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Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgSecure Electronic Technology Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Secure Electronic Technology Plc (  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSecure Electronic Technology Plc holds the license to operate the national lottery in Nigeria. Formerly known as the National Sports Lottery, the company has an exclusive 30-year license granted by the Federal Government of Nigeria and governed by the National Lotteries Act 2005. Secure Electronic Technology Plc provides the infrastructure and technology to run the lottery and gaming products. Games managed by Secure Electronic Technology Plc includes 60F49, the newest Jackpot game; 2Sure, the game with the highest payout; 50F90, a fixed-odds game with a pre-determined payout; and Betwazobia, a dedicated 24/7 mobile and online game platform. Secure Electronic Technology Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Secure Electronic Technology Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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England 38-7 Crusaders: England get their win in loose affair

first_imgThe Crusaders promised to play Test rugby in this fixture but unfortunately ran into an England side with just enough Test-quality performers, reports Alan Dymock from Christchurch. It was billed as a ‘fourth Test’ on England’s tour of New Zealand, but in the end England won efficiently if unspectacularly against the Crusaders.The visitors did just enough in the first half to ensure that they could roll the subs and run around looking for some structure in the second. Of course they still managed to tot up six tries to their hosts one, and although the Crusaders battled hard, particularly in the second half, they struggled to get much continuity in a match with certain members of the opposition having international pedigree. One of those players, Danny Cipriani is looking incredibly likely to be one of England’s substitutes against New Zealand this Saturday with Owen Farrell pulling out with a knee injury.England started at a furious pace and only two minutes in Cipriani found himself eight metres out and able to shimmy, draw two and send hooker Joe Gray through the parted red sea. The fly-half always looked assured on the ball and a few skewed kicks aside, had control of his boot. The play was indicative of a night were England created holes while Canterbury were happy just to use simple hands, drift and hope that they could skirt round the sides.Such invention was evidence when, in the games first flash of what-the-hell-was-that skill, Ben Foden sprinted towards a sharp grubber laced down the touchline by Alex Goode. Just as the ball spun over the head of home full-back Tom Taylor and into touch, Foden plucked the ball out of the air and walked the tightrope right to the try-line to score an unlikely five-pointer.The Crusaders had promised to play Test rugby before this contest, but went too wide too early or were snaffled by an aggressive English defence. They did, however, score a first-half try through released All Black Matt Todd who careered over from pinched lineout ball. It was the only moment they were direct and dragged defenders over the gainline with them. Moment of brilliance: Tight-rope walker FodenA few big hits aside, the rest of the half belonged to England and tries from Brad Barritt and Goode simply added gloss to the first 40 minutes.Understandably Cipriani was hoiked from the pitch early in the second-half alongside Lee Dickson, with the scrum-half also in the running to sit on England’s bench against the All Blacks in Hamilton if a ’50-50′ Danny Care does not pull through this week, and England struggled to strangle the game from there. Taking it to the gain-line: Danny Cipriani, who was taken off at half-time, impressed for England TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It took until an hour was played before Anthony Watson carved a beautiful line, and as Chris Pennell spotted him and lifted a little pop his way, Watson burned in to score a try that briefly lifted the crowd.The game ended up slipping into glorified touch and when Pennell sprinted through to flop on top of Barritt’s kick to score England’s sixth try at the death it did not really matter too much; England had their first win of the trip and gave their well-rested extras some much needed game time.last_img read more

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Shooting attack on website owner’s home could be linked to colleague’s murder

first_imgNews April 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts BrazilAmericas News Follow the news on Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation December 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shooting attack on website owner’s home could be linked to colleague’s murder Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Reporters Without Borders calls for urgent protection for Antônio Fabiano Portilho Coene, the owner of the Portal i9 news website, whose home in Campo Grande, the capital of the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was attacked on the night of 29 November.Unidentified gunmen fired shots at the building and threw a Molotov cocktail into the courtyard, fortunately causing no injuries. A hammer was left outside with the words “Fabiano Carvalhinho beaten to death.”The message may have been an allusion to the murder of fellow Campo Grande-based journalist, Eduardo Carvalho, the owner and editor of the Ultima Hora News (UHNews) website, who was gunned down on 21 November.Portilho suspects that the attack on his home could be a reprisal for Portal i9’s publication of the same influence-trafficking allegations that Carvalho had published in UHNews on the eve of his murder.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to carry out a full investigation into the attack on Portilho’s home, and points out the that investigations into the Carvalho murder and into Paulo Rocaro’s murder on 12 February in this same high-risk region have yet to yield results.A total of 11 journalists have been murdered in Brazil since the start of 2012. The murder motive has been clearly linked to the victim’s work in five of these cases.———————23.11.12 – Website publisher gunned down after repeated death threatsReporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Eduardo Carvalho, the owner and editor of the Ultima Hora News website, was gunned down in Campo Grande, the capital of the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on 21 November.Carvalho had been getting threats since last year in connection with reports he posted on the site criticizing Mato Grosso do Sul politicians and police officers.“We offer our condolences to Carvalho’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those responsible for this murder must not go unpunished. It brings the number of journalists killed this year in Brazil to 11. In three of these cases, a link has been established with the victim’s work while further investigation is needed in four other cases.“On International Day to End Impunity, we urge the authorities to investigate Carvalho’s murder as thoroughly and quickly as possible, especially as there are indications that it was linked to his journalistic work.”A retired military police officer, Carvalho, 52, was fatally shot by two men armed with pistols who were waiting for him when he arrived at his Campo Grande home with his wife. After shooting him three times, the gunmen left on a motorcycle.Carvalho, who had escaped a previous shooting attack while driving with his daughter, had often reported receiving death threats and said he feared for his life. As a result, he had a permit to carry a gun and a permit to use an armed forces bullet-proof vest but was not wearing it at the time of the attack on 21 November.On the day of his murder, he had published a story accusing a military police captain of abuse of authority. In a comment posted on Facebook the day before, he said that, despite the constant threats and harassment, he had “a safe full of new stories, each one more scandalous than the other.”Despite all the threats and the long list of people criticized on the website, the police officers in charge of the investigation say they have not yet identified any suspects or motives. But they have acknowledged that the murder has all the hallmarks of a contract killing. BrazilAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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RSF calls for blogger’s immediate release

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Online freedoms WomenImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet The Vietnamese authorities began a new crackdown in the spring. Lastmonth, an appeal court imposed a five-year jail sentence on the well-known blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and a three-year sentence on his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy. “We urge the authorities to release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh withoutdelay, along with all the other detained bloggers whose only crimewas to provide their fellow citizens with freely-reportedinformation. We welcome the European Union’s call for her releaseand we urge all EU member countries to issue similar calls. We alsoask the EU to adopt strong measures designed to get Vietnam torespect its international human rights obligations.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Online freedoms WomenImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet News News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go further April 22, 2021 Find out more Arrested while visiting another dissident in prison in the southerncity of Nha Trang, she had been targeted by the authorities formonths. According to the public security ministry’s officialnewspaper, she is accused under article 88 of the penal code of“distorting the truth and history, defaming the ruling CommunistParty and inciting violence against the Party.” News Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, aka Me nam (source: Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Vietnamese authorities to release Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger who posts under the name of “Me Nam” (Mother Mushroom). Held since 10 October, she is facing a possible 20-year jail sentence on a charge of anti-government propaganda. RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Quynh had written about the deaths of civilians in police custody inFacebook posts. She had also recently criticized the way theauthorities handled a toxic spill from the Formosa Ha Tinh SteelCorporation, in the north central province of Ha Tinh, which causedthe deaths of thousands of tons of fish in April. According to a police report, the authorities are planning to usemore than 400 Facebook posts as evidence against her. Organisation April 7, 2021 Find out more Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Independent bloggers are a favourite target of the authorities in Vietnam, where the media are closely controlled and the least criticism of the regime by a journalist can result in arbitrary arrest and prolonged detention. RSF_en “Once again the authorities are using article 88 of the penal code,a massive deterrent, to silence criticism of the Party and, in thiscase, to cover up the Party’s mishandling of an environmentalcrisis,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. October 17, 2016 – Updated on January 25, 2017 RSF calls for blogger’s immediate release Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img read more

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Bonham Middle School

first_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 TAGS  Facebook Local News Bonham Middle School Principal’s Award For Top Overall Students: MaFatima Quimbo and Jayden Rubio. Teacher Of The Year Award: Elizabeth Baucum . The Bethany Lewallen Courage Award: Danna Frausto Ortiz. Parent Of The Year: Delfina Ponce. Outstanding American History Student: Ryan Rubio. Outstanding Texas History Student: Oscar Uriarte-Melendez. National Junior Honor Society Officers: President Elijah Andrews, Vice President Kijion Vieto-Roberson, Secretary Cielbi Clark, Treasurer AJ Herrera, Parliamentarian Kiara Arce, Historian Jalessa Garcia. National Junior Honor Society Eighth-Grade Students: Natalie Akin, Said Alvidrez, Jamison Anaya, Ronin Andersont, Elijah Andrews-Gant, Kiara Arce, Halley Armstrong, Joslin Bejaran, Christian Brown, Lysandra Casarez, Kiera Casillas, Catherine Castaneda, Benjamin Castillo, Jasmine Castillo, Luis Castillo, Cielbi Clark, Nathaniel Collette, Jodie Creel, Abigail Debes, Y’senia Deleon, Brenda Degado Delfin, Laila Dominguez, Maddison Ducker, Ryan Esparza, Kaidyn Flores, Danna Frausto Ortiz, Maliyah Galindo, Jose Gallegos, Diego Gallegos Soto, Jaleesa Garcia, Austin Gaytan, Anthony Gonzales, Bethany Gonzales, Chloe Gonzales, Francisco Gonzales, Keren Gonzales, Nevaeh Gonzales, Francisco Grajeda, Cole Griffith, Haleigh Griffith, Kaleigh Griffith, Gonzalo Guardado Orona, Sandy Gutierrez, Madalyn Hampton, Cadence Henderson, Karen Hernandez Briones, Alfredo Herrera, Desmond Hill, Carly Huynh, Sarah Ibarra, Azariah Jennings, Elias Jordan, Raelee Law, Brooklynne Looney, Eboni Lopez, Sypher Loveless, Jordan Lucas, Fernando Lujan, Mauricio Madrid, Joshua Mancha, Mya Martinez, Raquel Martinez, Adriel Mas Aguila, Trystan McCrary, Noah, McDonald, Mason McKinley, Miguel Mendoza-Lujan, Ejaelyn Miller, Haiden Miller, Juliett Montiel, Jaeson Morales, Andrel Moreno Espino, Esmeralda Natividad, Samantha Navarrete, Karla Olivas Armendariz, Trinity Ormsby, Ricardo Orona, Jose Pallares Ramirez, Nathan Pando, Emilio Parra Cross, Julian Parra Coss, Adamaris Payen, Jorge Perez, Judith Perez Rodriguez, Israel Ponce, Josiah Pulido, Ma Fatima Quimbo, Sabrina Rendon, Ryker Reyes, Arianna Robison, Dafne Robles, Isaiah Rodarte, Amber Rodriguez, Iliana Rodriguez, Nahomy Rodriguez Ramirez, Jayden Rubio, Ryan Rubio, Juan Manuel Salas Valdez, Vienna Salazar, Francisco Sanchez, Heaven Sanchez, Javquelin Sanchez, Jocilyn Schuyler, Xander Scurlock, Kailani Sellars, Marco Solis, Brinley Spruill, Jadelynn Stephens, Aubrie Subia, Piper Sullivan, Ryleigh Timmons, Jonathan Uribe, Angel Valdez, Joel Vazquez, Kijion Vieto-Roberson, Lezly Villa, Steven Watkins, Nicolette Wilkison, Ryan Ybarra, Isabela Zapata, Aaron Zubiate. National Junior Honor Society Seventh-Grade: Noah Adams, Elaine Aguilar, Mickey Aguilar, Myika Aguirre, Isaac Albarez, Yaritza Alcazar Juarez, Yamileth Aldavaz Acosta, Yordy Aliga-Vilches, Micah Allen, Dalia Araujo, Damian Arledge, Hailey Bentley, Diego Brigman, Zayla Casillas, Dana Castillo, Aspen Chavez, Unona Cline, Austen Contreras, Yasmin Contreras, Lia Cornejo, Jade Coupland McMeans, Felipe Davila, Dakota Davis, Xiara Deleon, Isaiah Dominguez, Raeleen Elissetche, Jared Enriquez, Roselyn Esquivel, Tomas Estrada, Ava Farley, Jordan Franco, Jason Friel, Ariyana Garcia, Briannah Garcia, Esmeralda Garcia, Samantha Garcia, Katrina Gonzales, Yarhey Gonzales, Luz Paulina Granados Romero, Tuan Johnathan Ha, Aleivis Hernandez Perez, Stephon Herring, Caidance Hisaw, Julian Holguin, Ricardo Iniguez, Orlando Jimenez, Donovan Leonard, Abigail Licon, Celina Loftin, Alise Lopez, Ayden Lopez, Desiree Lopez, Angel Lopez-Gutierrez, Edith Lopez Gutierrez, Mariah Loya, Isaac Maldonado, Daniel Mancha, Jesse Martinez, Sean Martinez, Esmeralda Martinez Garcia, Emily Matta, Nakiya McQueen, Jose Medina Espino, Joslyn Mendoza, Keatyn Mitchell, Brissa Montalvo, Uriel Montoya, Abel Morales, Caleb Morgan, Marcus Mosby, Ashoton Muniz, Anali Munoz, Cienna Munoz, Cayla Nino, Norma Nino, Alejandra Nunez, Jovany Olivas, Kaleb Olivas, Brianna Oranday, Vanesa Ortega, Alexandria Oronoa, Jimena Orozco, Weston Pawlik, Artuto Pinon-Sanchez, Alexandera Pontremoli, Madison Pool, Nicholas Pool, Emily Ramirez, Eddie Rayburn, Erick Rivas, Jayden Rodriguez, Joshua Rodriguez, Mariah Rogers, Maya Romero, Betsabe Salas Rodriguez, Avery Salazar, Mia Sandate, Miracle Schaffter, Angelina Simental Najera, Emily Simpson, Emelia Skinner, Makayla Tapia, Yamil Tarango Cota, Jenay Todd, Enevy Vital, Brendyn Whaley, Beverly Woods, Tianna Woods, Andrew Zavala. Student Council Officers: President Francisco Grajeda, Vice President Amber Rodriguez, Secretary Ceilbi Clark, Treasurer Andrea Calderon. Outstanding Cheerleading Awards: Kaidyn Flores and Samantha Garcia. Cheerleader Members: Kaidyn Flores Co-Captain, Brooklynne Looney Co-Captain, Cienna Munoz, Samantha Garcia, Katrina Gonzales, Xiara DeLeon, Dalia Araujo, Aylani Walker, Lexi Shahannon, and Nakiya McQueen.Sixth-Grade Awards Outstanding Sixth-Grade Math Students: Jesse Todd, Aaralynn Casillas, Juan Olivas-Armendariz, Mary Ann Edundson, Jacob Avila (Pre-AP), Marissa Ochoa (Pre-AP). Outstanding Sixth-Grade English Students: Eric Moore-Sullivan, Jacqueline Lopez Garcia, Ryan Lopez, Keija Turner, Makayla Halpain, Damien Martin, Kiera Campos, Keven Orona, Denisse Mendoza. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Reading Students: Christian Moore, Aralynn Casillas, Ernesto Melendez, Flor Lozano, Roman Aguilar (Pre-AP), Eliana Aguila (Pre-AP), Martin Betancourt, Kalissa Hayes, Jacklyn Millan, Caebrean Murry, Gabriela Rodarte. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Science Students: Ryan Williams, Alexa Hernandez Montoya, Martin Betancourt, Kalissa Hayes, Anfernee Chavez, Lydia Flores. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Social Studies Students: Martin Betancourt, Kassandra Hernandez, Nicholas Bedel, Joelyn Ramirez. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Robotics Students: Ivan Valenzuela Salcedo, Anabel Juarez. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Girls P.E.: Stephanie Pina, Kalissa Hayes, Alexa Hernandez, Maiya Morgan. Outstanding Sixth-Grade Boys P.E.: Jacob Avila.Seventh-Grade Awards Seventh-Grade One Year Perfect Attendance: Yamileth Aldavaz Acosta, Laura Carreon Zubia, Isaiah Dominguez, Roselyn Esquivel, Luz Paulina Granados Romero, Stephon Herring, Fabian Morales Zuniga, Norma Nino, Lorena Pina, Rudy Ramos, Jayden Rodriguez, Betsabe Salas Rodriguez, Mia Sandate, Caden Serrano, Timothy Spoon. Seventh-Grade Students on A Honor Roll All Year: Elaine Aguilar, Hailey Bentley, Katrina Gonzales, Yarhey Gonzalez, Celina Loftin, Desiree Lopez, Norma Nino, Mia Sandate. Seventh-Grade Students on A/B Honor Roll All Year: Noah Adams, Mickey Aguilar, Micah Allen, Adalee Apodaca, Yaneli Bernal, Diego Brigman, Lia Cornejo, Xiara Deleon, Roselyn Esquivel, Ariyana Garcia, Samantha Garcia, Julian Holguin, Angel Lopez-Gutierrez, Isaac Maldonado, Nakiya McQueen, Elizabeth Mendoza, Keatyn Mitchell, Marcus Mosby, Alejandro Murguia, Cayla Nino, Alexandria Orona, Jimena Orozco, Weston Pawlik, Eddie Rayburn, Betsabe Salas Rodriguez, Miracle Schaffter, Angelina Simental Najera, Emily Simpson, Emelia Skinner, Braden Wildes. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Art Students: Riley Bentley, Yamileth Aldavaz. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Math Students: Keatyn Mitchell, Anali Munoz, Eddie Rayburn (Pre-AP), Desiree Lopez (Pre-AP), Isaiah Dominguez, Ava Farley, Jesse Martinez, Elaine Aguilar, Andrew Zavala(Pre-AP), Katrina Gonzales (Pre-AP), Yovanca Villegas. Outstanding Seventh-Grade English Students: Noah Adams, Miracle Schaffter, Riley Bentley, Esmeralda Garcia, Isaiah Dominguez (Pre-AP), A’lasia Smith (Pre-AP), Patrick Thomas, Isaac Albarez, Alexandera Pontremoli, Orlando Jimenez, Aleivis Hernandez. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Reading Students: Jose Medina, Briannah Garcia, Jayden Rodriguez (Pre-AP), Celina Loftin (Pre-AP), Julian Holguin, Brianna Oranday, Kaleb Hughes. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Sciecne Students: Caleb Morgan, Nakiya McQueen, Lucas Velasquez (Pre-AP), Unona Cline (Pre-AP), Keatyn Mitchell, Ava Farley, Caleb Morgan, La’Nicia Johnson, Austen Contreras (Pre-AP), Emily Simpson (Pre-AP), Wilson Ward, Edith Lopez Gutierrez. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Social Studies Students: Keatyn Mitchell, Jimena Orozco, Oscar Uriate-Melendez, Betrsabe Salas Rodriguez, Ricardo Iniguez (Pre-AP), Desiree Lopez (Pre-AP), Jose Medina Espino, Brinnah Garcia. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Robotics Students: Caleb Morgan, Yasmin Contreras. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Girls P.E: Samantha Garcia, A’Lasia Smith, Joslyn Mendoza, Miracle Shaffter. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Boys P.E: Elias Lujan. Outstanding Seventh-Grade Girl Athletes: Betsabe Salas, Mariah Rogers. Outstanding Seventh-Grade AVID Students: Yarhey Gonzalez, Ricardo Iniuez. Outstanding Seventh-Grade AVID EXCEL Students: Francisco Diaz, Karina Mendoza.Eighth-Grade Awards Eighth-Grade One Year Perfect Attendance: Ezekiel Alaniz, Kimberli Caballero, Cielbi Clark, Emanuel Fabela, Maria Frausto Prieto, Jaleesa Garcia, Christopher Gonzalez, Carlos Granados Romero, Carly Huynh, Ricardo Orona, Jose Pallares Ramirez, Deejahna Primeaux, Sabrina Rendon, Jayden Rubio, Jadelynn Stephens, Isabela Zapata. Eighth-Grade Students on A Honor Roll All Year: Elijah Andrews-Gantt, Cielbi Clark, Veronica Flores, Ma Fatima Quimbo, Amber Rodriguez, Lezly Villa. Eighth-Grade Students on A/B Honor Roll All Year: Emanuel Fabela, Anthony Gonzalez, Cole Griffith, Madalyn Hampton, Cadence Henderson, Kamiya King, Mark Anthony Levario, Sara Marruffo, Angel Moreno, Trinity Ormsby, Jon Pickel, Israel Ponce, Jayden Rubio, Vienna Salazar, Jacquelyn Sancehz, Micah Smith, Jadelynn Stephens, Kijion Vieto-Roberson, Isabela Zapata, Aaron Zubiate, Michell Zubiate-Zorrilla. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Art Students: Cole Griffith, Keyla Nieto, Danna Frausto, Julian Parra Cross. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Math Students: Francisco Grajeda, Danna J. Frausto Ortiz, Alex Sivley, Agigail Debes, Zachary Grogan, Cadence Henderson, Deonte Bass. Outstanding Eighth-Grade English Students: Jon Pickel, Ma Fatima Quimbo, Jose Gallegos, Suzen Aguirre, Cole Griffith (Pre-AP), Vienna Salazar (Pre-AP), Christopher Gonzales, Esmeralda Natividad, Johnathan Mugolsomog, Maria Frausto. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Sciecne Students: Y’Senia Deleon, Julius Gonzalez, Alexander Farley, Samantha Navarrete, David Andrews-Gantt (Pre-AP), Vienna Salazar (Pre-AP), Benjamin Castillo, Kamiyah King. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Social Studies Students: Andrei Moreno, Catherine Castaneda, Israel Ponce (Pre-.AP), Cadence Henderson (Pre-AP), Said Alvidrez, MaFatima Quimbo. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Robotics Students: Isaiah Rodarte. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Girls P.E: Denisse Portillo, Jaylani Quintana, Suzen Aguirre, Sarah DeLaGarza. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Boys P.E: Miguel DeLaGarza. Outstanding Eighth-Grade Girl Athletes: Raelee Law, Ejaelyn Miller. Outstanding Eighth-Grade AVID Students: Jose Gallegos, Ma Fatima Quimbo. Partners In PE: Michell Zubiate, Emanuel Fabela. Outstanding Algebra I Students: Elijah Andrews Gantt, Amber Rodriguez. Outstanding Spanish I Students: Elijah Andrews-Gantt, Emily Simpson, Daniel Tarango, Celina Loftin, David Andrews-Gantt, Kaidyn Flores. Outstanding Spanish II Students: Josiah Pulido, Mia Sandate. Outstanding TSDE/Keyboarding Students: Jon Pickel, Lyzandra Casarez. Coach Mike Smith Award For Overall Boys Athletics Athlete: Josiah Pulido. Outstanding Boys Cross Country Athletes: Jayden Rubio, Nicholas Pool . Outstanding Girls Cross Country Athletes: Lezly Villa, Celina Lofton. Outstanding Boys Soccer Athletes: Tabarie Jones, Jordan Franco. Outstanding Girls Soccer Athletes: Jade Stephens, Briannah Garcia. Outstanding Tennis Athletes: Cadence Henderson, Zeke Hernandez. Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous articleQuick Hits May 21Next articleOAT052619 Vatican City 4 PUNCH.JPG Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApplast_img read more

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[Breaking] SC Quashes NLSIU’s Decision To Hold NLAT; Directs It To Admit Students Based On CLAT [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] SC Quashes NLSIU’s Decision To Hold NLAT; Directs It To Admit Students Based On CLAT [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Sep 2020 10:10 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday quashed the decision of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru to hold a separate admission test by way of the National Legal Aptitude Test (NLAT).The NLSIU has been directed to admit students for the present academic year (2020-21) based on the scores of the CLAT.The Court directed the Consortium of the National Law Universities to hold…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday quashed the decision of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru to hold a separate admission test by way of the National Legal Aptitude Test (NLAT).The NLSIU has been directed to admit students for the present academic year (2020-21) based on the scores of the CLAT.The Court directed the Consortium of the National Law Universities to hold the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) on September 28 itself in accordance with all health guidelines issued by the Central Government and authorities.The Consortium has also been directed to publish the CLAT results as early as possible so that the law universities can start their classes by mid-October. The Court held as follows:(I) The notice for admission to the five year integrated B.A.LL.B(Hons.) programme 2020-21 dated 03.09.2020 Annexure -P 14 as well as Press Release 106 on NLSIU admission 2020-21 dated 04.09.2020 Annexure-P 15 are quashed.(II) The respondent No.3 [Consortium of National Law Universities] is directed to conduct the CLAT-2020 examination on 28.09.2020 taking all precautions and care for health of the students after following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD).(III) The respondent No.3 shall also ensure that the entire process of declaration of the result be completed as early as possible to enable the respondent No.1 and other National Law Universities to start their course by the mid of October-2020.(IV) The respondent No.1 shall also complete the admission of B.A.LL.B(Hons.) programme 2020-21 on the basis of the result of CLAT-2020.(V) The respondent No.3 may take decision at an early date restoring the status of respondent No.2 as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Consortium as 107 well as restoring the Secretariat of the Consortium as to NLSIU, keeping in mind that scheduled exam of CLAT-2020 on 28.09.2020 is not hampered in any manner.It was on September 17 that a bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah reserved judgment on the petition challenging NLAT.On September 11, the top court had passed an interim order to restrain the NLSIU from publishing the results of NLAT and from making admissions on its basis, while allowing the conduct of the test on the next day, September 12.The petition was filed by Rakesh Kumar Agarwalla (father of a law aspirant) and Professor R Venkata Rao (the former Vice-Chancellor of the NLSIU), challenging the decision taken by the NLSIU to back out of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and to hold a separate admission test. The NLSIU stated that it was “uniquely disadvantaged” because of the repeated postponement of CLAT as it was following a trimester system, distinct from other universities. It said that it will face a ‘zero year’ if it is not able to complete the admission process by the end of September.The test, which was a home-based AI-proctored online exam, was held on September 12 amid widespread complaints of technical glitches and manipulation. On September 14, the NLSIU held a re-test for those candidates who had submitted technical complaints. But there were complaints of paper-leak during the re-test. NLSIU maintained that the paper leak will not affect the integrity of the exam.The petitioners, represented by Senior Advocates Nidhesh Gupta and Gopal Shankaranarayanan, essentially argued that the NLSIU cannot unilaterally decide to hold a separate admission test while remaining as a member of the Consortium of NLUs. It was further argued that the Executive Council of NLSIU could not have taken the decision without the concurrence of the Academic Council.The petitioners also highlighted that the NLSIU VC had kept the Consortium in the dark about the move for NLAT, even while remaining a signatory to the decision to hold CLAT on September 28.The petitioners also submitted that NLSIU’s decision for a separate test put thousands of candidates to severe hardship, as they were under the expectation that preparation for CLAT will suffice for admission to the NLSIU as well.Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar appeared for NLSIU. The VC of NLSIU, Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy, was represented by Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya. Senior Advocate P S Narasimha submitted the stand of the Consortium of the NLUs before the bench.The reports about the arguments may be read here :’NLAT Reduced To A Farce; It Was Test Of Competence In Manipulation’ : Petitioners Against NLSIU Test Submit In SC ‘Concurrence Of Academic Council Not Needed For NLAT’ : Sr Adv Arvind P Datar Submits For NLSIU NLAT v. CLAT : Safety Measures Were There To Ensure Absence Of Malpractices, Arvind Datar Submits For NLSIU Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

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Abuse charges filed against Pike Co. father

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 9:22 pm Thursday, September 2, 2010 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said the sheriff’s department was notified of a possible abuse situation by the Troy Regional Medical Center emergency room.Investigator Frank Wheeler reported that the incident apparently stemmed from water being on the floor in the hallway of the Johnson home. “Johnson became angry and grabbed the boys, ages two and three, and pushed them to the floor and rubbed their faces and bodies in the water to mop it up,” Wheeler said. “He slapped them in the face and abused the three-year-old to the extent of breaking his arm. He also slapped his wife and is charged with harassment against her.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Thomas said the three-year-old was treated at the emergency room at Troy Regional Medical. The younger boy had bruising but was not treated at the hospital.“The children were removed from the home by the Department of Human Resources,” Thomas said. “The incident remains under investigation.” Book Nook to reopen Skip Abuse charges filed against Pike Co. father Latest Stories Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like World’s largest peanut boil underway Progress has come to the World’s Largest Peanut Boil in Luverne. The boiling pots of old have given way to… read more Email the author The father of two young boys is in the Pike County jail charged with the torture and willful abuse of a child.Joseph Matthew Johnson, 24, 1009 County Road 2250 off the Henderson Highway, was also charged with domestic violence third degree.last_img read more

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Southern California deputy lied about being shot by sniper in sheriff’s office parking lot: Authorities

first_imgABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The California sheriff’s deputy who launched an expensive, citywide manhunt for the sniper who shot him in his own station’s parking lot made up the entire incident, police said late Saturday.Angel Reinosa, who is still a trainee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station, said he had been shot in the shoulder of his bulletproof vest while making his way to his car Wednesday. He announced over his radio in dramatic fashion he had been shot by someone in the apartment building next to the parking lot.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately mobilized a large-scale operation to look for the suspect, even flying in a helicopter with a police sniper patrolling the skies.It was all fake, L.A. County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said at a press conference.The 21-year-old Reinosa met with sheriff’s department investigators on Saturday and confessed.“Reinosa admitted he was not shot at as he previously claimed,” Wegener said. “He also told investigators he had caused the holes in his uniform by cutting it. There was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder.”Wegener said the deputy did not provide a reason for making the false claim.“Much of his statement was self-serving, didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” the captain said.The district attorney’s office will be responsible for determining any charges against Reinosa, but Wagner said they “could start with false report of an emergency.”Reinosa will also be fired from the department, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said. Limon said the department was “incredibly disappointed” and that a criminal investigation has been launched.“There were several things that were curious,” Wegener said. “There was no ballistic evidence in the parking lot at all. No bullet was recovered. … There were many things that didn’t add up.”Authorities also reviewed surveillance footage and spoke to witnesses, which did not corroborate Reinosa’s story.Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris held an emotional press conference the day of the shooting in which he said, “The only reason that deputy is alive is because he had his vest on.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Change of tack helps IT merger ride the waves

first_img Comments are closed. Paul Yandall discovers how the high seas have helped Nigel Perks navigatestaff through the largest IT merger in UK historyWhen it came to leading 23,000 workers through a £910m merger, HR directorNigel Perks sought help from the sea. The sailing enthusiast was part of patchwork team stitched together at shortnotice for last year’s Fastnet Sailing Challenge on the Irish Sea. “It made me realise what sort of stuff goes on during mergers where youthrow people together and say: ‘there, that’s your objective’,” said the45-year-old Welshman. “You had your highs and lows and stress. It’s apretty tough race, you know – people have lost their lives.” Fortunately, things weren’t so drastic during the merger of competing ITservice providers Logica and CMG, which became LogicaCMG on 1 January 2003.However, there was blood on the floor – figuratively speaking. “We shed about 10 per cent, around 2,500 workers,” said Perks.former HR director of Logica and now the group HR director of LogicaCMG.”Most of those were in overlapping jobs, where there was duplication [inareas] such as administration or management.” It’s been a year-and-a-half since the merger – one of the biggest in theUK’s IT industry – and just enough time for Perks to have developed someperspective on the massive change. “Traditionally, mergers and acquisitions aren’t very successful, andit’s usually the human factor that makes them unsuccessful,” he said. “One of the key points for us was speed. It was really important togive people clarity as quickly as possible because they were being put into aposition of uncertainty.” The merger was announced on 5 November 2002. It was formally completed inless than two months, allowing the new entity to take its first steps onto theworld stage on New Year’s Day. “Right from day one a lot of effort was put into communication,”said Perks. “We had to get news of job losses out straight away, but we also had tohave the branding of the new company complete and the systems in place ready togo.” For Perks, who has also held senior HR posts with Equifax, Prudential andDigital Equipment, the merger was the biggest professional challenge he hadfaced. “It could have been very easy for me to throw my toys out saying‘this is not something I came here to do’. But actually, the challenge has beena huge opportunity,” he said. Among the challenges were the peculiarities of managing a merger of trulyinternational scale. The combined company would have staff in 34 countries,meaning hundreds of regulations in different jurisdictions had to be compliedwith. “We couldn’t move at the pace of one country because regulations inanother meant things would take longer,” he said. “We had ourtargets, but we also had to take a staggered approach.” Managing the merger of the two different cultures was also a challenge.Although Logica and CMG were both technology companies founded in the UK in the1960s, their management systems were markedly different. Logica was a morecentralised and yet more internationally-focused business, while theAnglo-Dutch CMG was a much more decentralised entity. “Certainly from an HR perspective there were differences,” saidPerks. “But it was a great opportunity to take the best of both worlds –to ask what have you got and what have we got? – and then create something thatwas cutting edge.” It also gave Perks, who was appointed to his current role in March thisyear, the opportunity to focus on systems he felt were inadequate and startfrom scratch. New appraisal, succession and induction systems have all beenbuilt. Although there was still work to be done in areas such as diversity –attracting more women to the IT industry has been a problem – there was ageneral mood shift within the company away from the merger and towards thechallenges ahead. “We’ve tried to strike a balance between creating something new,exciting and competitive, as well as trying to honour the past,” saidPerks. “In some places, there’s a real echo of the old companies, and whynot? They were something to be proud of.” Previous Article Next Article Change of tack helps IT merger ride the wavesOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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A decade of ocean changes impacting the ice shelf of Petermann Gletscher, Greenland

first_imgHydrographic data collected during five summer surveys between 2002 and 2015 reveal that the subsurface ocean near Petermann Gletscher, Greenland warmed by 0.015 ± 0.013°C yr-1. New 2015 – 2016 mooring data from beneath Petermann Gletscher’s ice shelf imply a continued warming of 0.025 ± 0.013°C yr-1 with a modest seasonal signal. In 2015 we measured ocean temperatures of 0.28°C near the grounding line of Petermann Gletscher’s ice shelf, which drove submarine melting along the base of the glacier. The resultant meltwater contributed to ocean stratification, which forced a stronger geostrophic circulation at the ice shelf terminus compared with previous years. This increased both the freshwater flux away from the sub-ice shelf cavity and the heat flux into it. Net summertime geostrophic heat flux estimates into the sub-ice shelf cavity exceed the requirement for steady-state melting of Petermann Gletscher’s ice shelf. Likewise, freshwater fluxes away from the glacier exceed the expected steady-state meltwater discharge. These results suggest that the warmer, more active ocean surrounding Petermann Gletscher forces “non steady-state” melting of its ice shelf. When sustained, such melting thins the ice shelf.last_img read more

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Original Woodstock Promoter Hints At ‘Definite Plans’ For Festival’s 50th Anniversary

first_imgThis coming summer will mark the 50th anniversary of arguably the most well-known music festival in American pop culture history, Woodstock. The original three-day event took place in Bethel, New York back on August 15th-18th, 1969, when hundreds of thousands of music fans and adventurous souls of the counterculture generation made history by raising the bar for live entertainment and societal harmony.Rock nostalgia has become quite bankable amongst younger music fans in recent years, so it only makes sense that the original promoters of the famous festival have been making plans for a 50th-anniversary celebration. According to one of Woodstock’s co-founders, Michael Lang, those plans are a lot closer to becoming reality than most fans and ageing hippies might have imagined.According to a new interview with regional media outlet Poughkeepsie Journal, Lang and his associates have “definite plans” to host an event of sorts for the anniversary, although he didn’t go into any detail as to who could be involved and when/where exactly it would take place. Considering the huge popularity of music festivals and lifestyle events amongst today’s youth, Lang is surely hoping to cash in on what is definitely a great opportunity to reach a new generation of fans who are quick to open their wallets for a ticket—especially if older, legacy acts are on the bill.While Lang sounded quite optimistic and confident in the interview, he also went on to admit that an anniversary event “is not a done deal yet,” but assured the outlet that plans are “very close” to being finalized. Any event that does come into fruition however, will be focused around themes of sustainability, activism and social justice, according to Lang, something from which our modern society could surely benefit.Artists and Fans at Woodstock – August 1969[Video: uraass2utube]The news comes almost a year after it was initially reported that the state had granted the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (including the original Woodstock grounds) with a grant of $689,063 courtesy of New York’s Regional Economic Development Council. The money was earmarked to be used for on-site improvements and to keep the historical site up to working maintenance for smaller concerts and music-loving tourists in addition to possible large-scale concert events. The grant could also be the state’s way of ensuring that organizers like Lang don’t stage another disaster like Woodstock ’99. The recent report also pointed out that Lang is not officially affiliated with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, so any potential event from Lang and his camp may be separate from whatever celebrations the venue itself has planned.It’s also worth noting that the official Woodstock social media accounts updated their imaging to the 50th anniversary theme earlier this week. A Facebook event hosted by the Hudson Valley for what appears to be the official event home for a 50th anniversary concert was also launched this week. The event’s “About” section clearly states, “The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music and art festival is happening in 2019! Celebrate the landmark anniversary of the cultural touchstone. Woodstock’s 50th anniversary is set to feature live performances from renowned artists spanning multiple genres and decades.”Several of the original artists who played Woodstock in 1969 are not only still alive, but also still active and could conceivably make an appearance at the 50th anniversary. That list includes Joan Baez, Santana, surviving members of The Who and Grateful Dead (who play their old catalogs of hits and tour annually), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ten Years After and Country Joe McDonald, just to name a few.[H/T Stereogum]last_img read more

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Our “Do Anything” Jacket – TX Light by La Sportiva

first_imgWhen your entire life is confined between four wheels, space is a precious commodity. Everything we haul down the rutted dirt roads has a purpose, which is balanced against its weight and size. Sometimes we argue about the purpose/weight/size spectrum, usually about the extra pillows (that we don’t need) or the five packs of cookies (that we do need). When something can fill multiple roles and take up very little space, it is held in extremely high #vanlife regard. Let us please introduce you to the TX Light Jacket from La Sportiva, worth its weight/space/purpose balance and then some.We’ve been using this lightweight, technical, soft shell for just over three months. It was purpose-built by La Sportiva for climbing in alpine terrain, little did they know (or maybe they did) it’s one of the best ‘every terrain’ jackets we own. It’s constructed from pill resistant, quick-drying fabric, with durable Cordura reinforcements in high abrasion areas (think shoulders) making this jacket a seriously tough cookie.Just like we weigh purpose, weight, and size for items in our van, we have a similar system for outdoor apparel. In fact, it’s the exact same system except you add in breathability and waterproofing. The TX Light Jacket has an aptly descriptive name, coming in at a feather-like 12.8 ounces (men’s, 10.8 ounces for women’s), you barely remember you’re wearing it. The thought, “Am I naked?” MIGHT cross your mind while you’re high up on the crag. I assure you, you probably aren’t. You’re just wearing a lightweight, moisture-wicking (it ships with durable water repellant coating), quick-drying soft shell. It also has a helmet compatible hood and an elastic-bound hem around the waist and sleeves so it stays in place during those hard to reach dynos. Or during those spontaneous late night dance parties that always happen when you’re camping in the far reaches of BLM land.Speaking of dance parties, we like to call this jacket our ‘do-anything’ jacket. We’ve used it while rock climbing sharp crags in Western Maryland, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, kayaking in the swamps of South Carolina, and for its intended use, the high alpine terrain of Colorado’s Sawatch range. While visiting family in Arlington, Va., we decided to bike into Washington D.C. to tour the monuments. We woke up to a soggy spring morning complimented by high winds and heavy cloud cover. We both tossed on our TX Light Jackets and cruised down Monument Row. Recently while searching for a place to camp on the western slope of the Sangre De Cristo range in Colorado, we discovered an evil that knows no bounds. Hordes of mosquitoes like we’ve never experienced before were standing between us and a beautiful hike. We threw on some baggy pants and our TX Light jackets and hit the trail. We stayed cool in the afternoon heat and didn’t return covered in bites.If you’ve ever spent time in alpine terrain you understand the struggle of dressing appropriately. On a recent loop trek up Browns Creek and back Little Browns Creek in the San Isabel National Forest and Colorado’s Sawatch Range, we found ourselves above treeline for over 8 hours. When the trees disappear, exposure is your number one concern. In the span of a couple hour, we saw temperatures above 90, giving way to high winds, that eventually blew in Dippin’ Dots for dessert. We were already wearing our TX Light to minimize exposure to the two-mile-closer Colorado sun. As the temps dropped and the snow started falling, we stayed warm and were able to keep moving without worrying about the changing weather. “Do anything” jacket to the rescue! As we approached 13,500 ft on Mount Antero (Colorado’s 10th highest peak), snow threatened to turn us around.  We opted to scramble up the ridge line instead of risking the slippery snow that was covering the highest portion of the trail. The super durable Cordura fabric held up against the tough granite as we scraped our way to the top.Whether you’re going for an evening run in the park, or packing for an all-day mountain bike ride, we recommend the TX Light Jacket. It is ideal for anytime you are outside and need a tough, lightweight jacket that will block wind and keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Can I go as far to say we use this to lounge inside too? If you aren’t convinced, here’s the kicker– La Sportiva holds true to their commitment to sustainability and uses only bluesign® approved fabric in the construction of this jacket. Look it up, and never go back.Making a van your home has a few perks.  We have been lucky enough to see the seasons change from the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to the Colorado Rockies. With all that ground covered, we have learned some important things about being outside, one being that weather can be confusing. The TX Light keeps you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool, all the while being built to withstand the most demanding use in the most unpredictable conditions.Check out La Sportiva for any of the apparel or shoes you see in this article.last_img read more

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Talking ‘Smart Power’ With Admiral Stavridis

first_img The tools are: first, international and multi-national approaches; second, interagency approaches built upon the “three Ds“– defense, diplomacy and development; and third, public-private cooperation. If we do those three things and we use strategic communications effectively, we will be building the much needed new bridges. Now, though there will be times when we need to use hard power – because soft power with no hard power in reserve is no power at all – but smart power is the best approach to achieve desired outcomes. With one-liners like, “We are excellent at launching Tomahawk missiles; we need to get better at launching ideas,” it is not hard to appreciate why The New York Times labeled recently retired Admiral James Stavridis a “Renaissance admiral.” The former Aircraft Carrier Group Commander, author and overlord of all NATO missions, including the 2011 NATO-led operation in Libya, champions a revolutionary approach to the most vexing conflicts of our day. By Dialogo July 31, 2013 Can you give an example of where and when this has worked? Stavridis has challenged the stagnant military culture and pushed for the transformation of organizations like U.S. Southern Command from an old school military planning citadel to an agile organization better able to “plug ‘n play” with non-traditional partners. The admiral believes the U.S. can help partners to end conflict quickly, reconstruct and then develop through the application of “smart power”: the effective combination of soft power (diplomacy and development) and hard power (military might). Do you believe there needs to be a de-emphasis on the kinetic dimension of counter-terrorism and a focus on ameliorating vexing and deep-rooted problems in fragile states? There are technical tools that can be used, including the polling of populations, traditional media and social networks monitoring, and the professional judgment of trained professionals on our in-country teams. With these tools, you can fairly effectively determine how well our approach is working. In addition, there are simply “outcomes.” Take Colombia, for example. I don’t think anyone would look at Colombia today and say that it is failing. This positive outcome is an example of the effective application of smart power – it is succeeding. In the 21st century, we can’t create security by building walls. In the 20th century, we built a lot of walls – we endlessly tried to build walls between us and people we perceived, correctly or incorrectly, as our enemies. In the 21st century, because of the advent of networks, the free movement of goods and people across the globe, we need to build security by building bridges instead of building walls. Smart power is the short hand for a collection of tools that allow us to do that. Stavridis recently retired from military service after a 37-year career. He now serves as Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and as the chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute. We recently discussed his thoughts on 21st century “smart power” and counter-terrorism. The following are highlights from the interview: Colombia 10 to 15 years ago was a lot like Afghanistan is today, but through the application of smart power, today we have productive negotiations ongoing between the main Colombian rebel faction, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government of Colombia. A second example is the Balkans. In the 1990s, tens of thousands of people were killed due to ethnic hatreds, and a million people were pushed across borders, becoming refugees. Through the application of smart power, and some measure of hard power, we were able to stabilize the situation and bring peace to the region. What are the principal tools of smart power? As the former Commander of both U.S. Southern Command and U.S. European Command, you placed heavy emphasis on smart power approaches. Why? How do you measure the success of this approach? I think you have to do both. In any insurgency there will be people who are irreconcilable and who pose a clear and present threat to the U.S. and our allies. Those people have to be dealt with using hard power, but I think that the broader effort in counter-terrorism needs to be addressed with smart power approaches in order to adequately deal with grievances like unemployment, lack of health care and entrenched hatreds. You can’t kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications. Mr. James Stravidis is totally right, for countries to avoid conflicts it’s not necessary to make war, all they need is to use intelligent power, defense, diplomacy, and development, these are the key tools for a country’s stabilitylast_img read more

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New tender from the Rural Development Program and for tourist and recreational infrastructure

first_imgAgencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju objavila je 12. lipnja 2018. godine novi natječaj za operaciju 7.4.1. iz Programa ruralnog razvoja Republike Hrvatske za razdoblje 2014.-2020.Eligible projects in accordance with the provisions of the tender are also projects related to tourist and recreational infrastructure such as: social home / cultural center, mountain lodge and shelter, tourist information center, children’s playgrounds, sports buildings, facilities for freshwater sport fishing, recreational areas on rivers and lakes, bike paths, theme roads and parks as well as public green areas etc.The financial support is intended for municipalities and cities to improve living conditions, improve the quality of life of the population in rural areas through the improvement of basic social, communal and tourist infrastructure in these areas.Applications for the new tender for the operation 7.4.1. will be received from August 2 to September 14, 2018, and all information is available here.last_img read more

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A large decline in the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises on the Croatian Adriatic

first_imgSource: CBS In the first eight months of 2020, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 95,5% and the number of days spent by ships on the Croatian Adriatic by 91,1% compared to the same period in 2019. The number of passengers on these ships compared to the same period In 2019, it is lower by 99,5%. In the period from January to August 2020, 9 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 21 cruises. There were 3 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 983 days. In the first eight months of 2020, 21 cruises of foreign ships were realized Measures introduced to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a direct impact on reducing the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports.center_img In the period from January to August 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 84,5% compared to the same period in 2019, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Out of a total of 21 round trips, 81,0% of trips were realized in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, while the remaining 19,0% of trips were realized in Istria County. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

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