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Nicaragua Proposes Ecological Battalion To Protect Natural Reserves

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2010 The Nicaraguan army plans to form an ecological battalion this year, with five hundred soldiers to watch over natural reserves and forests with support from people’s brigades, a military source announced. “This battalion’s mission will be to watch over protected areas like the Bosawas and Indio Maíz biospheres,” both located in the Caribbean region of Nicaragua, as well as forests and the environment, the army’s head of Civil Defense, Gen. Oscar Perezcassar, told AFP. In the 19,926-square-kilometer Bosawas reserve, there are almost no guards, due to the lack of human and financial resources. The battalion is an army initiative that received the support of President Daniel Ortega, although funds still need to be obtained in order to begin the organization process and the training of the soldiers who will make up the force. Civil Defense also expects that this initiative will serve to support the ecological activities of the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Marena), the military commander affirmed.last_img read more

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You can’t make every member happy . . . you’re not a taco

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ricky Nelson hosted a Garden Party and informed us “Ya can’t please everyone, so ya gotta please yourself.” John Lydgate, a 14th-century poet, is credited with “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” And 21st century phenom giphy.com has given us “You can’t make everyone happy…. you’re not a taco.” Try harder, do more. While we all have a grasp on the concept, it’s very hard to put into practice in real life, let alone your credit union. The idea that we can appeal to everyone is difficult to let go of, as we see the value in the value prop: Serve every member your best, and then the credit union will have excellent growth. This sounds wonderful but, history has shown us, is not possible. In order to matter to the people you’re talking to, you have to show value. And value can be defined very differently depending on the person. So one generic message will never be the right message for all.Filene Research Institute shared their findings for growth in one of their most recent reports, addressing best practices for growing your membership long-term. And while you can’t effectively serve and sell to everyone, some strategies are more effective than others in offering superior member services to the majority of people, the majority of times:There is No “We” in Tacos: Not Everyone is Your TargetOnce you realize that not everyone is your target member, you can better focus on ones who are. In the world of marketing, this exercise is often referred to as Persona Development. A “Persona” is a fictional representation of an actual member and includes traits, demographics, shared interests and characteristics about this target representation. Personas are vital to the success of a marketing campaign and product offering/development as they drive decisions throughout the organization. They do so by taking member needs and bringing them to the forefront of planning, providing the team with a clear, concise understanding of goals and capabilities of your target market. Then, instead of having to work on programs and services for all possible members, you can focus on doing an exceptional job for the personas that best represent your most common (and lucrative) members. continue reading »last_img read more

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Morris II, McFarlane turn in strong performances against Florida State

first_img Published on November 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There were few positives for Syracuse to take away from Saturday’s 59-3 loss to No. 2 Florida State, but Scott Shafer is pleased that viewers got to see something that he’s known all along.“I was really pleased with the two young guys I’ve been talking about since I got the job,” the Orange’s head coach said.George Morris II and Devante McFarlane, who have spent the season buried on the depth chart behind Jerome Smith and Gulley, received the bulk of the action in Saturday’s loss. Morris led the Orange with 21 carries and piled up 67 yards on the ground. McFarlane’s 13 carries ranked second on the team and he led SU with 81 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards.With the game out of hand early and Gulley already knocked out with an injury on his first carry, Syracuse decided not to risk anything. Smith carried the ball just five times — all in the first half.The Orange turned to Morris and McFarlane. Morris said he had a feeling he would get most of the action with Gulley and Smith on the sideline — he received the second most carries in last week’s win over Maryland when Gulley was pulled because of an ankle injury. Shafer wanted to keep his team healthy, but he also wanted to see how Morris and McFarlane would fare against an elite FSU team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’ve got to be very disciplined,” Morris said. “Go with your first read and not do too much.”Morris was most impressed by Florida State’s sideline-to-sideline speed. He felt he could still break runs on the outside, but big plays were tough to come by.Morris’ day wasn’t spectacular, but running well against the Seminoles was still something to be proud of.“It feels good to say that,” Morris said. “You hung with the No. 2 team in the nation and you gave it your best shot.”McFarlane had more success in the explosive plays department. His only catch made him Syracuse’s leading receiver in terms of yardage and he busted a team-best 28-yard run during the second half. McFarlane also led the Orange with 6.2 yards per carry.“I think we’ve got two very good football players and they’re just young pups coming up through and we’re going to have them for a few years,” Shafer said, “so I was excited to see those guys get a chance and run around a little bit.” Commentslast_img read more

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Trevor Lawrence’s game-winning drive vs. Ohio State was more ho-hum than heroic

first_imgIf it ultimately leads to another national championship for Clemson, then the decisive drive by Lawrence in a game that saw the Tigers outgained — and, in many ways, outplayed — will be remembered be as epic and gripping. It was neither. It was ruthless and efficient.Even the message Lawrence said he delivered to his teammates before taking the field — “Let’s go win it; we’re built for this” — wasn’t exactly the William Wallace “Freedom” speech from “Braveheart.”None of this makes for a tremendous story. It certainly made for a hell of an ending, though. BENDER: Five storylines that will define LSU-Clemson title gameLayup 1: Lawrence drops back and finds wideout Justyn Ross for an easy 11-yard gain.Layup 2: Lawrence scrambles for another 11, taking a hard hit.Layup 3: Lawrence swims through the rush looking left, gives up on that option and sees Amari Rodgers breaking open to the right. Lawrence throws sharply off his back foot, Rodgers catches it in stride, blows up All-American cornerback Jeff Okudah and continues toward a 38-yard gain.Slam dunk: Lawrence holds the ball at his hip and fakes as if he’ll run, then stops and throws almost a jump pass to star running back Travis Etienne. He jets through the middle of the OSU defense and carries safety Jordan Fuller the final 3 yards into the end zone for the score that makes it Clemson 29, Ohio State 23.Down 2 with 3 minutes to play and the offense goes 94 yards on just 4 plays to score the go-ahead touchdown…#ALLIN pic.twitter.com/4OfXFXjdfi— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 29, 2019It took all of 78 seconds.“There were some huge plays in that game that could have gone one way or another,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day told ESPN following the game. None occurred on the decisive drive.TAKEAWAYS: Lawrence saves TigersOn Clemson’s first 12 possessions, seven of which ended with punts, the Tigers averaged 5.57 yards per play. On the last, they averaged 23.5 yards. Ohio State put up no resistance at all when it mattered most.Of course, there was an overriding reason for this, and several underlying ones.— Lawrence had performed so brilliantly at various points against the Buckeyes that they entered that final possession aware of all he could do to hurt them, and feared every last bit of it. Lawrence has never lost a game as a starting quarterback in college, and he surely won this one for Clemson.— He gets rid of the ball quickly: That was the first completion to Ross.— He runs nimbly, powerfully and authoritatively enough that he ripped off a 67-yard touchdown dash in the first half: That was there in his 11-yard scramble.— He moved in the pocket and progressed quickly through his reads: That was evident in the throw to Rodgers.Lawrence’s 107 rushing yards were an asset in the passing game, as well: That’s where the Buckeyes’ linebackers focused their attention as Etienne sneaked in behind them and encountered so little traffic after catching Lawrence’s final throw.BENDER: Ohio State victim of bad calls, but also its own blunders | AD steamed about overturn”We’d been saving that little play-action to Travis the whole game,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told ESPN. “It just felt like it was the right time to call it right there, and it hit.” The winning drive in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl was so easy, it almost seemed there was no greatness to it. Four plays, 94 yards, touchdown, victory, book the flights to New Orleans. It had all the drama of 30-second television commercial.Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence emerging as a hero in the Tigers’ College Football Playoff semifinal victory over Ohio State ought to have required something heroic, no? Instead, it looked like LeBron James in a layup line.last_img read more

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NURSE CAUGHT ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING SAID SHE WAS ON DUTY

first_imgA nurse who was caught by Gardai using her mobile phone was driving said she was on duty at the time.Jacqueline McGee was stopped by Gardai on March 15th at Knocknamona, Letterkenny.When stopped Ms McGee, 50, asked Garda Paul McGee what he thought of the Croke Park II agreement. Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told Letterkenny District Court that his client was a nurse and was on duty at the time.He said she was taking a call in relation to a patient.Ms McGee’s address was given in court as 13 Margaret Street, Waterside, Londonderry but Garda McGee was satisfied this was not her address but she had one in the State.Judge Denis McLaughlin fined Ms McGee €100.NURSE CAUGHT ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING SAID SHE WAS ON DUTY was last modified: December 2nd, 2013 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:courtdrivingJacqueline McGeeNURSEphonelast_img read more

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Gardai warn of dangerous roads on another frosty morning

first_imgMotorists are again warned to take extra care on the roads across Donegal after another cold night brought further frost and black ice. Gardai have issued a specific warning about the road conditions around Burt and Bridgend. The Buncrana and Burnfoot area, especially on Slab Rd (R239) in Burnfoot is said to have treacherous icy patches.Ice and frost are causing disruptions on many secondary roads and back roads in the county. Met Eireann’s low temperature warning remains in place until 10am today (Tuesday). Frost is yet to clear in many sheltered areas. Main roads have been gritted by Donegal County Council, however motorists are reminded that they should never assume a road is ice free.Featured image above by Brona Duddy in Churchill Gardai warn of dangerous roads on another frosty morning was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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