Without a Sales Leader

first_imgYou can try to run a sales organization without a sales leader, but you will never generate the results you are capable of without one. All of the problems and challenges that will prevent you from acquiring clients and growing your revenue will stem from the lack of a leader. It isn’t a good idea to try to build a sales organization without having a leader in place.You can build a sales process designed to help you compel change, create value for your dream clients, and win new business. Without a leader to help salespeople learn, follow, and make adjustments to that process, the process is meaningless, worthless. With a leader, a process can provide an excellent framework for winning new deals.If you want to hire people without providing them a leader, you may as well take the money you would spend on that sales force, pour gasoline on the money, strike a match, and burn the money. Without a leader to set priorities, to set the cadence, to coach and develop them, salespeople will not perform to their true capacity. With a leader, you will have a sales force with priorities, an operating rhythm, and a coach who will improve their skills—and their results.Maybe you will do others have done before you, try to change the process, train the sales force, install a new methodology, or maybe fire the whole sales force and start over. Doing any or all of these will leave you exactly where these decisions have left the entrepreneurs and executive leaders who tried to change everything instead of hiring a leader. They were left in the same place as where they started, namely, lacking a sales leader.It is important to get things in the right order. Without providing the sales force with the leadership they need, you are not giving them a fair chance to succeed. Nor are you giving yourself that same chance. Hire the leader first, and then work on building around them.last_img read more

Goa cops issue advisory on Blue Whale game

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa police on Thursday issued an advisory, particularly for parents of young children, on the Blue Whale online game created by Philipp Budeikin, which targets children and encourages them to harm themselves. The game is linked to the deaths of more than 100 young people around the world, the police cautioned.In the advisory, Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, Chief of Goa Police Cyber Crime Cell, has said that the game encourages children to take on 50 different challenges, each more dangerous than the last. The final challenge is to commit suicide. At the start, the administrator gets personal information from the children. In case they try to leave a challenge, the administrator threatens them with exposure or harm to their family.last_img

Meghalaya’s coalmines are body disposal pits too

first_imgAll bodies in Meghalaya’s killer coalmines do not belong to miners, activists in the hill State said.Also Read Navy abandons efforts to pull out Meghalaya miner’s body  Thousands of active and abandoned rathole mines have for years been used by murderers to dump the body of their victims. Many across Meghalaya’s coal belts have accidentally fallen to their deaths too.Most of the bodies deep inside the pits have been forgotten, buried under coal and rocks or – like the one detected by an underwater Navy robot in an illegal mine at Ksan in the State’s East Jaintia Hills (EJH) district – get decomposed due to high content of sulphur that is converted into acid after reaction with water.At least 15 miners have been trapped due to flooding of the mine at Ksan since December 13. High-power pumps used by several agencies have not succeeded in draining out the water for 38 days now.Only a few bodies of non-miners, activists said, have been recovered. They include that of 20-year-old Daphishisha Kharsati, who was murdered by her husband Kheinlang Dkhar in January 1, 2014.Her decomposed body was exhumed almost three months later from an abandoned coalmine at Umtah near Jayliah village in EJH district.Two years later, the district police arrested Michael Dkhar for raping and murdering a three-year-old girl. Her body too was dumped in an abandoned coalmine, as was that of another of his victims – an 11-year-old girl – in a mine elsewhere in the district.“The coal boom in the 1980s and 1990s led to a spurt in crimes of all hues. The dark depths of the mines, where few would dare to search, were turned into graves by criminals. Many of the victims were women and children because of human trafficking for mining as well as sex trade,” Hasina Kharbhih of the Shillong-based Impulse NGO Network told The Hindu.Impulse’s 2010 investigative report on child labourers employed in Meghalaya’s “hazardous” mines was one of the documents on the basis of which the National Green Tribunal banned rat-hole mining in the State on April 17, 2014.Data with the Meghalaya Police reveal the crime rate has been higher in the State’s eight (out of 11) mining districts. EJH, for instance, accounted for almost 14% of the 166 murders across the State in 2013, and almost 12% of the 159 murders the following year.West Jaintia Hills district, known more for limestone mining than coal, followed closely behind EJH during those years.According the Jaintia Coal Mines Owners and Dealers’ Association, there are about 60,000 mines spread across 360 villages in EJH. Most of these are abandoned, but left uncovered.“The mine owners leave the pits just like that after extracting all the coal. Many children and young adults of villages around have fallen into these mines and died. But there are no complaints lodged because everyone’s scared of the coal barons,” Brian Kharpran Daly of Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association said.Appeals to the authorities to have the mines covered to save lives have fallen on deaf ears, he said.Local anti-mining activists, declining to be quoted, said the possibility of non-miners being buried in active or abandoned mines could make it difficult for search agencies to assert the body spotted by a robot at the ill-fated Ksan on January 18 belongs to one of the trapped miners.17 miners, not 15Saheb Ali, one of the five survivors of the December 13 disaster, reaffirmed on Sunday that 17 miners have been trapped in the Ksan mine, not 15.“I checked with the khatamaster (record-keeper) and found there were 22 people working at the mine that day. If five of us, including the khatamaster and the sirdar (mine/man manager), survived 17 are down there,” Mr. Ali said from his village Nizdamugaon in western Assam’s Chirang district.The EJH district authorities had more than a fortnight ago issued a list of 15 trapped miners. The list does not have the name of one Kuti Miyan of central Assam’s Hojai.“The day after the mishap, I had reported to the EJH authorities about Kuti also being in the mine, but his name is yet to figure in the list,” Kamaluddin, Miyan’s brother, said.“The original list of 15 miners is as per the report of the investigating officer. Any fresh claim will have to be inquired into for moving the government accordingly,” EJH Deputy Commissioner Federick M. Dopth said.A district spokesperson said the Navy on Sunday suspended the operation to pull the remains of the body detected inside the rat-hole mine 160 ft below. “We are waiting for further instruction while efforts are on to locate items such as rings, amulets and pieces of clothes for relatives to identify the bodies, if and when they are located,” he said.last_img read more

Say A Prayer For Parvati

first_imgI do not know Parvati, but she died today. Nobody told me that she did; no one really was told. But I know.Maybe it was yesterday. Or maybe it is tomorrow. But you can be sure another Parvati will be dead. Maybe not one, but two Parvatis, possibly even more. And Ashok, and Naval, and Raju and Pappu….I do not know Parvati’s age. If under 5, she was one of some 7,000 children who died in India that day. Some 2.5 million a year who fall victim to diarrhea, malnutrition, or respiratory infections. If she was an adult, she likely died from starvation, as a third of all Indians – some 350 million people who subsist below the poverty line, scraping by on under $1 a day – are chronically malnourished. Or perhaps she died from AIDS complications, a disease that afflicts some 5 million Indians. It could be any of those things or something else.People die, you say. Sure. But these were all preventable deaths. They would surely be intolerable in America or the West. And they ought to be unacceptable for a nation with pretensions of staking the preeminent claim to the 21st century.Not that long ago, we often tired of hearing about the poverty, the famine, the suffering, every time we read something about India in the American media. But India is shining now. It commands awe for its IT prowess, nuclear capabilities and relentless economic boom. Indian Americans understandably take pride in the mythical new image of India in the popular imagination and we have contributed our bit to the myth.But we ought to be careful not to fall for our own publicity. Because, remarkable as India’s recent economic growth and development have been, the fruits have been reaped by a very small minority in urban areas. Rural India, which accounts for almost three-quarters of the country’s population, has been largely untouched by India’s “economic miracle.” Even today, notwithstanding the vaunted boom, with a per capita income of $740, India still ranks in the bottom quartile of the United Nations Human Development Index.Amidst the hoopla over outsourcing, the mega deals and glittering malls, the invasion of Gucci and Starbucks, which are all transforming the face of India’s major metros, the grinding poverty and misery is also marching in lockstep. Trading tired stereotypes for misleading myths represents no real advancement.In his famously somber speech “Tryst with Destiny,” marking the most triumphant moment in modern Indian history, the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was wise enough to warn that independence represented the redemption of a historical pledge “not wholly or in full measure.”Cautioned Nehru: “The achievement we celebrate today is but a step…. The future is not one of ease or resting, but of incessant striving …. The service of India means, the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity…. As long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.”Fifty nine years on, it is still far from over. So party and celebrate for sure this August 15th, but mark a moment of silence also for Parvati and the millions of others for whom India’s independence has meant no liberation and who suffer and toil daily outside the glare of India’s shining new global economy – you know, the one that propelled you and me here. Related Itemslast_img read more

Roger Federer reaches semis in Dubai as he chases 100th title

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Marton Fucsovics of Hungry during their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer is two matches away from his 100th career title after beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.Federer faced two set points in the tiebreaker but Fucsovics hit two forehands into the net to let the Swiss star take control. Federer then wasted an early break in the second set but broke again for a 5-4 lead before serving out the match when Fucsovics sent a forehand return wide.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “The tiebreak was tough. I’m happy I found a way to get out of that one,” Federer said. “That was an exciting match, to say the least.”Federer is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament tiles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer’s previous 99 triumphs have come in Dubai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe will next face sixth-seeded Borna Coric, who beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1). Coric beat Federer twice last year, including in the Halle final.“He’s really found his game,” Federer said of Coric. “We’ve had a couple tough matches as of late.” Nike continues eSports push with league partnership in China LATEST STORIES The other semifinal will pit rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece against French veteran Gael Monfils.Tsitispas outlasted Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-1, while Monfils beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2.Both Tsitsipas and Monfils are coming off tournament wins in Europe last week and have a 1-1 head-to-head record.“We’re both serving really well,” Tsitsipas said. “We have similar game style. I guess I’m a bit more aggressive than him, but he’s much faster. I’m going to have to deal with all of that, be patient, play with passion as well, just wait for the opportunities to break him.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli hands Jasprit Bumrah his maiden Test cap in Cape Town

first_imgIndia’s limited-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah’s luck is getting better and better.He was retained yesterday by Mumbai Indians for Rs 7 crore for IPL 2018 and on Friday, he was handed his Test debut against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.The Gujarat pacer is perhaps India’s No. 1 T20 bowler is No. 3 in the ODI ranking for bowlers. After his fantastic performances in limited-overs cricket, he was taken to South Africa along with the usual quartet of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.Bumrah has 56 wickets from 31 ODIs and 40 in 32 T20Is.WATCHBumrah’s selection came as a surprise for many as he replaced Ishant Sharma in the side — someone, who was supposed to spearhead the Indian attack. His height and ability to bounce is an asset. But Kohli decided to surprise one and all and go with the youngster. Speaking about Bumrah, Kohli said that he has been the most impressive pacer in their preparations.”He has come a long way and he has done really well in the limited overs cricket. He is bowling a really heavy ball and he has been the most impressive seamer here in our preparations. We are very excited to have him start his Test career today and wish him all the best,” said Kohli.Along with that, Ajinkya Rahane was also dropped from the side as India opted for Rohit Sharma.IND XI: S Dhawan, M Vijay, C Pujara, V Kohli, RG Sharma, W Saha, H Pandya, R Ashwin, B Kumar, M Shami, J Bumrahadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2018Bumrah is still growing as a cricketer but his temperament makes him a standout bowler whether at the start of the innings or in the slog overs. He has the ability to bowl yorkers at will and keeps things tidy to restrict the run flow from his end.Proud moment for @Jaspritbumrah93 as he receives his Test cap from #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli #FreedomSeries #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/H7s4w8gSmh- BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2018His growth as a bowler earned great praise from his captain and coach as well. Recently, Ravi Shastri said that he’s a thinking bowler and has grown as a bowler.”Outstanding temperament from Bumrah. He’s shown he’s got all the tools of the trade. But importantly, what he’s shown that he’s a thinking bowler,” Shastri said.Bumrah made his international debut during an ODI series in India’s tour of Australia in January 2016. He was impressive in his debut game and finished with 2/40 as India defeated the hosts by six wickets.Impressed with his solid performances, the team management then handed the pacer his maiden T20I cap during the three-match series against Australia. He pocketed six wickets in three matches as India swept Australia aside in their own conditions.In 2017, the 23-year-old has been in sensational form picking 39 wickets in ODIs and 12 in T20s.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Fencing Team Named for Canada Games

first_img Epee is a fencing weapon with triangular cross-section blade and a large bell guard. Foil is a fencing weapon with rectangular cross-section blade and a small bell guard. Sabre is a fencing weapon with a flat blade and knuckle guard, used with cutting or thrusting actions. Coach Florian Friedrich of Halifax will lead the team along with manager, Diane Buote of Goffs. “I’m so proud of the team, they are so supportive of each other and they gel really well,” said Ms. Buote. “The team has been working hard together, and we have a good chance to win both individual and team medals.” In preparation for the event the team will continue with training and clinics throughout the Maritimes. Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at ns.canadagames.ca for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Eighteen fencers will be en garde for Team Nova Scotia in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team, selected after a year of tournaments and clinics throughout the Maritimes, is as follows: Gabriel Aliphat of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., epee Penelope Buote of Goffs, Halifax Regional Municipality, foil Sym Dewar of Halifax, epee Eric Dilcher of Halifax, foil Danielle Doucette of Halifax, epee David Gillis of Hatchet Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, sabre Mason Jordan of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., sabre Emma Kinley of Lunenburg, foil Phoebe Mannell of Halifax, sabre Kathleen McDade of Lower Sackville, epee Robert Milne of Bridgetown, Annapolis Co., epee Colin North of Halifax, sabre Katherine Porter of Seafoam, Pictou Co., sabre David Rechnitzer of Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., foil Christopher Sangster of Halifax, foil Alice Smith of Lunenburg, sabre Jessica Trites of Dartmouth, epee Abbey Troup of Stillwater Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, foillast_img read more

Father 2 brothers of Sri Lanka bombings mastermind killed

first_imgCOLOMBO/KALMUNAI: The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were killed when security forces stormed their safe house two days ago, police sources and a relative of the suicide bombers said on Sunday. Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, who were seen in a video circulating on social media calling for all-out war against non believers, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle with the military on the east coast on Friday, four police sources said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNiyaz Sharif, the brother-in-law of Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the wave of Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people in churches and hotels across the island nation, told Reuters the video showed Zahran’s two brothers and father. Three of the people killed in Friday’s gun battle were the same people who were seen in the undated video on social media, in which they discus martyrdom and urge their followers to kill all non believers, police sources said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSri Lanka has been on high alert since the attacks on Easter Sunday, with nearly 10,000 soldiers deployed across the island to carry out searches and hunt down members of two local Islamist groups believed to have carried out the attack. Authorities have detained more than 100 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt since the April 21 bombings. In the video, Rilwan Hashim is seen calling for all out ‘jihad’, or holy war, while children cry in the background. “We will destroy these non-believers to protect this land and therefore we need to do jihad,” Rilwan says in the video, sitting beside his brother and father. “We need to teach a proper lesson for these non-believers who have been destroying Muslims.” Authorities suspect there may be more suicide bombers on the loose. Defence authorities have so far focused their investigations on international links to two domestic groups they believe carried out the attacks, the National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings, and on Sunday the group said three of its members clashed with Sri Lankan police for several hours in Friday’s gun battle on the east coast before detonating their explosive vests, the militant group’s news agency Amaq said. The group said 17 policemen were killed or injured in the attack, but the Sri Lankan military has denied this. A police source told Reuters two policemen were slightly injured in the battle. Police have said six children were among the other 12 people who died in the gun battle, but have not released further details.last_img read more

Moroccan Adel Taarabt joins AC Milan on a loan

first_imgRabat – Morocco international player Adel Taarabt has signed for AC Milan.The 24-year old player will be transferred to the Italian club on a loan for the rest of the season.A statement released by AC Milan says that “Adel Taarabt has landed on a private jet to (Milan’s) Linate airport.” The Moroccan international has undergone a medical examination before joining the prestigious Italian club.“I am honoured to be able to play in the best club in the world,” Taarabt told the official website of AC Milan.“I have spoken to (AC Milan coach Clarence) Seedorf and we are both really happy.”“I am a striker and I like to play behind the forwards or even on the left or the right.”“I don’t know personally Balotelli but it’s a great honor for me to be able to play with him,” he added.last_img read more

Humanitarian crisis for Pakistans displaced far from over – UN official

The Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2010, put together by the Government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other aid actors, will enable continued assistance in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for at least another six months. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan Martin Mogwanja urged the international donor community “to keep up their invaluable contributions to enable the humanitarians to continue assisting the people in need in Pakistan.”A total of 3.1 million people from NWFP and FATA were displaced in 2009 due to Government operations against militants in these areas. The funds sought for the response plan just launched will not only response to the needs of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), but also support those who have returned to their places of origin, those who never left and the families who opened up their homes to host the displaced.“Considering that the number of IDPs from Orakzai Agency has risen nearly tenfold in the last two months, the emergency in Pakistan seems far from over,” said Mr. Mogwanja. In addition to providing relief to the IDPs, the main humanitarian activities in 2010 will include the distribution of food, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and assistance to farmers who lost their crops due to hostilities and displacement. The largest share of the requested funds – $195 million – will be needed for food-related projects, since a large part of the affected population will continue to depend on food aid. Other priority areas include shelter and non-food items, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and the coordination and management of IDP camps, among others.As of 31 December 2009, last year’s $680 million appeal was 71 per cent funded. Those funds enabled the humanitarian community to reach more than four million people in need of assistance with vital relief including food and drinking water. 9 February 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official in Pakistan has called on the international community not to forget the vulnerable civilians displaced in the country’s northwest, urging donors to contribute to a $537 million appeal launched to meet immediate relief needs. read more

Walmart Canadas COO Lee Tappenden to take over as Canadian head in

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Walmart Canada says it will have a new CEO on Aug. 15, when Lee Tappenden is promoted to the role.Tappenden joined Walmart Canada in 2010 and has held several senior positions since then. He’s currently chief operations officer, a position that’s often seen as a prelude to becoming CEO.He will succeed Dirk Van den Berghe, who was appointed to the position in August 2014.CNW Group/Walmart Canada Walmart using customers as ‘leverage,’ Visa says as battle over credit card fees heats upWalmart Canada to name new CEO amid global management shakeupWalmart stores in Canada will no longer accept Visa because of ‘unacceptably high’ feesPrior to joining Walmart’s Canadian subsidiary, Tappenden held a number of global leadership roles including chief merchandising officer with Walmart Japan and vice-president of merchandising for the company’s international division.As head of Walmart Canada, Tappenden will report to the president and CEO of Walmart International, David Cheesewright.Bob Hakeem, Walmart Canada’s chief administrative officer, will become its chief operations officer. read more

Feds Still heavy risk in big loans despite better economy loose standards

WASHINGTON – Federal regulators say they’re still seeing a heavy dose of risk in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, despite the recovering U.S. economy.The Federal Reserve and other agencies cite ongoing loose lending standards and an increase in loans made for financing takeovers of companies. Those loans are risky because they can greatly exceed the amount of a firm’s earnings.The steep decline in oil prices over the past year has hurt many energy companies. Loans in the industry are at greater risk of souring or are already in default, according to the agencies’ 2014 annual review.The review found that banks are making progress in improving their credit standards. But there are “continuing gaps” between industry practices and standards of bank safety, it said.Overall, the review found that loans at risk of failing or already in default, plus those showing potential weakness, remained high at 9.5 per cent of the total $3.9 trillion in large loans. Loans in that category were up 9.4 per cent from $340.6 billion last year.Loans in the oil and gas industry represent about 7 per cent of total large loans outstanding. The credit problems could spread to the service companies that cater to the industry and banks should closely watch that area, agency officials said in a conference call with reporters.Oil prices have fallen dramatically over the past year, touching levels not seen since the depths of the recession in 2009. They have slid from near $100 a barrel to $38 in September. Against a backdrop of rising global supplies came mounting evidence from around the world that demand for oil would be far less than expected.Regulators are worried about a heavy load of risky loans weighing on institutions’ financial soundness and the potential threat to the broader banking system. By conducting an annual review, they are seeking to prevent the kind of risk-taking that touched off the financial crisis in 2008.Through a series of rules for banks’ increased capital cushions against losses and other requirements, regulators have put into effect the tougher standards mandated by Congress in a 2010 law responding to the crisis.Because of what they found in the 2014 review, the regulators said they will continue to monitor leveraged lending and lending in the oil and gas industry.The annual review is conducted by examiners from the Fed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. It examines large loans, defined as those worth at least $20 million that are made jointly by three or more financial institutions.For 2014, the examiners reviewed $1.04 trillion of the $3.9 trillion in loans extended. U.S. banks held 43.3 per cent of the total loans, foreign banks with operations in the U.S. held 33.7 per cent and the remaining 23 per cent were made by lenders other than banks. Feds: Still heavy risk in big loans despite better economy; loose standards a problem by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New allegations of sexual abuse emerge against UN peacekeepers in Central African

In a press release, MINUSCA said the cases were brought to its attention on 21 January by a team of Human Rights Watch researchers, who passed the information to the Mission in the interest of ensuring medical and psycho-social care for the victims and accountability for any alleged crimes.Upon receipt of these allegations, MINUSCA says it dispatched a fact-finding expert from the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to Bambari, near the centre of the country. OIOS found sufficient initial evidence that five of the victims were minors and had been sexually abused and that one adult had been sexually exploited.Also, OIOS said it was unable to interview the seventh alleged victim, reportedly a minor. Finally, one of the allegations passed to MINUSCA by Human Rights Watch was previously reported and is currently under investigation.The soldiers implicated in these cases are from the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Governments of Republic of Congo and DRC have been notified of these allegations and have been asked to launch investigations. The CAR national authorities have also been informed.“Due to the gravity of these allegations and given the information collected through the initial fact-finding, the United Nations has decided to take immediate measures, including the repatriation of the 120 Republic of Congo soldiers who were deployed to Bambari from 17 September to 14 December 2015,” the Mission announced, noting that this repatriation will occur after an investigation is carried out, and in the meantime the soldiers will be confined to barracks.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, today travelled to Bambari with a high level delegation. He expressed his outrage and shame, reminding the troops that “sexual abuse and exploitation is a serious breach of the UN regulations and a human rights violation; a double crime that affects the vulnerable women and children you were sent here to protect.”He also discussed the sexual exploitation and abuse incidents with affected communities and recommended additional emergency mitigation measures.Addressing the DRC battalion in the final weeks before its repatriation, MINUSCA’s Force Commander Major General Balla Keita urged the soldiers to “honour themselves, their country, and the UN flag by serving with the highest standards of conduct and dignity.” Speaking with the press at the end of the visit, the Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said that MINUSCA is “in combat mode” and explained that “he will not rest until these heinous acts are uncovered, perpetrators are punished, and incidents cease.” Finally, he thanked all partners for the important role they are playing in reporting allegations and caring for victims, adding “we will never win this fight unless we work together.” read more

Suffering deepens in Yemen as border shutdowns enter second week – UN

Speaking over the phone to journalists in Geneva, Jamie McGoldrick, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, called for the reopening of the country’s major import hubs, Hodeida and Saleef, along with Sana’a airport. Smaller ports such as Aden in southern Yemen and Jazan – which is in neighbouring Saudi Arabia – lack the capacity to handle the amount of fuel, food and medicines that’s needed, Mr McGoldrick said. “Coming from Jazan in the north or coming from Aden in the south to serve the bulk of the population that we have identified, in the northern part of the country, it would be very difficult in many places because of for security issues, because of logistical issues” he said. This would increases the cost of supplies by an estimated $30 per metric tonne “and this is something that would then reduce the amount of money we have to serve the population and right now our humanitarian response plan is only 57 per cent funded,” explained Mr. McGoldrick. He said that Yemen has just 20 days’ worth of diesel left in the north, and three months’ reserves of wheat, adding that while he has heard reports that Aden and other ports were opening, there has been no confirmation of it. The decision to blockade Yemen was taken by the Saudi-led coalition – engaged there in a three-year war against Houthi militants, which, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has left more than seven million close to famine and 21 million needing assistance in one of the world’s poorest countries. With humanitarian supplies “dangerously low,” Mr. McGoldrick warned that keeping famine and disease at bay risks setbacks. Suffering worsens in YemenWith the closure of land, sea and air borders now entering its second week, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed alarm at the worsening humanitarian situation. “Over the past week, the closures have prevented humanitarian and commercial supplies and restricted the movement of aid workers. They are also placing new economic strain on a civilian population already suffering through many months of conflict,” said UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler at the regular press briefing in Geneva. “As a result,” continued Mr. Spindler, “our staff and those of our partners are seeing an increase in the number of civilians seeking humanitarian help. Vulnerable populations including internally displaced people, refugees and asylum seekers are especially hard-hit.”The spokesperson reminded reporters that since the conflict began in March 2015, it has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, affecting 21 million people. “Two million internally displaced people, a million returnees and 280,000 refugees and asylum seekers are all struggling to survive through increasingly prolonged displacement,” he stressed, adding that worsening conditions have also led to child labour and early marriage. “Together with other members of the humanitarian community in Yemen, UNHCR is advocating for the border closures to be lifted without delay. The closures are exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, posing a critical threat to the millions struggling to survive,” Mr. Spindler concluded. read more

George Foreman Became Americas Top Pitchman on Advice From

The amazing thing about George Foreman goes beyond winning the heavyweight championship at the creaky boxing age of 45, after losing it at 25 to Muhammad Ali in Zaire, Africa.It’s pretty amazing that all this time later, George Foreman remains relevant. More than that, Foreman, once a boorish and mean oaf, has done so by becoming corporate America’s No. 1 pitchman.It is a position he holds unrivaled, and one no one would have pegged him for after he became this behemoth knockout artist with no room for cheer.But after losing to Jimmy Young in 1977, Foreman said he had a “religious experience.” In that moment in the locker room he decided to retire from boxing and eventually became a born-again Christian.It also was the beginning of him morphing into a Black man who would become the face of white corporate America on a significantly larger scale than O.J. Simpson and even Michael Jordan.Foreman told Sports Illustrated that he mimicked John Wayne when he walked; he adopted mannerisms like boxing champion Sonny Liston; and shaped his mustache after all-time great running back Jim Brown—three men with imposing reputations. He released those elements when he retired.“It took so long for me to find me,” he said to the magazine. “Once I did, my mom even liked me. She didn’t like me much when I was trying to be those other guys.”Ten years after retiring, Foreman, in need of money, returned to boxing with not much fanfare. Promoter Bob Arum recalled to SI: “I was not enthusiastic, realizing what a horrid person he had been.” But after spending an hour with Arum said, “This is the greatest con man in history because he was so different from what he had been before. But it wasn’t a con. He had really changed.”That change made him an embraceable pitchman. It helped that he knocked out Michael Moore at age 45 to become the oldest heavyweight champion in history.Young George Foreman was a force.His always-grinning disposition bordered on buffoonery, but he laced his persona with enough wisdom, gospel and Black empowerment for it to be more congenial than a caricature.Suddenly, with the historic victory and this warm and fuzzy person came offers to endorse products. Foreman told SI he had been hesitant about putting his name to products. But in 1991, none other than Bill Cosby called Foreman.“I don’t want to be on TV saying this and that,” the champ told the comedian.Cosby, Foreman said to the magazine, was not having it. “Come on, man. You’re no different from anyone else. You want to be on television, you want to be known,” Foreman remembers him saying. “If you don’t take ’em, I’ll take ’em.”That was the moment Foreman became the all-time pitchman. Over the years he has done commercials for Nike, Doritos, McDonald’s and Meineke. The deal that made him rich and famous came in ’94, when he agreed to lend his name to and appear in commercials for a line of indoor grills. The George Foreman Grill became a blockbuster hit, earning him more than he ever took as a boxer.He made so much money off the grills that in 1999, Salton Inc., the maker of the product, gave him $137.5 million in combined stock and cash to avoid having to continue paying him royalties, SI reported.He became the spokesperson for InventHelp last year, a company that helps people get patents for prototypes of products. He’s also launching Foreman’s Butcher Shop, a mail-order meat company with an emphasis on quality, health-conscious products sourced from family farms in the Midwest.Why does Foreman push products on all media platforms and speaking?“Never say no,” he said is his approach.He does, however, have other interests. His George Foreman Youth Center in Houston has existed for years as a place Black kids come to play sports and learn life lessons.“The kids would come in and want to learn to box,” Foreman has said. “They wanted to tear up the world, beat up the world. And I’d try to show them they didn’t need anger. They didn’t need all that killing instinct they’d read about. You can be a human being and pursue boxing as a sport.“When you speak to a lot of kids, as I’ve done over the years, you know what to say, keep them laughing, (giving them) good illustrations and (stressing to) learn to read.”Foreman has learned to live with a reality that will not go away, no matter how many products he endorses and how much he’s on TV. At the height of his career, at 40-0 with 37 knockouts, Ali knocked out Foreman in a victory that resounded around the world.“If that fight hadn’t turned out like it did, my life would have been very different,” Foreman said. “I have no regrets. They’ll be talking about it for 100 years, and they’ll always have to mention my name.”He now calls Ali one of his best friends.“After 1981, we became the best of friends,” Foreman said. “By 1984, we loved each other. I’m not closer to anyone else in this life than I am to Muhammad Ali. Why? We were forged by that first fight in Zaire, and our lives are indelibly linked by memories and photographs as young and old men.” read more

Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 16 per cent last month, according to the latest CSO figures.The data reveals Volkswagen as the manufacturer of choice and the only brand to see more than 1,000 vehicles licensed during October. It was followed closely by Ford and then Audi.The CSO noted that the three month transition period for motor tax gapping provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 ended on 30 September 2013, meaning that any car designated as ‘off the road’ still needs to be tax compliant.The cars licensed when a valid motor disc was issued for the first time would be included in these figures.So far this year, 111,497 vehicles have been licensed in Ireland.The total number of all new vehicles licensed during October 2013 was 4,974 compared with 3,563 during the same month in 2012 – an increase of 39.6 per cent.SIMI: New number plates haven’t helped motor industryMore: Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwidelast_img read more

What we know about Acers 99 tablet

first_imgAmazon and Google rocked the boat quite a bit this year by releasing a pair of powerful tablets for $199. Since the release of the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7Best Price at Amazon, there has been no shortage of rumors surrounding a $99 device — due out this year — that would drive price down even further. It looks like Acer is the company looking to step up to that rumor.Price will always be a deciding factor when it comes to selling consumer electronics. If you head to WalMart’s website right now and look at the top selling tablets across the company, most of them are $120-140 Android tablets with no Play Store installed. These are low end tablets that can barely handle the OS installed on them, and some of them don’t even have capacitive touch panels on them.Until the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD, it was assumed than anything under $400 was going to be of questionable build quality. Now that the bar has been set, Acer is looking to compete in international markets that are flooded with lower quality hardware with a tablet that could compete in place with higher average tablet prices.In order to be successful, Acer would need to offer previous generation hardware with current generation software and a higher build quality than what is currently available in these throwaway, off-brand tablets. Acer’s plan is to stick a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a 1024×600 resolution display in a 7-inch WiFi-only frame. With a 4GB model at $99 running Android 4.1 or better, the Iconia B1 would be more than enough to compete in the developing world and offer a far greater experience than what is available in most of those markets today.Compared to the $199 Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD, to say nothing of the iPad Mini or Nook HD tablets, the Iconia B1 would be outclassed in every respect but pricing. This probably has a lot to do with the decision to not bring this tablet to the United States, but instead focus on areas where poorly made, inexpensive tablets are readily available. The Iconia will be able to compete in those places with a superior build quality, a name brand that comes with some assurance that the hardware will last, and access to the apps and the other content in the Google Play Store.There’s nothing that says Acer couldn’t bring their $99 tablet to other countries, including the US. A tablet like the Iconia B1 would sell well anywhere, and given Acer’s limited success in the high-end, it may not be a bad thing to be the company with the best priced budget tablet. Securing a foothold in these domains would offer a powerful advantage for Acer, allowing them to compete where very few of their upmarket competition would be willing to travel.last_img read more

ExBenfica coach reveals what made a young Andre Gomes special

first_imgEx-Benfica U-19 coach Joao Tralhao has revealed what set Andre Gomes apart from the rest during his formative yearsGomes’ old youth side are at the Everton’s Halewood training complex, where they will face the Merseyside club’s under-23s in Southport.The game will likely stir some old memories from Gomes, who continues to recover from a hamstring injury that has prevented him from making his Everton debut.And the on-loan Barcelona midfielder’s old youth coach remembers him well.“If you talk about his physical condition, he was prepared,” Tralhao told Liverpool Echo.“His physical image was top class but we felt that when he arrived he needed to know how to play in a different possession game, in a different mentality and he needed to be able to control the match.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“In Porto and in Boavista, there is a different culture so our main objective was to teach this guy how to play in possession, how to press, how to attack with control and how to defend with aggression.“He was not ready but we believed in him because he was a clever player.”Tralhao also appointed Gomes as the captain of the youth side after just one month in order to speed up his development.After making his first-team debut in 2012, Gomes has since played for Valencia and Barcelona.He was also a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016 Championship-winning squad.last_img read more

YSR Congress leader YS Vivekananda Reddy found dead under unnatural circumstances

first_imgY. S. Vivekananda ReddyTwitter [Representational Image]Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and former Agriculture Minister, YS Vivekananda Reddy passed away on Friday morning at his home in Pulivendula in Andhra Pradesh.   The family has alleged it to be an unnatural death owing to certain circumstances.Initial reports suggested cardiac arrest to be the cause of his death, but several injuries have been reported on his body leading to suspicion of murder. As per the media reports, Reddy was found lying on the floor by a housemaid, who came to his residence around 6.30 am.YSRCP former MP, Avinash Reddy told the media that the family has suspicion over Reddy’s death as there are two severe injuries on his head and other injuries on his arms and face. A case has been registered over Reddy’s death after his Personal Assistant Krishna Reddy expressed doubts of murder. According to the sources in his complaint, Krishna Reddy specified the circumstances in the bedroom, and bathroom which blood stains witnessed raised many doubts. He said that he found there were two blood injuries on Vivekananda Reddy’s forehead and right hand, reported The Hans India.Till late-night Thursday, Vivekananda Reddy had participated in the election campaigns at Jammalamadugu, chapadu, Duvvuru mandals. Krishna Reddy said that Vivekananda Reddy had discussions with party workers up to 11:30 PM, the previous night and later home alone.The 68-year old Reddy is the brother of late Andhra Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy and uncle to the YSRCP President Jaganmohan Reddy. He is survived by his wife Sowbhagya and daughter Veronica. His wife had recently gone abroad and is staying with their daughter.Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu has ordered a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the death of Reddy.Reddy was twice elected as a legislator from Pulivendula constituency and was also elected to the Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency with a high majority.His final rites are expected to be conducted at Idupulapaya.last_img read more