OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists

first_img Americas Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expression News June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Americas Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the adoption by the Organization of American States of a resolution on increasing protection for journalists and combating impunity for crimes against them. It is the first time that the OAS has passed a resolution on this crucial issue. News Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more The resolution was adopted by the OAS general assembly meeting in the Mexican city of Cancún. Regarded as part of the regional organization’s duty to promote and protect human rights, it also recognizes the importance of the work of journalists in the region.The resolution is the result of an initiative by the office of Edison Lanza, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and had the active support of such countries as Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.It calls on all OAS member states to:- Condemn murders of journalists and take special measures to protect journalists and to prevent attacks against them.- Combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists by appointing special independent prosecutors, adopting specific protocols and methods for investigating and trying cases, and providing judicial officials with training on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.- Publicly reaffirm the right of every journalist to receive, seek and impart information without any form of discrimination.- Encourage and reinforce member state cooperation with the IACHR and the special rapporteur’s office, especially on the issue of combatting impunity for crimes against journalists.“In view of the increase in violence against journalists throughout the Americas, we are very enthusiastic about this resolution’s adoption by the countries of the OAS and we share all of its recommendations,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“This resolution marks a new stage in the growing awareness of the western hemisphere’s governments of their responsibility to protect journalists and promote the work of the media.”The resolution stresses the fundamental importance of freedom of opinion and expression in development and reinforcing effective democratic systems. It also recognizes that journalists investigating stories involving human rights violations, organized crime, corruption and other kinds of serious illicit behaviour are often exposed to aggression and violence leading to self-censorship that deprives society of information in the public interest.RSF shares this assessment and hopes that, although the resolution is not binding, governments will respect the undertaking they have given and will quickly implement the envisaged measures. Newscenter_img June 22, 2017 – Updated on June 28, 2017 OAS adopts resolution on protecting journalists Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

Net effects

first_img Previous Article Next Article Net effectsOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Whenit comes to multimedia courseware, trainers are spoilt for choice. But how canthey be sure that the programme they select will really deliver? Robert McLuhanlooks at two contrasting approaches to courseware evaluationMoreand more organisations are opting for e-learning solutions, attracted by theirability to skill up large numbers of employees at a fraction of the cost ofclassroom training. That has brought a proliferation of providers: every daymore companies enter a market that IDC estimates will be worth $11.4bn (£7.6bn)by 2003. But the quality of the material on offer is by no means even. NETg,one of the largest suppliers, characterises much of what is currently availableas entertainment, packed with games-oriented video and animation sequences thatdo little to transfer skills.Theother type to avoid is the course that simply presents subject matter as apage-turning exercise. Only programmes that genuinely engage the user can havereal value, it argues.Tohelp trainers sort the wheat from the chaff the company has come up with aWindows-based evaluation tool. The software is free and is being distributedthrough the global Information Technology Training Association (ITTA) as acontribution to creating industry-wide standards. Eventuallythe company hopes that the UK’s Institute of IT Training and other trainingorganisations around the world will follow suit.Thename of the programme is ECG, suggested by the similarity of the graphs it producesto medical electrocardiograms. The tool plots levels of engagement andinteractivity in a course by quantifying the use of simulations andopportunities for feedback. EffectivenessConversely,reliance on quizzes demanding undemanding “yes-no” or multiple choice responsesindicates a low level of engagement. The resulting graphs provide an instantvisual comparison that enables training professionals to compare the likelyeffectiveness of various courses under consideration. Tosave time the tool can be run through selected pages, on the assumption thatthey will probably be representative of the course as a whole.“Peoplelearn better when they actually have the opportunity to be engaged in anactivity rather than simply being fed a piece of information,” points out PamBurton, NETg’s director of global marketing. “We believe that is a validmeasure of how much interactivity there is.”Brewersays, “Our objective is to help educate people who are evaluatingtechnology-based training or who are trying to come up with an e-learningstrategy. We are very committed to driving standards within the industry.”Brewerconcedes that software alone will not achieve the same result as a manualevaluation. It is intended as a starting point for buyers coming to the marketrelatively unprepared, who may be vulnerable to products that are superficiallyattractive but have little value. She says, “What we are providing is one moretool in the buyer’s toolbox and certainly there will be other factors toconsider, for instance the quality of the after-sales service.”Justhow much more there is for trainers to get to grips with before making apurchase is made clear by Xebec McGraw-Hill, which recently publishedcomprehensive guidelines on the issues involved in choosing technology-basedcourseware.“E-learningcompanies are popping up every day of the week and there is very little thathelps buyers choose between them,” says senior flexible learning consultant TimDrewitt. “Organisations either do it themselves and hope for the best or elsethey rely on advice from resellers.”CriteriaWhileDrewitt welcomes any service that helps make an informed choice, he argues itshould be based on a number of criteria. Xebec McGraw-Hill’s book, QualityStandards for Evaluating Multimedia and Online Training, outlines four mainstages in checking the usefulness of a package.“Firstyou need to be sure the product matches the organisation’s needs,” Drewittexplains. “That means asking whether the target audience described by the vendoractually fits the profile of your users, and whether the course’s statedobjectives are the same as yours.“Also,will the product work on your technology platform and do in-built features suchas progress tracking actually do what you want them to?”Thesecond step is to review the content for accuracy, depth and clarity. It willbe necessary to judge whether the learning skills are appropriate to the levelsof skills of learners and to roles in the organisation.Thenthere is the question of usability. Trainers will need to know whether thecourse is easy to install, runs smoothly, and provides clear and consistentinstructions. “You want it to be intuitive, so that it is easy to spot whatwill happen when you click on something,” Drewitt says.Onlyin the final stage do the guidelines tackle the area addressed by NETg’s ECGtool, instructional design. Questions to ask at this stage would include:–Are the objectives presented at the beginning? –Is the course structured in an appropriate sequence? –Are there sufficient examples to reinforce learning points?“Youwant to know whether the students are actively involved in the learning methodsused,” explains Drewitt. “Are they given choices of learning methods and doesthe course provide realistic opportunities for practice in differentscenarios?”Non-threateningTrainerswould want to ensure feedback and guidance is offered at every stage in atimely, relevant and non-threatening manner.Guidelinessuch as these have the advantage of taking much more into account than asoftware tool can realistically accommodate. The downside is that they demand awillingness by the buyer to make conscious judgements, instead of carrying outthe process automatically.Ultimately,Drewitt says, the value of any aid will be to short-list likely contenders.Other considerations such as cost make it difficult to base a decision onquality alone.“Atthe end of the day, the best test of the quality of the product is the user,”he suggests. “If staff can’t get round the course they will soon tell you. Butif they are enjoying it, that’s a benchmark for you: when you buy a product inthe future you know your business likes this particular brand.”Ascourse evaluation becomes a growing concern, aids such as these are likely tobe increasingly available. But no single approach seems to cover every aspect apurchaser needs to know, which means buyers will rely on their understanding ofwhat makes for successful training. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Watch Mike Dillon & moe.’s Jim Loughlin Join Forces For Wild Atlanta Show [Video]

first_imgThe Mike Dillon Trio concluded their short road run with moe.‘s Jim Loughlin with a wild display of percussion power at Atlanta’s Aisle 5 on Monday night. Dillon and Loughlin clearly have bonded over their love of the various marimba and mallet kat-based melodies, exhorting in the joy the instruments add to their respective repertoires. While Loughlin is far newer to the pursuit, both tirelessly work to improve their skills and when they get a chance to work together—even if only for a song or two—the music they make is always a mixture of mayhem and magic.Watch George Porter Jr., Skerik, And Mike Dillon Explore Far Reaches Of Funk At Brooklyn Comes AliveNone of this is to say that Mike Dillon isn’t a force of nature on his own. As a musician, Mike Dillon a trusted brand name. Whether as a solo act; leader of a trio or “how many people will your stage hold” arrangements; or collaborator, you know he is going to shine. Thanks to his impeccable mixture of technique, melodic vision, and passion, each show he plays is slightly better than his last, which is truly saying something given the high caliber of musicianship he brings to the table.That said, when an artist has mastery over as many instruments and styles as Dillon, the question is always, What elements is he bringing out tonight? The latest version of the Mike Dillon Trio has seen him flanked by bassist Nathan “Nate” Lambertson and drummer Brendan Bull, with Dillon taking the role of main melody maker plus some help from the multi-instrumentalist Lambertson.moe. And Turkuaz Invite Mike Dillon To Finish Out Spectacular Joint NOLA Run [Photos/Videos]Loughlin’s last-minute addition to the lineup was a product of the soon-ending moe. hiatus, which allowed moe. bassist Robert Derhak to successfully fight off cancer. With no rehearsal time and Dillon already being on the road, the show saw on-the-fly tutorials for Loughlin literally during the show. In the clips below, you can hear Dillon shouting keys and notes at Loughlin over the crash and din of the music. The result is like everything Dillon ever does—loose, electrifying and almost impossible to categorize.Check out special moments from Mike Dillon Trio and moe.’s Jim Loughlin’s collaborative show in Atlanta below. Enjoy!“Opener”“Song 2”“Song 4”“Song 5” “Closer”last_img read more

Building the First Data Confidence Fabric

first_imgI recently worked with a team of Dell Technologies specialists to finish building the first-ever Data Confidence Fabric (DCF for short). Today, Dell Technologies announced that our prototype code will be contributed to the Linux Foundation to seed Project Alvarium.I’d like to share some of the history behind the seeding of Project Alvarium and how our team at Dell Technologies came to initiate the overall effort.For several years, the CTO of the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT business unit has been touting a vision of data monetization. However, it’s hard to monetize untrusted Edge and IoT data. As he likes to say, “It’s midnight. Do you know where your data has been?”Enterprise storage systems have delivered trusted data to applications for a long time. We started our initial investigation wondering if these same trust principles could be applied to Edge and IoT ecosystems. Recent developments in data valuation, distributed ledgers, and data marketplaces facilitated everything coming together.How was this architecture built at Dell Technologies?We observed that as Edge and IoT data and applications travel toward each other, they cross multiple boundaries such as networks, trust zones, stakeholders, organizations, firewalls, and geographies. We realized that in order to make this work – no single entity can own the trust – after all, imagine if one company owned the internet. Instead, an open-framework must be created in which trust can be inserted and confidence scores calculated. This would enable applications to not only analyze data but also calculate confidence scores that reflect how credible the data is and it became evident to us that it was time to write some code.1st Level of TrustWe started with the EdgeX Foundry chair of the Core Working Group, Trevor Conn. Trevor wrote the first-ever Data Confidence Fabric software using Go Lang, the same programming language EdgeX is written in. His Data Confidence Fabric software registered with EdgeX as a client and began processing simulated device data. The initial confidence score for this data was “0” (no trust was inserted).Dell Technologies then hired three computer science interns from Texas A&M to deploy EdgeX and the Data Confidence Fabric software on a Dell Gateway 3000 with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip. Suffice it to say, the keyboards were smoking hot and the Mountain Dew was flowing freely. The first level of trust insertion used the TPM chip to “sign” simulated data. Then we modified EdgeX to validate the signature by using the TPM’s public key.2nd Level of TrustEdgeX was then adjusted to support N-S-E-W authentication by using VMware’s open-source Lightwave technology. The second level of trust insertion occurred when EdgeX rejected all requests for data except for those coming from the Data Confidence Fabric software.3rd Level of TrustDell Boomi software was invoked by the Data Confidence Fabric software to gather provenance and appended this metadata to the sensor reading. This third level of trust insertion gives an application increased confidence in the history of the data.4th Level of TrustThe Data Confidence Fabric software then stored the data locally using IPFS (an immutable, open-source storage system). This fourth level of trust insertion gives an application confidence that the data/provenance has not been tampered with. It also has the additional benefit of enabling analytics to access data closer to the source.5th Level of TrustThe Data Confidence Fabric software then registered the data into VMware’s blockchain (based on the open-source Project Concord consensus algorithm). This fifth level of trust insertion contains the pointer to the data, as well as the confidence history/score.Creating a Trust ScoreHow was the score calculated? For the sake of demonstration, addition was used to try and shoot for a “Perfect 10”.This represents a sample of how a score can be created, but going forward, confidence scoring algorithms will be established through vendor-neutral collaboration in Project Alvarium.Our first Data Confidence Fabric uses a configuration file, but going forward, the industry can create a dynamic framework in which trust insertion components register themselves and are inserted on-the-fly. We believe there is not single DCF, rather each organization decides what works for them and confidence scores are generated by the open algorithms that take different factors into consideration.I mentioned before that Dell Boomi software played a big role in this Data Confidence Fabric and I wanted to share some thoughts on the project from Dell Boomi’s CTO, Michael J. Morton. According to Michael, “The concept of a trust fabric will increasingly become critical in order to make reliable and non-damaging business decisions due to the ever-increasing volume and velocity of Edge data, as well as the increasing risk of tainted data going undetected. In order to securely collect the metadata that is used in producing confidence scores, the Dell Boomi integration platform-as-a service was used to demonstrate how to accomplish this necessity, as well as a technology option of the loosely-coupled Project Alvarium framework.”In closing, I’d like to say that coding the first Data Confidence Fabric was a fulfilling experience. We strived to use open source technologies whenever and wherever possible,    but we also demonstrated that all vendors can benefit from Project Alvarium in that trust        fabrics can be built from a mix of open source and commercial technologies.last_img read more

New core curriculum set in place for incoming class of 2022

first_imgThe most significant changes to Notre Dame’s core curriculum in over 40 years are officially in place for the class of 2022 and all future classes. These changes alter the number of courses required, grant students more academic flexibility and introduce integrative courses.According to the 2016 core curriculum report, the University reviews its curriculum every 10 years. Following more than 50 meetings, open forums, information sessions and surveys, the Core Curriculum Review Committee came up with a proposal of changes that received unanimous approval from the Academic Council in 2016. Michael Hildreth, co-chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee, said the new core is centered on three themes: a ‘focus’ on broadening everyone’s perspective, increased ‘flexibility’ in student control over core courses and ‘innovation’ with the introduction of new courses.“I think we can all agree that the world has moved on since the 1970’s so I think it was time for an update,” Hildreth said. “[Students] wanted integration in what we call a general education requirement and we also think that the new wrinkles that we added really do deepen the engagement of the core curriculum with the Catholic mission of the University.”The new curriculum was constructed to emphasize the Catholic liberal arts education of Notre Dame, the 2016 core curriculum report said. The new requirements now correspond to one of nine “ways of knowing” — quantitative reasoning, science and technology, art, literature, advanced language and culture, history, social science, theology and philosophy.”At any university, the things that students are required to take are an indication of that university’s values — what sorts of things do we expect students to know, what areas of inquiry do we expect them to investigate to be citizens of democracy and the United States?” John McGreevy, co-chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee, said.By minimizing the amount of University requirements, students have more room to experiment in their first year, McGreevy said. In addition, fewer courses will be taught by graduate students to allow departments more ownership over courses and limits were placed on the number of courses required within a major.“[The changes] clear up more space in the first year curriculum so students can dabble a little bit and try to figure out what major they want to choose as opposed to being locked into something quite early,” McGreevy said.Hildreth said all old courses were grandfathered into the new core without revision to ensure a smooth transition. However, courses may fall under new categories — for example, math is now considered ‘quantitative reasoning.’“Most of the categories are pretty similar to the old core and so it was easy to move them over,” Hildreth said. “But we still want to go back and look at them to make sure that it should be a core course or maybe we should rethink why this is being taught in the core as opposed to just a regular discipline-specific course.”New courses include integrative courses, which will be team-taught by scholars in various academic disciplines, and a Catholicism and the Disciplines course, which is offered to students as an alternative for their second philosophy requirement.Since the previous core curriculum was “owned by departments and not faculty,” Hildreth said a major goal was to break down the walls of the core requirements to allow faculty to teach subjects or courses that may not be in their given department but can still satisfy a core requirement.“I’m hoping that as we work with more and more faculty we can get them to appreciate that focus as opposed to ‘this is the introduction to my discipline, I’m teaching you a bunch of facts, and whatever,’” Hildreth said. “I really think that it’s up to the faculty to show the importance of the discipline and how it can engage.”The desired impact of the changes, Hildreth said, is that students will come out of the University with a “greater sense of maturity, independence and fulfillment.”“I am hoping that [students] will value this newer sense of independence that they have in terms of their self-determination of their trajectory through the University,” he said. “People are not telling them when to take stuff anymore so they have to figure out what classes they would like to take, when makes the most sense for them to take them and so they’re more self-determined in some sense.”Though the response to the changes has been “genuinely positive” so far, the committee will be observing the faculty and student response throughout the academic year. One of the committee’s main concerns, Hildreth said, involves class enrollment. “[For example,] we don’t know how many freshmen are going to sign up for math and science courses if they don’t have to take them as freshmen,” Hildreth said. “So there’s a whole question of how many seats should we reserve next year for the people who didn’t take the courses this year, and then how does that work two or three years out?”To avoid mass confusion and allow a smoother transition, the core will be fully-implemented throughout a “four-year roll-out” and first-year advisors are “well-versed” in the new requirements to assist students, Hildreth said.“There may be some strange dialogue when [freshmen] start talking to the upperclassmen because the upperclassmen don’t have any idea what’s going on with the new core,” he said. “I’m hoping that the new people coming in will just see this is as ‘Well, this is the core and this is how I need to thread my path through the University.’”Tags: Core Curriculum, core curriculum review committee, course requirements, John McGreevy, Michael Hildreth, ways of knowinglast_img read more

Trail Mix: Sam Lewis & The Hotel Sessions

first_imgThe first time I heard Sam Lewis sing, I knew he was a star in the making. A gifted songsmith blessed with a soulful Southern twang, Sam’s debut record didn’t leave my cd player for weeks. It isn’t hyperbolic to suggest that “I’m A River,” the gospel infused gem from that first record, was my favorite song of 2012.Waiting On You, Sam’s new record, is scheduled to drop in April, but fans old and new are treated with a special release this month. Recorded in a succession of hotel rooms while crisscrossing the U.S. and U.K. on tour, The Hotel Sessions offers listeners solo acoustic renditions of the tunes set to be on the new record in April.The Hotel Sessions is straight forward and simple – Sam, his guitar, and a room. Initially a series of demo recordings designed to acquaint his band with what would be on the new record, the project grew into a full album in its own right. And while Sam often records with some Nashville heavyweights – his first record included Kenny Vaughan on guitar and Dave Jacques on bass, among others – nothing is lost on these stripped down versions. In fact, it could be argued that Sam is at his best in these solo situations. Unencumbered by distraction, his songcraft and passion are masterfully showcased.I recently caught up with Sam to chat about the new record and lots of things hotel-related.BRO – What was the inspiration behind The Hotel Sessions?SL – The idea actually came from my manager’s assistant this past summer. I had just broke ground on a new album, Waiting On You, which will come out in April through Brash Music, a great indie label out of Atlanta. During a production meeting, we got to thinking of some cool ways to bridge the gap for my fans and get them excited about the release in April. Once our release date was announced, we were getting tons of inquiries about the record – folks didn’t want to wait that long to hear it! The demos of the record were nothing more than acoustic versions of me and my guitar captured in different hotels throughout the U.S. and U.K. These songs were still getting penned leading up to the recording sessions and I was still in the middle of a solid summer tour and I was getting them to my producer, Oliver Wood, and my band mates via email. All that being said, we put on our thinking caps, and The Hotel Sessions began to come together.BRO – As compared to playing in a studio, did you hear your songs differently while playing in these hotels? Did any sonic surprises happen?SL – It was interesting, more in hindsight, really. Once I agreed to use the actual demo recordings I had sent to my band mates, some personal insecurities set in. The demos are rough – I mean ROUGH – and I thought I should rerecord them. I did, but the new ones lacked that magic, so that proved to be a waste of time. We went with the original demos in the end. One thing to note is that the hotels are just like the studio; both can be magical environments if you are comfortable. A few of the songs changed completely from the hotel version once we began tracking in the studio, but I love all the versions of these new tunes. And there were some sonic surprises for sure . . . you pick up refrigerators, birds, sirens, trains, toilets, and sometimes you can even hear a couple arguing in the next room.BRO – Did any of the hotels you visited make you think, “Yeah, I could crash here for a while”?SL – A couple did, but I’m not the biggest fan of hotels. I try to stay with friends, family, or bed & breakfasts while I am on the road. Hotels don’t do much for me. I always seem to get stuck in the ones with the running toilet, thin walls, and/or the funky comforters. I may have just described every Super 8 or Days Inn I have ever visited.BRO – We are featuring “Waiting on You” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?SL – Funny enough, I actually started writing this song at precisely the same time an old roommate of mine was moving stuff out of the house, though the inspiration came from another place. I’m honestly not sure where it came from, but it is one of my few non-autobiographical tunes. Most songs I pen, I couldn’t begin to tell you when I started or finished, but this one I always remember starting.BRO – Do you like the sheets tucked or untucked?SL – Man, as long as they are clean, I don’t have a preference. I’ve come across many weird things while on the road, but this one time always sticks out. You know some of those fancier hotels that put chocolate on the pillows? Well, I was in one of those hotels one time and apparently the person that cleaned my room must have had some extras and then forgot to leave the air conditioner on. When I got back to my room on a scorching July afternoon, in dire need of a nap, it took me a minute to realize it was just melted chocolate on those white sheets. I found it more entertaining than the manager on duty.Sam Lewis hits the road again later this month, with a run of dates out in Texas. He returns to the Southeast on January 31st, with a show at The Willow Tree in Johnson City, Tennessee.I am happy to say that the fine folks at The Willow Tree have offered up a pair of tickets to the show. If you are you are interested, just take a second to drop me an email at [email protected] with SAM LEWIS in the subject line. A winner will be chosen from all emails received by 5 P.M. on Friday.Make sure you take a listen to “Waiting On You” on this month’s Trail Mix. For more information on Sam Lewis and how you might go about getting a copy of The Hotel Sessions, surf over to www.samlewistunes.com.last_img read more

No. 10 Badgers back home to host No. 16 Boilermakers, Illinois

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers’ volleyball team will be looking forward to returning home this weekend as they host Illinois Friday and No. 16 Purdue Saturday at the UW Fieldhouse after a difficult two weeks on the road.As senior co-captain Aubrey Meierotto sat out with pneumonia, Wisconsin split their four-match road trip, losing to the third-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and unsuspecting Michigan.Meierotto returned sparingly against Penn State, but was back in the starting lineup in the Badgers’ 3-0 sweep of No. 19 Ohio State and will most likely be starting again this weekend.With the two road losses, Wisconsin also lost sole possession of second place in the Big Ten as they are now currently tied with Purdue at 9-3 in the conference play.With the second-place spot on the line, Saturday’s match against the Boilermakers will have an added importance as the stretch run of the season begins. The last time the two teams met, at West Lafayette, the Badgers squeaked by with a 3-2 win. Head coach Pete Waite knows this match-up won’t be any easier, even at home where the Boilermakers haven’t won since 1992.”Purdue’s right behind us in the Big Ten race,” Waite said. “We went to their place and won in five and they’re a solid team. They’re better than they ever have been; they’ve made the biggest surge of any team in the conference in the last two years, especially this year.””They’re a team that’s very hungry and they haven’t won here in a while. They’ve got the size, they’ve got the ball handling — they’ve got everything you need, so that one’s huge.”Since the Wisconsin loss, Purdue has won its last eight games and, even more impressively, won seven of them in three games, dropping only one match to the 18th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.Maybe the most difficult part of matching up against the Boilermakers is the fact that the team is so similar to Wisconsin — a young team with a balanced scoring attack.Six players have more than two kills per game for the Boilermakers, led by 6’4″ freshman outside hitter Danita Merlau, averaging 3.5 a contest. Fellow freshman Stephanie Lynch adds 2.88 kills per game and leads the team with a .346 hitting percentage and 1.24 blocks per game.However, Wisconsin can’t overlook Illinois Friday night, as they’ve preached all season that any Big Ten team can provide an upset. That was even more evident with their loss to Michigan.Wisconsin routed the Illini at Champaign, but Illinois provided the Badgers with a battle in the third game as they jumped out to a 16-12 lead before Wisconsin put the game and match away.If it wasn’t apparent that Illinois won’t be a cakewalk, the Illini are coming off a weekend in which they swept Michigan and Michigan State.Furthermore, Illinois upset the Buckeyes at Columbus earlier this year so there’s no doubt they can play, and head coach Pete Waite knows this fact.”Illinois is playing a lot better than when we saw them down at their place,” Waite said. “They were struggling with some injuries and some departures from the program. Now they’ve changed their setters. They’re a faster offense, and they’re feeling good about themselves — they just got the wins over Michigan and Michigan State last weekend at their place, so we know they’re going to be tough, too.”Also worth mentioning, Illinois has a lot to play for as it tries to make a run for a post-season entry since they currently sit at 13-10 and sixth in the Big Ten.Senior outside hitter Rachel Van Meter is the Illini’s heart and soul as she leads the Big Ten with an astonishing 5.70 kills per game.Notes: Jocelyn Wack extended her double-digit dig streak to 52 last weekend and could move into fourth place all-time this weekend.The Badgers will be holding a rules clinic at the Field House Saturday at 4:45 p.m. before the match with Purdue.”Our goal with the clinic is to help fans understand the game of volleyball better and to learn to appreciate the strategy and nuances of the sport,” says UW Coach Pete Waite. “I think it will be a fun and informative session.”last_img read more

Olympia Mortgage Lender Creates Lasting Relationships With Home Buyers

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 It’s the personal relationships that mean the most to William Tuning.  You may not think of your mortgage lender as a close friend, but according to Tuning that’s just because you have not met him yet.When Tuning stepped out of the corporate banking world, it was because he missed the face-to-face interactions he had with customers.  He wanted to return to making people’s dreams come true through home ownership.  Along the way, he has formed lasting relationships with his customers.Take Char for instance.  Tuning explains that she was under a time crunch to facilitate a VA loan.  “I threw out all the stops and during the process we became friends.  Throughout her loan process, when she was getting her car serviced, she stopped by and we shared lunch,” explains Tuning and did so on more than one occasion.  (His West Olympia office is located near the Olympia Auto Mall.) After her loan closed I was among her friends at her house warming party as if we had known each other 40 years.“That’s why you get into the business.  It’s for the relationships,” says Tuning.  It’s doesn’t matter to me if it’s a $1 million mortgage or a loan for $100,000, it’s all the same to me.”The joy that Tuning experiences when the transaction is complete and the family moves into their new home is just as great.“Recently I helped a young family buy a modest home in Shelton. They had grown frustrated working with a big bank due to a language barrier and the bank being too busy to help them.  They didn’t speak English well and I was stretching to remember my high school Spanish.  The couple worked hard and had saved all their dollars for the down payment for their dream home.  I worked very hard to close by an extended holiday weekend so that they could move into the home when they already had a few extra days off,” recalls Tuning.In Tuesday’s mail was a handwritten thank you card.  “The couple recognized my effort to get the home closed so that they could move in and not take extra time off,” he says.To many that home may not be much, but to them it was their castle.“For me, it’s those victories that make this career so worthwhile.  These are the things that keep me coming back every day regardless of how many regulations and processes change in the mortgage industry,” he summarizes.To learn more about William Tuning and his approach to helping people achieve home ownership, click here.You can reach William Tuning directly at 360.539.4687 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more