first_imgYours in learning,Brigitte Scott, Ph.D.Director of Program Development and EvaluationMilitary Families Learning Networkbrigit2@vt.edu We are just a week away from the start of the virtual conference! Are you ready? No matter where you are with your own cultural competency skills, this conference and all those participating in it are here to support you and your growth. Cultural competence is a journey—a commitment to exploring ourselves, the world around us, our actions in it, and how our actions impact others. No matter where you find yourself along your cultural competence trajectory, this year’s conference will have so much to offer you. Building our cultural competence takes a multi-pronged approach to learning and behavior change. As I’ve been speaking with presenters and watching the conference sessions unfold, I am reminded that one of the many ways we can think about building cultural competence—no matter our previous experiences with it—is to think about hard and soft skills.As professionals, we all work to build both hard and soft skills in our daily activities at work and in our communities. Hard skills are things that we can learn, measure, and test; they are often skills that we need to do our jobs and do them well. This year’s conference is certain to support us in building our hard skills around cultural competence: we’ll be learning and talking about key terms such as privilege and oppression, power, micro-aggressions, and disparities. We’ll better understand the difference between equality and equity, learn about the social and medical models of disability, and take a hard look at data that shed light on inequities from several angles. We’ll walk away with assessment tools and frameworks that will help us provide the best possible services to the diverse families we work with. All of this knowledge will inform our daily activities and support increased cultural competence in our professional responsibilities, helping us to become successful allies and advocates. But so much of building our cultural competence lies in soft skills—those skills that are important to us as individuals, define who we are, and provide insights into our personalities, our priorities, and our authentic selves. These are leadership and communication skills; things like creativity, how we handle conflict, and how we make decisions; and include qualities such as flexibility, confidence, and work ethic. Though not an exhaustive list, these are some of the soft skills we’ll have opportunities to explore and develop over the course of the virtual conference, with the hope that we’ll be prepared and motivated to continue the journey long after the conference is over. We’ll engage in self-reflection, sharing, authentic communication, handling conflict, and practicing awareness. While we won’t get to exchange knowing nods or have coffee in person, we will have plenty of opportunities to interact with each other. We’ll have the usual chat box during the conference sessions, and the ability to private message friends, colleagues, and new additions to our professional networks. But this year, to support the building of those essential soft skills, we have a few more opportunities for you to take advantage of. Have you seen or are you already participating in the Storytelling for Cultural Competence pre-conference journaling activity to begin practicing self-reflection and awareness? You can start this journaling experience at any time. It is self-paced, and will continue throughout the conference. You’ll notice guiding questions that you’ll see in each conference session as well as in the conference journal, providing opportunities for you to reflect on prior knowledge, and help you get ready to contribute to meaningful conference conversations. Have you had a chance to sign up for and participate in the conference forum, where you can share and dialog with others? This is a forum open to conference participants only, and will be a private and safe space to share experiences, network, and reflect. Throughout the conference, we’ll be here participating along with you in our own journeys of cultural competence. But we’ll also be here to see what our learning network can offer those of you who are really looking to continue your journey with those you’ve engaged with during the conference. What WILL happen after the conference when you take all you’ve learned back to your workplace? What will it be like? Will you get to practice your new skills? Will you have support? We don’t know the answers to those questions, but as educators and professionals committed to high-quality professional development opportunities, we want to be there with you to find out. We want to know what we can do to help. And so after the conference, we’ll be looking for ideas from you: What do you need? How can we assist you? One of my most favorite things about my job is that I get to think about how we can help you—help each other—be lifelong learners. I want to know what we at the MFLN can do to help you on your learning paths with the resources we have. Don’t be shy! Let us know!One more exciting bit to share is that my colleague Alicia Cassels has developed a wonderful podcast series called Show Up Inspired. Her podcasts focus on how professionals can bring their best selves to our work. Cultural competence, hard skills, soft skills—these are all a part of that. But so is self care. So is building our personal networks. So have a listen on your commute, or while you work out, or fold laundry. Alicia will be continuing to develop this podcast series this year, with the idea that it will be appealing to all our network participants, much like having an issue-based conference on cultural competency. So please, join us, whenever you can, however you can. “Bring” your colleagues, spread the word, and maybe even reserve a conference room for your department so you can all participate together. We’ll be offering free continuing education credits to social workers, case managers, and registered dietitians for most of the sessions. I hope to see you next week, and look forward to learning not just with you, but from you.last_img read more

first_imgNever in the annals of political advertising in India has such heat and dust been generated as in Election 2014( All three players, especially traditional rivals Congress and the BJP, pulled out all the stops to turn on the heat, blitzing all conceivable traditional and new-age channels, including social media, to offer a 360 degrees whammo, like there was no tomorrow.Yup. The NaMo-RaGa slowdowns were show-stoppers all the way, but as the results rolled in, the Congress blamed its advertising agency Dentsu for its poll debacle. No doubt, the inside track of the blame-game will undoubtedly take on a life of its own — losers are always bad news — and clearly the strategy to position Rahul Gandhi as a young and dynamic leader out to empower the common man, didn’t work.The BJP campaign was brilliantly structured, strategically sound and totally clear.The BJP recruited two of the biggest and finest ad practitioners in the business, Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and creative director, South Asia, and Prasoon Joshi, chairman and chief, South Asia, at Ogilvy and Mather. They both come with a dazzling track record and a proven connect through their insightful understanding of the mitti of the land.Joshi explains that the BJP communication demanded two kinds of messaging: Tactical, embracing the here and now. Conceptual, playing out the party’s philosophy. For the latter, the multi-faceted ad-man (who is also a celebrated Bollywood lyricist and a fine, published poet in his own right) created an anthem called Saugandh, to which the prime minister designate gave his voice. Joshi’s deep understanding of the party’s brand values helped him pen the lines, which formed an intrinsic part of the overall communication, used in digital and TV film, as well as audio-track to enthuse, motivate and inspire party workers.Regarding the now famous tag line Ab ki baar, Joshi confides that his preference was Desh ki pukaar, Modi sarkar to emphasize the disappointment, disillusionment, frustration and the feeling of being let down by the general public, but Team BJP over-ruled it, going with Ab Ki baar, Modi sarkar, because Ab ki baari, Atal Bihari had worked brilliantly in the past. Joshi had no hesitation in admitting that they struck target because their version was direct and simpler.Both Joshi and Pandey were clear from day one to not confuse political campaign with regular brand-building campaign. Joshi lays it on the line when he explains that a product has no personal voice. Political parties, however, are live, throbbing, vital entities, consumed by their constituencies, all the time. They communicate to their target audience across a wide variety of forums, with rallies, interviews, speeches, press conferences, debates, etc. on an overdrive. Most of these today are telecast and on the net, so they work like ads. Secondly, unlike a product, where you interact only with the product’s marketing and brand managers, here, tons of party workers are on your radar and their suggestions — many brilliant — need to be considered and sometimes executed, because they are the foot soldiers, umbilically connected with the flotsam and jetsam of the public mood. Egos and arrogance — major issues in adland, especially with creative mavericks — also need to be under a tight leash, because this is a different ball game and the insights of non-expert party functionaries are likely to carry more weight than conventional advertising wisdom. It also needs to be understood therefore that this brand of communication is a collaborative venture, where chest-thumping by a single genius plays no role.Congress Party’s ad campaign was as listless as the man it was peojecting.Pandey says there is a popular misconception that political parties are usually clueless about the art and science of advertising, the perception and positioning aspects, which direction the communication will pursue, why and when to garner what kind of specific result. He was startled by the detailed homework the BJP team had done in terms of research, locating and understanding their target group’s mindset, what to say, whom to say, including tone-of-voice. The brief — the best he has come across in his entire career — was simple: Prepare a message around the sad state of affairs the country faced during the UPA regime and communicate it simply, but engagingly, across the country.It was all brilliantly structured, strategically sound and totally clear. The BJP core team leveraged the creative talent available from the right creative teams, comprising writers and musicians, picked their partners judiciously and divided and compartmentalized responsibilities in amazing fashion.Regarding social media, Pandey explains that despite the ridicule and mockery from some sections of the Congress Party regarding being a conservative, old-fashioned lot, ignorant of new-age digital communication, fact is, Team BJP was there well before the basic brief was culled and ad agencies selected. Why? To understand the critical issues and problems plaguing the common man before addressing them with passion and purpose in their quest for vote support. Ultimately however, both Joshi and Pandey agree that the product advertised needed to be solid and credible with a brand promise that rung true and a credible solution. A bad product is killed faster with good advertising, because it generates excitement and curiosity that belies the performance slot — an unforgivable marketing sin.Compared to the brilliant strategic and tactical ad campaign of BJP, the Congress campaign was listless, tepid, boring, uninspiring and lacking credibility. Sans style, substance, form, content, the Rahul Gandhi-specific campaign (Har haath shakti, har haath tarakki) was a giant leap in the wrong direction. Unlike the BJP narrative, it had no new, urgent story to tell, churning out a tired combination of old slogans about empowering the have-nots and new fantasies about the young. No wonder people fell, in large numbers, at seductive slogans like Achche din aanewala hain and Ab ki baar …When you goof up on the four basic principles of effective advertising — Attention, Interest, Desire, Action — then your achche din turns into a nightmare. Perhaps, agli baar? Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NBA players express frustration with Trump’s words However, Fajardo’s quest for a record-setting sixth BPC plum is in peril if sixth-seed San Miguel does not make it past the quarterfinals, where it will take on a third-seed Ginebra armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.Meralco swingman Chris Newsome is at distant second with 33.273 SPs after leading the Bolts to the top seed at the end of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra center Greg Slaughter is at third with 33.091 SPs, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos at fourth with 32.273 SPs, and TNT’s Jayson Castro at fifth with 32.200 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (30.273 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.900 SPs), and Kevin Alas of NLEX (28.727 SPs). Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Meanwhile, Allen Durham is poised to reclaim the Best Import plum for the season-ending conference after averaging 27.82 points, 19.36 rebounds, 7.09 assists, and 1.18 blocks to amass 61.364 SPs.Chasing him for the award are TNT’s Glen Rice Jr. with 55.625 SPs, Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 53.250 SPs, and GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is once again on pace to etch his name in the history books as he leads the statistical points race for the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-10 giant emerged as the top local performer after amassing 37.900 statistical points (SPs) powered by his averages of 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.7 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Barcelona’s new Dani Alves: How Jordi Alba became Messi’s new main man Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 17:10 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Jordi Alba Barcelona Getty Images UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi Barcelona v Sporting CP Barcelona Sporting CP Opinion The Spain left-back has struck up a great understanding with the Argentine in 2017-18 which is reminiscent of the forward’s link-up with the Brazilian Lionel Messi has a new assistant. For so many years, the Argentine’s association with Dani Alves was a big feature of Barcelona’s play. This season, however, he has found an ally on the other side: Jordi Alba.Alves left Barca in the summer of 2016 after eight seasons at Camp Nou, but the Brazilian (who is now at Paris Saint-Germain) remains the player with the most assists for Messi at the Catalan club (42).For much of that time, Messi operated down the right and it was on that flank where he and Alves built up a memorable rapport, which carried on even when the Argentine moved into a central role. And the two men would warm up together before games in a routine which became a favourite for fans arriving early. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Over on the other wing, Alba’s role has always been to attack as well as defend. The Spain full-back was signed by Barca (where he had come through the youth system years earlier) from Valencia and his forays down the left are a weapon for both club and country.This season, though, Alba is more of a protagonist than usual. The 28-year-old has more assists than any other Barca player in La Liga (five) and four of those have been for Messi. The other one was against Celta on Saturday, when the two men combined to set up Luis Suarez for their side’s second in the 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.Jordi Alba assists for MessiIn the previous round of the Primera Division, Messi also picked out Alba’s advanced run down the left and the Catalan produced a fine finish on the volley to secure a point for Ernesto Valverde’s side at Mestalla.Prior to that goal, Alba had only been assisted twice previously by Messi: against Elche in the Copa del Rey in 2015 and versus Sevilla in the final of the cup competition at the Vicente Calderon in 2016.In the meantime, the left-back had provided only six assists for the Argentine before the current campaign, all of those in La Liga. And the last of those was a very significant one indeed as it led to Messi’s last-gasp winner at the Santiago Bernabeu in a memorable 3-2 victory over Real Madrid last April.Neymar missed that match through suspension and the Brazilian left Barca over the summer to join Paris Saint-Germain. In his absence, Alba is afforded extra space to attack down the left – especially with Barca playing 4-4-2 much of the time this season and summer signing Ousmane Dembele currently sidelined.”Neymar is a great player, but due to circumstances or feelings, he decided to leave in the end,” Alba said last month. “But I am thrilled with the players we have here. I have more of the wing to attack [now]. Honestly, for me it is much better.”Messi Jordi AlbaMessi Jordi AlbaAlba is also happy to be working with Valverde following friction with Luis Enrique when he was left out of the team for a run of games last season and he said: “I am delighted with him. His communication with the players is excellent and that helps us to all play together as one.”However, part of collective success includes individual brilliance and also little link-ups and partnerships all over the pitch, like his with Messi.”To build an understanding with the best player in the world is easy,” Alba said. “His profile with his left foot is good for me. Ever since I arrived, we have looked for each other [on the pitch]. It’s a privilege to play with him and let’s hope there are many more passes and connections.”For his part, Valverde said of the pair’s link-up: “Jordi is a player who reads the space and Messi has a peripheral vision that is out of the ordinary, to be able to find him with the ball when he gets into position. We are taking advantage of them and it is one of our strengths.”He is right about that and Alba’s attacking qualities have helped Messi and the team to create and also score goals this season. So while Neymar and Alves may both be at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi has another main man these days – and Barcelona, leading La Liga and unbeaten in the Champions League, are doing just fine.last_img read more

first_imgGallery GALLERY: Weekend photos from South Africans abroad and PSL Last updated 1 year ago 18:41 12/11/17 Comments(0) 1/12 GALLERY: Weekend photos from South Africans abroad and PSL Valenciennes, Lebo Mothiba Getty Images EA Guingamp, Lebogang Phiri Getty Images Full screen 1 of 12 Share Close Lebo Mothiba – Valenciennes (France) | The striker was in action as his side drew 1-1 with Quevilly in a French Ligue 2 match on Friday. The 21-year-old was substituted in the 85th minute. FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gallery African All Starslast_img

first_imgPSG push Everton to drop Gueye priceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are willing to sell to Idrissa Gueye this month.PSG are in contact with Everton about a deal for the midfielder, says L’Equipe.And Everton are prepared to sell Gueye – but for no less than €45m.The price is deemed too rich by PSG, which rate the player closer to €30-35m.Gueye is tied to Everton until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgJohnny Manziel smiling in his Texas A&M football uniform.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 14: Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench in the fourth quarter during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Johnny Manziel made his debut in the Alliance of American Football for the Memphis Express. After coming in as the backup for starter Brandon Silvers, Manziel completed three-of-five passes for 48 yards.He also ran the ball twice for 20 yards on the night as the Express got the win in overtime.While Manziel has been busy getting his life in order after being kicked out of the Canadian Football League, he’s still keeping an eye on his former university.The former Texas A&M star had some words for Aggies starting quarterback Kellen Mond.“Keep that same base kid I see you spinnin it, Kellen Mond. #GigEm.” Manziel said on Twitter.Keep that same base kid I see you spinnin it @TheKellenMond #GigEm cc:@georgewhitfield https://t.co/K9a3xWX0vV— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 28, 2019Mond is the latest star quarterback for the Aggies. He hopes to become the next Texas A&M quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy, after Manziel did so in 2012.While his rushing prowess isn’t quite like Manziel’s, Mond has already shown he has what it takes to be one of the SEC’s best quarterbacks. He threw for 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns during his sophomore season, adding 474 yards on the ground.Meanwhile, next up for Manziel is a contest against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on TNT.last_img read more

first_img Next Hungarian GP: Late overtake helps Hamilton pip Verstappen to claim 81st-career winLewis Hamilton claimed his 81st Formula One race victory on Sunday. The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.advertisement Associated Press BudapestAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 20:41 IST Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian GP to claim his 8th victory of the season. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen to claim 8th victory of the seasonIt was also Hamilton’s 81st Formula One winSebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for FerrariLewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.Mercedes made a strategic gamble with about 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tire change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking.It proved a Mercedes masterstroke.The much quicker tires helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen’s 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70, having failed to overtake him several times earlier in the race.Sebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for Ferrari ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr.Verstappen held his lead from pole position under pressure from Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas heading into Turn 1. But it was Hamilton who ended on top to clinch a seventh career win in Hungary, while Verstappen earning a consolation point for the fastest lap.Also Read | Hungarian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes 1st career pole positionAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

first_imgThe following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, on the death of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy: “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend heartfelt sympathies to the family of the late Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy and all Mi’kmaw people. Grand Chief Sylliboy was a steadfast leader for his people, a wise mentor, and a highly respected partner in our treaty relationship with the Mi’kmaq. His passing is a loss that will be felt across Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region.” -30-last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has rescued a 16 years old girl from Holambi Kalan in Delhi who was trafficked from Assam and was forced into prostitution.According to DCW, the girl’s parents had died several years back and she had been living with her two sisters in Assam. Over nine months back, a person known to the elder sister lured them to come to Delhi with the promise of a high paying job in a cup manufacturing company. The women commission further stated that they came to Delhi and started staying with the same person and his wife at his residence. Three days later, the girls were informed that they will have to work as prostitutes in Delhi and shall have to sleep with multiple men. When they protested, they were attacked with blades and were not given food for several days. Soon men started coming and raping them over and over again and they were forced into prostitution.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Indigenous Music Awards will air Friday on APTN.Be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. (central time).It’s all part of the Manito Ahbee Festival taking place this week in Winnipeg.William Greenland is a nominee for Best Flute CD.APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie caught up with him at the Forks after the lighting of the Sacred Fire.last_img

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released data that shows that motor vehicle fatalities are preventable.According to the most recent data published, a lack of restraint use, along with drug and/or alcohol involvement, was noted as a contributory factor to recent MVI deaths in British Columbia.Coroners Service released the updated data in its report, ‘Motor Vehicle Incident Deaths – 2008-2018’. The data shows that there were 314 motor vehicle deaths in B.C. in 2018, up from 299 in 2017, yet still below the annual average of 326 per year during the past decade.The Coroners Service also updated its motorcycle-involved fatality report, which captures a rise in deaths involving motorcyclists. In 2018, 16 percent of the 314 deaths involved motorcycles or mopeds.In 2018 alone, there were 51 motorcyclist deaths. This is the highest annual total for the past decade and a 50 percent increase over 2017.More information on the report can be found on the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hoped that India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country. Pompep’s comments came as Washington ramps up actions on Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it. “We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime. So we talked about (Venezuela) I certainly won’t characterise the conversations; they’re private conversations,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I’m confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said. The Latin American country’s Oil Minister and state-run oil company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo told reporters in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh last month that his sanctions-hit country wants to sell more crude oil to India. The US has slapped sweeping sanctions on PDVSA with a view to curb Venezuela’s crude exports and put pressure on socialist President Maduro to step down. Venezuela produces around 1.57 million barrels of oil per day, half of what it produced two decades back. With the US stopping imports from Venezuela, PDVSA is seeking to retain buyers in other big consuming countries such as China and India. At the news conference, Pompeo said the nations that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are, by the nature of this “illegitimate” regime, carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others. “Today, the United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth,” he said. Similar kind of warning to other nations was issued by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “The United States will not stand idly by while foreign financial institutions facilitate illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his cronies, and perpetuate the corruption that has devastated Venezuela,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Treasury sanctioned a Russia-based bank attempting to circumvent US sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. It sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela, for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy, it said. “The illegitimate Maduro regime has profited off of the suffering of the Venezuelan people,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.last_img read more

first_imgJakarta- US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Asia’s largest mosque in Jakarta on Sunday during his visit to Indonesia, paying tribute to Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.According to AFP, after the top US diplomat removed his shoes outside the Istiqlal mosque in the heart of Jakarta, he took a 20-minute tour through the vast building and was accompanied by grand imam Kyai al-Hajj Ali Mustafa Yaqub.The same source explained that the Obama administration is attempting to repair the frayed relations between the United States and Muslims around the globe since the 2003 Iraq invasion. “We are all connected to the same God and the same faith. Abraham connects us all in the love of our neighbor and the honor of the same God. May peace be upon you,” John Kerry wrote in the guest book of the mosque.Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, has often been considered the “bridge” between the West and the Muslim world.  Ninety percent of Indonesia’s 250 million people identify themselves as Muslims, and most of them practice a moderate form of Islam.US president Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood in Jakarta, also visited the mosque in 2010 when he travelled to the country.The Istiqlal Mosque, commissioned in 1961, lies in the heart of Jakarta. It serves as a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national independence and hosts over 130,000 prayers during Ramadan.With agencieslast_img read more

17 December 2010The United Nations ramped up its efforts to resolve the violent post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire today, demanding that outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo step down in the face of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s clear victory and intensifying its contacts with African leaders. At the start of an end-of-year news conference in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the situation had taken “a dangerous turn” with at least a dozen people killed in the divided West African country, where the UN has fielded a 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission since 2003 in efforts to help reunification.“The results of the election are known,” he said of the polls, which were meant to be a culminating step in reuniting the country that was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. “There was a clear winner. There is no other option. The efforts of Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters to retain power and flout the public will cannot be allowed to stand.“I call on him to step down and allow his elected successor to assume office without further hindrance. The international community must send this message loud and clear. Any other outcome would make a mockery of democracy and the rule of law.”Mr. Ban warned against any moves against the Golf hotel in Abidjan, the commercial capital of the world’s largest cocoa producer, where Mr. Ouattara has taken up residence in the face of Mr. Gbagbo’s refusal to leave the presidential palace and UN peacekeepers are stationed. “Let me say clearly and directly: any attempt to obstruct UN operations or blockade the Golf Hotel is totally unacceptable,” he said. “Any attack on UN forces will be an attack on the international community. I emphasize: those responsible for the loss of civilian lives will be held accountable. In these circumstances, it is crucial for both parties to avoid provocations or a further escalation of violence.”On the ground in Abidjan, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi conferred with African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Jean Ping on ways to resolve the crisis. It was the latest in a series of regional and transcontinental meetings he has held to ensure that “the will of the Ivorian people as expressed on 28 November” is respected, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said in a news release.The AU, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU), as well as many individual countries, have all recognized Mr. Ouattara as the rightful victor of the run-off election.The Security Council yesterday condemned “in the strongest terms” the post-electoral violence, including reported gunfire near the Golf Hotel and warned all sides that they will be held accountable and brought to justice for attacks against civilians. In a press statement the 15-member body welcomed AU and ECOWAS efforts and those of the countries in the region to assist in preserving peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire.Cote read more

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the creation of “more, and fairer” social media companies in response to discrimination he said he has faced as a Republican from Twitter Inc.He also cheered the involvement of U.S. lawmakers, who have called on executives from several technology companies to testify in connection to various scandals.“No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should,” he wrote on Twitter.“The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump.” @MariaBartiromo So true, but they don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 M…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019Trump has one of the most-followed accounts on Twitter, with nearly 60 million followers, but he has repeatedly criticized the company and its social media competitors for what he has called bias against conservatives.He has accused Twitter and other tech companies of restricting the visibility of prominent U.S. Republicans, though he has not provided evidence to back up the claim.Related Stories:Twitter, TweetDeck suffer global outage, thousands hitTwitter, TweetDeck suffer global outage; thousands impactedTwitter restores some blocked Cuban official accounts“We enforce the Twitter Rules dispassionately and equally for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts,” a Twitter representative said.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump’s comments came the same day Twitter reported its first-quarter results.Twitter’s quarterly revenue topped analyst expectations. It also reported a surprise rise in monthly active users, suggesting that its efforts to delete spam accounts and to police posts better were working to help attract more users and ad dollars.Share opened 8 per cent higher Tuesday.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

Luke Gregerson2361.702.46+0.75 Cody Allen1751.672.36+0.69 PITCHERSHUTDOWNSMELTDOWNSINITIALMAXIMUMINCREASE Shawn Tolleson981.382.08+0.71 These days, New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia is saving everything in sight. On Tuesday night, Familia closed out the back end of New York’s doubleheader split against the St. Louis Cardinals for his 36th save of the 2016 season, the most in the majors. Toss out those pesky postseason stats, and Familia has successfully preserved Mets victories in 52 consecutive save opportunities, stretching back nearly a full calendar year — the third-longest streak in major league history.But as any Mets fan can tell you, the sailing is not always smooth with Familia. Underneath his unblemished saves mark, Familia’s control can be erratic; the 3.4 walks he’s allowing per nine innings ranks 11th-worst among regular closers this season. As a result, he frequently pitches his way into varying degrees of peril before bearing down and escaping with a save.To put Familia’s — and other closers’ — habit of pitching dangerously into perspective, I compiled what I’m calling the “heart-attack index” for relief pitchers. One of the core concepts is leverage index: how important any moment of a game is (relative to average) based on how much it could potentially swing each team’s probability of winning. On average this season, Familia has entered the game when the leverage index is 1.71,1Through Monday, so this doesn’t include Tuesday’s games — nor do the rest of the numbers in this article. which means these moments are about 70 percent more important than a typical at-bat. In the average Familia outing, that number balloons to 3.08 at its peak, meaning the pressure ratchets up more per appearance for Familia than it does for any other qualified2According to FanGraphs’ relief-pitching leaderboard. closer in the game: Jonathan Papelbon1751.692.68+0.98 Brad Ziegler2131.682.88+1.21 Jeanmar Gomez2151.852.82+0.96 Francisco Rodriguez1831.692.41+0.72 Santiago Casilla18102.273.51+1.24 Kevin Jepsen1191.552.19+0.63 Arodys Vizcaino1761.482.43+0.95 Steve Cishek1972.003.19+1.19 Fernando Rodney1741.522.12+0.60 Sam Dyson2331.832.78+0.95 Tony Cingrani1791.582.35+0.77 Unsurprisingly, there’s Familia again on the top left, losing more win probability than any other qualified reliever before the pressure-valve alarms start to buzz, only to also gain the most win probability afterward as he brings the team back from the brink of a meltdown. (To some extent this is circular — Andrew Miller of the Yankees, for instance, seldom pitches himself into enough trouble to rack up huge win probability credit on the other side of max leverage — but that’s also kind of the point.)Other relievers, such as deposed Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon, pitch into nearly as much trouble as Familia but aren’t as skilled at extricating themselves from danger. (Which might help explain why the Cubs on Monday dealt for Aroldis Chapman, who gets into considerably less trouble on the mound than Familia but pitches well when in a jam.)In Familia’s case, it’s fair to ask how much of this high-wire act is repeatable: Surely his save streak will eventually end if he keeps pitching so dangerously, right? Well, maybe. WPA isn’t a very predictive statistic because of the large weight it places on high-leverage situations; if a player performs above his usual level in important moments, it’s unlikely to hold up for very long. But by the same token, Familia isn’t a bad pitcher who just happens to have pitched great under pressure — putting leverage-based metrics aside, he also ranks eighth among qualified closers in fielding independent pitching, despite the shaky walk rate. (It’s also worth noting that Familia’s signature pitch, the sinker, tends to either miss low in the zone — hence the walks — or induce ground balls, which often double up base runners who walked to first.)Familia may not be the best closer in baseball, and his save streak is destined to end sooner or later. But a pulse-pumping pitching style isn’t automatically a bad thing — provided fans’ hearts can take the drama while they watch from the couch. David Robertson2361.762.86+1.10 A.J. Ramos2021.602.41+0.82 Zach Britton2611.632.37+0.74 Mark Melancon2041.542.49+0.95 Trevor Rosenthal10111.522.57+1.06 Shutdowns and meltdowns are FanGraphs’ alternatives to the save and blown save. Statistics through July 25.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Which closers crank up the pressure most? Roberto Osuna1931.392.09+0.71 Hector Rondon1461.502.13+0.62 Aroldis Chapman1731.902.53+0.63 RELIEF PITCHER INDICATORSAVG. LEVERAGE Wade Davis1621.512.28+0.76 Craig Kimbrel1661.742.42+0.69 But pitching into trouble3And it’s worth noting that for appearances of greater than one inning, a pitcher’s offensive teammates could affect how his leverage index changes — but in an era of one-inning closers, that consideration doesn’t come up often. is only half the Familia formula — he’s also been masterful at pitching his way out of the jams he creates. To get a sense both for the holes that Familia digs and for his ability to climb out of them, I plotted the amount of win probability every reliever loses per at-bat before hitting the maximum leverage index of each appearance against his win probability added per at-bat from that moment onward: Alex Colome1651.622.95+1.32 Jeurys Familia3021.713.08+1.37 Kenley Jansen2351.822.35+0.53 Carlos Estevez1281.512.08+0.56 Andrew Miller2441.722.46+0.74 Ryan Madson1981.762.73+0.97 Will Harris2621.602.44+0.84 Jeremy Jeffress1941.592.79+1.20 read more

first_imgThis field logging solution enables geological field data to be more confidently collected and manipulated. The software ensures that data is captured accurately with real-time validation and rich data input controls that minimise errors at point of entry. Geobank Operations Manager, Steve Bastick explains “Geobank Mobile has been designed with geology and mining requirements in mind. Our clients have been demanding a site-based solution, which can save them both time and money, without compromising data quality. The benefits of Geobank Mobile are extensive and as far as we are concerned, lead the industry in terms of mobile geological data management. We are proud to be custodians of this technology and look forward to sharing the benefits with our clients.” Geobank Mobile maximises efficiencies with its customisable calculated fields, in-built data approval and transfer mechanisms. It also seamlessly integrates with Micromine’s Geobank and Micromine products, and can interface with all standard format databases.Geobank Mobile is practically accessible to clients’ located on site, where it is supported on both touch screen and standard keyboard devices. Additionally it supports all NMEA standard GPS data, with the provisions to support additional devises in the future.As part of the launch, Micromine is also offering an out of the box solution where Geobank Mobile software is bundled with a range of ruggedised devices. Micromine has carefully assessed the market to select the best ruggedised hardware available and can now recommend and provide these solutions directly to its client base.Geobank is Micromine’s data management solution for the mining and exploration industry. The software captures, validates, stores and manages data from a variety of sources and is used by companies of all sizes.To coincide with the launch, Micromine will be offering its clients a 60 day free trial of Geobank Mobile.last_img read more

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has commented publicly on the crush outside Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin city centre on Monday night.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Kenny was asked about the incident by the former Labour TD Tommy Broughan who expressed concern after seven people were injured in a crush involving some of the estimated 1,500 queuing outside the Harcourt Street venue.The popular nightclub was running an event called ‘Messy Monday’ which was aimed at over-18s. The nightclub is usually an over-21s venue. Four people were hospitalised after the incident.Copper Face Jacks said it is “working closely” with all authorities to establish the cause of the incident.Speaking during the Order of Business Kenny said it was not for him to comment on the nightclub in question.But he said he noted the comments of the proprietor “that these matters will be addressed”.“… That they were more than surprised at the numbers who actually turned up at that particular time on that particular night. I am glad that those who were involved in the crush are recovering,” he added.Read: ‘I was asking to get out and nothing was done’ – girl tells of Coppers crushWATCH: Video shows crowd crush outside Copper Face Jackslast_img read more

first_img , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN MARCOS (KUSI) – San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered her inaugural State of the City Address Tuesday to hundreds of people dedicated to the community where she reflected on the city’s accomplishments and focused on the big challenges for the upcoming year.“The education has gone up and it’s brought a lot of families in, which is wonderful,” said Rosemary Winn, Realtor and Resident in San Marcos. “So you get a lot of influx from the education part and it’s just a well run city.”Rosemary Winn was one of the 400 leaders, entrepreneurs and residents who packed a room at California State University San Marcos in North County San Diego Tuesday.After presenting the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards, the first female Mayor of San Marcos delivered her inaugural State of the City Address.“She is just stepping right up. She knows what’s going on,” said Winn. “She’s been involved in a very crucial time in the last eight years and she’s got a good legacy to keep on going.”San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones applauded the city for some great accomplishments, like a bustling manufacturing industry, more local businesses, and a drop in crime by 19%.“We have a local economy that’s thriving,” said Jones. “We have our schools. We’re the educational hub of North County and it’s just honestly a fabulous time in San Marcos to see all the growth.”She agreed there’s always room to grow.Jones said the first big challenge she’s aiming to tackle is traffic because San Marcos is a city people cut through.“Obviously we want to work with SANDAG to get the 78 improvements going, but it really is the technology that’s going to help San Marcos move forward with the traffic and move people around,” said Jones.Her goal is to take San Marcos from a “drive-through” community to a “drive-to” destination.“We want to keep them here too, so really bringing the right businesses to the city so people understand that, ‘Hey, spending my tax dollars in San Marcos is a great idea,’ and there’s all these opportunities to make it happen,” said Jones.There are some other big goals for 2019. She said the city is planning to break ground on the Creek Infrastructure Improvement Project, which was envisioned in 2007. It will transform the Creek District into a new downtown area. She will also work on the launch of a mobile reporting app for the community. February 26, 2019 First female mayor of San Marcos gives State of the City addresscenter_img Posted: February 26, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more