Professor lectures on peace-building

first_imgThe key to resolving civil and territorial conflicts lies in footwear, Peter Wallensteen, professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, said Thursday. “The outside world should wear moccasins rather than boots,” Wallensteen said in in the “Narrow Path to Peace Building” lecture. “We should approach peace building [by] walking very lightly.” Wallensteen said conflict resolutions should be based on local initiatives with an emphasis on security for and respect of local populations. “In resolving conflicts, we need to provide not just for security, which could be very repressive in nature, but also for the dignity of the inhabitants,” he said. “There must be dignity through the rule of the law. The people should not be afraid of their government.” Local involvement is important for economic development in countries where conflict has stunted economic growth, he said. “Job creation is another important factor,” Wallensteen said. “If we are going to improve employment, it will have to be based on local initiatives.” To maintain peace, Wallensteen said long-term international involvement is crucial for local populations. “Peace building takes sometime between 15 and 30 years after a war,” Wallensteen said. “Normally the international community is not willing to commit for longer than a year or two. There will then be new tests of conflict or economic problems as well,” Wallensteen said. The process of walking lightly is not an easy one, he said. “Peace building is a narrow path because it is not easy to get the results that we want,” Wallensteen said. “The problem is not just trying to stop conflicts or contain them, but to build lasting peace.” Wallensteen said in order to achieve peace, citizens must not only build, but demolish some things as well. “The world has created too many walls, and we should tear those down,” he said. “These walls are not just physical ones, but also [economic ones].”last_img read more

ARK-ND provides therapy for kids

first_imgEvery Sunday night, Rolfs Aquatic Center fills up with student volunteers who gather with kids from the community for an hour of swim lessons and pool games. The weekly meetings function as a fun activity for the kids who attend, but they also aim to offer distraction — the club aims to help children suffering from serious medical conditions, senior and co-president of Aquatic Relief for Kids at Notre Dame (ARK-ND) Ann Iverson said.ARK-ND coordinates with local hospitals to aid pediatric cancer and diabetic patients through aquatic therapy, providing a safe environment for the young patients to have fun for an evening. ARK-ND was founded by a member of the Notre Dame women’s water polo team who suffered from cancer as a child and participated in a similar program when she was young. She founded ARK-ND to give pediatric cancer patients in their maintenance phase of treatment an opportunity to play games, connect and swim, senior and co-president Caroline Murtagh said in an email.Both Iverson and Murtagh have been involved in ARK-ND since their freshman years, and as a result, have built relationships with some of the patients who have been coming to meetings for years.“It is such a joy to work with these families … I have loved watching the kids grow,” Murtagh said.  “One girl was afraid to put her face in the water for months, so she spent every lesson doggy paddling in a bubble. Then, one day, she told me that she had a secret — she said that she learned to swim. All of a sudden, she was putting her face in the water, swimming without a bubble and jumping off the side of the pool.”Iverson also recalled kids who were afraid of the pool a few years back who have since grown up and now thoroughly enjoy swimming and playing in the water.Iverson said ARK-ND not only functions as a healthy distraction for the children, but the activities also aid the parents of the children.“I think [ARK-ND] is a good community for the kids and for their parents because they are able to be around other people who have experienced similar situations; that includes kids who have had cancer and also their siblings who can meet other kids who have siblings with cancer,” Iverson said.Murtagh said a father of a pediatric cancer patient wrote a letter about ARK-ND this year and gave it to her to show his sincere appreciation. “In the letter, he talked about how much his family had been struggling through his daughter’s cancer, but ARK provided just a short time each week where he could see his kids smile and laugh,” Murtagh said.  “Although our club is small and we play only a tiny role in these families’ lives, moments like this mean everything.”Iverson said the club welcomes any student who can swim and is interested in volunteering to join.“It’s nice because it’s pretty low commitment, but you can tell the kids love it,” Iverson said.  “It’s a good way to start out your week on a Sunday night, if you’re stressed about homework and tests — it’s a nice break.”Iverson also discussed the benefit of engaging in community service as a Notre Dame student.“Even though this occurs on campus, it’s people from the broader South Bend community we meet. … Getting to know them and hearing what’s going on in their makes me feel more connected to the community, which is important,” Iverson said.Tags: acquatic relief for kids, ark-nd, cancerlast_img read more

Using social proof referrals to build your brand

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consciously or unconsciously, we are all impacted by societal factors. Social proof, also known as informational social influence, describes the psychological phenomenon where people mimic the actions of others in order to correct their behaviour.  In social situations we are likely to behave in a way suitable to that situation. Determining what constitutes “suitable” behaviour is done through observation of others in the same situation. We assume others around us know the correct way to behave, so we conform to that same behaviour.In the marketing world, social proof is not a new concept. When a consumer views an ad suggesting 4 out of 5 dentists recommend a certain type of sugar-free gum, this copy is assuming the power of social proof. When McDonald’s tells their customer “billions and billions served” they are implying the quality of their product based on its mass appeal.  Social proof is explicit in everything from celebrity endorsements to laugh tracks in sitcoms. According to a recent study, 90 per cent of respondents who recalled reading online reviews said positive reviews directly influenced their purchasing behaviour. In this digital age, the authority of social proof has free reign, and marketers must take full advantage.Customer Re-engagement and the Problem with LoyaltyAccording to Bond Brand Loyalty data analyzed by eMarketer, the average U.S. consumer belongs to more than 13 loyalty programs. However, only half of the consumers enrolled in loyalty programs are active members. How to re-engage these members presents a challenge to brands as “loyalty fatigue” sets in. continue reading »last_img read more

Offices: demand outstrips supply in central Birmingham

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Unai Emery speaks out after starting Mesut Ozil against BATE Borisov

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Feb 2019 6:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link431Shares Advertisement Emery handed Ozil a rare start against BATE (Picture: Getty)Emery is hopeful that home advantage can push Arsenal’s over the line against a well-organised BATE side.‘We need to today to come back in our home, with our supporters, pushing every minute and being competitive,’ the Spaniard said.‘They showed us they’re competitive, defensively strong and today they will continue with this defensive work and we need passion, pushing every time, being clear with our game plan to do what we want.’MORE: Barcelona make Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford their ‘dream’ transfer Unai Emery speaks out after starting Mesut Ozil against BATE Borisov Comment Mesut Ozil has been in and out of Arsenal’s starting XI this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is confident that Mesut Ozil will repay his faith after recalling the midfielder to his starting XI for the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 clash with BATE Borisov.Arsenal started the match having to overturn a 1-0 deficit after a shock defeat in Belarus and got off to the perfect start as Zakhar Volkov’s 4th-minute own goal made it 1-1 on aggregate. Shkodran Mustafi headed home Granit Xhaka’s corner to extend the Gunners’ advantage before half-time.Ozil has been in and out of Arsenal’s team this season and has only played 102 minutes of first-team football since the turn of the year, but the German was handed a rare start at the Emirates on Thursday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementHis most recent appearance came in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cardiff at the end of January, in which he captained the side, and there have been reports that Emery is wary of using him in more physical encounters.ADVERTISEMENTOzil did not even travel to Belarus for Arsenal’s first leg against BATE, with illness cited as the reason for his absence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about his decision to start Ozil on Thursday, Emery told BT Sport: ‘He’s going to play today and I’m sure he’ll play a good match.‘We need every player, we need to build up, we need to progress with the combination.‘And then in the attacking third we need in the small spaces also need one to one, one two, we need to make behind and get in the box, be efficient with the crosses and also with the head and the foot.‘We need every players. Advertisementlast_img read more

FERC green-lights Elba Island LNG Train 1 operations

first_imgLNG World News Staff The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted the permit to Kinder Morgan to put in operation the first liquefaction train at the Elba Island liquefied natural gas export project near Savannah, Georgia.The regulator granted the energy company’s request to commence service for liquefaction and export activities from the Balance of plant, terminal upgrade and moveable modular liquefaction system No.1 facilities, the notice reads.The project is expected to have a total liquefaction capacity of about 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, equivalent to about 350 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.The nearly $2 billion Elba liquefaction project’s EPC contractor is IHI E&C while the project is supported by a 20-year contract with the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.The project is currently building a total of ten liquefaction units with a total capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG.Kinder Morgan owns 51 percent of the Elba Liquefaction company, the developer of the Elba liquefaction project, while the remaining 49 percent is owned by investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners.last_img read more

6 elephants die trying to save each other

first_imgSix elephants died while trying to save each other from a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand on Saturday. Three hours later, the body of athree-year-old elephant was spotted near the base of Haew Narok, and fiveothers were discovered nearby. Around 7,000 Asian elephants remain inthe country, with more than half living in captivity.(BBC) The Department of National Parks,Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said officials responded to the areaaround 03:00 local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT on Friday) when a group ofelephants was blocking a road by the waterfall.  A herd of eight elephants died afterfalling in 1992, in a case that brought national attention.center_img THAILAND – Six elephants died whiletrying to save each other from a notorious waterfall. Officials said the incident occurredafter a baby elephant slipped over the waterfall in central Thailand’s Khao YaiNational Park.   Khanchit Srinoppawan, chief of thenational park, said the two remaining elephants were being monitored.   last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (12-10)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresTuesday (12-10)Girls ScoresSouthwestern Hanover  77     Milan  75  (OT)Richmond  36     Franklin County  33Jac-Cen-Del   44     Waldron  39Trinity Lutheran  68     South Ripley  39Oldenburg  35     Rising Sun  33North Decatur  47     Eastern Hancock  43Scottsburg  60     Shawe Memorial  9New Castle  53     Connersville  41Triton Central  88     Rushville  46Southwestern Shelby  68     Knightstown  21Seymour  67     Jennings County  59Madison  68     New Washington  49Boys ScoresSouth Decatur  97     Switzerland County  73last_img read more

Mallards’ win streak ends at 5

first_imgThe Mallards’ five-game win streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night as the WisconsinWoodchucks took advantage of the Mallards shaky pitching, winning 13-4.Starting pitcher Rusty Sellhorn put the Mallards in a bind early. The Woodchucks put runners onthe corners with only one out in the top of the first inning. Fortunately for the Mallards, Sellhornwas able to escape the inning scotch free by striking out the next two batters. This would be thelast time anything fortunate would happen for the Mallards.In the top of the second inning, the Woodchucks led off with three straight hits, two singles anda two-run home run by first baseman Brock Stassi. The lone bright spot for the Mallards wasJustin Parr, brother of shortstop Josh Parr. Justin Parr joined the team Monday and made hisfirst start for the club tonight in left field. In the bottom of the second inning, Parr got his first hitas a Mallard, finishing the game 2-for-4 with an RBI.“Even though it wasn’t the night we were looking for, it’s amazing to come out here and play infront of a big crowd,” Parr said. “It was a great experience, because it’s something I’m not usedto.”“Justin handled himself great out there,” manager C.J. Thieleke added. “We’re excited about hisperformance and composure.”In the top of the third inning, the Woodchucks led off with two doubles, eventually scoring togive take a 3-1 lead. Things continued to go downhill from there for Sellhorn, loading the baseswith one out. Thieleke had seen enough, pulling Sellhorn in favor of pitcher Dillon Napoleon. Itlooked to be the right move, as Napoleon forced Woodchuck first baseman Brock Stassi to hitinto an inning-ending double-play.“Shellhorn felt good to go, but it was a matter of execution as he struggled to get ahead ofcounts,” Thieleke said. “He failed to find his rhythm out there.”The Mallards were able to keep the Woodchucks in check during the fourth and fifth innings,somehow trailing by only one run, with a score of 3-2 headed into the sixth inning. The scorewas deceiving as the Woodchucks couldn’t take advantage of players in scoring position,leaving a total of five men on base through five innings. Someone must have told this toWoodchuck infielder Eric Fritz, as he came out in the top of the sixth inning and hit a three-runhome run to widen the lead making it 6-2 Woodchucks.Hitter of the game, third baseman Travis Whitmore followed Fritz’s lead hitting a two RBI single,giving the Woodchucks an 8-2 lead. Whitmore finished the game 4-for-5, with two runs andtwo RBI. The Mallards finally ended the inning, giving up five runs, but by this point the fanshad seen enough as most of the 6,284 that were in attendance began to file out one-by-one.Despite the empty stands, the Mallards were able to hold off the Woodchucks for twomore innings until the flood gates opened back up in the ninth inning. The Woodchucksscored five runs off of five hits, one of which was a two run homer by second baseman RobLind. This sealed the deal, as if it hadn’t already, giving the Woodchucks the 13-4 victory.Although the loss ended the Mallards five-game win streak, the Mallards edged theWoodchucks in the series six games to four. Tuesday’s game also marked Mallards firstbaseman Harold Riggins’ 35th straight game reaching base safely, which leads the league.last_img read more

Roberson, McCullough look to find consistency for Syracuse ahead of Florida State matchup

first_img Published on January 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Neither player’s contributions come consistently enough.Tyler Roberson is Syracuse’s rebounding menace off the bench one night and largely absent the next. Chris McCullough was one of the best freshmen in the country for much of nonconference play. After a series of passive appearances he’s regained his aggression but is trying to translate it into points.Both have played some of their best basketball in place of one another at the No. 4 spot for the Orange, and as SU (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) takes on Florida State (9-6, 1-1) at 8 p.m. on Sunday the two forwards will try to add consistency to their games. While the frontcourt has been Syracuse’s strength, improvement from Roberson and McCullough would give Rakeem Christmas a more complete partner in the post.“Chris started out great. He played great, great,” Jim Boeheim said after SU’s 46-45 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday. “Now we can’t get him to play bad. We’d like to get him to play bad. That would be a step up from where we are.“And Tyler gets 17 rebounds (against Virginia Tech), and tonight he’s — he was nowhere to be found. In a key possession, Rak’s open in the post and he’s dribbling the ball off his leg. I mean, we just can’t play like this and be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson’s only sporadically contributed in terms of scoring but he’s had breakout performances on the boards.His 17 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 helped prevent Syracuse from blowing a 19-point halftime lead. But it was by far his best performance in three weeks. He followed it up with an invisible showing against Georgia Tech where he only got off three shots and logged four rebounds in 20 minutes.With 7:46 left in the game against the Yellow Jackets, Roberson spoiled an SU breakaway by hanging on the rim, drawing an offensive interference call.“I’ve been coaching for 39 years and I’ve never had a player just go grab the rim like that,” Boeheim said. “I mean, what are you thinking? You’re not.”Roberson said he thought he played similarly to other performances and that more complete showings were just a matter of playing through off games.“Just to rebound, play hard and everything else will come like scoring and everything,” Roberson said of what Boeheim’s asking of him and McCullough. “So just try to do that and let the other stuff come to me.”After averaging 14.4 points per game through SU’s 69-57 loss to St. John’s on Dec. 6, McCullough has tailed off to producing just 4.3 points per game. He’s scored 30 total points since then.McCullough and teammates had said that he needed to be more aggressive. Against Georgia Tech he consistently called for the ball and looked for shots.When he was subbed out for Roberson with 12:37 left in Wednesday’s game — he banged his left knee but said afterward he was fine — he was a couple possessions removed from driving from the free-throw line and pushing in a shot that gave the Orange a 32-30 lead.He sat until coming for Roberson with 1:23 left in the game.“I’m transitioning still. I should be good,” McCullough. “I’m looking for my shot and being aggressive now. Shots just wasn’t falling today.”Both McCullough and Roberson have found ways to contribute, just not consistently or often enough in terms of scoring.“I think he’s doing a good job of contesting shots and rebounding,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said of McCullough. “And the 3 that they missed toward the end, he was up with the guards contesting that shot. So I think the offense will come along with Chris.“And T-Ro, he’s an unbelievable rebounder. I don’t know what his stats were (Wednesday), but he’s definitely going to be key for us down the road.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more