by Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network Literacy, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhen we started planning the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference on cultural competency, a couple of issues came to mind. Well, actually, a lot of issues came to mind, but let’s focus on just two.First, we wanted to engage conference participants in conversation about cultural competency. This is nothing new for the MFLN. We strive to spark a conversation in each of our webinars and learning experiences. We want to engage you in an exchange of experiences that enhances your work and encourages your professional growth, but some experiences are easier to share than others, and conversations about some topics are more difficult than others. Cultural competency is a difficult topic. We wondered if conference participants would be ready to share their experiences or if fear of judgement or of saying the “wrong” thing might hold them back.Second, we recognized that cultural competence is not something you simply acquire. It’s not something that can be gained over the course of 3 days. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration put it, “Developing cultural competence is an evolving, dynamic process that takes time and occurs along a continuum.” In other words, it’s a journey. We wondered how we could extend and enhance the Virtual Conference into a learning experience that could launch or re-launch you on your cultural competence journey.Here’s what we came up with.“Storytelling for Cultural Competence” is a learning experience that will help you get started on your cultural competence journey, get the most out of the 2018 Virtual Conference, and carry you forward.The experience is made up of four parts.The Personal Storytelling Journal (available now)This guided journaling experience encourages self-knowledge (an important part of cultural competence), cultivates empathy and connection, and provides a space to practice the vulnerability and authenticity required for cultural conversation. It was designed as a pre-conference activity to prepare you for the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference, but it can be started or completed at any time.The Virtual Conference Journal (available now)This short journal will help deepen your Virtual Conference experience. It has space for notes and reflections for each conference session with “guiding questions” and quotations provided by the conference presenters.The Advocacy Action Plan (coming soon)In this guided experience you’ll learn new strategies, set personal goals for change and continue your cultural competence journey.The Storytelling for Cultural Competence Discussion Forum (available now)This forum is a private and safe space for registered users to share their thoughts as they work through the learning experience.We hope you’ll join us for any part or all of this experience, because when it comes to cultural competence, we all have something to teach and we all have something to learn. We believe peer support, practice and shared experience can change the way we think and act, and by changing the way we think and act, we can deliver more effective support and care to those we serve.You can join the Storytelling for Cultural Competence experience now!
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional PBA IMAGESMagnolia used a late run to escape Phoenix, 97-91, and keep its winning streak going in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Cuneta Astrodome.The Hotshots closed the game on a 13-2 in the last 3:01 to erase an 89-84 deficit and chalk up their third consecutive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was all about mental toughness to win, perseverance and desire in the end,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We knew Phoenix will bounce back after their loss and we expected this kind of game.”Rafi Reavis was instrumental in just his second game back from injury as he wound up with 11 points, all of which came in the final frame, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Magnolia, which climbed to 4-1 just half a game behind idle league-leader San Miguel Beer in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReavis was at the right place at the right time for the game-sealing basket after picking up Paul Lee’s air ball and laying it in for a 95-91 lead with only 12.8 seconds left.The Hotshots held the Fuel Masters, who blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, to without a field goal in the final three minutes. View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lee led all scorers with 20 points while Ian Sangalang added 16 points and seven rebounds for Magnolia, which out-rebounded Phoenix, 55-39, thanks to Marc Pingris’ game-high 17 boards.Sangalang put his team ahead, 91-89, with a jumper from the free throw line with 1:05 remaining before Lee made it a four-point game, 93-89, with 42.1 ticks to go.Magnolia also drew a stellar showing from Rome dela Rosa, who contributed 17 points and four rebounds.Gelo Alolino had 19 points while Matthew Wright scored 17 for the Fuel Masters, who slipped to 2-3 after suffering their second setback in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
The Telangana EAMCET ( Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has begun on Thursday. It is essential to carry all the important documents for the same. EAMCET is an entrance examination for admissions in engineering and medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. EAMCET is conducted statewide by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) every year. Around nine lakh people had appeared for the exam.EAMCET 2014 Centralized Certificate Verification for candidates, belonging to categories PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games and Anglo Indian, will be conducted from August 14 to 18, 2014 at Sanketika Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad from 9.00 AM onwards.Certificates to be produced by all candidates:All original certificates and three sets of Xerox copies of :EAMCET Rank CardEAMCET Hall TicketIntermediate Memo-cum-Pass CertificateS.S.C or its equivalent Marks memoVI to Inter Study CertificateIncome Certificate issued after January 1, 2014 and Caste Certificate issued by competent authority PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Certificate if applicable.
World number one Simona Halep beat America’s Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-4 to win the Rogers Cup women’s title in Montreal.Halep, who had beaten Stephens in the French Open final earlier in the year, won her second Montreal title in three years and this was also her third title in 2018.She won the match with a third ace of the day to win the trophy.”It’s an amazing feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a winner,” Halep said.”I feel like I reached my best level of tennis, even if I had a long break before this tournament and I felt dead after the first day.”.@Simona_Halep takes her second @CoupeRogers title!Outlasts Stephens 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-3, in a high-quality epic! pic.twitter.com/EEyBFULd5qWTA (@WTA) August 12, 2018Halep fended off four set points to claim a hard fought first set in a tie-break after taking a 4-1 lead before US Open champion Stephens fought back to draw level.Halep broke the third-seeded Stephens with a crosscourt winner to take a 5-4 lead and serve for the set. But the American broke Halep with a forehand winner and held two set points on the Romanian’s serve at 6-5. A crosscourt backhand saved one and Stephens netted a return on the second.Numerous forehand errors by Halep gave Stephens a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak and the American went up 6-4 before Halep rallied, crushing a backhand down the line to earn her first set point, which she converted.advertisementStephens led throughout the second set, breaking Halep twice, but the Romanian took control of the third set, turning a break into a 5-2 advantage.Stephens rallied to within 5-4 before Halep, on her fourth match point, slammed her third ace of the match and dropped to her knees in triumph.”It’s been an amazing week and I feel I’ve reached my best level of tennis”@CoupeRogers champion @Simona_Halep gives her champions speech in English and Romanian! pic.twitter.com/1wS6eUR1uHWTA (@WTA) August 12, 2018″You make me play better and better every time we play,” Halep said of Stephens.The American returned the compliment.”Even though I lost today, I literally left everything on the court,” Stephens said.”Obviously I’m sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn’t too bad.”Every time I play her, she makes me a better player, she makes me raise my level.”(With inputs from Reuters)
On Saturday youth from around the world gathered at the U.N. for the first-ever Youth Climate Summit ahead of Monday’s event.They said they were segregated from the day’s events, which featured youth proposing solutions to address the climate crisis.“There wasn’t really much dialogue at all about incorporating Indigenous peoples or even having us represent ourselves at this forum,” said Julia Faye Munoz, who is Chimorio from Guam and the Greater Mariana Islands.Indigenous youth were excluded from sessions Saturday, but given their own event, which was poorly attended, Munoz explained.Makasa Looking Horse was invited to open the youth summit with a blessing.The 25-year-old leader is Lakota and Mohawk from Six Nations. She is the daughter of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe.“I did not come here to play, or this isn’t for show,” she said, holding the pipe ahead of her prayer.Looking Horse told youth delegates that the White Buffalo Calf Woman “declared we treat all of creation with respect to honour our mother,” adding “she warned my people of the time we are in today, and that she would return to help us as a white buffalo calf.”She said that prophesy has begun.“I will honour her today for asking, honour her today for her blessing to guide us, the seventh generation.”Beyond the blessing, the Indigenous youth felt excluded from the summit and left feeling dejected, they said.“They need to provide space and get Indigenous people there in those spaces to truly make a difference, I think, because we already have the knowledge, we already know what we’re doing. We know what we want,” Looking Horse told APTN.“There was a disconnect,” she said, adding the global youth and Indigenous youth were “both talking about the same thing, and we’re in two different rooms. And I think that speaks volumes about how this topic is treated regarding Indigenous people.”Global Indigenous Youth Caucus Co-chair Victor Lopez-Carmen said many Indigenous youth “lack hope, because they can’t see a future for themselves in their traditional lands.“They feel their culture’s being ripped from them by settler states…who don’t care about the land or the Earth. And that’s really tough for Indigenous youth. But we have the strength of our elders and our ancestors pushing us, and we know that with their guidance we’ll be able to carry this fight forward.”Liberal leader Justin Trudeau did not attend the summit due to Canada’s election period being underway.But on Monday Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a statement condemning Canada’s absence, saying she proposed during an emergency climate change debate in the House of Commons in June that the federal party leaders attend together and strengthen Canada’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions.“It would be unprecedented,” she said, “but this crisis demands that we move beyond the status quo.”May said none of the party leaders responded to her proposal.Global Affairs Canada confirmed Monday that Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Patricia Fuller, attended the summit on Monday, but a spokesperson told APTN they “politely decline your request for [an] interview at this time.”On Monday morning Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed leaders, scolding them for their inadequate responses to the crisis.“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said in a powerful speech. “And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who convened the summit ahead of December’s global climate summit in Chile, also reprimanded world leaders.“Nature is angry,” he said. “And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature, because nature always strikes back, and around the world nature is striking back with fury.”The #FridaysForFuture school strike started by Thunberg last year in Sweden has grown into a worldwide movement.Last Friday students in towns and cities across Canada and around the world skipped school to protest their governments’ inaction.On Sept. 27 Thunberg will join students in Montreal for another school strike global day of action.Looking Horse said she valued the time she was given to open the youth summit with a blessing, but said knowledge like the teachings of the White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe will not be heard if Indigenous peoples aren’t meaningfully included in plans for climate action.“The message that the White Buffalo Calf Woman gave us was to always work in unity and keep praying together with our bundles, our pipes, because that’s the only way that we will get through the tough times that are coming,” she email@example.com@justinbrakenews Justin BrakeAPTN NewsDays after millions took to the streets to demand political action on climate change, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to ramp up efforts to meet strict carbon reduction targets laid out by climate scientists.But the holders of ancient knowledge many regard as a fundamental piece to a global solution on climate change were largely absent.Just one Indigenous leader was permitted to speak at the summit Monday, and he was only given two minutes.Tuntiak Katan from the Shuar people of Ecuador told world leaders Indigenous peoples around the world would make three commitments to addressing the climate emergency.Those included leading “the implementation of holistic plans to protect biocultural diversity,” developing actions to secure Indigenous peoples’ “rights to lands, territories and resources, self-determination and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC),” and to “access the development of renewable energies” in accordance with self-determination and FPIC,” Katan told world leaders Monday.Indigenous delegates who attended the summit said Indigenous peoples were not meaningfully engaged or included, despite stewarding the vast majority of the world’s biodiversity in their traditional territories, and despite having unique solutions rooted in ancient knowledge.Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action said the U.N.’s limited inclusion of Indigenous leadership is “tokenistic,” and that there has been no “substantive Indigenous rights integration or Indigenous peoples integrated into the systems.”At one point on Monday Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo people in the Brazilian Amazon—a revered leader—showed up at the summit but was turned away by security.Leila Salazar-Lopez of Amazon Watch saw Metuktire be denied access.“The forests and the lives, and the rights and the territories of Indigenous peoples are under attack. And it is not an exaggeration to say there is a genocide being committed on Indigenous peoples right now,” she told APTN News.
27 September 2010Existing trade imbalances must be redressed to ensure a sustainable economic recovery, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding told the General Assembly today, urging renewed efforts to wrap up the so-called Doha Round of talks on reducing global trade barriers. Existing trade imbalances must be redressed to ensure a sustainable economic recovery, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding told the General Assembly today, urging renewed efforts to wrap up the so-called Doha Round of talks on reducing global trade barriers.“Market forces and competitiveness are indispensable for economic development, but the new millennium cannot be defined by the survival of the fittest,” he told the 192-member body’s annual high-level debate.The Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) began in the Qatari capital in 2001. The negotiations aim to liberalize trade worldwide, but have been stalled for several years.“It is common sense that if one part of the world is not able to export more to the rest of the world, it won’t be able to import more from that other part of the world,” Mr. Golding said.The Doha negotiations must, he stressed, include a development element to enhance competitiveness and capacity in weak exporting countries, as well as differential treatment adjusted for the varying sizes of countries’ economies.Such an approach “offers a win-win situation – more exports from developing countries, more jobs for their people and more demand for imports from other countries,” he said.He called for the Doha Round to be concluded, emphasizing that the gains made by poorer nations in earlier negotiations not be unravelled.The financial crisis, the official said, has exposed weaknesses in the global financial governance systems, underscoring the need for reform of international financial institutions to allow developing nations a greater voice.In this vein, he welcomed the establishment of the so-called Group of 20 (G20) as the “locus of global economic policy-making,” and urged the body to “institute a mechanism to engage the views of the wider developing world.”Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, also hailed the increasing prominence of the G20 in responding to crises.“This is due to the fact that it represents some 90 per cent of the world economy,” he told the Assembly.“Consequently, time has come for this Group, and other blocs, to play a leading role in enhancing and developing a common action from within the United Nations system and its various institutions by conceiving plans for a collective action to enhance the capacity of countries to address future crises and achieve an open and integrated economy.”
In a press statement that following a closed-door briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC, Roger Meece, the Council reminded all political leaders and candidates that they are responsible for ensuring a fair and peaceful electoral process.Members of the Council urged candidates to exercise restraint as they await the results of Monday’s elections, stressing that any disputes must be resolved peacefully through the established legal and mediation mechanisms, including the National Mediation Committee.The Council condemned incidents of violence in some areas and urged candidates and their supporters to refrain from any acts of violence, provocation and incitement before and after the publication of the provisional and final results of the polls.The 15-member UN body stressed the need for “thorough, credible, impartial and transparent investigation into such acts of violence, in order to bring to justice those responsible.” They also underlined the need to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.The Council commended the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission, known by its French acronym as CENI, despite the difficulties of the electoral process.It voiced support for the critical role played by the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), which is headed by Mr. Meece, in providing technical and logistical assistance for the elections and promoting dialogue. The Council also expressed appreciation for the support provided by States and regional organizations and commended the work of national and international observers. 2 December 2011The Security Council today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for turning up in large numbers to cast their ballots in this week’s presidential and legislative elections, calling it a demonstration of their commitment to democracy.
BRUSSELS — The European Union has cleared telecom operator Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania but has imposed some conditions.The EU Commission said that the deal, valued at 18.4 billion euros ($21.8 billion), will go ahead if Vodafone addresses its competition concerns, especially in the big market of Germany. It said Vodafone already offered several commitments to make sure the deal can go through.With the deal, Vodafone has said it will become “the leading next-generation network owner in Europe,” with a total reach of 110 million homes and businesses.EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says that the remedies should “ensure that customers will continue enjoying fair prices, high-quality services and innovative products.”The Associated Press
The text, which refers to developments in Darfur since 1 July 2002, was adopted just before midnight Thursday by a vote of 11 in favour, with Algeria, Brazil, China and the United States abstaining.A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman after the vote said the Secretary-General commended the Council “for using its authority under the Rome Statute to provide an appropriate mechanism to lift the veil of impunity that has allowed human rights crimes in Darfur to continue unchecked.” The Secretary-General congratulated the Council members “for overcoming their differences to allow [it] to act to ensure that those responsible for atrocities in Darfur are held to account. He also welcomes the Council’s encouragement of undertakings that complement the judicial process and promote healing and reconciliation.” The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also welcomed the approval of the resolution as the best way to stop continuing violations and prevent future transgressions.In a rapid follow-up, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur to turn over to his office the thousands of pages it searched to compile its 25 January report on rights violations for the Secretary-General.Fighting in Darfur, located on Sudan’s western flank and about the size of France, flared in early 2003 after rebels took up arms, partly in protest over the distribution of resources. The UN says some 180,000 people have died as a result of the conflict, while another 1.8 million have been forced from their homes, including about 200,000 who fled across the border to neighbouring Chad.In February the UN inquiry into whether genocide occurred in Darfur found the Government responsible for crimes under international law and strongly recommended referring the dossier to the ICC. The probe also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage.The Council resolution decided that “the Government of Sudan and all other parties to the conflict in Darfur shall cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance to the Court and the Prosecutor pursuant to this resolution and, while recognizing that States not party to the Rome Statute have no obligation under the Statute, urges all States and concerned regional and other international organizations to cooperate fully.” It added that “nationals, current or former officials or personnel from a contributing State outside Sudan which is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of that contributing State for all alleged acts or omissions arising out of or related to operations in Sudan established or authorized by the Council or the African Union, unless such exclusive jurisdiction has been expressly waived by that contributing State.” The costs of all operations would be borne by the States parties to the Rome Statute, which established the Court, and any other countries wanting to make voluntary contributions, it said.The resolution also invited the ICC and the African Union (AU) to discuss practical arrangements to aid the work of the Prosecutor and Court, including the possibility of conducting the proceedings in the region so as to “contribute to regional efforts in the fight against impunity.” Stressing the need to promote healing and reconciliation, the Council encouraged the creation of inclusive institutions, such as truth and/or reconciliation commissions, supported by the AU and the international community, as necessary, with a view to reinforcing the efforts to restore long-lasting peace.
Since their incredible World Series run in 2016, the Chicago Cubs haven’t always lived up to the grand expectations set forth for their young core. The 2017 version never really clicked, even before the Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched them in the National League Championship Series, and this year’s club spent almost all of the first half trailing the upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. And yet, the Cubs’ empire hasn’t crumbled yet. They recently fought their way back into first place, having won 15 of their past 20 games through Sunday’s win over visiting St. Louis, and our projection model has them tipped as the NL favorites.Unlike the 2016 Cubs, who enjoyed a historically effective pitching staff, Chicago’s primary weapon this season has been a dominant offense that is averaging an NL-best 5.2 runs per game. At a glance, that might not be too surprising for a team with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo penciled in the lineup every day. But the driving forces behind this year’s offensive performance aren’t the leading names we’ve come to expect — and it remains to be seen whether this new configuration is sustainable as the team moves away from the All-Star break.From 2015 through 2017, there essentially wasn’t a better 1-2 offensive punch in baseball than Bryant and Rizzo. Together, the pair was responsible for 712 weighted runs created (according to FanGraphs.com) — the most by any two teammates over that span — and they generated 30.5 percent of the Cubs’ total runs — which, among duos, ranked second to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun tandem.1Also known as “Trout plus whoever happened to log enough at-bats to finish a distant second on the team in wRC.” To the extent that Chicago was a legitimately great offensive team during those seasons, that was mainly the doing of the Cubs’ top two bats. A. Russell7.1– B. Zobrist6.4– D. Fowler7.5– PlayerShare of Cubs’ wRCPlayerShare of Cubs’ wRC K. Bryant15.2– A. Rizzo10.2– 2015-17 seasons2018 K. Bryant11.0– W. Contreras10.4– The Cubs are getting help from more placesTop five Chicago Cubs players by share of weighted runs created (wRC), through July 21, 2018 A. Rizzo15.3%– J. Baez11.8%– This season, however, Chicago’s hitters have spread the contributions around. Through Saturday’s games, Bryant and Rizzo had generated only 21.2 percent of the Cubs’ weighted runs created, with an even greater share turned in by other tandems on the roster — such as Javier Baez and Willson Contreras (22.2 percent).For Rizzo, it has been an outright disappointing year. Going into the season, FanGraphs projected a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .389, but through Saturday he had only managed to deliver a .337 mark, which is barely better than league average and represents his worst output since 2013. Rizzo’s power numbers are mostly to blame; he’s on pace for just 20 home runs after averaging 32 over the previous four seasons. Although StatCast indicators such as exit velocity suggest that Rizzo has been hitting the ball plenty hard, his swing has flattened out into more of a line-drive stroke, which has resulted in many fewer balls hit in the sweet spot for power and launch angle.Bryant has been much better than Rizzo, with a solid .371 wOBA that ranked 26th in baseball. But even that comes off as slightly unsatisfying after a 2017 season in which Bryant was a top-10 hitter and set career highs in batting average and on-base percentage. At 26, Bryant was supposed to be on an upward trajectory toward peak production, but this season has been a step backward — particularly given that his rates of hard-hit balls also have been trending in the wrong direction.Luckily for the Cubs, others have stepped in to pick up the slack. Baez is enjoying easily the best campaign of his career, and he has the potential to flirt with 30 homers before season’s end. Contreras, too, is tracking for his finest season (thanks especially to an uptick in playing time), and Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber had a combined .351 wOBA after going for a .333 mark last season. Even Jason Heyward, whose struggles at the plate have held him back when compared with his star reputation in the field, boasted an above-average .337 wOBA. Not every Cubs player is having an outstanding year with the bat — sorry, Addison Russell — but most of them are: Of Chicago’s top 10 batters by plate appearances, nine (all but Russell) are above the league average in wOBA.2In terms of having a weighted runs created plus above 100.Naturally, the Cubs would love for their lesser stars to keep raking while Bryant and Rizzo revert to their previous form, although underperformers don’t appear any more likely to progress upward to their previous means than overperformers are to slide back downward. At least, that’s according to a quick and dirty study I did of qualified hitters3Specifically, players between the ages of 25 and 30 who had at least 250 plate appearances in a given season, had at least 1,000 career plate appearances going into that season and had at least 250 plate appearances the following season. since 1950. The 20 percent of players who overachieved most (in terms of wOBA, compared with that of their career previously) tended to give about 61 percent of their gains back the following season. Meanwhile, the 20 percent who underachieved most tended to regain about 67 percent of their previous form the next year. The difference wasn’t quite statistically significant — and that’s before considering that the sample is somewhat biased for underachieving players to bounce back. (Remember, they needed 250 plate appearances the next season to be considered.) So the Cubs should be prepared to take the good with the bad when it comes to which players revert to their previous standards of performance.Either way, Chicago will need to keep scoring runs. As Craig Edwards of FanGraphs wrote a few days ago, the Cubs’ starting pitching has been so bad that it’s on pace to accrue the fewest wins above replacement in recent franchise history. Chicago’s bullpen has been reliable enough to salvage some victories, and its defense is very good, per usual. But barring some kind of major trade to shore up the rotation, the Cubs will continue to ride their offense-first philosophy into the postseason and hope whatever regression comes is of the positive variety — such as Rizzo and Bryant turning into the team’s dominant combination of old — rather than the negative.Check out our latest MLB predictions. K. Schwarber10.2– Source: FanGraphs
A composite photo of some of the vehicles involved in the smash upMore than one week after a state vehicle was implicated in a multi-vehicular accident outside of the Georgetown Club, following the People’s National Congress/Reform’s after Congress activities, the respective Ministry has reached out refute the allegations.According to a press statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Rehana Ahmad, on Monday morning, “… the vehicle involved in that accident following the PNCR’s Congress a few days ago does not belong to the Ministry of Social Cohesion.”INews had reported that the social event held for the delegation of the 20th Biennial Congress of the PNC/R at the Georgetown Club on August 17, 2018 ended in chaos after at least five vehicles belonging to attendees- one of which was said to be attached to the Ministry of Social Cohesion- became involved in a massive collision outside of the Camp Street, Georgetown venue.One the vehicles involved in the accident being towed awayDetails were sketchy at the time but both the Police “A” Division Commander, Marlon Chapman and Traffic Chief, Ramesh Ashram had confirmed the incident.However, while Chapman noted that he had no information regarding what transpired, Ashram disclosed that one State vehicle belonging to the Social Cohesion Ministry was involved.The Traffic Chief further explained that the multiple-vehicle collision was deemed minor as only vehicles were damaged.When INews spoke to him on the afternoon of August 18, 2018, he said that he had only been briefed on the accident and had not received a full report as yet.Meanwhile, information had surfaced that the accident occurred as a result of the PNC/R Congress attendees attempting to drive while inebriated. However, this remains unconfirmed.Several persons were also said to be injured.It was also alleged that following the accident, Government officials quickly fled the scene to avoid possible encounters with the media.To date, the media has not received a full brief or police report regarding the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian struck down by Presidential convoy, receives visit from Head of StateAugust 25, 2018In “Crime”PNC/R Congress after party ends in multiple-vehicle collisionAugust 18, 2018In “Crime”Shake-up expected within the Guyana Police Force- SourceSeptember 11, 2018In “Crime”
A letter led by Senators Heitkamp (D-ND), Grassley (R-IA), Blunt (R-MO) and Murray (D-WA) to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urges EPA to finalize the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Thirty two Senators signed the letter urging EPA to get biodiesel back on schedule under the statutorily prescribed volume obligations process and quickly issue volumes for 2014 at the actual 2014 production numbers. They also cited the need to move forward on the 2015 and 2016 biodiesel volumes in a timely manner, ensuring that these delays do not become the norm for the industry.The EPA has not yet finalized the 2014 RFS standards and announced recently that it would not do so until this year. Additionally, the 2015 standard for biodiesel is also now approximately one year late, and the 2016 standard should have been established by December 2014.The letter also references the importance of EPA setting appropriate biodiesel volumes given their recent announcement that will streamline compliance requirements for biodiesel imported from Argentina. That approval will likely result in a significant increase in biodiesel imports from Argentina in coming years.ASA appreciates the members and state soybean association staff that contacted their Senate offices in support of this letter. These contacts made an obvious and significant impact as the number of Senators signing onto the letter increased following those calls.
Sports Direct plans to review and improve working conditions, which will include taking action to better support the wellbeing of staff and addressing pay issues.The plans were published in a Working practices report, compiled by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain on behalf of the board of Sports Direct International. It follows issues raised at a Select Committee hearing in June 2016, and the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee’s publication of a report into employment practices at Sports Direct in July 2016.The Working practices report details key areas for change within the business, highlighting measures that have already been taken as well as proposals for further amendments to working practices and policies to ensure staff are treated fairly.At the Select Committee hearing in June, Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, admitted that workers at the retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse were paid below the national minimum wage. This was put down to time delays at security checkpoints on entry and exit at the warehouse and a system that saw staff docked for 15 minutes of pay, even if they were only one minute late.In January 2016, the security system was amended so that only five minutes of pay is docked if a member of staff is one minute late. To allow greater flexibility, the organisation has pledged to review whether this one-minute leeway should be increased to two minutes. The report also recommends staggering shifts to further reduce traffic levels through security.Sports Direct has also confirmed that it has paid back pay to directly employed staff at the warehouse following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs for underpayment of the national minimum wage.In December 2015, the organisation increased pay for staff on national minimum wage salaries by £0.15 an hour, to offset the impact that deduction of pay for late clocking in and other such issues on national minimum wage compliance.The organisation has also taken steps to ensure that store-based staff do not earn under the minimum wage as the result of unpaid training and cleaning. It has committed to look into this further as part of its review.To tackle employee wellbeing, Sports Direct is formalising a welfare fund for staff, as well as improving conditions in stores.A full-time nurse will be appointed to support the health and wellbeing of staff. There are also plans to appoint a welfare officer, and build an on-site gym at the Shirebrook warehouse.In light of the findings of the report, the organisation will also conduct a review of the HR function within the business, with the aim of strengthening it and increasing its profile.A further 12-month review into working practices will be conducted and reported to the organisation’s shareholders in 2017.Steve Turner, assistant general secretary at trade union Unite, said: “We welcome the commitment by the Sports Direct board to work constructively with Unite to bring about real change in its efforts to address labour abuses and become an exemplary employer.“While the report marks significant progress, not least the eradication of zero hour contracts in the stores and the six strikes and you are out system, Unite will be asking the board to go further and faster in a number areas when we engage with the [organisation].“Unite believes the board can be bolder in the coming months and put in place a framework agreement to move bigger numbers of agency workers into direct employment, as well eradicating the use of short hour contracts such as the annualised 336 hours contract currently in use at Shirebrook.“We will seek to work constructively with Sports Direct over the coming months to ensure it stays true to its promise to restore dignity and respect to the workplace.”
One of the renowned Indian fashion duo- Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna has completed 19 years of creative partnership this year. The designers have made their mark in contemporary prêt wear for both men and women who wish to break the stereotype in clothing and experiment with distinct textures and engineered designing. Their designs pay great emphasis on silhouettes and detailing which draw inspiration from in ear structures, geometrical lines and are greatly influenced by modem contemporary art. They also specialise in BeSpoke men’s couture with a precision fit for the modern men. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The partners have been awarded the ‘Best Pret Collection’ for Men and Women apparel on numerous platforms on various occasions. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have also been awarded the prestigious ‘GQ- Designers of the year’ title. Apart from showcasing their work in every season at the Indian Fashion Week, they are also regulars at several international trade fairs, namely Coterie in New York, Tranoi and Who’s Next in Paris.The label retails through their three stand-alone stores along with multiple boutiques and multi-designer stores across the country. The duo is the only Indian design label to collaborate with leading corporate apparel brwands, namely Van Heusen and Wills Lifestyle with an extended reach of over 100 stores all over the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInternationally the labels available at leading stores like Harvey Nichols, VAKKO, Tootsies, Sun Motoyama, Anthropologic, Salma, Ere, Lilian Rome among others. Their collection was even displayed at the show windows of prestigious Selfridges London.Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna clentele’s vary from all walks of life. Their label is also the most preferred brand when it comes to styling prominent faces of national and international celebrities from the film and music industry. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna beieve in curating garments which are timeless and elegant. They believe in them and their potential to change people’s lives.
Kolkata: Zero, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film, will have a world premiere show at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.SRK and Amitabh Bachchan will be staying at a 5-star city hotel. The inaugural function will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and its duration will be of an hour. SRK has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to extend it as he wants to show the trailer of Zero and say a few words on the cinema. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe film will be released in December but SRK wants the Kolkata International Film Festival platform for the world premiere. SRK is a regular at the event and is the brand ambassador of the state government. Apart from King Khan and Big B, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Biswajit and Nandita Das are likely to be present at the inaugural session of the KIFF. Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh, Ranjit Mullick along with many others from Bollywood will be present at the show. One hundred and seventy-one full-length feature films and 150 short films will be screened in 16 halls. Famous Bengali feature film Antony Firingee featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja will be screened at the inaugural session. Last year films were screened in 14 halls. The focus country in KIFF is Australia. Australian cinema will celebrate its centenary in 2018.
Skype for Chrome with Gmail, Outlook, Twitter integration by Martin Brinkmann on March 13, 2017 in Google Chrome – 1 commentMicrosoft published an update for the company’s Skype extension for Google Chrome that introduces Gmail, Outlook and Twitter integration.The browser extension has a so-so rating on the Google Chrome web store. This can be attributed mostly to the fact that it is probably not what users expect it to be when they installed the extension.All the extension did up until now was to allow you to use share functionality to share sites you visited with Skype contacts. The only other feature was to launch Skype for Web with a click on the extension icon.The update for Skype for Google Chrome improves the functionality of the browser extension.Microsoft’s blog post on the official Skype blog highlights the changes. Basically, what the update brings along with it are options to include Skype call links to messages, calendar events, or on Twitter.The extension supports Gmail, Outlook and Twitter only at this point. You can add the “join my Skype video call” link to emails on Gmail or Outlook, and do the same for Google Calendar or Outlook events.Note: Outlook in this context refers always to Outlook.com, the web based messaging service, and not Outlook, the desktop application.The Skype extension adds a new button to the interface of the service that users can click on to add the call link to the message.It works similarly on Twitter, only that you may add the join link to your Twitter messages directly.Chrome users who have installed the extension already may have received the update already. Anyone else may download the extension from the Chrome Web Store.The Skype extension is also available for Firefox. Microsoft makes no mention of the Firefox add-on in the announcement. A quick check on Mozilla’s AMO website indicates that the add-on has not been updated. There is also no update in the review queue right now.Closing WordsThe extension may have its uses for die hard Skype users. If you use Skype throughout the work day, you may find the option to add Skype chat links to your emails or events on Gmail or Outlook useful.It is of no use to you if you use different services however. I suppose it is easy enough to generate the links manually, to paste them manually into messages. This way, you’d avoid having to install the Skype extension for that purpose which requires permissions to read and change all your date on the websites you visit.Now You: Do you find the functionality of the Skype extension useful?SummaryArticle NameSkype for Chrome with Gmail, Outlook, Twitter integrationDescriptionMicrosoft published an update for the company’s Skype extension for Google Chrome that introduces Gmail, Outlook and Twitter integration.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
TheOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development formally invited Costa Rica to apply as a candidate for membership this week, five years after it began its push to join the exclusive club of developed economies.The news of Costa Rica taking one more step closer to joining the league of developed economies came shortly after President Luis Guillermo Solís said he would lobby U.S. President Barack Obama for some of the $1 billion in proposed aid designated for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — countries that lag far behind Costa Rica in many social and economic indicators — during the Summit of the Americas in Panama Friday.Costa Rica’s economy is far smaller than many OECD nations and still relies on larger partners, like the United States, for security and development assistance. But the country’s long record of universal education and socialized healthcare has put it on par with many OECD nations in terms of social indicators, as seen in the 2015 Social Progress Index released Thursday.The Social Progress Index looks beyond gross domestic product when ranking nations, taking into consideration how well citizens social and environmental needs are met.The contradiction begs the question: Can Costa Rica present itself as an advanced, or at least, soon-to-be developed economy, while also keeping one hand out for foreign aid? Some analysts say yes.“It’s a tricky argument but one that is not so unusual for developing countries,” Latin America expert Michael Shifter wrote in an email. Shifter is president of the Washington D.C.-based Inter-American Dialogue, a thinktank.Costa Rican leaders were nothing but positive about joining the OECD. President Solís said the OECD application “marks a milestone in our development.”“It’s a decision that supports our aspirations to spark growth with a solid base of best practices, transparency and high standards of management that this administration has proposed,” he said in a statement.Casa Presidencial said that OECD membership would help improve public policies here as well as further sustainable development goals and grant Costa Rica a place at the table during global negotiations about climate change and financial transparency.The OECD is a club of 34 developed economies, mostly in Europe and North America, that works to improve governance and economic growth along with topical concerns like the environment and corruption. The OECD countries account for 70 percent of the global market, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Ministry.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría also issued a statement Thursday, welcoming Costa Rica’s and Lithuania’s applications for the club.“The opening of accession talks with Costa Rica and Lithuania and the interest by these two countries in joining our Organisation highlights the OECD’s growing role as the place where countries go to find answers to common economic challenges. Both Costa Rica and Lithuania come well prepared,” he said.In Latin America, Colombia is in the process of applying to the OECD, and Mexico and Chile are already members.Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora said that joining the OECD would “open great opportunities” for Costa Rica.But the payoff from eventual membership remains vague.“I think there’s been some hype about what joining the OECD will mean for Costa Rica,” Juan Carlos Hidalgo, a Latin America political analyst at the Cato Institute, observed.“Joining the OECD means you get a little gold star on your forehead,” Hidalgo said. “You get to boast that you belong to a club of mostly well-run countries. But that’s pretty much it.”Membership does not make any guarantees when it comes to trade access or investment, he said, and it does not mean that Costa Rica becomes a developed economy overnight.“It’s better to be inside the OECD than outside,” Hidalgo said, “but it’s not like we suddenly reached development status.”Costa Rica might not be a full-fledged developed economy but the country’s human wellness index is better than many OECD members. According to the Social Progress Index, Costa Rica, which ranked 26th in the world, outscored OECD member states Italy (31), Hungary (32), Greece (34) and Mexico (54).The armyless Central American country’s long history of redirecting resources that would have gone to its military into education and healthcare has helped it develop one of the best human resource talent pools in the isthmus.Shifter, from the Inter-American Dialogue, said that membership in the OECD would give the country a leg up in terms of its global economic strategy. The prestige that comes with OECD membership grants the country greater name recognition and shows that Costa Rica adheres to international best practices, he said.He said he saw no contradiction in joining the OECD while still receiving U.S. aid.Costa Rica began its application to join the OECD in 2010 under President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). The Legislative Assembly now must approve the application protocol. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís calls for revival of free trade agreement with Canada Costa Rica president sets date for OECD application Is Honduras heading for the privatization of parts of its territory? As budget battles loom, Biden asks US Congress to approve aid for Central America
Wyndham accelerates Vietnamese expansion with new Ramada HotelWyndham accelerates Vietnamese expansion with new Ramada HotelWyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchisor and leading provider of hotel management services, continues to expand its footprint in Vietnam with the signing of Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View, a stylish new hotel overlooking one of the world’s most iconic seascapes.Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020, Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View will be located in the heart of Halong City’s main tourist area, overlooking the breath-taking island scenery of Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Developed by Hong Quan Develop and Consultants JSC and owning company Lac Hong Construction & Investment JSC, this 200-room waterfront hotel will provide the perfect base for the rising number of guests visiting this alluring destination.Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, where Halong Bay is located, welcomed 7.5 million visitors in the first half of 2018, including 2.5 million international travelers. This marked a 14 percent increase compared to the same period last year.When open, Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View will elevate the standard of upper-midscale accommodation in the area, with a collection of well-appointed facilities. These include an infinity pool, a 1,000m² spa and fitness centre, retail outlets, and a rooftop garden. Guests will also be able to unwind in a choice of restaurants and bars, including an all-day restaurant, a specialty seafood outlet, a restaurant with its own wine and cigar lounge, and a sky bar located on the 34th floor providing stunning views over the bay.Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View will offer easy access to all local business and leisure attractions, including the Halong Bay Cruise Boat Terminal, SunWheel Halong, Bai Tho Mountain, Yet Kieu Lake, and more.The hotel’s launch will also coincide with a major expansion of infrastructure at Halong Bay, including the recent opening of a new highway that has slashed the travelling time from Hanoi down to just two hours, and the construction of a new international airport just 50km from Halong City.“Vietnam is one of the world’s most exciting emerging destinations, with strong economic growth, rising affluence and improving infrastructure all contributing to record visitor arrivals. As one of the country’s most iconic attractions, Halong Bay is a ‘bucket-list’ destination that draws international travellers from all around the world. As a result, the destination – like Vietnam as a whole – is in need of more international standard accommodation in a range of different market segments. With our collection of world-class brands, including Ramada by Wyndham, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is perfectly positioned to meet this demand,” said Joon Aun Ooi, president and managing director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, South East Asia and Pacific Rim.Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View will complement the existing Wyndham Legend Halong Bay, making Wyndham Hotels & Resorts one of the only international hotel groups to offer a choice of accommodation in this attractive destination. The company is also planning to launch many exciting new hotels and resorts in key business and leisure destinations all across Vietnam in the near future, as the company undertakes a strategic, multi-brand expansion of its nationwide portfolio.When open, Ramada by Wyndham Halong Bay View will participate in Wyndham Rewards, the simple-to-use, revolutionary loyalty program from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Named a best hotel rewards program for the past three consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report, Wyndham Rewards offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate – the first of its kind for a major rewards program. Learn more at www.wyndhamrewards.com Source = Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Commercial Real Estate GDP Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2013-11-22 Tory Barringer November 22, 2013 427 Views Commercial Real Estate on Track for Moderate 2014 Growth in Data Commercial real estate (CRE) patterns are expected to continue on a “”steady but modest”” growth path, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) predicted Friday in its “”quarterly CRE forecast””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/11/modest-growth-seen-in-commercial-real-estate-markets.[IMAGE]NAR’s recent CRE Quarterly Market Survey shows leasing activity up 2 percent in the third quarter compared to the second, with sales levels also rising. The association attributes the improvement to an economic pickup in Q3.””Jobs are the key driver for commercial real estate, and the accumulation of 7 million net new jobs from the row point a few years ago is steadily showing up as demand for [COLUMN_BREAK]leasing and purchases of properties,”” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. However, Yun said, “”the difficulty of accessing loans remains a hindrance to a faster recovery.””Analyzing the CRE market’s growth, NAR noted increased interest in more expensive properties. Sales of commercial properties costing more than $2.5 million rose 26 percent in the third quarter compared to last year, while sales for properties costing less than that were up 11 percent.Over the next year, NAR expects to see vacancy rates fall in three out of four commercial sectors, edging up only slightly in the multifamily segment (up 0.1 percentage point to 4.0 percent). NAR forecasts vacancy rates of 15.4 percent (from 15.6 percent) in office markets, 8.6 percent (from 9.2 percent) in industrial markets, and 9.9 percent (from 10.4 percent) in retail markets.As far as rents go, the association projects gains all around. In the office space, rents are expected to increase 2.4 percent in 2013 and 2.5 percent in 2014; in the industrial sector, rents are projected to rise 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent next year; retail markets are expected to see average rents up 1.4 percent this year and 2.2 percent year; and apartment rents are forecast to increase 4.0 percent for 2013 followed by 4.3 percent growth in 2014. Share
By Evie AndreouTHE NATIONAL Health Scheme the government has pledged to fully implement by July 2016 would have been necessary even if the economic crisis had not occurred, the EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said on Monday.Borg, who is on an official visit in Cyprus, had a meeting with the Health Minister Philippos Patsalis and discussed the implementation of the National Health Scheme (NHS), the autonomy of hospitals and other health reforms such as the introduction of e-health, and the digitalisation of patients’ records.Speaking after the meeting, Borg said that there was no viable public health system in Europe without reform and that the crisis had only accelerated the introduction of necessary changes in Cyprus.“These reforms will be achieved in a relatively short period. They are necessary and this is a lesson that comes out of something negative, so from something negative we have something positive,” Borg said.He added that it would take time to explain the reforms to those affected and that Patsalis had set a very ambitious time frame for their introduction in three phases. He said that the EU health commission would stand by Cyprus as these pahses were implemented.“The Commission is there to help EU governments,” he said.He also said that Cyprus had come a long way with the NHS and that he had no doubt that Patsalis and the government would create an efficient and viable health system.“I am sure that Cypriots are adaptive enough, including the politicians, to know how to receive the messages of a crisis,” Borg said.Compared to other countries, Borg said, public health expenditure in Cyprus was relatively low and that the NHS would cover more citizens.Patsalis said that the health commission’s assistance to Cyprus was very important.“The World Health Organisation along with the EU play a defining role in these national health reforms,” Patsalis saidPatsalis described the NHS as a complete, socially fair and economically viable scheme, far removed from the current unfair system.“It is a system that will face the many inequalities of the current system, which were unfortunately revealed due to the economic crisis,” Patsalis said.Borg also visited with Patsalis the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) and said that he was impressed by the institute’s work.“I admire the things achieved thanks to the vision there is and this shows that even a small country can contribute with great ideas,” Borg said.Patsalis said that they chose CING to visit because the commissioner had asked to see an institution that was very successful in using European programmes and especially in the health sector.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola