Each year through 2030, 90% of our employees will rate their job as meaningfulBy 2030, 50% of our employees will participate in employee resource groupsEach year through 2030, 75% of our employees will believe their leader is inspiringBy 2030, 95% of our employees will participate in annual foundational learning on topics such as unconscious bias, harassment, microaggression and privilegeEach year through 2030, 50% of the people empowered by our social and education initiatives will be girls, women or underrepresented groupsLet me give you more context around why we set these goals, specifically the two focused on having a workforce that better represents the communities and customers we serve.We can’t afford to overlook exceptional talent. In the long term a homogenous talent pool means a labor shortage. In the short term a homogenous workforce means lost profits. Both are bad for business. The data doesn’t lie:In the U.S. by 2024, there will be 1.1 million computing-related job openings, yet less than half could be filled based on current graduation rates. At a global scale, there is a tech talent shortage of 4.3 million expected by 2030. There are two ways to handle these daunting projections – panic or think outside the box about solutions. We choose the latter. The U.S. has approximately 330 million people, and the world, 7.7 billion. The women and underrepresented minorities that have largely been excluded from the tech industry to-date, either by choice or through systemic bias, are the answer to this labor shortage.And once we have these women and underrepresented minorities in our workforce the gains are incredible. McKinsey found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. When assessing the benefits of ethnic diversity, that likelihood jumps to 33%. This increased profitability stems from stronger relationships with an increasingly diverse customer base. Diverse perspectives driving more innovation is also a factor.By putting a measurable goal around this priority, we hold ourselves accountable. It’s that, “What gets measured gets done,” mindset.How are we going to achieve these goals?Not by standing still. That’s for sure.We must build a diverse workforce, bring in the talent and then focus on retention to meet our goals.We have a partnership with Girls Who Code. This nonprofit inspires young women to pursue programming and other technology career paths. The girls learn to code things like websites and apps. They also have the opportunity to visit local tech companies to meet women in the industry.With outstanding organizations like Girls Who Code building a pipeline of diverse talent, the onus is on us, the tech companies, to be prepared to embrace that talent. The track record to-date is not a pretty picture. Half of college-aged women report a negative experience when applying for a job in tech. Dell Technologies invests in manager training and requires diverse hiring panels to ensure any personal biases that may exist do not impact hiring decisions.Once hired, programs like our Diversity Leadership Accelerator Program (DLAP) provide high-performing individuals with equal opportunity to advance. By setting a structure for coaching and sponsorship, we leave less to chance and personal relationships that are often built on shared experiences. That connection around similarities too often leads to homogeneity, especially at senior levels. Data-driven hiring and succession plans help us avoid this pitfall.These are just a few of the initiatives we have in place to help move the needle on diversity. I encourage you to learn about more about the programmatic groundwork that we’ve laid in our recent diversity & inclusion report.All of our initiatives have one thing in common, they’re focused on broadening our talent pool. Meaning that ideally for every opportunity, at every level, we have a diverse set of candidates to choose from. This broadening will break down barriers and mitigate the systemic bias that has plagued society and companies for too long.Let’s Get StartedWith 10 years, 1 month and 18 days left, the clock is ticking and we’re already taking steps to reach our goals. That said, don’t expect any drastic changes or attempts at “silver bullet” solutions. Change of this magnitude requires a focus on incremental gains over a long period of time.Beyond the initiatives already in place, we know the power of technology will be key to achieving these goals. There is incredible opportunity to use things like AI and VR to level the playing field.We look forward to broadening our minds and broadening our talent pool over the next decade to find the best candidate for the job regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or background.As a company that’s so committed to keeping our say vs. do ratio in-check that we completed or exceeded over 75% of our 2020 social impact goals ahead of schedule, these goals are challenging but achievable.Stay tuned as we continue to report our progress annually leading up to 2030. Let’s do this! Earlier today, we proudly announced Dell Technologies’ ambitious social impact goals we’ll work to achieve by 2030. A critical aspect of the plan to advance progress, both within society and within our four walls, centers on cultivating inclusion:By 2030, 50% of our global workforce and 40% of our leaders will be womenCurrent state is 30.4% overall and 23.4% of leaders. By 2030, 25% of our U.S. workforce and 15% of our leaders will be black/African American and Hispanic/Latino minoritiesCurrent state is 12.6% overall and 9.1% of leaders.
Because of the increased heat over the past week, risk of sunburn for watermelons in the field has been high. If watermelons do scald, they may not be marketable, which may reduce farmers’ normal timeframe for selling their crop.Last week’s temperatures in south Georgia were recorded in the upper 90s. Temperatures on the UGA Tifton Campus reached as high as 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, June 17, according to UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. At the grounds of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Georgia, a high of 98 degrees F was recorded the same day.“With the near-100 degree heat we’re seeing, the intense sunlight, it’s just really hard to keep those melons from getting burned,” Coolong said. When watermelons burn, the rind can appear yellowed, which negatively affects the fruit’s appearance. The result is an unmarketable melon.“As a homeowner, if you had watermelons that were a little sunburned, they would taste OK,” Coolong said. “Sometimes, if they get a little sunburned, they’ll mature early. You also may get a melon that doesn’t have the size on it that you would expect.”Coolong said most farmers aim to sell their watermelons in the pre-July Fourth market, which is when demand for watermelons is highest. Typically, some farmers still harvest watermelons a week or two after the Independence Day holiday. However, as the heat adversely affects more watermelons, Coolong believes many producers’ crops may be finished by the end of June.Coolong said farmers are applying different types of sprays to their watermelons to help shield them from the sun. Many of the products are calcium or kaolin-clay based.“People have been spraying them very regularly this year. Typically, after that first pick, a large number of growers will spray some shade on their remaining melon crop. This year, it’s even more critical. If the vines are beat up, and it’s 100 degrees, it’s hard for a plant to come back after that,” Coolong said.Coolong joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences two years ago to work on Georgia-grown vegetables, especially those with the most acreage in the state — watermelons, peppers, beans, cucumbers and onions. High summer temperatures and intense sun could reduce Georgia’s end-of-season watermelon production this year, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong. read more
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norwegian solar firm Scatec Solar said on Friday it had agreed to buy state-owned hydropower firm SN Power in a $1.17 billion deal as it transforms itself into a global renewables company.The combined company would have 450 employees and own 3.3 gigawatts of in operation and under construction power plant capacity in 14 countries, and annual production of 4.1 terawatthours (TWh), Scatec Solar said in a statement.Scatec owns and runs solar farms in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, while SN Power builds and operates dams in southeast Asia and Africa.“Hydropower and solar PV (photovoltaics) are complementary technologies, resulting in new project opportunities, for instance floating solar on hydro reservoirs,” Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said.The deal would also help Scatec Solar expand in growth markets for renewable energies such as sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia, Carlsen said. The firm [said] it planned to further branch out into wind and electricity storage.While many traditional utilities have announced deals to expand into green power assets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the latest acquisition is one of only a few M&A deals between renewables firms.[Nora Buli and Gwladys Fouche]More: Norway’s Scatec Solar to buy hydropower firm SN Power in $1.17 billion deal Norway’s Scatec Solar buys SN Power, expands presence in renewable energy sector read more
Enter now to win travel getaways of your choice to Ashland or Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky. Prize package includes lodging, meals, tours, activities and more!This contest is closed! Check out the others here!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on November 4, 2014. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before November 4, 11:00 PM EST 2014. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. read more
96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Davis Tom Davis is the SVP, Finance & Technology with CSCU. He joined CSCU in 2004 and today wears many hats as highly respected executive and tireless evangelist on new payment … Web: cscu.net Details Overnight, India, a country with 1.3 billion in population, became a predominantly cash-less country, switching to mobile-based digital payments. And the government has even more ambitious plans – to eliminate credit and debit cards by 2020. How did this all happen? India had been a country where over 90 percent of the transactions were cash-based. There are fewer than 25 million credit cards for a population well over a billion. Only 5% of personal consumption expenditure took place digitally. The 600 million debit cards in circulation were used mostly for ATM withdrawals. The low use and slow growth of credit cards and POS terminals were due to the high cost of infrastructure relative to the cost of the transactions. A dinner of dumplings purchased on the streets of New Delhi goes for a bit less than 50 cents a plate. It costs less than $2 for a watch repair near Connaught Place.With a nearly completely cash-based society came problems. Corruption, counterfeiting, and so-called black money, the unaccounted-for cash on which tax is not paid, was estimated to account for as much as a third of missing tax revenue in India. On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India’s highest-value bills, the 1000 and 500 rupee notes (worth about $15 and $7.50) would cease being legal tender the next morning. These bills represented 80% of the currency in circulation, 15.4 trillion rupees, or about $250 billion USD. The old currency could be exchanged for new bills, with banks tracking individuals and exchange amounts. To be effective, the move had to be a closely guarded secret until the last minute, to prevent those holding black money from unloading it before the ban went into effect — the morning after the decision was announced. As a result, the government did not print enough replacement cash in time for the change, and it continues to struggle to do so fast enough, creating a cash shortage that strangled large sectors of the economy and caused the biggest change to payments in the country’s history.While the aim was to vanquish “black money,” it ended up being the best thing to happen to India’s nearly non-existent digital payments industry by catapulting an antiquated economy into the 21st century. Immediately following the overnight surprise currency change, called demonetization, India experienced an acute shortage of bills to replace the large-denomination notes that were banned. There were numerous reports of people waiting in line for hours at banks or A.T.M.s, only to find that the machines are out of cash. Out of the cash shortage mayhem, some digital payments solutions emerged. Paytm was one of the earliest success stories. Within hours, Paytm designed full-page ads to run in the biggest newspapers, proclaiming “Ab ATM Nahi, Paytm Karo” — no ATMs now, use Paytm. It rolled out its app in 10 Indian languages and continues to sign up merchants by the thousands. It announced a zero transaction fee for merchants on mobile payments and no-fee money transfers from Paytm to bank accounts we well as a DIY kit for novice neighborhood merchants and hawkers. In the few months since Mr. Modi’s Nov 9 surprise announcement, it already has a user base of 150 million and daily transactions have averaged 7 million, moving more money in mobile transactions than the “combined average of all credit and debit cards in India,” the company said. It continues to add about 70,000 merchants a day, and about half a million users a day.To use the service, a smartphone is not required. Customers and merchants need to register their mobile numbers with Paytm and set their four digit Paytm PIN. They can then enter the recipient’s mobile number, amount and their Paytm PIN to successfully transfer the money from the customer’s Paytm wallet to a merchant’s wallet, or from the merchant’s wallet to the supplier’s wallet.MobiKwik, a fledgling start-up that had been around since 2009, whose backers include Sequoia Capital, Cisco Investments, and American Express added 50 million users since November. “All the reluctance and friction in the adoption of digital payments has vanished overnight. We are updating our numbers every day as usage is going through the roof.”Transaction charges are likely to remain low because, unlike the card systems that requires significant investment in PoS machines and other infrastructure, the mobile-based system has no such requirements. Customers can do day-to-day transactions using their prepaid mobile wallets. Street merchants are now able to receive digital currency without deploying physical POS terminals or other infrastructure.An added benefit has also emerged – the ability to obtain commercial credit lines. Merchants who preferred all cash businesses to hide their income have found that when they accept digital payments, the income trail makes them eligible for credit from the formal sector at much lower interest rates. In addition, the merchants are able to obtain other products like insurance policies. This access to cred lines allows the merchant to grow their business further. “Credit is the killer app of digitalization.” India still remains a predominantly cash-based society; old habits are hard to break. But in only 4 months, mobile payments account for approximately 5% of all transactions, and that number continues to rise. Compare that with less than 1% for the U.S. The fintech opportunity in India is now looking hugeAs if the move to digital payments wasn’t huge, the government has even more ambitious plans – to eliminate plastic by 2020 and switch to biometric-authenticated payments. Amitabh Kant, the head of a government-run policy institute, wants to take “the biggest technological leap ever in the history of mankind.” He claims that the country could completely eliminate the need for credit cards, debit cards and ATMs by 2020. Even the growing popular mobile wallet payments could be totally redundant by 2020. Instead, all Indians will need for transactions is their thumb or eye. One of the unique reasons why this could actually happen in India is that nearly 1.1 billion of India’s 1.3 billion people have already registered their biometric data under the government’s unique identification program. The government is working with vendors to develop portable fingerprint scanners that cost about 2,000 rupees ($30) each. These would require smartphones and mobile internet connectivity, which is still scarce in many parts of India. More than 70% of Indians don’t have smartphones.But given India’s drive to modernize its payments technology and associated infrastructure, this could actually happen. Sources:http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/19/technology/india-cash-biometric-payments-davos/http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/india-ready-for-4-times-jump-in-digital-payments/articleshow/56557986.cmshttps://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/world/asia/india-cash-electronic-payments.html?_r=0https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-23/cash-ban-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-indian-digital-paymentshttp://eminencejournal.com/images/pdf/FY4.pdf read more
continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As urged by NAFCU, the CFPB and NCUA last week announced their intentions to pursue a “good faith efforts” policy when examining credit union compliance with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule, set to take effect Jan. 1.NAFCU has submitted letters to both agencies requesting such an approach to examinations because of the significant challenges the rule has created for credit unions.The CFPB released a statement Thursday announcing it intends to review the 2015 HMDA rule and recognizes that the compliance requirements pose “significant systems and operational challenges.” The NCUA on Thursday released its 2018 Supervisory Priorities, which includes HMDA compliance.Both agencies said their review of 2018 HMDA data “will be diagnostic in nature, designed to help credit unions identify compliance weaknesses in collecting 2018 data for submission in 2019, and will credit good faith compliance efforts.” Neither intends to cite institutions for data errors or require data resubmissions unless data errors are material. read more
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Miranda Kerr was one of the celebrities on the Young Rich List. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images.AUSTRALIA’S 100 richest young people have hit a record combined wealth of $13.2b, with the list spread across industries from model Miranda Kerr to the developer of an iconic Brisbane development project.The richest young people under 40 in Australia were Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar with a record $6.08 billion in shared wealth, according to the 2017 Financial Review Young Rich List, which was released at 3pm today. Combined, their wealth was more than 10 times that of the next two placegetters. Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, co-founders and co-CEOs of Atlassian. Picture: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images Australia’s richest young property mogul Tim Gurner. Erica Baxter in a file picture with her child Emmanuelle.The meteoric rise of the apartment sector has seen the developer behind an iconic Brisbane development named the richest young property mogul in Australia — and the fifth richest young person in the country.Tim Gurner, whose development company Gurner created the FV flatiron building in Fortitude Valley and who has plans for another residential project in the area mid next year, has topped the property riches with an estimated worth of $465 million.His wealth was so far out in front of any other young people in the industry that he made up 60 per cent of the wealth of the top five Young Rich property moguls.Mr Gurner made headlines in May this year when a media report came out with him saying young Aussies would struggle to buy a home if they were “spending $40 a day on smashed avocados and coffees and not working.” Fitness app entrepreneur Kayla Itsines was on the list at position 40. Picture: Tim Hunter. HiSmile founders Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic. Picture: SuppliedThe highest property sector debut on the Young Rich List was Marwan Rahme at #35 with wealth of $70m. The Sydney-based Lebanese immigrant was fifth on property young rich list and used savings from his gap year stacking supermarket shelves to kick off a home reno business Kanebridge.He and three friends apparently made $15,000 proﬁt on their ﬁrst job, with Rahme going on to buy out his partners and expanding into ﬁnance, wealth advisory, property and sourcing capital.The Young Rich List is made up of Australia’s wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs aged 40 or younger, with those who inherit their wealth not on the list. The biggest number of entries came off technology (38) followed by financial services (12), with young property moguls coming in third with nine on the list. Top 5 young rich listers in property: Tim Gurner (5) $465mRonnie Elhaj (26) $92Kosta Drakopoulo (32) $75m Allister Lewison (33) $74m Marwan Rahme (35) $70m Top 5 young rich listers in Australia: Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar (1 & 2) *$6.08 billionDave Greiner and Ben Richardson (#3&4) *$607 millionTim Gurner (5) $465 million*Shared wealth Top 5 young rich women in Australia: Cyan Ta’eed (9*) $216m TechnologyMelanie Perkins (17*) $128m TechnologyErica Baxter (30*) $79m EntertainmentKayla Itsines (40*) $63m FitnessMiranda Kerr (62) 44 Modelling, Skincare*Shared wealth (Source: Young Rich List) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook FREE: Get The Courier-Mail ’s real estate news direct to your inbox The stunning FV Flatiron building in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoRich List editor John Stensholt said Tim Gurner has had to work harder but he was still going strong.“Gurner’s pretty symptomatic of what’s happening in the industry. He’s had to work harder to ensure buyers stayed there. It’s not really the glory days when you simply said settlements up next month and it was all good. He’s had to work harder to give better quality to make sure the buyers are still there,” he said.As a result around $200m in settlements were made in six days last week for the FV building, allowing Mr Gurner to fully repay a $180m ANZ facility.Over 80 apartments were leased and occupied before first settlement, with rental yields expected to be 5.2 to 7.5 per cent per annum.“Once they make some money they probably want to keep it. It is getting harder to get huge projects away … This is what he does, he’ll keep going,” Mr Stensholt said. He said the Young Rich out of Queensland had “some really interesting people”, with strong representation in technology and the young entrepreneur space.Among them were the youngest debutants on the list — the Gold Coast-based co-founders of HiSmile Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic, aged 22 and 24 respectively. They debuted at positions 58 and 59 with combined wealth of $46 million. Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar set a house price record when he paid more than $70m for the former home of the Fairfax family this year. The home called ‘Elaine’ is a seven-bedroom Victorian mansion on the Point Piper waterfront in Sydney. Picture: AFP/Peter ParksTotal wealth of the 100 people named in the list was a record $13.2b, up from $12.3b last year, with the average wealth per person also rising to $132m (from $123m last year).It included the likes of former wife of James Packer Erica Baxter in position 30 worth $79m, fitness queen Kayla Itsines (ranked 40) with $63m in the bank and modelling sensation Miranda Kerr (ranked 62) with $44m. read more
Cove Point LNG terminal (Image courtesy of Sumitomo Corporation)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States bounced back after a slight decline during the previous week. The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly report that its two export facilities shipped a total of seven cargoes in the week ending April 18.Data shows that six vessels, with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 21.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) departed the Cheniere-operated Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana as compared to five vessels in the previous week.One vessel with the LNG-carrying capacity of 3.8 Bcf was loading at the terminal on Wednesday.Dominion Energy Cove Point liquefaction facility in Maryland started commercial operations on April 10 and shipped its first commercial cargo on April 16.The $4 billion Cove Point facility with a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa, is the second US facility to produce LNG from shale gas, went through a maintenance period and has slowly been ramping up to full production. LNG World News Staff read more
A Georgia bar owner was struggling to pay her employees, and she decided to take down the dollar bills that her customers at The Sand Bar on Tybee Island have been stapling on the walls and ceilings for years.Jennifer Knox says it took three-and-a-half-days to remove all the money. She ended up taking down a total of $3,700. Knox distributed the cash to her bartenders and musicians who work at the sand bar. They each received about $600.Some customers later donated extra money for the cause.