first_imgIn 2012, Fanelesibonge Mashwama ’17 and Bo Seo ’17 met on a bus in South Africa en route to an international debate tournament. Little did they know that fate would lead them from two different continents to Harvard, to Pforzheimer House, and ultimately to triumph earlier this month at the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC), the world’s largest debating competition.“I remember thinking he was such a dynamic, energetic figure,” Seo said of his initial meeting with Mashwama.The pair reconnected during the first weeks of their freshman year, joined the Harvard College Debating Union, and eventually became debate partners and block mates. Last year, they made it to the grand final of the WUDC competition in Malaysia, which made them more confident about their prospects coming into the tournament this year.“We’ve been training pretty much since we got to school,” Mashwama said. “No team comes into the World Championship with a majority chance of winning, but we felt we had a good chance because we made it so far last year.”Since debate competitions require participants to argue on any side of almost any topic, Mashwama and Seo try to be as well-read as possible, consuming a steady diet of current events, political theory, and philosophy.“At the end of the day being good at debate boils down to a few skills that are applicable to life outside as well,” said Seo, a social studies concentrator who grew up in Australia. “I have to read a lot and speak eloquently, it’s not really separate from anything else I do at school.”“It is very academic,” said Mashwama, a native of Swaziland who is concentrating in philosophy. “So even though it’s not formally part of our coursework, it’s complementary.”Started in Scotland in 1981, the WUDC is the World Cup of the debate world. Originally composed of 43 teams from seven nations, the 2016 tournament hosted 400 teams from more than 70 nations. Students form teams of two in a Parliamentary-style debate in which teams are eliminated from the tournament over the course of a week’s worth of debates.After more than two years competing together, Mashwama and Seo say they’ve developed a natural rhythm to their speeches and complimentary skills.“Bo is very good at framing debates,” Mashwama said. “I’m more looking at participants’ arguments to challenge their assumptions.”Still, with 15 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech, there’s always room for improvement.“You’re racing the clock,” Seo said. “And so there’s an impossibility of perfection. The time rushes by.”Winning, Mashwama said, was “relief, exhaustion, and elation.”So will the pair return to the WUDC next year to defend their title?“Probably not,” Mashwama said. “The tournament means I’m gone most of winter break. I’d like to spend some time with my family.”last_img read more

first_imgThe volume of data created by today’s enterprise workloads continues to grow exponentially. Data growth combined with advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and containerized application platforms, creates a real challenge supporting critical business requirements. This can really place heavy demand on your infrastructure. Adaptability and agility means having the right resources to service ever changing needs. Performing at scale while keeping up with data growth to deliver business critical outcomes comes from a well architected solution that comprehends all the functional ingredients: networking, storage, compute, virtualization, automated lifecycle management, and most importantly the applications. It also comes from a close partnership between customers and technology suppliers to understand the business drivers needed to deliver a best in class outcome.Would you ask a stranger to hold your wallet full of cash? Metaphorically speaking, this might be what you’re asking an emerging technology vendor or a startup in the storage space to do if you hand over your key data currency. You might be willing to take a chance on a new pizza delivery service, but I bet you would think differently if someone came to your house to collect all your data.We respect the innovation that emerging technologies and startups bring. However, when it comes to your most valuable asset – data – it’s important to partner with a vendor with a proven track record of leadership and experience who will be there for you well into the future. One such example is the Dell EMC VxFlex software-defined storage (SDS) platform, which offers customers the kind of predictable scalable performance required to host their critical application workloads and data storage in a unified fabric.The VxFlex platform is capable of growing compute or storage independently, or in an HCI configuration with linear incremental performance while sustaining sub-millisecond latency. No matter what deployment model you need today or in the future, VxFlex provides the flexibility and non-disruptive upgrade path to host any combination of workloads, without physical cluster segmentation, that scales modularly by the node or by the rack. Whether you need to support conventional Windows and Linux applications or next generation digital transformation initiatives, VxFlex helps you reduce the risk associated with future infrastructure needs.VxFlex can handle your most critical and demanding workloads in a full end-to-end lifecycle managed system using an adaptable myriad of hypervisors, bare metal, or container technology combinations to meet or exceed your requirements. A great example of VxFlex at work is the Dell EMC VxFlex solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters, which deploys a future-proof design that improves business outcomes through better analytics. This solution highlights the use of persistent storage for Kubernetes deployments and performance sensitive database workloads using a unified compute, networking and systems management infrastructure that makes it operationally complete. VxFlex software-defined architecture provides an agile means to blend changing workloads and abstraction models that can adjust as workload demands change.Dell Technologies is a market leader across every major infrastructure category and enables you to proactively leverage technology for competitive advantage. Dell Technologies gives you the ability to drive your business and not be driven by technology. Learn more about how Dell EMC VxFlex can help you achieve your IT goals.last_img read more

first_img The Bridges of Madison County reunites you with your Far From Heaven co-star Kelli O’Hara. How easy is it to fall in love with her every night? Oh, man, it’s the best. She’s one of my favorite scene partners ever, a world-class actor on top of being one of the great singers in New York, so it’s spicy in a different way every night. She’s also one of my oldest friends in New York, so it’s dreamy on every level. It’s crazy to realize that this is your first Broadway musical! How does it feel to finally strike this off your bucket list? It feels amazing! I’ve been waiting 16 years for the right show to come along and for the logistics to work, and I’m just glad that it was this one at this time. Coming off a frustrating experience in television [in the short-lived Do No Harm], it’s been the most glorious experience I’ve ever had. Your album Somethin’ Like Love received great reviews. Do you have another one in the works? I’m going to record one this spring with just me and John Pizzarelli on the guitar called Voice & Guitar. I think we’re going to release it sometime next year. It’ll be all American Songbook—Richard Rodgers, Frank Lesser, maybe some Adam and Jason. Very simple. Besides the obvious draw of working with this creative team, what do you love most about this story and the music? The Broadway economy right now celebrates things that are lighthearted and funny or silly and spoofy or jukebox-y. It’s really uncommon for things to be written that have the aim of moving people, whose goal is to be beautiful and romantic and sweeping and soaring and sophisticated. Jason and Marsha have accomplished that with this show. Last year, NBC canceled Do No Harm after airing two episodes. What went wrong? It was frustrating because with network television, there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen. I signed on for what felt like a thriller—a smart pilot that was a unique take on Jekyll & Hyde. The result became something, for lack of a better term, that everyone wanted to be “fun. ” You start to leave behind any sense of emotional logic, or logic in general. I loved the people involved and the city of Philadelphia, but ultimately, it was not what I thought it was going to be. You decided to become an actor after a football injury in high school led you to join the school musical. At this point, do you feel like it was destiny? Destiny I don’t know, but certainly a lot of good luck. That’s for sure! If I had maintained my athletic fantasy, I probably would have ended up as a fat football coach somewhere in central Pennsylvania. I’m really glad I’m starring in a Broadway musical instead. Steven Pasquale You mentioned your daughter, Maddie. How are you managing being the father of a 17-year-old girl? I really love it! I remember being 17, and I’m just grateful that she’s a really good kid with a good heart. She’s bright and funny and sweet. She’s the best thing in my life. Even though Francesca and Robert are having an affair, you can’t help but root for them as a couple. Are audiences reacting the same way? Yes! Early on, Kelli and I were worried because we didn’t want Robert to feel predatory, and we didn’t want Francesca to feel easily accessible in a sexual way. What we learned is that very shortly after they meet, the audience wants it, so beautifully, to happen. So, we were able to let go of those fears. This story takes place in 1965, and Francesca was brought to Iowa by an American soldier from war-torn Naples, Italy. She chose this thing that basically saved her life, but it wasn’t necessarily based in love or passion or romance in today’s terms. In comes this man who served in the Korean War, probably saw some horrible things and isn’t that comfortable around other people. They see something in each other—the artist, maybe—and connect on a level that is very forward-thinking. To be able to play a guy who is closed and then cracks open is remarkable. Star Files Your first role was as Tyrone in Fame, but they changed it a bit. Please tell me there is video of this somewhere. Oh yes! There is video, and I did a benefit for The Performing Arts Project where the whole evening was based around your most embarrassing footage and I brought it.There I was, running around having people call me Tyrone. I did the rap, I did the dance solo. I’d never danced in my life. It was crazy. It’s level of bad that not very many people ever get to be around. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 View Comments Do you feel like you have something of a double life as a TV and stage actor? I do. My career is weird because it’s not like I’m a Liev Schreiber or a Philip Seymour Hoffman, incredibly well-respected theater actors who dabble in TV or film. Two different sets of people know me: those who are Sean Garrity fans and think I’m a comedian, and fans who know I have a life on stage as a legit actor and singer. When the two cross over, it’s fun to see people be like, “Wait a second, you were that guy on Rescue Me and now I’m seeing you in this musical?” See Steven Pasquale in The Bridges of Madison County beginning January 17 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Finally, what other musicals would you love to tackle? Floyd Collins, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Sunday in the Park with George, maybe, eventually, Sweeney Todd, and anything Jason and Adam ever write. If could spend my life singing Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown, I’d be perfectly happy. Steven Pasquale has led a double life as an actor: Though he nabbed a breakout TV role as dim-witted firefighter Sean Garrity on FX’s Rescue Me, the Pennsylvania native maintained a passion for the stage. Pasquale made his Broadway debut in 2009 in Neil LaBute’s Reason to Be Pretty, and he’ll soon put his rugged good looks and strong singing voice to good use as photographer Robert Kinkaid in the Broadway premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. In a recent chat with, Pasquale reflected on why sincere romantic musicals are so rare, the most embarrassing and frustrating experiences of his working life and why he thinks Hollywood is bananas. You and Kelli had very different relationship issues in Far From Heaven. What was the biggest challenge of playing [closeted, misogynistic husband] Frank Whitaker? Was that a role you had to shake off every night? Oh, yeah. I’m a people person, and Frank is such a self-hater. Also, I can’t even imagine the tortured, secret-keeping existence that must have been Frank’s life in the late 1950s in conservative, affluent Connecticut. Men and women who went through that must have had an unbelievable amount of self-torture. I know we have far to go, but, my God, how far we’ve come. How familiar were you with the book or the movie before taking on the role of Robert Kinkaid? I was unfamiliar with both. I have since read the book and seen the film and we’re excited the source material is that popular and successful in the world. But I think we’re going much deeper than the two-hander that is the book and the film. We’re creating a world and populating the town of Winterset, and [book writer] Marsha [Norman] and [composer] Jason [Robert Brown] have come up with some incredible ways into these people. For my money, this musical is the best possible thing for this source material. The Bridges of Madison County I’ve been warned that I should have tissues nearby when I see The Bridges of Madison County. Are you a big crier? You know what? With every year that passes, the easier I cry. The wind blows and I find myself moved by something. I’ve known this music for three or four years at this point, and I’ve been involved with this story for two and a half years, and there are moments, on stage and off, when I still struggle to keep it together and not be moved by what’s happening in the music or with Kelli. It’s that kind of material, and the writing is that good. Your character on Rescue Me, Sean Garrity, was a fan favorite, and we got to see you take off your shirt…a lot. How much shirtlessness can we expect from Robert Kinkaid? I think minimal [laughs]. I mean, maybe a little bit, but minimal. We did it a lot in Rescue Me, but you’ve got firefighters sitting around the firehouse pumping iron and talking about chicks, so it seems appropriate. But it’s always funny when that’s expected on a TV shoot. Everybody whips their shit together for like two weeks and nobody eats anything but egg whites and everyone’s doing crunches all day. Hollywood is ridiculous. Has she been bitten by the performing bug, as well? No! Thank God [laughs]! She’s obsessed with fantasy fiction, so she wants to write novels and she’s very gifted. I think she’s going to do that. I’m very proud of her. Rescue Me prevented you from coming to Broadway with The Light in the Piazza. Do you ever find yourself thinking, “What if…”? I do, but Rescue Me happened at the perfect time in my life. I’ve got a little girl [Maddie] who’s 17 now, and she was a very impressionable kid during those years, so I was able to have a TV schedule and be in New York and spend my weekends with her. From a personal life standpoint it was really perfect. But professionally I’ve never felt as strongly about a project, with the exception of The Bridges of Madison County, as The Light in the Piazza.last_img read more

first_imgMissouri Utility Announces Plan to Shift From Coal to Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Ameren Missouri this week filed its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with state officials, calling for significant cuts to the utility’s coal-fired generation, increased investment in renewables and grid modernization that will allow the electric system to be used in new ways.The utility will add at least 700 MW of wind generation by 2020, at a cost of about $1 billion, along with 100 MW of solar over the next decade.The utility plans to retire over half of its coal-fired generating capacity, including mothballing the Meramec Energy Center in south St. Louis County by the end of 2022. And significant amounts of wind power will come online just two years before the plant is pulled offline. Ameren has also left open the possibility that even more wind energy will be added, as a result of improving technology and economics, and renewable energy initiatives with large customers.Meramec is the oldest of Ameren’s coal-fired facilities and began operating in 1953.More: More renewables, much less coal in Ameren Missouri’s futurelast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2010 The foreign minister of Costa Rica, René Castro, and the secretary-general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Juan Daniel Alemán, examined the option Saturday of “requesting cooperation” from Colombia and Mexico in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. Castro and Alemán met in San José to discuss various regional projects, the Costa Rican foreign ministry announced in a press release. The two “spoke about regional projects to confront the problems of drug trafficking and organized crime, in particular, about requesting cooperation from nations such as the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Colombia, among others,” according to the official statement about the brief meeting. Alemán briefed Castro on the progress of the Central American Integration System (SICA) process and the dominant items on the agenda, including security, the environment, and building regional institutions. Castro explained to Alemán his country’s initiative to promote its fledgling aerospace industry, using public and private efforts. This week Costa Rica officially joined the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, which will permit it to launch objects into space.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Lindenhurst man was arrested for drunken driving the wrong way on the Southern State Parkway following a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning, New York State police said.Leston Douglas was driving his Toyota Camry eastbound in the westbound lanes of the parkway when he struck a vehicle east of Route 110 in Farmingdale and fled the scene at 5:25 a.m., police said.The 25-year-old suspect was apprehended shortly later when Troopers found him to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. There were no reported injuries.Douglas was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, driving the wrong way and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » At the 2019 Association for Talent Development International Conference and Exposition that was attended by more than 13,000 people in May, the room was full for one of the conference keynotes, Oprah Winfrey. I was excited to hear this well-known persona present. But I confess I also was asking myself what exactly Oprah was going to share that would be useful to talent development professionals from around the world.Hearing her speak reminded me that we can learn from anyone—and especially someone so capable—regardless of their experience or specialty. Hearing her speak also reminded me of the importance of reflecting on our learning.Oprah has not made a career of talent development but, as she shared some of her experiences, I was able to draw connections to my own professional world. For example, Oprah is often asked to make charitable donations of time and money. She shared her belief that you cannot just give to a cause or individual and expect it to have an impact. To have impact, there must be a plan for the donation—and a willingness to change.I couldn’t help but think of how this relates to talent development. Within our organizations we promote individuals, giving them new responsibilities and titles. We promote strong individual contributors to be first-time leaders or mid-level leaders to strategic leadership positions—many times without a plan in place to make that transition a long-term success. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWhen I first became a manager, I thought my job was to give instructions and answer questions. No one sat down with me and set expectations on how to effectively lead a team. I wasn’t provided with any leadership training. One day I was just given the responsibility to supervise someone. I became a fixer. She had a problem; I would fix it. After all, that was my job, right? Over time, my employee would interrupt me more and more to get her immediate questions answered. Sometimes she just wanted to “run things by me” to make sure she was making the right decision. Looking back now, I realize that I perpetuated this issue by always having the answers to her questions. I would quickly take care of the problem for her and then try to get back to my other tasks so I could get valuable work done. By quickly answering her questions, I was teaching her to upward delegate all problems to me. Upward delegation is a challenge that can keep you from focusing on more strategic or important work as a leader. Upward delegation is when your employee relies on you to solve problems and fix issues for them. They shift the ownership to you, their manager, instead of solving the problem on their own. And it’s not always their fault. As managers, most of us were taught that our job is to do just that—fix problems and handle issues. The challenge is, if your time is spent on constant interruptions and “fixing,” you will rarely find the time to work on your most important key result areas and priorities for your role. Your day will be filled with a barrage of issues, interruptions and emergencies. The more employees you manage, the more challenging it will become to be successful in your role.If you consistently have employees who upward delegate to you, there is a simple fix that can make all the difference in getting them to take ownership and think for themselves. How we handle these interruptions and issues makes all the difference in how employees respond.As leaders, we need to shift from being fixers to facilitators. Fixers handle problems, emergencies and issues themselves. Facilitators facilitate others to take ownership and solve their own problems.Let’s say your team member, Jake, approaches you with a problem. Instead of telling him how to handle the problem (fixing), you ask him, “What do you think?” or “What options have you thought of?”This takes the ownership of the problem off of you, and puts it back onto Jake. Now Jake has to come up with an approach to solving the problem. You are teaching Jake to think through the problem himself so he can become independent and self-sufficient instead of relying on you (often the easier way to get his problem handled—you solve it for him!).If Jake truly doesn’t know how to solve the problem, that’s where you as the leader can facilitate by coaching him through the issue. Some possible follow up questions might be:Where do you think you can find the answer to this question?What is one option you could try?There are times that you as the leader may need to offer guidance or perspective to help him learn how to think critically through these issues. The point is to not be so quick to just solve the problem for your employee, which perpetuates a cycle of you fixing, and them not having to think for themselves.This doesn’t mean that you as the manager don’t ever need to step in or provide an answer or guidance. But most often there are opportunities to build confidence, critical thinking skills, and knowledge by taking a few minutes to facilitate rather than fix. This is how we develop future leaders and stronger teams—by taking a different approach than being the keeper of all the knowledge and answers. As leaders, we do not need to know all the answers. Our job is to influence and facilitate others to find the answers to solve their problems. I guarantee that if you try this approach, you will cut down on interruptions, develop more independent employees, and finally have time to focus on the priorities that will truly help you to become more successful and make a bigger impact at work. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgBAINBRIDGE, N.Y. (WBNG) — Assemblyman Clifford Crouch announced Monday that he will not be seeking reelection in 2020. Crouch will continue his work as a member of the Bainbridge Local Development Corporation, the Bainbridge Lions Club and the Bainbridge Methodist Church. On his impending departure, Crouch said, “It truly saddens me to announce that I will not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2020.” Crouch spent 25 years in the assembly representing the 122nd Assembly District which spans several counties, including Broome, Chenango, Otsego and Delaware. “Despite overwhelming support from friends, family, colleagues and community members from around the district, the time has come for me to step away from public service. I have reached a point in my life where spending time with family is my main priority,” he said. Crouch has served his community as Chairman of the Republican Conference, while also providing leadership on the Agriculture; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Rules; and Ways and Means Committees. Crouch said, “I want to thank all my supporters, colleagues and staff for their dedication and hard work over the years.”last_img read more

first_img2218 Arnold Palmer Drive Sanctuary CoveA drop down in-ceiling TV with a Bose surround sound-system completes this five-star bedroom. The media room has a C-Bus system throughout. The eight-car basement comes complete with storage, polished floors and artwork on the walls. 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive Sanctuary CoveSITTING proudly on the fairways of the only Arnold Palmer designed golf course in the country, this stunning property could be Australia’s best golf-front residence. Owned by Duncan Forrest and his wife Judy, the Hope Island home – exuding opulence, style and luxury – is in a gated community overlooking The Pines golf course. 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive Sanctuary CoveSoaring ceilings and neutral tones combine with a split-level design to set the scene of a beautiful mansion.The couple said the design was perfectly planned when they bought the 1,379sq m block 11 years ago.“We have built a number of homes in the past,” Mr Forrest said. 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive Sanctuary CoveMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“When it came to designing this property we took all our favourite features and ideas from our previous homes and put them together to create this design. It a work of art.” Bi-fold doors in the open-plan living and dining room creates a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces, bringing in views of the manicured gardens. Styled by interior designer John O’Hara, the house is being sold fully-furnished, including the piano and bagpipes. “My wife and I always get an interior designer to style the home after we build,” Mr Forrest said. 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive Sanctuary Cove“Every house has a different personality and therefore needs its own personal style. Everything is for sale, even the bagpipes and the coffee machine.” There are four ensuited bedrooms with the main bedroom resembling a hotel with a private dressing room and steam room. last_img read more