Southland to Host First-Ever Academic Symposium

first_imgFRISCO, Texas — The Southland Conference hosts dozens of meetings throughout the year, including annual coaches’ meetings focused on each of its 17 sports, as well as athletic directors and presidents coming together to discuss the 13-member conference as it pertains to athletic competition. This week, the league is hosting a gathering of a different sort by welcoming 60 individuals to Frisco from its campuses for a first-ever Southland Academic Symposium.Participants work in a variety of roles on campus, including compliance, athletic academic services, faculty athletic representatives, registrars, provosts, and senior women’s administrators (SWAs).It begins with a Southland compliance administrators meeting Wednesday followed by a group dinner. The group reconvenes bright and early Thursday for a jam-packed series of meetings.Eric Brey and DeAnna Wiley from the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs team will lead an “APR Bootcamp” – a day-long discussion on Academic Progress Rate (APR) and revenue distribution garnered by academic achievement. Distribution models are determined individually by each of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences, including the Southland.”The Southland’s inaugural Academic Symposium will focus on the NCAA’s Academic Distribution Plan, with the first distribution coming in June 2020,” says Southland Associate Commissioner for Compliance Services Thomas Samuel. “We believe this is a timely topic to discuss with our membership and expect this will be a worthwhile program for everyone attending.”The agenda also includes risk assessment, an exercise in data analytics and an action planning session that is followed by a Q&A.The meeting’s concept stems from the “Southland Standard” Strategic Plan that was enacted last year. The plan was developed by the Advisory Council and approved by the Board of Directors. It defines and clarifies the league’s vision, mission and core values.The Southland membership includes 13 schools in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, boasting more than 4,200 student-athletes. Headquartered in Frisco, the league was founded in Dallas in 1963.last_img read more

Head-turners Mendez, Kilgroe relish challenge in Cobra Ironman 70.3

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “It’s going to be a good race. I’m just enjoying these stuff,” said Mendez.Kim Kilgroe. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKilgroe, meanwhile, wants nothing but to improve her standing after finishing 10th in the female elite division last year.“I just want to come away from this race a little faster, a little fitter and just give it everything I have,” she said.The Fil-Am beauty made her professional debut last year in Cebu, finishing the exhausting swim-bike-run course in 4:51:10.Given another crack at Ironman 70.3,  Kilgroe wants to represent the country loud and proud against fancied counterparts in the race.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Mauricio Mendez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Heads are sure to turn when Mauricio Mendez and Kim Kilgroe pass by.And one couldn’t be blamed, especially with their stunning looks.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I’m feeling good,” said the 27-year-old. “I’m excited to be back here racing with amazing athletes. I’m grateful to be with these kind of caliber athletes in racing, and I’m proud to represent my heritage. It’s an exciting weekend for me and I’m looking forward to it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH bet Torres chokes out Ishige for debut win in ONE But more than their pretty face, both Mendez and Kilgroe are killer triathletes and they are raring to make their mark in their respective fields in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday here.Shifting from the grueling Xterra races to the equally endurance-testing Ironman 70.3, Mendez believes that there won’t be much of an adjustment for him as he joins a loaded field in the Cebu tilt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’ve been doing triathlon since I was 10 years old and I grew up doing this,” said the 2016 Xterra world champion. “There’s just excitement and motivation coming from it. It’s my true passion. What I love the most is combining all those kinds of things, the skills in off-roads and testing my endurance. It’s great.”But the 21-year-old Mexican runner couldn’t hide his excitement as he tests his mettle against some of the world’s best. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Have Health Workers’ Leaders Been Reinstated?

first_imgDespite a stern order issued Acting Minister of Health & Social Welfare, Matthew K. Flomo, by the plenary of the Liberian Senate instructing his Ministry to reinstate dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL), credible information received by this paper indicates that the two are still out of jobs.NHWAL President Joseph Tamba and Secretary General George Williams were among 22 health workers declared dismissed by Health & Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, during a nation-wide go slow by health workers.hrough the intervention of the Senate and the Liberian Council of Churches and other national institutions, an agreement was reached during which Minister Gwenigale agreed after hours of meeting with some Senators at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, to reinstate all those dismissed, including the two leaders.The Minister reinstated 20 health workers, leaving out the leadership, a decision which prompted the Senate to invite him to appear before the plenary. But due to the absence of the Minister out of in the country, Acting Minister Flomo was invited to the Senate, and in a strong-worded mandate he was given 72 hours to reinstate the two leaders. The Senate further mandated the Ministry to ensure that the two leaders be given all benefits enjoyed prior to their dismissal.During that hearing last Tuesday, Deputy Minister Flomo informed the Senators that the decision by Minister Gwenigale to reinstate 20 of the 22 dismissed health workers and leaving out the president and his secretary general was as a result of their role in the health workers go slow.“The Minister of Health formally wrote the two individuals informing them of their permanent dismissal from the Ministry; a copy of that communication was served the Civil Service Agency (CSA). As I stand here now I may not be in the position to tell you exactly the reason why the Minister has not been able to reinstate the two persons in question,” Acting Minister Flomo stated.Meanwhile, responding to a query on Tuesday from a Senator as to whether the health workers had been reinstated as Health Ministry was mandated by plenary, Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley promised to address the plenary concerning that issue. Up to press time Tuesday, it was not known whether Senator Findley updated his colleagues during their executive session which followed immediately after Tuesday’s plenary session.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Liverpool confirm Mohamed Salah signing from Roma

first_imgLiverpool have announced the signing of winger Mohamed Salah from Roma on a five-year deal.Liverpool have finally kick-started their summer recruitment drive in earnest after completing a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.The Egypt international has signed a five-year contract for a fee Press Association Sport understands is in the region of 39million euros, including add-ons, and the current exchange rate means that would work out at £34.3million – a sum just not quite enough to break the club-record £35million paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.Salah was a long-term target of the club, who previously tried to sign him three years ago when they were pipped by Chelsea, and current manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to add more pace to his side.The club had a £28million offer turned down earlier this month but after finalising terms with the Serie A club on Wednesday, Salah travelled to Merseyside to complete his medical and sign his contract. The Egyptian international completed his medical at the club’s Melwood training ground 1 “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy,” he told“I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100 per cent to win something.“Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”Salah, who scored 29 goals in 65 appearances in Italy, will wear the number 11 shirt after previous incumbent Roberto Firmino switched to number nine.“Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us,” Klopp said.“He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad.“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.“Most important though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further.“He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters.“He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”Klopp has already signed England’s Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke after his contract expired with Chelsea, with a fee likely to be decided by a tribunal, but the plan is for him to start in the Under-23s side.While Salah will be the second arrival of the summer there are a number of players surplus to requirements and Liverpool have already turned down an £11m bid for out-of-favour left-back Alberto Moreno from Napoli.The Italian side are expected to return with an improved offer but face competition from two Premier League clubs and his former club Sevilla. 👋— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 22, 2017last_img read more


first_imgAccording to the National Inspection Plan for domestic Wastewater Treatment systems, the government will target non registered septic tanks first.This unexpected announcement is hoped to get more people to register after only 185,000 availed of the €5 offer which expired on the 30th of September.Now homeowners have to pay the normal €50 fee to register their septic tank by February 1st 2013. This means that more than 300,000 homeowners will have to pay the increased charge. Failure to register can result in a maximum fine of €5,000. According to The National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems “Registration Inspections – It is proposed that inspection of non registered DWWTS (Decentralised Waste Water Treatment Systems) will take precedence over registered systems initially. It is envisaged that each WSA will undertake inspections of non-registered properties within their functional area. Appropriate enforcement action shall be pursued by WSAs in respect of homeowners who fail to comply with the registration process.”Denis Sheridan of DS Environmental Services adds “It is difficult to know if this approach will urge homeowners to register as they are already fed up with the bully tactics by the Department of Environmental. There is a lot of misinformation on the new septic tank regulations and we recently added accurate information to our website so people can make an informed decision.”.Tanks can be registered online at, at local authority offices or by post. Forms can be collected at council offices, libraries or Citizens Information Centres and sent to Protect Our Water, PO Box 12204, Dublin 7.For more information see GOVERNMENT TO TARGET NON REGISTERED SEPTIC TANKS FIRST was last modified: October 4th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:DS Environmental ServicesNational Inspection Planwastewaterlast_img read more

Don’t Be an Order Taker

first_imgDon’t believe that because your bottom-feeder competitor sells by having the lowest (or a lower) price means being competitive requires you to match or beat their price. This is not selling; it is the opposite of selling. Selling is the creation of value worth paying for, not helping your prospective clients take money out of their solution and underinvest (if the investment they are making now could produce the result they needed, it would already be doing so).Don’t believe that your product is the sum total of the value you create, believing that it needs to be so good as to eliminate all competition. This is the approach of someone who struggles to sell because they don’t create enough value to be a large part of the value proposition. Avoiding being a value creator and hoping the product does the work of selling is also the opposite selling.Don’t believe or behave as if marketing is supposed to generate your leads and that those leads are supposed to be “ready-to-buy.” The idea that marketing is going to cause your dream clients to beat a path to your door is expecting too much from their effort, and it is completely unrealistic. There is no reason to suspect that you should succeed in sales by sitting back and waiting for deals to come to you through someone else’s efforts.There is a difference between being likable and the need to be liked. Your dream client needs someone with the chops to help them produce better results, and that means candor and the willingness to engage with the difficult parts of helping people change. The need to be liked manifests as fear and avoidance of difficult issues. This too is the behavior of an order-taker.You cannot be both an order-taker and value creator. You must pick a lane here. The decision to engage in what is difficult makes selling easier. A decision to avoid it means you are irrelevant. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

JD(U), RJD engage in ‘picture war’

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) on Friday released a picture of Opposition leader and former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav with a girl and a bottle of liquor in the background, leading to a mudslinging match between the rival parties. This is apparently in retaliation for the picture released by Mr. Tejaswai on Wednesday of an accused in a hooch tragedy sitting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his official residence. “You all can see the so-called Bihar youth icon and former deputy CM’s photograph. We wonder about this colour of Tejaswi Yadav… is this the sanskar (values) he has imbibed from his father Lalu Prasad?”asked all three JD(U) spokespersons Sanjay Sigh, Neeraj Kumar and Nikhil Mandal, while addressing media persons at the party’s office in Patna. In a quick reaction, Mr. Tejaswi admitted that he did not know the girl although he was in the picture. “The picture was taken when I was not into politics and playing IPL matches in Delhi. Perhaps it was at a party thrown during an IPL match. Can anyone say what is objectionable about the picture? Is this not a character assassination of a girl,” he asked, addressing media persons. Some RJD leaders told The Hindu that the photograph was taken in 2010 and had gone viral on social media earlier. “In fact, it all has come out from the JD(U) in reaction to our expose on Nitish Kumar’s the carefully cultivated image… we released the photograph of him sitting with a hooch tragedy accused in his drawing room in dry Bihar,” Mr. Tejaswi charged. Case fileChief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier said at a public function that he was unaware of the background of hooch tragedy accused. His party leader Rakesh Singh had visited his residence along with a retired school principal from Bhojpur, Mr. Kumar said. JD(U) later expelled Mr. Singh from the party.last_img read more

Mixed response to cancellation of students’ union elections

first_imgThe Odisha government’s decision to cancel the annual students’ union elections in the current year in colleges and universities has evoked a mixed response across the State.Several student organisations staged protests on Friday after the Higher Education Department issued a notification on Thursday. While ABVP has opposed the decision, NSUI, AISF and SFI termed the decision undemocratic. The decision has been welcomed by many students and the students’ wing of the BJD, saying that it will prevent law and order situation and violence during the elections.last_img read more


first_img“Were hoping to have some meetings next month where we “Were hoping to have some meetings next month where we get everyone together to talk a bit more about it. The pleasing thing is theres some genuine momentum here on this and strong alignment and will to make some meaningful decisions. Everyone is firmly of the view that doing nothing around the structure is not an option, and about building more context around international bilateral competition,” Sutherland said. The models being currently discussed will include a certain weighing for the value of each countrys overseas rights, meaning that the likes of India, Australia and England will still get a share somewhat proportionate to their financial contribution. “The share of the revenues will still be somewhat proportionate one way or the other to the contribution. If one country, India for example, their contribution to that total pie is greater than someone else theyll get a benefit from that in a proportional sense,” Sutherland clarified. “But what it should allow is for other countries, who arent as strong or dont have as much power and are effectively selling their rights in competition against other countries, to be a part of a bundle that helps increase the value by virtue of context and structure that they wouldnt have otherwise been able to achieve,” he added. PTI CM ATK ATKlast_img read more

Samsung Z2 quick review: This can be your first smartphone

first_imgHere’s a quick question. How many of you are still using a feature phone? You know, the no-nonsense, physical num pad-toting gadgets, most of which have insanely long battery life. There are quite a many I believe. I have one myself. Always keep one on standby, should the world be coming to end anytime soon. There may be many a feature phone users still, but, I am sure there are some (maybe more) feature phone users who have been looking to take a plunge into the world of smartphones. What’s stopping them, you ask? Also Read: Samsung Z2 launched in India at Rs 4,590, comes with Jio 4G free offer Well, for one, smartphones are complicated pieces of technology. Of course their level of complexity would vary from one person to another, but, at the end of the day, most feature phone users would need some hand-holding to get to know their first smartphone. Then, there is the issue of pricing. Most smartphones cost more in comparison to what someone would pay for a decent feature phone. Samsung believes its newly launched Z2 smartphone can kill both the birds with the same stone. And it does. One, it is based on Tizen operating system, which frankly speaking is one of the most easy to decipher operating systems out there, and second, it costs just Rs 4,590.At its low price, specs don’t matter. What matters is, it’s a Samsung phone and it’s relatively easy to use, easier than its Android-based Galaxy J phones. And that’s what it is here for. To be your first feature phone replacement, or perhaps, even a secondary phone that you can use to manage your Facebook account, or maybe WhatsApp someone. You don’t even have to buy a new SIM. The Z2 comes pre-bundled with Reliance Jio 4G Preview scheme out-of-the-box which means, you can get yourself a free Jio 4G SIM with free unlimited access to Jio’s Digital Life — HD voice call, HD video call, apps, data and SMS — for 90 days along with the phone.Speaking of which, the Samsung Z2 is among the cheapest 4G LTE-capable smartphones in the Indian market right now. It is VoLTE-ready. And it supports OTG. Checks quite a few value-for-money boxes, the Z2. The fact that it is a Samsung phone is just the icing on the cake. Why I keep stressing on this fact, is that for a first-time smartphone buyer, brand value and brand recall are two very important parameters. It helps, a lot, if it’s a top-tier brand, like Samsung.advertisementThe Z2 is a Tizen-based smartphone. Tizen, for all those of you who haven’t heard, is a fork of Android and is being actively developed (and supported) by companies like Samsung and Intel. Since it is after all a fork of Android, some of operating system’s bits and pieces would seem familiar to those who have used Android before. For others, well, it is simply, Android minus the complex bits. The Z2 is here to be your first feature phone replacement, or perhaps, even a secondary phone that you can use to manage your Facebook account, or maybe WhatsApp someone. You don’t even have to buy a new SIM The Z2 runs Tizen version 2.4. The user interface consists of multiple home screens, and an app drawer that can be accessed by swiping from the bottom up. At any time, your 8 most frequently used apps will rest comfortably on the home screen, towards the bottom end. Even when you pull out the app drawer — that houses all your installed apps — this frequently app window stays put, but moves up to show rest of the apps. You can also manually change apps that show up here. In Android you can manually add custom apps and widgets to the home screen. In Tizen, the operating system does most of that work for you. You know, anyways, you would put your most frequently used apps right where you can see them. In Tizen, these apps are right there on your main screen, always.The control centre — or quick settings panel — is accessed by swiping down from up, much like it is on Android. Samsung has left this bit of the user interface untouched. It’s still similar to how it is on TouchWiz.The apps overview window — or the window that shows your recently opened apps — gets a card-based approach, much like it is in iOS. For first-time users having a card-based apps overview can help lessen confusion since every card is placed independently of the other, instead of the stacked-card overview in the case of stock Android. Moreover, you can also swipe upwards (while you’re in an app) to switch between apps instead of always opening the apps overview panel.advertisementThe Tizen Store is thriving with activity at this point of time, which is nice. But, first time smartphone users would be happy to know that apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Google are readily available. At the end of the day, most users would be looking to check their email, manage social media and instant message friends and family. The Tizen OS on-board the Z2 has these areas well covered. If that wasn’t enough, the phone also gives you quite a few customisation options, courtesy an in-house Styler and Theme store.The Samsung Z2 is a Made in India smartphone. Samsung says that the smartphone has been built from scratch here in India. And much of the new innovations therein have been envisioned and designed inside its India R&D. While Ultra data saving mode and S-Bike mode have become synonymous with almost all of Samsung budget phones, the Z2 includes a few new India-specific features as well. To begin with, the Z2 supports 12 Indian languages. The phone also come pre-bundled with My money transfer app which allows users to check their bank balance, get mini statement and transfer money on the go. According to Samsung, the My money transfer app will allow users to transfer up to Rs 5,000 even without an Internet connection. Speaking of which, the phone also supports offline maps and web pages.Samsung’s Z2 Tizen-phone is an all-plastic phone with a textured back. It comes with a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core Spreadtrum (SC9830) processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel shooter on the rear with LED flashalong with a VGA front-shooter. The phone is backed by a 1,500 mAh capacity which is rated to deliver up to 8 hours of 4G web browsing on single charge.Also Read: Samsung Z2: Key specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to knowNo, these are not groundbreaking specs. And the phone also does not exactly dazzle from a looks point of view. What matters is, whether or not the phone is practical and utilitarian. Most importantly, is it easy to use? The Samsung Z2 manages to tick all these three boxes. No, it won’t kill Samsung’s top-selling J-series, but for a first-time smartphone buyer, the phone definitely offers many useful prospects. Even more so because it can be purchased via both offline and online channels. Offline it will be available exclusively from Paytm though.last_img read more