0

Melinda Gates pledges $1 billion to promote gender equality

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Melinda Gates has pledged to donate a whopping $1 billion to promote gender equality in the United States.The famous philanthropist made the announcement in an op-ed published on Time’s website on Wednesday, stating that only one CEO of a list of 500 is a woman and that although women make up 51% of the American population, just 24% of the seats in Congress are held by them.“My reaction to facts like these is a complicated mix of outrage and optimism. I imagine I’m not alone,” Gates wrote. “It’s frustrating — even heartbreaking — to confront evidence of the many ways our country continues to hold women back.”Gates wrote that the fact that people are talking about issues surrounding gender inequality is a “sign of progress,” but she fears that the moment will not “last forever.”“I imagine waking up one morning to find that the country has moved on,” she said. “That the media has stopped reporting on systemic inequalities. That diversity remains something companies talk about instead of prioritizing. That all of this energy and attention has amounted to a temporary swell instead of a sea change.”Gates’ $1 billion contribution to “expanding women’s power and influence in the United States” will be donated over the next 10 years, she said.She will use her company, Pivotal Ventures, to put resources behind “new and established partners taking innovative and diverse approaches to expanding women’s power and influence.”“I want to see more women in the position to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives,” she wrote. “I believe that women’s potential is worth investing in — and the people and organizations working to improve women’s lives are, too.”While Gates admitted that the donation is “a lot of money,” she described her contribution as “only a small fraction of what’s necessary.”Gates and her husband, Bill Gates, often donate large sums of money to charitable causes through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

0

Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020

first_imgThe Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, adopted under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity, provides the basis for taking effective action to curb biodiversity loss across the planet by 2020—an urgent imperative. Yet, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, which encompass 10% of the planet’s surface, are excluded from assessments of progress against the Strategic Plan. The situation is a lost opportunity for biodiversity conservation globally. We provide such an assessment. Our evidence suggests, surprisingly, that for a region so remote and apparently pristine as the Antarctic, the biodiversity outlook is similar to that for the rest of the planet. Promisingly, however, much scope for remedial action exists.last_img read more

0

Grizzlies Hammer Bees

first_imgMay 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Grizzlies Hammer Bees Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Bees poured it on late to rally past the Grizzlies 13-9 at Smith’s Ballpark.Michael Hermosillo hit a grand-slam in the sixth inning to put Salt Lake ahead for good.  David Fletcher and Jabari Blash also went deep in the winning effort.Jake Jewell got credit for the win and Taylor Cole locked down the six-out save.The Bees improved to 16-and-10 and will play the third of four with Fresno tonight.  First pitch is 6:35 p.m. Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Beeslast_img read more

0

USA: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Honors Individual Augmentees

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Honors Individual Augmentees View post tag: Navy April 30, 2012 View post tag: Naval Training & Education Share this article View post tag: station Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island honored and recognized the contributions of its individual augmentee (IA) Sailors at an IA appreciation event held at the Chief Petty Officers’ Club, April 26.The semi-annual NAS Whidbey Island Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) event is held each April and October to honor Sailors who have deployed as an IA.“We have our semi-annual celebration of our IA’s, the ones that are about to deploy, the ones who are deployed and those that have recently returned,” said Jim Reynolds, work and family life consultant at The Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “In addition, we are putting on a celebration for all warriors.”The event offered those preparing to depart the chance to network and receive responses to unanswered questions from Sailors who have experienced the deployments first-hand.“Tonight we’ll have a presentation by two actors that will depict the reunion of a man and a woman after war or after a deployment and see the dynamic that exists between these two coming back together after an event like that,” said Reynolds.A production of “Into the Fire” was presented by Carrie Gibson and Tony Curry of Had To Be productions about returning veterans and the stories they tell as the they integrate into families, communities and the workforce.“Our plays are created by the people we interview, they’re all true. Someone came up to us and said we needed to do a play on returning veterans, disabilities and trauma,” said Gibson. “We interviewed two people and were completely moved by their humanity of their story that we ended up writing this play which has been on an incredible journey for three years.” The actors delivered their lines at rapid pace, changing characters along with adopting different voices and postures.The play lasted 45 minutes and concluded with an open forum with questions and answers for IAs to discuss their experiences while deployed, as well as receiving information for those who are about to deploy.“I came here to educate myself on the individual augmentee program and see what it was about. I learned that a lot goes into it with the support groups available on base and how to prepare for it,” said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Alex Singo, of Las Vegas, assigned to Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, who is preparing to deploy.Currently 187 Sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are deployed as IAs. “It’s great to have support and get together with other people that have done the same thing,” said Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Lachanda Williams of Phoenix, assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Operations Department. “It’s a great place to network, hear other people’s stories and be able to share and meet new people.”Whidbey Sailors have deployed as IAs to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Djibouti, and Cuba.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 30, 2012; View post tag: Island View post tag: air View post tag: Honors USA: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Honors Individual Augmentees View post tag: Individual View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: Augmentees View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

0

Firefighters called to help flood victims despite current law

first_imgDespite this, firefighters have been called to assist in hundreds of rescues in Oxfordshire following Storm Ciara and Dennis. A spokesperson from the group said: “We need government ministers and Chief Fire Officers to get around the table with the Fire Brigades Union and look at resources that are needed, what investment is required and look at a long term plan to deal with flooding incidents. Flooding is nothing new, and will only get worse with climate change, but our ability to tackle its consequences has been utterly undermined by a lack of long-term planning from this government.” He further criticised the flooding response from the conservative government as a “shambles.” “During times of mass flooding, we can also call upon a resilience stock of equipment held at Abingdon Fire Station. This equipment is delivered by the station to wherever it is needed and can include, extra life jackets and dry suits, inflatable rescue sleds, used to ferry people to safety.” Unlike the rest of the country, firefighters in Oxfordshire do not have a legal obligation to help flooding victims, according to current rules. Following a request for comment, Chris Dyson, Press Officer for Oxfordshire County Council, wrote: “Although the fire and rescue service has no statutory responsibility to deal with flooding or water rescue, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service has invested in equipment and training so we can provide assistance during flooding. “Each appliance also carries dry suits and associated equipment to allow us to enter water, and life jackets to allow us to operate safely in and around bodies of water. This capability is enhanced by our specialist water rescue crew, based at Kidlington. They are trained to the highest level and are capable of swimming to casualties or accessing them via boat in order to rescue them. As a result, the county branch of the Fire Brigades Union, who have been campaigning for a rule change since 2016, argued that the rules as they stand could prevent money and other vital resources being available to residents of Oxfordshire when they are most needed. “The service provides support and carries out rescues following accidents on or in the water, and for people and animals stuck on ice or in mud.Each frontline appliance carries a water rescue capability, including floating lines to throw to people and inflation equipment for our hose to allow us to deliver it to people in need of rescue.last_img read more

0

Baking Industry Awards seats sell out!

first_imgTickets for the Baking Industry Awards have now sold out! Those of you who have secured your seats for the industry’s premier event, hosted by top comedian Ronnie Corbett, are sure to have a fantastic night, and we are delighted to announce that Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will provide entertainment on the night. Darren, who now dances with his wife Lilia, won the second series of Strictly Come Dancing with Jill Halfpenny and recently starred in the third series alongside Gloria Hunniford.The 1930s-themed awards, which take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London, on Tuesday 8 September, will be full of all the top names from the industry, so provides a great opportunity to network.last_img read more

0

Press release: New service for charitable bequests to be established

first_img Susan Acland-Hood open letter to charities Charity representatives are being invited to help establish a new service that delivers a sustainable and efficient arrangement for the sector.The move follows a decision to end HMCTS’ current arrangement with Smee & Ford, a private company, which has provided a paid-for notification service to participating charities for several years. While this was established in good faith, HMCTS has since found that it is not consistent with the department’s legal duties.We will be working closely with Smee & Ford in order to seek to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible arising out of these changes over the six months’ notice period, and we will also seek their views, based on their knowledge of the current service, about options for a new arrangement.HMCTS chief executive, Susan Acland-Hood, said: This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. New arrangements to alert charities of bequests to be drawn up Current arrangement to end but continuity of service to be prioritised Charity sector to be involved in shaping new long-term arrangement PDF, 121KB, 1 page I recognise the value to charities of receiving early notification of bequests left in wills and we are committed to working alongside the sector to establish a new, sustainable arrangement that works for everyone. Our decision to end our current arrangement with Smee & Ford is no reflection on the service provided by them but comes as a result of an assessment of our legal position. We will continue to work closely with the company to seek to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible arising out of these changes over the next period. Representatives of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, the Institute of Fundraising and the Institute of Legacy Management have been invited to join a working group bringing together views of the sector with the aim of creating a new and sustainable arrangement that will continue to work for all those using the current service.An open letter, sent by Susan Acland-Hood to all affected charities, can be found below: Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.last_img read more

0

This New Film Captures Phish-Inspired Pianist Holly Bowling And Her Rise To Prominence

first_imgBeloved Phish-inspired pianist Holly Bowling is the subject of a new film, titled Distilling A Dream. Made from the some group who produced the film documenting the connection between Phish and Seattle Seahawks’ Quarterback Russell Wilson, the new film goes inside Bowling’s rise to prominence within the jam community.Filled with great content, including an interview with Marco Benevento and footage from one of her performances (with Mike Gordon of Phish), the new short film goes in-depth about his year-long process transcribing “Tahoe Tweezer” and more. For fans of Bowling, Phish, or any jam music, this documentary is a must watch!You can watch Distilling A Dream below:last_img read more

0

Colorado Kind Festival Finalizes Lineup With String Cheese Incident, The Motet, Yonder Mountain, & More

first_imgFor more information and ticketing, head to Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery’s website here. On September 14th and 15th, Colorado’s Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery will celebrate its 25th anniversary. To commemorate the landmark year, the brewery will host a special two-day music festival dubbed Colorado Kind Festival at Lyons, Colorado’s Planet Bluegrass. While the festival has previously confirmed that two Colorado live music favorites, String Cheese Incident and The Motet, will perform, today, the event has finalized its heavy-hitting Colorado-focused music lineup.On Friday, September 14th, Colorado-based funk act The Motet will headline the evening. However, newly announced is a performance from The Mountain Sun All-Stars, which will feature members of String Cheese Incident and “very special guests.” On Saturday, September 15th, the String Cheese Incident will headline the festival, with the day also seeing performances from Yonder Mountain String Band and The Drunken Hearts.last_img read more

12324