Nimba County Education Officer Threatens Journalists

first_imgThe County Education Officer in Nimba County Wleh Sillah prevented scores of journalists from interviewing Education Minister George Werner as he ended his weeklong tour in the Ganta.Mr. Sillah threatened to call on officers of the Liberia National Police to keep journalists away from Minister Werner, who did not do anything much to help the situation.“Don’t go near the Minister, but if you force it, I will order police to get you all from here,” he threatened.Minister Werner and his entourage entered Nimba County from the southeast of the country, where he had been touring several schools before arriving in Ganta to also visit the Child Friendly School Campus.Journalists managed to speak with Minister Werner earlier but he asked them to meet him at his rest stop, at which time the several expatriates traveling along with him would have had the chance to talk to the media.Arriving along with the Minister’s convoy, excited journalists made their way to his location when CEO Sillah decided to show to the journalists who really should have access to Minister Werner. The journalists included those of the Daily Observer, Inquirer, ELBC and several others.“I don’t want to speak with any journalist on my tour before the Legislators ask me questions,” Minister Werner had told the reporters at the Child Friendly School Campus, contrary to his earlier promise to allow them to interview him on the results of his tour so far.Observers interviewed told journalists that there are many issues that affect education in Nimba County since the new education policy which led to the early closure of schools and they wanted to hear from what Minister Werner would say about it.CEO Sillah had been at loggerhead with owners of private and mission schools in Nimba County for what they described as his reckless statements many of which he was compelled retract with some apologies.The recent distribution of school grants in Nimba County was marked by reports of alleged fraud in which certain percentage was deducted from each school which could not be verified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Drainage Structure Replacement Scheduled for SR 37 Near English

first_imgWork is scheduled to last until early January depending upon weather condition.During that time, local residents will have access up to the point of closure, however all other traffic will need to use the official detour using S.R. 64, S.R. 66 and U.S. 150.INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews. The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a large structure replacement project for State Road 37 in English.Beginning on or around Monday Nov. 4, contractors will close S.R. 37 just under two miles north of S.R. 64 to replace the drainage structure over Bird Hollow Creek.During this time, crews will completely replace the drainage structure requiring a full road closure.last_img

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How to Hire Honest People

first_imgDr. Bruce Weinstein is on Twitter at @TheEthicsGuy.  A more in-depth version of this post appears on The Ethics Guy Blog. My father once bought a life insurance policy from an agent who was warm, friendly, and had impeccable credentials.He also embezzled thousands of dollars from my dad.It can be difficult to evaluate a job candidate’s honesty, but it’s crucial to try, and the following questions may help.Tell me about a time when you had to tell a direct report an unpleasant truth. Ross, a senior vice president, needed to tell Hazel, his direct report, that she wasn’t going to get the promotion she was expecting.“I was afraid she would quit,” Ross told me. “She has been with the company for seven years and has always done a good job. She was angry when I told her, but she appreciated that I had let her know what was going on,” Ross explained. “She knows she can trust me to be straight with her. That may be one of the reasons she still works here.”  And Ross eventually secured both a promotion and a raise for Hazel.Ross is one of the Good Ones, because his commitment to honesty ultimately benefitted his company and a valuable relationship with a direct report.Have you ever cheated, and if so, what did you learn from it?From time to time I interview high school students who are applying to the college I attended, Swarthmore. A few years ago, I mentioned to Rob, the young man I was interviewing, that I’d written a book called Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught? I told him how dismayed I was by the stories of cheating in high schools and colleges and asked him point-blank if he had ever misrepresented himself.“Yes,” he said. “My friends and I have done it more than once. School is so competitive now you have to cheat to get good grades.”Rob got a “Do not admit” recommendation from me on the college evaluation form.There are two downsides to asking a job candidate a direct question about dishonesty. First, it immediately strikes fear in the candidate’s heart, even if the candidate is an honest person. I don’t like the idea of making people squirm. The second downside is that the question seems to present a no-win situation. The candidate may reason that if the she admits to having cheated, she won’t get the job, but if she lies, she’ll be caught in a fib.But the savvy interviewer will not reject candidates simply because they have admitted to cheating. What bothered me about Rob wasn’t so much his academic dishonesty but the fact that he exhibited no remorse for having cheated and even attempted to justify it.The honest person has a strong emotional commitment to the truth, and HR managers who evaluate for character as well as competence serve their employers—and themselves–well.last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: April 9, 2018

first_imgTwo suspects nabbed in million dollar jewelry store burglaryAn extensive, multi-jurisdictional police investigation into a million dollar jewelry store theft in New Rochelle, New York, has led to the arrest of two men, according to police investigators. New Rochelle Police Capt. Robert Gazzola announced on Friday morning that early on Thursday, April 5, members of the New Rochelle Police Department, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Investigators Office, the Bergen County, N.J. Prosecutor’s Office and the Port Chester Police Department executed search warrants at various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan in connection to the Feb. 5 burglary of New Rochelle Coin & Jewelry on Division Street, leading to the arrests of Brooklyn residents Kevin Lyde and Kevin Young, both 55. Gazzolla said that during the execution of the search warrants, “several items of evidentiary value were located,” and the two men were taken into custody. Each was subsequently charged with first-degree grand larceny and burglary, both felonies.Officers were dispatched to New Rochelle Coin & Jewelry shortly before 9 a.m. on Feb 2, when the owner opened for the day and found that “the premise was ransacked and numerous pieces of jewelry were missing.” It was later determined that the suspects allegedly accessed the building through the roof.  “These arrests are the culmination of an extensive, month’s long investigation into this and similar burglaries in other communities believed to have been committed by these individuals,” Gazzolla stated. “The professionalism and cooperation among the above-mentioned department’s led to the successful conclusion of this case.” Both men have been booked and are currently being held pending arraignment. Police officials said that the burglary investigation remains open, as a third suspect still has not been located. “These arrests are the culmination of an important multi-jurisdictional effort involving our criminal investigators, the New Rochelle Police Department, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Port Chester Police Department,” Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said in a statement. “We want to thank all of our partners for this seamless collaboration to bring this two-state burglary spree to an end.” [Source: Mount Pleasant Daily Voice]Alleged thefts end in high-speed chase with couple’s child in carA Baton Rouge, Louisiana, couple has been arrested after they allegedly struck an officer attempting to arrest them and led a chase after thefts from a Lowes store. Ray, 34, and Cathrine Miestchovich, 32, were both arrested after the car they were fleeing the store in, along with their young child, became disabled. The incident began Thursday when Ray Miestchovich was spotted in the Lowes Home Improvement location at 1777 Millerville Road and identified as a suspect in previous thefts from the same location. He eventually wheeled a cart out of the store filled with $2,821 worth of merchandise without paying, according to booking documents. As he was headed to his truck in the parking lot, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy asked him to stop. Ray Miestchovich then began running to his truck, where he was met by the deputy. The deputy, in a clearly marked vest, yelled “stop, you’re under arrest,” according to booking documents. Miestchovich put the truck into drive as the officer attempted to stop him. His wife, Cathrine, struck the deputy in the arm as her husband drove away and the officer was also struck by the vehicle’s open door. Ray Miestchovich proceeded to flee in the truck, at times exceeding the speed limit in the area by more than 25 mph and driving on the wrong side of the road, according to booking documents. It’s unclear how the truck became disabled, or if the responding officer was hurt when he was struck by the truck. Ray Miestchovich was booked on counts of theft, flight from an officer, aggravated assault of a motor vehicle upon a peace officer and battery of an officer. Cathrine Miestchovich was booked on counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and battery of a police officer.  [Source: The Advocate]- Sponsor – Employee accused of fleecing grocery storeA former Hudson, Wisconsin, grocery store employee pocketed more than $9,000 in transactions, according to charges filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege 50-year-old Marty J. Borash, who managed the Family Fresh’s Caribou Coffee stand, would load up gift cards and then use those cards to pay for customer transactions. Borash kept the cash customers would hand her and did so for more than two years, according to a criminal complaint. The Hastings woman made her initial court appearance March 27 on one count of felony theft. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham released her on a signature bond in advance of an April 10 preliminary hearing. According to the complaint, Hudson police were called in June 2017 to the store, where a parent-company investigator reported an internal theft. Officers learned she had just been fired. The company reported a $13,580 loss, though Borash said she wasn’t responsible for the full amount. She confessed to stealing $9,000 since June 2015, the investigator told police. Family Fresh employees work the in-store stand at Caribou Coffee, which contracts with the grocer. Transaction programs used by Caribou weren’t initially compatible with the grocer’s cash-auditing programs. Borash, who had worked for Family Fresh since 2008, was questioned after company officials identified a variance in a gift card audit. The complaint notes a 2007 St. Croix County misdemeanor theft charge against Borash had been dismissed.  [Source: RiverTowns.net]Overnight police chase ends with man arrested, 2 injuredAn Ocean Springs man is in custody after leading police on a chase through Biloxi, Mississippi, and into Jackson County. Justin Michael Rhodes, 26, is charged with felony eluding. Authorities say the chase began on Hwy. 90 in Biloxi when an officer attempted to stop Rhodes for misdemeanor traffic violations. Rhodes refused to stop, driving into Ocean Springs and heading north on. The pursuit came to an end on Interstate 10 near the Cedar Lake exit when D’Iberville Police used spike strips to flatten the tires on Rhodes’ vehicle. The vehicle went off the road and flipped as it entered a wooded area located on the north side of the interstate. Rhodes was able to get out of the vehicle and tried to run away from the scene, leaving his two passengers still in the car. The passengers both received minor injuries in the crash and were taken to the hospital by ambulance to be treated. Rhodes was located in the area a few hours after the chase ended when a witness saw him leave the wooded area and try to enter a business. A $100,000 bond was set for Rhodes and he was taken to Harrison County Jail. Police say he was wanted on multiple charges from previous incidents in Harrison County, including one felony shoplifting charge and several misdemeanor shoplifting charges in Biloxi. [Source: WLOX News]Man found guilty of robbing home improvement storeA Solano County jury on Friday found a Fairfield, California, man guilty of robbery involving the use of force or fear in connection with the Jan. 20 theft of more than $1,000 worth of items from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Vallejo. The verdict against Lance B.H. Johnson came in the afternoon, just a few hours after the jury of seven men and five women received the case from Superior Court Judge Peter B. Foor. When sentenced at 8:30 a.m. May 4, Johnson, who is in his mid-30s and faced several other counts besides robbery, could receive 16 months to three years in prison for the robbery verdict alone. The jury also found him guilty of driving a stolen vehicle and possessing burglar’s tools. At the same time, the jury, which heard testimony and viewed evidence over three days, found true an enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon, a large hunting-type knife; and, additionally, found that Johnson was out on bail at the time he committed the offenses. Fairfield defense attorney Vincent Maher did not respond to a request for comment after the robbery verdict, and Deputy District Attorney Andrew Wood could not be reached.During closing arguments Friday morning, Johnson, wearing a light blue shirt and tie over gray pants, listened to Wood, who used a slide presentation detailing the charges and the chronology of events, recount witness testimony and restate some facts related to the robbery. One was that Johnson had in the front pocket of his pants the large hunting knife, which Wood showed the jurors, saying the handle and several inches of the shiny knife blade were visible when Johnson entered the Lowe’s store. While at Lowe’s, Johnson, visible in surveillance video, Wood recalled, placed several high-priced items on a flatbed cart and headed in the direction of the garden area of the store. After ducking behind a pot in the garden area, he drew the attention of a female Lowe’s employee, who asked him if he needed assistance. At that time, Johnson said, in a tone Wood suggested was somewhat threatening, “Does it look like I need help?” and appeared to make sure the employee saw the knife in his pocket. Johnson then left the store, walking quickly and gaining speed as he pushed the cart into the parking lot, the surveillance video revealed, without paying for the merchandise. Vallejo police officers responded to Lowe’s to investigate the crime. Eventually, Johnson was positively identified, leading to his arrest the next day.  [Source: The Reporter]Another retailer says it was hit by same data breach as Sears and DeltaBest Buy said on Friday that some of its customers’ credit card information may have been compromised in a data breach that also hit Sears and Delta Air Lines. All three companies use a third-party firm, called [24]7.ai, to provide online and mobile chat services for customers. Best Buy said in a blog post that [24]7.ai told the company that an “illegal intrusion” occurred between September 27 and October 12, 2017. “As best we can tell, only a small fraction of our overall online customer population could have been caught up in this [24]7.ai incident, whether or not they used the chat function,” the post said. Best Buy says it was hit in the same time period when Sears Holdings and Delta Air Lines customer data was exposed in a cyberattack. Sears and Delta were the first to say they were impacted. The companies said Thursday that some of their customers’ payment information might have been compromised during online chat support. Sears said that data from “less than 100,000” customers might have been exposed, but Sears-branded credit cards were not affected. Delta didn’t say how many people were affected. [24]7.ai said, in a statement after the Sears and Delta cyberattack was revealed, that it was “confident that the platform is secure.”   [Source: The Reporter]last_img read more

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In a world of AI and digital shortcuts, humans crave human interaction

first_img Posted on 18th September 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share With the ever-increasing cost of human capital and advances in chatbot technology, it’s tempting for corporations to cut corners when it comes to operational efficiencies. However, while AI was meant to be a cost-effective way to eliminate repetitive human tasks, businesses are forgetting one big thing: interacting with humans is anything but repetitive. Instead of improving customer service, chatbots have detached humans from the equation, and that’s not cutting it for most customers. In a recent survey we conducted, 25 percent of millennials would rather spend three hours at the DMV, and more than 50 percent of women would rather wait in line to get groceries than deal with an automated system. That’s a lot of waiting just to avoid the dreaded bot. Though some businesses may not need an end-to-end customer service team, they can lean into AI technology in integrative ways. A bot can begin a conversation but swiftly hand it off to a human; AI assists humans behind the scenes; or bots operate with human supervision. A bot can be effective for responding to standardized questions, but when the customer has a complicated issue or begins to act with emotion, it needs to seamlessly transfer the customer to a human, period. When it comes to customer service, businesses can’t forget humans crave being heard. It might seem advantageous to use technology to reduce cost-to-serve and get in front of customer needs, but research shows that ignoring the importance of human interaction could be detrimental to your success.The post In a world of AI and digital shortcuts, humans crave human interaction appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: In a world of AI and digital shortcuts, humans crave human interaction HomeDigital MarketingIn a world of AI and digital shortcuts, humans crave human interaction Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 In a world of AI and digital shortcuts, humans crave human interactionYou are here:last_img read more

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10 months agoEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clash

first_imgEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin played down his ruck with Fabian Delph during defeat at Manchester City.Calvert-Lewin clashed with Delph after the City midfielder recklessly launched himself at the Blues forward and was lucky to escape with just a yellow from the match official who sent off Phil Jagielka for a similar lunge on the opening day of the season.Asked by Sky TV: “Did it get a bit nasty towards the end?” Calvert-Lewin replied: “It did yeah. But it’s to be expected.”We’re fighting for the result and that’s what we’ve come here to do so it’s bound to get a bit physical.”Obviously me and Fabian shook hands after the game as you do.”But it’s bound to get like that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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YWCA USA Celebrated Extraordinary Organizations And Women Leaders At Women Of Distinction

first_imgYWCA USA celebrated the incredible achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models and provide opportunities and support for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 16th, as part of the Bold Mission Bright Future Conference.Melissa Mark-Viverito, Charlene A. Carruthers, Melissa Harris-Perry, Sameera Hafiz, Jen Jackson Brown, Casey HardenCredit/Copyright: Ruby MeltonMelissa Harris Perry was the host for the gala. Ms. Perry was a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award in 2015. She is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.“The Women of Distinction Awards honor remarkable women and organizations for their outstanding work in improving the lives of women, girls, and communities of color,” said YWCA USA Interim CEO Casey Harden.The awards recognize success in the areas of: Advocacy, Corporate Partnership, Women’s Empowerment and Racial Justice. This year’s honorees are the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Nordstrom, New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and Charlene A. Carruthers.The 2017 YWCA USA Women of Distinction Honorees are:Advocacy: National Domestic Workers Alliance. The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. The national alliance is winning improved working conditions while building a powerful movement. Recently, their efforts resulted in the governor of Illinois signing a domestic workers bill of rights. Nationally, they are calling for a comprehensive women’s economic agenda to advance the lives of working women and families. Sameera Hafiz accepted the award for NDWA.Corporate Partnership: Nordstrom. Through Nordstrom’s Treasure&Bond brand, the company donates 2.5% of net sales to nonprofit organizations empowering youth. This year, Nordstrom chose YWCA as their national non-profit partner. Their donation will support YWCA’s TechGYRLS program, which helps young girls learn about and develop confidence and self-efficacy in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Jen Jackson Brown accepted the award for Nordstrom.Women’s Empowerment: New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative. This initiative is investing in the future of young women and girls in New York City. This first-of-its-kind effort is addressing systemic disparities for young women of color including healthcare, education, and equal pay for equal work. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito accepted the award as one of the founders of the initiative.This year’s Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award recipient is Charlene A. Carruthers. This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Height’s contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial justice and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award: Charlene A. Carruthers is the national director of the Black Youth Project 100, an activist member-led organization of Black 18 to 35-year-olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She is deeply committed to working with young organizers seeking to create a more loving and just world.YWCA USA also recognized YWCA Brooklyn with the Excellence Award for Women’s Empowerment, YWCA Rochester with the Excellence Award for Racial Justice and YWCA Greater Atlanta with the Excellence Award for Advocacy. There are 216 YWCAs in the United States providing critically important services and support in communities large and small, urban and rural.“The Association Excellence Awards recognize the best of the best in our community; local associations that have provided an authentic, demonstrable impact on women and girls,” said Harden.YWCA USA thanks Allstate for their sponsorship of the YWCA USA’s Bold Mission Bright Future Conference.last_img read more

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