On Valentine’s Day, activist Eve Ensler received a welcome gift. People around the world walked out of their offices and schools to dance on the street to protest the violence that is occurring against women and girls.When she launched the One Billion Rising campaign a year ago, Ensler’s plan was to get a billion people around the world to take action to end violence against females, the action being a specific dance preformed globally on 14 February 2013.“Think of the alarms raised about the impact of violence against women and girls during the past 15 years, since we launched V-Day to raise awareness about the horror,” Ensler wrote in The Guardian. “Think of how, when I have spoken out about the women and girls who have been raped in Congo’s 13-year war for minerals to parliaments around the world, I have often been cautioned that my language is inflammatory or extreme, when in fact I have not come close to finding the words with which to express the horrors I have heard and witnessed.”Last Thursday, thousands of events took place in over 200 countries in support of One Billion Rising, from tiny gatherings to flash mobs to parties of hundreds, endorsed by the UN, prime ministers and celebrities.“One billion women and young girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetime,” says actor and activist Robert Redford, a supporter of the campaign. “I am one of the billion rising to help stop violence against women. Statistics tell us that one in three women will become victims to violence, but it is not a women’s issue. It’s a global crisis. One billion rising is the movement that seeks to put an end to violence against women.”Actor-activist Jane Fonda, another supporter of the campaign, said, “I’m rising because my mother was sexually abused when she was eight years old and it damaged her life forever. She was never able to really love or to not feel guilty. She killed herself when she was 42 and those two things are related. I’m rising because I work with young girls, most of whom are poor, most of whom have been victims of sexual abuse, and I’m rising because I’m over it. We have to stop violence against women. And when that happens, everything in the world will change.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsA Yukon man can finally say he is Canadian.Donovan McGlaughlin has lived for 61 years with no paper trail to prove he existed.That is until a lawyer offered to help at no cost.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.
InstagramAfter Michael Jordan released a statement yesterday speaking up about violence by and against police, many in the sports world reacted to the retired NBA player’s stance. Atlanta Black Star reported Jordan was “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late” adding, “I can no longer stay silent.” Carmelo Anthony thought the Charlotte Hornets owner’s opinion was overdue.During a meeting on community issues between Team USA players and local police in Los Angeles, Anthony praised Jordan for finally speaking out about a political issue, especially one that relates to African-Americans. It is something the former Chicago Bulls player has steered clear of in the past.“I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said,” the New York Knicks forward told ESPN at the Boys and Girls Club in California. “Because at the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face. He’s an African-American above every powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf.”Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan’s statement today. “I thought it was brilliant and about time he stepped up.” pic.twitter.com/D3htGey0MI— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 25, 2016“And not also just step up – it’s not always about money and giving back,” he said, referring to Jordan’s $2 million contributions to organizations dedicated to improving police and community relations. “But for him to step up and put his money where his mouth at, the timing was perfect.”Social media reaction was mixed.Jaison Oliver encouraged doubters to read about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, one of the organizations Jordan gave $1 million to. But he also decried the other $1 million donation to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.However, Jordan absolutely could’ve better allocated the other $1mil he gave to the police chiefs org. Stop playing both sides, Mike.— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) July 26, 2016And Beats Music’s director of influencer marketing Kenny Hamilton pointed out Jordan’s private philanthropy.Michael Jordan has donated money over the years for various causes in a silent manner. Yet people always criticize what they don’t know.— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) July 25, 2016Besides Anthony, at least one other athlete has also commended the billionaire ex-baller. Jim Brown – who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 – praised Jordan for finally speaking up about anti-violence.“I applaud Michael. He’s taken his time to, what I think, put his mind to what he was going say and represent,” Brown told the sports network. “He put his money there and the only thing I can do is praise him and thank him for reaching out for and using his tremendous people power in a way that I feel will make a difference in this country.”Still, some are more critical. Panelist Kevin Blackistone questioned why Jordan would donate to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the Legal Defense Fund over Black Lives Matter.“I’m hard pressed to believe how you can be emotionally moved by the extrajudicial killings of Black men in this country, and then cut a check for a million dollars to the police,” he said on Around The Horn Monday. “The police aren’t in need of funding when it comes to this situation.”“Why not give the Black Lives Matter movement a legal arm and fund – and seed some funding to start that as a new civil rights movement for a new generation,” he said of the Legal Defense Fund donation.He added the star should use his platform as a Hanes underwear spokesperson to urge the company to “bring back some of the 30 plants they closed down in the early 2000s here and…bring those jobs back to urban America” to give Black youth better jobs.
ABM, which is wrapping up its Executive Forum being held in Chicago this week, voted nine new companies into membership at its board of directors meeting Monday.Media members include Editorial Projects in Education, InsuranceNewsNet.com and new international member Beuth Verlag GmbH.The association also added six associate members, including Adobe Systems Inc., bXb Online, LiveIntent, MagToGo, Tout and WeiserMazars LLP. “These new members—ranging from traditional and international media companies to progressive businesses focused on app development, social media, virtual event technologies and digital monetization solutions—support ABM’s initiative to represent the wide range of platforms and models leveraged by business information and media companies,” said ABM president and CEO Clark Pettit in a statement. Meanwhile, news out of the Executive Forum includes a bit of research ABM did in partnership with Outsell that examined mobile content and business models. B-to-b executives responding to the joint survey, it seems, are not in it for the money—yet. Instead, brand enhancement, content delivery, serving advertisers’ needs and creating a superior digital experience were the top mobile objectives, with 64 percent, 60 percent, 60 percent and 52 percent of responses, respectively. At the bottom of the objectives list were “new revenue from mobile users (29 percent) and “enable mobile e-commerce” (24 percent).Additionally, only 20 percent of respondents indicated they have a formal mobile strategy in place. The majority of respondents (56 percent) say their mobile strategy is somewhere between formal and ad hoc. A quarter, or 24 percent, say mobile is on an ad hoc, project or case-by-case basis. Given that objectives aren’t quite standardized and that 40 percent of respondents expect to break even with their mobile investments and 48 percent expect a negative ROI, mobile initiatives are clearly still in the experimental phase.For more results from the study and the slide deck on the ABM/Outsell presentation from the Executive Forum, click here [pdf].
Dan Cohen AUTHOR All three military departments are accepting risks to their facilities in their fiscal 2017 budget requests by postponing needed sustainment and restoration projects, the Pentagon’s top installation officials told lawmakers Thursday.Insufficient investment in recent years has resulted in the degradation of many Navy installations’ piers, runways and other facilities, Steven Iselin, principal deputy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, told the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.The Air Force included funding in its budget proposal for only 30 construction projects out of 500 requested by major commands, said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy, reported Military Times. She said she expects the backlog of degrading facilities to grow.About 15 percent of DOD facilities are in “failing” condition and about 12 percent are in “poor” condition, Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the panel.Officials “are doing the best we can in making sure dollars are spent wisely and to compete for those resources in this budget environment,” Potochney said. “Facilities degrade more slowly than readiness, and in a constrained budget environment, it is responsible to take risk in facilities first,” he said.The witnesses’ written testimony and a webcast of the hearing can be found on the committee website.
BOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:Allison DaniliukSamantha MacDougallThe requirement to make the Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.About Emerson CollegeLocated in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. A new, permanent facility on Sunset Boulevard for its L.A.-based program opened in January 2014. The College has an active network of 39,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit www.emerson.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emerson College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”
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Nandan NilekaniReutersAfter staying away from Infosys for over eight years, co-founder Nandan Nilekani on Thursday was appointed non-executive chairman of the company.Speaking on an investors’ call on Friday morning, Nilekani said: “I plan to be here as long as necessary and I will not be here as soon as as I’m not necessary.”Joined @Infosys at 26, re-joined it at 62. Life does turn full circle!— Nandan Nilekani (@NandanNilekani) August 25, 2017Soon after Nilekani took the charge on Friday morning, a rejig in the company board started with co-chairman R Seshasayee and former CEO Vishal Sikka, along with independent board members Jeffrey Lehman and John Etchemendy.Another co-founder, Ravi Venkatesan, also stepped down from the company board, but would continue in the board as independent director.After Sikka resigned as the CEO and managing director of Infosys on August 18, he was appointed as the executive vice-chairman of the tech giant.With Nilekani at the helm of India’s second-largest software exporter and re-constitution of the board, it’s likely the very long tussle between another co-founder Murthy and the Infosys board over corporate governance will come to an end.A statement released by the Bangalore-based IT major quoted Nilekani as saying that the board would engage with shareholders on priority basis as part of its engagement with stakeholders.Key highlights of the investor call* Infosys will announce some quick decision in next few days.* Nilekani’s main focus will be to search for a new CEO.* Nilekani said the CEO search will be global, open to external candidates, within the current management and at the Infosys Alumni.* Reconstituting the board and re-stabilising Infosys’ business are the priority.Infosys board after re-constitution* Pravin Rao, Interim CEO and MD* Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman* Roopa Kudva, Independent Director* Punita Kumar, Independent Director* Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Independent Director* DN Prahlad, Independent Director* D Sundaram, Independent Director* Ravi Venkatesan, Independent Director Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka attends a news conference in Mumbai, India, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File PhotoReutersEarlier on Thursday, Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) wrote a letter to the Infosys board to bring back former co-founder Nandan Nilekani.The letter, signed by 12 investors from mutual fund houses and insurance companies, said Nilekani would be the right person to facilitate “resolution” of the ongoing issues between the board and the management.”In our opinion, he enjoys the confidence of various stakeholders viz, customers, shareholders and employees,” the letter stated.The ugly spat between Murthy and the company board, which resulted in the exit of Sikka, eroded over Rs 32,000 crore of the company’s market capitalisations.
UK foreign minister Boris Johnson. Photo: ReutersThe government will inform the international community that Khaleda Zia was jailed for misappropriating money donated to the state for spending at an orphanage trust.A top government official told this to Prothom Alo on Thursday.Ruling Awami League (AL) took the stand after a Dhaka court had convicted and sentenced the former prime minister, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, to five years imprisonment.Foreign ministry officials think the issue will be raised during meetings with the visiting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the European Parliament delegation.Boris is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with a special focus on the Rohingya crisis.Johnson will call on Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali this evening (Friday). He will go to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Besides, four separate teams consisting 11 representatives of the European Parliament will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday. Three of the teams will directly go to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka to visit the Rohingya camps.One of the teams of European Parliament, led by Jean Lambert, was scheduled to call on Khaleda Zia on 14 February.
DLF Emporio, India’s first and finest luxury destination, is presenting the 8th edition of Luxury Shopping Festival which began on October 13 and will be on till November 8. This Festival will exhibit the impending festive season in the most luxurious way and will offer patrons a chance to win exclusive designer gifts, holiday packages and much more.Shoppers who shop for a minimum of Rs 20,000 during the festival will be entitled to participate in daily, weekly and mega lucky draws during the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mega draw winner stands a chance to win an exquisite bejeweled necklace from Rose. The highest spender of the each week will also win fabulous holiday packages to Dubai/Cape-town/NYC/Maldives by ‘One&Only Resorts’. The excitement continues as patrons win designer gifts from in-house brands daily throughout the festival.The Luxury Shopping Festival 2015 includes an exclusive pop-up store wherein the winners of Design Awards 2014-15 will get to showcase their collection for two weeks at DLF Emporio. Dinaz Madhukar, senior vice president, DLF Emporio adds, “We are happy to host the 8th edition of Luxury Shopping Festival at DLF Emporio. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to celebrate the pre-festive season with us and win while they shop at DLF Emporio.”DLF Emporio’s Luxury Shopping Festival is the place to be where so much is on offer. So go there and grab the opportunity to explore.