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Giving back is personal – and often born out of tragedy. More than $16.5 billion has been donated since COVID-19 turned our world upside down. That’s according to Candid, a nonprofit that tracks corporate philanthropy. For our family, the loss of my sister-in-law to Type 1 diabetes motivates our giving and the annual memorial scholarship we give in her name. And of course, tragedy does not always result from a single event but also from systemic issues that motivate community support and giving.This Giving Tuesday – a day started in 2012 to encourage people to do good – we celebrate the generosity in all of us – in ourselves, our companies and communities to make a difference no matter what motivates us. No matter how big or small. Here at Dell Technologies, a key pillar of our giving strategy is to empower our employees for collective impact. Making individual giving bigger. For every dollar a team member gives to a charity of their choice, up to $10,000 through our giving tool, we match. Doubling the collective impact of employee-led philanthropy. For our family, this is personal. Dell helps make our impact bigger, which we see every year in the kid we help send to college.“This Giving Tuesday – a day started in 2012 to encourage people to do good – we celebrate the generosity in all of us – in ourselves, our companies and communities to make a difference no matter what motivates us.”ShareWe also see our direct impact from the time we give. Simon Seagrave, director of the Dell Technologies demo team, joined a national movement to use 3D printing as a stopgap measure to address the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage we saw earlier this year. Using his own 3D printer and buying a new one, Simon is making face shields for frontline COVID-19 responders.So far this year, team members like Simon have given more than 460,000 hours to their communities and innovated social solutions to help us reach our goal of impacting 1 billion lives by 2030. Kim Boutwell, one of our giving team managers, turned her idea to deliver technology skills and access to students at-scale into a company-led initiative. What has become known as the Dell Student TechCrew, Kim’s program trains students to be on-campus technical support at their high schools. When it piloted last year, more than 120 high school students completed Dell TechDirect certification—the same certification our customers and internal teams complete to support and service our customers. By the end of this year, roughly 2,000 Student Tech Crew members will be certified and go on to train the next class and provide technical support to 250,000 of their classmates. It’s a self-sustaining model with our technology expertise at the heart of it.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Like with Dell Student TechCrew, our corporate giving focus is to put our technology, people and scale to work to transform lives. But we can’t do it alone. It takes partnership and a collaborative effort, which is why we launched the Tech Pro Bono platform. Tech Pro Bono pairs nonprofits in need of expertise with Dell team members who have matching skillsets. Since we started in 2019, team members have contributed more than 1,700 hours, collectively contributing to projects like implementing inventory management systems and data migration. This year, the focus extended to help reach our goal of digitally transforming 1,000 non-profits. This is especially important in the wake of the pandemic. One of the biggest obstacles charitable organizations face as they adapt to a more virtual world is the lack of infrastructure and access to technologies to move their work online. Since digital transformation is our business, we’re here to help.Our pro bono work with the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), a global United Nations (UN) partnership that supports women-led peace building groups, is a great example of technology accelerating impact. Together, we’ve established an online community that facilitates knowledge sharing for grassroots peace builders in 20 countries. It’s sparked collaboration and a global movement of women working to build peace and respond to crises on the front lines.Transforming 1 billion lives feels audacious and unachievable at times. It will require a lot from us. But because giving is personal, I know we can achieve it. This Giving Tuesday, we have a lot to celebrate and a lot more to give. One volunteer, one gift, one life at a time. Together, we can do it.Find out more on our 2030 Social Impact agenda and how we are measuring our progress here.
Emmet Farnan | The Observer Matt Walsh, a columnist for The Blaze, discussed the impact of liberalism on Catholicism Tuesday evening.A topic of persistent conversation at the University has long been how Notre Dame adheres to its Catholic mission — with guest speakers such as former President Barack Obama and former Texas state senator Wendy Davis often being used as examples of a departure from this mission. Tuesday evening in Nieuwland Hall, Matt Walsh, a columnist for The Blaze, spoke on what he believed to be the University’s departure from its Catholic heritage and what he saw as the political left’s corruption of Catholicism.“Notre Dame has provided us a helpful demonstration of what the consequences are when a Catholic institution loses its Catholic heritage,” he said. “ … This institution calls itself Catholic but proceeds to betray that identity, and in doing so has scandalized the public.”Walsh cited Obama’s speech and certain University policies as evidence of this departure.“Recent history speaks for itself,” he said. “ … We know that in  Notre Dame hosted the most radically pro-abortion president in history. … A few years ago, management decided to provide marriage benefits to employees in same-sex relationships, citing a legal obligation that does not exist.”The invitation for Davis to speak was key evidence for his case against Notre Dame’s Catholicism, Walsh said.“Last year, this to me is the most egregious of all, … the Notre Dame gender studies department invited Wendy Davis to speak,” he said. “Wendy Davis is known for — and only known for — her extremist pro-abortion views. Davis is a fierce disciple of the abortion death cult and has devoted her entire life to ensuring the right to kill children.”Walsh said Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program also helped push the University away from its Catholic mission.“The very fact that this university has a gender studies program is a problem,” he said. “Gender studies programs exist to create unemployed people, and second, to indoctrinate students into a radical left-wing notion of gender.”These actions, Walsh said, were enough for the University to draw heavy criticism.“Notre Dame must be admonished and rebuked for what it’s done,” he said.Walsh then moved from his critique of Notre Dame to a discussion of his belief that liberalism is corrupting Catholicism.“This is liberalism, it is indistinguishable from satanism — it is satanism,” he said. “ … Pope Leo [XIII] saw this before liberalism would claim the right to kill children, the right to redefine marriage.”There were three key areas, Walsh said, in which liberalism was attacking Catholic teaching — family, gender and marriage. Walsh spoke especially passionately against abortion.“How could a pro-choice catholic believe that an unborn child is worthless and subhuman when unborn humans possess an identity not only created by God but shared with him and experienced by him?” he said.Walsh said the responsibility for the pervasive nature of these ideas fell somewhat on the shoulders of people of faith.“We as Catholics and Christians, we drop the ball big time on this discussion,” he said. “We did a really bad job of explaining it. Even more so, we did a bad job demonstrating what a sacred marriage looks like to the outside world.”While many of these teachings may be hard to argue for in the contemporary context, Walsh said, one must have faith in their truth.“We may not understand it, we may find it hard and difficult … but although it can be interesting to talk about why the Bible says this or why the Church says this, we need to establish first that they do say it, period,” he said.Tags: Catholicism, Matt Walsh, The Blaze, The Left
WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday.The county health department says the new cases involve two women, one in her 40s and the other in her 60s.There are now 24 active cases of COVID-19 in the county.As of Wednesday there are no hospitalized cases of the virus. So far, 71 recovered from COVID-19, with six fatalities reported since the outbreak began. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
From the future of industrial hemp to farmland protection, University of Georgia junior and Bogart, Georgia, native Reaganne Coile has had a front-row seat to the debates that shape the future of Georgia agriculture. As a legislative intern with the state Senate Committee on Agriculture and Consumer Affairs this winter, Coile has worked for committee chairman Sen. John Wilkinson’s office answering phones and greeting visitors, but she also has observed lawmakers in action during committee hearings and debates. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee host the CAES Georgia Legislative Internship program. The program is supported by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, the Dr. James L. and Renee Williamson Leadership Award Fund and the Elliott and Christy Marsh Legislative Internship Fund. “I’ve always been interested in and passionate about agriculture, and that developed into an interest in policy and the way that policy affects people,” said Coile, who is studying agricultural communication at CAES. “This internship has really been a solidifying experience for me in terms of my career path and knowing what I want to do.” Coile was placed in Sen. Wilkinson’s office through CAES’ Georgia Legislative Internship program. Each year a CAES student spends 12 weeks at the Georgia Capitol, working full-time to help legislators craft policies that will impact the state’s largest industry, agriculture.“Reaganne has been a tremendous asset to our office during this legislative session,” Wilkinson said. “She has maintained her composure under what are sometimes stressful situations. Her solid knowledge base in agriculture has helped her meet the challenges of working with leading-edge issues in agriculture.”For her part, Coile said that it was exciting to participate in the 2019 session, in particular, observing those visiting the office and listening to the important issues being discussed. “Since beginning college, I’ve become more of a behind-the-scenes person,” Coile said. “This experience helped me build my confidence in terms of meeting new people and talking to people. It really helped me grow both professionally and personally.”Coile, the daughter of John and Amy Coile of Bogart, plans to graduate from CAES in May 2020 and hopes to pursue a career developing policy.For more information about the leadership opportunities available to students attending CAES, visit students.caes.uga.edu.
UVM FACULTY TO ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES AT PEDIATRICS JOURNALBURLINGTON, Vt. – Three members of the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine department of pediatrics will serve in national editorial leadership roles as part of an upcoming change at Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and preeminent journal in the world in its field.Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., Harry W. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at UVM, and Pediatrics editor-in-chief for the past 34 years, will step down as of January 2009 and become editor-in-chief emeritus. His successor will be Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., professor and chair of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Stepping up as the new deputy editor will be Lewis R. First, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and senior associate dean for medical education at UVM. In addition, Jeffrey Horbar, M.D., who is the Jerold F. Lucey, M.D. Chair of Neonatal Medicine at UVM, will become one of three new associate editors for the journal.”It has been an honor for the UVM College of Medicine, and for Vermont, to house the editorial office of this prestigious publication, and we are proud to have three of our faculty serving in these leadership roles,” said Frederick C. Morin, M.D., dean of the UVM College of Medicine. “We are particularly grateful to Dr. Lucey for his outstanding service to the journal, to the College, and to our community.”During his tenure at Pediatrics, Lucey has overseen numerous innovations, including the launch of foreign editions and Pediatrics Electronic Pages, which greatly expanded the journal’s scope and impact. A resident of Burlington who joined the UVM faculty in 1956, Lucey established Vermont’s first neonatal unit and pioneered several innovations in premature infant care, including phototherapy to control jaundice and surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress. He is also founder and president of the Vermont Oxford Network, a cooperative international program that links over 700Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world, and organizer of the “Hot Topics in Neonatology” conference, which brings more than 1400 of the world’s newborn specialists to Washington, D.C. each year. He was elected a senior member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000. In 2004, he received the Vermont Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 received the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Care in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the quality of health care delivered to children.First will continue as professor and chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatrics of Vermont Children’s Hospital, but as the Pediatrics deputy editor position requires a 30 percent time commitment, he will be stepping down from his position as senior associate dean for medical education at UVM as of January 2009.First joined UVM/Fletcher Allen as chair and physician leader of pediatrics in 1994, and was appointed senior associate dean in February 2003. He led the full implementation of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum starting in fall 2003. A member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, First has played a significant role in ensuring that national exams measure appropriate levels of knowledge and competence. In 2007, he was the recipient of the National Education Award from the AAP and the Miller-Sarkin National Mentoring Award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association.”Dr. First has been a good friend, colleague and mentor, as well as a tireless advocate in our community, across the state, in the region, and around the nation,” said Morin. “We are grateful for his willingness to have served the College in so many important ways and look forward to his ongoing involvement with our students, our curriculum and our development of new clerkship sites, even if not in his role as senior associate dean.”A UVM/Fletcher Allen pediatrics faculty member since 1981, Horbar currently serves as online editor of Pediatrics. He is a neonatologist at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen, a clinical scientist with extensive experience in clinical research and its application to the improvement of neonatal care, and also serves as a senior pediatrician for UVM’s Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and as chief executive and scientific officer for the Vermont Oxford Network.
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8035 Key Waters Sanctuary CoveTHIS Hope Island home is less than two minutes by golf buggy to local cafes and shops, according to owner Kevin Quirke.Located between two golf courses, the property at 8035 Key Waters Sanctuary Cove has a grand entrance but the swimming pool in the courtyard is the real showpiece. Featuring stepping stones, stylish pool lights and a stone water feature, the pool yard overlooks a timber deck and captures views across the canal. 8035 Key Waters Sanctuary Cove“We really adore the community so we are selling the house but we aren’t moving away.“We decided to downsize to be even closer to the golf course.” The home features a formal dining area and spacious lounge room with a fireplace. There is a pontoon big enough for a 40m vessel and a surround sound speaker system. 8035 Key Waters Sanctuary Cove 8035 Key Waters Sanctuary CoveMr Quirke, who kayaks to get his morning coffee, said his golf buggy was included in the sale.“The home came with a great lifestyle so the golf buggy needs to stay,” he said.“This was the first house we bought on the Gold Coast after moving from Sydney. 8035 Key Waters Sanctuary CoveMr Quirke said he and his wife Judy bought the home six years ago after the wide water views and golf course attracted them.“We get really beautiful sea breezes right through the house,” Mr Quirke said.“Outside there are two different entertaining areas so we tend to spend a lot of time outside.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We love catching crabs off the pontoon.”
Guinea’s authorities have imposed a night curfew on Nzerekore after clashes broke out leaving one person dead.Fighting broke out on Saturday after a campaign visit from President Alpha Conde, who is running for re-election.Supporters of the president clashed with those of his rival Cellou Dalein Diallo in the hotly contested city.Opposition parties have called for Sunday’s election to be postponed over alleged irregularities in the process.Nzerekore is seen to be a stronghold of former military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who recently attempted to return to Guinea from exile to run for president.His party has now entered an alliance with Mr. Diallo.Diallo won the first round in the 2010 election but lost in the run-off against Alpha Conde.In addition to the one fatality, more than 80 people were wounded by gunshots or stones in the fighting.President Conde is facing seven challengers in the second election since the death of the long-serving leader Lansana Conte.