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The gains from diversity

first_imgA diverse and inclusive workplace is good for business. And according to Eddie Pate, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Avanade Inc., because people want to join diverse organizations, it’s a quality that not only makes institutions like Harvard destination employers, but is also synonymous with excellence.At a recent Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Diversity Dialogue session, Pate delivered a presentation called “Mentoring and Relationship-Building in Culturally Competent Organizations.” In it, he said diversity and cultural competency must be an integral part of the education process at Harvard, which teaches people to serve a multicultural society. If it’s not, he told the audience, the University isn’t doing its job.Creating safe, inclusive environments in the workplace demands commitment and effort, and requires people to step out of their comfort zones, but the payoff is worth it, Peter V. Marsden, Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology and FAS Dean of Social Science, said in his introductory remarks.  FAS is committed to this, and creating and strengthening mentoring is a high priority for Harvard, he said.The second of three FAS diversity dialogues for the academic year was supported by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and FAS Diversity Relations and Communications, with support from Avanade.“At Harvard, the challenge is not the numbers [of diverse people], but what we do when we reach the numbers,” said Dale Trevino, director of diversity programs at the Harvard School of Public Health.  “We pride ourselves on being diverse, but need to think about what we do with it,” he added.Pate said that ensuring diversity and inclusion is a process that requires leveraging differences to be more creative.  Referring to “The Inclusion Breakthrough” by Frederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz, he said, “Inclusive organizational cultures leverage diversity by creating an environment with a broader bandwidth of acceptable styles of behavior and appearance, thereby encouraging a greater range of available paths to success.”Working toward these goals forces institutions and individuals to be more culturally competent, “an experiential understanding and acceptance of the beliefs, values, and ethics of others as well as the demonstrated skills necessary to work with and serve diverse individuals and groups,” Pate said.  It requires acquiring knowledge of different cultures and exposing oneself to something different, creating an environment in which diversity conversations are legitimate, and where people feel comfortable talking about who they are, he said.“Today’s dialogue was thought-provoking, informative, and interactive.  We were challenged to reconsider our notions of mentoring and relationship-building.  Additionally, Dr. Pate provided practical tips and advice on developing cultural competence.  It was exciting to see so many in the room fully engaged with the topic and the speaker,” said Andrea Kelton-Harris, FAS senior human resources consultant.last_img read more

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FARC Leader’s Right-Hand Man Killed by Colombian Army

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2011 The Colombian Army has killed the man “closest to and most trusted by” the FARC’s highest-ranking leader, Alfonso Cano, along with two other guerrillas, in fighting in the locality of Aipe (270 km south of Bogotá), the government affirmed on 21 March. “We can confirm the death of alias Jerónimo Galeano, the guerrilla closest to and most trusted by Cano, and we’re advancing, getting closer to Cano; we’re closing the siege around him, and he’ll be the next to be captured or killed,” Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera told reporters. Galeano – whose original name was Arquímedes Muñoz – was one of the “high-value objectives” for government troops, and his death “means that the FARC loses one of its strategic members,” the minister said at a press conference in Bogotá. “He was not only a member of the FARC General Staff – which comes next after the Secretariat (the FARC central command) in the hierarchy – but also the head of one of the guerrilla group’s seven joint commands,” he added. “He was in charge of extortion in the departments of Huila and Tolima,” he specified. The slain 57-year-old rebel belonged to the FARC for the last thirty-eight years. The Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office issued more than a score of arrest warrants for him, on charges of theft, kidnapping, homicide, personal injury, and terrorism. Colombian military intelligence also accused him of having planned numerous armed attacks on police stations in Tolima (in central Colombia) and Huila (in the southwest) and of having ordered private vehicles to be stopped on the highways of that region in order to kidnap their occupants and ask for ransom in exchange for their release. The operation was successful in the wake of information supplied by a demobilized guerrilla and an operation to infiltrate rebel ranks that lasted six days, he said. The fighting took place in a mountainous region of Huila, on the morning of 20 March. President Juan Manuel Santos affirmed on Twitter that this event proves that his administration has not let down its guard in the fight against illegal armed groups. Military personnel also killed two other noted guerrillas, including a woman, and seized weapons and explosives in Aipe, according to the official account. One soldier died in the operation, Rivera specified. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia’s largest guerrilla group with between 9,000 and 11,000 fighters, has intensified its attacks in several localities in recent weeks, according to the authorities.last_img read more

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WHINSEC Joins CEMA for a Disaster Response Exercise

first_imgBy Lee A. Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs May 03, 2017 Muito apreciamos a realização do Curso de Operações de Assuntos Civis, uma realização de relevante importância para os paísesdo âmbito da Segurança Hemisférica Ocidental, que merece permanente incentivo visando a sua ampliação durante o ano letivo.Vivemos época de grande necessidades de meios, adestramento de pessoal e disponibilidade de pronto emprego na maioria dos países para atender incertezas e ameaças à segurança da população em áreas de riscos e zonas metropolitanas. Desejamos muito sucesso ao WHINSEC. Ney de Araripe Sucupira Delegado Regional -São Paulo- BR Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra Almost each year since 1994, Civil Affairs students from the School of the Americas and then from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) have played a central role in the Columbus Emergency Management Agency’s disaster response exercises. In preparation for the exercise, the students practiced evacuation of wounded or injured by helicopter, using military aviation assets. The Columbus fire and safety organizations also gave the WHINSEC personnel some whitewater rafting experience before applying it. The exercise had WHINSEC participants in the role of a military swift water rescue team deployed to a jurisdiction devastated by floods as a result of heavy rains associated with a hurricane that has just passed over the city. The city had requested assistance from the state to assist with rescue of citizens trapped by flood waters and swift moving water but the state was unable to assist with a swift water rescue team. The request was forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and this simulated team was deployed at their official request. The team, upon arrival, was paired with members of the local Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the joint team decided on assignments, equipment needs, communications needs, and command-and-control management needs. The team was briefed on the location of suspected trapped victims and then team deployed with boats, communications gear and appropriate safety equipment to search the designated area for victims. Victims were located and their medical conditions assessed. Injured victims were removed to a designated patient collection area. Non-ambulatory victims or victims unable to be safely moved were located and their locations(s) sent. A medevac helicopter called to the designated location lowered a Stokes basket and the team “packaged” the victim (a mannequin, not a person, for safety reasons) for lift out. Once all patients were located, removed, and triaged the exercise was over. The 2017 Civil Affairs Operations Course has been in session since March 21st; its students graduated on April 27th in a combined ceremony with a Countering Transnational Threats Course, a Senior Enlisted Advisor Course, and an International Operational Law Course.last_img read more

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Suicide Suspected in Glen Cove Home of 2 Found Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John Azzata, commander of the Nassau police Homicide Squad, speaks to reporters outside Glen Cove city police headquarters on Thursday, June 6, 2013.A 58-year-old man who was found dead in a Glen Cove house with a dead 84-year-old woman shot himself, but the woman’s cause of death remains unclear, Nassau County police said.The pair was found after Glen Cove city police and Adult Protective Services officials went to the house Milford Lane to check on their well-being at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday following an anonymous tip. Their names were not immediately released.“There is no indication that this is a random act of violence…or that they were targeted,” Det. Lt. John Azzata, commander of the Nassau police Homicide Squad, told reporters Thursday. “If she died of natural causes and he committed suicide, it could be out of love.”The woman had been dead for “longer than days,” he said, noting that investigators found some signs of trauma on her body.He added that there were seven cats in the house, some of which were dead. Most of the live cats have been captured and sent to a shelter while the traps have been set for the remainder, he said.Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi said there had been more cats in the past at the house, which has been subject of complaints and “red flags” from city code enforcement officers.The bodies were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where autopsies are being conducted to determined their cause of death.last_img read more

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Boy’s illness raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 50

first_imgApr 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed that a 2-year-old Egyptian boy has H5N1 avian influenza, which raised the country’s case count to 50.The boy is from Al-Honsanya in Sharkea governorate in northern Egypt, according to a statement from the WHO. He got sick on Apr 13 and was hospitalized the next day, the statement said. A notice from Egypt’s health ministry said the boy received oseltamivir (Tamiflu), according to an Apr 16 report from the Kuwait News Agency.Two labs, Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratories and US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) in Cairo, confirmed that his samples were positive for the H5N1 virus, the WHO reported.An investigation into the source of the boy’s infection revealed that he had had contact with sick and dead poultry before he became ill.The boy’s illness marked Egypt’s second case in less than a week. On Apr 11, Egypt’s health ministry reported that a 30-year-old woman from Matariya district, just north of Cairo, died of an H5N1 infection. Her death raised Egypt’s H5N1 fatality total to 22.See also:Apr 17 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Benchmarking research of campsites in Croatia

first_imgWe bring you an interesting research Benchmarking of Croatian camps for the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) conducted from month to month by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management from Opatija. A total of 31 campsites are participating in the Benchmarking project from which relevant data such as camp occupancy, utilization rate, revenue per night, average length of stay and many others can be extracted.As part of Benchmarking for the month of October 2017, a total of 19.359 accommodation units in campsites were included, ie a capacity of 58.077 people, which is 24% of the total accommodation capacity of campsites in Croatia.Otherwise, Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing a company’s operations, products and services with the best, either within the company’s area of ​​operation or outside it. Benchmarking is a process based on comparing one’s own dimensions (processes, products, costs, etc.) with a company that deserves to be a measure of value.Side dish: Camping benchmarking, monthly report / October 2017last_img read more

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10 Italian towns in lockdown over virus fears

first_imgROME – Authorities in northern Italy onFriday ordered the closure of schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 townsfollowing a flurry of new coronavirus cases. Five doctors and 10 other people testedpositive for the virus in Lombardy, after apparently frequenting the same barand group of friends, with two other cases in Veneto, authorities said at apress conference. Over 50,000 people have been asked tostay at home in the areas concerned, while all public activities such ascarnival celebrations, church masses and sporting events have been banned forup to a week. (AFP)last_img read more

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Gillespie in Ireland Test rank call

first_img The 39-year-old, now head coach of Yorkshire, believes the move would both reward Ireland’s performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a necessary boost to the five-day format. Gillespie told All Out Cricket: “Let’s face it, outside of Australia and England and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, people don’t turn up to watch Test cricket. That’s just the way it is, and it’s sad. Press Association “One fantastic way to give Test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland full Test status. It’s something that should happen sooner rather than later from the ICC. “Imagine if Ireland were given Test status. That would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massively positive story for the world game. “The ICC and all the national boards talk a lot about the importance of protecting the integrity of Test cricket. If it is that important, then we should look to improve it, and in my view including Ireland would improve it.” Ireland reached the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup, beating Pakistan and Bangladesh in addition to a memorable tie with England, and also qualified for the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2010. Gillespie added: “Ireland are ticking all the boxes. They’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments. “Think of the list of names who’ve plied their trade in English domestic cricket and who have even played for England. It would make a decent Test side. “I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. Eoin Morgan is obviously with England full-time now but, apart from him, you’ve got Ed Joyce (Sussex), William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin (both Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Peter Chase (Durham).” Surrey captain Gary Wilson, Middlesex opener Paul Stirling and brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien are also among the Irish contingent to make their way in the county game. center_img Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to the Test cricket ranks.last_img read more

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Iwobi: I Still Have a Long Way to Go in My…

first_imgThe academy now features a number of full-size pitches, including an exhibition pitch with the same Desso surface and dimensions as Emirates Stadium and it was unveiled last month.“I haven’t seen it this year but I saw it last year when they were building, and even then it looked amazing,” Iwobi told the Arsenal Weekly podcast.“It looks so futuristic compared to when I was there. I’ve seen new buildings, new pitches, and it just looks amazing.“Someone sent me a picture of my photo hanging up at Hale End. I thought, ‘That’s crazy because back in the day I was looking at Jack Wilshere and all the big players that have come through’,” he continued.“I wouldn’t want to say that I’m one of them because I’ve still got a long way to go in my career and things to prove, but I’m one who has graduated through this academy and it’s a crazy feeling.“I didn’t have what they have now. I believe that I’m at the best I can be because every day I’m trying to work on my technique, my physical attributes,” he added.“But the facilities they have now will definitely benefit them in the future. It’s not just about the football, but also the educational side as well.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal midfielder, Alex Iwobi, recently visited the English Premier League (EPL) club’s academy at the Hale End north London.The 21-year-old Super Eagles forward who is a product of the academy, could not believe his eyes when he saw Hale End’s redevelopment for the first time.last_img read more

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Jim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this case

first_img Related Stories ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Jim Boeheim’s suspension: ‘It doesn’t make any sense’Storify: Social media reacts to NCAA’s decision on Jim Boeheim’s appealRead the full NCAA report on Jim Boeheim’s appealMike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownSyracuse University statement on NCAA’s denial of Jim Boeheim’s 9-game suspension appeal Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim responded to the NCAA’s ruling on his appeal that will start his nine-game suspension immediately.Here’s what he said in a statement through SU Athletics:“Today, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee rightfully determined that the NCAA Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in imposing a nine conference-game suspension based upon my alleged violation of the Head Coach Responsibility Bylaw. “The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee agreed that the NCAA Committee on Infractions ignored the fact that I had no involvement in any of the underlying violations in this case, and that I did not acquiesce in any of those underlying violations, in imposing its unprecedented suspension.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee also agreed that this case was in sharp contrast to cases where head coaches were directly involved in a number of underlying violations, including unethical conduct violations, recruiting violations, and violations of the NCAA legislation regarding extra benefits.  At the same time, however, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee decided to immediately impose a nine-game suspension, which is longer than any of the suspensions imposed in those cases. “Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee’s decision, and in particular, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee giving us only two days to make this transition, when the appeal was argued weeks ago.  However, I have full faith in the ability of Coach Hopkins, my staff, and our seniors to lead the Men’s Basketball Program through this difficult time, and I look forward to returning to the bench on January 9 against the University of North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am considering my options moving forward and will have no further comment regarding this matter at this time.”Syracuse faces Georgetown on the road on Saturday afternoon. Mike Hopkins will be the interim head coach for the next nine games. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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