Army makes changes to prioritize missing soldiers after Vanessa Guillen’s death

first_imgpowerofforever/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In the wake of the high-profile disappearance of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen earlier this year, as well as other high-profile incidents, the Army will soon list soldiers who fail to report to duty as “missing” and will prioritize taking “immediate action” to locate them, according to an internal Army message.“ln the coming weeks, HQDA (Headquarters, Department of the Army) will publish guidance on absent Soldiers to clarify that when one of our teammates fails to report for duty, we will consider them missing and take immediate action to find them,” top Army leaders said in a message to soldiers stressing the importance the Army places on its people.Army leaders have acknowledged that the disappearances of Guillen and Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, who disappeared from Fort Hood last year, led them to reassess the current practice of quickly listing soldiers who do not report for duty as absent without leave, or AWOL.“How quickly can you see is it involuntary or voluntary? Are they missing?” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told ABC News’ 20/20 in an interview in September.Gen. James McConville, the chief of staff of the Army, told reporters on Thursday that the upcoming changes will address “confusion” about the existing AWOL policy among commanders.McConville said that under the change in policy the default will be to consider soldiers as missing.“They only become AWOL after thorough investigation, thorough looking for the soldier, dealing with the family, dealing with law enforcement, we can prove that they are absent without leave,” said McConville.“If a soldier is not present for duty, they are missing,” said McConville. “And we will continue to do all we can do, just like we would in combat, to find them and get them back.”He encouraged junior commanders to reach out to the families of soldiers in their units to establish relationships that could help determine a soldier’s state of mind if they don’t report for duty.Though Guillen was not listed as AWOL after her April disappearance, and her unit quickly carried out a broad search for her whereabouts, her family complained that base officials did not initially make a major effort to find the missing 20-year-old soldier. Guillen’s remains were eventually found several months later, allegedly murdered by a fellow soldier who took his own life as law enforcement officials closed in.Going AWOL is a frequent occurrence in the military; through the end of August there had been 830 AWOLs reported throughout the Army worldwide. Many service members in that status end up returning to duty and some face disciplinary action for their absence.A service member who does not return to duty after 30 days is dropped from the rolls and listed as a deserter. The military services do not make it a priority to look for deserters.Wedel-Morales disappeared from Fort Hood in August 2019, just weeks before he was to leave the Army. He was listed as AWOL and dropped from the rolls after the 30-day period.His remains were uncovered in June of this year based on information provided as part of the investigation into Guillen’s disappearance. Army investigators later determined that his death was the result of foul play while he was on active duty.That conclusion led to the restoration of his rank and military benefits for his family, that included the costs associated for his military funeral.“They failed on every level. To look for him. To protect him. And if nothing else, just to call and say we’re sorry, we screwed up,” his mother Kimberly Wedel told 20/20 in September.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hiring Evans’ replacement should challenge Giants in unexpected ways

first_imgThat process began with the dismissal of general manager … SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants don’t build search committees.They don’t fire and they rarely need to hire. Instead, the Giants reassign and promote from within.They don’t look outside the organization, because for so long, others organizations viewed the Giants’ model as the one to emulate.But after back-to-back losing seasons, the organizational blueprint is changing. And before the Giants can say hello, they must say goodbye.last_img read more

Klay Thompson’s best moment as a Warrior? It will surprise you

first_imgIn his upcoming book, Andre Iguodala shared a priceless story about teammate Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ unassuming and eminently likeable star who often times confounds us.As relayed in a Time Magazine story, in his memoir “The Sixth Man,” Iguodala, described a Warriors team-building exercise in which he and his teammates were asked to identify the moment they felt the most joy during a game.“When Klay’s turn came, we all assumed he was going to say that his highest moment was the day he …last_img read more

Bombay High Court judgement on Maratha reservation today

first_imgThe Bombay High Court will deliver its judgement on reservation for Marathas on Thursday. On November 29, 2018, the Maharashtra Assembly had passed the Maratha Reservation Bill on 16% quota in government jobs and education for the Marathas, declared a “socially and educationally backward class”. This raises the reservation in the State from to 68% from 52% and crosses the 50% ceiling set by the Supreme Court.“This is a compelling, extraordinary situation demanding extraordinary solutions within the constitutional framework,” the draft Bill says, while suggesting “expedient” reservation for the Marathas.In February, an HC division bench comprising Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a bunch of petitions by the State government as well as those for and against the reservation. While deciding on the quota, the government had considered recommendations made by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC).In its 1,035-page report, Justice M.G. Gaikwad-headed, nine-member Commission said it took into consideration several parameters before recommending reservation. The commission took note of the Khatri Commission and Bapat Commission and said, “The Khatri Commission had recommended inclusion of Maratha-Kunbi and Kunbi-Maratha in the list of Other Backward Classes as a sub-caste of Kunbi, but had not recommended inclusion of Marathas in the OBC list.”It also observed that the Bapat Commission was also against the inclusion of the Maratha community in the OBC bracket, which the Maharashtra government did not accept.The commission said in April 1942, a government resolution was issued by the then government of Bombay with a list of backward classes, which included the Maratha community for the purpose of education. But in 1950, when the Central government prepared a list of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs, the Maratha community disappeared from the list, the commission said.In one of the arguments made before the court, former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi had said, “We have quantifiable data to show that the Maratha community is backward and hence, we had to go beyond 50%.”He said the State government has the power to make special provisions for the advancement of backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.Senior counsel V.A. Thorat, also appearing for the State, had said, “Marathas are known as warriors but the last time we fought a war was 200 years back, so what are the Marathas doing since then?” He had also said, “We do not want political reservation, only educational and social.”An advocate supporting the quota had said, “Till the time Shivaji Maharaj was alive, he took care of the Marathas and ensured a healthy balance (for them) socially and financially. But after him, there has not been any Maratha leader or king. The status of Marathas has been deteriorating, therefore reservation is needed.”The MSBCC had relied on the survey results of only 43,000 Marathas, who constitute around 30% of the State’s total population. Former Advocate General Shreehari Aney had said, “The Maharashtra government has given the Marathas reservation because it has failed to provide adequate education and jobs for them.” He also said the State government has destroyed the concept of equality and violated Article 14 (equality before law) of the Indian Constitution and given Marathas permanent crutches which they will never be able to shed.An advocate opposing the reservation had said, “The legislation is unconstitutional and is against the principle and philosophy of reservation. It violates the cap of 50% reservation. Only 32% remains for the open pool.”last_img read more

Designers Gun For Gold: Here’s a look at why the 2012 Games are a fashion delight

first_imgIn 1948, London staged the XIVth Olympics, also known as the Austerity Olympics because of post-World War II rationing. The sporting headlines were dominated by Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four golds in athletics. On the sidelines, though, history of a different kind was being written. The magical meeting,In 1948, London staged the XIVth Olympics, also known as the Austerity Olympics because of post-World War II rationing. The sporting headlines were dominated by Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four golds in athletics. On the sidelines, though, history of a different kind was being written. The magical meeting between Rosita Jelmini and Ottavio Missoni was then viewed as just another Games romance-she was a shy 16-year-old daughter of an Italian shawl maker; he was a handsome 27-year-old Italian hurdler. They had discovered that in addition to their mutual love of sport, fashion featured high on their lust list. As fashion and love collided, they came together to form brand Missoni.Several decades later, the love affair between fashion and sport has morphed into a full-blown relationship, complete with whims, tantrums and doublespeak. So if you thought the Olympics was a sporting spectacle that purely played itself out on the track and field, think again. The 2012 London Games showcases fashion like never before. No longer are athletes satisfied with designing their own outfits, as Florence Griffith-Joyner once did to a stunned reception. Today, brands are a must on the tracks. After all, nothing screams patriotism louder than a designer label. Wear your support, and get ready to witness what Giorgio Armani describes as “the most fashionable Games ever.”Cedella Marley with Usain Bolt.JAMAICAN RUSHUsain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, will be sporting an outfit designed by Cedella Marley. Yes, the name rings a bell. The daughter of reggae god Bob, Cedella is behind the Jamaican team’s outfits. Complimenting the designerwear will be Puma shoes. The designs reflect the colours of the Caribbean, moving from yellow to green shades.advertisementDesigned by Cedella, the ‘military’ jackets for the Jamaican team are embroidered with a Bob Marley patch, accompanied by song lyrics on the back. Go Jamaica! STELLA FOR TEAM GBDesigner Stella McCartney has been one busy woman. How do you give a creative twist to an outfit that screams utility and comfort? Lycra is not the most fetching material to work with, but the designer has managed to give Team GB a fashion headstart at the Games. The Union Jack, redrawn in two shades of blue, which is the centrepiece of the British team’s official kit, has been disapproved by many fans for McCartney having largely jettisoned the trademark flag-red from her design. She has also created an Olympic Village-wear collection for participants to wear off the field, and for fans to buy. The red of the Union Jack has been used as trimming on many of the 590 individual articles created for Team GB by Adidas. River Island has also joined forces with Adidas to create a Team GB sportswear collection for both men and women, which is decked in red, white and blue, save for some cropped vests with metallic prints; hoodies with Union Jack motifs; and dresses with lion detailing.The Union Jack and its colours are predominant references in the designerwear for Team GB, with prices starting at 16 (Rs 1,400).RALPH ALL THE WAYThe US team has fashion icon Ralph Lauren as their outfitter. The Ralph Lauren 2012 Olympic Collection features reissued heritage pieces from the 1930s and 1940s, including fleece warm-ups, a cricket-collar shirt and sweatshirts with USA appliqus featuring an updated 1948 crest. The colour palette matches the countrys flagred, white and blue. In addition, newsboy caps are making quite a statement this Olympic season.Trust the US to take patriotic fervour to extremes.Angered at uniforms being made in China,Senator Bernie Sanders said: “When millions are unemployed in the US, why arent our Olympic uniforms being made here?”THE ITALIAN JOBItalian athletes are being clothed, naturally, by Giorgio Armani. Designed by his EA7 Emporio Armani sportswear label, the collection features 50 pieces of clothing and add-ons. The palette is white and midnight blue, the country’s competitive colours. To add a swatch of patriotic fervour, inside each garment are words from the Italian national anthem.Every Italian athlete will be issued a set of Armani luggage, with an asymmetrically-zipped tracksuit to wear on the podium, warm-up kit,shorts,trousers,shirts,shoes and tees.AZERI FASHION BIASThe Republic of Azerbaijan has certainly marked a spot for itself on the global fashion map. Having roped in European luxury brand Ermanno Scervino as their official Olympics outfitter, the countrys competitors are all set to make a statement on D-Day. Scervino has designed both formal and casual apparel for the athletes, to be worn by them both on and off the field. Flaunting the colours of the Azeri flag, the kit blends the blue, red and green shades with the crescent moon and eight-point star, symbols of the republics flag, and adds to them a touch of designer signature vibe. The uniform has a strong-shouldered, notch-lapel navy blue jacket of heavy stretch cotton, with white chino trousers for men and white pencil skirts for women.advertisementlast_img read more

Bio Characteristics of Twitter Power Users

first_imgLast week I you that it’s a really good idea to put a bio and homepage link in your Twitter profile if you want followers. This week I’m going to start drilling into the content of that bio. Another surprising data point is self-declared political leanings: It turns out that conservatives and Republicans (especially those aligned with the #tcot hashtag) have far more followers than not only liberals and democrats, but also the average Twitter user. What happens when you specify the subject of your tweets in your bio? Here we see that marketing has lots of followers, while music does not. Originally published Mar 18, 2009 9:07:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Since Twitter is popular with “mommy bloggers,” I also looked at the relationship between follower numbers and gender and family roles. Here we see that spouses and parents have more followers than the average, while people who refer to themselves by the somewhat diminutive terms “boy” and “girl” have fewer followers. While looking over the large list of commonly occuring words I noticed that lots of people use emoticons in their bio and nearly all of them have a negative relationship with follower numbers. Using Twitter Grader data again (we have over 1.6 million users in our database) I compared the average number of followers of users with various common words in their bio. If users with a certain word had 100 more followers than average I graphed it as positive 100 (a blue line to the right on the graph), if they had 100 fewer followers I displayed that as a negative number (a red line to the left). In every case I only analyzed words that occured in more than 100 bios. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Next, I looked at the words often used to describe a user’s occupation. Again, there’s a clear story: Marketer’s and entrepeneurs tend to have more followers than the rest. The Twitter bio is yet another area of social media advice rife with guesswork (“Don’t call yourself an expert or a guru!”), but let’s look at the actual numbers and see what story they tell. First up is the title you apply to yourself in your bio. There are two big takeaways here: “official” Twitter accounts are popular and the words “guru” and “expert” do not do anything negative to the number of followers, in fact those users tend to have quite a few more followers. Topics: showed Twitter Profilelast_img read more

The Small Online Merchants Guide To Cyber Monday Success

first_img Compelling offers are offers that visitors are willing to give up their email address for the right to participate. Need ideas? Consider: th Over the next few critical weeks until December 24 . Think of Cyber Monday as a potential shot-in-the-arm for your holiday marketing, not a winner-take-all-24-hour-e-tailing-thunderdome. th th create a marketing strategy to retain the one-day-only traffic increase on November 29th, 2010. Next, you need a landing page that will convert interested traffic. Generally consumers will understand that offers like contests and sweepstakes will require an email address, but not all will – your landing page should have a short form and “sell” the offer so that consumers not expecting a form are still enticed to complete the offer post-click on the call to action. After all, most purchases take place between December 5 and December 15 Cyber Monday is an important kickoff to the shopping year – how will your store compete? Ecommerce Unique and in-depth buyers’ guides or shopping assistance not available elsewhere (“ask an expert for gift tips”) , you should be remarketing to your new email addresses. Follow up with consumers to redeem their coupons; follow up to encourage them to share the contest with their friends; follow up to ask how the buyer’s guide helped, and how you can help further. It’s most important to pick an offer that your market segment would find appealing. Consider what has worked for you or your competitors in the past, and move quickly to define the details of the offer. Contests (“test your knowledge, win free gear”) Redefine Success for Cyber Monday 2010 Instead of trying to compete on price with the Amazon.coms and Home Depots of the world on Cyber Monday, , consider how many of the top 500 retailers are already using these tactics, and consider if you’re ready to start with more sophisticated marketing techniques to produce remarkable sales figures. 3. Link your Call-to-Action to a Dedicated Landing Page Photo Credit: 2. Create a Call-to-Action Button and Place it Prominently on your Home Page for Monday This shouldn’t be hard after you’ve envisioned the offer itself. Make sure to create a large, attractive button that will prominently attract user attention. Remember, this does not need to canabilize transactions, but can lead visitors back to the main store after they accept the offer. Place the button in a higihly visible location on your home page.center_img If you run an ecommerce site and your store is not one of the 1. Brainstorm a Compelling Offer for New Visitors After consumers fill out the form, present them with a thank you message and their offer (in the case of a buyer’s guide or coupon) on a dedicated thank-you page. Additionally, link your visitors back to relevant products and categories or even embed relevant products on the thank-you page if your software allows. If you’re offering a coupon, this is particularly relevant – but even in the case of sweepstakes and contests, you want to get your products in front of as many consumers as possible as frequently as possible. Your thank-you page is another opportunity to do so. Originally published Nov 17, 2010 1:00:00 PM, updated July 03 2013 5. Remarket to Differentiate Yourself and Increase Product Visibility Below, we outline how to execute a marketing strategy for your Cyber Monday traffic that will align your marketing in December with real consumer buying cycles in the holiday season. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack th greengymdog ”) Topics: You should be putting your products, promotions, and offers in front of these consumers as often as reasonably possible to encourage a sale. This probably means one email per week, where the content of the email is not connected to the original offer above. Implement additional promotions and offers that will differentiate your products and services from bigger online retailers that can undercut your prices. Sweepstakes (“enter to win free gear”) Using Inbound Marketing to Capitalize on Cyber Monday , you likely are up at night obsessing about how to get on that list. After all, those 500 claimed nearly 70% of all online purchases last year. eCommerce has become a winner-take-most model and it’s remarkably difficult for small and medium-sized online stores to catch up without truly changing their customer acquisition model. Inbound Marketing The inbound marketing tactic of creating free visitor value in return for re-marketable email addresses can dramatically help SMB ecommerce sites improve their one-day-only traffic influx on Cyber Monday. Good marketers understand these inbound tactics and make frequent use of them – as you examine the competition on November 29 top 500 online retailers 4. Configure a Thank-You Page to Curate User Experience Post-Submission Short-term holiday coupons (“register to save $50 before December 20last_img read more

Happy Holidays From HubSpot! [Video Card]

first_img Topics: Originally published Dec 24, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Naturally, the best way to do this is by showing the different faces behind HubSpot. Watch our video card to see those faces and read our message. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it! Thank you for your ongoing support and passion for inbound marketing. We are lucky to have you as a part of our community! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 2010 has been a great year for HubSpot The HubSpot Team Happy Holidays, Holiday Marketing — all thanks to you! Our community has inspired each one of our teams to work hard, experiment, and embrace constant learning. With the holiday season in full swing, we at HubSpot wanted to say thank you and send warm wishes your way!last_img read more