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Putting Twitter to the test

first_imgThe timely and effective use of social media in the hours and days following the Boston Marathon bombings may serve as a model for other law enforcement agencies in the United States, according to a report published as part of the New Perspectives in Policing Series by the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).The new report, “Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons from Boston,” spotlights the ways in which the Boston Police Department (BPD) successfully leveraged its social media platform throughout the investigation to keep the community informed and engaged. The report is co-authored by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at HKS.“The Boston Police Department has long embraced both community policing and the use of social media,” the report begins. “The department put its experience to good and highly visible use in April 2013 during the dramatic, rapidly developing investigation that followed the deadly explosion of two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.”Davis and co-authors Alejandro A. Alves and David Alan Sklansky identify several key moments following the explosions when the BPD turned to Twitter to communicate critical information. Within one hour of the bombings, they explain, the department had sent out a tweet confirming what had happened along Boylston Street.Ed Davis on social media’s role after the Boston Marathon bombingsFormer Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis discusses the critical role social media played following the Boston Marathon bombings, becoming the most effective way for law enforcement to communicate with the community.“In the ensuing hours, the department used its official Twitter account to request public assistance; to keep the public and media informed about road closures, news conferences, and police activities; to reassure the public and express sympathy to the victims and their families; and critically, within two hours of the explosions, to give the public accurate information about the casualty toll and the status of the investigation,” they write.The department’s official Twitter account was overseen by BPD’s public information bureau chief, who with the assistance of several others, operated @bostonpolice as a 24-hour “digital hub” for communicating updated information and for correcting misinformation reported by other sources.“BPD tweets rapidly became the most trusted source of information about the status of the investigation and were often retweeted hundreds, thousands of tens of thousands of times,” the authors explain.The effective use of social media by the BPD in this case was largely due to the fact that the department had spent considerable time and effort for many years prior to the bombings in building trust with its audiences, Davis and his co-authors explain. In addition to @bostonpolice, the commissioner and his superintendents maintained personal Twitter accounts.“The promise of social media for policing is not to transform or add to the work of law enforcement but to emphasize the deep connection with the community that has always been the focus of good police work,” the authors conclude. “One of the key lessons of community policing is that effective partnership with the community requires the police not only to talk but also to listen, and social media offer the police such a platform.”Davis was the commissioner of the Boston Police Department for seven years, retiring in November 2013. Alves, who earned an M.P.P. degree from the Kennedy School in 2012, is a policy adviser and chief of staff in the Massachusetts State Senate and an officer in the Army National Guard. Sklansky is the Yosef Osheawich Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.The New Perspectives in Policing series is published in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.To read the full report, Social Media and Police Leadership.pdf.last_img read more

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RecSports offers free, trial classes

first_imgRecSports had a problem. Four years ago, students were dropping out of fitness classes because the classes weren’t what they expected or wanted. That changed when the department began offering a week of free fitness classes at the start of every semester. Shellie Dodd-Bell, RecSports fitness and instruction program coordinator, said when she first arrived in 2007, RecSports was giving students a lot of refunds for fitness classes. “So we began offering sample classes, which gives students an opportunity to feel things out before they commit,” she said. The sample class program has been very successful, with some 1,200 students taking part in over 50 free fitness classes offered in one week, Dodd-Bell said. Students from freshmen to seniors make use of the free classes, and their fitness levels are as varied as their ages. Linda Hardy, an 11-year veteran of RecSports yoga instruction, taught a sample class  Wednesday to a mixture of student abilities. “One girl came up to me before class to ask about becoming a yoga instructor here at Notre Dame,” Hardy said. “A handful of students had never done yoga before.” The sample class did not get through every yoga pose she had planned, but Hardy is glad that she was able to offer her class for a trial run. “The free sample probably promotes the class more than paying for it right up front,” Hardy said. “It helps the students adjust to a schedule and lets them pick and choose the best class and instructor for them.” The students in Hardy’s class also enjoyed sampling how the class fits into their schedules and exercise plans. “I’m glad I get to figure out if I like the class before making a commitment,” Elizabeth Benson, an off-campus senior, said. “It also helps to try out different instructors.” Freshman Jessica Schaefer was glad she could add yoga class to her schedule during her first week of college. “It’s a good chance to relax in the crazy start to the school year,” Schaefer said. “Now that I’ve been to the class, I can see that it would be worth it to pay the fee, to actually sign up.” Hardy’s sample yoga class had 14 students during the busy noon hour, a number that impressed some of the students. “I’m really impressed by how many people are involved in the fitness classes and other physical fitness stuff on campus,” Schaefer said, Although RecSports advertises for its sample fitness classes, many of the attendees hear about the opportunity by word-of-mouth. “My sister had taken yoga before and I decided to take the class with her,” Benson said. Meanwhile, Dodd-Bell offered some advice to students interested in attending a sample RecSports class, especially the popular Step, Sculpt and Pilates classes which have limited equipment. “Come early,” Dodd-Bell said. “The classes are first come, first served.” Above all, Dodd-Bell said, students should use the sample class week to find a fitness class that is “just right for them.”last_img read more

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Notre Dame announces new University trustee, fellow

first_imgThe Notre Dame Board of Trustees appointed Fr. Daniel G. Groody as a fellow and trustee Friday, a University press released announced Thursday. Groody, a prolific author and filmmaker who works at the University an associate professor of theology and global affairs, replaces Fr. Timothy Scully, who served as a trustee for 18 years and a fellow for 16.As one of the University’s Fellows — which consists of six lay peoples and six priests form the Congregation of Holy Cross — Groody will help elect members of the Board of Trustees and has the ability to “adopt and amend the bylaws” of the University, the release said. The Fellows are also responsible for maintaining the Catholic character of the University.Groody graduated from Notre Dame in 1986 and holds a masters of divinity degree as well as a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology. Groody received his doctorate in theology at the Graduate Theological Union.As an author and filmmaker, Groody’s work focuses on the theology of migration and refugees issues. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre. In 2010, Groody received the Catholic Charities Centennial medal.Groody received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Sustained Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2011 for his work in the theology department.Tags: Board of Trustees, Daniel Groody, Notre Dame fellows, Timothy Scullylast_img read more

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End appears near for Navajo Generating Station

first_imgEnd appears near for Navajo Generating Station FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:It’s now a lock that the biggest coal plant in the West and the mine that feeds it will close in December 2019, if not earlier, and there is no proposal from anyone to stop it and little hope it would ever reopen.Middle River Power of Illinois and its affiliated New York investment firm, Avenue Capital, were considering taking over the plant, but they announced Thursday those plans would not work out.The news prompted a desperate request from Peabody Energy, which operates the Kayenta coal mine on Navajo and Hopi land and will have nowhere else to send the shiny black rock when the plant closes.But short of a heavy-handed intervention by the federal government, the deal with Middle River Power offered the last, best hope to keep jobs for the approximately 750 mostly Native Americans who work at the plant and mine when they are fully operational.The four utility owners — Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., Tucson Electric Power and NV Energy —  voted in February 2017 to close the plant in favor of cheaper power from natural-gas plants.SRP has already begun to wind down operations at the plant, transferring workers to other openings at the utility where possible and replacing them with contractors.The utility’s lease allows it to continue running the plant through Dec. 22, 2019, and the company expects a small staff of mostly contractors running the facility by that point, if it even runs that long.More: Death of Navajo coal plant deal will have wide-ranging consequences for tribeslast_img read more

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Even after audit is complete, still work to be done

first_imgOne of the most important pieces of an effective compliance program is the audit function. Audits may help to identify individual compliance concerns or general gaps in a credit union’s program. However, the work is not done just because the audit is complete.Prompt corrective action should be executed regarding each concern identified in the audit. Every credit union should develop a process appropriate for its level of resources; however, the following is a general outline of recommended actions.Step 1: Defining the cause The credit union should determine if the concern identified in the audit was a singular occurrence or if a gap in procedures may exist. An identified issue may be the result of many factors, such as general oversight, insufficient training or systems mapping. Analyzing the source of the error will aid the credit union in determining the appropriate corrective action.Step 2: Assigning the resolutionOnce the origin of the issue has been identified, the responsibility for resolution should be assigned to an individual or committee of individuals with the resources and authority to resolve the error. The assigned party will be responsible for ensuring an effective resolution occurs.To mitigate any continual compliance risk, a due date should be established. If the corrective action will be part of a long-term process, it may be prudent to establish periodic checkpoints to ensure progress is continually made toward the resolution.Step 3: Performing a follow-up reviewWhen the corrective action is complete, an additional review should be conducted to verify the remedial action rectified the issue identified in the original audit. Assuming the item has been resolved, the credit union should document the result of its efforts.Documentation should include the identity of the individual or committee that resolved the issue, a brief description of the action that was taken, the date on which it was completed and the results of the follow-up review. The documentation should be maintained for review by auditors and/or examiners.Effective completion of this process will not only reduce ongoing compliance risk, but demonstrate the credit union’s commitment to evaluating its own compliance, correcting any identified errors and providing the highest level of member service. The results of this three-step post-audit process will be observed by staff, members and importantly, examiners. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Godwin Brian D. Godwin serves as Director of Regulatory Compliance for PolicyWorks. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of PolicyWorks compliance consulting and review services to credit union clients, managing … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

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Strengthening community connections amid the coronavirus

first_imgThere’s no getting around it—these are scary and stressful times. As we stay at home watching a daily litany of news surrounding the impact of COVID-19, it’s hard not to let anxiety creep in. Widespread social distancing measures have worked to slow the spread of the virus, but they have also left many of us feeling cut off from our communities of support during these unprecedented times.While the weight of that separation can be difficult, it makes coming together and finding ways to strengthen our communities that much more imperative, and people everywhere are rising to the challenge.In Atlanta, neighbors and families are rising up and showing their support for the healthcare workers dedicating themselves to fighting on the front lines of the pandemic by cheering from their balconies every evening.Broaden your community connectionsNow more than ever, community connection is important. Research from RWIFsuggests that “individuals who feel a sense of security, belonging, and trust in their community have better health. People who don’t feel connected are less inclined to act in healthy ways or work with others to promote well-being for all.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How Super Eagles defender celebrated Wigan’s 8-0 white-wash against Hull City

first_imgLeon Balogun is on cloud nine following Wigan’s 8-0 obliteration of Hull City in Tuesday’s English Championship encounter. Fuelled by Kieran Dowell’s hat-trick plus a brace from Kieffer Moore, Paul Cook’s team claimed their biggest league win as they responded to their looming 12-point penalty in fashion with the rout of their relegation rivals who matched their previous worst league result against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1911. The Latics scored seven times in the first half to move out of the bottom three on goal difference at the Tigers’ expense, once the expected sanction for moving into administration is applied.Balogun who was featuring in his ninth game since his loan move from Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion saw 78 minutes of action before he was replaced by Alex Dobre. He took to his social media handle to laud his side’s character, disclosing his pride to be a member of Cook’s side whether they retain their English Championship status or not.“Back with a bang whatever happens: I’m proud and grateful to be part of this team at that time!” Balogun tweeted.“The character of the team is simply amazing and I wouldn’t want to miss it! This win is for everybody working for, supporting and loving this club! Up the f****** Tics.” In his recent interview with the Athletic, the 32-year-old recalled his initial trouble when Wigan came for him after falling out of the Seagulls’ ranks. “I tried to find a solution and then Wigan came in. To be very honest, I was not so impressed; a Championship side when I was feeling fit and good enough to play in the Prem,” he said.“Moving to a potential relegation team, I was thinking ‘Agh, that’s tough’. Looking back now, my agent told me, ‘You could go there and it could be one of the most memorable times in your career’. “It might turn out that way, especially if we make it with the administration and everything. I’ve had some nice dressing rooms but the Wigan dressing room, the staff, are up there with the best I’ve had.” read also:Wigan’s prospect: Huddersfield Town’s win pushes Balogun out of relegation Cook will lead his men to the Valley for Saturday’s encounter against relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made20 Celebs With Surprising Hidden Talents And Skills5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On ScheduleCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Most Expensive Mistakes In The History Of Mankind Loading… last_img read more

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Albouystown sweeps A-Division Commander 10/10 cricket

first_imgBOTH the Albouystown Male and Female teams swept the A-Division Commander’s 10/10 cricket competition at the Eve Leary ground, on Saturday.The one-day competition which featured six male and five female teams was part of an outreach programme for 21 youth groups in the Division.In the final, Albouystown, batting first, posted 30 all out while losing finalists East Ruimveldt finished on 29 all out, in the final over.Earlier, East Ruimveldt pulled a bye to the final which meant that Albouystown had to play a playoff against North Ruimveldt which they won.Meanwhile, in the female playoff, Albouystown, Mocha and Craig, were left to battle for the top three spots.The Albouystown females got the bye leaving Craig and Mocha to square off.Mocha defeated Craig, bowling them down for 38 all out from a needed 50 runs to win.In the final match, it was the Albouystown girls who walked away with the winning prize after the Mocha team could not make the needed 54 runs to beat them.Mocha finished with 38 for 8 after 10 overs.The other male teams were from Craig, Mocha and Agricola, while the other female teams were East Ruimveldt and North Ruimveldt Youth Groups.The presentation of trophies for the first to third places winners, was done by Deputy Commander of ‘A’ Division, Superintendent Phillip Azore, and Community Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Sonia Herbert.The event was sponsored by Trophy Stall, Germans Restaurant and Mohamed’s Enterprise.last_img read more

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The Latest: EPL team Norwich won’t reverse furlough decision

first_imgThe Latest: EPL team Norwich won’t reverse furlough decision April 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Despite high-profile reversals by Liverpool and Tottenham, Norwich has defended its decision to place some non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press center_img The Canaries are one of only two English Premier League clubs using the scheme. Employees receive 80% of wages from the British government up to 2,500 pounds ($3,000) although, in this instance, Norwich is making up the remaining 20%.Newcastle is the other top-flight club to turn to the job retention program while Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth made U-turns on their decisions to furlough staff following heavy criticism.“The decision we made was in the best interests of the club and its staff. We’ve been very transparent that we’re run in a self-financed manner,” Norwich chief operating officer Ben Kensell told BBC Radio Norfolk. “Ultimately, if we had the available cash flow to not have to take up schemes then, like other football clubs have, we would.”Last-place Norwich, which has nine games remaining, is reportedly budgeting for a loss of between 18-35 million pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more