Deployed, Reserved or Related: Dell Supports Service Members, Their Families

first_imgWhen Cherry Lynch decided to join the Navy shortly after September 11, 2001, she wasn’t sure how her team at Dell would react.“I was literally driving into work when we heard on the radio what was going on, September 11, 2001,” Lynch (pictured below) said. “I went to Dell and said, ‘Hey, do you care if I join the reserves?’ And Dell supported me the entire time.”She completed six weeks of basic training and eventually deployed to Afghanistan. While there, her Dell colleagues sent her an estimated $10,000 in donated goods, which Lynch distributed to Afghani children over the course of two humanitarian missions.Back at home, Lynch’s Dell colleagues regularly checked in on her spouse, ensuring she was doing all right. They even included Lynch in their team meetings.“I would wake up at 3 a.m. and I would call into our meetings,” Lynch said. “They would pass the phone around, ‘How are you doing? What do you need?’”The support in terms of care packages she received far surpassed that of some of her Navy colleagues, and Lynch started to pay it forward.“I started giving my care packages away because Dell was sending me so many,” she said. “There were some people who were not receiving the support that Dell provided to me.”The Best of Both WorldsStories like Lynch’s aren’t uncommon for veterans working at Dell. Support takes on many forms, whether service members are actively deployed or serving in the reserves.Darrick Nelsen, a business operations analyst and project manager for the Global Services Associate Program and an Army reservist, started interviewing in April knowing he had to leave for two weeks in July. When the interview process wrapped in June and he started working, he had less than a month until he had to be away for two weeks for duty.“I came in my first day and let my boss know I needed to leave for duty, and she said it was no problem at all,” Nelsen said. “Dell pays a differential, so I didn’t make less money for those two weeks, which was also really nice.”Nelsen is also able to work remotely prior to his drill weekends, allowing him additional time with his family.Quality CountsAnother targeted effort to support service members is the partnership Dell forged with the Veterans for Quality program. Dell works with Bridge 360 to place veterans transitioning from Fort Hood into a 12-week software test training curriculum. Veterans who complete the curriculum then become eligible for software test internships at Dell and at other companies in the central Texas area.Olukayode Mayomi (above), an Army veteran and current reservist, joined Dell through the Veterans for Quality program and now works full time in the Dell Infrastructure team.“Being a reservist, there are those times where you have to go and train, and sometimes your mission requires more than just a weekend,” Mayomi said. “And that’s where Dell comes in. My manager is very accommodating in that regard.”Brittany Podolak, vice president of Global Operations at Dell, and a military spouse herself, has been pleased with the results of the program since its inception four years ago, specifically noting the opportunities it opens to veterans who participate in internships to join Dell full-time, as Mayomi did.“Even if our interns don’t join Dell full time, this key experience helps them become eligible for a variety of different roles here in central Texas, in the vast tech market,” she said. “That’s just one example of what is possible when you have a community here that’s willing to take the initiative and that’s committed and passionate to helping veterans transition.”***Dell supports veterans through a number of programs, including Employee Resource Groups at both the national and local levels. Find out more at read more

Southern Tier reacts to presidential election result projection

first_img“Yea, I’m a little sad about it, but I think we can all come a long way. I’m sad about it because I thought he would give us people more comfort with all the reaction going on in this area and America itself,” Pali said. “Woman have a really difficult time proving themselves and I know she will do well. She’s a great leader and she’s very intelligent and it’s a good role model for children,” Clement said. Some residents, like Nick Pali, thought the United States was heading in the right direction. He said he’s a Democrat who voted for Trump because he wanted change. Allen was happy to see Biden win the presidency. Jessica Clement had similair feelings. Allen Oaks fears what Biden’s presidency could mean for gun rights, jobs, and social security. But not everyone is happy to see Biden take over the presidency from Donald Trump. VESTAL (WBNG) – People around the Southern Tier are offering different reactions to the news that Joe Biden is projected by CBS and other major networks to become the nation’s 46th president, ending the presidency of Donald Trump. “I think it’s great. I think the American People realized that we’re going to have some peace and calm and respect going forward,” said resident Denise Allen. Some people were particularly excited to see Kamala Harris, a woman, be projected to become the next Vice President. “I’m happy with the outcome myself because I just think we need a change in the tone of our country, and I’m hoping that we can all learn from this process and maybe we can come together as a people,” she said. Some are celebrating while others fear what the next four years could hold. 12 News spoke with people in Vestal to get a sense of how they are taking the projected result.last_img read more

M&S in £400m property sell-off drama

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Mesut Ozil not spotted with Arsenal squad boarding plane before BATE Borisov Europa League match

first_img Video Settings / 1 min. story struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Coming Next by Metro PLAY Aaron Ramsey, whose summer transfer to Juventus was confirmed earlier this week, is still nursing a knee injury and hasn’t travelled but there is a place for January loan signing Denis Suarez who is in line to make his full debut.Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League by winning five of their six group stage matches and finishing above Sporting Lisbon.The Gunners reached the semi finals of the same competition last season before losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid and will be hopeful of going one better under Unai Emery who won the tournament three times during his Sevilla tenure.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Top articles 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Full Screen Skip Granit Xhaka is back in the Arsenal squad having recovered from a slight knee injury (Picture: Getty) Read More New signing Denis Suarez could make his full debut (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos also trained yesterday but appears not to have been risked having only just recovered from the ankle injury he suffered during last month’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read More Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Feb 2019 3:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link833Shares Lucas Torreira celebrated his 23rd birthday earlier this week (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil appears to have been left out of the Arsenal squad ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against BATE Borisov on Thursday.The former Real Madrid star missed Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, officially through illness, but took a full part in first team training yesterday and was listed as being available for selection by the club’s website.Ozil, who has featured just twice since Boxing Day, posted a video on his Instagram account of himself driving his car while his teammates were photographed boarding the flight bound for Belarus at Luton airport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Mesut Ozil not spotted with Arsenal squad boarding plane before BATE Borisov Europa League match Read More Advertisement SPONSORED Skip Adlast_img read more

Orianna Lifestyle Resort welcomes its first Sandstone Point residents

first_imgP & O Oriana was the first cruise Roly and Glenis Ong went on, it’s name was one of the reasons they decided to buy into Orianna Lifestyle Resort at Sandstone Point.“The Oriana was the first cruise we ever went on and we thought it must be a sign when we saw the advertisement,” Mr Ong said. Orianna Lifestyle Resort at Sandstone Point attracted its first residents purely because of its name.A ROMANTIC cruise on the P & O Oriana in 1975 has led this couple to buy into Orianna Lifestyle Resort at Sandstone Point.Roly and Glenis Ong, the first resident’s of Orianna Lifestyle Resort at Sandstone Point, decided to buy into the community when they saw the resort’s name. The marina that Orianna gets access to for their boat.Despite there only being a few founding households who have moved in at this stage, Ms Ong said the social calendar was already buzzing.“We have the Wednesday Wanderers, a walking group, as well as trivia nights, wine tasting and a Christmas in July function which was held at the Surf Club,” Ms Ong said.Orianna Lifestyle Resorts General Manager, Brett Robinson, said it was exciting to welcome the first residents to their new homes and see the community come to life.He said the slab for Orianna’s Recreation Centre had been poured with construction now well underway.“The Recreation Centre will be the hub for the community to catch up, have a drink at the bar, grab a coffee with friends, or strike up a game of billiards,” Mr Robinson said.“It will also feature twin bowling greens, a resort style pool, private gym, cinema and a workshop”. Orianna Lifestyle Resort Sandstone Point design option.Mr Robinson said by designing the strictly owner-occupier resort with a high level of amenity, Orianna would provide a genuine sense of belonging and community for the residents.The resort has two and three-bedroom homes for the over 50s, starting from $375,000 and some with double lockup garages.“We understand our clients may be downsizing from their family homes — but not from life,” Mr Robinson said.“We are really trying to embrace the small-town feel of a peaceful, coastal community while still providing the amenities and convenience of city living.” Roly and Glenis Ong back in 1975 on their first cruise.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“We always said we would retire at Bribie Island, and we love being by the water, so the position of Orianna at Sandstone Point was absolutely ideal. It is such a beautiful walk along the Bribie Passage — the water is like glass first thing in the morning.”Orianna Lifestyle Resort is a new over 50s community with 122 homes, resort-style facilities and a communal boat to enjoy the Bribie Passage.The Ong’s, who have lived all around Australia and overseas, said they were looking forward to being in a community of like-minded people and enjoying its hub, the Recreation Centre.last_img read more

KLM pension funds profit from overweighting of equities

first_imgAn overweight position in equity holdings – at the expense of government bonds – added the most value to returns at the three KLM pension funds in 2013, according to Mark Burbach, CIO at their asset manager Blue Sky Group.The three schemes, with combined assets of €15.5bn, delivered annual returns of between 1.4% and 2%, with fourth-quarter results ranging from 1.5% to 1.6%. The best performing asset class was equity, generating up to 18.2% during the year.“Although we had expected an outperformance for equity, the degree of consistency of our risk on trade took us by surprise,” Burbach said. He added that Pacific and North American equities accounted for most to the results, and noted that the regions’ frontier markets made strong comeback last year.European low-volatility equity also performed very well over the period, he said.Blue Sky’s CIO said the €2.1bn pension fund for cabin staff was reviewing investments in sustainable equity, following returns of no more than 6.9% and high costs.“Therefore, it has decided to disinvest from sector-specific funds, such as microfinance and alternative energy,” he told IPE.Following rising interest rates, the three KLM schemes – for pilots, cabin staff and ground crew, respectively – lost up to 8% on their fixed income portfolios.Burbach said the performance of euro-denominated government bonds had been the worst since 1986.Overweight positions in US high-yield credit contributed positively, while emerging market debt – denominated in US dollars and local currencies – generated significantly better returns than developed-country government bonds.The KLM schemes reported returns of up to 13% on Asian property and 14% on private property investments in the US.Private and listed real estate in Europe returned 10% and 7%, respectively.Due to rising interest rates and improving equity markets, the pension funds’ 50% interest-risk hedge caused losses of up to 1.8%, while the schemes also lost up to 1.1% on their equity cover.The pension funds saw their coverage ratios improve to 123% (cabin staff), 122% (ground staff) and 132.8% (pilots) last year.last_img read more

The truth about ‘medical marijuana’

first_imgNIDA for Teens website is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Created for middle and high school students and their teachers, this website provides accurate and timely information for use in and out of the classroom. (US)Family First Comment:  Politicians and the Drug Foundation should be forced to read this excellent summary from the USA’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) before trumpeting law changes.What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”?This is the first post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana.  Check out Part 2: Making Medicine From Marijuana, and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You.Before modern medical science, most medicines were raw herbs or herbal concoctions of one sort or another. They sometimes helped patients, but those benefits weren’t very powerful by today’s standards, and they often had a lot of unpredictable or even dangerous side effects. That’s because all plants contain hundreds or thousands of different chemicals. If you eat or smoke the leaves of any plant, you are putting all those chemicals in your body, and the results can be unpredictable.Marijuana is no different.Still, there is growing public support for “medical marijuana,” based on anecdotal evidence (that is, from individual people’s personal experience) that the drug might be useful in treating various diseases, including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), pain, and epilepsy.Voters in 23 states have now passed laws allowing marijuana to be dispensed to patients, as long as they receive permission from a doctor.Why Doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approve “Medical Marijuana”?Turns out, there’s very little scientific evidence that smoking or eating marijuana is effective and safe for treating any medical issues. Scientific evidence would have to come from carefully controlled research studies.Since there’s no science to back it up, the FDA has not approved smoked or vaporized marijuana for the treatment of any medical condition.The FDA only approves medicines when large studies examining lots of patients (called clinical trials) show that the medicines work safely. Without these studies, the FDA can’t promise people that the medications will help them and not harm them.So why haven’t there been clinical trials on marijuana?Because marijuana is a raw herb. There are over 500 different chemicals in marijuana, in combinations that vary widely between different strains and even from plant to plant. This causes serious problems trying to use the whole marijuana leaf, or crude extracts like hash oil, as medicine:It’s hard to deliver precise, accurate doses of the right chemicals;It can harm the lungs if users smoke it; andIt causes additional effects—like the “high”—that may interfere with the quality of life of patients taking the drug for serious medical conditions.Plus, when used by teens or children, it could even harm their brains as they develop.Today, there are almost no approved medicines that are whole herbs. Although it’s not impossible, it would be very unusual if marijuana became an exception.So how can we discover and use marijuana’s medical benefits without the harms?Making Medicine From Marijuana This is the second post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana.  Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 3: Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You.What people usually mean by “medical marijuana” is use of an unprocessed (raw) plant to treat illness—or herbal medicine, in other words. Unprocessed means the leaves, stems, or seeds are just taken off the plant and used.Before the 20th century, that’s mostly what medicine was.But science has made a lot of progress in the last several decades, and generally it hasn’t looked back. It’s because we now have ways of picking out the specific chemicals that are useful from plants and putting just those parts in a pill, without all the unwanted chemicals that might cause side effects or even be toxic.This is what a lot of scientists are busy doing right now with marijuana—trying to figure out which chemicals in the plant really are useful in treating health problems and then finding ways to deliver them safely and effectively to patients to treat their conditions.Turning Marijuana into MedicineAt the last count, scientists have found over 500 separate chemicals in the marijuana plant. The main chemical that gives users the “high” is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, but there are over 100 other chemicals in marijuana that have a similar molecular structure to THC. This family of chemical compounds is called cannabinoids.So far, there are two FDA-approved medications containing THC for treating nausea and appetite problems caused by cancer chemotherapy and AIDS. Other drugs with THC in them have been approved already in other countries for treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and are now being carefully tested before being approved in the United States.Another marijuana chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. News reports have highlighted some families who are living in states where medical marijuana is legal so their children with bad forms of epilepsy can get special high-CBD marijuana extracts to help control seizures.These extracts probably still contain other, possibly harmful ingredients. But a medicine only containing CBD is now being tested in the United States. If the science finds that CBD really is a good treatment for seizures, eventually patients may be able to take that or another safe, CBD-based medication. This could help people get the safe treatment they need.Cannabinoids and Other DiseasesLots of different cannabinoid chemicals are being studied to see whether they have beneficial effects on conditions ranging from addictions and other mental health problems to pain and other serious conditions. Most are still a long way from being studied in humans and going on to become medications.Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt YouThis is the final post of a 3-part series on the science of medical marijuana. Check out Part 1: What’s Wrong with “Medical Marijuana”? and Part 2: Making Medicine from Marijuana.People who write about the health benefits of marijuana sometimes think it’s ironic that a plant containing compounds that could treat disease (like THC or CBD) is banned by the government for being unsafe. But in fact many effective, FDA-approved medicines are closely related to illegal, harmful drugs and are sometimes even made from the same sources.That’s because there’s a fine (and sometimes fuzzy) line between chemicals that are good for you and those that can hurt or even kill you. In fact, the Greek word pharmakon, where we get pharmacy, originally meant both “medicine” and “poison.”Speaking the Body’s LanguageThe opium poppy is a great example. It’s the source of a drug called morphine, part of a class of drugs called opioids.  Morphine is used to make heroin—a very addictive and sometimes deadly drug. But it is also modified and used to make many effective, relatively safe pain relievers prescribed widely by doctors and dentists. In fact, these opioids are our most valuable drugs for pain relief.Another example is cocaine, from the coca plant. It is part of a class of drugs called stimulants. Cocaine is an especially dangerous, addictive stimulant, but it is closely related to medications used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions. It is also used sometimes as an anesthetic.The thing that makes a drug a drug is the ability to speak the body’s language—specifically, to interact with one of the many chemical signaling systems that cells use to talk to each other. Both heroin and cocaine are able to do that, fluently.Same with marijuana: Its cannabinoid chemicals speak the body’s own endocannabinoid language.Parlez-Vous Endocannabinoid?Nerve cells use chemicals called neurotransmitters to send each other messages, and there are several different kinds of neurotransmitters. Similar chemicals in plants or in foods can interact with these neurotransmitter systems because their molecules are very similar to the ones produced naturally in the human body.Morphine from the poppy plant is able to work in your nervous system because it closely resembles your body’s own natural pain-relieving opioid chemicals—the endorphins that cause a “runner’s high.” (The “endo” in endorphin or endocannabinoid means “from inside”—that is, inside your body.)Cocaine and related stimulants work with your own neurotransmitter dopamine, which naturally keeps you focused on rewarding activities.And the THC in marijuana interacts with the endocannabinoid signaling system used by the body’s own cannabinoid chemicals—such as anandamide—in brain circuits that control a wide range of things including pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, movement, coordination, and even how you perceive time. That’s why THC is able to interfere with these abilities when people smoke marijuana either to get high or to treat a medical condition.The endocannabinoid system also is involved in things like appetite and pain, which is why THC has been made into an effective medication for helping treat nausea and loss of appetite in AIDS and cancer-chemotherapy patients.  And it is why it may, in the future, be prescribed for treating pain as well.So, there’s nothing special about marijuana: It’s one of many plants that contain substances that can be both beneficial and harmful, depending on how they are used. read more

Trump’s travel ban targets Nigeria, 5 other countries

first_imgUnited States (US) President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Human Trafficking in Washington, US, on Jan. 31. REUTERS/LEAH MILLIS WASHINGTON – United States PresidentDonald Trump issued an expanded version of his travel ban on Friday thattargets prospective immigrants from Nigeria and five other countries. The new travel ban will take effect onFeb. 21, according to the proclamation.(Reuters) Acting Homeland Security secretaryChad Wolf said the six countries failed to meet US security andinformation-sharing standards, which necessitated the new restrictions.  Temporary visas for tourists, businesspeople,students and workers from those nations will not be affected, it added. The original travel ban barred nearlyall immigrants and travelers from seven countries with majority Muslimpopulations. The US will suspend the issuance ofvisas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Eritrea,Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nigeria, a presidential proclamation said. last_img read more

Guptill’s absence, a big gap to fill, says Emrit

first_imgNEW skipper of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Rayad Emrit, admitted that Martin Guptill’s absence from the squad for the remainder of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament is a big gap to fill.Guptill, the New Zealander opening batsman, has returned to New Zealand for a family health matter unrelated to the impending birth of his first child.The 30-year-old has been captaining the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Twenty20 tournament, but will miss the remainder of the competition.Martin GuptillHe and wife Laura McGoldrick are expecting their first child – a girl – next month, but it is understood that the health matter involves another Guptill family member.“It’s definitely a big gap to fill, last year we had to do it as well, but I think we are in good shape now … we won two games at home, and hopefully we can carry that momentum to Barbados.“We need to take one game at a time … that’s what we did in the last two games, take one game at a time, and if we play the cricket we know we can play, I think we can get over the line, but we have Barbados (Tridents) to play on Tuesday, and that’s our main focus now,” Emrit revealed yesterday after he was appointed to lead the Warriors for the remainder of the league.Meanwhile, retired New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi has been roped in as Guptill’s replacement.The wicketkeeper-batsman, who quit international cricket in June this year, has just finished a stint with English club Leicestershire. He became available after the side was eliminated from the ongoing T20 Blast in a nine-wicket quarterfinal loss to Glamorgan.Ronchi smashed 429 runs in 15 matches for Leicestershire, including three half-centuries, at an average of 33 and a strike rate of 180.25.On Ronchi’s recruitment, Emrit said “Ronchi has been in some good form in the T20 Blast and that’s why we thought he will be a good addition to the team. He is excited at the top of the order, and I still think that’s the impetus that we need at the top of the order.Chadwick (Walton) and Sohail (Tanvir) have done it in the last two games and if he (Ronchi) can come in and do the same thing it will be less pressure for the guys in the lower order and back end of the innings; so hopefully he can get it right and score some runs for us when he comes in and makes it easy for us as batters”.On the other hand Emrit, the Trinidadian, said while the Warriors will be aiming to secure a third straight victory in order to boost their playoffs chances, playing the Tridents at home will be challenging.“Our bowling unit has been doing excellent for us throughout the tournament, and I think if we continue doing what we doing, we on the right step. Having said that, I know it’s going to be a good battle, a tough battle. We know playing in Barbados will be tough, but Guyana Amazon Warriors went to Barbados before and defeated them as well, so I think we are on a high. But the most important thing is to be consistent and hopefully we can go over there and play the consistent cricket we played the last two games,” he concluded.The Warriors, with two key round-robin encounters remaining, have for the first time in CPL history found themselves in such a complicated position.They must win both their games against Barbados Tridents on Tuesday (August 29), and Jamaica Tallawhas on Friday (September 1), if they stand a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have already confirmed for the playoffs, which means the battle for the other two places will come from the Warriors, Tridents and the Tallawahs.last_img read more

Storify: Syracuse community reacts to the return of No. 44

first_img Published on May 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR The No. 44 has been restored, returning after Syracuse University retired it nearly 10 years ago.The comeback of the legendary number – worn by SU greats such as Ernie Davis, Jim Brown and Floyd Little – drew mixed reactions from the SU community on social media.[<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “Social media reactions” on Storify</a>] Comments Daily Orange File Photocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more