Red Bluff FFA students attend leadership conference

first_imgThe Red Bluff FFA officer team traveled to Shingletown recently to attend the Superior Region Chapter Officer Leadership Conference, or COLC, Aug. 29-30.The seven officers and two advisors spent the two days learning more about their officer position, gaining leadership skills, and bonding to create a stronger connection within the team. COLC was led by the Superior Regional officers, sectional representatives and a few state officers.The conference was kicked off by the regional …last_img read more

Ramón Laureano’s rapid rise to A’s Opening Day leadoff man

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Things were a lot different for Ramón Laureano just a year ago.Around this time in 2018, the A’s center fielder was frustrated in extended spring training down in Arizona in the aftermath of breaking his left pinky finger after he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game. The injury robbed him of re-establishing himself as a top prospect with his new organization after the Houston Astros had soured on him …last_img read more

South African companies play their part for economic growth at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Awards

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, October 1o 2013 – Brand South Africa Board member Geoff Rothschild today joined a panel of judges at the Accenture Innovation Awards at which South African companies showcased innovative concepts of leading South African companies.Speaking from the event, Geoff Rothschild said, “The 190 entries being showcased at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Index reflects positively on South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to respond to the changing business and social environment in the country.”“This spirit is also attested to by South Africa’s ranking on the innovation pillar in the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Competitive Index.  South Africa improved its ranking from 42 in 2012 to 39 in 2013.  Entrepreneurship and innovation is key to driving development and economic growth in countries.”“The Accenture Innovation Awards also highlights the commitment of South African business to strengthening and growing the South African economy while responding to changing conditions in the country.”“The high level participation at this event truly inspires new ways of business doing business in a developing economy,” concluded Mr Rothschild.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Africa ‘must enable investment to grow’

first_img23 January 2014Africa needs to create an enabling environment for domestic and foreign investment to realize its potential and ensure inclusive growth for its population, panelists agreed at a special session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.However, the continent had many challenges to overcome, including addressing a pervasive and growing inequality that was fueling instability. And with the continent’s population expected to rise to 2-billion by 2050, it was imperative that the foundation for sustainable and inclusive growth be laid now.“We need jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, one of the panelists at the session dubbed “Africa’s Next Billion”. “Economic and social inclusion is a top priority. We create space for the private sector, and it’s one of government’s responsibilities to distribute the fruits of growth.”More intra-Africa trade could boost economic growth, Mahama added. “I feel ashamed that trade between our countries is only 11%. That is unacceptable.”To build on the progress Africa had made so far, he said, governments also had to continue to realize the democratic dividend of good governance, respect for human rights and rule of law.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pointed out that there was stability in most African countries today. “But before we could talk about economic growth, we needed political stability,” he said.Aliko Dangote, chief executive of Nigeria’s Dangote Group and a co-chair of this year’s annual meeting, pointed out that the majority of foreign investors were too cautious in the lead-up to elections and during what could be the short-lived reign of political parties. “Today there is no government that will be against business, so go ahead and invest,” he urged.“People always underestimate what Africa can be,” Dangote said. “By 2050 we will have a united Africa with one common market … Can you imagine if we had sufficient power? Our GDP would be US$9-trillion by 2050. It can happen.”Julian Roberts, group chief executive of Old Mutual, United Kingdom, told participants: “Africa is on the move and it is moving forward. But we need to ensure we have an enabling platform for business.” Roberts said the continent would not succeed unless there was a “handshake between government and the private sector”.If the continent’s infrastructure bottlenecks can be overcome, particularly intra-African transportation routes, intra-Africa trade could flourish and create prosperity,” Roberts added. “Our target should be 80% intra-Africa trade by 2050.”Africa’s economic growth might be accelerating, but, according to Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, United Kingdom: “The concentration of wealth and power is excluding and locking out millions of people, which is driving insecurity and instability.” So far, economic growth had been a race to the bottom, Byanyima said. “We need a race to the top so we have policies and regulation to protect human rights, the environment and reduce poverty.”Doreen Noni, creative director of Eskado Bird, Tanzania, noted that young people in Africa were not trained from a young age to have entrepreneurial skills. Because of its huge young population, Africa’s workforce was set to burgeon by 2050. “We need to awaken our youth … and direct them to be entrepreneurial. We can only get our continent to have inclusive growth if we are educated and change our mindsets.”Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Florida Virtual School: Is This What the School of the Future Will Look Like?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Learning#web Although there’s been much talk that the future of education will be online, the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the country’s first state-wide Internet-based public high school, is actually over a decade old. So for the 97,000 students who took classes via FLVS during the past school year, that future of online education is here now.FLVS doesn’t grant any degrees or diplomas, but it does offer more than 125 accredited courses, including the core subjects, honors classes, world languages, electives, and 14 Advanced Placement courses. There are no textbooks; all the material is online, and the instruction happens via the Web, email and phone. (The video below is a sample from the American History course, which all takes place inside an online game, but most courses at FLVS aren’t offered that way.)Students can enroll full or part-time, and according to FLVS officials, most students take the online courses to supplement their coursework at their local, “brick and mortar” schools, particularly when those schools don’t offer specific classes. About 66% of the students enrolled in FLVS attend other public schools.Teaching and Learning OnlineFLVS does not follow the traditional school calendar – 8 a.m. ’til 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday, fall thru spring. Rather, enrollment and classes happen on an ongoing basis. Students select the month they prefer to start the class, and the FLVS tries to place them with an available instructor. Courses last about 16 to 18 weeks, but they are asynchronous, meaning students are able to study the material when they want and at their own pace. FLVS has about 1,200 staff, and although FLVS teachers all have a Florida teaching certificate, they’re not all Florida residents, something that teaching online enables (and that time-zones and “anytime learning” demand.) The school trains teachers for online instruction and tries to recruit new teachers who are specifically interested in this sort of teaching environment. And as FLVS was founded in 1997 and has a long history of working in online education, the school touts itself as both a resource and a model.Funding an Online Education: Public or Private?FLVS is part of the Florida public education system, serving students in all 67 of the state’s districts. As such, courses are free to Florida residents. But the school is open to any middle and high schooler anywhere, with tuition fees for non-residents ($375 per class per semester. AP courses cost an additional $25.).Less than 900 students took FLVS courses last year from locations other than Florida – just a fraction of the school’s overall enrollment. But that revenue stream from non-residents is just one of the things that makes the school an interesting blend of a public education and private company. The classes for those outside of Florida are run by the school’s for-profit wing, the FLVS Global School, and if you’re interested in opening your own school, FLVS offers you the option to start your own “franchise.” Florida tax-dollars do foot the bill for the state’s students attending FLVS. But FLVS only receives payment from the state once a student successfully completes a course. That makes FLVS the only public school whose funding is tied directly to student performance. And as “student performance” and “funding” are as much buzzwords as “online education,” FLVS may find itself a model for more than just Web-based teaching and learning.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

5 Tips for Military Caregivers during the Holidays

first_imgThe holidays can often be a time filled with many emotions for military caregivers, ranging from thankfulness and joy, to stress and frustration. Overwhelmed with daily responsibilities of providing care to our service members, the holidays, as special as they may be to us, may leave us vulnerable to stress.The following tips for military caregivers are suggestions for this holiday season as you spend time with your wounded service member and family and friends.1. Share your wish list of caregiving duties. The gift of asking for help can be even better than material objects. Talk to family and friends and get them involved in some of your caregiving activities. Ask if they can provide respite care for a few hours, run errands, take your service member to the doctor, or help out around the house.2. Recognize signs and symptoms of burnout. During the holidays your caregiving duties may become more heightened than ever. Your stress level can reach an all-time high as you try to juggle caring for your wounded warrior and getting ready for the holiday festivities. Before long you become burnout and robbed of your energy and experience a full blown emotional breakdown. Recognize these emotions or signs and symptoms of burnout and identify outlets when you begin to feel stressed.3. Anticipate holiday triggers from your service member. The holidays may trigger stress or unhappy memories for some wounded service members. Be mindful and acknowledge their emotions as well as yours. Service members may feel anxious with large holiday crowds; they may even bring on negative emotions because they are no longer able to accomplish or participate in things they once were. Stay focused on the positive, and thankful they are with you this time of year.4. Simplify holiday activities. We all imagine the holidays full of bright lights and food and drinks of every variety, but it may be less stressful if you scaled back a bit to simplify, while still enjoying the holiday festivities. Set limits. If you are baking for a feast, chose foods that are simpler to bake; eat out or order a prepared meal.5. Start new holiday traditions. Depending on your service member’s injury, you and your family may not be able to participate in as many holiday activities as you once were. As a caregiver, you are learning to create a ‘new normal’ and change is inevitable. If you are unable to travel to see family and friends or attend holiday parties, try using technology and setup a video visit.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on December 1, 2014.last_img read more

How To Find the Right Subject for Your Documentary

first_imgIt’s not easy to find the right subject for your documentary. Nonetheless, there are a few qualities you can look for in subjects to ensure they’ll be great.Top image: Chef’s Table via NetflixTo find a story worth telling (and a story worth spending copious amounts of time, money, and energy on in every stage of production), ask yourself these questions about your potential documentary subject.Are they challenging what is the norm?Image: O.J.: Made in America via ESPNIf your subject is challenging the norm, it’s typically a great sign that they will encounter trials, conflicts, and unexpected turns throughout the filming process. Also, if they’re challenging societal norms, this will give them something to work towards and a goal to accomplish. If they have a goal to accomplish, this will make crafting a natural three-act structure in the edit much more feasible.Can they progress?Image: Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop promoting Gimme Danger via Associated PressIt took me a year to find the subject for my last documentary. The reason I had such a tough time finding the right subject was that when I started, I was only researching and talking to multiple world champions in their field. I just couldn’t see where their story may go because they had already achieved the pinnacle of their craft. I just kept asking myself where could they go from here?After months of not being able to answer that question, I finally decided to start looking at more people who were just starting in their field. Granted, the more experienced subjects will be great supporting characters, but I just couldn’t envision where the film could go with them as the main characters.Once I stopped talking to world champions, and started talking to people who were starting out and challenging the status quo, that’s when I finally realized that we had a story.What will they overcome and what have they overcome?One of my favorite documentary series right now is Chef’s Table. It’s such a fascinating exploration of character for documentary filmmaking. Most of the chefs they feature on the show had overcome something drastic — something that helped them achieve the success that they’re currently enjoying. The narrative arc for each episode is typically structured around a trial they overcame in the past.When researching or interviewing subjects for a documentary film, don’t be afraid to ask them what big trials they overcame to reach the point they are now.Are they likable and relatable?Image: Ron Howard promoting The Beatles: Eight Days a Week via Press AssociationEveryone wants to root for the underdog. There’s just something about the “can do, against all odds” attitude of an underdog that makes people cheer them on. Ask yourself if your subjects have personality traits that appeal to a broad audience. If so, this will keep your audience entertained and rooting for your character throughout the entire piece.These are just a few of the qualifiers I use to find subjects for my documentary films. Tell us in the comments below how you select subjects for your films.last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Match abandoned due to rain

first_imgThe third ODI between India and Bangladesh has been abandoned due to rain.The match began under a cover of thick clouds at the Shere Bangla Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Suresh Raina, India’s captain, won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat.India were reeling at 13/3 after 8.3 overs, when a passing shower shortened the match to 40 overs a side. The Indians have already won the series 2-0, after Stuart Binny’s stellar bowling performance of 6 wickets for 4 runs in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday.Check live scores here: 3rd ODIThe starting lineup for both teams for the third ODI are:Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt. & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin HossainIndia: Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina (capt.), Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadavlast_img read more

‘U.S. elimination the happiest day of my life!’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Beating U.S. the happiest day of my life’ – Ex-CONCACAF chief Jack Warner trolls ‘laughing stock’ USMNT Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:42 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jack Warner Christian Pulisic Getty composite World Cup United States Trinidad and Tobago v United States Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF The Trinidad & Tobago native tore into Bruce Arena’s side, while the hosts’ assistant coach branded the players “embarrassing” for their attitude As the United States reflects on World Cup failure, Jack Warner has called the team’s defeat to Trindad & Tobago “the happiest day of my life.”The controversial former CONCACAF president, who is a T&T native, claims he was ready to party after seeing the U.S. reduced to a “laughing stock.”Germany 5/1 favs to lift 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A 2-1 reversal in its final qualification fixture, along with a 2-1 win for Panama over Costa Rica and 3-2 victory for Honduras against Mexico, has left the U.S. facing its first absence from football’s global showpiece since 1986.A “ghost goal” for Panama and testing conditions in its own game conspired against Bruce Arena’s side, but Warner is positively revelling in the demise of a once dominant force in the region.”I have not been in better spirits. This is the happiest day of my life,” he told reporters.”It [the win] couldn’t have given me greater joy.”Warner, a former FIFA vice president who is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. amid a crackdown in corruption in sport, added: “And for me personally, it has reduced the U.S. to a laughing stock.“Last Sept. 27 when the judge ruled against Jack Warner there was a party in the U.S., they were quite happy.”Knowing that this has happened I wanted to go out and party as they partied last September when a judge ruled against me. I wanted to party. This was my personal feeling.”Jack Warner USA laughing stockWarner has also warned that failure to reach Russia 2018 could be just the start for the U.S., with its troubles set to continue as the federation hits a slippery slope.He added: “They will continue to undermine [the World Cup in] Qatar for 2022, but they will not succeed. As far as I am concerned this is the beginning of the end for U.S. football.”Nobody in CONCACAF likes the U.S.”Had the U.S. been able to avoid defeat against T&T, then the Americans would be heading to next summer’s World Cup, as even a draw would have sealed automatic qualification.As it is, the team’s actions prior to the final round of games left its opponent — which had nothing but pride to play for — determined to claim a prized scalp and dash the American dream.T&T assistant coach Stern John told USA Today on the motivation for his players: “I think they were a bit overconfident and a bit disrespectful because they came in and rain fell on the pitch and they were giving each other piggybacks [over the water] and all kind of stuff.”Rain fell, it is not our fault. They made a big scene out of it and it was international news all over the world. It was all over the media.”Our families [told us about it]. Most of our guys are on social media so they see it. They see the USA guys getting piggybacked to the field — it is embarrassing.”last_img read more