Dalton police chief Jason Parker’s daily run on Thanksgiving morning ended with him apprehending a would-be burglar, Georgia’s The Daily-Citizen reports. As Parker was out on his morning running route, he witnessed a man with a bin entering an outbuilding in the backyard of a house and coming out with the bin loaded full of an assortment of items. When Parker called out to the man, Thomas Daniel Green, he took off running, and Parker gave chase, identifying himself as a police officer. Parker caught up with Green and the burglar, who was unlucky enough to rob a house on a police chief jogging route, was brought into custody.Although he got a little more of a workout than planned, Parker said that he reacted the way any officer would.
By AFP December 04, 2020 Commander Uriel, one of the main leaders of Colombia’s left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels, was killed during a military operation, President Iván Duque announced on October 25.“This is a particularly important blow [to the ELN] because one of the most visible figures of this terrorist organization has fallen,” the president said in a speech in Chocó department, in northwest Colombia where the operation took place.According to the president, Andrés Vanegas, 41, better known by his nom de guerre Commander Uriel, was responsible for kidnappings, murders, and recruiting minors for his Marxist guerrillas.He is also accused of being behind a car bomb attack on a police academy in Bogotá in January 2019, which killed 21 recruits.After that attack, Duque ended peace talks with the ELN that had been started by his predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos.Attorney General Francisco Barbosa clarified that the death of the rebel commander had occurred during a “confrontation” with police in the jungle commune of Novita, during a military operation.Active on social media, Uriel was one of the most high profile figures of the generational change within the ELN, an organization born in 1964 and led by guerrillas on average aged over 60.The Chocó region where Uriel operated is the scene of a turf war between the ELN and the Clan del Golfo, the largest drug cartel in the country.It is a major exit point for cocaine exports to Central America and the United States and also an area of illegal gold extraction, whose income, according to prosecutors, exceeds that of drug trafficking.The ELN, which is said to operate in about 10 percent of the country, has some 2,300 combatants and an extensive network of supporters in urban centers.It is the last formal guerrilla group left in the country after the government reached a peace agreement with the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in 2016.
“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” ~Henry KissingerThe very definition of crisis means something unplanned. Crisis communication is the scary part of public relations and communications. It’s chaotic. You don’t know all the details. People might be scared. And others want answers.I recently attended two sessions that have focused on crisis communication. They each focused on different aspects but there were three common concepts that seemed to keep appearing.Response Time.Acknowledge immediately and regularly. This is crucial. We used to have a couple of hours to respond, but not anymore. Social media has shrunk that time to 20 minutes or less. And time constraints will continue to shrink. Your organization needs to be on the proactive side of this, not the reactive. The last thing you want to happen is rumors and misinformation flooding social media and the news.Build bridges. Build bridges through relationships and through information.Relationships: Hopefully you already have the bridges built to media professionals, city officials and other community leaders. Have you built those bridges to your neighbors? Your tenants? Your members? Even your competitors can step forward in a crisis.Information: This is simply bridging information together. This works well when using social media. Here’s how it works: You post the latest information on Twitter or Facebook. Your next posts should either repeat the information (if there’s nothing new to say) or add new information to what is already known. The idea is that if the public were to scroll through your streams, they would have a good idea of what is happening, and how you are responding.Review your plan.Sounds like a no brainer, but when was the last time your plan was revised? Do the people listed on your crisis team still work there? Do you have templates already made up for all the scenarios? Most likely you have messaging about a weather disaster, a robbery and maybe even an internal embezzlement act. What about a possible data breach? Think of all the events that could be considered a disaster and draft talking points now. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susan Dyer Susan is the Communications Director for the Heartland Credit Union Association, the trade association for credit unions in Kansas and Missouri. She has been a part of the marketing and … Web: HeartlandCUA.org Details
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Malaysia’s lockdown is the latest threat to a Singapore economy already reeling from the coronavirus outbreak.The city state relies heavily on its neighbor’s workers and food, and Malaysia’s move Monday night to ban all visitors and prevent residents from traveling overseas for about two weeks will choke off a key labor channel.Maybank Kim Eng Research Pte. estimates that about 400,000 Malaysians working and studying in Singapore cross the border on a daily basis. The potential hit to the city state’s economy could therefore be large. Topics : “Banning daily commuters will essentially cut off almost a 10th of Singapore’s labor force, hurting both the manufacturing and services industries,” said Chua Hak Bin, a senior economist at Maybank in Singapore.Read also: Malaysia restricts travel, shuts schools and businesses to combat coronavirusSingapore was already facing a recession because of virus-related disruptions to the city’s trade and tourism. Maybank was estimating a 0.3 percent contraction in gross domestic product in 2020, with the potential for a more severe decline if the Malaysia shutdown takes a heavier toll on the economy.“Malaysia and Singapore remain joined at the hip by geography and history,” Chua said. “Malaysia’s lockdown, especially on travel and non-essential business, could have severe knock-on effects on Singapore’s economy.” The cut-off also threatens to pummel food supplies in Singapore, which relies on Malaysia for a substantial volume of fruits and vegetables. Singapore officials moved Monday to reassure citizens the city won’t run out of food and supplies as consumers rushed out to stack up on groceries.“Although it’s unexpected and unprecedented, I guess we’ll just have to wait and assess given it’s only for two weeks,” and there should be sufficient inventories of food to cover that period, Selena Ling, head of research and strategy at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd. in Singapore, said in an email.Ling said she’s forecasting a 0.9 percent year-on-year contraction for Singapore’s first-quarter GDP growth, “but the risk is that it drags into the second quarter as well.”While Singapore’s officials were credited with a swift, clear, and effective response in the early stages of the outbreak, the global spread of the virus has brought a new wave of challenges to the small and open city state. The number of infections has spiked in recent days, with new cases mainly from overseas arrivals to the country.Read also: Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19The latest economic data doesn’t yet show the pain of the virus outbreak. Non-oil domestic exports expanded 3 percent in February from a year earlier, including a 2.5 percent gain in electronics shipments, according to data published Tuesday.Port data for February showed that Singapore container throughput was humming along, if not booming, at an above-average rate compared with long-term norms.Before the virus outbreak set in, Singapore was poised for a modest rebound following the worst growth performance in a decade in 2019. The government last month reduced its forecasts for 2020 economic growth to a midpoint of 0.5 percent, from 1.5 percent.
On just nine carries, sophomore running back James White (20) rumbled off 95 yards, including a 49-yard sprint to the endzone in the first half. Wisconin’s talented stable of running backs ran amok Saturday, with four of them scoring at least one touchdown.[/media-credit]So much for looking ahead.With the hotly anticipated game against Nebraska waiting one week away, Wisconsin (4-0) easily dispatched their Football Championship Subdivision foe South Dakota (2-2), 59-10, Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were carried by several big plays, including many by wide receiver Nick Toon, who caught seven passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The seven receptions tied Toon’s career-high, and it was his second career game with at least 100 receiving yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson also continued the stellar beginning to his Badger career, completing 19-of-25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns.In total, the Wisconsin offense compiled 612 total yards, while the defense held South Dakota to just 173. 267 of UW’s yards came on the ground, as running back James White led all rushers with 95 yards and one touchdown on nine carries (10.6 yards per) and Montee Ball finished with 88 yards on 15 attempts (5.9 yards per).“What I like about our offense is, more so than any other time since I’ve been here, is that you really have to respect the run and the play-action game,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “They look so much alike, and there’s so much similarity between the two. It’s really difficult for defenders, especially the secondary support guys, corners, safeties, linebackers, that are trying to fill the run and [then] we pass.”For an offense that scored at least 49 points in two of its first three games, Saturday’s game unfolded slightly in a somewhat more deliberate manner – for about five minutes. After South Dakota won the coin toss and elected to defer, Wisconsin gained only seven yards and was forced into a three-and-out on its first drive.South Dakota, which had defeated the defending FCS champion and then-No. 1 Eastern Washington two weeks earlier, hung around early Saturday. Wisconsin led only 10-0 after the first quarter, and its third-down defense especially seemed to indicate that the game could unfold much closer than expected. South Dakota completed four of its first six third down attempts, and for the game, the Coyotes finished 6-for-16.“Defensively, today, there were some frustrating things a few times on third down, hopefully something we’ll improve on,” Bielema said.But after forcing the Coyotes into a three-and-out on their first drive, the Badgers’ onslaught began at the 8:25 mark, when a five-yard run by Ball capped an eight-play, 60-yard drive that consumed 3:25. Kicker Kyle French added a 25-yard field goal five minutes later after a 10-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 4:32.The Coyotes got on the board in the second quarter, when after a 13-play drive, kicker Kevin Robb converted a 24-yard field goal. But two plays later, White broke loose on a 49-yard touchdown run that put the Badgers ahead, 17-3.“We just try to go out there and execute our offense, and whoever touches the ball, they’re going to try to make a big play,” White said. “If it’s over 600 yards, then that’s what happens with our offense.”The Badgers final three scores in the second quarter all came on drives that lasted less than two minutes, an indication of the team’s remarkably big-play potential. White’s 49-yard run capped a two-play, 61 yard drive in 39 seconds, while Toon caught a pass from Wilson off a bubble screen, broke loose from one tackle and raced down the right sideline for a 59-yard score. That three-play, 78-yard drive lasted only 1:12.Three minutes later, with just 12 seconds remaining in the half, Toon dove to catch a two-yard pass from Wilson that capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive that lasted 1:45. That long drive was accelerated largely by the hurry-up offense, but also by a 45-yard pass from Wilson to Toon.By halftime, Wisconsin’s lead was extended to 21-3. South Dakota did not score again until 6:44 remained in the game, and by that point, the Badgers led 52-10 and the game was well out of reach. A 41-yard run by freshman running back Jeffrey Lewis put Wisconsin in the endzone with 2:06 left in the game and raised the score to 59-10.“When I came here, I knew that we’d have a great offense,” Wilson said. “Week to week, we have to prove ourselves and get better every single week. I think that shows in practice.”Aside from the stunning proficiency of the offense, Saturday’s game buoyed Wisconsin’s confidence in its defense’s ability to produce turnovers and sacks. Both of those areas had repeatedly been identified as areas that the defense could stand to improve on.The Badgers entered Saturday with seven sacks on the season and just one turnover, a fumble recovery by Jordan Kohout against Oregon State in Week 2.But against South Dakota, Wisconsin forced two turnovers – both interceptions on consecutive Coyote drives. Safety Shelton Johnson had it easy, as he essentially let a poorly thrown pass from USD quarterback Dante Warren fall into his hands at UW’s 18-yard line with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter. Johnson exited the game in the first half with a leg injury and did not return. Bielema said after the game it appeared that someone had stepped on Johnson’s knee or calf, and the trainers were concerned regarding the amount of internal bleeding. But after the game, Bielema said tests showed the injury wasn’t as serious as expected and Johnson should be fine, though he might spend the night in a hospital as a precaution.Nearly seven minutes after Johnson’s interception, Chris Borland intercepted Warren and returned it 29 yards back the other way. However, Wisconsin was unable to capitalize, as French was short on a 50-yard field goal that ended a four-play, three-yard drive.Borland, a former kick returner in high school, wound his way downfield on the interception return, breaking several tackles in another example of UW’s sudden big-play ability.“We were in man coverage, and I was the cutter, as they say, I was the free man underneath to read the quarterback and pick off any [under-thrown passes],” Borland said. “I saw [Warren] look down his receiver, and I got a good break on it.”“I would’ve like to have had more turnovers, as far as interceptions go, but also turnovers in general,” safety Aaron Henry said. “I think we’re starting to peak at the right time, definitely going into conference play. We had two interceptions today, probably should’ve had a fumble recovery, but it’s definitely a great feeling going into conference play with a win like this, and hopefully we can continue to put things together like this as we move forward in the next couple of weeks.”
Dodgers rediscover their grind-it-out mojo in NLDS sweep Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw takes nothing for granted as another postseason begins “I think it dates back to – I think it was June when we were juggling through our six starting pitchers and we first put him in the ’pen,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said of the idea that Maeda might be a valuable piece in the bullpen. “Even in that scenario, he came out and I think the first fastball he threw was 94 (mph). Just seeing that kind of lit the light bulb a little bit that this guy’s stuff might play up in the ’pen.“Once you start talking about a full grade or even more of a velocity uptick we thought it would play pretty well. It’s one thing for the stuff to bump up. It’s another thing for a guy to be able to come into high-leverage situations and be able to execute at a high level. In that sense, he really exceeded expectations and has established himself as a real weapon for us going forward.”The fastball velocity has improved. But Maeda’s main weapon remains his slider, which has had a 22 percent swing-and-miss rate during his two seasons with the Dodgers. As a reliever, he can rely on it more heavily, knowing he won’t be going through the lineup multiple times. In his first two relief appearances of the postseason, he threw his slider slightly more than half of the time.“When you’re talking 90 to 92 (mph) versus 92 to 95 that’s three ticks up in velocity. That’s one component and it just makes his slider play that much more up,” Roberts said. “And his slider is elite. But now when you’ve got to be more conscious of the 94, 95, that just makes the slider even better.”If Maeda continues to be dominant as a setup man, wouldn’t the temptation be to make that his full-time role even beyond this postseason?“We still view him as a starter long-term,” Zaidi said of Maeda, whose heavily incentives-laden contract is structured around bonuses for starts and innings pitched that would be unreachable as a reliever. “This is a specialized situation where we have a shorter rotation. We signed him to be a starting pitcher. He’s had two good years for us in that role.“We’ve had pretty good bullpens. It’s always harder to find starting pitching. And I think that’s how he sees himself.” Right stuff: Kenta Maeda has become ‘real weapon’ in relief role for Dodgers PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda stands in the dugout before Game 1 of the baseball team’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) stretches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (18) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 on the mound in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 2 of the National League Division Series. Los Angeles,, CA 10/8/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend. Shorter outings out of the bullpen have played to a lot of Maeda’s strengths. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Division Series in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 on the mound in the 6th inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 2 of the National League Division Series. Los Angeles,, CA 10/8/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda stands in the dugout before Game 1 of the baseball team’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 12Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda works out at Dodger stadium Thursday evening. The Dodgers will face the Nationals or the Cubs in the NLCS on Saturday. ( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The move from starter to reliever is usually a demotion, a sign that you failed in some way, weren’t quite good enough at the first job.For Kenta Maeda this fall, it might be more revelation than devaluation.Sent to the bullpen for the NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Maeda made two appearances, faced six hitters, retired them all and struck out four of them with stuff decidedly more electric than he displayed in two years as a starting pitcher.“You would think most guys, their stuff should play up (in the shorter bursts of a relief role) and in theory it should. But that’s not always the case,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But Kenta, who’s always been a starter, just having the ability to let it eat for however many pitches we need from him, the stuff has really played up. Execution has really been finite. “To see Kenta in a small sample is very difficult. And obviously to put him against right-handed hitters it makes it that much more tough. To be able to deploy him at a certain spot in the order, it is a huge weapon.”That “certain spot in the order” is the most right-handed spot the Dodgers can find. Maeda faced five right-handed hitters and one lefty (Daniel Descalso) in the NLDS. He struck out four of the righties.That is not surprising. This season, Maeda was one of the more difficult right-handed pitchers for right-handed hitters to face, holding them to a .214 average and striking them out once in every three plate appearances.Only three pitchers in baseball faced at least 250 right-handed hitters this season and posted a higher strikeout rate than Maeda’s 32.6 percent. Two of the three might win Cy Young awards – Nationals ace Max Scherzer (43.9), Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale (37.1) and Indians ace Corey Kluber (36.6).Much less effective against left-handed hitters, a postseason ROOGY was born. 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The women’s junior football team of B&H will play in group 7 in the first round of qualifications for the European Championship 2015 with the Czech Republic, Romania and Malta, announced today in Nyon, Switzerland.The B&H team will be the host of the qualification tournament from 13 to 18 September 2014.The final European championship for juniors will be held from 15 to 27 July 2015 in Norway.(Source: Fena)
FULL LIST: The best college football games in 2020Given Notre Dame’s history when the No. 1 team comes to South Bend, chances are it will at least be one of the more memorable games of the season. Here are a few reasons why: Matchup of unbeatens? Look at the schedules. Clemson hasn’t lost a regular season game since Oct. 13, 2017 — a streak of 29 games that should extend well into the 2020 season. Five of the Tigers’ first eight games are at home, and they have a bye week before the Nov. 7 trip to South Bend. Notre Dame, meanwhile, does have a marquee game on Nov. 3 at Lambeau Field against Wisconsin. The only true road games before the Clemson showdown are at Navy and Pitt. If the Irish can beat the Badgers and rival Stanford, then they should be 8-0 when the Tigers visit. Huge playoff piece Clemson’s strength of schedule has been a topic of debate the past few seasons. The Tigers are 38-2 in ACC through their past five playoff runs, and that dominance has almost worked against them in some ways. Clemson plays Notre Dame four days after the first set of Playoff rankings is released on Nov. 3. The Irish, meanwhile, made the Playoff in 2017 after an undefeated regular season. Notre Dame is typically docked for not having a conference championship game, but the five-game agreement with the ACC works out this season with the Clemson matchup and road games at Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Notre Dame can score a huge Playoff piece if it can knock off the Tigers. Irish have more at stake Notre Dame and Clemson met twice in the past decade, and those games produced different results. On Oct. 3, 2015, No. 12 Clemson beat No. 6 Notre Dame 24-22 in a driving rainstorm where the Irish missed the potential game-tying two-point conversion. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney launched into the now-famous “BYOG” speech afterward. On Dec. 29, 2018, Clemson and Notre Dame met at the Cotton Bowl Classic in the College Football Playoff, and the Tigers routed the Irish 30-3. Notre Dame is 23-3 since. This is a chance for the Irish to show that they are a national championship contender. Instant classic is inevitableIf the Tigers remain No. 1 in the polls, it creates a rare opportunity for No. 1 to visit South Bend. Notre Dame is 2-5 in that situation, but the past four games have been instant classics. YEARWINNERSCORELOSERSCORE1965No. 1 Michigan State12No. 4 Notre Dame31967No. 1 USC24No. 5 Notre Dame71969No. 1 Purdue37No. 2 Notre Dame221988No. 4 Notre Dame31No. 1 Miami301993No. 2 Notre Dame31No. 1 Florida State242000No. 1 Nebraska27No. 23 Notre Dame242005No. 1 USC34No. 9 Notre Dame31Notre Dame beat Miami 31-30 in 1988 in the “Catholics vs. Convicts” game and upset Florida State 31-24 in the “Game of the Century” in 1993. Notre Dame lost a 27-24 thriller to Nebraska in 2000, and USC beat Notre Dame 34-31 in the “Bush Push” game in 2005. Notre Dame has not won a national championship since 1988 — a drought that has hung over one of college football’s most prestigious programs through the Bowl Championship Series and College Football Playoff eras. The Irish have a chance to make a statement in 2020 to prove that they are ready to end the drought. Sporting News selected the Nov. 7 matchup with Clemson as the best game of the 2020 season. The Tigers are Sporting News’ preseason No. 1 and likely could stay that way with a team led by Trevor Lawrence. Those four games were decided by a combined 10 points. That is the stage that could unfold in November in South Bend when Clemson comes to town. We’re counting on it to live up to the hype.