Lying Isn’t a Strategy

first_imgToday, I am disappointed. Sad, really.My phone rang. I answered. It was someone who works for me. She said, “ is on the line. She insists she has an appointment with you at 2:30 PM.” I live on my calendar. How could I have been so careless? I open my calendar app, Tempo, on the iPhone. I don’t have an appointment. I asked, “What is this person’s name and what company are they with?”The answer is with .I don’t know . I do recognize the name of the organization. But only because they’ve continued to call me to try to sell their service. It’s something to do with federal contracts.In an attempt to speak with me, this salesperson lied. I am certain that had I taken her call, she would have told me that there was some misunderstanding, that she didn’t say that she had an appointment, that she was only trying to schedule an appointment.There’s a reason so few salespeople use lame, old, worthless tactics like these: Relationships are built on trust, and attempting to begin a relationship with a lie is its undoing.It doesn’t matter how bad you need business. It doesn’t matter how difficult it is to get someone on the phone. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little white lie. There isn’t any excuse for using any strategy for selling that is built on a lie. This is true even if from time to time this dreadful strategy works.If you are going to be a professional salesperson, the rule is this: The truth at any price, even the price of your deal. If you are going to be someone worth doing business with, then be that person.What disappoints me most is not that a salesperson would attempt to open an opportunity by lying about an appointment. What disappoints me most is that somewhere there is a sales organization and a sales manager that is teaching, training, and coaching this behavior. I wonder how they will feel when the salespeople they train end up being the salespeople that call on their elderly parents and grandparents. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Leading ladies

first_imgThey’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance. With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who,They’re the 25 power women of the country, the physical manifestation of will, power, grace, dedication, hard work and extraordinary brilliance.With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who have made India shine on a global platform.NAINA LAL KIDWAI, 52 GROUP CHAIRMAN & COUNTRY HEADHSBC INDIABecause she took HSBC India to startling new heights even during the recession. Because the the company reported an increase in profit by over 40 per cent at the beginning of last year. Because under her leadership they launched a Life Insurance Joint Venture company in India, in association with Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce that reported a premium income close to Rs 300 crore. Because under her guidance, they have taken corporate sustainability to the next level that has won her and the bank accolades for their contribution to the environment.The Wild Side When not banking she spends her free time holidaying at wildlife parks like Kaziranga National Park, Jim Corbett National Park and Kanha National Park with her husband Rashid and children, Kemaya and Rumaal.Her Best Friends are her pet dogs, a German Shepherd named Wolfie and a Labrador called Trigger.A big movie buff Her favourites include a healthy mix of all genres from Chak de India to Mamma Mia and The Namesake, she loves them all.TANYA DUBASH, 41EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT (MARKETING)GODREJ GROUPBecause after taking over a key position in the company, she has changed the way people look at Godrej as a brand. Because she has given the company a fresh, youthful makeover whether it’s through reality television or product-based incentives. Because she introduced the concept of experience marketing with Godrej Nature’s Basket, a world food store. Because with seven major companies, Godrej’s turnover crosses Rs 1,100 crore.Time out She loves to spend time with her husband, Arvind and her kids, Aryan and Azaar. She also likes to read and travel. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell is one of her favourite books. Her other favourites include Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Eat Pray and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She likes to watch films and takes time out to catch the latest ones. The three films she liked the most were Sherlock Holmes, 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan.She aims to bring alive a brighter experience for consumers, more vibrant expressions of what they want in a more empathetic manner and ultimately create progress for all of Godrej’s stakeholders.CHANDA KOCHHAR, 47CEO& MD, ICICI BANKBecause she heads India’s largest private banks with an asset base of Rs 3.8 lakh crore. Because she is ranked number 20 on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Because in a year fraught with financial upheaval post recession, her bank emerged stronger on all parameters recording an operating profit of 22 per cent minus treasury income. Because this is just the beginning, as she says, “2009 made us emerge stronger but 2010 is the year of growth opportunity.”What’s next “We are using the current year to position our balance sheet to take advantage of the next phase of growth.” With an aim to increase the bank’s network from 1,520 to 2,000 plus branches.Her one passion besides banking Is Hindi cinema. A die-hard Bollywood fan, she can often be spotted in the Mumbai multiplexes on weekends.Her Role Models Are both bankers, N. Vaghul and K.V. Kamath. Vaghul shared his wisdom with her and she believes that ICICI Group’s culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, and good governance is the legacy that her role model left behind. On the other hand, Kamath is her mentor. She feels fortunate to be mentored by a man who was farsighted enough to revolutionise the way banking worked in India.PREETHA REDDY, 52MANAGING DIRECTORAPOLLO HOSPITALS GROUPClick here to EnlargeBecause she has constantly innovated and revamped the Rs 1,800 crore Apollo Hospitals Group. Because through her efforts the Government of India honoured the group with the release of a postage stamp for it’s role in India’s health care sector. Because she belongs to a group of 10 business heads that form the Indo-US CEOs Forum this year. Because she is the first woman advisor on health care to the Indian government. Because she is also the director of Kalakshetra, the legendary dance school in Chennai.Role Model “My father Dr Prathap C Reddy. He’s so positive. For him, there is always an upside to something and he never loses focus on what he’s here for.”Silver Screen James Cameron’s Avatar made a huge impression. It’s a film she can watch many times over.AKSHATA MURTY, 30ENTREPRENEURClick here to EnlargeBecause She is not content to sit back on a famous surname. Because she gave up a job in venture capital and decided to listen to her heart. Because she is launching a contemporary clothing line with traditional Indian roots. Because she has chosen a path that no one in her family has. Because, Akshata, her clothing line, made in consultation with design students, aims to give artisans of this country a platform in the West.She shares a special bond With her mother Sudha Murthy, who is her friend, philosopher and guide. It’s her capability to balance career, family and society that has left an impact.NIRUPAMA RAO, 59FOREIGN SECRETARYClick here to EnlargeBecause She is the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. Because she has brought in a new diplomatic style with her out-of-the-box thinking. Because she is known to be a tough negotiator and is handling the ongoing dialogue with Pakistan. Because she has served at key diplomatic assignments like China and Sri Lanka. Because she was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Wordsmith A compilation of her poems was published under the title Rain Rising in 2004.SHILPA GUPTA, 33INSTALLATION ARTISTBecause she has three solo shows lined up this year, the first of which is currently being showcased at The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. Because her work is already a part of art school books in the UK. Because she is one of the few Indian artists to have showcased her work at the Yvon Lambert, France and Gallery Continua, Italy. Because she has been interviewed by veteran German artist and intellectual Peter Weibel.Most special work is her current project, While I Sleep on the theme of fears and prejudices.PRIYANKA CHOPRA, 27ACTORBecause this former Miss World made a clean sweep at the award ceremonies last year. Because she won the National Award, a first for a person in her 20s, after her brilliant performance in Fashion. Because she is on top of the Bollywood game with four back-to-back successes from Fashion, Dostana, Kaminey to What’s Your Rashee.Because she is being talked about, not for her link-ups with co-actors but her work, a welcome change in an industry obsessed with gossip. Because every director worth his weight wants to work with her. Because her forthcoming films include Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani, Vishal Bhardwaj’s untitled next and Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Because she is also UNICEF’s National Celebrity working for children’s rights.Quote Unquote “My work is my elixir. It’s what keeps evil away and is the one thing that’s always stood by me.”National Award Moment “I was in New York when I heard and it was four in the morning. I really didn’t know whether to jump or scream. I spent the next four hours on the phone talking to friends and family.”ROOPA KUDVA, 46REGION HEAD,SOUTH ASIA, STANDARD & POORSMD & CEO, CRISILClick here to EnlargeBecause Because she is the MD and CEO of India’s first credit rating agency. Because Crisil’s rating coverage has grown nearly eight times since 2008. Because when the financial meltdown in the US put rating firms under the scanner Kudva and her team promptly stepped up communication with the users of its ratings by sending out rating alerts to investors and general public even before a company was downgraded or upgraded.Her most memorable experience At work has been walking in unannounced for an interview and walking out with a job in hand.SWATI PIRAMAL, 53DIRECTOR, PIRAMAL HEALTH CARE & PRESIDENTASSOCHAMBecause she has truly been able to break the glass ceiling after becoming the first woman to head an apex business chamber in India. Because since her appointment, she has invited 100 women to chair all the national committees of ASSOCHAM this year. Because Piramal Life Sciences, where she is vice chairperson, is gearing up to deliver the first drug developed by an Indian research company.She is passionate about Sufi poetry, studying medieval history and literature.Her most memorable experience has been meeting former US President Bill Clinton and having a one-on-one discussion with him.RAJSHREE PATHY, 53CHAIRPERSONRAJSHREE SUGARS AND CHEMICALSBecause she is Chairperson of Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals, a company with interests across integrated fields such as sugar, power co-generation and biotechnology. Because in 2009, she completely reorganised Rajshree Sugars and inducted new top-class professionals, to move on to the next growth phase. Because the turnover of her company and its subsidiaries is expected to exceed Rs 600 crore in March 2010. Because she was elected the President of SISM (South India Sugar Mills) for the second term 2007-2009.What this woman wants Is to always succeed and be ranked among the best in whatever she does.She dreams To see all her goals for Rajshree Sugars turn to reality. She is also waiting for her children Aishwarya and Aditya to bless her with lots of grandchildren.VINITA BALI, 53MANAGING DIRECTORBRITANNIAGROUPBecause she took charge of a near rudderless firm and turned its fortunes around making its topline profit double in four years between 2005-09. Because her company has been growing at 20 per cent annually. Because its market share, in the Rs 6,000-crore biscuit market has stabilised around 35 per cent. Because money making is not the only thing she cares about. Because Britannia’s work with Global Alliance for improved nutrition got her international acclaim at the Clinton Global Initiative.Life after work Involves working out and listening to western and Indian classical music.AGATHA SANGMA, 29UNION MINISTER OF STATE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENTBecause at the age of 28, she became the youngest MP. Because she is the youngest minister in the current council of ministers. Because this former lawyer is the face of the youth in a country where politics is the domain of the old and the wise. Because despite being the daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P.S. Sangma and sister to James and Conrad who are in Meghalaya state politics, she has managed to carve out her own identity.Earth Calling A Master’s in environmental management from the University of Nottingham, she also dabbles in nature photography.MALLIKA SRINIVASAN, 50DIRECTORTAFEBecause she rose above the stereotypes and made a mark in the macho tractor business. Because her great delegation and communication skills worked very well during the downturn when TAFE grew despite the gloom in the environment. Because it is the first tractor company to be recognised for strong commitment to excel at the 15th Quality Summit conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore.Woman Power She is a serious votary of woman power and feels women’s contribution to society has often been underestimated.PRIYA PAUL, 43CHAIRPERSONAPEEJAY SURRENDRA PARKHOTELSBecause she has revamped the concept of a boutique hotel and given it a chic, edgy identity. Because despite the downturn, the group has successfully expanded to include a 10-room land property and an eight-room boutique cruiser in Kerala and a hotel in Hyderabad. Because the group also opened ItALIA, a stand-alone restaurant in Delhi and launched its own spa brand, Aura. Because the turnover for 2009-2010 is expected to be around Rs 250 crore. Because she is also one of India’s foremost art collectors with an eclectic taste that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary. Because she is also the founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council-India Initiative and chairperson of South Asia Women’s Fund.Future Perfect Three new properties are currently going through their design phase, Paul says and are scheduled to open in about two years from now. There is the group’s second property in Kolkata, Jaipur and Pune.LOVELEEN TANDAN, 36FILM DIRECTORBecause she brought home the Oscars as casting director and co-director of the eight-time Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle. Because she belongs to that category of young women directors who defy convention and bravely venture into new frontiers.The slumdog moment The infamous “potty scene. It was actually dollops of peanut butter chocolate sauce that we had used to soak little Jamal. He would keep licking it off”, she says.Passion turns career From Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair and The Namesake to Steven Spielberg’s Terminal and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane, it has been a long and fulfilling road.PADMASREE WARRIOR, 48CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICERCISCO SYSTEMS INCBecause her company’s revenue for 2009 was Rs 1,65,000 crores. Because under her leadership, Cisco took huge strides in the realm of cloud computing, virtualisation, connected life and TelePresence and the new and emerging opportunities they present. Because recently, the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce recognised her with its prestigious Excellence Award.Creative Energy She is an artist at heart. She has channeled her creative energies through her favorite mediums of clay and acrylics. She finds dance fun and creative.Quote Unquote She believes that there is more to a CTO’s role than just looking for cutting-edge products but needs to come up with new business models to monetise that technology.NAMRITA JHANGIANI, 55PARTNEREGON ZEHNDER INTERNATIONALBecause She’s a partner with Egon Zehnder International which is the world’s largest executive search firm. Because in 2009, despite the recession, Egon Zehnder not only refrained from laying people off like other firms, in the domestic and international market, but also opened a new office in Bengaluru and continued recruiting. Because she has worked extensively in recruitment for CEO board levels in the finance, pharmaceutical and BPO sectors. Because their revenues are close to Rs 2,000 crore.Happiness quotient She loves being right at the heart of strategic discussions with senior leadership of the corporate world. Seeing the company’s share price go up with the announcement of a hire she makes is a thrill.Reading room Her latest favourites are The Music Room by Namita Devidayal and The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.BHAIRAVI JANI, 30DIRECTORSCA GROUP OF COMPANIESBecause at 30 she is the Director of the SCA group of Companies which specialises in shipping, warehousing, logistics and many more. Because she is the Chairperson of CII’s Young Indians. Because with her fresh ideas she ventured into unchartered territories. Because despite the recession they launched Transmart India Pvt. Ltd, the first modern warehousing company with state of the art technology, causing a big shift in the industry. Because there are projects with over Rs 1,000 crore investment in warehousing.Dancing queen Trained in Bharatanatyam, she dances to unwind.DEVITA SARAF, 28CEOVU TECHNOLOGIESBecause besides being CEO, Vu technologies, she is an executive committee member of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Because she is a part of Mensa, an international society of people whose IQ ranks in the top two per cent of the world’s population. Because she is the founder and chairperson of the young Bombay forum of the Bombay chamber, part of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Art fetish She has taken classes in pottery, jewellry designing at the Indo American Institute where she received a diploma in it, graphic designing and Ikebana.NEELAM DHAWAN, 49MANAGING DIRECTORHEWLETTPACKARD, INDIABecause she is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, India. Because despite the recession, HP remained at the number one spot in domestic companies as well as multinationals in India. Because she pioneered philanthropic drives where close to Rs 130 crore was pumped into the sectors of education, entrepreneurship development, environment and disaster relief.Her mantra for success “Nothing is too difficult. We need to try and give it our best and the results automatically will follow.”She strongly recommends Good to Great a book where author Jim Collins answers questions about how good companies become great.CHITRA RAMAKRISHNA, 46JOINT MANAGING DIRECTORNATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGEBecause she is the Joint Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange. Because she has been a part of the founding committee of NSE and has grown with the institution to hold such a senior position. Because with her playing a key role in the decision making process, the network of NSE has strengthened with offices in 1,500 cities across the country.Honesty is her best policy She believes that the best road to success, personal and professional, is by being honest in whatever one does.No Camera, only action Far from hogging media attention she shies away from it. She believes that her actions will always speak louder than her words.Best moment “Every moment in the past 15 years has been exciting.”MEERA SHANKAR, 59INDIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATESBecause she is the only woman to be appointed Indian Ambassador to the United States since Vijaylakshmi Pandit. Because she has been deputed to the job to give momentum to the transforming Indo-US ties under a new administration in Washington DC. Because she is the lady-incharge when it comes to negotiating the civil nuke deal, counter-terrorism cooperation and outsourcing with the US.Power Duo She and foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, two of the most powerful diplomats in India, are from the 1973 batch of IAS officers and served as part of the strong female diplomatic contingent under former Ambassador S.S. Ray, in Washington DC from 1991 to 1995.ROHINI IYER, 28OWNERRAINDROP MEDIABecause She runs one of the biggest brand and image management companies for celebrities. Because her client list reads like a who’s who, from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan, Nadiadwala Grandsons, Eros International, Venus to Hari Om Productions. Because she handles everything from press meets to film screenings, outdoor shoots, brand endorsements and building thier brand image.Tuning In Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head was the inspiration behind her company name.MEHER PUDUMJEE, 43CHAIRPERSONTHERMAX LIMITEDBecause After completing her degree in chemical engineering from London, she decided to come back to India and start as a trainee in Thermax Limited, now a Rs 3,000 crore company. Because under her, the company’s global influence is increasing by technology partnerships and business alliances with German organisations and the recent visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Horst Koehler to the Thermax Limited’s factory in Chinchwad, Pune.The love for music She is passionate about western classical music and is a part of The Chamber Singers, a Pune-based western classical choir. They meet every Tuesday to practice and hold concerts once or twice a year in Mumbai and Pune.Family first She loves spending time with her husband, Pheroze and her two children. Her family is her biggest safety net, a source of unconditional love.With Inputs by Sumaiya Khan, Gunjeet Sra and Chitra Subramanyamadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Rain or Shine drags Magnolia to Game 7 for last PBA finals ticket

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA Women’s 3×3 – April 01, 2016 PLAY LIST 34:34PBA Women’s 3×3 – April 01, 201630:41PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – December 09, 201501:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Magnolia managed to knot the affair at 62 by the end of the third quarter, all thanks to Ian Sangalang’s showing.But they had no answer for Nambatac, who started to catch fire from deep at the start of the final frame. From thereon, Nambatac and Yap took turns on scoring, snuffing out every ounce of counterattack the Hotshots mounted.“Coming into Game 7, we just have to do the same,” Garcia said of their sudden-death match scheduled this Sunday at MOA Arena in Pasay.“But Magnolia, coming into such situation, have much more experience. We just have to trust each other,” he added.The victory snapped Magnolia’s eight-game streak at Ynares Center, where the Hotshots crowned Governor’s Cup champions last December. Their last loss came in Sept. 17, 2017, in the hands of TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap with another reliable performance for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Just as their foes were reaching for the dagger in the very arena where they have emerged unscathed and crowned as champions, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters looked calm and collected, giving themselves a fightback of their own in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.The Elasto Painters leaned on the marksmanship of Rey Nambatac and yet another steady performance by James Yap to fend off Magnolia, 91-81, and forge a decider for the last remaining Finals berth, Friday night at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Finals trip nothing new to Beermen, but Fajardo vows they will work just as hard to get title LATEST STORIES View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I just told the players to enjoy this game, to keep it simple and it worked,” said coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad managed to extend the series after falling in three consecutive meetings.“I told them to not think about whatever happens and asked each one of them to play their game and stay relaxed,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd it showed.Yap led all of Rain or Shine’s scorers with 16 while Nambatac and Beau Belga tossed in 15 apiece. Jewel Ponferrada added 11 more to preserve their promising start to their semifinal series. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Rain or Shine could also deny Magnolia a chance to get back at its tormentors in last year’s all-Filipino finals.The scores:RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Nambatac 16, Yap 16, Belga 15, Ponferada 11, Torres 8, Norwood 8, Rosales 7, Ahanmisi 5, Daquioag 2, Mocon 2, Borboran 1.MAGNOLIA 81 – Sangalang 19, Lee 18, Jalalon 14, Herndon 9, Brondial 6, Melton 5, Reavis 4, Barroca 3, Ramos 3, Dela Rosa 0, Pascual 0, Abundo 0.Quarters: 21-17, 41-35, 62-62, 91-81. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Abando: I never planned on leaving UST

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man “[It] began in October or November last year when we were playing in preseason tournaments because Rhenz was already playing for us during his residency,” the source told the Inquirer on Friday.The source tagged an assistant coach of the school as the one who constantly communicated with Abando.“The coaches just told Rhenz that he can always say no to that assistant coach, but always be polite,” the source said. “It just so happened that the messages didn’t stop.”And as the Tigers take on the Bulldogs, Abando wants the UST community to know where his heart is.“There’s just a misunderstanding regarding the issue, but I never planned on leaving UST,” Abando said.ADVERTISEMENT Rhenz Abando will have a lot of the spotlight on him on Saturday when University of Santo Tomas tackles National University in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Ynares Center in hilly Antipolo City.The Tigers are hoping to boost their chances of tabbing the No. 2 spot in the playoff race, but that quest will likely be the sidelight in a game where tension will expectedly be thick in the wake of the poaching issue surrounding Abando.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSL’s Sparkle and Shine unveiledcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Amid all these, the rookie sensation wants to make one thing clear.“I’m committed to UST and I didn’t say that I will leave,” Abando said in Filipino in an interview with the Inquirer on Friday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “I’ve rejected the offers a long time ago.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut even as he reiterated his loyalty to UST, a key team official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, detailed one particular school’s persistent pursuit of Abando.The source said that one of the assistant coaches of that school would constantly talk to Abando and offered him cash worth more than P3 million, a house, a van and “other opportunities.” MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cumberland County

first_imgCumberland County: Highway 104, Cobequid Pass Open Both the eastbound and westbound lanes on the Cobequid Pass are now open. -30-last_img

GJM names Tamang as bypoll candidate

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Tuesday declared the name of party president Binay Tamang as the candidate for the Assembly by-elections in Darjeeling. If Tamang wins, he has been promised the Ministry of Hill Affairs, declared GJM leaders.A central committee meeting was held in Darjeeling on Tuesday, along with the frontal organisations of GJM. Later while talking to media persons, Tshering Dahal, president, Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha (GJNM), said: “The meeting unanimously decided on the candidature of Binay Tamang. If he wins he will be given the Ministry of Hill Affairs. In the present political scenario, it is very vital that the Hill maintains a diplomatic relation with the state government.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe poll plank of the GJM will be land documents (parja patta), development, minimum wages and employment. “Majority of the people in the Hills do not have land documents. The BJP has launched a conspiracy, whereby they will be implementing the NRC. They are trying to prove us as immigrants of 1950. To counter this, we should have the land documents,” stated Dahal. The GJM has assured that land documents will be handed over by 2020. Other than this, the upgradation of Darjeeling Municipality into a corporation, creation of Sonada and Sukhia Municipality and upgradation of Bijanbari block into a sub division are also on the cards. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAt present, Tamang is the chairman, board of administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. “Under him and Anit Thapa, the development that the Hills have witnessed in the past 17 months, has been phenomenal,” added Dahal. Tamang will be filing his nomination on April 26. Darjeeling will go to polls on May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23. TMC will not take part in the poll fray but will be supporting Tamang. Jan Andolan Party has declared Amar Lama as the party candidate for the Assembly by-election.last_img read more

German archbishops comment on families offends Muslims

first_imgA German Catholic leader was forced to apologise Wednesday over comments that sparked indignation among the country’s Muslim community and proponents of a multicultural society.Cologne Archbishop Joachim Meisner, 80, had praised the high birth rate of many Catholics, telling followers: “I always say, one of your families to me makes up for three Muslim families”.Bekir Alboga of the Turkish-Islamic Union Ditib said the comments promote “fear and misunderstanding”, telling broadcaster Deutsche Welle that “we need a bridge-builder, not a polariser.” Many politicians also strongly rejected the comments, among them Sylvia Loehrmann, state education minister of North Rhine-Westphalia where Cologne is located.“Rating the relative value of families and therefore children by origin or religious affiliation not only violates our constitution, it is also anything but Christian,” she said.The archbishop — who has in the past likened abortion to Nazi crimes — later said he regretted having caused “irritation” and that “it was not my intention to offend people of other faiths”.“My choice of words in this case was perhaps unfortunate,” said Meisner, who is expected to retire next month.“I have repeatedly said that Muslim families are setting a good example in our ageing society.”last_img read more

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad:Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they’re described as “news deserts .”But then, there’s The Berkshire Eagle.The western Massachusetts daily has an expanded investigative team. There’s a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle’s Sunday editions. There’s a new monthly magazine focusing on the area’s culinary and natural charms. There’s an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.The newspaper is wider, its paper thicker. There’s even a second daily crossword puzzle.The Eagle’s revival started three years ago, when four investors with deep pockets and ties to the Berkshires took a leap of faith. They bought it and its three sister Vermont publications from a hedge fund-backed media chain with a reputation for cost-cutting tactics that squeeze profits from struggling newspapers while leaving a diminished staff; the chain has defended its strategy as a way to ensure that local newspapers can survive financially.Since the purchase, a hiring flurry has brought more than 50 new jobs to the Eagle and its sister papers.It’s easy to get carried away — the Eagle is still struggling, and its survival is far from assured. Readers are trickling, not flocking, back.But if it does fail, it won’t be for lack of effort. The Eagle’s owners, editors and staff are waging an all-out campaign to revitalize local journalism in the Berkshires and southern Vermont.“I want our newspaper to love its readers. And I want its readers to love the newspapers back,” said executive editor Kevin Moran, before resorting to a journalist’s black humour: “Because if they don’t have an emotional connection to the newspaper, they are not going to cry when you are gone.”Fredric Rutberg has always had that kind of connection to the Eagle — which is why he has put his body, soul and cash into its rescue.Rutberg, a local district judge who was looking for a second act as he neared retirement, pulled together the group of investors who bought the Eagle in the spring of 2016 from Digital First Media, also knowns as MNG Enterprises.Rutberg, 73, relishes his role as newspaper owner, publisher and president. He hosts intimate gatherings with readers called “Coffee with the President,” promoting the newspaper’s triumphs, including award-winning investigative coverage of the Berkshire Museum’s controversial sale of artworks, the decaying state of the region’s bridges and the struggle to bring broadband internet to rural communities.From his office at Eagle headquarters, he fields phone calls from readers complaining if the newspaper is delivered late or too far from the driveway.“They are always shocked when I answer the phone,” said Rutberg, who finally decided to ride along one night with a delivery truck driver and write a column to explain the demands of the job.Another time, he ended up being the highlight of a chatty Eagle story on favourite kitchen gadgets, posing for a photo with onion glasses and a slightly sheepish grin.All the while, he regularly travels to Vermont to visit the sister newspapers. He pursues strategies for revenue diversification: The newspaper is developing an in-house ad-agency and hosts paid events, including high school sports galas and a “Conversation Series” that bring experts to discuss topics from faith in politics to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.For Moran, this level of involvement is a thrilling contrast to the Eagle’s former corporate owners. During a rare visit from them in 2015, the agenda was mostly budget cuts.Shortly afterward, Moran said, he oversaw the layoffs of 19 people at the four newspapers, one of his lowest moments in a two-decade career spent rising through the ranks of the Eagle and its affiliated newspapers. The year before, 18 positions had already been cut.“You see this foundation, this whole pillar of your community, start to break apart,” Moran said.___Rutberg and his three partners seized a short window of opportunity when Alden Global Capital was putting several of its newspapers up for sale following failed negotiations to sell off the company’s media properties, known as Digital First Media, to a private equity firm. The sale returned the Berkshire Eagle to local ownership for the first time since 1995, when the debt-saddled Miller family that had run it for more than a century first sold it to a media chain.Today, Rutberg and co-owner Hans Morris, a former president of Visa, are forging ahead without two of their original partners. Stanford Lipsey, a longtime newspaper publisher, died in November 2016, with his share passing to his wife, Judi Lipsey. Former M&T Bank CEO Robert Wilmers died in December 2017.The year before, Wilmers had declared the goal of building “the finest group of community newspapers” in the country. And the new owners swiftly made changes that reflected their frustrations as Eagle readers, down to replacing thin newsprint that curled in humid weather and was unbecoming of a newspaper that won a Pulitzer for editorial writing in 1973.Moran was suddenly scrambling to add staff.Rutberg and his partners wanted a “world-class” arts and culture section worthy of a region that boasts the Jacob’s Pillow dance centre, a theatre scene that lures Hollywood stars and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Under the corporate owners, the features staff had been whittled down to two editors, who relied on syndicated stories on food and gardening to fill out pages that were shared with the Vermont papers.Now, features editor Lindsey Hollenbaugh oversees a staff of seven. She launched Landscapes, the 12-page lifestyle section that includes only local stories, aside from The New York Times bestseller list. Landscapes has taken readers to a theatre rehearsal with actor Jon Hamm, followed around a pizza delivery driver on the coldest night of the year and explained how on-duty firefighters weave grocery shopping into their shifts.“Suddenly, I had all the freedom in the world with very few constraints,” said Hollenbaugh, who first joined the Berkshire Eagle in 2010. “We feel like we won the lottery.”The expanded investigative team gives voice to overlooked communities in the Berkshires, the hilly, westernmost region of Massachusetts, where 130,000 people are scattered across 30-plus towns and villages.Geographic differences make the Berkshires a challenge to cover. Some towns are New England charmers that draw artists and New York City tourists, including Rutberg’s town of Stockbridge, home to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Others, such as the main city of Pittsfield, are still struggling with the ripple effects of losing thousands of jobs when major employer General Electric gradually packed up and left in the 1980s and ’90s, hastening a population loss that shows no signs of slowing.The Eagle strives to be indispensable to all those communities, and its reporters say that effort is being reflected in the story requests they get from readers.Exasperated residents from rural Sandisfield led reporter Heather Bellow to investigate a pipeline company’s failure to live up to a 2-year-old promise to fix a rural road , so damaged that tar stuck to the feet of dogs and people. Text messages from anguished neighbours prodded her to keep pushing for answers about a fire that killed a family of five in the town of Sheffield, long after the tragedy faded from national headlines.The hard part is persuading the people of the Berkshires to pay for this type of in-depth coverage.“Our business plan was simply to increase the quality of the content and attract new readers,” Rutberg said. “We’ve made more than a bona fide effort at the first part. We are in the second right now, and the jury’s out.”___The Berkshire Eagle’s overall paid circulation fell more than 20 per cent during the first year under new ownership, before key initiatives such as Landscapes were launched. Rutberg counts it as an achievement that circulation remained mostly stable the second year, at more than 15,000 on weekdays and nearly 18,000 on Sundays, still half what it was a decade ago.On the bright side, digital subscriptions are finally ticking up.“In our industry, flat is the new black,” Rutberg says cheerfully, his go-to catchphrase when anyone asks about circulation.Like many newspapers, the Berkshire Eagle increasingly relies on revenue from paid subscriptions, as major advertisers migrate to online giants such as Facebook and Google. Rutberg said the Eagle has suffered from the decline of the Berkshire Mall, which saw key retailers J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Best Buy leave over the past four years, taking their ad dollars with them.One thing Rutberg said he can’t do is pass the cost of his heftier newspaper onto readers because of a price hike by the previous owner. Digital First Media raised the cost of home delivery service by 60 per cent in 2014 to $300 a year, even as the paper grew thinner.Through a spokeswoman, Molly Curry, Digital First declined to comment for this story. In the past, Digital First has countered criticism of its tactics, saying it runs “newspapers profitably and sustainably so that they can continue to serve their local communities.”In a letter earlier this year to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the company’s chairman noted that advertising and circulation declines were threatening the newspaper industry generally. But he said Digital First, also known as MNG Enterprises, believes in the industry “and we know how to operate successful newspaper businesses over the long term.”It remains to be seen how sustainable the expanded Eagle will be under its new owners.The newspaper charges $13 a month for a digital-only subscription, letting people read three articles online before hitting the pay wall. Social media drives a third of the newspaper’s digital traffic, a double-edged sword because many readers bristle at being asked to pay for content they see on Facebook.“I just don’t have time to sit down and read an entire newspaper. I’m on Facebook 10 minutes a day; I’m not going to get $13 worth of news,” said Jenna Lanphear, a 40-year-old Pittsfield beauty salon owner, applying lemon nail polish for Amy Sinico, a day care centre director who also does not subscribe.“It’s very frustrating,” Sinico chimed in. “When they put a link on Facebook and then you click on it to read more about it, but you can’t because you have to buy the subscription. Don’t put the link on Facebook then.”A recent Pew Research Center study found this to be typical. Only 14% of American adults said they had paid for local news within the past year, via subscription, donation or membership.Half the respondents noted that free content is available to them. In the Berkshires, Lanphear and Sinico pointed out, people can get news for free from television, radio and two digital news sites, the Berkshire Edge and iBerkshires.com.Lanphear did sign up her 13-year-old daughter for a summit of high school journalists organized by the Berkshire Eagle’s education reporter, Jenn Smith — one of many efforts the Eagle is making to re-establish itself as the centre of civic life and deepen its interaction with readers.Smith, for example, takes nominations from parents and teachers for a “Classroom of the Week” column. She visits each class for the story then drives back to deliver a frameable poster of her column and a gift certificate for teaching materials.And earlier this year, the Eagle invited high schoolers to organize and moderate one of its “Conversation Series.”The idea came from Marie Butler and Jordan Bradford, two Pittsfield High School juniors who attended a “Conversation” on faith and politics last fall only to be disappointed by the lack of diversity among the panelists (three white men) and the audience (mostly white and older).Bradford and Butler say most of their classmates are preoccupied with the news, which they follow on the smartphones they never part with. On Twitter, they follow NPR, President Donald Trump, social activists and a few of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Last year, hundreds of Pittsfield High School students walked out of class after the shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.“Since our generation has a lot of access to the internet, the politics that happens in our government is kind of right in our faces,” Bradford said.That kind of enthusiasm doesn’t automatically translate into new readers for a local paper like the Eagle.Bradford’s parents don’t subscribe, although they pick up the paper when their star swimmer daughter makes the sports pages. Butler regularly reads the newspaper because her parents get it delivered, but she doesn’t know anyone else who does.“I’m definitely alone in that arena,” she said.___The newspaper is experimenting with ways to promote itself as a source of unique stories about the Berkshires.Its online editor, Noah Hoffenberg, found that traffic from Facebook to the Eagle’s digital site increased when he posted fewer stories and opinion pieces about national politics, which had been triggering negative comments and accusations of bias.Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst for the Poynter Institute, said it’s good practice for a local newspaper to market itself as a refuge from the divisiveness of national politics. But he said people invariably turn to television and radio for basic information, eroding the perception that newspapers are indispensable.“Weather and traffic — some people find that is the only news they care about it. If they are getting that, they may not be revved up to pay for a local newspaper,” Edmonds said.Some people might also take their local newspaper for granted: The Pew poll found that 71 per cent of Americans believe their local news outlets are doing very or somewhat well financially, when in fact many newspapers are struggling to survive.Moran said it is not lost on anyone at the Berkshire Eagle that “we are trying to swim upstream.”Independently owned newspapers are becoming a thing of the past. Of the 1,200 newspapers that have been sold in the last five years, most were owned by families or small private chains, according to a study by Penelope Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor whose research on the subject gave rise to the term “news desert.”In May, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet bleakly predicted the demise of “most local newspapers in America” within five years, except for ones bought by billionaires. The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, both national publications, are thriving after being bought by billionaires. The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal are among other major American newspapers that appear to have steadied themselves after being sold to local wealthy individuals.For many other newspapers, especially smaller ones, the future prospects are uncertain.In January, Rutberg wrote a column in the Eagle appealing for several hundred new subscribers.He made the same appeal at a trendy cafe in Pittsfield during a recent “Coffee with the President,” his second in a week. His audience was mostly middle age and older, not surprising in a place like the Berkshires, which has struggled to hold on to its working-age population.A few younger customers poked their heads in while Rutberg spoke, then backed away, coffees in hand.The older audience promptly brought up newspaper delivery. One man approvingly noted his paper has been arriving on time and launched into a discussion about tipping drivers. Another worried about how the city’s new ban on single-use plastic bags would affect the bundling of the papers.Rutberg patiently assured them that the newspaper would visit their homes to install green plastic tubes where the paper can be inserted, something he said the old owners had stopped doing.Days earlier, he was still glowing after a trip to Boston to accept the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which The Berkshire Eagle won for its commitment to community journalism, a vindication of his late partner Bob Wilmer’s dream.“We are going to stick with this,” Rutberg said. “This is our commitment as long as humanly possible.”___Follow Alexandra Olson at https://twitter.com/Alexolson99Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press read more

Liberia UN envoy underlines need for better policing of borders

26 March 2007Opening a new immigration office in a provincial capital in Liberia’s west, a senior United Nations envoy to the country today stressed that cross-border traffic in small arms, light weapons and rebels continues to threaten peace and stability in West Africa. Jordan Ryan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Governance, called for a comprehensive peace and security strategy for the region as he launched the office in Tubmanburg, capital of Bomi County.“Liberia is no longer the heart of instability in the region,” he said, according to a press release issued by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “The country is making great strides in securing peace and stability, but there are regional challenges of potential threats of cross-border movements of small arms and light weapons, as well as rebels.”Mr. Ryan said regional peace will only be sustainable if the borders of individual countries are effectively policed.The $23,000 immigration office opened by Mr. Ryan was funded by UNMIL’s Quick Impact Projects as part of the Mission’s efforts to rebuild the immigration and naturalization bureau, whose facilities were largely destroyed during the country’s devastating civil war between 1989 and 2003.Liberia has approximately 176 entry points along its borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, but only 36 are staffed by immigration officers, according to the bureau.Mr. Ryan also handed over the Bomi County office of Liberia’s ministry of gender and development to county authorities after a $14,000 renovation funded by the Quick Impact Projects scheme.On Saturday, in the town of Caldwell, located near the national capital, Monrovia, Mr. Ryan opened Liberia’s first youth peace-building centre, again funded under the Quick Impacts Projects scheme.The centre will offer peer-to-peer education about peace, vocational skills training, computer training, youth-led community development projects, literacy courses, health education and HIV/AIDS awareness programmes. read more

Senior Indian diplomat named Annans next envoy for East Timor

A senior diplomat from India has been appointed to lead the United Nations presence in East Timor after the territory gains independence on 20 May.Kamalesh Sharma, the current Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York, will succeed Sergio Vieira de Mello on 21 May as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for East Timor. In that capacity, Ambassador Sharma will also lead the successor mission to the current UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).In a letter addressed to the President of the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General expresses his “sincere appreciation for [Mr. Vieira de Mello’s] exceptional leadership of UNTAET.”

Chad violence threatens fragile UN relief lifeline for 110000 refugees from Darfur

“We plan to keep a minimum presence in each of the three field offices of Bahai, Iriba and Guereda to ensure assistance to the refugees continues and to monitor the situation,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva, referring to the three worst affected areas. The overall situation for 218,000 Darfurian refugees and 90,000 displaced Chadians took a serious turn for the worse some 10 days ago when the town of Abeche, hub for relief efforts, was first occupied by rebel forces and then re-taken by Government troops.During the turmoil the main UN relief supply warehouses were pillaged, reportedly by local residents. The precariousness of the security situation for UN staff was underlined by an incident during military activity in Guereda on Friday, when four armed men forced their way into UNHCR’s compound, threatened the staff at gunpoint and stole two vehicles. So far, over 200 humanitarian staff have been relocated from Abeche. “We plan to use Abeche as a base to send mobile teams of our staff and partner NGO staff to the northern camps for a couple of days as security permits,” Ms. Pagonis said. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) also warned that its operations were becoming increasingly difficult, with periodic fighting forcing it to temporarily suspend all non-emergency activities in parts of the troubled region, affecting at least 56,000 Chadians who would normally benefit. “There are hundreds of thousands of people – refugees from Sudan and Chadians – who depend on us for their daily needs,” WFP Country Director Felix Bamezon said. “WFP and our partners have a huge job to do. For that we need a measure of calm to return – at present the situation is too volatile for our staff to work normally.” WFP lost 483 metric tons of food when its warehouses in Abeche was looted. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) also reported that its operations were being hampered by the growing unrest. Its staff stationed in Abeche, including three internationals, have expertise in emergency response and fighting epidemics. There are 110,000 refugees from Darfur in six camps in the three worst affected areas. All essential international and local staff of UN agencies operating there are scheduled to be relocated to Abeche or the Chadian capital N’Djamena. “UN agencies are working with their operational partners to ensure vital services such as primary health, access to water and distribution of food are maintained in the camps,” Ms. Pagonis said. “Contingency plans are being activated with pre-positioning of supplies so the six camps directly affected by the staff reduction can run themselves for about one month.” This process got under way yesterday at Mile and Kounoungo camps near Guereda. Humanitarian teams are meeting refugee leaders to keep them informed of the reductions and the measures necessary for each camp to keep functioning. Some 54 people are needed to keep both camps working with basic assistance. These tasks will be performed by partner NGO staff as well as by designated refugees. The same measures are being put into place for camps around Bahai and Iriba. UNHCR has recovered at least 50 per cent of the $1.3-million worth of relief items looted from its main warehouse in Abeche. read more

Fed survey Economic growth picks up across most of the United States

Fed survey: Economic growth picks up across most of the United States as harsh winter recedes by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2014 12:22 pm MDT WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.Ten of the Fed’s 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as “modest or moderate.” Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.In March and early April, consumers took advantage of better weather to go shopping. Manufacturing expanded across most of the U.S. Ports and highways were busier. Across most of the country, home prices rose modestly and homebuilding picked up. Tourism was “generally positive.” In several districts, ski resorts reported record years.The Beige Book, which is published eight times a year, is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered along with other data when Fed policymakers meet April 29-30. Confident that the economy is improving, the Fed has been scaling back bond purchases meant to push long-term interest rates down, encourage consumer and business spending and spur economic growth.Economists are hoping that growth will pick up as the weather gets warmer. Despite a slow, chilly start this year, the economy is expected to grow 3 per cent this year, the fastest pace since 2005, two years before the Great Recession hit.“Beneath all the snow and ice — and there was still some in March — the economy is coming back,” says John Canally, economist at LPL Financial. “Overall, (the Beige Book) says the economy is poised to reaccelerate.”The job market has steadily recovered. Employers added a healthy 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February. The economy has now regained all the private sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. On Wednesday, the Fed also reported that U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January.Still, the news is not all good. A government report on housing construction Wednesday was weaker than economists had hoped for. And the outlook for homebuilding was clouded by a drop last month in applications for building permits. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Lady Eagles Soccer Finds Success Early

Photo by Tyson ChappellBy Cory McKendrick, USU Eastern Sports Information ContributorThe USU Eastern women’s soccer team opened the 2019 season with an unofficial scrimmage against Western Wyoming Community College. The two matched up last preseason with USU Eastern beating Western Wyoming 3-1 in Rock Springs, Wyo. The Eagles showed an offensive explosion in the match on Thursday, Aug. 15 with a lopsided score of 6-1.Coach Ammon Bennett mentioned in a previous article published that, “these preseason scrimmages are very important to us. We expect to see the girls apply practice principles and philosophies in a game environment, and to see what kind of different lineup combinations will mesh well together for the future.”The game featured a very spread offensive assault with six different players chalking a goal to open their season and one player with three assists. Logan Duran (sophomore, forward), Morgan Cragun (sophomore, midfield) and Atley Thompson (freshman, midfield) each scored goals, all of which were assisted by Ashley Brindley (freshman, forward). Claire Boman (sophomore, forward) scored, assisted by Brooklyn Anderson (freshman, midfield). Morgan Haag (freshman, forward) and Sadie Utley (freshman, forward) each scored goals that were unassisted in the match.The Eagles gained a lead early and never looked back, maintaining the lead and extending it throughout the course of the match. The defense played close to flawless, allowing only one goal. Megan Edwards (freshman, goal keeper) was in goal for the Eagles. read more

The Cardinals Spread It Out Like No Other Team But How Much

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 32,67245.0+0.12 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Play-action is more effective, especially with fewer receiversExpected points added (EPA) by the number of eligible receivers in route, for play-action plays vs. all other dropbacks, 2017-18 regular seasons If your goal is to fool your opponent into thinking you’re going to run the ball, bringing in a bunch of players who look like blockers is probably a good idea. That’s an intuitive finding that makes sense. Meanwhile, it’s also heartening to see that adding eligible receivers to the route design of a non-play-action passing play leads to greater passing efficiency. That’s also a finding that we’d expect — the more passing options the better!It’s no surprise that play-action continues to show up as one of the most efficient play types in football. Analysts have been calling it the NFL’s corner three for years. But it’s still somewhat shocking to see just how pervasive and massive an effect a little deception can have on the success of an offense. It will be interesting to see how much play-action the Cardinals incorporate into their attack moving forward. With a healthy dose, along with the ability to successfully flood the field with wide receivers over the course of 16 games, Arizona shouldn’t stay near the bottom of our Elo rankings for long.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 42,78350.6+0.216,17142.5+0.01 2 or fewer1,20139.0-0.03 Based on success rate2The share of those plays with a positive EPA. and EPA per play, the optimum number of receivers to send out into routes is three. NFL rules dictate that five receivers at most can report as eligible to catch a pass on any given play,3The sixth non-lineman must pass the ball and is normally referred to as the quarterback. so this finding would appear to support passing out of heavy sets with big tight ends staying home to help shore up the pass blocking. Or perhaps teams should keep a running back in the backfield to help chip rushing defenders. But it also could be that those heavier sets are effective because of the deception they afford via the play-action pass.To find out, we broke out all plays by the number of receivers and then split the plays by play-action and non-play-action. When we look at the plays this way, we find that play-action accounts for all the efficiency we see from the plays with three or fewer receivers. When play-action snaps are removed, passes with three or fewer receivers have a negative expected value leaguewide. 31,43848.8+0.221,13040.3-0.01 New Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and Arizona have brought a variant of the Hal Mumme Air Raid to the NFL, and while the Cardinals didn’t earn a Week 1 win — they tied the Detroit Lions in their home opener — the system lived up to its billing. Known for its spread concepts and heavy use of the forward pass, the Air Raid relies on a smart, accurate passer to distribute the ball to a bevy of playmakers sent into routes that attack all areas of the field. And spread they did. With first overall pick Kyler Murray running the offense, the Cardinals trotted out more four wide receiver sets (45) on Sunday than the rest of the NFL combined (36).Clearly Kingsbury isn’t afraid to be different, but it comes with risks. Going four-wide is an approach that hasn’t typically paid off for NFL offenses. In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, NFL teams ran 1,185 plays from four-WR sets and ended up stubbing their toes. Over that fairly large sample, the expected points added per play across the league was negative, at -0.03 EPA per play. Meanwhile, teams found success featuring fewer wideouts, averaging positive EPA per play numbers with their personnel groups of two and three wide receivers.1Two-WR formations earned 0.04 EPA play, while three-WR formations earned 0.02 EPA play.[/footnote.That pattern continued in Week 1: Teams averaged -0.03 EPA per play on passes with four wide receivers — right in line with the two-year average.[footnote]On 86 dropbacks. As we saw, the Cardinals were responsible for the majority of those plays, though, so it’s encouraging they performed slightly better than the league mean, earning -0.01 EPA per play.The Air Raid encompasses a set of passing concepts that many teams have integrated into their schemes, so it’s not completely new. Andy Reid of the Chiefs incorporated parts of the Air Raid into his system to suit the specific strengths of Patrick Mahomes, Kingsbury’s former QB at Texas Tech. But the difference for the Cardinals may be in the details. Kingsbury used wide splits and 3×1 wide receiver sets often to stress the Lions defense with his four wideouts, and Murray improved as the game went on. Perhaps they have what it takes to make four-wide in the NFL successful.But we also wondered: Wide receivers aside, does a team having more eligible receivers running routes lead to more production in the NFL? Or do offenses benefit when players stay in to protect their QB? Is adding more receivers to a play ineffective?Expected points added (EPA) per play by number of eligible receivers running routes, for 2017-18 regular-season plays ≤ 242353.6+0.4276438.3-0.05 Number of RoutesDropbacksSuccess RateEPA per play 49,41944.9+0.07 525,73944.8%+0.04 Routesdropbackssuccess rateepa per playdropbackssuccess rateepa per play 52,75349.0+0.1522,48244.3%+0.03 play-actionnon-play-action read more

Guyana Haiti sign agreement to deepen collaboration in areas of tourism

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRenewable energy, cultural exchange MOUs to be signed at Guyana/India Joint Commission meetingJanuary 30, 2018In “latest news”Greenidge to lead Guyana’s delegation to IndiaJanuary 25, 2018In “Greenidge to head Guyana’s delegation to India”Guyana signs loan agreements with China to upgrade Broadband, build Public Service CollegeSeptember 22, 2018In “Business” The Governments of Guyana and Haiti have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deepen collaboration in areas of tourism, agriculture and other economic and social sectors.Guyana’s Second Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and his Haitian counterpart, Antonio Rodrigues during the signing ceremony.According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today, The agreement was signed by Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge and his Haitian counterpart, Mr Antonio Rodrigues.The MOU provides a framework for the deepening of collaboration between Guyana and Haiti in the areas of tourism, agriculture, water management, forestry, food security and other sectors facilitating the economic and social development of the two countries.A Joint Commission will be established to implement the agreement and give further impetus to the bilateral relationship.The first meeting of the Commission is expected to take place within six months of the entry into force of the Agreement and thereafter, the Commission is expected to meet annually, or as otherwise agreed, the statement added. read more

Column Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isnt a complete

first_imgDRUG DEALING IN Dublin City Centre has once again come into sharp focus. Garda operations are currently in force north (Operation Spire) and south (Operation Pier) of the Liffey clamping down on anti-social behaviour. Indeed, anti-social behaviour and a perception of Dublin’s streets as unsafe are a perennial problem in the capital, with drug use and drug dealing often involved.In this regard, media and public reaction to the Garda operations have largely been positive. However, it is important to recognise that the Gardaí are currently limited in what they can do, since much of the visible drug dealing in Dublin City centre involves benzodiazepines. As the law currently stands, such drugs are exempt from the provisions of section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, which creates the offence of possession. However, this is set to change – a proposed amendment to existing legislation will, among other things, criminalise possession of such drugs. This means that the Gardaí will be better equipped to address city centre dealing.What effect will this new legislation have? There is little doubt that it will impact on the circulation of illicit benzodiazepines. In 2010, the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act was introduced, largely in response to rapidly increasing levels of ‘head shop’ drug use. Many addiction services saw a significant decrease in the use of such substances following the introduction of the legislation.Switching drugsHowever, they did not necessarily see a fall-off in numbers, or in the level of need of those attending. For many people who have significant difficulties with drug use, the unavailability of their primary drug of choice will simply result in them switching to a different drug. In fact, many people began using head shop drugs in the first instance because of a drop in heroin supply. Once head shop drugs were restricted via the legislation, and heroin increasingly became available again, there was a shift away from head shop drugs back to the more traditional substances of choice – notably heroin and benzodiazepines.The point is that for many chronically-addicted people, controlling (or eliminating) the supply of a certain drug does not necessarily result in them quitting drugs – it restricts the use of that drug. In any event, poly-drug use is widespread among people who use drugs, and many people who access addiction services use both heroin and benzodiazepines. Of particular interest in this regard is the reported bumper crop of opium in Afghanistan. According to the UNODC, opium production in Afghanistan rose by 49 per cent in 2013, meaning that there is more raw material for the production of heroin available. Further, it has generally been the case that increased Afghan production of opium translates into a corresponding increase in the availability of heroin on the illicit market throughout Europe.If the enactment of legislation to increase controls on benzodiazepines coincides with increased heroin availability in Ireland, the natural result may be fewer benzodiazepines and more heroin on the illicit market. This could be problematic. As a general rule in the city centre, heroin is injected and benzodiazepines are swallowed. An increase in heroin use will thus likely lead to an increase in the frequency of injecting behaviours, with all that that brings (unsafe disposal of injecting equipment, blood borne virus transmission, greater risk of overdose, etc). Simply put, this would mean increased risks for everyone.Addressing the fundamental causesSo, while legislation may change the landscape, it isn’t a complete solution. Criminal justice measures are often costly to implement and carry to their conclusion (it cost €65,000 on average to imprison one person for one year in 2012); and such measures don’t always (and aren’t designed to) address the fundamental causes of problematic behaviour related to drug use. There is a widespread acceptance that drug use is primarily a health issue. As the UNODC noted in its 2013 World Drug Report:Countering the drug problem in full compliance with human rights standards requires an emphasis on the underlying spirit of the existing drug conventions, which is about health. Advocacy for a stronger health perspective and an interconnected re-balancing of drug control efforts must take place.This is as true for local responses as it is for international responses. If we are to put in place meaningful solutions to the issue of drug use in Dublin, we need to do more than increasing the powers and workload of the Gardaí. Such an approach can shift the location and visibility of drug related anti-social behaviour, but does not address its root causes. It is time to acknowledge that drug and alcohol use is a part of modern society – it is a public health issue to be managed, and there are limited returns to be achieved from criminal justice responses.There will always be people who struggle with substance use; we can’t eliminate that. While prohibitive and restrictive approaches limit access to substances which might otherwise be abused and cause harm to the wider population, they can also serve to maximise the harm to a smaller cohort – the chronically addicted. This relatively small group of people require a different approach. Many have co-morbid issues, such as homelessness and/or mental health difficulties. We need to be able to provide support at every opportunity so that when people facing these difficulties are ready to make a positive change in their lives they have that opportunity.To this end, the most lasting solution to Dublin’s issues is to provide people with easily accessible treatment at critical moments when their motivation is high. It is important that we progress innovative initiatives like Medically Supervised Injecting Centres, where people can inject drugs in a safe environment, and Crisis Residential Units, providing medical stabilisation which is needs-based and accessible on demand. Such evidence-based services are common in other European cities, and if introduced here they would help to address the issues of drug related anti-social behaviour in Dublin City centre.Tony Duffin is the Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, a national addiction service working to reduce the harm caused by drug use in Ireland. Ana Liffey provided direct services to over 3,500 clients in 2012, many of whom are among the most marginalised from mainstream service provision. To find out more about the Ana Liffey’s services click here. To donate to the Ana Liffey, click here.Follow the Ana Liffey Drug Project on Facebook or Twitter.Read: Gardaí seize more heroin than any other drug on O’Connell Streetlast_img read more

Is this yours Gardaí are trying to reunite you with all your

first_imgWEDDING RINGS, POWER tools and many, many smartphones are among the items Gardaí are trying to return to the rightful owners.If you’ve had an item stolen recently (or you lost something and you’re a bit embarrassed about it), constantly scanning eBay is not the only way to see where it ended up.In particular, Gardaí in Cork city have launched a new appeal for members of the public to claim their jewellery, purses and sweet, sweet fixie bikes.Are these your shoes? Source: An Garda Síochána via FlickrThe newest batch of lost and stolen stuff in the People’s Republic of Cork was announced yesterday on the Garda Facebook page.If you misplaced something in the area recently, and you’d quite like it back, check out this list of photos, and follow the instructions to come in and claim your prized possession.Last month, Gardaí made a special appeal for the owners of €100,000 worth of art to come forward.The paintings and antiques were seized from a house in West Dublin recently, and include works by the likes of Robert Ballagh and William Ashford.Is this yours? Call Pearse St Garda station on 01-666-9012 if you think it is. Source: An Garda Síochána via FlickrFor everything else – phones, rings, a big box of screws and nails – have a look through this list of photos from around the country, to see if your stuff is available.And if you happen to have lost your lovingly polished trumpet and very, very fancy velvet case – Gardaí at Shankill might just have it for you. Source: An Garda Síochána via FlickrRead: Gardaí find stolen art from the 1980s but aren’t sure where it’s from>last_img read more

Sinodinos reflects on then and now

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Senator Arthur Sinodinos delivered his maiden speech in parliament last week and took the opportunity to praise his former boss John Howard. One of the architects of the workplace relations policy that became WorkChoices under PM Howard, the Senator told a packed upper house (including Mr Howard in the front row of the public gallery), that a mistake had been made in WorkChoices when the award safety net had been stripped back.“The truth is we failed to prepare the ground for such a major reform,” said Senator Sinodinos.” Some employers abused that freedom.” John Howard’s 2007 election defeat was partly blamed on the WorkChoices policy. Mr Howard was reported to have flinched as the Senator’s mea culpa on WorkChoices began. Mr Sinodinos was often lauded as “the real deputy PM” in the Howard administration. In his speech he described John Howard as “a fighter, someone who was prepared to take the knocks for what he believed, pick himself up and have another go. “Observing John Howard convinced me that politics is not worth a candle unless you are fighting for something.”Reflecting on the Gillard government’s recent victories, Sinodinos said the Labor Government’s carbon tax was a “giant churn of taxpayer’s money,” that in the absence of international action, “will only harm Australian industry and send greenhouse emissions offshore.” Senator Sinodinos was also critical of the Government’s mining tax, saying it should be “put on hold to avoid a double whammy on the resources sector.” Paying tribute to his heritage, he shared his views on population targets, saying a bigger Australia was needed to meet future economic challenges. “Mr President, I’m not a Polyanna, I do not doubt that a bigger Australia poses environmental, planning, infrastructure and other challenges, but a richer economy is also better equipped to deal with such matters,” he said. “For me the social dividend in particular of a big Australia is more jobs, jobs and jobs. This is the best income redistribution known to man. “I am proud of my Greek heritage, which is the basis of Western civilisation,” said the Senator to the gallery’s amusement, “and you should still be paying for it, and you will.” With his wife Elizabeth present, the Senator thanked her for her love and support. “She’s tougher, smarter and more discerning in her judgments than I am,” he said. “To my children Dion and Isobella, I hope you will forgive my absences and in coming years learn that serving others is a noble cause,” he said. Senator Sinodinos was John Howard’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2006. In 2008 he was recognised for his contribution to public service with an Order of Australia.last_img read more

Langage joindre le geste à la parole pour mieux se faire comprendre

first_imgLangage : joindre le geste à la parole pour mieux se faire comprendrePays-Bas – Les Dr Özyürek et Maris de l’université de Nijmegen ont découvert que l’association du geste au discours permettait une meilleure compréhension du langage verbal.Les chercheurs ont demandé à des volontaires de regarder de courtes vidéos présentant des actions de la vie quotidienne, comme couper des légumes ou faire la vaisselle. Puis d’autres vidéos avec mots et gestes. Pour certains essais, le langage correspondait aux gestes, dans d’autres pas. Ensuite les volontaires devaient indiquer si le discours et les gestes étaient liés à la vidéo initiale qu’ils avaient regardée.À lire aussiJournée mondiale du lavage des mains : à quoi ça sert ?Les volontaires se sont révélés plus rapides et plus exacts quand le geste correspondait au mot parlé. Ils ont aussi obtenu de bons résultats quand les chercheurs leur demandaient de ne prêter attention qu’à la parole et pas au geste. Ces résultats suggèrent que lorsque le geste et la parole véhiculent la même information, ils sont plus faciles à comprendre que quand ils transmettent des informations différentes.Cette découverte, pour les chercheurs, trouve ses implications dans de nombreuses situations quotidiennes de communication, comme l’enseignement, les discours politiques, les publicités, les situations d’urgence. Les chercheurs concluent que la meilleure façon de se faire comprendre pour les orateurs est de coordonner ce qu’ils disent avec des mots avec ce qu’ils font avec leurs mains.Le 17 janvier 2010 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 611 WWE Smackdown viewers are up

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ben Roethlisberger Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last night’s 6/11 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.61 million viewers, up from last week’s show that drew 2.35 million viewers.Smackdown was the No. 1 on cable Thursday night for the second week in a row drawing a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 36.22%0:05Remaining Time -3:30 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Next Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsAppcenter_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+ Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 last_img read more