Life Beyond the Spires

first_imgPHILIP WOMACK left Oriel last summer. He is now doing a law conversion course in London. Who would have thought that lawyers could be such fun. “The EU was set up to prevent Europeans killing each other. Now they bore each other to death over interminable treaties,” is the first line of my first presentation. The mother of three dutifully writes down the sentence then bursts into antipodean guffaws. My tutor gets up to congratulate me and reveals that he is a scout for the toppest of top city firms and wants me to start tomorrow on a salary of £80,0000. I know that none of them are listening. I have not been listening to those that came before me to read out what they had copied out from the manual. In fact, I have to admit to finishing the crossword during a particularly dull speech from a girl in my group, which isn’t very group-bondy at all, which is what this rather silly exercise has been trying to achieve. The exercise being: read pp 1-2 of your manuals and do a presentation on them. Not difficult, you would have thought. But we have to do this IN A GROUP. So we can get all bondy and exchange intimate childhood memories and talk about that funny time when you were drunk and did that funny thing with the trolley and gosh didn’t you laugh when the policeman told you off for being slightly too loud outside an old people’s home. My group of four bonded like this: “Which paragraph do you want to do?” “The first one.” “OK.” “See you tomorrow.” If they want us to bond they must give us drink, damn them. Anyway, the result is we all leave the tute despondent, and no one has even noticed that I made lots of very funny jokes about Latvians not being able to join the EU because of hygiene reasons. “Let’s go to Starbucks,” says someone. “Huh,” say I. “There’s a perfectly decent pub down the road.” We troop down in that way that freshers do, where you’re trying to sort out who you actually want to be friends with without leaving out the boring ones at the back. Two drinks later the silly story competition starts. People did notice my joke about the Irish blocking treaties because they couldn’t remember having signed them because they were drunk, and we are bonding. I take it back. Lawyers are fun.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Easing the Transition to New Ways of Working

first_imgWhen COVID-19 hit, France-based Air Liquide was already on the front lines as a world leader in gases and services for Industry and Health. Its role in producing medical oxygen, ventilators and supplying other home health care solutions has become critical in combating the virus. Still, the company was faced with responding to the health crisis while ensuring many of its employees could work from home effectively. The company successfully rolled out its business continuity plans that included the streamlined deployment of thousands of pre-configured Dell laptops, enabling remote workers to continue serving clients, medical institutions and patients all over the world. Grupo Boticario, a retailer with 4,000 locations across Brazil and a presence in eight other countries, faced a dual challenge as COVID-19 spread: How to enable thousands of employees to work remotely while continuing to serve customers online. The solution was technology, and it would have to be in place quickly. Armed with Dell EMC servers, more than 1,000 laptops and configuration, deployment and support services, Grupo Boticario was able to help 3,000 employees work remotely. Now, the company will be able to maintain the performance and stability it needs even during peak demand. From medical equipment to groceries, technology is helping businesses make new ways of working a reality. The spread and severity of COVID-19 has forced businesses and public institutions to find ways to carry out their essential missions while keeping their customers, employees and citizens safe.That means large-scale transitions to remote work. For many, those transitions have had to be seamless. Lives and livelihoods are on the line, both in the workplace and in communities around the world.For many, the pressure is intense. Failure to develop and implement secure remote work capabilities makes it more difficult to provide the public with vital information on health and safety. Without these capabilities, health care professionals and first responders would not be able to do their jobs safely and efficiently. Vulnerable citizens would not be able to get the supplies and prescriptions they need.Businesses and government agencies have turned to tech not only for the innovation that makes these new remote work arrangements possible, but for guidance on how to best implement these new arrangements, often on extraordinarily tight deadlines.“Business continuity is about more than just keeping the lights on. It’s about serving others when it matters most,” said Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer and CIO, Dell Technologies. “We have more than a decade of experience in enabling our own remote workforce. Before we announced a global work-from-home policy due to COVID-19, 65 percent of our team members were leveraging our flexible work policies, and we had approximately 30 percent of team members working remotely on any given day. Our connected workplace experience set us up well for the unexpected, and we’ve been applying this experience to our work with customers and partners, some of whom are making the transition to a remote workforce for the first time.”“In addition, our global supply chain is leveraging their flexibility and working diligently to get customers around the globe the technology they need to serve their own businesses, customers, students and communities,” Felch said. “Similarly, our Dell Financial Services can help find the appropriate resources for our customers in a timely matter, furthering our end-to-end customer enablement.”Dell Technologies is helping businesses around the world establish, expand or refine remote work capabilities. Here are just a few examples:Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons Cos Inc. knew it had to act quickly to keep critical operations up and running while providing for thousands of employees to work from home. This included enabling remote support for over 1,000 Albertsons call center and retail support employees, who play a vital role in solving technical problems for Albertsons check-out systems and pharmacies. Any delay in setting up remote work systems, any failure that could not be solved remotely would directly impact customers and employees by straining strict social distancing policies in-store. Dell Technologies helped Albertsons make the jump to remote work for call center and retail support employees with a variety of PCs, monitors and peripherals along with configuration, deployment and support services. All of this was done within an extremely short timeframe.center_img Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), a busy shipping port in the Middle East, has not only survived but actually thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), remote work infrastructure, and most importantly, automation solutions. ADT’s operation is a critical link in the region’s supply chain, moving as many as 250,000 20-foot containers through its terminal each month. When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, ADT was already using an automation solution powered by Dell Technologies and VMware which allowed ADT to fast-track the rollout of a remote work program and meant there was no reduction in productivity. Excluding operators, mechanics, and security personnel, ADT has nearly 100 percent of its employees working remotely. These remote workers include Management, Information Technology, Finance, Commercial, Human Resources, and Operations Control Center personnel.Learn more about how Dell Technologies can enable and support a productive and secure remote workforce.last_img read more

College Democrats named top club

first_imgWhen the leaders of Notre Dame’s 334 student clubs were notified about the nomination process for the Club of the Year award, the officers of the College Democrats of Notre Dame knew they had a legitimate chance at receiving the honor.“We listed all our accomplishments throughout the year, and we knew we would be competitive for the award given the consistency of club events and the number of students getting involved,” junior Chris Rhodenbaugh, co-president of College Democrats for 2009-10, said. Rhodenbaugh attributed the club’s recognition to the consistency of club activity, including the weekly efforts of students working on health care reform, energy issues and various foreign policy matters.Senior Henry Vasquez, co-president of College Democrats, said the club’s success has been a result of its strong ties to students and other campus organizations.“The success of the club is inextricably tied to the vision of the College Democrats — to become a nexus for the progressive community at Notre Dame,” Vasquez said. “I imagine that we benefited from the nomination process because of our strong relationships with so many students and organizations who were able to express their support for our club.”The club, which regularly attracts 25 to 40 members at weekly meetings, has achieved several substantial goals throughout the year, including helping secure 2nd district Rep. Joe Donnelly’s and Sen. Evan Bayh’s, both Indiana democrats, votes for the national health care reform bill.“We made over 6,000 calls for health care reform this year,” Rhodenbaugh said. “We also wrote a letter to Congressman Donnelly and issued a press release explaining our commitment to working for candidates who vote for health care reform.”Rhodenbaugh also said the press release emphasized that the club holds its leaders accountable for their actions and has expectations for the leaders it worked hard to elect in 2008. In addition, Rhodenbaugh said winning the award outside of an election year and on a limited budget speaks to the dedication of the club’s members.“It’s a real honor to win this award because it shows the commitment of our members to changing American politics and accomplishing the goals of the president we worked so hard to elect,” Rhodenbaugh said. “Political activism is an essential part of being an American citizen, and I’m proud that so many students were involved in the political process.”The high level of commitment of members of College Democrats has allowed the club to operate over 20 phone banks in cooperation with Organizing for America, co-sponsor a city-wide health care rally, maintain consistent weekly club programming and work extensively on issues such as clean energy, GLBT rights, foreign policy and labor, Rhodenbaugh said.“We see ourselves as a club that works hard for candidates and issues that has made a legitimate impact in South Bend and our country,” Rhodenbaugh said. “We also serve the purpose of getting students involved and developing the future leaders of our country, regardless of whether or not students end up in politics.”Vasquez echoed Rhodenbaugh’s thoughts on the club’s role in the local and national political realms and the dedication of its members.“Our members are an enthusiastic and cohesive family and they don’t stop being College Democrats when the meeting is over,” Vasquez said. “We are especially proud of our relationship with the South Bend community and the entire state of Indiana.”Rhodenbaugh also cited a commitment to social justice as the motivation for the club’s goals of reforming the political system. He said he believes that the club’s high level of activism has helped change perceptions of Notre Dame students as predominantly Republican while adhering to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.“Much of our activism has been rooted in a holistic interpretation of Catholic Social Teachings,” Rhodenbaugh said. “We have worked hard to open minds and challenge traditional views about religion and politics on this campus, and we have had a lot of success.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball struggles with shot in summer league loss to Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s not as clear if Ingram will play in any of the remaining games.“I wanted to play,” Ingram said. “But I understand.”Ingram stood up on his own accord and later cheered on his teammates while standing along the baseline. Before his fall, Ingram had a team-high 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting with three assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 31 minutes.“I’m playing against guys that just came out of college. That’s nothing compared to the league,” said the 19-year-old Ingram, who said he has grown a bit taller and has added weight this offseason. “When you come out here, you expect to play like this. It was a no-brainer for me.”The Clippers were led by second-year big man Brice Johnson (23 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots) and rookie forward Sindarius Thornwell (26 points). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As for Ball, he made up for some of his poor shooting performance with superior passing (five assists) and rebounding (four), adding two steals and one blocked shot on defense.Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, maintained his son did “a good job,” before offering qualified praise.“They lost by three or four points playing his worst game ever. So if he’s just all right, he’ll win,” LaVar Ball said. “He won’t be discouraged. This is the worst you can do. You can’t go nowhere but up. You still keep your team in the game playing the worst game ever.”Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, who is coaching the summer squad, said the rookie struggled with keeping that mindset in what he called “a tough night.”“You can see there is frustration in his debut, he would have like to have shot the ball better,” Buechler said. “I’m sure he’ll look back five years from now and laugh about tonight.”For now, though, Ball looked at the game another way.“It’s on me,” Ball said. “I was missing a lot of shots.”It’s not exactly what Lakers fans anticipated.League organizers estimated nearly 9,000 fans arrived at the arena about two hours before tipoff. The game eventually sold out. Lakers fans cheered for everyone, including Ball, and his father.Ball threw a lob to Ingram for a dunk on their first possession. On the next play, he set up Ingram in the post before he converted on a reverse layup. Moments later, Ball missed a pull-up 3-point attempt – he finished 1 for 11 from 3-point range.His father paid little attention to that.“Look at how many Lakers fans are out here,” LaVar Ball said. “He changed the culture. It’s not about him being a superstar. He changed the culture. Instead of going to the movies, everybody coming to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand.”center_img LAS VEGAS >> One prized rookie struggled with his shooting accuracy, and another promising young player gave everyone a scare after taking a tough fall.It was not exactly the Summer League debut Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and second-year forward Brandon Ingram had in mind. In the Lakers’ 96-93 overtime loss to the Clippers on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center, Ball was held to five points, while shooting 2 for 15 from the field (1 for 11 from 3-point range).“I like the shots,” Ball said. “A lot of them were open. I just missed open shots.”Just before overtime, Ingram took a fall that left him on the floor for a few moments. As he sat anxiously at his courtside seat, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson signaled to Ingram and the coaching staff to sit him for the rest of the night. Afterward, Ingram said he simply had “a cramp.”last_img read more

Wellington Fire Chief urges safety this Fourth of July season

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 268 weeks ago I have a friend whose son (10 years old) had some fireworks get in his eye last year. He was fortunate not to lose his eye or his vision, but it took many months of antibiotics and seeing a professional. The eye doctor said that they see lots of eye injuries this time of year. This year we are seriously considering eye protection as well as ear protection for our children. Accidents happen, but a little prevention goes a long way. Thanks Chief for the fire safety reminders as well. Have fun and be safe! Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tim Hay, Wellington Fire Chief — Wellington Fire and EMS departments want everyone to be careful and help prevent fires this 4th of July. Fireworks can be sold July 1 through July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Discharge is July 1 through July 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight.Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year primarily to children.  The hands and face are the primary areas that are injured.  Make sure children are monitored at all times.  Avoid alcohol when discharging fireworks and keep those watching at a safe distance.  Always wet down fireworks after discharging.  Do not place discharged fireworks in a box or other container and keep inside or near combustibles. Never discharge fireworks near dry vegetation, structures or vehicles.  Abide by the times of discharge!!  Consider how fireworks affects your neighbors and pets.  Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more