A look at Radcliffe past and present

first_img Notable moments throughout Harvard’s eventful academic year New University-wide initiative will deepen the exploration of Harvard’s historical ties to enslavement Dean discusses her priorities for Harvard’s institute devoted to interdisciplinary study and research Related A renewed focus on slavery Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Drew Faust, the current and former deans of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, discussed the history and future of the celebrated center, an intellectual incubator of ideas for scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds, on its 20th anniversary.The hourlong discussion Friday was the featured event of Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of alumni and of achievement that typically unfolds under a large tent on Radcliffe’s campus, but was moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.“As we bear witness to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, we at the institute have an opportunity and a responsibility to bring together our most innovative thinkers and to pursue a more equitable and sustainable public health and social infrastructure,” said Brown-Nagin of the cultural inequities the crisis has highlighted. “This crucial work can happen, and it is happening at Radcliffe because the institute is nimble enough to pursue its mission in new ways and focused enough to advance old ideas despite the challenges all around us.”During the talk Brown-Nagin asked Faust, Harvard president emerita and the institute’s founding dean, to take listeners back to its earliest days. Then-University President Neil Rudenstine persuaded Faust to take the job in 2000, she said, enticing her with what he envisioned for the new institute and its role at Harvard and in the wider world.Rudenstine made clear that this would be a chance to “build something new within a structure of tradition and support,” said Faust, “a kind of safety net of intellectual excellence and experience. And also I felt that Harvard needed to get women’s issues right … I thought if we could get that right in this leading institution of higher education, it would have such reverberations beyond the institute.”Faust said she also was drawn to the multidisciplinary nature of the center, with its mix of artists, historians, authors, and scientists in a single community, and to the institute’s embrace of inclusiveness and diversity. Both themes would become central to her tenure as Harvard’s 28th president. “There were aspects of the mission of Radcliffe that influenced my approach to Harvard very deeply,” said Faust, the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor.,The institute’s roots can be traced back to Radcliffe College President Mary Ingraham Bunting, who in 1960 helped create a postgraduate study and research center for women called the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study (later named the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute in her honor).When Radcliffe College and Harvard University merged in 1999, the new Radcliffe Institute was officially established, with Faust named as its founding dean. Today, the center’s signature fellowship program hosts more than 50 scholars, women and men drawn from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and the arts who convene at Radcliffe to do groundbreaking research and other work.As she prepared to take on the role of dean, Brown-Nagin said she closely reviewed the institute’s founding documents, its mission, and its ties to Radcliffe College. The research informed a strategic planning process that resulted in Radcliffe Engaged, a new set of priorities aimed at involving scholars, students, and members of the Harvard community and beyond in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.“That plan really leans into Radcliffe College’s history of producing brilliant, civically engaged women,” said Brown-Nagin, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law. “It seeks to amplify scholarship, including from the professions like medicine, public health, law, and education, that informs pressing social problems … and it aspires to engage the broader community more and more and to engage increasing numbers of Harvard students.”Last summer Radcliffe hosted Boston Public School students for a week of programming focused on socio-emotional learning, personal narrative, and the concepts of justice and injustice. The institute is currently planning an Emerging Leaders pilot program that will bring local high school students together with Harvard undergraduate mentors around a curriculum focused on ways to bring about social and community change, said Nagin.The conversation also touched on a topic about which both scholars have a keen interest: a University-wide initiative that Harvard President Larry Bacow announced in November to further examine Harvard’s ties to slavery and its legacy, an effort that builds on work done during Faust’s tenure in office. “[Radcliffe Engaged] really leans into Radcliffe College’s history of producing brilliant, civically engaged women.” — Tomiko Brown-Nagin Reflecting on 2019-20 Brown-Nagin on her own path and Radcliffe’s Bacow selected Brown-Nagin to oversee a committee that will steer the project. The dean and Radcliffe “will also anchor a range of programmatic and scholarly efforts within this new initiative” that will be supported by $5 million in initial funding from the University, said Bacow.“I was very pleased to see that Radcliffe was going to take on the leadership of this inquiry,” said Faust.“We are going to approach this in a very Radcliffe way,” said Brown-Nagin of her plan to create conferences and programming around related issues, engage students in research connected to Harvard’s ties to slavery, “integrate knowledge of that relationship into the curriculum,” and engage the broader community.“It is such an important initiative and work that we undertake,” said Brown-Nagin.Brown-Nagin recalled this conversation in an email on Sunday to the Radcliffe staff in the wake of the rage, violence, and protests this weekend nationwide over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. In it she reminded that at the core of the institute’s work is the belief that intellectual exploration and civic engagement — around issues such as the legacy of slavery and the inequities laid bare by COVID-19 and mass incarceration — are key to social change.“In this dark hour,’’ she wrote, “we must take heart in the ideal that the power to change lies within us and our institutions.”Original plans for Friday’s event called for the Radcliffe Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to be awarded to Melinda Gates “for her remarkable impact around the world, for putting women and girls at the center of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work, and for her urgent and ambitious commitment to the unfinished business of empowering women here in the United States,” Brown-Nagin said earlier this year. Gates will be honored instead, she said, at Radcliffe Day 2021.last_img read more

Beyond Robust: Resilient IT (Part 1)

first_imgIT is rapidly becoming an essential resource to corporations and societies. Recent ground breaking legislations have been introduced in Asia Pacific where companies in some industries are required to ensure that their IT systems function under stress. To ensure compliance, governments mandate that simulations and testing are carried out against the IT infrastructure and that the findings are audited and reported.Working with several industry leaders and governments, I have studied this problem to help develop the rules for this new mandate as well as assist customers and partners in how to prepare their IT environments for these new requirements.Typically, failure that results in end-user impact is rarely caused by a failed component alone. It is more likely that the root causes of failure are found in unexpected interactions between components during a failure event. For example: A bank had an older version of firmware in one of their IT systems. An operator got a warning that the network connecting to one of the IT components experienced intermittent disconnections and decided to replace a cable. The operator followed procedure for replacing the cable, unfortunately the operator used the wrong cable and while the procedure was correct for the most recent version of the systems firmware, it was incorrect for the version of the firmware the bank presently operated. This error became fatal when combined with the wrong cable. Subsequent events caused a cascading chain of failures which ultimately took down the entire system.  The natural instinct should have been to activate the business continuity plan. However, the bank had not exercised the plan for quite some time and with the state of the current system, the bank was afraid of activating the plan since they feared they could not contain the problem and it would cascade further. The architecture that was meant to be robust had with the introduction of a random event become weak.So how can IT protect itself from these types of failures? Historically, and perhaps typically, IT professionals have relied on staged and infrequent testing of resiliency by starting up backup systems as a form of test. I suggest that we need to evolve our thinking and learn to treat IT less as a static system that once deployed must be changed as little as possible and begin to recognize that modern IT systems more closely resemble an organic and evolving process where we emphasize flexibility and adaptability over rigidity and control. In this new world of IT we actually harden the IT systems by deliberately and consciously exposing them to ongoing degrees of stress and pressure. This allows us to evolve the system from being static and robust to a system that benefits from pressure and random failure, where failures by themselves are a benefit in that they evolve the system to go beyond robustness.Static IT systems of thirty years ago are a thing of the past and the flexible software-driven IT infrastructure of today needs pressure and stress to uncover hidden risks from random events. Just as the human body grows stronger when muscles are stressed by causing micro tears in muscles through exercise, we have found that IT processes and systems benefits from the same principle.last_img read more

Judges like House court funding plan

first_imgJudges like House court funding plan Judges like House court funding plan Associate EditorThe House plan to shift funding of the courts from counties to the state passed unanimously out of both the Select Committee on Article V and the Subcommittee on Judicial Appropriations, leaving judges feeling upbeat for a change.“We are pleased with the bill overall. That does not mean we do not have a few small things that we think need some tweaking,” Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, told the committee’s chair, Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, on April 4.“Quite frankly, where we were and where we are, what I am saying is we have come a long way. And mostly because of Madam Chair and her openness and willingness to work with us.”On April 15, Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee: “We’ve come a long way, and we’ve come a little further today.”Improvements to the bill, from the judges’ perspective, were the creation of a contingency fund for the trial courts for budget shortfalls and unexpected due-process costs in the funding transition, as has been provided for the state attorneys, public defenders, and conflict counsel.More importantly, a successful amendment added “case management” as another necessary item the state agrees to pay for in the funding shift.“Case management, we have determined to be an essential element of the trial court. We don’t think we can do without it,”b Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee chaired by Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.“The chief judges were up here yesterday and feel we would be in dire straights without it.”The amendment adding “case management” was offered by Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, who said, “We are going to gum up the system without it.”But Benson opposed it, saying, “My concern is there is a fiscal impact we haven’t considered.. . In the interest of moving this bill forward, and presenting it for an appropriate decision in conference, I am opposed to it.”So was Negron, who said, “I think the words ‘case management’ are open to a lot of interpretation and would include issues beyond what the state should reasonably pay for.”But adding case management to the state’s responsibility was supported by Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, who said: “At the start of this process, many months ago, we talked about the issue of separation of powers. I think, at times, some of our funding issues have been so drastic that we have infringed on that separation of powers by not providing the independence to the judiciary that they need to handle their own affairs and their own budget.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, added his support, saying that in Dade County, the caseload is “so grave and so crushing that without this, judges will almost be unable to move the docket. I think this is consistent with the constitutional imperative we are under. And we need to figure out the best way to fund it.”Another big relief for the TCBC, Judge Schaeffer said, was retooling the makeup and role of what is called the Article V Indigent Services Advisory Board that will advise the legislature about cost containment strategies and policies, as well as qualifications and compensation standards governing such expenditures as court-appointed counsel, court reporters, and court interpreters.In earlier discussions, the members of the board were to be appointed by the governor to make binding policy decisions on due-process costs and court employees. Now, the board is advisory, and the chief justice will be allowed to appoint one-quarter of the board members. The others on the 12-member board will be appointed by the governor, the Senate president, and the House speaker.“That was a huge separation of powers issue,” Judge Schaeffer said. “There were lots of discussions and lots of give-and-take, and lots of meetings. Finally, we wanted to make it clear it wasn’t that we were trying to be aloof and say we were too good to participate. And maybe we could have taken that position. But we are a joint user of those due-process costs, along with state attorneys and public defenders and conflict counsel. They are volatile costs. For us to remain aloof and say we don’t want to be part of the solution, really, wouldn’t be right.”Now the trial courts will have important input, Judge Schaeffer said.“We can make sure they have good qualifications and reasonable fees. We believe it can work. Now, is it something the Supreme Court will be happy we gave in on? We don’t know, because we didn’t consult them on that. This is a Trial Court Budget Commission due-process cost. Of course, the chief justice gave the TCBC the rein to go negotiate. We negotiated.”Negotiations to allow drug courts to remain in the statutes as a mandatory program financed by the state were passionate, but failed in the end.Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, offered an amendment to put drugs courts back in, as they appear in current law.Extolling the successes of drug courts that have “exceeded expectations” in saving costs of incarceration and saving lives, Ryan said: “What we have is a system that works perfectly fine. When we were instructed by the voters that we had to take on the cost of the court system, we were not instructed to throw away, to overhaul, the programs that have operated so successfully.”Ryan’s amendment was supported by Seiler and Gelber.“We don’t want to limit all of our courts, our core courts, to the least common denominator of stuff in the tool box,” Gelber said.But Benson, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, and Negron joined in defeating the amendment.“This has a $2.8 million fiscal impact,” Negron said. “The treatment that goes on, that is a therapeutic endeavor. While it’s important, it is not a courthouse function. If the counties want that function of the courts to continue, the counties can certainly pay for it.”At the end of the meeting, there was heaping of praise on Benson for shepherding the complex Article V bill through the House committee.“I am very proud of the product. It is very comprehensive and thoughtful. I wish we had more time,” Benson said, adding that there is next year to finalize details for the transition by the July 1, 2004 deadline. “Some critics would argue that the state should simply assume responsibility for the 67 county systems that exist without question, that Revision 7 to Article V is merely a funding shift,” Benson wrote in a newspaper column.“To define our mission this narrowly would have been short-sighted and a misunderstanding of the amendment.. . . This proposal, and the praise the Select Committee on Article V has received from our judiciary, makes plainly evident that the House remains committed to preserving a judicial system that works for the people of Florida; a judicial system which will be just, responsive, and responsible for our citizens.”At the Select Committee meeting, April 4, Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, complimented Benson on her leadership and “outstanding effort.”“Notwithstanding some of what has been written in our various media about the House plan up until today, this is the first bill that we’ve considered. And I think that’s a very important issue,” Goodlette said.“We have been looking at opportunities to enhance the quality of our civil justice system. We have looked at ways we can work more closely with our clerks and with our counties. This has been a collaborative effort.”Here are some of the highlights of the House Article V plan:• The state will pay for state attorneys, public defenders, court-appointed counsel and the state courts system defined as “judges, judicial assistants, law clerks, and resource materials; juror compensation, court reporting services, auxiliary aids, appellate court facilities, interpreters, Judicial Qualifications Commission, masters and hearing officers, mediation and arbitration, basic legal materials accessible to the public, administrative services in support of these functions, offices of appellate clerks, and appellate law libraries.” Case management was added to that list in an amendment.• Specialty courts – such as drug courts – are now optional for counties. While the state will continue to fund judges, state attorneys, and public defenders, the counties must now secure other funding for costs related to specialty courts.• The clerks of courts will provide nonlegal advice assistance to pro se litigants.• Criminal defendants’ eligibility for public defenders has been made tougher by lowering the income level from 250 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Benson explained it was an attempt to make that consistent with other state public assistance guidelines. State-funded indigency examiners will be assigned to the clerks of court. And it will cost defendants a $40 fee to the clerk to apply for court-related services based on indigency. The right for an individual to have indigency determination reviewed by the court is preserved.A. Russell Smith, legislative affairs chair for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, warned it is “going to create a pool of people who don’t qualify for the public defender but can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Ask the trial judges what happens when an unrepresented defendant in a felony case says, ‘I don’t want to plead guilty, I want my trial.’ Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect of this is it ends up costing far more on the back end of the system than it does to adequately fund the defense.”• Legal aid programs are included as a local requirement of the state courts system. Exempted from this requirement are counties with populations less than 75,000.“I urge my colleagues to support this,” said Gelber, who offered the amendment along with Benson, Goodlette, and Negron.“I know counties may have some consternation about making it a local requirement. But I think everybody should understand why.. . . It’s very important to note that whoever funds legal services, there should never be any question that there is support.”Goodlette explained the amendment this way: When a sentence regarding service charges in excess of certain amounts was deleted from the bill, it signaled alarm that they were eliminating funding of legal aid altogether.“And nothing could be further from our intent,” Goodlette said. “We felt it was important to insert something back in to point out that was indeed not our intent. This is the language. And if needs to be tweaked, with respect to the smaller counties of 75,000 or fewer, whether that becomes a local option rather than a local requirement, and if we have to look at issues of funding because of provisions that now provide that the clerks now receive these funds, we’ll do that. But the most important message that this amendment is designed to address is that we want to ensure not only the viability, but we want to enhance the legal aid programs at the local level. And that’s the only goal for this amendment.”Still, Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, said: “I am concerned about the poorest of the poor.. . . I will support the amendment, but with a great deal of consternation, because I don’t think it fixes the problem.”Kent Spuhler, statewide director of Florida Legal Services, Inc., said: “We very much thank you for continuing to provide this opportunity so we will be able to work with our local counties. There will be great challenges to make sure it works.. . . No one partner can afford to do it all, but we hope that we can continue to work with the counties and talking to you about the state partnership. We have partnerships with the Bar and the court system. Hopefully, this will give us the window to continue in that partnership and continue to serve some of your most vulnerable citizens.”• Generally requires that fees, service charges, and court costs will be imposed as a matter of law, rather than by court order. Generally eliminates waiver of fees, charges, and costs. Preserves judicial discretion regarding the imposition of fines and penalties. Requires court clerks to enter into payment plans with those unable to pay court-related fees, charges, and costs.“For those who are found guilty in our courts, they ought to be paying. And we’re going to ensure that,” Benson said.• A draft of the bill raised the ceiling of county court civil cases from $15,000 to $30,000, but was put back to the status quo by an amendment by Negron.“I am temporarily declaring a loss on this issue,” Negron said, adding that the overall issue is that county judges are often used to handle matters for circuit judges.“I think in the next year we need to come to a conclusion to either have one tier of judges where all judges can do everything, or we need to follow the constitution that says you are county court judges and you deal with certain types of cases, or you are circuit court judges and you deal with certain types of cases. These legal fictions we’ve created of temporary assignments and appointments have blurred the distinction between the two. I think we need to revise our constitution and our statutes rather than the current system. But given the fact that we are trying to move the bill forward, I am offering this amendment to return us to the status quo,” he said.Benson said the single-tier system is something the National Center for State Courts recommended they discuss, but it would require a constitutional amendment.Goodlette added that both the county and circuit judges conferences have discussed the issue, and it would be an appropriate subject for an interim study, but not to be debated at this time.• A 13-member technology work group, made up of chief information officers, will be created to issue recommendations “to facilitate examination of data needs, access across multiple systems, and sharing of information.”“If we want a state court system,” Benson said, “we need to talk about ‘How do you share data?’” April 30, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

New online NAFCU CFO Network provides connections, growth opportunities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The new NAFCU CFO Network – an exclusive member-only online community for credit union CFOs – is now up and running. This platform provides association members with a unique peer-to-peer platform for candid conversation on issues and opportunities relevant to those serving CFO functions in their credit unions.“We heard from our member credit union CFOs that there is a need for more ways to easily network and learn from one another that are specifically in the CFO role,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President and COO Anthony Demangone. “So we gathered 23 credit union CFOs to help us build an online community that does just that. With their close guidance and listening to what credit union CFOs want, we’re building something I know will be of significant value to our members.”This NAFCU CFO Network, for association members only, delivers an exclusive online environment where credit union CFOs can connect with fellow CFOs. This platform allows discussion on a range of issues, idea sharing and access to peer and expert resources specific to credit unions and the unique challenges and opportunities a CFO faces. Driven by a steering committee of 23 credit union CFOs, NAFCU-member participants can be sure of relevant discussion threads and exchanges with their peers.last_img read more

What are you doing to prepare for an economic winter?

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details Recessions are the equivalent of an economic winter. Like the weather, some are mild and relatively brief such as the recession that occurred in the early 2000s. That one lasted only 8 months and saw a slight 0.3 percent decline in GDP.Others are severe and feel like they will last forever. The Great Depression is the benchmark for brutal economic winter. That one officially lasted for 3 years 7 months and experienced a 26.7 percent decline in GDP.The obvious questions for every credit union executive and leadership team are when will the next winter arrive and how brutal will it be?The economy, it turns out, is also about as predictable the weather. You can forecast what will happen tomorrow with a high degree of certainty. Predicting the date of the first snow 12 to 24 months from now is next to impossible.Warning signs are flashing, however. You see them reported every day. A substantial majority of economists believe our next economic winter will arrive by the end of 2021. It could be even earlier depending on what happens with trade wars and the global economy.Predictions about its severity are much less certain, and the impact is likely to be uneven. The recession in the early 2000s was mild on a macro level. It was brutal if you were in the tech industry after the dotcom bubble or the hospitality industry after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.You can be certain of this—we are overdue for winter.  Business cycles last an average of 4.7 years from expansion through recession. The average recession lasts just over 17 months of that period. The average growth cycle lasts a little over 3 years. We’ve experienced a longer growing season because of policies and actions designed to control the climate.Preparing Yourself for WinterAnimals in the wild begin preparation for winter as soon as they sense changes in the weather.  The best credit unions do the same. They operate in a positive state of productive paranoia. Their antennas are always up and their senses are heightened at the first sign of a change in the economic weather.Here are four strategies to prepare for the downturn that is ahead.Commit to stay visible. Some animals fly south to escape the cold. Others hibernate until spring. Your credit union doesn’t have either option if you want to maintain members’ trust. There has to be a commitment to stay visible in order to remain relevant. Leaders don’t hide or run in the face of tough times.Conserve where you should. Have you ever reminded a member to put money away for an emergency or to start planning for retirement? Have you ever been frustrated by them ignoring you until it is too late to do much about it?It is the human version of Aesop’s the Grasshopper and the Ant fable. Humans are better at responding to present danger than impending threat.Now is the time to optimize your expenses to operate as lean as possible to achieve your purpose and vision. You will need a disciplined leadership approach to ensure that your dimes are working like dollars.Be intentional with your energy and resources. Legendary investor Warren Buffet views economic downturns as a buying opportunity. He is intentionally invests his resources in companies that will yield a high return over the long run.Every credit union’s ability to acquire or merge with other assets is unique and based on their long-term strategy. But, now is the time to begin scouting for those opportunities.There are three areas where every credit union should make intentional investments today to flourish when tough times hit:Increasing your relationship and partnership with members: Consumers become more cautious in even a mild downturn. They are tempted to hibernate during a recession. Now is the time to add so much value that your members can’t forget you. They will need your help more than ever in tough times. You make them a partner for life if you can help them.Optimizing your talent and operational processes: The people you need combined with processes that remove every possible piece of friction gives you a competitive advantage. Don’t be the organization that is forced into playing catch up because it wasn’t intentional today.Strengthening your culture: The culture always wins. Great cultures create great execution and customer experiences. Great execution and customer experiences create great brands. And, great brands give you credibility, longevity, and cache in every economic environment. Become nimble now to remain responsive. The ability to quickly change and adapt in pursuit of your purpose and vision is the difference between insistence by your members and irrelevance. It is also a habit to that can be developed and strengthened.You get better at change by consciously changing more often and more strategically. Now is a good time to help everyone hone their change competency by encouraging focused urgency to prepare for the future.Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, once said that he the company’s pilots had accused him of “predicting 11 of the last three recessions.”In other words, no one can control when economic winter appears. You can only control how you prepare today for its eventual arrival.last_img read more

Boracay task force awaits DU30’s decision to continue island rehab

first_imgAl Orolfo, vice chair of the Boracay InterAgency Rehabilitation Group, which is the management arm of the BIATF, saidthat they are hoping that Duterte would make his pronouncement soon. Thepresident is expected to visit the famed-island on March 12. The BIATF is composed of differentgovernment agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government,Department of Public Works and Highways, Tourism Infrastructure and EnterpriseZone Authority, Department of Tourism, Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment, Department of Labor, Bureau of Immigration, among others./PN KALIBO, Aklan – The Boracay Inter AgencyTask Force (BIATF) is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will soon make adecision to whether the group will continue the rehabilitation of theworld-famous island. “We will follow the orders ofPresident Duterte,” Orolfo said. Two years ago, President Duterte signedthe Executive Order No. 53 to “reverse the degradation of Boracay” Island,’ tostrictly enforce national laws and local ordinances and to implement andoversee policies as the duties of the BIATF. Personnel of the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force conduct a meeting with other government agencies of the province in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on March 5. Tackled during the meeting were updates on the accomplishments of the different agencies in the world-class island. PDEA REGION VI-WESTERN VISAYAS Under the EO, the task force will bedissolved after two years from May 8, 2018, unless it will be extended byPresident Duterte upon the recommendation of his cabinet. It is also up to himto transfer to the local government units of Malay, Aklan the full autonomy tomanage Boracay Island if the task force will no longer be needed.  last_img read more

Juve agree £72.5m Arthur deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiago Alcantara completes Liverpool move Juventus have agreed a huge £72.5 million fee with Barcelona to sign midfielder Arthur when the summer transfer window opens, according to reports.Arthur arrived at the Nou Camp from Gremio in his native Brazil for £28 million, and has gone on to make 70 appearances for the club across two seasons. Despite the mammoth fee being agreed between the two sides, as reported by Sky Sports, it is understood the 23-year-old is desperate to stay and fight for his place in the midfield at Barcelona.The Spanish club, though, are cash-strapped and understood to be keen to take the fee offered by Juve in the summer.It has been written that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to build his team around the Brazilian next season, while the Italians have also offered him a huge wage increase.If he accepts the move to Turin, Arthur will be on £4.5 million a year and will line up in the midfield behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.Tags: ArthurJuventusNew SigningSerie ATransfer Windowlast_img read more

Wenger not feeling title pressure

first_img Instead the Frenchman was keen to draw on the years in which Arsenal scrambled into the top four and qualified for the Champions League as they balanced the books after leaving Highbury. “We had much more pressure before when I knew I had at least to be in the top four and we had not necessarily the potential to do it,” said Wenger ahead of his side’s opener against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. “The pressure is really on you when you know you are just on the border of achieving what is absolutely requested. “You know you cannot miss an inch because you’re out, so that is much more difficult. “So here, what is interesting is the pressure is on everybody. On at least, six, seven clubs, and that’s what makes the Premier League very interesting. “The only league where you do not have that now is France because everyone knows that Paris St Germain will win the league.” Wenger will be without Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal’s opener against the Hammers on Sunday following the Chilean’s exploits at this summer’s Copa America. Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are both sidelined too, while Jack Wilshere faces four weeks in the treatment room after he suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula. Arsene Wenger insists the pressure of hauling Arsenal into the top four following their move to the Emirates Stadium far outweighs the challenge of fighting for the Barclays Premier League title. It is the latest injury setback for the England international, but Wenger insists he will not ask the 23-year-old to adapt his approach to the game. “You cannot play football without going freely in the challenge,” said Wenger. “Jack’s game is to provoke with the ball at his feet and go and penetrate. You take that away, you change the player and you take one of his biggest strengths out of the game.” Wenger added: “We are all programmed through our education to respond in the game situations like we are used to, and with age and experience we use our qualities in a more efficient way but we do not change the way we play. “Sometimes because he has a good little burst he uses that very well to get out, but sometimes it is a game that provokes more challenges than maybe Gilberto Silva, who just sat there deep, or Mesut Ozil, who plays less dribbling.” His side’s impressive pre-season campaign, which culminated in a Community Shield victory over Chelsea last Sunday, coupled with a strong end to last term sees them head into the new season with arguably the best chance of claiming their first championship since 2004. But Wenger does not believe their emergence as Chelsea’s biggest spoiler to the title they won so comfortably last season brings an added pressure. Press Associationlast_img read more

Weekend Sun Brings Sightings of Colorful Halos to South Florida

first_imgLook up! “What’s that around the sun,” you ask?Some South Floridians have noticed and reported what appears to be a strange ring around the sun this weekend.Apparently, that ring is actually a sun halo, and it may be more common than you might think.It developed as sunlight passed through high, thin cirrus clouds moving into our area from the Gulf of Mexico.These clouds are more than 20,000 feet off the ground. They are so cold that they are actually made of ice crystals.Light passing through them is refracted, just like a prism, creating the halo.Occasionally they can show some color. The halos seen this weekend were vivid enough for a reddish color in the inner ring.Halos can also be found around a bright full moon if conditions are just right.last_img