Posting: Adjunct Instructor – Accounting

first_imgPosting Details Required Qualifications Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Sensitive PositionNo Applicants should upload a cover letter, resume, and contactinformation for three references.Also submit teaching evaluations (if available) and any supportingmaterials towww.vcujobs.com . For additional information please contact ReginaLargent, Department Program Coordinator, at 804-828-1608 [email protected] . For information about the AccountingDepartment, please visit our website atwww.business.vcu.edu/accounting .Virginia Commonwealth University is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged toapply. Additional Information At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Working TitlePosting: Adjunct Instructor – Accounting * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.’)(Open Ended Question) CampusMonroe Park Campus Resource CriticalYes Hours/Week Special Instructions to Applicants Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Bachelor’s degree.The applicant should demonstrate experience working in andfostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or thecommitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU . Master’s Degree or comparable work experience as a Certified PublicAccountant. Organizational Overview Preferred Qualifications DepartmentAccounting Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate Open Until FilledNo Job Open Date07/01/2020 Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99694 Description of the Job The Department of Accounting in the School of Business at VirginiaCommonwealth University is recruiting a pool of applicants for Fall2020 and Spring 2021 semesters for possible teaching adjunctpositions. Should funding for such adjunct teaching positionsbecome available, the Department of Accounting will contact personsin the pool whose credentials match our teaching needs. This poolwill be accessed only when an opening arises. Your credentials willremain active for one year after the date you submit them. Afterone year if you are still interested in adjunct teaching, you mustreapply to this adjunct pool. Note that we are unable to hireapplicants who are not already in the pool. To be eligible forteaching undergraduate-level courses, one must have at least abachelor’s degree.• Teaching courses in accounting as needed. These classes could beinclusive of all areas within the discipline.• Meet all designated course instruction guidelines.• Grade assignments and exams in a timely manner based oninstructions/rubric provided.• Respond to student inquiries within 24 hours.• Submit final grades according to School policy Job Category * How did you find out about this position?○ Alumni association magazine○ Chronicle of Higher Education○ Community event○ Email notification○ HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)○ Higher education publication○ Internal Recruiter○ Job fair○ Job site (e.g. Monster.com)○ Listserv○ Newspaper○ Professional association/journal○ Referred by person/employee○ Search firm notification○ VCU vacancy listing – eJobs○ Other Normal work hours Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Normal work days Remove from posting on or before06/30/2021 Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Document Position NumberJ00001last_img read more

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A Libertarian Perspective by Rex Bell

first_imgPosted without bias, opinion or editingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare A Libertarian Perspective by Rex BellMom and Dad brought 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls, into the world in a span of 14 years. We spent most of those years, and several afterwards, in an old farmhouse that was pretty big, but not always big enough for 8 kids. It seemed that quite often there was some reason, real or imagined, for someone to be mad at one or all of their siblings, or for the boys to mad at the girls, or for the girls to be mad at the boys.Dad, who turned out to be the default referee for most of those disagreements, would listen to both sides of the complaint if he had time, or shush us if he didn’t, and then simply explain, “Well, you have two choices. You can either stay mad, or you can get over it.” As it turned out, Dad was right as usual, and for the most part, whatever we were upset about passed in a day or two, and we moved on to being mad about, and getting over, something else.There were a few times when one of us decided to stay mad, but after a while, we forgot what we were mad about, and realized that nobody else remembered or cared what we were mad about, so we eventually got over it whether we wanted to or not.People all over the country seem to be a lot madder than they used to be, especially when they start discussing politics and the upcoming election. Some people got mad 8 years ago and haven’t gotten over it yet. Those same people might get over it if their party wins in November, but then all the people who were mad 16 years ago and got over it 8 years ago will get mad again and not get over it for a while.I was thinking about the reasons why my siblings and I were more apt to get over being mad than people than people today, and I believe a lot of it comes down to power and force. I might have been terribly upset with one of my brothers  because he wouldn’t help build a straw fort in the hay mow, but in the end I knew I couldn’t force him to help, and I also knew he couldn’t force me to help him on one of his projects if I chose not to.We don’t enjoy those options after the elections when the winners get to make the rules, and then use the government to force the losers to comply. Every law or program the government adopts is backed up with force, or the threat of force. The choices others make voluntarily as individuals might tend to upset us for a while, but as long as they can’t force us to make the same choices, we stand a chance of getting over it fairly quickly. When the government gets involved, our options and choices become very limited.It’s one of the things that attracted me to the libertarian philosophy. If a law doesn’t serve to protect everybody from the initiation of force or fraud, it really isn’t any of the government’s business. Anything beyond that is a matter for individuals to handle privately, and if people decide they want the government to regulate and manage some aspect of their lives, they need to submit to that regulation voluntarily.A lot of people get mad when Libertarians push for a smaller, limited government, but I’m convinced if we would give it a try, they would get over it.last_img read more

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Richard Marley Boccelli

first_imgThroughout his life, Dick’s positive spirit, his boundless energy and his love of friends and family made him immensely successful. He has always been a bright light in the lives of those who knew and loved him. This light will continue to inspire and guide us for many years to come. We are sure he is “Rocking” it among the stars!! Richard Marley Boccelli, aka Dick Richards of Bill Haley’s Comets, passed away on 7/12/2019 at the Shores at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, NJ. He celebrated his 95th birthday in February. Richard was born on 2/12/1924 in Delaware County, Pa.  He attended Upper Darby High School (1949) went to college first at Fairleigh Dickinson College and then at West Chester State Teacher’s College where he majored in physical education and earned a teaching degree.  In 1950 Dick married Elizabeth (Betty) Kurtz (1930-1986). They became the parents of three daughters: Beverly Walker (Steve), Denise Kubaska (Michael) and Betsy Young (deceased 2011). There are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Chris Kubaska, his wife Michelle Tacconelli and their daughter Pearl, Gordon Kubaska, Steve and Janvier Walker, and Becky and Rachael Young. After the death of his wife Betty in 1986, Dick was fortunate to again find love and companionship for the next 33 years with Shirley Kubaska. He leaves his extended family—nieces and nephews, cousins and many others who thought of him as a father figure.Dick was a successful musician and actor for over 60 years. He was the original drummer with Bill Haley and the Comets, receiving a gold record for the 1954 recording of Shake Rattle and Roll and the band appeared in the movie ‘Blackboard Jungle’ In 1956. He taught physical science at Springfield High School in Delaware Co. and coached football from 1960-63. The family moved to Ocean City, NJ in 1963 where he acted in local theater. During the 1970s he pursued a full-time acting career in NYC performing on Broadway in ‘The Ritz’ (1975) and ‘Gemini’ (1977) and appearing in numerous films and TV shows. He reconnected with former band members reviving ‘The Original Bill Haley’s Comets’ in 1987 and played festivals in Europe. This band was featured for over 10 years in Branson, Mo. Dick retired from Branson in 2013 but continued to play through 2018 at special events with other original Comets. Dick performed locally with his Ocean City group ‘The Ready Rockers’ until he succumbed to illness in March of this year. He was an active member of S.A.G., Actors Equity and the Ocean City Exchange Club. He was a featured celebrity in some of Ocean City’s annual events. Dick received many honors including a Key to the City of Ocean City (2012), named on Upper Darby’s Alumni Wall of Fame (1999), Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2001) and in 2012 his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A Celebration-of-Life will be held on Wednesday, August 7, from 3:30-7:30pm, at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations to honor his memory may be made to any of the following organizations: American Heart Association, United Methodist Communities Foundation, Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley, PAcenter_img For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com. The family wants to thank Wally Bucks and George Benner for their friendship and support over the past year and to thank the staff and volunteers at the Shores and Jouney’s Hospice for making Dick comfortable in his final days.last_img read more

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Wheat grower to benefit from Prince’s fund

first_imgTraditional wheat grower Heritage Harvest hopes a cash boost from Prince Charles will help spread the word about unusual varieties.The company has been awarded £25,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund – one of only six grants given to groups that help preserve crop biodiversity.The Oxford-based company grows hundreds of varieties of organic wheat across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, many of which have not been grown in the UK for hundreds of years.It will use the cash to set up a demonstration farm at Collings Hanger Farm, near Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, as well as an education centre.Eighty acres of trial plots will be sown with heritage wheat mixtures, and thatchers, organic farmers and traditional millers will be given the opportunity to attend on-site training sessions.Director John Letts said: “We want to get farmers to come out and see the older varieties of cereals and we have had massive interest. The traditional varieties, such as Red Lamma, Golden Drop and April Bearded, can survive very difficult growing conditions and bad weather.”He hopes to roll the concept out into other regions, where growers would be encouraged to work with millers and bakers to use these old varieties.last_img read more

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Press release: GREAT British Infrastructure Forum brings the best of the UK Private Sector to Ghana

first_img I am delighted that the UK is hosting a GREAT British Infrastructure Forum. His Excellency President Akufo-Addo and his government are in a hurry. I have made it my number one priority to help ensure the UK’s offer matches Ghana’s ambition with the same pace and sense of urgency. I am delighted that this week we have world class British companies talking about delivering for Ghana. We have consortia bringing together unique expertise and a distinct advantage in providing world class infrastructure projects, in particular in rail, roads, and ports. That’s backed up with structured finance packages from UK financial institutions. I will continue to press more UK businesses to invest in Ghana to create jobs and prosperity for both Ghana and the UK. We will do our part – and I look forward to understanding where government and business wants the UK private sector to focus. Today there was a clear message – that if Ghana wants a credible, competitive solution to ambitious infrastructure plans it should partner with the UK. I hope to see Ghanaian firms and partners actively making that choice. The message in return was that the UK and its companies are serious about investing in and working closely with the government and private sector in Ghana.Speaking about the event, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iain Walker, said: UK’s railway system – among the best in the world UK mining sector which has the technological solutions to revolutionise Ghana’s mining industry Further informationAbout DITThe UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government department with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.UK companies at GREAT British Infrastructure ForumThe UK companies participating in the GREAT British infrastructure trade mission and business forum included:center_img The UK is proud to have played a part in driving Ghana’s development gains through tens of millions of pounds worth of UK aid, but as Ghana changes, so do we.The UK is transitioning its development support to focus squarely on Ghana’s long-term economic development. Building the nation’s infrastructure through private sector investment is important in unlocking this potential and it’s an area where the UK has much to offer.The UK is committed to supporting His Excellency President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Beyond Aid’ vision to transform Ghana’s economy, create jobs through industrialisation and add value to goods.UK trade mission to GhanaThrough the Department for International Trade (DIT), the UK brought together over 15 of the UK’s top blue-chip infrastructure companies to finalise proposals on how they can deliver flagship projects for Ghana.Over 3 days they visited Takoradi, Tarkwa, and Tema, meeting a wide variety of stakeholders such as His Excellency Vice President Bawumia, and local partners who would be at the centre of their work. The trade mission then culminated at the GREAT British Infrastructure Forum on 15 February.GREAT British Infrastructure ForumThe forum was a visible demonstration of the UK’s ability to bring together world class expertise on a wide range of areas to put forward a credible and competitive proposal. In doing so, they offer a unique capability to deliver simple solutions to complex challenges.UK expertise ranged from design consultancy, project management to specialist constructions and operations delivery.At the forum, leading UK financial institutions such as UK Export Finance, the Private Infrastructure Development Group and CDC set out how they could help the Ghanaian government, Ghanaian business and UK companies to deliver the President’s ambition. This would ensure local content, create thousands of jobs, up-skill Ghana’s workforce and improve the livelihoods of many more.Central to discussions were railways, ports, roads and mining infrastructure – with presentations from important ministers to world leaders. There were presentations on the: Shard Capital Liberty Group BHM International Ltd Portcullis Infrastructure AECOM ImpactAgri Colas Group KlegTech Moore Stephens BAM Nuttall Limited Unatrac Ltd WSP Stodec Advisian BHM Irbaris Holdtrade (UK) Ltd ARUP Wardourlast_img read more

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Harvard’s Stavins, Stowe compare climate change policies in Paris

first_imgPARIS — The role of market mechanisms for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and the relationship between climate change policy and international trade were the topics of a side-event panel discussion on Friday at the Conference of the Parties (COP21), the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. The panel discussion, which was co-sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, addressed a variety of issues related to the emissions-reduction targets that countries are putting forward as part of a new agreement to be concluded in Paris.The panel, titled “Dialogue on the Comparison of Climate Change Policies,” featured Robert Stavins, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and faculty director of the Harvard Project; Harvard Project Manager Robert Stowe; and several other scholars in the field. The discussion was moderated by Zou Ji, deputy director-general of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC).Stavins’ presentation focused on the role of market mechanisms in climate policy. He outlined three case studies of the successful implementation in recent years of cap-and-trade programs in the United States. These include California’s cap-and-trade system, which aims to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. Stavins called the California system “broad and ambitious” and stated that the California experiment offers some important lessons for climate negotiators in Paris. “Even from an economic perspective, carbon pricing may be necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” Stavins said. “Some non-pricing pricing policies can be complementary to the cap-and-trade system … but there are some other non-pricing policies that can conflict.”  Though a sub-national emissions-trading system, Stavins discussed how it could be a model for larger-scale emissions trading policies under the new Paris agreement.Stavins also discussed the advantages of linking cap-and-trade systems, as California and Quebec have done (with Ontario joining the linked system soon).“I’m convinced from the research that we’ve done at the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements … that the linkage of regional, national and sub-national policies … can be part of the answer,” he said.Stavins went out to outline two important ways that the Paris negotiators can facilitate linkage: “The first is do no harm. If poorly designed, the Paris agreement could actually inhibit effective linkage,” he remarked. A successful agreement, Stavins said, will include “a simple statement that countries can achieve parts of their emissions-reduction goals by financing or otherwise facilitating actions in other jurisdictions [that is—through linkage].”Other presentations — focusing on the relationship between climate change policy and the assessment of post-2020 emissions targets — were from NCSC researchers Fu Sha and Qi Yue. Stowe responded to Qi’s presentation, discussion several motivations for comparing the highly disparate targets that countries were offering under the Paris agreement.Also participating in the discussion were Chen Ji from NCSC; Professor Duan Maosheng of Tsinghua University; Thomas Brewer of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; and Professor Wang Mou, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.The panel in Paris built upon a workshop hosted by the NSCS and co-sponsored by the Harvard Project in Beijing in June 2015. Read about the workshop here.For additional coverage from the Harvard Kennedy School, visit its website. Read the Kennedy School’s Tumblr for more updates.COP21 is still on track as countries drop their more unfeasible ambitions, notes Faculty Director of the Harvard Project Robert Stavins on the COP21 blog, “Inside analysis from the Paris talks.” Optimism on U.N. climate talks Momentum building for significant agreement, panelists say Relatedlast_img read more

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My Experience in Dell’s Marketing Rotation Program

first_imgI still remember the excitement I felt upon reading the email from Susan Collard, manager of the Marketing Rotation Program, that I was approved to move to Dell’s office in Montpellier, France for my second rotation. A lifelong dream of working on three continents was about to come true!Dell’s Global Marketing Rotation Program (MRP) is an award winning program designed to develop Dell’s future leaders. The experience provides a select group of individuals an incredible opportunity to develop their careers at an accelerated rate. 8-12 candidates are selected globally each year, and participate in strategic level stretch assignments, leadership training and executive exposure as well as the credibility of being a part of this recognized top talent program.Before long, my first rotation with the North America Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) Demand Generation team was over and it was time to pack up and fly across the pond. Having already immigrated once to the United States and recollecting what an emotional nightmare the first day and night were, I expected to feel the same way upon arriving in France – and I did. Older and wiser doesn’t matter too much when you’re thrown out of your comfort zone. Yet again, I found myself in a situation where I didn’t know a single person in the country, and this time, I had very poor language skills to boot!I started working for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Enterprise Center of Competence, tasked with the important project of streamlining the loan depot process. Given the nature of the region, I had to work with colleagues far and wide, often remotely, with the occasional opportunity to connect in person. I underwent a challenging learning curve to understand Dell’s business priorities in a new region, establish cordial working relationships with a vast number of stakeholders both internal and external to Dell, and project my brand as an approachable, problem solving and collaborative employee. Today, I can proudly say that I’ve helped set up a benchmark process that other regions are trying to replicate, and which currently generates tens of millions of dollars per quarter in pipeline for Dell. During my stint in Europe, I had the opportunity to attend Tech Summit 2015. In addition to hearing about latest technologies from Dell’s leadership in the region and meeting some of our biggest customers, I also interacted with key channel partners who were invited for the first time.I received overwhelming support from colleagues both on site at Montpellier as well as those based in other EMEA locations. Whether I needed to understand a Dell business process, navigate my paperwork with the local government or correct errors in my French, I could always find a willing and patient person. People went out of their way to make introductions and help me network. While there are too many instances to recount here, the ones that stand out include the annual beach party for the staff and their families in the lovely town of Grand Motte, and the International Day with colorful booths, plenty of delicacies and staff dressed up in traditional wear.While the traveler in me seeks infinite opportunities to explore unknown lands, I am nevertheless grateful for my 14 months in Europe. I extensively travelled across France, Spain, Andorra, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Ireland, Holland and Germany. The diversity of landscapes, foods, architecture, and the rich history of each region has me mesmerized for life. The French themselves were amazed at the strides I made in learning their language and the number of locations I visited in a short time – in many cases seeing more than they themselves had!Euro 2016 – the premier soccer tournament for European nations every 4 years – took place during my final months in Europe, and the Italian team camp was in Montpellier. As luck would have it, I got the opportunity to click a selfie (above) with my idol Gianluigi Buffon – arguably the best soccer goal keeper who ever lived. I’d visit the Italian team hotel and cheer the players on as they went off to practice. All my soccer loving friends were so envious that I was “hanging out” with the Italian team!In the midst of my hectic, yet enjoyable, undertakings in Europe, I had to start looking for my final rotation. With input from my managers and mentor, I decided to join the product group as a marketing manager for the Dell EMC Validated Systems. Friends and colleagues organized a series of sendoff parties, which were bittersweet. And so, here I am, back at Dell’s headquarters in Round Rock. I am fortunate that yet again, I’ve found a role within Dell EMC that I absolutely love. What remains of my European sojourn are fond memories, friendships for life, compliments on an apparently improved fashion sense and the simplest testimonial from me: I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!last_img read more

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Dell EMC, Red Hat Deliver Best-in-Class Solutions for Service Providers

first_imgAt Dell EMC, we are focused on delivering open, disaggregated set of solutions from core to edge, and beyond.   The solutions we create allow service providers to remove proprietary infrastructure, decrease total cost of ownership and automate operations, as they deliver new sets of services and applications to their end customers. While reducing OpEx these solutions also enable service providers to get to revenue quicker, a win-win.Dell EMC and Red Hat have been partners for more than a decade and provide a jointly engineered, deeply integrated and fully-validated OpenStack solution for Service Providers and high-end enterprises. Both companies have dedicated and jointly staffed labs for OpenStack and open source development, testing, and performance engineering.At this year’s Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, we are excited to announce the latest version of Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for Red Hat v10.2 release to further simplify and accelerate OpenStack deployments for Communication Service Providers as well as Managed & Hosting Service Providers and high-end enterprises.This Ready solution includes pre-integrated bundle of open standards-based Dell EMC Cloud Infrastructure (compute, networking, storage and management tools) options with the Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 (long-term supported) including highly redundant, software-defined storage delivered by Red Hat Ceph as the default storage option.While the solution has “NFV” in its name, it delivers rapid and reliable business results for not only Communication Service Providers (CSPs/Telcos), but also Hosting Service Providers, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) as well as high-end enterprise private cloud buildersThe solution combines the innovation of OpenStack with fast automated deployment, highly reliable operations and simplified management, has pre-designed scalability for growth for both compute and storage and has full deployment automation to configure the hardware and software in just over an hour (based on internal testing) – consistently and reliably each time.At its core, significant value is created from the features we have added for service providers, especially the many NFV specific enhancements for CSPs. These include the following:14G Hardware Support: This release includes support for our latest 14th generation PowerEdge Servers based on Intel Skylake CPUs. These servers have been shown to have a 30 percent increase in performance and a 78 percent increase in scalability when compared to the previous solution Release with analogous PowerEdge 13G R-series rack servers. (Based on Dell EMC internal benchmark testing, April 2018.)25GbE NICs Support: To address the need for faster network throughput and lower latency for CSP use cases, we now fully support Intel XXV710 NICs and Mellanox CX4 NICs.Introduction of CSP and XSP Profiles: The solution is targeted for not only NFV/CSPs but also for xSPs or other service providers as well such as Hosting/Managed Service Providers, Consumer Web Techs, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS Service Providers. This release introduces the framework for profiles that make it easy to deploy OpenStack for a specific use case. The two profiles provided with this release automatically configure whole solution, SW and HW for the key features of xSP or CSP use cases to provide rapid and consistent deployment in an automated fashion. These are delivered as part of open sourced Jet Pack for ease of customization and adoption for customer specific workload scenarios.NFV Enhancements: These include several key NFV-specific features that many of our customers are asking for such as SR-IOV, Huge Pages, NUMA & CPU-Pinning, NIC Alignment and OVS-DPDK that are integrated into CSP profile.Additionally, while the bundle is available as a pre-integrated solution, we fully understand that service providers may need help with implementation of the solution or may need solutions customized for their needs. We make it easy with Dell EMC Professional Services. Dell EMC Professional Services can provide implementation of the bundle in your data center. The service includes hardware rack integration (on- or off-site) plus host operating system and OpenStack software installation.If you have advanced requirements, Dell EMC offers custom statement-of-work–based OpenStack Cloud Consulting services, including workshops, assessments, design and custom implementation.Dell EMC and Red Hat have been working together for over a decade, but in many ways we are just getting started. We will continue to integrate capabilities that service providers want to deliver solutions that reduce installation complexity, automate operations, enable seamless delivery new services but above all, provide confidence that the joint solutions are ready to work in production for service providers.Please visit us in the Dell EMC booth #903 at Red Hat Summit to learn more.Copyright © 2018 Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Shadowman logo, and JBoss are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Java is the registered trademark of Oracle America, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.last_img read more

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United States Sanctions Two More Officials of Venezuela’s Disputed Government

first_imgBy Herbert Zepeda / Sofía Pisani / Voice of America January 14, 2020 On December 9, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Venezuelan officials Gustavo Adolfo Vizcaíno Gil and Juan Carlos Dugarte Padrón, both members of the Nicolás Maduro regime, over their alleged participation in acts of corruption.In a press release, the U.S. Department of the Treasury indicated that during his tenure as general director of the Venezuelan government’s Administrative Service of Identification, Migration, and Foreigners (SAIME, in Spanish), Dugarte (who was appointed in April 2016), had accepted bribes and was publicly implicated in corrupt dealings involving the sale of passports.The press release also adds that in June 2018, Vizcaíno was appointed as the new general director of SAIME, replacing Dugarte, and that since the fall of 2018, SAIME officials and Vizcaíno have been involved in acts of corruption, charging passport applicants thousands of dollars and transferring those funds to foreign personal bank accounts.According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, SAIME, under Vizcaíno’s administration, sold passports to non-Venezuelan citizens for thousands of dollars, and the entity’s personnel were members of illegitimate armed groups known as “colectivos,” which answer to Maduro.“As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the individuals and entities named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, by 50 percent or more by them, individually or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or in the control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC [Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury],” said the press release.The sanctions were announced as part of International Anti-corruption Day, observed on December 9, by a United Nations decree.According to the press release, “the United States will continue to support the people of Venezuela, Interim President [Juan] Guaidó, and the National Assembly.”last_img read more

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Representing the whole: Credit union association leadership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Michlig Greg Michlig joined the New Jersey Credit Union League as President/CEO in May of 2013. He has a strong background in the credit union, association and related financial services … Web: www.njcul.org Details There has been a lot of discussion lately around the various system associations, their structure, governance, and effectiveness. For some, this is viewed as healthy dialogue, while for others, it is a source of angst. Some will say our system is the envy of most other industries. Others will say there is a need for change. There is a broad spectrum of viewpoints on this topic.This is a microcosm of association life on a daily basis, although in this case, undoubtedly a bit higher profile. Leading a trade association, or any membership association for that matter, means dealing with diverse opinions and expectations on the association’s role and what benefits it should provide members.In the first quarter of this year, I spent a substantial amount of time with New Jersey credit union CEOs, both in their offices and through roundtables and other meetings, asking questions about the value they realize from membership in the New Jersey Credit Union League (NJCUL). Not only were the answers varied, as one might expect, but the same people answered similar questions differently if posed relative to day-to-day value today or a hypothetical looking back at how NJCUL best delivered value in a scenario five years from now.We also talked about success and growth and what that means to a credit union. The answers in this case also varied to a significant degree. For some, membership, asset, or loan growth was key. For others, strong net worth or ROA were among the variety of responses.You may theorize that there were telling lines of demarcation relative to responses based on credit union asset size. Not the case.I have also been involved in conversations around partnerships and product offerings, as we look to add well-aligned companies to our service corporation’s slate of providers. Through our due diligence process, we spend time discussing product lines with our members. Unanimity in product, service, or brand selection across the membership is simply not a realistic expectation. Gaining consensus with regards to desirable product lines and services – and quality partners for delivery of those – is the best case scenario for providing options a large percentage of the membership will likely embrace.In our case, as a state trade association, advocacy is highly important. The narrative just described relative to products and services is largely transferable in this area as well. There are instances where unanimity is possible in advocacy; however, varying credit union business models will drive the prioritization of certain goals differently for each credit union. It is our job, as the association, to understand the range of these goals and defend credit unions on a broad base politically and legislatively, while also looking for feasible “wins” wherever possible. In some cases it also means addressing advocacy issues of importance for specific segments of the membership, when they arise.This diversity also reinforces our position that credit union regulation should never be prescribed in a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether at the rule-setting level or through individual credit union examinations, evaluation of an individual credit unions’ safety and soundness needs to be relevant to the business model in place. Complexity is not based on asset size, regardless of what the regulator may say. Nor is success. Our role, as associations, is to represent the whole in this regard, as well as the few. Meaning, our broad scale advocacy must match an aggregated opinion of critical mass, yet we must also provide the operational tools and resources to assist individual credit unions in this era of extraordinary regulatory burden.On a global scale, associations address needs that vary from municipal to international levels and everywhere in-between. Efforts in advocacy range from grass-roots to worldwide. Effectiveness at those levels, relative to the industry served, is assessed differently by the members within the associations’ field of membership. Prioritization of an association’s value in New Jersey, for example, is likely different than what is perceived as valuable in many other states. It is our job to understand the niche we serve and the aggregated wants and needs relative to that demographic, while also providing individualized service to assist members as needed.As you know, association CEOs like myself, report to our boards of directors, which are elected to represent the membership. This fact is the core of our call to duty. To represent, advocate for, and provide value to all of our members. To me, there is correlation of purpose with the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”As associations, our number one priority is serving our membership; looking for common ground regardless of diversity in size, complexity, business models, or opinion and striving for the long-term success of those we serve. As discussion moves forward on both the most recent issues of structure and governance, as well as the broad array of other issues relative to the associations of which you are members, I urge you to consider the unique role each association plays in providing for our constituencies, and the powerful value of representation of the whole.last_img read more

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