By admin – February 26, 2018 Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments WhatsApp Facebook Landgraf prepares for state budget debate WhatsApp Home Local News Government Proposed county paving project fails Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Twitter Facebook Pinterest Local NewsGovernment Proposed county paving project fails A proposed street project which would potentially pave all unpaved roads in Precinct 4 was dismissed by Ector County Commissioners during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.The project proposed an initial survey of the unpaved roads to be done by Landgraf, Crutcher & Associates for a fee of no more than $77,050. The total project cost was estimated to be $1,186,195, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Armando Rodriguez said the project could be done in parts over time, splitting up the payment.John Landgraf, President of LCA, told commissioners the 11.2 miles was found to make up all of the unpaved roads in Precinct 4, describing them as little pieces scattered all over the precinct. He added that the commissioners could set the priority for which roads would be worked on first.Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton raised the point that there are many unpaved roads throughout the county, not just in Precinct 4. A report from the Ector County Highways and Streets Department shows Precinct 1 as having 37 unpaved roads, compared to Precinct 4’s 19 unpaved roads.“I want to look at the county as a whole and not just one precinct,” Shelton said.Dale Childers said he wanted a study done to see which unpaved, or caliche, roads are used the most in order to prioritize the order of roads worked on.“I’d like to see some studies done, because I think we need to pave the busier caliche roads first,” Childers said. “That’s just common sense.”Shelton added to Childers’ point by saying the only study that’s been done so far just shows how many unpaved roads there are, and not how often they are used.“There could be weeds growing in it, because nobody uses it,” Shelton said.With no second motion after the initial motion that a survey be done by Rodriguez, the proposed project died in court.Rodriguez said he was disappointed the commissioners chose not to go forward with the project. He said one of the main reasons he wanted to see the roads paved in his precinct is due to poor economic development.“There’s been no economic development whatsoever,” Rodriguez said. “A lot of businesses would not like to get into an area where the streets are not being paved.”Rodriguez said he was unsure right now if he would push further for a Precinct 4 pavement project, or any further surveys, as commissioners may look at doing a survey through the county as a whole.“Right now, my priority is Precinct 4,” he said. “Anything I do for Precinct 4, is good for Ector County.”IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERS:Approved a proposed claims audit service agreement with J. Graham Inc.Approved a request for the county to assume maintenance and liability for the newly constructed 220.1 feet of N. Vista Grande Ave.Approved a preliminary plot Pilot Flying J south addition being an 11.42 acre tract located in section 45, block 43, T-2-S T&P RR. Co. Survey.Approved the proposed Magana MHRC 1.9650 acre tract in Broncho Subdivision, block 8, lots 2 and 3.Approved the proposed Hoyt addition being a plot of a 5.02 acre tract located in the east half of section 7, block 41, T-1-S, T&P RY. Co. survey abstract No. 52.Approved the accounts payable fund requirements report for Feb. 26, 2018, to review County financial statements and reports. Pinterest Previous articleOPD searching for robbery suspectNext articleOPD investigating weekend stabbing admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Foolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinFruit Salad to Die ForCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Apple Pie Bites NextStay
Marine seismic player Polarcus has been awarded a new XArray marine seismic acquisition project.In a brief announcement on Monday, the company said that the project would be in the Asia Pacific region.Polarcus said the survey would begin in the second quarter of 2020, with a duration of approximately 4 months.The company did not say who the client was, nor which vessel it would use for the project.The Polarcus XArray is an acquisition configuration developed by Polarcus to deliver ‘superior’ data quality and make full use of today’s larger streamer spreads.According to Polarcus, it improves both in-line shots by 100- 250 percent and cross-line bin density by up to 400 percent on any streamer separation and can be tailored to provide higher fold data, increase crossline sampling and improve acquisition efficiency.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.
Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Uefa has this week announced a raft of changes to European competition, with the new system, that is set to be in place from the 2018/19 season, designed to represent an evolution of the Champions League and Europa League.Amongst the raft of changes, is one particular key example regarding kick off times, that could be of significant interest to both bookmakers and bettors alike.Whilst being insistent that the formats from the group stage onwards will remain as they are, staggered start times of 17:55 GMT and 20:00 GMT in both competitions are set to come into force.With Uefa simply stating “The new kick-off times will offer more viewing opportunities for fans while maximising media value,” what could the deeper ramifications be for bookies?Alistair Gill, Sportsbook Commercial Relations Manager at Kindred Group, highlights some of the issues facing both the current and new formats: “There are a number of implications for us with kick offs staggered at 6pm and 8pm from 2018, with the majority of them being positive. “The key one being, in line with UEFA’s intention of allowing fans to watch more football, is that it allows them to bet on more football in the process. “Currently with all group stage matches kicking off at the same time, cannibalisation is an issue we struggle with as one individual game takes fans away from betting on other games that are on at the same time. “With the staggered kick offs fans will be much more able to get involved in betting on a variety of games. It will be interesting to see the level of the impact however, with only 2 games kicking off in the 6pm slot and the other 6 still kicking off at the same time at 8pm.”Whilst on the surface this could seem like a win win, what do these changes mean for accumulators? And will they decrease the value of potential cash out offerings in anyway?Gill tentatively discusses potential negatives, with an assurance they could still be minimal: “One negative we are likely to see however is a drop in revenue from accumulators across the match round. With all matches currently kicking off at the same time, it is a perfect chance for punters to bet on all, or a large selection, of the games in an accumulator and not have to wait more than the length of one game for it to be resulted. “The change may also decrease the value of our cash out offering, as there are a wide variety of situations with matches on at the different times, which will essentially remove Cash Out as a viable or attractive option for players. “The longer the duration it takes to settle an accumulator, the less we are likely to see them. But again it will be interesting to see the actual level of impact this change has, as the matches are still running essentially back to back which should minimise this issue.”One of the big winners of these changes is certain to be in-play betting, with back to back televised matches to open up more prospects for punters to live.Concluding, Gill explains the additional revenues that could be felt in the industry as a result of the Uefa imposed changes: “Back to back matches should certainly open up the possibility of additional revenue. In-Play will be absolutely key here, as the staggered kick off times will allow our players to bet Live on more than one game per match round. “Unsurprisingly, a huge driver of In-Play betting is the ability for a punter to be able to watch, follow or fully engage in the match they’re betting on. When they’re all on at the same time this will restrict a lot of players to Live betting one game, but this change will open that up to allow them, in practice, to do so on 2.” Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon
Tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be “cheapest ever”, football’s governing body Fifa says. Fifa Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events; ticket prices will be announced on 19 July.Mr Valcke and Fifa President Sepp Blatter praised the Confederations Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday.The tournament was marked by protests against the high cost of the World Cup, corruption and poor public services.Mr Blatter said the Confederations Cup was a success despite the demonstrations which took millions to the streets.“I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting – I don’t know how long for,” he told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.‘Some uncertainty’ The head of Fifa also admitted there had been fears that Brazil would not be ready for the World Cup in 2014.Building work at some stadiums was finished shortly before the start of the Confederations Cup and there were doubts about how the country’s infra-structure would cope with a large scale event.“When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen,” Mr Blatter said.Fifa officials avoided commenting on security issues, saying they were a matter for the government to deal with.During the Confederations Cup there have been several clashes between protesters and security forces, who fired rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas into the crowds.
The GFA Ethics Committee has found Techiman City FC and Wa African United guilty of bribery and match fixing after investigations into their Match day 22 game played at the Damongo Park. The Committee has therefore pronounced its sanctions on the two clubs and individuals involved in accordance with Article 68(2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code. Below is the full decision of the GFA Ethics Committee: GFA ETHICS COMMITTEEFINAL REPORT ON ALLEGED MATCH-FIXING AND BRIBERY CASE BETWEEN WA AFRICAN UNITED AND TECHIMAN CITY FCSUMMARY OF FACTS/INTRODUCTIONPursuant to the GFA Code of Ethics 18(1) and 19 of the GFA Regulations, the Ghana Football Association Ethics Committee was tasked by the GFA Appeals Committee to re-look and investigate the allegation of bribery and match-fixing between Wa African United FC and Techiman City FC in the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League Week 22 match played at the Damongo Park, and come up with its findings and/or recommendations. Wa African United in an earlier letter dated 29th July, 2015, informed the GFA that the said match between the two sides was a fixed one. Wa African United further alleged in the said letter that they were given GH¢2,000.00 (Two Thousand Ghana Cedis) by Techiman City FC as well as other payments for feeding to play a match of convenience.FIRST SITTING HELD ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 31, 2015 AT THE GFA SECRETARIATThe Ethics Committee served notice to all parties and held its first sitting on Thursday 31st December, 2015 at the GFA Secretariat in Accra. The Chief Executive Officer of Wa African United, Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan II was unable to attend the sitting because he was outside the country. The Lawyer for the club, Mr. Yahaya Seidu informed the Committee that their key witnesses were going to be the Team Manager and Coach of the club. He added that in due time, they would provide additional documentary evidence to back their case. The Committee took evidence from the Team Manager, Kofi Adam and the Coach of Wa African United, Baah Yaw Suleman respectively. From the evidence given by the two of them, it was brought to light that: 1. Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan II, CEO of the club called the two (Team Manager and Coach of Wa African) on separate occasions telling them to accept a bribe from someone from Techiman City FC. 2. According to the Coach of the team, Nana Gyamerah Kwabena Yiakwan ll told him that Mr. Charles Kwadwo Ntim, President of Techiman City had earlier called him asking him to give away the match. 3. Both the Coach and the Team Manager said they were reluctant initially to follow the instruction from the CEO of the club. 4. According to them the CEO of WA Africa United said he was under pressure as he has received several calls from the Charles Kwadwo Ntim, the President of Techiman City FC to try and help them fix the match. 5. The Team Manager and the Coach said that someone called them subsequently and the person introduced himself as Yaw Adamu Acheampong the Team Manager of the club. 6. However, after the Pre-match meeting they realized that he was not the Team Manager of the club but an official of the club. 7. The Team Manager and Coach of Wa African United stated that they both met Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong and took an amount of GH¢2,000.00 (Two Thousand Ghana Cedis) as earlier agreed between the CEO of their club and that of Techiman City. 8. The Team Manager of Wa African United alleged that the said Yaw Adamu Acheampong also sent him money earlier through MTN Mobile money as feeding cost for the team and the referees, and to arrange for a hotel and hire student mattress for the Techiman City team when they arrive in Techiman. He further alleged that he made these arrangements for the Techiman City team and personally led them to the said hotel (St Charles Guest House) in Damongo. 9. The first half of the match was played competitively, according to the Team Manager and the Coach and this led to Techiman City FC players complain about why the WA Africa United FC players were playing the match so hard. 10. According to both the Team Manager and the Coach of Wa African United, during the second half of the match, the referee was attacked by a fan of the club after he allowed what they refer to as an “offside goal”. This they said led to the stoppage of the match and the match was called off. Soon after the rain followed. 11. However, the Team Manager of Wa African United alleged that he agreed with the Match Commissioner and the Referee that the match should be declared 1-0 in favor of Techiman City FC. 12. The Team Manager indicated that after some days, the CEO of the club called to inform him that Techiman City had surprisingly filed a protest against their club for which they have been fined GH¢3,000 and suffered a deducted of (6)six points from their accumulated points. 13. This actually infuriated them and the Team Manager admitted that it is for this reason that they chose to report the alleged bribery and match fixing case to the Ghana Football Association for an action to be taken because they believe Techiman City had treated them unfairly. Members of the Ethics Committee asked various questions from the witnesses of the complainants/petitioners to seek clarification and solicit evidential materials, if available. They promised to make available to the Ethics Committee evidence they can readily lay hands on. The hearing with the Petitioners was therefore called to an end for the day. The Lawyer for the respondents/defendants, Mr. Larbi Amoah raised an objection against the committee’s regarding the letter inviting the CEO & President of Techiman City FC, Charles Kwadwo Ntim to appear before the committee. They also wanted to know if their President is appearing before the Committee as a target witness or just to assist with the investigations. Furthermore, Counsel for Techiman City FC indicated that they have a couple of preliminary objections to would like to raise. The Vice Chairman took the opportunity to apologize to Techiman City on behalf of the Committee for mistakenly indicating 10pm on the letter of invitation, instead of 10am to appear before the committee. On noticing the error, the secretary to the Ethics Committee made a follow-up call to the Techiman City FC President and an email subsequently sent to the Club to correct the unfortunate error. Even though they made themselves available for proceedings, the Vice Chairman asked if they were comfortable with the time interval between the date of the correction and the sitting date. They responded that they were not okay with that and would require the normal three days notification. Vice Chairman acceded to their demand and told the defendants to put all their objections and demands into writing and present to the committee before its next sitting, which they obliged. The Vice Chairman told all parties that the Committee will issue them with new letters of invitations to appear before it and asked Techiman City to submit their written preliminary objections before that date. The case was then adjourned to Thursday 7th January, 2016 after discussing with all parties involved. SECOND SITTING HELD ON THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016 AT THE GFA SECRETARIATThe two parties were served notice of this meeting on Thursday 31st December, 2015 and were sent reminders to attend the meeting. Both parties appeared at the sitting held on Thursday January 7, 2016 at the GFA Secretariat. However Techiman City FC who earlier agreed to present their written objections to the Committee failed to submit it before the meeting commenced. The Spokesperson/Advisor for Techiman City FC, Mr. Kofi Manu raised a preliminary objection on the inclusion of three of the members of the Ethics Committee hearing the case. According to him, the reason for their objection is because the three members were part of the earlier case which was set aside by the Appeals Committee. The Spokesperson cited Article 82. 2(d) and 4 of the GFA Disciplinary code to back his objection. The Vice Chairman overruled the objection citing various authorities to back his ruling. Reference was made to the case of Bilson v Apaloo […] and the Judges v Attorney General of Saskatchwan[…] The Spokesperson of Techiman City further cited Article 35 of the GFA General Regulations which according to him the issue at hand ought to be resolved by the Disciplinary Committee and not necessarily the Ethics Committee which includes the three members earlier mentioned. The Chairman over-ruled that objection stating that the issue at hand bothers on Ethics and thus must be dealt with by the Ethics Committee of the GFA. Besides, by his own argument and logic, when the case was first brought up to the Ethics Committee why didn’t they raise an objection and went ahead to provide evidence at the said meeting. Again, by the same logic, why did they (Techiman City FC) revel in the overturn of the Ethics Committee’s decision by the Appeal Committee to disqualify the then vice chairman and their decision to refer the matter back to the Ethics Committee for fresh hearing? The Spokesperson of the Techiman City FC, Mr. Kofi Manu and the club’s lawyer, Mr. Larbi Amoah then stated that they did not intend to appear before a committee who they believe will be biased. He therefore stated that they intend to appeal the Chairman’s ruling on the objections raised and will not continue with the sitting. The Chairman drew his attention to the fact that they can appeal after the final determination for case. The Chairman also reminded Techiman City FC that they failed to present their written objections as requested at the first sitting thus the committee will continue proceedings. The Chairman implored the defendants to sit in and allow the proceedings to go on so as to assist the Committee gather evidence for a resolution of the case. The Techiman City President, his lawyer and Spokesperson, indicated that they cannot be part of an illegality and decided not be part of the sitting of the committee based on the fact their objection was dismissed and they intend to appeal against that decision. With their insistence, they were granted their request to leave the hearing/sitting. The Sitting however, continued and members continued their interrogation of the witnesses of Wa African United based on the evidence they promised to give at the last sitting which they reiterated in this new sitting. They also presented a team sheet purported to be the team sheet of Techiman City for that match in question. It was allegedly signed by Mr. Malik Yeboah (team manager of Techiman City FC). It was revealed from the investigations that the Team Manager of Wa African United also interacted with Mr. Malik Yeboah before the Techiman City team arrived in Techiman. The complainants also provided the phone number of the said, Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong who allegedly paid the amount of GH¢2000 to the Team Manager and Coach of Wa African United to fix the match. The Committee took evidence from the Chief Executive Officer of Wa African United, Nana Gyamera Yiakwan II via telephone at its sitting held on Saturday 30th December 2016. He stated that he had phone conversations with President of Techiman City, Charles Kwadwo Ntim ahead of the match. He added that he gave the phone number of his Team Manager to Mr. Yaw Adamu Acheampong, who acted as the middle man for Techiman City FC. The CEO of Wa African United also mentioned in his evidence that the President of Techiman City FC prevailed on him to give up the match and that someone would come and see them to make the necessary arrangements to pay what has been agreed.ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF EVIDENCE1. The viva voca evidence obtained from both the Team Manager and the Coach of WA Africa United FC suggest a couple of telephone communication between Nana Kwabena Gyamerah Yiakwan ll, CEO of WA Africa United FC and Charles Kwadwo Ntim, President of Techiman City FC prior to the match that was allegedly agreed to be fixed. 2. It was confirmed by the Team Manager and the Coach of WA Africa united FC that there was exchange of money between the agent of Techiman City FC, Yaw Adamu Acheampong and themselves. The money was intended to influence the match in favour of Techiman City FC. 3. Contrary to earlier views held that the agent of Techiman City FC was the Team Manager, documents available revealed that the said agent, Yaw Adamu Acheampong was actually an official of the Club but not in the capacity as the Team Manager. This is evidenced by his name appearing on Referees Official list that was electronically generated and the Team Sheet presented and signed by the Team Manager and Captain of Techiman City FC itself. 4. The statement by the complainants vis-à-vis the posture of the Respondent at all material times during the sittings, leaves the committee in no doubt that this was a match of convenience agreed on by the two parties. 5. That instead of giving evidence to defend itself and debunk the allegations of bribery and match fixing made by WA Africa United FC, Techiman City FC has since the commencement of the hearing de novo resorted to technicalities/legalities to derail the course of collecting evidence from them. 6. The Committee observed and came to the conclusion that the conduct of both the Spokesperson/Advisor to Techiman City FC and its President was not acceptable as they disrupted the hearing on a number of occasions yelling at the slightest opportunity at the complainants. 7. The Committee also considered the documents used by the Disciplinary Committee in its ruling in Techiman City’s protest after the said match. This included an electronically generated Referee’s report which had Yaw Adamu Acheampong included as an official of Techiman City FC. The Committee took notice of the fact that at the time the Disciplinary Committee used the referee’s report in its ruling, the Ethics Committee process had not begun and actually Wa African United had not presented its complaints at that time. A referee’s Match Report is supposed to reach the GFA within 48 hours after a match. It is an official document, hence the Ethics Committee relied on it in its findings. The Ethics Committee made the following observations:1) The referee’s report was dated 14th July 2015 and electronically sent to the GFA 2) The match Commissioner’s report was dated 16 July 2015 3) Techiman City petitioned the Disciplinary Committee on 15th July 4) Wa Africa United reported case of alleged bribery and match-fixing on 29th July 2015 5) The Ethics Committee subsequently met on two occasions to determine the case The Ethics committee observed that the referee’s report which captured Yaw Adamu Akyeampong as an official, preceded Techiman City’s petition to the Disciplinary committee as well as Wa Africa United’s allegation of bribery and match-fixing. The name could therefore not have been inserted by the referee in anticipation of a future case that would incriminate him. It can therefore be considered as good evidence without prejudice.GFA ETHICS COMMITTEE’S DECISION/RULING & CONCLUSIONSAllegations of bribery and match-fixing have become pervasive in football matches in the country. As a result, matches lack competitive spirit which ultimately compromises the integrity of the results. Sadly, apart from producing unworthy Champions, the nation risks stagnation in the growth and advancement of the game. The Ethics Committee wishes to serve notice that it will not compromise any such negativity in our football and will therefore relentlessly pursue and sanction any club or official who indulges in this. In arriving at its decision in the above case, the Committee took into consideration the verbal and documentary evidence given by the claimants (Wa African United) to prove their case. On the other hand the defendants (Techiman City FC) rather resorted to acts that were intended to frustrate and delay the process. The Committee believes that instead of putting in a defense in the substantive case, Techiman City FC was only interested in using technicalities to frustrate and delay the case. Having considered the evidence adduced, the Committee has found the 2 teams (Techiman City and Wa African United) guilty of giving and receiving bribe with the intention of influencing the result of Match day 22 Division One League match between the two sides in Damongo. In accordance with Article 68 (2) of the Disciplinary Code, Article 40 (4.3.6) and Article 40 (4.9) the Committee pronounces the following decisions: 1. The Committee is of the belief that indeed Techiman City FC offered bribe to WaAfrican United ahead of their Match day 22 game in an attempt to influence the result of the match, which was accepted by Wa African United. The result of the said match between the two sides is therefore annulled, and Techiman City must lose the points accrued thereof. 2. For giving and accepting bribe aimed at influencing the results of their League match, the two Clubs i.e. Wa African United and Techiman City FC are hereby demoted to the next Division ( Division two) 3. The Team Manager (Kofi Adams) and Coach (Yaw Baah Suleman) both of Wa African United FC and Yaw Adamu Acheampong ( an official of Techiman City FC) are all banned for one year from all football related activities. 4. The Committee also severely reprimands the CEO of Techiman City FC, Mr. Charles Kwadwo Ntim and the Spokesperson/Advisor of Techiman City FC Mr. Kofi Manu, for showing gross disrespect to the Committee during its sittings. The committee also wishes to send notice that any future act or show of disrespect and ungentlemanly conduct displayed by ANYBODY appearing before it will be met with severe sanctions. SIGNED: MR. FELIX ANYINSAHVICE CHAIRMAN
— Hilary Clinton officially endorsed Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president.— Jay-Z and Beyonce tied the knot in April.— Brad and Angelina announced they were expecting twins. More: Tiger delivers signature momentSports— Eli Manning and David Tyree created what is possibly the greatest Super Bowl highlight in upsetting the undefeated New England Patriots. Surely that was the end to the Patriot dynasty.— Michael Phelps was still over a month away from winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.— Jimmie Johnson was en route to his third straight NASCAR title.— Jordan Spieth was preparing for his sophomore year of high school.— We were weeks away from a rematch in the NBA Finals of one of history’s greatest rivalries (Celtics vs. Lakers).— Jake Long was the first pick in the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.— Steph Curry led Davidson to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.— Brett Favre had just told coach Mike McCarthy that he wanted to return to Green Bay just months after retiring…for the first time.— LeBron was on his first stint with the Cavaliers.News and Pop Culture— “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.— “The Incredible Hulk” starring Edward Norton won the weekend box office.— “Breaking Bad” premiered earlier in the year and “The Wire” had its series finale.— In May, Harrison Ford returned to play Indiana Jones at the age of 65.— “Britney Spears” is the most searched topic on the web. Tiger Woods finally returned to glory by winning the 2019 Masters, his fifth green jacket and 15 major championship. Once the most dominant athlete in the world at his craft, it seems like an eternity since the last time he won a major.Rest assured, that eternity was actually almost 11 years ago when Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open. Between his public fallout and four back surgeries, the world has become a different place in just over a decade. Sporting News takes you back to what was going on in the world during that victorious month of June for Woods in 2008.
Tags:#Facebook#voice#web Nothing in the image indicates a Skype partnership, but with last Fall’s “deep integration” in mind, we thought it would be the most likely partner-in-crime. When we last wrote about the Facebook-Skype partnership, we wrote “What we’re really hoping to see from this partnership are Skype buttons on Facebook that launch Skype calls and SMS capabilities.” This would go beyond Skype buttons, with direct integration. We asked Skype if it had anything to do with it, to which we received a “no comment.” A Facebook spokesperson offered a standard response, saying “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation and have nothing to announce at this time.”The move would make a lot of sense for Facebook, which has worked recently to become the center of your online communication experience. Its recent “not email” announcement debuted a form of communication that would supposedly work seamlessly between devices, so that there would be little differentiation between messaging, email and Facebook chat. Voice calling between users, whether from browser to browser, phone to browser, or browser to phone, would just make sense in creating a more seamless communication experience.Have you seen the “call” button on your Facebook? Have you clicked it? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Last September, news broke that Facebook and VoIP service Skype were about to announce a “deep integration partnership” that would bring integration of SMS and voice chat. A couple weeks later, we got Skype 5.0, which included an integrated Facebook phonebook and browsing, but we asked when we would see the opposite – Skype integration on Facebook.Today, The Daily What has an image from a tipster that shows a feature similar to what we were hoping for – voice calling integrated on Facebook.According to The Daily What, their tipster wrote them, saying “So I was just chatting on Facebook chat and I got the option to ‘call’ my friend. it swiftly disappeared.” Take a look at the screenshot: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, The Prison, May 27, 2007]Recent research has shown that military spouses show relatively high rates of depression during combat deployment of their spouse and that the rates of depression are more than 3 times that of their civilian counterparts. Much of the research to date has centered on the deployment period, though 75% of spouses have reported that the first 3 months following deployment is the most stressful time during the deployment cycle. Given the high rates of mental health conditions during and following the deployment cycle and the importance of maintaining a high level of functioning in the military family, researchers Dolphin, Steinhardt, and Cance have examined the influence of positive emotions on depression in female spouses following deployment .A total of 252 Army wives whose husbands had been deployed to Afghanistan were surveyed during the deployment of their spouse and 3 months following the return of their active-duty husband. Sixty percent of spouses were married to junior enlisted soldiers, 31% to non-commissioned officers, and 9% to commissioned officers. Ages ranged from 19 to 39 with a mean age of 25. The military wives had been married an average of 4 years. Eighty-four percent of the participants had children.Demographic information as well as measures of marital satisfaction and positive emotions were collected during the deployment period. Marital satisfaction was measured using a single question that ranged from very unsatisfied to very satisfied. Positive emotions were measured using the 10-item subscale of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) which focuses on positive and negative arousal. Following deployment, coping strategies, resilience and depressive symptoms were measured. Coping strategies were measured using the Brief Coping Orientations to Problems Experienced Scale (Brief COPE), capturing a broad range of behavioral and cognitive strategies used during stressful situations. Resilience characteristics, such as faith, goal setting, humor, and patience, were measured using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale was used to measure depressive symptoms, including depressed mood, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.Analysis of the surveys showed that one-third of the participants reported moderately severe levels of depressive symptoms 3 months following deployment of the service member. Lower levels of positive emotions during deployment correlated with higher maladaptive coping and more depressive symptoms after deployment. Of note, wives who had been married longer and had greater marital satisfaction showed lower levels of maladaptive coping and fewer depressive symptoms than their peers who had been married a shorter period of time and were dissatisfied with their marriages. It is also notable that having experienced a higher number of deployments was associated with more positive emotions, better coping and resilience, and lower levels of depression.When working with military wives who have recently experienced deployment of their husband and who are experiencing depressive symptoms, emphasizing adaptive coping skills, such as utilizing emotional support, may lead to improved well-being during this difficult transition time.References Dolphin, K. E., Steinhardt, M. A., & Cance, J. D. (2015). The role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms among Army wives. Military Psychology, 27(1), 22-35. doi:10.1037/mil0000062This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Twitter/@georgetownhoyasGeorgetown looked to the Hoya fan base for a new basketball court design, and 150 submissions later, they have chosen a winner. Submitted by former Georgetown swimming & diving team member Kevin Rieffel, here is the court that the Hoyas will be playing on at the Verizon Center this season.Here is the winner of the @GeorgetownHoops Court Design Contest! Design by @KRieffel! Release: http://t.co/YYCmsIKfx6 pic.twitter.com/1B4PRu53hw— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 The design isn’t overly adventurous, but most notably features a kente cloth pattern in the lanes, similar to the design used on Georgetown’s jerseys during the Allen Iverson era in the 1990s. Some of the runners-up were a bit more bold.Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Washington DC Pride’ Winners: Trey Lord and Perry Cao. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/OVLgS88RzW— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Hand-Drawn’ Winner: Jake Foote #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/pRM4npTrWv— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best use of Georgetown’s Campus’ Winners: Erin Rudy, Norma Perez, Seth Berger #HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/RDQseLvwhI— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Pop Culture Reference’ Winner: Scott Greenwood. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/oRxalYGgPY— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Likely to Scare Opposing Players’ Winner: Leo Ariemma #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/WJfmmUzXxk— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best in Representing @GeorgetownHoops History’ Winners: Anthony Calabro & Leo Ariemma. pic.twitter.com/fGGoFI5Br4— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most out-of-the-box design’ Winners: Jimmy Donofrio and Dan Kane. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/p5tfst16DJ— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 201Hoyas Court Design Contest: Runner-Up Selections: Alexis Dever, Derek Howard, Brian McCrodden. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/jkfIMaCiJ1— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 What do you think of the new floor, Hoya fans?
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women – a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State – has presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices, Fergie, Avon Foundation Ambassador, William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Inc.In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise. It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”