Learning to listen

first_imgEkene Agu ’13 got a bit of a shock during her freshman year at Harvard College.Agu, who grew up both in Nigeria and in the United States, was startled to read an article in the Harvard Salient — an undergraduate publication with a conservative take on politics and student life — that argued against undergraduate concentrations in women’s and ethnic studies. She says that the author’s opposition was less disturbing than his reasoning.“He didn’t believe that women or people of color had contributed enough to the societies of the world to warrant the formation of departments devoted to their study,” says Agu. “I was even more surprised at his boldness. Harvard is notorious for being a liberal hotbed, and though I expected a diversity of ideologies, I definitely was not prepared for such incendiary remarks. It made me realize the immense degree to which some people on campus see things a lot differently than I do.”In an age of blogs, RSS feeds, and TV news channels devoted to partisan politics, it would have been easy for Agu to recoil from the Salient article and immerse herself in information that reinforced her own perspective. Instead, the Eliot House sophomore embraced difference. She joined Sustained Dialogue (SD), a program that assembles undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences to discuss often-divisive topics such as race, class, gender, and sexuality.“These conversations are vital,” says Loc Truong, assistant director of the Harvard Foundation, an organization that works to improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University. “They bring students together who otherwise would not have a chance to meet one another. It’s an opportunity to learn about yourself and your peers. SD is creating tolerance, understanding, and, hopefully, acceptance.”About 60 undergraduates from a wide range of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds take part in SD at Harvard. During the academic term, they meet each week in six different groups — four in the Houses, two in Harvard Yard. Discussions last about an hour. The group moderator — a student trained by SD national staff — suggests a theme at the beginning of the term, but then lets the conversation grow naturally from there, stepping in only to keep members on the topic of the week.Chris Frugé ’13, a moderator last fall, says that he got involved with SD because of the program’s personal approach to the discussion of social issues.“In Sustained Dialogue, we discuss the issues not in terms of any ideological framework,” he says, “but instead from the perspective of our own life experiences. It’s not Republican versus Democrat. It’s people coming together by finding similarities in their personal experience.”Frugé acknowledges that the issues SD explores are charged, and that discussions can be intense. He says that some basic ground rules help keep tempers in check.“It’s OK to share stories, but not the names of anyone outside of the group,” he says. “You can speak your mind and express your opinion—we don’t want people to be ‘politically correct’ — but you can’t be intentionally derogatory. We create an atmosphere that’s not judgmental. We try to respond sympathetically to people’s experience, even if we don’t agree.”SD was developed by Harold Saunders, deputy assistant secretary of state during the Nixon administration. Susan Marine, assistant dean of Harvard College for student life and director of the Women’s Center, says that Saunders created SD out of his work mediating conflicts between warring factions.“He saw this model make a tremendous difference in war-ravaged regions,” says Marine. “He thought, ‘If I can get people who refuse to acknowledge each other’s humanity to sit down and talk to each other, then surely I can get college students to engage with one another.’”In 1999, Saunders brought SD to the campus of Princeton University. Today, the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) extends to 14 colleges and universities across the United States. Harvard became part of SDCN in 2010. According to Marine, the power of the program lies in the consistency and depth of the conversations. Because students meet each week of the semester, they are able to explore issues in a way that’s not possible in a one-hour workshop, or even a semester-long course.“SD is the same students week after week,” she says. “People come to understand difference gradually and use that information in a meaningful way. You can’t be an effective social change agent until you’ve had time to listen and understand other people’s experiences. Personal involvement requires personal investment.”Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, says that SD helps participants become not only more conscious members of the Harvard community, but also more effective leaders throughout their lives.“Listening — particularly to those who are different than you — is a critical skill,” she says, “especially when you consider that many Harvard College students will take up leadership roles throughout their lives. These conversations provide students with the opportunity to view the world through a different lens. They will also be able to use the communication skills they learn here at Harvard and in the world after they graduate.”Harvard’s SD groups will continue their conversations this spring. Marine says that the ultimate goal of the program is not only to deepen students’ understanding of each other and of the issues, but also to focus on some aspect of student life that could benefit from change and to engage in a social action project.“Our big goal is for this to transform society,” she says. “If you’re going anywhere to lead or work, there will be all kinds of conflicts. The skills you learn through SD — building consensus, being respectful, and valuing difference — are all keys to strong organizations and a strong society. The more people participate in this program, the better our world will be.”last_img read more

Credit unions can ‘up their game’ with the right digital lending partner

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Harper Jeffrey Harper brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his position as president of ​BSG Financial Group. ​ where he heads up the Sales and Marketing divisions of the … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Details Today’s consumers want the convenience of applying for smaller dollar loans online and getting funds quickly. Despite some recent bad publicity, marketplace lenders such as LendingClub and Prosper have succeeded in filling this need—doubling outstanding portfolio balances every year since 2000—despite their often-high interest rates (some as high as 29%).The success of these marketplace lenders demonstrates to credit unions the opportunity to ‘up their game’ and become a part of this digital revolution. But how can credit unions that lack the resources to develop their own technology compete with marketplace lenders?The key is to automate the lending process and reduce costs with the help of a digital lending partner.Different from marketplace lenders, a digital lending partner offers a turn-key application that automates the entire loan process, from underwriting to set up to delivery of these smaller dollar ($1,000-$20,000) consumer loans. Your members can apply for the digital loans from a computer or mobile device and receive funds within a few days or less. They get the rate and terms they prefer (yours), but with the speed and simplicity of marketplace lenders.What’s more, your credit union can keep the loans on your balance sheet.These end-to-end systems create never-before-seen efficiencies by eliminating paper work and loan officer direct involvement. Your credit union is able to profitably fund and manage smaller dollar, unsecured loans at a fraction of the cost of manual and paper processes, often as low as $500 each.What kind of Digital Lending Partner can help your credit union ‘up your game’ quickly? One that has proven success in digital lending, and:Allows your credit union to use your underwriting controls and risk-rating standardsKeeps the loans on your balance sheet as earning assetsAccepts online applications by computer or mobile phoneProvides approvals in an instant, funds in just daysMonitors loans, deposit activity and credit informationHandles loan renewalsProvides proven safety in the cloudWith the right digital lending partner, it’s ‘Game On!’ for your credit union that can now compete against even the largest loan providers.last_img read more

Seven C-suite competencies for the future

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The rapid consumer adoption of advancements in technologies—and the complexities that accompany this—make relevancy and sustainability simultaneously exciting and daunting for many businesses, including credit unions.A significant key to success in this environment: Deliberately create a C-suite team that has the time and abilities to think and act strategically, while being adept at knowing which details cannot be missed.Thinking through how the individuals on your team fit together to address the needs of thinking and acting strategically, most of the time, is a valuable part of the process.We believe that the combined makeup of any C-suite team should demonstrate the following.  The competencies are not listed in order of priority, as the emphasis can shift depending on the business model. continue reading »last_img read more

Message from focus group: no need for new lease laws

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Arsenal target and Chelsea star Willian offered to Barcelona ahead of free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal target and Chelsea star Willian offered to Barcelona ahead of free transfer Coral BarryWednesday 8 Apr 2020 11:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Willian appears set to leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have been offered the chance to sign Willian on a free transfer this summer, reports say.The Chelsea attacker is set to become a free agent and recently confirmed he had stopped speaking to the Blues about extending his contract.Arsenal and Tottenham have been tracking Willian with the view to a free transfer.Willian had hoped to stay on at Chelsea, but the club have a strict policy about offering long-term deals to players over the age of 30.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveThe Brazilian had asked for a three-year deal and his agent has now begun the search for a new club following Chelsea’s refusal to meet Willian’s demands.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpanish outlet Sport claim Willian’s long-term suitors Barcelona have been approached about signing him.But Willian’s age and wage demands have put Barcelona off, as the 31-year-old wants a three-year contract.Barcelona repeatedly tried to sign Willian in the last two years, but now they are prioritising younger targets who won’t command such a big salary. ‘We’ll come back stronger… and a bit fatter’ – Guardiola on coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:29Fullscreen’We’ll come back stronger… and a bit fatter’ – Guardiola on coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/well-come-stronger-bit-fatter-guardiola-coronavirus-2142050/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Marcos Alonso names the former team-mate he wishes hadn’t left ChelseaMORE: Marcos Alonso names former Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid stars as best he’s played withFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Willian has been at Chelsea since 2013 (Picture: Getty)The news will boost Willian’s chances of remaining in the Premier League as Tottenham and Arsenal battle to secure his signature.Willian was on the verge of signing for Tottenham in 2013 before Chelsea suddenly hijacked the deal at the last minute.Jose Mourinho coached Willian while he was at Chelsea and the Spurs boss remains a big fan of the forward.Willian may be forced to stay on at Chelsea beyond the end of his contract, which expires in June, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Premier League season has been indefinitely extended and FIFA are expected to endorse plans to see players contracts reflect the new timeframe for the campaign.Willian has already said he was eager to help Chelsea see out the season, but confirmed last week efforts to agree a new deal had broken down.‘With Chelsea, it’s over,’ Willian told Expediente Futebol. ‘Everyone knows my contract ends in a few months. A renewal is difficult.’ He added: ‘Chelsea proposed two extra years and I wanted three. We’re not talking anymore. There won’t be a negotiation.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Arsenal consider tempting Roma with swap deal involving Lucas Torreira

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Lucas Torreira is interesting several Italian sides including the likes of Milan and Roma (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could tempt Roma with a swap deal involving out of favour midfielder Lucas Torreira. The Uruguay international featured prominently during the early weeks of Mikel Arteta’s reign as he returned to his favoured defensive midfield position having been deployed in a more attacking role by Unai Emery. Torreira suffered a serious ankle injury during an FA Cup win over Portsmouth back in March and struggled to win his place back in the side following his return to fitness, with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos forging a promising partnership at the heart of Arsenal’s engine room.The 24-year-old forged his reputation as a tenacious ball winner with Sampdoria and had been on the brink of joining Napoli before Arsenal intervened following the 2018 World Cup in Russia. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTorreira has regularly spoken of his desire to return to Serie A and conceded he has had difficulties adapting to life in England. Arsenal are said to be interested in Roma’s Amadou Diawara (Picture: Getty)AC Milan were reportedly at the head of the queue to sign the combative midfielder but he is no longer seen as a priority. After an impressive season on loan, the Rossoneri want to make Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move from Chelsea permanent.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma could represent a potential destination for Torreira instead, with Amadou Diawara moving in the opposite direction. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Guinea international spent three years at Napoli before moving to Roma last summer and enjoyed an impressive debut campaign.Arsenal have a strong relationship with Roma, who have recently been taken over by Dan Friedkin, and came to a resolution with the Giallorossi last month and allowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join on a permanent deal.MORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell former Arsenal team-mate Calum Chambers amid Fulham interestMORE: Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Aug 2020 1:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arsenal consider tempting Roma with swap deal involving Lucas Torreiralast_img read more

VLCCs, Boxships to Benefit from Extended Suez Canal Cuts

first_imgIn order to encourage very large crude carriers (VLCCs) to opt for the Suez Canal rather than sail around the Cape of Good Hope, the Suez Canal Authority decided to extend the toll benefits for the sector until the end of the year.The arrangement relates to VLCCs coming from the Arabian Gulf or Caribbean Zone on a round trip and transiting the canal after discharging part of their cargo in the SUMED line.Specifically, the arrangement for VLCCs of over 250,000 dwt was introduced in June 2016 for an experimental period of 6 months and extended until the end of 2017.Under the scheme, any VLCC on its return trip from the north entrance is to pay a lump sum of USD 180,000, including extra charges levied for tugs, arrival after limit time and booking in the convoy.A 45 pct toll cut is being provided for crude oil tankers coming from ports of the US Gulf and the Caribbean area and heading to the ports west of the Indian subcontinent starting from Karachi en route to Cochin and 75 pct reduction for those heading to the ports located east of Cochin.Crude oil tankers coming from Latin American ports, starting from Columbia and heading west of the Indian subcontinent starting from Karachi and going to Cochin shall be granted 65 pct toll discount, while those heading east of Cochin will benefit from a 75 pct cut.Separately, the reduction of rates offered to containerships coming from Eastern American ports and heading to South and South-East Asian ports will be kept in force until the end of June 2018.Specifically, boxships coming from the Port of Norfolk and its northern ports en route to the ports of Port Kelang and its eastern ports will be granted a reduction of 45 pct.Containerships coming from ports south of Port of Norfolk heading to ports of Port Kelang and its eastern ports will be granted a reduction of 65 pct.Additionally, vessels coming from ports south of Port of Norfolk destined for Port of Colombo and its eastern ports located just up to Port of Port Kelang will get a reduction of 55 pct.The extension comes on the back of longer duration of toll cuts offered to dry bulk vessels by the canal authority.last_img read more

Judge commends Newtown man for drug rehabilitation

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Judge commends Newtown man for drug rehabilitation by: – June 11, 2012 Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comA male adult of Newtown, who pleaded guilty to a wounding offence before the High Court of Justice last month, received great commendation from Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks for his eight (8) year drug rehabilitation during his sentence hearing on Monday.Marcus Augustus pleaded guilty to wounding Mickey Thomas of Eggleston with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm at Newtown on August 11th, 2010.According to state attorney Clement Joseph, there was a confrontation between the men about 11 o’clock that evening while Thomas was speaking to his aunt when Augustus said to him; “I have something to give you, all you f******* fellas have to get hurt”.Later that evening another confrontation took place between the men this time in the vicinity of the defendant’s home in Newtown causing Thomas to send stones at the Augustus. As a result, Augustus wounded him with a cutlass on his knee and was treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital.In mitigating on his client’s behalf, Peter Alleyne stated while the use of cutlasses and violence has become very prevalent in society as a means to resolving matters, he explained that his clients conviction sheet which dates from 1983 to 2002 were not violent in nature or included the use of weapons, but were drug related with two being use of threatening language.Alleyne further stated that the incident occurred mainly because of Thomas’ violent and abusive behaviour, informing the Court that Thomas also “consumes a high proportion of alcohol” and “shows no respect for authority and people who are older than him”.While he admitted that his client could “have handled the situation differently” he urged the Court to impose a compensatory award as opposed to a custodial sentence.“He does not work for a big salary but he is willing to pay compensation to the victim. I urge the Court not to impose a custodial sentence as he is rehabilitating himself from drug abuse”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks, in sentencing Augustus, noted that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, his previous convictions were not violent related, that the doctor’s prognosis stated that Thomas would not suffer any permanent injuries as well as a pre-sentence report from the Social Welfare Department which had given her a “glimpse” into his life.“I am very impressed, note, very impressed, that you have sought rehabilitation from drug abuse. He was a serious addict and he sought counseling, he has been clean for eight years which I think is commendable”.She noted further; “He was awarded by the authorities $5000.00 for his recovery and he is to be applauded for using that money to purchase a fishing vessel and accessories”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also lamented that Augustus was never given the opportunity to have a proper childhood as his mother fled a life of physical and emotional abuse from his father which he witnessed as a child, and that he was denied the opportunity to obtain an education by his father but was taught to read by an aunt.She also read from an excerpt from the pre-sentencing report; “all persons interviewed spoke positively about Marcus stating that the Court should be lenient on him. The defendant is a known troublemaker and the one who instigated the trouble,” stating that Augustus was not known to be a violent person.Justice Stephenson-Brooks sentenced Augustus to three years imprisonment but suspended that sentence for two years as well as a compensatory award of $5000.00 to Thomas for his injuries and medical fees.“This is an opportunity for you to show the public that you are indeed remorseful and a changed man. Go out and work doubly hard so you could pay the fine. Don’t steal or deal drugs,” she warned.Augustus replied; “Yes ma’am I will pay it once the sea is ok, I will go out”.If he fails to pay the compensatory award by June, 2013 he will be imprisoned for a year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Duterte widens travel ban on visitors from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau

first_imgPassengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Parañaque City wear face masks as a precaution. President Rodrigo Duterte has expanded the ban on travelers to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. ABS-CBN NEWS As of yesterday morning, a total of305 people had died from coronavirus in mainland China, according to thecountry’s National Health Commission. The total number of confirmed casesworldwide has increased to 14,380./PN MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasincluded foreign travelers to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macaufrom the coverage of the temporary travel ban still due to the 2019 NovelCoronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV). According to Medialdea, the temporaryban now covers the following: Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeasaid the wider travel ban was after Duterte accepted the recommendation of theDepartment of Health and the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for theManagement of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The infectious diseases task force meanwhilerecommended the establishment of repatriation, quarantine facility andmandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos and permanent resident visa holderscoming from any place in China and its SARs. “I wish to emphasize that we are notsingling out Chinese nationals. This order covers all travelers from China tothe Philippines, regardless of nationality. We emphatize with China given whatthey are going through but we are doing this to protect the country and itspeople,” he added.center_img * The entry of any person, regardless ofnationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visaissued by the Philippine government, who within 14 days immediately precedingarrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its SARs * The entry of any person, regardless ofnationality, except Filipino citizens and foreigners holding permanent residentvisas issued by the Philippine government, directly coming from China and itsspecial administrative regions (SARs) Hong Kong and Macau Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who earlierannounced the expansion of travel ban in a radio interview, said that thegovernment is not “singling out” Chinese nationals amid this recommendation. “Taking into consideration the concernsraised by key government officials and health experts, the President made aninformed decision and has agreed to adopt this recommendation and implement itimmediately as additional precautionary measure to protect Filipinos andeveryone in the Philippines,” said Go. * Temporary ban on Filipinos fromtravelling to China and its SARslast_img read more

Lambert pleased with point

first_img Victory at Villa Park would have put his side five points clear of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. However, after the impressive Charles N’Zogbia gave Villa a deserved 55th-minute lead, the visitors were gifted an equaliser when midfielder Delph flicked Bryan Ruiz’s corner into his own net with a header 11 minutes later. “We played really well,” Lambert said. “I have got nothing but praise for the performance. We played really well and got a draw. That point could be massive. We’re pulling teams right into it. I’m not too disappointed at all with the performance. Is it a point gained? Yes, absolutely.” He added: “It was not long ago Fulham went to White Hart Lane and turned over Tottenham, a right top side. They don’t get credit they deserve. They have got some terrific players. But some of the chances we created were excellent. I am sitting here and the point could be huge for us. “A few games ago there weren’t as many teams in the fight as there is now. There is a right cluster there.” Lambert’s counterpart Martin Jol declared himself a “happy customer” after the draw took his 10th-placed team to the 40-point mark. “If you play against a team like Aston Villa they will be full of energy and before the match we saw the stats and the fact they had three wins and one defeat in the last four,” said the Dutchman. “They’re doing well, they can put you under pressure so it was good for us to see Gabriel Agbonlahor was not playing because he has real pace and penetration. “They were hot and cold and then we had a spell in the second half where Villa deserved a goal and they got it. We had to change things and luckily enough we scored an equaliser and got to 40 points, because that was our target. “If you look at the other teams, such as Villa, they would like to swap with us. Since January 1 we’ve had three defeats and seven or eight wins and draws, so we’ve done ever so well. I’m a happy customer. We’ve got 40 points, the results were okay for us today and that’s fantastic.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert regarded his side’s 1-1 draw with Fulham as a point gained rather than two lost despite Fabian Delph’s own goal costing them a vital win in the fight for survival.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more