“Shock and awe in college basketball. UMBC makes history.”
“Shock and awe in college basketball. UMBC makes history.”
#16 seeds were 0-135 all-time against #1 seeds until Friday.
Translation: In the history of the NCAA Men’s college basketball tournament (79 yrs), no team has ever beat a #1 team in the first round.
UMBC jumped out early & never trailed Virginia in the 2nd half.
Stunning not only that they won, but how certain the outcome was for the last 15 mins of the game.
At 11:06ET UMBC’s website crashed.
@UMBCAthletics gained 13K Twitter followers in last 2 mins of game.
“Memory Stimulating Suitcases”
A resource offered through the “House of Memories” – a program to try to help those with dementia sponsored by the National Museums of Liverpool.
“Photographs, memorabilia and objects — be they the actual items or images of them on apps — help rekindle memories in people with dementia and lead them to start conversations.”
White House announces new sanctions against Russia – the FIRST for meddling in the 2016 elections.
But *also* a long list of other Russian “mischief” every American should know about.
“The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.”
Who: Targets 5 Russian “entities” & 19 Russian individuals.
Why: Not only meddling in our elections but major cyber attacks targeting everything from American ground, water & sky — our power grid, manufacturing facilities, aviation systems & even our nuclear power plants.
“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”
“All property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”
U.S. Treasury Department
“The Americans have no grounds for introducing new sanctions. We have moved to prepare our own measures in response.”
Are sanctions effective? It's debatable. Some say this move by WH is "symbolic" but important. Others say it's not enough. We thought an article by "Wired" provides interesting perspective. Read on:
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is America’s oldest continually occupied military post.
1779: George Washington moved his headquarters to West Point
1802: The U.S. Military Academy was created
1877: First African American cadet graduated
1976: Enrollment opened to women
In order to be considered, applicants must be:
In 1826, when the West Point superintendent instituted a no-booze policy, about 70 cadets decided to bring their own eggnog to the annual X-mas party. After a few too many, an alcohol-fueled riot ensued. As a result of the "Eggnog Riot", 19 cadets were expelled.
United Airlines had TWO major dog-related disasters this week.
One dog died & one dog got “lost”.
The incidents turned into a public relations nightmare for the airline & produced policy changes.
During a flight from Houston to New York, a flight attendant ordered the owner of a french bulldog named Kokito to put the puppy in its carrier in the overhead compartment.
The family said they heard Kokito barking for two hours, but when the plane landed, Kokito was dead.
“We have learned that the customer did tell the flight attendant that there was a dog in the carrier. However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin. As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident.”
According to the Department of Transportation, 24 animals died on U.S. carriers in 2017 – 75% of those deaths took place on a United Airlines flight.
United announced it will implement a new policy: "To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets. This visual tag will further help our flight attendants identify pets in-cabin."
“We’re putting a for sale sign on everything.”
When it comes to makeup & leadership, LESS may be MORE
Study out of Scotland: women who wear MORE makeup are LESS likely to be viewed as leaders.
Women wearing A LOT of makeup are MORE likely to be viewed as poor leaders
“Makeup does not enhance a woman’s dominance by benefiting how we evaluate her in a leadership role.“
Dr Christopher Watkins
The ave. American woman wears $8.00 worth of makeup & skincare products every day, with women on the east coast averaging the most expensive face ($11.00).
(2017 survey by retailer SkinStore.com)
SmartHER Reminder: Check out the images study participants saw and you'll see what is considered "a lot" of makeup. BTW: study not specific to leadership in an office environment but IN GENERAL.
First woman nominated to be CIA Director; not “official” until confirmed by Congress.
Served as a “spy” & held various leadership roles during her 30+ years working for the CIA.
Bipartisan yays & Bipartisan nays
Some Dems/GOP applaud her experience and service.
Some Dems/GOP concerned about her role in our interrogation programs.
“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”
Sen. John McCain, (R-Az) victim of torture as U.S. soldier, Press Release, March 13, 2018
As part of joining the CIA you have to pass a polygraph test ~ aka a “lie detector” test.
“The hiring process also entails a thorough medical examination of one’s mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.” CIA.gov
Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for a new member of Congress…
EVEN THOUGH the district will disappear after November’s election.
In January, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled the state’s congressional map was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans, and ordered lawmakers to draw a new map for all of the state’s 18 congressional districts.
Executive order prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s $117B takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.
President Trump: “credible evidence” deal is a “national security threat.”
Only the 5th time in 25 years Prez stopped a foreign takeover of a U.S. firm on national security grounds.
In Sept., Pres. Trump blocked a Chinese co. taking over U.S. based chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor.
In 2016, Pres. Obama blocked another Chinese co. takeover of chipmaker with ties to U.S.
He designed unforgettable looks for Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, and more than one princess.
Hubert de Givenchy passes away at age 91.
“The little black dress is the hardest thing to realize because you must keep it simple.”
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