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first_imgBoo-Ville event with a family dressed as Batman and Batwoman Boo-Vill in the City of Miramar Boo-Ville event with a family dressed as Batman and Batwoman Joys Roti Shop Grand Opening for their new location Hillary Clinton rally at the Lauderhill Mall Community First Initiative Sheriff Scott Israel and the men and women of BSO hosted a Halloween safety event for friends and families Pledge2Build fundraiser event hosted by the Consul General to Miami, Franz Hall BSO supporting the awareness of Breast Cancer during the last days of Octoberlast_img read more

School to empower Malawian girls

first_imgStudioMDA’s artist aerial impression of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Some of the girls to enroll at the academy have been orphaned by the aids epidemic. Madonna unveiling the site of the academy in 2009. (Images: Raising Malawi) MEDIA CONTACTS • StudioMDA Academy designers +1 212 343 3330 mail@studiomda.com RELATED ARTICLES • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • SA comics team up for charity • Celebrities on sale for charity • Epic run to put smiles on facesBongani NkosiThe words “dare to dream” signified the beginning of an inspiring journey as Madonna, the acclaimed US pop star, laid the first brick, inscribed with the adage, for the construction of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls – a school she’s building in Malawi.Madonna attended the ceremony on 6 March to mark the start of construction of the academy, located in a village on the outskirts of the country’s capital Lilongwe. The US$15-million (R108.9-million) academy is part of Raising Malawi, an NGO the singer co-founded with Kabbalah rabbi Michael Berg in 2006.It will accommodate about 450 girls from across Malawi’s 28 districts, and hopefully will enrol those from some of the Southern African country’s most impoverished families. “Our academy will educate, protect, and empower … young girls who are Malawi‘s hope for the future,” Madonna said in a statement.The academy, designed by New York-based architect company StudioMDA, will sit on a 46ha plot, according to design blog Inhabitat.This land was secured from 200 villagers who were compensated with about $115 000 (R844 000) in total to be relocated. While they were reluctant to vacate the village, the government convinced them that the academy would benefit the country, and also offered them land to build new houses.The vision for the academy is that it will fulfil a much bigger role than just that of a school, as it will also serve as a “family and support centre for many orphaned girls who have been left to raise their brothers and sisters”, said Raising Malawi. “It will also be a source of protection and access to medical care and regular meals.”Inhabitat reports that the school will offer a library, an administration building, a dining hall, a gymnasium, a wellness centre, a sports field, 30 classrooms, 12 dormitories and 18 staff houses.“… Most importantly it will be an outstanding school,” said Raising Malawi. “Never before will so many Malawian children have access to a school library, or be able to hold a textbook of their own.”Developers are building the school using Hydraform bricks, a form of non-burnt bricks which cuts down on deforestation in Malawi, Inhabitat said. The academy will also generate much of its own energy, as its “entire gymnasium roof will be covered in photovoltaic panels to help supply the school with power”.Curbing the brain drainMadonna hopes the school, to be headed by local academic Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, will produce top professionals such as scientists, lawyers and doctors, who will serve their country. She said part of its aim is to curb the prevalent trend of locals being drawn to Western countries.“We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations… our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”The inclusion of Malawian cultural values will help build national pride in the students, and in turn inspire them to give back to their nation. The local culture will be preserved and passed on, with the incorporation of music, art and dance in the academy’s curriculum.“As an artist, I know the transformative power of art,” Madonna said. “Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities.”Children are the futureThe pop star, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said she was touched when she visited Malawi in 2006. She was devastated by the impact of HIV/Aids in the country, she said, having met scores of children who had been orphaned by the epidemic.She came across children heading their homes and raising other children, and, returning home knowing that the future of the country rested on those young shoulders, was inspired to act.She stated that the education of girls was key to rebuilding communities and raising the nation, and was encouraged by the determination shown by the orphans. “I know they have the strength to save Malawi; they just need to be given the tools.”Madonna has adopted two Malawian children, David Banda and Chifundo ‘Mercy’ James, who accompanied her biological offspring Rocco and Lourdes to this week’s charity tour. The star is also funding a number of charities in the country.“It is with hope for a bright future that I am here. The brick I [laid] is not just the bedrock to a school; it is the foundation for our shared future,” she said.last_img read more

8 Things to Consider When Updating Employee Handbooks for 2017

first_imgFederal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. “2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard,” said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.Workplace rules and regulations may continue to change under President Donald Trump’s administration, but employers should make sure their handbooks are up to date under current laws, she added.  Trump has made overtures that regulations will be pulled back, and if that happens, it could be positive for businesses that have been struggling to keep up with all of the latest changes, said Jason Keck, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Chicago.In the meantime, employers should take a close look at their policies. From National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions to local paid-sick-leave laws, here are some of the important changes to note from the past year.1. NLRB Decisions”At the federal level, we’ve seen a lot from the NLRB,” Keck said. Employers should review their social media policies, keeping in mind the board’s Aug. 18, 2016, decision that found that Chipotle’s social media policy prohibiting employees from “posting incomplete, confidential or inaccurate information” violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).The board said that “in order to lose the act’s protection, more than a false or misleading statement by the employee is required; it must be shown that the employee had a malicious motive.”Employers also should examine and possibly rewrite “any policy that simply tells employees they need to act professionally and in a positive manner or be nice to customers,” Diedrich said.The board’s decision in T-Mobile U.S.A. Inc. (April 29, 2016) found that several workplace rules were unlawful, including a rule about maintaining a positive work environment.The NLRB said employees could reasonably interpret the rule to restrict “potentially controversial or contentious communications and discussions,” including those involving their right to join a union and bargain collectively.Also review policies about recording in the workplace, media inquiries, reference checks and policies that prohibit disparagement of the employer, Diedrich added.Keck noted that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually weigh in on the NLRB’s position that class-action waivers in arbitration agreements violate an employee’s right to engage in protected, concerted activity.Until then, employers will have to assess whether to have a class-action waiver in their handbook, he said.2. Reporting ViolationsMake sure handbook provisions don’t … To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

A Hack for Managing Business Relationships

first_imgWhen you’re running a startup you have a lot of demands on your time, more than you can fit into your day. Your top priority should always be responding promptly to user bug reports and questions, and then come other stakeholders like investors. Where it gets tricky is dealing with other requests. For example you may have open-sourced some code, and are now getting bug reports or feature requests. You want to help those people out and generate goodwill, but you don’t have enough time to spend on all of them. How do you prioritize? It’s like qualifying your leads in sales: you need as much information as you can to make tough decisions about where you expend your resources. Is it manipulative? It does feel a bit artificial at first, but I focus on how much better it makes me at helping the people who really need my time. Judging by this Quora thread, I’m not the only one to feel like this. So next time you find yourself in a dilemma about where to spend your limited time, try applying reciprocity to understand who needs it most.Photo by RAWKU5 How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? pete warden Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes The secret I discovered is reciprocity. You want to put the people who really need your help at the front of the queue, and asking them for something trivial in return is a good way of figuring out how strong their need is. For example, I’ll very often get bug reports on my open-source code that are missing some information that would help debug the problem. Instead of spending time speculating, I’ll email them back thanking them for the report, and asking if they can give me the information I need, typically something as simple as the OS and browser versions. It’s amazing, more than half the time I don’t even get a reply! This tells me that they don’t really care about the problem, so I can leave their issue at the bottom of my priority list. What I’ve discovered is that the same approach is applicable to a lot of business relationships where you need to prioritize who you spend your time with. I will take an initial thirty minute phone call with anyone; I love how many interesting people this allows me to discover. I write off one day a week where I don’t expect to get any coding done thanks to meetings, so squeezing another few in doesn’t hurt my productivity. I will often get requests for a follow-up or in-person meeting, and that can be a tough call to make. Before I invest my time, I want to have some assurance that it has a chance of helping me make progress with the business. I want an equal relationship, and that won’t happen if I’m giving up my time and expertise in return for nothing. What I do is again ask for some reciprocity. If they’re well connected in a particular industry, I’ll ask for an introduction to a related company I’m interested in. If they work for an interesting company, I’ll ask for some free product licenses I can give away on my blog. If they blog themselves, I’ll ask if they’ll write a quick story about their experiences with my site. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#How To Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Mike Gundy Trying To Join Six Other Coaches With 100 Wins At Current School

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy is trying for his 100th win at Oklahoma State this weekend. That number is mind-blowing. If you would have told any of us in 2005 that Gundy would be trying for No. 100 in just 12 years, we would have lost it.And yet here we are. Interestingly, only six other coaches have 100 or more wins with their current teams. Longevity plus success. This list is mighty impressive.198 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State (25th year)184 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma  (18th year)147 – Gary Patterson, TCU (16th year)132 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (18th year)113 – Nick Saban, Alabama (10th year)102 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah (12th year)99 – Mike Gundy (12th year)Gundy is pretty blase about the whole thing even though the former best coach in OSU history (Pat Jones) only got to 62 wins before his tenure ended.“I don’t think [this motivates our team],” said Gundy on Monday. “These guys just live in a different world. You could ask them and I’d bet over half of them wouldn’t know.“I’m more concerned with them focusing on what they can do to have an impact on the game, more so than that side of it. I think that’s a nice mark for Oklahoma State football and for all of us in general, but they need to get tuned in to West Virginia.”That’s fine, but it doesn’t diminish what has been an incredible run for Gundy and OSU. The golden era of OSU football. According to this list, there are only 162 coaches who have ever won 100 games total. Ever. In college football history. Gundy is about to make it 163.last_img read more

Chuba Hubbard Earns Carr Conference MVP Honor

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hubbard has been the star of the Canadian league and arguably the best team in the conference as they chase an undefeated record. Statistics weren’t available for the game, but Hubbard did score one touchdown in the game this past weekend, per the teams twitter account.Hubbard’s season statistics aren’t available, but he did accumulate 2,243 yards last season as a junior — three times more rushing yards than the leagues second leading rusher.Bev Facey will play in the ASAA Tier 1 North Semi game this Saturday as they continue their march toward the provincial final. Chuba Hubbard and the Bev Facey Falcons put their undefeated record on the line this past weekend in the Divisional round of the playoffs versus No. 6 Salisbury Comp Sabres, and came away once again unscathed with a 43-0 victory.Following the game, Oklahoma State running back commit Chuba Hubbard was awarded the Carr Conference MVP Award by Metro Edmonton.Metro Edmonton presented the Carr Conference MVP Award to Facey’s #30 Chuba Hubbard!! Well deserved! @bevfacey @FaceyFootball pic.twitter.com/RYmdt5rfk9— Bev Facey Athletics (@FaceyAthletics) November 5, 2016last_img read more

Taco Bell is Wrong for this Sign in Stillwater

first_imgHey, Taco Bell manager, you’re doing Bedlam week wrong.Props to you for showing school pride with a “Go Pokes!” on their sign, but 9-2? Are we referring to the drive-thru hours?If not, Mike Gundy would like a word.Taco Bell get your ? together. *10-1 pic.twitter.com/zkUmtnsLBP— The OG (@GentsOkstate) November 28, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Reload: OSU Going West Coast for OL Prospects

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ranked as a top-300 prospect nationally, it’s clear OSU is doing its darndest to try and supplement the middle of the defense with quality backers for when Chad Whitener eventually graduates.2019 Offensive Lineman EJ Ndoma-OgarCurrent four-star offensive guard prospect EJ Ndoma-Ogar picked up an offer from OSU this week, his fourth in the past week that includes Miami, Iowa State, and BYU.Out of perennial Texas high school powerhouse Allen, Ndoma-Ogar is going to be a superstar recruit. Already with the measurables of a prospect ready to make the jump to Division I, he’ll likely continue to see his stock soar. I like this early offer for OSU.Mullet pointsAmauari Hardy, a 2017 guard commit, dropped 36 points, 8 assists in a win over Rochester Adams on WednesdayEnjoyed this piece from the man T. Flem on how OSU can use 2017 wide receiver signee Tylan Wallace. Dude is going to be a freak. Despite what I thought earlier, he has a chance to get on the field from day 1. I’m curious to see where he fits.Oklahoma State has offered 2019 quarterback Bo Nix — the second offer in the 2019 class for OSU. Highlights and analysis here.2020 recruit and recent OSU offer Quin Bright on the Cowboys interest, via 247sports: “Oklahoma State has always been one of my favorite colleges. When I got the offer, it was amazing. It was surprising. I like the staff and the stadium.” The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.OSU offers pair of offensive line teammates2-for-1 pancake special? That’s what Oklahoma State seems to be aiming for with its latest offers to Justin Dedich and Steve Jones — a pair of offensive guard prospects from Temecula, California.Dedich, a four-star recruit in the 247sports composite, holds 15 offers and counting with UCLA, TCU, and Washington big names already in the mix.Jones, a bigger framed prospect, has 11 offers that include Washington, Cal, TCU, Utah, Iowa State, and others. A three-star recruit, Jones has the body and build of a Division I prospect already. And at 6-foot-5 340 pounds, he would the biggest offensive lineman on the OSU roster right now from a weight perspective.With Henson running the offensive line recruitment now, I’m curious to see where this goes. OSU has never had any inkling of sustained success in California, but I do like trying to go after teammates in what could be a 2-for-1 package. Henson clearly has a relationship with the guys or he wouldn’t be reaching out, but I’m curious to see if this is a relationship that can be built out into a real chance for OSU. Right now, they have an uphill battle plucking them out of Pac-12 country with the likes of Washington and UCLA.2018 OL Offer to Texas prospect Casey PhillipsA three-star prospect from Franklin, Texas, Phillips is quietly building a nice dossier of offers that includes Texas Tech, Baylor, Rice, Minnesota, Bowling Green, and now Oklahoma State.The thing with those schools: If they’re evaluating and offer in the spring before your senior season, you’ll almost definitely be getting major interest elsewhere. Those schools, specifically OSU, Bowling Green, Rice, and Minnesota, always rely on early evaluation. They have a difficult time landing prospects once they’ve been boosted to four-star status. And with Phillips, it feels like that may be the case down the road. He’s a 6-foot-5, 280-pound mauler at offensive tackle.2018 Linebacker Ayodele AdeoyeYep, trying say that five times as quickly as you can. I can’t even do it once. Adeoye is a four-star inside linebacker prospect from Saint Louis with offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Bowling Green, Ole Miss, Illinois, and Memphis.last_img read more

Who Oklahoma State Should Target at Defensive End in 2018

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With the season about to start, recruiting will take a bit of a back seat for the next few months. With that in mind, it’s time to wrap up this look at the players OSU should target for their 2018 class.If you haven’t by now, this started with a look at where Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class stands and which positions the staff should focus its efforts on. As a recap, OSU still has a maximum ofseven scholarships remaining for the 2018 class with 18 commitments, but I think they’ll only use four or five. Here are the positions I think they need to fill:Cowboy Back | Defensive Tackle | LinebackerWe finish this series look at the players OSU should target at defensive end.AdChoices广告Before I get deep into the players, I’ll say this; I don’t know that nabbing another defensive end in this class is a high priority for Oklahoma State. They have one committed in Tyler Lacy, but they’ll lose two this year and five more next. With only nine on the roster, it would be better to get at least one more this year, than to rush to bring in a lot next.We’ll start with OSU’s latest offer, Azur Kamara, one of the top JUCO defensive ends for 2018. Despite my previous statement that OSU might not be worrying about targeting another defensive end, Coach Gundy and Co. offered Kamara on August 10th.The Cowboys are Kamara’s 16th offer, joining Florida State, Louisville, Kansas, Iowa State, Arizona, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, and Oregon among others. As of now, three 247Sports experts are split on Louisville and Iowa State as the favorites to land Kamara. Based on a recent interview, I think right now Iowa State is the favorite to land him.Kamara is heading into his second season at Arizona Western College. Last season for the Matadors, Kamara had 45 tackles including 13.5 tackles-for-a-loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and he recovered four fumbles. Kamara is planning to make an official visit to OSU and Florida State sometime in September, meaning the Cowboys are in the mix for the talented DE. If OSU can make a real push, and the visit goes well, they could turn his favor toward Stillwater.6-foot-4, 225-pound weak-side defensive end Courtre Alexander doesn’t currently have an offer from the Cowboys, but could be a good target for one if OSU is still looking to add a defensive end when signing day arrives.The three-star DE plays for Owasso High School, is a top-25 player in the Oklahoma and ranked as the second best player at his position in the state. Alexander has also played wide receiver and tight end for Owasso.As of now, Alexander only has offers from Tulsa and Memphis, but if Owasso continues to impress the way it did Friday night by thumping in-state powerhouse Jenks, Alexander will surely get more looks. He’s an under the radar recruit that looks more like a diamond in the rough to me. I think he’s one OSU should keep an eye on.center_img As I’ve said before, I’m not big on targeting guys who are already committed to other schools, but stealing Mathis away from TCU would be good.The Cowboys offered Mathis way back in February, shortly after he committed to the Horned Frogs. The only other school to offer in that time is OU, signaling that teams don’t believe he’s likely to flip. In June, after an unofficial visit to Forth Worth, Mathis reaffirmed his commitment to TCU.“TCU was my first offer then all other colleges started to come out of the woodworks trying to get me to come to their campus which is not what I expected. But, I turned them down for TCU because they were always my top choice.” However, as we all know, things can change.As a junior last season, Mathis had 68 total tackles including 13 tackles-for-a-loss and nine sacks. He also forced and recovered one fumble and nabbed one interception. If he builds on a solid junior season this year, Mathis might see more offers to go with the seven in his pocket right now.OSU gets TCU at home. Would inviting Mathis to the game, and seeing OSU come away victorious possibly sway his opinion? It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Keane’s Wilshere rant

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal boss Wenger backs Wilshere after Keane rant Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Arsenal 22022018 Getty Arsène Wenger Kevin De Bruyne Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Östersunds FK Arsenal UEFA Europa League Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane singled out the Gunners midfielder after their defeat to Ostersunds, but his manager has backed him Arsene Wenger defended Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane labelled the Arsenal midfield “probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 by virtue of a 3-0 win in the away leg.Wenger shuffled his starting XI with an eye on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City but Wilshere captained the side and conceded afterwards the Gunners “weren’t good enough”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That did not spare the 26-year-old – who has re-established himself at Arsenal this season after a year on loan at Bournemouth and persistent injury struggles – from Keane’s wrath.Speaking on ITV , the former Manchester United great said: “You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Wenger adopted a weary tone when the matter was raised at his news conference to preview the EFL Cup final.”Who said that?” he asked before exhaling at length when informed Keane was the pundit in question.”It’s very difficult. I personally rate Jack very highly,” he answered. “After that, you can have opinions.”Jack was in a team that did not perform well, so it was not easy for him.”It was not his best performance but Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”last_img read more