Solving the Wrong Problem and Subtracting Value

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now The chain restaurant specializing in ribs in my neighborhood was struggling. Their business wasn’t doing well, the quality of experience started to decline, and the restaurant started to look shabby. In an attempt to increase the restaurant’s poor profitability, the owner switched to a new meat supplier. This meat supplier was cheaper, and that lower price point meant that there would be more profit.But the meat was inferior. It was of very poor quality. First, there was very little meat to speak of. Worse, the bones were thin and translucent. I only know what happened here because the manager told me the story—before the restaurant closed forever.By changing the meat supplier in an attempt to control costs, the owner made a bad experience worse.Solving the Wrong ProblemThe owner tried to solve the wrong problem. He believed his restaurant was struggling to make a profit because their costs were too high. The answer to that challenge was to lower his costs. But this wasn’t the problem. The real problem was that he was creating too little value.If you aren’t making enough money, cutting costs isn’t the answer (unless you are profligate). By cutting costs and lessening the experience, you only exacerbate your problems.The right way to grow your business and your profits is to create more value. The greater the value you create, the more attractive is your offer to your customers and prospects.last_img read more

4 die in wall collapse, life hit in flooded Vadodara

first_imgNDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfall NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfallVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4101:41  Incessant rainfall has caused the death of four people in a wall collapse in Vadodara, besides causing floods and affecting life in the city. Nearly 5,000 people from over two dozen low-lying areas were shifted by the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force). Most of the roads were completely inundated.The government has deployed nine teams of the NDRF, besides the Army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to evacuate people from areas along the Vishwamitri river that is flowing to the danger level mark.center_img According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), a total of five NDRF and four SDRF teams have been involved in rescue operations in addition to two columns of the Army and as many companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP).Additionally, district police and teams of fire brigade of Vadodara and Surat Municipal Corporations have been deployed for a major rescue operation in the city which had seen an extremely heavy downpour of 499 mm on Wednesday.The district authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges on Friday. The operations at the city airport were shut on Thursday.Waterlogging of tracksFlooding has disrupted traffic movement as the authorities shut down all eight bridges in the city. The Western Railway has cancelled over a dozen trains due to waterlogging of tracks.“Five teams of the NDRF have been airlifted from Pune to join the evacuation works in Vadodara. CM has deputed a team of senior bureaucrats from Gandhinagar to oversee rescue and relief works,” a Gujarat government release stated.More than one lakh food packets were distributed by the NDRF and police in localities submerged in knee-deep waters.According to Vadodara Collector Shalini Agrawal, water was not receding because of the opening of sluice gates of the Ajwa dam and inflow of more water due to rains in the catchment area of the Vishwamitri.Floodwaters have entered the Sayajibaug zoo and government-run SSG hospital, besides local markets.On Thursday evening, the State energy division restored power in some of the areas where supply was stopped after four dozen feeders were submerged. “We have restored power in some areas but still several areas are in dark,” a government official said.“Four labourers were killed in a wall collapse due to heavy rain in Chhani area of Vadodara,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said after holding a review meeting in capital Gandhinagar.last_img read more

Gary David ‘honored’ to play for hometown Bataan in MPBL

first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. LeongsonGary David is going back to his roots.He has proudly represented represented his province of Bataan since joining the big league, but this time, the 39-year-old is returning as member of Bataan Defenders in the upcoming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES “This will be my first time to play in front of my home crowd since I turned pro,” said David.David also sees this MPBL stint as his last hurrah as a basketball player, slowly accepting his fate in his ongoing battle with Father Time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems that way, but as long as I feel that I can still play, I’ll play. I’ll always try to help our place get those wins. It’s my own way of giving back to my fellow Bataan people. It’s an honor to team up with people who also came from Bataan and I’m really glad with this experience,” said the Dinalupihan native.David knows how some of his teammates feel starstruck around him and he is using the opportunity toto impart whatever knowledge he gained in the PBA and his international career to his Bataan teammates. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “When I attend our practices, they can’t help but take a picture with me. But I tell them that we’re together everyday in our practices and they can see how hands-on I am with them. I am willing to teach them what I know and give them advice if they need it,” he said.David also likened this run with Bataan to that of Gilas Pilipinas as he compared the sense of pride of the players in defending their respective home turfs.“This is more about pride. Here, we don’t talk about how big your salary is. What we’re fighting here is the pride that you carry the name of your hometown. You want to be at your best every single time and we want to proudly represent the people of Bataan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Atromitos Beats AEK, Tops Superleague Table

first_imgATHENS – Atromitos upset host AEK at the Olympic Stadium of Athens winning 1-0 through an Abiola Dauda goal to climb to the top spot in the Super League standings on Monday.It has collected 16 points after eight games, while PAOK is on 15 and AEK, Olympiakos, Panionios and Levadiakos on 14, Kathimerini reports.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Tackling Crime Remains Major Priority

first_img The fight against crime remains a major national priority, with the Government committing additional resources and support to the security forces for the 2018/19 fiscal year. In addition to the legislative measures, the Government will continue to focus on strengthening its administrative and technological capabilities, crime-prevention and community safety measures, and rehabilitation and redemption. The Governor-General said the Administration will be seeking approval for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals. Story Highlights The fight against crime remains a major national priority, with the Government committing additional resources and support to the security forces for the 2018/19 fiscal year.This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who delivered the Throne Speech to open the new session of Parliament in Gordon House on Thursday (February 15) under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’.He noted that organised crime, along with the violence and homicide it produces, is the biggest threat to citizens’ security and continues to stymie the growth and prosperity of the country.The Governor-General said the Administration will be seeking approval for a number of legislative measures designed to improve crime-fighting efforts and better enable law-enforcement agencies to interdict criminals.These include the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act, Finger Prints (Amendment) Act, Firearms (Amendment) Act, Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, Parole (Amendment) Act, and The Justice Protection (Amendment) Bill.In addition to the legislative measures, the Government will continue to focus on strengthening its administrative and technological capabilities, crime-prevention and community safety measures, and rehabilitation and redemption.The justice system will also be given special attention in order to reduce the backlog of cases and improve efficiency and effectiveness.The Governor-General said the Government has committed to enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macroeconomic policy framework that maintains low inflation, a stable exchange rate and competitive interest rates; and improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable and competitive tax environment to enhance growth and ensure greater compliance.Other areas of focus highlighted in the Throne Speech include programmes to rehabilitate and make new investments in critical health infrastructure; accelerating construction of affordable housing and providing greater access to funding; construction and maintenance of water and irrigation systems; commencement and completion of road projects to ease congestion and improve road safety and security; and scaling up progammes to reach more unattached youth.Measures to establish a National Identification System (NIDS) will be advanced with the National Identification and Registration Authority Regulations to be developed and tabled in the House by September 2018.Work will continue to digitise the records of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD); develop processes to link the records of births and deaths to prevent identity theft; commence transformation of the RGD into the National Identification and Registration Authority; and establish a National Address Database, which will indicate where all parcels of land are located within the island in order to support the enrolment of persons in the NIDS.This year, the Government will embark on an aggressive legislative agenda to support its strategic priorities to ensure food security, sustainable use of agricultural land and fisheries resources, and facilitate an enabling local business environment.Fire stations will be constructed in Montego Bay, Port Maria and Yallahs, two drop-in centres in Trelawny and St. Thomas, and homes built for indigent persons. Additional garbage trucks will also be purchased.The Government will be putting measures in place to increase protection of women and girls with the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill this year. The proposed Gender Advisory Council is also to be established.Work will begin to build out entertainment zones in Fort Charles and Fort Rocky, Port Royal; Seville, St. Ann; and Westmoreland and St. Catherine. The necessary legislative work and amendments to the various laws regulating entertainment will also be done in parallel.Meanwhile, as it relates to education, five new schools are to be constructed, while money is to be provided from the e-learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools from the early-childhood to secondary levels.The support programme for children zero to three years will be given focus, and the Early Childhood Rationalisation programme continued.The Governor-General indicated that the phased resumption of the rail service will be undertaken with the start of construction on Phase 1, from Montego Bay to Appleton, in this fiscal year.last_img read more

POV Sees Cargo Increase

first_imgzoom Cargo volume at The Port of Virginia (POV) grew 6 percent in February, an increase of 10,134 TEUs when compared with the same month last year.“We think February’s volume could have been even greater, but repeated snow storms and resulting lost work days had an impact on us,” said John F. Reinhart, the Virginia Port Authority’s CEO and executive director. “Anything we lost in February, we expect to be made up in March.”“The POV is dedicated to improving our service and operations to accommodate this increasing volume. We must achieve financial stability in the POV and optimize our facilities. The adverse impact of congestion compounded by several winter storms has resulted in continued operating losses. These current losses must be reversed through focus on costs, processes, productivity and coordination with our customers, partners and suppliers.”February’s growth was led by imports, which increased by 8.4 percent (6,515 TEUs) when compared with last February. (This January, growth was led by exports.) There was also growth in breakbulk tonnage, 1.1 percent; rail containers, 5.5%; barge containers, .6 percent; and vehicle units, 7.6 percent.For the first two months of the year, the port’s TEU volume has increased 5.7 percent (18,638 TEUs) when compared with the same period in 2013.Reinhart anticipates the growth in volume to increase through the spring as the G6 vessel-sharing consortium implements changes to its transatlantic services that connect the Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia trade lanes with the US East Coast. Last month, the G6 partners said four-out-of-the-five realigned services will call The Port of Virginia.“Two of those services will be last-out vessel calls, meaning Virginia will be their last US East Coast stop before heading to their foreign destinations; last-out calls can be crucial in developing export business,” Reinhart said.The port continues to have record-high fiscal-year-to-date TEU volumes through February: throughput through February in fiscal 2014 is 1,516,052 TEUs, up 5.3 percent when compared with the same period from fiscal 2013. portofvirginia, March 18, 2014last_img read more

Two held for firing shots at news channel crew

first_imgNew Delhi: Two men were arrested for allegedly opening fire at the crew of a television news channel in south Delhi, police said on Thursday. The accused were identified as Tayyab (23), a resident of Shahdara in east Delhi, and Shahid (20), a resident of Kabir Nagar, they added. According to the police, ASI Jitender, posted at the Sarojini Nagar police station, was dismissed from service based on an inquiry report. The inquiry was initiated against the ASI after the victim complained that he refused to help when approached by them, the police said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark With the arrest of the duo, the police claimed to have solved 20 cases, including those involving charges of attempt to murder, snatching, robbery and those under the Arms Act registered at local police stations. The police got a tip-off about the accused after they learnt that Tayyab was nabbed on June 17 in connection with a year-old kidnapping-cum-robbery case registered at the Vivek Vihar police station, officials said. The incident took place in the intervening night of June 9-10, when TV journalist Siddharth Purohit was headed towards the INA market via the Barapulla flyover in an office cab with his crew and the driver for an assignment, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajeev Ranjan said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items When they reached near Suchna Bhawan, two bike-borne men, brandishing a pistol, signalled the driver to stop. As the driver sped away, the accused fired three shots at the vehicle, but the crew managed to flee, the officer said. The accused were identified with the help of CCTV footage, he added. Raids were conducted in western Uttar Pradesh and in the trans-Yamuna area of east Delhi to nab the accused, he said. The probe revealed that Tayyab was arrested in a year-old kidnapping-cum-robbery case a few days ago and declared a proclaimed offender by a court. He was subsequently arrested in the current case and sent to police custody, Ranjan said. During interrogation, Tayyab disclosed the name of Shahid and other members of his gang. They had also robbed a cab driver at gunpoint after firing at him while he was returning from the IGI airport after dropping a passenger, the police said.last_img read more

Two arrested for ransacking Prince Anwar Shah Rd eatery

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested on Wednesday in connection with a case in which a restaurant on Prince Anwar Shah Road was allegedly ransacked by some youths on Tuesday afternoon.According to the police, the miscreants entered a restaurant looking for Arnab Chatterjee, the owner of the restaurant, in a bid to teach him a lesson. When the manager of the restaurant asked the reason, the youths allegedly assaulted him, including some staff members who tried to resist. Following this, the youths allegedly broke the glass of the tables and vandalised the restaurant before fleeing. They also threatened the manager and other staff members with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter Arnab was informed about the incident, he rushed to the restaurant and called up Lake police station and sought help. He also lodged a complaint at the Lake police station against five-six unknown persons and stated that one Raja Chatterjee (residing in Regent Park area) with whom Arnab’s wife has an affair, was behind the act. Arnab also informed the cops that because of matrimonial discord, both he and his wife were living separately since long. Different cases on the issue are still pending in court. On Monday night, Arnab went to Raja’s flat in Regent Park area following which an altercation took place. Arnab alleged that on Monday his wife threatened him with dire consequences following which the restaurant was ransacked. Based on Arnab’s complaint, police checked the CCTV footage of the restaurant and arrested two youths, identified as Rik Dey of Purba Putiary and Subhankar Dhali of Purba Ananda Pally in Regent Park area on Wednesday.last_img read more

Housing projects for slum dwellers

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is presently working on three apartment projects with an aim to provide better living conditions to slum dwellers in three areas of the city, including the project taken up near Mayer Bari at Bagbazar.Mayor Firhad Hakim will hand over the keys and agreement letters on Tuesday for the shifting of 35 families to their respective apartments adjacent to Mayer Bari whose construction has already been completed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The apartment project near Mayer Bari is going on in full swing. There will be a total 300 flats which will be built in phases. The construction of the first block with 35 flats is complete. There will be a total of 15 such blocks. We have set a time frame of six months for completing each phase with 35 flats,” a senior official of KMC said. The other two projects in the southern part of the city are being executed in Behala and the Town Planning and Town Development (TP& TD) unit of KMC is executing the project. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The construction work for 120 units for slum dwellers Shanti Sangha in Behala (ward 131) is on. There will be a total 40 apartments in three blocks. The roof welding work of the third floor for the first block is now being carried out while the piling work of the second block is over,” a senior official of TP & TD said. The official said the tender for the third project, which will come up in 132 ward on Behala’s Upen Banerjee Road, has already been floated. The project will accommodate residents of Sakal Deo Singh slum. “There will be three blocks and the total number of flats will be 90,” he added. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerje has made elaborate plans to develop Heritage Tourism, including a complete renovation of Mayer Bari in Bagbazar. The KMC with the funds allocated by the state government will come up with a vocational training centre and a children’s park after relocating the slum. The stretch around the heritage building will also be beautified and decked up with illuminative lights to give it a majestic look. Ramakrishna Paramhansha’s wife Sarada Devi had lived at the two-storey house off Bagbazar Street known as Mayer Bari for 11 years (1909-1920). Hundreds of devotees and tourists from India and abroad throng the building every day. It may be recalled that over a decade ago, the first venture to rehabilitate slum dwellers of Rambagan bustee was carried out making this project a model for development agencies to follow.last_img read more

Markets up on rate cut hopes firm global cues

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark indices finished with smart gains on Friday as investors wagered on another rate cut by the RBI following subdued inflation data amid a broad upmove in global equities on signs of easing US-China trade tensions. A strengthening rupee and foreign capital inflows added to the buying momentum, traders said. After a lacklustre start, the 30-share BSE Sensex saw buying momentum in late-afternoon trade to close 280.71 points, or 0.76 per cent, higher at 37,384.99. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn similar lines, the broader NSE Nifty settled 93.10 points, or 0.85 per cent, higher at 11,075.90. During the week, the Sensex advanced 403.22 points or 1.09 per cent, while the Nifty gained 129.70 points or 1.18 per cent. According to official data released post market hours on Thursday, retail inflation inched up marginally to 3.21 per cent in August, while industrial production growth slowed to 4.3 per cent in July, raising chances of a rate cut by the RBI next month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTop gainers in the Sensex pack included Vedanta, ICICI Bank, ONGC, Kotak Bank, Axis Bank, SBI, M&M, Infosys, PowerGrid, HCL Tech, NTPC, Bajaj Finance and Reliance Industries, rising up to 2.72 per cent On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, ITC and HUL were among the losers, shedding up to 1.35 per cent. “Subdued inflation kept hopes alive for rate cut and positive vibes to support the auto sector lifted the markets. Broad based recovery in rate sensitive stocks fuelled domestic market while additional policy measures from European Central bank powered global peers,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services. Sectorally, BSE oil and gas, energy, metal, realty, utilities, bankex, power, auto and IT stocks ended up to 2.73 per cent higher. However, telecom and healthcare dropped up to 0.94 per cent. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices settled up to 0.82 per cent higher.last_img read more

Snowfall warnings issued for parts of Newfoundland 30 centimetres expected

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – June may be just around the corner, but some Newfoundlanders were facing more than 30 centimetres of snow late Wednesday.Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for areas along the northeast coast of Newfoundland, including Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.The national weather service said rain was expected to change to snow Wednesday evening and become heavy overnight, with snowfall amounts potentially exceeding 30 centimetres in communities at higher elevation.Environment Canada meteorologist Linda Libby said spring snow storms are not unheard of in that part of Newfoundland.She said 69.2 centimetres of snow were recorded in Gander on May 18 and 19, 2013, and snow has fallen in that town well into June.“Extreme snowfalls definitely do happen along that coastline at this time of year,” said Libby from Charlottetown, P.E.I.Libby said although heavy snowfall was expected, total accumulations were not expected to be that high.“In the spring when the ground is warm, unless it accumulates rapidly and starts insulating itself, it tends to melt as it lands,” she said.Libby said the low tonight is -1 C in Gander, which will make for “wet, heavy” snow.“It tends to collapse on itself, so hopefully they will not actually wake up tomorrow and have 25 centimetres of snow,” said Libby.Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan were under a heat warning, where temperatures could reach 29 C today.last_img read more

Spain Incurs Public Criticism for Deporting Migrants to Morocco

Rabat – The Spanish government has sparked public outcry for returning to Morocco 116 migrants who stormed the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Wednesday.In an unprecedented move, Spanish and Moroccan authorities agreed Thursday for Spain to send back to Morocco the 116 migrants who “violently” crossed the land border from Morocco to Spain on Wednesday, August 22. Spanish authorities confirmed the deportation in a statement: “The 116 sub-Saharan migrants who illegally entered Spain through Ceuta have been readmitted by Moroccan authorities.” The statement added that the deportation process had been done “legally” in accordance with international and European norms as well as a 1992 bilateral agreement between Madrid and Rabat. “All [migrants] benefited from a lawyer, an interpreter and medical help,” according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior. The decision has, however, provoked a storm of criticism in the country, with a coalition of 48 Spanish NGO and human rights advocacy groups describing the move as “scandalous.”Walking Borders, a Madrid-based advocacy group, said that the mass deportation on arrival was both illegal and unmindful of international law regarding the rights of migrants. The decision “constitutes a gross violation of human rights.”Proactiva Open Arms has also cast doubts on Spain’s recent reputation as a welcoming destination for migrants refused in other EU countries. “The most concerning,” the NGO said, “is that if the government is capable of such a move before the eyes of the world and in front of the cameras, we can imagine that what they do at deep sea is much worse.”Spain’s mixed feelings on migrationLeading the spiral of tirades against Spanish authorities is the far-left party Podemos, which in June played a major rule in the electoral triumph of the current socialist government.According to Podemos, Spain acted in blatant disregard of human rights and the country’s reputation for being welcoming and tolerant on migration issues. “This government should continue acting as it did in its first days,” the group said, hinting at an incident in June when Spain stepped in to receive over 600 migrants onboard the Aquarius rescue ship, a group that Malta and Italy had rejected.While others have expressed disappointment that the newly-elected socialist government would resort to such rapid mass deportation, they maintained that authorities were only following Spain’s old policy on migration. Carmen Calvo, deputy prime minister in the current socialist government, showed sympathy towards the criticism. She acknowledged the unprecedented pace in which the deportation occurred. In defense of the current government, however, she said, “Spain’s migration policy has not changed of an ounce in recent decades.”She also pointed out that the 116 migrants “violently” entered Spain, throwing dangerous chemical substances, including quicklime and battery acid, at the Spanish Civil Guard while physically assaulting others. Seven civil guards were injured in the incident, according to reports. Calvo said that is “unacceptable” to enter a country as the migrants did on Wednesday. read more

Calgary sees first new home price drop since November 2011 as economy

Aerial views of housing in Calgary on June 22, 2013. Calgary new home prices are down for the first time in more than three years after months of economic pressure from low oil prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Calgary sees first new home price drop since November 2011 as economy lags by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2015 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated May 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Calgary new home prices are down for the first time in more than three years after months of economic pressure from low oil prices.New home sale prices dropped 0.4 per cent in March, the first retreat since November 2011, according to numbers released Thursday by Statistics Canada.“We’ve obviously had some challenging economic conditions, and it’s starting to put downward pressure on pricing because sales activity is a lot lower than what we’ve had,” said Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist at the Calgary Real Estate Board.Calgary had the highest home price drop of major Canadian cities after holding steady in January and February with no price movement, though prices are still up 2.8 per cent compared with March last year.“To put some perspective to it, last year we had price gains over nine per cent,” says Lurie. “It’s really just a matter of how long the cycle will last and what impact it will have moving forward.”The decline is largely coming from the high-end housing market, said Calgary realtor Lowell Martens. He said he’s seen encouraging sales in homes selling below roughly $550,000, but above that he’s noticed prices have been down as much as five per cent.“I think the market is definitely slower than last year’s, and I think it will remain slower,” says Martens. “But at this point it doesn’t look like we’re going to be taking the major hits that some people thought we were going to do.”Continued low interest rates have helped keep the market afloat, said Martens, adding that many people still see buying as a better move than renting.The pullback in demand has caused a fall in new home construction, with new housing starts in April down to 777 homes compared to 1,592 home starts in April of the year before.The Statistics Canada figures were released as oil prices fell back below US$60 a barrel.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more

GCSE results 2016 state school results

first_img 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. Schools from across the UK have published their 2016 GCSE results with the Telegraph – use the interactive searchable results tables below to see if your school is featured, and to compare schools across the country.The first table lists 132 selective state schools, while the second table shows the results of the 182 comprehensive schools who have submitted their results to us. Results are not final and may change after re-marks.A-level results 2016: results from 300 state schools Data for these tables has been supplied directly by the schools. Some results were excluded from the list because of incomplete data. A table of independent school results will be published separately. In tables published by the Telegraph, the The Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead, London, came top of the selective state schools, with 100 per cent of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades and over 95 per cent of pupils gaining A* or A.Thomas Telford School, a City Technology College in Shropshire, came top of the comprehensive table, with 98 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.NotesThe type of school is indicated by G – Grammar, PS – Partially selective and C -ComprehensiveGender is indicated by B – Boys, G – Girls and M – MixedThe %A*-C reveals the percentage of candidates with 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematicsThe %A* to A reveals the percentage of entries graded at this levelcenter_img Figures published yesterday revealed that the percentage of pupils achieving a C grade or above this year saw the sharpest decline since the exams were launched in 1988.The percentage of all students gaining A*-C grades dropped 2.1 percentage points to 66.9 per cent, as more 17-year-olds resat their English and maths qualifications following Government changes to the system.According to the reforms, all students must now achieve a C in GCSE English and maths, or they will be forced to retake the qualification.However, the number of 16-year-olds achieving grades A* to C also fell, by 1.3 percentage points, with experts blaming the focus on the key academic subjects of the EBacc as a possible cause.last_img read more

New remote from HBCradiomatic keeps equipment operators on the move

first_imgNew from leading industrial remote control manufacturer HBC-radiomatic is a multi-equipment remote that offers operators maximum mobility and safety. Wireless technology means that the keynote can be used to operate a wide range of equipment remotely without the need for pendant cables or static control panels.The hand-held device is robustly designed with 12-one-step buttons sized and spaced to enable use while wearing safety gloves.  It offers complete freedom of movement which greatly improves safety and with an instant ‘stop’ impact button, operators can react immediately in emergency situations.The keynote offers a complete package of features and functions, including a transmitter that allows the output of 21 single-step commands and comes complete with radiomatic iLOG which enables the quick activation of a spare transmitter in the event of an out of action radio control.Keynote operates with a wide range of HBC’s radio receivers and is suited for applications with AC or DC power supply.  It is compatible with interfaces such as CAN-Bus, Profibus-DP, RS232 and RS 485 and it operates on a wide range of frequencies.Other features include a re-chargeable NiMH battery which has 30 hours of continuous operating time and can be changed in a matter of seconds without any effect on memory.  LEDs indicate operation, battery status, feedback information and warning messages. An extended range of functions is available via bank switch to a second control level with LED showing the selected control level. Complete with battery, the keynote weighs just 360g and its casing incorporates a belt clip for convenience.HBC-radiomatic is one of the world’s leading suppliers of radio controls for industrial applications, such as the wireless operation of machinery. Since its foundation over 60 years ago, this privately owned, family-run company with its head office in Crails-heim (Germany) has consistently focused on quality and development, and production in-house. Over 90% of our components are developed and produced at the HBC production facility in Crailsheim. HBC-radiomatic presently employs over 350 people at eight production and sales facilities worldwide. A global service and distribution network of over 30 international partners ensures that a competent contact partner is able to assist HBC customers around the world at all times.last_img read more

Track Your Dogs Health Fitness With Waggit Wearable

first_img Wearable technology is helping people maintain longer, more robust lives. So why shouldn’t our canine companions reap the same benefits?Waggit—wearable health tech for man’s best friend—aims to do just that.Equipped with wellness, activity, and location tracking, the Waggit smart collar learns your dog’s personal baseline to provide early indications of potential health issues.“Waggit exists to strengthen bonds, prolong the lives of our fur babies, and to give pet parents peace of mind that comes with knowing their dogs’ well being is always a top priority,” according to founder and CEO Susan Sierota.Plus, it’s cute and unobtrusive.Track key health indicators from your phone (via Waggit)Worn like any other collar, Waggit pairs with a mobile app so owners can monitor their pet’s safety, nutrition, and training goals.“Our dogs aren’t just pets. They’re part of the family. And when there’s something wrong, our dogs can’t exactly tell us,” Sierota said. “Not only that, dogs hide their pain, so it’s not always easy to tell that there’s a problem until it’s gotten really bad.”Until now.A change in your dog’s habits may be a sign of pain or other health complications (via Waggit)Waggit notifies users of any changes in their dog’s key health indicators—body temperature, heart and respiration rate, sleep patterns, activity levels, even body positions. (Yes, the fact that your dog is no longer lying on its right side may be a sign of pain or other complications.)And its built-in GPS takes the stress out of searching for a lost dog; receive a notification any time your pup strays outside of its set “virtual fence” boundaries.Just like the Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, or Apple device strapped to a human’s wrist, Waggit tracks your tail-wagger’s activity time, distance, and speed, then compares it to that of similar dogs for a bit of friendly competition.Awwww (via Waggit)A $200 pledge via the company’s Kickstarter campaign guarantees you one Waggit collar (size and color of your choice). Expected to retail for $279, the product is also available in packs of two ($339), three ($503), or four ($671).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? last_img read more

Visitors gather to remember May 18

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the latest installment in a series about the 30th anniversary of the the eruption of Mount St. Helens. See special features, including reader memories and Columbian coverage at www.columbian.com/volcano. JOHNSTON RIDGE OBSERVATORY — Visitors gathered beneath a gray, overcast sky to commemorate the day 30 years ago when Mount St. Helens destroyed what nature almost immediately began to rebuild.During a moment of silence, it might have seemed possible to hear the faint echo of geologist David A. Johnston’s final dispatch: “Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it.”Hundreds of people descended Tuesday on the spot where Johnston perished in the eruption on May 18, 1980. Another 56 died that day in the blast zone.Of all the people who gathered during the 30th anniversary commemoration, none may have known the mountain as thoroughly and as intimately as U.S. Geological Survey retiree Donal Mullineaux.last_img read more

Quixant to showcase brand benefits at Australasian Gaming Expo 2018

first_img Crown Sydney to retain valuable sight lines after settlement with Infrastructure NSW Load More Australasian Gaming Expo sets new attendance record with 9,009 visits in 2019 Gaming hardware and display technology company Quixant has announced that it will attend this year’s Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE), to be held at Sydney’s International Conference Centre from 14 to 16 August 2018.Quixant, which also attended G2E Asia last month, will showcase its impressively innovative portfolio once more including the QXi-400 – a new two-screen controller offering unprecedented performance in its tier – and the QX-60, featuring an optional high-power discrete graphics card and long-term Windows 7 support. Fully complimenting this diverse suite of control boards, a pioneering selection of monitors and button decks including a variety of “floating” options and the contemporary, customizable 13.3” Playdeck will also be present.“There will be a multitude of new platform and display solutions on show, however equally as important a focus will be education; our Gaming Ecosystem is sure to be a primary topic of discussion, being the unique bedrock upon which our customers can facilitate development resource optimization and quick time-to-market,” Quixant said.In addition, the new generation of Quixant processing and graphical technology, driven by AMD Ryzen Embedded APUs, will make its regional debut. Harnessed within the QMax-2 and QXi-7000 products, the long-time gaming industry objective of multi-screen, intensive 4K graphics and ultra-fast processing has now been truly realized.“We’re very excited about AGE. It’s a crucial event for us due to the fact that we have a very strong presence in the market, and as such it provides excellent opportunities for discussions with our existing customers, not to mention those experiencing the benefits of Quixant for the first time,” said Group Sales Director John Malin.center_img RelatedPosts All eyes on Sydneylast_img read more

Air Indias MumbaiNewark flight lands in UK after bomb scare

first_imgLondon/Mumbai : A US-bound flight of Air India from Mumbai made a precautionary landing at London’s Stansted Airport on Thursday following a bomb scare, forcing Britain to scramble its fighter jets to escort the flight. UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to escort Flight AI 191 at around 09.50 am local time after the bomb scare that later turned out to be a hoax. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “AI 191 Mumbai-Newark of June 27 has made a precautionary landing at London’s Stansted airport due to a bomb threat,” the national carrier said. All 327 passengers have been deplaned and the Boeing 777-300ER plane remains grounded at the Stansted Airport, an Air India spokesperson said. All passengers are currently in the airport premises, he added. Earlier, the airline, in a tweet had said that the plane made a precautionary landing at London’s Stansted airport due to a “bomb threat.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us However, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) termed it a move for operational reasons. “The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed to escort Air India plane for operational reasons,” an MoD statement said. “An aircraft was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 9.50am today following reports of a security alert. The plane is currently at the airport and officers are making enquiries,” local Essex Police added.last_img read more

Car explosion in Central Cairo kills 17 injures 32

first_img Car explosion in Central Cairo kills 17, injures 32 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:35Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Seventeen people have died and 32 have been injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.A car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars, causing the explosion, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.Egypt’s public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, sources told Reuters, but there was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack. People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt August 4, 2019.Reuterscenter_img Closelast_img read more