ABCNews.com(GAMBRILLS, Md.) — While many kids dressed up in costumes to go trick-or-treating Halloween night to see how much candy they could collect, one little boy decided to give some of his away.The selfless trick-or-treater approached a house in Gambrills, Maryland, and was surprised to see an empty candy bowl sitting on the porch.Instead of turning around and continuing on to the next house, he almost immediately reached into his own bag of candy, grabbed a few pieces and left them in the bowl for the next visitors.The residents who saw the doorcam footage appreciated the boy’s generosity, posting the video to Facebook with the caption: “This has got to give hope to everyone that there are still amazing people in this world,” they wrote in the Facebook post of the video. “What a selfless act from this little guy! Kudos to his parents!!!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The resounding Conservative victory over Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the General Election has been warmly welcomed by the property industry this morning, with many predicting a post-election ‘super bounce’.Economic and political uncertainty has stalked the housing market since the EU Referendum and both big data and agents on the ground have highlighted the need for greater certainty of the UK’s economic direction to persuade people to start moving home again.Prior to the election, RICS described the property market as ‘subdued’ and ‘haunted’ by a lack of clarity over Brexit.Here’s the reaction to the Conservative’s landslide victory early this morning, which we will be adding to as the comments roll in.Bounce in confidenceIain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals “Now that there has been a decisive win for the Conservatives and therefore a clear path forward has been established, I believe we will see a bounce in confidence and activity in the property market.“Many buyers and sellers have put their lives on hold waiting for an outcome to the political controversy playing out in front of us. This has led to a severe lack of stock coming onto the market as sellers have held back. The result of the general election has finally provided the population with clarity regarding the Brexit hurdle and we will almost certainly leave the EU at the end of January, meaning we can move forward as a country and the market can settle into a new normal, which should see activity start to improve as buyers and sellers return to the market.”Reassure the property marketNick Leeming, Chairman at Jackson-Stops“Over the last few years, both buyers and sellers have done well to adjust to the ongoing uncertainty facing our country, yet we hope that today’s result will finally provide some reassurance to the property market.“Throughout the Conservative party’s campaign, they pledged their support for greater home ownership and so now is the time for them to form a Government that will deliver on this.“In the lead up to Boris being elected Prime Minister, he spoke widely about stamp duty cuts for UK residents, yet this quickly fell by the wayside as he settled in to No.10.“Our latest research found that 41% of consumers think there should be a wholesale reduction in stamp duty across all price brackets, while more than a quarter think Government should abolish stamp duty on all homes under £500,000. Just 3% felt no change was required, which highlights the need for change.”Turbocharge the marketDavid Westgate, Group Chief Executive at agency chain Andrews Property Group“The property market will be one of the main beneficiaries of Friday’s decisive General Election result.“Such a conclusive victory for Boris Johnson has the potential to turbocharge the property market and get it out of its current rut.“The certainty that comes with a five-year administration will create confidence and bring back the aspirational buyers and sellers that have been lacking since the EU Referendum result.“For three years the property market has been gripped by political uncertainty and deadlock but now it can finally move on. There’s every chance we are now at the beginning of a market cycle that may not peak until 2027 or beyond, with growth of around 4% a year.“Let’s not kid ourselves that the housing crisis will be miraculously solved overnight, because it won’t. We now need a Housing Minister with a properly costed and fully structured long-term plan that looks beyond building a certain number of homes each year.“The structural issues in the property market will still be there when the euphoria of the Conservatives has faded.”Immediate bounceSebastian Kalmar, Residential Director at estate agency KALMARs “The result of the general election and the strong Conservative position should benefit the property market, as we now look towards greater clarity regarding the UK’s departure from the European Union and less uncertainty for buyers in the market.“For many buyers, the question of Brexit has put their purchasing plans on hold, but we expect a renewed surge in people committing to homes across London in the New Year.”Pent up demandGuy Gittins, Managing Director, Chestertons“If there’s one thing that slows the property market more than anything, its uncertainty and this morning, two big uncertainties have been removed: we will have a Conservative government for the next five years and we will be leaving the EU, with or without a deal.“We expect that the considerable pent-up buyer demand which has been waiting for Brexit clarity will now be released. Sellers will in turn be encouraged by the increase in demand and are likely to start putting their properties on the market in greater numbers and the increase in sales could see prices bounce back quite quickly.“We have already seen how quickly confidence can rebound with the pound surging to its highest level since June last year and the FTSE 250 hitting record highs, and buyers should consider acting sooner rather than later while prices are still at attractive levels compared the last market peak.”Full in-tray of decisionsRichard Donnell, Research Director at Zoopla “While voters ranked housing as the seventh most important issue for them as they went to the polls, the incoming Government faces an in-tray full of housing-related policy decisions.“The election result changes little when it comes to the fundamentals of the housing market. The challenges for housing vary across the country and there are no simple, national solutions.”Wait and seeFranz Doerr, CEO of alternative deposits platform flatfair“We ‘ll have to wait to see whether the Tories will create lifetime deposits as suggested in their manifesto.“While in practice this is a flawed idea as it does not provide a solution for the widespread issues faced between tenancies, we welcome the efforts of tackling the very real problem of hefty upfront rental costs.“The need to gather a cash deposit is an enormous barrier to renting and this won’t be avoided simply through deposit passporting.“The technology to make renting fairer for everyone is already available with platforms like flatfair which already allow tenants to rent without a deposit, whilst offering greater protection for landlords from any damages or rent arrears.”Sense of certaintyMarc von Grundherr, Director of London lettings firm Benham and Reeves“Forget political alignments for the minute, as we finally have a sense of certainty on which we can move forward as a nation, and while the curtain is far from falling on the rollercoaster that has been our European departure, we should see a fair degree of positive property market stimulation as we enter into next year.“The sluggish one percent annual rates of house price growth that have plagued the market for the last few years should now give way to a far healthier three to four percent.”Unhindered route to deliveryMichael Stone, CEO of newbuild specialist Stone Real Estate“While the Government’s track record of late has been fairly admirable with some 241,000 new homes delivered this year, there’s always room for improvement, and now the election dust has settled we should hopefully see an unhindered route to delivery and a positive impact on social housing given that it is linked via S106 agreements.“We’ve seen many big housebuilders operate on a more hands-off basis of late, largely due to a lower rate of house price growth and a fear of financial underperformance in tough market conditions.“However, the new build sector has actually been the silver bullet against Brexit uncertainty with those opting to enter the fray rewarded with consistent levels of buyer demand and buoyant sold prices to match.“With things only about to get better, the new build sector can expect a busy time over the coming year as pent up market apprehension surrounding our political landscape is relieved to a degree, and more homes are built, more homes are bought, and market sentiment receives a well-needed boost. ”Depressed primeFraser Slater, CEO of property finding agency Ludgrove Property“Now that a Conservative majority has been confirmed two of the key factors that have depressed prime London property prices and transactions over the last few years; namely Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and political uncertainty have been removed.“The third negative factor – Stamp Duty – remains a millstone but one that is not without hope. Although an increase in Stamp Duty for overseas buyers was muted in the Conservative manifesto, we are somewhat sanguine that Stamp Duty may be reduced for domestic buyers in the February Budget. After all the PM, Deputy PM and Chancellor have all been vocal about the need to slash Stamp Duty with Boris Johnson himself referring to the current level of Stamp Duty rates as ‘absurd’.”Uncertainty removedJason Risholver, CEO of developer the Heronslea Group“We are delighted that The Conservatives have won, this is the best outcome for the UK property market. All the uncertainty surrounding the market and the lack of confidence in buyers will now quickly disappear as the two reasons why we are in a challenging market – Brexit and political uncertainty have gone. We now have a clear picture and direction for our country.” Andrews Property Stone Real Estate Chesterton General Election Jackson-stops Nick Leeming 2019 Benham and Reeves David Westgate flatfair December 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Council members discuss PERF benefits for mayor on Monday night.In October, Batesville City Council passed a resolution that added the mayor’s position to be eligible for Indiana Public Retirement System’s Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF).Prior to passing the resolution, some citizens voiced opposition to the proposal that it would be retroactive since the mayor’s position was considered fulltime since 2004.Batesville City Council voted on the measure that would retroactively send $20,114.00 to the mayor for past service. In October, the resolution was approved by all but one member of city council and went into the books.Well, that was history until Monday’s council meeting.Batesville Clerk-Treasurer Ron Weigel received another email from PERF on January 9, stating that an error had occurred.According to an email obtained from PERF to Weigel, “Regrettably the original letter contained a typographical error indicating that the amount to purchase past service was $20,114.00. The correct amount is $50,114.00.”The typo forced city council to vote again on the resolution, while first hearing feedback from community and council members.Former utilities manager Mike Vonderheide voiced opposition regarding the proposal.“At the time when this first came up I did a calculation,” Vonderheide indicated. “Just knowing the personnel rules and how PERF works I came up with $43,000, is what the city would have to pay for the mayors portion.”“When they got a letter that said [$20,000], I think a few folks of council was lulled into thinking its just $20,000. ‘We can certainly help the mayor with retirement for $20,000.’”Vonderheide asked council to reconsider the measure, “The time when Rick was elected mayor his first term, I was fully aware that city council had done a review of benefits for the mayor’s position, and had specifically decided not to include PERF in the mayor’s package.”Council President Gene Lambert disagreed.“I was the one that led the salary review during the first term,” Lambert explained. “I can tell you without reservation there was absolutely no such discussion about denying the mayor PERF benefits.”District 3 Council Member Bob Narwold agreed that he did not recall a discussion regarding the mayor’s PERF benefits.Lambert also noted that the program is intended for all government employees and roughly 80 percent of mayors in the state participate in PERF.Prior to the vote, District 2 Council Member Kevin Chaffee stated, “If we were going to implement this, we implement it going forward. I don’t think it is morally right to pay someone for work they have already accomplished.City Council made a motion to approve the additional $30,000 to include the mayor retroactively to 2004. It was approved 4-1, with Chaffee opposed.
President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Dr. Raufu Ladipo has attributed the rating of Nigerian boxers by the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) to GOtv Boxing Night.Ladipo spoke on Tuesday in Lagos at a press conference to announce the 16th edition of GOtv Boxing Night. The NBB of C President, who attended the last CBC meeting in London a fortnight ago, said two stars of GOtv Boxing Night-Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” and Rasheed, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, the African Boxing Union (ABU) light welterweight champion, are two of the three Nigerian boxers currently rated to by the CBC to fight for its titles. He added that Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, ABU lightweight champion, is scheduled to participate in a Commonwealth title eliminator, which we make him eligible to fight for a Commonwealth title.The three boxers, he said, owe their current standings to GOtv Boxing Night, the platform on which they have been fighting regularly. Ladipo said without GOtv Boxing Night providing the opportunities for the boxers, their fight record would have been too lean to make them eligible for rating by the CBC. He commended the sponsors for their support for Nigerian boxing. Rasheed, the West African Boxing Union (WABU) middleweight champion is scheduled to have another crack at the Commonwealth title next month. He lost in his first attempt last year in London. Joseph will be in action at GOtv Boxing Night 16 in an international challenge bout against Ghana’s Anama Dotse. The event is scheduled to hold on 14 October at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The nine-bout show will also see Nigeria’s Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu take on Benjamin Lamptey of Ghana fight for the WABU lightweight title. Bouts on the card also include the national light heavyweight title bout between Kabiru “KB Godson”Towolawi against Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, and a national featherweight clash between Waidi “Skoro” Usman and Chibuzor “T Boy” Obi.The show will equally see eight boxers from the last two editions of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search make their professional debuts. The best boxer on the night will go home with a cash prize of N1.5million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Premier – who take on Cork this Sunday – have already secured a place in the Allianz National League quarter-finals and are unbeaten since April of last year.Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Tipp’s trip to Cork this Sunday from 2.50 in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh.Meanwhile Waterford will be without Daragh Fives and Philip Mahony for the rest of their league campaign Deise boss Derek McGrath has confirmed that both are injured.Meanwhile it’s expected they will appeal Maurice Shanahan’s red card from the defeat to Cork two weeks ago.As it stands he is suspended for their game against Clare in Ennis this weekend.
By the end, there were some applauding as he almost capped a driving run with a goal. “He played 30 magnificent minutes,” said Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno.“He is a player that has the ability to help us a lot, he looks for space, has a good shot, can score. He was magnificent and we will need him for the challenges ahead.”– ‘We’re all united’ –Bale’s team-mates were supportive too. When Luka Modric added a third goal, following a neat exchange between Bale and Fede Valverde, Casemiro and Valverde sought Bale out to celebrate with him.“It was a way to show we’re all united,” said Valverde.“We are going to support him. I went over to hug him because I respect everything he gives me on a day-to-day basis. He is a good person, it is impossible not to love him.“He is training very well and contributing a lot on the field. The fans will end up appreciating him again. We are all fighting for him.”For Bale, the prospect of a rapprochement with Zidane is unlikely, even if the Frenchman is keen to maintain the peace for the sake of the team, particularly while the transfer window is closed.Clubs are not expected to bid in January and while a departure next summer seems more realistic, Bale has made a habit of unlikely revivals.Just as he delivered in defiance in the Champions League final against Liverpool, it would not be a surprise to see him produce again now, when criticism has been at its most intense.“These discussions are always very public and everyone has an opinion,” said Thibaut Courtois, who knows the challenges of winning over the Real Madrid supporters given his own history with Atletico.“Gareth has to give 100 per cent to the team. He played very well off the bench on Saturday and the third goal was a great move between him and Valverde. Now he has to win round the people.”Share on: WhatsApp BaleMadrid, Spain | AFP | When Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale for a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain last year, Bale believed it was the beginning of the end at Real Madrid.Two seasons on he remains but Madrid face PSG again at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, with the Welshman’s future still in doubt and his standing among the fans perhaps never lower.Madrid’s two last 16 legs against PSG in the Champions League in 2018, towards the end of Zidane’s first spell as coach and en route to their third consecutive European triumph, marked a turning-point between Bale and his coach.By leaving him out, Zidane’s message was clear: he did not trust Bale in the biggest matches. The pair hardly spoke for the rest of the season, even as Bale scored twice as a substitute in the final against Liverpool.Bale was set upon leaving that summer, only for Zidane to go instead, and while Bale stayed, Zidane came back and their relationship has been frosty ever since.But in the last few weeks, as Bale’s behaviour has wavered and the criticism increased, Zidane has become his staunchest defender.When Bale returned to London to visit his agent earlier this month, Zidane said he had permission him to go. When Bale joined up with Wales despite missing six Real Madrid games through injury, Zidane said it was bad timing.And when Bale celebrated behind a flag that put his club lower down his list of priorities than his country and playing golf, Zidane urged the fans to remember his achievements.– ‘Too much noise’ –“I have said before, we need our fans with us,” said Zidane after the game on Saturday.“There’s a lot of noise, too much. He wants to be with us and do well and he’s done that. Talk, talk, talk, it’s not necessary. He’s a big part of the group and we are together.”Zidane’s pleas had fallen on deaf ears not long before, when the screeching whistles at the Bernabeu were loud enough to conclude the majority of fans were unimpressed and wanted to make their point.Yet after his introduction in the 67th minute of the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad, Bale played well and the whistles for his every touch gradually grew quieter.
In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)It’s an enduring fact of life in the NFL: If a player has talent, a team will find a place for him, no matter how bad his off-the-field profile might be.Ray Rice is putting that maxim to the test, as much for the deed he did as the fact that it was documented in a stomach-turning video that will be available forever.After suspending him indefinitely, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell left the door open for Rice’s return, telling CBS, “We would have to make sure that we are fully confident that he is addressing this issue. Clearly, he has paid a price for the actions that he has already taken.”Second chances are nothing new in the NFL. The most notable recent case involved Michael Vick’s return after serving what amounted to a two-year suspension for running a dogfighting ring — a crime for which he served 18 months in prison.There was no video evidence in the Vick case as visceral and direct as what’s available at the click of a button in Rice’s case.That, along with the obvious — Vick was torturing dogs while Rice landed a punch to his fiancee’s face — are the key differences that will make Rice’s road back that much more difficult, says crisis-management expert Jonathan Bernstein.Bernstein says any thoughts Rice is giving to rehabilitating his public image should be focused on things outside the football field.“I’d say, you go deep under cover, stay out of the public eye,” Bernstein said. “Let it be known through other people what you’re doing to rehabilitate your behavior, then, ultimately, start getting involved in charitable things and other do-good efforts to show you care about this issue.”Time does allow people to forgive and forget, Bernstein says. But he adds that it is hard to imagine any team signing a player whose reputation is forever sullied by a video that will show up every time his name is typed in on Google.“There have been examples of people who committed a violent crime and got away with it at a time when the public could hear the allegation but not see the blatant evidence,” Bernstein said. “That’s not the case here, and you can’t put that cat back in the bag.”Bernstein said he was stunned Goodell hadn’t completely shut the door on Rice. “After everything that has happened, that’s insane. It calls into question his entire credibility as a representative for the NFL,” he said.The commissioner’s credibility gap has only grown since he made that statement, most notably after The Associated Press reported a league official had been provided the Rice video back in April, which countered Goodell’s statement that the NFL asked for but had not received it.The league responded to that news by putting former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III in charge of an investigation into the league’s handling of the case.Attorney Harvey Steinberg, who has represented numerous NFL players in cases against the league, believes the NFL’s lack of credibility leaves an opening for Rice, who could argue he’s been dealt with arbitrarily. First, Rice was given a two-game suspension. Then, the NFL created a new policy that called for a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence offenders. Then, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely, even though that wasn’t an option spelled out under the new policy.“Obviously, Ray Rice is a pariah and it’s easy for the NFL to dump on a pariah,” Steinberg said. “It’s much more difficult for them to stand up and say, ‘Look, we made a decision based on the facts. The only thing that’s different is, now there’s a video that’s problematic, graphic and abhorrent, but it simply confirms what we already knew, so we have to stand by our decision.’ That’s what I’m concerned about.”If Rice were to be cleared, there’s also the matter — trivial as it may seem in the light of his transgression — of whether he can still play.He is 27 — on the old side for a running back in a league that doesn’t value that position as much anymore — and his 2013 rushing numbers (660 yards) were about 40 percent lower than in 2012.It shouldn’t matter but it almost certainly does in a league that welcomes back Vick, a league that still hasn’t shut the door on Richie Incognito, the offensive lineman suspended last season for bullying a teammate while in Miami. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave him a tryout last month.Vick, now playing for the Jets after making his initial comeback with the Eagles, said almost everyone deserves a second chance, including Rice.“But there’s going to be a grace period and we all just have to sit back and reflect on what’s been done,” Vick said.But his opinion is hardly unanimous. In addition to deciding whether they want to deal with the public-relations backlash that would come with signing Rice, an NFL team would have to make a judgment on whether Rice’s presence would tear apart a locker room.“I don’t think there’s any place for him,” said Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, a vociferous critic of Rice’s as soon as the video came out. “I wouldn’t want him to play on this team. I wouldn’t talk to him. I wouldn’t speak to him. I wouldn’t engage anything with him off the field. That’s just something I strongly believe in.”___AP Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver and Dennis Waszak Jr., in New York contributed to this report.
Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last month, Google received high praise from human rights supporters after threatening to exit the Chinese search market, claiming it was no longer comfortable with censoring search results per government demands. But here it is a month later and Google has made no move to withdrawal its Chinese search operations, with censored results still appearing on Google’s Chinese portal, Google.cn. In addition, the company may now be investing in a Chinese digital media company, as well. According to unconfirmed reports, the Internet giant is said to be a member of a Disney-led consortium looking to invest in a Chinese media and advertising company called Bus Online. Google’s decision to exit the Chinese search business was alluded to in their January blog post detailing what appeared to be state-led cyber attacks which hit the Internet giant and other Silicon Valley companies in mid-December. As a result, Google announced it would review the feasibility of its business operations in China. The company claimed it would engage in discussions with the Chinese government to see if there was any way for it to remain in China, but few expected positive results from those discussions. Because the attacks were focused on gaining access to the email accounts of human rights activists, Google received a lot of praise for taking a stand against the Chinese government, the alleged perpetrators of the hacking attempts. However, only nine days later, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt took a softer tone during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. “We wish to remain in China,” he said. “We like the Chinese people, we like our Chinese employees, we like the business opportunities there.” Google to Invest in Chinese Media CompanyGoogle does like the businesses there, apparently. It’s a month later and the company seems to be no closer to shutting down their Chinese search operations business than they were back in January. In addition, anonymous sources say Google is planning to invest in China’s largest in-bus digital media and advertising company, an outfit called Bus Online whose revenue was about 314.5 million yuan ($46.07 million) last year. A consortium led by Walt Disney Co. is reportedly in advanced talks with the Chinese company and has plans to buy a 30%-40% stake for more than $100 million in shares, both public and private. Google is said to be among the investors. This move, if it happens, would lead credence to the argument put forth in January which had cynics claiming that Google’s withdrawal from China had less to do with their so-called “moral high grounds” propped up by the company motto “don’t be evil,” and had more to do with the fact that Google’s Chinese search business simply couldn’t compete with the more popular Chinese engine baidu.com. Hacker Crack Down Could HelpThe reality of the situation may be a bit more murky than a simple case of “good” versus “evil,” though. Of course Google couldn’t sit idly by as the Chinese government directed attacks on its infrastructure, but it also would be bad business to ignore the massive potential of the Chinese Internet market. Yesterday, new reports from Chinaview.cn stated that the Chinese government had shut down the nation’s largest website responsible for training hackers. The implication of this news – and especially its timing, given the actual shut down occurred in November – is that the Chinese government wants to appear as if they’re “playing nice” with regards to Western interests. That move may be precisely the sort of thing Google needs in order to maintain an appearance of concern regarding the cyber attack situation while also not making a regrettable, revenue-impacting business decision by ceasing Chinese operations altogether. The only question now is whether or not the public will forgive Google for doing so. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez
SAUNYA N. BRIGHT, Lt Col, USAF, BSC,MS, MBA, MPA, RDN, CSSDChief, Health Promotion NutritionLt Col Bright is a dietitian on the Health Promotion Team supporting the Air Force Surgeon General at the Air Force Medical Support Agency. She served on active duty for 18 years. Prior to joining the AF she served as a dietitian at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Lt Col Bright is a graduate of Tuskegee University, Troy University, and Texas Woman’s University. In her current position, her primary focus areas are the adoption of the AF HeRO Strategy, AF Telemedicine Medical Nutrition Therapy and initiatives supporting the inclusion of nutrition in the transformation of the Defense Health Agency. Montgomery, Alabama is her home town.Dr. Chadrick E. Cooper, Dr.PH, B.S., CHESDr. Chadrick E. Cooper has experience in Program Development & Evaluation, Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis, Population Health, Health Promotion Education: Doctor of Public Health Masters of Public Health- Epidemiology Bachelor of Science – Exercise Physiology Competencies and Skills Data Analysis and Research Methodologies Health Program Building, Management, & Evaluation Injury, Illness, & Disease Prevention Health Behavior Theories Certifications Certified Health Education Specialist – National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Career Experience Air Force Medical Support Agency – Health Program Evaluator 2017-current Koala Health and Wellness Centers Inc. – Health Program Developer/Evaluator 2009-2017Linda Granado, MPH, CHESLinda Granado is a contractor serving as a Health Program Developer supporting the Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA). She served as a public health professional for six years with experience in policy development, program development, implementation, and evaluation; community-based participatory research, and health education. Linda has over 8 years of teaching and coaching experience at the secondary level. Linda received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern California, Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her current position, Linda is responsible for assisting with the development and maintenance of standardized Air Force Health Promotion Programs delivered across the enterprise.Amy Schryver, MS, CHES Amy Schryver graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science, completed her graduate work in Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has experience in health program development, fitness and health education, community outreach, and patient care. In her current position as a Health Program Developer with the Air Force Medical Support Agency, she is developing a standardized approach to worksite wellness for Air Force Health Promotion, which is named Project Health and Readiness Optimization (HeRO).
A leader raises standards.The leader raises the bar for everyone. She sees what is possible for an organization and for the individuals that make it up–even when they do not. She believes that her vision can be made real even when no one else yet believes.By raising the standard, a leader insists that her people do better. She insists that they perform at a higher level, often a level that they don’t believe possible. She inspires, pokes, prods, coaxes, demands, and insists that they raise the bar. She forces them to use one of the greatest of all human attributes–resourcefulness–to find new ways to do the things necessary to moving towards her vision.And she leads. She holds herself accountable for doing the toughest jobs, making the toughest decisions, and changing herself and the organization to become what it is capable of becoming.The people who follow this leader will describe them as the person who did the most to help them become what they became, to realize their potential. But they won’t say that this leader made it easy for them. They’ll say this leader stretched them, starting with their vision.A leader raises the bar.Leadership is not a job. It isn’t a title you find on an organization chart. There are some people with titles that indicate they are supposed to be leaders, but their behavior betrays the fact that they aren’t.The non-leader lowers the bar or leaves it where they find it. They accept the organization and the people that make it up right where they are, never imagining more, never demanding more. Their lack of vision, their unwillingness to raise the standard, and their unwillingness to demand more wastes the potential locked up in the people who make up the organization they lead.If you lead others, raise the standard. No matter your position or role, you always lead yourself; raise your standard. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now