Family Living Educator (100%)

Oconto County

As a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with Oconto County, the Family Living Educator is an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying research findings in family and consumer sciences.  The Family Living Educator takes a scholarly approach in providing local leadership in support of efforts to strengthen the quality of family life, and to increase families’ and communities’ abilities to effectively manage change.  Areas of program priority will include Family Financial Security; Human Development and Family Relationships; and Nutrition, Health and Food Safety.

Application deadline: December 16th, 2014

For details on how to apply visit:

http://www.uwex.edu/ces/hr

 

By Anthony de Mello

Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics -Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion — are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

Last year on Spanish television I heard a story about this gentleman who knocks on his son’s door. “Jaime,” he says, “wake up!” Jaime answers, “I don’t want to get up, Papa.” The father shouts, “Get up, you have to go to school.” Jaime says, “I don’t want to go to school.” “Why not?” asks the father. “Three reasons,” says Jaime. “First, because it’s so dull; second, the kids tease me; and third, I hate school.”

And the father says, “Well, I am going to give you three reasons why you must go to school. First, because it is your duty; second, because you are forty-five years old, and third, because you are the headmaster.” Wake up, wake up! You’ve grown up. You’re too big to be asleep. Wake up! Stop playing with your toys.

Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don’t believe them. Don’t believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. “Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success.” This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That’s all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don’t really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful.

Waking up is unpleasant, you know. You are nice and comfortable in bed. It’s irritating to be woken up. That’s the reason the wise guru will not attempt to wake people up. I hope I’m going to be wise here and make no attempt whatsoever to wake you up if you are asleep. It is really none of my business, even though I say to you at times, “Wake up!” My business is to do my thing, to dance my dance. If you profit from it, fine; if you don’t, too bad! As the Arabs say, “The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens.”

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Desde hace dos años se vienen llevando a cabo en La Habana, Cuba, las negociaciones entre las guerrillas colombianas de las FARC y el gobierno, encaminadas a tratar de lograr una solución negociada al conflicto armado que por mas de cinco decadas azota el país, y que se ha cobrado ya mas de 200 mil vidas.   Sin embargo, el inesperado secuestro del general Ruben Dario Alzate, en el nor-occidental departamento del Chocó, ha dejado dicho proceso prácticamente colgando de un hilo, luego que el Presidente Juan Manuel Santos ordenase un inmediato cese de dichas rondas negociadoras.

Luego de un silencio inicial las guerrillas han emitido un comunicado oficial en el cual justifican el secuestro, a consecuencia de “la entrada de personal militar enemigo en area de operaciones de guerra.”    Son muchas las interrogantes aún del por qué el alto mando secuestrado y dos ayudantes hubiesen ido vestidos de civil, sin la debida protección, y las razones por las cuales se aventurasen en una zona de conflicto.   Inicialmente se pensaba que quizás el secuestro no hubiese sido deliberado y que mas bien fuese el resultado de un fallo en la logistica de coordinación aunque conociendo perfectamente las impredecibles tacticas y mecanismos de las FARC nada podría haberse descartado.   Recordemos que los choques armados de las guerrillas con las fuerzas del ejercito nunca cesaron durante el proceso de negociaciones; esto con el consecuente y devastador saldo humano.

Señalemos que de por sí ya los dialogos de paz venían tambaleandose desde algún tiempo.    A pesar de que las FARC supuestamente habían renunciado en 2012 a los secuestros, como supuesta señal de compromiso con el proceso de paz, el plagio del general Alzate antecede al de dos soldados del ejercito en el departamento del Arauca.   Y aún mas; al asesinato de dos miembros del grupo indigena Nasa y a la muerte de dos jovenes adolescentes a causa de granadas arrojadas por la guerrilla en Tumaco, en el suroeste del país.   Todo esto le ha brindado municiones a los que han sido mas criticos de cualquier tipo de arreglo o salida negociada con la guerrilla, y de los que el mas vocal lo ha sido el ex presidente Alvaro Uribe -antiguo aliado político del actual presidente Santos- y el cual se apresuró a declarar que “para los terroristas los gestos de paz no son simples actos de generosidad sino señales de debilidad de los que hay que aprovecharse y tomar ventaja.”

Cada dia que el general Alzate siga en cautiverio se traducirá en una mayor presión para el gobierno y una creciente duda sobre la voluntad de paz de la guerrilla.  El incidente por igual pone de manifiesto una posible falta de fluídez en las comunicaciones entre el grupo negociador en La Habana y el comando central de las FARC.   Por igual queda por ver si se trató de una operación pre-planificada o mas bien de un golpe de oportunidad aunque la prueba decisiva será la velocidad con la que el grupo rebelde resuelva la situación, y lo qué dará muestras de su verdadera buena voluntad en resolver la crisis y regresar a la mesa negociadora.   Es posible que las FARC pudiesen reconocer el “error” y devolver al general aunque a la vez no se precluye que elementos mas radicales dentro de la cupula pudieran tratar de usar la oportunidad para forzar un cese bilateral al fuego o propiciar algún tipo de canje o nuevas concesiones, añadiendo así un grado de mayor frágilidad a la crisis.   Todo el andamiaje alrededor del proceso de paz podría venirse abajo en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.  A pesar de que quizás el mismo no sea perfecto los costos de romperlo, no obstante, serían enormes y lamentablemente irreparables.

Helsinki— Nokia está de vuelta y parece que Windows no es su amigo. Apenas unos meses después de que le vendió su dañada unidad de teléfonos a Microsoft, la compañía finlandesa ha lanzado una tableta.

El nuevo dispositivo usa Android como sistema operativo en lugar de Windows, el mismo sistema que Nokia adoptó en sus teléfonos celulares cuando inició una alianza estratégica con Microsoft en 2011.

La nueva tableta N1, de 7.9 pulgadas, estará disponible primero en China en el primer trimestre de 2015, con un precio aproximado de 250 dólares, antes de ser introducida en otros mercados.

Sebastian Nystrom, director de la unidad de tecnologías de Nokia, dijo el martes que el ex líder mundial de telefonía móvil estaba “complacido de llevar de nuevo la marca Nokia a las manos de los consumidores”.

Las ganancias de Nokia han mejorado desde que vendió su unidad de celulares a Microsoft, por 7 mil 200 millones de dólares. La compañía quedó muy adelgazada. Sus tres operaciones restantes son redes, mapeo y software.

Distrito Federal– La red social Facebook presentó una nueva aplicación llamada Facebook Groups para teléfonos y tabletas, una app para ayudar a los usuarios a mantenerse en contacto con todos sus grupos de Facebook y encontrar otros nuevos de una forma más rápida y ordenada.

Como se menciona en el sitio Mashable, los usuarios podrán ver una lista de los grupos a los que pertenecen, destacando los que visitan con más frecuencia. Asimismo, también ofrece recomendaciones en la pestaña “descubrir”, en donde se considera las preferencias de los usuarios, los grupos a los que pertenecen sus amigos y una selección de los que se han creado cerca de donde viven.

Al igual que con Facebook Messenger, la compañía mencionó que una aplicación independiente hará que el servicio sea más rápido en el móvil para organizar, editar y utilizar mejor sus grupos.

La empresa afirma que el uso de la aplicación independiente no influye en la aplicación estándar de Facebook y explica que los usuarios podrán seguir utilizando la función de grupos ahí si así lo desean, ya que esta app es de descarga opcional, a diferencia de Facebook Messenger.

La aplicación está disponible Android e iOS, y es gratuita.

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By Roberto Ruiz

Melvin Gordon had just hurdled Nebraska Safety Corey Cooper on his way to a 62 yard touchdown run, his first of the game. Everyone in attendance for the Big Ten clash expected to see some amazing runs.

Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon, two of the best running backs in the nation, were slated to go head to head and excitement was at a fever-pitch for the high profile matchup. Abdullah disappointed with only 69 yards and no touchdowns on 18 carries. Gordon, meanwhile, broke the FBS single game rushing record. In three quarters.

Gordon treated fans to a rushing performance unlike anyone has ever seen. 25 carries for 408 yards and four touchdowns, all while sitting out the fourth quarter. Fans left the snow speckled field knowing that they had just witnessed history, knowing that they would probably never see something like that again. Gordon, for his part, claimed he had no idea about the record until it was announced. “Yeah, I didn’t even know I was close to the record,” Gordon said. “I was kind of just running away.”

The outcome wasn’t always as certain as the 59-24 score would indicate. Nebraska was ahead 17-3 early in the first quarter after three lost fumbles by the Badgers. The Badgers turned things around starting with the 62 yard scamper by Gordon. Starting with that score, Wisconsin went on a 56-0 run to take hold of the Big Ten West division.

The previous single game rushing record was held by Ladainian Tomlinson who rushed for 406 on 43 carries against UTEP in 1999. Gordon, who averaged 16 yards a carry and had six runs of 35 yards or more (more than Nebraska had allowed all season combined), broke the record against a stouter run defense in 18 less carries.  The performance, coupled with the stumble by quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State leaves just Gordon and Marcus Mariota of Oregon as the Heisman favorites. Gordon chose to forgo the NFL in favor of returning for his junior season at UW, but games like that in front of NFL scouts make it unlikely he will be able to resist the temptation presented by being a potential first round draft pick.

Enjoy Gordon while we have him, he will be something special in the NFL.

The win leaves Wisconsin as sole leaders in the Big Ten West division which will hopefully lead to a Big Ten championship game against Ohio State.

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By Roberto Ruiz

Games in the NFL aren’t supposed to be this easy. One week after spanking hated rival Chicago at Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers welcomed fellow NFC frontrunner the Philadelphia Eagles to the dairy state with another beat down. The game that fans were calling a “measuring stick game” ended up being a laugher. Aaron Rodgers passed for 341 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in what was the prototypical Rodgers performance. Every throw was on target, every defensive alignment read to perfection.

Green Bay dominated the game in every facet, a surprising fact considering the Eagles have one of the strongest offenses in the league, and their defense is nothing to sneeze at after it had 9 sacks last week against the Carolina Panthers. Lesean McCoy was held to 88 yards and no touchdowns on 23 carries, showing that last weeks Clay Mathews experiment at inside linebacker was no fluke. The Eagles had one of the leagues strongest running teams coming into this game.

Running back Eddie Lacy had his second straight 100 all-purpose yard game after rumbling into the end zone for a 32 yard score after breaking several tackles. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb both went for over 100 yards receiving. Casey Hayword and Julius Peppers each returned a turnover for a touchdown, and Micah Hyde returned a punt for seven points as well.

So who can beat the Packers at Lambeau field? 5-0 so far this season, the Packers have put on a clinic every home game. The victory pulled the Packers into a tie for second place in the NFC, sitting behind an Arizona Cardinals team that just lost its captain and quarterback Carson Palmer. If the Packers are able to jump the 9-1 Cardinals and guarantee home field advantage throughout the playoffs, would this team be Super Bowl bound? They would certainly seem to have the best odds.

Rodgers has quietly put together an MVP caliber season while guiding a team that many had seemingly forgotten after week 3 in the season when the Packers sat at 1-2 with losses to Seattle and Detroit. Rodgers has nearly matched the numbers from his 2012 season, 2,748 yards, 28 touchdowns against only three interceptions, and a 120.1 passer rating. Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, has put together a pretty solid season and garnered early MVP consideration, but a blowout against the Patriots this week will likely not sit well with voters.

takingsidesOver the past couple of weeks I’ve been pointing out that Georgia Pabst of the Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a habit of not giving the whole story writing articles for Wisconsin’s largest daily.

Pabst’s history of leaving out pertinent information in her articles are documented in several columns I’ve written about her reporting on matters from Esperanza Unida to Palermo’s Pizza.

But I’m not the only one raising issue about this reporter for this Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting newspaper, it turns out that there are others who feel that Pabst has taken liberties by reporting half-truths for Wisconsin’s largest newspaper.

In recent weeks Pabst finds herself face to face with Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander. It seems that Pabst decided to write a piece calling to question Alexander’s solicitation of Facebook funds to help pay for the funeral expenses of her father, who passed away last month.  The solicitation sought $10,080.

At the time Pabst wrote her article Supervisor Alexander had collected $2,345, including a $1,000 anonymous donation.

The article Pabst wrote gave two distinct impressions to the reader. One, that there seems to be some kind of an ethical issue surrounding this request for donation to help bury Alexander’s father and two, the irony that a supervisor who earns $50,679 a year (you’ll note that Pabst does not mention that the salary for supervisors goes down under $26,000 a year next year) voted to prevent the county paying for indigent funerals.

Well, to counter the articles the Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting Journal Sentinel reporter Georgia Pabst has published against Alexander are several articles written by conservative bloggers, one of whom has labeled the article published by Pabst as “vile”, witch hunt” and  “disturbing”.

In fact, Ashley Schultz, who writes for Purple Wisconsin, a blog page that publishes articles for a collection of community bloggers hosted by the Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting Journal Sentinel, and whom describes herself as a freelance political writer and senior consultant at St. Anthony School of Milwaukee, wrote that in publishing the article regarding Supervisor Alexander, “Pabst is using her position to play some twisted game of political payback’.

Schultz wrote in an article that:

“Just a few weeks ago Pabst published a piece on Alexander, pointing out an error in her newsletter. Alexander responded, saying Pabst’s article lead readers to think she had purposely misinformed them. It looks like Pabst didn’t take too kindly to the criticism.”

Serious accusation indeed, especially when you consider that the person being accused writes for a Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting newspaper.

Another conservative calling to question the articles attacking Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander is Aaron Rodriquez, who also writes for Purple Wisconsin and whom describes himself as a volunteer board member of Hispanics for School Choice. He runs The Hispanic Conservative, a blog he created in 2008 to advocate for conservative Latino values.

Now, Rodriquez writes that “contrary to Pabst’s story, Alexander didn’t use her Facebook page to solicit funds. She posted a link to her father’s obituary, thanking people for their condolences.  Even the obituary page didn’t directly solicit money”.

Interesting point. Pabst omitting pertinent information that is. A point that I can relate to, after witnessing Georgia Pabst write articles about Esperanza Unida.

Pabst seems to have a habit of omitting key elements of a story. Case in point. In every article Georgia Pabst has written about Esperanza Unida, Pabst has always reminded the readers about taxes the agency owed, the facility problems at the agency and the fiscal chaos the agency was in.

Not once did Pabst mention in her articles that the agency was in fiscal hardship long before I got there because of over $700,000 in loans solely signed out for by the founder and former executive director, Richard Oulahan.

Loans I’ve pointed out to her that were questionably given to the agency and that even the current executive director of Esperanza Unida and former Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development for the State of Wisconsin, Manny Perez is rumored to be seeking the involvement of the FBI into these loans which he also agrees were inappropriately released to Richard Oulahan. Loans that Manny Perez mentioned to her himself.

Whatever the final outcome regarding Pabst’s latest hack job, two things are certain.

One, do these conservatives have an issue with the way Pabst is reporting facts? If you ask me, from what I have experienced from this reporter, you damn right they do. And two, does anyone take the articles that Pabst writes seriously, well, Alexander sought $10,080 to pay for her father’s funeral. At the the time Pabst wrote her initial article about the matter, $2,345 was already collected. After the Pabst article was published, over $14,500 was donated with a $6000 anonymous donation. Hmmm…I guess readers don’t take Pabst seriously.

Entertainment 111914 pix2Will Arnett prestó su voz a la película de los LegoLos Angeles– El actor Matthew McConaughey develó su estrella en el Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood, cuyo reconocimiento se suma a los que ha recibido durante el 2014, que incluyen un Premio Oscar al Mejor Actor por su interpretación de un texano homofóbico enfermo de Sida en la película ‘El Club de los Desahuciados’

“Hoy es un día especial. Es un gran momento en mi carrera y para mi familia”, afirmó el artista, que estuvo acompañado de su esposa, la brasileña Camila Alves, y sus tres hijos, Levi, Vida y Livingston.

En el acto, McConaughey estuvo acompañado de las actrices Anne Hathaway y Jessica Chastain, quienes comparten créditos con él en la cinta Interestelar.