with student allies is one that has come up during the planning of the retreat, which is open to all students regardless of sexual orientation, Connolly said.“The question of how much room do we make for allies is a big one,” she said. “Is [PrismND] an organization that serves as an ambassador from the community to allies, trying to say ‘this is what we’re about, welcome?’ Or is it more of an inward-facing organization, as a space for [LGBT] to communicate? Ideally both. And the retreat is one of the most inward-facing places we have. I think last year we had one or two allies, and they were people who had already been deeply involved in the LBGT community …“So this is not necessarily something that I would encourage allies to go on as their first foray into being better allies. Because I think it would just be a lot. This is a really personal and intimate retreat. I think the experience of the allies we had come last year was positive, and I think they already understood a lot about what it means to be LGBT. So if someone didn’t understand that, it would be kind of difficult.”But overall, the retreat’s focus on LGBT issues will be less alien to allies than they might think, Connolly said.“I’d say the LGBT ‘lens’ doesn’t change things as much as people would think it does,” she said. “So, while all of our speakers are speaking on LGBT issues, coming from an LGBT perspective, there are other activities that don’t have any orientation. … I think a lot of the time, you think you’re coming from an LGBT perspective, and you are, but an LGBT perspective includes the same questions anyone else is going through. Am I doing the right thing? Am I hurting the people I love? How do I forgive myself for who and what I’ve been? How do other people forgive me? How do people see me? It’s all the same questions.”The PrismND retreat will take place Friday and Saturday.Tags: Jenn Cha, LGBTQ retreat, PrismND, Shannon Connollylast_img read more

Pro Kayaker Faces Long Road Back

first_imgControl is a fleeting thing.Being a kayaker, I should have known that, but as I charged the rapids in the GoPro Mountain Games Steep Creek Race in Vail, Colorado, I felt very much in control. I was in the best shape of my life, racing a specially designed boat that I helped create, as part of a career that I loved. The cable cam zipping above me, the crowd on the side of the river, and the announcer’s echoing voice made me feel like a rock star.As I powered past the halfway point in the course, I lined up an innocuous five foot drop. I wasn’t worried about this rapid after nailing the line in practice all week, but as I dropped in, my body twisted in a strange way. I lost balance and started rolling left, extending my paddle reflexively in an attempt to save the flip. As I braced, the end of my blade caught a rock, and jerked my arm violently. With the paddle lodged, my boat and body kept going, and I felt and heard my shoulder ripping apart as my arm rotated past where it ever had before.I knew how serious shoulder injuries were for kayakers. They almost never heal on their own, dislocating again and again, and even with surgery, they often still spell the end of a competitive career. As I rolled up with my other arm, the crushing disappointment of the situation quickly turned to primal fear in the face of a chaotic river. I was in the middle of an angry class V rapid with only one functioning arm. With my left shoulder grinding and shooting pain, I placed the paddle on my good side and realized that I was probably about to get mangled and much more hurt. I felt extremely vulnerable. Any semblance of control was long gone.Miraculously, I floated straight and true through all three heinous drops, waves and holes crashing over me from all directions, and popped out within sight of the finish line. As I doubled over and cradled my arm, the announcer went silent, and my friends who had just finished their runs stared at me in horror. There wasn’t much to say. The party was over.I slowly slipped back to consciousness in the surgery room to my girlfriend Ashley sitting beside me, and nonsensical words coming out of the doctor’s mouth. The world was hazy and the whole left side of my body was numb from my fingers to my chest. Ashley and I slowly walked out to her car, and I felt hollow and without purpose. That began a four week period where I needed a lot of help to get even basic tasks done. Taking a shower, cutting a steak, putting jeans on, or signing a check—every painful action required assistance.Chris_Surgery_FIXWhile I sat at home doing hours and hours of PT, my athletic relevancy slipped away. Friends stopped calling to go paddling or biking; they didn’t want to rub it in that they were having fun while I was hurt. The paddling community forgot about me. Silence can be deafening.The primary solace from these worries and the pain of my injury was drugs. I found myself looking forward to the high dosage of Percocet prescribed to me every day, and I can now see why these chemicals cause such big problems for people. I didn’t feel sorry for myself when I was high, but I also knew that road led nowhere good.Then, suddenly, it was as if the momentum of my life redirected.The endless physical therapy hours started to slowly pay off, with motion returning to the shoulder joint one agonizing degree at a time. My therapist approved me to go trail running. The endorphins of motion sparked my brain and filtered everything through a more positive lens.There are two ways to approach any setback in life: you can blame that event and let it defeat you, or you can acknowledge it as an opportunity to explore things in life that might have been overlooked. I did my best to shift to the latter as time went on. And the drug bottle stayed on the shelf.My injury was a reminder to have compassion for those who live their entire lives with challenges far greater than my petty (and temporary) discomfort. Best of all, the downtime gave me the opportunity to cement every important personal and professional relationship that I had, most especially my relationship with Ashley.ChrisAshley_Proposal_FIXI’ve experienced some very intense things in my life, but nothing that I have ever done on the river has come close to the intensity of kneeling in front of her on a panoramic mountain ridge just before sunset and asking her to be my bride.last_img read more

Peruvian National Police dismantle Los Malditos del Triunfo

first_img During the ceremony, authorities detailed a series of security successes achieved during the first six months of 2014: • Security forces throughout the country detained more than 6,000 criminal suspects for various offenses, including drug trafficking. • Authorities confiscated 10 million Peruvian soles that authorities believe were generated from drug trafficking. • Police agents carried out 6,670 initiatives against organized crime groups, and seized 129 weapons. • Working with the Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) and the Project for the Control and Reduction of Illegal Crops in the Alto Huallaga (CORAH), security forces eradicated 14,700 hectares of illegal coca leaf crops and 660 coca seedlings. • Authorities dismantled 640 clandestine laboratories which were allegedly used by drug trafficking organizations to process and manufacture cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride, and opium derivatives. Police also seized more than one million doses of chemical precursors. • Security forces destroyed 91 clandestine airstrips used by drug trafficking groups. Los Malditos del Triunfo were led by Segundo Samuel Correa Gamarra, who is also known as “Paco.” Peruvian police captured Paco in January 2010 in Chepén province. He is now incarcerated in the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima. Los Malditos del Triunfo engage in a variety of criminal enterprises, including the extortion of individuals and businesses, property theft, arms trading, money laundering, and assassinations of rival gang members and others. The gang is suspected in the 2013 killing of security agent José Alva Vásquez. A team of gunmen shot Alva Vasquez was shot to death on March 31, 2014 at a festival in the district of La Esperanza, in Trujillo. Alva Vásquez was enjoying his day off when a team of at least six attackers entered the festival and started shooting at César León Díaz, who was also known as “Super Loco.” The gunmen killed Alva Vásquez and Super Loco, then ran away. Peru’s security forces dismantled 24 drug trafficking gangs during the first six months of 2014, authorities said. The Anti-Drug Directorate (DIRANDRO) of the National Police of Peru (PNP) also captured three dozen members of Los Malditos del Triunfo, an organized crime group which engages in assassinations, extortion, money laundering, arms trafficking,. General Vicente Romero Fernández, director of DIRANDRO, reported these and other accomplishments on June 26, during a ceremony celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of DIRANDRO. The PNP leader discussed security successes from January through June 24, according to La Jornada. Security forces also seized more than 13 tons of drugs, Romero Fernández said. Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, General Jorge Flores Goycochea, director of the PNP, and several high-ranking civilian officials attended the event. The ceremony was held at the Police Social Club in La Molina. Authorities honored 25 DIRANDRO officers for their outstanding work fighting drug trafficking. During the ceremony, Urresti said that he wants to see security forces destroy drug labs, detain drug traffickers, and dismantle clandestine landing strips used by airplane pilots who smuggle drugs, according to El Peruano. Using technology to fight crime The various security operations show the government’s determination to fight drug trafficking, Romero said during the DIRANDRO ceremony, according to Andina. “These military operations reflect the commitment to achieving the eradication of illegal drug trafficking and prevent their use,” he said. Security forces are continuing to carry out initiatives against drug trafficking organizations. For example, on June 26, the National Police carried out simultaneous operations in Lima, Chepén, Tarapoto, and Trujillo. Law enforcement officers arrested 30 people including alleged enforcers and suspected extortionists. The security operations targeted alleged members of Los Malditos del Triunfo, a violent organized crime group. Security forces also arrested a lawyer and an accountant, according to published reports. The arrests capped a four-month investigation which was supervised by prosecutor William Rabanal Palacios. At least 50 prosecutors and dozens of police officers participated in the operation, El Comercio reported on July 6. Peruvian security forces are using technology to fight Los Malditos del Triunfo and other criminal groups. Security forces are using computer databases to create maps which show where crime is occurring throughout the country. The map helps police develop strategies to combat criminal activity, according to Diego Salazar, principal investigator of the Andean Journal of Political Studies. The maps are helping security forces “prioritize” how they use their resources in the fight against criminal groups, Salazar said. The terrorist group Shining Path is the largest organized crime group in Peru. The group engages in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, and the production of coca paste. International drug trafficking organizations also operate in Peru. These include the Sinaloa Cartel, based in Mexico, and Los Rastrojos and Los Urabeños, two Colombian-based drug trafficking groups. A series of security successes center_img Los Malditos del Triunfo By Dialogo August 13, 2014 Commitment to reducing drug trafficking The United States is cooperating with Peru in the fight against drug trafficking. Brian Nichols, the U.S. ambassador in Lima, recently acknowledged the successes of Peruvian security forces. “I want to acknowledge the important work of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, and their entire team,” Nichols said on July 9 during the signing of a joint cooperation agreement between the two countries to fight money laundering, according to Inforegión. The agreement, signed between the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Peru and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), calls for authorities to develop a specialized program to train 250 Peruvian prosecutors in the best methods to investigate and prosecute money laundering. The cooperation agreement also includes the participation of the National Police, the Superintendency of Banks, and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF). The two countries will also share information. International cooperation in the fight against organized crime syndicates is important, because of the transnational nature of drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, Salazar said. Cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking last_img read more

Competition with Uber sparks audit of taxi lenders

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr State regulators are conducting sweeping audits of the credit unions financing the teetering yellow-taxi industry, which is losing business to app-based car-hail services such as Uber, The Post has learned.The state Department of Financial Services is digging through the books of the troubled Melrose Credit Union, the Progressive Credit Union and the LOMTO Credit Union, insiders familiar with the probe said.Regulators from the Cuomo administration have been quietly inspecting the records of the financial institutions — which make loans for the purchase of taxi medallions — since earlier this month.Many of these loans are now underwater. Even a millionaire financier who owns dozens of medallions, Gene Freidman, has filed for bankruptcy protection.DFS officials tipped their hand Friday, when they took possession of the Montauk Credit Union, the smallest of the taxi funders.Industry officials now worry about a domino effect leading to more government takeovers or mergers of the credit unions. continue reading »last_img read more

Puddle Dock scheme makes a splash

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Koeman will be Barca’s next coach, Messi to stay: President

first_imgRonald Koeman is set to become Barcelona’s next coach and the Dutchman will construct his team around Lionel Messi, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday.Koeman, who is revered by Barca fans for delivering their first European Cup as a player, will be expected to lead the club’s rebuilding work after they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last Friday.”If there is no change then we will announce Koeman as our next coach and he will lead this team and these players forward with a different type of project, led by a coach who all Barca fans know,” Bartomeu said in an interview with the club’s official television channel. “We are betting on him because we know him very well, we know how he thinks and how his teams play, but also because of his experience and as he was in Johan’s ‘Dream Team’ he knows Barca and how we understand football,” Bartomeu added.Bartomeu also said captain Messi was not about to leave the club and would be an integral part of the team under Koeman.”Messi wants to end his career at Barca, he has said that many times. I’ve spoken to Koeman about him and he has told me Messi will be the pillar of his project,” Bartomeu said.”Messi has a contract with Barca until 2021. I speak to him and his father regularly and they know that we have a solid project, that a new coach is coming and that he will count on him.”Bartomeu, who on Monday announced that the club’s presidential elections will take place in March 2021, three months earlier than planned, also defended his running of the club after facing calls to resign after the defeat by Bayern.”We have a sporting crisis but not an institutional one,” he added.”We’ve had a very negative result in the Champions League but the club is in a good place in a social and financial sense.” Topics : Koeman’s imminent arrival will be the third phase of a restructuring of the club which began with Quique Setien’s sacking on Monday and continued on Tuesday as sporting director Eric Abidal agreed to terminate his contract.Koeman, 57, arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday after spending the morning at the Netherlands’ headquarters to negotiate being released from his contract with the national team, who he has coached since 2018 and led to qualify for Euro 2020.Koeman is fondly remembered at Barca for the role he played in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the ‘Dream Team’ and for scoring the only goal against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final.The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on an eventful career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League teams Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.last_img read more

Relax in space and style in sprawling Cornubia home

first_imgThe home at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.KEN NOCK and his family are downsizing from their sprawling property at Cornubia.Mr Nock said they had lived at 12-14-Cycas Court for 15 years and were looking to stay in the area.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom architect-designed home was built by the original owner, a builder.“It’s a pretty original home,” Mr Nock said.“We’ve got 420 sqm under the roof, so it’s quite spacious.” The kitchen at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.He said his favourite part of the house was the southeast facing deck area, where the family often sat and enjoyed the breezes.Meanwhile, the master bedroom is at the front of the house beside an office/fifth bedroom, perfect if you need to work from home or get away from the kids.Mr Nock said the lower level of the home could be used as a granny flat or guest accommodation. One of the living spaces at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.The property, on a 3532 sqm block, is a traditional Queenslander-style home with modern materials.Only one of four properties on the top of the hill, Mr Nock described the home as unique.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He said from the kitchen sink, families could enjoy views out to Stradbroke Island.“Our property is up quite high,” he said.center_img The deck at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.Downstairs is a media/music room and third bathroom. This zone has a fully equipped theatre and is wired for vision and 7.1 surround sound. He said an up-and-coming family that wanted to surround their children with nature would be the perfect match for the property.“There’s plenty of room for the kids to play and grow,” he said.With direct access to the Cornubia mountain bike and walking trails, Mr Nock said people who liked the outdoors would really enjoy the surrounding area.last_img read more

ExxonMobil to enact Church Commissioners’ climate resolution

first_imgEdward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners, said: “We welcome ExxonMobil’s commitment to implement the resolution passed earlier this year and disclose the impact of measures to combat climate change on its portfolio.“Climate change is one of the most significant long-term risks investors face, and it is essential that companies confront the challenge that it poses. We look forward to continuing to work with Exxon and others on this issue.”However, Alice Garton, lawyer with environmental campaign group ClientEarth, said: “Exxon is being sued and investigated across the US for disinformation campaigns that have delayed action on climate change for 30 years, and we continue to see Exxon obstruct strong climate policy across the world.” Garton continued: “Agreeing to publish a ‘plan for a plan’ on climate disclosure this late in the day is not going to cut it. We need to see rigorous reporting, transformational internal climate policy and an end to the lobbying that throttles international climate progress. Let’s face it – fossil fuel intensive business models do not exist in a 2º world. Will the plan say that?” Oil giant ExxonMobil will implement a shareholder resolution on climate change disclosure filed last May by the Church Commissioners for England and the New York State Common Retirement Fund.In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, ExxonMobil committed to provide information to shareholders on “energy demand sensitivities, implications of 2ºC scenarios, and positioning for a lower-carbon future”.The resolution – which called on the company to report on how its portfolio of reserves and resources would be affected by efforts to limit the average rise in global temperatures – was passed by shareholders in defiance of the ExxonMobil board’s recommendation to vote against. A similar resolution had been defeated the previous year.The 2017 resolution was backed by a coalition of institutional investors with a collective $12trn (€10trn) of assets under management, including Dutch pension managers APG and MN. ExxonMobil’s Ringhorne oil riglast_img read more