In announcing her candidacy, Gina Ortiz Jones said, “I’m running to make sure everyone gets the opportunities that I have had. I’ve seen from my work representing U.S. interests around the world what happens when people don’t get the opportunity to succeed. Our national security starts at home, and it starts with the opportunities that allow for our most vulnerable to become our most promising.” Jones has never run for office before, and if she wins, she would make history as the first lesbian, Iraq War veteran and first-generation Filipina-American to hold a U.S. House seat in Texas.
The Board of Trustees of Insular Life approved several appointments to its top management post and in the membership of the Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2018. Nina D. Aguas (Global FWN100™ '13) was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees. She was Chief Executive Officer from January 2016 to December 2017. Succeeding Aguas as CEO is Mona Lisa B. de la Cruz (Global FWN100™ '16), formerly President and Chief Operating Officer.
Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a Bay Area woman named Naomi Parker Fraley. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 20-year-old Naomi went to work at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, among the first of some 3,000 women to do war work there. She was assigned to the machine shop, where her duties included drilling, patching airplane wings and, fittingly, riveting. It was there that the Acme photographer captured Naomi Parker, her hair done up in a bandanna for safety, at her lathe.
The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers. Lava fountains gushed up 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon's crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) Monday night. At least three major blasts followed Tuesday, including an explosion at nightfall that was capped by one of the most massive lava displays since the volcano started acting up more than a week ago, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
In a decision dated January 11, the SEC ordered the revocation of Rappler Inc.’s certificate of incorporation for violating the restriction on foreign ownership of local media, the anti-dummy law, the corporation code, and the Securities Regulation Code.Rappler CEO Maria Ressa (Global FWN100™ '14) disputed the claim of the Duterte administration that it had nothing to do with the controversial decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the news outfit’s license for allegedly violating ownership rules.
Gov. Jerry Brown on January 10, delivered good news to California’s judicial branch—an extra $150 million in funding and a pledge to help underfunded trial courts. The budget infusion for the courts is the largest proposed by the governor since the recession, and it reflects the state’s rosy economic status. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (US FWN100™ '07) said the governor’s proposal was “strong” for the judiciary.
The San Francisco Board of Education on January 9 unanimously elected its Vice President Hydra Mendoza-McDonell to replace Shamann Walton as president for the 2018-19 school year.Walton nominated Mendoza-McDonell, who is serving her third consecutive term on the school board since first winning the city-wide bid in 2006.