Government response: Charity Commission statement on Oxfam

first_img The allegations reported in the media have absolutely no place in society, and are made all the more shocking by the alleged involvement of charity workers. Charities are rightly held to the highest standards. In August 2011, Oxfam made a report to the Commission about an ongoing internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by staff members involved in their Haiti programme. It explained that the misconduct related to inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and the intimidation of staff. The report to us stated there had been no allegations, or evidence, of any abuse of beneficiaries. It also made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors. Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details that have been reported been disclosed to us at the time. We have written to the charity as a matter of urgency to request further information regarding the events in Haiti in 2011 to establish greater clarity on this matter. This includes a timeline of events, information about when the charity was made aware of specific allegations and the detail of the investigation’s findings and conclusions. This information will be considered as part of an ongoing case regarding the charity’s approach to safeguarding. It is important that charities engage with the regulator frankly and openly. We must fully understand the allegations that have been made to ensure that we have confidence in the charity’s approach to safeguarding now and in the future. Email [email protected] A report of the Commission’s ongoing case into Oxfam from December 2017 can be found on GOV.UK The Charity Commission has made the following statement in response to concerns raised in the media regarding Oxfam: Press officelast_img read more

Kanye West Announces 2 New Albums, Including Collaborative LP With Kid Cudi

first_imgKanye West certainly has been busy as of late. The Chicago rapper and producer has been making headlines following the announcement of his upcoming philosophy book called Break The Stimulation—most recently, reactivating his Twitter account to post excerpts for the project. However, today, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce to two other new projects in the pipeline, this time in the form of two upcoming albums.As West noted, he’ll release his eighth full-length studio album on June 1st. Rather than waiting, this solo release will be followed up with a collaborative LP with Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghosts, which will be released the following week on June 8th. Folks have been speculating about West’s forthcoming album for a while now, with the media placing him with Rick Rubin recently, the executive producer for Yeezy’s last two albums. Furthermore, during a vacation with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, in March in Jackson, Wyoming, the couple was reportedly visited by a number of Kanye’s past collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Nas, Travis Scott, King Louie, The-Dream, and producer Mike Dean. Stay tuned for both of West’s upcoming albums in June, and check out his announcement tweets below. [H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Study: Walking Seems to Lower Women’s Stroke Risk

first_imgWomen can lower their stroke risk by lacing up their sneakers and walking, a new study suggests…‘This certainly speaks to walking for a certain amount of time and walking briskly as well,” said Jacob Sattelmair, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston…Read more herelast_img

Boston kids make a splash at Blodgett

first_imgAccording to 9 year old Kiara “KiKi” Daughty of Roxbury, “It feels better when you’re in the water, because it’s too noisy out here.” It was true.  A happy, energetic noise filled the air at Blodgett Pool on Friday evening (April 8) when 225 young swimmers, ranging in age from 5 to 17, displayed their accomplished strokes and obvious love of the sport as part of the Boston Center for Youth and Families Swimming Championship.For the second year in a row, they came to Harvard from several Boston neighborhoods, cheered on by family members and friends who filled the spectator gallery above the pool.KiKi Daughty, who swam both freestyle and the backstroke as part of the Boston Elite Swim Team (B.E.S.T.), was a non-swimmer just a few years ago, according to the B.E.S.T. program founder Nadine Jesionek. “We started this program as a way to reduce the alarming rate of drowning deaths suffered by inner city children, so our primary goal is to teach swimming and water safety. This meet is a bonus.” The team is looking forward to competing in the national Black Heritage Swim Meet in Raleigh, N.C. in May.Quinton Hutton of Roxbury, whose 13-year-old daughter Quimya also swims for B.E.S.T., noted that “swimming, rather than a running sport, is good for her because of her asthma. She sees herself swimming for a college some day.”The same sentiment was expressed by West Roxbury parent Marjorie Bennett, whose sons Nathan and Vincent were inspired by their previous Harvard visit. “[They] have been looking forward to coming back to this pool since last year. They both want to go to an Ivy League school.” The boys swim three nights a week at the Hennigan Community Center in Jamaica Plain under the tutelage of volunteer coach and Boston Public School teacher Ted Loska, who explained, “Swimming can be a super organized and high pressure sport. This league is nurturing – the goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment. Coming here adds to the excitement, because this is a seriously fine pool. The kids certainly know where they are, but the parents are more thrilled than anyone to see their kids swim at Harvard.”Senior Associate Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson welcomed having the young athletes on campus. “It is great to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the kids and their families who come to our facilities for a wide variety of activities. We’re pleased to be part of Harvard’s vibrant partnership with the city and our neighbors,” said Gibson.last_img read more

Daniel M. Wegner famous for ‘thought suppression’

first_imgDaniel M. Wegner, a pioneering social psychologist who helped to reveal the mysteries of human experience through his work on thought suppression, conscious will, and mind perception, died July 5 as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 65.The John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Wegner redefined social psychology as the science of human experience. He was arguably most famous for his experiments on thought suppression, in which people were unable to keep from thinking of a white bear.Wegner also broke ground in other areas of social psychology, including transactive memory (how memories are distributed across groups and relationship partners) and action identification (what people think they are doing). He had also explored the experience of conscious will, and most recently focused on mind perception (how people perceive human and nonhuman minds).“Dan was, I believe, the most original thinker in modern psychology,” said Dan Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, who knew Wegner for three decades. “Most of us work on problems that are important in our field, and we use theories others have invented to make progress. Dan didn’t make progress — Dan made new highways, new roads. He opened doors in walls that we didn’t know had doors in them, and he did this over and over.”Gilbert said he was privileged to call Wegner one of his closest friends. The two met while they both worked in Texas — Gilbert at the University of Texas and Wegner at Trinity University.“Being among the few social psychologists in Texas, we were introduced by a mutual friend, and it was love at first sight,” Gilbert said. “We’ve been true friends ever since.”  He added. “I’m heartbroken to lose my friend of 30 years, but I guess the only thing worse would have been not to have a friend of 30 years.”While Wegner was known for his pioneering work on the mind, Gilbert said his intellectual curiosity seemed never to rest.“The thing about Dan is he didn’t take the lab coat off,” Gilbert said. “For him, being a psychologist wasn’t a job, it was a way of being. He simply spent all his waking time thinking about the interesting aspects of the mind. It was 24/7 for him.”That intellectual heft, however, never masked Wegner’s humor.“Dan Wegner was the funniest human being I’ve ever known, and everybody else was a distant second,” Gilbert said. “To say someone was funny may sound frivolous, but I would make the claim that Dan understood something important, which is that humor is the place where intelligence and joy meet. Dan understood that … humor is where a brilliant mind tickles itself.”That sense of humor, Gilbert said, often showed up in Wegner’s writing, and helped transform the way social psychology is described in many journals today.  “If you open a psychology journal now,” he said, “many, many people write in a Wegner-esque style.”Even in his final days, Gilbert said, Wegner’s restless mind faced the challenge of his death with an inspirational degree of curiosity.“It was a privilege to sit by his side as he took this journey to the end,” Gilbert said. “About a month ago, I asked him, ‘If you had to think of one word to describe this experience, what would it be?’ He looked at me, and he said ‘fascinating.’ He was a student of the human experience, and he was having an experience unlike most of us ever have. And rather than bemoaning it or crying about it, he took it as another fascinating thing to study and learn about and think about.”Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Wegner studied as an undergraduate and graduate student at Michigan State University, earning his Ph.D. in 1974. He was appointed an assistant professor and rose to full professor and chair of the psychology department at Trinity in San Antonio.Wegner joined the faculty in the psychology department at the University of Virginia in 1990, where he was the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology before joining the Harvard faculty in 2000.Wegner was the author of four academic books, an introductory psychology textbook, and nearly 150 journal articles and book chapters.Wegner’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1996-1997 he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and in 2011 was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received many of the top honors in his field, including the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Donald T. Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.Wegner is survived by his wife of 29 years, Toni Giuliano Wegner of Winchester, and his daughters, Kelsey Wegner Hurlburt of Dunkirk, Md., and Haley Wegner of Winchester. At Wegner’s request, his body was donated to the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neurological Clinical Research Institute for ALS Research.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St., Winchester, Mass. Wegner requested that his service be a celebration of life, and so would welcome Hawaiian shirts.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:Compassionate Care ALSP.O. Box 1052West Falmouth, Mass. 02574Winchester Unitarian Society478 Main StreetWinchester, Mass. 01890last_img read more

Making Data Work through Collaboration

first_imgWe are living in an extraordinary time. The convergence of technology vectors in recent years, including the advancement in microprocessors, storage, networking, virtualization, and the cloud, has presented one disruptive shift after the other, empowering remarkable people and organizations to push the limits experientially, conceptually, and socially.When I spoke at the first O’Reilly Strata Conference in 2011, the big question was, “How does this burgeoning industry accelerate its momentum and continue to push its limits?” In the past two years, we’ve seen data-derived insight drive business value and impact many sectors, with McKinsey projecting that the industry will grow to $16 billion by 2015. And its impact goes far beyond the enterprise. Silicon Valley veteran Marc Andreessen recently stated that “software is eating the world,” meaning that the world is getting instrumented through the explosion of machine-generated and mobile data. Governments are also embracing Big Data solutions, and the topic is making front page news in mass media outlets across the globe. Within the cultural conversation, the concept is on the tip of the tongues of people around the world.As we look back at the progress made over the last several years, the one fundamental thing that is consistent is that Big Data is about people and the notion of being part of a larger community. The impact of the efforts of our co-conspirators in this data community — the data scientists and developers who have been instrumental to making data work — cannot be overstated.At Strata 2011, I observed that this space needed more data scientists, government support, industry investment, and startups. During my keynote last month at the 2013 Strata Conference, I paid tribute to ten such practitioners, change-makers, institutions, and entrepreneurs who have inspired me and the Greenplum team since then.DataKind’s founder Jake Porway brought data science to non-profit organizations to address social and civic causes. Cornell University’s Jon Kleinberg reshaped how we think about machine learning algorithms. Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller of Coursera introduced data science and technical education to the world. Alpine Data Labs’ Steven Hillion, who founded the analytics team at Greenplum, makes the list, as do Metamarkets CEO Mike Driscoll and Big Data trailblazer Todd Papaioannou. Cowbird founder Jonathan Harris has shown us new ways to tell stories through data and collaboration, while at the government level, the Obama Administration has taken a proactive stance on Big Data, with $200 million budgeted to fund Big Data research and development across six Federal agencies.So what do we need to make data work in the future? More of what has taken us so far already: collaboration.When I talk about collaboration, I mean it on the same level as a word as powerful as democracy. This means collaboration on software, standards and data. Open source software is not the open source of twenty years ago — not when you have hundred million dollar investments by venture capital companies expecting a billion dollar return. Within any open source project, there will be conflicts about how that project evolves, which is why the development of standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability will be key.Another critical piece of collaboration is around the data itself. My data and your data are contributing to a unified data set around the world. Examples include healthcare, energy, local economies, global security and the future of education. I believe that within this global data set are insights to some of the world’s biggest problems, revealing significant breakthroughs that our civilization is looking for. This is what keeps us inspired and what drives us to be part of this important community today.Watch Scott’s full keynote below.last_img read more

How Can the CEO and the CIO Join the Dots?

first_imgDigital transformation is every leader’s concern. However, when I meet with a customer’s management teams, each member looks at this transformation from a different angle.  There seems to be a recurring sentiment that would best be summarized as: The CEO is the CEO and the CIO is the CIO, and never the two shall meet. This stems from the reality that for a long time now there has been a huge gap between the office of the CEO and the IT department.  In fact, this gap is not only metaphorical, but literal with many still two organizational levels apart, with a CFO or a COO standing between them. Fortunately digital transformation is now driving the CEO and CIO closer together – and for the better of the company.So are the CEO and the CIO completely different species? In short, yes! But perhaps we should not see the differences as troublesome, but as complementary, very much like baby-boomers differ radically from Generation X. Yet these generations work side by side, complementing each other’s strengths and wiping out each other’s weak points. Both the CEO and the CIO stand to benefit from working closely together in the same way.Going DigitalAs we know from Gartner’s 2017 CEO Survey, profit and revenue growth top the CEO’s list of priorities, but they are closely followed by IT related focus areas, with 47% experiencing pressure from the board to make progress in digital. And this is exactly where a CIO can help. Digital projects are the most likely area to support product renewal and innovation. As we heard from Fresenius CEO Pascale Wirtz recently in a series of CEO-interviews we conducted: “what the CEO needs to do is to find a way to have digital completely embedded in one, two or three business initiatives.” What better person to turn to than the CIO to ensure that new digital initiatives can see the light of day, since they  know best what benefits new technologies can bring to the business. There’s a huge potential out there for the CIO to guide the CEO, or as Gartner’s CEO Survey puts it: “CIOs must see it as their job to gently educate their CEOs and expand their horizons.” Digital is far more than automating paper-based, back-office processes or setting up an e-business division, it’s transforming business models, increasing productivity, delivering better customer service, and ultimately takes you closer to the number one priority – increased profit and revenue.Zoning to WinIn IT departments it has become common practice to work bi-modal or dual-speed: while back-office IT should be as stable as possible, areas of innovation require more risk-taking and experimentation. The CIO can definitely help the CEO in setting priorities and deciding where to build a fence between traditional business-as-usual and innovation. This bi-modal IT theory is reflected in business guru Geoffrey Moore’s the ‘Zone to Win’ strategy, which is getting lots of attention right now. In this strategy, a company divides itself into different zones that work towards different results and metrics. After all, digital transformation is very much like rebuilding a plane while it is in the air – you need to remember to keep the plane flying!Getting the Numbers RightAt the end of the day, the CEO is focused on one thing – the bottom line. So making the case for an innovation project has to ultimately be a means to that (future) end, and tracking the progress of that project is another area where the CIO can prove their worth to the CEO. As seasoned business leaders, we know how difficult it sometimes is to get the right numbers, keeping in mind the relative performance of different departments. And that’s for business-as-usual metrics!  When it comes to digital initiatives with new goalposts, it gets even more challenging to measure success. Together with the CFO, the CIO is best placed to first define the right metrics and then provide the numbers at the end of every month, demonstrating the progress being made and ultimately how this initiative is driving business transformation and growth.Changing the Skill SetOver the years, the role of the CIO and the composition of the IT department has changed enormously. As IT has become more strategic, the CIO morphed from ‘the IT person’ to a key player in the C-suite. And the rest of the IT staff have followed this path towards change, becoming business relationship managers rather than ‘just’ tech gurus. The rest of the organization will need to undergo a similar kind of change, acquiring new skill sets, creating diverse teams and encouraging an openness towards learning more about other parts of the company. Both the CEO and CIO will need to embrace new leadership methods and strengthen their interpersonal skills. This is an area where the CEO and the CIO can learn from each other’s experiences to ensure that talent is developed within the organization. After all, with great talent, comes great performance.Being a Trusted AdvisorIn the fourth industrial revolution that we are living now, the will to win is stronger than ever, especially for the CEO. In the digital era, the CEO will be the explorer, charting out the strategy to discover new lands. The CIO will be his or her most likely choice for navigator, being best placed to steer towards game-changing tactics that will turn the strategy into a winning one. After all, the CIO’s role is not simply to follow orders, but to advise the CEO, helping him or her to see not only the waters they are in, but the massive opportunities on the horizon.last_img read more

Invitation to employers to participate in the Days of Jobs in Tourism 2019

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) has published an invitation to employers to present at the 3rd. Tourism Business Days 2019 . which will be held in   Osijek   (18.01.),   Zagreb   (25.01.) I   Split   (01.02.).  Over 10.000 visitors, unemployed persons, students of the final grades of secondary catering schools and others interested in working on seasonal jobs are expected at the third Days of Jobs in Tourism. The Job Days in Tourism are the right opportunity to promote jobs in tourism and motivate all those who are looking for a job, whether they have worked in tourism or not, as well as young people who are just entering the labor market.  RELATED NEWS: Job Days in Tourism is a project organized by the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Croatian Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, the Croatian Employers ‘Association and the Hotel Employers’ Association. tourism and employment opportunities provided by the tourism sector.  The activities of the one-day Tourism Job Days 2019 will include   representation of employers   at the stands, presentation of examples of good practice – experiences by employers and seasonal workers employed through Active Employment Policy Measures, promotion of competence centers, presentation of tourist occupations and presentation of large hotel houses. center_img Applications are accepted until the available exhibition spaces are filled, and no later than January 4.1.2019, XNUMX. years. The application form for participation as an exhibitor’s employer can be found HERE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA INCREASES QUOTAS FOR EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS IN TOURISM TO 15.611 LICENSES As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, employers – exhibitors do not bear the costs of renting an exhibition space, so you can participate without additional costs. last_img read more

Eade on: In and Out, shake it all about

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Canary Wharf continues to tower above its rivals

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