Life Is Beautiful Celebrates Diverse Musical Talents In Las Vegas Festival [A Gallery]

first_imgFrom September 23-25, a number of top musicians descended on Las Vegas, NV for the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival. With headlining sets from bands like Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Major Lazer, The Lumineers, G-Eazy, The Shins, Empire Of The Sun, Bassnectar, Jane’s Addiction and more, not to mention an incredibly stacked lineup from top to bottom, the festival was a great celebration of music!Fortunately, photographer Erik Kabik was on the scene and provided an extensive photo gallery from the three-day affair. Check it out below! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s sophomore talks about human rights work, advocacy

first_imgSaint Mary’s sophomore Annie Maguire spoke out in support of human rights throughout the year. However, because December is Universal Human Rights Month, the importance of advocating for others is especially relevant. “It is our right as humans living on this earth to use our voices for the good, and as college students we are taught to question our realities and use our voice in ways that we may not feel comfortable doing but are very important,” Maguire said. One major way that Maguire is currently working in support of human rights is through her work to have revisions made to the new policy regarding student assembly at Saint Mary’s, she said.The student assembly policy was put into effect Nov. 13. According to the written policy, students must submit an application at least 72 hours prior to the assembly, and the reason for assembly must align with the College’s mission. “When that was proposed, that immediately kind of struck me because throughout my life I have attended a lot of protests,” Maguire said. “It’s something that’s important to me and it seemed like an infringement on our rights to assemble as students.”In response to this policy, Maguire said she had a few critiques she wished to point out to the administration. “I had critiques about the specifics of the policy itself — it seemed like there weren’t many students who had much to say in opposition to the policy, which I think is why it went through so easily,” Maguire said. Maguire spoke with administration recently about these critiques, and said that the administration is open to potentially revising the policy to meet some of the critiques raised by Maguire. “I wanted to bring it up to Karen Johnson, which I did, and she was open to what I had to say,” Maguire said. “Overall I think I was received well because after the meeting she said that the points that I brought up, specific criticisms to the policy, would allow her to enter into the process of revision of the policy.” Being able to peacefully assemble on campus is important to Maguire because of her involvement in peaceful protests in her youth, she said. “Assembling has always been a way I could express my voice in a peaceful manner, that people would pay attention and listen and I think the cause gains great awareness when people come together collectively in a commitment to peace,” Maguire said. The assemblies that Maguire participated in during her childhood gave her the opportunity to see peaceful assembly as a form of showing solidarity in a visual fashion, she said. “I felt such a strong sense of solidarity to the cause and to the people I was standing with,” Maguire said. “So I wasn’t speaking for anyone but I was speaking with people, and just that visual representation is so powerful and so moving.”Maguire said she believes that these demonstrations are helpful in supporting causes. “If we are coming together to make a change, one of the most effective ways we can be heard is to peacefully demonstrate what we believe in,” Maguire said. The peaceful assemblies that Maguire has been a part of both in the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and the greater South Bend community have been “peaceful and effective,” Maguire said. She said that she feels that a successful peaceful assembly raises the public consciousness about issues that may cause some discomfort, but that is a productive feeling. “Overall, I think the responses were mixed,” Maguire said. “But I think that’s a good thing to stir a certain amount of discomfort. That’s kind of the goal sometimes is to encourage people to question their realities.”In addition to her work regarding the student assembly policy, Maguire has also been participating in other human rights related causes. These include advocating for fair trade and for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, she said. Each Tuesday, she partakes in “Call for All,” a meeting where students call their representatives to advocate for a DREAM Act to be passed, she said. These meetings began occurring last academic year, when President Donald Trump rescinded the DACA program. “Just standing with them I think is really important, especially in a way that’s a sustainable campaign,” Maguire said. “We have been doing this every week since last year in an effort to keep pushing until we see change.”Maguire said the continuing of this campaign is important. “The reality is this is not something you can stand up for one day but then the next day be silent, because it’s a constant fight for those people who face a serious threat of being deported everyday and living with that fear,” Maguire said. Her commitment to human rights is not just an interest, but is more of a duty, Maguire said.“I can’t live with myself if I’m not trying to make a change for others and trying to make a change in this world,” Maguire said. “I just feel like I’m not doing it right if I’m not fighting for human rights.”Tags: advocacy, human rights, Protestslast_img read more

Strategic planning: Under-plan and over-execute

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banks and credit unions invest (or at least they should invest) a great deal of resources into strategic planning. Going to a special venue. Feeding participants. Taking key executives away from their daily duties. Even hiring a facilitator.While that is all well and good an insight from a recent book I’m reading hit me between the eyes. In The Revenue Growth Habit, author Alex Goldfayn said, “you know that the key to growing your business is to underplan and overexecute.”This may sound crazy coming from someone who facilitates strategic planning sessions for multiple clients, but Goldfayn is absolutely correct. You should focus far more on executing than planning. Let’s break that quote into two core principles.Under planThe quote doesn’t mean that planning is not important or doesn’t lead to success. However, there is a key principle with strategic planning:Keep it simple.Financial institutions fall into the trap of putting way too much into their strategic plan. Surveys, financial data, action steps, strategic initiatives, SWOT exercises and timelines fill up giant binders. You get the idea: we feel like the longer our strategic plan is the better it must be. continue reading »last_img read more

Women in leadership: Is your contagious attitude worth catching?

first_img1 out of every 11 people quit their jobs because of complaining coworkers. Good people simply don’t want to work with the drama, so they quit.Nearly 50% of U.S. employees are actively disengaged from their jobs contributing only the bare minimum to keep from being fired. These people show up and collect a paycheck but they don’t contribute. The cost of replacing such employees is often more than keeping them on so they stay doing little to help the company or themselves succeed.Complaining spreads like weeds choking the life out of any organization. For a team to flourish, leadership must help the people in the organization focus on opportunities rather than problems. 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Details Complaint Free Businesses enjoy greater creativity and collaboration, higher profits, lower turnover and greater customer satisfaction.Think about how you want to show up.  Do you need to share every detail about your life that isn’t 100% positive? Whether you have 1 person on your team or 1,000…no one needs to hear that negative chatter all the time.When my daughter was entering into her teen years, there was definitely not a lot of consistent positivity as she was growing into that decade. I had bought a book about teenage girls and their moods and how moms should react.  One of the suggestions was to not engage in yelling and especially yelling over each other.  Instead, the suggestion was to just laugh, yes just laugh.  When you do that, it’s almost like removing yourself from the situation without walking out of the room on your child. So I tried it and at first I felt like I was from another planet but then I realized that my attitude was going from all the way on the right of the stressed out negative meter to back to the middle.  She too looked at me as if I had two heads, but then she would start to giggle and eventually the screaming and crying portions were shorter and shorter and then almost eliminated. I’m not recommending you do that in business, but changing your mindset from a grumpy, complaining negative one to one that your customers will enjoy being around will make a huge difference in your bottom line and the longevity of your customer’s loyalty.center_img As the saying goes, attitudes are contagious…is yours worth catching? Ever try to insert yourself into someone else’s drama and think how different that situation could have been if they only did X…and you can fill in the blanks. This is something that happens every day and businesses can lose customers because who wants to deal with that nonsense all the time? If you want to be successful, your attitude has a tremendous impact on everything and everyone around you.  The way you deal with situations is your choice and the choices you make will… you got it, have a tremendous impact on everything and everyone around you. While we would love to have a position that is perfectly amazing every day, the truth is we will have very high highs and of course very low lows. The key is to remember that life is 10% of what is happening and 90% of how you react. Logically you get that but is being positive something that is easy to do 24/7? And if you are showing up every day as being a positive person, do you start to get the reputation of being Pollyanna? Let’s first agree that it will take some getting used to being positive all the time when we know there will be challenging situations thrown at us from all sides. And while we say we don’t, we do take on the problems of the world and try to fix them and that is also an added stressor. While we do understand the importance and the why of having a positive attitude, let’s come up with a few steps on how to do it.Use Positive Language-What we say we believe.  If we wake up with an immediate complaint, even what we think is harmless like, “I’m so tired” we are now setting the tone of what our day is going to look like.  Very few people jump out of bed screaming “I’m so excited for the day” so how about something in the middle like “This is going to be a great day”… that’s just the beginning though.  Be careful what you say to yourself.  We have that inner dialog going on so swap the negative words for some positive ones, and if someone makes a comment to you that seems to be dripping in sarcasm or negativity, reword it in your mind.  Here’s an example… “You take so long to make a decision. You’re so picky!”  Let’s reword it to, “I am taking my time before I jump in. I’m selective in my decisions.”  See how it works?Don’t criticize-offer feedback.  Have you been in a situation where you have heard someone criticizing someone else and you don’t hear the constructive side to that at all?  I have and I think how there is a coachable moment for the attacker but I would not do it in front of others because that too is not constructive.  Giving feedback is not that easy when you know a point needs to be made but not sure how to do it. First things first…don’t be on the defensive.  Not everyone has the level of expertise you do and being criticized does nothing for a positive attitude.  I had someone that worked for me many years ago and every time I would ask her to do something it would take 10x longer than if I did it myself but I knew…I had to support her.  I would tell her that when I first started, I did exactly what she was doing and I realized I wasn’t being fair to me because I knew there was a better way to do it and I kept trying and failing until I did this one thing.  Would you be ok if I shared it with you? Of course she said yes because I had something to make her life easier and I also told her it took me time to figure it out so she was excited about jumping from point A to Z with my help.  See how that worked?There is conversation and there is gossiping.  Which one will affect your attitude…and not in a good way?  You got it.  Gossiping about others will get you nowhere other than being labeled as someone who talks about others and can’t be trusted. Even if you aren’t contributing to the conversation, just being part of it makes you guilty by association. Not being part of that exclusive circle of gossipers, will make you stand out and keep that positive environment positive.Take the “no complaining” challenge-We all know that not every day is going to be amazing and we talked about using positive language.  Let’s go one step further and be part of the no-complaint zone. Believe it or not, there is a REAL program about not complaining for 21 days. Have you tried it?Here is the harsh reality about complaining, business and your attitude in a business from Will Bowen, the World Authority on Complaining. The stats are shocking:78% of U.S. workers estimate wasting more than 3 to 6 hours every week listening to coworkers complain. For a small business with only 200 employees, that’s $1.2 million every year in lost productivity alone. last_img read more

SMRC survey finds local govts rated higher for COVID-19 response than central govt

first_imgThe survey also showed that respondents across all age groups, education levels and incomes felt that provincial administrations had generally responded more quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak than the central government.In terms of the central government’s overall performance by occupation, 65 percent of ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers felt that it had not responded quickly, followed by the very poor (65 percent) and wage workers (45 percent).The survey also found that 67 percent of all respondents had experienced worsening personal finances following the outbreak’s emergence – slightly more than double the 38 percent that was reported in a similar survey two weeks ago.Around 70 percent of respondents across all provinces reported a slump in income after the outbreak emerged in the country. Of this figure, 33 percent – or 25 percent of all respondents –said they could no longer meet their basic needs without taking out a loan.Meanwhile, 15 percent of all respondents said that their savings had declined to levels that could sustain them for a week at most, while another 15 percent said that they had only enough savings to sustain them for a month at most.Read also: Jakarta’s poor at risk as city drags feet on COVID-19 social assistanceThe SMRC survey found that low-income workers, especially those on daily wages, were the group most affected financially during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). It also said that this group had the greatest potential of violating the PSBB policy in order to make a living and survive financially during the outbreak.The pollster also found that 34 to 37 percent of respondents objected to banning ojek from transporting passengers. Applying this percentage to the population would indicate that around 60 million Indonesians might violate the PSBB.The report suggested that the government immediately offer financial assistance for these vulnerable groups through subsidies and other forms of aid to ensure the enforcement of the PSBB to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 transmission.Topics : The results of a recent survey suggests that the public believes that the central government has been slower at responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country than regional administrations.The telephone survey on COVID-19 pandemic, which Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) conducted between April 9 and 12, involved 2,230 respondents aged 17 and above across Indonesia.The majority of respondents (59 percent), felt that provincial administrations had responded quickly in implementing COVID-19 prevention and control measures. In a separate section regarding the central government’s response, only 52 percent of respondents felt that it had responded quickly. The survey also revealed that 61 percent of all respondents were satisfied with the performance of municipal and regency administrations in managing the outbreak. In the section on COVID-19 response at the district and village levels, 65 percent of respondents felt that lower-level administrations had responded quickly.The majority of respondents in the X provinces surveyed across the nation, excepting those in South Sulawesi and Banten, felt that the central government had responded more slowly than their provincial administrations. However, respondents in South Sulawesi and Banten generally felt that the central government had responded to the outbreak more quickly or just as fast as their provincial governments.Respondents in Bali and East Nusa Tenggara topped the survey at 82 percent each in terms of crediting their provincial administrations with responding more quickly than the government. They were followed by respondents in Central Java (73 percent), Maluku and Papua (69 percent each), East Java (68 percent) and Jakarta (62 percent).Read also: ‘Puskesmas’ move up to COVID-19 front lines amid overburdened health systemlast_img read more

COVID-19 helps create new normal in online shopping: Survey

first_imgTopics : “E-commerce platforms are receiving a new cohort of consumers during the pandemic which enables such growth,” Redseer Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera told The Jakarta Post on Monday.He went on to say that around 30 percent of the survey respondents said they were new to online marketplaces, 40 percent of whom said they would keep using e-commerce after the outbreak was over.“Even when the macroeconomic situation still looking bad but the pandemic is under control and there is no second wave, people have hope and are more likely to continue to spend,” Behera said.He added that the number of e-commerce users may decline within the next few weeks as the government began to ease social distancing measures, enabling people to go out including to shop. However, consumers will use e-commerce platforms again in the fourth quarter due to events such as Online Shopping Day (Harbolnas), which falls in December.  Similarly, Redseer Southeast Asia director Marigank Gutgutia said the fourth quarter was very important to Indonesian e-commerce as more online shopping events would be held to attract new users, which rolled out to the first quarter of 2020.“Our interviews with consumers reveal that there are also a lot of new consumers in groceries e-commerce,” he said, adding that more than half of the respondents had tried an e-groceries platform during the pandemic.Homegrown e-groceries marketplaces have been thriving since the COVID-19 outbreak in March as people avoid shopping in supermarkets.Gutgutia went on to say that electronics had been a key growth contributor across e-commerce platforms, but during the first quarter of 2020 categories such as beauty, fashion and personal care had been on the rise.Redseer forecast that household appliances and personal care products were expected to be the leading growth categories over the short to medium term driven by the impact of COVID-19.It further calculated that e-groceries gross merchandise value (GMV) would grow 400 percent this year, while beauty and personal care would grow 80 percent, fashion 40 percent while electronics would grow 20 percent.“We are also seeing market behavior changes. People usually use online marketplace to buy electronics but now they are buying daily needs such as personal care and food,” said Bukalapak’s display marketing head Anugrah Mardi Honesty during a webinar on Tuesday.He went on to say that in an attempt to leverage the demand and increase profitability, Bukalapak has been partnering with fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands.Similarly, unicorn e-commerce firm Tokopedia noted that health and personal care sales had tripled in March and the number of sellers within that category had more than doubled in the same month.Tokopedia’s external communication senior lead Ekhel Chandra Wijaya said that health, household supplies and food and beverages had been the top selling categories since March.“Hand sanitizer, vitamins and face masks are definitely the most sought-after health products during the pandemic,” he said.The Redseer survey also showed that 70 percent of online sellers in Indonesia expect the effect of COVID-19 on the industry to last less than two months, or until around July.A similar survey by the Mobile Marketing Association also showed that e-commerce and the FMCG sectors were among the most optimistic about their industry’s ability to recover rapidly from the outbreak.center_img The COVID-19 outbreak, which has disrupted almost all business sectors in the country, has had a positive impact on the e-commerce sector as the virus has created a new normal in online shopping habits, a survey indicates.A recent survey by management consulting company Redseer showed that Indonesia’s e-commerce growth trajectory would remain positive with an expected 50 percent year-on-year growth to reach US$35 billion this year from $23 billion in 2019.The e-Conomy SEA 2019 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company even predicted that Indonesia’s internet economy was well on track to cross the $130 billion mark by 2025.last_img read more

Arteta: Why we lost against Chelsea

first_img Arteta said: “It was very cruel the way we lost it, in the first half we saw a lot of positives and saw what we are trying to implement. But the way we conceded was disappointing. “It was clear why it was disappointing, I don’t need to say any more. Read Also:Arsenal vs Chelsea: Late Leno error deny Arteta first win as Gunners boss “Our reaction was right, we were doing the right things, it is hard to dominate all periods of the game against this team. We started to defend too deep and our energy levels are in a different place to Chelsea’s. “We need to sustain those periods for longer periods in the game and against top sides. Individual errors cost you games but I can’t fault the effort, commitment and for putting in place what we practised.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our PlanetA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front in the 13th minute with a fine header, a lead which they deservedly maintained for the vast majority of the game. The Gunners were relatively comfortable until Bernd Leno flapped at a Mason Mount free-kick in the 83rd minute to allow Jorginho – who came on and changed the game – to sidefoot into an empty net. Tammy Abraham then nicked all three points for Chelsea four minutes later after a wonderful touch and finish after Willian broke away and crossed for the English frontman.Advertisement Loading… Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, believes his side started to “defend too deep” in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates, and admitted, “the way we conceded was disappointing”.last_img read more

Former Eagles coach Chukwu lauds Nworgu over coaching progress

first_img Promoted Content12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Legend of the round leather game and former captain and coach of Nigeria’s senior national team, Christian Chukwu (Mfr), has showered praises on one of his former players, Chukwudi Nworgu over his progression in the managerial aspect of the game. Chukwu, in an exclusive chat in Enugu, described the news of Nworgu’ success in the game and further progression in the management of the game was heart-warming while challenging him to be steadfast in his application of the rules of the game to achieve great success. Coach CHUKWU who worked with Nworgu’ in the senior national team described him in nice words stressing, “Chukwudi, during his time in the national team, showed signs of leadership both on and off the pitch. He does whatever task that was assigned to him with diligence. Since he left the shores of the country, I never knew he was quietly building himself in the game. I am happy to see his progress.” The vastly travelled gaffer further said, “At least we have more qualified hands that can take over from the current crop of coaches and help discover and develop budding football talents that abound the length and breadth of our country.”Advertisement Loading… center_img ‘Chairman’ as coach Chukwu is fondly referred to by his admirers stated that he still remembers some of the games Chukwudi featured for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as the international friendly encounter against Brazil in Abuja, the CAN 2004 qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre where the game ended in a draw just as the encounter against Angola was also memorable stressing, “Chukwudi displayed his rugged self in these games and really impressed and I am not surprised he is where he is now.” read also:Osimhen thrilled by Gattuso’s coaching style Nworgu’ who featured for such clubs as Bendel Insurance and Enyimba International F.C in Nigeria’s domestic league before exporting his talents to Europe where he now manages a team in the first division of the Swedish Female football league. It should be noted that the combative attacking sensation in his playing days featured for such European clubs as, Beita Jerusalem in Israel, Metalog Donesk of Ukraine, Poltava of Ukraine, Degefors of Sweden, Syrianska in Sweden and a host of others. He is currently the vice president of a Swedish division 4 male football club, Afrikansk FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Lambert keen on Albrighton talks

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert is willing to sit down with young midfielder Marc Albrighton in a bid to keep him at the club. Albrighton has been with Villa since he was a trainee, signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2008, although he has only made 91 appearances in total over the past five and a half years. The 24-year-old, who was loaned out to Wigan earlier this season, has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons. Villa are now just four points above the relegation zone, yet Lambert is confident the club will avoid the drop, as they did last year when they were in a far more precarious position. “There are two ways to look at it – (the situation) will either take you under, or you thrive on the challenge,” said Lambert. “It’s the same as last year. You either meet it head-on or it takes you under. “We came through last year when we were in a worse position than now, so we will come through this one. “If you look at it everybody is capable of beating everybody else, with one win taking you up the table, one defeat dropping you down. That is the way it is at the moment.” The one downside for Lambert in visiting Cardiff is that close friend and fellow Scot Malky Mackay is no longer in charge after he was sacked just after Christmas. Despite getting Cardiff promoted to the top flight last summer, Mackay found himself at the mercy of controversial owner Vincent Tan. “I’ve spoken to him, but it’s not something where I’ve sat and asked ‘What happened?’,” said Lambert. “The job he did was excellent, getting promoted, which is never an easy thing to do, and he had the crowd right behind him. “But football is a strange game at times. “It’s still going to be a really good atmosphere, and whether Malky was in charge or not, it was always going to be a hard game.” Lambert has doubts over defenders Ryan Bertrand (ribs) and Ron Vlaar (hamstring). Press Association But not for the first time Albrighton showed on Saturday the talent he possesses after coming on as a 56th-minute substitute soon after Villa had gone 2-0 down to West Ham. Although it was a situation Villa failed to recover from, Albrighton did enough to suggest he should start what is another key Barclays Premier League relegation clash at Cardiff on Tuesday, and be handed a new deal soon. Asked whether he was planning to thrash out a new deal with Albrighton, Lambert said: “I’ll definitely sit down and talk to him. “It’s just the way things have worked out with games, his injuries, one after the other, but I know he’s out of contract, so I’ll sit down with him. “Every time he has come on for me he has done well. He’s just been really unlucky with his injuries which have kept him out for a long spell. “But he was excellent on Saturday. He put some great balls in, he hit the post and set up the chance for Christian (Benteke) when he hit the bar. “He was a plus point, the one really bright spot for us.” Albrighton aside, Villa’s performance against the Hammers proved to be another dismal home affair which has increased the pressure on them to get a result at Cardiff. last_img read more