A Lack of Business Acumen on Both Sides

first_imgSalespeople need to be good business people. Why? Because business acumen is the new sales acumen.You don’t create value by overcoming objections but by resolving concerns. You don’t create value by pitching features and benefits unless they are finely crafted pieces of your seriously focused value proposition. Now, you create value by helping people further their business goals. You need business acumen to do so.Business acumen can be a real challenge for new salespeople, and it’s especially challenging for young salespeople. But salespeople aren’t the only one to suffer from this challenge.If we are being honest, we in sales haven’t done a good job teaching, training, coaching, an developing business acumen in the sales force. We mostly just wait for the salesperson to develop it through experience. But the customers we call haven’t done much better helping their team develop business acumen either, even with people who are responsible for financial results.The Other Side of the TableOne of the challenges you sometimes face is that some contacts within your dream client may not have the business acumen to really understand your value proposition. You may have the ability to create more value than your competitors, but the person sitting on the other side of the table may not have the business acumen to understand the difference. They may struggle to understand how a greater investment produces a greater result.Look at this post about the mistake of not engaging all the necessary stakeholders as early as possible. You may need a different stakeholder to help sell your case for a greater investment, someone with the business acumen and the influence within their own company. You might also need to spend more time sharing information and teaching your contact how to understand your value proposition and the necessary investment.You might also benefit from having them teach you what they know about how their business works, too. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Cowhides recovered from Alwar

first_imgA large quantity of cowhide was seized on Wednesday from a licensed abattoir allegedly involved in unauthorised slaughtering of cows in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, the police said. The hides of 220 cows along with those of 82 buffaloes and 45 goats were seized from the abattoir at Govindgarh in Alwar following revelations made by an accused arrested in a cow slaughtering case on Tuesday, Govindgarh SHO Dara Singh said. During his interrogation, accused Shakil Qureshi revealed that a licensed abattoir at Govindgarh, being run by one Salim in partnership with Bharatpur resident Sattar, was involved in unauthorised butchering of cows. He allegedly told the police that the two also ran the business of selling cowhides at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. Salim had gone missing along with his family members soon after the arrest of Qureshi, SHO Singh said. Qureshi was arrested on Tuesday along with his wife, mother and sister-in-law for allegedly slaughtering a cow at their residence in Govindgarh police station area, the SHO said, adding that over 40 kg of suspected beef too has been recovered from their possession. The officer said a case has been registered against Salim and Sattar and efforts are on to trace them.last_img read more

ScienceShot: What Do You Get When You Cross a Wolf With a Coyote?

first_imgThanks to some deft handiwork, biologists have shown that wolves from the western United States can successfully hybridize with coyotes. The finding is relevant to, but doesn’t settle, the debate about whether wolves in the eastern United States are a separate species—a question with significant implications for legal protection of wolves. It’s known that wolves in the eastern United States can mate with coyotes—which could explain the presence of coyotelike mitochondrial DNA in the eastern wolves—but hybrids haven’t been observed in the west. So researchers collected semen from captive western wolves and artificially inseminated nine coyotes. In 2012, one female became pregnant but the fetus died. Another female ate her pups. But a third female had six healthy hybrid pups (three pictured), the team reports this week in PLOS ONE. To some researchers, this is further evidence that gray wolves are the same species across the United States. However, just because western wolves can produce viable offspring doesn’t mean they ever have in the wild.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Indian American Doctor Convicted for Raping Sedated Patient Gets Probation

first_imgA doctor of Indian origin, convicted for raping a hospitalized patient while she was sedated, was sentenced to serve a probation of 10 years. Houston-based Shafeeq Sheikh will have to get registered as a sex offender for life, the court ruled on Aug. 17.Jurors convicted the former doctor with a second degree sexual assault, which carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison, after 14 hours of deliberation. The Texas jury then sentenced Sheikh, a 46-year-old former physician at the Baylor College of Medicine, to 10 years of probation, PTI reported.The decision sparked criticism on the social media, and among law enforcement officials and victims’ rights groups.Disgraced doctor Shafeeq Sheikh, 46, gets probation (!) for raping sedated female patient he claimed seduced him. More here: https://t.co/0kFbGDRzNV pic.twitter.com/stZ44QwsZt— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) August 17, 2018“This is beyond troubling,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said, according to CNN. “A hideous crime is committed in a hospital room which should be a sanctuary for patients. So many new norms that run contrary to what we’ve always stood for, I pray no accountability for harming people isn’t one of them.”However, Sheikh’s attorney Lisa Andrews, who argued that the intercourse between the two was consensual, welcomed the jury’s decision, the Washington Post reported. “The 12 members of the jury who sat there and heard evidence for two solid weeks were in the best position to make that call … And when you’re not there and you haven’t heard the evidence, people should not jump to conclusions about facts they didn’t hear,” Andrews said. “The facts are not black and white,” she added, but “usually a version of gray.”Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney’s office, told ABC News: “After being presented all the evidence, the jury convicted this man of rape and decided that he should be sentenced to 10 years of probation; the jury voted on behalf of the community to determine his sentence, and although prosecutors sought 20 years in prison, we respect this process, and the jury’s decision, which carries with it a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.”The incident took place at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston in 2013, when the victim was admitted as an acute asthma patient. While being under observation, she developed seizures in her hands and feet, and an elevated heartbeat.She claimed in her lawsuit that Sheikh, who was not assigned for her treatment, entered the room three times throughout the night, touching her inappropriately, and the third time, he raped her while she was heavily sedated and going in and out of consciousness.The victim, now 32, said she pulled the bell to call nurses while being assaulted but it was unplugged. Witnesses confirmed that the bell was unplugged.The prosecutors took two years to file the case against Sheikh based on DNA evidences in a rape kit that matched the sample of the doctor’s cheek swab. He was charged in October 2015, and his medical license was suspended.Sheikh attempted to represent the whole encounter as a consensual one. He said that the woman “came on him” during his first visit and he gave in to the temptations. He further accused the woman of filing the lawsuit for monetary reasons.“Here we have this Latina woman with her fake boobs that came onto that little nerdy middle-aged guy, and he lost his mind,” Andrews said in her closing statement, according to reports.Surveillance camera of the hospital showed that Sheikh entered the building several times that night and swiped his card at least 12 times.“He sought her out. He chose her to prey on,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder was quoted as saying by PTI.“You know he’s the type of man who would go in multiple times, testing the waters, seeing how far he could go and get back to his normal business after that.“You know he’s the kind man of who walked around for two years before he was charged with this… knowing what he did,” she added.Sheikh’s lawyers pleaded to the jury, referring to his earlier clean records and that he has a family.“The dreams of a man, the childhood dream to become a doctor, were shattered by his conduct. He destroyed his own dreams,” Sheikh’s lawyer Stanley Schneider said, according to the report.“What he has done to himself and his family is punishment. They are serving his sentence with him. His children are serving his sentence with him.”Shiekh denied to comment after the sentencing. The victim has expressed her wish to move on from the incident. Related ItemshoustonIndian Americanwomen’s rightslast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly stopped by Christian Lee in 1st round of rematch

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion In a flyweight Muay Thai Super Series, Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom topped Joseph Lasiri of Italy by unanimous decision in a bloody encounter.The taller Haggerty set the tone and decked Lasiri with an elbow to the head late in the first round.Lasiri, however, kept his aggressiveness in the last two rounds despite the knockdown and was even able to deal major damage to Haggerty, who left with a bloodied nose after taking a crushing knee.Indonesia took another loss after Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol fell to the gutsy Puja Tomar of India by split decision.In the last undercard bout, Thailand’s Mongkol Petch Petchyindee Academy handily beat New Zealand’s Alexi Serepisos by unanimous decision in their flyweight Muay Thai Super Series.ADVERTISEMENT Lee went to work from the get-go and easily took down Kelly before getting on a full mount for the ground and pound.The 20-year-old Lee also avenged his disqualification loss to Kelly four months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the quick victory, Lee has his sight set on another crack at the belt currently held by Martin Nguyen.“Absolutely. I want that belt,” said Lee, who had already lost to Nguyen twice. MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Christian Lee. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Christian Lee had said he wanted a first-round finish and he stayed true to his word Saturday night.Lee, the former featherweight title contender, made quick work of Filipino Edward Kelly, stopping the Team Lakay veteran at the 2:53 mark of the opening round in ONE: Eternal Glory at Istora Senayan here.ADVERTISEMENT Matthew Wright, Louie Alas hope OT victories strengthen Phoenix LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: NU bags 12th straight win, FEU dumps La Salle

first_imgNicolo Consuelo had nine points for UP, which dropped a fifth straight assignment for a league-worst 1-12 cardIn the other game, Far Eastern University notched its third straight victory after cutting down De La Salle, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Tamaraws kept in step of league-leader NU at 11-2 while the Green Archers slipped to their third straight loss for a 4-9 card.Redi John Paler had 12 points for FEU with Jude Garcia and Peter Quiel added 10 points apiece. MOST READ Chris Dumago had 11 points for La Salle.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona on the brink of another Spanish league title Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University pushed its winning streak to 12 games after making quick work of University of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Bryan Bagunas finished with 17 points to lead the Bulldogs, who are at top spot with a 12-1 card, while James Natividad added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep targets strong finish in Asia

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Halep recently announced she will be reuniting with coach Darren Cahill from the start of 2020 and the Romanian is convinced they can pick up where they left off last year when the Australian helped her win a maiden Grand Slam title at the 2018 French Open.“I’m really happy and I feel confident that next year I can do some good things again,” she said.Halep skipped past Strycova in just 85 minutes on Tuesday, benefiting from her opponent’s 30 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Simona Halep of Romania hits a return against Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their second round women’s singles match at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan on September 24, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)Simona Halep said that winning her first Wimbledon title this year meant “everything”, but she was determined to have a better Asian swing than in past years after an emphatic start to her Wuhan campaign on Tuesday.Halep suffered opening-round exits in three of her previous five appearances at the Chinese event -– including the last two seasons –- but was dominant in a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Wimbledon semi-finalist Barbora Strycova to reach the last 16.ADVERTISEMENT A solid contender for clinching one of the six remaining spots in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, sixth-ranked Halep also has a shot at finishing the year as world number one for a third consecutive time with a strong finish to the season in Asia.“Very, very tough goals honestly After winning Wimbledon, I was a little bit let’s say more relaxed in results, making big results. But I’m still motivated. I’m working hard,” said the fourth seed, who next faces Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina for a place in the quarter-finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“For this period I just want to be better because every year I promised myself that I will do the best I can, and I couldn’t for different reasons.“Now I feel healthy, I feel motivated, I feel fresh. I just want to go there and win every match I play.” Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano NCAA: San Beda owns San Sebastian for 13th straight win MOST READ Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Vasai Virar Marathon: Karan Singh wins mens full marathon

first_imgVirar (Mah), Dec 10 (PTI) Karan Singh won the mens full marathon and also registered his maiden victory in the 7th Indiabulls Home Loans Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon here in Palghar district today.24-year-old Karan from Bombay Engineering Group (BEG), Khadki, who is returning after a two-year hamstring injury lay-off, won a close race as he produced a late burst to beat back a strong challenge from another armyman Mohit Rathore of Artillery Centre, Hyderabad.Karan with a strong charge pipped Rathore at the post, to finish in first position clocking a time of 2 hours 24 minutes and 26 seconds, a media release said.Rathore (26) running his first full marathon, did well to keep pace with the champion, but in the final kilometre Karan decided to increase the pace, which the former was unable to match and finished a close behind in second place with a timing of 2:24.32 seconds.Meanwhile, defending champion, 32-year-old Rashpal Singh of Army Sports Institute, Pune, finished third with a time of 2:27.56, much lower than his personal best of 2:20.23, at the National Marathon in Delhi recently.Karan took home Rs 2.5 lakh, while Mohit received Rs 1.25 lakh and Rashpal got Rs 75,000.”I have not participated in any race for almost two years and winning here gives me a very good feeling,” Karan was quoted as saying in the release.Meanwhile, Ankit Malik (24) who was also making his debut completed a grand double for BEG by winning the mens half marathon clocking a time of 1:05.56 seconds ahead of favourite Pradeep Singh of Army Sports Institute, Pune, who clinched the silver in a time of 01:07.13 seconds.advertisementShankar Man Singh, also of ASI, completed the race 15 seconds slower to win the bronze medal.However, Indian Railways athletes completed a clean sweep in the womens half marathon with Swati Gadhave successfully defending her crown by clocking a time of 1:18.26 seconds.First-timer Chinta Yadav picked the silver in 01:19.07 seconds ahead of bronze medal winning Monika Raut in 1:20.23 seconds.Both Malik and Gadhave became richer by Rs 1.25 lakhs each.The marathon was recognised by the Athletic Federation of India (AFI).Results:Mens full marathon: 1. Karan Singh (BEG, Khadki) ? 02:24.26secs, 2. Mohit Rathore (Artillery Centre, Hyderabad) – 02:24.32secs; 3. Rashpal Singh (ASI, Pune) ? 02: 27.56secs.Men?s half marathon: 1. Ankit Malik (BEG) ? 01:05.56secs, 2. Pradeep Singh (ASI, Pune) ? 01:07.13secs, 3. Shankar Man Singh (ASI) ? 01:07.28secs.Women?s half marathon: 1. Swati Gadhave (Railways) ? 01:18.26secs, 2. Chinta Yadav (Railways) ? 01:19.07secs, 3. Monika Raut (Railways) ? 01:20. 23secs. PTI NRB NSK SDMlast_img read more


first_imgRelated Filesgary_sonda_ntl_profile_2007-pdf The 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. In the lead-up to the NTL, Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who will be in action at the showcase event.Today’s featured player under the NTL spotlight is Sydney Mets stalwart Gary Sonda. “GS7” has represented Mets in every National Touch League tournament since its inception in 1997.The dual World Cup champion has been a fixture in the Australian Open Men’s team since 2000 and is one of the most competitive players to have ever laced on a boot.Renowned for his intelligent ball playing ability, never say die attitude, leadership skills, and the occasional well-worded sledge, the Mets maestro is passion personified.A player who hates losing a game of marbles, his commitment to the cause and willingness to pay whatever price is necessary to secure victory for his team is legendary. Loved by teammates, and loathed by the opposition on the field, Sonda makes no apologies for his “playing for keeps” attitude in the heat of the battle.By his own admission, he plays hard on the field, but that is where the competitiveness and aggression stays. In the great tradition of Aussie sporting champions, the crafty middle plays hard but fair, and is always gracious and generous in his praise of opposition teams and players who might get the better of him occasionally.He is always one of the first players to outstretch the hand of friendship and have a drink with an opponent once when battle is done.The long serving champion was all set to take a break from the NTL in 2007, post World Cup, but answered an SOS call from his life-long NTL franchise when several other big names decided to rest from the tournament.The New South Wales Men’s Open Captain is one of the best students of the game and his passion for and knowledge of the sport is amazing.He has endured a hectic playing schedule around NTL for the last three years, playing both the Open Men’s, and then the NTL Senior tournament without missing a beat.He has annexed two NTL Open Men’s titles for Mets in 2002 and 2004, and a hat trick of Men’s 30’s titles from 2004-2006.He has had to build on a room to house the trophies that keep coming his way for his dominant work on the field for his beloved Mets at NTL level.“GS7” took home the Men’s Open Player of the Series in 2002, and has won a hat trick of Men’s 30s Player of the final awards in the Mets three-peat from 2004 – 2006.There have been some absolutely outstanding pieces of individual magic on field One at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium on Finals day in a decade of NTL action, but few present will forget one moment from the 2006 NTL Men’s Open final that will be etched in NTL history forever.Despite his Mets team being on the end of a Drumayne Dayberg Muir and Nathan Jones inspired “Shark attack” in the final, Gary Sonda produced one of those moments that just make you stand and cheer, regardless of where your allegiances are.Under the pump to get a quick pass away, Sonda threw an instinctive no look flick through his legs to give his winger a saloon passage to the line to score a crucial touchdown.His side may have gone down to the rampaging South Queensland Sharks, but few present will ever forget Sonda’s inspired piece of wizardry.Click on the attachment and find out a little more about one of the most durable, hardworking, and talented players to have played the game as we put Gary Sonda under the NTL spotlight.last_img read more

White hockey teams in Manitoba accused of forming league without First Nations

first_imgWINNIPEG — A lawyer representing some First Nations hockey teams in Manitoba is arguing in court that all the “white teams” got together and formed a new Junior B league which excluded First Nations.All of the teams were part of the Keystone Junior Hockey League until May when five teams left to create the Capital Region League.Lawyer Jamie Kagan says after the First Nations teams complained, a Hockey Manitoba tribunal ruled that former KJHL players would need a release to play in the new league and pay a $500 fee.But that didn’t happen before the new league hit the ice in October.He says it’s made it hard for the remaining KJHL teams to build strong teams and have a competitive league.Kagan says the new league’s actions are against the spirit of reconciliation and are separating Indigenous and non-Indigenous players.He’s asking the judge for an injunction pending a trial. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BJPs campaign reaches fever pitch

first_imgNew Delhi: With BJP’s campaign reaching fever pitch, all seven candidates have gone all out. There is now just a week before the campaign period in Delhi will end and the Election Commission will enforce the silence period. Delhiites will elect their parliamentarians on May 12.Gautam Gambhir (E Delhi), Parvesh Verma (W Delhi), Meenakshi Lekhi (New Delhi), and Manoj Tiwari (NE Delhi) all held back-to-back roadshows and campaign events on Thursday in their respective constituencies, with none of them deviating from the party line one bit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesGambhir at roadshows in Okhla and Shahdara brought out his nationalist rhetoric in full swing. He said he has always only ever had two dreams: “One to spread nationalist fervour and the other to serve every last man in my country”. Gambhir went on to say that he will always be available for the poorest of poor and the brave soldiers serving the nation by guarding its borders. He said he never feared to face Pakistan even as a cricketer and will continue to stand up for Indians against “political parties with negative mindsets”. “Nobody can deter me from my positive and nationalist agenda,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile, sitting MP Tiwari visited voters in Mustafabad, where he spoke of more specific issues such as providing solid housing facilities for families living in “jhuggi jhopdis”. He said that despite over 70 years of independence, Congress and AAP governments have consistently failed to provide basic amenities to a large population of Delhi. Tiwari said that under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP government has approved schemes that will provide “pucca homes” for the poor by 2022. Moreover, Tiwari said that people should vote for BJP because of Modi’s strong stance against terrorism, Maoism, and poverty. In other constituencies, Lekhi, Verma, and Hansraj Hans appealed to voters to elect the BJP government if they wanted Modi’s strong leadrship at the Centre.last_img read more

UNbacked peace brokers in GeorgiaAbkhaz conflict urge talks to enhance security

At a two-day meeting in Geneva, the so-called Group of Friends of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – highlighted the need to refrain from any action that could impede progress or undermine confidence, and urged both sides to take into account one another’s sensitivities and cooperate to deescalate tensions. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Georgia Jean Arnault and representatives of both sides attended the talks, which wrapped up on Tuesday. The Group of Friends referred to the zone of conflict and also to the upper Kodori valley, which has in the past been the scene of clashes. Last October, a rocket attack occurred in the valley. Last December, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) resumed patrols in the sector after a break of three years. UNOMIG was set up in 1993 and expanded following the signing by the parties of the 1994 Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces to verify compliance, with patrols of the Kodori valley a specific part of its mandate, but it stopped patrolling the upper part of the valley in 2003 when four mission members were held hostage for a few days by unknown armed elements.Just last month the UN Security Council cited the resumption of patrols as a positive development but expressed unease at the continuing tension between the two sides. In a report to the 15-member body, Mr. Ban warned that recent violence could escalate and he called on all sides to engage in dialogue. He highlighted the killing of three members of the Abkhaz militia in and also an attack on a Georgian checkpoint in early January that killed one policeman and wounded another. UNOMIG currently has some 140 uniformed personnel, including 127 military observers and 12 police, supported by 100 international civilian personnel and 178 local civilian staff. 14 February 2007A United Nations-backed group of countries involved in the peace process between the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatists have called on both sides to immediately tackle security issues in north-west Georgia, where they fought a war 13 years ago that forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee. read more

Ban Kimoon calls on new generation to take better care of Planet

1 March 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world’s younger generation to take better care of Planet Earth in the face of global warming than his own. “We are all complicit in the process of global warming. Unsustainable practices are deeply entrenched in our everyday lives. But in the absence of decisive measures, the true cost of our actions will be borne by succeeding generations, starting with yours,” Mr. Ban told a UN International School conference in the General Assembly Hall in New York. “That would be an unconscionable legacy; one which we must all join hands to avert. As it stands, the damage already inflicted on our ecosystem will take decades, perhaps centuries, to reverse – if we act now. “Unfortunately, my generation has been somewhat careless in looking after our one and only planet. But I am hopeful that is finally changing. And I am also hopeful that your generation will prove far better stewards of our environment; in fact, looking around this hall today, I have a strong sense that you already are,” he added. Mr. Ban cited his own childhood in war-ravaged Korea as the starting point of his identification with the UN which ended hostilities on the peninsula. “I grew up viewing the United Nations as a saviour; an organization which helped my country, the Republic of Korea, recover and rebuild from a devastating conflict,” he declared. “Yet if there is one crucial difference between the era I grew up in, and the world you inherit, it is of the relative dangers we face. For my generation, coming of age at the height of the cold war, fear of a nuclear winter seemed the leading existential threat on the horizon. “Today, war continues to threaten countless men, women and children across the globe. It is the source of untold suffering and loss. And the majority of the UN’s work still focuses on preventing and ending conflict. But the danger posed by war to all of humanity – and to our planet – is at least matched by the climate crisis and global warming,” he added. As he has frequently stressed since he took office on 1 January, Mr. Ban said action on climate change would be one of his top priorities as Secretary-General, noting that global warming has profound implications for jobs, growth and poverty, affecting agriculture, the spread of disease and migration patterns, determining the ferocity and frequency of natural disasters, and prompting droughts, land degradation and other changes that “are likely to become a major driver of war and conflict.” He added that he would discuss climate change with global leaders at this June’s summit meeting of the G-8 major industrialized nations. “These issues transcend borders,” he declared. “That is why protecting the world’s environment is largely beyond the capacity of individual countries. Only concerted and coordinated international action, supported and sustained by individual initiative, will be sufficient. “The natural arena for such action is the United Nations. I am strongly committed to ensuring that the United Nations helps the international community make the transition to sustainable practices.” read more

UN treaty on access to environment information enters into force

The ECE said today in a statement that the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters – known as the Aarhus Convention after the Danish city where it was adopted in June 1998 – sought to strengthen the role of members of the public and environmental organizations in protecting the environment.Through its recognition of citizens’ rights to information, participation and justice, the treaty aims specifically to allow members of the public greater access to data held by public authorities, provide an opportunity for people to express their opinions and concerns on environmental matters and ensure that decision makers take due account of these, provide the public with access to review procedures when their rights to information and participation have been breached, and in some cases to challenge more general violations of environmental law.”In practical terms, this means, for instance, that local residents must be given a say in new road schemes or in the siting of household-waste incinerators,” the ECE said. “Members of the public also have a right to know what state their environment is in and, in some circumstances, to sue governments or polluters that attempt to cover up environmental disasters.”Welcoming the high level of support shown for the Convention by eastern European and Central Asian countries, the Director of the UNECE Environment Division, Kaj Bärlund, said he hoped several western countries would ratify the Convention before the first meeting of the Parties, provisionally scheduled for autumn 2002. “Despite the fact that western countries have generally been slower to ratify the Convention than their eastern counterparts, it is clear from their warm messages of support that they are working hard on their national legislation to be able to ratify the Convention,” he said. Mr. Bärlund said the delay was an indication that the Convention was sufficiently progressive to prompt important improvements even in some of the most well-established western democracies. “The eastern countries may have a different legal tradition, but the early ratification by many of these countries is a sign of change,” he said. “It shows that they have opened the door to a new culture of democracy and transparency.” read more

US construction spending up solid 09 per cent in December with first

US construction spending up solid 0.9 per cent in December with first annual gain since 2006 WASHINGTON – Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in December, ending a year in which construction activity increased for the first time in six years.Construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $885 billion in December, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was up 0.9 per cent from November, when spending increased a revised 0.1 per cent.For all of 2012, construction spending totalled $850.2 billion, a gain of 9.2 per cent from 2011, when construction spending had fallen 3.3 per cent. Even with the increase, construction activity is 27.2 per cent below the all-time high of $1.17 trillion set in 2006 at the peak of the housing boom.Construction has been posting a slow recovery, led by housing gains. In December, housing and nonresidential construction posted gains but spending on government projects fell.The construction gains are helping boost the overall economy which has added nearly 100,000 jobs over the past four months.In December, spending on residential projects rose 2.2 per cent compared to November, the ninth straight monthly gain. Spending on nonresidential projects rose 1.8 per cent in December after a 0.3 per cent drop in November.Spending on government projects fell 1.4 per cent to $270.1 billion, the lowest level since November 2006. Government activity has been constrained by tight budgets. In December, spending on state and local government projects fell 1.7 per cent while spending on federal projects was down 1.3 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 10:29 am MDT read more

UN outraged by suicide attacks in Afghanistan

According to reports, at least 14 civilians were killed and over 30 injured in two attacks that took place on Monday morning (local time) in a heavily populated neighbourhood in central Kabul. The second attack was timed 30 minutes later to target journalists arriving on the scene and emergency services personnel seeking to provide aid to victims of the first attack.“The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.“Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to justice,” he added.The deliberate targeting of journalists in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out their essential work – UN chief GuterresIn a third attack, at least 11 children were killed in a suicide bombing that reportedly targeted a military convoy in Kandahar province.“These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), said in a separate news release.He also condemned the attacks in Kabul, coming just ahead of World Press Freedom Day, as a “direct assault on freedom of expression.”Mr. Yamamoto also reiterated the protections accorded to civilians under international humanitarian law and called on all parties to uphold their obligations, “at all times”.The UN officials also extended their condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball sweeps Lipscomb in first round of NCAA tournament

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle during a game against Lipscomb on Dec. 5 in Lexington, Ky., during the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern photographerLEXINGTON, Ky. — Heading into a match against Lipscomb, Ohio State women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston had faced the Bisons once in his tenure at OSU, and won. Now he can say he’s 2-0.The Buckeyes (22-11) swept Lipscomb (25-20, 25-14, 25-18) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night, and now have less than a day to prepare for their next opponent.“I thought we played great defense, which we knew we needed to do because they’re such a great defensive team,” Carlston said. “So it was a really good match. Obviously I’m really happy and excited we’re moving on.”In the first two sets alone, the Buckeyes had 16 blocks total, while the Bisons (21-9) had zero.  Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe totaled for six in those two sets before finishing the night with 10, which is a career-high. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied six total blocks, which was the second highest between the two teams.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer led all players in kills with 12 and added eight digs.  With this being her first NCAA tournament action, she said she was glad her teammates were behind her all the way.“I (felt) full confidence with my team behind me,” Schirmer said. “And I think that’s a great attitude going into our next match.”Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger tallied 10 kills, which was tied for the second-most kills in the match.Since the Buckeyes played at 5 p.m. on Friday in Lexington, Ky., they have a chance to scout their next potential opponent live.“As a team we’re going to go and watch both teams, see what they do and how they play,” Sekinger said.In addition to her six blocks, Sherwin had a game-high 32 assists on the night and added nine digs, while sophomore libero Valeria León had a game-high 17 digs and had the Buckeyes two lone service aces.With a game-high 25 blocks, the Buckeyes are looking to carry over their defense into Saturday’s game.“I think if we take our style of play that we played tonight into our next match, tomorrow night, I think that will help us and we can build from that,” Sekinger said.Bison senior outside hitter Lauren Ford was the lone Bison to score double-digit kills with 10.  Freshman setter Kayla Ostrom assisted on 28 of her teams 31 kills.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of No. 13 Kentucky and the Horizon League champions Oakland. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. read more

EYEWITNESS Giving the unidigital salute…

…to CabinetA couple of days ago, your Eyewitness referred to the Communities Minister’s recommendation to the City Council to suspend the Parking Meter Contract for three months. He pointed out this had to be a directive from the very top of the power pyramid of the PNC – forget about the AFC and those half-men outfits in APNU! And he predicted the decision by City Council would show “who had more seed than baigan”!!Well…now we know!! And it ain’t Bulkan – but that we already knew, didn’t we? If central casting ever wanted a faceless, seedless apparatchiki, this former lumber salesman is their guy!! Now that the Councillors of City Hall – played like a violin by maestro Royston King – have given the middle finger to the suggestion, it’s clear they believe they’re more well-endowed, seedwise, than any big kahuna over in Congress Place. During the special meeting convened by the Deputy Mayor to discuss Cabinet’s recommendation, he took pains to say the well-endowed Mayor was away, and matters will have to await her return.As to who’s the PNC leader City Hall is willing to buck…we won’t speculate save to say if the point’s even up for discussion, things aren’t what they seem! So the question is…who’s gonna blink first? That’ll give us an inkling of the of the PNC’s power topography.In the meantime, their lawyer – from the same chambers handling Smart City’s interest!!! – advised them as to their options in a six-page memo, which the dissenters claim they need time “to study”. One “option” of course was to face the “terror clause” which the Gang of Four signed. That, of course, basically pledged the first-born of this and the next generation be handed over to Smart City as bonded labour to pay off the debt we would’ve accrued!Evidently the question of “conflict of interest” doesn’t arise with City Hall and Smart City using the same law firm. As we know, all lawyers have “split personalities” and each personality REALLY doesn’t know of the existence of the others! Anyhow back to the matter at hand – which had to do with the testicular attributes of the City Hall Gang of Four, versus that of the PNC top honchos.In the estimation of your bemused Eyewitness, these PNC folks are sooo deep in the mire of corruption that birthed this contract from hell…there’s no way, it will be cancelled – as the protesters are demanding. What’s most likely is there will be some further “compromises” that really won’t amount to squat in the long-term.We’ll still be getting it in the end!…to sugar workersIf there was any doubt where this Government stands vis a vis sugar workers, two news items on the industry in yesterday’s newspapers should’ve cleared them up. Just as happened at Wales, the workers at East Demerara Estates have to read between the lines of anonymous decisions by GuySuCo operatives to get a glimmer of their fate. Why talk directly to them? What’d they know? They’re only cane cutters!! So we now can figure East Demerara sugar will be shuttered in three to four years? How’d we know that? Well… they’ve ordered no new canes be planted there – so when the standing stock are ratooned out in three to four years, it’s “sayonara time”, baby!!The other item was the CEO – who presided over the demise of the industry as a big honcho of Booker Tate – excruciatingly parsing the labour laws to claim GuySuCo doesn’t owe severance pay to workers transferred out of their 10-mile zone!!But not to worry…Nagamootoo says, it’s gonna be aw’right!…the criminal lawPublic Security Minister – and a (criminal!) lawyer to boot – Khemraj Ramjattan, says pharma contracts to NEW GPC under the PPP were like “kick down the door banditry”.So, are the present rental of the Pharma warehouse and the sole sourced contracts to ANSA and others drug-induced aggravated rape?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The beat goes on…September 9, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Smart fliesMarch 18, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Holding the line…March 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

MechCaL expands its vent fan footprint into Zambia

first_imgSouth African based fan and ventilation firm, MechCaL, has announced that its fans will be rolled out to the Zambian mining market. This marks a key point in the company’s on-going geographic expansion strategy which is aimed at increasing its presence in key growth markets. “MechCaL has for quite some time had a policy of diversifying products and markets. The product diversification has progressed well but penetrating the smaller auxiliary fan market space outside of South Africa has been a challenge,” says MechCaL spokesperson and Managing Director, Professor Jan du Plessis. “We have started supplying products to mines in the Zambian market and we are positive that, in future, the quality and energy efficiency of our products will be valued as the premium fan product in the rest of Africa.”This move builds upon the preliminary research into the Zambian market that MechCaL has been conducting over the past year or so which includes a fan demonstration that was held in Kitwe in April 2015. A demonstration of MechCaL’s energy efficient 45 kW fan using an ISO test column to analyse the velocity, flow and pressure of the fan was carried out to showcase the remarkable power saving capabilities of MechCaLs’ products. Gavin Ratner, Head of Marketing at MechCaL, led the demonstration and said that the results of the demonstration made an impression on the Zambian delegates.“We conducted the test in the presence of mining representatives from the surrounding areas and I believe that their reaction to our products was very positive. This definitely opened the door for MechCaL to begin exporting products to service the Zambian market,” said Ratner.In order to ensure smooth delivery and availability of fans to Zambia’s mining market, MechCaL has appointed Best Line Mining Supplies as its agent. According to Tom Hight at Best Line their move to join up with MechCaL will help alleviate demand for energy efficient products in the region. “We decided to become MechCal’s partner in both Zambia and the DRC due to the level of innovation in their products. Energy is becoming a concern in our region, with more demand than supply of power, coupled by a 30% energy increase in the 2014-2015 year. This has encouraged Best Line to assist with client assisted solutions to optimise the current mining operations,” says Hight.“We appointed Best Line as they are extensively involved in ventilation in the sub-Saharan region. They are currently supplying the range of 15, 37, 45 and 75 kW MechCaL fans,” says du Plessis. To date, MechCaL fans have been installed for Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines. The preliminary order included 17 fans from across the MechCaL product range, including five of MechCaL’s new Jet Fans.Hight believes that the outlook for MechCaL’s products in Zambia’s mining industry is positive as new innovative equipment for mines could play an important support role to the mines overcoming recent challenges in the region. “We have been hit hard in the copper industry along with all commodity prices that have crashed since June 2015. This has placed a lot of strain on the mining economy, coupled with increases in mineral royalties and energy tariff increases. However, we remain positive and are working closely with the mines to provide solutions to improve efficiency.”According to du Plessis, one of the main challenges that they are faced with affecting exporting and installing fans for Zambian clients would be ensuring that they receive MechCaL’s latest innovative products. “We would definitely want to see more of our newer products from the Jet Fan range being supplied. We have developed an extensive range of products for the Jet Fan line from fans as small as 5 kW all the way up to 45 kW.”last_img read more