Ten years ago the first DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) Summit was hosted in Shanghai. Two main factors shaped the idea of DWEN – the fact that entrepreneurs are the force that historically leads the economy out of financial crisis, and that women business owners still struggled to access the capital, networks and resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. Fast forward to today, as delegates gathered from around the world for DWEN 2019 in Singapore, I was thrilled to see how the network and the event has evolved and grown from 50 to over 5,000. It has become such an incredible network for women entrepreneurs to foster growth and innovation.The spirit of DWEN is all about sharing stories and insights including the journeys of not-so-successful entrepreneurial ventures and their trials and tribulations. A culture where we allow space for failure, and recognize what it teaches us, ultimately delivers better results.Failure is not a bad wordThe concept of success from failure is not new, especially to the technology industry. Product and service innovation, agile processes, and R&D, is all about learning from failure and making improvements.Hearing from our many excellent speakers, I was really struck by their openness to share examples of when they got something wrong and how they learned from it – such as Sherry Boger from Intel who talked about cultural nuances that she had to adapt to when she moved to APJ.For women entrepreneurs who are scaling their businesses beyond borders, understanding these differences and learning from a network of peers along the way will help them navigate this.APJ driving innovationThinking about innovation and development, DWEN’s return to the APJ region is significant to the global adoption of emerging technologies. Women entrepreneur led organizations are leveraging these emerging technologies to facilitate business growth and enable societies and communities.We are seeing leadership in technologies like 5G, AI, blockchain, and the region holds many shining examples of digital cities and IoT deployments. It holds great potential and when women entrepreneurs can fully embrace this opportunity, it’s almost hard to imagine the full possibility.How APJ cities enable growth for women entrepreneursMinister Grace Fu, Singapore’s Culture and Youth Minister, joined the panel on Going Global: Doing Business in Asia, and offered insights into some of the complexities around the role of women in business and in society in Singapore and Asia, such as expectations around family obligations or finances.The WE Cities research assesses indicators for cities around the world that facilitate women entrepreneur’s business growth. In our 2019 research, we found:The top three cities in APJ were Melbourne, Sydney and SingaporeThe region ranks highly in the technology pillar and is the top improving region in that respect. Women in APJ have the power to use technology as an enabler and driving force behind their businesses, more than anywhere else in the worldThe region also performed well in the ‘talent’ pillar, but there are improvements to be made for ‘culture’ and ‘markets’.The WE Cities research gives us these insights to help drive conversations with governments and stakeholders, with the overall goal of facilitating women entrepreneurs who are engines of future economic growth.Our work through the DWEN platform is all about growth – building foundations, making connections and addressing challenges, to enable women entrepreneurs to grow their organizations. And the DWEN network has grown, too!As Karen Quintos mentioned in her recent post, DWEN is evolving. We are hosting regional DWEN events and are proud to have launched new DWEN chapters – most recently in India. These communities at the ground-level will continue important conversations throughout the year.I can’t wait to see what comes next as a result of these forces of innovation, growth and failure, come together.
K. Andrea Rusnock, associate professor of art history at Indiana University South Bend, spoke about the importance of art exhibitions for the Soviet Union in a lecture in DeBartolo Hall on Thursday.Exhibitions have historically served as a way to promote a state’s achievements on a large scale, Rusnock said.“Exhibitions in the Stalinist period gave the public access to art and culture and politics, while at the same time shaping these perceptions,” Rusnock said. “While these seem to be leisurely activities, they were educating the masses about the achievements of Stalinist society through Socialist realist art and other sanctioned visual materials.”Rusnock said particularly in the Stalinist period, the Soviet Union built monumental exhibitions to demonstrate the successes of the state on an international level.“These were a means of proselytizing the virtues of the Soviet system to worldwide audiences,” she said.Rusnock said the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris presented a particular opportunity for the Soviet Union to demonstrate its ideological dominance, as the Soviet pavilion was built directly opposite the German one.“Mukhina’s famous sculpture ‘Worker and Collective Farm Woman’ is atop the pavilion facing off against the German pavilion across the road,” Rusnock said. “They stand poised ready to vanquish anything in their path, specifically the Germans.“The presence of the Soviet pavilion and its towering statue served as a beacon to signal to all the world what was best about Stalin’s Soviet Union on this anniversary.”Rusnock said the All Union Agricultural Exhibition, established in 1939, was the Soviet Union’s most ambitious attempt of the decade to portray the Stalinist collectivization in a positive light.“It remains the premier example of the Soviet government’s utilization of architecture and space as the tool for extolling the success of collectivization, and hence the achievements of Stalin’s Soviet Union,” Rusnock said.The central piece in the exhibition was a large statue of Joseph Stalin, symbolic of his authority and power, Rusnock said.“Stalin literally and figuratively dominated the exhibition space,” Rusnock said. “From his great height dressed in his long grey coat, he looks down on the populace with a slight smile, as if to signal he is the benevolent father of Soviet farms and farming.”Rusnock said the exhibition also featured a steel and glass mechanics pavilion, to represent the technological progress spurred on by collectivization.“The pavilion signaled industry, modernity and the industrial prowess of agrarian life in the Soviet Union,” she said.Rusnock said some of the artwork featured in the exhibition was mass-produced to circulate and promote these depictions of Soviet success.“The actual works of art could be owned by the public. … You could take it out and own it at home,” Rusnock said. “A lot of these images were also reproduced as postcards, so you could send socialist greetings to family and friends.”
The environmental education program was implemented at Rock Eagle in 1979. It was later expanded to include four other 4-H centers across the state. The five centers currently serve more than 40,000 students annually, making it the largest residential program of its kind in the nation. The program has been designated a state and national learning model, drawing students and teachers from more than 500 schools and six southeastern states.Over the past decade, Rock Eagle 4-H Center and the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees have partnered on multiple projects at the Scott Site. These projects include the restoration of a pioneer house and the installation of a well and hand-pump. The most recent collaboration resulted in the construction of a privy and functioning smokehouse, two structures essential to life on the farm during Georgia’s pioneer days. For more information on Georgia 4-H’s Rock Eagle center, visit www.rockeagle4h.org/. Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s environmental education program has received a $7,525 grant from the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees. The grant will be used to fund the renovation of the Elizabeth House at the Scott Site, Rock Eagle’s pioneer home site. The building will be converted from a saddlebag-style home to a general store and living quarters. The new general store will be used as part of Rock Eagle’s living history program.“The goal of the Scott Site is to provide students the chance to explore life at the turn of the century. The general store will give students the opportunity to learn how early settlers traded goods and services,” said Matt Hammons, coordinator of Rock Eagle’s environmental education program. “This expansion will allow us to not only teach about the home site, but the community as well.”
On November 14, at the Southern pier of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro, the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “Amazonas” was transferred from the Material Sector to the Navy Operative Sector, during a ceremony led by the Commander of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld. The OPV “Amazonas” completed its route bound for Brazil on October 5; it arrived in Rio de Janeiro after a two-month journey along the coasts of Europe, Africa, and America, after its incorporation to the Navy on June 29, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The ship was built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, and named after the class to which it belongs, the “Amazonas.” This class will be acquiring two more ships by 2013: OPV “Apa” and OPV “Araguari,” both are names of important rivers in Brazil. The OPV “Amazonas” started its construction in February 15, 2008, and the keel laying happened on June 15 of that same year. It sailed on February 10, 2009, and was completed in September 2010. The acquisition of the three Oceanic Patrol Vessels brings important value to the Navy, allowing it to intensify the Naval Patrol and Inspection activities, focus on the waterway traffic security, environmental pollution prevention, and also to increase the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability along the course of an extensive maritime area under the responsibility of Brazil. During the journey to Rio de Janeiro, the ship docked at ports of Lisbon (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Cotonou (Benim), Lagos (Negeria), Sao Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil), Salvador (Bahia – Brazil), and Arraial do Cabo (Rio de Janeiro – Brasil). On the African Continent, it performed demonstrations on antipiracy exercises and maintenance trainings between ships with the Cape Verde Coast Guard, the Naval Force in Benin, the Nigerian Navy, and the Coast Guard in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as protocol and public visitations. By Dialogo November 16, 2012
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 62-year-old St. James man has been indicted for allegedly running a $17-million Ponzi scheme that ripped off 74 investors to pay personal expenses over a nearly decade-long span, federal authorities said.James Peister was charged with securities, wire and mail fraud in a five-count indictment that was unsealed Monday at Central Islip federal court, where he is scheduled to be arraigned.Prosecutors said the suspect assured victims that their money would be invested safely in a variety of stocks, but he instead used their money to keep the Ponzi scheme afloat between January 2000 and June 2009.He allegedly covered up the scame by sending victims phony account statements that falsely showed victims that their investments were performing well and sent bogus financial statements to the investment fund’s independent auditor, authorities said.The alleged scheme collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, when he could no longer keep up with demands nervous investors for their money back.Investigators seized his Hummer and are moving to forfeit his home, which prosecutors said he bought with the victims’ money.Peister faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the securities fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud counts, if convicted. That’s in addition to $5,000,000 in fines for the securities fraud count and $250,000 for each of the wire and mail fraud counts.
“Top dogs seem to have it all—power, status, super-salaries, and teams of people to do their bidding. But despite the trappings of success, being the boss can be an isolating and friendless experience,” according to an article at Management Today.Some of the unique perils found in the corner office include comprises between work and family obligations, public accountability, large responsibilities, and—loneliness.Those at the top are busy. They’re surrounded by teams at the ready and their daily interactions are many. Yet “this can give them a false sense of being connected” because despite the quantity of daily transactions with staffers, there are “few with whom they can really share.”A sense of isolation is the result, and real consequences exist for companies and the people that lead them.Whether you’re a CEO sitting in lonely “silence” or one of the CEO’s colleagues who fails to recognize and appreciate the unique challenges facing those at the helm, research findings this week shine a light on the various issues surrounding and ramifications of loneliness in the C-suite. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Pray for us.” That was a statement shared with CU Times via email from WOCCU officials who have been in contact with one Puerto Rican credit union CEO.In an email exchange with Victor Miguel Corro, WOCCU’s vice president of member services, he shared a correspondence with Luis Lopez, CEO of Abraham Rosa Cooperativa in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico which is roughly 10 miles west of San Juan.Since Hurricane Maria struck the island a week ago, communication has been extremely difficult since the entire electricity grid and communications infrastructure was destroyed. WOCCU, CUNA, NCUA and other credit union organizations have had very little luck getting in touch with credit union officials on the island. Only until now have we started to learn some of the details of the destruction. continue reading »
Fifth grader Maddie Hatch is an avid reader. CANDOR (WBNG) — If you’re looking to kick back with a good book this summer, one local girl scout troop has you covered. The girls decided to collect donated books and give them out to the community, what they didn’t expect is that they’d end up with more than a thousand books. “Sometimes a mystery is good and I like adventure books,” she says “It just takes you to another place.” If you’d like to donate a book or learn more visit Scouting for Books on their Facebook page. Maddie says she hopes she can halp kids like her who are out of school and looking for something to do. “It’s a way to get out and you can get off screens a lot of people like to facetime and do online learning and it’s just important to take a break,” she says. “I hope they get a fun couple minutes to enjoy themselves and I hope they’ll come back to keep getting more books.” “They can just come and pick out a book we just ask that they maintain social distancing, wear a mask when necessary and use the provided hand sanitizer,” says Alicha Hatch. Called ‘Scouting for Books,’ that book mobile is now home to over a thousand books of all kinds, all free to the public. So Maddie, her mom and fellow troop member Valeria decided to come up with a solution. The book mobile will be located at the Vestal Rail Trail every Tuesday, Draper Park in Owego every other Wednesday and the Candor Gazebo on Thursdays. It is open from 6-7 p.m. “The girls loved to read and they were sad because the Libraries were closed and book stores weren’t open yet, so if they were having trouble finding books other kids must be too,” she says. “We have a book mobile that travels from here in Candor all the way to Owego and Vestal,” Alicha Hatch says. Her mom and troop leader Alicha Hatch says during the pandemic getting her hands on books for her daughter to read has been easier said than done.
“The producers had told me beforehand, they were like, ‘Listen, she only one guy, she really feels really attracted to him and she only wants him,’” the Bachelor season 11 alum recalled, noting that Clare said she was really “trying” to give the other men a chance.According to DeAnna, season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay was the only other person “in the know” about the drama surrounding Clare’s season because she was supposed to film with the Sacramento native too. Us confirmed in August that Tayshia Adams took over for Clare because she and Dale, 32, got engaged within the first two weeks of filming.“Pretty much all [the producers] asked me about was Clare and Dale. And they were, like, ‘Wouldn’t that be really great if this was their love story? And it was love at first sight,’” DeAnna recalled. “Then everything starts turning and I’m like, ‘They’re totally setting this up for the Clare and Dale show!’”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While DeAnna, who has spent time with Clare and Dale in recent weeks, thinks they are the real deal, Bachelorette viewers have been hard on the couple via social media.“Since I was the only one who knew what happened, we would talk quite a bit through the process and I just felt bad,” DeAnna said. “[This should have been] a time in her life that was most joyful and that she was super excited about and she was pretty much like, ‘I’m deleting my Instagram, I can’t watch the show, I can’t handle the things that people are saying about me.’ And that’s wrong. Social media robbed the joy from what this should be for her.”For more from DeAnna — including her reaction to Chrishell Stause almost nabbing her Bachelorette role and thoughts on Tayshia’s first night as the Bachelorette — listen to Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. According to DeAnna, she and Clare were set to quiz the men on their knowledge of “lady parts,” but the hairstylist canceled the date after backlash from the contestants over the strip dodgeball date.“[Clare] really stood her ground and was like, ‘Listen, I just put these guys through strip dodgeball, I don’t want to put them through something else that is really, really silly,’” DeAnna explained while telling Us about her winter survival must-haves, including Aloisia Beauty for self-care. “We talked for probably two and a half hours and unfortunately, you see two minutes of us just talking about Dale, Dale, Dale. … But really, we talked about everything. We talked about all of the guys.”Courtesy of DeAnna Pappas/InstagramDeAnna added that she went to the set to “encourage” Clare.- Advertisement – Scoop from the source! DeAnna Pappas — one of the only people who knew Clare Crawley was secretly engaged to Dale Moss — joined Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast to reveal what really happened when she visited the OG season 16 Bachelorette at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs in July.“Don’t get me wrong, we talked about Dale a lot, but I went into the conversation with Clare and there was supposed to be a date that day,” the season 4 Bachelorette, 38, began about her chat with Clare, 39, which aired during the October 27 episode.- Advertisement –
Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site, continued, “What we need to do right now is focus on what will get us through a pandemic without counting on drugs. We just don’t have a supply chain that can manufacture enough vaccine and antivirals to make a meaningful dent in what we’d need if the pandemic hits in the next 2 or 3 years. We need to think about things like food supplies, healthcare workers and facilities, essential services. We’re wasting time.” The neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) reduce the severity and duration of symptoms of seasonal flu when given prophylactically or within days after disease onset. Studies are showing some effectiveness against the H5N1 avian flu strain circulating in Asia. CIDRAP’s avian flu case count The World Health Organization (WHO) has a enough of the drug to treat 120,000 people and hopes to build this to 1 million doses shortly, said WHO Director General Lee Jong-wook at the conference in Bangkok. Tamiflu maker Hoffman-LaRoche is considering donating “a substantial amount” of the agent to WHO, according to Reuters. Lee and others have expressed concern that wealthy countries are arming themselves and may not share the drug with the countries where the pandemic is most likely to begin. Oseltamivir should not be the only agent in the armory, say Kenneth Tsang, from Hong Kong, and his colleagues from Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea in a new Lancet commentary. They suggest that stockpiles of zanamivir be added as well. The agent, which is given as a nasal inhalant, has not surfaced in planning discussions, perhaps because of concern over administration problems in young children and people with intellectual or coordination impairments, they say. “Although both [drugs] have similar efficacy, zanamivir has fewer adverse reactions, and a favorable resistance profile,” the authors write, and they claim the concerns could be surmounted. A number of countries, including the United States, have thus begun stockpiling oseltamivir as a weapon against pandemic flu, especially given the fact that a well-matched vaccine would be unavailable early on and production capacity is limited. Other developed countries, too, are buying oseltamivir for their populations. See also: H5N1 avian flu has killed massive numbers of birds in at least 12 countries in Asia and has spread to other animals and humans there as well. WHO’s last official count puts the number of human cases at 112, with 57 deaths. Experts predict that this strain will be the cause of the next pandemic when it achieves the ability to pass efficiently from human to human. Aug 13 Lancet article by Tsang et al [Full textaccess requires free registration) Aug 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A week-long meeting of Asian nations just finished in Bangkok resulted in consensus that regional stockpiles of antivirals should be amassed for fast use in the influenza pandemic that is widely expected to emerge from the avian flu strain now circulating. The drug discussed there and focused upon in recent studies touting the usefulness of early treatment and prophylaxis may be joined by another agent in the same class if suggestions in an article released yesterday are taken to heart. Serious question remains, however, over whether pharmaceuticals are really a valid option if a pandemic breaks out in the near future. “This is all well and good,” infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, told CIDRAP News, “but people just don’t get it. If we were to begin a Manhattan Projecttype response tonight to expand vaccine and drug production, we wouldn’t have a measureable impact on the availability of these critical products to sufficiently address a worldwide pandemic for at least several years.”