Magazine founder speaks at SMC

first_imgAs part of Love Your Body Week at Saint Mary’s, Emily Raleigh, founder of the online magazine “Smart Girls Group,” shared how the magazine began and why it is important for all girls to be smart girls. Raleigh, a freshman at Fordham University, brainstormed “Smart Girls Group” one year ago when she wrote her younger sister a guide to getting through high school. The guide discussed fashion, peer pressure, classes and social life. “When I was younger, I used to dress up and say, ‘Mommy, do I look like a smart girl?’” Raleigh said. “So, when I was thinking of my sister’s Christmas present my senior year of high school, I really wanted to give her something meaningful and I decided to pull from this idea of being a smart girl. My family then really pushed me to get it published and pursue it.” After Raleigh decided to develop the concept as a magazine, she contacted girls from her community and elsewhere, she said. The group expanded from there. Today, “Smart Girls Group” is published once a month. The organization started college chapters, runs daily blogs and now has more than 150 contributors from 10 countries. “‘Smart Girls Group’ is all about connecting and inspiring girls from all over to be smart girls,” Raleigh said. “We offer a supporting environment that cultivates empowerment within girls.” She said the magazine and overall organization use blogs, articles and personal stories of high school and college women to provide girls with a healthy support network. “What is unique about our group is that all the girls who are writing or contributing to the group are high school- or college-aged,” Raleigh said. “You will not find anyone our moms’ age writing for the magazine and I think that is very important. When girls go on our website and read our magazine, they are hearing from girls going through many of the same experiences as they are.” The magazine covers an array of topics from politics to fashion to relationships, Raleigh said. It also offers advice on how to be a smart girl. She said being a smart girl starts with finding your “I am’s” and using positive language as an essential tool for breaking down barriers. “I think that being a leader and being a smart girl starts with how we speak,” Raleigh said. “When we say things like ‘I can’t,’ we are unconsciously putting up barriers for ourselves. Saying ‘I am’ and using positive language is the first step in being a smart girl.” The next step is finding your smarts, Raleigh said. “‘The Smart Girls Group’ helps you grab your passions,” Raleigh said. “We help you find things that interest you. I always had an interest in girl power and technology, and founding this group has allowed me to bridge those two passions. That is what we would like to do for our smart girls.” Raleigh said once a girl finds her passion, she should determine her goals and make plans. “Ask yourself what can I start doing today? Make sure these goals are something you can control,” Raleigh said. “You do not want to leave your destiny up to somebody else.” Raleigh stressed the importance of independent leadership and surrounding yourself with positive people. “You want to surround yourself by people that lift you up higher,” she said. “This means your friends, boyfriends, whatever. Find people that lift you up.” Raleigh encouraged those in the audience to find their own inner smart girls and set the world on fire. “Take your smarts and your passions to help change a part of the world,” she said. “There are so many ways we can all impact others’ lives in some way. Find your smart girl and set the world on fire.”last_img read more

El Salvador Ramps Up MINUSMA Air Deployment

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 09, 2018 The Salvadoran Air Force (FAS, in Spanish) will ramp up its air contingent as part of the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA, in French) in Mali. Units will deploy to Timbuktu, where the Salvadoran mission, under the direction of the United Nations (UN), will feature an air assistance unit on the ground and a unit of attack helicopters, as of May 2018. “The specialized combat helicopter air contingent is critical to the peacekeeping operations carried out in Mali,” Army Major General David Munguía Payés, Salvadoran Minister of Defense, told Diálogo from the Mali encampment. “Our determination to continue to support the establishment of lasting peace and security to benefit the entire population is unwavering,” he added. The minister took command of deployed elements in Mali on April 11, 2018. Upon arrival, he confirmed that two new units would come to relieve the Torogoz III helicopter air contingent, onsite since 2015. “We reiterate our commitment to contribute to the UN peacekeeping missions,” he said. Torogoz III, christened in honor of El Salvador’s national bird, which represents freedom and family unity, is composed of 90 members, including Special Forces commands, engineers, radio technicians, and military sanitation specialists from the Armed Force of El Salvador (FAES, in Spanish). The contingent works independently under the command of FAS Colonel José León Gómez. “Extremist groups’ constant attacks caused us to increase our number of operations,” Col. León told Diálogo. “The population feels calmer and such incidents dropped noticeably.” The Salvadoran pilots deployed with MINUSMA are trained in air personnel transport, convoy escort, air search and surveillance, and search and rescue of injured personnel. Additionally, they can provide civilian protection support, human rights monitoring, humanitarian assistance, and return of persons displaced by conflict. A female attack pilot Torogoz III has a distinctive feature. One of its attack pilots is a woman. Captain Sandra Hernández is the only female pilot in the FAS second helicopter air contingent. Capt. Hernández volunteered for the mission, after undergoing a battery of medical, physical, and psychological tests. She was one of the most outstanding students in the survival training classes the U.S. Army delivered in El Salvador. FAES opened its doors to women in 2000, allowing for Capt. Hernández to join as a pilot. Since then, more than 1,000 female service members serve in the various military fields. “I work with professional personnel, who respect and value the work of all, regardless of their gender. They demand the same from me as from men, and don’t discriminate against me for being a woman,” Capt. Hernández told Diálogo. “El Salvador went to great lengths to ensure that gender is not a problem for women. Women’s presence in the armed forces produces a high level of acceptance and trust in the [citizens] and I experienced this in my interaction with the population.” Capt. Hernández is in charge of monitoring Torogoz III aircraft and flight equipment, which must be in optimal conditions for missions. For example when elements conduct air reconnaissance in areas prone to terrorist attacks and escort logistics convoys deployed in cities. “Our mission is to bring security to the country with our patrols and use our aircraft to deter terrorist groups,” Capt. Hernández said. “We succeeded in greatly reducing the number of attacks. Without a doubt, this brings calm and stability to people, so that they can go to work, take their children to school, and not live holed up in their homes out of fear.” “We are proud to have her on the team, her unique empathy with the women and children of the area allows us to better interact with families,” Col. León said. “Working with colleagues with different military training, cultures, and languages adds value to the experience the [Salvadoran] contingent will gain from MINUSMA.” SOUTHCOM assistance All Salvadoran service members deployed with Torogoz III trained at the FAES Center for Peace Operations. The center was renovated in 2015, thanks to a $1.3 million donation from the Global Peace Operations Fund (GPOI), through U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. GPOI, financed by the U.S. government, is designed to improve international capacity to carry out UN Peacekeeping Operations. Its goal is to support partner nations in increasing capacity to gain and maintain peacekeeping competency, increase the number of available service members and police units, and facilitate the preparation, logistics support, and deployment of military units.last_img read more

6 reasons you should change core systems and 3 reasons you shouldn’t

first_imgAre you a coin tosser?  Horoscope reader? Eenie-meenie-miney-moe’r? Whatever your preferred method of making a decision between equal contenders, there are certain matters that require more in-depth research during the decision making process.  When it comes to a credit union core conversion, most will agree this is one of the most crucial decisions within a CU. And while it is doubtful any would leave this decision to chance, there are many around the country who stick with their existing credit union core processor because they do not recognize the signs that they should leave. So, should you stay or should you go? Here are some reasons to consider before embarking down the path of indecision:Reasons you should change your core:Costs – If the terms keep changing and fees keep increasing unjustifiably, you may want to consider a core system review. Avoid contract entrapment and check your agreements. In recent years, many core providers have not only employed but embraced a staggered contract strategy in a deliberate effort to entrap clients.Unsatisfactory technical support – If you’ve experienced a breach, constant outages or configuration mishaps after an update and rather than solving the issue you spend hours on hold, you should research alternatives.Distrust – Do you find yourself wondering if your account manager is feeding you mistruths to cover up mistakes, or perhaps you aren’t convinced they fully understand your issues? Find your peace of mind and begin the steps to conversion.Development Halt – If your core is stuck in the stone ages and does not have development plans to keep you on pace with the market and competition, consider a change.Non-Compliant – Your core is to blame for compliance on exams and audits?  Seek a core conversion. This is too important to risk losing a charter and paying fees.Inefficient – If your core’s outdated system keeps your staff from being productive, you should change your core. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lamprell elects new chairman

first_imgOffshore rig builder Lamprell has appointed a new non-executive chairman of the company with effect from September 20, 2017.Lamprell said on Monday that John Malcolm would be taking the role of non-executive chairman following the planned retirement of John Kennedy from the board.John Malcolm has been an independent non-executive director since May 27, 2013, and Lamprell decided that his industry experience and knowledge of the company made him an excellent candidate for the chairman role from existing board members.John Kennedy will continue as a non-executive chairman and director until he retires on September 20, 2017.The company added that the composition of each of the board committees was amended as a result of the appointment. Namely, Debra Valentine was appointed as the chair of the Remuneration & Development Committee while Mel Fitzgerald was appointed as the chair of the Nominations & Governance Committee.John Kennedy, chairman of Lamprell, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome John Malcolm as the new Lamprell chairman. John takes over the role at an important time for the company as it navigates through the continuing industry downturn. We are pleased to have someone with the right skills, industry knowledge and deep understanding of the company from within the board to assume the crucial role of chairman.”The soon-to-be chairman of Lamprell, Malcolm, added: “I would also like to personally thank John Kennedy for his leadership of the company over the past five years. I look to continue his efforts to implement the company’s strategic vision and to build on our participation in the transformational Maritime Complex in Saudi Arabia. Despite the current challenging market environment, I am confident that Lamprell has the potential and is well-positioned to deliver sustainable growth in the long term.”last_img read more

Super Bowl commercials 2019: Watch the best ads from Super Bowl 53

first_img“CBS Corp., which will broadcast the big game from Atlanta on Feb. 3, is selling 30-second commercials for $5.1 million to $5.3 million, people familiar with the matter said. That’s roughly the same price as last year, when Comcast Corp.’s NBC sold them for $5.24 million, according to research firm Kantar Media.”Some companies ran teasers and even released their ads early to generate buzz on social media and get more bang for their buck. From Bud Light to Olay and everything in between, here’s a collection of the best commercials that ran during the big game in 2019 to discuss around the water cooler Tuesday.MORE: Breaking down the ‘NFL100′ commercial frame by framePepsi Super Bowl adBudweiser Super Bowl adOlay skin care Super Bowl adHyundai Super Bowl adStella Artois Super Bowl adMercedes-Benz Super Bowl adMr. Peanut Super Bowl adBubly Super Bowl adAmazon Super Bowl adDoritos Super Bowl adM&M’s Super Bowl adMichelob ULTRA Super Bowl adMichelob ULTRA Pure Gold Super Bowl adAvocados from Mexico Super Bowl adBON & VIV Spiked Seltzer Super Bowl adBumble Super Bowl adColgate Total Super Bowl adExpensify Super Bowl adPringles Super Bowl adKia Super Bowl ad Super Bowl 53 didn’t exactly inspire excitement on the field, so the brands that ponied up for commercials during the big game got a bang for their buck.A 30-second ad during the Super Bowl cost around $5 million this year, according to Bloomberg News. Devour Super Bowl adYellow Tail Super Bowl adVerizon Super Bowl adToyota Super Bowl adBud Light “Corn Syrup” adTo be clear, Bud Light is not brewed with corn syrup, and Miller Lite and Coors Light are.— Bud Light (@budlight) February 3, 2019″Game of Thrones”/Bud Light adThe Bud Light and @GameofThrones worlds collide #ForTheThrone. Literally.— Bud Light (@budlight) February 4, 2019T-Mobile “What’s for dinner?” ad🌮 What 🌮 is 🌮 everyone 🌮 eating 🌮 next 🌮 Tuesday?! 🌮Free tacos with @TacoBell for #TMobileTuesdays customers. #AreYouWithUs— T-Mobile (@TMobile) February 4, 2019The Twilight Zone Super Bowl adWhat dimension are you even in? 🌀Witness the extended cut of the debut @TheTwilightZone promo featuring @JordanPeele. #TheTwilightZone— The Twilight Zone (@TheTwilightZone) February 4, 2019 NFL “100 years” Super Bowl adThe all-time greatest, most competitive NFL players gathered for the #NFL100 gala. What could possibly go wrong?— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2019 Burger King Super Bowl adthe whopper’s out of the bag. keep eating like Andy. #EatLikeAndy— Burger King (@BurgerKing) February 4, 2019Avengers Super Bowl ad”Some people move on. But not us.” Watch the brand new Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame spot that aired during the Big Game. See the film in theaters April 26.— The Avengers (@Avengers) February 3, 2019Washington Post Super Bowl adBecause knowing empowers us.Knowing helps us decide.Knowing keeps us free.#democracydiesindarkness— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 4, 2019last_img read more