Jessica Lynch- Soldier, Hero, and Teacher

first_imgWhen I asked Jessica how important it was for her to continue to serve- more than a decade after her heroic time in uniform she was quick to say how she was both “honored and humbled” to have the opportunity to inspire others, and fulfill her original goal of being a hero- as a teacher in the classroom to young boys and girls.  As we honor our veterans this November 11, and as we support them throughout the year, we should reflect on what really makes them heroic.  For Jessica Lynch, as heroic as her actions were in uniform, her commitment to service today is equally inspirational.  Soldier, teacher and- as always- hero! For more on how you can hire today’s heroes please check out all of the resources that SHRM has compiled for you and your organization.  Click here for more. The former- POW’s equally inspiring journey after combat  In March 2003 our nation’s conscious was fixated on the start of military operations in Iraq.  Tens of thousands of our troops marched to Baghdad and beyond, and one of those Soldiers was Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch.  While many may recall the former POW’s harrowing and inspirational story of courage and commitment, her journey and dedication to service after the military is equally heroic. Jessica shared her very powerful and personal story as the opening keynote speaker during SHRM’s October Diversity and Inclusion Conference in Austin, TX.  I had the opportunity to sit-down with Jessica before her opening keynote speech and asked her about life after the Army, and the challenges and opportunities she’s had over these last 13-years since she nearly lost her life in the service of her country.“It’s not easy,” Jessica candidly acknowledged as she discussed both her personal transition from service as well as the challenges thousands of other veterans face each year. center_img The wounds of war – visible or invisible- make that transition all the more challenging.  Jessica talked about those struggles, and how organizations need to be both “patient” and supportive as veterans find their place outside of uniform. last_img read more

Study: Twitter’s Early Growth Relied On Geographic Proximity

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Each circle represents a U.S. city containing Twitter users. Circles grow in size as more users sign up in that location over time. When a location has reached a “critical mass” of users, or 13.5% of all eventual users have signed up, the location turns red. The line being drawn across the center of the screen is a time series of the number of new users that signed up across the whole country in a given week. The takeaway from an MIT study released Wednesday, tracking the early growth of Twitter, is that new Web technologies – particularly social networks that rely on adoption by other users – cannot depend solely on online buzz (or even Ashton Kutcher, for that matter).The study tracked data from 2006 to 2009 in the 408 U.S. cities with the highest rates of Twitter adoption. The findings clearly demonstrate that mainstream media mentions, coupled with the geographic and socioeconomic proximity of users, fueled its growth. A video mapping the data shows initial growth in San Francisco, where Twitter is based, then spreading to Boston.While the data is dated by Internet standards, the study does challenge the notion that the Internet has allowed social networks to ignore traditional geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.While the data is dated by Internet standards, the study does challenge the notion that the Internet has allowed social networks to ignore traditional geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.“The big question for people in industry is ‘How do we find the right person or hub to adopt our new app so that it will go viral?’ But we found that the lone tech-savvy person can’t do it; this also requires word of mouth. The social network needs geographical proximity,” said Marta González, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering systems at MIT, in a statement. “In the U.S. anyway, space and similarity matter.”While the MIT study only looked at Twitter, the broader implications are clear. From an economist’s view, the current period of free apps and Web services gives them a chance to look at why some succeed and others do not. The MIT study could also theoretically be used to understand the growth of more recent social success stories like Instagram and Spotify.“Nobody has ever really looked at the diffusion among innovators of a no-risk, free or low-cost product that’s only useful if other people join you. It’s a new paradigm in economics: what to do with all these new things that are free and easy to share,” said MIT graduate student Jameson Toole, a co-author of the paper. The study was also novel in that it did not keep mainstream media mentions as a constant, but instead tried to track when the media responded to user mentions and vice versa. The study, and the video, covers through April 2009, when Kutcher challenged CNN to see who would become the first to reach one million followers, bringing Twitter decidedly into the mainstream. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#twitter#web dave copeland A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Wolves complete perfect homestand, beat Blazers

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Timberwolves: At Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland’s 10 points in the second quarter wasn’t the Blazers’ lowest output of the season — they scored only six against Toronto on Oct. 30. It was, however, the fewest points allows by Minnesota in any quarter at Target Center since Philadelphia scored nine in the second on Dec. 3, 2014. … The Blazers reserves outscored Minnesota’s 42-25.Timberwolves: It’s the third time in franchise history the Wolves have won five games on a homestand. … Jamal Crawford had 10 points off the bench. … There were plenty of purple Vikings jerseys in the crowd, which broke out into its loudest cheers of the first half when the final score of Minnesota’s last-second playoff victory was flashed on the scoreboard. The crowd also broke out into a few impromptu “Skol!” chants. .UP NEXT:Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season. The Wolves had their first 5-0 homestand since 2001, winning each game by double figures against the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and New York.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims They led by as many as 26 against Portland to send the Trail Blazers to their third loss in a row.Damian Lillard scored 21 points, and C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton each had 18 for Portland. The Blazers had scored 110 points or more in seven straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat streak was in jeopardy early thanks to the Blazers’ paltry 10-point second quarter and 18 total turnovers.Portland led by five early and ended the first quarter up 33-31. But the Blazers went cold in the second, shooting only 2 for 15 and scoring more points off six free throws in the quarter. The Wolves, meanwhile, put together a 14-0 run and steadily pulled away. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Site of deadly Saskatchewan hockey bus crash also scene of crash that

first_imgCARROT RIVER, Sask. – A remote Saskatchewan intersection where a junior hockey team bus crashed on Friday was already a scene of tragedy for a family that lost six of its members in a collision two decades ago.Dylan Fiddler, who was just six at the time, lost his mother, aunt, uncle and three young cousins when the vehicle they were in collided with a semi on Highway 35 where it meets a secondary highway at a spot known as Armley Corner.“It hit home maybe more than others can imagine,” Fiddler said about the crash that killed 15 people who were on the Humboldt Broncos team bus when it collided with a truck hauling peat moss.White wooden crosses — three larger ones and three smaller ones — still stand near the southeast ditch near a copse of trees, only metres away from where the wreckage of the bus and the semi were left lying on their sides.Fiddler and his older brother weren’t in the crash that took their mother’s life in June 1997. She and her sons had been living in Saskatoon, and she was travelling to Carrot River with family from Dawson Creek, B.C., to visit other relatives while her sons stayed home.RCMP said at the time that the half-ton pickup the family was in ran a stop sign, into the path of the oncoming semi.Both vehicles slammed into a ditch, where the pickup burst into flames.The driver of the semi-trailer was not seriously injured.After the crash, the boys moved to Carrot River, about 40 kilometres northeast of the intersection, and were raised in the community by their mother’s brother and his wife.Fiddler, who now lives in Ontario, remembers the intersection well. As a teenager, he passed through it two or three times a week when he was equipment manager on the bus of Carrot River’s Junior B hockey team, the Tri-Town Thunder, now known as the Carrot River Outback Thunder.“It’s sort of a meet place — ‘Hey, I can meet you at Armley Corner and we can carry on from there,’” Fiddler said, adding the corner evoked less cheery emotions for him.“You almost want to drive with your eyes closed through that corner. It’s not a very enjoyable place to be for myself, anyway.”Fiddler said the amount of traffic through the intersection is constant and there’s just a stop sign controlling it. He said he didn’t personally feel unsafe passing through it, partly because he was distracted by the camaraderie of being on a hockey bus.“Even passing by that corner, you’re kind of getting in the zone. You’re laughing back and forth with your teammates,” Fiddler said.Maybe now, after so much death on that corner, he said he thinks something will be done to improve it.He’s heartened by the huge outpouring of grief, and help, for families affected by the recent tragedy.“At this point, I think the families affected need everybody’s help with prayers and support, which I think they’re getting worldwide,” Fiddler said.“I think that needs to keep on going.”— By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more