Head of Govt. to Represent King Mohammed VI in 26th Arab…

Sharm el-Sheikh – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane arrived, on Friday in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, to represent King Mohammed VI in the 26th Arab Summit scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Benkirane was received at his arrival at the Sharm el-Sheikh international airport by Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab. The Arab Summit will discuss a number of hot issues on top of which the security challenge in the Arab World, the Palestinian issue, the situation in Yemen, Syria , and Libya, as well as a series of draft resolutions submitted by the council of the foreign ministers league and the economic and social council. read more

Better climate change data vital for financial institutions – UNbacked report

For the sector to manage climatic risks affecting their business portfolios and give the best possible advice to their customers, financial institutions need access to applied information such as climate change predictions, modelling, analysis, and interpretation, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said of Advancing adaptation through climate information services –Results of a global survey on the information requirements of the financial sector, the international survey of more than 60 institutions, which it compiled in cooperation with the Sustainable Business Institute of Germany.“To date the key role that financial institutions and other private sector decision-makers can play in increasing the climate resilience of economies and societies has been neglected at best,” the head of the UNEP Finance Initiative, Paul Clements-Hunt, said. “The rapid reduction in greenhouse gases and the adaptation to the unavoidable effects of global warming need to go hand-in-hand if we are to cope with the climate challenge.“This study is a first step in identifying what is needed so that financial institutions can start playing their important role in accelerating the shift to climate-resilient economies,” he added.Climate change forecasts and predictions of the resulting economic impacts will never be perfect and will inevitably feature some element of uncertainty, but the more information and expertise regarding climate change and its uncertainties that is available to financial institutions, the better these risks can be calculated, UNEP said in a news release. This will enable insurers, re-insurers, lenders, and asset managers to price and absorb these risks more effectively. “This can be crucial not only to the performance of individual businesses and financial institutions, but to the entire economic tissue of communities affected by climate change and the social well-being it underpins,” it added. “This study confirms that what private sector institutions need in order to become real ‘adaptation catalysts’ is objective and reliable information,” said Mark Fulton, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors and Co-Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative’s Climate Change Working Group.“We need to work towards enhancing the access of private sector decision makers to climate information as well as, most importantly, improving the reliability and accuracy of our climate models and forecasts,” Mr. Fulton added.The study, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, noted that such information gaps can be closed by continued research towards more reliable climate modelling and forecasting, as well as enhanced translation of scientific knowledge and existing information into user-friendly information. Such efforts are likely to require more intensive collaboration between users and suppliers, public and private actors, scientists and decision makers. The UNEP Finance Initiative is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector, in which over 190 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance. 12 January 2011With insurers, lenders, asset managers and their customers increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change – and the risks likely to grow in the future – better access to relevant data is vital for the world’s financial institutions, according to a United Nations-backed study issued today. read more

Talkdesk Talks Innovation at Opentalk 2018

8×8 CCaaS: Now a Stand-alone Service Sheila McGee-Smith June 25, 2019 With this move, company signals it will no longer address contact center merely as a UC add-on. The company already has a growing AppConnect Innovation Ecosystem, which includes about 50 partners today and has been growing about 10% monthly. Talkdesk claimed that its customers use about three apps today on average. The dedication of $10 million should help Talkdesk rapidly accelerate its number of partners and give its customers a rich “app store” like experience that’s dedicated to contact center tools. Some current partners include:AutoReach – High volume power dialer for sales teamsCrankWheel – Screen sharing for inside sales repsPlayVox – Omnichannel quality assurance softwareSnapsolv – Customer messaging softwareSimpleEmotion – Emotion and speech analysisThe contact center industry has always depended on ecosystem partners, but they have been limited primarily to CRM vendors like Salesforce or customer service software such as Zendesk. However, customer service is changing, and that is, in turn, evolving the contact center. The ability to service customers in new and different ways with relevant data and insights keeps businesses one step ahead of the competition. This puts pressure on the contact center vendors to continually drive innovation. But one company, no matter how big, can only drive so many features. To short circuit this process, Talkdesk is relying on smaller, disruptive partners that can plug into its platform and drive innovation.The Innovation Fund can take the AppConnect program to the next level, as it provides forward-thinking companies the resources, product support, and feedback required for them to get their products to market. Many of these companies are small, early-stage startups that lack the resources to accelerate their product development. By providing those resources, Talkdesk understands those companies are more likely to work with them first before looking at one of its competitors. This is a win-win, as the startup gets its product to market faster and Talkdesk has access to the technology for its customers.I also believe the ecosystem surrounding the contact center industry is about to explode. The number of interaction channels continues to grow because of social media. Just a few years ago, bots seemed a bit “out there,” but now they’re mainstream. Also, we live in a world where literally everything is connected, and customers will soon be interacting directly with devices and vice versa.Lastly, and perhaps this is most meaningful, customer service is shifting to being AI-driven. It’s not just Talkdesk that says this. Every major contact center vendor has AI features and an AI roadmap. However, AI is very broad and very deep, and it’s hard for me to see a way that any company can go to market without having a broad AI ecosystem. There are currently tens of thousands of small AI companies, and by putting $10 million up for funding, Talkdesk should be able to tap into many of these.Disruption is the aim of Talkdesk and that requires innovation. Talkdesk will certainly continue to drive its own roadmap but its innovation fund ensures it has the help of a large ecosystem.Tags:News & ViewsTalkdeskInnovationfundpartnersCCaaSAI & AutomationPartner EcosystemVendor News Articles You Might Like See All in CCaaS » Innovation_640.png Contact center as a service (CCaaS) vendor Talkdesk this week held its annual customer and partner event, Opentalk 2018. As is the case with most vendor user events, Talkdesk used Opentalk to launch a new product – Talkdesk iQ, which No Jitter editor Beth Schultz covered in detail in this post. The product is loaded with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and CEO Tiago Paiva believes the company is now ready to be a disruptor and become a much bigger player in an increasingly crowded CCaaS market.During his keynote at the analyst event that preceded the user event, Paiva discussed where the company has been and why he believes it’s poised to outpace the competition. Some of the proof points Paiva provided included the following:To date, Talkdesk has 1,400 customers in 60 countries, which is impressive given the company was founded in 2011.80% of the company’s FY18 revenue is from the enterprise. This can be a misleading stat, as many of the UCaaS vendors tout enterprise revenue but they have only a few seats within large companies. However, Talkdesk provided names of over a dozen companies that have over 250 contact center seats.It recently closed a $100 million series B round of funding, which it claims is the largest funding round in contact center history. I looked at other CCaaS providers and couldn’t find one larger, so I believe this is correct. Investors include some blue-chip companies such as Viking Global and Salesforce ventures.Talkdesk has achieved 3X growth in EMEA in 28 countries. To date, most of the growth in CCaaS has been in the North American market, with Europe having recently woken up to the benefits it brings. I expect this to be a hotly contested region over the next few years.Looking ahead, the company has all of the usual growth initiatives one would expect – global footprint expansion, new partnerships, channel expansion, and lots of investment in marketing, which contact center analyst Sheila McGee-Smith touched on in her recent post, “Opentalk 2018: Talkdesk Growing Up.” One of the programs that it put in place that I found particularly intriguing was a $10 million Talkdesk Innovation Fund, which is a result of the $100 million Series B funding round. Thrio: Third Time, Third Charm Sheila McGee-Smith March 12, 2019 This new venture, from serial entrepreneurs and CCaaS pioneers, aims to set the bar for AI-powered cloud contact centers. Enterprise Connect 2019: Voices from the Exhibit Floor Michelle Burrows, Serenova May 07, 2019 To get to the heart of why contact centers are making the move to cloud, we surveyed EC19 attendees. Here’s what we learned. Mitel Uses Talkdesk to ‘Youthenize’ its Portfolio Dave Michels April 09, 2019 A clever alliance that benefits both companies is indicative of how CCaaS is changing. Mitel & Talkdesk: Next Big Thing in UCaaS/CCaaS? Sheila McGee-Smith April 09, 2019 Why the Mitel/Talkdesk partnership is categorically different than Mitel’s earlier OEM PiggyBank_Fund_400.png read more

Demand for trucks drives Canadian auto sales up in May from year

Demand for trucks drives Canadian auto sales up in May, from year ago AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 10:53 am MDT TORONTO – Strong demand for trucks helped many Canadian automakers boost their sales in May as they entered into the peak selling season, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants on Monday.Sales of light vehicles in Canada totalled 185,040 last month, up 5.3 per cent from the 175,716 sold last May.Year to date, sales are up 2.4 per cent to 712,059, compared with 695,451 a year ago.The largest gain was in truck sales, which climbed 7.9 per cent to 98,993, from 91,710 in May 2012.Tony Faria, co-director of the Office of Automotive Research at the University of Windsor, says that’s good news for automakers.“It’s the truck that makes the big margins for them,” said Faria.“So certainly while they’d like to do as well in cars, if they’re going to sell more vehicles, all of the companies would rather sell more trucks.”Faria said low interest rates, the availability of credit and incentives from auto companies should keep sales strong throughout the summer months.Ford Motor Company of Canada took the top spot, selling 32,490 vehicles — 0.5 per cent more than the 32,338 it sold in May 2012.Year to date, Ford’s sales are up 5.7 per cent to 117,987.While Ford saw its car sales slip 8.9 per cent to 8,953, truck sales rose 4.6 per cent to 23,537, compared with 22,509 a year earlier.Chrysler Canada took second place, selling 12 per cent more vehicles this May compared to the previous year, but still falling short of Ford’s total.Chrysler sold 29,249 vehicles last month, compared to 26,218 a year ago, helped by strong sales of its Ram trucks and passenger cars.GM Canada sold 23,654 vehicles last month, a 1.6 per cent gain from the 23,287 sold in May 2012.Truck sales grew by 0.5 per cent to 15,419, while car sales grew by 3.6 per cent to 8,235.Toyota Canada Inc. sold 22,250 vehicles in May, including its Lexus and Scion brands. That’s 12.3 per cent more than the Japanese automaker sold in May 2012.Toyota Canada’s truck sales totalled 8,550 for the month, a gain of 14.2 per cent, while Lexus sales grew 11.9 per cent to 1,566 and Scion sales were up 62.9 per cent to 601.Honda Canada Inc. sold 16,723 vehicles, including in its Acura division, up 22 per cent from last May.“The spring selling season is underway and this is the type of momentum we really like to see,” said Honda’s vice president of sales and marketing Dave Gardner in a statement.Meanwhile, Kia Canada Inc. saw its sales decline to 7,558 in May, 10.7 per cent lower than May 2012.Nissan’s Canadian sales were also down in May.The automaker sold 8,367 vehicles, 9.1 per cent lower than last May’s total of 9,204.Sales at its Infiniti division were down 11.8 per cent to 733.BMW’s sales were down 13.2 per cent, while Mercedes-Benz was down 3.1 per cent compared to a year earlier.“With the exceptions of Audi and Porsche, German luxury brands experienced uninspiring May sales,” DesRosiers said in a note. read more

Ohio States resurgent offense to be put to the test against Penn

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the football into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense seems to be coming into its own, putting up 121 points in its last three games, including 49 against Maryland in Week 6.The best test of the progress it has made since the start of the season could come on Saturday, as OSU (6-0, 2-0) welcomes a team ranked 10th in the nation in defense.Penn State (5-1, 2-0) has allowed just 275.7 yards per game, including only 158.7 yards through the air.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team will have to be at its best to put up points against the Nittany Lions.“Excellent defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’re top 10 … we had a hard time moving them last year, very good defense.”That game last year was a double-overtime thriller in State College, Pennsylvania, in which the Buckeyes emerged with a 31-24 victory.Then-sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was the star of that night, piling up 2.5 sacks, including a game-ending sack in which he threw the Penn State blocker into quarterback Christian Hackenberg.“I don’t think I’ll be able to top a moment like that this week,” Bosa said.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native called last year’s game “the hardest fought game” he’s ever played and expects the Nittany Lions to present another tough test on Saturday. He said it all stems from the junior Hackenberg.“I see a very confident quarterback, a guy that can really make all the throws down the field,” Bosa said.Hackenberg, considered to be one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, has struggled at times this season. On the year, he is 87-of-164 for 1,086 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.Saturday’s contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m., the first night game Ohio Stadium has played host to since Nov. 1 of last season against Illinois. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller said games played at the primetime hour give the team a different sense of energy.“The last couple of night games I played in, it was exciting, the atmosphere was crazy,” Miller said. “Guys always love playing under the lights.”With Penn State standing as one of the four teams in the Big Ten East division undefeated through two conference games, Bosa said the team recognizes games like that as key points of the season.“It gets bigger as the season continues because it’s harder every week to stay undefeated I think,” Bosa said. “It’s Big Ten season and that’s when I think it really picks up.”Previously for Penn StateWhen the dust settled from the Nittany Lions’ opening game, things were not looking pretty.In-state rival Temple thoroughly dominated Penn State, coming away with a 27-10 victory, and potentially sending coach James Franklin’s squad to a downward spiral of a season.However, the Nittany Lions did just the opposite.Since the opening game in Philadelphia, Penn State outscored its opponents 141-59 on the way to a five-game winning streak.“I remember watching them their first game this year and it’s nowhere close to where they’re looking now,” Bosa said. “They’re finally getting it together and looking like a really good team.”Penn State’s victories came against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana. However, all five of those games came at home at Beaver Stadium, so it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can improve from their lone road showing.Sack mastersSaturday’s game features two of the top players in the country when it comes to bringing the opposing quarterback down.Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Carl Nassib has recorded more sacks than anyone else in the nation with 10 — all solo.The hulking 6-foot-7, 272-pound West Chester, Pennsylvania, product has at least one sack in each of his six games this year, including three games with two or more sacks.On the other side, Bosa hasn’t found the same results this season but is still feared nationally after picking up 21 sacks in his first two seasons.Bosa recorded his first solo sack of the season against Maryland, with a first-game suspension, constant double or triple teams and quick-handed quarterbacks holding him back.“It feels good to get there, obviously,” Bosa said. “It’s what D-linemen go for every game, to get their sacks.”As a team, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 4.17 sacks per game, while OSU is 11th with 3.17.On the other side of the ball, OSU is 20th in the country with 1.17 sacks allowed per game, while Hackenberg has been brought down 3.17 times per game, 112th in the nation.Up nextAfter Saturday’s 8 p.m. showdown, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

MKB MVM Veszprem to join SEHA – PICK Szeged turn down the

← Previous Story POLISH PROBLEM: Lijewski and Jaszka still questionable for Magdeburg Next Story → Filip Jicha: “We need more ‘warriorship’ against Serbia” gazprom handball leagueSEHASEHA GAZPROM HANDBALL Second Hungarian team PICK Szeged have decided to stay focused on domestic League and European competitions. EHF Cup winner couldn’t meet demands from the SEHA – fee for joining (“a few hundred thousands euro” the League and percent in TV rights. PICK’s board give an offer to SEHA, but that was turned down, writes on official club’s website.League has currently 13 teams inside, but still is open question, whether will have 12 or 14 members next season. The first “unofficial” solution is that Montenegrian champion RK Lovcen won’t meet the requirements of the competition based on financial potential and venue standards – hall in Cetinje. In that case, League could start with 12 teams from the September.Second option is that some of the countries who already participate get the third team. Slovenia is very interested for that solution, while RK Maribor Branik have alll the capabilites to join the League immediately alongside RK Celje PL and RK Gorenje.Decision about the League system and the team’s list has to be made in the next few days.Here are the teams:RK Metalurg SkopjeRK Vardar SkopjeC.O ZagrebRK Nexe NasiceTatran PresovMeshkov BrestRK Vojvodina Novi SadRK Radnicki KragujevacRK Gorenje VelenjeRK Celje PLRK Lovcen CetinjeRK Borac Banja LukaMKB MVM Veszprem SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League will have the biggest name and the first favorite for the title next season – Hungarian best team MKB MVM Veszprem. Team board decided to join the League after the last round of negotiations with SEHA office members in Zagreb. read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 9:00 AM No Comments Image: DPA/PA Images By Paul Hosford 8,376 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FAR RIGHT: Ireland’s secretive anti-fascist group says the far-right here is “extremely violent and dangerous”.2. #SELF-HARM: Presentations to hospitals by people who have self-harmed are the “tip of the iceberg”, mental health services say.3. #ROSCOMMON: A 13-year-old girl who suffered a neurological attack had to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance, it has been revealed.4. #ANY ADVICE: Tánaiste Simon Coveney has called Bertie Ahern to discuss the impasse in the North, the Sunday Business Post reports.5. #SLIGO: Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for information into the murder of a man.6. #BETTING: The Sunday Times reports that an investigation is underway into betting patterns around a number of races at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.7. #OLYMPICS: Russian athletes will not be allowed to march under their own flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony.8. #RESPITE: After a year of campaigning, parents in Kerry can now avail of a full-time respite service for adult children.9. #BOMB SCARE: Homes were evacuated in Blanchardstown last night after a device was found under a van. Feb 25th 2018, 9:01 AM The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s what’s happening this Sunday. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3870991 Image: DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more

Healthcare system shake up under way

first_imgFive public hospitals in greater Athens are due to be restructured and will provide the bulk of more than 1,600 healthcare staff that will be moved into the civil service labor mobility scheme, according to a report published earlier on this week by Greek Minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis.The hospitals to be restructured in the centre of Athens are Patission Hospital, which will be passed on to the country’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY and Polykliniki Athinon which will provide care for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. Spiliopouleio-Aghia Eleni Hospital in Glyfada, southern Athens, will serve as a hospice and will also have a radiation therapy department, Amalia Fleming in the northern suburb of Maroussi will be turned into a physical rehabilitation center with several outpatient clinics and Aghia Varvara hospital in western Athens will be turned into an all-day general health center.Staff at the Thoracic Disease and Disorders Research Institute will be transferred to Aghios Savvas and Sotiria, both major hospitals in the Greek capital.In Thessaloniki, the plan is expected to result mostly in transfers as staff numbers are boosted at cash-strapped facilities such as the Ippocrateio and AHEPA hospitals.In total, 1,618 workers from hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki will be put into the labor mobility scheme, along with 210 doctors from the IKA Social Security Foundation. Their names are due to be published next week and the transfers completed by mid-September. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Male Dolphin Dies After Being Impaled in Head Off Florida Coast

first_imgStay on target Marine mammal experts and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement are conducting an investigation after a male bottlenose dolphin was found dead with a large stab wound in Florida.The dolphin’s carcass, which was located along Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, Florida, was recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the end of May, said an NOAA press release. A necropsy showed that the marine animal was impaled in the head, most likely with a spear-like device, while it was still alive.The wound in the dolphin’s head. (Photo Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)According to the necropsy, the wound penetrated from above and in front of the dolphin’s right eye and it extended nearly 6 inches toward the top and back areas of the head. The wound, which ended at the top of the skull, displayed evidence of hemorrhaging, demonstrating that the creature was most likely impaled before it perished.The dolphin was an adult male that was previously observed by biologists in the area. He was last spotted swimming near fishing boats and hanging out with “begging dolphins.” The shape of the puncture wound shows that the animal might have been in a begging posture before he was fatally impaled.The dolphin last seen alive in March 2007. (Photo Credit: Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program )According to the Mammal Protection Act of 1972, harassing, harming, feeding, or killing wild dolphins is prohibited and violations are punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and up to one year in jail per violation.NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement agency partners, including the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Oceanic Preservation Society, are offering combined rewards of up to $38,000 for information leading to the successful identification and/or successful prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the dolphin’s death, and an arrest, conviction, or civil penalty assessment of these individuals.NOAA authorities are requesting more information from anyone who might have witnessed the incident. They can leave an anonymous tip and call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964.More on Geek.com:Watch: Killer Whale Caught Swimming With Dolphins in ‘Unbelievable’ VideoGrieving Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying Dead Calf in Florida WatersWatch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish Coast Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat last_img read more

The Veterinary Specialty Hospital pet food drive is underway

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter The Veterinary Specialty Hospital pet food drive is underway 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Veterinary Specialty Animal Hospital is holding their annual pet food drive. Caren Folbre and Pet Patrol’s Sandie Lampe joined us Saturday morning with more:The Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s Pet Food Drive runs through Jan. 4th. To donate, visit www.vshsd.com or call (858) 875-7500. KUSI Newsroom, December 15, 2018 Posted: December 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Vancouver joins worldwide rally of discontent

first_imgRead our live blog of the Occupy Vancouver protest, view photos and other videos from the event.An estimated 600 to 700 people took to the streets of downtown Vancouver on Saturday answering a call for a worldwide rally against corporate power, chronic unemployment and government cuts.Drawing more participants than both organizers and police anticipated, the Vancouver nonviolent protest joined a global chorus of discontent in 950 cities around the world, according to United for Global Change, the main site for organizing the worldwide protests.“People think Vancouver is a sleepy little suburb where opinions don’t matter,” said organizer Reed Rotondo of Vancouver at the rally’s start. “You are here to today to tell them it’s not true.”The demonstration opened at noon with impassioned speeches on Esther Short Park’s bandstand, where MoveOn.org had provided a microphone.“I worked for the IRS for 35 years,” said Vancouver resident Mark Miskiewicz. “I’ve done audits on some of the biggest corporations. I saw firsthand who runs this country. It’s not, ‘we, the people’.”last_img read more

DOD Names Retired Officer to Lead Commissary Exchange Merger Review

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon has named a director for the task force that will be considering the feasibility of consolidating the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency. As task force director of the enterprise management of community services reform initiative, retired Army Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood will lead the effort to study back office operations for the military resale enterprise. The task force, which falls under the office of the chief management officer, first will first determine whether the services’ exchange systems could be combined under one corporate umbrella. Then members will determine whether the Defense Commissary Agency could be merged into that system, reported Military Times. Individual branding of commissaries and exchanges could be retained even if a decision is made to consolidate their corporate operations.This work will take several months to complete and is the first phase in the department’s reform agenda “for enterprise delivery of all military community services programs,” according to a DOD press release. “We have a significant opportunity to improve the commissary and exchange system by leveraging efficiencies in the back office aspects of the enterprise while completely preserving the benefit to the uniformed members, their families and our veterans,” said CMO John Gibson II.Defense Commissary Agency photo by John Zoubralast_img read more

Moudud Sanaullah get anticipatory bail in 3 cases

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo file photoThe High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed and its law affairs secretary Sanaullah Miah in three separate cases filed with Hatirjheel and Khilgaon police stations.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in the cases.Of the cases, two was filed with Khilgaon police station against Sanaullah Miah on 20 September on charges of preventing police from discharging their duty and the other was filed against Moudud with Hatirjheel police station on 1 October for “instigating” subversive activities.AKM Ehsanur Rahman, who stood for the BNP leaders, said the HC granted them bail until the submission of the charge-sheets in the cases.last_img read more

26 DC Adults Earn High School Diplomas

first_imgAt 68 years old, Paul Reggie Bryant can finally call himself a high school graduate. On June 10, Bryant was one of 26 students to graduate from Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School with a high school diploma. “I used to always hear the saying ‘You’re never too old,’” said Bryant, who delivered an emotional speech at the graduation. “Of course, I never believed it. But through hard work and perseverance, I did it!”Paul Reggie Byrant stands on the podium during his graduation from Academy of Hope. He earned his high-school diploma at the age of 68 on June 10. (Courtesy photo)The school, headquartered in Ward 5, educates 350 adults with low literacy skills every year. Besides learning how to read, the students also earn high school diplomas and obtain job-related skills. The academy operates a location in Ward 8 on Alabama Avenue, SE.Academy of Hope was founded in 1985 and has been functioning as a charter school since 2014. Unlike traditional schools, there aren’t classes — students learn at their own pace. Bryant, a resident of D.C., dropped out of Bethune Junior High School in Capitol Heights, Md., in the eighth grade after teachers and students teased him because he couldn’t read. He suffers from dyslexia and said his teachers back then did not know how to help him overcome it. Bryant became addicted to heroin after he dropped out of school and has served several brief stints in prison as a result of his addiction. He finally kicked the habit 10 years ago after being addicted for 40 years.Realizing he would need a high school diploma to become a certified addiction counselor, Bryant enrolled in Academy of Hope. The grandfather was reading at a third-grade level when he arrived at the center in 2014. Now that he’s earned his high school diploma, Bryant said he hopes to continue his education to realize his dream.“To anyone who is sitting out there and think it’s impossible, believe me it’s not,” Bryant said. “I’m living proof. If a guy like me from the world I come from can turn his life around and become a productive member of society, anyone can.”In related news, the D.C. Council on June 13 approved the 2018 fiscal year budget to includes $1.9 million that would assist adult learners. The money is designated to help District students over the age of 22 use Metro to attend class in a publicly funded adult education program by offering fare exemptions or reduced fares. Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced the amendment to the budget after hearing from adult learners, including many at Academy of Hope, who testified that they couldn’t afford to spend their limited income on the Metro. “Transportation impacts attendance, so we have to keep in mind a lot of adult learners are on the low end of our income scale and they have families to feed,” Silverman told the AFRO. “And sometimes they put themselves last. What we’re doing with this subsidy is having them put their opportunity first.”last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals firstround selection DJ Humph

first_imgArizona Cardinals first-round selection D.J. Humphries has only been in the fold for just more than a month, but he has already made an impression on Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.Humphries, the No. 24 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, has been “impressive” thus far in the organized team activities and minicamps, Goodwin told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Humphries is expected to compete with Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle position this season after signing his four-year, $9.8 million rookie contract on June 1. – / 24 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s come along,” Goodwin said. “It’s a typical deal. You have a rookie, and we’re throwing so much information at him right now that he’s trying to process it all. He’s starting to get it.”Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive tackle from Florida, will have to deal with a learning curve due to the spread offenses that dominate college football, Goodwin said.“One of the things I look down upon is college football, so many spread offenses, they don’t really teach them football like we did growing up, as far as concepts and that nature,” Goodwin said. “This is the first time they’re hearing concepts, this is the first time they’re talking about defenses. “In college football they’re taught to block to look. We’re a little bit more technical than that.”Humphries is the second major addition to the Cardinals offensive line this offseason, as Arizona signed former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed in free agency.“That’s a massive man,” Goodwin said of Iupati. “I think twice about yelling at him.”last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On signing players late in the season and why the Cardinals have had success with it:“Yeah, there’s always a need, and when you’re bringing them in early, you’re getting people to fit what you want, personality-wise and ability-wise. Antoine Bethea, we knew he was a good player. He’s also a great leader. Tramon (Williams) was the same way, and when you’re late, mostly it’s need, and is there someone available that can actually play. You’re really struggling when you’re just getting guys off the street and you have to play them on Sunday. I’ve been down that road, and that ain’t fun.”On what he saw from CB Tramon Williams during the three weeks when he either wasn’t active or didn’t play:“It was just he had a role, but with the injuries and the way everything went, we had to pick a guy to be inactive, and I hated to do it, because he was playing. And, every week, we talked about getting him more playing time. So, now he’ll get a bunch.”On getting a lot of production from several different safeties throughout the years:“They’re very well coached by a veteran coach in (defensive backs coach) Nick Rapone, and they’ve all been scheme fits, going all the way to Yeremiah Bell. Each guy, each year is a scheme fit for what we want to do.” Like I said, we’re very excited. Obviously, it’s a very big game, a division game. It’s the first time that we’ve faced the Rams this year, and they’re playing extremely well. And, we got here safe and sound, looking forward to getting a good practice in today.”On the balance the run game has provided the offense and if the coaching staff is changing their approach after RB Adrian Peterson’s arrival:“No, we haven’t changed anything. It’s the same plays, same practice schedules and everything is identical. We’re not putting in different runs for him. He likes what we do. That’s one of the reasons we got him, and it’s just keeping him up to speed in the passing game.”On if Peterson has allowed him to be more creative with the play calling:“No, no. If anything, it’s more conservative.”On how the team stays focused after a long trip:“Yeah, that’s the big thing. Our process, that we call it, every day – Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – to not let anything be a distraction, because it is such a big game. So, we’ve talked a lot about that and talked to people about how to handle this trip and get physically ready to play on Sunday.”On his judgment of the trip so far: “Just traveling, busses to practice and everything else. Unlike when we went to the Greenbrier, everything was right there. So, we’ve rescheduled our practices later in the afternoon, meetings in the evenings that we never normally do.”On if he has seen more focus from his players this week:“I haven’t seen them, no. We had one meeting this morning, and they were awake, anyway.”On if the flight affected any of the players dealing with injury:“No, we’ll wait to see them run around some. I don’t think Pat (Patrick Peterson) will do anything today, nor will Xavier (Williams). I think that’s it. Olsen Pierre, I think, is going to do something.”On what makes playing football games in London unique:“Having not done one, I know the crowd is very different, a very loud crowd that doesn’t ever change sides very often. They’re just loud, and that’s (according to) everyone I’ve talked to. I’m looking forward to that.”On the Rams leaving Florida for London on Friday and any differences in travel strategy between the two teams:“The teams that I’ve talked to that have done both, most were more successful coming early and getting acclimated to the time. I know they’re staying in Florida. They’re not going back to Los Angeles, which breaks the trip up some.” 0 Comments   Share   Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice in London as Arizona prepares to face the Los Angeles Rams in Twickenham Stadium.Opening statement:“Obviously, we’re very excited about being here and know how much this game has grown. I hate that we lost (American, British-based sports broadcaster) Kevin Cadle, who I know was very instrumental in everything happening in London. I know you all miss him, and we’ll all miss him very, very much. On if the defense highlights the safety position and relies on them to make plays:“If you’re playing safety, you better be able to. You better be able to tackle, and we blitz our safeties a lot, so they should be able to make splash plays.”On if S Tyrann Mathieu is playing like the 2015 version of himself:“No. healthy-wise, he is, but he’s not playing like it yet.”On if Mathieu’s performance is confidence related:“Probably. Probably.”On RB Adrian Peterson’s third time playing in London and what he had learned from Peterson about the trip:“Yeah, we talked to him a little bit about coming over, because he was just here – about the grass and which shoes and all the little things that go into it. And, he guaranteed us that everything is first class at the hotel, the facilities, everything’s great. So, it was easy, because I had talked to his coach a long time about it, and then to have a guy who actually did it as a player was very comforting.”On if his body has adjusted to the time change:“No, not yet. Getting there. Getting there.”On why the game has grown in London:“I don’t know. The crowds, they sell out the games so fast, and every year, it gets bigger and better, and it’s great to see, to see that the non-traditional football fans love American football.” Top Stories center_img On if he senses a different confidence level after the win last week:“Yeah, there’s no doubt. Like I said, I haven’t been around the guys that much yet, but you could tell in the locker room and then Monday’s meetings that there was a really good feeling.”On the challenges of a struggling offense given his offensive background:“You take that personal, because that’s something we’ve always been able to do, and it was us shooting ourselves in the foot, more than anything.”On if he encourages or discourages players to see London and take in the sights:“Well, if they want to see London, come in March. We’re here to win.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On how many teams he talked to about the trip to London:“Four or five.”On how this Rams team is different than ones he has coached against:“The bodies are the same, but the structure of the defense is totally different. They’re still very aggressive. (Defensive Coordinator) Wade Phillips is one of the best coaches there is, and Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree, they’re all the same guys, but they’re in different structures — but still very dangerous. Offensively, they totally revamped their offense – offensive line, receivers, tight ends – but they still have that young running back that’s great, and their quarterback has fit in very well, because they do have a good running game now.”On the practice facility:“I have not been out there yet. 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