An Overarching Strategy for Winning Deals

first_imgThe ideas aren’t new to me (or to you, if you have read my work for a long time), but the combination into an overall strategy is novel. There are three ideas that make up the heart of the strategy to create a competitive advantage (something I have been writing more about after launching Eat Their Lunch, a book about competitive displacements).Dominating Time: Your dream client is going to meet with a number of salespeople and sales organizations. The amount of time from client to client will vary, but the combined total of 100% is what is important here. What percentage of the time do you get versus your competitors? If you command more of their time, you give yourself a greater opportunity to create greater value, and you are also likely to engage more stakeholders. You want to dominate the clock, crowding out your competition.Dominating Presence: This concept builds on Dominating Time. Having a physical presence in a world that is increasingly transactional, automated, and based on clicks makes human presence more rare—and more valuable. We have now reached peak Taylorism in sales, with efficiency overtaking effectiveness, and sales roles being sliced so thinly that the value creation of each role has been made equally thin. When something isn’t as effective as it needs to be, that is not a gain in efficiency. Adding a physical presence while others work to avoid the expense increases the preference to work with you.Dominating the Narrative: This is one part mind share, one part insight, and one part content, or something along those lines anyway. If you are the one that can teach people why they need to change (how to better understand their world), teach them how to change (including the choices and trade-offs they are going to be faced with making), and inform how they need to pursue that change by controlling the process (see The Lost Art of Closing) you are likely to win their business. You want to own the narrative.I’ll add one more idea here worth thinking about this week. We sometimes mistake our experience for preparation. We believe because we have done something so many times and so often, that we are prepared. I would argue against this thinking and remind you that one of the ways we squander opportunities is by not preparing and planning our approach. If you want to be able to improvise and think well on your feet, there is nothing more important than preparing. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Father calls Saifullah killed in Lucknow encounter a traitor, refuses to accept body

first_imgSelf-radicalised persons planted bomb on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, says U.P. ATS chief Several hours have passed since he made a bold statement about not accepting his youngest son and alleged terrorist Saifullah’s body. Sartaj Khan makes it clear that it was not an angry or a spontaneous reaction. But even as he stands by his decision, he demands that the allegations made by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad be proved, for he had never imagined that this day would come.According to a PTI report, Mr. Sartaj said: “A traitor cannot be my son, straight and simple.” He refused to take Saifullah’s body, saying, “A traitor cannot be related to me, let alone be my son.”Saifullah, he says, was indeed the black sheep in the family, despite being the only one among his three sons (Khalid and Mujahid are the other two) to enter college. But the tannery supervisor’s reason to complain was nowhere close to the narrative provided by the police.“His reluctance to support the family by taking up a job was why I was miffed. I can say with surety that there was nothing in his behaviour that suggested he could be a terrorist or even an outlaw,” says Mr. Sartaj. Also Read | Photo Credit: PTI Items recovered after suspected terrorist Saifullah was killed in a 12-hour operation on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday.center_img  Religious his brother may have been, but Mr. Khalid never saw signs of radicalisation. “He enjoyed music and a lot of other things that hardliners may not approve of,” he says. Their mother died in an accident in 2014, but the family does not believe that brought about any change in Saifullah.As the conversations with Mr. Sartaj and Mr. Khalid is on, the other members of the family are in the next room. The door is closed and the only sound that can be heard is from the television of people lauding the father’s statement.Mr. Sartaj’s remarkable composure is missing in Mr. Khalid’s response to the tragedy. He says they won’t accept the body because “our father has made the decision and we stand by it.” The narrative too has changed a bit since the encounter in Lucknow. Investigators are now non-committal about the arrested persons being part of the Islamic State. Among other things, the family also wants a probe into the “seizure” of a huge cache of arms from the house where Saifullah was gunned down.The family’s theory is that even in the event of the allegations being true, it was more because of bad influence of others around him, rather than Saifullah’s own inclination towards radicalisation.This is where the focus shifts to the cousins Danish, Faisal and Imran, who were also arrested and are believed to have tipped off the police about Safiullah’s location.“They were welcome here like cousins anywhere else are. If there was anything beyond this, it’s for the police to find out,” says Mr. Sartaj. College dropoutThe strained relations between the father and son persisted for a long time. In between, Saifullah dropped out of Manohar Lal Mahavidyalaya after finishing second year, tried his hand at learning computer accounting and even assisted a lawyer in preparing sales tax cases. But for one reason or the other, stable employment eluded him and, with the passage of time, his father’s impatience only grew.Sitting in the courtyard of their single-storey house next to a mosque in Maqdoom Nagar, Mr. Sartaj recalls that fateful evening when he forced Saifullah to leave. “A couple of months ago we had a huge argument. I slapped him and asked him to leave the house. We never heard from him again,” he says.His eldest son and the only other accessible member of the family Mr. Khalid adds that Saifullah told them before leaving that he would look for opportunities in Mumbai and try to travel to Saudi Arabia for work. It is a rather curious coincidence that Danish, one of Saifullah’s three cousins arrested for allegedly being a part of the same module, left home after a similar argument with his father Naseem, Mr. Sartaj’s elder brother. last_img read more

Panjab varsity students start shoe-polishing protest

first_imgRelentless in their demand for roll-back of the fee increase, students of Panjab University started a novel protest on Monday. Members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), who have been protesting against the fee increase for the 2017-18 academic year through a relay fast, sat outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office, polishing the shoes of bystanders and fellow students to collect money that they said would be sent to the university to help it tide over the financial crisis. “We are on the 21st day of the fast, but our demand has been ignored; today, we are polishing shoes to wake up the university administration,” said Nikhil Rampal, a student of the Economics Department. “By polishing the people’s shoes, we will send across the message that if the administration has no other means of generating funds, we will go to any extent,” he said. Surjeet Bharmouri, who is in charge of the NSUI’s Chandigarh unit, said the protest was meant to get across the message to the Central government that it should consider the students’ demand. “If it cannot do it, we are willing to polish the people’s shoes and give the sum thus earned to our university. We have collected ₹190 and will send it to the Vice-Chancellor’s office,” he said. On April 11, a clash broke out on the campus between the students and the police. The university has justified the 12.5% increase in fees, citing its finances. It is expecting a deficit of ₹244 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

Congress, JD(U) plan rallies in Bihar to showcase strength

first_imgBoth the Congress and the ruling Janata Dal (United) are gearing up to organise rallies in Patna to showcase their strength, ahead of the Lok Sabha election. The Congress will be organising its ‘Jan Akanksha Rally’ on February 3 on its own after a gap of several years, while the JD(U) too will hold a rally to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a gap of nine years.The roads, bridges and electric poles here have been adorned with posters and billboards of Congress leaders inviting people for the scheduled rally. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending the rally, along with other Grand Alliance leaders. This will be Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Bihar after assuming charge as Congress president. Chalo chale, Rahul ko sune (let’s go to hear Rahul Gandhi); Takht badal do, taj badal do, Chor-chaukidar ka raj badal do (change the podium, change the crown, change the regime of protector who himself is a thief) are some of the slogans written on these posters with pictures of State Congress leaders. The State Congress leaders, including president Madan Mohan Jha, State in-charge of the party Shaktisinh Gohil, have been visiting different districts to mobilise people for the proposed rally. “It will be a historic rally which will herald the end of NDA rule in the country”, said Bihar Pradesh Campaign Committee (BPCC) chief and party’s Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Singh.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) supremo Upendra Kushwaha and others are also expected to participate in the Congress rally. However, there have also been talks of murmuring between Congress party and RJD over numbers of seats to contest in the state in upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Apparently enthused with the recent assembly poll results in three Hindi-heartland states, the Congress party is said to have been demanding 16 seats while, the RJD has offered them 10 seats. In last 2014 LS poll, Congress had won just two seats of Kishanganj and Supaul. “All the allies in Grand Alliance have to be taken care…everyone has to sacrifice from their quotas in the larger interest to defeat BJP”, said senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari. However, party leader and younger son of Lalu Prasad, Tejaswi Yadav recently had said “there was no confusion over seat sharing in GA in Bihar…let the time come and everything will be declared”. The state Congress leaders too said “the confusion over sear sharing among GA alliance partners is only in media…but, yes after the assembly result of three states our position has gained strength and moreover, we’re the national party”, said a state Congress leader. “What happened in Uttar Pradesh will not be repeated here in Bihar”, he assured further.Similarly, the JD(U) too has been gearing up for a counter rally to be held either on February 24 or March 4. The date has not been finalised yet but “Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the rally is almost final,” said a party leader. “The moment everything will be finalized we’ll let it know to media”, CM Nitish Kumar said recently. It will be after a gap of nine years that PM Modi and Mr Kumar would be sharing the stage for an election rally in Patna. The last time the two leaders shared stage for an election rally was in 2010 in Punjab. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan too will participate in the proposed rally.last_img read more

‘Dark magma’ could explain mystery volcanoes

first_imgThe magma fueling the volcanoes of Hawaii and Yellowstone National Park pipes up from deep inside the planet. Scientists have struggled to understand why there are hot spots there, so far from the grinding tectonic plate boundaries at which volcanoes normally appear. New research chalks the mystery up to “dark magma”: deep underground pockets of red-hot molten rock that siphon energy from Earth’s core.“It’s a very provocative paper … a bit speculative,” says Thomas Duffy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who was not involved with the study. “But it’s taking us in an important step on the road to understanding the deep Earth.”Most volcanoes form because tectonic plates, vast sections of Earth’s crust, smash against or slide underneath each other. The pushing and melting there feed the volcanoes in the infamous Ring of Fire around the Pacific Ocean. But hot spot–spawned volcanoes like Hawaii’s are a different breed. They are nowhere near tectonic plate edges, and yet millions of years ago they spewed out so much lava that they nearly blanketed whole continents with molten rock or covered the globe with soot. 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Because the bottom of Earth’s mantle is nearly 3000 kilometers below the surface—about a 3-day journey if you could drive there by car—temperatures and pressures reach such hellish extremes that the atomic structures of these magmas are different from those they would have at lesser pressures. Duffy says that “can really change physical properties a lot,” including the way the material looks and absorbs heat.To test how magma might behave near the core, Goncharov and his colleagues squeezed a sliver of a dark, opaque glass, made from iron and silicate to mimic the composition of deep Earth magmas, between two diamonds to simulate pressures near the core. The team then shined an infrared light through the glass and measured how much light passed through. As the pressure increased, so did the amount of light the glass absorbed, and the team saw a change in the atomic structure of the glass, the researchers report online today in Nature Communications.Goncharov says that means magmas at high pressures in the lower mantle must be sponging up heat emanating from the core. As these patches of magma around the core get hotter, they start to act as a door for heat to pass into the mantle by convection. The heated mantle rocks then move up through the planet in a massive plume until they erupt on the surface, creating large volcanoes in strange places like Hawaii, Yellowstone, Easter Island, and Mount Etna, and some of the most violent eruptions.If the team is right, its work could illuminate a key part of Earth’s geology. Duffy says these plumes are “one of the most important things to understand,” because the movement of heat powers many processes on the planet. For one, Earth’s magnetic field depends on how the core spins and flows inside the planet. As a result, Duffy says, “the way heat flows from the core to the mantle could potentially affect the way Earth’s magnetic field evolves over time.”Not everybody is ready to get behind Goncharov and his colleagues’ new hypothesis. “There are two fundamental limitations of the paper,” Duffy says. “First that they’re studying a glass and not [melted rock], and there’s the fact that [the experiment] is at room temperature and not high temperature.” Until scientists perform the experiment with molten rock heated to about 3200°C, Duffy says, they can’t be sure how the magma really behaves.And geologists still contest whether the pockets of magma around Earth’s outer core actually exist. To probe Earth’s interior, scientists rely on seismic waves from large earthquakes that have to travel through 3000 kilometers of rock. At that depth, the measurements become “a little bit ambiguous,” Duffy says. “And there’s a question as to why the liquid wouldn’t just all drain [away].” Because these dark magma pockets float above the core, it’s a bit like imagining an ocean rising tens of kilometers above sea level. “It’s not impossible,” he says, “but the idea that there’s melt in the deep mantle is controversial.”last_img read more

Lara Dutta takes lessons from Jade Barrymore for Hollywood debut

first_imgLara DuttaThe distance from Mumbai to New York, for ex-Femina Miss India-turned Miss Universe Lara Dutta, 24, is getting shorter.Dutta, who has one flat in Bandra, another in NY, is busy straddling nations. Not for a peace-keeping mission – or for sporting alliances with Derek Jeter or Tiger Woods -,Lara DuttaThe distance from Mumbai to New York, for ex-Femina Miss India-turned Miss Universe Lara Dutta, 24, is getting shorter.Dutta, who has one flat in Bandra, another in NY, is busy straddling nations. Not for a peace-keeping mission – or for sporting alliances with Derek Jeter or Tiger Woods – but to make an impressionable dent in Hollywood. To make her debut more legitimate, Dutta is now taking acting lessons from Jade Barrymore, Charlie’s Angels star Drew Barrymore’s mom.Dutta has a few films lined up in Los Angeles. But her beau in Mumbai, model Kelly Dorji, will just not say what yet.last_img read more

The Reload: Etienne Jr. Back on Market, Tulsa Union Prospects Visiting, Moore Twins Recruiting

first_imgMoore is one of, if not THE, top target for OSU in 2018. He is already a top 100 prospect, according to ESPN’s latest top 300 rankings, and his 6-4 frame and scary smooth finesse on the field make him one of the top receivers in the country — regardless of class.OSU offers 2018 Twin Jordan MooreOklahoma State extended an offer to 2018 WR/ATH Joshua Moore long ago, and they made their twin brother pursuit official over the weekend by extending his brother, Jordan Moore. (Also a 2018 prospect, since they are twins and everything). Jordan is a RB/ATH and holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State — 21 in total.Extremely blessed an excited to receive an offer from Oklahoma State University! #GoPokes??— Jordan moore (@Jo_moore23) July 28, 2016 Four-star Power Forward Omits OSU in Top SchoolsFour-star power forward RaiQuan Gray released his top 6 schools Monday, and eliminated the Pokes from his list that once included OSU in his final 11. The 6-8 prospect from Florida named Memphis, Baylor, Florida State, Maryland, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech in his final group.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 Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future. Texas A&M Pledge Opens Things UpJennings, LA running back Travis Etienne Jr. announced Monday he is opening his recruitment back up, less than two months after originally pledges to the Aggies. I mentioned not long ago that while Etienne was still committed to A&M, OSU coaches, namely Marcus Arroyo, isn’t giving up his recruiting of one of The Boot’s fastest prospects. With Etienne opening things back up, I get the feeling that OSU may be landing right in the thick of it in regards to his recruitment. Even with offers from Bama, Arkansas, Mizzou, Tennessee, and others, I would speculate that OSU appears to be the favorite to land him at the moment. And that would be good news for a team that’s about to lose a ton of experience at running back.2018 Wide Receiver CJ Moore Visiting (Again)Tulsa Union standout receiver CJ Moore is making a return trip to Stillwater on Wednesday, according to his twitter account. He’ll be joined by Union 2019 DB Darius Boone Jr. (heck of a last name!) and 2018 DB Daylon Figures.O State Wednesday??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) August 1, 2016last_img read more

PM Urges CARICOM Heads to Live Up to Vision of Founding Fathers

first_imgAs the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) marks its 40th anniversary, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is calling on regional leaders to remember the context within which the body was formed, and to live up to the vision of its founders for the benefit of all Caribbean people. The Prime Minister was speaking in Trinidad on Thursday, July 4, where she was participating in the symbolic signing ceremony to mark 40 years since the opening for signature of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established CARICOM in 1973. The signing ceremony was held as part of the 34th meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM from July 3 to 6. Jamaica’s participation in the signing ceremony signifies Jamaica’s recommitment to the letter and principles entrenched in the Revised Treaty of 2001. “The theme we have chosen to mark this significant milestone: ‘Forty (40) years of Integration: Celebration and Renewal’, causes us to cast our eyes in retrospect even as we move steadily forward. It reminds us that the CARICOM construct, as envisaged 40 years ago, is rooted in our history, geography, culture and many other commonalities, which remain fundamental to its existence and survival,” the Prime Minister said. She reminded participants that an entire generation of Caribbean people has emerged since July 4, 1973, when the first Treaty was signed, which is one reason why it is important to “reacquaint ourselves with the context, which informed the creation of CARICOM.” She pointed out that CARICOM is more than an organisation or mechanism. “It represents the vision and aspiration of our forefathers for a strong integrated region, which would provide the best prospects for economic and social development. It is our responsibility, not only to remember their vision, but importantly, to live up to it,” she stated. The Prime Minister further noted that the 40th anniversary milestone provides an opportunity to celebrate the region’s achievements and reflect upon the various challenges over the years “as we seek to predict, strategize and respond to the current and rapidly changing international environment.” She stated that CARICOM, despite its challenges, remains one of the most highly developed integration movements in the world, which is something to be proud of as a community. “Of course, we must do serious introspection in this ever changing dynamic international community. We must ensure continuous evaluation and renewal to ensure the capacity of the movement to achieve the objectives of the Revised Treaty,” Mrs. Simpson Miller stated.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Quebec floods water levels down but heavy rain expected on the weekend

first_imgMONTREAL – While water levels continued their slow decline in some parts of Quebec on Wednesday, the province’s environment minister warned the situation could deteriorate in others this weekend because of heavy rain.David Heurtel said the central Quebec region of Mauricie is expected to bear the brunt of the precipitation.“We’re looking at considerable rainfall on the weekend,” he told a news conference.“Depending on the region, we’re talking about 20 to 40 millimetres but in Mauricie the impact will be even greater, so we should expect another tough weekend there.”Heurtel said the combination of rain, melting snow in the St-Maurice River basin and rising tides could prove to be damaging in the region.Trois-Rivieres resident Patrice Bourassa, who has been co-ordinating volunteer efforts in Mauricie, said citizens in some of the worst-hit regions are losing energy and patience.“It’s reached the point they have to leave their homes in the morning and take a canoe to their vehicle 500 metres away because it’s too flooded,” he said in a telephone interview.Bourassa said the Facebook page he created has already drawn 1,200 members, with many spending the last few days building dikes, packing sandbags and helping citizens.He says that while city officials have offered all the help they can, some of the smaller towns in the region have fewer resources to deal with flooding.The mayor of Nicolet, Que. said the small town at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Nicolet rivers had put out a voluntary evacuation order in advance of the rising waters.Genevieve Dubois fears the water levels could rise by 25 centimetres putting up to 300 homes at risk and cutting off road access to the town.But she said most people were staying put and planned to simply monitor the water level after a major sandbagging effort she hopes will keep most houses dry.“People are starting to get tired but the morale is still there,” she said.Levels are expected to remain stable in flooded areas in the Greater Montreal area, where Heurtel credited the management of water flow from the Ottawa River and Great Lakes basins with preventing the situation from getting worse.Weekend rain isn’t expected to cause a spike in Montreal-area water levels, Heurtel said.“The flow will continue decreasing and ultimately the rains that are going to come are going to slow down the decrease,” Heurtel said.“We’re not looking at the rainfall rising the levels. It’s going to slow down the decrease or it’s going to be maintained at the same levels.”Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux told the same news conference that 3,882 residences in the province have now been affected by the floods.Coiteux also said 2,721 people have had to leave their homes and that there have been 126 landslides.One of the hardest-hit areas is the Gatineau region of western Quebec. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard were scheduled to tour the area by helicopter on Thursday morning to get a close look at the damage.In Ottawa, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the military is deploying several hundred more Canadian soldiers to help with flood relief efforts in Quebec, bringing the total to 2,200 by the end of the day.Sajjan said about 470 army reservists from Ontario had started arriving in Quebec to fill sandbags, evacuate people and provide other assistance.In Montreal, fire Chief Bruno Lachance said the focus is on consolidating dams and that he doesn’t expect the number of evacuees to rise.A state of emergency remains in effect in Montreal until Sunday, with Lachance saying 243 people have been evacuated and about 400 homes flooded in the city.“We know it will take days before it recedes totally — maybe weeks,” he said. “We ask people to be patient, we’re going to help them when the time comes, (but) for the moment, we’re still in an emergency situation.”At least one person has died in the province because of the floods — a man whose car ended up in a surging river in the eastern Gaspe region on Sunday.Authorities resumed their search Wednesday for a two-year-old girl who disappeared in the same incident but put it on hold later in the day. It will pick up again Thursday with additional provincial police officers who are specialized in searches in water and on riverbanks.The Canadian Red Cross has set up a relief fund, with the federal government contributing $1 million and the Quebec government $500,000.Other Quebec municipalities have also contributed, notably Montreal, which has pledged $250,000.— with files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal.last_img read more

Team addresses thorny ethical issues raised by genomic sequencing

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Genome sequencing offers patients the potential of speedier, more effective diagnoses and medications. But building a safe and secure system to store people’s unique genomic profiles is not a simple task.A new project out of Memorial University in St. John’s is consulting the public on how to store genomic information, while still respecting people’s rights.“When you are talking about storing genomes, storing people’s genetic and genomic data, you begin to think about OK, how are we going to do that in a way that is ethical, respects privacy laws, and still allows patients and their families to hopefully benefit from this sort of research,” said Holly Etchegary, a lead researcher on the e-genomics project.She said an important step is ensuring the public understands what exactly a genome is.A full genomic sequence reads the complete, unique combination of a person’s DNA — what Etchegary calls “blueprints for our bodies.”Variations in each person’s sequence can reveal relevant information to physicians sorting out a diagnosis.But the Memorial research team is carefully pondering the ethical considerations, like who has access to the data and how secure it is.Last year, ransomware attacks in the U.K. resulted in hospital closures and raised global questions about the security of patient information.In June, the St. John’s project held the first meeting of its public advisory council.Eleven members of the public ranging in age from 24 to over 65 met with researchers, a privacy consultant and representation from the province’s four health authorities, to offer their thoughts on the possible risks and benefits of such a system and provide insight on how to ethically move forward with the project.The advisory council identified possible benefits like reducing wait times for a diagnosis, identifying possible genetic disorders and offering more effective prescriptions.But the council also raised questions about building a flexible, informed model of consent for participants, access and use of the data and how long it would be stored.For example, would access be limited to the patient’s doctor, or would it be possible for a pharmacist, employer, or insurance company to see the person’s genomic profile.Etchegary said the e-genomics project will start with uses that have been proven clinically effective, likely by applying genomic sequencing to pharmacogenomics, or drug therapy decisions.Etchegary said patients may react differently to many medications depending on variations in their genome.It’s one clinical application of the technology that could mean speedier, better outcomes for patients and save money for the health care system.“Our initial goal is to start there in a place where we know has some clinical utility, and hopefully it really will make a difference to some of our patients,” Etchegary said.“We do have to be cautious, we have to be realistic about this technology … it’s still fairly new, there’s a lot of research happening around the world, I think we’ll know more in a few years to come.”Etchegary said the project’s next step will likely be a public survey across the province, and a targeted survey with individuals who have experience with genetic testing, hopefully producing data by late next spring.last_img read more

Spain reinforces military presence in islands claimed by Morocco

first_imgRabat- Spain had been reported to reinforce its military presence in the occupied Chafarinas Islands off the Northern coasts of Morocco, according to Akhbar Al Youm daily in its issue of Tuesday, November 12th.Construction materials and supplies had been transported to the islands few weeks ago in what believed to be an attempt by the Spanish authorities to launch a big project on the archipelago located east of the city of Nador.Reports quoted by the daily suggest that Spain is using the mentioned supplies to build control bridges and other military facilities throughout the islands claimed by Morocco. The reports said that the Spanish military forces have been using zodiac boats to transport the supplies from the occupied city of Melilla to the islands in what seems to be preparations for construction work that will take place soon.The same source went on to add that the purpose behind transporting supplies and construction materials to the islands is to build a bay area meant to facilitate the process of emptying and shipping cargos. The building operations are said to be overseen by the 8th brigade of military engineering, a subordinate of the Spanish military directory in Melilla.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

BC government adds 50K to provinces effort to win Amazons new headquarters

VANCOUVER — B.C.’s government is contributing $50,000 to support Metro Vancouver’s effort to woo Amazon into selecting the city as the site for its second headquarters.“I want to ensure that Amazon H2Q comes to British Columbia,” said Premier John Horgan at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver on Friday.The cash influx will help Metro Vancouver partners, including the cities of Surrey and Vancouver, prepare a submission to house the Amazon campus.The province’s fast-growing tech sector is already home to several American companies and offers unlimited possibilities for technology firms like Amazon, Horgan said.B.C. will consider supporting proposals from other cities in the province as well, he said.Langford, a city on Vancouver Island, and other communities on the southern part of the Island are preparing to submit bids.Earlier this month, the tech titan announced it is hunting for a site for a second North American headquarters, which would employ up to 50,000 people and comes with a planned US$5 billion investment.Several Canadian cities have expressed interest already, including Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg, Montreal and Edmonton.Amazon is accepting responses to its request for proposals until Oct. 19. read more

Maldives Lanka to boost ties

Dr. Waheed is in Sri Lanka with a Maldivian delegation on a two day official visit, the Maldivian President’s office said. Speaking to the media at the hospital, the President applauded the service quality at the hospital.During the President’s visit, the CEO of Lanka Hospital gave a presentation on the services available there. Discussions with officials from the hospital were held on providing internship opportunities to Maldivian medical students. At the meeting, the officials agreed to look in to ways to solve the most urgent issues being faced by Maldivian patients.The officials also spoke on the possibility of specialist visits to Maldives to work at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka and the Maldives have discussed the possibility of boosting ties between both countries.The discussion took place between visiting Maldivian President Dr. Mohamed Waheed and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s house today. Following the meeting with President Rajapaksa, President Waheed visited Maldivian patients at the Lanka Hospital. read more

Amid outpour of sympathy UN emergency responders aid bombed Nigerian camp

United Nations humanitarian helicopter and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others.The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) airlifted eight Nigerian Red Cross Workers from the camp in Rann locality as part of the emergency response. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also said the response included nearly 900 lbs of emergency medical supplies.The Nigerian army also deployed a medical team and “is working with humanitarian partners to ensure maximum support to the affected people,” OCHA reported.The camp is located in Rann, which has been under the control of the group Boko Haram for the past several years, and out of reach to aid workers.Around 43,000 people are estimated to be internally displaced and struggle with food shortages as a result of the fighting and bad roads.Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, said called yesterday’s airstrike “an unfortunate tragedy that befell people already suffering”.UN humanitarian officials are also questioning how a military airstrike ended up striking the displacement camp. Intermingled with messages of sympathy and solidarity with the victims, UN agencies called for a full investigation and greater measures to protect civilians doing forward.The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi – who met with Nigerian refugees in Borno last month – called the airstrike “a truly catastrophic event” and called for a full accounting so that the causes are known and measures put in place to ensure this does not happen again.The Nigerian Government has announced that it would investigate the airstrike. An UNHAS helicopter being fitted with stretches to convert it into a medical evacuation flight prior to the aircraft taking off for Rann, Nigeria. Photo: OCHA Nigeria/Peter Lundberg In a message yesterday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed the importance of protecting civilians in complex humanitarian emergencies.“UNICEF stands in solidarity with our humanitarian colleagues, and the dangerous conditions they work in,” said UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine. “The aid workers who lost their lives were working to save others.” read more

Nigeria Largestever outbreak of Lassa fever contained but monitoring still needed says

The outbreak, which started in Ogun province in south-west Nigeria in December 2016, spread across much of the country and into neighbouring Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso.In all, 423 cases had been confirmed in Nigeria and 106 people, including eight health workers, lost their lives. Over the past six weeks, however, the number of new cases have dropped and it is no longer considered to be a national health emergency, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).“Nigeria is to be congratulated for reaching this important milestone in the fight against Lassa fever,” Ibrahima Socé Fall, Regional Emergencies Director for Africa at the UN agency, said in a news release.“But we cannot let our foot off the pedal. We must use the lessons learnt to better prepare at-risk countries in our region to conduct rapid detection and response.”WHO continues to support Nigerian government efforts to respond effectively to the disease and has urged local communities to remain vigilant and report “any rumours” of new cases to the authorities.“Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives,” said Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the head of WHO programmes in Nigeria.The UN health agency has also called on health workers to stay on high alert for Lassa fever when handling patients, irrespective of their health status.“Lassa fever should always be considered in patients with fever, headache, sore throat and general body weakness, especially when malaria has been ruled out with a rapid diagnostic test (RDT), and when patients are not improving,” advised WHO.Health workers should adhere to standard precautions, and wear protective equipment like gloves, face masks, face shields and aprons when handling suspected Lassa fever patients, it added.Lassa fever is a viral infection, primarily transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine, faeces, or blood. read more

Protect yourself during heat alerts

As Brock’s only refrigeration mechanic, Rob Glass has been one of the busiest men on campus this week. Air conditioning for about 80 per cent of the campus is controlled by two large chillers in Facilities Management’s Central Utilities Building. Combined, the chillers are the equivalent of about 2,000 air conditioning units.The following is information from Niagara Region Public Health on how to protect yourself during excessive heat alerts: Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities either before noon or in the evening. Rest frequently in shady areas. Drinking plenty of fluids, unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician. Infants, children, the elderly, people with high blood pressure, people with heart and/or respiratory problems and those who work or exercise outdoors are at possible risk of developing heat-related illness. Heat-related illness occurs in three stages: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. A person with heat stroke may feel confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances and/or a headache. Other symptoms include seizure, unconsciousness and/or coma. Seek immediate medical attention for heat stroke.The public is encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbours whose health is at risk due to the hot weather. read more

Moped gang armed with machetes raid jewellers shop

A woman speaking to police on the phone said: “Quickly, they have a knife . Yes, they went inside, they have a knife.”A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that the first man arrested “has been taken to hospital to be treated for a minor injury”. Moped gang rob jewellery shop on Maida Vale London just now, attacking passing pedestrians.— moj. (@MojAlHoseine) May 20, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Three men were arrested following a daylight burglary at a jewellers in Maida Vale .Dressed in black and riding scooters, the group of men were seen pulling up outside Amir Jewellery in Maida Vale, north London, before smashing their way into the shop.Members of the public desperately chased two of the attackers who were on foot as they brandished foot-long machetes this afternoon. One managed to tackle a man to the floor before police came to arrest him. Two others were detained by armed police at Camden Market two miles away. Footage posted to Twitter of the crime occurring shows men, dressed all in black with black helmets on, targeting Amir Gold Ltd. read more

Beach Handball show began in Kazan

2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championship All 24 countries competing in Russia were welcomed onto the central court with two of their players carrying their nations’ flags – led by the ‘33rd team’: the IHF officials. Ahead of the Russia vs USA men’s match this evening at the Kazan Beach Sports Complex, the 2018 IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championship was officially opened. Then followed speeches from representatives of the national and regional governments of Russia and Tatarstan, the Olympic Committee of Russia and the Handball Federation of Russia before Joel Delplanque, 1st Vice-President of the International Handball Federation and IHF Representative at Kazan 2018 declared the championship open. ← Previous Story Portugal to fight for the medals! Next Story → Helle Thomsen overtakes Norwegian Molde HK Elite Follow the action – ihf.infoPhoto: read more

Poll Should sports sponsorship by alcohol companies be regulated

first_img Yes, there should be a full ban (503) Yes, but it should be voluntary (with compensation for those opting out) (473) Poll Results: SPORTS MINISTER LEO Varadkar has tabled a proposal which would see sports organisations, clubs and teams compensated for lost revenue if they opt out of sponsorship from alcohol companies.The scheme would be less severe than that proposed by other members of government who want to see a full ban on any links between the drinks industry and sport.The Minister said a similar opt-out system works well in Australia, arguing that a full ban could be considered at a later stage “when it is shown that the money lost can be replaced through alternative sponsors”. What do you think?Today, we ask: Should sports sponsorship by alcohol companies be regulated? Yes, there should be a full banYes, but it should be voluntary (with compensation for those opting out)NoI don’t knowVote No (986) I don’t know (784)last_img read more