Harvard University is encouraging staff, faculty, and students to “shop local” this holiday season and support locally owned, small businesses near work and in their home communities.“Local businesses make Harvard Square a vibrant destination for Harvard’s staff, faculty, and students as well as visitors from around the world,” said President Drew Faust, who frequents shops in the Square and in nearby Huron Village. “The Harvard community’s support of these businesses and others throughout Boston and Cambridge can have a significant economic impact on neighborhoods and help to preserve their distinctive character.”For three years, Harvard has sponsored a shop local campaign to encourage the campus community, especially Harvard staff and faculty, to patronize local businesses.According to the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA), local merchants rely on people who work and study in the area for approximately 40 percent of their business. In Harvard Square, where nearly 80 percent of the 300 businesses are locally owned or independent, the holiday shopping season carries a major financial impact.“In these hard economic times, it’s really important to support the businesses that people cherish in the Square,” said Denise Jillson, HSBA executive director. “We have so many of them and they’re such an important part of our community.”Locally owned businesses are peppered throughout the neighborhoods of Cambridge and Allston. In addition to Harvard Square, shops on Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square, Central Square, and the Allston Village Main Streets all offer unique ideas.“Small business is the backbone of America; if you want to support the economy, we need to support our local businesses,” said Alana Olsen, executive director of the Allston Village Main Streets.“Harvard is home to 37,000 staff, students, and faculty members — a focus on shopping in our neighborhood communities could have a profound local impact this holiday season. What a gift that would be,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications.While local retailers benefit from sales, shoppers also benefit from the distinct, festive spirit each neighborhood offers during the holiday season and the personal attention that visitors get at neighborhood shops.“People will find the experience of shopping locally more enjoyable. You’re going to get a personal touch wherever you go. It’s a way to really connect to your community,” added Olsen.Check your local shopping areas for events during the final holiday shopping days.In Harvard Square, activities range from ice skating at the Charles Hotel to the holiday craft fair at First Parish Cambridge on Church Street to special Sparklefest events. For more ideas and destinations, visit the website.Learn more about the 19 shopping districts that are part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Boston Mainstreets Program.
By Jackie SosbyGeorgia Department of Agricultureand Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia just increased its agroterrorism preparedness anotherlevelby launching the local phase of the Agrosecurity Awareness TrainingJuly 1.”Whether it’s a natural disaster, an animal disease, foodcontamination or a deliberate act of agroterrorism, the peoplewho complete the training will know how to recognize something iswrong, who to call and what to do if it occurs,” said GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin. “The ultimategoal is to make sure that Georgia agriculture and food are safe andsecure.”Georgia’s Homeland Security Task Force Agroterrorism Committeesponsors the training program which is being delivered across thestate by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents. Thecommittee is chaired by Lee Myers, state veterinarian and assistantcommissioner of animal industry for the Georgia Department ofAgriculture.Trainings across the stateUp to 3,500 agriculture first responders are expected toreceive training over the next six months. The goal is to providebasic agrosecurity awareness training to people across Georgiawho would likely mobilize during an agrosecurity incident.”We were the first state to include local jurisdictions in ourstatewide homeland security agriculture assessment,” Irvin said.”We knew we had to get down to the local level to adequately builda proper defense against agroterrrorism.”UGA and partners from government agencies developed the trainingwith a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Thecurriculum includes textbooks, presentations and a website withmaterials and information about the one-day training sessions.”This training, which is already considered a nationalmodel,helps address how we will safeguard Georgia’s agriculturalsector and food supply, both key components of our criticalinfrastructure,” said OHS-GEMA Director Mike Sherberger.County agents will conductUGA Extension agents, who will conduct one-day trainingsessions intheir communities, were trained this spring. Potential participantsinclude traditional first responders, such as law enforcement,firefighters and EMS, as well as farmers, veterinarians, foodprocessing managers, grocery store managers and others engaged inagriculture or agribusiness.”UGA Cooperative Extension is in a unique position to provideeducational training, especially on issues of agrosecurity,” saidDon Hamilton, UGA Extension’s homeland security coordinator. “Ourrepresentatives are on the front lines of food and agriculture eachday serving as expert eyes and ears across the state.”Hamilton says once trained, class participants will betterknow howto spot an agrosecurity incident and what to do if an incidentoccurs.”We’re educating folks on the value of agriculture in our state,and our ultimate aim is to make sure Georgia’s agriculture is safeand secure,” he said. “That’s a full-time job.”Hamilton said agrosecurity incidents can range from aterrorist actto someone unknowingly bringing an agricultural disease into thecountry.Not just terrorist acts”Agrosecurity incidents aren’t limited to manmade or terroristevents,” he said. “They encompass almost any event in the food andagriculture arena that would affect human health and theagricultural economy.”Incidents include natural disasters, he said, which UGA Extensionis already traditionally prepared to handle.”The way emergencies are handled is essentially the same whetherit’s manmade or something from Mother Nature,” Hamilton said.”Our county Extension agents are an essential part of theagrosecurity process,” he said, “because we have a smooth systemfor disseminating information during times of disaster. These newtrainings will further strengthen local communities’ capabilitiesin the event of an incident.”If you are a potential first responder and want to sign up for anagrosecurity training session, visit the program Web site atwww.agrosecurity.uga.edu or call your local UGA Extension agent.
By Voice of America February 28, 2020 Since 2017, the U.S. government has provided more than $656 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans, according to a February 4 report from the U.S. Department of State.The figure shows a significant increase in U.S. resources destined for this purpose in the last few years.The document stated that “nearly $473 million [of the total amount] is humanitarian assistance for the nearly 4.8 million Venezuelans who have been forced to flee their country and for those facing acute humanitarian needs inside Venezuela.”The government of U.S. President Donald Trump has played a critical role in shedding light on the situation and taking measures to pressure the disputed Nicolás Maduro regime. It has also provided support for Interim President Juan Guaidó, whom Trump received at the White House on February 5.The U.S. support included the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, which provided “more than $208 million of that total to provide Venezuelans with food and shelter, register for services, and integrate them into host countries.”The U.S. government said that its cooperation is also aimed at funding the work of international and nongovernmental organizations, as well as collaborating with countries that receive Venezuelan migrants, such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and several Caribbean island nations.“We provide this assistance to promote regional stability and help Venezuelans meet their needs close to home so when changes come to Venezuela, Venezuelans can return safely and voluntarily,” the Department of State said in the press release.U.S. authorities added that the assistance is based on four aspects, including the provision of shelter, food, and basic supplies; legal status and asylum; integration; and employment.The Department of State’s report also acknowledges the work conducted with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Pan American Development Foundation, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.“With our support, IOM provided temporary shelter to more than 53,000 Venezuelans in the region between April 2018 and September 2019,” the document said. In addition, it stated that IOM “supported 2,657 Venezuelans with income generation activities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Mexico. In Chile, 1,494 Venezuelans participated in a labor fair for the socio-economic integration of refugees and migrants.”
By Sudipto GangulyMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic once again beat great rival Roger Federer at a Grand Slam on yesterday with a 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 win to reach the Australian Open tennis final and remain on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park.It was the 50th act of one of the greatest rivalries of the sport and the odds were heavily stacked against Federer, as the Swiss had not beaten the Serb at a major since their 2012 meeting on the grass courts of Wimbledon.Federer’s journey on the blue courts of Melbourne Park had also been far from smooth as he was two points from losing against John Millman in the third round and then saved seven match points to get past American Tennys Sandgren in Tuesday’s quarter-final – when he also struggled with a groin strain.In contrast, Djokovic had won his last four matches at a canter. He lost his only set of the Australian Open in the opening match against German Jan-Lennard Struff.But it was the 20-time Grand Slam winner who got out of the blocks briskly on a hot evening to wrest early initiative as Djokovic struggled with his service games. Federer was up 4-1 and 40-0 on Djokovic’s serve but the Serb managed to save all three breakpoints to win his first service game as his opponent made an array of unforced errors.The Swiss, who had to take a lengthy medical timeout against Sandgren for a groin problem, was not keen on engaging Djokovic in rallies and hit an incredible 26 winners in the first set.MEDICAL ATTENTIONBut the count of his errors also started creeping up as Djokovic regained control to get the contest back on serve and then took the set with an imperious display in tiebreak.“It could have definitely gone a different way if he used those break points,” Djokovic, who beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s final to grab his seventh Australian Open title, said. “He started off really well, I was pretty nervous at the beginning.“Respect to Roger for coming out tonight, he was obviously hurt and wasn’t at his best or even close to his best in terms of his movement.”Both players received medical attention at the end of the first set, with Djokovic calling the trainer to get his knee massaged.That appeared to have the desired effect for the second-seeded Serb as he raised his game up a notch to convert his fourth breakpoint chance with a forehand winner at the net to grab the second set. Djokovic kept up the pressure on the 38-year-old Swiss in the third set and the crucial break came for him in the sixth game with a forehand groundstroke winner for a 4-2 lead.The 32-year-old, winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, sealed his 27th win over Federer with his first match point when the Swiss found the net with a backhand for his 35th unforced error of the night. While Federer totalled 46 winners in the match compared with the Serb’s 31, he had 17 more unforced errors.“I was playing with nothing to lose, obviously,” Federer said after losing for the 11th time in 17 slam meetings with Djokovic. “I was just trying to take big cuts at the ball, trying to keep the rallies to a minimal, make sure I keep him off -guard, mix it up as much as I can.“Unfortunately I was not able to serve it out. To be honest, I feel like I should have found a way to do that, but wasn’t able to.”In Sunday’s final, Djokovic will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Alexander Zverev of Germany and Austrian Dominic Thiem, who beat world number one Nadal in the quarter-finals.
Based at Athassel House Stud in Golden he saddled Ruler of France which won the Apprentice Handicap.There’s action in Naas this evening – the first of a seven-race card begins at 6pm.
12 March 2013A fast start to the second half gave South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, their first victory at the 2013 Cyprus Cup, a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland at the Tasos Markou Stadium in Paralimni on Monday afternoon.Both two sides came into the match having not scored nor registered a point in their opening two Group C encounters, but that changed in the second half.After a slow and rather dull first half, it was the two second-half substitutions made by coach Joseph Mkhonza that livened things up.Superb workShortly after the resumption, Mkhonza brought on Gloria Thato and Robyn Moodaly to operate on the wings, and it was their superb work on the flanks that made the telling changes, resulting in strikers Jermaine Seoposenwe and Andisiwe Mgcoyi manufacturing the much-needed victory for the African Women’s Championship silver medallists.Moodaly and Seoposenwe, the two talented youngsters promoted from Basetsana, the national under-20 team, scored the two goals within a space of five minutes.GoalFirst, Thato linked well with Mgcoyi on the left wing where the tall striker controlled the ball with her right foot before whipping in a delightful cross which was brilliantly volleyed into the back of the net by Moodaly.Shortly after that opener, Banyana got their second goal. Thato’s neat interchange with Nothando Vilakazi saw the latter cross from the left wing for Seoposenwe to easily slot the ball home at the near post to make it 2-0 to South Africa.As was the case with their defeat to Republic of Ireland on Friday, Banyana Banyana again dominated the contest and should have added a couple more goals had the outstanding midfielder Refiloe Jane and debutant Shiwe Nogwaya been more accurate in front of goals towards the end of the match.‘Not easy’“We may have won but, it was not an easy outing,” said Banyana Banyana vice-captain Jane after the match.“The substitutions made us change our system, which completely caught the opponents off guard, but overall we are thrilled with the result and being able to finally find the target in Cyprus.”The central defensive pair of Lebogang Mabatle and Janine van Wyk defended with aplomb, but despite their heroics they could not prevent Northern Ireland striker Lynda Sheperd from scoring a consolation goal with a flick on from a free kick, which made the final score 2-1.Banyana will play Northern Ireland again on Wednesday in the playoffs.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
SharePrint RelatedMore Geocaching Vacation Destinations Closer to HomeJune 23, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Get Inspired By These Epic GeoToursMay 27, 2016In “GeoTours”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community” Location:New CaledoniaFavorite Points:8Why the Passeport pour le Nord GeoTour is unique:If you are curious about nature, keen on open spaces, and dream of wandering through green forests, then the North New Caledonia area was made for you. This untamed natural land is breathtaking and home to endemic plants & wildlife stemming all the way back to prehistoric time. It’s also an an area with a strong sense of culture, incorporating much of the local Kanak people’s historic traditions and beliefs into modern day life.Geocaching NCBest time of year to visit:Blessed with a temperate and tropical climate, New Caledonia is a great place to visit all-year-round! Those who love sunbathing and lazying around generally prefer the summer months from December to March. For those who enjoy sports and hiking, the winter months from June to September are ideal. In October, November, April, and May, the weather is mild. This tends to be a popular time of year for photographers who dream of capturing the best shots.Hienghene – GC558EXMust-see attractions:Don’t miss the Broody Hen in the Hienghène Bay. This geocache (GC558EX) will reward you with one of the most beautiful panoramas, if not the best, in all of New Caledonia!Boat Pass is the northernmost point of the Caledonian mainland. You’ll get a breathtaking 360° view from this cache (GC558GJ).The village of Voh on the west coast is known for its heart-shaped “natural art piece” which has been sculpted into a mangrove by the elements over time. You’ll also learn a lot about the local history and customs while tasting a cup of coffee at the eco-museum (GC558H9).The famous Voh HeartHidden gems only locals know about:The GR Nord, a 70 km (~43 m) magnificent hiking trail marked by the French Hiking Federation, is a must-see. The trail runs through the most authentic, unexplored, and beautiful parts of the Northern Province, between the villages of Ponerihouen (GC556A1) and Touho (GC556B1).Prizes: If you complete your Passeport pour le Nord by finding at least ten geocaches, you’ll receive a special Geotag! Also (GC558FA) is still unfound. Be the geocacher to grab our last FTF Geocoin!The collector Nord GeotagWhat Geocachers are saying about the GeoTour:“I had driven all day from Hienghène, and I was exhausted. It took me ages to find the box which was about 8m from where my GPSr was pointing. The hint suddenly made sense! What a splendid location with a view of the biggest waterfall that I have seen in NC. After driving through the mining blight, which upset me very much, it was good to find this peaceful and reverent spot. On my own, I gave my thanks in a firm voice. This is the final Geotour find of my trip. Thanks for everything NordAddict!” – clickcraftsman“Great hike to this view point. We enjoyed the spot to the coastline with the rocks of Hienghene.“ – andringitra“Heading around the north on a caching adventure from Australia. This is my first find of the trip!” – The Artful Dodgers“Very quiet here this morning, we enjoyed reading about the local history and looking at the displays, this is a very well presented museum. Another great cache in the series, thanks for bringing us here. TFTC NordAddict” – waiiti20“Sans aucun doute ma préférée du géotour qui vaut le détour!” – Chup’a“Can see the sea from here!” – JEiken“Woohoo! It took me ages to find – it’s well hidden!” – smkodila“Not easy, but a beautiful location!” – jhwordsmithAdditional Information:Find more about the North Province of New Caledonia on the official website.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Share with your Friends:More
“There are two viewpoints,” Pichai said. “We are enabling both.” Pichai said that he switches back and forth between his Nexus 4 phone and his Pixel Chromebook.Not Enough Software?Eventually, however, consumers are going to have to make a choice: Do they wish to buy a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, which is actually priced less than the Pixel, at $1,199, along with the rich ecosystem of apps that Apple offers? Or will they turn instead to the Chrome Store, with a much smaller, less robust set of plug-ins that only rarely includes big-name developers?Google has developed new apps to take advantage of the Pixel, including a new Photos app, and the lovely 100,000 Stars app, which allows users to zoom in and out on a virtual Milky Way. But while those two may be stunning, they don’t have much company. And Google’s Pichai said that QuickOffice would be integrated with ChromeOS in a few months, allowing true Microsoft Office compatibility.My suspicion is that most consumers will go with the tried and true. The Chrome Web store, though well-stocked, just hasn’t quite attracted the kind of attention lavished on, well, Android. Google obviously hopes to change that by seeding the Pixel among its high-end developer base. But until it does, my advice would be to stick with the more budget-friendly Chromebooks Google and its partners offer.Images via Google and Mark Hachman. markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Chromebook#Google#Pixel And he’s exactly right. With an all-aluminum design, a full piano hinge and sweet little touches like a back-lit keyboard, the hardware does shine. And for users who already reside within the Google cloud, the transition is seamless: I took notes during the press conference on a Macbook Air, via Google Docs; after the Pixel was officially unveiled and devices were handed out to test and evaluate, I simply logged in and continued writing from the new Pixel machine.(One hardware detail that Pichai called out was how Google had optimized the mechanical dome underneath the keyboard to facilitate typing; the keyboard does feel a little less mushy than the more recent Samsung Chromebook Google launched last year. Google has also added a third microphone underneath that keyboard, in addition to two it has mounted behind the display, in an attempt to isolate the noise from typing within Hangouts and other applications.)Google said that the new high-resolution display should consume slightly more power than older Chromebooks; the device itself seems to expect about 5 hours of battery life, according to the built-in battery meter. On the other hand, the robust performance of the Intel Core i5/graphics combination should allow multiple HD video windows to play smoothly; this seemed to be borne out in my quick hands-on tests.With the touch-enabled Pixel, Google has approached the problem of touch from two separate directions: on the one hand, phones and tablets that use Android include touch capabilities. Until now, that has been separate from the touch-enabled ChromeOS. Chrome product managers said they have taken what they’ve learned from running Chrome within touch-enabled environments and added little touches, such as swiping down the shortcuts bar at the bottom of the screen to hide it. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google launched the original CR-48 Chromebook as a companion device to a full-fledged PC. With the Chromebook Pixel, that slate has been wiped clean: Google is now challenging traditional computer makers with a high-end, $1,299 Chromebook.The rumors were true: the Pixel marries a gorgeous, high-resolution 2560 x 1760 display with a touch interface, tucked inside specs that look and feel like a high-end laptop: a dual-core, 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of local solid-state storage. The 64GB option is included with the even-more-high-end version of the Pixel: for $1,449, you get the larger storage option as well as an integrated Verizon LTE 4G wireless capability, that you’ll will have to pay for separately. Oh, and you get a whopping 1 terabyte of Google Drive cloud storage, too.Other connectivity options include a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a mini-display port, plus a 2-in-1 card reader with SD and MMC support. In addition, the Pixel supports Bluetooth 3.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n. It weighs 3.35 pounds. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Customers can preorder the Pixel Thursday from Google Play and Best Buy, where Google will have a limited number of kiosks to show off the device. It’s a far cry from Samsung’s $249 Chromebook Google announced last year. The Pixel is built by an undisclosed Taiwan manufacturer.“There is no high-resolution laptop with touch available available today in the market,” Sundar Pichai, the vice president of Chrome at Google, said in a press conference Thursday in San Francisco. “I think the hardware shines, and if you’re living in the cloud, this is the best experience you can use.”
You only need two things to be a trusted advisor. You need trust. And you need advice.If you must rely on a subject matter expert to provide the advice because you are not knowledgeable enough about your industry, your client’s industry, the issues impacting your client’s business, the potential solutions, and the trade-offs they may be required to make to produce better results, you can never be a trusted advisor.If you know nothing with the exception of the people on your team who do know things, you can never be your dream client’s go-to-person. You are just a guy who knows a guy.You can get better fast. You can learn most of what you need to know, without having to be as deep as the SME you carry around like a crutch.The NotebookThe first thing you need to do to bridge the gap in your knowledge is to buy a notebook. Get yourself one of those nice Moleskin notebooks, or maybe something from Baron Fig. Get something nice because you are going to carry it with you on every call you make—with or without a subject matter expert.You are going to capture your subject matter’s expert in this notebook.On any call where you need a subject matter expert, write down any question that your prospect or client asks them. Then write down their answer.When your subject matter asks your client a question, write down that question, along with the client’s answer.When your subject matter expert shares some insight or some piece of technical knowledge, write it down.If your subject matter is talking, you are listening and taking notes.Post Call TrainingWhen you debrief after the meeting, you are going to use that time to massively increase your knowledge and understanding. The goal is to rid yourself of your reliance on a subject matter expert and become one yourself.Ask your subject matter expert why your client asked them the questions that they asked and what makes it important to them. Then ask them why they answered they way the did, whether or not that’s a standard answer, and what another answer might have been and why it would have been wrong.Then, go through the questions your SME asked your client and ask why they asked what they asked, and why it was important. Have them explain the client’s answer, and what it means in terms of your potential solution.Repeat all of these things back to your subject matter expert to make sure you understand them.Not Knowing is Not Knowing NothingIt’s okay to not know things. It is not okay to know nothing.You will find that after repeating this process on five or six good sales call, you will start to understand a lot of what you need to know, and you will be able to ask and answer questions without the aid of a subject matter expert. This is a matter of intentions.When something is super technical, you can always bring the people you need to support you. But most of the time, especially early in the sales process, you will have the ability to create value for your client without any support. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
More than 200 of Australia’s top cricketers face unemployment within days, with a bitter pay dispute “extremely” unlikely to be resolved by a deadline on Friday, players’ union boss Greg Dyer has said.Australia’s top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), with the current agreement set to expire on June 30.ACA president Dyer said players and Cricket Australia remained “a long way apart” on basic issues and the union was preparing its members for unemployment.”It is extremely likely that as of July 1 we’ll be jumping over the cliff together,” Dyer told local media on Tuesday.”The fundamentals of the deal are nowhere near to being resolved.”Over 200 of Australia’s most senior cricketers are unemployed as of the 1st of July.”We will be assisting in whatever way we possibly can in that but they’re unemployed.”At the heart of the dispute is a long-standing agreement that gives the players a fixed percentage of the revenue of the game, a deal which CA says prevents them from sufficiently investing in the grassroots.CA offered a revised deal on Friday but the union quickly rejected it.Unless the impasse ends, the upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa, a two-test series in Bangladesh and a limited-overs tour of India are under threat, with the Ashes also looming at the end of the year.CA has declined to comment on the negotiations but said in announcing its revised offer last week that it was “100 percent committed” to resolving the MoU by the deadline.advertisementFormer Australia test opener Ed Cowan, who is contracted for New South Wales state, said players remained unified and resolute in their demands, and cast doubt on Steve Smith’s test side boarding the plane for Bangladesh for the test series starting Aug. 27.”The next line in the sand is probably the tour of Bangladesh, do the players go on that late August?”My gut feeling is probably hit and miss for security reasons (and) MoU reasons.”The ACA has already made moves to prepare for a lockout, setting up a business to manage and market players’ intellectual property.