People would leave more to charities in wills if ‘nudged’ to do so

first_img Tagged with: behavioural insight legacies Research / statistics People would leave more to charities in wills if ‘nudged’ to do so Remember a Charity’s director Rob Cope believes the increase is due to the fact that significant numbers of people are supportive of the idea of leaving a gift to charity but far fewer remember to do so when it comes to actually writing their wills.“We are a very charitable nation, and the idea of leaving a gift to charity appeals to many people,” he said. “Our latest consumer research shows that nearly half of people have thought about leaving money to charity in their wills, but only around 7% of people currently leave a gift.“The trial shows that if solicitors simply ask people to consider leaving a gift then this gap closes significantly. It is clearly a suggestion that people are warm to and many more include a gift to charity as a direct result.”Photo: dominoes nudged by Mazzzur on Shutterstock.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 28 May 2013 | News  64 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Three times more Britons would leave a gift to charity in their wills if they were ‘nudged’ to do so by their solicitor, according to results of a trial.The legacy giving trial by the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team showed that when solicitors or will writers simply mentioned to people that leaving a gift to charity was an option, the percentage of people who did so rose from just 5% to 10%. They rose again to 15% when people were also asked if there were any charities that they were passionate about. An additional £1m of gifts was left to charities in wills as a result of the trial.The trial looked at over 1,000 new wills over six months, was conducted by the Behavioural Insights Team in partnership with Remember a Charity and The Co-operative Legal Services. Advertisementlast_img read more

Scanning The Big C, Dentally

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * ViziliteOne American dies from oral cancer every hour, with a mortality rate that has remained virtually unchanged for 40 years.Unfortunately, not everyone feels they are at risk unless they smoke or if oral cancer runs in their family. By the time the symptoms become too painful to ignore, it might be too late.Oral cancer is the largest group of cancers that are found in the head and neck cancer category, and some of the more common names it includes are mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer.Symptoms can include a skin lesion, lump, or ulcer that does not cure itself in 14 days, located on the tongue, lip, or other mouth areas. It is usually small and often pale colored, though it can be dark or discolored at times. An early sign may be a white patch or a red patch on the soft tissues of the mouth, and is initially painless. Be aware that these can also be found behind the wisdom tooth, and sometimes behind the ear.Other symptoms that may accompany the growth or lesion include having tongue problems, difficulty swallowing, mouth sores, and pain.Fortunately, despite the grim statistics, there’s a 90% cure rate if the cancer is detected early.If you suspect you are at risk, you can get one of the most effective oral cancer screenings at Flintridge Dental Studio.Using the newest FDA-approved Vizilite, the oral screening exam involves the use of a specially designed light that is quick and painless. The procedure only takes 2 minutes, and can be incorporated into standard visual examinations.Though alcohol, tobacco use, and oral HPV infection increases a person’s chance to develop oral cancer, a whopping 25% of those afflicted have never smoked, drank alcohol, or have had any risk factors at all. Which is why Flintridge Dental Studio urges everyone over 18 years of age to have themselves scanned every year to make sure.With a quick, painless, easy test that can literally save your life, what’s your excuse not to?Flintridge Dental Studio is located at 4542 Rinetti Lane, La Cañada, Flintridge. For appointments, call (818) 495-4969 or visit http://flintridgedentalstudio.com for more details. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Health Scanning The Big C, Dentally Cancer can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. Oral Cancer may not be as media-hyped as the other forms, but the risk is still there. Make sure you are not at risk by visiting Flintridge Dental Studio for an oral cancer screening today By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | 12:29 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

City Leaders React After Governor Concedes Affordable Housing Claims Based on Outdated Research

first_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Over the past two years, local leaders have railed against laws passed in Sacramento taking local control away from City Hall to help build more housing.During that time, Gov. Gavin Newsom justified those laws with a claim that the state needed to be 3.5 million affordable housing units to stave off the affordable housing crisis.Last week, Newsom said his repeated claims that the state needs to build 3.5 million homes to be swiftly built were based on a flawed and outdated consultant’s study. New construction goals are being formulated, according to Newsom.“It’s bad for public officials, particularly respected and critical public officials like the governor to put out numbers that are so at odds with what experts would say are more plausible because we have a housing shortage,” Tornek said. “There’s no denying it. It’s a critical problem for the state of California. But to throw a number out that is completely out of line, kind of cheapens the discourse and makes the whole process unrealistic.”Tornek spoke to Pasadena Now on Tuesday, hours before the city’s Legislative Policy Committee discussed the issue, along with SB 50.SB 50 is one of the bills that could further soften local ordinances to allow developers to build apartments near transit lines and raises height limits increasing density in high-income areas. The bill is up for vote this week.If passed that bill passes, it joins a glut of housing bills signed by Gov. Newsom that take power away from local officials.SB 330 puts a five-year moratorium on some local policies that make it harder to build in communities without enough housing.AB 1763 expands the existing state density-bonus law by allowing an 80% density bonus for projects with 100% affordable housing.Housing advocate Jill Shook said that the state still has to build affordable housing to alleviate the crisis.“Whether you agree with Newsom that California needs 3.5 million new units of housing, or 1.5 million, as others have argued, it should be noted that there huge need not just for housing, but for affordable housing,” Shook said. “In our city of Pasadena, for example, we are building far more deluxe units than are needed, and far fewer affordable units than are needed. Reforms like facilitating the building of accessory dwelling units (“granny flats”) are a modest step forward. But what we really need billions in state and federal funding for low-income housing and we need legislation to ensure that a significant percentage of new housing be set aside as affordable. We don’t need 1.5 million more deluxe homes. We need affordable housing for all income levels.”Mayoral Candidate and District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo said the state definitely has a role to play a supporting role, but the people of Pasadena deserve to make decisions.“It’s more evidence of why cities like Pasadena need to play a more prominent role with the issue of housing,” Gordo said. “It’s why we need local control. The state should play a supporting role, encouraging, every local government to do its part, like Pasadena is doing its part. But you know, the state cannot dictate to Pasadena or any other local government. With all due respect to Governor Newsom and the state legislature, they don’t live and experience our cities like we do. This is just another example of where a one size fits all cookie-cutter approach doesn’t work. They’ve got it wrong in the past and it seems they’re getting it wrong again.”Local officials acknowledge the housing and homeless problems, but decry the bills that would give developers more power to overrule existing zoning ordinances.“It damages the trust the public places in lawmakers, which is already in short supply,” said District 6 Candidate and housing advocate Ryan Bell. “Using accurate data doesn’t cost the governor anything.”Bell, like Gordo and Tornek, acknowledged that the state is still in a devastating crisis.“We have a job to do which is to solve the worst homelessness in the nation and protect those who are precariously housed.”Rents in Pasadena are among the highest in the state with many two-bedroom apartments renting above $3,000, making it almost impossible for minimum-wage workers and middle-class residents to afford to live in Pasadena, even as wages increase.Last year, the Pasadena City Council unanimously voted to raise the inclusionary housing requirement for developers to set aside affordable units on all new projects.The old requirement was a 15 percent set aside. The new requirement is to allocate 20 percent of the total number of proposed housing units for moderate- to low-income residents.The amendments were the first changes to the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance since it was adopted in 2001.The original ordinance applied to developments of 10 units or more and called for developers to set aside 15 percent of the proposed units as affordable for very low- and moderate-income people. Developers not wanting to set aside units can still pay an in-lieu fee which goes into the city’s own housing fund. Builders can also donate land worth the value of the fee. Government City Leaders React After Governor Concedes Affordable Housing Claims Based on Outdated Research Flawed data cited during drive to push laws that removes local control By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor and DAVID CROSS Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 5:28 am Make a comment 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

“My Family Also Victim of Judicial Delay”: Says Justice R. Banumathi In Her Farewell Speech

first_imgTop Stories”My Family Also Victim of Judicial Delay”: Says Justice R. Banumathi In Her Farewell Speech Radhika Roy17 July 2020 8:31 AMShare This – xThe President and Members of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association hosted a function to bid farewell to Justice R. Banumathi of the Supreme Court of India. Justice R. Banumathi discharged her duty as a Judge of the Apex Court for the last time today, with her retirement taking place on 19 July, 2020. She had assumed the role of a Judge of the Supreme Court on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe President and Members of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association hosted a function to bid farewell to Justice R. Banumathi of the Supreme Court of India.  Justice R. Banumathi discharged her duty as a Judge of the Apex Court for the last time today, with her retirement taking place on 19 July, 2020. She had assumed the role of a Judge of the Supreme Court on 13 August, 2014, and is the sixth woman to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Banumathi’s journey, spanning over three decades, began with her direct recruitment as a district judge vide the Tamil Nadu Higher Judicial Service. In April 2003, she was elevated as a judge of the Madras High Court. In November 2013, she was transferred to Jharkhand High Court and was appointed its Chief Justice. Today’s farewell ceremony commenced with a Welcome Address delivered by Senior Advocate Kailash Vasdev, Vice President of the SCBA. The ceremony then progressed with Attorney-General KK Venugopal stating that it was a sad day as one of the most beloved judges of the Supreme Court was leaving. He recounted multiple great orders rendered by Justice Banumathi during her time as a district judge, a High Court judge, and then as a Supreme Court judge. ‘We are losing a good judge; a great judge. So, all I can say is, bon voyage. I know you love your family; you’ve spoken about your grandchild. But, I hope you come back to legal work soon, maybe by way of arbitration.” Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, the President of the SCBA, then initiated his address by lamenting, “My Ladyship, I must confess, that the Court will have a serious vacuum without you, and the Collegium will find it difficult to fill it up. The Bar will miss you, as it is in you we found an independent Judge who was always willing to listen to us.” Dave noted that Justice Banumathi embodied the cornerstone of the rule of law, which was the bedrock of democracy, by being fiercely independent and giving multiple dissenting opinions. He listed her achievements and contributions, by not only being the President of the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy, but by also authoring various handbooks and books on the various aspects of law. He further highlighted her kind and encouraging disposition towards members of the Bar. “The Bar is really grateful about the way you treated members of the Bar; the affection that you showered on us, even while being firm with us with your decision-making. Specially the younger members of the bar, whom you treated with utmost respect and kindness.” Dave then deviated from the topic at hand and underlined certain grim consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic which had left young lawyers to fend for themselves without any financial assistance. He stated the Bar was standing alone, not being supported or cared for by the Bench, and as the pandemic was the greatest challenge to humanity, the members of the Bar were suffering immensely. “We’ve had suicides of young lawyers, with the loss of two lady lawyers in the past one week. The SCBA and generous members of the Bar are trying to help. We have helped hundreds, but there are hundreds more who are waiting. Our resources are limited. There are thousands who are dependent on the institution for their survival.” In light of the above, Dave requested for a balance to be found between having virtual and physical courts side by side, as the damages to the wellbeing of lawyers were irreversible. Dave concluded his address by saying, “In you, the Bar found someone who was really a friend. Today, when you are leaving us, we are feeling quite sad. Fortunately, you are not leaving Delhi, and I hope you will join us, maybe by way of arbitration. We wish you lots of happiness and success. Thank you very much.” Justice Banumathi then commenced her farewell address by thanking everyone for joining her on a Friday evening, to share good thoughts and good words about her. She recounted her childhood and her journey to the Supreme Court of India “I was born in a very small village, in a backward district in Tamil Nadu. I lost my father in a bus accident, when I was 2 years. In those days, we had to file a suit for compensation. My mother filed a claim and the court passed a decree. But, we couldn’t get the amount due to complicated procedures and lack of assistance. Myself, my widowed mother and my two sisters; we are victims of court delay and its procedural lags. We did not get the compensation till the last day.” Having entered the Tamil Nadu Higher Judicial Services at the age of 33 in 1988, Justice Banumathi served the institution for over 3 decades, while navigating mountains of obstacles. She further observed that, despite comments on pendency of cases, various positive initiatives had been taken by the Central Government, State Governments and the judiciary to aid in the accessibility to justice and to ensure more efficiency of the system. “With more citizen-centric services such as availability of judgements/orders online, easier accessibility to cause lists, e-payments, e-summons, mobile apps etc., these are all arms meant to increase transparency of the system.” She advised young lawyers to keep reading and increasing their knowledge, as with the pervasiveness and expansion of law in all spheres, there was a need for lawyers to be a “fountain of information”. Justice Banumathi then thanked her family for providing her support throughout her career and ensuring that they always stood by her in difficult times. “My sincere thanks to my husband, who is a lawyer in mofussil courts. He always encouraged me to take up law and pursue the legal profession. My husband is a person of highest integrity and he provided unwavering support to me throughout my life. He was the pillar of support which allowed me to maintain honesty and integrity throughout my service.” She further thanked her sisters, her children, and her brother and sister judges of the Supreme Court as well as every other Court where she had served. Justice Banumathi also noted that the lawyers who had appeared before her in Court, had always been thoroughly prepared and brought forward their best. She requested them that they should not take it to their heart if she had ever hurt them, as her only intention was to encourage young lawyers and help them learn. She also thanked the media and the press attached to the Supreme Court for diligent and sincere reporting of orders of the Supreme Court as well as for maintaining discipline while being present in her Court for reporting purposes. In response to Dave’s suggestion regarding the working of physical courts, Justice Banumathi observed that it was a decision that had to be taken by the Committee of Judges. While acknowledging that the country was suffering a lot and these were very difficult days, she appealed to everyone to wait for a while as it was more of a “life concern”. “COVID-19 is dangerous and very fatal. Let’s hope that a vaccine is developed and very fatal. Let’s hope that a vaccine is developed and we get some good news. Let us all collectively pray for the nation that India will come out of this and the situation becomes normal.” With a wish for everyone’s safety and well-being, Justice R. Banumathi then concluded her farewell speech. The ceremony then came to an end with a Vote of Thanks delivered by Rohit Pandey, Acting Hony. Secretary of the SCBA. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Kelly Clarkson calls for action in response to school shootings at Billboard Awards

first_imgKevin Winter/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Host Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night with an emotional speech about the recent mass shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people and injured over a dozen more.Struggling to get the words out, Clarkson began, “Before we start tonight’s show, there’s something I’d like to say — this is gonna be so hard — about the tragedy at Santa Fe High. I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y’all, we’re grieving for more kids that have died for just no reason at all.”The tearful singer continued, “Tonight they wanted me to say … obviously we want to pray for all the victims and pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence. And I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working … obviously. So, why don’t we not do a moment of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening, because it’s horrible. And mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs. … You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear.“We need to do better … because we’re failing our children. We’re failing our communities,” Kelly continued. “We’re failing their families. I can’t imagine. I have four children — I cannot imagine getting that phone call or that knock on the door. So, instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect [the victims] and honor them. … Tonight, y’all, in your community, where you live — let’s have a moment of action! Let’s have a moment of change!”While the three-time Grammy winner didn’t specifically mention guns, or gun control, her calls to action were reminiscent of recent outcries from shooting survivors in Parkland, Florida. Students there complained of politicians offering prayers, but little action after 17 students and teachers were gunned down in February.In response, they held the March for Our Lives on March 24 to call attention to gun violence and start a national discussion about how to change gun laws.Performers Shawn Mendes and Khalid were joined onstage by members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Show Choir during their performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.Clarkson is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, about four hours north of Santa Fe. Clarkson’s mother was a elementary school teacher. Clarkson’s childrenCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Snow White, cross dresser

first_imgThe NA Conference fancy dress party. Left to right, Mark Connor, Anne Barnes, Christine MacSymons, Frank Andrew, Neil MacSymons, Jean Andrew, Graham Ryder, Steve Barnes, Ann Harrison; laying down is Shirley Ryderlast_img

News story: Alert for charities – fundraising and postal stamp fraud

If you are satisfied that your stamps are destined for collectors, check the type of stamps you are collecting. Foreign stamps are less likely to be fraudulently sold in the UK. Decline requests from individuals or groups who wish to purchase used GB stamps from you directly – either through direct contact or via your online marketplace. Additionally, let Royal Mail know if you suspect that a request may not be from a genuine dealer. Stamp fraud involves the preparation, distribution and sale of previously used stamps for reuse. Usually these stamps are sold online, at a lower price than the standard postal service rate.Anyone knowingly collecting, preparing, distributing, reusing or selling used stamps to avoid paying full postal fees may be committing a form of fraud.How it can impact charitiesA number of charities collect used stamps as a means of fundraising.Although we do not believe that charities are knowingly profiting from the collection and sale of used stamps, some are inadvertently enabling this form of fraud by selling packages of used stamps, commonly referred to as ‘kiloware’.The majority of these stamps are then prepared and fraudulently re-sold as if they were valid postage. The money being made by criminal gangs from this type of fraud is significant, and can be used to fund further and wider scale criminal activity.Fundraisers may believe they are selling stamps to collectors but this is rarely the case as these stamps have little collectable value.Charities should avoid engaging in this activity unless they are certain that the stamps collected and sold are genuinely being bought by collectors, and are not being used for fraudulent purposes.Warning signs to look out forSigns that a potential buyer of used stamps may not be a genuine collector include:Requests to bulk buyBe wary of requests from individuals to purchase UK or GB ‘kiloware’ from you in bulk. Genuine collectors tend to have their own sources of used stamps and often trade with each other – it is unlikely that they would specifically call on charities to provide loose stamps.Requests for certain types of stampsThere is no reason for any genuine dealer to request previously used, uncancelled stamps, ‘Non Value Indicator’ stamps (do not display a price), or Christmas stamps in bulk. An uncancelled stamp is one which has been through the postal system, but hasn’t been marked as used. It is often incorrectly referred to as unfranked.Offering to deal stamps on your behalfSome stamp collectors may genuinely request foreign or specialist stamps but charities should consider a company or person offering to deal stamps on their behalf as a potential red flag.All of the above examples put your organisation at risk of being unwittingly involved in a form of fraud that is potentially funding wider scale criminal activity.How to protect your charity from stamp fraud How to report fraudTo report suspected stamp fraud, and for more information on the subject, please visit the Royal Mail website.If your charity becomes a victim of insider fraud, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by visiting the Action Fraud website.Charities affected by fraud should also report it to us as a serious incident.Serious incident reporting helps us to assess the volume and impact of incidents within charities, and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole. Where appropriate, we can also provide timely advice and guidance.NotesThe Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011. If you buy stamps for your charity’s own use then buy them from the Post Office or any other reputable seller. Stamps are typically not sold at a discounted price. Consider checking that your charity name is not being used in ‘kiloware’ advertising without your permission. read more

STS9 Adds Five New 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgToday, STS9 has added five new April 2019 tour dates. The new batch of dates comes in addition to their previously announced winter run.On April 9th, STS9 will open up the brief run at Tulsa, OK’s Cain’s Ballroom before making stops at Dallas, TX’s House of Blues on April 10th and Houston, TX’s House of Blues on April 11th. Sound Tribe will conclude their April run with a pair of shows at Austin, TX’s ACL Live on April 12th and 13th.A fan presale is currently underway here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. (CST).The new batch of 2019 shows comes on the heels of another recently announced set of dates, which will see STS9 play a two-night run at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern on January 18th and 19th before heading inland for a two-night run at Lake Tahoe’s Monbleu on January 22nd and 23rd. The five-piece will then head to San Francisco’s The Warfield for two nights on January 25th and 26th before concluding their brief winter run with a three-night stand at Chicago’s House of Blues on February 15th, 16th, and 17th.Next up for STS9 is a two-night Thanksgiving weekend run at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA (11/23–11/24) followed by performances at Holidaze in Puerto Morelos, MX (12/12–12/16) and the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, CA (12/15–12/16). Then, to close out 2018, STS9 will mount a four-night Denver New Year’s run spanning from December 28th through December 31st at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (12/28, 12/29, 12/31) and Summit (12/30).For more information or for ticketing information, head to STS9’s website.last_img read more

Three diplomatic women

first_imgAmerican foreign policy has never been more complicated. As the country faces key concerns involving globalization, terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and cybersecurity, there is no agreement among U.S. presidential candidates about when and how the nation should engage with the world militarily, economically, and philanthropically.As technology makes nations more intertwined than ever, the United States has had to recalibrate its global role away from John Wayne the sheriff and toward Henry Clay the consensus-builder.“I don’t think we should always lead. There’s a limit on how much capacity we have and where. I think the difference is Americans often have a desire to make things happen, to get things done, but I don’t know that our leadership is always the right voice,” said Ambassador Kristie Kenney, strategic adviser on foreign policy to Secretary of State John Kerry as counselor of the department. “Our world is a lot bigger, and I don’t think America can go it alone — [and] I think that’s a good thing.”While its input and leadership is still important, the United States doesn’t “always have to be in the front row” on every issue, she said during a talk about diplomacy Wednesday with former Ambassadors Wendy Sherman and Swanee Hunt.As undersecretary of state for political affairs before her retirement last fall, Sherman was the State Department’s lead negotiator on the historic Iran nuclear arms deal. She is now a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Professor of Public Policy and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS. She was U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997.The trio spoke candidly with HKS students who plan to enter the Foreign Service about their experiences, and both the advantages and difficulties they’ve faced as women representing the United States around the world.While technological advances have made communication, the lifeblood of diplomacy, faster and easier, that has come at a price, putting greater time demands on State Department staff and leaving their work facing rising risks from hackers. That’s a worry Sherman regularly warned her staff to be mindful of at all times “because it can all be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow, and we’re all going to have to live with that.”“On my State Department BlackBerry, I communicated lots of things because the speed of time and the demands of Washington required me to write things on my email back to Washington that in previous days I might not have,” said Sherman, who noted that speed was so essential during the Iran deal negotiations that “the only way” she could communicate with her Iranian, European, Chinese and Russian counterparts was through unclassified email. Some material was likely classified after she retired, she added, an indirect reference to the controversial email practices of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state.“We need to think through the norms for the use of our BlackBerries and iPhones as diplomats, and we really haven’t had all of the dialogue we need to have about those norms,” said Sherman.Asked how gender affected their interactions, particularly with leaders from countries where women did not hold positions of power or were not as visible in the public sphere, all three women said there are certainly some challenges to being treated as an equal or in overcoming stereotypes.Being well-informed and prepared, showing respect for and a willingness to work with people who may not share your views, making an effort to develop and maintain relationships, and advocating for yourself are all vital, said Kenney, who served as ambassador to Ecuador and was the first female ambassador to Thailand and the Philippines.But their gender also offers some advantages, they said, such as greater freedom to say things that would be received far differently if uttered by a male colleague or to use traditional social conventions of dinners and galas to gain better access to world leaders.“Madeleine Albright taught me a very important lesson years ago when she was ambassador to the United Nations, and that was that when you sit at the table, you are the United States of America. And so it mattered less that I was a woman than that I was the United States of America,” said Sherman. “Having understood what power that brought to the table, I made every use of it.”For students, hearing directly from such accomplished female diplomats was inspiring.“I must say, every single time I meet with a distinguished member of the Foreign Service, I’m more confident that this is the right decision I’ve made in my life,” said Abdulaziz Said, M.P.P. ’16, who organized the panel. “As a man, I left this conversation with a shared responsibility for uplifting women and girls around the world.”“Everyone who’s come to speak to us from the Foreign Service has been a senior male and can’t really relate to the struggles of being a woman in these positions or having to run a family at the same time,” said Tracey Lam, M.P.P. ’16, who will enter the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation. “It’s such a rare occasion to be able to sit with three senior, strong women and know that it’s possible.”last_img read more

Conducting to Perfection

first_imgImagine how difficult it is to master an instrument. It takes long hours of tedious practice to make each note sound just right. Now consider how difficult it must be to make 100 instruments play together in a perfect rendition of a Prokofiev or Brahms masterpiece. It’s just as hard as making a datacenter operate smoothly.If you had a chance to see one of the performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while they were on tour in Europe this summer, I hope you looked closely at Andris Nelsons, their musical director.  It isn’t hard to be jealous of the way the musicians respond to his leadership and wish that the components in your datacenter were just as responsive and obedient.Current technology trends are not making things easy on the CIO. The digital orchestra in the datacenter is gaining new components, systems and subsystems every day that all need to work together seamlessly. The slightest change in one part will make a great difference to the ‘sound’ of the whole, and every element in your infrastructure needs to stay in tune all the time. Making things even harder is the geographic dispersion of your ‘instruments’: cloud computing has made storage and compute tasks fulfillable anywhere in the world.No False Notes in the Data CenterOrchestration is crucial in the workings of the software-defined datacenter. Even if all the instruments play flawlessly, a mediocre conductor will not succeed. The talent of an orchestra director stems from the ability to harmonize each individual musician into a complete sound system. As we have seen over time, the role of the CIO is also becoming that of a broker, bringing together onsite elements with cloud services.The role of “orchestration software” cannot be overestimated. Finding the right orchestration software can make the difference between delivering average services to the customer and blasting away the competition. This is especially the case for service providers, with huge datacenters that need to cater to the needs of hundreds of clients. Operations in such an environment have to run as if on a metronome and follow a set of rules as strictly as a cello player follows the conductor.Guiding the PerformanceOrchestration is a pain for most datacenter operations. While some parts may be fully automated, it is much more difficult to get storage, compute, and networking to work together.  This makes many datacenters sound like an orchestra where the string section is great, but the percussion seems to be playing a different score.Standardization and simplification of datacenter architecture are only part of the answer here. Installing common processes and tools to run in both cloud and on premise scenarios will reduce complexity and improve IT staff productivity. But orchestration needs to go further, proactively adjusting in real time to absorb spikes in capacity or meet performance requirements, while keeping a holistic view on the stability of the entire system. Hyper-converged infrastructure and a software-defined datacenter can help a great deal here. The EMC Federation also offers technologies and management solutions that enable this kind of high-level overview.And isn’t that what the conductor does too? He or she stands on the rostrum, looks out on all the musicians, guiding the performance while ensuring that string, woodwind, brass and percussion are all in sync.Our data centers really are not that different from the symphony halls around the world.EMC Corporation was the exclusive sponsor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first European tour since 2007.last_img read more