By By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs November 25, 2018 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein concluded a two-day visit to Colombia on November 15, 2018, reinforcing bonds with one of the United States’ closest allies in Latin America and pledging to accelerate joint training activities with an air force he called the “gold standard” in the region. The visit was Goldfein’s first as the U.S. Air Force’s highest-ranking officer to a country that has worked closely with the United States on an assortment of regional and security concerns for decades. At the same time, Goldfein’s visit took place amid heightened regional concerns that underscored the importance of maintaining the longstanding ties the countries share. “Colombia is the gold standard when it comes to securing a country and forging a positive way forward,” Goldfein said during an address to a collection of senior leaders, junior officers, and non-commissioned officers, noting that the Colombian Air Force participated in the last U.S. Air Force Red Flag exercise. As he did throughout the two-day visit in Bogota, Goldfein praised the Colombian military – and specifically its air force – for its high performance and partnership. “As our national defense strategy states, we cannot win without coalition partners. Colombia has been, and will continue to be, a capable and willing partner of the United States,” Goldfein said. In addition to policy discussions that ranged from strategies for Colombia’s ongoing actions to defeat narcoterrorism, security implications triggered by political turmoil in neighboring Venezuela, and Colombia’s potential for training pilots from other countries in light attack, there was pomp and ceremonies that captured the two countries’ relationship. In a ceremony at the Memorial Heroes Caídos en Combate, or Fallen Heroes Memorial, Goldfein laid a wreath to honor Colombian troops lost in battle. Later in the day, during a gathering of senior leaders from both air forces, Colombia’s highest-ranking air force officer, Gen. Carlos Eduardo Bueno, told Goldfein, “The United States and the United States Air Force will always be considered our principle strategic ally.” Before departing for Washington, Goldfein also bestowed the Legion of Merit to Bueno. In presenting the award, which is one the highest honors the military confers, Goldfein said it reflected Bueno’s leadership in transforming the air force into “an island of excellence.” “The benchmark for the Colombian Air Force at all times is the United States Air Force; the United States Air Force, for us, is the reference,” Bueno said in an interview November 15th. “We have been studying with the United States Air Force, training with the United States Air Force and to have the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force for the first time in history for an official visit is very important.” While only two full days, Goldfein’s visit was a whirlwind of public events as well as private discussions with Colombia’s military leadership. It included an hour-long session with Gen. Alberto Mejia, who is Colombia’s parallel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Like Bueno, Mejia highlighted a strong and productive history of cooperation between the two nations. “You are part of everything we do and we are proud of that,” Mejia told Goldfein. “That kind of partnership is making an incredible difference.” He thanked Goldfein and the United States for working closely on both establishing and executing interoperability. Demonstrating that capacity is important now that Colombia has been designated a NATO global partner. Mejia also thanked Goldfein for Colombia’s participation in the last Red Flag exercise. But Mejia also noted a collection of difficult issues that could test the relationship. Among the challenges are the continuing threats to Colombia’s stability from narcotrafficking as well as ongoing problems in Venezuela that have triggered a flow of immigrants to Colombia. Goldfein’s trip was the most recent example of senior U.S. officials visiting Colombia this year. In addition to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley as well as U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, head of U.S. Southern Command, visited the country. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also came to Colombia when he served. For the United States, the interest is both strategic and longstanding. In 1822, for example, the United States became one of the first countries to recognize the republic of Colombia and to establish a resident diplomatic mission in the country. More recently, Mack McLarty, who served as chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton, and John Negroponte, who served in a variety of security and diplomatic positions for former President George W. Bush, including U.N. ambassador, wrote in an op-ed for the Miami Herald about U.S. relations with Colombia. “As we address an ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, Colombia represents a stable, democratic neighbor to the west,” they wrote.
I’m not really sure where the phrase was coined. The natural response would be because March is when college basketball playoffs and high school tournaments across the nation take place. High rank teams may lose, brackets are busted and therefore, insert ‘madness’. However, here in North Dakota lately, we use that term to describe the crazy weather that not only our state, but the entire Midwest has been hit with.Growing up on a ranch, where my family raises cattle, March is seen as more of a “Dark Horse” if you will. No one knows really what the weather might bring and we always hope for the best possible conditions for our livestock. Growing up and attending school in a small town, however, March was known as the best month because of state basketball tournaments. After watching ranchers in the Midwest dig through snowstorms to save their livestock; state troopers help rescue people off the shut down interstate; houses be washed away by mass flooding across the Midwest, the underdog basketball team win and more, there’s no doubt in my mind that credit union leaders can all learn a few lessons from this crazy March madness. Allow me to explain. Look for Strengths, Not Weaknesses. Ranching has traditionally been a family operation. However, it’s not always easy working with family and often can be challenging, especially when mother nature doesn’t cooperate. Growing up on a ranch, I learned at an early age, you can’t do everything by yourself. Dad would ask me to come help ride horse and chase cows, but he might ask my brother Kasey to help brand the cattle, fix fence or rope the calves, as he was better at that. Just like in the office, or on a basketball team we each have strengths, and weaknesses, but that’s why it’s important to work together as a team. In the credit union industry, as we adapt to financial disruptors, we continue to need each other. Don’t be afraid to look for the strengths in those individuals you hire on your team. You might be surprised that they triumph over a weakness you didn’t even know your credit union had. When we work as a team, we can solve problems and accomplish amazing things. It’s important that we remember, together is better.Integrity is Doing the Right Thing, Even When No One is Watching. I’m not sure when this concept started. Perhaps when I was young and mom would leave chores for us to do in the summer or maybe when my parents would tell me to go outside and practice 4-H in the arena. If I didn’t practice or put the hard work in, it would show up later in my performance when they watched me. The same can be said on the basketball court or in the board room. If you don’t do the right thing all the time, it eventually will catch up to you. Help lend a hand, take time to teach your coworker the ropes, stay late to help your teammate finish a project they are struggling with. Whatever the case might be, integrity is shown daily. If you have it, don’t lose it. If you don’t, find it. Passion is Loving What You Do. Just the other day I watched a video on social media of several ranchers digging out their cows from huge snow banks in South Dakota. This tireless work was all done just to save their animals, their livelihood and their passion. The same goes for us in our careers. Look at those long-term employees who’ve worked for a credit union for years upon years. How many CEOs say they love what they do because they want to make a difference in the lives of their members? These people obviously have a passion for what they do. Look at your long-time members. Perhaps they have been members at your credit union since they were a child. They obviously have passion for that credit union. As a leader of your credit union, it’s important to encourage your employees to find passion in their day to day work and find passion for helping our members. Whatever you do in life, find that passion. It certainly makes the hard times, a little bit easier to bear.Don’t Say it Can’t be Done. This year, all of North Dakota watched an undefeated boys’ basketball team win the state basketball tournament. This is not only a huge accomplishment to be undefeated, but this same team had several losing records, the years prior. The last time their school won a state title was in 1993, that’s over 25 years! People said they’d never win. People said they couldn’t be the first unbeaten team in class A boys’ basketball since 2002, but they were. They won and didn’t let what others said about them, ruin their determination. They remained positive and didn’t doubt that their goals could be accomplished. It’s not always easy to be positive. Furthermore, encouraging our staff to believe in themselves, your credit union mission and think positively can be a huge challenge. Finding resources that help staff believe in themselves, your credit union and that anything can be done, can ultimately lead to a more positive and fulfilling life. Obstacles Teach Us to Enjoy the View. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to take your eyes off your computer, stretch and look around. If you look up and take a break now and then, you’ll see a few things you may not have noticed otherwise. You’ll notice there are others around you facing a more difficult task than you. You might also notice how the miserable snowstorm or scary thunderstorm, turned the countryside landscape into a beautiful picturesque view. Life gets hard and no big job is ever easy, but sometimes a little struggle helps us appreciate the larger world and the beautiful life that we’re struggling for. Whether your goal is to grow your credit union, develop your team, keep your cattle alive or even win a basketball game, it’s important to enjoy the view. Keep your eyes open, your beliefs strong, look around you and take it all in, each and every day, not just after the storm of obstacles you faced. You will pass through incredible heights during your journey. Make them memorable.By the way March is going, we might all be excited when this madness comes to an end, at least those of us in the Midwest. Regardless, we can all take heart in the lessons that we can learn through the good and the bad. Great leaders look for the lessons and the opportunities through life’s crazy madness. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: myFCCU.com Details
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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing field studies in November 2017 as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.The port provided an overview of field studies that will be taking place in November 2017, including the Coastal Geomorphology, Abiotic Parameters Study, Outdoor Recreation, and Recreational Trail Use Survey.According to the port, prior to starting any studies, they will obtain any required permits and landowner permission before accessing private property.The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three‐berth container terminal on Canada’s west coast that would provide 2.4 million TEUs of additional container capacity annually. At the moment, the project is undergoing a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and requires other permits and authorizations before it can proceed. Subject to environmental permits and approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin in 2018 and would take approximately five-and-a-half years to complete.
Original Story: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the assistance of the public in locating 12-year-old Jaysen Miller. Jaysen was last seen on Tuesday, April 28 around midnight at his residence in Jefferson County.Jaysen was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with gray just below the neck on the front and gray Nike shoes. Jaysen has blondish brown hair and blue eyes. He is approximately 5’1″ tall and weighs 110 pounds.If anyone knows of his location please contact Jefferson County Central Dispatch at 812-265-2648. Madison, IN—Update: The Jefferson County sheriff’s Department report that Jaysen Miller was found safe and sound on Thursday afternoon. They thank the public for assistance.
(REUTERS) – Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for a year for failing to cooperate with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) regarding an investigation into corruption, the governing body said yesterday.Jamshed, who has played 48 one-day internationals for Pakistan, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code.“Anti-Corruption Tribunal has imposed one-year ban on cricketer Nasir Jamshed for non-cooperation with PCB ACU. More charges will be brought up in the near future,” the PCB said on their official Twitter account.The 27-year-old did not participate in the first two editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL but is alleged to have played a major role in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Twenty20 tournament earlier this year.Batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were handed five-year bans for their role in the scandal, while paceman Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz received respective suspensions for 12 and two months.
Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days, along with other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them.The school says 110 players were tested when the player returned to campus beginning July 5 for voluntary workouts. The players were all tested before the workout began, the school says. It adds that none of the players that tested positive have required hospitalization.The tests were administered by UVA athletics sports medicine.The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. They also will undergo cardiac screening before they are permitted to join daily sports functions.The school did not indicate how many others were determined through contact tracing to have come into close contact with the players infected. It also did not indicate whether any coaches or other football staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. All those found to have come into contact with the infected players will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions in that time.___San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three practices while dealing with a personal issue.Posey joins other big-name players like Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond and Arizonna pitcher Mike Leake in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports — Josh Dubow reporting.___The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.___ July 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive. The Latest: Michigan says 2 more athletes test positive Associated Press ___Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in “late July.”The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving a league team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.___
For one day next winter, Camp Randall Stadium will be turned into a hockey heaven.The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Friday that both the men’s and women’s hockey teams will host a game at Camp Randall Feb. 6, 2010. The men will face off against the Michigan Wolverines, while the women’s team will take on the Bemidji State Beavers.“For college hockey to be brought to Camp Randall is extremely exciting for us and our programs,” Associate Athletic Director Sean Frazier said. “A lot of preparation has gone into it.”The Camp Randall Hockey Classic will mark the second time in four years the Badger men’s team will play an outdoor game in the state of Wisconsin. On Feb. 11, 2006, UW faced off against Ohio State in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, a game Wisconsin won 4-2.“Three years ago, we had the opportunity to play at Lambeau, and it was an event that the players at that time will remember for the rest of their lives,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said.Senior co-captain Ben Street is one of just a handful of current Badgers to have played in the Lambeau game. Having missed most of this season with a knee injury, Street will be taking a medical redshirt, meaning he will have the chance to return next year and be a part of another outdoor game.“To be able to play in two games outdoors, it’s going to be awesome. I’m really lucky,” Street said. “I think it will be really cool to have it on campus. We’re always, I think, a little bit jealous when we wake up on Saturday mornings and see the march of people in red down to Camp Randall.”“I get chills down my neck when I hear about playing in Camp Randall,” junior co-captain Blake Geoffrion said. “Possibly 80,000 people cheering us on out there, so it’s going to be unbelievable. I can’t wait to experience it.”Both Street and Geoffrion hope the hockey game will bring with it a similar Camp Randall atmosphere that Badger fans experience on football Saturdays.“We were joking earlier, maybe we should find a way go into overtime so they can do ‘Jump Around,’” Street said. “I really don’t know what to expect. It’s going to be a really exciting event. … I remember the Lambeau game; you’re kind of numb in the first period, just kind of taking everything in. I’m sure it will be like that. There will be a lot of red in the crowd.”Some of the logistics of hosting the game — such as parking and rink maintenance — are still being worked out, but Frazier remains confident the pieces will all fall into place by next February.“One of the biggest concerns was can Camp Randall hold up to a game in February?” Frazier said. “We’re still in the final process of that. We’ve completed the majority of the hurdles. … I definitely give credit to our facilities folks who have really gone in detail about what this would look like in playing a game here.”Game times have not yet been announced, but the women’s game will be played first, followed by the men’s game.“The fact that they’re having a women’s outdoor game will help market women’s athletics and especially ice hockey,” Eaves said. “To have them combined in this venue is just a tremendous opportunity for all of us.”“It is very exciting to be playing at the stadium, especially for women’s hockey,” UW women’s head coach Mark Johnson said in a statement. “We try to give student-athletes the chance to experience something different and this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”The rink will be positioned in the middle of the field, with the ends stretching to about the 17-yard lines. Ticket prices for the public will be $25, while students can purchase tickets for $10 starting April 6.
Redshirt senior striker Alex Anthony scored 1 of USC’s 2 goals in the Trojans’ first-round win against Eastern Washington. Photo by Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanAfter an uneven come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon against Eastern Washington, the No. 9 women’s soccer team (15-3-1) will travel to College Station, Tex., to face No. 23 Baylor (14-5-2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon.The Women of Troy struggled against Big Sky champion Eastern Washington last week, taking two overtime periods to down the Eagles thanks to goals from junior forward Erika Okuma and redshirt senior forward Alex Anthony.Despite the win, the Trojans were expected to handle their first-round opponents with ease — USC cruised past Eastern Washington 3-1 in the first round of last season’s NCAA tournament — and the team will have to regroup ahead of its matchup against Baylor and change its mentality at the start of the game.“We got to flesh this one a little bit and go back to what we have been able to do for a large part of the season,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We definitely have to be a lot more focused to start games, having our shot percentage be a lot better, and that will definitely be our focus [against Baylor].”USC will continue to rely on leading scorer Anthony to come up with the goals. Her score against Eastern Washington raised her tally to 9 this season, and she looks to continue spearheading the Trojan offense. She only scored 1 postseason goal during last year’s championship run, but it was a game-winning effort against Auburn in the quarterfinals.On the other side, Baylor comes off a 3-2 win over Rice in its first-round match. The game went back and forth, with both teams exchanging leads throughout the game. It was Rice that struck first in the 17th minute, but Baylor responded quickly. 2 goals in two minutes from senior defender Precious Akanyirige and senior midfielder Aline de Lima gave Baylor a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. A score by Rice in the 56th minute evened up the game once again, and it took until the 74th minute for Baylor to retake the lead. Sophomore forward Raegan Padgett netted the decisive goal, while junior forward Lauren Piercy provided the assist for all three Baylor goals.This season, the Bears are offensively led by de Lima, who has 7 goals and seven assists this season, and Piercy, who has 4 goals and three assists (all of her contributions have come off the bench). For the year, the team is averaging 19 shots per game — almost seven on target — and has scored 32 goals in 21 games.The Bears’ defense has also been impressive this season, only surrendering 13 goals and 8.8 shots per game. By comparison, USC’s defense has allowed 16 goals and 9.2 shots per game in 19 games this season.Baylor’s road to the NCAA playoff was a long and often unlikely one. Finishing fifth in the Big 12 regular season standings, the Bears were not expected to go far in the conference tournament. However, Baylor found its form in the tournament, overcoming No. 18 Texas in the first round, No. 17 Oklahoma State in the second round and TCU in the final to win the Big 12 championship. Baylor outscored its opponents 7-2 and outshot them 57-32 in the process. The Bears’ most impressive performance came against Oklahoma State — the Big 12 regular-season champions — when they outshot the Cowboys 23-5 and came away with a 3-0 win.The Trojans will look to slow down the streaking Bears on Friday at 1:30 p.m. A win against Baylor would see the Trojans advance to the third round on Sunday, awaiting a matchup against the winner of No. 6 Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame.