Autoworkers speak out against concessions

first_imgSeveral dozen autoworkers expressed their feelings at the “Autoworker Speakout” in Detroit on Aug. 23. This annual event, organized by the rank-and-file advocacy group “Autoworker Caravan,” is an opportunity for autoworkers to voice their anger about the concessions they have made and the record profits at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. This year workers talked about the contracts between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three, which expire in the middle of September.“I’m here because I care about eliminating two-tier, I care about eliminating the alternative work schedule, and I care about moving forward,” said Alex Wassell, a member of UAW Local 869 at Chrysler Warren Stamping near Detroit.“My grandparents came from Alabama to work for GM. My family members have 600 years at GM,” said Antwann Green, from Local 659 in Flint. “This ain’t what my family fought for.”Many of those who spoke were third- and fourth-generation autoworkers. Much of what their grandparents fought for — through long strikes to win union recognition, decent wages, benefits and pensions — has been taken away in recent contracts.The autoworkers’ union fought for “equal pay for equal work.” Now one of the most objectionable concessions, introduced into auto contracts in 2007, is two-tier pay. Workers hired after October 2007 make at best two-thirds the pay of their higher-seniority counterparts for the same work. Several speakers pointed out that we also have to address unequal benefits and the fact that second-tier workers don’t get a pension.The cost of living allowance, negotiated over 60 years ago to protect wages against inflation, was taken away in 2009 during the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies. Since then, this concession has cost autoworkers $4.10 an hour in pay. The annual improvement factor, won around the same time as COLA to compensate workers for their ever-increasing productivity, was taken away in 2007. Now the majority of autoworkers haven’t had a raise in 10 years.Alternative work schedules and mandatory overtime are key issues. AWS force a majority of workers to labor every Saturday for 10 hours, for which they are paid straight time. The overtime premium is only paid after 40 hours in a week, which is mandatory under the Fair Labor Standards Act, but not after eight hours in a day, as had been required under the contract until 2009.The overwhelming majority of workers at the meeting raised their hands when asked if they would vote “no” on a contract that didn’t get rid of the ­two-tier wage system. As they have done in the past, activists in the room were prepared to campaign in their plants for a no vote if necessary. Judy Wraight, a retired Local 600 Ford worker, described the 2009 campaign against mid-contract concessions. Ford did not declare bankruptcy, but wanted the same givebacks that had been squeezed out of GM and Chrysler workers. The concessions were rejected resoundingly.Workers listened to presentations about autoworkers in Mexico, striking GM workers in Brazil and Colombian GM workers who had been fired.Workers discussed the fact that they might need to strike to get a decent contract. “Be prepared to take to the streets,” said Scott Houldieson, vice president of Local 551 at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. “That’s the only way we got anything in the past.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Birthday events in Philadelphia say: Let Mumia OUT

first_imgAn international coalition of groups supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal held events April 23-25 to commemorate his 67th birthday (April 24) and call for his freedom. Mumia has been unjustly incarcerated for nearly 40 years. His health has deteriorated due to the harsh conditions he has endured under an unjust carceral system. He is currently hospitalized following triple bypass surgery on April 20. (tinyurl.com/ygbcnra9)March for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Center City Philadelphia, April 24.The People for Mumia, a virtual event April 23, kicked off the weekend. Activists, musicians, writers and youth shared why Mumia is important to their movement for social and racial justice. Speakers and performers included Mike Africa Jr., Susan Abulhawa, Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, Robin D.G. Kelley, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Morello, Albert Woodfox, Erica Caines, Santiago Alvarez, Monica Moorehead and more. On April 24, over 1,000 people gathered in Philadelphia for a rally and march. “Taking It to the Streets for Mumia” began at City Hall across from where the statue of racist Frank Rizzo was removed in 2020 due to public outcry against his brutal legacy. Dr. Johanna Fernandez spoke against the corrupt legal system and explained how the Philadelphia police worked “hand in glove” with the prosecution and racist judge in Mumia’s 1982 trial. Evidence has surfaced indicating the prosecution bribed a key witness. Pam Africa gave news of Mumia’s health, after having spoken briefly with Mumia earlier in the day. He is still hospitalized, but said he is beginning his recovery by taking some short walks. He confirmed he is shackled while in his bed. Mumia’s medical advisor Dr. Ricardo Alvarez traveled from California to speak at the event.Mumia’s brother, Keith Cook, traveling from North Carolina, told the gathering that they must continue to fight until his brother is free. YahNé Ndgo, Immortal Technique and Ellect performed, and the crowd sang along to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday.” Speakers included Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and Immortal Technique.Susan Abulhawa connected the struggle for Black liberation with the free Palestine movement. Her thoughts about Mumia’s character and spirit inspired: “Mumia teaches us what it is to be free in our minds. He was a Black man who was too free, and that is why they locked up his body.” Dr. Suzanne Ross spoke about the U.N. Human Rights Commission’s support for Mumia. Events calling for Mumia’s release were held in France, Germany, Mexico, French Guiana, Britain and the Netherlands, and in several U.S. cities April 24. A powerful moment came when Janine Africa, Janet Africa, Sekou Odinga, Jihad Abdul-Mumit and Kazi Toure, five liberated political prisoners, stood together on the stage. The group has spent a combined over 150 years behind bars. Protests continue, West Philadelphia, April 25.The rally moved into the streets for a spirited march from City Hall to the Art Museum, carrying banners and signs and shutting down traffic along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.The march stopped at the site of last year’s houseless encampment, calling attention to the city’s inability to provide basic services to the most vulnerable. Fired by Amazon for speaking up for workers rights, Chris Smalls, with the Congress of Essential Workers, called for support of Amazon workers organizing. The rally continued on the Art Museum steps. Larry Holmes spoke about how Frank Rizzo, “the most racist police chief,” waged war on the Black Panthers, MOVE and the entire Black community in Philadelphia. Janine Africa warned that we must not let the police kill Mumia like they killed the incarcerated MOVE family members Phil Africa and Merle Africa. Delbert Africa was freed, but succumbed only six months after his release to illness caused by inadequate health care during his incarceration. Performers included Dominque London and the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Basiymah Muhammad Bey from the United Negro Improvement Association also spoke.Travelling from Boston mYia X raised the memory of Winnie Mandela and Shaka Sankofa and borrowed from the words of Ella Baker, saying “We who believe in freedom, cannot rest until we bring Mumia home.” Jamal Hart, Mumia’s grandson, called on the younger members in the crowd to take up the fight to free Mumia. Calling for his grandfather to spend his next birthday surrounded by his family and friends, he chanted: “No more birthdays in prison.” The coalition sponsored events in West Philadelphia April 25 honoring Walter Wallace Jr., murdered by Philadelphia police six months ago in 2020, and Russell Maroon Shoatz, imprisoned since 1972 and suffering from stage 4 cancer. Members of Shoatz’s and Wallace’s families participated in the event that kicked off a community cleanup at the Maroon Garden, followed by a march to Malcolm X Park for a speakout. Food Not Bombs Solidarity provided snacks and water for the events on both days.Visit LetMumiaOut.com or Mobilization4Mumia.com for more information on Mumia’s health, endorsers or upcoming events.Photo Credit: Joe PiettePhoto Credit: Joe PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

And Action! Call for Producers and Directors for ENGINE Shorts Film…

first_imgEmail Print Twitter Advertisement EntertainmentFilmLifestyleLimerickNewsAnd Action! Call for Producers and Directors for ENGINE Shorts Film SchemeBy Sarah Carr – March 25, 2021 71 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSENGINE Short Film SchemeKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleLISTEN: Tadhg Beirne hoping to build on Ireland form against LeinsterNext articleFinal call for Ireland’s best astronomy photographs from Limerick Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie ENGINE Shorts film scheme is seeking expressions of interest from local producers and directors who would like to join the 15 shortlisted projects.This new ambitious training and production scheme for emerging film talent in the mid-west region is run by Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick and aims to inspire and support up-and-coming writers, directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ENGINE Shorts is a partnership between the Local Authorities in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.The shortlisted projects are currently going through a supported development process with training and support from Film in Limerick.Following this stage, teams will pitch to an industry panel and up to six projects will receive funding of €12,500 each to make a short film.We now are calling for applications to fill 11 producer and four director spots on the teams.An online lunchtime webinar for any interested producers and directors is being held on Monday 29 March at 1pm, when you will be able to hear shortlisted teams pitch their ideas and have the opportunity to contact projects directly afterwards and potentially join one of the teams.Sign up here.You must be primarily based in either Limerick, Tipperary or Clare to apply.Interested producers should have previous experience producing film or another art form and/ or have a strong interest in pursuing a career in producing.Interested directors must have previous film directing experience that demonstrates experience of working with actors and a strong sense of visual style.We will also consider individuals with experience in other art forms who are looking to move into directing film.Speaking about this unique opportunity, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager at Film in Limerick, said, “ENGINE Shorts is delighted to welcome emerging producers and directors from the region to join the teams developing their projects and pitching for funding. This is a great opportunity for new talent to access training and funding to produce a short film and fast-track their career ambitions.” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebooklast_img read more

Accused in shooting booked into Ector County jail

first_img Accused in shooting booked into Ector County jail Previous articleJoven first Hispanic mayor of OdessaNext article3 hospitals join forces for POWER Initiative Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Facebook CrimeFelony ArrestsLocal News WhatsApp Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook The two women who were reportedly arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that happened Dec. 6 after they failed to call emergency services for the victim before fleeing the city of Odessa were booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday. Hayley Staggs, 32, and Jennifer Portillo, 38, were each charged with murder, a first-degree felony, as they were arrested in Texarkana and later extradited to Ector County. Staggs was booked into ECLEC at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Portillo was booked at 7:58 p.m., jail records show. Both women have one bond totaling $100,000 and were still in custody as of Wednesday afternoon. Staggs and Portillo were reportedly involved in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Crystal Araiza as the two women witnessed the shooting, drug the victim’s body out of their car, left the victim’s body in the street, failed to report the shooting to emergency services, cleaned their vehicle of the evidence and then fled the city of Odessa to Texarkana. Staggs and Portillo are the second and third subjects who were arrested in the fatal shooting of Araiza. Damien Dubree Smith, 38, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, on Monday evening. In addition to the murder charge, he was charged with evading arrest with previous conviction, a state jail felony, and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor, jail records show. Smith also has two charges out of Ward County, which include going off bond for possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony, and failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony. Smith has bonds totaling $220,000 and was still in custody as of Wednesday afternoon. The fatal shooting happened around 2 a.m. Dec. 6 in the 500 block of N. Lauderdale Avenue, an OPD affidavit stated. The victim was identified as Araiza as her body was found directly across the street from the house Smith was paroled out to. Officers saw a gunshot wound to the left side of her face. Investigation reportedly showed that recent Facebook conversations and phone calls in the victim’s phone with a subject named “Damien Du’bree Smith” and “Haley Portillo.” Smith stated he was going to have Araiza picked up at 1:30 a.m. and Araiza gave “Haley” her location to have them pick her up and further told them to contact Smith. Detective identified “Haley Portillo” as Hayley Staggs. The messages between Araiza, Smith and Staggs were over drugs and they were to meet up to make the deal. Staggs was reportedly interviewed by detectives and she stated that she and her girlfriend, Jennifer Portillo, picked up Araiza from the address provided to her through Facebook Messenger. Staggs stated they were driving a black Kia four door when they picked up Araiza. Staggs stated they were told by Smith to take Araiza to his residence in the 500 block of N. Lauderdale Avenue, the affidavit detailed. Smith reportedly got into Staggs’ vehicle and he was upset at Araiza over a shortage of money that was owed to him. Staggs stated she saw Smith put a firearm to Araiza’s face and shoot her in the left side of her face. Staggs detailed during her interview that after the shooting Smith fled the scene and she and Portillo drug Araiza’s body out of the car and left her on the street, the affidavit stated. Staggs stated they fled the scene and went to a friend’s house in Odessa and got cleaning supplies. Staggs and Portillo reportedly started to clean their vehicle of the blood and evidence. Staggs and Portillo left Odessa and fled to Texarkana. Staggs also stated they found a shell casing in the vehicle and threw it out in a parking lot of a gas station in Snyder. TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – December 16, 2020 Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Car sought in relation to Ballyliffin burglary found in Derry

first_img Google+ Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous article22 year old man abducted and assaulted in StrabaneNext articleOrthopaedic patients are suffering because of bed shortage- O’Rourke News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – August 11, 2017 center_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A Dublin registered Hyundai Coupe that was being sought following a burglary at the Ballyliffin Townhouse on Wednesday night has been located.The car was found intact by the PSNI on the outskirts of Derry, and is being technically examined.Gardai say they are working closely with the PSNI as the investigation progresses.Inspector David Murphy says the help of the public has been very important in this investigation…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dmurphycar.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Car sought in relation to Ballyliffin burglary found in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Deloitte & Touche: Award for innovation in Measuring Human Capital

first_img Previous Article Next Article Deloitte & Touche: Award for innovation in Measuring Human CapitalOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This award recognises the growing importance of quantifying the value ofhuman capital to enterprises. The judge will look for teams that have broken new ground in measuring humancapital return on investment in their organisations. Entries should demonstratehow the value people investments add to the business is quantified and howtheir impact on the organisation is assessed. Entries are welcomed from HRpractitioners working with other departments. Category sponsor The Human Capital practice of Deloitte & Touche is the largest fullyintegrated HR consultancy in the UK, with more than 800 consultants coveringthe complete spectrum of strategic human resources, tax consulting, executiveand employee compensation and benefits, employment law and outsourcing.Globally, Deloitte & Touche is one of the world’s largest HR consultingfirms, with more than 6,000 staff in 140 locations. Deloitte & Touche, Learn more at www.deloitte.co.uklast_img read more

£51m scoop for Allsop

first_imgAllsop’s latest residential auction in London raised £51 million, with strong interest from UK and overseas investors.17 lots sold for over £1 million, including Grade I listed Bere Court in Pangbourne, Berkshire (pictured) which sold for £2.15m.The year-on-year auction results are similar, with £55 million raised and 14 lots valued at over £1 million sold at the July auction in 2015, showing little impact from last month’s Brexit referendum result.Auctioneer, Gary Murphy said, “As the first major residential auction post-Brexit, it was important that our sale demonstrated continued confidence in property. Auctions are a good barometer of the market and buyers are keen to get on with business. In fact, bidding was often as heated as the weather, as bidders and observers filled the room.”There was strong interest in houses and flats in London for refurbishment and occupation.A four-bedroom maisonette in Canonbury Grove, Islington, N1, achieved £910,000 on a guide price of £640,000 after furious bidding.Confidence of developers in the long-term was illustrated by the sale of The Elms Lawn Tennis Club in Stanmore, which offered an 0.876 acres site with potential for residential development, subject to planning, fetching £830,000 from a guide of £250,000.overseas investors auction Allsop’s residential auction September 23, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » £51m scoop for Allsop previous nextProducts & Services£51m scoop for AllsopThe Negotiator23rd September 20160652 Viewslast_img read more

Julius Benjamin Richmond

first_imgJulius Benjamin Richmond, M.D., Professor of Health Policy, Emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine was born in Chicago, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, on 26 September, 1916. He died at his home in Brookline, MA on 27 July, 2008. Few individuals have had as great an impact on health, health care, and the well-being of children. He left us all a rich legacy.To understand his many contributions as a mentor, author, expert witness, designer and implementer of programs and policies, and concerned citizen, one must first understand the man. Julius Richmond — known to all as “Julie” or as “JBR” — was a son of Chicago, the Chicago of Carl Sandburg, Studs Terkel, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Daniel Burnham, and Jane Addams. The first wrote the epic poem “The People Yes,” the second had a love affair with the “common” folk whose lives he chronicled, the third reminded us to “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood,” and the last translated her ideas into social activism. Julie was about people, all people, about great ideas and plans, and about seeking social justice. Julius Richmond spent most of his life in the East. Nevertheless, though he left Chicago, Chicago never left him.His early years were difficult, but he found the groundwork for his life’s concerns on a farm midst goats and lambs. He observed and studied the relationship of lambs to their mothers and to goat foster mothers, the capacity of sheep and goats to adopt strange kids and lambs, and the impact of the infant on the mother and of the mother on the infant. These experiences fueled his deep interest in and commitment to issues in child development, a field which he pioneered after graduating the University of Illinois Medical School in 1939, doing his internship at Cook County Hospital, serving as a flight surgeon in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, and — after discharge — completing his residency in pediatrics at Cook County and Chicago’s municipal contagious disease hospitals.In 1953, he moved to the State University of New York at Syracuse College of Medicine (now known as the Upstate Medical Center). There he and his colleague, Bettye Caldwell, established a pioneering daycare center for infants as young as six months of age and focused their research efforts on cognitive abilities developed during a child’s first years. They devoted particular attention to children who faced special risks due to their family’s social and disadvantaged economic status.This pioneering work demonstrated that cognitive and emotional stimulation made a substantial difference in the development of children. It helped focus attention on psychological, social, and behavioral dimensions of health in addition to the more traditional narrower focus on physical well being. It was this work that led Sargent Shriver, the “general” in President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, to recruit Julie to serve as the first National Director of Project Head Start. The call came in January of 1965 and by that summer half a million children from poor families were enrolled in Head Start programs. The programs went beyond learning letters, numbers, and colors and involved the acquisition of concepts and social skills. Parents were intimately involved in the effort and in a broad conceptual scheme health and nutritional needs were addressed as well. What Julie helped put into place, survives. Head Start recently enrolled its 25 millionth child, is deeply embedded in our national strategy on behalf of children, and provides a daily reminder of how much can be accomplished through vision, conviction, commitment, dedication, and hard work.Had Julie only launched Head Start on its high-impact trajectory, it would have been enough. But he did much more and did it at the very same time. While at the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) he worked informally with the health staff of the OEO community action program to develop the neighborhood health centers program that brought needed health and other services to deprived neighborhoods and populations. It is worth remembering that it was Senator Edward Kennedy who steered the first $50 million Neighborhood Health Center amendment to the Economic Opportunity Act to passage. That was not the only time that Dr. Richmond “recruited” Senator Kennedy in support of forward looking legislation. Many of the services offered in these centers were provided by newly-trained members of the affected communities. In time, those neighborhood health centers evolved into the community health centers that now are an important part of the infrastructure undergirding America’s health care delivery system. Today there are over 1,100 such centers servicing more than 17 million individuals. If Julie was the father of Head Start, it can be said that he was the midwife at the birth of Neighborhood Health Centers.And, of course, there is much more. In 1966, Julie was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) with the C. Anderson Aldrich award in Child Development, the Academy’s highest honor in the field. In accepting the award Julie challenged the profession to view child development as a basic science of pediatrics in which theory and methodology would guide rigorous investigation. Further, he argued that psychosocial aspects of child development needed to be incorporated into pediatric training. He understood that this view would face opposition from those who considered biologic research as “hard” science and were loath to incorporate what they viewed as “softer” social science data. He, therefore, influenced the Executive Committee of the AAP to establish a Section on Child Development to provide a forum for communication, stimulate interest in research, and foster educational activities for pediatricians and others. For Julie it was not enough to “have an idea.” It was necessary to translate the idea into action, to institutionalize child development as a basic science for pediatrics. A younger generation may not grasp how “radical” his views were. Today, forty years after his Aldrich address, developmental and behavioral pediatrics is recognized as an academic discipline with subspecialty board status. As with Head Start and Neighborhood Community Health Centers which remain integral to the American scene, so with Julie Richmond’s vision for pediatrics.Julius Benjamin Richmond was not yet done. He came to Harvard University with appointments in the Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the Kennedy School of Government, serving at the same time at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and as Director of the Judge Baker Guidance Center and for a time as Chair of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. But Washington and public service called once again. In 1977 he took leave from his Boston activities and accepted appointment as both Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General in the Carter administration.He accomplished much even in a period of fiscal retrenchment. During his tenure he issued two highly influential reports: a 1,200 page Report published on the 15th anniversary of Surgeon General Luther Terry’s original report linking smoking to lung cancer and other serious diseases and a second report Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The smoking report was praised for its comprehensiveness and rigor, the scrupulous review process of research studies on smoking and its health effects, and its medical precision. It is fair to say that the report ended the so called “debate” about tobacco and its effects. Julie had declared “case-closed.” It took years for the full impact of the report to be felt and for the “cover-up” to be fully exposed and recognized, but the trend was inexorable. Not surprisingly, this work equipped him to be an expert witness in various class action suits brought against the tobacco industry. His credibility and knowledge were important in the suit brought by non-smoking flight attendants who had suffered harm from passengers who smoked. The industry settled this suit for $300 million which was used to create the Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute (FAMRI), a foundation which sponsors scientific investigation of the harms of second-hand smoke. Dr. Richmond served as FAMRI’s first medical director. Once again his efforts were institutionalized.The second report on health promotion and disease prevention redirected attention from the traditional emphasis on resource inputs and access to assessments of outcomes, including assessments of health functioning, reductions in morbidity and increases in life-expectancy, and changes in health status. Importantly, the Report set specific and measurable goals for health promotion for various population groups. The shift in emphasis was yet another “big idea” and once again Julie created something which endures: the assessment and setting of goals has been followed at ten year intervals and is now part of the American health scene. We measure where we are and agree upon attainable goals that require sustained action. We return to see whether we have achieved those goals, assess why we have failed on those that proved beyond our reach, and set out anew to seek improvement.Dr. Richmond returned to Harvard and to his work in Boston. He did not come back to “rest on his laurels,” though there were many lectures, commemorations, commendations, and honorary degrees in the offing. Rather, he returned to resume his activities in planning research activities across the university, meeting with colleagues, writing numerous articles, editorials, op-ed pieces, and a book on health care. He raised his voice and pen against complacency, on behalf of major reform of the health delivery and financing system, and on behalf of social justice. He believed that success is based on three interacting ingredients: a requisite scientific knowledge base, a social strategy that would utilize that knowledge base, and a political strategy that would gain support for the strategy. That is how he fought for a better world.Even so, he found the time to meet with all who wanted to come through his open door. Those who did benefitted from his remarkable capacity for meeting with, listening to, inspiring us all and somehow getting us – perhaps especially younger colleagues – to offer comments and ideas we had never believed we had in us. Like the greatest ball players he made those on his team (and all were on his team) perform better. He worked to build bridges between disciplines and as well between individuals who might learn from one another’s ideas and activities. In his writing and lectures, and perhaps above all in his conversation in which he wanted to talk about you and your ideas, he inspired a long list of persons who would wish to carry on his work.Julie Richmond lived a full life. He was blessed with his first wife Rhee, who died in 1985, and as well with his surviving wife Jean. He was proud of his three sons, Barry, Charles, and Dale, and grieved deeply at Dale’s untimely death. He accomplished much and much of what he accomplished was due to his love of people. Harvard put it well when, in awarding him an honorary degree, it stated: “Farsighted architect of initiatives in health, master builder of bridges linking academy and community, for whom nothing is more precious than the life of a child.”Respectfully submitted,Rashi Fein, ChairpersonAllan BrandtLeon EisenbergNancy OriolJudith PalfreyLisbeth SchorrJack Shonkofflast_img read more

Google Cloud Anthos – Get a Fast Start with VxFlex!

first_imgThis post is co-authored by David Adams, Product Manager for the VxFlex Family of hyper-converged products at Dell EMC.Taking on a new technology platform can create new opportunities and challenges. Getting off to the right start takes preparation and planning. In today’s bold new world of cloud native applications, adoption means changing work habits like DevOps, the application construct, and a new operating system paradigm called containers. Getting out of the starting gate with the advantage of speed means focusing on developing new applications and the bench strength to leverage new tools like Kubernetes and worrying less about the infrastructure creation and operation to deploy those applications. This is where the Dell EMC VxFlex offering comes together nicely with the Google Cloud Anthos managed services for deploying on-premises Kubernetes!The drivers to transform businesses means creatively looking to do things fundamentally differently and not just iteratively. Large monolithic applications simply do not allow for the pace of change required to remain competitive. Container-based applications are quickly becoming a new standard way of creating new modularized applications and a key target for modernizing existing applications. 451 Research forecasts container adoption growth of over 30% from 2017 to 2022.[1] Virtually all industry analysts also point out that most cloud enabling technology deployments will be hybrid. Anthos and VxFlex make hybrid use cases like WAN speeds, connectivity distributions, regulatory or policy-based preference for data location, and closer proximity to data creation, all possible.Mounting pressure on today’s companies to rapidly transform themselves to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic business climate driven by new technology like mobile computing, IoT/edge devices, machine learning and 5G networks, has spurred an unlikely strategic asset: the IT department. Once thought of as a cost center to support business functions, IT departments are being asked to provide modern data services for companies not traditionally thought of as “tech companies.” In talking with our customers, partners and analysts there are a few recent themes that stand out among the rest when it comes to simplicity, agility and scalability: hybrid-cloud services, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and container-based solutions.The Dell EMC VxFlex product relationship with Google Cloud offers an Anthos ready validated solution. This highly differentiated on-premises cloud solution combines the benefits of a managed Kubernetes cloud service with the simplicity, high performance and scalability requirements that enterprises demand. Validated by Google Cloud to complement their managed services for on-prem deployments means you can start getting to work on your applications instead of building the full operating stack from scratch first. Together, Google Cloud Anthos and the Dell EMC VxFlex solution offers an excellent head start for businesses undertaking digital transformation projects.Like Anthos, VxFlex provides an end-to-end engineered solution with lifecycle management, monitoring and automation to deliver the complete stack of underlying infrastructure of compute, storage and networking. The solution ingredients running on the #1 industry-leading PowerEdge servers include VxFlex OS and VxFlex Manager.  VxFlex OS is the enabling technology that provides the high performance and flexibility in hypervisors and choice of deployment options with two-layer (compute and storage separate) or HCI (compute and storage together).  VxFlex Manager is the comprehensive IT operations management tool for full spectrum administration of the system ingredients- from easy implementation and serviceability to lifecycle management The VxFlex integrated rack comes completely assembled and configured for customer environments ready to run Anthos. Once Anthos is installed you’re ready to deploy Kubernetes applications from Google Cloud Console!Here’s why the VxFlex solution provides excellent value with Anthos:Scale as you Grow – As more of your projects move from dev/test to production, we enable a node-by-node increase of compute or storage, or both, at the pace of your deployments.Mix your Compute and Storage Capacities – Initially starting with stateless workloads and eventually moving to applications that require persistent volumes? VxFlex allows adding compute or storage separately in the same cluster without physical partitioning or bolting on shared storage systems. That’s one of the key differentiators of VxFlex OS.Mixed Workloads – We realize you can’t flip a switch and instantly become “containerized.” We enable you to mix any combination of virtualized, bare metal, containers, and mix hypervisor platforms. If you have existing Windows and Linux applications that aren’t ready to be containerized and also want to start deploying Anthos container applications, we provide a single solution that can combine any of these without requiring physical partitioning to get the most value from your VxFlex purchase.Cloud Scalability and Performance – Whether you want to start off small or grow to thousands of nodes, VxFlex has a proven track record of providing linear scalability for millions of IOPS while retaining low latency.Cloud-like High Availability Architecture – The VxFlex OS architecture provides unique capabilities to isolate fault domains similar to how Google Cloud architects their Google Cloud Platform (GCP) datacenter. We not only protect from failures but provide QoS performance protection while undergoing or correcting failures, and not just drive level failures, but also in the event of a node outage or maintenance event. VxFlex OS uses the entire cluster to parallelize any recovery scenarios for shorter rebuild times.Flexible Buying Options – Whether you prefer to acquire your VxFlex solution outright, need financial flexibility to lease your solution, or want a consumption-based purchasing option, Dell EMC leads the industry in buying and services offerings that best accommodate your needs.Future Proof – Combine the flexibility to scale compute and storage independently, mix workloads, mix virtualization, bare metal, containerized and enable changes non-disruptively and automate the additions or changes while managing the complete lifecycle and you have a future proof combination that protects your investment.Engineered together with the Google Cloud team, the Anthos and VxFlex hybrid cloud solution provides best in class hyperconverged infrastructure from Dell EMC and managed Kubernetes by Google Cloud. Together, we’re here to accelerate your way to a successful digital transformation! For more details, please see our VxFlex for Anthos Solution White Paper.[1] 451Research, Cloud-Enabling Technologies – Application Containers, January 2019______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorDavid is a Product Manager for the VxFlex Family of hyper-converged products at Dell EMC. He leads hybrid cloud and cloud-native solutions where he aspires to provide differentiated solutions for customers, based on the unique value-props of VxFlex. He’s fascinated by all things Kubernetes and the potential it unlocks for our customers.last_img read more

Dina Lohan Pleads Not Guilty to DWI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dona LohanDina Lohan, mother of actress Lindsay Lohan, has reportedly pleaded not guilty to drunken driving on Long Island just days before her 51st birthday earlier this month.Judge Joy Watson suspended Dina’s license and released her without bail during her arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead, according to media reports.New York State Troopers had arrested her for driving while intoxicated after she was pulled over for speeding 77 mph on the Northern State Parkway on Sept. 12.As the Press has reported, Dina’s arrest comes as her mortgage lender filed to foreclose on her Merrick home.The Associated Press reported that Lindsay, who recently completed her latest stint in court-ordered rehab, was spotted outside her mother’s house the day of the court appearance.The New York Daily News reports that Dina told Troopers that she’d drank up to three glasses of white wine before driving and that she was whisked away from court in a silver Rolls Royce.last_img read more