February 27

Transformation Tours: Volume II, Our Internal Culture Transforming

first_imgOver these past few days, I was reminded why the internal culture at Dell Technologies is built on both diversity, and a legacy of good. I was also happy to learn that we are orchestrating an elite internship program, designed to recruit top talent from universities all around the globe.This is stop #2 on my transformation tour. If you haven’t guessed it, the key staple in this series is transformation. To be honest, it’s really all I have been thinking about lately. It’s discussed frequently in my part-time graduate school MBA program at UMass Lowell. It’s talked about in the Wall Street Journal, and other technology-centric forums. But most importantly, it’s engraved within our mission at Dell Technologies. Right now, our goal remains to accelerate transformation for our customers by enhancing their infrastructure, and setting them up to be successful in this new digital age. Michael Dell has referred to this as the next Industrial Revolution – and the coolest part about this new digital age, is that we’re still at the very beginning of it!But the more I think about transformation, the more I am realizing that it is also happening internally at Dell Technologies through various initiatives.An Absolutely Elite Internship Program I had the honor of speaking to our interns at Dell last week. My first message to them was simple, “welcome to the best intern program in technology.” As a former intern (at heritage EMC) back in 2013, I quickly realized how impact driven our program was. I left equipped with career resources, an upgraded skillset, and a network that I am still in communication with today.However, this program has been completely transformed – and in its current state right now, it is absolutely elite! I applaud the Dell University Relations team on the transformation of our internship program. To learn more about it, visit our University Relations page: https://jobs.dell.com/studentsIn speaking with our interns, I encouraged them to find ways to showcase their competitive advantages. There is no set formula to a perfect internship, but there are a few skills that can help you stand out. I challenged them to explore unique ways to add value within their teams – and most importantly, to never be afraid to ask questions or step outside their comfort zones.You can find a recap of my presentation here–take a look and let me know what you think!“Fun afternoon today chatting with the @Dell interns about hoops, social media, and building a personal brand!! #DellInterns2017 pic.twitter.com/9Qfhr3Amwf“— Greg McCarthy (@GMcCarthy24) July 20, 2017Share “The time is now ⏰ to join @GMcCarthy24 and #Dellinterns2017 to talk about building a personal brand and how to #yolo to the max! pic.twitter.com/yb2gA8umVm“— Megan Evangelista (@EvangelistaMeg) July 19, 2017Share “Loved hearing @GMcCarthy24 ‘s new definition of “real world YOLO” as it relates to professional development! #DellInterns2017“— Samantha Miller (@samanthamillerr) July 19, 2017Share “”Don’t be afraid to question the way things are done.” – @GMcCarthy24 #DellInterns2017“— Rachel E. McLean (@rachelemclean) July 19, 2017Sharecenter_img Celebrating the 6th Annual Dell STEM Day for Eureka! “Very fun Friday today leading workshops on social media and building a personal brand for the 6th Annual @Dell STEM Day for Eureka! pic.twitter.com/UDBSYUzibi“— Greg McCarthy (@GMcCarthy24) July 14, 2017Share So how is our culture being transformed? Well, we welcomed 30 girls from the Girls Inc. Eureka! program into the Dell EMC headquarters on Friday, July 14th for an interactive day filled with remarks by Chief Diversity Officer, Jackie Glenn, team building workshops on professional development + social media, and a panel discussion.Friday is always a fun day in the business world, but this was a particularly fun Friday. During my workshop with the girls, I was very impressed by their determination. As a member of the Social Business Team, it was interesting to discuss the topic of social media with them. Popular platforms amongst the younger generation included: Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter – with no love at all for Facebook. Overall, it was an amazing day, and I had a blast interacting with the girls during our workshop.last_img read more

September 19

Crowd jeers Russia’s heavyweight gold medal winner

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal to a chorus of boos from the crowd yesterday after beating Kazakhstan’s Vasily Levit on a unanimous points decision.Levit, whose world champion opponent required medical attention for a cut in the third and final round, had to settle for silver despite seeming to land more punches and steer the fight.The bronze medals went to losing semi-finalists Rustam Tulaganov of Uzbekistan and Erislandy Savon of Cuba.The majority of the audience, in a Riocentro arena that was barely half full, reacted to the score announcement with derision while a pocket of Russian fans waved flags and celebrated.There were more boos during the medal ceremony, although Levit gestured for silence by putting a finger to his lips.The judges score cards had Levit narrowly ahead after the first round, with two out three giving it to him, but they were unanimous in giving the second to the Russian.Levit, who prevented the world champion from using his height and longer reach to any effect by smothering him, steered the Russian repeatedly on to the ropes and came on strong in an often scrappy third round.Both men hit out wildly, with Tishchenko slipping on the canvas and momentarily losing his balance as they grappled.The referee called a halt with 51 seconds remaining for inspection of a cut, more common now that Olympic boxers no longer wear head guards, before the fight resumed and ended in a flurry of punches.Russian athletes have been regularly booed in Rio as a result of the country’s doping scandal that has overshadowed the Games, but Tishchenko faced plenty of questions about the scoring.To his increasing irritation, he was asked whether he considered himself a worthy winner and whether he agreed with the outcome.If the judges gave me the medal, they had reasons for it,” he said, speaking through a translator.“For sure I am really upset about this (booing) because I respect my opponents and all the crowd,” he added. “I just cannot understand why they booed in such an outrageous way.”Levit, who put his silver medal in his pocket as he left the arena after the award ceremony rather than keeping it around his neck, refused to criticize anyone and told reporters his opponent deserved a better reception.“There is a solidarity between fighters and I think that every boxer that comes to the ring deserves respect,” said the Kazakh.“In my head I was thinking that I won and the coaches were quite happy with me and told me I did everything they asked me to do for the fight. But you see how it ended up.”last_img read more

August 12

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

first_imgRoughly five hours after an internal email went out to employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, Amazon appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake.“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error. There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 p.m. Eastern time. Spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what happened.The initial internal email, which was disseminated widely online, told employees to delete TikTok, a video app increasingly popular with young people but also the focus of intensifying national-security and geopolitical concerns because of its Chinese ownership. The email cited “security risks” of the app.An Amazon employee who confirmed receipt of the initial email but was not authorized to speak publicly had not seen a retraction at the time of Amazon’s backtrack.Amazon is the second-largest U.S. private employer after Walmart, with with more than 840,000 employees worldwide, and moving against TikTok would have escalated pressure on the app. It is banned on employee phones by the U.S. military and the company is subject to a national-security review of its merger history. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the government was “certainly looking” at banning the app.Chinese internet giant ByteDance owns TikTok, which is designed for users outside of China; it also makes a Chinese version called Douyin. Like YouTube, TikTok relies on its users for the videos that populate its app. It has a reputation for fun, goofy videos and is popular with young people, including millions of American users. But it has racked up concerns such as censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government; the threat of sharing user data with Chinese officials; and violating kids’ privacy.TikTok said earlier in the day that Amazon did not notify it before sending the initial email around midday Eastern. That email read, “The TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email.” To retain mobile access to company email, employees had to delete the TikTok app by the end of the day.“We still do not understand their concerns,” TikTok said at the time, adding that the company would welcome a dialogue to address Amazon’s issues. A spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment Friday evening.TikTok has been trying to appease critics in the U.S. and distance itself from its Chinese roots, but finds itself caught in an increasingly sticky geopolitical web.It recently named a new CEO, former Disney executive Kevin Mayer, which experts said could help it navigate U.S. regulators. And it is stopping operations in Hong Kong because of a new Chinese national security law that led Facebook, Google and Twitter to also stop providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.Pompeo said the government remained concerned about TikTok and referred to the administration’s crackdown on Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE. The government has tried to convince allies to root Huawei out of telecom networks, saying the company is a national-security threat, with mixed success; Trump has also said he was willing to use Huawei as a bargaining chip in trade talks. Huawei has denied that it enables spying for the Chinese government.“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo said, and added that if users downloaded the app their private information would be “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”A U.S. national-security agency has been reviewing ByteDance’s purchase of TikTok’s precursor, Musical.ly. Meanwhile, privacy groups say TikTok has been violating children’s privacy, even after the Federal Trade Commission fined the company in 2019 for collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent.Amazon may have been concerned about a Chinese-owned app’s access to employee data, said Susan Ariel Aaronson, a professor at George Washington University and a data governance and national-security expert. China, according to the U.S. government, regularly steals U.S. intellectual property.Part of Amazon’s motivation with the ban, now apparently reversed, may also have been political, Aaronson said, since Amazon “doesn’t want to alienate the Trump administration.”Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, are frequent targets of President Donald Trump. Bezos personally owns The Washington Post, which Trump has referred to as “fake news” whenever it publishes unfavorable stories about him. Last year, Amazon sued the U.S. government, saying that Trump’s “personal vendetta” against Amazon, Bezos and the Post, led it to lose a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon to rival Microsoft. Meanwhile, federal regulators as well as Congress are pursuing antitrust investigations at Amazon as well as other tech giants.TikTok has content-moderation policies, like any social network, but says its moderation team for the U.S. is led out of California and it doesn’t censor videos based on topics sensitive to China and would not, even if the Chinese government asked it to. As for sharing U.S. user data with the Chinese government, the company says it stores U.S. user data in the U.S. and Singapore, not China; that its data centers are outside of China; and it would not give the government access to U.S. user data even if asked.Concerns about China are not limited to the U.S. India this month banned dozens of Chinese apps, including TikTok, because of tensions between the countries. India cited privacy concerns that threatened India’s sovereignty and security for the ban. India is one of TikTok’s largest markets and had previously briefly banned the app in 2019 because of worries about children and sexual content.last_img read more

August 6

Westport Winery’s Kim Roberts Contributes to “Have Fort Will Travel”

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery co-owner Kim Roberts was a contributing author of the newly published book Have Fork Will Travel: A Practical Handbook For Food & Drink Professionals. In all, 50 different topics are covered in as many chapters and 542 pages. This book is a collaborative effort by 70 industry experts in 24 countries, thus launching the winery’s success story onto the international stage. The book is available on Amazon or through the World Food Travel Association.Roberts’ contribution focuses on the case study of Westport Winery’s branding success in just six years. The story of this small, family-owned winery well outside of Washington State’s most famous wine regions is a testament to the relationship the family and their team have built with the winery’s guests. In the book Roberts writes, “The goal of Westport Winery & Vineyards By-the-Sea is that of a great wine. Be approachable and top-quality, be memorable and offer a strong sense of place at a great value.”Roberts has previously written two mysteries Luna Sea and Poi Son. These books are available on Amazon and at Westport Winery. She was the previous recipient of the Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association Best General Column award. The Westport Winery success story has been covered by numerous newspapers, magazines and television features including a story for the 100th anniversary of the Washington State University Extension Program.last_img read more

December 18

Brand South Africa launches Play Your Part Television Series

first_imgThe new season of the Play Your Part Television Series celebrates South Africans who continue to move the country forward. It started on 26 August on SABC.The Play Your Part TV series starts on SABC 2 on 26 August 2017. It celebrates South Africans who are doing their bit for the country. (Image: Musa Sibisi)Brand South Africa partnered with the SABC to air a 26-part Play Your Part Television Series celebrating South Africans who have played their part in the progress the country has made and continues to make, and encouraging all other South Africans to each play their part.Presented by Kabelo Mabalane, the series has been launched at the SABC on 23 August 2017 and aired at 18h00 on Saturday 26 August 2017.Click here to watch some behind-the-scenes footage.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 17

Weekly Wrapup: Tim Berners-Lee Interview, Google Chrome OS, Social Network Stats, And More…

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup, our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week, we feature an in-depth interview with the inventor of the Web Tim Berners-Lee. We also cover and analyze the surprise announcement of a Chrome OS (Google’s new operating system for netbooks), investigate a raft of new statistics from social networks, analyze the impact of ‘freeconomics,’ and more. This week we soft-launched a new design for ReadWriteEnterprise, and you can check out our latest posts in that channel. We also update you with the latest from our channel ReadWriteStart, dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Introducing the ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community ManagementOur First Premium Report for Businesses Recently we released our first premium report: The ReadWriteWeb Guide to Online Community Management. It’s been in the works for more than four months and we believe it’s unlike anything else you’ve seen. Businesses seeking to engage with online communities on their own websites or all around the social web will find the guide invaluable in getting up to speed on the state of the art and making sure their employees have the foundation they need to be effective. The end product is in two parts. Part one is a 75 page collection of case studies, advice and discussion concerning the most important issues in online community. Part two is a companion online aggregator that delivers the most-discussed articles each day written by experts on community management from around the web. The Guide is available for purchase at a price of $299. (You won’t be charged until you complete a few simple steps on that page.) You can download a free sample section of the report here. Web TrendsReadWriteWeb Interview With Tim Berners-Lee During my recent trip to Boston, I had the opportunity to visit MIT. At the end of a long day of meetings with various MIT tech masterminds, I made my way to the funny shaped building where the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its director Tim Berners-Lee work. Berners-Lee is of course the man who invented the World Wide Web 20 years ago. In Part 1 of the interview we cover the emergence of Linked Data and how it is being used now even by governments. InPart 2 of the interview we discuss how previously reticent search engines like Google and Yahoo have begun to participate in the Semantic Web in 2009, user interfaces for browsing and using data, what Tim Berners-Lee thinks of new computational engine Wolfram Alpha, how e-commerce vendors are moving into the Linked Data world, and finally how the Internet of Things intersects with the Semantic Web.Who Uses Social Networks and What Are They Like? A new study by Anderson Analytics looks into the demographics and psychographics of social networking users on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn with a goal of providing marketers with information about users’ interests and buying habits as related to their network of choice. The end result is a detailed look at the profiles and habits of social networking users on the web today. Some of the study’s findings echo things we’ve already heard. For example, Facebook users tend to be old, white, and rich. MySpace users are young…and fleeing. Other info is new: Twitterers are more likely to have a part-time job, LinkedIn users like to exercise and own more gadgets. See also Part 2 of this post for details on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Facebook’s Own Estimates Show Declining Student Numbers; Now More Grandparents Than High School Users How fickle are kids these days? Just when all the grown ups started figuring out Facebook, college and high school users have declined in absolute number by 20% and 15% respectively in a mere six months, according to estimates Facebook provides to advertisers that were archived for tracking by an outside firm. Facebook users aged 55 and over have skyrocketed from under 1 million to nearly six million in the same time period. There are more Facebook users over 55 years old today than there are high school students using the site.Grandma and Grandpa showed up to have a conversation, but Billy and Sally were gone. Facebook cannot be excited about this.Does Twitter Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize? Maybe Not Yet, But It Could Someday It’s hard to imagine anything more far out than the suggestion that the founders of Twitter be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, especially since the people who invented the internet never were. But that’s what Deputy National Security Advisor, Mark Pfeifle, argues this week in The Christian Science Monitor, because of the company’s role in supporting the ongoing uprising in Iran. Pfeifle isn’t the only one making this argument, either.I think the idea is serious enough to warrant some closer consideration. I think those little narcissistic bites of information and the platform people publish them on are serious enough to warrant taking this opportunity to consider what it all really means. You might assume that these most recent platitudes are just about Twitter’s celebrated role in Iran – but in fact there’s a lot more going on. Twitter is changing the human experience in important ways, for those fortunate enough to experience it.Free: It Works, It Cries, It Bites Chris Anderson’s new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (available for free in text form and as an audio book), is stirring controversy and a spicy conversation around the blogosphere. The current wave of discussion started with a critical review by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. In his review, Gladwell defends journalism and goes negative on “Free.” Seth Godin, who till then had stayed out of the debate, penned an instantly classic Godin post titled “Malcolm is wrong.”Mike Masnick followed on TechDirt with an insightful post in which he attributes some of Gladwell’s confusion to the way that Anderson wrote the book. Masnick says that the book does not provide enough details on the mechanics and applications of Free. (I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment on that.) Fred Wilson joined the conversation with a sharply delivered post on Freemium and Freeconomics. He gives examples of the kinds of Free that actually work.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYA Word from Our SponsorsWe’d like to thank ReadWriteWeb’s sponsors, without whom we couldn’t bring you all these stories every week!Mashery is the leading provider of API management services.WeeBiz, a business community where you can find and share new business opportunities.Domain.ME, the official registry for all .ME Domains.SiSense, Analytics, Reports and FiltersMollom, stop comment spam and build your community.Crowd Science gives you detailed visitor demographics.hakia is a semantic search engine.Rackspace provides dedicated server hosting.Socialtext brings you 5 Best Practices for Enterprise Collaboration SuccessAplus provides web hosting services for small business hosting needs.Wix, stunning Flash Websites for FreeMediaTemple provides hosting for RWW.SixApart provides our publishing software MT4. richard macmanus Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWriteEnterpriseOur channel devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Sponsored by Socialtext.Smibs Could Rival Both LinkedIn & Salesforce.com After being in beta for a year, Smibs has launched their SaaS business software into full production mode. The initial series of applications, with more planned for the future, include a Web-based CRM called Doorbell, and the Smibs Network, a business networking service. LinkedIn has largely wasted its potential to be anything other than personal promotion, and Salesforce.com CRM focuses almost solely on internal collaboration. While it has a long way to go to truly compete with either, the way that Smibs bridges the gap between public business networking and in-group workflows makes it a serious future contender.John Hagel Interview: Implications of the Shift Index for EnterprisesJohn Hagel, perhaps best known for his book The Only Sustainable Edge, has been one of the leading strategic thinkers for decades. Recently, as Co-Chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, he unveiled the Shift Index. This is a fascinating way to look at the economy and goes well beyond the traditional GDP and employment measures. Have a strong cup of coffee before reading or listening to this interview. This is important for enterprises as they think about the big picture related to social media, changing demographics, and increased global competition. It is also valuable for enterprise software vendors as they seek to articulate the value of their products to these clients.ReadWriteStartOur channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Six Reasons to Stick with Your Startup: Survival Stories from the Trenches Starting a new tech company is a labor of love. Particularly in the beginning, when funds are low, expectations are high, and the product is still a twinkle in the developer’s eye, stressful situations under external pressures can lead to pull-the-plug moments.When we interviewed Pandora founder Tim Westergren last week, he shared his personal brush with startup death: In 2007, it seemed that the music-streaming site would have to declare bankruptcy and close shop. Pandora’s success is one reason to stick with your own startup. Here are six more.SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsThe Google OS Becomes Reality: Google Announces the Google Chrome OS Just after we heard a number of rumors about the possible arrival of the rumored Google OS this week, Google actually went ahead and announced that it will indeed release its own operating system – the Google Chrome Operating System. For now, Google plans to aim this OS at the netbook market. The OS will only become available for consumers in the second half of 2010, but Google promises that it will open-source the code later this year. According the the announcement on the Google blog, the OS will run on standard x86 chips as well as ARM chips, and Google is already working with a number of OEMs to bring devices that run the Google Chrome OS to the market. 10 Things We’re Dying to Know About Chrome OSThis week the blogosphere was abuzz with the late-breaking news about Google’s new Chrome OS, a combination of the Chrome browser and windowing system running on top of a Linux kernel. But more important than what’s being announced is what hasn’t been said. People already have a lot of questions about the Chrome OS and the answers may ultimately determine how well it succeeds as a true competitor to both Microsoft and Apple, as is being widely speculated. We’ll explore some of those questions in this post. Wolfram|Alpha: The Use Cases At the recent SemTech conference in San Jose, I sat down with Wolfram|Alpha‘s Russell Foltz-Smith. Wolfram|Alpha bills itself as a “computational knowledge engine,” a nerdy and unfortunately not very intuitive description. Because it’s hard to grok, most people have categorized Wolfram|Alpha as a new type of search engine. The site got a lot of press when it launched in May, as many pundits saw it as a challenger to Google. However in our own extensive tests of the product before launch, we concluded that it isn’t a “Google Killer” and that it has more in common with Wikipedia.Even now there is still confusion about what Wolfram|Alpha is and what its main use cases will be. In this interview with Russell Foltz-Smith, we discuss what people are using Wolfram|Alpha for now; and more importantly what its uses will be in the near future.Bing and Google: Users Are Willing to Try New Things According to the latest data from Compete, Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, is still going strong, though even a month after its launch, the majority of Bing’s users still switches back and forth between Google and Bing. About 66% of Bing’s users also use Google search, and this number has held steady over the last few weeks. 30% of Bing’s users also use Yahoo Search, and about 4% use AOL Search. The most interesting aspect of this report, however, is that Google’s users seem to be far more interested in trying out a new search engine than users of other services.Transportation Apps: Are We There Yet? There are sites devoted to regional public transportation route planning, sites devoted to rail transportation, and city-wide sites for light rail, bus and ferry planning. But if you’re looking for something across cities, states or even countries, you’re not likely to find it. Why is it that with GPS applications being so advanced, we’re still such a long way from the benefits of seamless transportation? It’s doubtful that riders really care which transportation authorities are responsible for their trip. As a user, I want to be able to type in my home address and get inexpensive door-to-door transportation options to any destination in the world. There’s no reason this shouldn’t exist. If transportation authorities standardized their data, aggregation services would have no problem mapping routes from Beijing to Belize. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups last_img read more

December 12

Featured Military Caregiving Mini-Series: 444 Days in the First Year

first_img444 Days in the First Year Part 1The Phone CallMcCoy, Tabitha (2006). Former SGT Steve McCoy. Personal photo of Tabitha McCoy used with her permission.“Mama, what happened to my daddy?”  My three-year-old son asks from the back seat.It was Easter weekend and we were an hour into our three-hour drive back to my hometown to spend the weekend with my family.  I had just hung up the phone from yet another less than 5-minute phone conversation with my husband who six months prior had left for his second deployment to Iraq.Fighting back the tears of frustration from not being able to remember the last “real” conversation I had with my Soldier, I slapped on my “brave, everything is great face”, looked at both my son and daughter through the rear view mirror and said, “Nothing has happened to your daddy buddy, he just had to go work, but he said to tell you both that he loves you, and he will try to call us back this weekend.”Friday…no phone call, Saturday…no phone call, Easter Sunday…no phone callIt was beginning to feel like forever since I had heard my Soldiers voice and I was more than happy to be woken up before daylight to the sound of my phone ringing.  I was immediately wide-awake, over come with relief and anticipating the sweet sound of him saying, “Good morning baby.” However, as I reached for my phone my excitement quickly turned to dread as I read the number on the caller ID. It was not an “unknown” Iraqi pay-phone number that my husband would sometimes use to call me from, nor was it his satellite phone number.  No, this was a new number, one I had never seen before.I looked at my two babies who were still asleep in the bed beside me, and all of sudden I was reminded of the question my son asked me just a few days before, and with a shaky voice I said “hello.”Caregiver’s Advice to Professionals and Military FamiliesThe time shortly following the injury of a service member is stressful for everyone involved, and as both professional and civilian caregivers it is easy to place our focus solely upon the wounded service member. We must remember however, that the service member is only a part of an entire family system: and while the majority of the focus should be placed on the service member and their recovery, the family members have also in a sense, been wounded.The mental and physical health of the primary caregiver is such an important part in facilitating both recovery and health in the wounded service member, yet it is also something that can be easily overlooked; not only by the professionals who are being paid to take care of the service member but by the caregiver themselves.As professionals, education is key in understanding how to treat not just the wounded service member but the wounded family, and while the suggestions I make may seem simple or insignificant, I am drawing from my own personal experience; the brokenness I felt, the roller coaster of emotions I experienced, and how lonely it felt even though I was in a room full of people.  As I remember the first few days and weeks following my Soldiers injuries, I am reminded that it’s the “little things” that truly mean the most.Be genuine:  One of the first things that seemed to be the most noticeable was how genuine someone was being.  I never wanted to have someone’s pity, however it was extremely obvious when someone was being nice because they had to be.Smile:  I remember looking forward to the smiles of the doctors, nurses and volunteers in the waiting room at Brooke Army Medical Center.  It made me feel safe, it always lifted my spirits, and above all it was typically contagious.Journaling:  Offer this as an idea during conversation to the family member(s).  This may sound silly but there has been research done supporting the idea of keeping a daily journal, especially during times of stress. I kept one while I was with my wounded Soldier and I remember it becoming one of the most valuable tools I had.  A great stress reliever, and while it didn’t alleviate all stress; it did help, and it quickly became my release.  I didn’t write much, and I didn’t even write everyday, actually I didn’t always actually write, sometimes I would just “add a calendar event” on the particular day.  Either way, it helped and even now, 6 years later I will go back from time to time just to reread some of the thoughts.Eating and nutrition:  This may seem like a “no brainer” for many, but nutrition plays such an important role in our stress and anxiety management.  I remember there being days that I wouldn’t eat, especially in the beginning when my Soldier was first hurt.  I didn’t intentionally skip meals I just had way too much on my mind to worry about food.  Lack of eating and nutrition can lead to a host of other mental and physical issues that can further hinder care-taking abilities.  It doesn’t take but a second to check in with the family, or to give a friendly reminder that they too need a “lunch break”.Access to resources:  Make sure the family caregivers of the wounded service member have access or information regarding resources that may be helpful (i.e., Chaplin, therapist, counselors, gym, library, etc.).  Remember that a family may not be from the area of where their wounded service member is receiving care.   Some times just knowing where to go is reassuring enough for some, regardless of whether the information is ever utilized.Read the additional parts of the Military Caregiving mini series, 444 Days in the First Year, here:Part 2 – The Waiting RoomPart 3 – Unanswered QuestionsPart 4 – DecisionsPart 5 – Please Don’t Leave MePart 6 – Finale McCoy, Tabitha (2014). This is personal photo of Tabitha McCoy and family used with her permission.The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN Military Caregiving team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s death in June of 2008.Tabitha holds a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy, is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Marriage & Family Therapy with a concentration in Therapy with Military Families at Northcentral University, and is the Clinic Manager at FamilyWorks Therapy Clinic housed within Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.  Like what you read here? Check out the….2015 MFLN Military Caregiving Virtual Learning Event  focusing on Reimagining Your Skills as a Helping Professional: Working with Military Family Caregivers. Be sure to visit their Virtual Learning Event webpage for more information and to view archived recordings of each event.center_img By Tabitha McCoy, MSMFLN Family Development is featuring a 6 part blog series titled, 444 Days in the First Year, written by  Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is one of MFLN Family Development’s Anchored. podcast guest speakers. Tabitha originally wrote this blog series for the MFLN Military Caregiving team about her experience as a caregiver to her husband, Steve McCoy, Army SGT. Tabitha will be speaking more about her perspective of marriage from the stand point of a civilian married to an active duty military serviceman in Anchored. Episode 2| Married to the Military: Part 1. Be sure to check out her podcast being featured this summer on Anchored.Read the additional parts of the Military Caregiving mini series, 444 Days in the First Year, here:Part 2 – The Waiting RoomPart 3 – Unanswered QuestionsPart 4 – DecisionsPart 5 – Please Don’t Leave MePart 6 – Finalelast_img read more

November 29

Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “He’s like a saint,” Duhamel said.READ: South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for OlympicsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been a different life for Moo-tae. Like roughly 2 million dogs each year, he was supposed to be raised on a Korean dog meat farm, where conditions are often poor. Moo-tae may have been locked in a cage, beaten or left without food or water. Certainly, he would have been sold and slaughtered, then probably served in soup at one of many restaurants still popular among Korea’s elderly population.Koreans have been eating dog for thousands of years, though the practice has waned recently. Many older Koreans believe dog meat aids virility, though younger citizens are largely either against the practice or indifferent to it. The country has begun shifting away from dog consumption as pet ownership has increased, with one in five households owning either a dog or a cat as of 2016. Some major dog meat shops — like the Moran Market in Seongnam — have been shuttered, and President Moon Jae-in even made a campaign promise to adopt a shelter dog if he won last year’s presidential election. He welcomed a 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory in July. In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel poses with her dog Moo-tae, right, in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month — though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir.Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae — an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Duhamel, a vegan and animal lover, helped rescue Moo-tae by accompanying him on his flight from South Korea to Canada last February. The 2-year-old pup has been living with her and husband/coach Bruno Marcotte in Montreal since, spending his days doing yoga with Duhamel and making friends at the local dog park.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Park Young-ae, owner of Young Hoon Restaurant, arranges dog meats at her restaurant in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. Duhamel and her husband brought home Moo-tae last February, and his big ears, bowed legs and affable personality have made him a favorite at the local dog park. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Buddhists in the southern part of the country helped rescue Moo-tae from a farm as a puppy, and Park found him living on a monastery.“He loved to sit with the Buddhas during meditation and yoga,” said Duhamel, who meditates daily. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe this dog has some special spiritual energy.’ That was really why I chose him.”Park picked up Moo-tae last year and drove eight hours north to meet Duhamel in Pyeongchang, where she and partner Eric Radford were competing at Four Continents in a test run for the Olympic rink. Moo-tae met his new parents in a parking lot outside the venue, calmly curling up in Duhamel’s arms shortly after being introduced.“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” Duhamel said. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”Park, Moo-tae and a second dog, Sara, met Duhamel at the airport in Seoul days later so that Duhamel could fly the dogs back to Toronto. Moo-tae went home with Duhamel and Marcotte, while Sara was united with another eager family waiting for her in Canada. Duhamel’s parents, Heidi and Daniel, adopted their own pup through Park’s organization a few months later.Duhamel and Park hoped that other athletes might serve as flight volunteers coming back from the Olympics, but Air Canada was too tight on space for that many dogs. Free Korean Dogs handles most everything related to adoptions, including paperwork, vaccinations and crates for transportation, but the organization can’t afford the thousands of dollars necessary to ship each dog without those travelers.“We have to really rely on flight volunteers flying from Korea to Canada,” Park said. “That’s like 90 percent of what we do.”Korean rescues routinely have a hard time adjusting to their new homes, and Free Korean Dogs monitors adopted dogs after they’ve been paired with families.Moo-tae, though, took right to life in Canada. He’s inseparable from his new brother, a 4-year-old rescued beagle named Theo. The family also has a rescued cat, Zara, living in its small Montreal condo.“He brings a very special energy,” Duhamel said. “I meditate every day, and he sits beside me patiently while I meditate. I don’t know if he was trained to do that.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte and his wife, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, pet their dog Moo-tae, right, and another dog in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)Still, the industry persists, and despite pressure from animal rights groups — particularly from Western countries — Pyeongchang won’t completely shelter Olympic visitors from the trade this month. Area restaurants were offered government aid if they stopped selling dog meat, but some declined to change their menus, fearing they’d spurn regular patrons and be left without customers once the tourists left town.“I have been selling dog meat for decades. It is really difficult for me to change my menu just because of the Olympics,” said Park Young-ae, 60, whose Young Hoon Restaurant is nearly in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.A Gangwon province official told The Associated Press there were no plans to relocate dog farms situated near Olympic areas. There is one farm near Pyeongchang; six near Jeongseon, where the downhill skiing course is located; and 10 in Gangnueng, the coastal town that will host events like figure skating and hockey. Gangwon has 196 registered dog farms, though most are closer to Seoul.Groups like Humane Society International want South Korea to ban the slaughter of dogs entirely, while smaller groups have established volunteer systems to rescue dogs and close farms.Moo-tae’s adoption was organized through one such group: Free Korean Dogs. Founder EK Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Toronto, and she oversees adoptions that bring dogs to Canada and the United States. She worked on Moo-tae’s adoption personally.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:58US defense chief meets South Korean counterpart01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder The only remaining mark from Moo-tae’s past is physical — his front legs are a bit misshapen, possibly from abuse as a puppy.Otherwise, he’s happy as could be.“Moo-tae was so strong and calm,” Duhamel said. “That’s a funny way to describe a dog, but that’s exactly how I’d describe him. He’s so content.“We have a lady that walks our dogs every day while we’re training, and she says Moo-tae is the most popular dog in the dog park.”Duhamel, a Sochi silver medalist in the team event, is planning to do more to undercut the dog meat industry on this trip to Korea with Humane Society International. She, American skier Gus Kenworthy and American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis have appeared in a public service announcement about the dog meat trade, and Duhamel is also hoping to assist in shuttering a farm or two once she’s done competing in South Korea.She’s also arranged with Park to fly home another rescued dog when she returns to Canada. This one, though, won’t be coming all the way home with her.“I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,” she said. “As much as I would love to.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

November 28

Gagan Narang wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle, gives India its first medal at the 2012 Olympics

first_imgIndia’s rifle shooter Gagan Narang clinched the bronze medal in the men’s 10-metre air rifle event while his illustrious compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra failed to qualify for the final round in the 2012 London Olympics at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday.The gold went to Romanian Alin George Moldoveanu with a total score of 702.1 (599 qualifying, 103.1 final) and Italian Niccolo Campriani bagged the silver with 701.5 (599 qualifying, 102.5 final).Narang, who is participating in his third Games, had a total score of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Going into the final round, Narang was third. In the final round, Narang had a series of 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3 and 10.7 to give India its first medal from the London Games. It was the third time in row that Indian shooters had won medals at the Olympics. Double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver in 2004, Bindra gave India a historic gold in Beijing, and now Narang has bagged a bronze in London.Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, failed to qualify as he shot 594 to finish 16th out of 47 contestants.In the qualifying round, Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The top eight shooters qualified for the final round. Former Olympic champion and Beijing Games silver medallist Zhu Qinan of China also failed to qualify for the final round.advertisementBindra said luck deserted him during the qualification round of the 10 metres air rifle event at the 2012 London Games here Monday.”Time was running out and I had to take some risks. Needed a little luck for some shots and I didn’t get it. I am disappointed, but love the sport, love shooting so am sure I’ll continue. I think I did a reasonable job. I could have retired on a high after the Bejing gold but that would have been the easy way out,” Bindra told reporters at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.”I am glad I had the courage to come back and try again even though I have failed. I will still go away from London Olympics having learnt a lot,” said the former World Champion.Bindra hoped his compatriot Narang will bag an Olympic medal. Narang fell two short of his world record score of 600. In fact, Narang is the only shooter to have shot a possible 600 twice.”I would like to wish Gagan the very best. He shot an excellent qualifying round, think he will do very well in the final,” Bindra said. Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Meanwhile, Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The 29-year-old Narang – who shot four golds in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and was always considered a big hope alongside Bindra in the event – made up for his compatriot’s luckless show by earning India it’s third Olympic medal from the sport.Narang had given enough indications of his class in a pre-Olympics event in Germany’s Hannover by scoring 704.3 – that was higher than the world record of 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the 2006 World Cup.The Indian shooter, participating in his third Games, however, was a shade below his Hannover high, managing an aggregate of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Narang’s success has added to India’s less than impressive medal count – which now stands at 21 comprising nine golds, four silvers and eight bronzes – in Olympics history.Hockey alone has provided 11 metals (8 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals). Apart from the three in shooting, the Indians have got two each in athletics and wrestling and one apiece from weightlifting, tennis and boxing.last_img read more