Inuit sue federal government over medical experiments that included skin grafts

first_imgFive Inuit have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over medical experiments they say were performed on them.A statement of claim filed in Iqaluit, Nunavut, says the experiments included skin grafts and being made to stand outside in the cold while improperly dressed.The plaintiffs also allege they were prodded with sharp instruments to assess their reaction to pain.The claim says the experiments were performed in Igloolik between 1967 and 1973 and involved three Canadian universities working with an international scientific program.Edmonton lawyer Steven Cooper says he’s aware of at least 30 people in two different communities who were affected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Hopeful Its Air Force Pilot Is Alive

Rabat – Morocco said it was hopeful to find 26-year-old Air Force pilot Yassine Bahti alive after his F-16 crashed while on a mission for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.The Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the “downing” of the Moroccan warplane last weekend in the Saada region in the north of the country.Rebel news channel Al-Massirah has shown debris of what appears to be a plane with a Moroccan flag on its flags and other gruesome images of a body in the wreckage. However, the Royal Armed Forces denied the rebels’ claims saying there was no evidence to support “the theory of the pilot’s death.”“Analysis of the photos and images relayed by websites and social networks showed that it might be a montage,” the FAR said in a statement quoted by the MAP news agency.“The search continues by various means, and in the absence of tangible proof, the hope of finding the pilot alive remains our major concern,” the FAR added.The Moroccan Air Force has reportedly sent Special Forces units to Yemen in search of the missing F-16 pilot. Army General Bouchaib Arroub has also been ordered to personally supervise the mission in Yemen.The pilot’s family, who live in Casablanca, hoped he was alive.“I hope my son is alive and will return to his native land as soon as possible,” his father Nordine Bahti, told AFP.“As a father, I have great hope that he will return to [us]. Our morale is high and in the end, we accept God’s predestination,” the father was quoted by Al Arabiya as saying. read more

All eyes on potatoes in UN photography contest

12 March 2008A world photography contest to highlight the role of the potato, the planet’s fourth largest food source, in the fight against hunger and poverty was announced today by the United Nations agricultural agency, as part of 2008’s International Year dedicated to the tasty tuber. A world photography contest to highlight the role of the potato, the planet’s fourth largest food source, in the fight against hunger and poverty was announced today by the United Nations agricultural agency, as part of 2008’s International Year dedicated to the tasty tuber. The contest, entitled Focus on a global food, invites photographers to capture the spirit of the International Year in images that illustrate potato biodiversity, cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). “Photographers who explore the world of the potato will find plenty of subject matter,” said FAO’s NeBambi Lutaladio, the coordinator of the International Year, which aims to raise global awareness of the potato’s potential to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets for reducing extreme poverty and other global ills by the year 2015. “It is grown in more than 100 countries, from the Andes and China’s Yunnan plateau to the subtropical lowlands of India, on the plains of northern Europe and the steppes of the Ukraine,” Mr. Lutaladio noted. Sponsored by Nikon, the contest has separate categories for professional and amateur photographers, and will accept single digital images or ‘photo stories’ of four to eight related images, in either black-and-white or colour. The winning photographs will be chosen by a selection panel that includes some of the world’s leading professionals in the field of photography. Winners will be awarded cash prizes totalling some $11,000 as well as Nikon cameras. The deadline for entries is 1 September 2008. read more

DPR Korea UN inspectors denied all further access to nuclear reprocessing plant

But UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will remain in Yongbyon pending further information by the DPRK. The DPRK informed the IAEA on 24 September that it would restart activities at Yongbyon, introduce nuclear material to it within a week, and that UN inspectors were being barred from the site.“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has today informed IAEA inspectors that effective immediately access to facilities at Yongbyon would no longer be permitted,” agency spokesman Marc Vidricaire said in a news release.“The DPRK also has stated it has stopped its disablement work, which was initially agreed upon within the Six-Party Talks,” he added, referring to long-standing talks in Beijing between the DPRK, the Republic of Korea (ROK), China, Japan, Russia and the United States, in which agreement was reached on decommissioning the plant.“Also, since it is preparing to restart the facilities at Yongbyon, the DPRK has informed the IAEA that our monitoring activities would no longer be appropriate,” he concluded.In July, before the situation began to unravel, the agency verified that the plant had been taken off line, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move as “a very important and encouraging step.” 9 October 2008The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today cut off all further access for United Nations inspectors to its nuclear reprocessing plant inYongbyon, two weeks after it announced that it would resume work at the facility that it shut down last year in an international accord. read more

NBC pulls plug on Brian Williams newsmagazine Rock Center after short troubled

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 5:12 pm MDT NBC pulls plug on Brian Williams’ newsmagazine ‘Rock Center’ after short, troubled life AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC pulled the plug Friday on Brian Williams’ newsmagazine “Rock Center” after a short, troubled life in which it failed to find a consistent home on the network’s prime-time schedule.The show’s final broadcast will be on June 21, NBC Universal News Group Chairwoman Pat Fili-Krushel said in a memo to her staff.“Rock Center” premiered on Halloween 2011 and news executives preached patience then, saying it would take awhile to get established. Bob Costas’ interview with Jerry Sandusky about the Penn State child sexual abuse case was its biggest coup, and it recently aired an hour-long special on the Boston Marathon bombings.“While we’re disappointed with the news, we are very proud of the hard work that the ‘Rock Center’ team put into the program each week,” Fili-Krushel said in her memo. While NBC’s news division produces the show, the network’s entertainment division is responsible for putting it on the schedule.And “Rock Center” never found a permanent home. NBC is airing it on Friday nights now, after trying it on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.The scheduling was criticized publicly by Ted Koppel, the former ABC “Nightline” anchor who did occasional stories for “Rock Center.”“Just when you think somebody might figure out when it’s on and want to see it the next week, they move it to another place,” Koppel told the AP in March. “That’s not helpful, and I think Brian deserves more support than that.” read more

Automotive suppliers convene at SMMT Open Forum event

Automotive suppliers from across the UK gathered today at SMMT’s Open Forum event to discuss issues and activities related to the UK supply base. SMMT’s president Joe Greenwell welcomed over 70 delegates to discuss the supply base outlook, the work of the Automotive Council and the funding options available to the sector to support future business.Ian Henry, AutoAnalysis director, provided industry’s outlook on manufacturing volumes followed by James Handyside, director of operations and engineering at UYT Limited, who spoke about body in white components. George Paterson, engineering sales manager at Axeon, then gave a presentation on EVs and the battery market. The session was concluded by a panel discussion involving all speakers.The next item on the agenda prompted debate about the work of the Automotive Council. Co-chairman of the Council, Richard Parry-Jones, updated the group on the Council’s activities followed by briefings from Jerry Hardcastle, chairman of the Technology Group, and Bill Parfitt, chairman of the Supply Chain Group. For more information about the Automotive Council, click here.The event concluded with a session looking at financial support solutions. This was led by Atradius’ John Duff and Lombard’s Dilip Nathwani who spoke about trade credit insurance and future business funding. Paul Everitt provided the closing remarks emphasising the importance of the UK supply chain and the significant investment UK-based suppliers have already made towards developing low carbon technology, ensuring they remain well placed to respond to future market opportunities.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens soccer drops home opener set for Rockets Tuesday

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber dribbles during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won, 2-1.Lantern file photoIt was a tough home opener for the Ohio State women’s soccer team Sunday evening. After allowing three first-half goals, the Buckeyes fell, 3-1, to the No. 4 Virginia Tech Hokies.“Virginia Tech has an outstanding attack and they put us under a tremendous amount of duress in the first half,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “Their motion and their shape was extremely strong and we struggled.”The Buckeyes’ record fell to 1-2-0 as they could not create an offensive rhythm against their third-consecutive ranked opponent.Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso notched the Buckeyes’ lone goal, and shot on target, of the evening. OSU was outshot 19-8, marking the third time this season that it has trailed in that category.Scoring opened in the 12th minute when Virginia Tech sophomore forward Bria Dixon curled a left-footed shot from the top of the penalty box behind Buckeye redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick.The Hokies stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute when sophomore midfielder Candace Cephers unleashed a shot 25 yards from the goal that deflected off an OSU defender and careened into the net.Geldernick made four saves in the first half, but was left flat-footed in the 45th minute when Virginia Tech freshman midfielder Laila Gray caught a pass behind the Buckeye defense and slotted it past Geldernick for the Hokies’ third goal of the night.Halftime adjustments stopped the bleeding, but the Buckeyes could not generate enough offense to change the game’s outcome.“I think in the second half, we started to combine a lot better and use our width and our speed to our advantage,” OSU senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said.Paradiso made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute after receiving a pass from freshman forward Sammy Edwards and burying it in the far corner of the net.The goal was the that first Hokie junior goalkeeper Caroline Kelly had allowed this season.Following the game, the Buckeyes stretched with a noticeable sense of relief. Their difficult opening schedule is set to soften when the team travels to play Toledo on Tuesday. “We’ve played a very tough schedule at the beginning of the season for a reason,” Walker said. “It’s seasoned us.”The Toledo Rockets are 2-1-1 following a 1-0 victory against Xavier University on Sunday. In its next game, OSU needs to focus on connecting passes to develop an offensive flow, Paradiso said.“Our timing was off a little bit,” Paradiso said. ‘We’re still trying to work out some things as far as our attack.”The Buckeyes have registered only six shots on goal through their first three games of the season.Staged to play an unranked opponent for the first time this season, Gruber said OSU wants to control more of the game in Toledo. “I think that we can use our strengths a little better and we can play our game,” Gruber said. “We can actually get after a team and play the way we want to play.”The Buckeyes have reached the midway point of their non-conference schedule and are set to kickoff against Toledo at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

Two children who supposedly saw the Virgin Mary are to be made

first_img By AFP Apr 20th 2017, 11:52 AM Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 11:52 AM TWO OF THE three child shepherds to whom the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on 13 May, Pope Francis announced Thursday.The canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto will take place during the Argentine pontiff’s visit to one of Catholicism’s major pilgrimage sites.The trip has been timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the first reported apparitions of the Virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, shared three major prophesies with the children.Jacinta was seven at the time, her brother Francisco was nine and their cousin, Lucia, was 10.The siblings both died before reaching adolescence and are buried at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.They will be the youngest non-martyrs to be canonised in the history of the church.After her first visit, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to them several times over a six-month period, always on the 13th.This prompted thousands to gather on the spot on 13 October, 1917, with several witnesses saying they had seen the sun “miraculously” dance in the sky.Their cousin Lucia joined a convent. In 1941 she said she and the siblings had been given three secrets by Mary; the first was a vision of Hell and the second was a warning that another, more devastating war was looming — the Second World War.The third secret she kept to herself for years, before finally being persuaded to write it down and it was delivered to the Vatican in 1957.Finally published in 2000, it described a vision that was believed — with its depiction of the death of a man robed in white — to have been a prophecy of the 1981 assassination attempt on pope John Paul II.Francis, 80, will be the fourth pope to visit the Fatima shrine, after Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.© – AFP 2017Read: Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Ireland, almost 40 years after John Paul II >Opinion: ‘The government won’t remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it’ > 37,166 Views 143 Comments Two children who supposedly saw the Virgin Mary are to be made Saints by the Pope Jacinta and Francisco Marto were said to have seen her in Portugal in 1917. Image: Shutterstock/GoneWithTheWindcenter_img This year marks 100 years since the supposed apparition. Image: Shutterstock/GoneWithTheWind This year marks 100 years since the supposed apparition. Short URL Share Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pretrial Enforcement Office Opens In Kenai

first_imgPretrial officers will check in on defendants, making sure they are making court dates and not violating conditions of release. They also have the authority to arrest defendants who violate the conditions of their release. Currently there are pretrial offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Palmer. DOC is also opening offices in Bethel and Ketchikan. The recommendation is based on two factors: the likelihood that the defendant will attend their court hearings and the likelihood that the defendant will engage in new criminal activity if released. But ultimately, the decision is up to the judge. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Pretrial Enforcement Division was put in place to supervise defendants charged with low-level offenses who are placed in the community while waiting for a resolution of their criminal case. Once a defendant is charged with a crime, the Pretrial Enforcement Division will use a data-based, validated risk assessment tool to make a recommendation to the court.center_img The Pretrial Enforcement Division of the state Department of Corrections has officially opened the  Pretrial enforcement office in Kenai. Edge talked about the need for offices in each major community within the state: “Local law enforcement really has a better understanding and idea of what the localized problems are in those communities.” DOC Spokeswoman Megan Edge: “Our Pretrial Enforcement Division is to supervise defendants who are waiting for resolution to their case.”  last_img read more

Federal Panel Says It Wont Have Oversight Of HighSpeed Rail Project

first_img 00:00 /01:17 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The federal Surface Transportation Board has decided that the proposed Houston to Dallas rail line does not qualify as an interstate project. So that means any eminent domain issues will have to be handled by the State of Texas.The train’s route could take it through farms and ranches in Grimes, Madison, and Leon Counties. The only stop planned between Houston and Dallas is near Bryan.Congressman Kevin Brady is applauding the board’s decision. He says he’s not opposed to new infrastructure projects but he questions whether rural landowners would get any real benefit from the railroad. As for acquiring property, Brady says the state needs to make the final call and not Washington. “The thought that you’d be forced to sell that land for a project that may or may not ever happen, or if it starts could be abandoned, that is a real worry,” says Brady.Brady says he’s also concerned that if the privately-funded project doesn’t get the ridership it’s hoping for, taxpayers could wind up with the bill.“My problem is taking, beginning the process of taking property, on a project that frankly doesn’t have financial solvency, doesn’t yet have its full investors lined up,” adds Brady.The developer of the project,  Texas Central Railroad, issued a statement saying it will study the board’s decision before deciding how to respond. And at this point they’re still moving ahead with the project. Xlast_img read more

American Anthems The Songs That Unite Us

first_imgBrazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images/Via NPRProtestors at a rally in New York City.What’s an anthem? It’s a stirring call to arms or an expression of collective emotion. Sometimes it’s a recognition of injustice, a representation of an oppressed group, or an inspirational message of hope. But it always captures something much larger than itself — the spirit of a community, unified in its common feeling or cause, like the time a gay men’s choir sang “Make Them Hear You” at a rally in Tennessee.Or the time counter protestors sang “This Little Light Of Mine” in Charlottesville, Va. to a group of white nationalists.On July 4, NPR kicks off its American Anthem series. It’ll eventually feature 50 different anthems picked by NPR staffers, music scholars, artists and listeners.In anticipation of the series, we dedicate this week’s episode of All Songs Considered to anthems. We’re joined by NPR’s Elizabeth Blair, producer of the American Anthem series, as we reflect on the soundtracks to our collective experiences.You can hear the conversation and songs with the play button at the top of the page, or hear a much longer playlist of anthemic songs with the Spotify playlist below. It includes tracks selected for the series and suggested by listeners.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Uttarakhand optimistic about new initiatives lined up for 2018

first_imgTo provide holistic tourism development across the stateShruti Dugar | MumbaiIn March this year, Prakash Pant, Finance Minister, Uttarakhand presented the state budget of INR 45,585.09 crore for the fiscal year 2018-19. Tourism, being a major source of revenue for the state has been allotted INR 183.37 crore. “In regards to the budget allocated for the development of the tourism sector this year, we have identified 13 destinations in each district as tourists spots. This is done so that tourists can better explore the newer or lesser-known areas,” said Trivendra Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, while unveiling a new scheme.The 13 identified areas under the project are Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district, Kausani in Bageshwar, Katarmal in Almora, Mukteshwar in Nainital, Lohaghat in Champawat, Parag Farm in Udham Singh Nagar, Chopta in Rudraprayag, Tehri lake in Tehri, Khirsu of Pauri district, Chinyalisaur of Uttarkashi, Gairsain-Auli of Chamoli, Chakrata in Dehradun and Piran Kaliyar and Shaktipeeth in Haridwar.With regards to the recent trends, Uttarakhand Tourism has noticed an ever-increasing demand for homestays, so this year they are planning on developing more offbeat activities for which homestays are an ideally suited. Dilip Jawalkar, IAS, Secretary Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand voiced, “We have already registered 280 homestays but in the coming two years we plan to have at least 2,000 organised homestays. For this, we are identifying, planning, training and guiding the trade to ensure the comfort and security of travellers.”Jawalkar also highlighted that outbound travellers ideally from places such as England, Israel and Germany visit Uttarakhand mainly for snow-trekking and river-rafting. In respect to domestic travellers, Delhi is the biggest source market, followed by Maharashtra. Travellers from Gujarat and West Bengal also consider Uttarakhand as an ideal religious tourism destination.Speaking about their plans for 2018, Jawalkar stated that this year onwards they will register all the tour guides who will be ranked on the state’s official tourism website. It will serve as an advertisement which will also enable tourists to know which guide to approach. Simultaneously, a mobile app has been developed through which pilgrims from across the country will be able to register for the six-month-long annual Chardham Yatra to enable flexible pilgrim tourism.last_img read more

Rising from the Ranks

first_img Share A growing number of women are making successful careers in the traditionally male-dominated mortgage industry, but the boardroom remains populated primarily by men. By Aly J. YaleThough women have been making strides in the working world for decades—even in the traditionally male-dominated mortgage and financial sectors—it seems they’re just not as prevalent in higher-ranking positions as are their male counterparts.According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up a large portion of the national workforce–47 percent, to be exact. But in leadership roles? The DOL says only 24 percent of all CEOs are women and, according to Catalyst, a research organization that aims to expand business opportunities for women, a mere 2 percent of those are CEOs at Fortune 500 companies.But this isn’t just a general workforce trend. It also seems to carry through to the mortgage industry.Catalyst shows that only 22 percent of directors in the finance and insurance industries are female, and if you ask some of mortgage’s highest ranking women, that dearth of females has been a common sight in the industry for years.Elsa Lewis, EVP of Default Sales & Operations at Williams & Williams, has spent nearly 30 years in the mortgage industry, and in her time, she said, most of her bosses and leaders have been male.“I’ve had some women in leadership roles over me through the years, but there have been more men by far,” Lewis said. “They were probably 70 to 75 percent men and 20 to 25 percent women.”Donna Corley, SVP Single-Family Division Chief Risk Officer at Freddie Mac, had a similar track record throughout her career.“I’ve only had one direct manager who was a female,” Corley said. “I’ve had 13 bosses, and 12 of them have been men.”Lewis said while there’s no way to pinpoint a specific cause for this lack of female leadership in the industry, there may be a few factors at play.“Maybe the financial world is just more predominately men than women,” Lewis said. “Maybe it’s that women haven’t fought for that place to be there, or maybe we’re just used to men being in those roles.”Regardless of the reason, however, Lewis said there’s definitely room for improvement.“There are some women in the mortgage industry,” Lewis said, “but there is definitely a lot of room for women to move up and take positions in key leadership roles.”Dana Dillard, EVP and chief customer officer at Nationstar Mortgage, said she believes there’s room for change, too.“I wish there were more female leaders,” Dillard said. “I do think as an industry where we’re so represented by women at the front lines and not so represented by them in the board room, that it is something we have to really work toward improving.”Where the Women AreDespite lacking representation in the board room, many of the industry’s highest-ranking women say there are still plenty of females in the industry—you just have to know where to look.According to Angela Cheek, VP and counsel, Product Compliance at Ellie Mae, some areas of the industry actually have pretty high female representation.“In the compliance area, there are a lot of women,” Cheek said. “In other areas of the mortgage industry, I think there are probably fewer.”Corley cited human resources, sales, legal, origination and underwriting as other sectors that tend to have more females in the ranks.Marcia Phillips, CEO at Guardian Mortgage Company, said that many women start in the front-lines—in operations, and other similar positions.“Traditionally, women in the mortgage industry rise up the ranks through the operational environment, as processors, underwriters, administrators,” Phillips said. “This was the case in my own career.”But it seems this representation in compliance, origination and other front-line areas is many times where it stops. According to Lewis, although she’s seen a number of women in origination, operations and middle-management positions in her time, that doesn’t extend to the board room or into key decision-making roles very often.“I see more women in the second-tier management and more in operations than I see in the key leadership roles and decision-making roles,” Lewis said. “That is more predominantly men.”Corley mirrored her sentiment.“At least what I’ve seen at Freddie Mac is that we have fantastic diversity at the more associate level—at the junior levels,” Corley said. “As you keep going up, it declines. And I think that’s pretty universal. That tends to be a common trend.”Bucking the TrendBut not every mortgage-related company is dominated by males. In fact, there are a number of organizations that have relied heavily on female leadership for decades.Marcia Phillips, for example, is CEO at Guardian Mortgage—one of the few companies in the business to have a woman at the helm. But that’s not where her company stops. In fact, Guardian also has a female EVP and a female CAO, too.In total, three quarters of Guardian’s leadership team is made up of women.“Guardian has multiple women in leadership roles,” Phillips said. “The women have as much opportunity as the men to have a rewarding career.”Lewis said her company, Williams & Williams, is blazing its own path in this regard, too.“We have a lot of women,” Lewis said. “I just came from our senior team meeting, and it was probably 60 percent women, 40 percent men.”Though there are some men in key roles at Williams & Williams, Lewis said a large portion of her organization is female—and she hopes other companies in the industry will follow suit.Mentorship is the KeyDespite these anomalies, there’s still work to be done, and according to the industry’s leading ladies, there’s no miracle cure for improving female representation in the board room. Most, however, believe that existing women leaders can help the cause, both by providing a strong example and by mentoring women in lower-ranking roles.“I try to be supportive of my women peers and, of course, those who are coming up the ranks,” Dillard said.  “As a woman leader it doesn’t take you long to realize that we need to be supportive of each other and to look for opportunities to promote the good work of our female peer group.”Lewis agreed. “I think there’s some responsibility on women in key positions to help foster and mentor other women–to bring them in,” she said.Cheek says she specifically encourages her fellow women to get involved in the industry, forums and to make presentations.“I believe it is important to enable the next generation to stand on our shoulders to achieve greater heights,” Cheek said.Corley actively mentors others throughout the Freddie Mac organization—from areas like IT, finance and a wide variety of other sectors. Currently, she is working with five different mentees.“I think mentoring has been something that I’ve spent a lot of time doing—trying to help women grow and recognize there’s a safe environment to talk through different issues,” Corley said.She specifically tries to focus on women with young children, as that’s something she experienced while climbing the corporate ladder.“I feel like it’s my way of trying to give back,” Corley said. “I never really had that [a mentor] when I was in their spot.”Though these women’s efforts in mentoring are honorable, it may not be enough to inspire industry-wide changes. Instead, Lewis believes there’s something professional organizations can do to help move things along.“Perhaps there is an opportunity within some of the larger trade organizations, like the Mortgage Bankers Association, to foster that as well,” Lewis said. “Maybe some industry organizations could have some kind of mentoring program for women.”Lewis believes in mentorship so much, she even tried to get a mentorship program together last year, to no avail.“I tried to get a key group of 20 women together, executives in our industry, to foster and mentor women in key leadership roles,” Lewis said. “There was some interest, but I couldn’t get it to really take off.”Dillard, who participated in a Women’s Initiative at two of her previous positions, said her company is developing a similar program as well.“I loved participating in the Women’s Initiative when I was at Deloitte Consulting and EMC Mortgage, Dillard said. “We are just getting a similar initiative off the ground at Nationstar–bringing senior-level women leaders together to create a better community for each other.”Established last year, the Nationstar Women’s Initiative “focuses on empowering, inspiring, and sharing ideas to help with development of women officers, and provide networking opportunities across different areas to foster connections.”It is designed for female EVPs and SVPs, and includes more than 25 senior officers at the company. It offers professional development, networking events, on-boarding support to new female officers and a formal mentoring program.Freddie Mac has several programs for women, too. There’s the WIN Women’s Interactive Network, mentoring circles and, in past years, Women’s Cohort groups. These, Corley said, were designed to identify “high-performing, high-potential female employees” and provide them with networking and training opportunities.“I found that I, as a mentor, was probably learning just as much as the mentees,” Corley said, “hearing all the issues that they’re going through and just being able to provide guidance and perspective.”Changing the TidesThough mentorship is a great starting point, many female executives also say that women can take the matter into their own hands by blazing their own paths and demanding a spot at the table.Specifically, Dillard said, it’s important for women to be confident.“I wish that someone had told me to have more confidence in myself and not always think that the people in control or the ringleaders had some sort of special gift or some sort of special insight or knowledge that I didn’t have,” Dillard said. “I just don’t find that to be true. I think for most women, if they work hard at it and they become a student of their business, the sky’s the limit.”According to Corley, taking risks is also a must.“Be willing to take chances, Corley said. “As scary as it can be to leave something that comes very easy to you and having to trying something new, that’s really how you learn and you grow.”Being plugged into the industry is important, too, Lewis said.“Get involved,” she said. “So much of it starts with putting yourself out there to do it. Volunteer, help, be a sponsor, be an advocate. Do something about it. Don’t just let it happen.”Cheek said participating in industry advisory groups, writing for publications and other acts can help women get their foot in the door as well.“I think it’s important for there to be opportunities for women to build relationships with other industry participants,” Cheek said. “They need to get their viewpoint on the industry out there.”Phillips agreed that being heard is tantamount.“Be strong and willing to work hard,” Phillips said. “Do not be afraid to offer your opinion when you can back it up with well-thought-out ideas. Do not follow the pack.”Finding a Work-Life BalanceSome executives in the industry feel motherhood and familial obligations could play a role in the lack of female representation in the board room, while others say it’s just a matter of time management, knowing your priorities and making the right choices.“For any executive woman, I think that we suffer from mother’s guilt,” Dillard said. “I don’t necessarily always think that my male peers suffer from it. We want to be there and do those things with our kids and sometimes it’s hard to do. Most of my colleagues that are women, we all suffer from that—wanting to be there.”Corley said she thinks family demands may affect a woman’s willingness to network, too—a crucial part of moving up the corporate ladder.“Networking seems to be something that women tend to prioritize very low,” Corley said. “When you’re trying to do that balancing act between work and home life, the thought of going to a happy hour or some type of networking event isn’t appealing. It’s time when you’re not in the office and it’s time when you’re not with your family. Unfortunately, I think those are some of the types of activities that would potentially lead to career advancement opportunities, and open doors and connections.”But Lewis said that it’s all a matter of choices.“People do what they want to do,” Lewis said. “At the end of the day you have choices, and I do believe you can raise children and be a great parent but also be a professional and work with excellence and not have to sacrifice time.”Lewis said she has found that working smartly, as well as having a great team around her, is the key to juggling a family life and a career as an executive in the industry.“It’s working smartly, working wisely,” Lewis said. “It’s having great people to work with, and not taking everything on yourself. The workload doesn’t have to all be on me.”Corley says self-awareness is key, too.“I think everyone needs to understand and really be self-aware of what they can do and what they can’t do,” Corley said. “I try to think of work or your career as a marathon, not a sprint. And as in a marathon, there are times when you’re going to be running a whole lot faster and there are times when you need to slow it down a bit.”Moving ForwardWhile the numbers of women in the workforce—and the mortgage industry specifically—have seen growth over the past few decades, it seems there’s still room for improvement.“I definitely think there’s been some growth for women,” Lewis said. “Is it as fast as I’d like to see it? No. But I definitely think there’s been some growth, and I think there’s growth still going on. Hopefully potential women leaders will continue to step up and fight for those key decision making positions as we move forward.”Phillips said she believes they will.“Now that the industry is moving from a sales-driven business model—and sales tends to be a male-dominated arena—to one that values operations and compliance, I believe we will begin seeing more women in executive positions,” Phillips said.Lewis agreed.“I do think the industry is just not as open for women as it is for men,” Lewis said. “I think women have to fight harder for it, but I think they will. They’ll be up to the challenge to do it. I think 20 years from now we’re going to see a completely different mix of genders, and it will be much different than it is today.”Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked for various newspapers, magazines, and publications across the nation, including the Dallas Morning News and Addison Magazine. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients.Editor’s note: This select print feature appears in the August 2015 edition of MReport magazine, available now. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Print Features August 20, 2015 661 Views center_img Gender Disparity Rising From The Ranks Women 2015-08-20 Staff Writer Rising from the Rankslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With an 116 billion eu

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWith an 11.6 billion euro investment plan, MSC Cruises will account for 25% of the entire industry projected growth from 2017 to 2026. To celebrate this forthcoming achievement, MSC Cruises Australia & New Zealand invited media and trade guests to its Sydney offices at Barangaroo to toast the new ships and learn more about the growing fleet. Lynne Clarke, Managing Director of MSC Cruises Australia & New Zealand, presented the path the cruise line will take to achieve its milestone of tripling capacity by 2026.Affirming MSC Cruises’ commitment to growth, a 10-year investment plan will see the cruise line achieve 5,043,616 guest capacity by 2026. MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, will continue to focus on technology development, product enhancement and itinerary enrichment to provide an unprecedented guest experience.Currently under construction, simultaneously at Chantiers de l’Atlantique (formerly STX France) are MSC Bellissima, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Virtuosa. MSC Bellissima and MSC Grandiosa are to be launched in March and November 2019 respectively, with MSC Virtuosa launching in 2020. An additional seven ships will be launched from 2021 to 2026.MSC Bellissima will be capable of docking at virtually any cruise port around the world due to her innovative design and dimensions. However, she will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before heading to the Arabian Peninsula from November 2019. MSC Bellissima is a strategic asset in reinforcing MSC Cruises position in these key regions and a 40% year-on-year increase in capacity in the Arabian Peninsula is a testament to their commitment to this exotic and captivating destination.Launching in November 2019, MSC Grandiosa will be the first of the Meraviglia-Plus class of ship. With capacity for 6,300 passengers, she will welcome guests to the Mediterranean on one of the most innovative classes of ship. The home of MSC, the Mediterranean, will increase capacity by 30% year-on-year during the summer season. MSC Grandiosa will showcase an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the groundbreaking feature unique to the Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus prototypes. Throughout the day and the evening, this award-winning promenade hosts surprise performances, including flash mobs and themed parties, as well as the awe-inspiring projections on the even longer 98.5-metre LED Sky screen.The offspring of a family who has been exploring the seas for over 300 years, MSC Cruises is committed to preserving this natural resource and protecting the people who sail them.By October 2018, 50% of the fleet will have exhaust gas-cleaning systems in operation, with over 70% in operation by 2020. The four next-generation ships will be powered by cleaner LNG fuel and future technologies will include enhanced wastewater treatment and improved energy efficiency.Potable water is a precious resource at sea and the latest ships are equipped with water production and distillation units to produce fresh water from the sea. Using a process of reverse osmosis 1,000 litres of drinking water can be produced per day.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

The website should have included the value of love will be included in Shanghai

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in addition to these technical aspects, many times the partner may be your sign, the person who makes the decision with you, and even the pillar of the spirit. Because a lot of the time, entrepreneurship is a lonely road, you need a partner.

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Optimize the internal structure of the website enhance the user’s search engine experience

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and I said the construction of the chain and the chain of effective moral and maintenance, today I again from the website optimization of the internal structure of the layout and everyone to discuss how to optimize the internal structure of the site to enhance the user experience and improve the search engine friendliness


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Drink tea drinks can make money the whole to join

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Make the best station with the least input and make the most money

often has a friend who regrets that the website has been built for several months. For this or that reason, the income is not enough, the expenditure of space is maintained, the time is exhausted, and the money is spent, but with little success. Lack of money feels bad and, more important, self-confidence. At this point, we might as well think back to the process of starting our website and perhaps find that we wasted a lot of money and wasted a lot of time. How to make the best station with the least input and earn the most money?. read more