Hustlers focus on big outcomes. That focus is what allows the hustler to produce bigger outcomes than non-hustlers. To produce those big outcomes, the hustler must ignore smaller, less important outcomes. If something isn’t critical to producing a big outcome, the hustler ignores it or hires someone else to manage it.This idea is important. Your life is the sum total of the outcomes you produce, especially the results you produce in your most important relationships.The non-hustler focuses on small outcomes. They allow trivial things to distract them from larger outcomes. And this is a distinction worth noting (and changing). The hustler hires someone to do administrative work for her so she can focus on creating the value that only she can create. The non-hustler does the administrative work themselves, giving it far more weight than it deserves.I hear you thinking, “Wait, Iannarino. You hooked me here by saying hustlers do sweat the small stuff. What gives?”Hustlers focus on big outcomes, and they know all the details necessary to producing that outcome.I know one hustler who knows the metrics of his business at a level that is difficult to imagine. He can name his top 20 accounts, their revenue, their profit margin, the percentage of his business the account generates in sales and profit, and all the main people on his team who serve the client. He knows all the main contact’s names, their children’s names, and dozens of other details. He cares about every little detail.Another hustler I know keeps dozens of projects going at the same time. She knows the status on every project, the next action that must be taken, who is responsible for taking that action, and when it is due. Like the hustler in the paragraph above, she is mired in the details on the big things that matter. If it’s important to producing the outcome, she knows the details.Non-hustlers focus on things that are urgent. Non-hustlers focus on activities that, even if successfully completed, do nothing to produce a great outcome. The non-hustler thinks that they need to sweat the small stuff without recognizing that knowing and dealing with the details only matter if the outcome truly matters.Are you steeped in the details of your most important projects, your life’s work?Are you focused on the largest, most interesting, and legacy-building projects? Or are you spending your time on small outcomes that won’t move the needle? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
In order to avoid a repeat of Monika Devi doping scandal-like incident before the Olympics, the National Anti-Doping Agency has tested the urine samples of all the athletes except for a few who have been based abroad for training, its Director General said on Wednesday.NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said on Wednesday that all the Indian athletes, except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training, have undergone mandatory dope testing.He said those athletes who have been based in foreign countries for training for some time would be tested by the Olympic Doping Control Team when they checked in at the Games Village in London.”It’s mandatory that all the athletes will have to be tested three months prior to any mega event. That we have done for all the athletes except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training like Vikas Gowda and Om Prakash Karhana,” Chatterjee, who took charge recently, said.”The Doping Control Team under the London Games Organising Committee has the authority to do the dope testing.So we have requested the LOGOC to ask the doping control team to test the Indian athletes, who have not been tested by the NADA, when they checked in at the Games Village,” he said.”These are out-of-competition tests. They will also undergo the in-competition tests to be done by the doping control team during the Games,” he added.Gowda is based in the United States while Om Prakash has been training in Hungary for the last two years.advertisementWeightlifter Monika Devi was caught for doping just hours before she was to board the flight for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Her ‘B’ sample, which was tested in a Tokyo laboratory on the recommendations of T.S. Krishnamurthy Commission which probed into the doping scandal, had also returned positive for banned drugs.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sean Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)LAS VEGAS — Oddsmakers made the Super Bowl essentially a tossup in opening lines Sunday, though bettors quickly turned the New England Patriots into a slight favorite in what is expected to be the most heavily bet — at least legally — title game ever.Early bets moved the line at many books so the Patriots were either one- or two-point favorites. The over-under was 58 at some books, 58.5 at others.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 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 Bookies wasted no time setting the line as the final seconds ticked off in New England’s dramatic win over Kansas City. Bettors then wasted no time testing the opinion of oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as they went to the window to get down the first Super Bowl bets with the Rams initially listed as a one-point favorite.“It’s just been electric,” Westgate oddsmaker Jay Kornegay said. “We certainly expect to set a new record this year.”The point spread will likely fluctuate around the city in upcoming days as big bettors make their moves.Nevada sports books won only 0.7 percent of the last year’s handle for $1.17 million to narrowly avoid losing money on the Super Bowl for the third time in 28 years. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Bettors pounced on early lines at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook and William Hill chain that opened with the game as a tossup or the Rams a 1-point favorite. The early bets moved the line at most books in favor of the Patriots.The Station Casinos chain opened the Patriots as a one-point pick, and it went to two points in early betting. Oddsmakers adjust betting lines to try and balance their action on both sides.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 starsThe rare disagreement among bookmakers came after two overtime conference championship games that drew heavy action in this city’s sports books.The first Super Bowl since sports betting became legal outside Nevada is expected to draw record action in Nevada, and should blow past last year’s $158.6 million — itself a record — when the bets are tallied from a handful of states that now have sports betting.
Indians enjoyed a good outing at the ongoing Hong Kong Open badminton tournament with P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram and Sameer Verma winning their respective singles matches in Hong Kong on Thursday.In the women’s singles, Sindhu defeated Hsu Ya Ching of Taiwan 21-10, 21-14 in 36 minutes while Saina faced a much more difficult task against Sayaka Sato of Japan before prevailing 21-18, 9-21, 21-16 in 51 minutes.In the men’s singles, Jayaram beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-18, 21-19 while Verma won 19-21, 21-15, 21-11 over Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in 53 minutes.However, H.S. Prannoy crashed out of the men’s singles competition after going down fighting to Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia here on Thursday.Prannoy started off on a promising note at the Hong Kong Coliseum before going down 21-15, 11-21, 15-21 over 58 minutes in the second round encounter.Sindhu, who had won the China Open a few days ago, was off to a poor start with Ching taking an early 4-1 lead. But the Olympic bronze medallist soon recovered to level the scores before winning five consecutive points to lead 9-5.The Hyderabad shuttler continued to push home her dominance, building on the advantage with another five-point streak before clinching the first game with four back to back points.The Taiwan shuttler produced more of a fight in the second game, going neck and neck with Sindhu till 12-12 before the Indian opened up a three-point lead at 15-12. (Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory)advertisementAlthough Ching tried to stage a comeback, Sindhu went on another rampaging run of five points to clinch the game and the match.Saina faced a strong challenge from Sato, with the duo fighting it out till 12-12 in the opening game. But the London Olympics bronze medallist dominated the game from thereon, taking a 17-12 lead and maintained the advantage till the end.The Japanese came back strongly in the second game, opening up a 7-1 lead early on. With Saina struggling to score, Sato increased her lead steadily before winning the game to level the scores.The third game was a closely contested affair with both shuttlers fighting hard for the points.Saina took a 7-1 lead in the early stages but Sato did well to pull level at 8-8. The lead changed hands at regular intervals but Saina managed a three-point lead 18-15 before clinching the issue.The day had however, started on a disappointing note for the Indian contingent with Prannoy going down to Chong.Prannoy wrested the advantage early in the first game, opening up a 9-7 lead. Chong fought back to restore parity before the Indian won four consecutive points to lead at 13-9.Prannoy never looked back from there and another four-point streak enabled him to force game point at 20-14.Although his opponent managed to hold off one game point, Prannoy did not have to wait long, taking the very next point to win the opening game.The second game was a hard fought affair in the early stages before the Hong Kong shuttler won five back to back points to open up a formidable 14-7 lead.Another streak, this time of four points, saw him increase the advantage to 18-9. Although Prannoy won a couple of points more, it was not enough to stop Chong from taking the game and restoring parity.Chong stamped his authority right at the start of the third and decisive set by taking a 6-0 lead. (Saina, Sindhu in Hong Kong Open second round)Not to be outdone, Prannoy fought back to level the scores at 8-8.The game was a tense, neck and neck affair till 14-14, when Chong won four consecutive points to lead 18-14. He never looked back from there, going on to win the game and the match.
With exactly 100 days to go for the World Cup in England, ICC would be feeling uneasy with clouds of uncertainty hovering around the mega event’s marquee India-Pakistan clash.While the ICC CEO Dave Richardson expressed confidence on Tuesday that the game will go ahead as per plan, he would be worried following statement from India’s law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad that those demanding that India boycott the Pakistan World Cup game cannot be wished away.”I cannot make any comment [on cricket issues] except to say those who are demanding it have some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal,” Prasad told India Today.”Since it’s an international tournament, the ICC and our cricket board will have to take a call after consideration with our security establishment.But I don’t wish away their concern. It’s time to say no. Mr. Imran Khan had no words of condolence for those who were killed,” he said.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has made it clear that they would be towing the government line on the issue. “BCCI’s position continues to be that it’s a decision that will be dictated by the Indian government. BCCI will go with whatever advise they receive from the government. If they ask us not to play, that’s the way it will be,” a senior BCCI official told India Today.BCCI currently finds itself in a peculiar position where it is run by Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA). The matter is yet to be taken up by the COA members.advertisementBCCI Secretary Anirudh Chaudhary in an interesting take on matter opines, the BCCI can dictate terms with the ICC over non-participation in the World Cup. “The BCCI had resolved in an SGM in June 2018 that the members participation agreement shall not be executed without the general body authorization. So the BCCI reserves the right regarding it’s participation in any multi nation tournament,” he told India Today.But that’s talking of a confrontational path with the ICC which the BCCI old guard often employed to have their way. The current BCCI dispensation has rarely employed such strategy on the ICC table.With three months to go for World Cup kick off, ICC would hope wounds in India would heal. The matter is likely to be taken up on the sidelines of a series of ICC meetings starting Feb 27th in Dubai where BCCI as well as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) representatives would be present.Former BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah has asked for the COA to involve all BCCI members in any decision on the matter.”BCCI’s decision on India-Pakistan has always been based on government advise. Any decision that BCCI COA takes should be after calling an SGM and taking into account all the members’ views,” he told India Today.If a larger pool of BCCI members sit to discuss the matter, it’s quite evident, losing two points in quest for semi finals qualification is not on top of everyone’s mind at the moment.Also Read | No chance of bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Pulwama: Sourav GangulyAlso Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and AzharuddinAlso Read | What will be the worth of a World Cup if India haven’t beaten Pakistan? Aakash ChopraAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan Singh
It is India vs Pakistan. And it is India vs Pakistan in a World Cup. It can’t get better and bigger than this.Faces painted in colors of national flag, hairs styled to the occasions, placards dedicated to their favourite players and trumpets in the hands to cheer their teams are some common scene inthe stands as India vs Pakistan match fever grip millions of fans across the globe.Cricket has always had its share of fanatics but the Indian team fans have taken it to another level. Not just players but some of the cricket fans and groups have also exploded in popularity for their dedicated efforts for the Indian team.One such name is Bharat Army, India’s largest globally travelling group of fans, who also celebrated their 20th anniversary on Saturday.After making fans go gaga over their ‘Rishabh Pant babysitiing song’ they have comeup with another catchy number on Vijay Shankar.As it was anticipated that India all-rounder Vijay Shankar might find his place in the playing XI in place of injured Shikhar Dhawan, the Bharat Army already had a welcome song for him.Jay Jay Vijay Shankar, he’ll pull away the bouncer, he’s a batting all-rounder @thebharatarmy has a special musical reception planned for one of its stars. pic.twitter.com/cziQUtyV1aCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019Singing in the tunes of the title song of the Bollywood classic ‘ Jay Jay Shankar’, the BharatArmy highlighted Vijay Shankar’s batting power.The song goes like: “Jay Jay vijay Shankar, you pull away the bouncer, he is a batting all-rounder. He comes from Tamil Nadu, he has made his World Cup breakthrough…….”advertisementIndia and Pakistan are facing each other at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday.After winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bowl first as India went in to bat with a new opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Fans add colour outside Old Trafford stadiumAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: My heart says Pakistan but mind says India – Wasim AkramAlso See
Arsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
With a focus on women who have broken the mold, Simmons College will feature actresses and activists Eva Longoria and Geena Davis, for its premier leadership conference for women.The 37th annual Simmons Leadership Conference also includes pioneering attorney Anita Hill, financial powerhouse Carla Harris, and scientist and innovator Ping Fu. The sold-out event will be held on March 29, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.This year’s conference features presentations from more than 20 nationally and internationally prominent leaders who will share their personal leadership experiences and offer practical advice around the conference theme “Women Leading Change.” More than 3,300 business and professional women and men are expected to attend.Proceeds from the Simmons Leadership Conference are dedicated to Simmons College graduate program scholarships, furthering the development and advancement of future corporate, organizational, and civic leaders. The Conference is the capstone event of SimmonsLEADS, a set of dynamic programs and events developed by Simmons College that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders.“Each year, the conference gives attendees the opportunity to learn from women who have innovated, taken risks, and overcome challenges to rise to the top of their respective fields,” said Judy Benjamin, Executive Director, SimmonsLEADS, Simmons College. “These women also make the time to engage on multiple fronts, leveraging their broad talents to help others. Attendees tell us that the blend of inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops, and opportunities to network make the conference one of the most empowering and energizing days of their year.”
NEW YORK — Stock investors had to go on a harrowing round trip over the last seven months, but the market may be in a healthier place after it.The S&P 500 index of big U.S. stocks is back to a record high, closing above 2,930 on Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 20. On the way, though, it took investors on a terrifying plunge of nearly 20%, amid worries that the economy would tip into recession. After hitting bottom in December, stocks took off on a nearly mirror-image rally .Even though the S&P 500 is back at the same level, analysts say many of the market’s vital signs look different today than in late September.Worries about a possible recession have dimmed, in large part because of a change in stance by the Federal Reserve. That has many investors predicting more gains for the market this go-around, despite risks still hanging over stocks, such as the still simmering global trade war and slower growth for economies and corporate profits around the world.Here’s a look at some of the changes for the market, and one big similarity, between then and now:— AN EASIER FEDERAL RESERVEThis is the biggest difference by far, investors say.Last autumn, the Federal Reserve was deep into its plan to gradually raise interest rates, after having kept them pinned at nearly zero for years. Higher rates would slow the economy, but it would also reduce the risk of higher inflation and the job market was in much better shape than in the aftermath of the Great Recession. When the S&P 500 set its record on Sept. 20, the Fed was a week away from raising its key short-term rate by a quarter of a percentage point for the seventh time in eight quarters.But those and other moves by the Fed raised worries along Wall Street that the central bank was moving too fast and could push the economy into recession.“I was feeling very cautious on the market last fall because you were seeing a lot of straws in the wind that the Fed was too tight,” said Margie Patel, senior portfolio manager at Wells Fargo Asset Management. “Even though rates were low, you could see housing and autos looking weak, and in the stock market, every now and then, you’d see a sector of the stock market plunge for really no reason.”In December, the Fed raised rates again and said another two increases may come in 2019. But officials changed their outlook early this year, following the plunge in stock prices, and officials pledged to be patient in raising rates. Then, in March, the central bank said it may not raise rates at all in 2019.The easier tone sent the yield on the 10-year Treasury’s yield, which affects rates for mortgages and other loans, down to 2.57% from 3.07% in late September. That’s a boost for the economy, as well as for stock prices.“Recession, I think it’s off the radar now,” Patel said.— BOTTOMING GROWTH EXPECTATIONSCompanies are in the middle of telling investors how much profit they made during the first three months of 2019, and analysts have prepped for disappointment. Wall Street is forecasting a drop of more than 3% for S&P 500 companies, the first decline in nearly three years.That’s a concern for investors because stock prices tend to track profits over the long term. But analysts expect growth to return and accelerate as the year progresses. After hitting bottom in the first quarter, analysts expect S&P 500 profit growth to ramp back up to 8.5% in the fourth quarter thanks to stronger than expected revenues.Economic data has been improving around the world, which is raising optimism.When the S&P 500 set its record last fall, dueling import taxes by the United States and China threatened global growth, higher mortgage rates were hurting home sales and the initial October jobs report hinted at slower hiring.Now, U.S.-China trade tensions have dialed down, even if underlying conflicts are unresolved. Mortgage rates have fallen, home sales have recovered somewhat and the labour market has been solid, on average.The economy still appears on course for slower economic growth this year than the roughly 3% pace achieved in 2018, with economists outside of the Trump administration generally pegging the annual gain at closer to 2%. But investors see a much lower risk of recession in 2019.— A LESS EXPENSIVE MARKET, THOUGH STILL NOT CHEAPStock prices may be back to where they were in September, but they don’t look quite as expensive by some measures of value.One of the main ways that analysts measure the value of a stock is to measure its price against the company’s earnings. In September, the S&P 500 was trading at 20.6 times its earnings per share over the prior 12 months. That was well above its average of 16.3 over the prior 15 years.Today, the S&P 500 is still trading above its long-term average, but not by as much: It’s closer to 18.7.— STILL HESITANT INVESTORSWhen interest rates are low for a long time, the concern is that it will inflate a bubble. Two decades ago, investors piled into dot-com stocks and pushed them to prices that markets now see as ludicrous. In the middle of the last decade, it was housing prices that soared too high, too fast.So far, at least, investors are still hesitant to pile into stocks. This is actually a reason the market may be primed for more gains, some analysts say.Investors have pulled more money out of U.S. stock funds in the last few months than they’ve put in, according to the Investment Company Institute. If those skeptical investors come back to stocks, it could provide a further lift.Of course, many risks still remain for markets, and few analysts are predicting the S&P 500 to continue rising in a straight line, as it has for much of 2019. Negotiations on the U.S.-China trade war are still ongoing. Low interest rates have encouraged U.S. companies to gorge themselves on debt, and some ideas percolating in Washington, such as universal health care, could drag down corporate profits.Still, many investors are feeling better about the market’s health this go-around, most of all because the easier Fed has helped diminish threat of recession.“This 2,900 is better than the 2,900 we had a few months ago,” said Steve Chiavarone, equity strategist at Federated investors.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to have a decisive meeting tomorrow on the upcoming provincial council elections.SLMC sources said that the meeting will see the party propose candidates for the Northern, Central and North Western provincial council elections. While most TNA members feel Mavai Senathirajah is the best candidate since he has been in the North most of his life, others feel Vigneswaran may be best with his legal background. (Colombo Gazette) A rift has arisen in the TNA as to who should be nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections. There are reports that while one section of the TNA wants TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah to be nominated there are others who are backing former Supreme Court Judge C.V.Vigneswaran for the post.At least two rounds of discussions have been held among the alliance members on the issue but a consensus has not been reached. Meanwhile the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will also have a meeting tomorrow on the Northern elections.
The United States expressed support to Sri Lanka in fully implementing the commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution. Both nations highlighted the growing bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the United States and reaffirmed that the relationship is based on shared values and common goals of the two countries and their peoples.The joint statement said that the Partnership Dialogue demonstrates the consolidation of cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka and serves to further strengthen and enhance bilateral relations in the widest sense, through regular and structured engagement. Building on a long legacy of support for the Sri Lankan people since 1956, the United States plans to launch several programs to encourage investment in Sri Lanka’s economy, assist the Government in its efforts to institutionalize good governance best practices across key ministries, and support the process of reconciliation and development to which the government and people of Sri Lanka are committed.At the Partnership Dialogue the delegations discussed Sri Lanka’s pivotal geo-strategic location within the Indian Ocean Region and how to strengthen cooperation on issues of regional importance bilaterally and through multilateral organizations like the Indian Ocean Rim Association. The United States encouraged Sri Lankan participation in its Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor initiative to increase economic connectivity among South Asian countries and with Southeast Asia, which is congruent with Sri Lanka’s participation in BIMSTEC and other forums. Both governments affirmed a shared desire to continue to collaborate on issues before the United Nations, including peacekeeping operations. Foreign Minister Samaraweera looks forward to participating in the 2016 Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by Secretary Kerry, which is to focus on robust commitments to protect our oceans under the four focus areas of marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has emphasized the commitment of the Government to strengthening democracy and democratic practices, good governance, the rule of law, justice, reconciliation, and parliamentary procedures.The commitment was made in a joint statement issued in Washington yesterday on the recently concluded first annual U.S. – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. In the joint statement, the United States welcomed the significant progress made in many areas during the past year, especially the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which enabled the setting up of independent commissions, and Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of a consensus resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2015, which demonstrated Sri Lanka’s strength as a nation committed to achieving lasting peace and prosperity inclusive of truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence that includes providing closure to the families of the missing, and implementing appropriate reforms to enhance the professionalism of security institutions.
The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) “reported that gunshots were heard yesterday on the eastern side of the town of Danane, situated a few kilometres from Côte d’Ivoire’s border with Liberia,” Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing in New York.”UN peacekeepers from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNIMIL) based in Loguato, a town almost opposite Danane on the Liberian side, told the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire they saw concentrations of unidentified persons around that area,” he added.Meanwhile, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette carried her message of zero-tolerance of sexual exploitation or abuse by UN peacekeepers to Côte d’Ivoire today, after visiting the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).She was scheduled to meet President Laurent Gbagbo to review the cooperation between UNOCI and the Government, Mr. Eckhard said.Among the people Ms. Fréchette met in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, were the staff of UNAMSIL and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Mr. Eckhard said.She told UNAMSIL staff that although different types of personnel served in UN missions, they all would be measured “against one set of standards – the UN standards of conduct” and she asked the NGOs to work with UN offices in the West African country to eliminate infractions.As part of its reform strategies, the UN would appoint mission staff members to work on issues of sexual exploitation and would also increase the organization’s capacity to carry out investigations, Mr. Eckhard quoted her as saying.
by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2014 9:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pfizer will ask FDA to remove “black box” suicide warning from its anti-smoking medication WASHINGTON – New government-approved labeling on Pfizer’s drug Chantix suggests that the anti-smoking medication may not carry the risks of suicidal behaviour that first earned it the Food and Drug Administration’s strongest warning more than five years ago.The FDA updated the drug’s label Monday to include data from a number of recent studies that found little to no evidence of psychiatric problems or suicidal tendencies in patients taking the twice-a-day tablet.The new labeling represents a victory for Pfizer Inc., which requested the update. Company executives say they will now ask the FDA to completely remove the drug’s so-called “black box” label — the strongest type — which warns prescribers of links to hostility, agitation, depression and suicidal behaviour.“Based on all this new information, a boxed warning is not supported,” said Pfizer senior vice-president, Steve Romano, in an interview with The Associated Press. “The bottom line is that the label needs to reflect the most current understanding of the product’s benefits and risks.”The FDA is convening a panel of its outside experts next month to review the latest data on Chantix’s safety — prompted by Pfizer’s request to update the label. The meeting comes more than a year after New York-based Pfizer paid $275 million to settle some 2,000 lawsuits alleging Chantix caused various psychiatric problems, injuries and suicides.The FDA originally added the boxed warning about suicide in 2009, after receiving dozens of reports of suicide and hundreds of reports of suicidal behaviour among patients taking the smoking-cessation drug.At that time, the FDA also required Pfizer to conduct additional studies to determine the extent of the drug’s psychiatric side effects.The new drug labeling includes results of five Pfizer studies enrolling nearly 2,000 patients which showed no increase in suicidal tendencies based on a medical questionnaire. The FDA also updated the label with results from four large independent studies of between 10,000 and 30,000 Chantix users. Those studies found no difference in self-injury, hospitalization and other serious adverse events between people taking Chantix and those using other quit-smoking aids, including nicotine patches and the medication bupropion.There were several limitations to these larger studies. First, they only recorded problems that resulted in hospitalization, meaning many issues likely went unreported. Additionally, the studies were conducted after news of Chantix’s side effects had been widely reported, which means doctors may have steered patients with a history of psychiatric issues toward the alternate therapies.The new FDA label isn’t all positive. It also contains new information about risks of seizure and interactions with alcohol among Chantix patients.Pfizer’s drug works by binding to the same spots in the brain that are activated by nicotine when people smoke. The drug, known chemically as varenicline, blocks nicotine from binding to those spots and prevents the release of “feel-good” brain chemicals that make smoking so addictive.The FDA first began investigating potential side effects with Chantix in 2007, the year after it hit the market.The drug’s labeling tells patients to stop taking Chantix immediately if they experience agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thinking and other behavioural changes. Doctors are advised to weigh the drug’s risks against its potential benefit of helping patients quit smoking.Chantix had global sales of $648 million last year. That was down about 26 per cent from the drug’s peak sales of $883 million in 2007.Pfizer shares rose 26 cents to $30.31. It shares had slipped almost 2 per cent through Tuesday’s close since the start of the year.
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2015 3:05 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,957.21, up 14.80 points):Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:HNU). Oil and gas. Down 12 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $4.06 on 4.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up nine cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $3.23 on 4.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.79 per cent, to $2.50 on 3.5 million shares.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS). Oil and gas. Down 22 cents, or 2.23 per cent to $9.63 on 3.1 million shares.Essential Energy Services Ltd. (TSX:ESN). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.97 per cent, to $1.02 on 3 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up 87 cents, or 4.61 per cent, to $19.75 on 3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up three cents, or 1.13 per cent, to $2.69 on one million shares. The company has signed a deal to sell its Diavik Diamond royalty stream to Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (TSX:SSL) for US$56.8 million. Sandstorm shares closed up 13 cents, or 3.23 per cent, at $4.16 on 217,332 shares.WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 42 cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $30.08 on 336,575 shares. The company said it had uncovered a scam involving a deeply discounted airfare offer for travellers headed to an upcoming conference in the United States. WestJet says as many as 100 conference-goers have accepted the offer and paid for the airfare only to discover their ticket was invalid because it was actually bought with a stolen credit card.
A crocodile skin handbag, one upon a time, was a sign of great status and wealth, something which could be found in pride of place in London’s most expensive department stores.Now, that era is at an end as Selfridges becomes the first major department store to ban exotic animal skins, following many major fashion houses.The retailer, which banned the sale of fur in 2005, said it prided itself on being a “responsible retailer and a trusted curator of brands”.Python, alligator, crocodile and lizard skins are also disappearing from the catwalk, as Chanel and Victoria Beckham are among those who have banned the material, with more expected to follow.Selfridges’ buying director Sebastian Manes said: “I am proud to confirm that exotic skins will no longer be available to purchase at Selfridges as of February 2020.”We will continue in our ambition to inspire our brands and customers through thoughtful, ethical and transparent buying strategies.” The most expensive handbag in the world is a crocodile skin Hermes BirkinCredit:REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni “Selfridges, Victoria Beckham and Chanel banning exotic skins within weeks of each other raises the bar in compassionate fashion and illustrates a shift in the industry towards innovative, high-end animal-free fabrics. We look forward to seeing more designers make the same ethical choice to stop subjecting exotic creatures to cruelty, and leave them in the wild where they belong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. This move has been welcomed by animal rights activists. Humane Society International Executive Director Claire Bass, said “It is wonderful to see Selfridges end the sale of exotic skins, a move that will save countless crocodiles and snakes from losing their lives.”When Selfridges went fur-free more than a decade ago, it positioned itself as a retailer at the forefront of compassionate fashion. Banning exotic skins in recognition of the serious animal welfare issues that exist in this industry is a natural next step for a responsible retailer.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNational Toshaos’ Council blasts Govt for broken promisesJuly 16, 2018In “Environment”Opposition Leader slams Govt over ‘their treatment’ of Guyana’s first peopleSeptember 9, 2017In “latest news”CoI into land titling: PPP supports Toshaos’ Council in calling for repealApril 5, 2017In “latest news” – wants initiatives under LCDS to be addressedAs Amerindian leaders from across Guyana gather for the annual National Toshao Council (NTC) conference which kicks off today (Monday), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) said it hopes that the conference will ensure that there is clarity and will not harm Amerindian rights and ensures that there is the widest possible consultation in the communities across the country.Flashback: A section of National Toshaos Conference during one of the sessions last yearCiting recent developments, the Opposition said there have been trends under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government which is aimed at threatening Amerindian rights. The first concern relates to consistent statements made by top Government leaders to have the 2006 Amerindian Act revised.This objective, according to the Opposition, has been further re-enforced by President David Granger in a statement on June 14, 2017, that was published by the Government Information Agency (GINA) with regards to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Lands.However, there has been no indication of what sections need to be amended, the Opposition noted in a statement on Sunday.“The PPP/C wishes to inform the NTC participants that it will support any amendments which will enhance Amerindian rights. However, it will strongly oppose any amendments that will dilute the rights of our Indigenous Amerindian peoples,” the statement added.The Opposition has expressed worry about the purpose of this push by the Government to revise the 2006 Amerindian Act in the absence of any wide-spread call by the Amerindian peoples and communities to revise this Act. Furthermore, it said any revisions must be subject to consultations with all the Amerindian communities under the principle of “free prior and informed consent” as was done during the process to create and draft the Amerindian Bill.“We have a similar worry with regard to the Government’s sloth in the implementation of the opt-in mechanism for the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). This is critical to maintain the principle of “free prior and informed consent” with Amerindian communities. This fundamental issue requires that the Government commits at this conference to expedite the opt-in mechanism,” it added.The party said participants of the NTC should be well aware that the LCDS was one of the most innovative initiatives by the PPP/C Administration which also received international recognition. It initiated the largest pioneer carbon trading scheme for forest carbons which earned US$250 million revenue and contributed in a significant way to the further development of the country.Unfortunately, the present Government’s repudiation of the LCDS and the initiatives designed to enhance national, and in particular, Amerindian development, according to the PPP/C, has destroyed long years of work at all levels to find a modern inclusive national developmental strategy for the future.It said the Government’s often mooted alternative of a Green Growth Strategy remains a mystery with no specific initiatives to address development. Further to that, the party said by the Government’s refusal to implement the LCDS and its inability to create a viable alternative has, in fact, created an enormous vacuum. As a consequence, the Government has given scant attention to the LCDS’s identified programmes which include multi-year projects, the Amerindian Titling Project and the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF), which are fully funded under the REDD+/GRIF and the Government of Guyana/ Norway Partnership.“These have yielded no results since the change of Government.The end result is that applications for titles and extension of lands to Amerindian peoples and the demarcation of titled lands are now virtually at a stand-still. Whilst the ADF seems to have become susceptible to “cherry-picking” by the Government as to which villages will receive their project funds,” it stated.It also pointed out that the slowing down of all the initiatives of the LCDS, and, in particular the ALT and ADF projects, is a major cause of concern and should be addressed at the conference. The PPP/C said it is critical that the Government provide clarity to the NTC on the future of these projects and how soon they will be addressed.Land CoIAddressing the issue of the controversial Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into land titling, the PPP/C said while it is understood that the CoI work has put on hold the examination of issues relating to Amerindian lands, the NTC should note that there has been no amendment of the gazetted terms of reference of this CoI.Therefore, the Government has not moved from its original objective to examine and scrutinise all Amerindian communal lands titling. The Opposition has therefore encouraged the NTC conference to ensure that the Government is called on to commit to exclude Amerindian land titling from the CoI’s mandate and to revise its TORS accordingly.The PPP noted that there is a growing concern by a number of communities which are already in possession of communal titled land that these could come under threat with regard to the Government’s announcement to establish new NDCs adjacent to, encircling and/or within titled communities in interior regions.In addition to these fears with regard to land rights, there is growing concerns of ethnic and political discrimination. The first such act was the dismissal of 1972 young Amerindian Community Service Officers by the Indigenous Affairs Ministry in July 2015.“This was the single largest ethnic group to have been dismissed from the public service by the new Government. The loss to Amerindian communities across the country by the termination of this large number of young people is enormous; it is estimated that $800 million has been withdrawn from the village economies, and, 10,000 people directly dependent on these persons for their livelihood have been impoverished,” the party stated.After vigorous protests in the media, in the National Assembly and with the international community by the PPP, the Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister promised in August 2015 that the Government would replace the PPP’s CSO Programme with another such employment programme. However, this is yet to be delivered.Furthermore, there have been more casualties along the way – the delivery of health services in the hinterland regions has been plagued with constant shortages of critical and basic medical drugs and supplies, poor management, and bad decisions made at the central Ministry affecting access to these services; and, the maintenance of critical coast to interior and internal road networks has been sadly neglected.The PPP/C said, “We anticipate that many of these issues, including many other concerns, will be deliberated on by and among the NTC participants as well as in the presence of the Government. As the week of discussions unfold it is critical for the Toshaos, Councillors and other representatives to recognise that you have two powerful instruments at your disposal – the Guyana Constitution and the 2006 Amerindian Act.”
Contractor MACA is to carry out drilling, blasting, loading and hauling at Regis Resources’ Duketon South operations near Laverton in Western Australia for, at least, another five years.The two companies have extended the open-pit mining services contract as Regis has opened up multiple pits and sites for mining. This will now see MACA mine the Rosemont, Garden Well, Erlistoun, Baneygo, Toohey’s Well and other potential satellites in that region at Regis’ discretion.“The contract is the result of a collaborative approach with Regis, utilising technology to optimise the mine planning across the operations and ensuring the most efficient use of both machinery and human resources,” MACA said.The five-year tenure for MACA starts from July with the option for a further five-year extension. It is expected to generate approximately A$590 million in revenue for MACA over the initial term adding A$231 million work in hand (WIH) beyond what was previously contracted at the Rosemont and Garden Well pits.The Duketon South operations produced a record 361,373 ounces of gold in the 12 months to the end of June.MACA Executive Director Geoff Baker said the new contract would ensure the company is able to invest in more efficient equipment to continue to deliver “quality mining services at the lowest cost to Regis”.MACA’s WIH for its 2019 financial year to the end of June 2019 now stands at A$490 million with A$347 million of this within the mining segment.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY Agency (NSA) is gathering nearly five billion call records a day, allowing it to track the moments of mobile phone users across the world.The Washington Post reports that the NSA gathers information about the locations of hundreds of millions of devices on a daily basis, according to both US officials and documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.The agency collects this information and travel habit data to do what it calls “target development” – finding unknown associates of targets it already knows about.This means that analysts can track phones from anywhere in the world, find out what movements their owners made and discover unknown relationships among the people using them.US officials told the Washington Post that they do not collect phone locations on purpose, but that a large number are swept up “incidentally.”Also, the NSA has no reason to believe that the vast majority of people it tracks are relevant, but collects locations in bulk because its most powerful analytic tools – known collectively as CO-TRAVELER – allows it to look for unknown associates of known targets by tracking people whose movements cross.The chief lawyer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA, Robert Litt said “there is no element of the intelligence community that under any authority is intentionally collecting bulk cellphone location information about cellphones in the United States.”US officials say that the programs that collect and analyse this data are lawful and only exist to help develop intelligence about foreign targets.Read: Guardian editor defends publication of NSA leaks in the face of tough questioning >Read: NSA ‘tapped into links to Google, Yahoo data centres’ >
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin opened his wallet today in a bid to win his long-running battle with the European Union over Ukraine’s future, saying Moscow would buy €11 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbour.The announcements came after Putin held talks in Moscow with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is facing massive protests at home for his decision to shelve a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Moscow. Russia’s bailout package angered protesters, who immediately accused Yanukovych of selling the country out to the Kremlin and pressed demands for his ouster.Washington said the Kremlin agreements would not address concerns of the demonstrators in Kiev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed what she described as a “bidding competition” over Ukraine.Putin’s move came as Ukraine said it desperately needs to get at least €7.2 billion in the coming months to avoid bankruptcy. The Fitch ratings agency has given Ukraine’s bonds a B-minus rating, which puts them in “junk bond” territory.Putin sought to calm protesters in Kiev by saying he and Yanukovych didn’t discuss the prospect of Ukraine joining a Moscow-dominated economic bloc they fear will pull their country closer into Russia’s orbit. The protests continue in Kiev today [Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Press Association Images]Yanukovych has maneuvered between Russia and the EU in an apparent in a search for the best possible deal. He has insisted Ukraine still intends to sign the EU agreement, but wants to negotiate better conditions.But neither Putin nor Yanukovych mentioned the possibility today and they didn’t take questions, suggesting they were keeping their messaging tightly-controlled.Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after the Kremlin talks that Russia would purchase €11 billion in Ukraine’s Eurobonds starting this month. The money will come from Russia’s rainy day National Welfare Fund which accumulates oil and gas revenues.Putin emphasized that Russia’s decision to buy the Ukrainian securities wasn’t contingent on Kiev freezing social payments to its citizens — a clear jab at the International Monetary Fund, which has pushed Ukraine to reduce spending as a condition for providing a bailout loan.Read: “America stands with you,” John McCain tells Ukraine protestersExplainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine? > Read: Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest >