USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation

first_img View post tag: Maritime Most importantly, we have helped keep this country and our fellow citizens safe. We have sustained the blessings of liberty our ancestors secured and upheld the oath we took. View post tag: about View post tag: Statement You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the president and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon. <img src=”” alt=”Chuck Hagel” width=”664″ height=”380″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-104767″ />The US Department of Defence on November 24th, 2014,  issued the following statement by the US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, regarding his resignation.I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as secretary of defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. I want you to know that I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. We have prepared ourselves, our allies and the Afghan National Security Forces for a successful transition in Afghanistan. We have taken the fight to ISIL and, with our Iraqi and coalition partners, have blunted the momentum of this barbaric enemy. We have come to the aid of millions of people around the world who have suffered the ravages of natural disaster and of disease. We have worked tirelessly to sustain our all-volunteer force that has given so much during 13 years of war. And we have bolstered enduring alliances and strengthened emerging partnerships, all the while setting in motion important reforms that will prepare this institution for the challenges facing us in the decades to come. View post tag: Chuck USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation There will be time later to say farewell. For now, please know how much I respect and admire your service and that of your families. As I gather with my own family this Thanksgiving holiday — a luxury I realize not all of you will enjoy — it will be the privilege of having worked with you these last two years for which I will be most grateful. Thank you for all you do for this country. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving.Press Release; Image: Wikimedia Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hagel November 26, 2014 That work will continue. It must continue. The world is still too dangerous, the threats too numerous, for us to lose focus. And even as I promised the president my full support going forward, so, too, do I promise that I will work hard to support you right up until my last day in office. I owe you that. View post tag: Resignation Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Chuck Hagel about His Resignation Share this articlelast_img read more

Program offers grad prep

first_img Jeffirs said she hopes the students will serve as the primary facilitators of discussion, but that she will be available to answer any questions students may raise during the session. The goal of the two programs is to provide social support for students who may feel alone and overwhelmed during such a critical point in their lives. A benefit of the programs is that students are not obligated to commit. Jeffirs said the meetings are expected to be casual, which is a positive for students who have busy schedules. Once a month, Jeffirs and assistant director Maureen Baska will facilitate topic-oriented discussions geared toward success upon graduation. There will be separate peer groups divided by year. Baska will lead juniors on Tuesdays while Jeffirs will take on senior discussions on Wednesdays. “This is a designated organization to let them know what kinds of resources are available,” Jeffirs said. “How do you get yourself unstuck from the situation so that you can keep moving forward?” “The aim is to keep it small but open to everyone,” she said. “If students have questions they can come to these groups and get some support from their peers for whatever issue is affecting them,” she said. “The program is a nice and easy way to get to know other girls who may be overwhelmed with some of the same issues.” Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings office, said she is excited for the two new programs, “Navigating the Journey” for juniors and “Planning for the Future” for seniors. Jeffirs’ aim is to keep the discussion groups relatively small because she said a smaller group enhances the depth of conversation and creates a sense of intimacy among peers. The Career Crossings office has developed a new program it will host once a month for Saint Mary’s juniors and seniors to help them prepare for life after graduation. “We’ve had some interests from students already and I’ve had students planning on being there [at the discussion sessions],” she said. A few weeks into the program, Jeffirs said the feedback has been mostly positive. “As the months go on we’ll be talking about different topics as well. Discussions are very topic focused, whereas the junior group and senior groups are broader,” Jeffirs said. “We’ve been seeing quite a bit of traffic in our office. What we’re hoping to do with these monthly programs is direct students with either very specific questions, or by focusing on specific topics,” Jeffirs said. last_img read more

Tendered operation cuts costs

first_imgON JANUARY 1 Stockholm’s narrow-gauge commuter services transfer to private-sector management. Bus operator Linjebuss and Adtranz will run the three 891mm gauge routes for five years under contract to AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. Over the past five years, SL has contracted out operation of tram, bus and metro routes in a rolling programme. But the Roslagsbanan is the first rail route to change hands, the other lines having been won by SL’s existing subsidiaries.Over the next two years, SL is due to award further rail contracts worth between SKr2bn and SKr3bn. Pre-qualification bids have been invited for operation of the horseshoe-shaped light rail network now under construction in the south and west of the city, and the Nockebybanan tramway which will share depot facilities with the new line at Alvik. Formal tenders will be called in the next two or three months, with the winning bidder to be selected by the second half of 1998. This will leave time for the winner to help with final preparations and start crew training ahead of the opening of the line in August 1999.Bids are also to be called this year for the 185route-km network of commuter services radiating from Stockholm Central to Nynäshamn, Slast_img read more

Will Westcott: Betgenius – Africa is in-play for World Cup 2018

first_img Share BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Kenya Finance Bill carries tax rescind waiting on Kenyatta approval  June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Will Westcott – BetgeniusWill Westcott Business Development Manager for Betgenius, details why Russia 2018 comes at a perfect time for African sports betting stakeholders, as consumers move to embrace in-play dynamics. _________________The 2018 FIFA World Cup is projected to be the biggest global betting event on record, exceeding the estimated £1bn wagered on the same event four years ago.This summer’s main event will further underline the explosive growth in global betting markets. Innovative new ways to bet, sharper trading and enhanced marketing campaigns have broadened customer demographics and swelled turnover year-on-year.Nowhere is this more apparent than in Africa, which has five teams, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria, heading to Russia. Although this probably has more to do with the buoyant state of its sports betting sector than the countries representing the region.According to PwC’s Gambling Outlook 2013-2017 report, which pulled together data from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, the 2014 World Cup played a dominant role in a 57.6% rise in sports betting revenues compared to 2013. A similar spike is likely to happen again.Following its dynamic growth in European markets, in-play betting is expected to be the catalyst behind the massive expansion of sports betting across Africa. Although in-play is still a relatively recent addition to most African operators’ portfolios, over the course of the past two years, bookies have reaped the rewards of adding more events, more market types and investing in higher quality, faster data.Behavioural ChangeIn markets like Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, we are seeing a huge shift in customer activity from pre-match to in-play betting. While Kenya (40% pre-match, 60% in-play) hasn’t quite tipped the scales, both South Africa (60:40) and Nigeria (60:40) show that the demand is growing rapidly.Unlike the highly competitive and price sensitive pre-match space, African operators are exploiting their in-play offering to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Football is the principal sport but creating a dedicated in-play betting destination is proven to facilitate cross-selling into other in-play sports and markets. Keeping customers on-site means better recycling of funds and subsequently increased turnover.After being exposed to a more engaging product, African punters are gradually changing their betting habits. While massive, often upwards of 10-leg, accumulators across many different leagues are still the bread and butter for most East and West African bookies, growing interest in individual events via in-play will provide a valuable indicator of the product’s growing success during the World Cup.The same logic applies to BetBuilder, a product we’re launching with two major African bookmakers including Nigerian powerhouse Nairabet in the coming weeks. By allowing a multiple to be placed on events occurring within a single game, it appeals to the African customer base with a penchant for an accumulator, while driving up turnover and margin on individual games like no other pre-match product.Speaking on a panel at the London Affiliate Conference earlier this year, Nairabet CEO Akin Alabi, described the impact the product will have on its strategy: “Since we launched Nairabet, we have offered betting on two FIFA World Cups and it has presented a challenge each time. Our customers like to place big accumulators across 10-20 games in order to win big. But with only 64 games across a four-week period, the World Cup does not offer up the opportunity to make these bets.“However, this year we will be introducing BetBuilder to our site which will enable customers to combine multiple pre-match markets types within the same game, so when Nigeria are in the World Cup final vs whoever, our customers will be able to bet on who will win, who will score and how, how many corners, who will get carded and so on. We are expecting our customer base to love these markets.”Nigeria’s Moment in the SpotlightIndeed, of the African teams represented at the World Cup, Nigeria is by far the most important when it comes to sports betting. The size of its population, a fanatical interest in football and easy access to live games has created a competitive and innovative betting sector meeting the demands of over 60 million punters.Like any flagship event, the World Cup will bring huge numbers of new customers onto Nigeria’s betting sites this summer. The key challenge for operators will be retention, and the likes of Nairabet, Bet9ja and Merrybet have all raised the stakes in the fight for market share in recent months, with investment into in-play product a common feature of each firm’s strategy.As a supplier of trading technology and outsourced pricing across all major sports, Betgenius is playing a crucial role in this burgeoning market. Without a partner who understands the nuances of each African market and who can provide robust, customisable trading solutions, local operators risk losing out on the in-play boom.Despite retail’s dominance, online in-play betting is the key to growth across Africa and 2018 is the year this trend will accelerate.With outright odds of about 250-1, the Super Eagles are unlikely to be the first African team to lift the World Cup in July. But with the right in-play product in place, the region’s bookmakers should all be winners._______________________Will Westcott  – Business Development Manager – Betgeniuslast_img read more

Flenory still ‘gold standard’ for WPIAL basketball

first_imgWhile Flenory rose to stardom with his accomplishments on the hardwood, he never forgot where he came from.“I began playing basketball in 3rd grade and this is one of the highlights of my life,” said Flenory. “In 1968 Valley had a great team and won the section championship and that’s when I knew that basketball was going to be my game.”“He played basketball every day. He would play in the rain and in the snow,” said Tallulah Flenory, B. B.’s mother. “I had to buy a new stove to keep his supper warm. B. B. was always a leader. When he was eight years old he started his own team. We bought all the shorts and shirts. I dyed the tops red and the bottoms blue.” GOLD STANDARD—A smiling B.B. Flenory shows off his 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame award. PROUD FAMILY—B.B. Flenory, daughter Karma, mother Tally and father Charles celebrate the New Kensington great’s induction to the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Baron “B.B.” Flenory remains a legendary figure in high school basketball, in college basketball and to those in western Pennsylvania. Flenory was among 14 people inducted June 25 into the WPIAL Hall of Fame at the Embassy Suites in Coraopolis. Flenory scored 1,800 points at Valley High School in New Kensington and was a Parade All-American as a senior, an accomplishment earned by only 12 other WPIAL or City League basketball players. He was Pennsylvania’s high school Player of the Year in 1976 and remains among the top 15 scorers in Duquesne University history. Among other distinctions in his career, Flenory holds the single-game scoring record at his high school and college. In his senior year at Valley, Flenory poured in 52 points in a game at Norwin. While at Duquesne, he tallied 48 in the West Virginia Classic Dec. 30, 1978. What was his most memorable game?“In junior high school I scored 81 points in one game,” said Flenory. “I went something like 31 of 36 from the floor.”What was his most memorable game in high school?“I’d have to say Sam Clancy and Fifth Avenue. That was the game that I went down to one knee, dribbling the ball,” said Flenory. “We were winning by 11 at the time and Warnie Macklin stole the ball. That was a great game. I think someone collapsed in the stands, too, and died from a heart attack.”What would B.B. say to his critics who would say that he shot the ball too much?”“I would say to them that I am the only player in Duquesne history to lead the team in scoring and in assists,” said Flenory. “I shot 56 percent from the field which is a high percentage for a guard.”After B.B. scored 25 and won MVP honors for Pennsylvania in the famous Dapper Dan Roundball game in 1976, it was time to head off to college at Duquesne where he was the centerpiece of the West Virginia and Duquesne rivalry.Flenory was nearly killed after taking an elbow to the head from West Virginia’s Bob Huggins in a 1976 game in Morgantown. Two years later, Flenory was involved in a brawl against the Mountaineers at the Civic Arena, then refused to play at West Virginia after seeing a picture of himself hung in effigy in the West Virginia student newspaper. The West Virginia students threw pacifiers and baby rattles and referred to him as BaBy Flenory.“I receive a concussion my freshman year when Bob Huggins hit me in the head and I received another concussion against Duke,” said Flenory. “At the Civic Arena in 1978 West Virginia put a box and one on me. And every time I went to the hoop I was getting elbowed in the head and I had enough and the brawl was on.”Flenory already holds spots in Duquesne’s and Pennsylvania’s Hall of Fame.As floor leader, Flenory injected intensity into his teammates. There’s no “I” in team, but there’s an “I” in win and winning is what B.B. was all about. Concussions may have ended his basketball career but his legend will live forever.Other players joining Flenory in the Hall’s fourth class were Woodland Hills’ Steve Breaston (2002); Ambridge’s Dick DeVenzio (1967, posthumously); Southmoreland’s Chris Dugan (1967); North Allegheny’s Ty Moore (1990); Canon-McMillian’s Manny Pihakis (1952); Mt. Lebanon’s Gretchen Rush-Magers (1982); and Mc­Keesport’s Brandon Short (1995).Former Washington athlete Jimmy Montecalvo, who died of cancer in 2008, was honored with the WPIAL courage award.Also inducted were Paul Hindes (Girl’s volleyball, basketball and softball) from Baldwin; Harriett Morrison (Girls volleyball) from Farrell; and Art Walker Sr. (football) from Mt. Lebanon and Shady Side Academy; Tarentum’s Tom Stabile (official); Bill Christy (official); Michael Manzo (contributor); the 1959 Braddock football team and the 1986 Gateway football team, who finished 13-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country in USA Today and considered by many the greatest team in WPIAL history.last_img read more