January 20, 2020
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first_imgCompetitions Director at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) George Forbes notes that the organisation does not have a position on student-athletes bleaching their skin and insists that it is the schools who have to address the issue. “We cannot tell a student he cannot represent his school because of bleaching. The schools have to set that in their guidelines, so if they bleach, they can’t represent the school. We at ISSA can’t say we are not allowing someone to play because they are bleaching. We can’t do that. Individual schools have to take responsibility,” he said. Forbes said although he personally does not like the act, the association has not received any complaints from sponsors or the public with regard to it having a negative impact. “It all depends because everything in life is image. Some people see this bleaching phenomenon as OK, while others see it as horrendous. ISSA don’t have a problem with it, but we don’t endorse it. We are limited in what we can do. We just invite schools to participate in ISSA sports. “I don’t think we are going to reach the stage where we un-invite a school because they have students who bleach. It’s a societal problem that the schools will have to monitor for themselves,” he added. “Some schools allow star players to bleach with no attempt to stop them, while some schools will not allow anybody to represent the school while bleaching, so it’s individual,” Forbes said.last_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Belga, who had seven points and two rebounds, still kept a positive disposition and believes he can still play in Rain or Shine’s last remaining games.“I think I can still come back, it’s still not zero visibility,” said Belga. “We’ll see what can be done. I’m just bummed that it happened in this time when the team is performing well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beau Belga and Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine was starting to turn things around in the PBA Governors’ Cup, winning a couple of wins after starting off with four straight losses.But just when the Elasto Painters were having some color in their lives, big man Beau Belga was sidelined a foot injury in the first quarter of their game against Columbian Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Belga said he may have suffered plantar fasciitis on his left foot that could leave him sidelined for a few games in the conference.“I never wanted this to happen but it’s part of the game, I will have a medical check up tomorrow and I’ll see what we can do about this,” said Belga in Filipino after their 100-84 loss to the Dyip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe loss brought the Elasto Painters to a 2-5 record good for the ninth spot and Belga said it was frustrating to fall down just when things are looking up.“I wanted to play through the pain but I will be a liability on defense, I’ll be able to help on offense because I can play in the post or shoot outside but I will be a liability to the team on the defensive end,” said Belga who played for just four minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. European Leagues urge UEFA to make Champions League fairerlast_img read more

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first_imgCBL Gov. Patray speaking at the 53rd Ordinary Meeting of the Committee of Governors of Central Banks of ECOWAS Member States in DakarThe 53rd Ordinary Meeting of the Committee of Governors of Central Banks of ECOWAS Member States ended Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal with a commitment by Liberia to remain supportive of the policies and programs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).In a statement, the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Nathaniel R. Patray, III, observed that the people in the ECOWAS region continue to suffer from macroeconomic instability,  including depreciation of domestic currencies, high debt ratio and weak GDP growth in a number of the Member countries.  Governor Patray said there is a need for harmonization of policies and regulations among West African States to tackle the macroeconomic challenges facing the region before the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP). “We need a collective response to all of these challenges,” said Governor Patray. He added that the Government of Liberia will do what is best in the interest of Liberia and its people and the collective good of the Community.The CBL Governor reiterated Liberia’s appreciation of ECOWAS for its role in bringing peace and stability to Liberia and noted that Liberia will continue to participate in ECOWAS programs. He however emphasized that decisions involving the monetary integration within the sub-region must involve all member countries.  “ECOWAS is not only involved with monetary arrangements.  ECOWAS is also involved with peace and stability,” the CBL Executive Governor noted. Governor Patray also stressed the need for the sub-region to pay attention to the issues of cyber-security risks.He further spoke of  the need for exchange of experiences on critical issues affecting the region and thanked the Central Banks of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia for extending an invitation to Liberia to learn from their  cyber security programs with the view of improving the cybersecurity program at the CBL. The CBL Governor urged other member countries to share ideas with sister central banks to improve their respective institutions.  He said the Central Bank of Liberia is prepared to work with other central banks in the region to share experiences on cyber security. Governor Patray accepted an invitation from the Bank of Ghana to attend an international seminar in Accra, the Republic of Ghana in May 2019, on Corresponding Banking Relationship and Financial Security Issues.Meanwhile, it has been disclosed that economic activity in the West African sub-region continues to improve, reflecting increasing investment in agriculture, construction and sustained performance in the services sector in most Member States. According to a report of the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Program for the first half of 2018, growth accelerated to 3.1 percent in 2018 from 2.3 percent in 2018 and 2017, supported by increased oil and gas production in Ghana and Nigeria.With the exception of Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone, according to the report, growth accelerated in all Member States. “Inflationary pressures generally softened in 2018, but with significant variations between the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)  and West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) countries,” according to the report, which traced the trend to tight monetary policy exchange rate stability and moderation in food and utility prices.Regarding depreciations, the report on Exchange Rate Developments of ECOWAS Currencies for end 2018 showed that the depreciation of ECOWAS currencies was mainly due to higher demand pressure on the foreign exchange market, coupled with weak commodity prices.The Committee of Governors has, meanwhile, adopted the report of the 34th Ordinary Meeting of the Joint Technical Committee of the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA) which, among other things, calls for the implementation of important milestones for the adoption of the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme, including the common monetary policy framework, the choice of exchange rate regime and the common central bank model, by 2020.Governor Patray is being accompanied at the meeting by the Deputy Governor for Economic Policy, Dr. Mounir Siaplay; the Executive Director of Research, Policy and Planning, Mr. Mussah A. Kamara;  the Advisor  to the CBL on Multilateral Affairs, Mr. Micheal B. Ogun; and the Sr. Director for Communications, Mr. Cyrus W. Badio.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgRe “Ruby the elephant deserves retirement” (Their Opinions, Feb. 19): Bob Barker’s recent guest column on the plight of Ruby, the L.A. Zoo elephant, is an articulate and heartfelt plea that anyone who cares for animals should agree with. Ruby has spent her time as a plaything of the L.A. Zoo. She now needs to have whatever time she has left in life for herself. She needs to be sent to the PAWS elephant sanctuary immediately so she can live out her life in peace and comfort. Please, powers that be, do not agree with the L.A. Zoo management view on sending this wonderful animal to another zoo. Send her to the sanctuary. – John F. Lappen Ojai A valuable asset Re “Ruby the elephant deserves retirement” (Their Opinions, Feb. 19): Ruby the African elephant is a valuable asset of the city of Los Angeles. As with any asset owned by the people of Los Angeles, our elected officials and their appointed representatives have a fiduciary duty to protect and preserve the asset. After two years in what amounts to a storage pen, off public display, it is time to resolve this issue. In the interest of what is best for the property of the residents of Los Angeles, Ruby must be sent to the sanctuary. She will be our ambassador and continue to serve the public. Anything less is a misuse of the public trust. – David Hernandez Valley Village New gun laws Re “Top cops, mayor want new gun laws” (Feb. 16): I see that the top cops and the mayor want some new gun laws concerning bullet identification, requiring manufacturers to develop weapons that will micro-stamp bullets, allowing police to identify which weapon was used in a crime and requiring reporting of lost or stolen weapons within 48 hours. I guess this all sounds OK, but I was wondering when these people are going to pass a law requiring the law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves. A concealed-carry law would be nice. A law like that would surely decrease the gun use by the bad guys in a big, big hurry. – Ray P. Keesler La Crescenta Chapman extradition Re “`Dog’ Chapman facing extradition” (Briefly, Feb. 16): What kind of judge has total disregard for women and their safety when he allows the man and his family to be treated like criminals and sent to Mexico for imprisonment? Duane “Dog” Chapman and his entire family are heroes. They removed the scum from society before he had a chance to drug and rape any more women in Mexico. The judge who has created all this trouble for the Chapman family should be removed from the bench and sent to a Mexican prison himself. The Chapman family members have good hearts and are loving people who happen to have the people’s best interest at heart – unlike the judge who wants to send these heroes to Mexico to face certain death. – Cindy Hunter Canoga Park Tax incentives Re “Beneath the tinsel” (Your Opinions, Feb. 18): I’m a second-generation motion-picture-industry person. Television, features, commercials and music videos all generate millions of dollars into the state beyond income taxes paid by individuals. Lumber and building supplies, food service, fuel, security, traffic control, office supplies, real estate, money paid to individuals to use property are some examples. The corporate offices of the world’s largest providers of camera equipment are here, employing hundreds in L.A. alone. Other states have implemented tax-incentive programs and have successfully been luring work to their states because they see that a small investment has returned millions of dollars in tax revenue and brought many expenditures back to their communities and businesses. L.A./Hollywood is the hub of production, and the cities, businesses and individuals would only benefit with more production here. – Richard Mosier Simi Valley History lesson With all due respect to President George W. Bush, when I heard him today in a short address to the nation, in celebration of Presidents Day, cite George Washington as a supporter of spreading freedom throughout the world (suggesting that George Washington would be in favor of our incursion into Iraq), I wondered what history book he had been reading. Wasn’t it George Washington, in his farewell address to the nation, who advised the country and his successors to “beware of foreign entanglements”? – Stephen A. Downs Valley Village Disingenuous Re “Bush lying – again” (Your Opinions, Feb. 19): A big difference between the church and state in the U.S. and Iran is that the church in Iran has its own laws, courts, secret police and death squads. Unless you count the Salvation Army, churches in America don’t have their own armies. To dismiss both U.S. military and Bush administration allegations that Iran continues to foment violence in Iraq and the Mideast, simply because it has done so for years and that it’s being done by Iran’s religious rather than elected government, is both disingenuous and, dare I say, dishonest – again. – John Kurt Reseda Lose some, win some Re “Dixie Chicks” (Your Opinions, Feb. 13): The man who wrote about the Dixie Chicks losing their country fans due to their political views need not worry. The Chicks are doing just fine with all the new noncountry fans they gained because of them. I should know. I’m one of them. – Kat Campbell Canoga Park Democrat’s altar After turning yellow in Korea, yellow at the Bay of Pigs, yellow in Vietnam and pale-yellow on the Iraq war, the Democrats in Congress achieved a partial victory on Feb. 16 – for the enemy. It is a partial victory because, as usual, the Democrats turned yellow and voted for a nonbinding resolution. They want to cut off all funding, which will really bash President George W. Bush and hand total victory to the enemy. But if they do, the upshot will be that American troops will be decimated in the withdrawal, Iraq will turn into the first bloodbath of the 21st century, and Israel will be sacrificed on the Democrats’ Altar of Cut and Run. Israel will, of course, not go gently into that bloody night. The modern Samson has nukes. Thank you, Democrats, for Armageddon. – Max L. Huber North Hills Britney Spears Celebrity plus stupidity equals publicity. – Susan Murphy Panorama City Stop scapegoating Re “Children, families lose again” (Feb. 13): The Daily News always tries to paint respected child-welfare agencies as selfish, money-grabbing entities, and now it’s trying to blame the county’s Title IV-E savings miscalculations on increased payments to agencies. Let’s look at the facts: 1) Entry into group homes and foster-family agencies is controlled by the county and courts; 2) rates are set by the state; 3) rates have not increased for five years; and 4) the county’s average costs are increasing because of a changing, more difficult client mix, not higher pay for providers. – Bruce Saltzer Executive director Association of Community Human Service Agencies160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_img1 CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAM!Aston Villa v Arsenal in the Premier League is available to live stream on talkSPORT today, Sunday December 13 2015.*  Aston Villa have gone 14 games without a win, the longest run without a victory in their league history (1888-present day).*  Arsenal have lost just two of their last 14 Premier League away games (W10 D2 L2).*  Aston Villa have earned more points away from home against Arsenal (20) than they have at home (18) in the Premier League era.*  Aston Villa have won none of their last eight Barclays Premier League games at Villa Park (D2 L6).*  Eight consecutive home games without a victory equals Aston Villa’s longest ever run in the league set in March 1921 and matched in October 1987.*  Arsenal have lost none of their last 16 Premier League visits to Villa Park (W9 D7). Only three teams have ever enjoyed better runs of away results in Football League history (Liverpool at Sunderland – 20 games, Man Utd at Aston Villa – 20 games, Chelsea at Spurs – 17 games).*  Petr Cech has kept 168 clean sheets in the Premier League – just one behind the all-time leading goalkeeper in this category, David James (169).*  Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last four appearances against Aston Villa in all competitions and has currently scored 49 goals in the Premier League.*  Since he first became a regular in the Aston Villa side at the start of 2012-13, Brad Guzan has conceded more goals in the Premier League than any other goalkeeper (202).*  Mesut Ozil has both scored and assisted in his last two Premier League appearances against Aston Villa. Only against Everton (4 – one goal, three assists) has he had a hand in as many goals as he has against Villa (4 – two goals, two assists). Aston Villa v Arsenal live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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first_imgGrace Ann from Kilmacrennan, loves working with clients on their brand, web & marketing campaigns.She is passionate about what she does and has clients throughout Ireland, north and south.She makes any business look good online & offline. See for yourself by visiting her website www.graceannconsultancy.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/GraceAnnConsultancy. What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?It has to be Gartan, Glenveagh and Ards. The most spectacular walks & scenery in the whole of Donegal and they are only 10-20 minutes away from my doorstep. Peace & Tranquility at it’s best. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?That it could be accessible to more people from outside the county. If I were to do a survey I’d say half the country’s population have never visited Donegal. They don’t know what they are missing.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I couldn’t pick just one, there are so many, my entire family and my great friends and business friends…. Encouraging and positive attitudes all the way….Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Well I have to say both are fantastic ambassadors for Donegal and have contributed so much to our county. How could you choose ?….What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? Let’s  be positive and look to the future….. Sunday fortnight at Croke Park.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?This week we saw the great loss of a lovely genuine man who has created employment in Donegal over the years for nearly 5000 people… Frank Grimes of the 4 Lanterns Restaurants.What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Donegal has so many Made in Donegal Products & Crafts, if you have ever visited the Donegal Designer Makers craft fairs then you will see what I mean.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Daniel O’Donnell it has to be, sure isn’t he loved everywhere in the world….Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?There are so many, but I have to say that Gerry Robinson is a great inspiration for the county. If you havn’t visited Oakfield Park in Raphoe then you really should.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given amongst so many others….What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?The Lemon Tree.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles for me….Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?Gabrielle McMonagle, Gabrielle’s Diary it has to be…What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Not a bother”…..  that’s me, nothing’s a bother…Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Without a doubt. Positive thinking…… hard work always pays off.What is your favourite Donegal food?Donegal Salmon.Is  there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or it’s people?Absolutely nothing, I love Donegal and the people who live here. They are genuine people.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?It most certainly would be to open up the biggest “Donegal” Theme Park and invite all those who are passionate about the county to promote their products and services. A McDaid’s Football Special Theme Park comes to mind and would certainly draw the crowds from all over the world. What do you think Edward ?You can visit her website www.graceannconsultancy.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/GraceAnnConsultancy.MY DONEGAL….WITH BRAND, MARKETING AND ONLINE GURU GRACE ANN DOWNEY was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MARKETING AND ONLINE GURU GRACE ANN DOWNEYMY DONEGAL….WITH BRANDlast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to the Fanatik newspaper, both Galatasaray and Besiktas are keen on striking a deal for the forward and are set to go head-to-head in a bid to land him in January.The report further claims that Besiktas are ready to table a loan move for Origi with an option-to-buy clause inserted within the deal.Liverpool’s fierce rivals Everton have also been tracking Origi and this latest news could spur the Toffees into action ahead of the January window. REVEALED Origi’s Liverpool career has gone downhill Liverpool misfit Divock Origi is set to be offered a career lifeline by Turkish giants Besiktas.The 23-year-old has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Anfield and he is yet to make an appearance this season. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST RANKED LIVING THE DREAM 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Origi, who spent the last campaign on loan at Wolfsburg, was given the option to leave Liverpool in the summer but turned down the opportunity to fight for his place at the Reds.However, things have seemingly not worked out for the Belgium international and he is once again mulling over his future.last_img read more

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first_img10 July 2006The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5-million mark for the first time in 2006, according to a new study by technology research firm World Wide Worx.“PC Users in South Africa 2006”, a study of the installed base of computers in South Africa, shows that the 4.5-million mark was reached at the end of 2005, and it is expected to grow by 17% to 5.3-million by the end of 2006.Conducted by Kirsty Laschinger and Arthur Goldstuck, the study moved beyond conventional counting of computer sales to establish how long PCs, laptops and servers remain in use once they are in the market, and how many are in active use.According to World Wide Worx, this has provided a clear picture of the size of the PC user base in South Africa for the first time.“We found that PCs have a life span ranging 3 to 6 years, while laptop computers tend to be used for only up to three years,” says Laschinger, who interviewed most of the country’s major PC manufacturers and distributors for the project.‘Second life’ for old PCs“It was an eye-opener how many vendors of computers expect all users to replace their PCs every two to three years, when the reality is many users ‘sweating their assets’ to get maximum value from the purchase.”The result, according to the study, is that booming sales in PCs means not only more people than ever before using new PCs, but also that PCs already in the field will remain in use for a longer period, further boosting the user base.However, this trend may change once laptop computers overtake desktop PCs in popularity – a real possibility in the coming year or two.“Laptop computers cannot be upgraded as easily or as cheaply as desktop PCs, so they have a shorter useful life,” says Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “You can upgrade a PC bought more than five years ago to accommodate current software, but it’s unlikely you could do that with most laptops.“The result is that old laptops are more likely to be discarded than passed on, while old PCs are more likely to have a second life once the user upgrades.”Factors driving growthThe net result, according to the study, is that booming laptop sales will not have the same cumulative effect on the total user base as do PC sales. Nevertheless, growth will continue, but at a slower pace, in subsequent years.Factors that will drive this growth, according to World Wide Worx, include:Continued strong economic growth;The emergence of the black middle class;Improved education levels, including computer literacy;The evolution of the distribution channel;Improved affordability of PCs, both as a result of cheaper product and new financing options;Convergence of voice and data;Technology improvements; andDemand for more server/storage capability to meet higher levels of corporate governance requirements.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showIn 2015 Ohio’s lawmakers passed a bill that prohibits dredged materials from Lake Erie harbors or any other navigation maintenance activities to be deposited into the lake after June, 30, 2020. Called “open lake dumping,” that’s been the acceptable disposal method for uncontaminated siltation and other dredgings. With a five-year compliance window about to close, that option is about to change.The impact of the new dredging regs will be greatest on the eight commercial ports along Ohio’s Lake Erie shorelines, where the US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the harbors that require regular dredging to maintain commercial traffic and recreational boaters and anglers enjoy the benefits. However, most of Ohio’s private and public small boat harbors and marinas along Lake Erie also require periodic dredging. As with the Corp’s commercial operations, those dredged materials have always been allowed to be put back in Lake Erie. But beginning 2020, those materials must be contained on an adjacent land site or trucked out to an upland containment area, increasing dramatically the dredging costs for marinas large and small.On the up-side, some of the commercial harbors are looking at the feasibility of a dredge-to-soil project, placing the material on an area that allows it to drain, after which it would be removed, blended and offered for sale as topsoil. Other options include the creation of a nearby “marsh land” which could become habitat for plants, animals and birds.So, if you witness lots of dredging activity in your favorite Lake Erie marina this season, and an increase in launch and dockages fees to follow, you’ll know why. Free boating training offeredSpeaking of boating, the United States Power Squadrons, now known as “America’s Boating Club,” has been promoting and educating safe boating for more than a century. The Columbus Sail and Power Squadron unit has a memorial educational fund established by one of its members to cover the costs of the upcoming class to earn the Ohio Boat Operators license, required of boaters born in 1982 or later who operate a boat with a motor of 10 hp or greater. Sign up is first come-first served at the web site for the 8-hour training program that will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the organization’s north Columbus facility. Students will learn everything needed to safely operate a power boat and will be tested on their knowledge at the end of the day to earn the Ohio Boat Operator License. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft officer will provide training for State of Ohio requirements, and topics include safety equipment, navigation rules and aids, finding your way, lines and knots for every-day boating, trailering, anchoring, communications afloat, lights and sound signals. For more information and to register for the free class, visit: cspsboater.orgFree frigid digit fishing instructionA free ice fishing clinic will be offered by the ODNR on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery, 10517 Canal Rd, in Hebron. Experts from the Ohio Division of Wildlife will discuss topics such as ice fishing planning and preparation, equipment use, and safety. Demonstrations and hands-on fishing opportunities in the field are planned, conditions permitting. Some equipment is available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own ice fishing gear. A fishing license will be required for participants 16 years of age and older and licenses must be obtained prior to the event. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as portions of this workshop will be held entirely outdoors.The workshop is free but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 614-644-3925 or email Derek.klein@dnr.state.oh.us to register. You must provide your customer I.D. number found on your fishing license when registering for this clinic. To read more about ice fishing in Ohio, visit wildohio.gov. Wecker named Chief of Wildlife DivisionODNR Director Mary Mertz has selected Kendra Wecker as Chief of the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. Wecker has more than 25 years of experience working for the division building programs and partnerships that have helped shape Ohio’s conservation efforts. She becomes the first female Chief of the Division of Wildlife and began her assignment on Jan. 20.Wecker has advised numerous ODNR Division of Wildlife chiefs and other senior staff on legislative issues for all aspects of hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports. She has worked on many large projects affecting Ohioans, including commercial fishing regulations, Sunday hunting and improved shooting ranges.As chief of the division, Wecker will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including issues related to wildlife law enforcement, fish and wildlife research and management, promoting and establishing regulations related to wildlife recreation including hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching, as well as the responsible management and investment of funds generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and related equipment.Wecker was the wildlife diversity coordinator for almost 20 years before becoming the information and education executive administrator in 2016. In both roles she worked with outside organizations on outdoor public education programs, advised multiple chiefs on important topics, managed research project budgets totaling over $1 million, and coordinated legislative issues for the division. During her tenure she has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Wildlife Conservationist of the Year from the League of Ohio Sportsmen. According to the state agency, the Ohio State University graduate enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting with her family.Former Division of Wildlife Chief Mike Miller will stay within ODNR as acting law enforcement administrator for Parks and Watercraft. Miller served the ODNR Division of Wildlife for a year and a half, helping to bolster law enforcement capabilities and create the multi-year and lifetime licenses for hunting and fishing. New Wildlife Chief Names New AssistantsNew Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker recently announced the appointments of Pete Novotny and Todd Haines as assistant chiefs for the division. Together, Novotny and Haines bring more than 50 years of experience working for the division to their respective positions.Novotny began his career with the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1996 as a wildlife officer, serving Harrison County. He continued working in the division’s law enforcement section until 2015, when he was promoted to manager of the division’s District Three office located in Akron where he led a staff of biologists, wildlife officers, public outreach and business personnel. Since April 2018, he has served as acting assistant chief and administrator of the division’s law enforcement section, overseeing all fisheries, wildlife, law enforcement and district operations. Novotny received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield. He resides in Cadiz with his wife and two sons.Haines began his career with the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1987, working as a wildlife research technician in Oak Harbor. In 1993, he moved to southwest Ohio, working as a management supervisor in the division’s District Five office located in Xenia. Since 2003, Haines has served as the manager of the District Five office, leading local staff, building support with constituents, and supporting hunting and fishing opportunities for the public. Haines received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He resides in Wilmington with his wife, and they have two sons.last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday I published my 4,000th post here at www.thesalesblog.com. Not all of them are written posts. Around 200 of them are YouTube videos we pulled in when I was experimenting with daily video, and another 130 or so are In the Arena podcast episodes. The oldest post goes back to January 2008, long before I understood the medium, and long before I found my voice as a writer.Here is what I have learned:You don’t really know what you know until you decide to start teaching others. The fact that you are sharing something requires you to deepen your learning.Over the course of a decade, you will change your mind. I have often had people point out when I confess that I was wrong about something I have written or published. If you are not changing your mind, you are not growing.If you focus on some topic long enough, you start to find better ways to convey the idea in a way that makes it more helpful to others. Your clarity improves.My carpal tunnel starts at the tip of the middle finger of my right hand and ends at the back of my shoulder. I now wish my teacher hadn’t kicked me out of typing class in 9th grade (I was continually looking at the keys, something I still do). I should have tried a lot harder. I type with two fingers and one thumb for the space bar.I do my best work early in the morning. I spoke to dozens of writers, almost all of whom shared with me that they rise very early to write. That data point convinced me to set my alarm for 5:00 AM instead of 6:30 AM, providing me with a full 90 minutes to write. When I began, a 500-word post took more than an hour. Now it takes less than fifteen minutes.The idea you believe to be less valuable than others is the exact thing someone needs now. The idea you slave over doesn’t get the attention you believe it deserves. The perception of value is in the mind of the person who consumes the idea.If you do anything long enough and with an iron discipline, you will improve. I was a terrible writer when I started and something worse than terrible as an editor. I am marginally better, and with continued effort, I should be good in another ten years.You are an antenna. Ideas come through you if you open yourself up to recognizing them. Cataloging the ideas and banking them for the future is a valuable exercise, even if you don’t publish them.You cannot occupy the space of creator and a critic at the same time. It’s better to separate these two roles, creating without judgment first, and judgment without fear later.We underestimate the incremental. You can stack up results a little at a time, only to look back and realize how much you have accomplished.I have acquired many friends, and some of my closest, friends through the blog, Including Seth Godin, who provided the model and inspired me to write daily, and someone I call my mentor.Most of all, I learned that I am a writer. It isn’t something I do; it’s something I am. When I am not writing, I wish I was writing. If you do consistently long enough, it can become your identity.last_img read more

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