Defense Ministers in the Americas strengthen cooperation on security issues

first_imgBy coincidence, that agreement came after participants received news of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck El Salvador on October 13. The ministers and other authorities at the CDMA expressed their solidarity and offered their full support and cooperation to the Central American nation. “Today, defense and security are essential to exercising liberty and to upholding democracy,” said Perú’s Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano during the conference’s closing ceremony. “[The conference] allows us to share our experiences and accept the challenge to work together against threats for which we have not been prepared.” Consequently, the defense ministers and other attendees agreed that helping the civilian population during natural disasters by providing field hospitals and medication will be one of the key topics of the next conference, which is scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016. While most of the conference was devoted to discussions about improving security in the region through cooperation, officials did take time to observe a moment of silence for Peruvian Army NCO Juan Chávez Infante, who died during a terrorist ambush in Valle de los Ríos Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro (VRAEM) on October 13. Those commitments were proclaimed publicly in the Arequipa Declaration, which encourages cooperative peace missions and humanitarian aid throughout the region in support of the efforts of the United Nations. “The multi-dimensional nature of security and defense is broader now, and we have gained much in the process of incorporating topics such as humanitarian aid, peace missions, aid during natural disasters, and other topics related to peace policies in this hemisphere.” The Kingdom of Spain awarded Cateriano the “Grand Cross of Military Merit with White Decoration,” which was presented to the Peruvian defense minister by his Iberian counterpart, Pedro Morenés Eulate. Spain participated as an observer at the conference. The award was granted for the merits and services rendered by Cateriano to further the harmony between Spain and Perú. The 34 countries of the Americas strengthened their collective commitment to promote peace and fight international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the Eleventh Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, which was held October 12-14 in Arequipa, Perú. “The multi-dimensional nature of security and defense is broader now, and we have gained much in the process of incorporating topics such as humanitarian aid, peace missions, aid during natural disasters, and other topics related to peace policies in this hemisphere.” While most of the conference was devoted to discussions about improving security in the region through cooperation, officials did take time to observe a moment of silence for Peruvian Army NCO Juan Chávez Infante, who died during a terrorist ambush in Valle de los Ríos Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro (VRAEM) on October 13. The main subjects discussed during the conference included best environmental practices, humanitarian deactivation of land mines, and the need for exchanges of information in health matters. The Ebola crisis in Africa was mentioned as an example of the need for continent-wide cooperation to ensure the health of the civilian population. By Dialogo October 16, 2014 Emphasis on protecting the health of civilians Consequently, the defense ministers and other attendees agreed that helping the civilian population during natural disasters by providing field hospitals and medication will be one of the key topics of the next conference, which is scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016. center_img Those commitments were proclaimed publicly in the Arequipa Declaration, which encourages cooperative peace missions and humanitarian aid throughout the region in support of the efforts of the United Nations. “Today, defense and security are essential to exercising liberty and to upholding democracy,” said Perú’s Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano during the conference’s closing ceremony. “[The conference] allows us to share our experiences and accept the challenge to work together against threats for which we have not been prepared.” The main subjects discussed during the conference included best environmental practices, humanitarian deactivation of land mines, and the need for exchanges of information in health matters. The Ebola crisis in Africa was mentioned as an example of the need for continent-wide cooperation to ensure the health of the civilian population. Emphasis on protecting the health of civilians To promote cooperation on security issues, Perú’s Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Surinam, Lamuré Carlo Latour; from Trinidad and Tobago, Clifton Philip De Coteau; from Canada, Robert Nicholson; with Guatemala’s Vice Minister of Defense, Neftalí Santos Cardona; and with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The 34 countries of the Americas strengthened their collective commitment to promote peace and fight international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the Eleventh Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, which was held October 12-14 in Arequipa, Perú. The Kingdom of Spain awarded Cateriano the “Grand Cross of Military Merit with White Decoration,” which was presented to the Peruvian defense minister by his Iberian counterpart, Pedro Morenés Eulate. Spain participated as an observer at the conference. The award was granted for the merits and services rendered by Cateriano to further the harmony between Spain and Perú. By coincidence, that agreement came after participants received news of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck El Salvador on October 13. The ministers and other authorities at the CDMA expressed their solidarity and offered their full support and cooperation to the Central American nation. To promote cooperation on security issues, Perú’s Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Surinam, Lamuré Carlo Latour; from Trinidad and Tobago, Clifton Philip De Coteau; from Canada, Robert Nicholson; with Guatemala’s Vice Minister of Defense, Neftalí Santos Cardona; and with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “It is completely relevant and prudent to encourage this sort of cooperative security in the Western Hemisphere, because there are shared problems that threaten our countries, and the best way to fight them is through coordinated strategies,” said international security and defense analyst Jaime Castro Contreras. Why don’t they stop Urrestri It helped me with my homework. Thank you very much We have to continue to fight drugs that hurt our youth so much all over the world “It is completely relevant and prudent to encourage this sort of cooperative security in the Western Hemisphere, because there are shared problems that threaten our countries, and the best way to fight them is through coordinated strategies,” said international security and defense analyst Jaime Castro Contreras. last_img read more

5 ways to make people listen to you

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details I’ve given you advice on how to be a better listener, but now it’s your turn to talk. When it’s your turn at the podium, how can you be sure that you have your audience’s attention? If you notice people starting to lose focus, you may have trouble getting their attention back. Here are five ways you can make sure that your audience remains your audience.Relax: If you’re stiff and nervous, you’re not going to hold anyone’s attention. It doesn’t matter if you’re speaking to 3 people or to 300 people, if you want to be heard, you need to calm down and release your tension.Don’t get lost: You’re in the car, you’re in an area that you’re not familiar with, and you get lost. This is normal. If you talk a lot, you may find yourself droning on and on and may eventually get lost in your own words. This should not be normal. If you’re lost, then you’ve definitely lost your audience. They’re probably looking at their phones.Keep it short and sweet: There is a reason you’re talking right now. Get to that reason. Don’t beat around the bush. Say what you have to say, and be done. If you keep it concise, you’ll keep the attention on you.Be clear: Just because you want to keep it short and sweet doesn’t mean you should say the things you want to say as fast as you possibly can. Only use the words that are needed to convey your message, and speak slowly and clearly. If you talk too fast, your audience will miss words and/or phrases and they won’t be able to catch up with you.Enjoy yourself: Unless you’re having to deliver bad news, you should be enjoying yourself. If you’re speaking about current events or something you’re passionate about, let it be known that you’re interested in the words you’re saying. If you’re interested, your audience just might be too.last_img read more

Have seen your Google search rankings lately?

first_imgOne of the ways an improved digital presence can help your financial institution is by positively impacting your Google search rankings and local listing results. And here’s five reasons those search results really do still matter, and a few pro tips to help improve those rankings! Search is Key to Banking Account Decision MakingAccording to Google’s Zero Moment of Truth study, search is a huge factor with consumers considering a new banking product or service. They asked the question: “Q2 When you were considering purchasing [PRODUCT], what sources of information did you seek out to help with your decision?” As you can see from the results, 61% of those surveyed used search in their buying process.PRO TIP: Make sure you update your website content with meaningful, keyword optimized content 1-2 times per week, or more if possible, as the ‘recency’ of content on your website is a key factor in SEO. Branch Location Information is Key Reason for Search in the First Place!According to the same Google study cited above, the top three reasons for banking shoppers to consult the internet were: Find locations of the financial institution Get information on a particular bank location (hours, parking, etc) Call a financial institution (from number provided online)So, if your branch details are not accurate 100% of the time when a user searches online, your institution is going to have unhappy customers, complaints, or perhaps no new enquiries to begin with!PRO TIP: Use an automated tool of some kind to consistently monitor ALL branch location information to ensure all details are accurate and any duplicate listings are removed. Test how your branches are showing up online today with our free tool. The Consumer Purchase Journey Has Permanently ChangedSome people in long-established industries like financial services have seen many ‘hot new trends’ come and go, and are often resistant to change. After all, who wants to re-tool their entire marketing or sales approach only to have to do it all over again two or three years later? But times have truly changed and are showing no signs of returning to the old days of branch visits and broadcast messaging. According to the Financial Brand, “Consumer visits to retail bank branches are set to drop 36% between 2017 and 2022, with mobile transactions rising 121% in the same period,” and this is NOT a new trend. It’s time for credit unions and community banks to pay attention to this new normal and recognize that multi-channel, mobile first, personalized messaging is going to be central to driving growth and retention for years to come.PRO TIP: A responsive website is a MUST, but also consider designing for mobile FIRST when you create your online user experience. With 60% or more of traffic coming from a mobile device, desktop use is down and will likely continue to decline. Meaningful Content is Key to Search ResultsAs mentioned above, we recommend updating a bank or credit union website 1-2 times a week, at a minimum. But this isn’t with just small changes. We are talking about useful and informative content pieces that are significant in length and impact. We mean content that is helpful and addresses the pain points in your member’s lives. This is the type of content that positively impacts search and helps build rapport with your readers. According to Inc.com “Digital marketing, or more specifically, content marketing, is how businesses build communities, develop brand advocates, lower acquisition costs, increase conversion rates and increase customer lifetime value―all of which signal a healthy, sustainable business built to thrive in our digital-first world.”PRO TIP: Develop 2-3 buyer personas to build your content strategy around. This will help your team see your target marketing as people and then better develop useful content for those populations. Website Speed Impacts Search AND Overall SuccessAccording to Google, roughly half of website traffic can be lost due to slow load times, and this is only going to continue as we all use smart phones more. Think about it, how often have you clicked a link in a search result list, only to have it spin for too long and then hit the back button and try the next one? Well, you’re not alone! In the financial industry a load time of 18 seconds can cause you to lose and estimated 34% or more of your visitors! PRO TIP: Test your website with the free Google mobile speed tool and pass on the findings to your IT and web development teams. Ask them to work on any fixes that are possible and then check progress and continually re-test. We recommend a load time of 4-6 seconds is a great target for the finance industry.Visit the Social Stairway Blog for more great digital marketing and sales tips or email us today to discuss your specific needs! 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Detailslast_img read more

SOLOGAMY: The Saddest Trend You’ve Ever Heard Of

first_imgDaily Wire 15 May 2017Family First Comment: We warned that once something is redefined once, there will be no stopping further redefinitions. Unfortunately…. we were right.http://www.protectmarriage.org.nzApparently, people are now marrying themselves. Well, more specifically, sad, bitter feminists with a millennial-like flare for narcissism are marrying themselves after sticking it to The Patriarchy by choosing to put their careers ahead of their personal lives.In the new, sad trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.“I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” Anderson, 37, told WUSA9. “It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else.“You’re worth it!” added the feminist.Anderson tied the knot to herself in New York City and advocates for the self-marriage lifestyle.“Anderson said she grew tired of people asking why she was still single. So, in front of family and friends she married herself,” notes WUSA9.The trend has grown within the United States and has even gone international.READ MORE: http://www.dailywire.com/news/16451/sologamy-apparently-people-are-marrying-themselves-amanda-prestigiacomolast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Middle School Teams Win Over Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Volleyball team won against Franklin County in three games: 25-24, 23-25, and 15-10. The girls fought very hard for this win. Elena Kuisel was the leading server with 2 aces and 10 good serves. Following was Kaylie Raver with 8 good serves, Margaret Wilson with 4 aces and 5 good serves, Annie Shane had one ace and 5 good serves, Sydney Slavin had two aces, and Kaylin Hinners had 5 good serves. Sara Lamping and Taylor Blanton added 1 good hit each. Laura Schwegman and Renee’ Lecher added good passes to help the team in their win! Their record is 2-3. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team came back from a game 1 loss to Franklin County to win 19-25, 25-21, 15-14.   In game 2 & 3 they were more aggressive at the net. Cayman Werner led all hitters with 9 kills.  Jadyn Harrington, Samantha Kessens, and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus each had 3 kills. Tiffany Hawker added one kill.  Laney Walsman & Isabelle Westerfeld were strong at the net, even though they did not earn a kill. Werner led all servers with 9 points including 3 aces. Kessens added 7 points, including 2 aces. Hawker added 4 points to help seal the win. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Juventus midfielder only wants to join Barcelona

first_img Loading… Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has told Paris Saint-Germain the only club he wants to join this summer is Barcelona. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAGGuz5qa4D/ That is according to Thursday’s front page of El Mundo Deportivo, which reports that Pjanic told PSG sporting director Leonardo he was not interested in a move to the French capital. French media outlet RMC Sport are convinced that the Bosnian international will be on the move this summer and said that the Parisians and the Blaugrana were the two teams leading the chase. It follows on from a report in The Guardian last week saying that Chelsea also wanted the Turin-based player and were negotiating a player-exchange deal with midfielder Jorginho. There have been suggestions that Barca and Juve are hopeful of a convoluted swap deal which would see Arthur Melo move the other way for Pjanic, but Arthur may have no desire for such a move.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years AgoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Read Also: Premier League: Two Chelsea stars pen new deals “We are talking to Barça as we do with many important clubs because it will be a difficult summer,” Juventus head of transfers Fabio Paratici told Sky Sports last month, as cited by Diario Sport. Arthur’s reluctance at leaving the Blaugrana may now mean Juve look elsewhere as a destination for Pjanic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arthur has a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 with a €400m release clause, while transfermarkt gives him a market value of €70m.last_img read more

Eagle Motorsports returns in title sponsorship role for IMCA RaceSaver Sprints

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. (March 3) – Eagle Motorsports returns for a second season as title sponsor of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division.The Lincoln, Neb., sprint car chassis manufacturer and high performance parts retailer again furnishes a portion of the $2,600 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in national point standings for the winged class. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars ran in Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Virginia last year. New sanctions in Iowa and Colorado have already been announced for 2014.Drivers must display two Eagle Motorsports decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund money. Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. “In addition to the point fund contribution, Eagle also awards a free chassis kit to the national champion and national rookie of the year,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Last season that ended up being the same driver but with a new crop of talented rookies combined with a full field of experienced veterans, those awards are up for grabs and the competition is wide open this year.” “Eagle has been a great partner and we’re excited to work with them again in 2014,” he concluded.Information about Eagle-built chassis and parts is available by calling 402 438-0392 and at the www.eaglemotorsports.com website.last_img read more

Brilliant Brathwaite takes West Indies to the brink …Jason Holder claims his five-wicket Test haul

first_img(REUTERS)-West Indies reached 114-5 against Pakistan with inspirational opener Kraigg Brathwaite still at the crease after a tense fourth day ended early due to bad light as they chased a victory target of 153 in the third Test in Sharjah yesterday.Brathwaite was defiantly standing on 44 with Shane Dowrich on 36 leaving West Indies needing 39 runs to break a 14-match losing streak stretching back to last May last year.Pakistan began the day on 87-4 before a battling 91 by opener Azhar Ali and 42 for Safraz Ahmed looked to have steadied the ship.However, they lost their last five wickets for 33 to end on 208 with West Indies’ captain Jason Holder claiming his first five-wicket Test haul.Roston Chase claimed the pick of the wickets in laughable circumstances.Having dived high to catch a Mohammad Amir drive over long-on, he realised he would step over the rope and released the ball back into play.Chase recovered so quickly that Amir, who had stood still admiring his shot, was unable to scramble home as Chase’s accurate throw from the boundary ran him out.Their total of 208 left the visitors chasing a tempting 153 to end the tour on a positive note having lost the first two tests.Opener Brathwaite, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 142 in the first innings, again looked assured on a flat, slow pitch while partner Leon Johnson was dropped twice as they reached tea on 23-0.However, Johnson went soon after for 12 and Darren Bravo quickly followed for three, both to Yasir Shah.Dowrich, who also batted impressively alongside Brathwaite in the first innings, settled their nerves, though, with a solid performance that included three boundaries and a six off a short delivery which he smashed over deep midwicket to leave his side within touching distance of a rare victory.Brathwaite, who has been on the field for every minute of the Test over four days, continued to play his shots but they then lost Marlon Samuels (10), Jermaine Blackwood (4) and Chase (2) with nerves beginning to show as they slipped to 67-5.West Indies are seeking their second Test win in two years – their only other success in 19 matches coming against England in Barbados in May 2015.Caption:Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo lead West Indies off the field on the 4t day in Sharjah. Holder claimed career-best figures of 5 for 30, while Bishoo took 18 wickets in the series.PAKISTAN 1st Innings 281West Indies 1st Innings 337PAKISTAN 2nd Innings (overnight 87 for four)Sami Aslam c Joseph b Holder 17Azhar Ali c Bravo b Bishoo 91Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0Younis Khan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0*Misbah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4+Sarfraz Ahmed c Bravo b Bishoo 42Mohammad Nawaz c Johnson b Bishoo 19Mohammad Amir run out 8Wahab Riaz c Johnson b Holder 1Yasir Shah lbw b Holder 0Zulfiqar Babar not out 15Extras (b2, lb1, w6, nb2) 11TOTAL (all out, 81.3 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48, 5-134, 6-175, 7-189, 8-192, 9-193, 10-208.Bowling: Gabriel 15-1-36-0 (w1, nb2), Joseph 14-3-41-0 (w1), Holder 17.3-5-30-5, Brathwaite 1-0-5-0, Chase 15-1-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-46-3.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs)K Brathwaite not out 44L Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 12D Bravo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 3M Samuels c Zulfiqar Babar b Yasir Shah 10J Blackwood b Wahab Riaz 4R Chase c Mohammad Nawaz b Wahab Riaz 2+S Dowrich not out 36Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (5 wkts, 36 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 8-0-29-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 8-0-30-2, Yasir Shah 13-4-30-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0.last_img read more

Drama, tears, laughter: Reality TV recommendations worth streaming

first_img(Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) If you are too stubborn to download TikTok but are in need of mindless entertainment to watch between Zoom classes, tune in to these high-quality reality television picks that are worth every second of your time.  While it is not filled to the brim with drama, the Japanese reality show is calming and refreshing. It features six strangers living in a beautiful mansion surrounded by a forest. The house, complete with state-of-the-art furnishing and modern aesthetics, has various cameras placed throughout the rooms. Viewers are able to watch the housemates as they befriend each other and talk about their backgrounds, dreams and morals.  Eventually, couples get engaged and see each other for the first time in a grand gesture that could give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money. However, the real test is how their relationship continues to develop outside the show. To find out the results of this social experiment, make sure to stream “Love is Blind,” now available on Netflix.  “Glow Up” “The Circle” “The Bachelor” — what a classic. You can forget all about the chaos that was Peter Webber’s season with the latest series from “The Bachelor” franchise. “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” combines music and love as 20 single men and women explore romantic relationships with one another. They sing songs as individuals and couples, attempting to find love through their collective passion for music.  Apart from being a reality television show, “The Circle” runs an interesting social experiment to see who exactly someone has to be in order to rate highly and become a crowd favorite. It’s the concept of the “Black Mirror” episode “Nosedive” brought to life, as contestants either climb the social ladder or are eliminated by the group. Head to Netflix, where you can watch “The Circle” and see what it takes to become an influencer. This all sounds incredibly silly, but the show manages to grab your attention with over-the-top outfits that resemble a mix between extravagant Halloween costumes and Met Gala attire. The show keeps the viewer guessing who could possibly be under the mask. Some singers to be unmasked are easier to guess than others, but you can never quite tell if the person will be a famous athlete, actress or politician. “The Masked Singer” is so bad that it’s good, and it’s available for streaming now on FOX and Hulu.  A mix between “Big Brother” and “Catfish,” “The Circle” has contestants scheming to see how far they would go to win $100,000. In lieu of real human interaction, the eight contestants interact through a platform called The Circle. Here, the players make friends and enemies as they strategize a way to gain enough popularity to remain in the game, crafting social media personas — real or fake.  For the makeup enthusiasts out there, “Glow Up” is a competition show where aspiring makeup artists compete for a contract with a leading makeup artist. The 10 contestants are pushed to craft looks in a variety of challenges, ranging from high-fashion editorials to using prosthetics in their art.  “Love is Blind”center_img Unlike other high-energy reality TV shows infamous for their abundance of emotion, “Terrace House” delivers entertainment in a slow, leisurely way. The audience follows the strangers as they go to restaurants or their day jobs, offering a glimpse into contemporary life in Japan. There is also a group of studio commentators that watch along with the viewer; these commentators analyze conversations, body language and other interactions between the housemates. “Terrace House” is peaceful and relaxing, and will boost serotonin levels in the middle of a global pandemic. It is available to stream on Netflix.  Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, “Love is Blind” is a test to see whether single men and women are able to form emotional connections without ever seeing each other. Each person is placed in a “pod” across from someone else, where they get to know one other through “blind” dates. “Terrace House”  The trailer already promises plenty of arguments, guitars and enough tears to keep you hooked for a while. As one of the contestants puts it: “It’s no fun singing a love song when you’re not in love.” Now that is something worth watching. “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” is set to premiere April 13 on ABC.  A bride running down the street on her wedding day, couples getting engaged without ever seeing each other, emotions running wild and more are all featured in Netflix’s new dating show “Love Is Blind.” “The Masked Singer” follows a simple premise: It’s a singing competition with celebrities disguised in costumes. Each week, the contestant with the fewest audience votes gets unmasked.  “The Masked Singer” “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” “Glow Up” delivers fabulous facial art as the contestants put their vision and talent into each challenge. This show is perfect for any fans of “Project Runway” and “Skin Wars.” The diverse cast of contestants promises to entertain you and possibly even inspire you to recreate a look you’ve seen on Instagram. “Glow Up” is available to stream on Netflix. last_img read more

German freshman Geyer earns starting spot for Syracuse field hockey

first_img Published on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Anna Crumb had big expectations for her roommate-to-be. Literally. After getting her room assignment for the 2010-11 academic year at Syracuse University, the freshman back went online to do some research. She searched for pictures of Leonie Geyer. What Crumb saw was a big, powerful field hockey player, menacing her opposition. But when the two freshmen finally met in their Shaw Hall dorm room in August, Crumb was taken aback by what she saw. The image of the huge player from Neuss, Germany, dissipated, and a shy, soft-spoken freshman replaced it. ‘I assumed that she was going to be bigger,’ Crumb said. ‘But she is this tiny, little, petite girl. When she plays, she plays so big. She kind of owns the field when she plays.’ Owning the field — and the stat sheet — is all Geyer has done since arriving on Syracuse’s campus. The first-year midfielder has started in eight of nine games the Orange has played this season and is tied for first on the team in points with 12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Though her stats and grasp of the system may tell people otherwise, head coach Ange Bradley said Geyer is still transitioning between life in Germany and life in the U.S. Geyer is 3,728 miles away from her hometown and still adapting to her new situation. ‘She is just so quiet, and then when she does say something, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK,” Bradley said. ‘She is just feeling it all out right now, still in that ‘trying to figure it out’ stage.’ Geyer’s journey to the U.S. began when assistant coach Lynn Farquhar saw some video clips at Sport-Scholarships online. Based on what she saw in the clips, Farquhar said Geyer was worth visiting in the winter. For Geyer, it was just the idea of coming to the states and experiencing a different lifestyle that was intriguing. When she realized a school with a good field hockey team and good academics was coming to her, it seemed too good to turn down. ‘Syracuse was just the best pick,’ Geyer said. Geyer never visited the campus or the country before deciding to commit. All the firsthand knowledge she had received about the school and the new country had come via the screen of her computer all the way back in Germany. But she did have contact with some of her teammates before leaving for school. This summer, two of the Orange’s other foreign players, sophomore backs Amy Kee and Iona Holloway, played in a summer league overseas and met with Geyer in Achim, Germany. Both Kee, a native of England, and Holloway, a native of Scotland, had already gone through what Geyer is currently going through. Adjusting to living in a different culture while balancing the pressures of being on a nationally ranked field hockey team and the expectations to do well in classes were things the two sophomores knew all about. Geyer said those two players, along with junior midfielder Martina Loncarica, a native of Argentina, have served as crutches for her to lean on when adjusting to life in America is at its toughest. ‘They understand my situation,’ Geyer said. ‘Everything is different. They know this — they have done this before in their first years when they came here, and everything was different for them. ‘They know how I feel and can help me with it and try to explain to me what it means to play here. Trying to explain what is different and what I can do to get better.’ But despite all of the changes and adjustments, Geyer has blossomed on the field. Both Crumb and Geyer said they have been surprised at the numbers that appear next to Geyer’s name on the stat sheet. After just nine games, Geyer is already being mentioned with the likes of two-time All-American Lindsey Conrad. But Bradley said she isn’t surprised at all by what her prospect has accomplished. In fact, it’s what she expected. ‘I thought she could,’ Bradley said. ‘She played on the under-21 team in Germany. You’re a pretty good player if you can be one of the top 30 players in Germany, especially since they’re No. 3 in the world. ‘If you can come into the system and adapt to the cultural differences, I think you’d be fine and be in a position to start to dominate.’ rwmarfur@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more