Among the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson (top, far right), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has identified the top 10 finalists for its grand finale event taking place in Accra, Ghana on 16 November 2019. According to an ANPI release, the finalists were chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants from 50 African countries. During the grand finale, the ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.Among the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.J-Palm Liberia (JPL) was founded with the goal of making premium consumer goods while creating income-earning and employment opportunities through sustainable palm-oil production. When JPL was first founded, palm oil kernels had been going to waste in Liberia, but founder and CEO Mahmud Johnson found a way to innovate productive uses for this overlooked natural resource. Today, JPL has created a range of beauty and clean-energy products, built a robust network of partnerships across the country, and helped to create jobs for hundreds of Liberians. Mahmud holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and is a 2017 recipient of the Order of the Star of Africa conferred by the President of Liberia.After months of judging and deliberation, the finalists were shortlisted and will now go on to pitch their business directly to four finale judges – Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group – during a televised finale event called “Africa’s Business Heroes”. The winners will receive a share of the $1 million USD grant prize pool.The ANPI is a philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. For the next ten years, the ANPI will host the “Africa Business Heroes” show where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.The Jack Ma Foundation will host a full-day Africa Netpreneur Summit, an invitation-only conference where African and global entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and leaders will convene to discuss how best to enable entrepreneurship and the digital economy across the continent. Guest speakers at the conference will include Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The conference will be followed by the “Africa’s Business Heroes” event in the evening.“We launched the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative to identify top entrepreneurs from across the continent, not only to reward them but to inspire a whole new generation of potential gamechangers for Africa. I have been inspired by the entrepreneurs I met in Africa, many of whom are dealing with the same challenges we faced when we started Alibaba years ago. I truly believe the potential of Africa’s business heroes is limitless,” said Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.“Africa’s Business Heroes” will air on November 29. More details of how to tune in to the program will be released in the coming weeks. Highlights from the Africa Netpreneur Summit will also be shared via ANPI social media handles. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The diverse group of 10 finalists represent a range of industries and experience.Waleed Abd El Rahman is CEO of Mumm (Egypt), a virtual cafeteria for businesses, harnessing the power of shared economy through technology, cloud kitchens and an online marketplace for home-based entrepreneurial cooks. Waleed is a seasoned entrepreneur with 12+ years in food tech. He is also the former founding managing director of MIT Technology Review-Middle East and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.Ayodeji Arikawe is co-founder of Thrive Agric (Nigeria) an agricultural technology-enabled company that works with smallholder farmers to enable them with greater access to finance, as well as improve their income and harvest distribution. Today, Thrive Agric works with 22,000 farmers in Nigeria, but the company is aiming to build the largest network of farmers in Africa. They are on a mission to “build an Africa that feeds the world and Itself.” Ayodeji is an accomplished software engineer and serves as both co-founder and CTO for Thrive Agric.Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank (Nigeria), a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products. The company has saved over 5,300 lives in Nigeria. Founder Temie has over 10 years of health-management experience with Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and Lagos State. In 2014, BBC listed her as one of the 100 women changing the world. She was also recognized by Quartz and the World Economic Forum.Kevine Kagirimpundu is co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y (Rwanda) an African-inspired ecofriendly shoe brand established in Rwanda. Kevine is the co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y, and she is passionate about ending global waste while also leveraging her creativity to create employment opportunities for her community. UZURI has made a direct impact on more than 750 people through employment and skills training. In addition to obtaining her degree in creative design, she has participated in numerous entrepreneurship programs to enhance her skills in business development. In 2017, she was recognized as the winner of the Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year.Other finalists include Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda); Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria); Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria); Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt) and Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Gareth Southgate has established a link between his players and the English public claims 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward but he worries believing facing Colombia in the last 16 was an easier half of the draw could backfire. © AFP / ODD ANDERSENLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 2 – England manager Gareth Southgate has risked ratcheting up World Cup last 16 opponents Colombia’s motivation by fielding a B team in their last group game believing that would earn them an easier route to the final, warns England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward.England earned the right to play the Colombians on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Belgium last Thursday to finish runners-up in their group. Woodward takes issue with the selection policy of Southgate — although his Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez also made sweeping changes — but is more staggered by another facet of the thinking behind the policy.“The thing I am really struggling with, though, is a much bigger point,” he wrote in the Daily Mail on Monday.“England have hardly covered themselves in glory in tournaments over the last two decades yet they were wasting time and energy and getting distracted thinking about possible quarter-finals and semi-finals.“Don’t even go there, just win the next match and the next after that.”Woodward drew on his experience of a tough first knockout stage match in the 2003 World Cup with Wales, after taking their pedal off the gas for their final two pool matches, to illustrate to Southgate the perils of tinkering with winning line-ups and taking the sharpness off the first team players.“Who on earth ever thought that somehow Colombia would be the easy route, one of the best attacking teams in world football and a side who reached the Olympic quarter-finals?”“Nobody qualifying for the World Cup last 16 gets lucky.“The one team who will be relishing all this is Colombia —- what greater motivation than an England team believing playing them is an easier way to glory!– ‘zero chance’ –“I would love to be in charge of the Colombia team this week, reminding my players how England don’t respect them. The England players will know this too.”Woodward, said there is no need to play players as Southgate did against Belgium to sew unity within the squad.“I have been amazed how former players used unity in the squad as a reason for Southgate’s selection -— well, if this is what creates unity, we have zero chance,” said Wodoward.“Unity is simply everyone doing everything that is required of them to win the next match even if that is just carrying the water bottle.”England coach Gareth Southgate has built ‘a genuine connection with the country’ – Woodward © AFP / PAUL ELLISOn the plus side, though, Woodward says Southgate has got his patriotic juices flowing like no previous England football manager.“This is the World Cup knockout stages and, despite Belgium, I haven’t been so excited about an England manager and his group of players for a long time,” said Woodward.“They have built a genuine connection with the country and the opportunity of a lifetime is still there.“But there is no hiding place, this is when champion teams find a way of winning. I can’t wait.”Only Woodward and the late Alf Ramsey who managed England to 1966 World Cup success, have delivered a global trophy for the country that introduced the rest of the world to cricket, rugby and football.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tom Melvin and Jemma Jordan meeting Clodagh Barry and some of the horses that will be taking part in Clodaghs 100 mile challenge to raise funds for Donegal Down Syndrome Association”Newtowncunningham teenager, Clodagh Barry today takes on the challenge of going over 100 miles on horse back in just 24hours setting out from the most North Western point in Donegal, the lighthouse on Arranmore Island to the most Northerly point in Donegal, Malin head.This event is to raise funds for Donegal Downs syndrome Association.Clodagh’s route will begin in Arranmore on Friday 21st of February, leaving the lighthouse at 11.30am. Following the short ferry trip, which will also be done on horseback! She will leave Burtonport at 1.30. Her route will take her through Dungloe, Doochary, Glenveagh, Churchill, planning to get to Letterkenny about 11pm.She will then proceed through Newtowncunningham, Burnfoot, Buncrana, to Fort Dunree, Mamore Gap, Clonmany, Malin and on to Malin Head, planning to reach there shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday.This route may be a little longer than the direct route, but as she is traveling on horseback, she is keen to stay off the main roads as much as possible.Due to the vast distance involved, Clodagh will be using more than one horse and would like to thank those that have offered the use of their horses for parts of the route. At various points along her route she will be joined by other horse and pony support riders. She would appeal to road users to be aware that there will be horses on the roads day and night in the County, to exercise caution and if they meet horses on the road, to please slow down and give them room. We would also appeal to vehicle drivers NOT to beep their car horns, but feel free to wave madly at her!!A Facebook event has been created called ‘Arranmore Island to Malin Head on Horseback’ where the full route will be documented and approximate arrival times along the route will be added. If anyone wishes to walk, run, cycle or ride on horseback with Clodagh along any portion of the route, they are welcome to join.All sponsorship for this uniquely Donegal event would be greatly appreciated and if you or your business would like to donate, you can contact Liam Barry at 0872634301. You can also donate to this event at idonate.ie or directly to the Donegal Downs Syndrome Association at Convent Road, Letterkenny. CLODAGH SADDLES UP FOR HER EPIC JOURNEY ACROSS DONEGAL! was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clodagh BarryhorseNewtowcunningham
It was supposed to be the biggest week of the season for Valencia High’s boys’ tennis team. It will wind up being just another week of practice for the Vikings (8-3 overall, 3-0 Foothill League). “Here we are with no matches this week after playing three and four a week,” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg said. “Guess you (can) tell I’m a little frustrated here.” Tuesday’s match with visiting Hart (6-1, 3-0) was rained out, and the Indians weren’t able to reschedule the first-place showdown until Monday. The Vikings also had an important match against longtime rival Burbank scheduled for today, but Bulldogs coach Paul McNiff informed Kellogg that several of his players are leaving early for a spring-break field trip and would be unable to compete. Kellogg rescheduled that match for April 19, in between previously scheduled matches with Burroughs of Burbank and Saugus. “We’re pumped and ready,” Kellogg said. “Oh, well, (there) must be a reason.” Valencia had shared or won the league title outright for three consecutive years before Hart went undefeated in league last season en route to its first championship since 1987. March madness: Valencia experienced its own version of the Final Four on Saturday, defeating West Torrance and North Torrance to win the fifth annual CIF-Southern California Tennis Association First-Serve Tournament title at West Torrance High. In the semifinals against West Torrance, victories by Steven Novak/Kevin Song and Chip Myers/Michael Stewart gave Valencia two important points in doubles. Jack Zapala’s victory in singles gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead. Andrew DeGiorgio came through with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 singles in the final set to ensure Valencia advanced to the finals of the 10-team event. The Vikings, who defeated Mayfair of Lakewood, Westchester and West Torrance’s “B” team in pool play on March 18, received a singles sweep from Zapala, DeGirogio and Ryan Lassila and added two doubles victories to defeat North Torrance in the final. Novak and Song capped the match by twice rallying from three-game deficits to win 7-5. The title was Valencia’s first in a tournament this season. The Vikings finished third in their Spring Smash on March 18 after Kellogg split the squad to compete in both events. Too much Taotao: Hart senior Matthew Taotao, the defending league singles champion, continued his dominance of Foothill opponents in Thursday’s victory over Burroughs. Taotao hasn’t dropped a set to a Foothill opponent since the semifinals of the 2004 league tournament, when he lost 6-1, 6-2 to Burbank’s Haig Kassabian. Taotao has dropped only one set in match play this season, losing to Glendale’s Mike Youn in a 10-8 Hart setback March 8. Taotao won four pro-sets, including an 8-3 victory over Camarillo’s Greg Punsalan, to capture the title at Valencia’s Spring Smash. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PICTURE SPECIAL: Here are more images of the storm that is currently battering Donegal from different parts of the county.The images have been taken from Bunaninver, Sheephaven Bay and Hornhead.The pictures clearly indicate just how treacherous the weather conditions are at the minute. Unfortunately the storm shows no sign of easing with weather forecasters predicting another stormy evening ahead.The Donegal coastline has received a battering that has resulted in the Ferry services into Arranmore Island having to suspend its service.They could be forced to suspend again tomorrow if the adverse weather conditions continue which would obviously be a nightmare for Islanders.Earlier this morning schoolchildren in Letterkenny had a lucky escape when a tree almost fell on their bus. Thankfully the alert bus driver who has been hailed a hero managed to avoid the tree as it came crashing down on the road.Pictures above courtesy of Moses Alcorn and Brian Ferry.If you’ve got any video footage of the storm then send them into email@example.comPICTURE SPECIAL: MORE MONSTER WAVES CONTINUE TO BATTER DONEGAL COASTLINE was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesHigh Seasnewspicture specialStorm Coveragewavesweather
.The price of the average three-bed semi detached house in Donegal has risen 4.76% to €82,500 in the last six months, a nationwide property survey has found.The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of the selling season in December.REA agents in Donegal are predicting a further 10% rise in prices in 2016, after 13.79% was added to the value of the average three-bed semi in 2015. According to Michael McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Bundoran there is a lack of supply to met growing demand in the area.“Prices rose and then stabilised in the fourth quarter of 2015,” said Paul McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Milford.“Supply has thinned out and there is still demand. We haven’t seen many new builds so price increases will be for whatever stock comes on market.”The average semi detached house nationally now costs €188,370, the Q4 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a slight rise on the Q3 figure of €186,102. Prices in Dublin city and county fell by -0.75% in Q4, while Dublin city alone fell by -0.69% – the average three-bed semi now costing €357,500.However, the biggest growth was in the rest of the country outside the commuter belt and larger cities, where house prices increased by 0.95% in the last three months.The lack of suitable supply is the biggest influence on the property market nationwide, according to REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.“What we have seen in the last three months are prices only increasing in areas that are offering people the accommodation that they require,” he said.AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES RISE BY ALMOST 5% IN LAST SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOUSE PRICESrise
In 1983 Liverpool were English champions and had reached an agreement to sign Brondby’s teenage sensation Michael Laudrup, but it fell apart as retrofootballblog.com explains.He wanted to join them, he was a Liverpool fan, but ultimately the deal didn’t materialise because Laudrup didn’t like it when the club attempted to alter the agreement.Personal terms were settled, but the Reds came back and said they wanted the contract changed so the player’s deal ran for four years instead of three.Laudrup said no, Liverpool didn’t relent and the 19-year-old joined Juventus before spells at both Barcelona and Real Madrid in addition to starring for Denmark at the 1986 World Cup.Liverpool didn’t exactly regret the decision because they won the treble in the 1983/84 season, clinching a fourth European Cup in seven years, but a front line of Laudrup, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush would have been frightening, right?He really was that good and you don’t have to look very hard to find a who’s who of football legends like Romario, Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi, talking about the playmaker’s incredible talent.READ MORE: A brilliant story involving Michael Laudrup and the king of SpainThe comical situation that led to Chelsea signing their league winning captainRead more at RetroFootballBlog.com Liverpool’s change of heart over Laudrup’s contract resulted in Juventus signing him instead 1
Cúl Camps at St. Eunan’s GAA ClubSt. Eunan’s GAA Club will host Cúl Camps once again this year.The Football Camp takes place from Monday, July 28th – Friday, August 1st and the Hurling & Camogie Camp takes place from Monday, August 11th – Friday, August 15th. Cost for the first child is €55 and includes a full Cúl Camps kit and county colours backpack (ideal school bags!) with discounts for families.Ages 5 – 13. For more info contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 or to book online visit www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.CÚL CAMPS SET TO RETURN TO ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB THIS SUMMER was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cul CampsletterkennySt Eunan’s GAA club
How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them While leading a business doesn’t indicate anything about one’s athleticism, both athletes and entrepreneurs draw from a similar set of skills in order to achieve the same end: a cohesive, peak-performance team.Much of what athletes accomplish on the field has more to do with their mindset than bodies. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of athletes — including members of the Miami Dolphins — to help develop focus, mentally sharpen, and read the lightning-fast signals their bodies send to their brains. Peak performance coaching has become a popular way for pro sports teams to improve their team’s drive — both individually and within groups — before problems crop up.As it turns out, businesses can do the same. There are several ways leaders can approach their teams so their teams are aligned, functioning at their best and accomplishing set goals. 1. Paint a picture that inspires unity.At a time when 80 percent of businesses aren’t tracking their goals and — unsurprisingly — a nearly equal 77 percent haven’t achieved their company visions, it pays to articulate an organization’s goals and keep them at the top of everyone’s mind. Unifying a team around a common goal can be exceedingly difficult, but it’s paramount to success. Whether chasing a Super Bowl ring or a bigger share of the marketplace, it’s a leader’s responsibility to paint a picture of success that’s so compelling that everyone wants to burn rubber to make it happen.While some believe an entire company needs to come to a consensus before rallying behind a particular goal, those in the sports world would disagree. Coaches and players understand that they’re all there to win a championship, but the head coach determines the content of the playbook they follow in order to make that happen.Business leaders can adopt the same mentality, taking feedback when necessary and appropriate, but ultimately leading the team toward a unifying goal and, subsequently, supporting team members in their efforts to reach it. Painting a picture that provides context for why that goal matters goes a long way in helping others visualize their role within the larger team landscape and setting the tone for true collaboration. 2. Make sure every role on the team serves a purpose for the whole.One of the more interesting components to football is just how diverse the individual players are across the team, namely in terms of role and physicality. For example, a wide receiver has a vastly different skill set than a punter — one is relied upon for his agility and remarkably sticky fingers, while the other has a highly specialized ability to keep a ball suspended in air with a tap of his foot. While they have different natural — and trained — abilities to fill that role and, in most cases, never play on the field at the same time, they’re nonetheless unified by the same guiding principles: train hard, play harder, winner takes all. When empowered to play to their strengths within their given role and under a larger unifying goal, magic starts to happen; we start to see a true team form. Interestingly, Gallup’s “State of the American Workforce” report determined that playing up strengths, rather than trying to shore up weaknesses, made teams nearly 13 percent more productive. Those who use their strengths on a daily basis are six times more likely to be engaged — and retained. It comes as no surprise that in order to gain those same benefits seen on the football field, business leaders must assess their team members’ strengths to determine how they can work in concert with others with the greater mission in view.Unlike in football, however, when it’s often obvious where a player’s strength lies, it’s not always obvious what a team member’s true strength is and how it can be leveraged in a business setting — sometimes, their strengths can actually be best utilized outside the scope of their designated role. For example, a graphic designer might have valuable insights in developing new product designs and packaging traditionally handled by the R&D team, or a data entry specialist with a knack for processes may be able to find a way to streamline an existing process for another team. It’s important to remember that building a successful organization is dependent upon, among other things, a leader’s ability to recognize talent when and wherever she sees it.3. Cultivate a growth mindset among your teammates.I’m a big believer in the growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe their skills were given to them at birth, and they have a finite amount of talent: They’re either good at something or they’re not. Growth-oriented people, however, believe that they can hone the skills they already possess as well as acquire and develop new skills and abilities.Similar to the student who never studies for tests because of the “I either know it or I don’t” mindset, many players who are natural-born athletes exhibit similar attitudes. If they’re not good at a certain skill on the first try, they default to their original, seemingly more successful tactics or give up trying the new skill altogether. But as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has proven, that’s not how players become successful. Well-known for his will-over-skill mindset, he emphasizes his strengths and knows that practice transforms his adequate natural skills into honed, unbeatable techniques — and, unsurprisingly, it’s brought him more Super Bowl rings than any other quarterback. He isn’t afraid to fail in a relatively safe environment if it means he increases his chances to succeed when and where it matters. A growth mindset encourages people to try new things and risk failure when appropriate. Businesses that focus on perfection automatically inhibit their people from realizing their own, and ultimately the company’s, potential — they’ll never try because they’re afraid to fail. The end result of stifled efforts, of course, is a stagnant company. Rewarding new attempts, regardless of their outcome, develops outlets for innovative thinking and empowers people to take charge, moving their team past a fixed mindset.By developing a strong unit that comes together under a common goal, even when things aren’t easy, leaders and organizations can accomplish just about anything — whether it’s winning a championship or becoming their industry’s top performer. Related Posts How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… Tags:#growth#Leadership#purpose#Sports Curt Cronin A former Navy SEAL, Curt Cronin is the co-founder and CEO of Ridgeline Partners, where he capitalizes on his combined experiences and lessons from the military, academic, and business worlds to advise numerous organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to niche startups, on how to catalyze an exponential culture of execution and innovation. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…
This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1Lt Florida Army National Guard and Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. Both are members 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. By Kimberly Quinn & Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTIn the last 12 years, the United States military has diagnosed over 103 thousand new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in deployed service members and over 25 thousand new cases in non-deployed service members . To receive a diagnosis of PTSD, individuals must meet diagnostic criteria inclusive of displaying a certain number of symptoms that cause significant distress and/or disruption. In addition, there must be some sort of traumatic stressor leading to these symptoms. Full diagnostic criteria for PTSD can be found here. Those that suffer from the effects of trauma without being diagnosed with PTSD are considered to have post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). The intensity of PTSS varies, however, the impact does not reach the severity level of PTSD. The table below highlights PTSD symptoms included in the new Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-V):American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon permits eXtension.org to use her personal photo.Spouses and children of service members who deploy can experience secondary traumatic stress (STS)–or significant levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms . This can also be termed vicarious trauma, secondary trauma or secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms have negative effects on couple  and family functioning. Specific symptoms of post-traumatic stress  that negatively affect couple and family functioning include:Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon permits eXtension.org to use her personal photoThe good news is that there are steps families can take to prevent the negative effects of PTSD and STS. The following links to resources that can help military families and those that play a supportive role in their lives gain awareness about common stressors, preventative strategies and interventions related to PTSD.Stress Free Kids-Military FamilySecondary Trauma TrainingNational Child Traumatic Stress Network (NTCS)-Military FamiliesNTCS Learning Center References Fischer, H. (2010). U.S. military casualty statistics: Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom  Melvin, K. C., Gross, D., Hayat, M. J., Jennings, B. M., & Campbell, J. C. (2012). Couple functioning and post‐traumatic stress symptoms in US army couples: The role of resilience. Research in Nursing & Health, 35(2), 164-177.  American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.