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Why Your Sales Training Is Doomed To FailWhy Your Sales Training Is Doomed To Fail

first_img 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 Now Sales Managers and Sales Leaders often complain about the lack of effectiveness of their effort to train their salespeople. They say, “We tried this training, and it didn’t work.” The very statement elucidates the likely reasons the training was not useful for them while working very well for others. Here is why sales training is doomed to fail and how to get a better result.It Is An Event And Not DevelopmentThe first and most common reason sales training fails is that you treat it as an event, not development. Development may include training, but training rarely includes development.Imagine a trainer provides four major concepts to a sales team over the course of a day. The trainer is expected to deliver the content to a relatively large group of people in a style that ensures each individual has perfect comprehension and retention. In that same time, the trainer will have to describe the strategies and tactics necessary to enable the people they’re training. The trainer will also need to provide an understanding of the nuances and when to make one choice over another.For their part, the participants are required to have perfect retention and the ability to execute what they learned, having seen and practiced precisely once in the course of a single day. Perfection is expecting too much of both the trainer and the people they are training.Development is different. It suggests a process that occurs over time, reinforcement, and continuous learning as people pursue new concepts, strategies, and tactics. Development also means working on the material, before and after training, including coaching to improve execution.Your training event should be only one part of the development process.Not Tied to Behavioral ChangeNo matter what the trainer is training, you will measure the results, and a behavioral change will determine those results. Training is about behavioral change no matter what you train.The best training in the world will not take if there is no follow up, if leadership isn’t engaged in the process, and if there is no accountability for changed behaviors. Some mistakenly believe understanding the concept is enough, that all is necessary is a transfer of knowledge. In no other endeavor would you find understanding the concept to be enough to make one competent in some new skill.Which of these might produce a better result? You can have the person trained to make the behavioral change necessary to generate their results, even though they have no understanding of the concept or why it works. Alternatively, instead, you can have a person leave the training with perfect, PH.d-like knowledge of the concepts, but without the behavioral change.Your training must focus on the necessary behavioral change you need to produce better results.Not Transformational In NatureWhen businesses make real change, they think in terms of transformation, massive, strategic shifts in what or how they do something. These initiative are announced with great fanfare, and they are the only thing leadership talks about for years. Companies involved in a transformation have projects, assignments, training, coaching, and new accountabilities. As one might expect, they have many meetings and reporting on the change.Rarely is sales training ever viewed as transformation. Instead, we assume salespeople know how to sell, and to the rest of the organization it looks like voodoo or black magic, some supernatural ability that some possess from birth. These companies train because they think they are supposed to.Viewing sales training as transformation provides a longer-term view of the acquisition of new skills and new approaches and new behaviors. It suggests that these outcomes are going to take the same kind of time and energy as any other transformation the business might pursue.You must think of your training in terms of transformation. There needs to be a present state that is different from a future state, and there must be a plan to produce that future state over time.The Content Is Not RelevantA lot of what is trained in sales comes from a time long gone. While many of the principles remain true over long periods, the strategies and tactics suffer from diminished effectiveness. Systems decades old are still taught and trained without so much as an update for the 21st Century. A Century now close to entering its third decade.None of these systems recognize the need to compel change, because that wasn’t an issue they were trying to solve. None of them define or suggest value creation as the heart of differentiation and effectiveness, and in fact, even if the words aren’t spoken. The questioning methodologies, mostly open-ended and close-ended questions were designed to tie-down prospects, not help them discover something about themselves. Consensus buying, a factor in the past, wasn’t nearly as tricky as it is now.Salespeople recognize their challenges. When what is taught isn’t relevant to the areas in which they need help, you can not expect either adoption or the necessary behavioral changes.The Competencies Are Not Easily Acquired or DevelopedThe competencies described above require a higher level of skill than what came before them. In the past, I have defined three levels of sales skills. The oldest set of skills includes commitment-gaining, prospecting, and storytelling, all of which have been around since forever. The second level of skills started as markets matured and include diagnosing, differentiating, and negotiation (something different in magnitude from haggling at the bazaar). Now, salespeople need business acumen, change management skills, and leadership.The difficulty acquiring the skills necessary to succeed point to how much more complex and demanding B2B sales has grown. It also explains why much training is not relevant now and is in massive need of an update.You Need Development and TransformationThe very best players in any sport start their career in grade school, as do the best dancers and artists. They are continually trained and coached in the behaviors over a long time. Imagine taking a young person of, say, 22 years of age and teaching them to play some sport and putting them on a field to play against people who have decades of development in that endeavor. Make them the quarterback of a professional team or the first chair violinist in an orchestra. How would they fare?These are some of the main reasons sales training is doomed to fail, and of course, you can eliminate all of these as a risk by ensuring you focus on development and behavior change enabled by a modern B2B approach.last_img read more

3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean

first_imgHONOLULU—About 1000 meters down in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean sits an unusual legacy of humanity’s love affair with the automobile. It’s a huge mass of seawater infused with traces of the toxic metal lead, a pollutant once widely emitted by cars burning leaded gasoline. Decades ago, the United States and Europe banned leaded gas and many other uses of the metal, but the pollutant’s fingerprint lingers on—as shown by remarkably detailed new maps released here this week at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting.The 3D maps and animations are the early results of an unprecedented $300 million international collaboration to document the presence of trace metals and other chemicals in the world’s oceans. The substances, which often occur in minute quantities, can provide important clues to understanding the ocean’s past—such as how seawater masses have moved around over centuries—and its future, such as how climate change might shift key biochemical processes. Over about 30 cruises in the past few years, researchers have collected nearly 30,000 water samples at 787 study sites. Then, using painstaking techniques—including wearing “moon suits” and working in clean rooms to prevent contamination—they’ve measured elements like iron, nickel, and zinc. The effort, known as GEOTRACES, “is a huge improvement over what we were able to do in the past,” says ocean chemist Hein de Baar of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Texel.GEOTRACES is tracking some 200 elements and other substances, but the lead maps released this week tell an especially sobering story of past pollution—and continuing contamination. In the central Atlantic, for example, the maps show a huge slug of subsurface seawater with lead levels higher than those in surface or deeper waters. That tainted water was once at the surface, where it collected airborne lead particles, explains chemical oceanographer Abigail Noble of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. But the surface water slowly sank into the deep ocean, essentially becoming a time capsule recording “the incredible impact that we have had on the oceans in the past, and how it changes over time.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although the elevated lead levels stand out as red and yellow blotches on the GEOTRACES maps, the concentrations are too low to pose a major threat to humans or wildlife, says MIT ocean scientist Edward Boyle. “You probably aren’t going to see stupid fish or whales swimming around,” he says, alluding to the brain damage that can be caused by lead exposure. The lead concentrations are roughly equivalent to what you’d get if you dissolved a small spoonful of frozen orange juice in 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools, Noble estimates. And lead levels in much of the Atlantic have dropped dramatically over the past few decades, Noble and Boyle note, mostly thanks to the lead phaseout in the United States and Europe.Still, the maps show there are places where lead contamination is a continuing problem. Off the southern tip of Africa, surface waters with relatively high traces of lead are flowing into the South Atlantic from the Indian Ocean. That’s probably due to the continuing use of leaded gasoline in parts of Africa and Asia and perhaps to some heavy industry there, says chemical oceanographer Christian Schlosser of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.Another hot spot, the maps show, is where the Mediterranean Sea empties into the eastern Atlantic. The lead concentrations there “are some of the highest we saw anywhere” in the Atlantic, says chemical oceanographer Rob Middag of the University of Otago, Dunedin, in New Zealand. That may be because the Mediterranean is a relatively enclosed body of water with heavily settled shores and has been collecting pollution for centuries.The maps will be expanded in coming years as new cruises are completed. But other researchers are already beginning to mine them for insights into trace elements such as iron, which can fertilize plankton blooms and could be a major player in how the oceans respond to climate change. Scientists are also tracking atomic isotopes that can help map the worldwide movements of seawater and help pinpoint the original sources of lead and other trace metals. The unusually detailed GEOTRACES data, Noble says, is letting researchers “see things that we couldn’t see before.”last_img read more

Scientists Call on Spain to Ban Vulture-Killing DrugScientists Call on Spain to Ban Vulture-Killing Drug

first_imgThe Spanish government should rescind approval of a veterinary drug that threatens Europe’s largest population of wild vultures, researchers argue in a letter published online yesterday in Conservation Biology. The drug, diclofenac, is commonly used to treat pain in livestock. It has already caused the decline of nearly 99% of India’s vultures, which ingested the drug while feeding on carcasses. It has also triggered an ecological chain reaction there, resulting in, among other impacts, record numbers of rabies cases.“[I]t is undeniable that European vulture populations could be seriously affected by the ingestion of diclofenac, and its use has become a matter of great concern for ecologists, politicians, and conservationists,” write the five scientists, who represent agriculture, ecology, and biology departments at universities in both Spain and Switzerland. Although European grazing and sanitation practices are substantially different from those used in India, potentially reducing the drug’s threat to scavenging birds, the researchers remain concerned about its potential impact in Spain, which is home to an estimated 95% of Europe’s wild vultures.The drug was approved by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) in March 2013. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug currently approved in many countries for both human and veterinary use. It reduces pain and inflammation caused by a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, kidney stones, and endometriosis. It is the active ingredient in more than 100 trade named medications, some of which are available over the counter. In veterinary application, diclofenac is most often used to treat joint pain and swelling.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In 2003, researchers fingered diclofenac as the cause of the sudden and widespread disappearance of three of India’s most common vultures: the white-backed, the slender-billed, and the Indian vulture. Diclofenac “cause[s] deposition of uric acid crystals in the visceral organs, and kidneys in particular, and it is kidney failure that actually kills the birds,” says Chris Bowden of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE) program in Bedfordshire, U.K. It took less than 20 years for the drug to wipe out most of India’s vultures, and all three species are now listed as either endangered or critically endangered. The missing vultures have left an ecological hole that is being filled by a burgeoning feral dog population, which have helped spread rabies.Since its dangers were revealed, the drug has been banned for veterinary use in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and vulture numbers have shown small signs of rebounding. Efforts to ban its use in Africa are under way, and SAVE is pushing the European Union to ban the drug across the continent.In Spain, the authors of today’s letter are urging the Spanish government to rescind diclofenac’s approval for veterinary use under “the precautionary principle, which was recognized as a fundamental element of environmental policy at the Rio Conference of 1992.” Four species of European vulture are at risk, they note: the griffon, bearded, cinereous, and Egyptian. The cinereous and Egyptian vultures are considered near threatened and endangered, respectively. Although bearded vultures are not considered endangered worldwide, they have been almost completely extirpated from their historic central European range—the 125 breeding pairs in Spain are the result of 30 years of concerted repopulation efforts.Recent changes in Spain’s farm sanitation laws may put the vultures at greater risk of diclofenac poisoning, says one of the letter’s authors, conservation biologist Antoni Margalida, of the University of Bern in Switzerland and the University of Lleida in Spain. In 2011, regulators reopened the “muladares,” or farm carcass dumps, that had been shut down in the wake of concern about the spread of “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). The change was designed to help the vultures, as the muladares are an essential food source for many of the birds, and the closures had threatened vulture numbers. But the introduction of diclofenac could turn the dumps into a threat, Margalida notes.Spain’s move to approve the drug flouts the spirit of E.U. environmental law, Bowden says, and “sets a bad precedent for Africa and Asia where systems are less controlled.” Spanish supplies could also be exported to other countries, he worries.José Tavares of the Vulture Conservation Foundation in Switzerland says that advocates have already sent formal requests to address the issue to the Spanish government, the European Commission, and eight other E.U. governments. Additionally, the Convention on Migratory Species (Bonn Convention) has also requested that the Spanish government ban the drug. So far, there has been no government response, but ecologists and conservation groups are hoping today’s letter adds to the pressure.last_img read more

Attention allAttention all

first_imgAttention deficit disorder can lead to a lack of confidence. Parents must be patient and communicative to help the child overcome it. Vasantha R. Patri Chairperson, Indian institute of counseling, New DelhiChildren with an attention deficit disorder (ADD) are unable to respond suitably, particularly to academics or when given instructions.,Attention deficit disorder can lead to a lack of confidence. Parents must be patient and communicative to help the child overcome it.Vasantha R. Patri Chairperson, Indian institute of counseling, New DelhiChildren with an attention deficit disorder (ADD) are unable to respond suitably, particularly to academics or when given instructions. They are incapable of paying attention to an activity for long. This is a cognitive deficit due to which their performance goes down and they are unable to judge a situation in terms of its consequence. Such children may take decisions that may prove to be fatal at times. For example they may start walking on the roof without any support or open car door while it’s moving. It is very difficult to calm such kids and they are often seen running around or picking up unnecessary quarrels. They might be unable to sit at length, are often forgetful of their belongings and are not particularly organised. Parents should understand it is a neurological problem and cannot be curbed without proper care. They should organise everything for the child from text books to time-tables to cupboards, everything must be in order. They must be handled with care and patience. It is also necessary that if children start showing signs of disorder then they must be taken care of under close supervision. Their academic activities should be carried out in small chunks of time in order to sustain their interest in work. They must be involved in extra-curricular activities such as sports, games, music or working on the computer. Parents should be extremely patient and must put up with their behaviour calmly. Such children are likely to respond better to audio-visual mediums and these must be used as the medium of expression. Their poor school performance does not predict failure in life. Skills based on reading and writing need not be the only way to judge capabilities.Jyoti BosePrincipal, Springdales school, Dhaula Kuan, New DelhiWhen a child is restless or has problems concentrating in the class, he or she might be suffering from an attention deficit disorder (ADD). In such a situation the teachers identify them and advise further assessment. This includes an observant evaluation by psychologists and educationists which helps in identifying the problem and understanding its level. Many a times it is seen that even if they behave in a similar manner at home parents remain in constant denial. Parents should have a constant communication with their children, making it easier for them to share their problems and feelings. Parents must remember that children may have many issues during adolescence such as peer pressure and lack of interst in extra-curricular activities among others, but if parents and teachers work with each other on a one-on-one basis these can be solved. It is important for them to have an interaction with the teachers so that the children’s activities can be discussed at length. They must understand that attention deficit disorder is not permanent and can be defeated if dealt properly.Aruna Broota Clinical psychologist, New DelhiThere are two kinds of attention deficits. These can be attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sometimes both occur at the same time. Till date we do not know the reason behind it but it is not a complete neurological disorder.When a child has this problem, his or her brain remains underdeveloped and is unable to differentiate between a figure and a background. This is primarily due to lack of concentration. They cannot pin-point one structure but look through all that they see. For instance, the child may see a lamp in a room but will not be able to concentrate on it and not be able to identify the object. Ideally, the attention span of a child increases with age but such children cannot sustain their attention even when they grow up. They usually avoid eye contact and this makes it even more important for parents to be tolerant toward them. But if parents are unable to understand such behaviour they become punitive and start reprimanding the child. This may lead to a lack of confidence in the children. Parents can try different techniques such as talking to the child while looking into their eyes and politely asking them to respond similarly or they can try writing and reading exercises, asking the child to identify vowels and consonants. Such exercises would not only boost their confidence but also help parents in tackling the problem. Parents can also engage their children in vigilant tasks in the house and monitor the attention span. But remember to never shout at them. Involve them in creative endeavours. This will enhance their personality and make them more attentive.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi’s FB post on Israel-Gaza conflict stirs controversyLionel Messi’s FB post on Israel-Gaza conflict stirs controversy

first_imgThe four-year-old Palestinian boy Daniel Tregerman was killed by a mortar fired from GazaSoccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy.Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to acknowledge the death of Daniel Tregerman, a four-year-old Messi fan who was killed yesterday by a mortar fired from Gaza.”As a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children,” Messi wrote in his Facebook post.Tregerman was the first Israeli child to be killed since the beginning of the Operation Protective Edge on July 8.Messi also plays for the Qatar Airways-sponsored FC Barcelona.Daniel’s images on social media show him wearing a Messi jersey.Daniel Tregerman was the first Israeli child to be killed since the beginning of the Operation Protective Edge on July 8Seeking a response from Messi, Israelis shared photos of the four-year-old in his Messi jersey, and tagged the soccer player.”Hey Leo Messi, take a look at that boy, wearing the national jersey of the best player in the world,” Liran Cohen wrote in a Facebook post yesterday, tagging Messi and FC Barcelona.By LiranCohenHey #LeoMessi,Take a look at that boy, Daniel Tregerman, wearing the national jersey of the best p… pic.twitter.com/YCAMxEKwHfadvertisement FC Barcelona (@BarcelonaFC_Pic) August 23, 2014On Twitter, Leor Vaknin, along with many other Israelis, shared photos of Tregerman, also making sure to tag Messi.@TeamMessi Thought you should know this 4yr old fan of yours was killed in Israel today by a rocket from Gaza.. pic.twitter.com/Yg57akXX2x Leor Vaknin (@leor9000) August 22, 2014″Daniel was killed by a terror organisation your team’s #1 sponsors is sponsoring,” a post read.”The mortar that killed Tregerman was fired by Hamas, the terrorist organisation that rules Gaza.The Strip has been a recipient of generous donations from Qatar”, said another.At least 2,097 Palestinians have been killed while on the Israeli side 68 people have died so far.last_img read more

Boxing: Jean Pierre “JP” Augustin becomes free agentBoxing: Jean Pierre “JP” Augustin becomes free agent

first_imgAdvertisementUnbeaten heavyweight Jean Pierre “JP” Augustin (17-0-1) has announced that he is a promotional free agent. The 30-year-old Haitian fighter went 10-0 in 2017, winning 9 of those fights by knockout.In his time away from the ring, Augustin has taken up acting and played Gilbert Dele in the hit movie Bleed For This and has finished filming two other movies.“I’m an undefeated heavyweight ready to shake up the division!” Augustin told in an interview to BoxingScene.com. “I got power in both hands and when I am not lighting someone up in the ring, I’m lights, camera, action on set!” I have been in three movies and working on a few others. I am ready to take the world by storm.”Augustin, who is nearly 6’4″ tall, is a gym rat and is ready to get back in the ring as soon as possible.“I am in great shape. As a matter of fact I just got out of the gym now,” said Augustin.The other two movies Augustin has under his belt are, Heart, Baby which comes out this summer and he just wrapped up filming Vault which is slated to be released in 2019.Advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-RACE 6 LASTSPORT-RACE 6 LAST

first_img6th race: The Khammam Plate (Cat III), dist 1200 M6th race: The Khammam Plate (Cat III), dist 1200 M Ans Ans Ans (M/s M Ramachandra Rao & Ramachandra Raju Manthena) 57.5 P SaiKumar first George Cross 60 Srinath second Vijays Dynamite 59.5 DeepShanker third Golden Adara 57.5 carried 55 Ajit Singh fourth All eleven ran Won by : 1 1/4 l, 2 3/4 l, 1 l Time : One minute 14.46 seconds Tote : Rs 18 for win, Rs 9, Rs 8 and Rs 7 for places Favourite: Sea Castle Winner Trained by: R H Sequeira Forecast : Rs 84 Shp : Rs 27 Quinela : Rs 42 Tanala : Rs 204 each paid on 549 tickets. 1st treble : Rs 665 each paid on 46 tickets 2nd treble : Rs 387 each paid on 122 tickets Jockpot : Rs 2254 each paid on 113 tickets Consolation Jockpot: Rs 253 each paid on 430 tickets. PTI CORR KR NRB AHlast_img

Maha govt directs schools to observe Nov 7 as Students DayMaha govt directs schools to observe Nov 7 as Students Day

first_imgMumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has directed its schools and junior colleges in the state to observe November 7 as Students Day, to mark Dr B R Ambedkars entry into school education 117 years back in 1900.A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the state school education and sports department on October 27 in this regard has described the Dalit icons enrolment in school as the dawn of a new era.It was because of the Constitution given by Dr Ambedkar to the nation that the values of freedom, equality, brotherhood and rule of law took roots in the society, said the GR.”Hence the enrolment of Dr B R Ambedkar as a student in the school is a landmark event and proves to be one that changed the course of our history. Dr Ambedkar was a life-long student and cultivated his interest to learn throughout his life,” it further said.Every student is the future of the country and education is the only means for progress, said the GR.”In order to make the students aware that hard work alone can ensure their progress, November 7 should be observed every year as Students Day,” it said.The GR directed all the schools and junior colleges to organise essay writing, elocution competitions, poetry reading and other such events to mark the occasion.As per the GR, Dr Ambedkar enrolled as a student on November 7, 1900 at Pratapsingh High School in the states Satara district. He was enrolled with serial number 1914 in the school register with his signature against his name.advertisementThe school has preserved the historic document. PTI MM GKlast_img read more

Bucks Punish The Knicks, 95-82Bucks Punish The Knicks, 95-82

first_imgNEW YORK — Bucks coach Jason Kidd sees better things in the future for the New York Knicks.Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks handed New York its 11th straight loss, 95-82 on Jan. 4.“It’s tough,” Kidd said. “The league is not easy. It’s tough every night no matter what the record is. As a young team we can’t take anyone for granted. They’re going to get healthy and be better than what their record is.”Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 17 points for the Knicks (5-31), who lost a franchise-record 10th straight home game. They are one overall loss from matching the team’s 1985 record for most consecutive losses.“Losing isn’t enjoyable in any way shape or form,” coach Derek Fisher said. “From an emotional stand point, you just have to continue to manage what you can manage, what you can control.”The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), Amare Stoudemire (sore right knee), Andrea Bargnani (strained right calf) and Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder).By the end of the fourth quarter, there were chants of “Fire Fisher!”“It’ll turn for us, it just doesn’t look that way right now,” Fisher said.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee (18-17). “We play hard and we’re a team not built on one guy,” Kidd said. “We’re built on everybody doing their job and understanding their role and doing it as hard as they can.”Antetokounmpo thought Quincy Acy’s dunk with 3:27 remaining in the second quarter was a turning point. “I got mad, I’m not going to lie, I was mad,” Antetokounmpo said.“It was kind of a dangerous play because the crowd got in the game as well and we were up only a couple of points,” Pachulia said.It was Acy’s dunk that reminded Pachulia and the Bucks that the Knicks should still be taken seriously despite their woeful record entering the game.“We had a speech actually before we went on the court,” Pachulia said. “It doesn’t matter who we play against. We have to play hard every single night.”The Bucks were up 45-38 at the half and took control in the third. They were up by 13 four minutes into the quarter and the Knicks never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.After an 11th straight loss and only one win in their past 22 games, the shorthanded Knicks are reeling more than ever.“We’re motivated just to try and get a win,” Cole Aldrich said. “That’s our biggest thing right now. We’ve dropped a number in a row and we’re just trying to get back on our feet.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Landmark year for weightlifters but no getting away from dope shame eitherLandmark year for weightlifters but no getting away from dope shame either

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Records shattered, a teen star discovered and a best-ever medal haul at a marquee event — it could well have been the perfect year for Indian weightlifting but for a dope case that took some sheen away. If world champion Mirabai Chanu stood for a secure present, Jeremy Lalrinnunga emerged as the one for the future in what was a memorable 2018 if not for Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Sanjita Chanu’s failed dope test. The 16-year-old Lalrinnunga scripted history by giving India its first ever Olympic gold in the sport with his Youth Games gold. Before that, the senior lifters produced the country’s best ever Commonwealth Games performance with records to boot. A medal-less below-par performance at the Asian Games was a blip but it was never expected to be otherwise. The big moment came in October when Lalrinnunga etched his name into history books when he scooped the gold in the men’s 62kg category at Buenos Aires. The Mizo sensation lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) in the Argentine capital, his personal best. Such was the 16-year-old’s supremacy that the silver medallist — Turkey’s Toptas Caner finished 11 kgs behind him. “I feel very proud that I was able to get the first gold medal for my country at the Youth Olympics. I worked really hard for it. We had heard about the youth Olympics in 2014 and I was working on it ever since,” Lalrinnunga told PTI. “It wasn’t easy for me to reach the youth Olympics, there were a lot of problems. A couple of months before going, I got chicken pox. It was a struggle to recover from that.advertisement “But the people around me — my coach and family members — really motivated me and I was able to compete. They instilled the confidence in me for which I am thankful. The senior lifters also inspired me,” the teenager reflected. Earlier in April, the senior weightlifters set the ball rolling at Gold Coast with Mirabai Chanu going on a record-smashing spree after P Gururaja opened the country’s account with a silver medal. The 24-year-old Mirabai first smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in the snatch category. The Manipuri then went on to lift more than double her body weight to claim the clean and jerk as well as the overall Games record. Records continued to tumble with Sanjita Chanu leaving competitors far behind. She claimed her second successive CWG gold medal, obliterating the Games record with a total lift of 192kg (84kg+108kg). Indian weightlifters bagged a total of nine medals, including five golds, two silvers, and as many bronze. While Mirabai (48kg), Sanjita (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg), Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) and Punam Yadav (69kg) took home gold medals, Gururaja (56kg) and Pardeep Singh (105kg) fetched silver medals, and Vikas Thakur (94kg) and 18-year-old Deepak Lather (69kg) added a shade of bronze. The tournament saw India topping the medals tally in the sport despite being let down by the system. Due to the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) inability to submit the required documents on time, the lifters were devoid of the services of a full-time physiotherapist for the entire duration of the CWG with almost every member of the squad carrying niggles of various degrees. This year’s CWG performance was a touch better than the 2014 Glasgow edition where although India won more medals (14) — three gold, five silver, and six bronze — Nigeria topped the tally because of higher gold count. But controversy lurked in the form of the dreaded dope shame. Sanjita tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The case took a dramatic turn when the IWF admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test. This prompted the embattled weightlifter to demand an inquiry. In the build-up to the Asian Games, a mysterious injury to star lifter Mirabai piqued everyone’s attention but although there was an improvement in her condition, the Manipuri was not completely fit to compete at the continental event. The Asian Games was a stark contrast to the Commonwealth Games. The four-member team, sans Mirabai, put up a listless campaign at Jakarta. In the 77kg category, Ajay Singh finished a creditable fifth with a personal best effort while his senior compatriot Sathish suffered a thigh injury. Vikas finished eighth in the 94 kg and Rakhi Halder failed to register even a single lift in the women’s 63 kg category.advertisement It was also a landmark year for weightlifting as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports rewarded the teacher-pupil duo of Vijay Sharma and Mirabai with the country’s highest sporting honours. Mirabai shared the Khel Ratna with Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. While Sharma, the head coach of India, was presented with the Dronacharya award. “I am really delighted that my coach and I were recognised for our achievements. To get the award with Vijay sir is great,” Mirabai said. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

Solskjaer sets new Man Utd record with sixth straight PL winSolskjaer sets new Man Utd record with sixth straight PL win

first_imgManchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set a new club record in the Premier League as his perfect start to life on the bench continues.The Norwegian has been a breath of fresh air around Old Trafford since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December, revitalising a team that had been short of confidence and consistency.Having starred at United as a player, he received a stunning welcome back to the club in his first match with a 5-1 win over Cardiff. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Red Devils went on to win their next five games since that auspicious debut, a run that includes victory in the FA Cup third round over Reading and which clinched Solskjaer the distinction of overseeing the most successful start ever from a United manager . Now, thanks to Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton , the former striker also holds that record in the league.Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford both hit in the first half for the hosts to put them in a commanding position.And while Pascal Gross pulled one back for the Seagulls, it was not enough to deny Solskjaer yet another victory.With six straight wins in the Premier League he has now overtaken the late Sir Matt Busby, who won his first five First Division matches upon taking over at the club in 1945.6 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the first ever @ManUtd manager to win their first six league games in charge of the club. Historic. #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/keaKcecLff — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 19 de enero de 2019 That winning streak, moreover, has transformed a season which as recently as six weeks ago looked set to finish in mediocrity.United’s win sends the club into fifth place, ahead of Arsenal and just three points shy of Chelsea and the Champions League qualification spots.Their current position, however, will change once the two London clubs meet in Saturday’s later kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Morsi goes on trial in tense EgyptMorsi goes on trial in tense Egypt

first_imgby Samer AL-ATRUSH, Haitham EL-TABEICairo – Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Monday in a Cairo courthouse over protester deaths, raising fears of new bloodshed four months after the army ousted him. Morsi’s supporters, battered by a bloody and sweeping police crackdown, accuse the army-installed government of fabricating the charges and have called for protests against the military. Morsi was flown in by helicopter to the police academy in the capital where the trial is being convened, and his 14 co-defendants were also present, said Cairo security chief Osama al-Soghayar.It was Morsi’s first public appearance since the army overthrew him on July 3 after mass street protests against his single year of turbulent rule.Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef banned cameras and recording equipment from the courtroom, while a security official said proceedings had been delayed because Morsi was not wearing the customary white prison outfit, which he later donned.Outside the court in east Cairo, dozens of Morsi supporters brandished posters of him and signs bearing anti-military messages. Thousands also protested in front of the constitutional court in the south of the capital.“Morsi’s trial is a facade. The criminals are trying the legitimate president,” said one Morsi supporter, Ibrahim Abdel Samd.Tensions were also high in front of the high court in downtown Cairo where pro- and anti-Morsi supporters had gathered.Security forces completely closed Nahda Square — site of a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters in August — and Cairo University, while military vehicles guarded police stations.The authorities have deployed 20,000 policemen for the trial, and say they are ready to deal with any violence.Morsi, who the army has held at a secret location since his ouster, is accused along with the other 14 of inciting the murder of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.The charges against Morsi could lead to the death penalty or life in prison.The trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s new authorities, who have come under fire for their heavy-handedness.With more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi’s overthrow and thousands of Islamists arrested, hopes for a political settlement are slim.“Morsi’s presence in the court will definitely energise his supporters and raise possibilities of new protests and clashes,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center think-tank.Amnesty International’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said Morsi should be granted a “fair trial, including the right to challenge the evidence against him in court”.“Failing to do so would further call into question the motives behind his trial.”But analysts believe the political nature of the trial will drive its outcome.“This is first and foremost a political trial and an important one. There is zero chance of it being free and fair,” said Hamid. “The trial is a clear reminder of a polarised Egyptian society at this moment of time.”On the eve of the court case, the interim government said Morsi would be tried “before a judge according to Egyptian penal code”.“Nothing extraordinary, nothing exceptional. He will have rights to have a free and fair trial,” said foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty.Morsi was catapulted from the underground offices of the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt’s first democratically elected president in June 2012.His victory was made possible by the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.But his stint at the helm was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.In November 2012, Morsi decreed himself sweeping powers, prompting opponents to accuse him of failing the ideals of the revolution.It was a turning-point that launched the worst polarisation in Egypt’s recent history.A month later, deadly clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between the Islamist’s supporters and opponents. Morsi is facing allegations of inciting that violence.Accusing police of failing to protect the president, the Brotherhood called on its supporters to confront the protesters. At least seven people were killed in the clashes that erupted on December 5 last year.Morsi remains defiant, say his supporters.He “does not recognise the authority of the court,” said the Anti-Coup Alliance backing him, adding his lawyers will attend the hearing only as observers.last_img read more

Rona eyes renewal of chain after Lowes pulls takeover bidRona eyes renewal of chain after Lowes pulls takeover bid

MONTREAL — U.S.-based Lowe’s may not have ended its cross-border courtship for Rona Inc. despite abandoning its $1.8-billion bid for the Canadian home improvement chain, industry experts believe.Quebec-based Rona said Monday it only learned through a news release that its U.S. suitor had withdrawn its unsolicited, non-binding acquisition proposal, adding that it continues to concentrate on its own efforts to rejuvenate the company.“Our focus is on the implementation of our business plan based on the renewal of our offer to consumers. This focus remains,” spokeswoman Valerie Lamarre said in an email.In addition to improving the shopping experience, Rona wants to improve its financial results after months of weakness.[np-related]The U.S. chain’s withdrawal Monday will come at a cost to Rona investors, with Rona’s shares dropping more than 11% following the announcement that Lowe’s is no longer contemplating an offer of $14.50 per share cash.Rona stock closed down $1.48 to $11.29 in Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Lowe’s Companies Inc. shares slipped 17 cents to US$29.23 in New York.Meanwhile, analysts say Lowe’s may still have designs for Rona, if not by acquisition of the whole chain, then perhaps by adding big box stores as Rona expands the number of smaller, proximity stores.The U.S. chain’s withdrawal comes seven weeks after Rona, the Quebec government and others objected to the U.S. company’s overtures, which had begun privately in late 2011 and became public in July.“Lowe’s continues to believe that a combination of Lowe’s and Rona makes business sense and would create significant value for all stakeholders,” Lowe’s said in a statement Monday.“It is unfortunate that the Rona board of directors did not recognize the important economic and commercial benefits of this proposal for its stakeholders and for Canada,” the statement said.The potential sale of Rona surfaced in the midst of a provincial election and prompted rare agreement between the Liberal government and the Parti Quebecois about the strategic importance of the company and the need to preserve the headquarters in Quebec.The political parties had even suggested changing provincial law to arm boards of directors with more power to veto foreign takeovers, a proposal with potential domino-effect implications for other parts of the country.Pension fund manager the Caisse de depot supported Rona by boosting its stake in the company by two percentage points to 14.2%.It declined to say Monday whether it will apply additional pressure on Rona to improve its results.“The Caisse is a long-term investor and we’re convinced that this company has considerable potential for improvement and of course by improving its performance this will consolidate its position,” said spokesman Maxime Chagnon.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the move by Lowe’s gives Rona some breathing room, but isn’t necessarily the end of the story.“Given a slowing Canadian housing market and outlook for sluggish consumer spending, we expect Rona’s results — notably top line — to remain pressured and we would therefore expect a certain level of shareholder support for a transaction, at an appropriate price,” she wrote in a report.Keith Howlett of Desjardins Securities said the “friendly” phase of the takeover process is suspended.“In our view, Lowe’s will either now proceed with a hostile bid within three months or intensify its competitive actions in the marketplace to facilitate more productive negotiations in two or three years,” he wrote in a report.He said a hostile bid could be launched before Rona closes or shrinks the size of 20 more big box stores outside Quebec.Rona closed three stores in Whitby, Ont., Calgary and Edmonton that were close to Lowe’s locations and has vowed to take action on the other stores over the next six months.Rona’s stock fell Monday but is still above where it traded before Lowe’s expressed its interested.“Further severe share price deterioration prompted by the withdrawal of the Lowe’s proposal could pressure the Rona board to talk to Lowe’s after all,” said Carol Levenson of Gimme Credit.Lowe’s has a relatively small presence in Canada, although it is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the United States, after Home Depot.Only 31 of Lowe’s stores are in Canada, out of 1,745 across North America.Rona has more than 30,000 employees operating a network of about 830 company and affiliate-owned home improvement locations in Canada under its banner, but only about 80 in the large store format. It also has a division geared to the professional contractor market.Home Depot currently has 180 stores across Canada.North Carolina-based Lowe’s had informally offered $14.50 per share in cash but there was little enthusiasm for the proposal, even among analysts that cover the company.They have said Lowe’s would be better to improve its performance in the U.S. market, which is showing signs of revival as home building and home sales finally begin to recover from about five years of depressed activity.Robin Diedrich of Edward Jones said Lowe’s will now be able to focus on improving its core U.S. business without the distraction of a potentially difficult hostile takeover transaction.“At the end of the day it’s a good thing that they cut their losses here early and decided to really focus on the U.S. operations,” she said from Chicago.“Given all the opposition it probably would have been a huge distraction, so I think this is for the best.”Diedrich said Lowe’s will now revert to its original plan to expand in Canada organically by slowly opening stores. The challenge is there aren’t many good locations available, she said. read more

Cashstrapped Canadians put less into TFSAs in 2016 survey findsCashstrapped Canadians put less into TFSAs in 2016 survey finds

Cash-strapped Canadians put less into TFSAs in 2016, survey finds by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 4:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new survey suggests Canadians contributed less to their tax-free savings accounts last year, mostly because they didn’t have enough money to invest.The Bank of Montreal’s annual TFSA survey found respondents contributed an average of $4,592 into their accounts last year — $939 less than the year before.Forty-three per cent indicated that drop was due to a lack of funds, while 36 per cent said they required the cash for other expenses.Respondents estimated they would contribute even less this year, estimating an average of $4,325.Pollara conducted the online survey of 1,500 adults polled between Dec. 14 and 19 last year on behalf of BMO.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

Football Ohio State remains at No 4 in latest AP PollFootball Ohio State remains at No 4 in latest AP Poll

The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after defeating Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter beating Tulane on Saturday 49-6, Ohio State remained at No. 4 in the AP Poll for the fourth straight week. The Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote with No. 1 Alabama earning 60 and No. 3 Clemson earning one.Ohio State did earn a first place vote in the latest Amway Coaches Poll, but stayed at No. 4 behind the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs and the Tigers.No. 4 Ohio State joins Penn State (No. 9), Michigan (No. 14), Wisconsin (No. 15) and Michigan State (No. 21) as one of five teams from the Big Ten conference in the AP Top 25.The Buckeyes started the season as the No. 5 team in the nation with No. 4 Wisconsin as the only Big Ten team above them.No. 4 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium in University Park at 7:30 p.m.The AP Poll: Week 5Alabama (60)GeorgiaClemson (1) Ohio StateLSUOklahomaStanfordNotre DamePenn StateAuburn WashingtonWest VirginiaUCF MichiganWisconsinMiamiKentuckyTexasOregonBYUMichigan StateDuke Mississippi StateCaliforniaTexas Tech read more

Eddie Hutch Jr in a fragile psychological state court hearsEddie Hutch Jr in a fragile psychological state court hears

first_img Oct 26th 2016, 3:51 PM 19,854 Views By Tom Tuite Eddie Hutch Jr in a “fragile psychological state”, court hears He appeared at Dublin District Court to face charges for motoring and theft offences. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3047204 Share1 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 3:51 PM Image: Shutterstock/3drenderings Short URL Image: Shutterstock/3drenderings No Comments A DUBLIN criminal whose father was murdered during a series of killings in the Hutch-Kinahan feud is in a “fragile psychological state”, a court has heard.Eddie Hutch Jr, 41, with an address at Portland Place in the north inner city, had sentencing adjourned when he appeared at Dublin District Court to face charges for motoring and theft offences.Hutch, a nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, scooped €33,000 in prizes last year on RTE’s Winning Streak – when his younger brother Ross appeared on the game show on his behalf.Eddie Hutch Jr’s solicitor Declan Fahy told Judge Bryan Smyth that his client was pleading guilty to the charges before the court.Psychiatric reportsHe asked the judge to note that Hutch has a matter under appeal in the circuit court and that psychiatric reports have been sought.Requesting an adjournment, he said the defence was anxious to have a psychiatric report before the court. Fahy asked the court to adjourn the case until a date in January and he added that his client, who did not address the court, “is in a very fragile psychological state”.Judge Smyth agreed to grant the adjournment but warned Hutch that this was “not a licence to pick up new charges”. He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January for the facts and mitigation pleas to be heard ahead of sentencing. The judge also noted that updated reports on the accused have been sought.Hutch faces charges for driving without a licence or insurance on 18 December last at St Patrick’s Road, Drumcondra, Dublin and also driving without a licence, insurance, NCT, and car tax at Herbert Place in Dublin on 23 March 2014.He also has two charges for stealing three bottles of Jameson whiskey and a bottle of vodka worth €156 in total from a Supervalue shop in Blackrock in south Dublin on 14 January 2014 and stealing eight bottles of spirits with a total value of €184 from a shop in Cabra in north Dublin, 21 March 2014.Eddie Hutch Jr’s dad and cousins have been murdered over the course of the last year.His cousin Gary Hutch was murdered in Spain in 2015 while his father taxi driver Eddie Hutch Snr , 59, was gunned down in February in Dublin.Another cousin, father-of-one Gareth Hutch, 35, was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats where he lived on North Cumberland Street in inner city Dublin, on the morning of 24 May.Comments are closed as this case is before the courts.More courts; Man (20) who threatened to shoot schoolkids while he robbed them is remanded in custody>last_img read more

Nearly a third say demand for flexible working is biggest challenge forNearly a third say demand for flexible working is biggest challenge for

first_imgThe biggest workplace issues facing employers across the globe are skills shortages (49%) and the demand for flexible working (30%), according to a study by HR and employment law firm alliance Ius Laboris.The word – the forces for change surveyed 630 senior HR and legal professionals across 17 countries in Europe and North America. It found that flexible working has an influence on 89% of individuals when it comes to deciding whether to join an organisation.The survey also found that 45% of businesses had made no new changes to address pay equality, despite the fact that 63% stated that removing gender differences was a number-one priority. In Europe, specifically, 74% of respondents ranked addressing gender inequality as a top priority, compared with 54% in North America.The majority (86%) of respondents told the survey that they understood what constitutes sexual harassment at work. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of organisations in the US have made changes to their sexual harassment policies, but this dropped to less than half (46%) in Europe.Elsewhere in the survey, 28% of respondents said the advantage of a globally mobile workforce meant that they had access to greater talent.Sophie Maes, partner at Ius Laboris’ Belgian member law firm Claeys and Engels, said: “This is a new model that we are seeing more and more, where companies are just one virtual organisation and everyone works from different locations.”Naomi Hanrahan-Soar, Managing Associate at Ius Laboris’ UK member firm Lewis Silkin added: “We have many clients that recruit foreign talent specifically because of the skills shortages in their areas, in particular within technology, AI and machine learning, engineers and language skills for region-specific business development.”However, 47% of organisations surveyed faced barriers to making their workforce globally mobile via regulatory restrictions and employment laws differing from region to region. Almost two-thirds (62%) of those questioned stated that regulatory change and uncertainty posed a challenge to their organisations.The survey also found that 46% of the workforce look to virtual reality technologies to perform better in the workplace.Tiffany Downs, partner at Ford Harrison, Ius Laboris’ US member firm, said: “Instead of trying to ignore the changing employment culture, [organisations] are better served to embrace it and try to figure out how [they] can make it a win for everyone.”last_img read more

7s Omar Lewis Carvalho take part in MiamiDade Schools media forum7s Omar Lewis Carvalho take part in MiamiDade Schools media forum

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The responsibilities and challenges faced by journalists working in social media platforms took center stage at the Miami-Dade Public Schools’ bi-annual social media journalism forum, Tuesday morning.More than 160 students from high schools throughout the district engaged with expert panelists at the event moderated by M-DCPS’ Chief Communications Officer Daisy Gonzalez Diego.Today in Florida weekend anchor and 7News reporter Omar Lewis was one of five local media experts who participated in the interactive discussion about responsible journalism in an era of instant communication.Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also spoke to the students about moral and ethical practices in this growing field. @MiamiSup encourages future journalists to protect society and to become architects of justice. #MDCPSConnects pic.twitter.com/6kRCMHceWv— Miami Dade Schools (@MDCPS) October 25, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Opera is an attractive option for leftbehind Chrome usersOpera is an attractive option for leftbehind Chrome users

first_imgOpera is an attractive option for left-behind Chrome users by Martin Brinkmann on April 20, 2016 in Google Chrome – 19 commentsGoogle announced back in 2015 that the company’s Google Chrome web browser would support Microsoft’s Windows XP operating throughout 2015 but would drop support shortly thereafter.It revealed in November 2015 that it made the decision to add Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier, all 32-bit versions of Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 to the list of unsupported operating systems.That time has come, and as of April 2016, all mentioned operating systems are no longer supported by Google Chrome.What it meansAccording to Google, Chrome 49 is the last working version of Google Chrome that is available for operating systems that are no longer supported. While Chrome 49 will work just fine on those systems for now, it won’t receive any more updates including security updates.The recently released Chrome 50 is for instance not compatible with systems running Windows XP, Vista or any of the other operating systems that Google dropped support for.If you try to install it, you will get the error message you see on the screenshot above.This is problematic from a security point of view considering that future security issues won’t be fixed on affected systems.While you could point out that Windows XP is not supported as well anymore and that adding another unsupported program won’t make much of a difference, that is not the case for Windows Vista.Also, and that is probably more severe, the nature of web browsers exposes them to dangers on the Internet while that is not necessarily the case for the underlying operating system.The effect on Chromium-based browsersSince Google is largely in control in regards to the source that is used to create Google Chrome and other Chromium/Blink based browsers, Chromium and the majority of third-party browsers based on it won’t support these operating systems as well anymore.Vivaldi announced recently for instance that it will stop supporting Windows XP or Vista with the upcoming Vivaldi 1.1 release, and the same is likely true for other Chromium-based browsers like Iron, Comodo Dragon, or Torch.Opera Software on the other hand announced that the company’s Opera web browser would continue to support XP and Vista even after Google dropped support for those operating systems.It has been announced on Chrome Blog that Windows XP and Vista support is ending including security fixes. We do care for our loyal users, which you could recently observe with 12.18 security update. While Opera 36 will be last one with features additions on Windows XP and Vista, we are still going to provide security and crash fixes to XP and Vista platform. You will no not be able to run Opera 37+ on Windows XP and Vista, we advise you update to more recent OS, if possible. Otherwise, we will have Opera 36 for youWhile that is the case, support does not mean full support. Opera users who run XP or Vista will have to stay on Opera 36 as they won’t be able to upgrade to Opera 37.Opera Software will backport security and crash fixes to Opera 36 however for the foreseeable future which means that it is probably the only Chromium-based version that XP or Vista users can still make use of that won’t be left insecure by the developing company.Opera 36 is available as a download on Opera’s FTP Server (and it will remain available there).The main reason why Opera is an attractive option is that it is based on Chromium which means that it offers a similar browsing experience and support for the same browser extensions.Firefox is another browser that continues to support XP and Vista for now, but migrating to it would change things around a lot more than a migration to Opera would.SummaryArticle NameOpera is an attractive option for left-behind Chrome usersDescriptionGoogle stopped support for XP and Vista with the release of Chrome 50, and so will most Chromium-based browsers in the near future.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more April 5, 2012 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in cardiology as part of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support physicians in working with their patients to make wise choices about their care.The list identified the following five recommendations:Cardiac imaging tests (particularly stress tests or advanced noninvasive imaging) should not be given if there are no symptoms of heart disease, or if high-risk factors like diabetes or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are not present.Cardiac imaging tests (particularly stress tests or advanced noninvasive imaging) should not be given as part of a routine follow-up in patients who have had no change in signs or symptoms.Cardiac imaging tests (particularly stress tests or advanced noninvasive imaging) should not be given prior to performing low-risk surgery that is not related to heart disease.Echocardiography, which uses sound waves to create images of the heart, should not be used as routine follow-up care in adults with mild heart valve disease and who have had no change in signs or symptoms.Patients experiencing a heart attack and undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should not have stents placed in an artery or arteries beyond those responsible for the heart attack.“We believe that providing quality care guided by the latest research and guidelines is the best way to manage healthcare resources,” said James W. Fasules, M.D., FACC, senior vice president of advocacy at ACC. “Informed conversations between physicians and patients are a critical element of quality care. We were pleased to join the Choosing Wisely initiative to raise awareness in the medical community and among patients. More care is not always better care. We support the right care at the right time.”All the lists released as part of Choosing Wisely were developed by the partner organizations after careful consideration and review over many months. Using the most current evidence about management and treatment options within their specialty areas of expertise, the “Five Things” lists include recommendations that can make the biggest impact on patient care, safety and quality.ACC asked its standing clinical councils to recommend between three and five procedures that should not be performed or should be performed more rarely and only in specific circumstances. ACC staff took the councils’ recommendations and compared them to the ACC’s existing appropriate use criteria (AUC) and guidelines, choosing items for the five things list that had the tightest inappropriate score in the AUCs and were Class III recommendations in the guidelines. The ACC’s Advocacy Steering Committee and Clinical Quality Committee each then reviewed the five items before sending it to the ACC Executive Committee for final review and approval. ACC’s disclosure and conflict of interest policy can be found at www.cardiosource.org/RWI.Also working with the ABIM Foundation to lead the campaign is independent nonprofit consumer organization Consumer Reports. Eight other national medical specialty societies also released individual lists of recommendations, covering tests or procedures commonly used but not always necessary.By creating and releasing the lists, the groups aim to spark nationwide conversations between physicians and patients about the need – or lack thereof – for many frequently ordered tests or treatments. Some experts say that as much as 30 percent of care delivered in the United States is duplicative or unnecessary and may not improve people’s health.For more information: www.cardiosource.org/ACC, www.abimfoundation.org, www.ChoosingWisely.org. 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