Sandra Bland’s sisters still demanding answers, fighting ‘outrage fatigue’ in 3 years since her death

first_imgCandice Elle Frank/ABC(NEW YORK) — More than three years after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail after being arrested during a traffic stop, her sisters say they are still searching for critical information about her death.“For us in particular, I think closure is and will always be in far reach,” Sharon Cooper told “The View.” “We don’t have the answers that we need –- and I think the answers would come from the person who’s no longer here to give them to us … my sister.”Cooper and Shanté Needham joined “The View” Tuesday to discuss “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” an HBO documentary about their sister that premieres Dec. 3. Cooper said the family is also trying to fight the “outrage fatigue” many feel about the numerous incidences of violence against black people since Bland’s death.“If you are living while black in America, we know what it feels like to have your life in jeopardy at any given point … we’re fighting to be seen as human,” Cooper said.On July 10, 2015, Bland, 28, was on her way to the grocery store in Waller County, Texas, Cooper said. She was pulled over by former Texas Department of Safety Trooper Brian Encinia for failure to use her turn signal to change lanes. A confrontation ensued and Encinia was seen on dashboard camera threatening to “light up” Bland, apparently with a stun gun, before arresting her. Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days later, on July 13. Her death, which was ruled a suicide, ignited the country in protest, sparking a national conversation about racism and police discrimination.Needham said that three years later, there is still a lot her family doesn’t know about the circumstances surrounding Bland’s death, including what time she died, which she said is “very important.” “Everything surrounding it was questionable. We’ll never know. That’s what hurts the most,” she added.In December 2015, a grand jury chose not to indict the county sheriff and jail staff in connection to her death. A month later, the officer who arrested her, Encinia, was indicted for perjury.In June 2017, the perjury charge was dropped and Encinia surrendered his Texas law enforcement license.“Brian and his family appreciate the thoughtful review by the prosecutors. Dismissal was the right thing to do,” Encinia’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, said at the time. But Cooper said the perjury charge “was the minimal amount” of punishment he could receive.“That charge was dropped with the promise that he wouldn’t practice law enforcement in the state of Texas, and quite frankly, he shouldn’t be a law enforcement official anywhere,” Cooper said.Needham said the family doesn’t know what Encinia is doing now.In 2016, the family reached a $1.9 million settlement against the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waller County, Texas, and some county employees including two former jailers. Since then, Bland’s family also helped Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sign the Sandra Bland Act into law in 2017, which includes several prison reform initiatives including requiring independent law enforcement agencies to investigate jail deaths.But Cooper said the family is disappointed “police de-escalation” was left out of the legislation.“While it’s disheartening, it’s not a reason for us not to fight,” Cooper said. “Ultimately that is what we need in this country, we need our law enforcement officials to be trained appropriately so they can handle all situations that they encounter.”However, Needham said she’s hopeful that her sister’s case will affect change.“Absolutely I think people are listening. I just hope they listen and activate what’s already in them,” Needham said.She also called on those affected by Bland’s story to “contact your elected officials, hold them accountable, and don’t just sit at home and say, ‘Oh, that’s sad.’ Do something. Call, write, go sit in the office. Do something.”Cooper added that that responsibility to act specifically falls on “those who have the power, who are in boardrooms, who have a platform, who have a voice, who can actually reach people.”“Those are the folks who not only need to be an ally for change … but need to be an accomplice for change. You have to be willing to stir some things up… you have to be willing to amplify your voice and speak louder,” Cooper said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Don’t miss these issues in your credit union business continuity plan!

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You may feel confident that your credit union’s business continuity plan is complete. But is it, really?There are many issues, items, and tasks on which credit unions frequently fall short in their business continuity planning. But don’t sweat it yet! We’ll show you today which things credit unions leave out most frequently.Read this blog, take note of the most frequently missed credit union business continuity planning items, and then double-check your plans. You may be surprised by your omissions! continue reading »last_img

Letters To The Editor

first_imgIndependent Votes FioreTo The Editor:As a member of a third party, I have never affiliated myself with either the Republican or Democratic establishments. I have always been an advocate of voting for the best candidate on the ballot, regardless of their party affiliation. In Middletown Township, Republicans Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray, two champions of fiscal responsibility, certainly fulfill that qualification.And yet, there are still those who blast the Republicans sitting on the Middletown Township Committee. Democrats in particular have begun making ludicrous accusations regarding Mayor Tony Fiore’s economic views. It is the same song and dance number performed every election cycle: whichever Middletown Republicans are seeking office are accused of raising taxes and reckless spending. These baseless claims directly contradict reality and the Committee’s stellar record of accomplishment.Take for example Democratic Committeewoman Marilyn Tuohy’s recent letter, which accused the incumbent mayor of raising taxes and “hiding the truth” about Middletown’s fiscal operations. The truth is that while careless spending may run rampant in other communities, the Middletown Township Committee has kept a firm hold on the monetary leash.The success of Mayor Fiore’s programs can be seen on a daily basis. After all, Middletown Township boasts the smallest per capita police force in Monmouth County, yet the lowest crime of any municipality. The town only employs three-hundred people, thus operating with a much smaller public sector than most similarly sized communities. Middletown, which also has a AA bond rating, has also been praised by Moody’s Investor Services for its fiscal integrity.If one actually studies the real truth regarding the state of operations within Middletown Township, it entirely eliminates any need to vote for the Democratic candidates. Mayor Fiore and his fellow Republicans have gone to great lengths to keep taxes low and morale high.-Dennis “Dj” MikolayMiddletownDerailed Fiscal PolicyTo the Editor:In a recent letter, “Real Solutions”, in the Oct. 28 edition of ***ITALSThe Two River Times**ENDTALS, Mayor Fiore admitted that Middletown government has real financial problems. I could not agree more.True to form, he falsely blames years of excessive spending; unnecessary bonding; escalating taxation and debt, all cradled in Republican mismanagement, on the Middletown Democrats who somehow magically made elected Republicans spend our tax dollars.This is just more empty rhetoric to go with decades of empty promises, failure to openly communicate and thwarted taxpayer dreams: no flood control along the Bay Shore; no turf fields; a lake yet to be dredged; a $400 thousand master recreation plan gathering dust; high density housing zoned in Lincroft and planned development of open space at Bamm Hollow.After Mr. Fiore strong-armed $500 thousand from library funds; took $350 thousand, for the second year in a row, from sewerage authority fees; used $1.3 million in public education funds; his so-called fiscal discipline required a 12 percent tax increase to cover $45million of a $62 million budget. This lack of incumbent Republican fiscal discipline has Middletown looking at a projected $2 million shortfall for the 2012 Middletown budget.Ask Mayor Fiore if he has a real solution. Past Republican practice points at raising taxes. During his term, he has contributed 22 percent to a 40 percent increase in taxes over the last five years. Past practice also points at adding to our $70 million in debt, which has increased 66 percent over the same five years.Finally, at least $2.4 million of $4 million in cuts claimed by Mayor Fiore was onetime nonrecurring expenses that were never part of the 2011 budget.In closing, Mr. Fiore notes that Middletown has been repeatedly named one of the Top 100 Places to Live by ***ITALSMoney**ENDTALS magazine; but Fiore fails to note that Middletown’s standing in the Magazine’s quality-of-life survey has eroded by 39 percent during the last four years.Put a stop to over 30 years of poor fiscal policy and borrowing; empty promises and unfulfilled expectations. Please help our community get back on track: Vote Grenafege and Fowler on November 8.James GrenafegeMiddletown Township CommitteeCandidateObamacrats?To The Editor:Looking at the local Democrat’s campaign propaganda spewed forth by their candidates, it became clearly apparent who the local Democrats really are-nothing more than the local branch of the Obama team.A look at their rhetoric makes this abundantly clear. Weep and wail about the plight of the taxpayer-but offer only vague, ambiguous platitudes-never statistics or specific ideas. Kowtow to wealthy, powerful special interests like affluent labor unions, developers and out of town contributors like large Hudson County book distributors while claming to be the voice of the little guy. Talk about two-faced!The very same Democrats who weep crocodile tears about the plight of the taxpayer, and, in the very same breath, decry Republicans for reducing budgets and meeting the State spending cap-those same Spend-o-Crats now call for more and more government spending! Absolutely no difference from the antics of the Obamacrats in Washington!But the real clincher is this-in a recent letter, one of the Democratic candidates really outs herself with the use of the word “change” and rhetoric that is taken directly from the Obama playbook.It’s clear who the Middletown Democratic candidates really are-nothing more than the local branch of the Obama Team!It’s bad enough in Washington and it’s the last thing we need in Middletown!Richard C. WintersMiddletownTaxes Sky High In MiddletownHave you heard that the Middletown’s mayor and his running mate want to hold the line on taxes? Hold it where, exactly? Somewhere in the stratosphere?I think the joke’s on us. Municipal taxes have gone up over 22% just during Mister Fiore’s 3-year term in office. Mr. Fiore voted for tax increases every year. Based on his record, I think we can expect more of the same.Republican candidates keep talking about making Middletown an affordable place to live, and then keep doing the opposite once they’re elected. You’d think they’d be too red in the face to keep talking about it.Mr. Fiore doesn’t seem to feel responsible for our high taxes since he is always talking about forces beyond his control. Well, that doesn’t inspire my confidence in his ability, and I won’t be voting for him.I think it’s time we had representatives who stopped making excuses and brought sound judgment to the job. Jim Grenafege has been a voice of reason for many years now. He is both informed and vocal about issues that are important to residents. Jim strongly supports televising town meetings so that we can all see what our local government is doing. He also feels the Township desperately needs the oversight of a Finance Committee, which almost every other town has. After seeing taxes double in such a short time, I have to agree with him.Please join me in supporting Jim Grenafege for Middletown Township Committee this Election Day.William G. ButlerHEAD: Honoring VeteransTo The Editor:,The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation invites you to attend our Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 11th, beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.Major General Clark W. Martin (U.S. Air Force Ret.) is this year’s keynote speaker. Martin is the former assistant adjutant general and commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard. He is a Vietnam veteran, having flown 153 combat missions and currently serves as chairman of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation.As part of the annual ceremony, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial will induct four veterans into the “In Memory” program, which honors those who served in Vietnam and later passed away as a result of their tour, but whose names are not on the Memorial. The four inductees are Manning J. Jones, U.S. Army, West Milford, NJ, who died on Dec. 22, 1996; Roman P. Niedzwiedz, U.S. Army, Evesham Township, NJ, who died on March 6, 2010; Robert M. O’Connell, U.S. Army, Mahwah, NJ, who died on Aug. 18, 2004; and Albert T. Schillaci, U.S. Army, Rutherford, NJ, who died on Aug. 17, 2009.Family members will say a few words about their loved one and light a candle in their memory.Additional participants include Lisa Coppola, a well-known singer-songwriter; Joseph Formola, Chaplain, NJ State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 200 Color Guard, with General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY/NJ Chapter, 101st Airborne Division Association; and Plainfield High School USAF JROTC.If you would like more information about the Veterans Day Ceremony or the “In Memory Program” , please go to our website, or Call Lynn Duane at (732) 355- 0033 ext. 100The Vietnam Veterans Memorial FoundationHolmdelResidents Deserve BetterTo The Editor:I am running as an Independent Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder for the upcoming November 8th election. My main reason for running for Freeholder, is to push for more fiscal discipline at the county level.Monmouth County government spends over $500 million a year. Over $300 million comes from property taxes. Is that money being spent in your community? The Freeholders almost raised your county property taxes in 2011, but decided at the last minute to use over $40 million in surplus funds to balance the budget. That was fiscally irresponsible and leaves taxpayers vulnerable in 2012.They are spending more than they take in and the future looks worse.The mismanagement at Brookdale College under the Freeholders and Board of Trustees watch, was a fiasco of the largest order. When the administration was spending taxpayer money on alcohol, country club dues, and other frivolous expenses, they attempted to raise tuition by 8 percent. Is Brookdale just the tip of the iceberg on how your money is being spent. I believe it is.The county has golf courses, nursing homes, marinas and still has a problem plowing county roads. How is your money being spent? Do you think there is waste at the county level? Is Monmouth County government helping your town provide services and save money? The answer is sadly….no.We cannot continue to allow the Freeholders to be unfocussed, ambivalent and “ethically challenged”. Monmouth County residents deserve better.I am committed to making Monmouth County government more relevant and more efficient. If we are going to spend a half a billion dollars, we need to do it better and do it more fairly. I ask for your support on Nov 8th, to bring an independent voice to the Monmouth Freeholders. Politics as usual and party bickering are counter productive and you deserve better. Monmouth County government must be more relevant and better managed.Tom MarkowskiIndependent Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholderlast_img read more

Silver for now, but great exposure should help down the road for NYS U13 Boy’s teams

first_imgThe Nelson U13 Selects finished advanced to the final with a 2-0-1 record after edging city rivals U12/13s 3-0 on goals by Ezra Foy, Ernesto Archambault and Thomas Baxter and Columbia Valley 5-1, with goals coming from Jaden Dyck, Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, Aidan Mushumanski and two from Angus Paterson.The U12/13s tied Kootenay South 1-1 before scoring a 2-0 shutout of Columbia Valley.Keanu Tromans scored against Kootenay South in a game coach James Baxter described as, “a terrific effort and display by the boys.”Max Spielman scored twice against Columbia Valley with keeper Blake Markin-Hellekson earning the shutout.In the final the Nelson U13 team played Kootenay South in a fiercely contested game, with chances going both ways. In the end, Kootenay South prevailed with a 2-1 score, with Luka Eyre scoring the Nelson goal.”The boys came so close to tying it in the late stages of the game, when they put together a great passing sequence resulting in a great scoring chance in close that just went over the bar,” Dyck explained.Added Baxter, “Although we fell just short of our goal of the gold medal, the boys put in a great effort, and should be proud of themselves.” Kootenay South may have topped Nelson Selects in the final of the U12/U13 Boy’s Division Sunday at the Terry Walgren Rep Soccer Tournament.But Nelson Youth Soccer should get the last laugh down the road as more than 25 players gained some Rep Tourney experience en route to Nelson Select capturing the silver medal.“I am so proud of how those boys with several younger players on their team, played throughout the tournament,” commented coach Kerry Dyck about the younger U12/13 squad with a host of U12s filling out the roster.“To tie Kootenay South and beat Columbia Valley like that is quite an accomplishment. Even though they didn’t make the final, they should be very proud of themselves.”last_img read more

Nelson Selects claim most of hardware at Terry Walgren Tournament

first_imgTeams from throughout the Kootenays challenges Nelson Youth Soccer squads for bragging rights at the annual Terry Walgren Tournament this past weekend at the Lakeside Fields.And the host club did not disappoint the home crowds as Nelson teams captured no less than five titles during the three-day tourney.In the U14 Girls Division, Nelson Selects ran the table en route to capturing the Gold Medal. Nelson, after topping Pool A, bounced Kootenay South to win the top prize.The Selects defeated Nelson U13s in the semi final.In the U16 Girls division, Nelson also got past Kootenay South to take home the Gold Medal.The Selects finished second to Kootenay South in round robin play before knocking off the West Kootenay rivals in the Championship.In the U18 Girls Division, the U16 Selects pushed the U18 squad from Nelson to the limit but was unable to knock off the NYS cousins as the older squad took home the Gold Medal. The U18 Selects defeated the U16 squad 4-1 in round robin action.Both Nelson teams had easy times knocking off Kootenay South and Columbia Valley to reach the final.In Boys action, the Kootenay South edged a Nelson split squad for the Gold Medal in the U13 Boy’s Division.Nelson U13 boys split their team to play in both the U13 and U14 Divisions.In the U14 Division, Nelson U14s won the gold medal getting past Nelson U13s in the final.In the U15 Division, Kootenay South edged Fernie for the title.In the U16 Boys, Nelson outlasted Kootenay South for the title while Kootenay South edged Nelson U18s for the top prize in the U18 Boys Division.Both Nelson and Kootenay South finished in a tie with 23 points following round robin action in the U16 Boy’s Division.The Nelson tournament is named after Terry Walgren, a long time Nelson Youth Soccer Rep coach and Men’s Soccer player who lost a battle against cancer.Some Rep teams are now off to Kamloops to participate in the May Longweekend tourney in Spoolmak Country.last_img read more

Nelson Mandela in film

first_imgNelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a giant of a man whose remarkable life has been chronicled in a number of films. • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 • Global street art celebrates Nelson Mandela • Knowing Mandela: a short book about a big man • Remembering Mandela: living the legacy • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • The actors who would be MandelaRomaana NaidooStanding 1.93 metres tall, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a giant of a man whose remarkable life has been chronicled in a number of films, from his childhood to his political awakening, his activism against apartheid and subsequent imprisonment, through to his role as unifier, peacemaker and first democratically elected president of South Africa.The statesman, who died on 5 December 2013, not only united a divided nation but also put South Africa on the international map. As news of his death broke, the latest film about his life was being previewed in London. The title role of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was played by British actor Idris Elba – a mere 1.90 metres tall.Produced by veteran South African filmmaker Anant Singh, the movie covers the period from 1924 to 1994, chronicling Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as president. Atandwe Kani, son of celebrated South African actor John Kani, plays a teenaged Mandela in the film, while Tony Kgoroge stars as Walter Sisulu and stand-up comedian Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Other cast members include Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Gys de Villiers (FW de Klerk), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki), Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Nomfusi Gotyana (Miriam Makeba) and Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).Under director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), the biopic was filmed in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2012.In 1963, the South African government found Mandela, or Madiba as he is fondly called after his clan name, guilty of sabotage for his anti-apartheid activities. He was imprisoned for 27 years, first on Robben Island, later in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and then Victor Verster Prison outside Paarl. It was from Victor Verster that he was released on 11 February 1990.In 1993 Mandela was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, with then-president FW de Klerk, for the peaceful ending of apartheid. A year later he became the first black president and first democratically elected leader of South Africa.Elba joins an illustrious group of actors who have played Mandela in previous films, including Morgan Freeman, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier, Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also in filmHoward plays the former statesman in Darrell Roodt’s biopic of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which was selected as the opening film for the eighth Montreal International Black Film Festival in September 2012. The formidable Madikizela-Mandela was reportedly not consulted for the film, and in an interview published in UK newspaper The Guardian, described it as “an insult”.Winnie is based on the book Winnie Mandela: a Life by Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob. It stars Jennifer Hudson as Mandela’s wife and chronicles the life of the struggle heroine from her childhood through her marriage and her husband’s incarceration.Madikizela-Mandela’s life was the subject of another film titled Mrs Mandela. It was released in 2010 as a television drama on the BBC and starred British actress Sophie Okonedo as the one-time first lady of South Africa, with David Harewood as Mandela. Local faces in this production included Rika Sennett, Vusi Kunene and François Stemmet.Then there is Winnie: The Opera, which premiered on 28 April 2011 at Pretoria’s State Theatre with Soweto-born soprano Tsakane Maswanganyi in the title role. Mandela at the moviesAnother blockbuster film portraying South Africa’s first black president is the high-profile Invictus (2009), a biographical sports drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Freeman and Matt Damon.The storyline is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, which centres around events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in the country after the dismantling of apartheid. South Africa won the tournament.Eastwood’s son Kyle wrote the score for the film, which earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild and Academy Award nominations for Freeman as best actor and Damon as best supporting actor. Also released in 2009 was the film Endgame, starring William Hurt as Prof Willie Esterhuyse, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Thabo Mbeki, Clarke Peters as Mandela and John Kani as Oliver Tambo. It’s based upon the book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey and focuses on the secret talks which took place in Somerset, UK, between the then-ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) at the end of the apartheid years. Mbeki was the ANC’s director of information at the time and philosophy professor Esterhuyse was a well-known apartheid critic. He received a national order for his role in the negotiations.In Goodbye Bafana, released in 2007, American actor Dennis Haysbert played Mandela and Joseph Fiennes played James Gregory, a prison guard who became his close friend during the years the two were together on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor and Victor Verster. The film was based on Gregory’s book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, and was released in the US as The Color of Freedom.Poitier portrayed the statesman in the 1997 television release Mandela and De Klerk, with veteran Michael Caine as FW de Klerk. The film revealed the events leading up to the transition to democracy and also starred Gerry Maritz as De Klerk’s predecessor PW Botha, Ian Roberts as National Party politician and negotiator Kobie Coetsee, Ben Kruger as James Gregory and Jerry Mofokeng as Walter Sisulu.It was filmed in South Africa and, as far as possible, most of the locations were where the actual events took place.Back in 1987 the television film Mandela starred Danny Glover in the title role, supported by Alfre Woodard as Madikizela-Mandela, John Matshikiza as Sisulu and John Indo as Tambo. It was filmed in Zimbabwe and followed Mandela’s progress after his graduation as a lawyer as he evolved into a political activist.However, the repeated casting of overseas actors to play South Africans has been criticised locally. Mabutho “Kid” Sithole, former president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, said recently of Long Walk: “There’s always some reason to avoid using South African actors and having other people tell our stories. You tell me now, how will this actor pronounce Qunu, where Mandela was born, or Rolihlahla, his real name?”Internationally acclaimed actor and playwright John Kani is reported to have said, when asked by Freeman about how he felt to see Mandela portrayed by an American, that he understood why the producers chose a big Hollywood name but was saddened that “I wasn’t even asked”.Sello Maake Ka Ncube, a local actor, did portray Mandela in the 2011 local stage production Rivonia Trial, which opened at the State Theatre in April that year. It was written by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and directed by Aubrey Sekhabi.This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial, 20 years of democracy in South Africa, and the first International Mandela Day since his death.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 16, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Very wet weather during the week hindered crop harvest along with planting and other field activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.1 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 15, 2017. Wet conditions followed by dry weather over the weekend allowed producers to make some progress for soybeans and corn. High winds reportedly flattened some corn fields but condition remained stable. Rain continued to aid winter wheat emergence and also held off at times to allow winter wheat planting to progress. Hay cuttings are nearing completion. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was unchanged at 20 percent, and soybean moisture was at 12 percent. The continued wet weather has increased soil moisture conditions while slightly increasing pasture conditions.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

Supporting Total Force Fitness: Resources and Opportunities from MLFN

first_imgIn previous Friday Field Notes, we have described the resources and programs available through Cooperative Extension that can support Total Force Fitness. In this next series of Friday Field Notes, we will explore the resources and opportunities available through Military Families Learning Network that can support Total Force Fitness.Military Families Learning Network (MLFN) provides online professional development opportunities to military service providers and Cooperative Extension professionals with the goal of enhancing professional impact to meet the unique needs of America’s military families. Our seven teams provide a variety of online resources, including webinars, blog posts, and podcasts, to support professional growth.Over the next seven weeks, our Friday Field Notes will explore the professional development resources and opportunities available from each of our teams. Our teams provide programming and resources for military service providers and professionals who work with military families across all eight domains of Total Force Fitness. Each Friday, we will focus on one of our teams and showcase the programming they provide within the Total Force Fitness domains.We are excited to be sharing with you the work our teams have been doing and we hope that these Friday Field Notes will provide a resource for you to enhance your own professional impact across the eight domains of Total Force Fitness.We also invite you to head over to our events page to learn more about upcoming webinars and our 2019 Virtual Conference, Relationships for Readiness.last_img read more

Ceres-Negros closes in on top spot

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat BACOLOD—Fernando Rodriguez produced another hattrick as Ceres-Negros delivered a ruthless attacking display to overwhelm FC Meralco Manila, 6-0, last Sunday night and move within three points off the Philippines Football League lead at Panaad Stadium here.Coinciding with the 119th Negros Day, the Busmen came up with a performance to remember, putting the current PFL leaders to the sword with a blistering performance in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img View comments Bienvenido Marañon also struck twice while Carlie De Murga was similarly on target as Ceres went into the international break on a positive note.With the victory, Ceres climbed to 51 points from 23 matches, three points behind leader the Sparks, who have played three more matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we played well, especially the first half,” said coach Risto Vidakovic, whose side also avenged a 1-2 defeat to the Sparks early in the season. “We played with high intensity and if we play with high intensity, the result is usually very good.”Marañon broke the deadlock with a long range effort past Sparks keeper Ace Villanueva, before De Murga redirected OJ Porteria’s effort from close range. Rodriguez opened his account with a strike from inside the box after Meralco failed to deal with Iain Ramsay’s cross from the left in the 31st minute. Ceres got a fourth goal in the space of 15 minutes as Rodriguez smashed the ball home. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Indian squash star Dipika Pallikal might pull out of Asian Games

first_imgDipika PallikalWith only 10 days left for their campaign to start at the Asian Games, one would have hoped Indian squash stars Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa to be in a positive frame of mind. Instead, they are miffed at an apparent bias against them by the organisers.The two players have been placed in the same half of the draw and may face each other in the second round, or the quarter-finals. At the Asian Games, a semi-final entry ensures at least a bronze.This probability of a clash with Joshna has upset Dipika so much that she has threatened to pull out of the Games. Both have cleared for participation by the government”I don’t think this is merely a coincidence. In the last two editions of the Asian Games also, this happened with our players. In the 2006 edition, Saurav [Ghosal] was drawn in the same half as Ritwik [Bhattacharya] while in the 2010 edition Saurav was drawn with Siddharth [Suchde]. Now, this has happened with me and Joshna,” fumed Dipika, on the sidelines of an Adidas training programme for kids here on Thursday.”I am very sad the way the organisers have put two Indian players in the same half of the draw. I want our federation to talk to the organisers and sort out the issue. I may pull out if the draw is not changed,” she threatened.Two Hong Kong players, Au Wing Chi Annie and Chan Ho Ling Joey, are also in the same half of the draw as the Indians. Dipika’s first match is against China’s Gu Jinyue on September 20 while Joshana plays South Korea’s Song Sunmi, the same day. If both Indians win their respective matches, they face each other the next day.advertisementIn the last Asian Games, India won three bronze medals – two in the men’s and women’s team events and Ghosal won a bronze in the men’s individual event.”We being placed in the same half reduces India’s chance of winning more medals. We are both competent to enter the final. So, while we stand a chance to win two medals, we now have the chance to win only one medal. Last time no woman player won a medal in the individual events and this time we are eager to do better,” said Dipika, who along with Joshna, won India’s first gold medal in squash, the women’s doubles title at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”The Asian Games and the CWG are two very important tournaments in our calendars and we have trained really hard for it. I and Joshna have practically lived together, trained together, performed together and gone through many ups and down together. If we face each other so early in the tournament due to a fault in the draw, it makes me really sad,” added the world No.10 player.As far as her expectation from the Asian Games is concerned, Dipika expects it to be as tough as the Commonwealth Games. “At the Asian Games, we don’t have doubles. We only have the individual and team events and we are capable of winning a medal in each category,” she said.”At the CWG, we had players from England, Australia and New Zealand who were tough competitors whereas here we have good players from Malaysia and Hong Kong. It will be tough but we are capable of doing well in Incheon.”last_img read more