Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Myanmar 1 March From: Global Affairs Canada“Canada is deeply concerned by and unequivocally condemns the Myanmar military’s recent use of force against peaceful protesters, and demands that the Tatmadaw immediately stop using violence against its own people.”The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:“Canada is deeply concerned by and unequivocally condemns the Myanmar military’s recent use of force against peaceful protesters, and demands that the Tatmadaw immediately stop using violence against its own people.“On Friday, at the United Nations General Assembly, the international community condemned the actions of the Tatmadaw and urged the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.“In response to peaceful civilian protests across the country calling for the restoration of democracy, the Tatmadaw has used appalling violence, including lethal force, on its own people.“No regime that would use force to suppress the democratically expressed will of its people can be legitimate.“We call on the international community to unite in condemning these violent acts.“Those responsible for this violence will be held to account, and Canada will consider additional measures in response. We stand with the people of Myanmar.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Assembly, Canada, community, Democracy, Force, Foreign Affairs, Government, military, Minister, Myanmar, UN, United Nations, violence
Construction has been a constant presence in Downtown Overland Park the past several years as developers have worked to put in new residential and mixed-use projects.In 2008, the Overland Park city council adopted Vision Metcalf, a broad strokes guide to how Kansas’s second-largest city could set about revitalize the aging thoroughfare that cuts through its heart, connecting burgeoning development south of I-435 with its established neighborhoods in the north.It laid out a series of ambitious goals: Creating a series of unique destinations that mixed commercial, retail and residential property; connecting different pockets along the corridor with improved transportation infrastructure; making walking easier and more pleasant; and expanding green space with new parks and plazas.Ten years later, much work has been done to advance those goals, according to a status report marking a decade since the plan was adopted. But some of Vision Metcalf’s “to-dos” remain unaccomplished or have become irrelevant.Over the next three days, we’ll be looking at the work that’s advanced the goals of Vision Metcalf, and where the most notable deficits lie.Today, we’ll start with the northern two sections of the plan, the Northern Gateway and Downtown Overland Park districts that stretch from I-35 down to 87th Street.Northern GatewayThe vacant Ramada Inn off Shawnee Mission Parkway is set to be redeveloped with a new hotel, storage facility and retail.Sketches of the types of streetscape enhancements envisioned for the Northern Gateway neighborhoods in the 2008 plan.What Vision Metcalf called for:Enhancements to the streetscape “that creates and identity for the neighborhoods,” as well as the creation of a “gateway” treatment that would signal to motorists that they were entering OP and the Metcalf Corridor.Improved transit access at major intersections and the creation of a bus rapid transit (BRT) operation that would start at the northern gateway and run south all along the Metcalf corridor.The redevelopment of two aging commercial properties: the Ramada Inn at the northwest corner of the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Metcalf; a single story office building at the southeast corner of the intersection.What’s happened:None of the streetscape elements have been added.There have been some upgrades to bus terminals in the area. But since the plan was approved, management of Johnson County’s public transportation system has shifted to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. “As such, KCATA makes decisions based on existing demands of transit users throughout the region,” reads the city’s update report. “An implementation plan looked further at the development of a BRT route, but at this time, there are no plans for a BRT route.”The city has approved a preliminary plan to demolish the vacant Ramada Inn and replace it with a new hotel, a storage facility, and some retail and restaurant space. The developer has requested approximately $6 million in public finance incentives for the $39 million project. A public hearing on the proposal is set for March 19.No redevelopment has occurred on the site of the office building mentioned in the Vision Metcalf plan.An overhead view of the project plan for the former Ramada site.Downtown Overland ParkA 2008 rendering of a concept for the future of the Overland Park Farmers Market.What Village Vision called for:Revitalizing the Overland Park Farmers’ Market with new structures and adjacent green space.Adding mixed-use building and a municipal parking structure.Creation of a “network of interesting places to shop and live, while preserving the area’s historic character.”Become a “modern hub of car dealerships and auto-retailed services, proving that car dealerships can become an exciting and integrated part of the urban fabric.”The Avenue80 mixed use project.What’s happened:The city took over ownership of the Overland Park Farmers’ Market in 2010, giving the city oversight of vendors and setting the stage for consideration of redevelopment. But what to do with the aging market facilities is a point of contention. After a year-long study, a consultant last month recommended moving the market to nearby Santa Fe Commons. But city staff said the recommendation was too controversial to advance, and called for continued efforts to build consensus on a plan.A flight of beers at Brew Lab.The idea envisioned in the 2008 plan to create a “green” adjacent to the existing Farmers’ Market structure (see the graphic above) was not included in the options advanced by the consultants. (Though the city did just purchase the car wash next to the market shed, property that it would need if it were to pursue such an idea).Several mixed-use projects have been proposed and are in various stages of completion. Parts of the Avenue 80 mixed-use project at Metcalf and 80th Street opened last year. Hunt Midwest is building a 219-unit apartment-over-retail project called The Vue at 80th and Marty. And the city is considering an office-and-entertainment project called The Edison for land around the current Overland Park Presbyterian Church building. (And that’s just a partial list of the projects in the works).New businesses like Brew Lab have helped establish downtown as a destination for food-and-drink lovers. The Culinary Center of Kansas City, on Santa Fe Drive, continues to attract people from all over the metro.There are parking structures associated with some of the mixed-use projects, but no city-operated parking projects at this point, and parking continues to be a stressor for downtown patrons.Car dealerships continue to be a significant feature along the corridor, with Volvo recently taking over a dealership property just off 79th Street.Tomorrow we’ll look at how Vision Metcalf’s prescriptions for the 95th and Metcalf area have played out.
Steve Spurrier hopes USC will be able to return to its tried and true winning fashion, controlling the football.COLUMBIA – Steve Spurrier has had to transform his offensive philosophy since taking over as coach of the South Carolina football team.The Fun N Gun has been dead for years. NowSpurrier, who will never completely abandon the pass, has been forced to edit his offensive philosophy.“My old offense, I haven’t played in a long time,” said Spurrier. “We don’t come to the ball park filling the air with passes the way I used to back in the Florida days. We had receivers, an offensive line – if we threw three incompletes, we might be back out there three players later.”The days of having the best athletes on both sides of the football have come and gone for both Spurrier and virtually every coach in NCAA football.At South Carolina, even in the heydays of the program under The Head Ball Coach, the Gamecocks success has come with having a running game that was able to give it a time possession advantage.Although the Gamecocks don’t have Marcus Lattimore or Mike Davis in the backfield, or Connor Shaw or Dylan Thompson under center, the plan will again be in place this season.“We’ve got to stay on the field,” said Spurrier. “We had to stay on the field to win some games last year. When we didn’t, we got beat.”“Who knows how it’s going to work this year? Hopefully we can throw a few more on first down.”…This year there will be a doctor in the press box or on the sidelines for all Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 games.If the observer sees something on the field when a player is struggling or appears physically unable to continue to compete, he or she can stop action and have the person removed for observation.“That’s a new rule this year and it’s a good rule,” said Spurrier. “If I guys gets dinged a little bit ‘oh, I can stay in here’ and the doctor up top sees it, he can whistle down and stop the game and get the guy out. It’s a good rule.”“Sometimes the player stays out there. That’s what it’s about. If we see it, obviously, we’ll get him out or tell him to lay down and we’ll come get you. But sometimes players get dinged up and ‘Aw, I’m alright. I can stay out there.’ That’s mainly what’s that’s for.”
Earlier this week something interesting happened in the world of social networking: Verizon, which this week became America’s largest mobile carrier after moving to acquire Alltel, moved its branded social network to Facebook. The company announced a plan to shut down its Verizon Community site — a moderately popular corporate social network — in favor of its 18,000 member strong Facebook fan page. Right now, Facebook Pages can’t be considered full social networks, but could they ever be the best place to center your social media strategy?Verizon said the move was part of an “ongoing effort to provide our users with the most dynamic and feature rich community experience,” and invited users to copy over blogs, photos, friends list, and posts to the Facebook group — which won’t be easy since Facebook’s Pages don’t support all of those things. Justin Smith of Inside Facebook says that social networking company is planning a major upgrade to Pages to make them “more compelling for businesses to build a deep presence on Facebook.”Right now, Facebook Pages can’t be considered a complete social networking solution like Ning — the feature set is just too limited and constricting, plus only businesses, brands/products, and artists can have them. But it is easy to see why Facebook Pages could be attractive to social media marketers. They’re easy to set up and manage, and they come with access to a built in audience.However, even if the coming changes noted by Smith add features to make Pages more complete mini-social networks, there are a lot of reasons why Facebook should not be looked at by companies as a Ning-alternative (or an alternative to any full branded social network provider). First and foremost, even though Facebook has shown some indications recently of being more open, they’re still a very closed platform. Verizon may be making a mistake by putting all its eggs in one basket.Facebook Pages should certainly be part of a social media strategy for businesses, brands, and artists, but it certainly shouldn’t be the only part. Facebook’s most popular Page, that of US presidential candidate Barack Obama, provides a good example of a complete social media strategy done right. In addition to his 900,000 strong Facebook Page, Obama has a presence on more than 10 other top social media sites including MySpace, Digg, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter. He also runs his own branded social network My.BarackObama.com. Obama’s complete strategy has helped him to raise record amounts of money online during this campaign cycle and build awareness among the younger, Internet-centric demographic.Unless Facebook transforms Pages into a Ning-like platform for hosting external branded social networks that hook into the Facebook social graph (which seems unlikely given Facebook’s clear reluctance to open its walled garden, though it would be a very interesting twist — and might actually be a Ning-killer), there’s really no reason to follow Verizon’s lead and use the site in place of a branded social network. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification josh catone 1 Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
With a regular blog titled “Confessions of a Forensic Interviewer,” you’d think that every week I’d have something to say about interviews. I do. But here’s the thing: I’m a solution provider now. In order for me to write regularly, I have to write about my experience, and what I’ve experienced since transitioning from retail loss prevention five years ago to solution provider has been, well, A LOT.Thinking back to when I worked for various retailers over the years and bumping into “vendors,” let’s just say I was mostly underwhelmed (though sometimes pleasantly surprised) at the service we received.My role brought me into contact with field technicians and occasionally a manager, if something had gone haywire. I was there during installations as the eye in the sky or checking on the work after it was done, and saw a whole range of behaviors on the job, from taking extra-long lunches, to flirting with store staff, to just plain shoddy workmanship. Not everything was negative, as I said; there were pleasant surprises too: techs who showed up on time, with a name badge, checked out at the end of shift and walked me through the work that they did.- Sponsor – Through all my years of working with vendors, I never once had a supervisor, project manager or account rep call and ask me how the job went. This was curious to me. Wouldn’t they want feedback from the customer directly?I always thought to myself that if our vendors would communicate with us more often, then they would become solution providers. Now, having lived on the vendor side for five years, I noticed that communication isn’t always easily forthcoming from the retail side either. And I re-learned what my experience as an investigator first taught me—that communication is a two-way street.So this will be a two-way article. I’ll offer suggestions for improving the retailer-vendor communications from both sides, so regardless of which side of the table you are sitting at, you may find a helpful nugget.Being a Great CustomerIf you are a retailer who wants a rockstar vendor, don’t just sit back and wait for it to happen on its own. When you’ve gone through all the trouble to select a vendor—or even if you have a long-term partnership—talk about your expectations and then follow up on them. Almost every retailer has a service-level agreement (SLA) or master service agreement (MSA) in place, but how many actually talk about those things that make that SLA run?For instance, you may have an SLA in place that states your vendor needs to respond to service calls within five days; however, are there any mechanisms in place to make sure each service call is placed with a maximum amount of information from your end so the vendor’s tech can properly complete the job when on site?If your store isn’t satisfied with something about their service, can they document the issue, or does it go by word-of-mouth to the loss prevention manager?You’ll see a common thread here: it’s communication.Many times, frustrations start to develop because the retailer waits too long to share the issues. The larger the organization, the more delays there are, and the quicker these frustrations pile up. Do you have a regular touch-base with your vendors? It may not be the most exciting conference call of your week, but regular calls can help to develop a rapport and you may be surprised that information starts to flow and things will bubble up that otherwise may have stayed dormant and festering.Being an Awesome Solutions PartnerOne thing I’ve learned as a solution partner is that every retailer is different, and they all communicate quite differently. Some don’t want to hear from me at all unless they have a problem. Then there are those who I can pick up the phone with, pick their brain about a new product and we have a great chat.What needs to stay consistent is the attempt to communicate, from day one. Outlining the critical processes and double-checking that there is consensus is crucial. If your retail customer has a different expectation than you thought, it’s only going to become exacerbated as time goes on.Don’t hesitate to call your retail customers with bad news. We all have those tough calls to make; things don’t always go perfectly. But the longer you wait, the worse it will get.As my friend and boss, Steve Sell, likes to say, deliver good news fast and bad news even faster. Communicate truthfully. People can smell BS a mile away. Retailers have enough to worry about without having to deal with a vendor who is colorful with the facts.We also have to accept that sometimes people don’t click. Personalities may clash, or there may be history of some kind you have no control over. Communicate anyway. Ask the other party: how would you like me to communicate? What works best for you? What have you experienced in the past that you’d like me to do differently?Treat others with respect. This goes both ways. I have seen retailers treat vendors like indentured servants and I have also seen vendors acting like they own the place. These attitudes don’t serve anyone and only further build the walls between the two sides. If you are a retailer and have a procurement team who handles your LP buying, may I suggest sitting in on a conference call or meeting to see how things are going?A finely tuned partnership between retailer and vendor can only result in benefits for both sides. Just think of the idea sharing, problem solving and money saving that could arise if ideas were exchanged freely and on a regular basis!To illustrate this, I’ll leave you with an example as a final thought. I let one of my retail partners know I was going to be in his area recently and we made plans to grab lunch. He was telling me about a problem they were having with some auditing, and I was able to recommend a company to him that might be able to help. You could write this off as normal networking, or even run-of-the-mill sales stuff, but I disagree. This came about because we have good communication and feel comfortable with one another. Comfort and easy exchange of ideas only come about with some work upfront on communication. We’re there. And you can be too. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Posted on 15th December 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingVisualizing your site structure in advance of a major change In our last article, we looked at some interesting ways to visualize your website structure to illuminate how external links and PageRank flow through it. This time, we’re going to use the same tools, but we’re going to look instead at how a major site structure change might impact your site.Search engine crawlers can determine which pages on your site are the most important, based, in part, on how your internal links are structured and organized. Pages that have a lot of internal links pointing to them — including links from the site’s navigation — are generally considered to be your most important pages. Though these are not always your highest-ranking pages, high internal PageRank often correlates with better search engine visibility.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: Visualizing your site structure in advance of a major change Visualizing your site structure in advance of a major changeYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
Congratulations to the following referees who were recognised for their performances at the event:Male Open Referee and Rick Borg Medal recipient – David BaggioFemale Open Referee – Amanda SheekyMale Senior Referee – John TaylorFemale Senior Referee – Indra GarnerReferee of the Tournament – Amanda SheekyRelated LinksNTL Ref Appointments Congratulations to the following referees who received grand final appointments at the 2016 National Touch League: Menâ€™s Elite Eight â€“ David Baggio, Matt Lavery, Kim SkellyWomenâ€™s Elite Eight â€“ Brett Freshwater, Luke McKenzie, Amanda SheekyMixed Open â€“ Rob Bowen, Anthony Smith, Josh VernonMenâ€™s T League â€“ Brad Smith, Tony Calabria, Chris SchwerdtWomenâ€™s T League â€“ Luke Saldern, Michael Littlefield, Kai MarutaMenâ€™s 30â€™s â€“ Brian Blechynden, Tim Pearson, John TaylorSenior Mixed â€“ Aaron Searston, Bernard Oâ€™Donohue, Annabelle ConnollyMenâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Barry McNamara, John Frost, Greg TaylorWomenâ€™s 27â€™s â€“ Scott Marsh, Rebecca Ward, Giancarlo LeungMenâ€™s 45â€™s â€“ Steve Chan, Darren Couper, Paul EdmondsonMenâ€™s 50â€™s â€“ Craig McKee, Marcus Muller, Chris MurrayMenâ€™s 55â€™s â€“ Greg Kidd, Greg Myers, Matt WatersWomenâ€™s 35â€™s â€“ Jason Miller, Denise Weier, Larry KentWomenâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Indra Garner, Fiona Quinn, Paul Sullivan
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 16: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Update: Here’s video of Harbaugh’s joke, from Big Ten Network.“We got global warming now, Tom, so that’s really helped recruiting.” – @CoachJim4UM, to @Patriots QB Tom Brady https://t.co/YSJQWFhQMz— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) February 3, 2016Earlier: Global warming is not usually a considered a good thing, but don’t tell that to Jim Harbaugh. For Michigan’s head coach, anything that makes Ann Arbor a bit more attractive to recruits is a positive. He explained on Michigan’s “Signing Of The Stars” event.Jim Harbaugh a proponent of climate change. “We’ve got global warming now. That helps with recruiting.”— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 3, 2016He’s obviously joking, we think. We haven’t heard Ric Flair, Jim Leyland, or Migos’ opinions on the matter yet, but they’re on hand for the event, if we really want to get into the science on this one.