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Askwith Essentials: Learning to Change the World

first_imgOur motto at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is “Learn to Change the World,” and as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, we are celebrating and showcasing HGSE’s global presence and educational opportunities that extend beyond Cambridge and Boston.What does learning to change the world look like? In this Askwith Forum, four faculty members will individually share their perspectives in dynamic, TED Talk-style presentations.Moderator and speaker:Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and director of the International Education Policy Program and of the Global Education Innovation Initiative, HGSEReimers pilots the Global Education Innovation Initiative, which strives to implement 21st-century skills in student curriculum worldwide. He also focuses on strategies to reach the 15 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. This semester, Reimers teaches Education Policy Analysis and Research in Comparative Perspective where students learn about the various actors and stakeholders in the education field.Speakers:Felipe Barrera-Osorio, associate professor of education and economicsFrom 2006, Barrera-Osorio worked at the World Bank as a senior economist until he joined HGSE in 2011. His research includes impact evaluation of education programs and student outcomes in various regions including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has published several articles on various topics in his research, including Conditional Cash Transfer programs.Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Ed.D.’09, associate professor of educationDryden-Peterson’s research focuses on conflict and post-conflict settings in Sub-Saharan African and West African Diaspora communities in the United States and Canada. One of Professor Dryden-Peterson’s courses, Education in Armed Conflict, examines the various components of providing education in settings of armed conflict including stakeholders such as governments, NGOS, refugee communities. For the final project students must complete the “Narrative Project” in which they each interview someone who has come from a setting of armed conflict about how conflict has impacted their education.Dana McCoy, assistant professor of educationMcCoy’s research includes a variety of topics, including the impact of poverty-related risks and their influence on cognitive and social-emotional skills during early childhood; and the analysis of early intervention programs that are designed to help promote children’s executive skills and resilience capacity. McCoy performs her research both in the United States and abroad in countries such as Brazil, Tanzania and Zambia.For more information: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/event/learning-change-worldlast_img read more

From the Road: Dell EMC Service Provider Team at Nokia SReXperts

first_imgWhat’s next?Let’s just revisit that “IaaS for NFV” concept one more time. The goals of this platform have to be more than technical – more than just building a common technology platform unified across disparate use-cases with an iterative, release-based delivery model that incorporates increasing amounts of open source componentry and “DevOps-style” tooling. It has to do more than account for the multiple technology directions the industry might take going forward.The infrastructure stack itself also has to adapt to changes in operational and business models, as well – and account for nuances in current and future procurement processes, operational models, software stacks, and buying paradigms (ie, the shift to consumption-based). To do this, vendors who target the network virtualization arena need to do so with more than just shiny technology, but also adapt their business practices to redefine the entire engagement model with telecommunications SP. At Dell EMC, that’s really the focus right now! Last week, I had an opportunity to speak at Nokia’s SReXperts event in Madrid, Spain, and share my views on the telco transformation, specifically around NFV. I gave views of where I thought the industry was trying to drive – towards a single, integrated platform for multiple use-cases. I called this “IaaS for NFV”.The industry “crossroads” is well-known and well-understood. Technology, operational, and business drivers for industry transformation – led by virtualization – have been a core subject area for the last several years, and even the basis for the original NFV whitepaper (2012). As reminder, this single underlying platform, delivered via new technology and operational tools, leveraging a combination of vendor and open source technologies, was the foundation for driving new business models and operational benefits.If the industry followed the vision espoused above, we would have seen a move from physical to virtual marked by multiple applications residing on shared underlying infrastructure, and eventually incorporated a transition from virtual functions in hypervisors to virtual functions in containers, and evolution of orchestration to increasingly leverage automation and scheduling of resources across hypervisor-based applications, container-based applications, and bare-metal applications. Maybe it would have looked something like this:So, did we hit the mark? Are we on path to hit the mark? Let’s discuss…A History of Network Virtualization in Telco (2012-Present)I view network virtualization as having gone through four iterations, or phases, in its maturity. Each of the phases were focused on answering a set of questions:Will it work? This phase led to the creation of ETSI NFV Working Group and various open source spin-offs, such as OPNFV. The output, of course, is a set of standards documents that number in the hundreds of pages in totality.How does it scale? This phase was marked by investments into evaluating how network functions in a virtual environment scaled, and eventually yielded open source projects, such as DPDK, that drastically accelerated packet process on x86.What are the economics? It turns out that it is difficult to evaluate the economics of an architecture, especially one as complex as NFV. As a result, the economic viability analysis has been focused on an initial set of use-cases, including Virtual CPE (and associated SD-WAN), Voice-over-LTE, and Virtual EPC (M2M and MVNO use-cases). The net result – lots of proof of concepts, field trials, and small scale deployments of use-case driven NFV.How is it operationalized (at scale)? Upon understanding the first three phases, the industry is now focused on bringing together vendor technology, open source technology, public and private cloud technology, and integrating them together with the same level of telemetry and service assurance capabilities as their physical counterparts, with increased automation.How The Phases To NFV Analysis Have Introduced Unforeseen DivergenceThe phased approach to NFV, and the tepid investments into operationalization, has put the industry at somewhat of a quagmire. Why? Because the focus initially on driving use-cases before abstracting a common operational model across these use-cases has resulted in a hybrid VNF appliance architecture. See here:What’s a VNF appliance? It appears to be the virtual instantiation of a former physical network function, relying on dedicated underlying infrastructure like its predecessor, with the exception of that underlying infrastructure being x86-based.Why is this an un-natural (or bad) state?The original path to a fully disaggregated, microservices-based architecture should have been linear – one that went through a hypervisor-driven approach as a means to learn a new networking paradigm that includes compute, virtualization, control- and user-plane separation, orchestration, automation, and eventually DevOps/NetOps principles in a sandboxed environment. The role of the hypervisor was as much to enable secure environments where engineering and operations organization could learn these skills with relatively lower risk of causing a network outage as much as it was a platform for shared resource utilization. By verticalizing network functions into VNF appliances, we have introduced another step in the journey towards operationalization.It’s Just Another Step. So What?As the industry seeks to incorporate increasing amounts of open source technology, the rate of technical innovation is accelerating. The Innovation Adoption Lifecycle is no longer a normal distribution, but instead is skewed left – more innovators and early adopters than ever before. Adding a step into the network virtualization journey serves to introduce and increased amount of confusion into the process, resulting in an uncertain mix of technologies (Containers, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Ansible, Mesos, etc.) that are close enough to production-ready but have not been at the forefront of the learning curve battling for mindshare against a set of technologies (Hypervisors, Openstack, MANO, etc.) that are now much better understood but starting to lose their “new and innovative” luster.last_img read more

Scandal! Ray Cooney’s Two Into One is Headed to London’s Menier Chocolate Factory

first_img View Comments Cooney’s notable works includes Move Over Mrs. Markham, Run for Your Wife, Out of Order, It Runs In the Family, Funny Money and Caught in the Net. A film adaptation of Run for Your Wife was released in 2013. Infidelity among the political elite? Surely not?! Ray Cooney’s classic 1984 farce on the subject, Two Into One, will begin performances at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory March 8 with opening night set for March 19. Directed by the playwright, the show will play a limited engagement through April 26. Two Into One will be designed by Paul Farnsworth, with lighting by Farnsworth and sound by Gregory Clarke. Casting will be announced in due course. Two Into One focuses on the infidelity of MP Richard Willey. It’s not a particularly good time to be a philandering Brit politician. Rupert Murdoch isn’t yet hacking phones and digging up dirt on members of the British government, but under famously prudish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher her government has adopted a puritanical platform. On the eve before voting on a bill that would outlaw pornography, everyone in Parliament is on their best behavior—everyone except Willey. While his colleagues prepare to debate, Willey is attempting to bed the Leader of the Opposition’s secretary in a London hotel. All ministerial aide George Pidgen has to do is book a hotel room for Willey to meet his mistress. But the bumbling assistant makes a series of disastrous mistakes, and extreme complications ensue in two adjoining suites.last_img read more

Olympian Elvis Stojko Skates into Chicago

first_imgTwo-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko is making his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn on March 17. Stojko  will play the suave lawyer through March 23 before joining Chicago’s North American tour for its Toronto engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  Related Shows View Comments Stojko is a seven-time Canadian figure skating champion and competed in four Olympics, winning silver medals in 1994 and 1998. He reigned as men’s world champion in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He has guest-starred as himself on The Simpsons, appeared in the film Ice Angel and choreographed and performed skating sequences in the film Death to Smoochy. Stojko released the solo CD, 100 Lifetimes, in 2010. The Broadway company of Chicago features Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron “Mama” Morton.center_img Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Set to Star in Netflix’s Mindhunter

first_img Related Shows Broadway favorite Jonathan Groff has been tapped to star in Netflix’s upcoming series Mindhunter, according to TVLine. The drama is created and co-executive produced by Gone Girl director David Fincher. No word yet on who the Hamilton standout will play.Fincher will executive produce alongside Charlize Theron. Joe Penhall, a playwright whose works include Sunny Afternoon, Birthday, Dumb Show and Blue/Orange, will pen the project.Groff, who plays King George in Hamilton, won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in Spring Awakening. Other stage credits include Hair, The Bacchae, The Submission, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, A New Brain, Deathtrap and Red. Groff starred in the HBO series Looking and will appear in the upcoming feature-length conclusion.The series is based on the 1996 non-fiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, which followed Douglas’ numerous investigations as he chased notorious serial killers and rapists. from $149.00 Jonathan Groff(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentscenter_img Jonathan Groff Star Files Hamiltonlast_img read more

Let’s talk – seriously – about retirement

first_imgAs an industry leader, we are fully engaged in the continued national dialogue around retirement readiness. A major part of that effort is speaking with retirees as well as those still in the active phases of their careers to determine what issues and concerns they have about strategizing for their futures.To learn more about retiree perspectives, Pentegra regularly commissions a Harris poll to determine the state of the retirement nation. This year we also independently interviewed dozens of retirees for additional insights as part of our Beyond the SmartPath™ initiative.The results of the survey and follow-up interviews held no spectacular surprises. Among those we interviewed, every respondent echoed the long-standing plea of the retirement industry and our Harris poll results: Save early and often. Most suggested doing this by getting involved as soon as possible in any retirement savings vehicle offered by one’s employer – especially a 401(k), if available – and to contribute enough to take full advantage of employer matching contributions. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Apply the rigor of financial management to talent development

first_imgLots of organizations, including CUES, offer a slate of learning options. And while there’s nothing wrong with a team member attending an occasional one-off program, you’ll get more return on your investment in talent development when you give it the same strategic attention and disciplined focus as you do your financial management efforts. You, the board and senior management, commit to the value of talent development. Credit unions show their commitment to financial management by budgeting to have an accounting team and a CFO, plus outside asset/liability consulting as needed. Be sure that your commitment to talent development is similarly represented in your budget. The organizational climate you establish also will impact your success.You establish a talent development team. This could be your HR department if you have one. Or it could be a group of senior leaders, or a cross-departmental team comprised of department leaders with great skills in developing team members. CUES Consulting could also play a role. The most important pieces are having smart, well-prepared people giving talent development focused attention.The team discusses and documents your talent management philosophy. Just as your credit union’s financials are aligned closely with your organization’s mission and vision, your talent development efforts must align with strategy. This encompasses your organization’s view of executive and staff compensation, such as whether you will pay above, at or below market rates. It should also include setting a vision for how deeply you will invest in learning opportunities for your staff.The team considers various future talent marketplace scenarios and how your CU will respond to each. Right now, there’s a war for talent and therefore a war to effectively develop internal talent. There’s also a shortage of technical talent that credit unions can afford to hire. But just as the economy changes and impacts credit unions’ finances, so too will marketplace shifts impact credit unions’ talent development picture. Your team will need to consider emerging trends. For example, how will you respond to the current trend toward expanding hiring pools through attention to diversity? And when your team becomes more diverse, how will you promote inclusion? The team develops an organizational action plan. Start by envisioning what success looks like. Credit unions know they have achieved financial success when they hit their target ratios. Likewise, any organizational action plan for talent development needs to include metrics for success—whether that be having everyone in your organization participate in your talent development program, becoming a more sought-after place of employment, a reduction in your turnover rate, or development of particular skills or knowledge. Then set out action steps that can help your credit union get there. Credit unions spend a lot of time and effort managing their financial capital. I think the time is near when they will manage human capital with equal rigor—and benefit greatly from doing so.Think about what your credit union does to make sure its financial position is poised to drive the organization’s success: You establish the importance of capital management. You assemble smart, well-trained people to focus on it. You charge that group with setting forth your overall philosophy, linking that philosophy to your response to several possible future scenarios, and creating an organizational action plan to achieve the results you want. Here’s how a credit union might apply the same approach to managing talent:center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

Jakarta deploys free buses to reduce Commuter Line crowds

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has deployed 50 free bus services for Commuter Line passengers who live in the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi, in a bid to reduce crowding on trains and stations as offices, shops and public facilities reopened in the capital on Monday.As the city administration starts easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, large numbers of residents in Jakarta and surrounding areas have begun flocking  to the commuter train service again, creating long queues and packing train stations.The city has deployed 20 free buses at Cilebut Station and Bojonggede Station in Bogor regency, West Java, to transport passengers to five Commuter Line stations downtown: Juanda, Tanah Abang, Sudirman, Tebet and Manggarai. “At the moment, [the free bus service] is only available on Mondays. But we are trying to make them available on the other days as well to reduce passenger volume at the stations,” said Ade Yana, the head of the Bogor regency transportation agency, adding that each bus could carry only 13 passengers due to the physical distancing rules.Read also: Commuters return to public transport with more protective gearYuli, a commuter from Bojonggede district, said that the free bus service had helped her avoid the long queues at stations and the crowds aboard trains, especially during rush hour.“We can’t [practice] physical distancing and it’s uncomfortable. Here [on the bus], it’s more relaxed and comfortable, and we can maintain physical distancing,” she said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.The free buses serve routes from the satellite cities to the five designated downtown stations on Mondays and serves the return route from the stations to the satellite cities on Friday evenings.The Bekasi city administration is also planning to provide a free bus service for daily commuters to and from Jakarta, in light of the surge in Commuter Line passengers.Deputy Mayor Tri Adhianto said that Bekasi would provide at least 100 buses to serve commuters. “We can deploy them whenever necessary,” he said. (asp)Topics :last_img read more

PIMCO urges caution on Europe amid rise of populist parties

first_imgBalls added: “Our bias is simply to be pretty neutral in terms of euro-zone exposure and to be very careful about less liquid parts of the European markets in our traditional portfolios. ”He explained that PIMCO’s traditional portfolios would avoid “high-risk, less liquid” European assets and cited concerns about the confiscation of assets in Portugal – following the Bank of Portugal’s decision in late December to impose losses on €2bn of bonds issued by Novo Banco.He also cited discussions in Austria to impose haircuts on bonds issued by Heta Asset Resolution, a bad bank, whose issuance were meant to be guaranteed by the federal state of Carinthia. PIMCO owns Heta bonds and in March was reported to have filed a lawsuit against Carinthia.It is also affected by the Bank of Portugal’s decision regarding Novo Banco debt.“It seems perfectly plausible, over the next 3-5, you’re going to have more and more cases where European governments or regional governments look to do bail-ins to address problems of excessive leverage, in the case of the euro-zone,” Balls said.“So, we’ll start off being very cautious about our euro-zone exposure.”Brexit not systemic riskDiscussing the likelihood of the UK’s leaving the EU following the 23 June referendum, PIMCO managing director Mike Amey said the company believed there was only a 40% chance of a so-called Brexit.Amey said the 60% likelihood the UK would remain was consistent with its initial assessment, and based on the risk of discussions around immigration, or another unforeseen event, swaying the vote.But the manager was largely unconcerned about the risk of Brexit for the wider global economy.“We would agree that, if we do vote to leave, growth would probably slow down to a ballpark of zero, or slightly above,” he said.“We don’t think it’s a systemic event in terms of its influence on the world. Clearly, it would be a big issue for the UK, but we don’t think this is an event that potentially derails the global economy.”For more on how to Brexit-proof your portfolio, see the current issue of IPE PIMCO is shifting to a more cautious stance on Europe in light of the rise of populist parties across the Continent, according to one of its most senior staff.Andrew Balls, CIO of global fixed income, said PIMCO had changed its previous approach to Europe, which had seen it overweight European sovereign assets and taking on other Continental risk assets, in light of the changing political landscape.“Given the very difficult outlook, given the rising risk of populism, we should have a more cautious stance,” he said while discussing the $1.5trn (€1.3trn) manager’s house view following its most recent secular forum.His comments come after the Austrian presidential runoff elections, which saw an independent candidate affiliated with the local Green Party narrowly defeat the candidate of the right-wing FPÖ, as well as growing support for both right and left-wing populist parties in France and Spain.last_img read more

Induced Abortion: Women have a Right to Know

first_imgMedia Release American College of Pediatricians 12 May 2015With its position statement, Induced Abortion: Risks That May Impact Adolescents, Young Adults, and Their Children, the American College of Pediatricians (The College) urges women who are contemplating an abortion to become aware of the many risks associated with the procedure. The statement presents the results of a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on induced abortion. In addition to the harsh reality that abortion intentionally ends the life of an unborn child, extensive medical and sociological data demonstrate it also poses significant health risks for the pregnant woman and her future children.For example, women who undergo induced abortions have higher mortality rates for several years thereafter, higher suicide rates, more substance abuse and some association of greater mental illness. A preponderance of evidence indicates an increased risk of breast cancer, especially for adolescents. Risks from induced abortion are not only limited to the woman, but also extend to her future children. Prior abortion markedly increases the risk of future very premature births, which may result in death or disability of the baby.College Board member, Patty June, MD, states, “Pregnant teens need to know the whole truth about abortion, not only concerning the living unborn child within them, but also the personal health risks associated with aborting that life.”The College also offers this statement as a resource to physicians, the lay public, educators and policymakers who may be involved in the care and education of adolescents and young women, and in the position to warn them that abortion carries significant risks that should not be ignored.http://www.acpeds.org/induced-abortion-women-have-a-right-to-knowlast_img read more