Baseball continues strong hitting in win over Abilene Christian

first_imgReddIt printNo. 16 TCU Baseball rode an early offensive explosion and a strong bullpen performance in their 12-4 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats.Robert Salazar gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but his error in the bottom half of the frame extended the inning and the Horned Frogs took advantage by way of two-out singles by Josh Watson and Austin Henry to take a 5-1 lead.“It was a dream come true,” said Henry after playing his first home game in Division I baseball. “I remember these teams with my dad and now that I’m here it’s surreal.”The redshirt junior transferred to TCU from Walters State Community College. After TCU starter Haylen Green exited the game in the fourth inning, the TCU bullpen allowed only one run on one hit the rest of the way, but head coach Jim Schlossnagle made it clear there is still work to be done.“Look at how many guys we walked,” Schlossnagle said. “At one point our bullpen had thrown 43 pitches and 20 of them were strikes.”Green allowed three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. He struck out four batters while also walking four. Catcher Alex Isola added a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and Hunter Wolfe added a two-run double in the seventh to give TCU its second-straight game with double-digit runs. Despite his offensive output, Wolfe was more focused on his error in the top of the eighth inning after the game.“That’s unacceptable,” Wolfe said. “I just lost my focus and the ball sailed on me.” Josh Watson led the team in their win over Abilene Christian. Photo by Jack WallaceBoth Austin Henry and Hunter Wolfe highlighted the team trying to stay focused during the almost four-hour game.“I just tried to make a scenario for myself,” Henry said. “Like, what if this is the College World Series and we’re in a one-run game?That’s how I stay focused.”TCU heads into their weekend series with Grand Canyon University on a three-game win streak that includes a win over number one ranked Vanderbilt. Linkedin Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ TCU celebrates First Generation Students Day Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Star pitcher to make return against Dallas Baptist Linkedin ReddIt Facebook The Horned Frogs rode strong bats to their first home win of the season. Photo by Jack Wallace Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/center_img Conner McBride TCU360’s guide to filling out your bracket Poor control on the mound leads to blowout loss for No. 20 baseball TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter + posts Facebook Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Jussie Smollett arrestedNext articleMen’s tennis ramps up for road trip against Tulane, USF Conner McBride RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

Hamilton residents oppose license

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Oliver also asked the commission’s approval of a ROW variance for the Broadway Group subdivision. The width extension of the ROW was not needed, Oliver said.The commission voted to approve Oliver’s requests.Oliver said the county’s second round of mowing of the ROWs is set to begin, with mowing in the Meeksville area scheduled for closer to the Fourth of July and the annual Meeksville Parade.Sanders presented a candidate for the part-time position in the County Administrator’s Office due to the illness of a staff member. Sanders said the candidate was selected from several outstanding applicants. The name will be withheld until the commission notifies the candidate of his/her approval and pending acceptance. You Might Like Submerged At Southside Baptist Church Vacation Bible School in Troy, the word, “submerged” has taken on a whole new meaning for… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Sanders had good news for county residents who are served by Arrow Disposal. Sanders said the garbage disposal company has elected not to increase its rates for the coming year.Sanders said county garbage collection for the week of the Fourth of July will be delayed by one day.“Everybody’s garbage will be picked up one day later because of the holiday on Monday,” Sanders said. Hamilton residents oppose license By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2016center_img Commissioner Homer Wright advised the commissioners on the cost of flags that have been designed for the Pike County Commission and will be flown at the six facilities owned by the commission. Each flag will cost $120. The funds have already been budgeted for the project.County Engineer Russell Oliver presented three items for the commission’s consideration.He asked the commission’s approval of a resolution for the county to participate in the Southeast Regional Counties Joint Bid Program. All counties are in the Southeast Region of ADOT.Oliver presented a personnel request for a temporary hire. The commission had approved three temporary hires at its last meeting. However, one of approved hires was unable to accept the position and an alternate had to be selected. Latest Stories Residents from Hamilton Crossroads brought their concerns about a local restaurant serving beer and alcohol to the Pike County Commission meeting on Monday.David Miles spoke to the Pike County Commission Monday and expressed the concern of the Hamilton Crossroads Church of Christ members in regard to the application for the retail beer and wine, on and off premises, for The Smokin’ Skillet Café located on Highway 231 near the Hamilton Crossroads community.County Administrator Harry Sanders said a vote on the application couldn’t be taken until the commission’s first meeting in July in order to give time for public comment. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Kelly Brush ride raises $199,000 for ski safety and adaptive sports

first_imgThe fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations. A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year. This level of support from riders and our sponsors is tremendous, said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. The Kelly Brush Century Ride continues to grow each year, allowing the foundation to expand efforts to improve ski racing safety and better the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.This year s ride included Team Ride-On, 13 adaptive athletes riding hand cycles lead by Patrick Standen, president of the board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association. The team included Sarah Will of Edwards, Colo. and Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah. Both mono skiers are the most decorated Paralympians in their disciplines. Team Ride-On raised $15,470, which means three handcycles, or similar adaptive sports gear, will be donated in the team s name to athletes with spinal cord injuries. In total 17 handcyclists participated in the event. All of us on Team Ride-On welcomed the opportunity to give others with SCI the ability to get adaptive sports equipment. Many of the members of our team purchased the hand cycles they used in the ride with help from Kelly Brush Foundation grants and we re happy to pay it forward, Standen said.The 100-mile Kelly Brush Century Ride benefits spinal cord injury prevention and awareness and funds grants for adaptive sports equipment for those with SCI. The ride also supports the foundation s grants for improving ski racing safety. For every $5,000 raised by an individual or team taking part in the Kelly Brush Century Ride the foundation donates a hand cycle or other adaptive sports equipment on behalf of the team or individual.The Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury College graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush, raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury, works to increase ski racing safety through grants to clubs throughout the USA and supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors including: Audi, KeyBank, Saatchi and Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with herfamily, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injurywhile racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)Source: Kelly Brush Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 17, 2009)last_img read more

Panamanian Security Forces Cooperate with Colombia, Costa Rica, U.S. to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgIn addition to providing training, the U.S. has supplied Panama with equipment, including coastal patrol ships, high-tech equipment for wireless voice and data communications, and ground patrol vehicles for border areas, among other items. The Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) at the U.S. Embassy in Panama made the most recent donation on July 31, when it presented 11 J8 Jeeps, eight Boston Whaler ships, and 13 Ford F-450 pickups, according to OSC Chief Colonel Javier Cardona. Col. Cardona and Commissioner Ábrego agree the cooperative approach to fighting drug trafficking and other illegal enterprises is yielding positive results. Continuing vigilance In 2009, for example, 30 SENAFRONT officials trained at WHINSEC before forming SENAFRONT’s first Mobility Squadron later in the year and regaining control of the Darién area through land and river patrols. In turn, the Mobility Squadron members shared their knowledge with fellow SENAFRONT members. Today, SENAFRONT has seven Mobile Squadrons, consisting of 100 officers each, that continually monitor Darién’s forests for organized crime activity. Some of that training has occurred at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a U.S. Defense Department facility operated by the U.S. Army in Fort Benning, Georgia, that develops courses supporting security cooperation for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). WHINSEC provides professional education and training for civilian, military, and law enforcement students from nations throughout the Western Hemisphere. “The economic worth of our aid programs is nothing compared to the human value in terms of security and stability we can provide to this country in the midst of this daily, ceaseless fight,” Col. Cardona explained. “Panama is a clear example. We have excellent communication, collaboration and coordination between the different law enforcement agencies of both countries, which reinforce our bonds of cooperation and friendship.” By Dialogo November 16, 2015 Cooperation between U.S., Panama reaps results Since the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, for its Spanish acronym) was created in 2008, security forces have recovered territory in the province of Darién, where organized crime groups, drug traffickers, and terrorist groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), were operating. “Drug trafficking is a large problem that transcends borders,” said Commissioner Frank Ábrego, SENAFRONT’s Director General. “A lot of money and people are involved in this, so the fight against it must be comprehensive, with continual, mutual assistance among affected nations. In this sense, we maintain a constant exchange of information, training, and instruction with partner nations like the United States.” SENAFRONT has seized 4,713 kilograms of illicit substances since January 1 and has confiscated 30 tons of drugs – mostly cocaine – in operations along Panama’s borders since 2009. “The government of the United States offers full cooperation that includes not only physical equipment to fight criminal organizations, but technical training to use these tools, such as preventive maintenance, tactical usage of the items, and the education of officials are also frequent,” he added. “[Panama’s] government and security officials are willing to combat and halt this scourge [of drug trafficking], and this is something that we really value,” Col. Cardona said. International cooperation in the battle against drug trafficking is critical to Panama’s challenge of monitoring and safeguarding borders with neighboring countries Colombia and Costa Rica, which are key hubs in the drug trade. Both Panama and the U.S. have forged close ties of cooperation, which have been strengthened through training programs over the past 20 years, Commissioner Ábrego said. SENAFRONT officials are moving forward with initiatives designed to further improve public safety in border regions, including adding four monitoring posts along Panama’s border with Colombia, which would supplement the two already in operation. “Right now, we have just achieved two (initiatives) with Colombian Military Forces and the police,” Commissioner Ábrego said. “One of them, called Unión, includes 40 service members from Panama and 60 from Colombia working together, and the other, in Altos El Limón, is where we have worked with the Colombian National Police’s Counter-narcotics Division to develop an advanced monitoring post with 40 service members from Special Forces on our side and the same number of units on their side.” In 2008, Panama and Colombia formalized cooperative efforts in their counter-narcotics fight by creating the Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON), which comprises intelligence authorities and security forces from both countries and establishes an exchange of information between them. Meanwhile, on the Costa Rican side, security authorities held an initial meeting in February and set forth various pre-agreements, such as collaboration and bolstering security on both sides of the border.last_img read more

Peruvian Army Supports VRAEM Region

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo August 03, 2017 Adolf Hitler.Asalam Alaeom.England offer for quick demand of England army bases in Peru include for runway. Adolf Hitler.Asalam Alaekom.England thank to cooperation of Peru.First task of land for process choosen.England With the objective of contributing to the pacification of the region, the Peruvian Army’s Engineering Brigade built and installed 26 modular bridges in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym). The VRAEM is a geopolitical area located between the districts of Cusco, Apurímac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, and Junín, and it is considered a highly dangerous part of the country, where Shining Path drug trafficking organizations are present. The installation of the bridges will allow for improved traffic flow between the towns that comprise the VRAEM region and represents a partial response to the security problem in the area. It is also anticipated that there will be improved communication and economic activity in the region, through the transportation of products that are common to the area, such as cocoa and coffee, for example. The construction of viaducts was made possible thanks to an agreement signed among the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and Provías Nacional. Two of these construction projects were inaugurated on June 26th in a public ceremony officiated by Peruvian Defense Minister Jorge Nieto Montesinos in the district of Canayre, in the region of Ayacucho. The area is known as ‘The Quadrilateral,’ a fortress of remaining terrorists who engage in drug trafficking. On that occasion, Nieto highlighted the work and effort the service members had made. “This ceremony represents a clear example of how our Armed Forces, and especially our Army, are rebuilding Peru through the construction of bridges that are needed for economic and social development in the VRAEM region and across the country,” the minister emphasized during a press conference at the Ministry of Defense. According to General Luis Humberto Ramos Hume, the commander of the Peruvian Army, the building of this type of infrastructure will greatly improve vehicle transit between the populated centers of Yochegua, Ramadilla, and La Unión, among other localities in the VRAEM region. “For the residents of this area, the news that bridges and other road infrastructure projects, such as new routes and roads, would be built here represents a big impact in their daily lives,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. Canayre Bridge is 137 meters long, 4.2 meters wide, and has two abutments and two piers at midspan. The Savia Bridge is 30.48 meters long and has a paved surface that is 4.2 meters wide. According to Gen. Ramos Hume, the public works that have been completed, and the others still pending in the near term, are part of an agreement intended to rebuild the VRAEM region which began in 2016 and is scheduled to conclude in 2021. “In addition to the bridges that have been installed since 2016, the Peruvian Army plans to install 20 more bridges next year [2018]. The highway between La Quinua – San Francisco [146.42 km], the San Francisco Bridge and Accesos [237.5 m], and the Puerto Ocopa Bridge [150 m] are among the completed VRAEM road integration projects in which the Armed Forces participated,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. VRAEM, a red-alert zone The Armed Forces’ assistance in the VRAEM region is nothing new in Peru. It is a high-risk region where approximately 20,000 hectares of coca leaf are cultivated each year, making the area favorable to drug traffickers. Drug trafficking has claimed many Peruvian lives and resources. “In this context, stepping up our military presence is essential, both to guarantee national security, and to extend social programs to the most vulnerable populations that live in the region,” Gen. Ramos Hume said. The people in the region have demanded greater monitoring and security through public demonstrations which intensified after September 2015, following a historical march that was called by the people of the Kimbiri municipality in Cusco, and the Ayna San Francisco municipality in Ayacucho. On that occasion, thousands of citizens raised their demands with the national government, calling for more security and a greater presence of security forces, explained General Vicente Romero Fernández, the director of the Peruvian National Police. “We understand that there is a need to strengthen the cooperation between various offices of the National Police and the Peruvian Armed Forces for the purpose of turning the VRAEM into a safer region with a lower crime rate,” he said. “This framework agreement among the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and Provías Nacional provides for the construction of new infrastructure in the VRAEM, which is vitally important. However, we consider this to be just one part of the response to the demands that have been raised by the citizenry,” Gen. Romero pointed out. “It is expected that in November of this year a new highway is to be inaugurated, giving access to the Apurímac Medical Center,” he concluded.last_img read more

Dean Talcott offers to resign: ABA again rejects Barry University’s bid for accreditation

first_img January 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Dean Talcott offers to resign ABA again rejects Barry University’s bid for accreditation Associate Editor Barry University School of Law Dean Stanley Talcott was willing to resign if it would help students keep the faith during the rocky journey seeking ABA accreditation.But Barry University President Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin refused to accept Talcott’s letter of resignation, defending the dean as having improved the school and successfully meeting all American Bar Association requests during the protracted and continuing approval process.“Some people have suggested that because Dean Talcott is not an ABA insider the law school’s application for ABA accreditation has suffered. I don’t see it that way,” O’Laughlin said.“Stan Talcott has been a true champion of the law school’s cause before the ABA. He has vigorously advocated for accreditation, while at the same time providing stable leadership on a day-to-day basis. It is unfair to blame him for Barry not having won approval at this time. The fight for accreditation is not over. Barry University is committed to continuing its effort and counts Dean Talcott has one of its mainstay advocates.”Less than a week earlier, on December 5, Talcott had tendered his letter of resignation, following the bad news that an ABA committee recommended against granting provisional approval of the university’s law school in Orlando. It was the fifth time overall, and the fourth time since Barry took over, that the ABA has rejected the school’s efforts toward accreditation. Though this latest decision is unappealable, under the rules of procedure, Barry has another chance to succeed when its current application goes for a full vote by the ABA Council for Legal Education in Philadelphia in February.It is the ABA’s policy to decline comment on pending accreditation matters.In its mission to keep pushing toward accreditation, Barry announced that it has retained two law firms to assist in its presentation to the Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in February. An outside company will prepare a compliance study to determine if the law school, in its opinion, is in substantial compliance with the ABA standards. And the Barry University Board of Trustees passed by a unanimous vote to provide whatever resources are needed to the law school to obtain approval in February, and to ensure that in the future if Barry is not able to reach its enrollment projection, it will “not accept students with low predictors to meet our financial needs.”On December 7, two days after he turned in his letter of resignation, Talcott explained his decision and expressed deep feelings for Barry.“As dean of a law school, there are a number of constituencies that have to have confidence, and that includes the university administration, the faculty, the community — legal and the broader community — and most importantly, it includes the students,” Talcott said.“By the time I was meeting with the students, it was apparent to me there was a serious erosion of confidence among the students, based in part on their belief that what the ABA is saying is we want a highly qualified insider dean at the law school. And the only impediment to having such a dean is my reluctance to resign. I’ve never been reluctant to resign. My only interest is in doing what’s in the best interest of the school.. . . That loss of confidence among students renders me ineffective as dean.”Those words came shortly after he met with associate deans.“The way I measure things, I don’t think there’s a better school. I think there are schools that have more prestige, obviously, schools that have more recognition. But I don’t think there’s a place I’d rather be. The very special things that Barry brings to education were brought to this law school. If you ask anybody here, this is a wonderful place. The history of the school and our students have demonstrated that we are very competitive with anybody. It’s a difficult pill to swallow we haven’t been able to demonstrate to the ABA the positive qualities of this school. For some reason, I’ve been inadequate communicating all of this.”According to a letter from the ABA Accreditation Committee, it concluded that Barry “has not presented a reliable plan for bringing the law school into full compliance with the standards within three years. Specifically, the school has not established that it would be able to meet its enrollment targets for Fall 2003 through Fall 2005 without substantially reducing the academic qualifications of those entering classes. In addition, the school has not established that the university and the law school have the ability to commit financial resources adequate to sustain a sound program of legal education if it is unable to meet the aforementioned enrollment targets.”Talcott said: “We have a plan. So it is my conclusion that it is about their perception of the reliability of the plan.. . . The only interpretation I can take away is they do not think we’re big enough to have a law school.”By withholding provisional approval, Talcott explained, the students can’t take and pass the bar exam, and that, he said with frustration, is “taking away our ability to present the best evidence possible.”Eric Dubois, spokesperson for the Barry School of Law, said Talcott “is going to stay on board, at least through February 2002, until the ABA process is complete.”Sister O’Laughlin met with faculty, students, and alumni, some of whom have been critical of the dean, to discuss the future.She asked that the university community “exhibit a unified front as we go forward in our efforts to show the (ABA) council that we are truly worthy of provisional accreditation.”center_img Dean Talcott offers to resign: ABA again rejects Barry University’s bid for accreditationlast_img read more

Tech Time: Create a data disaster recovery plan

first_imgCredit unions rely on their IT systems to perform nearly all aspects of daily operations. From electronic service delivery to customer records, credit unions cannot afford to have system downtime. Each second a credit union is offline means a possible damaged reputation, decrease in employee morale and loss of revenue.The exact cost of system downtime in a credit union setting varies, and involves many factors. What we do know is that downtime is inevitable and, ultimately, how an organization responds to downtime makes a big difference.Planned vs. UnplannedBoth planned and unplanned downtime disrupt the flow of a credit union’s operations, and require a strategy to minimize confusion and disruption among employees and members.Planned system downtime is mandatory in all credit union IT environments to perform updates, patches and general system maintenance. IT departments typically schedule these downtimes to take place during low-impact operational hours which, in a credit union setting, is often on weekends or evenings. Notifying all affected personnel of the scheduled downtime with specific instructions on the course of action to take during the downtime is imperative to minimize frustration, and overall impact. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Data-driven dialogues will define successful organizations

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Details Digital disruption requires transformation – what’s your organization’s path to greater success?Thirty years ago, managers spoke of the need to address both “high-tech” and “high-touch” challenges to compete successfully. Today, with “tech” taking center stage in a massive disruption of “business as usual,” data-driven technology is defining how we understand and serve our customers. Since data is driving our understanding of the market and our management decision-making, and with new technologies defining new delivery channels, we must incorporate data and the use of digital information into all discussions within our organizations. Data-driven dialogues must become the new normal for our leaders, our workforce, and our interactions with customers. Digital transformation is the buzz phrase of the moment, and data analytics is the typical answer to most questions regarding how best to build the foundation for change. Why is this so? Well, our path down the technology trail has brought many of us to a place where digital interactions driven by activated data promise to deliver the highly-desired goal of individualized promotion, unique sales terms, and highly customized customer service. In addition, organizational leaders are attracted by the less publicized but equally desirable financial goals of cost reduction and profit margin improvement. Using fewer people to deliver better service, reducing risk, and providing greater personalization to the customer, at a lower per-transaction cost is the 21st century’s holy grail. The focus is mistakenly placed on technology rather than people when chasing change. You’d think we would learn, finally, that people create change through active thinking, planning and implementing. It’s not the forces around us that drive change; it’s us. We may be responding to our environment, but in the end, we make it happen. Strategic, proactive thought and action, done by people focused on evaluating technological change and opportunity, is the most effective way to drive organizational transformation. And the best people will make sure that their transformations are real, relevant and intentional. Technologists and data gurus are showing us how to use data to understand our organizations, our markets and ourselves. They are bringing us the tools to transform our shops and better serve our customers. But we must now take the lead in defining what we want to be, and do, with the aid of these resources. We must decide what it means to “get an A,” and what we must learn and accomplish to earn it.Data-driven dialogues are how we can get there. Instead of opining on best path, best practice, and least cost, or copying the work of others, we need to collect the data we have (and can acquire) and share it among all areas of our organizations to create appropriate plans, realistic paths forward. To achieve the ultimate organizational success, strategic and tactical planning must incorporate regular, structured dialogues among leadership, within the workforce, and with customers.It’s about more than the customer experience.We talk about using data to learn from and understand our customers so we can better satisfy the wants they express and the needs we discern from captured data. But to make this optimally successful, we need to gain more than the trendy objective of a “better customer experience.” We need to use these interactions and this captured “reality” to drive thought and action, and to alter how we do business across the organization, including transforming operational processes and business models. This may even mean changing the lines of business, delivery channels, measures of success and other parameters within which we currently operate. The bottom line is this; we can no longer avoid talking to each other, nor can we side-step our responsibility to think, plan and act. We mustn’t rely on software applications to proscribe answers. We can’t foist this work on our technologists with the narrow rationale that it is their data and therefore their responsibility. Business leaders must do the work managers have always been called to do, defining objectives, defining the path forward, and implementing change throughout the organization. Today that work must be based on informed, data-rich discussions with key stakeholders. Managers must engage across the organization in the change cycle of “observation, orientation, decision-making and action.” And they need to teach and empower employees to do the same with their work and with their co-workers. Using the real data available to the organization to drive this effort will mitigate the human desire to act on accepted wisdom rather than evidence.It’s time to develop thinking employees, not reactive ones. It’s time to truly empower employees at all levels to take the right actions. It’s time to transform your organization’s approach to change. It’s time to achieve lasting success from evidence-based analyses.last_img read more

Trump fans head to the streets as he pushes false election claims

first_imgTrump supporters read their phones after Biden was named President-elect while protesting outside the Maricopa County elections building on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.Gina Ferazzi | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities were scheduled to feature a mix of the president’s backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.- Advertisement –center_img Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.Biden further solidified his victory on Friday as results from Edison Research showed him winning Georgia, giving him a final tally of 306 Electoral College votes, far more than the 270 needed to be elected president and above Trump’s 232.The 306 votes was equal to what Trump won in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, which he then called a “landslide.”Trump briefly appeared close to acknowledging the likelihood he will be leaving the White House in January during remarks at a White House event.“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell,” Trump said in his first public remarks since Biden was projected as the election’s winner a week ago.With the election outcome becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.He is considering starting a television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in Georgia ahead of two Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.Failing in courtTrump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud. State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump’s supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden. And lawyers for Trump’s campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote count there rendered it moot.Federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” two security groups said in a statement released on Thursday by the lead U.S. cybersecurity agency.To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.States face a Dec. 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on Dec. 14.Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to recognize Biden’s victory, denying him access to federal office space and resources.But Biden, who will meet with advisers about the transition on Saturday in his home state of Delaware, has pressed ahead with the process, identifying legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency policies and preparing to fill thousands of jobs in the new administration.“We’re charging ahead with the transition,” Jen Psaki, a senior adviser to Biden’s transition team, said while stressing Biden still needs “real-time information” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent coronavirus pandemic and national security threats.Although the national popular vote does not determine the election outcome, Biden was ahead by more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points. His share of the popular vote, at 50.8%, was slightly higher than Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 when he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump’s supporters took to the streets on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from Jan. 20.There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ad unfairly attacks effective Joe Landry

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I usually don’t pay much attention to a lot of the political mail that comes our way. But one arrived today from the state Republican Committee that made my jaw drop. It included a photo of a rowing team and claimed that Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry “violated our environment and put our kids’ health at risk.” Talk about “fake news.”Well, the fact is Joe Landry was the driving force behind the town receiving a $150,000 state grant to make safety and environmental enhancements to Aqueduct Park, home to Niskayuna Rowing. This leveraged an additional $150,000 in community support to install public bathrooms, add additional dock space and construct a new retaining wall to protect the Mohawk from pollution and runoff. What’s more, the town was just awarded an additional $35,000 to make the park’s waterfront safer and more accessible for all to better enjoy the river.As a parent of a rower, I also question the appropriateness of the GOP using a photograph of children without parental permission in such an attack piece.Joe Landry has worked very hard behind the scenes to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Niskayuna. He deserves another term. Not such misleading attacks.Richard BennettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more