One of the reasons you might lose a deal is because your dream client doesn’t agree to the process. They decide they want to do things that don’t serve them or not to do what they need to do to make a good decision. One of the ways you avoid losing is by selling your prospect the process.Once you are sitting in front of a contact (or contacts), you need them to commit to exploring change. There really is no other reason for you to be sitting across from them or them you. When they ask you to share information about your company and your solutions, your compliance means you are allowing them to do their discovery instead of your helping them to discover something about themselves and their business. Neither of you are near the point where you should by sharing why you are the right partner, and allowing them to drive you pitching proves you may not be.It’s not uncommon for some people to decide they want to see a presentation or a proposal without doing some of the things they need to do before you reach that point. They skip discovery and the collaboration that helps you to provide a solution you are confident will work for them. If that’s not bad enough, they often try to move forward without inviting the people who are going to be working with to participate in the process. Your contacts believe they are acting in their own best interest, speeding up the process and eliminating the resistance they are certain to encounter from some of their peers.For as long as most people can remember, the idea of closing has pertained only to the final ask, the commitment to decide and sign your contract. Of all the many commitments you need to gain, the final ask is one of the easiest to obtain. It’s all the commitments that come before that ask that makes it easy to gain—or the most difficult, spending on how well you have sold the process.The ten commitments that help you create value for your client while creating a preference to work with you are what helps you ensure that you provide your client with your best help in making the right decision. Before you sell anything else, sell the process.
Sports minister Ajay Maken on Thursday lauded India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal’s performance after she beat Tine Baun of Denmark 21-15, 22-20 to reach the semi-final of the women’s singles badminton event at the London Olympics.Speaking to Headlines Today, Maken said: “Saina will win gold.”Maken added, “The way she played today, she can beat anyone in the world. She is the number one player.”He even thanked his father Harvir Singh for giving India such a great player.He was all praise for her coach Pullella Gopichand, under whose guidance both Siana and P Kashyap have done well at the Olympics.Later Maken even tweeted saying: Padam Shri Gopichand has Khel Ratna, Dronacharya & Arjuna Awards under his belt. Pray that Saina & Kashyap give him the ultimate GURUDAKSHINA! He later tweeted: Both Saina & Kashyap have already created record by entering semis & quarterfinals respectively. Congrats coach Gopichand on your hard work!
Designers working on space-constrained applications can now dramatically reduce solution size and increase efficiency with the family of micro system-level IC (“uSLIC”) modules from Maxim Integrated Products. The MAXM17532 and MAXM15462 ultra-small (2.6 x 3.0 x 1.5mm), integrated DC-DC power modules are part of Maxim’s extensive portfolio of Himalaya power solutions that enable industrial, healthcare, communications, and consumer markets. With these modules, customers get the full benefits of industry-best switching regulators with the size and simplicity of a linear regulator.With dramatic advances in sensing, connectivity, and cloud computing, miniaturization is the next frontier that enables emerging trends such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Next-generation system designs from IIoT sensors, defense electronics, and network infrastructure equipment to medical and consumer devices need to collect, synthesize, and act upon data. This new intelligence requires more power in ever-reducing space without impacting thermal budget, making conventional solutions unviable and complicated. To fit into small enclosures that are deployed in harsh mechanical, electrical, and thermal environments means designers need shock and vibration tolerance, EMI compliance, increased energy efficiency, high temperature operation, and small size-a multidimensional challenge.Maxim’s uSLIC power modules shrink the solution size of the power supply by 2.25x with an ultra-small package size. This is achieved by integrating a synchronous wide-input Himalaya buck regulator with built-in FETs, compensation, and other functions with an integrated inductor. The combination of these components enables the designer to use the modules in small space-constrained systems while complying with mechanical and EMI standards. In addition, engineers simplify designs as they no longer need to deal with conventional bulky, power hungry regulators. Instead, they can integrate the ready-made power module into almost the same space of a tiny LDO. In such a small size, designers can achieve high efficiency and lower noise with increased stability.The uSLIC DC-DC buck regulator modules, which operate over a wide input range as low as 4V to as high as 42V, support multiple applications across nominal input voltages of 5V, 12V, 24V, and 36V with reliable headroom for today’s demanding applications. They operate over the -40 to +125°C temperature range.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems acquires Secure ThingzNext LieberLieber Software: HIMA meets tough standards with LemonTree
The swiss-army knife that is Dillon Stoner is finally on campus, and is already turning heads in training camp. The former Jenks star did everything for the Trojans and helped lead them to four straight state titles. As a senior, he was the star of the powerhouse Trojans, doing everything from punt and kick return, playing receiver, corner, safety, and even holding the kick on the extra point after he scored his own touchdown.As a coach, it’s a pretty simple formula to follow: Best players+playing time=wins. Or something like that. [I wasn’t a math major].And Jenks did it well in a one-loss 2015 season that ended in another state title with Stoner as the feature man in nearly every facet of the game.So will Mike Gundy take a page out of Alan Trimble’s playbook and use Stoner in the same capacities?That may be too early in his career to ask. But we do know that Gundy is preparing to use him this season.“Stoner continues to get quality reps,” Mike Gundy said after Thursday’s practice. “We’re anticipating him playing as a freshman.”“He’s getting quality reps not only on special teams but at the wide receiver position. He was an exceptional player in the summer. We’ve had just a couple of guys in my 12 years here that have been as far along as he has in the summer.” Gundy told the Tulsa World about Stoner.Stoner was used not only at receiver at Jenks on offense, but also in special packages with the main goal being to get him involved in any way imaginable. Get the man the ball in the open field, and he’ll run more wild than Bear Grylls. See the first play here and you’ll see the potential threat he could become — a play that looks familiar to what OSU has used in the past with Jalen McCleskey.OSU has shown their willingness to spice up the playbook to get their play-makers involved. Even Mason Rudolph acknowledged he could be a factor early on at B12 media days. “He has some David Glidden to him,” Rudolph said July 18 at the Big 12 Football Media Days in Dallas. “So that has me excited. … I see him playing inside this year because I think he’s ready and would really fit in our offense.”And with Stoner’s versatility as an athlete and his combination of track speed, I’d be surprised if the concept of a special ‘Stoner Package’ isn’t rolled in at some point this season. And even for a true freshman, Mike Gundy knows he has to get his talent in the right spots. Running a small package (or at least preparing one for a special situation) for a player Gundy says is farther along than most at this point in his career just makes sense. So heck, why not give it a shot Mike?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!
The names don’t exactly roll off the tongue: Boesso (Savoia), Vincenzi (Venezia), Chirico (Crotone), Basiani (Siena), Recchia (Formia) and Tancredi (Sambenedettese); unheralded keepers all, yet each managed an extended run of between 900 and 1,200 minutes without conceding. Towards the end of the 1967-68 season, Corsinovi from the minor Sicilian side Acireale raised the bar again with a new record of 1,228 minutes. Massese’s Serie C campaign in 1968-69 caught the eye mainly for the 1,266 minutes between goals recorded by their newly signed keeper, Marcello Trevisan.Funnily enough, Trevisan moved on at the end of the season to Napoli to deputise for Dino Zoff, who was still a few years away from his own stat-busting peak. The following season the benchmark shifted again, this time to Antonio Gridelli of Serie C’s Sorrento. He knocked the previous record out of the park, bettering it by more than five hours and extending the Italian and world record to 1,537 minutes.Gridelli’s momentous achievement would have endured if it hadn’t been for Lecce’s No1, Emmerich Tarabocchia, and some poorly behaved supporters in the south eastern city of Barletta. From the time in early November 1974 that Tarabocchia conceded a late goal during a Serie C match at Bari, five months would elapse until anyone else scored past him – the Benevento striker Cascella finally ending the run in April 1975. The new record was now a scarcely credible 1,791 minutes, nearly 30 hours of football or, if you prefer, just nine minutes short of 20 full league matches. It was also twice as long as the Serie A record then held by Zoff. Share on Facebook Topics What would a communist football competition look like? The Progress Cup Reuse this content Football Share on Messenger For much of the footballing world the infamous Italian defensive system of catenaccio was a decade-long phenomena whose tyrannical grip on the game was loosened firstly by Celtic in 1967, then broken for good by Ajax and Total Football in the early 1970s. The system that had brought so much success for Milan and Inter had run its natural course and lacked the flexibility to meet the demands of a constantly changing game.The problem was that catenaccio’s descent into obsolescence was recognised everywhere in the world apart from in its own Italian spiritual home. Always more than a mere tactic, catenaccio was a placebo that marketed itself as a cure-all remedy for the nation’s football insecurities. Italians had long suffered a lack of confidence in their footballers’ ability to compete physically with foreigners and this inspired a counter-philosophy in which a minimum requirement of not losing was an acceptable compromise. Catenaccio had brought success and it proved to be a hard drug for Italian coaches to wean themselves off. The day Serie A produced nine goals in eight fixtures … and outscored La Liga Share on Twitter Serie A Share on Pinterest Read more Read more Share via Email European club football Fear of defeat and a dearth of innovation left the Italian game to limp through the 1970s, unable and unwilling to extricate itself from the ideology’s cold, dead grip. The ongoing obsession with a safety-first approach led to a drying up of goals, chances and often even shots. The beneficiaries of this near-pathological loss aversion were goalkeepers and this would be an era like no other for them to make hay statistically. The currency of the keeper is the clean sheet and for even the most mediocre of net-minders, clean sheets were very easy pickings in Italian football at the time.Dino Zoff’s lengthy and successful career started during the early days of catenaccio. Along with the multiple titles he won for club and country, Zoff benefitted from the defence-minded culture, running up some notable statistical achievements. For Italy he still holds the record for the longest run (1,142 minutes), set between 1972 and 1974, without conceding a goal in international football. Simultaneously he was doing something very similar at club level for Juventus in playing for 903 minutes without conceding a goal during the 1972-73 season, the second longest sequence of this kind in Serie A history.Zoff’s record is actually rather inconsequential if you look beyond Serie A. From the time the Genoa keeper Mario Da Pozzo extended the national record to 791 minutes without conceding during the 1963-64 season, this particular record would improve repeatedly over the next few years as a group of unknown lower division goalkeepers took advantage of the hugely favourable playing environment.While the Italian game as a whole was locked in a defensive straitjacket, at least in Serie A there were world-class forwards such as Sandro Mazzola, Gianni Rivera, José Altafini, Pierino Prati and Luigi Riva capable of scoring against even the most massed of defensive ranks. Tactics were similar in Serie B and below, with defenders heavily outnumbering opposing forwards, but these teams lacked the quality of striker capable of individually bridging this sizeable void. Beyond the last man Read more Italy Share on WhatsApp features Share on LinkedIn The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Tarabocchia’s record benefited from a generous slice of fortune. In February 1975, Lecce travelled to Barletta and the keeper’s lengthy shutout run appeared to end after he conceded an own goal and, later, a successfully converted penalty. Lecce’s last-minute equaliser secured a 2-2 draw but the resultant pitch invasion by angry home supporters led the Italian Federation to intervene and punish Barletta. The match was awarded to Lecce with a 2-0 scoreline, meaning Tarabocchia’s ongoing run without conceding was maintained, or at least reinstated through a technicality. Without this stroke of supporter-driven luck, Sorrento keeper Gridelli would have retained his record.As it was, a Vasco da Gama keeper, Mazarópi, took the world record in 1978, beating Tarabocchia’s total by 25 minutes but this is a record list that Italians – or at least Italians from the lower divisions – still dominate. Tarabocchia and Gridelli still stand second and third on the all-time list, looking down proudly on big-name keepers such as Edwin van der Sar, Dany Verlinden, Abel Resino, Stoyan Yordanov and Chris Woods all below them in the pecking order.• This article appeared first on Beyond The Last Man• Follow Craig McCracken on Twitter
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is coy about their interest in FC Groningen winger Ritsu Doan.The Japanese youngster has been linked with a January move to the Toon.Asked directly about Doan, Benitez refused to rule anything out.”Normally we do not talk about players with the media,” he said. “But in this case I tell you that we are not even able to talk about it. We must first have a meeting (with the club management). Then we see what our targets will be. People ask me about Doan, but we do not yet know who we want to get.”
REMARKS PREPARED FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA, THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS, MPON THE OCCASION OF THE SPECIAL LUNCHEON HELD IN HONOUR OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MIGUEL DIAZ CANEL-BERMUDEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCILS OF STATE AND MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBAON THE MARGINS OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)5TH JULY 2018MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Good Afternoon,Our collective presence at this Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, reaffirms the spirit of unity and solidarity which binds us together as a region. It is in keeping with this spirit of one-ness that I extend a special welcome to His Excellency Mr. Miguel Diaz Canel-Bermudez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in whose honour I am pleased to host this luncheon.Excellency,On behalf of my colleague Heads, I am pleased not only to welcome you to Jamaica, but also to receive you into the region’s fraternity of leaders. We note that since your recent election and appointment to office, this will have been your first official engagement with all the Heads of State and Government of this Community. This is therefore a historic moment in our regional cooperation, and is cause for some celebration.Colleagues,As you are aware, CARICOM and the Republic of Cuba have enjoyed meaningful and mutually beneficial bonds of friendship, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, built on mutual respect, shared interests, extensive bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and a common regional destiny.Since then, Cuba has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the development of a sustained technical and functional cooperation programme with CARICOM in several areas, allowing us to forge a dynamic and mutually beneficial bi-partisan partnership.This valued cooperation is one which covers a wide range of areas of strategic regional importance. These include support for the health sector through Nurse Training and the Eye Care Programme (Operation Miracle), culture, disaster management, security and human resource development – to name but a few. Under Cuba’s programme of technical cooperation, over 1,500 Cuban nationals serve in all CARICOM countries. Approximately 1,300 of these persons work in the health sector. The remaining persons serve in the education, construction, sport and agricultural fields.In the critical area of education, the granting of scholarships by the Government of Cuba remains a significant feature of Cuba’s cooperation programme with the Community. To date, approximately 5,432 CARICOM nationals have graduated from Cuban tertiary institutions and over 800 CARICOM nationals are currently enrolled.I recall that in 2016, Cuba and Guyana established the Regional Training Centre in Guyana, for young people with disabilities. Jamaica and Cuba are also in the process of finalising plans for a Regional School of Arts, which is envisioned to be a primer “Pre- University level” regional school for the classic and performing arts. This facility will allow our students to transition more easily into undergraduate studies in the Arts.Cuba has also provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, despite also being vulnerable to the ravages of natural disasters themselves.Undoubtedly, Cuba’s involvement with the region has redounded positively not just for the region’s social, environmental and economic development, but has deepened and cemented the ties of friendship which binds us. For this reason, the Community has continued to be a strong advocate for Cuba’s full involvement in hemispheric affairs, and particularly for the elimination of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against the country.Excellency,At the 6th CARICOM – Cuba Summit held in Antigua and Barbuda last December, Heads engaged in discussions on issues of economic concerns with Cuban senior officials, towards strengthening our trade and functional cooperation framework.Indeed, we have noted an increase in trade relations, and a growing interest among Caribbean entrepreneurs to develop business and commercial relations with Cuba.This,is testament to the potential for deepening our collaboration and mutual engagement with Cuba towards enhanced economic prosperity for all our peoples. The culmination of that meeting with the signature of the Declaration of St. Mary’s, reaffirms this shared commitment.In closing, allow me to reiterate, Excellency, on behalf of all my colleagues, a warm welcome to this regional engagement process and best wishes for a prosperous term in office. We very much look forward to working closely with you for the shared benefit of all our peoples.It is now my honour Excellency, to invite you to address the Community of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community.
Kleven’s newbuild duo are pictured here testing their mettle in the North Sea.The two are purpose-built offshore construction vessel Grand Canyon II (on the left) being built by Myklebust Verft and offshore supply ship Olympic Bibby being built by Kleven Verft (on the right) sailing side by side on their respective sea trials.The 126-meter long Gran Canyon II is owned by Norwegian Volstad Maritime and can accommodate 104 persons.The 4500 DWT ship Olympic Bibby is owned by Bibby Offshore.Image: Kleven/Trond Volstad
zoom The number of navigation incidents in port approaches and anchorages at Bangladeshi port of Chittagong area is on the rise, according to marine insurer Gard.Gard has been notified of several recent collisions and groundings in the Chittagong Port Authority’s (CPA) outer anchorage, which is very congested with vessels arriving at the anchorage for lighterage operations before entering the river. Additionally, entering the river can in itself be challenging due to strong currents especially during the monsoon season from June to November when the weather conditions can deteriorate with little or no advance warning.The insurer issued recommendations which would help prevent incidents in the area. These include asking clearance from other vessels when anchoring, paying attention to main engine readiness, as well as conducting lighterage operations when needed as a number of vessels calling Chittagong need to lighter before being able to enter the port due to draft restrictions.Gard informed that the recommendations, which were made on the back of a number of recent incidents in the area, can be applied at any port where similar circumstances are encountered.A recent report received from a ship’s master who witnessed one of the incidents describes congested waters in the outer anchorage area. This particular incident happened at “A” anchorage, which is the northernmost anchorage designated for vessels with a draft of over 10 metres.This incident involved a vessel with a draft of 11.5 metres anchored some 0.4 nautical miles away from another anchored vessel at the anchorage. As this area is known for its soft holding ground and strong currents, “more distance between vessels may be needed when anchoring.”Namely, the vessel started to drag anchor onto another ship nearby during the ebb tide and shortly thereafter made contact with the other vessel and its rudder became entangled with the other ship’s anchor chain. This was followed by a main engine failure. Both vessels then started to drag their anchors towards other vessels in the area.The second vessel, which had its anchor cable entangled, had to cut its anchor chain loose to be able to move away from the vessel originally dragging the anchor. The second ship sustained a significant hull breach flooding its no 5 cargo hold.
Quality health care continues to be an important priority for Nova Scotia. To provide the programs and services that Nova Scotians count on, money must be invested wisely. Health-care spending has been increasing by more than eight per cent each year for the past 10 years, or about 48 per cent of the provincial budget. This growth rate cannot be sustained. This year, the health-care budget will be increased by about five per cent, which equates to an additional $140 million for health-care priorities that are important to Nova Scotians. Overall, more than $3 billion will be allocated to Health and Health Promotion and Protection — more than ever before. To better respond to the needs of patients and families living with cancer, $2.7 million will be allocated for oncology operations at Capital Health and the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Another $300,000 will be spent on a colorectal screening program, as recommended by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Prevention is a critical component of the health-care system. Working within a federal program, almost $3 million will be spent to vaccinate girls and young women against the Human Papillomavirus, known to cause almost all cervical cancers, which kills 400 Canadian women every year. This year, $5 million will be spent to develop a new Pharmacare program for Nova Scotians without drug insurance. Once it is in place, it will almost double the number of Nova Scotian families eligible for coverage by a provincial pharmacare program. In total, $189.6 million will be spent on Pharmacare, including $134.9 million for Senior’s Pharmacare (an increase of $10 million over last year), almost $53 million for income assistance recipients and their dependents, and $2 million for children of low-income parents. The province will invest $755,000 to improve environmental health protection activities across government, which includes additional funding for staff to promote food and drinking-water safety standards. -30- Note: Note: For further 2007-08 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.
Representatives of government and Screen Nova Scotia met this week to continue discussions on the Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. “We care about this industry. We’re proud of their success and we recognize the value to the economy and the jobs the industry creates for Nova Scotians,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “The industry has been going through a period of adjustment to the new program, but I believe it can and it will succeed.” An important point of clarification discussed was the industry’s perception of a cap on the fund. To that end representatives from government and industry will meet regularly to closely track the fund spending, commitments and potential new productions. If eligible productions come forward when the fund is approaching or has reached its $10 million budget allocation, government will consider more resources on a case-by-case basis. Since the fund launched in July 2015, 13 productions have been approved. “We want the world to know we’re open for business and that means moving forward together with confidence and optimism,” said Mr. Furey. Discussions continue with Screen Nova Scotia, government and Nova Scotia Business Inc. to make the administration of the fund as efficient as possible. These efforts build on earlier progress announced last November to provide $475,000 to Screen Nova Scotia to hire an executive director, develop a strategic plan, and support locations, scouting and international marketing and promotions.
Nova Scotia’s forest industry got a boost today, July 7, with the announcement of a project that is exploring innovative uses of forest products and new market opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Innovacorp, and Emera announced a new innovation hub that is identifying new products and production processes to help make Nova Scotia’s forestry and resource sectors a stronger competitor in the marketplace. “In order to remain competitive in the forestry sector, we need to continue to examine ways to be innovative,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are looking at new uses for forestry resources while helping spur economic activity here in Nova Scotia.” The hub is being supported with $1.67 million in funding, with $1 million coming from Emera, $250,000 from the Government of Canada through ACOA, $350,000 from the province, and $67,000 from Innovacorp. Being studied are things including new market opportunities and alternatives for petroleum products with bio-based fuels in marine diesel and heating oil applications. Another initiative is looking at how forestry contractors can integrate technology, innovation and best practice to help improve their performance. “We’re committed to making Canada a global innovation leader,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “To do so, we must experiment, explore and adapt. Investing in research and development is the first step on the path to long-term economic growth.” “Emera recognizes that the forestry and resource sectors are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s economy,” said Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc. “We are pleased to support this collaborative initiative meant to foster industry participation and generate economic opportunities.” The work is being led by Bioapplied, a Nova Scotia-based company that specializes in renewable resource innovation, and FPInnovations, one of the world’s largest private, non-profit forest research centres.
Vicki Monague says she was the victim of domestic assault. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA grassroots group of Indigenous women says it’s time to do something about inappropriate texts and Facebook messages.“Let’s talk about how to stop inappropriate communication,” said Sandra DeLaronde, executive director of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc.“…especially from those in positions of power.”Read More:Dumas divorce record shows Facebook and texting concernsMorley Googoo asks chiefs to push back against AFN over suspension #MeToo Movement in Indian Country is out there – but it’s under coverThe group hosted a community gathering in Winnipeg Thursday to discuss harassment and sexual harassment.“People are afraid to come forward,” DeLaronde added, noting there were numerous phone calls from women and two-spirited people who wanted to disclose experiences anonymously.She said there was enough interest for her group to declare “a state of emergency” and call for the creation of “safe spaces and places” for those fleeing sexual violence, exploitation and harassment.DeLaronde, who co-chaired the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition in Manitoba, said being disbelieved and unsupported “further victimizes” the victims.“Ultimately, this is about the safety and security of Indigenous women,” she said Friday. firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
REGINA — A courier service has received approval to take over some of the bus passenger routes that were once operated by the now-defunct Saskatchewan Transportation Company.Starting July 10, Melville-based DiCal Transport will offer service to five communities, including Regina, Yorkton, Melville, Balcarres and Fort Qu’Appelle.Owner and operator Diane Smith tells Regina radio station CJME that the business plans to expand in the near future to other communities, such as Canora, Kamsack, Preeceville and Sturgis.She says her company’s website is being updated with information about schedules and fees.DiCal was one of a number of companies that applied to the province’s Highway Traffic Board to handle STC routes after the government shuttered the Crown-owned bus company this spring as part of cost-saving measures.Smith says she got word Thursday morning that her application had been successful.“We’re really excited. We’ve been anxiously awaiting for the final piece of paper so we can start operating this service,” she said. “I’m certain we’re going to have passengers and we’re going to be busy.”DiCal originally wanted to start operating June 1, just two weeks after STC service ended, but its permit was stalled and there were protests over the closure of the government-run bus company.“We were all subject to the same type of backlash from the same group of protesters,” said Smith. “All of us that applied for operating authority certainly were dragged into the political dispute and essentially chastised for wanting to fill a void.”Smith said the company needs to advertise but she’s already responding to calls and emails from people inquiring about the service.She noted that her Facebook page has received thousands of hits since news broke about the approval. (CJME)
According to the protestors, the train service never stops at that railway station and passengers who want to disembark at Hiriyala are forced to proceed further. In an attempt to force the train services to stop at the train station the demonstrators blocked the railway track this morning. A demonstration was staged along the railway track at Hiriyala today, blocking train operations along the track.The protestors were demanding that the train service operating between Vavuniya and Colombo stop at the Hiriyala railway station. The train operating between Vavuniya and Colombo was forced to stop at the Hiriyala railway station as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The three-year life span of the Police Service Commission (PSC) expired on September 4, 2017. The offices of Chairman and Commissioners became vacant automatically, and according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, President David Granger is currently in the process of finalising names for the reconstitution of the Commission.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“The President is working on the finalisation of some names for the reconstitution. I am not privy to the names, but I will certainly have an input (in the selection of Chairman and Commissioners). I am not sure if it will come on stream for December, but I suppose it can be done before December,” Ramjattan said.Prior to the life of the former PSC coming to an end, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, in a letter dated July 27, wrote to the Commission informing them that the President directed that there be no consideration of promotion for members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) until further notice and should be implemented immediately.Observers had criticised the President’s move as unconstitutional, citing Article 226, Section (1) of the Constitution, which states: “In the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.When asked about the impact of the President’s decision, former PSC Chairman Omesh Satyanand had said it was a blow for those hardworking Police ranks expecting to be rewarded for their services.“When you’re working for a number of years, you expect to have an increase in wages and salary; you look forward for promotion because you are working hard and these are expectations of employees and it would affect any organisation from an employee-employer perspective,” he related.The President’s action was suspected to be the result of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was launched into the effectiveness of the Police Force in investigating the alleged plot to assassinate the Head of State. Granger came in for heavy criticism after he issued the directive, with Satyanand saying that the promotion of the ranks did not have any direct impact on the work or recommendations of the CoI.The report of the CoI, along with recommendations, was presented to President Granger on August 31. It has been over two months, and the directive is yet to be lifted.President Granger however, had said that his Government did not intend to trample on the constitutional rights of the PSC, but wanted that whatever was done presented a positive image of the Police Force. He had stated his office received a number of complaints from aggrieved senior Police Officers and had asked that those claims be investigated.“There have been some doubts and we are investigating the complaints that have been made to us, and we have asked the PSC simply to delay so that we can answer those queries.”He said as soon as those questions are answered, “we will proceed”.The President had earlier stated that with the complaints, there was evidence that injustices might have been done. “We just need time to have the complaints from aggrieved Police Officers thoroughly investigated,” he said.Attorney Rajendra Jaigobin, from the Chambers of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, filed court action challenging the directive, requesting that it be put on hold. The action was filed in the High Court in August.Jaigobin said he has a vested interest in ensuring that Guyana’s Constitution was not violated and it was his national duty to ensure that those representatives who, and the democratic organs which, exercise the sovereignty of Guyana on his behalf act in due compliance with the said Constitution in the discharge of their public functions and constitutional duties. (Lakhram Bhagirat)
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The country’s financial crimes squad (SDOE) on Monday submitted to a parliamentary committee investigating former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou over the political handling of the so-called Lagarde list of rich Greek savers a report indicating that four of the ex-minister’s relatives on the list had failed to declare more than 6 million euros in income.Meanwhile, the committee summoned Papaconstantinou to appear for testimony on Monday after providing his lawyer with the relevant case file, as requested by the ex-minister.The long-awaited report by SDOE concluded that the four relatives of Papaconstantinou had failed to declare a total of 6.3 million euros in assets in recent years. The ex-minister is being investigated for violation of duty and doctoring a document after prosecutors found that the names of his relatives had been removed from the original Lagarde list, named after the former French finance minister and current International Monetary Fund chief, Christine Lagarde.The bulk of the assets that are alleged to have been undeclared – some 4.5 million euros – have been connected to bank accounts in the names of Eleni Papaconstantinou, the ex-minister’s first cousin, and that of her husband Symeon Sykiaridis, according to sources. The remaining amount was traced to the accounts of Marina Papaconstantinou, another cousin of the ex-minister, and her husband Andreas Rossonis.SDOE’s findings are to be perused by the cross-party parliamentary inquiry probing Papaconstantinou. The commitee, whose sessions since January have been marred by vehement disputes between rival lawmakers, was to convene late last night to examine the contents of SDOE’s report along with other evidence.The committee was expected to call the ex-minister’s relatives to submit fresh testimony today. In previous written depositions, the relatives had insisted that their income has been properly taxed.Last week, Parliament voted to broaden the inquiry and investigate Papaconstantinou on charges of breach of trust after the inquiry found that he failed to record receipt of a CD containing the list of names from French authorities.Source: Kathimerini
Sécheresse : en Chine, elle affecte 2,2 millions de personnes Selon le Comité national de Lutte contre les inondations et la sécheresse, plus de deux millions de personnes sont à ce jour affectées par la sécheresse qui touche depuis des mois une grande partie de la Chine.2,2 millions de personnes sont touchées par une pénurie d’eau potable, révèlent les médias chinois. Cité par l’agence Chine Nouvelle, un responsable gouvernemental précise que les précipitations sont dans sept provinces et depuis quatre mois, en chute de 20 à 90% par rapport à celles enregistrées l’année dernière à la même période. Les régions concernées sont celles du Henan, du Shanxi, du Hebei, du Shandong, du Jiangsu, de l’Anhui et du Shaanxi.Cette pénurie d’eau est une catastrophe pour l’agriculture, plusieurs de ces provinces, notamment le Shandong et le Henan, étant celles qui abritent la production du blé d’hiver. Selon Chen Lei, directeur adjoint du programme de lutte contre les sécheresses, quelque 4 millions d’hectares de terres cultivées seraient touchées par le manque de pluie. “L’approvisionnement en eau commence à manquer dans des villes situées autour des fleuves Jaunes, Huaihe et Haihe dans des territoires situés dans le nord et le centre de la Chine”, explique Chen Lei, soulignant la nécessité d’une intensification des efforts gouvernementaux pour lutter contre la sécheresse.Le 18 janvier 2011 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
A registered sex offender who possessed more than 200 images of child pornography on his computer was sentenced Friday to 5 1/4 years in prison.Fred J. Beeman, 51, of Vancouver pleaded guilty last month in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Beeman was convicted in January 2012 of two counts of child molestation and one count of possessing child pornography. The victims were 4 and 7. He also was convicted in 2001 of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Beeman, who was sentenced to prison, was granted early release in February 2016, the affidavit states.An officer with the Department of Corrections found handwritten notes with web addresses to child pornography sites and other violations of Beeman’s probation during a routine search of his residence, court records said.Officers seized his computer and recovered about 200 child sex abuse images, the court document states. They also found evidence that he had visited numerous sites promoting child sex abuse of preschool and elementary school-aged children, according to the affidavit.
After 27 years, Florida Underwriter magazine is ceasing operations, the December 2011 edition will be the last issue printed. The self-proclaimed voice of the Florida insurance industry is citing the uncertainty surrounding digital mediums, coupled with Florida’s struggling economy, as reasons for its closure. “It was the only regional title we owned so it was an outlier from that standpoint, but we also heavily cover that topic with our magazine and Web sites that service the entire sector,” says interim president and CEO of Summit Business Media, Tom Flynn. “We believe we already cover that sector very well and we believe it’s more effective for our readers to cover it within the other brands in that market, which is what we’re focused on.”The decision was made in the fourth quarter of 2011 before the December issue went to print. While the company wants to focus on other areas of its portfolio, it seems that compounding pressures also led to its closure.“Unfortunately, the double demons of our state’s falling economy and the dominance of the Internet over print products have brought us to this difficult decision. This will be the magazine’s final issue,” writes Joan E. Collier, editor of the publication, in a goodbye note to readers. Summit Business Media has four print titles that cover the insurance and property casualty industries in addition to a Web site, PropertyCasualty360.com, which covers this industry at large. Before the title’s closing Flynn says there were approximately 8,000 print subscribers. “As with all publishers, we always examining our portfolio—we are committed to being the premier provider of information for our markets,” he says. “We want to be really agnostic as to distribution methods and we want to make sure we provide the information to our readers and customers in whatever format they want. We will continue to do that throughout or portfolio, not just with property and casualty, but we want to make sure we listen to our readers and that we adapt and adjust accordingly to how they want to receive information.” In January, Summit Business Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and repositioned itself by May after cutting more than $140 million in debt. In early October, Andy Goodenough, the company’s CEO and president, stepped down “to pursue other interests,” which made Flynn acting CEO and president in addition to CFO and COO.When asked if the closure was related to the bankruptcy, Flynn says the two are separate issues.“This was a business decision unrelated to anything related to a reorganization,” he says. “It was to better serve this market and our customers.”