Irma Moving Closer To The Northern Leeward Islands

At 500 AM, the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.9 North, longitude 52.3 West. Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected later today, followed by a west-northwestward turn late Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move closer to the Leeward Islands through Tuesday and then be near the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast through Tuesday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 961 mb.

As a result hurricane watches are in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Interests in the remainder of the Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of Irma. Additional Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches may be required for portions of this area on Monday.

Irma will pass very close or over the northern Leeward Islands on Wednesday. The first squalls and tropical storm force winds are expected to reach the islands late on Tuesday. It could move near or over the British Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon or evening. The track has also been shifted closer to Puerto Rico.

Irma is a dangerous category 3 hurricane. Strengthening is likely as it tracks generally westward. By Wednesday, it is expected to make its closest approach to the Leeward and British Virgin Islands as a powerful category 4 hurricane.

Based on the current forecast track, the eye of Hurricane Irma is expected to pass approximately 37 miles north east of the British Virgin Islands.

Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website (bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates and preparedness tips.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.

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Are we on the brink of a jobless future?

Futurologists have been predicting the automation armageddon -- robots replacing human workers -- for decades. Has the future finally arrived? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Silicon Valley to talk with leading tech thinkers and computer scientists about whether humanity is at a tipping point.

Video Source: PBS News Hour

The New Zealand Election, Charlottesville and a slippery slope

This is a response to “I will not be voting in this election”. This article made me feel sad and frustrated, as if young kiwis don’t see the big picture at all. So, if you know what the word neoliberalism means, you want politics to feel more relevant, but you feel exhausted by politics and the way it works right now, this is for you.

Young people in New Zealand have tough choices to make during elections at the moment. Parties put forward leaders of their choosing, and play the old game of billboards, press conferences and augment 20th century democracy with weekly attempt at Facebook live. Young kiwis talk about wanting to be able to vote for socialism, or to vote for no one because no political party on offer suits their emerging paradigm. New Zealand is only recently neoliberal in many ways, and yet in other countries like the US you can see the way “money in politics” builds a separate political class, captured by corporate interests over cultural values or community interests. Money in politics is not just about the truck lobby funding a political party to build roads, it’s also about how money and class become culturally worshipped within a neoliberal economy, which is attached to a story of separation, individualism and “fending for yourself”. Yes this story is killing us. It’s eroding our environment, our social fabric, our belief in each other, and our sense of what life is for. We need to press the restart button on almost every aspect of society’s structures in order to rebuild them within a new story, including how our politics is operating. The irrelevant reality TV show that is our popularity politics steeped in the story of separation is obviously steaming toward a cliff. But are we shooting ourselves in the foot by tuning out?

I think that it’s time to dig in our heels, vote strategically and actively build the foundation for Aotearoa New Zealand to thrive again in the long term.
In the short term, this is unbelievably simple:
Party vote progressive/left.

There, I gave away the punchline. That is the action I want you to take. Why? These three reasons are scarier than you think.

1) Political parties either build or erode the context for securing a better future

In the United States, most people feel that their political system doesn’t understand their needs or priorities. Neoliberal reforms towards smaller government and bigger markets have eroded welfare, health services and educational opportunities. Values of fairness and egalitarianism are less popular than competition and individual success. As a symptom, the man who epitomises “every man for himself” is in the most powerful seat. The Trump administration has provoked and normalised racism and hate speech during their campaign and yet were able to win due to thousands of dark and intertwined factors. The US population’s’ rejection of the existing political structures, desperation for changes especially the revitalisation of the economy in dying towns, and cultural mistrust of difference are just a few.

Last week in Charlottesville, Virginia an international white supremacy rally caused violent injury and death of local people. Locals peacefully marching down a road aiming to demonstrate that hateful groups of extremists are not tolerated in their town were brutally attacked. For full information watch this short VICE documentary (trigger warnings: racist hate speech, car violence, unhelpful police). Donald Trump’s initial reaction said he condemns these behaviours “on many sides”, failing to acknowledge the “Unite the Right” rally as the perpetrating group.

This recent tragedy is a microcosm of the tension, disruption and values contortion which the US is experiencing right now. The consistent use of a neoliberal ideology to build the United States in the past 50 years has created the perfect conditions for this storm.

Folks interested in building an inclusive economic and political future for the United States were fired up for Bernie Sanders’ call for democratic socialism, and fired up for Obama the community organiser black president. But in the choice between Hilary’s “slightly improve the status quo” and Trump’s “drain the swamp” there was a sense of confusion even in my progressive circles. I met a young woman at a dinner event about inclusive workplaces, and she was voting for Trump as an act of rebellion. Not only was there that breed of confusion during the election campaign, but now there is a bigger confusion: How do we build the inclusive cultural future we see as possible, when we’re busy trying to organise counter protests against violent, heavily armed hate groups? How do we build the inclusive energy future we know is urgent, while trying to organise petitions to shame and change the decisions of the CEO of Exxon Mobil — the Secretary of State and Climate? The cards are officially stacked against progressively minded folks who want to build a world where most people thrive. We are forced to fight fires with one hand while juggling our own lives and organise a proactive community food program with what energy is left.

The policies, behaviours and influence of political parties in power can erode the political context in which work can be done to secure a better future.

Of course we can see the holes in the Labour party, and the two party system. But we have the opportunity to disrupt that. The Opportunities Party is doing a great job at shaking up the debates. It will be much more likely for new political parties to form and new political agendas to be proposed such as “NZ as a commons” (see Barcelona in common, as an example). We can present entirely new political stories — new narratives for society at large. But this will be hard without progressive/centre left politicians in power. Because everyone who cares about fairness, and access to opportunity, will be busy screaming for basic rights to be upheld, while those in power buy bigger earplugs and decide welfare should get smaller and smaller and smaller.

2) The “ruling class” becomes more irrelevant and detached the more you ignore them

In New Zealand, we are looking at a future where we are disengaged further and further from our sense of sovereignty due to a strong neoliberal political culture since 2008. Almost ten years of the National Party has cultivated a political realm that is irrelevant to New Zealanders issues — ignoring the housing crisis, slow to respond to the Christchurch rebuild, blocking Auckland Council’s access to a support for their rapid transit budget, while building hundreds of millions of dollars of slightly improved motorways, and spending millions on a flag changing process as a distraction to cover up their work on the TPPA all the while working very hard to maintain their relatable, reasonable and responsible media facing brand. New Zealand has been run by a self-serving elite political class that is already on the way to building a dystopic separatist future that is being experienced in the United States. This risk is real and it isn’t an over statement.

Metiria’s recent experience being vilified for telling a true story of hardship from a position of political standing shows that vulnerability is not welcome, real issues faced by mothers are not welcome. All the while our existing political class carrying on with their own tax evasion style tactics and using of legal loopholes to make the best of it for themselves. Bill English and the National Party admonished Metiria. But Bill English cheated the state to make a buck rather than to get by! Declaring he lived in in Southland to gain access to an extra $32,000 of taxpayer money for a housing allowance while living in Wellington and owning multiple properties (on advice from his personal lawyer, while in parliament), shows he is completely removed from the experience of normal NZ communities that are simply making money, keeping jobs, raising children, and finding 5 minutes for their passions in a complex puzzle of factors in order to live their lives in houses rather than on streets. Political elitism is divorced from a culture that values community, and when decision makers live at a distance from real issues it not only makes politics feel irrelevant NOW, but will make it more likely for politics to be irrelevant and violently irresponsible into the future.

Voting today is part of a journey for you to reconnect our politics to what you care about.

3) Nation states are easier to maintain than create

Our societies are geographic, land-based mutual support networks. They are our shared kingdoms we swear allegiance to. When we live somewhere, we should be able to say “I like the way things are run around here and I want to be part of this”. Its very difficult to build these.

States are usually the product of war, if not a challenging international negotiation process at a table accessible only to existing nation states. To have control and power and influence and discretion and mandate to make changes across geographical region that you have exclusive access to, is not possible to get without force unless you live in a democracy.

Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the best opportunities to engage with the existing democratic structures in order to make them more relevant over time. Maintaining democracy — access to decision making in our geographical mutual aid network — is a choice. When we choose to disengage we’re not actually choosing to build a new democracy. Revolution is not as sexy as it sounds. It might come as a surprise to some people, but this would be very difficult to do. Restoring a broken, captured state would require extreme use of force or taking on extreme international debt (or both) and I don’t think that’s what we want or need for New Zealand.

In the context of global changes NZ has always practiced leadership and been out in front. We punch above our weight, we take the moral high ground. We have always been involved in looking at new ways of doing things. I could list many from being first to enable women’s right to vote, through to the Waitangi Tribunal process, the nuclear free decision, the role NZ took in the South African apartheid via the SpringBok tour.

Aotearoa NZ is an incubation nation. We can try things others can’t. We are in a lucky position to create the political environment that we want. We have the same % of naysayers as anywhere else, but we also had the first Green Party in the world (1972). From my perspective, the Green Party really innovated participatory policy development processes. Building community chapters and facilitating a tree of input from members towards collaboratively developed policies. No matter how niche their voters seem, they have pioneered new politics. We have a political precedent for innovation around how communities participate and get represented in creating the future of our nation state. This approach has been taken up by 100 countries. Global players pay attention to what we try here.

Our nation state is small and enclosed by water, making us an ideal incubation nation environment. And we didn’t stop innovating on fundamental aspects of our society in the 70s, its happening now. For example, the founder of one of the most influential cryptocurrencies is coming to NZ through the Edmund Hillary Fellowship. This is an exciting opportunity for some innovative testing at the highest level; what is the future of our financial system? Can we make a more just, fair, and transparent economy? What is the possibility of the blockchain technology itself making voting more secure? I don’t know. The blockchain space is filled with just as many power hungry people as the US money system. However, there’s an opportunity there to strike out and do something different. We are staying relevant when we innovate with the pulse of the world, and if we incubate the future in Aotearoa, we will be immersing these innovations in uniquely kiwi values which values-confused states like the US really need role modelled. The incredible wisdom and cultural lineage of Te Ao Māori is valuable beyond measure. What happens when we go above and beyond to build a nation state of the future which is deeply informed by and empowering for indigenous and pacific people? This is a special kind of incubation that we can only enable if we build a more equal society and enable tangata whenua to truly stand in their power alongside folks like the one building this cryptocurrency.

We have a history of trying things, pushing the boundaries and adopting new approaches. Initiatives like EHF are positioning New Zealand to be a culture MAKER not a culture taker in the next 100 years. Will you help to create a space for political innovations which we could share with the world? Will you help maintain the access to decision making that we have now? Will you help us hold on to a democracy that isn’t completely corrupt so there’s oxygen in our political economy to use for creating something new rather than have to fight to rebuild something we lost because we got apathetic?

Changing the course of nation states without enormous violence or disruption is about consistently making decisions & innovating towards our values and vision. And we are so well positioned to not only help ourselves but help other nation states see a new path forward.

Keep your claws in

If we continue to disengage and dislocate ourselves from our political system as it is now, then we will lose our footing. When you detect that exhausting feeling of “this is broken and it’s too much to fix it, no amount of thinking carefully will stop this building from burning” use it as a signal to take a deep breath and keep voting. Don’t drown yourself in Youtube and sugar. You don’t have to build anything alone, but I need you to vote, so that next year we don’t have to fight fires and instead we can work towards more interesting visions for our future. Our futures are so interesting we can’t even describe them coherently yet. It won’t be Socialism, Communism or Capitalism. It’s not Green or Labour or National. It’s local and it’s global. It’s environmentally and economically viable. It’s inclusive and yet allows for autonomy. And it needs you to carve out some sunlight for it to grow in.

Now, and every election in the foreseeable future, is a time to vote for parties that you agree with (even if their policies don’t feel perfect yet). It’s time to get people who can relate to you buckled up into the seats of power. Vote to say “sit there, please, hold the fort for us while we build something new, and be ready to help me when I’ve got something for us to use at scale”.

This article has been republished from www.medium.com

Everybody Wants to Be Famous

Why empathy and creativity should be part of your reputation-management plan.

Fame. Everyone likes to sneer at it while secretly wishing they got a bit more attention for the things they do. Maybe that’s because it’s easier to be famous now than it has ever been. The rise of social media has ensured that almost anyone who wants to can have a taste of fame, even if it’s for nothing more than posting a few witty Tweets or videos of cats. Meanwhile, reality TV transforms ordinary people into celebrities overnight. Is it really a surprise that the most famous woman in the world among millennials, Kim Kardashian, is someone whose only obvious talent is being famous?

This isn’t a criticism. We all like approval for the good things we do and attention for our professional achievements. There are those among us who want to raise their profile as good people because it serves as a form of protection against negative press or unfounded, aggressive criticism. There are those who have worked hard and tried to give back to society, hoping (I think completely understandably) that they might be appreciated. There are people who have a message they think has great social importance and want to promote themselves so they can share it with others. And there are people who simply want to improve their job prospects. In decades of managing the reputations of politicians, CEOs and entrepreneurs, among other highly successful and wealthy people, I’ve seen countless examples of people who have reached the very zenith of their field, only to see a rival with less ability and fewer achievements—but better PR—take the plaudits.

In my line of work, the numerous reasons that someone might wish to raise his or her profile are largely irrelevant. My clients never want to be famous for fame’s sake. My job is to make sure that they get the attention and respect that, in almost all cases, I genuinely feel they deserve.

Profile-raising is a complex exercise. When we create tailored services for the people whose reputations my practice manages, we take into account their strengths and weaknesses, their interests and irritations, and their goals, short- and long-term. Yes-men and yes-women are a blight on good personal public relations: A large part of PR is providing an expert perspective, which can include, for example, advising clients that their goals are too ambitious (or not ambitious enough), or that they will need media training before they step in front of a camera.

One major and undervalued aspect of profile-raising is empathy and creativity. A good consultant must be able to empathize with his or her clients in order to understand the driving forces in their lives, their frustrations and their desires. Consultants also need to have empathy with the public: Why, for example, should Joe and Jane Bloggs pick up the newspaper and read about a client? The needs and desires of the wider public matter. Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking are essential to creating a satisfying and complete narrative that will capture the attention and interest of the right demographic. Everyone is interesting. The task is to extract that information from the client and tell the story in an engaging way.

It goes without saying that fame isn’t everything. But wishing to grow a wider audience for yourself also isn’t inherently egotistical or shallow. We have a deep need for attention and approval from other people because we’re all social creatures. Let’s just be honest about it, and go about getting it thoughtfully.

This article has been republished from www.worth.com

Exclusive: Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."

Now, the contents of that letter -- the last direct communication between the 44th and 45th presidents -- have emerged for the first time after CNN obtained a copy.

Full letter

Dear Mr. President -

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,


Four pieces of advice

The words reveal a conciliatory outgoing commander in chief with four items of advice for his successor, whose fitness for the job he'd spent the previous months openly questioning.

"Congratulations on a remarkable run," Obama wrote in his opening line. "Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure."

Written out longhand on White House stationery and slipped into the top drawer of the Resolute Desk, the 275-word letter captures an outgoing president eager to instill in Trump the vast responsibilities and uncertain parameters of the job.

Obama, when writing the letter, didn't disclose the content even to his closest aides. Since then, however, Trump has shown the letter to visitors in the Oval Office or his private White House residence. CNN obtained a copy from someone Trump showed it to.

"This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful," Obama wrote. "Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years."

Obama reminds Trump, a billionaire businessman, that they've both been "blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune."

"Not everyone is so lucky," Obama said. "It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard."

He advises Trump that American leadership is "indispensable" and encourages him "through action and example" to sustain post-Cold War international order.

And he offers a warning against eroding the tenets of democracy in the name of political gain.

"We are just temporary occupants of this office," Obama wrote. "That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for."

"Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them," he said.

That passage, read seven months after Trump took office, appears prescient. Trump has been accused of flouting rule of law in his broadsides against federal judges and his own attorney general. His verbal assaults on Congress have led to charges that he's disregarding the constitutionally enshrined separate but equal branches of government.

Trump, however, is said to cherish Obama's missive. Upon reading it on Inauguration Day, he attempted to place a phone call to the former president expressing his gratitude, according to both a current White House official and a former Obama aide. His predecessor was traveling west to California with his family, and couldn't take the call.

When one of Obama's aides reached back out to the White House to return the call, the new president's staffers said Trump just wanted to say thank you for the note -- and wanted Obama to get the message. The men never connected directly.

"It was long. It was complex. It was thoughtful," Trump said of the letter the week after taking office in an interview with ABC News. "And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it."

During the interview, Trump showed the news crew the letter, pulling it from its envelope. He wouldn't read it out loud.

In writing Trump the letter, Obama was continuing a long tradition set by past presidents. He received his own handwritten note from George W. Bush on the day of his inauguration counseling him of uncertain days ahead.

"There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your 'friends' will disappoint you," Bush wrote. "But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me."

Eight years earlier, Bill Clinton offered an optimistic view of the job.

"The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated," he wrote Bush in 2000. "The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible."

And in 1992, George H.W. Bush wrote Clinton that "your success now is our country's success."

"I am rooting hard for you," he concluded. "Good luck."

Obama's letter is nearly twice as long as his predecessors' and includes more specific pieces of advice. But like Clinton and both Bushes, he offers a view of the job that accounts both for its thrill but also its ability to humble.

"Take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family," Obama wrote. "They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches."

Since reading the letter for the first time, Trump hasn't spoken or seen Obama. Instead he's frequently criticized the former president, rolled back significant elements of Obama's agenda, and privately obsessed about comparisons between himself and the man he replaced.

Obama, meanwhile, has weighed in selectively on Trump since leaving office. He criticized decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and repeal Obamacare, but did not directly address Trump's equivocal comments about white supremacists in Virginia, even as others reacted with withering criticism.

Before all that, however, Obama wrote that he was willing to remain in touch.

"Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can," he wrote in his sign-off.

"Good luck and Godspeed."

This article has been republished from www.edition.cnn.com

The next Kennedy weighs his next move

The congressman is inspiring grass-roots Democrats, but is he ready to take a larger role in the fight against Trump?

Democrats are in search of new leaders to take on Donald Trump, and Rep. Joe Kennedy could fit the bill. But it's not clear he wants the job.

In short order, Kennedy has garnered a loyal grass-roots following with a series of viral speeches challenging the president on everything from health care to hate speech, leading some Democrats to believe he could help fill the party’s leadership vacuum.

It’s a shift for someone who, despite his famous last name and wavy red mane, has kept a low profile on the national scene since being elected to the House in 2012. Loath to be seen as a political celebrity, the 36-year-old from the outskirts of Boston has put in the work of a relative back-bencher and focused on delivering for his district.

But the fact is, he’s no ordinary lawmaker. He’s the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, a member of Democratic royalty. And his decimated party could use an infusion of young talent. As Trump continues to undermine the ideals Kennedy holds dearest, he’ll have to decide whether and how to take a larger role in the party and fight back.

Kennedy has already proved he has the ability to harness his star power, after gaining national prominence for blasting GOP efforts to dismantle Obamacare earlier this year.

But the key question for Democrats, including the more than two dozen interviewed for this story, is what’s next for the young lawmaker they say is much more than a notable last name. It’s one — to the quiet frustration of several in the party — that Kennedy seems in no hurry to answer.

“Somewhere down the road, if a Senate seat were to open, yeah, it’s something I’d certainly take a look at,” Kennedy said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “But that’s got to be right in time for me and my family.”

Since his attack on Obamacare repeal efforts, Kennedy has been slowly raising his national profile. He appeared on "The Daily Show" in August. He plans to keynote the Texas Democratic Party’s annual Johnson-Jordan dinner this week in Austin. Sources close to the congressman say they also expect him to keep up a drumbeat on Capitol Hill on Obamacare and transgender equality.

Many Democrats say Kennedy could easily assume a spot in the party’s leadership ranks, if he wants. Beyond the family legacy, Kennedy is unfailingly polite, whip-smart and well-spoken, admirers say. And he’s young, a coveted commodity as a cadre of septuagenarians are among the party’s 2020 presidential prospects and House leaders.

But unlike the crowded field of ambitious Democrats itching to be the next face of the Democratic Party — making high-profile appearances across the country and poking Trump at every turn — Kennedy can seem too cautious, even borderline boring.

“I think Joe is playing the long game, and good for him. Even though politics moves much more quickly, he can make his opportunities in a way other people can’t,” said Mary Anne Marsh, a longtime Democratic consultant in Massachusetts. “His coming-out party was the health care debate.”

Kennedy pierced the public consciousness in March after calling out Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a speech about the merits of the GOP’s health care plan during an otherwise-ignored committee markup on the bill to repeal Obamacare.

The minute-long video of Kennedy rebutting Ryan — the GOP bill was an act of “malice,” not “mercy,” Kennedy said — garnered more than 10 million views on Facebook alone.

In some respects, defending the law is in his bones. Universal health care was the life’s mission of his larger-than-life great-uncle the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. But several people around the Capitol said they were shocked by how pointed the Massachusetts lawmaker was in his remarks.

Still, those who have known Kennedy for years say the speech and several others since then, including one viewed more than 15 million times touting diversity after white nationalists’ violent Charlottesville rally, represent the person they have always known, the man who finally seems to be coming into his own on Capitol Hill.

“Joe has really consciously chosen to keep your head down, do the work, learn the committee and get really in-depth on the issues,” said Doug Rubin, who worked as a senior strategist for Kennedy’s first congressional campaign and Elizabeth Warren’s successful Senate bid. “I think Joe’s very patient; I think he’s comfortable doing the work he’s doing now.”

In interviews with more than two dozen lawmakers, staffers, consultants, advocates and others who know Kennedy, all said they see him one day as the state’s next senator and maybe even president. And those who have tracked the Kennedys for years say he is this generation’s best chance of returning the family to its glory days as a political dynasty.

But for Kennedy, the answer to “what’s next” isn’t immediately obvious.

Kennedy has made no moves to challenge popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker next year and isn’t expected to do so. He has also ruled out challenging Warren, who is up for reelection next year.

Kennedy could run for Senate in 2020, but that's only if Warren opts to run for the White House or Democratic Sen. Ed Markey retires. Both are far from guaranteed.

For Kennedy, that leaves no obvious next path. And while some impatient Democrats say that underscores the need for him to make a stand now more than ever, those closest to the congressman say that just isn’t his style.

“One of the keys to legislative life is you have to know when to push forward and when to pause,” said Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, dean of the Massachusetts delegation, who also served with Kennedy’s father, Rep. Joe Kennedy II, in the 1990s.

Neal and others said the younger Kennedy embodies some of the best qualities of those who came before him: a sense of urgency like his father, but with the patience and willingness to work within the legislative system, like his Uncle Teddy. And unlike the family's politicians before him, Kennedy has managed to stay controversy free.

“I think eventually he’d make a great senator,” Neal added. Eventually is the key word.

Kennedy answers questions about his future now with the same earnestness he did last year, when Warren was being floated as a potential running mate to Hillary Clinton.

He has great respect for both Markey and Warren, he said, and will not challenge either if they’re not ready to walk away. With Warren, the connection is particularly personal; Kennedy met his wife, Lauren, in Warren’s law school class at Harvard.

Kennedy’s family is also growing: they have one toddler-aged daughter, Eleanor, and are expecting a son in December. Adding another little one to an already hectic schedule that includes traveling weekly between Washington and Massachusetts will be difficult. But Kennedy also said the chaos in Washington, driven by Trump in the White House, has reignited a sense of urgency within him.

“It’s awfully hard on a family, particularly a young family, there’s no doubt about that,” he said, but added, “The conversations I’ve had with my wife on this … the issues both of us care about are more at risk today than they would be under a Democratic administration.”

For now, that means focusing on the issues he cares about most that are under threat in the Trump administration — health care, transgender rights and immigration.

Those who know Kennedy best say two things in his life particularly influenced the worldview he has today. His mother, Sheila Rauch, took care to give Joe and his twin brother, Matt, an upbringing that was separate, although not excluded from, the Kennedy family spotlight. And Kennedy spent two years serving in the Peace Corps — the organization started by his great-uncle President John F. Kennedy — in the Dominican Republic, an experience he has called “formative” to his life and the way he operates as a lawmaker.

Another, perhaps surprising, experience that left an indelible mark on Kennedy? A conversation he had with then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) early in his first term in 2013.

“He said, essentially, in this business there’s always another round,” Kennedy recalled. “Your ally today could be your adversary tomorrow and your ally the next day. Work hard, be polite, be respectful and don’t take it personally.”

“That last part is sometimes the hardest part,” particularly with the partisanship surrounding the health care debate, he said. “But I try to remind myself that my colleagues would not be here if they didn’t care passionately about these issues.”

Kennedy’s attitude has won him broad support in his district and on Capitol Hill among both Democrats and Republicans.

“He’s passionate about what he’s passionate about. But he’s also reasonable enough to sit down and have a conversation, and we’ve done that many times together,” said Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, who considers Kennedy one of his closest friends.

And Mullin, like others, is bullish about Kennedy’s future.

“Joe is capable of running for the highest office if he’d like to,” he said. “But when you talk to Joe about it, he’ll tell you ‘I’m young, and I enjoy where I’m at right now.’”

This article has been republished from www.politico.com

Overcoming Sexism in Venture Funds and Silicon Valley

Only seven percent of partners in global venture funds are women, and the number who sit on the investment committees are much lower, according to the CrunchBase Women in Venture report from last year.

Women make up 85 percent of consumer purchases, according to Bloomberg, so their input is vital when it comes to macro-investment decisions.

Venture funds cannot be truly adding value for clients when they lack a complete understanding of the markets they serve, is the belief of Melissa Guzy, who runs Arbor Ventures, Asia’s largest financial technology (fin-tech)-focused venture fund, and one of the first venture capitalist companies in the world to be founded and led by women. Although Guzy has been a venture capitalist for the past 17 years she has never sat on a board of directors with another woman, she says.

To resolve this imbalance, the world needs more female entrepreneurs with start-up experience that can provide mentorship, says Guzy, who founded Arbor Ventures with Wei Hopeman in 2013.

“Companies, whether in technology or not, need diversity regardless of gender, race or religion. It is the diversity of a team that can change the world and foster innovation and ideas,” she says, in an interview in Hong Kong.

Guzy points to a slew of sexual harassment cases in Silicon Valley that have surfaced this summer, prompting a number of high-profile mea culpas and resignations from tech CEOs, including Dave McClure of investment firm 500 Startups; Marc Canter of Macromedia; Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital; Binary Capital co-founders Justin Caldbeck and Jonathan Teo; and Uber founder Travis Kalanick.

“People can be forgiven for transgressions, but the recent events of Silicon Valley are not isolated nor are they new. Sexism in the Valley might be in the news lately but for any women entrepreneurs or venture capitalists, this behaviour has been the ‘norm’,” she adds.

Why is there such a sexist culture in an industry that in so many ways is progressive? “There’s a difference between IQ and EQ, and many of these CEOs have very high IQ but low EQ. And when it comes to start-ups, they are often on the verge of chaos, internal or external, and there’s so much to do every day that the idea of employee or people management is put off until later."

"As for venture capital firms, they have no excuse,” she adds.

Guzy says that this is not a new problem, but a number of cases coming to the fore at the same time have highlighted the issue. “Many women have kept quiet over the last two decades and the reason is simple. The reaction and the advice in the past was to keep quiet, as there is nothing to gain from the situation. This is true on an individual level, but collectively time will be lost in making progress for the next generation,” she says. “It’s not any better now than it was. Silicon Valley is a microcosm that lives in its own world. When we were raising our fund in Asia the only sexism we ran into was in California, which is supposed to be one of the most liberal cities in the world.”

When asked about how women should respond to the sexism issue, Guzy’s response is simple: “Ignore the noise and move forward but never lose respect for yourself and don’t hesitate to stand up for what is right. Being an entrepreneur and committing yourself to a start-up is not an easy road, and sexism is just one of the hurdles that we face along the way.”

Is having children a barrier to success as a woman? “Having kids and a career in the US can be far more challenging than in Asia," she says. "In the US the maternity leave is very short and you don’t have the same domestic helper support structure. In Silicon Valley it is hyper-competitive so if you pull yourself out for any amount of time, you’ve pulled out. But it’s a decision people have to make.”

This article has been republished from www.billionaire.com

Justice K. Neville Adderley Appointed High Court Judge

The Honourable Justice K. Neville Adderley has been appointed to serve as a High Court Judge, Commercial Division, of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Territory of the Virgin Islands.

Justice Adderley’s appointment is for one year and took effect on September 1. He is a former Bahamian Senator and has served as a member of the Bahamas’ Judiciary at the commercial bar for 28 years. He was a Justice of the Supreme Court for five years and at the Court of Appeal for three and a half years.

Justice Adderley has also served as a non-resident Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands from May 2016 until present.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1967 from St John’s University, Minnesota, and holds a Master’s of Science in Statistics (Faculty of Economics) from The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1971.

Justice Adderley read law at the College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, and the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978 as a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He was also called to the Bahamas Bar in 1979 and the Turks and Caicos Bar in 1982.

The Honourable Justice has been a judicial member of STEP for many years. He completed a ten-year career in the civil service successively as Deputy Director of Statistics, Director of Economic Planning, Chairman of the Arbitration (Labour) Tribunals, and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, before heading into law.

He also served as Chairman of the Bahamas Development Bank for four years prior to becoming a Judge.

Justice Adderley will be joined on the bench in September through November by the Honourable Justice Gerhard Wallbank who has served on both the BVI Commercial Court and the High Court of Antigua & Barbuda over the past year. He will be joined by the Honourable Justice David Chivers, QC in January through March 2018.

The BVI Commercial Court is among the leading jurisdictions for international commercial litigation in the region, handling high-value complex insolvency and commercial claims.