Southland Gives Back: Abilene Christian

first_imgAn Abilene native and son of ACU alumni Kirk and Laura Wade, Hudson passed away in February 2016 following a courageous five-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with this rare strain several months earlier (September 2015), and the inaugural HW5K was quickly organized while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Cook Children’s. The P4X Foundation provides Apple iPod Touches and iTunes gift cards to pediatric cancer patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The foundation also assists Abilene-area children and families at Meek Children’s Medical Center at Hendrick Medical Center, the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, and Hendrick Hospice. “I’ve loved watching Hudson’s and Rex’s (Fleming) legacies impact the lives of people, many of whom they’ve never met,” said Karnei, a former Wildcat golfer who is pursuing his Master of Accountancy degree. “We also are thrilled that Hudson’s story is still being told all over the community and nation.” “This event has grown significantly and it’s far exceeded anything I could have dreamt of on a very cold morning three years ago when we started this race,” added Karnei. “ACU SAAC is very pleased to use this event to provide support to all the great things that P4X does for our community. Josh Fink (current SAAC President) and I worked very closely in planning this year’s race and I know it’s in great hands moving forward.” This event, which is held in honor of the late Hudson Wade, has raised over $15,000 for various cancer-based charities since its inception in November 2015. The growth and popularity of which has amazed organizer Kyle Karnei. The X in P4X is Rex Fleming, who died in 2012 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. The Abilene community stood behind Rex while he was going through treatments and made t-shirts that read, “P4X,” meaning Pray For Rex. After his death the “P” transitioned from “Pray” to “Play” when his parents Lance and Jill Fleming decided to start the P4X Foundation.center_img The first HW5K netted $5,200, which was distributed between the Hudson Wade Family Foundation and Cure Search – a national non-profit foundation devoted to the search for cures for children’s cancer. At the following year’s event, approximately $5,700 was donated to the Abilene-based P4X Foundation. Lance Fleming is the Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations at ACU. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. ABILENE, Texas – The third edition of Abilene Christian’s annual Hudson Wade 5K was its biggest to date in terms of participants and monies raised as more than 300 people came together last Saturday, Dec. 2, to generate several thousand dollars for the P4X (Play For Rex) Foundation.last_img read more



Ravena on Ateneo loss to FEU: ‘We weren’t ourselves’

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES FEU, though, had other plans in mind as the fourth-seeded Tamaraws derailed the Blue Eagles’ march to the finals, 80-67.READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue EaglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We weren’t ourselves and FEU played great,” said Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena.“It was a different FEU and we have to prepare for that and it’s going to be the same on Wednesday. They’re going to play with more intensity so we have to prepare.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo, the top-seeded team in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, displayed an unabashed confidence minutes before it faced Far Eastern University in the Final Four.The Blue Eagles were loose as they ran and jumped around in the back area of Smart Araneta Coliseum, and they needed just one win to advance to the Finals and face off against defending champion De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT FEU managed to limit Ateneo to a paltry 26-of-71 shooting while going 31-of-63.The Tamaraws outplayed the Blue Eagles in the third quarter as they went on a 20-6 run that saw them take a 58-44 lead and never looked back.“Of course, it’s sad that we lost,” said Ateneo’s Mike Nieto in Filipino. “That’s life, you just have to move on especially now we’re in a tough position. “I think we weren’t us who played in the game earlier and we weren’t in the moment. We didn’t enjoy the game a while back.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Standhardinger, Hong Kong foil Alab Pilipinas comeback Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Procurement officers undergo tender evaluation training

first_imgGiven the importance of continuous evaluator training, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was solicited to facilitate a two-day training session that will equip local procurement officers with the necessary best practice skills and knowledge of tender evaluation.This workshop, which commenced on Wednesday, will complement ongoing training sessions done annually by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).According to Chairman of NPTAB, Berkley Wickham, evaluators find themselves in the spotlight of scrutiny over their recommendations now more than ever, especially with the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC)International Procurement Consultant, Dr Julian Laskiwhich allows contractors to protest bids coupled by public audit.To this end, Wickham told the evaluators that such training will prepare them for what is to come as Guyana moves towards attaining 21st Century Public Financial Management, of which Public Procurement is a principal business area.“… The Procurement Act and its regulations in Guyana will soon be changed. In fact, the recommendations for change is already with us; and among other areas, there will be new methods of procurement. An evaluation criteria will become more specific and perhaps little more complicated… [This] is not intended to scare you but in the real world of Guyana, you will find that while in the past the evaluation process may not have been challenged, you should never confuse poor but untested past practice with proper practice,” the NPTAB Chairman posited.Meanwhile, IDB Procurement Specialist, Ivan Gaviria, emphasised the need for increased training for local evaluators ahead of the impending changes to economic conditions.“With everything that is upcoming in the country – big changes, looking towards the future and also just ensuring that public procurement and the processes therein, evaluations etc, are maintained with the principles of fairness, impartiality and transparency, I think the workshop is going to be very beneficial,” Gaviria asserted.The two-day workshop, which is being held at the Marriott Hotel, is being facilitated by International Procurement Consultant, Dr Julian Laski, who will be looking intoA section of the participants at the IDB Tenders Evaluation Workshop at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesdayvarious best practices in tender evaluation to improve the participants’ capabilities.He emphasised that the training session will serve as a learning environment where the participants will get to see mistakes so as to not repeat them in executing their duties.While there has been much controversies over years surrounding the local procurement process, these were heightened in recent time following the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission.According to the Procurement Act, among the key functions of the Commission are to monitor and review the functioning of all procurement systems to ensure that they are in accordance with the law, and monitor the performance of procurement bodies with respect to adherence to regulations and efficiency in procuring goods and services and execution of works.Back in August, based on a report filed by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, the PPC found that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson breached procurement laws with the award of a consultancy contract to Dutch firm LievenseCSO for the feasibility study and design of the new Demerara River crossing.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) recently submitted the findings of the PPC to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for criminal investigations to be carried out. It was reported that Minister Patterson was questioned on the matter during a visit to SOCU’s Headquarters on Monday.last_img read more

Remi Garde calls for solidarity after hapless Aston Villa are thrashed at Everton

first_imgRemi Garde says he is aware of the huge task he faces to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League after the top flight’s basement side were thrashed 4-0 at Everton.Doubles for Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku embarrassed the Midlands club at Goodison Park as the Villans remain without a victory since August.The heavy defeat leaves Villa five points from safety, but Garde called for solidarity within the club as they look to stage an unlikely escape.“I knew that the task and the mission was very difficult but nobody will let it down,” said the Frenchman.“The players know that. We are all in the same boat and we are going to stick together because we have no other solution.”Villa’s chances in the game were, in truth, over by half time after the Toffees opened up a three-goal lead, and Garde recognised the huge gulf between the two sides.He added: “I think today the difference between the two teams was probably too high.“I was disappointed after the first goal. The second half was a bit better but we were already 3-0 down.”last_img read more


first_imgThere was disappointment for Letterkenny athlete Danny Mooney who failed to make it to the final of the 1,500 metres final.The Letterkenny AC man finished 6th in his heat this morning.His team-mate John Travers did qualify for the final as a fastest loser with a PB of 3.41.37. ATHLETICS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MOONEY IN PRAGUE was last modified: March 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe brothers with their international caps.Two heads are certainly better than as two Donegal brothers can now testify to!The brothers, Sean and Padraig McGettigan, received international caps for basketball at an awards ceremony on Friday last in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin.Sean represented Ireland on the U17 international team and Padraig represented Ireland on the U15 international team. Sean and Padraig play basketball for St. Eunans College and are now in preparations for the European Championships.Well done lads.TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE FOR BASKETBALL BROTHERS! was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:basketballdonegalLETETRKENNYMcGettigan brotherslast_img read more

Airasia X and VietJet prove they’re safe with IOSA certificate regularly check all 430 airlines on the site to ensure their safety and in flight product ratings are accurate and up to date. Over the past few weeks there have been some significant safety and in flight product rating changes which we highlight below:Virgin Australia: In flight product rating change from 5/7 to 6/7. This change in rating reflects the improvements across domestic economy class to include meals, snacks and non alcoholic beverages complimentary on every flight.  You can read more about the change to in flight service on economy flights within Australia here.AirAsia X: Safety rating change from 4/7 to 6/7. AirAsia X, the long haul arm of AirAsia became, on April 11th 2015, the first of the AirAsia group to receive IOSA certification.’s safety rating system, explained in full here, places a large emphasis on airlines having IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certification and to see AirAsia embark on this accreditation process is a great win for the thousands of passengers that fly with this succesful carrier every day. Editor In Chief, Geoffrey Thomas, states “The total accident rate for IOSA-registered carriers was more than three times better (1.09 vs. 3.32) than the rate for non-IOSA carriers over 2013/2014.”He continues, “Significant differences like this year after year proves that IOSA works and it is why we place so much emphasis on IOSA certification in our safety rating system.”         Read: Our on board review of AirAsia XWe will continue to update the public as more divisions of AirAsia are certified with IOSA. VietJet Air: Safety rating change from 3/7 to 5/7.VietJet Air, Vietnam’s number one Low Cost Carrier, like AirAsia X, has also applied for and received their IOSA certification resulting in a jump in their safety rating. VietJet Air now has the same safety rating as national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.          Read: Our on board review of Vietjet Air. Questions or comments? Email us herelast_img read more

The Case for Creating Value Before Claiming Value

first_imgThe devil is never a maker,The less that you give, you’re a taker.— Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and HellMy friend Mike asked where he could find this post on my site. I hadn’t yet written it, even though the idea exists in a bunch of posts here.Your Intentions MatterYour intentions matter. Continually banging away at your dream client asking for an appointment to pitch them is all about you. You want an appointment. You want to do a needs analysis to help them discover the gaps in their performance. You want a chance to compete for their business. That’s all well and good (and necessary), but what’s in it for your dream client?By creating value for your client by providing them with ideas, insight, and value in front of an opportunity, you establish that your intention is to create value for them–not just claim value for yourself. You also do this by creating value through the sales process.Your intentions betray you, for good or for ill.You Become KnownWhen you create value in front of an opportunity, sharing value-creating ideas with your dream client, you become known. You have no idea when an opportunity it going to present itself or when your dream client is going to become dissatisfied enough to take action. At that point, you are either known, or you are not.You are not a secret agent. You need to be visible, accessible, and well known long before there is ever an opportunity. Creating value in front of a deal makes you known.You Build Your CredibilityIt isn’t enough to be known. One salesperson has called me every quarter for over ten years. He is always “Just checking in to touch base.” In ten years he has never once shared a useful idea, provided me with a unique view on an industry trend, or warned me of something I might be getting wrong.When you create value before claiming any, you are not only known, you are known as a value creator. Your credibility grows when you prove you have business acumen and the situational knowledge.You Demonstrate Your CommitmentThe hapless, helpless salesperson above isn’t really committed to working with me. If he was, he wouldn’t call every 90 days with no communication between quarters.Continually creating value before claiming any demonstrates that you are in this thing for the long haul, that you aren’t going to give up, give in, and call it quits. It demonstrates commitment and persistence, two qualities your dream client hopes you have when it comes to helping them produce better results.Deposits Before WithdrawsYou can’t withdraw value from an account where you have made no deposits. If you try to, you quickly discover that you are overdrawn and that there is a penalty to be paid. That penalty is usually a loss of trust and the loss of the relationship.By making deposits over time, you build up your account balance. When it is time to withdraw some of that value, it’s easy because you’ve got more than enough to cover it.QuestionsWhat do you do to create value before claiming any?What happens when someone tries to claim value from you before they’ve created enough? How do you feel about that person?When you need something, who do you call? How do you know to call them?How long do you persist in creating value and making deposits before you can claim any part of the value you create?last_img read more

Obama to Propose $1 Billion Climate Resilience Fund

first_imgPresident Barack Obama yesterday used a visit to drought-parched California to announce that his 2015 budget request to Congress, to be released in early March, will include a proposal to create a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund.” But details on how the money would be spent are scarce so far—and the plan is likely to face tough questions in Congress, which would have to approve the spending.“We have to be clear: A changing climate means that weather-related disasters like droughts, wildfires, storms, floods are potentially going to be costlier and they’re going to be harsher,” Obama said on 14 February during a visit to a farm operated by Joe and Maria Del Bosque in Los Banos.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To help farmers and U.S. communities prepare, Obama said he will request “new funding for new technologies to help communities prepare for a changing climate, set up incentives to build smarter, more resilient infrastructure.  And finally, my administration will work with tech innovators and launch new challenges under our Climate Data Initiative, focused initially on rising sea levels and their impact on the coasts, but ultimately focused on how all these changes in weather patterns are going to have an impact up and down the United States—not just on the coast but inland as well—and how do we start preparing for that.”The fund is intended to be “part of a broader approach to dealing with the challenge represented by climate change that the President put forward in his Climate Action Plan” last year, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.It is not yet clear exactly how much of the proposed funding would be entirely new money, how much would be shifted from canceled programs, and how much is already earmarked for programs that would be folded into the new fund. White House officials have also been vague about which agencies, programs, and activities would be included in the fund.Some hints, however, can be gleaned from a report released last March by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). In a letter to Obama, PCAST suggested that the Department of Homeland Security might be put in charge of developing domestic “climate preparedness plans,” while the Department of Defense could play “the lead role for … involving events overseas that affect our national security.”It also called for the creation of a National Commission on Climate Preparedness—which Obama created this past November—to produce “an overall framework and blueprint for ongoing data collection, planning, and action,” including a survey of infrastructure, from highways and seawalls to water and power plants, that might need investment to cope with climate shifts.On the research front, PCAST suggested that the White House science adviser, now John Holdren, work with agencies to “coordinate and prioritize Federal funding for research on climate change adaptation.”The White House’s climate fund proposal appears to be an effort to follow through on those ideas—and package them in a way that might build public and Congressional support. “[T]he consequences from severe weather events is I think evident to everyone across the country—red states, blue states, purple states, big communities, small communities, big businesses, small businesses, agriculture and the like.” Carney told reporters yesterday.  “[T]he idea of a Climate Resilience Fund is something that should be, and we expect will be supported broadly across the country.”The Republican chair of the House of Representatives science committee, however, was not impressed. “In order to push his costly climate change agenda, the President is once again linking extreme weather to climate change—with no scientific support,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) in a statement. “Drought is a serious problem that should not be used to justify a partisan agenda or a new billion dollar climate change fund.” The United States has already spent tens of billions of climate change issues over the past 5 years, Smith noted. “And what do we have to show for that money?”Partisan politics aside, the proposed fund is likely to face scrutiny in Congress, which will be facing constrained spending limits in the 2015 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October. Although some portions of the plan—such as funding for infrastructure improvements that could create jobs—are likely to be popular with many lawmakers, they will still have to come up with money to fund them. Another potential obstacle is that any White House proposal to consolidate or eliminate existing programs traditionally spurs extensive pushback from affected constituencies. That suggests the climate resilience fund will, itself, have to show some resilience to become political reality.last_img read more