first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now You can’t talk about sales without also talking about success. The two ideas are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. The reason? Sales quickly exposes any weaknesses and rewards the attributes, beliefs, and behaviors that lead to success.You won’t succeed in sales without self-discipline. An inability to will yourself to take the actions will be punished with poor results. Lack of discipline is easily and quickly exposed in sales. It’s the cornerstone of success.A poor, pessimistic, cynical attitude won’t cut it in sales. If you aren’t positive, optimistic, and upbeat, you won’t be able to handle the rejection, the different personalities you will have to deal with, or move people to take action. A bad attitude will be punished, a great one rewarded.If you don’t care about people, if you aren’t empathetic, then you won’t connect and you won’t build the trust necessary to creating and winning opportunities. Self-oriented? Selfish? You will repulse your prospective clients. It’s still know, like, and trust, even if all of these are more complicated than the three words let on.Determination? Please. Without a steely resolve to push forward, you will never do the necessary prospecting work and you’ll never help your dream client produce the results they need. There is nothing easy about selling. Success comes to those that stick with things long enough to succeed.Selling is more and more a team sport, but the biggest pieces are an individual effort. One person picks up the telephone and makes the call. One person asks for the necessary commitments. One person takes responsibility for creating the opportunity, winning the opportunity, and executing for the client (even when it is their operations team who does much of the heavy lifting).If you want to study sales, study success. The link between the two is stronger, stronger than any process, methodology, or shiny object that promises results.Who you are very much matters.last_img read more

first_imgMarathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday.  The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages.     Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes center_img  Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pridelast_img read more

first_imgNew York: Stefanos Tsitsipas called an umpire a “weirdo” after being told to hurry back onto court during his first-round loss to Andrey Rublev at the US Open on Tuesday and the Greek later said he was struggling for inspiration in his game.After his Russian opponent broke to lead 4-3 in the final set, Tsitsipas, who had already received a coaching warning and time violation, did not take kindly to being told to speed things up by French chair umpire Damien Dumusois. “You are the worst. For some reason, you have something against me, I don’t know what. Because you’re French probably. And you’re all weirdos. You’re all weirdos,” the 21-year-old shouted.”Give me warning, I don’t care. Give me warning, give me warning, yeah, give me warning, I don’t care. Give me warning!”The eighth seed, who battled leg cramps during the final set, got what he asked for and given it was his second time violation of the match, it came with a point penalty.The subsequent 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 7-5 loss meant Tsitsipas has now fallen at the first hurdle in three successive tournaments.”I feel like I’m doing the same thing over and over again, and my brain can’t really take it anymore,” said Tsitsipas.”I feel like I’m doing the same routines on the court, the same execution, the same – I mean, same strategies and everything.”And I feel like my mind is just – I don’t feel inspired. I play out on the court, and I don’t feel like I’m chasing something.”Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open semi-finals in January but since falling in the first round at Wimbledon last month appears to have lost his way.”I don’t think he’s necessarily uninspired, it’s more that he’s a little confused, that’s my feeling from the outside,” said former world number two and Eurosport analyst Alex Corretja.After an ongoing dialogue with the umpire throughout the first four sets, Tsitsipas started to unravel when he was issued a warning for coaching.Tsitsipas said his father and coach Apostolos had offered only words of encouragement and conceded that the coaching violation had thrown him off his stride.”It’s not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match. It can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision making,” said Tsitsipas.”I don’t know what this chair umpire has in specific against my team but he’s been complaining and telling me that my team talks all of the time when I’m out on the court playing,” he added.”He’s very – I don’t know. I believe he’s not right, because I never hear anything of what my team says from the outside.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. frenchStefanos Tsitsipasumpireus open First Published: August 28, 2019, 7:58 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgFrustrated at being ignored for selection, former pacer and convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Asif is contemplating asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) if the world body has instructed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to consider him for the national team.Asif was convicted of spot-fixing in 2011 and was banned for seven years by the ICC, along with team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir. Asif began a one-year prison sentence for his role in the scandal on November 3. (Nothing ‘special’ about current Pakistan pace attack, says Mohammad Asif)The ICC then allowed Asif to play in 2015. But since then he hasn’t been selected by Pakistan.”Some information to this effect recently reached me that the PCB has been asked by the ICC not to consider me for the national team selection,” Asif told Pakistan daily The Dawn on Saturday.Asif is curretly representing team Wapda in the Super Eight match of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy against Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) being played at the Niaz Stadium on Saturday.”I don’t know how authentic is the info. On my part, I am playing regularly in the (domestic) season. So I definitely intend to ask the ICC if they have any reservations about me,” he said.”Others are not bowling from a canon….I at least bowl like them too.””It is fine if PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has left it to the selectors to decide when to induct Salman Butt and me, but the selectors have to be fair and should pick those who have been performing well,” the pacer added.advertisement”We should have been invited to the camp to show our performance but we were ignored.”On the current pace attack, Asif said he is not very impressed.”We talk about talent…but this is all the talent that we have. I don’t think there is anything special about our pacers. It is an average sort of attack,” he said.”To develop something special, you must work hard. And of course some have abilities which are God-gifted. I’ve played a full season now but I didn’t see anything special be it Rahat (Ali) or Imran Khan or Sohail Khan.”Asif felt Pakistan should shift their home venue from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to South Africa or Sri Lanka where the pitches are better and conditions more competitive.”Even Sri Lanka has better pitches compared to UAE,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgWho he is: I am a generally sensible person. I put together a monthly budget for Mrs. Pistols and I and we more or less follow it. I have a career path for myself defined in my mind that doesn’t exceed the limits of my talents and abilities. I know how to stay in my lane in other words. I can usually put sports in its proper place in our society which means I know when to remind myself (and others) that there’s no reason to overreact to certain things that happen within (or outside of) a given sporting event.And yet with that being true of my life, it all basically flies out the window when I watch and/or write about Justin Gilbert playing football.Gilbert is not an especially exceptional player, well, for OSU he is I guess (there are probably five or six of him at each of the BCS conference-toting Florida schools). There is, however something about the way he carries himself on the field. It’s not arrogance, that would be the wrong word. I’m actually not sure there is a word for it. Maybe if DeSean Jackson was an adjective that’s how I would describe Gilbert.Or maybe it’s just the (real) 10.68 100 he once ran. What he does: He returns kicks that make my friends wonder whether or not to call an EMT to resuscitate me or if I’ll just come back on my own. Seriously, I wish everyone reading this right now could have seen me when he hit the west side of the 50 last year in Bedlam during his return (7-second mark above). You would definitely think differently of me as a person.He’s also going to try his hand at playing more corner this year after covering #81 all summer. I could think of worse practice dummies.Where he fits in: Broderick Brown is the only sure thing at corner thus far with Devin Hedgepeth and Gilbert (among others) looking at significant playing time. James Poling of the O’Colly reported the other day that Joe DeForest expects Gilbert to return fewer kicks because of his increased role at corner. A little piece of me died when I came across that.Why he matters: You can’t have enough of Justin Gilbert on your team. It’s like saying, “man, you know what I really need to scale back on? Tailgating with my friends, I just feel like we do it too much.” No, nobody says that. As a coach you always try to put your best players in whatever position possible to win you games. If that means Brandon Weeden slingin’ it around the entire 4th quarter then so be it. If that means rushing Richetti Jones off the end for fourteen straight plays in the 3rd then do it. When your playmakers can go both ways and own special teams whenever they want though, well, that’s spectacular. And Gundy’s got a freaking gold mine on his hands in Gilbert if he can just figure out how to harness it.This post is part of our series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 Oklahoma State title run. Check the full list out here. PS: my favorite part of the video above is when Leroy on the mic jumps all over him like he was part of the play.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “The thing that scares you is that they’ve got more than one receiver,” added Grobe. “They had one that had the great day, but they have good speed at all the skill positions offensively and a couple running backs that are very talented. So what they do to you is they’ve got some individuals that can really hurt you, but you can’t double cover those guys because they’ve got good balance all over the field.”It’s true. Jhajuan Seales and James Washington became just the 13th duo in OSU history to each have 100 yards receiving in a game.“They have an explosive offense so we have to start fast and if we’re lacking anywhere then they can put up a lot of points so it’s going to be an exciting game,” added linebacker Travon Blanchard. “We have to limit their explosive plays. They’re going to take their shots and we have to withstand them all. Make them one dimensional and limit explosive plays.”Like I said earlier, the same is true from OSU’s side. Stop the run and #PrayForRamon.“When you’re spread with four [receivers], your corners are going to be on an island unless you’re playing a three-deep zone, but then you’re soft on the corners,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer this week. “You just have to realize if you play it safely, you give up hitches, or you can be more aggressive and stop some things, but then you’re taking the chance of them throwing it over the top.”Also, this not related to anything, but I enjoyed this from Seth Russell on how other teams are copying Baylor’s offense (which is true).“They’re always gunning for us. We’re Baylor. We’ve been a high-powered offense, and people are starting to steal our offense now. Not to name any teams or anything, but it’s proven. The stats are there. Guys want to play in an offense like this. We’re going to play offense. Being who we are, people want to beat us. We have a target on our back. We’ve been pretty good the last several years, and we’re not going to stop being great. It just adds to it. It’s part of the game. You want to be the guy that everyone is gunning for. You don’t want to be the guy sitting in the back that nobody cares about. I love the competition, and we’re ready for it.”Game on. Baylor coaches and players met with the media earlier this week and had some interesting (if somewhat innocuous) things to say about what Oklahoma State has done so far this season. It’s clear that their coaches and players are concerned about OSU’s offense just as OSU’s players and coaches are concerned about theirs.Hopefully this ends in a 66-60 shootout.“This week with Oklahoma State coming to town the challenge gets ramped up quite a bit so hopefully we can have a good week of practice and improve on our consistency and be a better football team when the Cowboys come to town,” said head coach Jim Grobe.“The thing that they certainly did against Pittsburgh is they hit the deep ball and that got everybody’s attention. I don’t think there was anybody that watched that game that wasn’t impressed with how well, not only how well the receivers got down the field and got behind the corners and caught the football, but how well the quarterback throws the deep ball. He gets great height on the ball and that makes it really tough on the defensive backs because it kind of drops in over them so that was really, really impressive.”Yes it is.last_img read more

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has named his “ultimate quarterback” in the 2019 NFL Draft class.It’s not Kyler Murray.The top college football analyst went with former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who spent one season leading the Buckeyes’ program.“He took over as a starter this year in Columbus for J.T. Barrett and right away established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country,” Herbstreit said. “I love his six at 6-foot-4. I love his poise and the way he’s able to sit in that pocket. When you look at an NFL style quarterback, the two things that jump out are decision making and accuracy. I don’t know if I’ve seen a quarterback when everything is clean that’s more accurate than Dwayne Haskins. Whoever picks up No. 7 from Columbus has a big-time threat on their hands.”Haskins is considered a first-round NFL Draft prospect by most experts, though some believe his stock could be dropping.One NFL star has called for his team to draft him, though.Von Miller got to spend some time with Dwayne Haskins during the QBs visit to the Broncos facility recently. Von really liked him a lot. Enough to say, if Haskins is available when the Broncos pick at 10 … “That would be my pick.”— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 17, 2019The 2019 NFL Draft is set to begin one week from today.The first round will start at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, April 25. It’ll be televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

first_img Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, says case flow management is key in ensuring the timely conclusion of court proceedings. Story Highlights Addressing members of the judiciary at a three-day case management seminar at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on June 23, Mr. Sykes said several parish courts have been demonstrating mastery of case flow management and, in the process, clearing their backlogs. Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, says case flow management is key in ensuring the timely conclusion of court proceedings.Addressing members of the judiciary at a three-day case management seminar at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny on June 23, Mr. Sykes said several parish courts have been demonstrating mastery of case flow management and, in the process, clearing their backlogs.Noting that a comprehensive statistical report on the outcome of proceedings in the Supreme and Parish Courts was produced for the first time in 2017, Mr. Sykes said the data suggests that case flow management is “one of the most, if not the most effective means of managing cases effectively and taking them through in a timely manner from filing to disposition.”The Chief Justice said the report, which was collated over a 24-month period by Statistics and Data Capture Consultant, Dr. Denarto Dennis, also lists a number of components that can be used to measure the courts’ efficiency.“According to Dr. Dennis, one of the international benchmarks is hearing dates certainty… that deals with the likelihood of a case going on when it is set down for hearing. We have also been told by him that the minimum standard is 80 per cent which, in an ideal world, should be between 92 and 100 per cent,” he added.Mr. Sykes further noted that despite resource constraints, several courts islandwide have been showing significant improvements in their performance.“In the midst of what we are doing, we need to recognize that good things are happening within the courts and that it is not all doom and gloom,” he emphasized.Regarding criminal trials, the Chief Justice said the statistics revealed that hearing date certainty is approximately 54 per cent, while the average across all divisions is 69 per cent.“Divisions such as probate and matrimonial are said to be doing well, with hearing date certainty at over 80 per cent. For the first quarter of 2018, commercial courts are reporting a hearing date certainty of 92 per cent. As it relates to parish courts, the parishes of St Andrew, St Ann, and Westmoreland have seen a significant improvement in case clearance rate and backlog reduction, despite limited resources,” he informed.M. Sykes noted that Westmoreland, which has one of the heaviest caseloads, now has a case clearance rate of 86.7 per cent, while the Corporate Area’s stands at 76.25 per cent.“This was accomplished without any increase in resources or the number of judges, but through effective strategies to deal with difficult issues,” he further pointed out.The case flow management seminar was facilitated by the National Centre for State Courts in the USA, in collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica. Noting that a comprehensive statistical report on the outcome of proceedings in the Supreme and Parish Courts was produced for the first time in 2017, Mr. Sykes said the data suggests that case flow management is “one of the most, if not the most effective means of managing cases effectively and taking them through in a timely manner from filing to disposition.”last_img read more

first_imgA shipping company has many assets, which include ships, people, operational, commercial, technical expertise and its “Data”. The Maritime industry is believed to be generating an estimated 100 – 120 million data points each day which equates to terabytes of Data that can fill out Big Data centers. Buried in this data is commercial and operational intelligence, and actionable insights, which present an opportunity for any operator to achieve optimal operational efficiency and enhance shareholder value.Big Data has made a significant impact in many industries such as finance, internet, media, telecom, healthcare; however, the approach to data-driven operations, its adoption and impact in the maritime industry has been progressing at a relatively slower pace.Any company in any given industry has the chance to improve its performance by 5-10%, if not more, by using Big Data, Anwar Siddiqui, Advisor to the CEO of Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia told World Maritime News.According to Siddiqui, Big Data remains untapped in the shipping industry, therefore there are huge opportunities for innovation, usage, driving optimal performance, and leveraging assets better.The company’s Big Data Platform aims to deliver real time data driven solutions at the fingertips of its executive decision makers, managers, charterers, voyage managers and ship superintendents with actionable insights to empower them to make informed decisions.“If you look at companies of our size, and other larger shipping conglomerates that produce a lot of data, I do not think any industry or any company of such a size can avoid looking at their data to achieve better operating efficiencies,” he said, adding that Big Data also has a secondary market such as customers, insurers, financiers, people who provide bank loans, and customers who rely on shipments, as “there is an enormous need to bring Big Data into a shipping company. “At this time, there are only a handful of players, mostly large ones, dealing with Big Data. Siddiqui said that the industry is at an early adopters stage as this technology is gradually being recognized and deployed across the industry.He believes that if the industry wants to move from this stage, it needs more than just innovation and capabilities, “it needs to have a broader ecosystem which includes not just the shipping companies, but also the equipment providers, service providers, the ports, the suppliers, the customers, the customs etc.,” as the industry needs more collaboration, in terms of working closely toward sharing the technology, the information, and the commercial framework.From Bahri’s perspective on Big Data in general, the company is at the height of innovation right now and it is spending time developing several Big Data models and building capabilities, which will contribute to saving money, improving customer efficiency, enhancing chartering, and increasing revenue as well as the asset life or efficiency.This program improves financial value, such as profit margin advantages, it provides operational efficiency, better utilization of voyage days, as well as reduction of ballast days, which in turn frees up capacity, Siddiqui said.Furthermore, the Platform is being used to look at condition based management, how to improve safety and quality, and investigating possible gaps where failure could arise.When asked about the role of Big Data on the road to smart ships, Siddiqui said that “smart ships is a journey, not a destination, and Big Data is a tool along that journey.”He added that, in the Sheridan’s Automation scale where 10 being the transformation that allows fully automated smart ships, where machines do everything without human interventions, is not expected to come overnight due to the complexity of the shipping industry. However, automation is a big drive in the industry and Bahri is also building up capabilities today where computers offer suggestions and humans approve them.As one of the world’s foremost logistics and transportation companies contributing to the transformation and growth of the global shipping industry, Bahri said that any industry that wants to scale up in any area has to take the approach of open innovation and collaboration. Therefore, the company said that it is investing in partnerships, remaining open to contributing and working with the industry in relation to Big Data.last_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, March 29———ONTARIO BUDGET: NEW SPENDING & DEFICITSOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne will speak to a business audience in Toronto today to sell her new provincial budget. The spending package rolled out Wednesday pumps billions into health care, child care, and support for seniors while sending the province back into deficit, with the books expected to stay in the red for six years.———PM TRUDEAU SPEAKS AT SWANKY FUNDRAISERPrime Minister Justin Trudeau touted his government’s tough stance on the wealthy Wednesday night at a high-priced fundraiser in Montreal. Tickets cost $1,500 per person over 35 years old and $750 for anyone younger. Trudeau said he recognized the audience represented people “who have really succeeded” while acknowledging that raise taxes on the wealthy “can be frustrating.”———BARRICK GOLD FOUNDER PETER MUNK DIES AT 90Peter Munk, whose founding of Barrick Gold Corp. was just one of his numerous accomplishments, has died at the age of 90. He was born in Hungary and fled the Nazis in 1944 with his family before settling in Toronto in 1948 at age 20. He then launched a number of business ventures before founding Barrick in 1983 and building it into a huge gold mining company. And, along the way, Munk also became one of Canada’s best-known philanthropists.———HEALTH MINISTER TOUTS POT AWARENESS CAMPAIGNHealth Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says millions of young people have been reached through various campaigns to inform them about the health and safety risks of using cannabis. But the lack of a visible, national campaign is among the top concerns of senators who are studying the bill to legalize recreational pot. Petitpas Taylor says the campaigns are not aimed at people in the senators’ age group and appear primarily on social media platforms and web banners.———POKEMON GO CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT ABANDONEDAn Alberta-based class-action lawsuit against the creators of Pokemon Go has been dropped after the company took steps to deal with what the plaintiff said was an invasion of privacy. Pokemon Go sends players into the real world to seek out digital monsters known as Pokemon, which appear on screens when users hold up smartphones. The plaintiff complained that players were inundating her home because it was the site of a Pokegym.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Asia to discuss the federal budget and business opportunities.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in South Korea to discuss commercial and security ties.— N.L. Premier Dwight Ball will make a funding announcement to support mental health and addiction programs.— Statistics Canada releases include GDP by industry for January and industrial product and raw materials data for February.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will visits a steel fabrication plant in Burnaby, B.C.— Play Ball! The Toronto Blue Jays open the regular season this afternoon at home against the New York Yankees.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Red Cross honored award-winning country music star and Red Cross spokesman Trace Adkins last week with the Crystal Cross for his support of the humanitarian organization.The Crystal Cross award honors celebrities who have shown exemplary support of and service to the Red Cross mission.“Trace brings humor, honesty, hard work, and grit to everything he does,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We could not ask for a better representative of the Red Cross.”Adkins was personally helped by the Red Cross when his family survived a fire and he joined the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet in 2012.During last week’s awards ceremony, Adkins entertained an audience of Red Cross Tiffany Circle Summit attendees for a short performance at the organization’s Washington, DC headquarters. The Tiffany Circle is a group of women who donate $10,000 or more to their local Red Cross chapters annually.“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost, but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A U.S. Tim Hortons franchisee has closed two restaurants amid a dispute with the coffee shop company.Show Me Hospitality LLC, a developer for Tim Hortons in the St. Louis area, is suing Tim Hortons USA Inc. for failing to meet its obligations.The franchisee says after Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR) acquired Tim Hortons in 2014 it asked Show Me Hospitality to increase its obligations to develop Tim Hortons restaurants in the St. Louis area from 40 restaurants over five years to more than 200 restaurants over 10 years.However, after Show Me Hospitality says it rejected the demand, it alleges Tim Hortons stopped approving locations for restaurants and failed to provide branding and advertising.It also alleges Tim Hortons withheld approval of new partners and necessary capital investment and said that if Show Me Hospitality did not commit to the 200 restaurant program, it would terminate the area development agreement.The allegations have not been proven in court.In an email, a Restaurant Brands International spokesperson says the company “strongly denies” the claims brought by the franchisee, adding that they refer to a small number of U.S. restaurants.The fight comes amid other disputes between Tim Hortons franchisees and Restaurant Brands.In Canada, the Great White North Franchisee Association has been looking to raise franchisee concerns including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact product quality.last_img read more

12 April 2011A new United Nations report highlights progress made by the Palestinian Authority in building institutions necessary for a functioning State, while stressing the need for Israel to roll back “measures of occupation” and for an urgent resumption of negotiations between the two sides. A new United Nations report highlights progress made by the Palestinian Authority in building institutions necessary for a functioning State, while stressing the need for Israel to roll back “measures of occupation” and for an urgent resumption of negotiations between the two sides. “In the limited territory under its control and within the constraints on the ground imposed by unresolved political issues, the PA has accelerated progress in improving its governmental functions,” states the report, entitled “Palestinian State-building: A Decisive Period.”Prepared by the office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), the report notes that in the six areas where the UN is most engaged, governmental functions are now sufficient for a functioning government of a State. These are governance, rule of law and human rights; livelihoods and productive sectors; education and culture; health; social protection; and infrastructure and water. In each sector, the report provides a detailed assessment of progress to date in light of strong Palestinian reform efforts and donor engagement. It notes Israeli measures to facilitate movement and access which have also supported economic activity.The report was prepared for tomorrow’s meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the 12-member body that serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people. The meeting is the last expected gathering of the committee before the September 2011 target date for completion of institutional readiness for statehood set by the Palestinian Authority and supported by the diplomatic grouping known as the Quartet – which comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States.UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry commended the progress achieved by President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.“This is a decisive period, as we approach the September 2011 target for the PA’s institutions to be ready for statehood. It is also the target set by the parties to reach a negotiated permanent status agreement to create a Palestinian State at peace with Israel,” he said.While the Palestinian Authority is clearly “on track,” said Mr. Serry, “the institutional achievements of the State-building agenda are approaching their limits within the political and physical space currently available, precisely at the time when it is approaching its target date for completion. “No one should underestimate what is at stake now. What we urgently need are further steps on the ground that can enable a broadening of this progress,” he added. “I believe Israel needs to roll back measures of occupation to match the PA’s achievements. I also stress the urgent need for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations on a two-State solution to resume, if the State-building and political tracks are to come together by September.”Senior UN officials have been calling for months now for an end to the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which have been stalled since late September following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Mr. Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.The report also cites the need to more fully address the socio-economic situation in Gaza, including as Mr. Serry stated, the need for further approval of UN projects, a streamlining of coordination procedures, and the liberalization of the import of construction materials.“The people of Gaza need this, and it would send an important signal,” he stated.The report also voices concern about the lack of the presence of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza – which was taken over by Hamas in June 2007 – resulting in a “disconnect” between Gazans and many Palestinian institutions. read more

MONTREAL — Rio Tinto’s iron and titanium subsidiary has abandoned plans to build a $4-billion plant in Becancour, Que., that would have created up to 400 jobs.The decision comes amid a collapse of titanium prices and follows the replacement of the global mining giant’s chief executive.Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium said the move stems from its decision to suspend pre-feasibility studies under way in Canada and Madagascar.Managing director Jean-Francois Turgeon said the company needs to reduce costs among weaker market conditions, despite the progress made on its TO4 project designed to expand mining and smelting capacity in Canada, Madagascar, South Africa and Mozambique.Becancour was selected because of its access to cheap energy and proximity to a port.A company spokesman said the decision won’t affect operations in Sorel or Havre-Saint-Pierre, Que.It says this is unrelated to a five-year $800 million project that was announced in 2011 to extend the life of a mine until 2050 and modernize the Sorel-Tracy metallurgical complex.The project known as TiO2050 will expand mining to seven from five days a week, creating 70 new jobs.The subsidiary of the London-based mining giant produces titanium dioxide feedstocks, high purity iron, steel and metal powders. Tiitanium dioxide is the world’s most commonly used white pigment, and adds opacity to paper, paints and plastics. read more

Ottawa puts new employment insurance regime into effect early next month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Ottawa is forging ahead with contentious changes to employment insurance, announcing an implementation date of Jan. 6, despite heated opposition from unions and politicians from eastern Canada.Starting in the new year, people on EI will face stricter, more complex rules for keeping their benefits, with the goal of getting unemployed workers back into the workforce sooner.As Human Resources Minister Diane Finley initially announced last May, new regulations will encourage unemployed workers to take available jobs fairly close to home, even if they pay a bit less than their previous work.“The regulatory process is complete now, so it’s time to move forward and bring it into effect,” Finley said in an interview.“They’re going to see a lot more in the way of support in helping them finding a new job. they’re going to receiving more job alerts, and they’re going to have access to supports in that regard. I think that’s a huge improvement than what’s in the past.”Finley spelled out the details on Thursday.As always, EI claimants need to be engaged in a “reasonable job search” to find “suitable employment,” but now, those terms have been defined more concisely.Starting in January, a reasonable job search includes research job opportunities, preparing a resume, registering for job banks, attending job fairs, applying for jobs, and undergoing competency evaluations.“Suitable employment” will be determined by:— Personal circumstances, such as health, physical capability to perform work, family obligations, transportation options;— Whether commuting time is within one hour of home, or perhaps more depending a claimant’s previous commuting history and the average commuting time in the community;— Whether the hours of the new job are compatible with the claimant’s life;— Whether the position in question is simply available because of a labour dispute;— A person’s qualifications and wages.Eligibility will also be determined by whether a claimant is considered a long-tenured worker, a frequent claimant or occasional claimant.“It’s all going to be based on personal circumstances,” Finley said.“What was the individual’s previous work pattern? How long was their previous commute? What kind of hours did they work? Day shift or night shift? Will they be incurring additional expenses for a new job such as travel or child care?”At the same time, the government will be sending each claimant more labour market information — job postings and other information about the local job market. Plus, the government has pledged to strengthen the links between EI and the temporary foreign worker program, to make sure foreigners aren’t being brought in to take jobs that Canadians need.But unions and opposition MPs say the federal government is hurting seasonal workers and easterners, and will force people to take low-paying jobs.“For workers in the Atlantic provinces, these reforms are catastrophic,” said Wayne Lucas, Newfoundland and Labrador president for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“Their impact will be hardest on the thousands of workers in seasonal industries such as fishing, forestry, construction and tourism, including a high proportion of women.”Finley said she has listened to the concerns of seasonal workers.“The opposition has portrayed the new guidelines as very regimental and without any flexibility. and that’s absolutely not the case. It’s all about common sense, and making sure the person is better off working than not.” by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 5:56 pm MDT read more

Tony Allen Ejected For Kick To Chris Paul Face

Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen was ejected late in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night after kicking Chris Paul in the face.Allen, a 2013 NBA first team defensive player, for some reason chose to stick his foot out instead of his body to stop Clippers’ point guard Paul from driving the lane. Check out the clip above to see how Allen managed to get his foot up high enough to hit Paul in the face as he moved to the basket.After the refs checked the tapes, he was charged with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.It was clearly an accident and Allen checked on Paul after the hit. He also apologized on Twitter following the game:“1st thing 1st apologies 2 @CP3 accidental kick….. Feeling some type of way about being ejected …. so not my character !! 1st and last ejection ! That’s my word”“I accidentally kicked him in the head, but I’m pretty sure he knows it’s accidental and that isn’t my style of play,” Allen also told reporters.Though unintentional, it was still a dangerous play and could have ended a lot worse.  The NBA has not officially said whether or not Allen will be fined.Grizzlies ended up beating the Clippers at the Staples Center 106-102. read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– NE61NE66NE+0.1– In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– Source: Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– DET63DET59CAR+2.6– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

first_imgiPhone et iPad : les applications les plus téléchargées en 2010Apple a dressé son palmarès des applications iPhone et iPad distribuées sur sa plateforme iTunes cette année.Apple vient de publier la liste des applications qui ont eu le plus de succès cette année. En tête : les jeux. Angry Birds, puzzle vidéo développé par le Finlandais Rovio, arrive sur la première marche du podium avec 12 millions de téléchargements.Mais l’application qui a généré le plus de revenus n’est pas un jeu : c’est celle de la ligue américaine de baseball, qui permet de suivre les résultats des matchs. Si elle est gratuite, plusieurs options de l’application sont payantes.Du côté des applications gratuites, Facebook se place en haut du classement sans grande surprise. Elle devance Skype, TheWeatherChanel ou encore Bing, selon le ailleurs, ce ne sont ni les réseaux sociaux ni les jeux qui ont été le plus téléchargés par les possesseurs d’iPad. En tête des applications payantes, celles qui relèvent de la  bureautique : Pages, GoodRead ou encore Numbers.Le 27 décembre 2010 à 18:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pique insists Barca can cope without Messi

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the club can cope with the absence of talisman and captain Lionel Messi due to injury.The Spain international acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insists the team can cope without their superstar.Messi is expected to miss three weeks after fracturing his arm in Barca’s 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday’s Spanish league clash.After setting up Philippe Coutinho for the first goal of the game and scoring himself, the Argentine superstar landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou.Messi will miss next weekend’s Clasico against struggling Real Madrid, as well as Barca’s UEFA Champions League fixtures against Inter Milan.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us,” Barca centre-back Pique said, according to FourFourTwo.“It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not.”Messi has scored seven league goals for the Catalan club this season and 12 in all competitions.“We will try to make sure Leo’s absence is noticed as little as possible,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.last_img read more