February 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Rice 3-pointer puts New Mexico St. past Utah Valley 84-82 Written by Tags: Jabari Rice/New Mexico State Aggies/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jabari Rice had a career-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer in the final second that made the difference, as New Mexico State extended its win streak to 15 games, narrowly defeating Utah Valley 84-82.Isaiah White led the Wolverines on Saturday with 21 points. Associated Press
The Environmental Lecture Series at the Ocean City Free Public Library continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 with Pat Sutton, a renowned ornithologist and naturalist, speaking about monarch butterflies and their remarkable migration.The talk will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library. It is free to attend and sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission.The series will conclude on June 11 with a presentation on beach nourishment and dune vegetation.
North East Bakery is on the look-out for more stores to grow its Nichols brand.The company has 13 shops in the north-east and will add two more before Christmas. “There are huge opportunities to get into primary retail locations in the region, which means we don’t incur greater distribution costs,” said MD Greg Phillips.The company’s portfolio includes seven Nichols shops – five of which were rebranded following its purchase of Milligans Bakery and a 20,000sq ft bakery two years ago – and six Chapel Bakery stores.The current North East Young Business Person of the Year, Phillips said the chain focused on hand-crafted products and locally sourced ingredients, which gave it a point of difference to rivals such as Greggs. It also runs promotions for store openings, such as the most recent in Newcastle: “We go into the street with samples and almost drag people in for product tastings – if we can get them through the door, the feedback is always good.”Nichols’ best-sellers in its stores are made-to-order breakfast stotties, hot carvery sandwiches, luxury sandwiches and pies, while recent NPD includes noodles, pasta, fruit and vegetable sticks to make the offer more rounded. “Bakery is at the core, but office workers don’t want a sandwich and cake every single day,” said Phillips.It is now working for BRC accreditation to grow the wholesale business, which makes up 30% of sales, to restaurants, sandwich shops, catering groups and foodservice distributors. “We’re getting more volume and are ready to move up a league,” said Phillips. “There is more capacity in our bakery that we can use.”The company, which was founded five years ago from the buy-out of the Chapel Bakery and Patisserie, has a workforce of more than 140, with a turnover of £3.4m a year.
Mr John Pearson has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in succession to Mr Hugh Evans. Mr Pearson will take up his appointment in August 2019.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: John PearsonMarried to: Leyla Werleigh-PearsonChildren: Three sons 1996 to 1999 Brasilia, Second Secretary (Political) 1992 to 1994 Madrid, Second Secretary (Political) Further information For journalists 1990 to 1992 FCO, Desk Officer, Non-Proliferation and Defence Department Media enquiries 2000 to 2001 FCO, Head of Environmental Security Team, Environment Policy Department Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook 2002 to 2005 FCO, Head of UN Reform Team, United Nations Department 2012 to 2014 Mexico City, Head of Trade and Investment 1994 to 1996 FCO, Desk Officer, Republic of Ireland Department Email [email protected] 2008 to 2012 Singapore, Head of South East Asia Climate Change Network 2014 to present FCO, Deputy Head, China Department Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn 2005 to 2008 Montevideo, Deputy Head of Mission 2001 to 2002 Masters Degree in International Peace and Security, King’s College London
In late-January, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made their debut at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which also marked the band’s first-ever sold-out show at the historic venue. The two-set performance featured a number of heavy-hitters, as well as guest appearances from Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and the West End Blend horns.A highlight of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s first set at their debut at The Cap came at the end of the set, as the quartet closed things out with an ambitious “Poseidon” sandwich, with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World” tossed in the middle. Honoring the Dead was a fitting tribute, as the iconic band made The Capitol Theatre their home throughout the years. The cover wasn’t without some sly lyrical updates from guitarist Greg Ormont, who threw in “Wake up to find out that you are the size of a squirrel” during the anthemic chorus–a nod to the historic theatre’s fuzzy mascot.Today, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has shared pro-shot video of their “Poseidon” > “Eyes Of The World” > “Poseidon” sandwich, which you can watch and enjoy below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Poseidon” > “Eyes Of The World” > “Poseidon” (Pro-Shot Video)[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continues their winter tour this weekend with a show tonight at Grand Rapids, MI’s The Intersection (2/16). For ticketing information and a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 1/26/2019Set One: Time to Ride, Totally, Melting Lights > Live It Up*, Fortress*, Too Long**, Poseidon > Eyes of the World (Grateful Dead cover) > PoseidonSet Two: Kiwi > Yo Soy Fiesta*, Burning Up My Time* > Spacejam* > The Hop* > F.U.* > Upfunk, Dawn a New DayEncore: Doc*, Schwanthem* > Colors of the Wind* (Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz cover) > Schwanthem** w/West End Blend horns** w/Mihali
In a job interview or on a first date, everyone wants to make the best impression possible. So naturally, choosing to volunteer only information that puts you in a good light, while avoiding talk about anything that might be unflattering, seems like a pretty foolproof strategy. Well, think again. When directly questioned, people who withhold negative or embarrassing information about themselves give a far worse impression about their overall character and trustworthiness than those who come clean right away, according to new research by Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty. Across a series of experiments, participants were asked to choose between two people — one who gave truthful but embarrassing answers to questions about drug-taking, bad grades, and sexually transmitted diseases, and one who refused to answer. Over and over, those who “fessed up” were preferred and viewed more positively, even after it was revealed that the withheld information was less unpleasant. Withholding an answer does more damage than most of us even realize, say the paper’s authors, assistant professor Leslie K. John, doctoral student Kate Barasz, and Michael I. Norton, the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at HBS. The Gazette spoke with John about the findings.GAZETTE: What did you set out to find?JOHN: The first thing we set out to do was to test whether there is an effect — that you view people who withhold information with disdain. The way we tried to show that is to give people a choice where we say, “Please choose which of two people you’d rather go on a date with.” One, who we call The Revealer, has divulged a lot about him- or herself and the things they’ve divulged are extremely unsavory, like that they frequently forget to tell a partner that they have an STD. The other dating option is what we call The Hider. When they do reveal information, they reveal information that’s just as unsavory, but for some questions [they] opted out of answering. The situation we set up is that The Hider is only — at worst — as bad as The Revealer, so it’s very surprising that people, again and again, they’d rather date The Revealer … [when] there’s a really good chance that The Hider has better attributes.GAZETTE: While withholding information is not necessarily the same as hiding it, your findings show that it’s perceived as the same and somehow indicative of underlying character flaws. Why is it viewed so harshly?JOHN: First, I think that it’s important to delineate the boundary of this effect. It would be wrong to conclude from this research that we should all go out and tell everybody our deepest and darkest secrets. That would be creepy and weird. But what it is saying is that in situations where disclosure is expected — for example, when you’re posed a direct question — it’s expected that you’re going to answer. Where disclosure is expected, when someone does not disclose, we view them with contempt. One reason we find support for is that people have a preference for disclosers and there’s good reason. We know that when you disclose information about yourself, this is a key way of developing intimate bonds with others, which is a fundamental human need. And so, by that logic, it follows that when someone doesn’t disclose information, we tend to like them less and become untrusting of them.When I first started this work, I thought that it was just about the specific information that was missing that people were inferring, “Oh, if they’re not divulging it, it must be the worst possible.” But again and again, we found that does not account for the effect. In one experiment, we asked people “Who would you rather hire?” There are two possible candidates and on their job application they were asked, “What is the worst grade you’ve ever gotten on an exam?” One candidate’s answer was “F.” The other person opted out of answering that question. Of course, they’d rather hire The Revealer. But the really interesting thing is we also asked two additional questions: “From zero to 100 percent score, what do you think each candidate’s worst grade was?” and “Who do you think is more trustworthy?” What we found was people think the Revealer is more trustworthy, but, interestingly, people think the Hider’s lowest score is significantly higher than the person who revealed. So it’s really not driven by inferences about the undisclosed information, it’s this trait-level judgment.GAZETTE: Why do people tend to avoid disclosure? Don’t they realize the consequences?JOHN: That’s a great question. Most of the paper focuses on observers’ judgments of people who abstain. But another important finding is, we ask “If you’re trying to make the other person like you, if you’re trying to get hired, if you’re trying to be asked out on a date, do you make the right decision of whether to disclose or to hide?” It turns out that most people think that the best thing to do in this situation is to withhold the information, when we know from the other studies that they’d make a far better impression if they just came clean. So on the surface level, the effect is driven by when you’re deciding whether to disclose or not, you focus more on the risks of disclosing. This is conjecturing a bit beyond the data, but I think one of the reasons might have to do with the way we learn and the type of feedback we get. When you divulge something really unsavory, you typically get immediate and pretty visceral feedback. If you’re on Facebook and you say something, people will comment and they’ll call you out. Or, if you say something face-to-face, you just look at the person’s face and it’s shock and awe. The risks are very salient, so we learn — appropriately — that we should be guarded about disclosing this stuff. But what we don’t get feedback on is when we fail to divulge information — the trust hit is not so salient. You can’t really see that on someone’s face, their perception of you. So because we don’t see the trust hit of withholding, we underweight it when we make decisions.GAZETTE: How did you test to see if observers were being truthful when they claimed they didn’t penalize those who came clean?JOHN: It comes back to understanding when we’re likely to get this effect and when we’re not. We’re likely to get it when there’s a job application and there’s an explicit question and you opt out of answering. Then it’s salient. Like if you’re asked, “Have you ever done drugs?” on a job application and you opt out of answering, that’s obviously very salient. Contrast that to where you’re in a job interview and you have done drugs, but you’re not even asked about it so you don’t volunteer it. Where you fail to volunteer it, the interviewer isn’t going to notice that you didn’t divulge, so at least in the short run, a better strategy is to not volunteer it.The other thing you’re speaking to is a broader and important question when you do the kind of research I do. Basically, talk is cheap, and so in some of these experiments, maybe people would react differently if they actually had skin in the game. What we did to address that potential concern is an experiment — it’s a classic paradigm from experimental economics called the trust game. We pair people up, Player A and Player B. Player A, we give $5 and we say to Player A, “You can give as much or as little of this money to Player B.”When whatever amount of money is transferred between Player A and Player B, it’s tripled. So if I decide to give $2 of my $5, Player B gets $6. Player B can then decide what to do with the $6. Player B can choose to send some back to Player A if he wants to or not. It’s called the trust game because as Player A, if you trust Player B to be fair and give you half of the spoils, then you’re going to maximize your payout if you trust them with all $5. But if you don’t trust them, you’re not going to give them any money, so this is nicely incentive-compatible. If you appropriately trust the person then you’re going to make more money for yourself. We vary whether when Player A is deciding how much money to transfer, Player A is made aware of whether Player B answered questions. Some Player Bs are randomly assigned to be Hiders, and some are Revealers. As Player A, when I decide how much, if any, money to transfer to Player B, I know whether I’ve been paired with a Hider or a Revealer. We find that when Player As are paired with Hiders, they transfer less money to the Hiders — because they trust them less — than when they’re paired with Revealers. And because they give less money to the Hiders, they get less money back.GAZETTE: Do people have disclosure double standards?JOHN: It seems to be the case. When we put people in the role of judgers, like when you judge someone who doesn’t disclose, you think they’re unsavory. However, when you’re in the position yourself to disclose, or to hide, you actually think you should hide the information.GAZETTE: What should people take away from this research?JOHN: When you’re being asked explicitly to divulge information and you know it is not particularly savory, we caution people to reconsider their natural instinct to withhold because you might be better off just coming clean and sharing that information. I think it also cautions us against being unwarrantedly harsh on those who don’t disclose information.This interview was edited for clarity and length.
ATHENS, Ga. — Agriculture policymakers, researchers and experts discussed how the recently passed 2002 farm bill will affect Georgia’s economy and its No. 1 industry during the Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture here Aug. 15.Exactly how the new farm bill will impact Georgia is up for debate. No one can know until the U.S. Department of Agriculture finishes writing the rules and regulations that will be used to implement the bill.Several experts at the symposium said the regulations could be final by the end of this month.Peanut ChangeCertainly the biggest change for Georgia under the new bill is the way peanuts will be marketed. The new program replaces the old quota-system program, which guaranteed farmers a certain price for peanuts grown for the domestic market.Under the new bill, quota growers will be compensated for the loss of the quota. The price of U.S. peanuts will become based more on world prices.Many in the peanut industry have questioned the fairness of doing away with the old peanut program.”Many people questioned the need for a new peanut program,” said U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.). “But it’s not that we had little choice. It was that we had no choice.”The old peanut program faced much opposition in Washington, he said.”But I believe that the new (peanut program) will maintain U.S. peanut production for future generations,” he said.Under the new farm bill, the 2002 peanut crop will be worth about $275 million. And due to the quota buyout, the farm-level income for Georgia peanut quota holders will increase by $70 million each year for the next five years, said Nathan Smith, a peanut economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Marketing will be key,” for peanuts, he said.Impacts All of GeorgiaThe farm bill only impacts agriculture, right? How could this effect Georgia’s overall economy?Agriculture is Georgia’s No. 1 industry. On the surface, it generates about $8.7 billion annually. Georgia’s overall economy is worth about $400 billion. Agriculture generates only about 2 percent of the state’s economy — on the surface.But if you figure in the businesses directly and indirectly affected by agriculture, farming generates about $41 billion of Georgia’s economy, said UGA Agricultural economist John McKissick.In two-thirds of Georgia’s 159 counties, agriculture is either the largest or second-largest single part of the economy, he said.The new farm bill, through economic stimulus, will add about $10 million in new tax revenue each year for the state, McKissick said. It will add about $9 million in federal revenue each year.Overall, he said, Georgia farmers and the state’s economy should be positively affected by new farm bill as long as farmers keep planting the same acreage, especially in cotton and peanuts.”It (the farm bill) will most likely improve the rural economies of Georgia,” he said.Cotton CountsIn 1998, cotton prices were 60 to 70 cents per pound, which was good for farmers. But, by 2001, due to glutted markets, the price fell to half that, said Bob McLendon, a cotton farmer from Leary, Ga. But the cotton program under the new farm bill will help Georgia cotton farmers recover. He said the new program could bring as much as $100 million in new money to Georgia cotton farmers. “That means $100 million to Georgia’s economy,” he said.Good for ConservationThe new farm bill, too, is “remarkable from a conservationist’s perspective,” said Craig Cox, executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. “Conservation is now a major player in the farm bill and will continue to be in the future.”Under the new bill, he said, the United States will go from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of acres under conservation programs.”Green payments” in the new bill will pay farmers for using their land in an environmentally friendly way.Conservation could help support U.S. farmers in the future, Cox said. Taxpayers want more conservation programs. Farmers are perfectly situated, as stewards of their lands, to improve the U.S. environment, he said. And foreign farmers will find it hard to compete for those U.S. conservation dollars.
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 26, 2017 The Chilean Army, through its Military Works Corps (CMT, per its Spanish acronym), is working on various road construction projects in inhospitable and hard-to-build areas. The road construction will promote the country’s development and the free movement of residents. Twenty-three members of the U.S. Army’s Texas National Guard visited the Chileans’ worksites to learn the procedures used in the construction of these roads and bridges. This work is part of existing cooperation agreements between the two countries with respect to reciprocity of knowledge and experiences between institutions. In March, two detachments from the Texas National Guard visited Aysén and Tierra del Fuego, where the CMT, made up of military and civilian personnel, is engaged in land-connectivity projects. “No private business can develop projects in [these] tremendously inhospitable and hard-to-build zones,” Miguel Navarro, an expert on security and defense issues at Chile’s National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies, told Diálogo. The main projects will be performed by the Ministry of Public Works. The first detachment from the Texas National Guard, comprising three military engineers, was at the Yendengaia and Fagnano camps on Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego from March 15th to 20th, to take part in the first phase of project planning and surveying at Fagnano. A second training phase is planned for April 2018. Under inclement weather Participants had the opportunity to learn the best techniques used by the CMT in mining, particularly in the use of explosives to clear rocks from the road under construction between the Rassmusen River and Puerto Navarino to connect Chile with the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of the continent. “The U.S. Army has learned a lot about the technical and logistical work of the Chilean Army in projects it carries out in remote locations with hostile climates, which show its strong capability and preparedness for responding to the needs of the country,” said Lieutenant Colonel Paul Cemiauskas, commander of the Engineer Brigade of the Texas National Guard, in a press release generated by the Chilean Army. Goal within reach The 139-kilometer route is 88 percent completed, according to the Chilean Army. In 2018, the CMT will begin designing and building the final 15 kilometers in the Darwin mountain range, an extensive chain of mountains covered by ice fields. The route is expected to be in operation by 2022. “These are jobs that last for months. Our personnel build this infrastructure to high standards in difficult conditions. The complicated geography, with rocky surfaces, impenetrable vegetation, extreme weather conditions, and remoteness from supply centers constantly puts us to the test when carrying out these projects,” Lieutenant Colonel Gerardo Weisser, commander of the CMT regional headquarters in Coyhaique, told Diálogo. “The Chilean Army has significant experience to share with the U.S. Army and other armed forces around the world. The visit by the Texas National Guard reflects the excellent relationship that exists today between our two countries’ armed forces,” Navarro said. The second detachment, comprising 20 members of the Texas National Guard, was temporarily (from March 9th to 21st) integrated with the CMT’s work groups in the sectors of San Lorenzo and Río Bravo in Aysén, to conduct the second phase of engineer training on horizontal construction in remote areas. The first phase concluded in March 2015 in those same sectors. This second detachment made up of commissioned and noncommissioned engineer officers, equipment operators, mechanics, and transport personnel, expanded their capabilities in military construction, machinery operation, surveying, and mechanics. The U.S. service members supported the CMT in the construction efforts of 5 kilometers of road between the Cochrane-Pasarela Río Tranquilo-Entrada Mayer and the Ramal-Lago Brown-Frontera stretch. The 86-kilometer road will connect with Argentina to the east of the Chilean town of Cochrane. The CMT’s temporary team also assisted in the preliminary work of building four Meccano-style modular bridges with a 40-metric-ton load capacity to replace the wooden bridges that have outlived their useful life cycle. This project will be completed in January 2018. “The instruction given to our U.S. peers will enable them to make decisions right there, on the ground, so as not to lose continuity with projects due to the conditions or the distance,” Lt. Col. Weisser stressed. “Their efforts were meaningful in carrying out our work projects.” In 2016, the CMT built 26 kilometers of roads throughout the country. “That would seem to be a figure of little relevance,” indicates the Chilean Army’s 2016 Institutional Management Report, “however, there are two factors that measure the true value of this achievement – the difficult conditions in which our personnel do their work, and the value that these kilometers have in changing the lives of a community.” The construction work done by the CMT in these “inhospitable areas, where winter lasts year-round, reinforce the sovereignty of the nation, promoting regional and national growth and progress, increasing [national] cohesion, and creating new commercial relationships and an enormous opportunity for the development of tourism,” Navarro said. The most important part of the existing cooperation agreements between the U.S. and Chilean armed forces “is the integration of the two military institutions with each other, because there is a transfer of culture, knowledge, experience, and information that assists in complementing, developing, and strengthening the bonds of unity between the two armies,” Lt. Col. Weisser concluded.
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr January is the No. 1 month when people launch new financial regimes, and nearly a third of respondents to a GoBankingRate survey said their 2016 goals include “saving more and spending less.”All sounds great, says Lauren Greutman, a budgeting expert who blogs at IAmThatLady.com, and offers a Free Financial Renovation Video Course where she walks you through how to up a successful budget, stick to it, and become debt-free. “Many people start off the new year excited about a budget, but quickly fall off the wagon, only to feel defeated,” says Greutman.Budgeting doesn’t have to be stressful. Know the likely pitfalls, and how to avoid them. 5 budgeting mistakes (and how to avoid them): continue reading »
continue reading » There are times that require bold, courageous leadership. It is in these times when you need to stop saying “enough” and act on it – even if you don’t have all the answers.“Demonstrating leadership courage – whether it’s having an uncomfortable conversation, communicating when you don’t have all the answers, or making a decision to move ahead on a new project – can be scary,” writes Forbes contributor Susan Tardanico. “Yet it’s precisely the kind of behavior that fosters trust and sets a crucial example for others to follow at a time when they’d rather hunker down and wait for the storm to pass.”She goes on to note 10 traits of courageous leaders and I encourage you to read her list.NAFCU took such a stand this week. For those of you tuned into the credit union industry, it is no secret that these community-based financial institutions have been under repeated attack by banking trade associations and their lobbyists. NAFCU stopped saying “enough” and went to work – announcing its support for the enactment of a 21st century modernization of the Glass-Steagall Act. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr