Equality For All!

first_imgAongus Hegarty, President, Dell EMC EMEA“Achieving balance with work and life is not something that happens overnight, but something that gets honed over time. I try to keep it simple. When I’m at work, that’s where my focus is, but when I’m at home, I try to be 100% present. This means no calls after business hours, delegating responsibility and trust to members of my team when I’m on holiday, and actually putting on my out of office and turning off my phone (providing a way to reach me in case of emergencies, of course!) It takes discipline, but not only do my family benefit from me switching off, but it sends the right message to my team – that I trust them to lead when I’m away.” August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in the U.S. Nearly 100 years later, this day has come to mean even more as both women and men make concerted efforts to achieve full gender equality, especially in the workplace.As a working mother and senior executive, I’m often asked, “how do you do it all? How do you manage both work and family?” I’m always willing to share what seems to work best for me, as I think it is important for everyone to exchange stories, ideas and tips as we go through a collective journey to balance career with life.However, as we continue to push for equality, it’s important that we’re not just asking women this question. Asking male coworkers how they “do it all” not only reinforces equality for everyone at work but also at home, helping to eliminate any preconceived notions that it’s only women who need to learn how to juggle between the two.With equality in mind, I asked some of my male colleagues from around the world, “how do you manage both work and life?” Here’s what they said:Tian Beng Ng, Senior Vice President, Dell EMC APJ Channel“It is all about priorities. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one area I prioritize. I make it a point to hit the gym in the mornings and to also eat healthily. This keeps me energized and allows me to remain focused at work. I travel for work on an almost-weekly basis, so I make it a point to be home for the weekend with my family. As a father of three, I try to attend my children’s important activities and have regular family holidays. While at work, I am fully focused on work… focusing on the right priorities at the right time has allowed me to gain the trust of my family and my team, making life a lot more fun!” John Byrne, President, North America Commercial Sales, Dell EMC “The key to work/life balance is to know what matters to you. Both professionally and personally, we have to make trade-offs to accomplish our goals. Those choices can be really hard to make, but if you’re clear on your priorities, they become a lot easier. I want to be a very present father and husband. So my family comes first, always. Health matters greatly as well, so exercise is a non-negotiable. In my career, I prioritize maintaining a world-class team, because I thrive on working with people who are collaborative and share my passion for winning. Those three pillars — family, health and team — form my tripod. If one of those three pillars is off, I’ll do what it takes to fix it. That’s how I maintain stability.” Diego Majdalani, President, Dell EMC LatAM“In our lives we are jugglers with a number of balls in the air. We need to keep an eye on all of them and not just one, making sure we keep the right balance between work, family, health and personal activities. It is the only formula I know that I will not regret when I look back at my life. I am fortunate to have my loved ones who are not shy to let me know when I start to lose this balance. As I usually travel a lot for work, I block time in my agenda for my children’s important activities and try to be present in most (if not all) of those activities. I also reserve some time to recharge my energy with friends and reading a non-business book to refresh my mind.” Bask Iyer, General Manager of Edge/IoT, Dell Technologies and CIO, VMware“It goes without saying that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wife and family’s support and understanding. However, regardless of your role and position, you have to prioritize your family and a healthy work-life balance, and depend on your team at work and home to not only help you succeed, but to call you out when you could use a little more life balance.” Steve Price, Chief Human Resource Officer, Dell“Finding a balance between work and life comes down to boundaries, batteries and believing. You first need to believe that a healthy work-life balance will actually enable you to be your best and do your best work. You also have to set clear boundaries for your personal and family time and hold to them. And, finally, you have to prioritize recharging your batteries. It’s not a badge of honor to work day and night. Rather, by taking the time necessary to truly refresh my batteries – like fishing – I can thrive at work and be more effective in delivering value for our customers.”  Chris Riley, President, North America Enterprise and Customer Operations“In sales, we all share a commitment to our customers and a strong focus on the business. We carry a lot of responsibility in knowing that our performance directly impacts the success of the company. While we are focused on delivering results, we should also prioritize our families and never miss the opportunity to spend time with them. I arrange my calendar around important family moments like sporting events, anniversaries, and birthdays. I am a proud father of six and I always look forward to the opportunities when I get to spend quality time with my wife, sons and daughter. I greatly value my family and being appreciative of that helps me to ensure that I’m balancing my time. As leaders, we need to openly talk about the importance of achieving a work/life balance with our teams – especially with high performance teams like sales focused on delivering a world-class customer experience.”As you can see, managing work and life isn’t just a challenge or a goal for women. We’re all in this together.As we continue to push for a more inclusive society, it’s important that we continue to ask these questions to everyone so we can all learn, growth and thrive – at work and at home. So I ask you, both men and women, “how do you best manage both work and life?”last_img read more

Illegal fishing puts vendor behind bars

first_imgRecovered from his possession weredifferent kinds of fish amounting and a multicab, it added. Police identified him as 48-year-oldAlex Brillantes. He was arrested around 3 p.m. on April 18, a police report showed. BACOLOD City– For allegedly selling fishcaught through dynamite fishing, a vendor was nabbed in Barangay RafaelaBarrera, Sagay City, Negros Occidental.center_img Brillantes was brought to the Sagay Citypolice station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 8550, or the PhilippineFisheries Code of 1998 as amended by Republic Act 10654./PNlast_img read more

Australia are mirroring their captain’s defiance

first_imgBy Ian Chappell… Steven Smith defied those who didn’t give him a chance as a batsman. Now his team is doing the same on a tour no one thought they could compete inIT’S often said about a cricket team that it takes on the character of the captain. There’s now a determined defiance about this Australian team that was missing until Steven Smith delivered a stern rebuke after the Hobart debacle when they capitulated to a relentless South African attack. Following that ignominious defeat Smith said: “We didn’t have that fight and resilience in us.”Well, one of the noticeable things about a rejuvenated Australian side in India has been how they have displayed a confidence and defiance that is a mirror image of their captain.Smith was already a successful batting captain, but on this tour of India he has taken his play to another level.He’s made two centuries in three Tests, and following his undefeated vigil in Ranchi, it’s apparent that India’s bowlers are no closer to unlocking the secret to upending him. They may have run out of ideas. Smith’s patience and thirst for runs is never-ending.Smith has reduced his mental errors to a minimum. He has eradicated much of the risk from his play but he still puts away the bad or even slightly wayward delivery.Such was India’s desperation in Ranchi that it looked less like a Test and more like a schoolyard romp between two 11-year-olds when Wriddhiman Saha piled on top of the Australian captain in an effort to extract the ball from between Smith’s legs.Seeing Smith amass runs with the same ease with which Warren Buffett accumulates wealth, it’s hard to imagine he was first chosen for Australia as a leg-spinner who batted at eight. That may have been the selectors’ assessment at the time but his teammates are adamant he always wanted to be a batsman.Those same teammates also say Smith hits more balls in practice than anyone. He looks like a self-made player as he scurries back and across before the bowler delivers, but his defence is watertight, and at the point of contact everything is in position to inflict maximum damage.It’s rare for such a successful player to expend so much effort hitting practice balls. Sachin Tendulkar was another of that ilk, but it’s more common to hear a player (incorrectly) classed as a “natural” when he enjoys great success.Two match-winning batsmen from the past who adopted the opposite routine to Smith were South Africa’s Graeme Pollock and Australia’s Doug Walters. Pollock would religiously face 12 throwdowns before each innings and Walters was diligent at an official net practice, but between those sessions the only thing he struck was a match to light up another cigarette.Smith may be the backbone of Australia’s batting on this tour but he is also focused on his players’ performance. He expertly shepherded Glenn Maxwell through his innings to help produce a substantial partnership and the effervescent all-rounder’s first Test century.The feature of Maxwell’s batting was the responsibility he displayed in contrast with his extravagant limited-overs strokeplay. His emotional response to reaching three figures and the follow-up hug for his captain said a lot about the spirit in this Australian team.For the bulk of Smith’s marathon knock, his counterpart, Virat Kohli, was missing with an injured shoulder. Without Kohli’s inspiration, the exasperation and frustration began to show on the bowlers’ face, especially that of Ishant Sharma.Kohli made a calculated move to prise Smith out of his comfort zone in Bangalore and it worked. Smith suffered a rare dual failure and his team lost. Kohli’s strategy was successful, but it’s time India found a way to unsettle Smith with their bowling tactics rather than with verbal assaults.Before the tour commenced, Smith was informed his team had no chance of succeeding. He has proved those predictions wrong and in the process formed a squad that is confident and resilient and a far cry from the brittle side that was destroyed at Bellerive.This Australian team has defied the odds and performed in a manner no one could have predicted. A bit like their skipper!(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers set NCAA attendance record at Kohl Center amid three-game homestead

first_imgWisconsin routed Minnesota State University, Mankato to cap off a three-week homestead that featured an NCAA record-setting attendance for a women’s hockey game amid string of intense Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchups.In the first of the three home series, Wisconsin bested St. Cloud State University 2-0 in front of 15,359 fans at the Kohl Center as part of UW’s 2017 “Fill the Bowl” event on Saturday, Jan. 14.Traditionally, Wisconsin women’s hockey plays home games in the LaBahn Arena, but the school’s “Fill the Bowl” event occurs on the men’s team’s home ice at the Kohl Center. The Kohl Center boasts nearly 15,000 more seats than LaBahn, and the Badger faithful filled nearly every one in the special venue change.The turnout shattered the NCAA women’s hockey previous single-game attendance record of 13,573 that Wisconsin set in the 2014 and most recent chapter of the event. With the attendance record against St. Cloud, Wisconsin now owns the five highest single-game attendance totals in NCAA women’s hockey history.Building off the energy and pride created this monumental turnout in the temporary venue change, Wisconsin went on to defeat North Dakota 3-2 and 2-1 the following weekend back on the LaBahn home ice. The weekend series was the second consecutive home sweep of 2017, lifting the Badgers to 5-0 total record in the new year before hosting Minnesota State University, Mankato the next weekend.The all-time series between Mankato and Wisconsin has always favored the Badgers, with a 72-2-3 overall record against the Mavericks. With a grand total of 16 Badgers earning points this weekend, it was clear the Mavericks were still having problems keeping up with Wisconsin.Women’s hockey: Badgers close out WCHA play with Minnesota StateAfter a tough weekend battle against the University of North Dakota, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team finishes their Read…The skill difference between these two teams was apparent the minute the puck dropped Friday night. Wisconsin (24-2-1-0, 19-2-1-0 WCHA) outshot the Mavericks 47-15, and managed to not only net two power-play goals, but one short-handed goal as well.“We created a bunch of opportunities and capitalized on a couple power plays and overall it was a good effort,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said.Mankato (6-20-3, 3-17-2 WCHA) had a hard time keeping up with the Badgers’ defense as well, with Wisconsin controlling much of the pace. Even after the first period, it was apparent why Mankato came into the weekend at the bottom of the WCHA, and the night closed out with a 5-0 victory for the Badgers.Saturday would closely resemble Friday’s matchup, in that Wisconsin was clearly the superior team. While the Mavericks did manage to get a goal past Ann-Renée Desbiens, their power-play goal would be the Mavericks’ only score of the weekend. The Badgers swept the weekend with a 6-1 victory Saturday afternoon.Women’s hockey: Top-ranked Badgers tested but emerge victorious against North DakotaSaturday night was a prime example of a heated rivalry between the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and the Read…Two Badgers reached career milestones Saturday afternoon, with Sydney McKibbon and Emily Clark both earning their 100th career point during the first period. Clark and McKibbon were both happy with the achievement, but more concerned with getting the conference win it in front of a home crowd.“It was pretty cool to share that with [McKibbon] tonight,” Clark said. “A huge thanks to my linemates, I think they made a couple extra passes that they definitely could have shot this weekend, but pretty cool feeling, especially to do it at home.”With a grand total of nine Badgers scoring goals this weekend — five of them being freshmen — it is clear Wisconsin has become an even more dynamic team. With a road test against Bemidji State University awaiting the Badgers next weekend, coach Johnson knows he has made a team that is becoming more and more difficult to suppress.“We got contributions from different people,” Johnson said. “Get some depth in your scoring and it becomes difficult to defend.”Wisconsin also managed to silence Mankato without veteran senior defenseman Melissa Channell on the ice after she left the second game of the North Dakota series due to injury a week prior.While the No. 1 Badgers boast deep talent across the roster, it often takes even the best of teams a certain trial period to adjust to a veteran absence on the ice going forward.This may be especially apparent in the Badgers first upcoming road test since the loss against a solid Bemidji State team next weekend in Minnesota.last_img read more