The late Mrs. C. Leona ChessonThe death is announced of Mrs. C. Leona Tucker Chesson, former Asst. Minister for International Cooperation, Foreign Ministry, Liberia.Mrs. Chesson died last Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after a brief illness.She was 89.An exponent of the first graduating class of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law in the late 1950s, she shortly thereafter passed the National Bar exams and was appointed resident attorney with the Liberian American Swedish Minerals Company (LAMCO).In 1972 President William R. Tolbert, Jr. appointed her Assistant Minister of Justice for Taxation, and later as Assistant minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation.In 1969 the Liberian government appointed her Labor Advisor and during that period she worked with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in writing the Labor Laws of Liberia.Leona represented Liberia at all ILO meetings in Geneva and Africa and at non-governmental agencies at many international meetings and conferences. In 1957 she participated in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. She also represented Liberia at several meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. In 1976 she was a Liberian delegate to the Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and later at the UN meeting for the Media in Africa, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She represented Liberia at the World Congress of Women in Moscow in 1963.In 1977 Leona Chesson was requested by the Conference of Non-Aligned Nations to proceed to Bagdad, Iraq where she joined other representatives from six nations to organize the conference for women in development, and attended the conference the following year.She was later elected Deputy Secretary General of the Pan African Women’s Organization in 1968, and administered the affairs of the Headquarters in Algiers, Algeria, where she traveled frequently over many years, organizing most of these conferences.Among her many accomplishments in the international arena was her organization and hosting in 1967 in Monrovia, Liberia of the International Federation of Women Lawyers Convention, of which she was Vice President. She also helped establish the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC), a vocational training program that has trained thousands of Liberians in various vocational fields and is still doing so.While studying at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Leona Tucker befriended and married Mr. Joseph J.F. Chesson, who was a senior Law student at American University in Washington. To this union five children were born—two sons, Leonardo Alhaj, a musician and artist; Rouchell Hilary R.W. Chesson, Sr., a social worker and businessman; and three daughters—Yvette Mnuma Chesson Wureh, an eminent Liberian and and international lawyer and now head of the Angie Brooks Foundation; Pscopelia Marilyn Elizabeth Chesson-Wilkins, a Registered Nurse and business manager. Leona was blessed with eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.One daughter, Gaynelle Wiyata Chesson, predeceased her mother at age 5.Catherine Leona Tucker Chesson was the first child of the marriage between John Payne Tucker and Danielette Johnson Tucker. Leona was born on May 29, 1928 in Monrovia. Before her sixth birthday her father died, leaving two children and her mother six months pregnant. Her maternal grandfather offered to help provide support, but died a month later. The family was devastated. Her maternal grandmother, a teacher and farmer, came to the rescue. The children lived with their grandmother in Lower Caldwell, where they began their education.In 1938 Leona and her sister Danielette were enrolled at Bromley Mission in Clay Ashland. Leona later attended the College of West Africa (CWA), where she graduated in 1947. Her classmates included Dr. Henry Benson; Augustine Jallah, former Director General of the Archives of Liberia; Dr. Wilmot Dennis; Ernest Eastman, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Regina Williams; and Nathaniel Obi.A life-long Episcopalian like her parents and siblings, Leona in 1983 was elected by the Episcopal Diocesan Convention as member of the Diocesan Board of Trustees.Also that year the Africa Region of the World Student Christian Federation, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, invited her to help organize a highly successful Leadership Training Conference, held in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim was to help revitalize the NSCC Africa branch.Her sister, Mrs. Danielette Tucker, former Accountant General of Liberia, and brothers John Payne Tucker, former Deputy Director of Police and Gabriel Johnson Tucker, former Minister of Public Works, also predeceased Leona.According to her daughter, Counselor Yvette Chesson Wureh, the funeral of Mrs. Leona Chesson will take place in Maryland, USA. 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We’ve been raving about Shazam for years at ReadWriteWeb, but even over the past 6 months the service has taken itself to a new level. In September, Shazam launched improved music discovery features along with a fresh user interface for its iPhone and iPod touch apps. Then in January, Shazam added a new option for interacting with a song it’s identified: listen in Spotify. As Marshall Kirkpatrick noted at the time:“A seamless ability to listen to entire albums of whatever musician or group is playing on the speakers in a room you’re in, with just a click or two and some awesome music identification technology, is truly incredible.”My UX: Music on Mobile is a Pleasure! The increased control over what music we listen to, together with enhanced discoverability of new music, are two of the main user experience trends in music on smartphones. Both of those things have significantly enhanced my music-listening pleasure. They’ve increased the range of music I listen to and have given me the opportunity to listen to music anywhere I go (although expensive bandwidth is still an issue where I live).It’s by no means a perfect user experience yet, however. There’s still work to do on fleshing out back catalogs in music apps – the online music companies continue to work through this issue with record companies. Also, syncing your music between devices is not always hassle-free. Finally, tracking your listening habits and having that data given back to you in a usable format is not universally solved – despite the groundbreaking work of Last.fm and its Audioscrobbler.Overall though, I’m very happy with the state of music on mobile devices! Let us know in the comments about your own user experience.Photo credit: mari moon Tags:#Series#UX Evolutions#web We’re living in an exciting era for media. The user experience of consuming (and producing) media is changing rapidly, as new devices take hold of the consumer market. Smartphones, tablets, Internet TVs, eReaders, and more. It isn’t just new devices either. The content we’re consuming is beginning to change too. For example, it’s only natural that the type of television program you consume on a tablet device can – and increasingly will – be different to traditional television.Today we’re starting a new series on ReadWriteWeb that will explore how the user experience (UX) of media is evolving. Over the coming weeks we’ll look at television, movies, music, books, blogs, news, art – anything that is ‘content’ on the Web. In today’s post, we’re going to explore the new UX of music on smartphones.I better start by explaining what I mean by “user experience.” It’s a web design term, but I’m using it in a broader sense to mean the experience of using a product. Wikipedia defines user experience as “how a person feels about using a product, system or service.” It goes on to state:“User experience is subjective in nature, because it is about an individual’s feelings and thoughts about the system. User experience is dynamic, because it changes over time as the circumstances change.” Online music has had a particularly fruitful couple of years in terms of innovation. As I explained in January, new subscription-based music services like MOG, Rdio and Spotify have shaken up the online music market with their all-you-can-eat plans and compelling mobile apps. Meanwhile other services, such as online music stalwart Pandora, continue to add new features and expand into new markets. More Control Over The Songs You PlayPerhaps the biggest change in the user experience of online music over the past few years is that you can now control what you listen to.With last.fm and Pandora, leaders in the previous wave of online music, you had limited control over what songs would play. Those apps were modeled on radio, where you don’t know what song is coming next. With the new wave – MOG, Rdio and Spotify – you can listen to entire albums. What’s more, you don’t need to own the albums. You can subscribe to one of those services for as little as $5 per month and listen to an impressive catalog of new and old music. Today I listened to the brand new Strokes album on MOG, even though I don’t own it.Being able to choose what I listen to and explore new music without having to buy it first, is very liberating to a music fan such as myself.Slicker Mobile Apps & Enhanced DiscoverabilityThe other major change in recent years is the vast improvement in functionality of mobile music applications. It almost goes without saying that MOG, Rdio and Spotify all have outstanding mobile apps. But let’s look at another mobile music app that not only has a wonderful UX, but enables you to discover even more new music: Shazam. It’s an app that can identify the name of a song, no matter where you hear it. For example, if you hear a song in a shop – simply launch Shazam on your phone and it identifies the music. richard macmanus Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTAs we’ve covered in previous posts, the adverse effects associated with children’s exposure to violence are affecting millions of U.S. children and is thought of as a national crisis. What’s more, unrecognized trauma associated with children’s exposure to violence significantly increases the likelihood that these children will engage in violence during adulthood. For these reasons, Attorney General Eric Holder has focused his attention on the Defending Childhood Initiative which aims to:[Flickr, …and this is how we do it, Susana Fernandez, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Prevent children’s exposure to violence,Mitigate the negative impact of children’s exposure to violence when it does occur andAdvance knowledge and awareness about children’s exposure to violence.The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence asks:“…for a collective investment nationwide in defending our children from exposure to violence and psychological trauma, healing families and communities, and enabling all of our children to imagine their safe and creative development and productive futures.” How can professionals working with military families assist in these efforts?“In order to heal and sustain recovery, these children need trauma-focused services and trauma-specific treatment.” The Importance of Trauma-informed Treatment:Treatment and services neglecting to include components of trauma-informed care for the social-emotional and behavioral problems experienced by children exposed to violence are most often not effective . In fact, treatments without trauma-informed care may worsen the child’s symptoms, causing further harm as trauma-specific treatment has three important aspects that are typically missing from standard treatments:Mixon, K. (2013). Trauma-Informed Treatment Provisions. Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.Below is a list of resources showing evidence based trauma-informed treatment models that combat adverse effects of violence and psychological trauma to help children continue on a healthy developmental course.SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)Crime Solutions (includes ratings based on evidence of whether a program achieves its goals)Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program GuidesBlueprints for Healthy Youth Development References Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). (December 2012). Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Defending Childhood, Author. (p. 27, 85, 36)This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
OSU senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerAfter suffering just its third loss of the season in a three-set upset at the hands of Michigan State on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will look to rebound this weekend against another rival from the Wolverine State.That rival is No. 23 Michigan (15-5, 5-4), who the Buckeyes (18-3, 7-2) will be seeing for the first time this season in Ann Arbor on Saturday at 7 p.m.The intense rivalry between the two schools gives OSU extra motivation to beat the Wolverines on their own floor, sophomore outside hitter Ashley Wenz said.“Being from Ohio all my life, you can’t even say ‘Michigan’ without people saying something,” Wenz said. “So it gives us a little more ‘oomph’ in how we play against them.”Last year, the teams split their two matchups when both won on its home floor. OSU hasn’t won a game in Cliff Keen Arena — in which Michigan has a 10-2 record this season – since 2011, but the Buckeyes are hoping to change their recent history this weekend.“(We’re) really amped up, really pumped up, especially because last time we went it wasn’t so good on our end,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “This year, we’re ready and I think we’re all really excited. It’s Michigan.”OSU is preparing for an unfriendly crowd in Ann Arbor, something senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said she’s become accustomed to in her four years donning scarlet and gray.“They hate us, and it’s pretty obvious,” Mitchell said. “You play in an old pool so it’s a very intimate setting with 2,000 people that just hate you so much and want you to lose … it’s always fun to go in there and turn the smile upside down.”Michigan was picked by Big Ten coaches to finish ninth in the conference before the season, just behind OSU; but like the Buckeyes, the Wolverines have been turning some heads with their play this season.Led by junior middle blocker and preseason all-Big Ten selection Abby Cole — who leads the team in kills per set (3.08), attack percentage (.360), service aces (9) and total blocks (75) — Michigan won its first 10 games of the season and took No. 5 Penn State to the brink of defeat in a five-set loss on Wednesday.“We’ve got to be ready on the road because everyone’s going to be coming after us,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Michigan’s an important match on so many different levels.”The Buckeyes hold a 49-22 all-time record against the Wolverines, but the series has been more even as of late, with the teams splitting their last six matchups.HomecomingOSU’s two senior middle blockers, Andrea Kacsits and Richardson, are both from Michigan and are looking forward to being back home.Kacsits is eager to see people from her hometown — both in the stands and on the court.“All the games mean so much just because you put your heart and soul into all of them,” Kacsits, a native of Rockford, Michigan, said. “But these ones are kind of fun because a lot of my club friends and high school friends and people that I haven’t seen in a long time either are playing in the game or coming to watch the game.”Richardson, who hails from Ypsilanti, Michigan, a town less than 10 miles from Ann Arbor, said the game means a lot to her because she gets to visit home and due to the magnitude of the rivalry between the two schools.What’s next?The Buckeyes are set to play host to defending national champion Penn State on Wednesday in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. OSU will be looking to snap a 16-game losing streak against the Nittany Lions that dates back to 2006.
Lee Corso reacts to being served a ‘Thurmanator’ from The Thurman Cafe in Columbus during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast for the 2017 OSU- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
West Ham United are facing tough times in trying to secure a long-term future for the young player of the year Declan Rice after he rejected an improved contract offer they tabled.However, West Ham are self-assured that teenage defender Declan Rice will still stay at the club even after his new agents WMG have turned down the club’s opening proposal, according to Standard Uk.The 19-year-old current deal will end in 2020 and is worth £3,000 a week. The new offer would see that figure rise to £8,000.Rice became a first-team regular in the last season as a result of injuries. The Republic of Ireland international star turned down West Ham’s initial offer which has stimulated interest from potential suitors.Rice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…They are just beginning to go into talks about the defender’s future as West Ham look set to return with a better offer.Rice made 31 senior appearances last season, including 26 in the Premier League, and also made his senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland.Also, Scotland midfield player Robert Snodgrass will return to West Ham when they start pre-season training next month, following the end of his loan spell at Aston Villa.
Arsenal and Tottenham have appealed to fans to be on their best behaviour in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie. after a racist abuse marred the last encounter.Arsenal ran away 4-2 winners in the last encounter earlier this month but it made headlines for the wrong reasons when a Spurs fan threw a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a goal.A Tottenham supporter has been fined and handed a four-year football banning order after pleading guilty to throwing a missile and both sides are keen to avoid a repeat of any such unsavoury incidents for the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.“Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons,” Tottenham said on their official website.A message to all supporters attending tonight’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2018Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.“However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.“Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.“As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”
N’Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season to help Chelsea grab all three points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst ParkDespite getting a brace in their Boxing Day win at Watford, Eden Hazard was moved back to his usual position in the wing for Chelsea with Olivier Giroud coming on for his sixth Premier League start of the season.The Blues struggled to translate their early dominance of the ball possession into goals and were nearly punished when Wilfried Zaha fell in the area from Antonio Rudiger’s challenge.Despite the hosts’ protests though, the former Manchester United winger was denied a spot-kick – much to the Blues’ relief.Kante and Rudiger later wasted chances to put Sarri’s side in front before Giroud latched onto Jorginho’s pass and shot a half-volley into the Palace goal.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea reacts to having his goal dissallowed during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)The French striker thought he had given Chelsea the lead only for the effort to be ruled out for offside as Chelsea continued to struggle in front of goal.Following a foul on Hazard, Willian later hit the outside of the post in a free-kick before forcing a fine save from Palace keeper Vicente Guaita with Ross Barkley clipping the post at the end of the first half.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.However, things quickly changed after the break with David Luiz’s fine pass finding Kante who controlled the ball and fired it past Guaita.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: N’golo Kante of Chelsea scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)Palace immediately attempted to respond but were unable to pose much of a threat to the Chelsea defence.Guaita, who was making his third successive start for Palace, later denied Willian again before Palace coach Roy Hodgson replaced Jeffrey Schlupp for Connor Wickham.Giroud was later denied another goal again through offside and was soon withdrawn for Alvaro Morata after sustaining an ankle problem.Ex-Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer later came on for Palace but couldn’t make an impact with Emerson and Mateo Kovacic making late cameos for Chelsea.In the end, Chelsea held on for a narrow 1-0 win to extend their lead over Arsenal to five points in the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League.LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Athletic Bilbao have announced they’ve reached an agreement to re-sign Ibai Gomez from Deportivo AlavesThe Spanish winger played for his hometown club between 2010 to 2016, where he managed 17 goals and 23 assists in 145 appearances and won the Copa del Rey.But Gomez elected to terminate his contract with Athletic in favour of signing a three-year deal at Alaves, where he has spent the last two and a half years at.The 29-year-old has played a key part in Alaves’ surprising start in La Liga this season by starting 17 of their 18 games with the club up in fourth-place and ahead of Real Madrid.But it appears that the prospect of going home was too good to ignore for Gomez, who has signed a three-year contract at Athletic.“Athletic Club and Deportivo Alaves have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Ibai Gomez to our entity,” read a statement on the club website.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“The player from Santutxu will sign a contract until 30th of June 2022.”Gomez may not be only old face returning to the San Mames this month after the club’s director of football Rafa Alkorta announced his transfer plans.Manchester United’s Ander Herrera and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are among those being targeted for returns to Athletic.Ibai Gómez regresa al Athletic Club – https://t.co/iXc55oDOi0 #AthleticClub 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/oJELEPT0zk— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) January 10, 2019
“The national dialogue about the effects of digital technology on family life has taken a decidedly negative turn,” reads a report accompanying the study. “While it’s true that many families are seeking sensible cutbacks to ‘screen time,’ our research suggests that what has been overlooked are the ways in which technology is also improving family life and connection.”While Trusted Media Brands has a clear vested interest in alleviating concerns about digital media consumption in the home (Taste of Home‘s 19.8 million unique monthly visitors, for example, outnumber even Reader’s Digest‘s peak circulation figures of the 1970s and ’80s), debates over the optimal limits on device usage aren’t likely to end anytime soon.A separate study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association draws a correlation between screen time and delays in cognitive development among toddlers. But another, published this month in Nature Human Behavior, argues that “the outsized weight given to digital screen-time in scientific and public discourse might not be merited on the basis of the available evidence,” suggesting that the negative impact of technology use in adolescents pales in comparison to other factors, like bullying, substance abuse or poor eating habits.“It’s clear from our research that American families are embracing digital technology in their homes and everyday lives,” said Trusted Media Brands’ president and CEO, Bonnie Kintzer, in a statement. “As American families look to enhance and deepen the relationships that matter most in their lives, marketers should be looking for ways to use technology to bring families together and engage them with their brands.” Solutions to the rampant proliferation of electronic devices in family homes have evolved considerably in the age of smartphones, from mandates of “no devices at the dinner table” to built-in features like iOS 12’s Screen Time, which monitors activity and allows for the imposition of parental controls to limit usage.But a new study suggests that, like many technological advancements (when used in moderation), a vast majority of American families have found that the increasing presence of digital devices has had a net-positive impact on home life and intra-family relationships.The final installment in a three-part study conducted by Kantar Consulting and Trusted Media Brands, Inc., the publisher of Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home and the Family Handyman, among others, surveyed 3,500 families (defined as two or more adults in a household with at least one family member/spouse) to better understand how technological and cultural shifts are impacting American home life.Among the findings: 86 percent of respondents said they use technology “regularly” to communicate with other members of the home, while nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents indicated that technology has afforded them more free time at home.Further, only slim minorities suggested that technology has made their families less engaged while they are together (15 percent), or that it has negatively impacted their families’ social skills (9 percent).