What we learned Wednesday at 49ers: Skule not tapping dad’s FBI resources

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rookie left tackle Justin Skule could know more about you than you know about him.Summoned to fill in for Joe Staley and start in the 49ers home opener Sunday, Skule has a family background that should help him devour scouting reports, specifically those of the upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers.Joshua Skule, Justin’s father, is the FBI’s assistant executive director for intelligence.“We make an effort to talk at least once or twice a week, just to see how things are going,” Justin …last_img read more

Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus again lead the nation for quality programming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus won eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau. The awards celebrate unique, local, volunteer-driven programming and serve as models of innovation for local program development. The winning counties receive a grant to fund participation in the Farm Bureau CAE Showcase at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans in January. AFBF received more than 100 entries across all membership categories, with only 24 activities nationwide being selected to show at the convention.“Once again, Ohio has more CAE winners than any other state,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau director, leadership programming. “We are always proud of the county Farm Bureau programming in Ohio, but we are thrilled to see 11 counties recognized at the American Farm Bureau level.”Ohio’s winners: Belmont County: Veteran’s Salute The county Farm Bureau’s partnership with KFC and a local Ford dealership provided the opportunity to provide a free thank-you dinner to veterans and showcase the Ford member benefit. The county Farm Bureau worked with its local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts to advertise and encourage attendance.Butler, Preble, Hamilton and Montgomery counties: Farm Safety IS a Big Deal The program provided a well-rounded education about Farm Safety to three age levels. Topics included SMV (slow moving vehicle) and SIS (speed indicator sign) signs, teenagers operating tractors, riding ATVs safely and more. The counties developed a plan to encourage elementary students to learn about farm safety by using a county designed AgMag. Volunteers spoke to high school students and reached out to local farmers to post Caution Farm Equipment signs on roadways that experience large farm equipment traffic.Fayette County: Celebrity Chef Competition A local Celebrity Chef competition highlighted the county’s Farm to Fork Dinner. Local chefs participated in a fun competition to show their recipe development skills and cooking abilities. The chefs received a list of seasonal produce available from local growers and requested the produce they needed. At the dinner, chefs showcased their restaurant and dish, interacted with guests and talked about their dishes. The winning chef received a plaque and the winning recipe will be used on the event promotional materials for next year.Jefferson County: ChickQuest Using curriculum developed by Ohio State University, Farm Bureau volunteers placed egg incubators in 3rd grade classrooms throughout the county. Volunteers visited each classroom several times and carried out STEM experiments. Students learned about the life cycle of chickens, and the composition and attributes of an egg and cared for the chicks for 3-5 days. As a result of this program, over 800 students in 33 classrooms throughout 14 elementary schools were exposed to hands on STEM and ag education at no cost to the schools.Lucas County: Nutrient Management Meeting The Nutrient Management Meeting brought farmers, researchers and educators together to better understand the agriculture impact on water quality. The meeting demonstrated that the county Farm Bureau wanted to encourage farmers to have access to and use information about best management practices and enhanced production systems. This activity positioned the county Farm Bureau as a resource for water quality issues.Noble County: Ag School Days 4th grade students were invited from two counties to the event at an area research farm hosted by SWCDs. Farm Bureau presented a program on corn for all 800 students. A popcorn popper was set up and students tasted samples as they learned about the varieties of corn and its many uses. American Farm Bureau’s AgMag on corn was distributed to all of the students.Pike County: Rural Family Safety Day The event informed the public of the importance of various safety challenges that are faced everyday. Farm Bureau partnered with the local Extension office, SWCD, the county sheriff, county fire departments and a local insurance agency to present displays and demonstrations that covered multiple safety topics including sun protection, ATVs, food, animals and rural crime. A second day of the event hosted 30 first responders from nine local fire departments who received training on grain bin rescues.Wood County: Crafting Cocktails with Herbs The spring event took place at a local greenhouse. The greenhouse owner explained the tools needed to grow a successful herb garden. Guests learned from a mixologist who demonstrated how to use herbs in cocktails. Attendees selected and potted herbs to take home. The county Farm Bureau gained new members, expanded knowledge and awareness about horticulture and agriculture, promoted a local ag business and encouraged growth in the industry.last_img read more

Avoiding Clients That Avoid Responsibility

first_imgMy company had failed to keep the promise we had made. We promised our client that we would do something, it didn’t get done, and it put their business at risk. As soon as I discovered that our internal audit showed we didn’t do something we were obligated to do, I picked up the phone and called my client.I said, “We just did an audit, and I discovered we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. It’s a problem for you, and I need to fix it.” After my client asked a few questions, he said, “Well, we share some of the blame here. We should have done something different on our end.”I protested, “This was 100% our fault. I am taking responsibility. I just need you to make a call to tell your team what I am doing.” He promised to make the call, and to talk to his team about what they might do to help.Honestly, his team did nothing wrong. But this client was a terrific, mature, relationship-minded person. In every case, when there was a problem, he tried to find a way to help make an improvement from his side, even when it wasn’t necessary. He assumed good intentions. From our side, we did the same. We assumed that his team had good intentions when something went wrong on their end. Then we worked together to see how we might help to make things better. This made for an exceptional–and exceptionally productive–relationship.You’ve been taught to look for dissatisfaction, the gap in your prospective client’s performance that would be enough to cause them to change. And that’s good advice. But there are some prospective clients who will bash their current provider, the provider before them, and every provider they have worked with right up to the moment of your meeting. None of your competitors have been good enough, but this prospect tells you that he knows that you are the kind of person that can help them. He tells you how impressed he is that you understand them, their business, and their challenges. And once you take their business, you will very quickly be added to the long list of terrible people and terrible companies that failed them.The very best opportunities and the very best clients are always willing to accept their responsibility to make changes on their end. And it’s very likely that the very changes that you need them to make are the same ones that would have allowed the company you competitively displaced to succeed, had they helped the client to make the changes.You have to pick up your end of the stick. But you can’t make lasting change holding your end of the stick with the other end planted in the ground. Your dream client has to pick up their end of the stick.last_img read more

As Final Four nears, La Salle sets sight on No. 2, twice-to-beat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle has found itself in a lopsided race in chasing league-leader Ateneo for the No.1 seed of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, but that doesn’t mean the defending champion will just bow down.The Lady Spikers, who are seeking a fourth straight title, are just pacing themselves for the tougher fight ahead—the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT NY police arrest fan who attacked wrestler at WWE event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Setter Michelle Cobb said they’re not thinking of the standings that much and the more important thing for them, apart form the championship, is getting that No. 2 seed that will still give them a twice-to-beat advantage come the semifinals.“We don’t really think f the standings that much because our goal is to get one game at a time and as long as we’re in the top two we can get that twice-to-beat advantage,” sad Cobb after the Lady Spikers swept Adamson University 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think getting that No. 2 spot is a big thing for us.”La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus, the owner of all of the Lady Spikers’ 11 titles, shared the same sentiment as Cobb and that he’d rather look at who they will face in the semis if they finish No. 2. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid La Salle improved to 8-3 after beating the Lady Falcons to tighten its grip of the second spot while the Lady Eagles pushed their winning streak to 10 games and their 10-1 card puts them two games above the Lady Spikers.Ateneo also clinched a Final Four spot and moved a win away from gaining twice-to-beat.“What’s important for us is to get that no.2 spot in the standings because getting that no.1 seed is near impossible,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “I just want to know who we’re facing and who we’ll have to go through.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Kentucky Injury Makes NCAA Basketball Championship a True TossUp

I have a longstanding grievance with the term “toss-up.” It implies an outcome that resembles the toss of a fair coin, one whose prospects are about 50-50. But in political contexts, the term is sometimes applied far too liberally. Any reasonably competitive race is a “toss-up.” On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, for example, Karl Rove described 12 states as “toss-ups,” including Wisconsin and Nevada, where Mitt Romney had not led a poll in months. (Rove nevertheless seemed to be surprised by the election’s outcome.)Poker players use a related term, “coin flip,” to describe certain hands that get all-in before the flop. Big edges are hard to come by in poker, and so poker players are more precise in their use of probabilistic language. Even so, there is some slack; a matchup between a pair of queens and an ace and king of different suit is often described as a “coin flip,” even though the queens have a 57-43 edge.But Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship game? It really is a toss-up, at least according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model, which gives Connecticut a 50.1 percent chance of winning and Kentucky a 49.9 percent chance.You may have noticed that our odds changed since Saturday’s national semifinals. (You can find a complete archive of updates to our projections here). Right after Kentucky beat Wisconsin, we had the Wildcats as a 55 percent favorite to beat Connecticut.But Kentucky’s chances dropped slightly with the news that Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky’s starting center, will miss the championship game. Our model adjusts for injuries, accounting for the value of individual players through a formula derived from Sports-Reference win shares. Cauley-Stein was the Wildcats’ fourth most valuable player, according to that system. His loss can obviously be overcome — Kentucky beat Wisconsin and Michigan without Cauley-Stein. But Kentucky’s edge against Connecticut was so narrow to begin with that the news was enough to tip the odds to 50-50.Las Vegas still had the Wildcats favored by 2.5 points as of late Sunday night. I’m a bit curious as to why. Las Vegas odds usually track computer ratings closely, and Connecticut and Kentucky are about even in most computer systems based on their resumes this season. But those systems assume both teams are at full strength.One reason may be the perception that Kentucky is simply the more talented team. I wouldn’t dispute that. (The FiveThirtyEight model’s way of accounting for a team’s talent is by looking at its preseason ranking, and Kentucky was No. 1 in the preseason. That’s one reason the model was more bullish on the Wildcats than the seeding committee.) On the other hand, if the perception is that Kentucky has been the hotter team, I’m not sure that’s true. Both teams have overcome exceptionally tough draws to reach the championship, but Connecticut has been more emphatic while doing so, winning by an average of 8.2 points so far in the tournament as compared to 3.6 for Kentucky.In fact, Kentucky’s streak of close wins could be historic. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the team to win the championship by the lowest aggregate scoring margin was Villanova that year. Villanova outscored its opponents by just 30 points combined over six wins (five points per game). Kentucky will break that record if it beats Connecticut by 11 points or fewer. read more

Crossing borders

first_imgDastkar re-opens its Nature Bazaar venue at Andheria Modh after the monsoon break with an exciting South Asian Bazaar. Craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Afghanistan come together with their Indian counterparts to share and showcase talents, techniques, and products. Threads and textures of diverse crafts and textiles – binding and bringing us together. Craft is a unique strength that Asian countries share. A centuries-old common cultural heritage of extraordinary weaving, embroidery, block printing, leather and metal work, wood carving, basketry, and terracotta traditions connects us together at a time when politics and land and water disputes seek to divide us. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar  in association with Delhi Tourism is a coming together of these common strands – a meeting and celebration of skillsets, traditions, and people. Pakistani ajrakh block printing, and leatherwork will find matching echoes with that of craftspeople from Rajasthan and Kutch, while women phulkari, jisti, and suf embroiderers from Punjab and Barmer will counter those from Sind and Afghanistan. Shibori tiedye and indigo dying from Bangladesh will vie with Indian bandini and laheria. Kantha and sozni embroidery link both countries, but each has its own characteristic style and motif tradition. The basketry and intricate backstrap weaving of Bhutan, literally ‘embroidery on the loom,’ has resonances with that of Assam and the North East, while Indian ikat and Bangladesh jamdani weaving will display the intricacy and skill of other handloom weaving traditions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmbroidered, punched and cutwork leather is a specialty of both Punjab andRajasthan, and juthi makers from across the borders meet and compete. Each country and region shares a common heritage of amazing and varied craft traditions, with each region and community developing its own unique skill directory and identity. Come discover the richness and diversity of South Asian Crafts. The Dastkar South Asian Bazaar is a small but colourful window to our neighbouring world and its hand crafts and culture. Workshops on design, marketing, and product development, will provide a forum for sharing expertise and experiences, and food, dance and music will add their own magic to the ambience. Dastkar is a society for crafts and craftspeople that aims at improving the economic status of craftspeople, thereby promoting the survival of traditional crafts.  It was founded in 1981 by six women who worked in the craft and development sector, including Laila Tyabji who is the current Chairperson.Dastkar strongly believes in ‘craft’ as a social, cultural and economic force that despite being marginalized due to urbanization and industrialization has the strength and potential to play a vital role within the economic mainstream of the country.The crux of Dastkar’s programme is to help craftspeople, especially women, to use their own traditional craft skills as a means of employment, income generation and economic self-sufficiency. Dastkar guides the process of developing a craft – from identifying the skill and creating awareness of its potential, in both craftsperson and consumer, to developing, designing, costing and then marketing the product, and finally suggesting the proper usages and investment of the income generated. The objective is to make craftspeople self-reliant, independent of both the commercial middleman and of organisations like Dastkar, by allowing them to market and sell contemporary products directly, and not simply subsist through subsidised craft. Craft skills range from textile based craft producer groups to terracotta. The product ranges developed include garments and accessories, home furnishings, toys, stationery and objects d’art.Dastkar ensures that the end product is competitive, not just in its worthiness of purpose or the neediness of its producer, but in cost utility and aesthetic – a consumer does not buy out of compassion!As groups become self-sufficient, Dastkar directs its support to new groups and assists them in their growth. Presently, Dastkar provides a range of support services including skills upgradation, design workshops and training in production and management to several of the 350 plus craftgroups it works with from across most Indian states. All groups benefit from the marketing activities Dastkar undertakes through the organisation of its regular Bazaars and exhibitions.These Dastkar Bazaars and exhibitions, where artisans sell their products directly to the customers, expose craftspeople to the market and give them a firsthand knowledge of customer tastes and market trends. Dastkar also holds an export licence, thus enabling it to also provide an alternative international market for craftspeople.Apart from the support services and craft development consultancies Dastkar provides to its own family of producer groups, it is also regularly asked to provide evaluation and consultancy services to other government, non-government and international agencies.last_img read more