first_imgGARDAI are following a definite line of inquiry following an arson attack on a house in Lifford yesterday morning.The unoccupied house on the Coneyburrow Road estate was gutted during a blaze which was spotted by neighbours around 7am.It is believed the blaze was started by a teenage gang who had held a house party in the unoccupied dwelling. The owners of the house, who use it occasionally as a holiday home, are believed to be devastated by the incident.Locals believe teenage thugs broke into the house overnight and had held a party there before setting it on fire.Garda forensic officers are at the scene which has been cordoned off.A Garda source revealed that an investigation into the attack has turned up a couple of avenues of inquiry which are being pursued by local Gardai. “It’s fair to say that Gardai are completing a full investigation into this incident and have already uncovered a couple of good leads.“A number of names have been suggested so it’s fair to say that people will be interviewed in relation to the fire in time.“Nobody has yet been questioned or arrested but Gardai will be looking to speak to a number of people about the matter,” said the source.Speaking to, a neighbour revealed that blaze had been discovered by a Leaving Certificate student who had been up early this morning preparing for exams.“He got up early to do some studying when he smelled the smoke and raised the alarm,” said the local man. “Kids had been having a party in the house overnight. Thankfully no-one was hurt but this sort of carry-on is outrageous.”Gardai in Lifford are appealing for information about the fire.Picture courtesy of newspixirlEnds GARDAI FOLLOW DEFINITE LINE OF INQUIRY INTO LIFFORD BLAZE was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GardaiLifford firelast_img read more

blair, figueiredo lead crabs over blues

first_imgKokko Figueiredo had three hits, Connor Blair had four RBIs and the Humboldt Crabs beat the visiting Bay Area Blues, winning 12-6 Friday night at the Arcata Ballpark.The Crabs (35-10) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after two innings on Friday and added a run in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings to keep the Blues at bay and claim their 35th win of the summer. Jackson Kritch scored the first run of the night for the Crabs after Connor Blair was hit by a pitch with the bases …last_img read more

Is What You Sell of Vital Importance?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Is the conversation that you want to have with your dream client around something vital? Is it something so important, so necessary that it should command their attention?Not ProductIn some rare cases, your product may rise to the level of being vital, demanding your dream client’s time, attention, and resources. This may be true when they are struggling to obtain whatever it is you sell, but less likely if they are already getting what you sell from your competitor. When the latter is true, when they already have what they need, the tiny improvement your product might produce is not a critical issue.Not ServiceService issues and failures can disrupt a business, creating a strategic issue in an area where one would not exist if their current partner was executing well enough. Unless the day-to-day issues rise to the level that make it worth suffering through the switching costs, you aren’t like to displace your competitor by promising a better experience when your prospect has learned to live with the challenges that happen in the normal course of business.Not a Few PenniesYou might be able to produce a better turn on the investment your prospect makes, and you may be able to reduce their pricing and show them some savings. There are, believe it or not, some salespeople and sales organizations that still lead with a lower price as a way to reduce their prospect’s costs as a way to improve the ROI. Sophisticated, savvy business people aren’t easily lured into changing partners for a lower price because they know that they are taking money out of their solution. Because saving a few pennies doesn’t move the needle, it isn’t a vital issue (and when saving a few pennies is vital, your prospect may not be doing well).What makes something vital is how important it is to producing the necessary or critical outcomes your prospect needs. The things that rise to being vital tend to be the more strategic outcomes, things that contribute to the goals and the direction of the people who decide when—and if—they are going to entertain the idea of changing what they are doing.When you show someone your product in the first five minutes of a call, you have identified yourself as someone who wants to talk about something non-vital.last_img read more

Probe selection of tainted officers for CWG: CVC to Delhi govt

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi is being held responsible for all the Games irregularities.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has widened its probe into the alleged financial and administrative irregularities related to the Commonwealth Games and put purchase of medical equipment and selection of tainted project officers for the sporting event among others under its scanner.The Commission is also looking into the whole process for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 and directed the Delhi Government to take necessary action in this regard.”Some other complaints regarding purchase of medical equipment for Commonwealth Games, selection of tainted project officers for CWG, proposal for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 have been sent to Delhi Government for necessary action at their end,” the Central Vigilance Commission said in response to an RTI application filed by PTI.According to the information, the CVC is probing at least 22 more Games-related construction and procurement works carried out by different government agencies here for alleged financial irregularities.Out of the total of 22 projects, six were carried out by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, four by Delhi Development Authority, three by Organising Committee and two each by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Central Public Works Department, Government of Delhi.One work each relating to Department of Commerce, Indian Meteorological Department and New Delhi Municipal Council is also being probed, the reply said.The CVC has also found alleged misuse of official position by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, who is considered a close aide of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.advertisementGiving details of the complaint, it said there is a “complaint against A K Jain, Chief Engineer, CPWD regarding alleged irregularities in tenders for LED display board at MCD National Stadium, Mathura Road, New Delhi. The factual report is awaited from CVO, CPWD since January 7, 2010.”There is a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in purchase of air conditioners for DDA flats. A factual report is awaited from CVO, DDA since March 18, 2010,” the RTI reply said.The anti-corruption watchdog is also investigating procurement of “secure communication network” or Tetra for the Games on the basis of complaint received from Dr Harsh Vardhan, Member of Legislative Assembly, Delhi.”The Commission sought comments from Delhi government on the complaint, which is awaited since May 7, 2010,” the reply said. .The CVC has also received a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the construction of bus queue shelters for Commonwealth Games by DIMTS. A factual report has been sought from Government of NCT of Delhi on June 3, 2010 and reply is awaited.The anti-corruption watchdog is also looking into the complaint regarding alleged irregularities in awarding contracts for PA/Sound System, LED display boards and other communication systems for various Commonwealth Games stadia in which national exchequer borne loss of crores of rupees.”A report was sought from CPWD on September 8, 2010 and is still awaited,” the reply read.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC has earlier found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them were done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.The expansion of the probe by the CVC came even as it directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.The move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.A senior CVC official said that based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu.As per the RTI information, it has been found out that some of the agencies are sitting on the clarification or delaying their replies asked by CVC on corruption charges since January this year.There is also a “complaint regarding misuse of official position and corruption by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, 2010. A factual report is awaited from the CVO, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,” the CVC said.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Moto G5S Plus Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Lenovo’s new phone brings dual cameras into the duel

first_imgThe Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus — which are being billed as special edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus – launched in India on Tuesday offer upgrades primarily in the camera and battery departments. There are a few tweaks here and there, but overall, the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus should technically entail in better photos and better battery life than the ‘not so special’ edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5S Plus is clearly the more interesting of the two, since it is the first Moto phone from Lenovo in India to ship with a dual camera system on the rear.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the barThe Moto G5S Plus, much like the Moto G5 Plus, looks like a very capable phone, at least as far as first impressions are concerned. But it will have some tough competition to beat, primarily from Xiaomi’s best-selling Redmi Note 4. Here’s a quick low-down on all the upgrades the new Moto G5S Plus bring to the table and how it fairs against the original king in the North, the Redmi Note 4.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 boast of full-metal bodies. Both the phones have fingerprint scanners: while in the case of the Redmi Note 4 it is located on the back, in the case of the Moto G5S Plus it is located on the front. The Moto G5S Plus comes with on-screen navigation keys, while the Redmi Note 4 has physical capacitive keys which are also backlit.The Moto G5S Plus comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating for added protection. The Redmi Note 4 also has some kind of scratch-resistant protective coating on-board, but, no Gorilla Glass.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 are 5.5-inch phones. Both the phones boast of a full-HD 1080p IPS LCD display panel. Both the phones ship with an in-built reading mode that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum when enabled. The feature is particularly useful during night.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 have the same processor inside, which is, a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. While the Moto G5S Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, the Redmi Note 4 sold in India is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. Both the phones support expandable storage.The Moto G5S Plus runs an almost unmodified version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and will be upgradable to Android Nougat in the days to come.Both the phones support dual-SIM and 4G LTE (VoLTE) connectivity. Both the phones come with a micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and data syncing purposes. The Moto G5S Plus, in addition, also supports NFC to allow for secure mobile payments.The Moto G5S Plus is the first Moto phone from Lenovo to feature a dual camera system on the rear in India. “Dual 13MP rear cameras (one colour + one monochrome) in the Moto G5S Plus, combined with special photo enhancement software, makes it easy to do more with your photos. Selective focus mode makes it easy to take professional looking portraits on your phone, adding a beautiful blurred background effect. Or, have fun trying selective black and white coloring or replace background mode which give your photos a whole new look,” the company says describing the phone’s dual camera system. The dual camera system is further aided by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Moto G5S Plus comes with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detection Autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, it come with a 5-megapixel camera.While the Redmi Note 4 is backed by a 4,100mAh battery, the Moto G5S Plus has a much smaller 3,000mAh battery inside. Lenovo’s phone, however, supports Moto’s proprietary Turbo Charging technology and ships with a fast charger in the box. Xiaomi’s phone, on the other hand, supports only 5V/2A charging.The Redmi Note 4 (also) comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 12,999. The Moto G5S Plus, on the other hand, has been launched in India at a price of Rs 15,999.Also Read: Moto G5S Plus vs Moto G5 Plus: What difference do 6 months makeadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Pepsi North America Cup Amps Up Star Power with K Trevor Wilson

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold of Buck Twenty will treat the crowd to a rousing live concert. The singer/songwriter duo from Harrow, Ontario, are best known for their single, “Here’s To The Nights,” which received prolific play on Canadian Country Radio. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees take pride in the musical presentation of their live show and most definitely aren’t afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage.Guests can enjoy refreshments in the event’s Beer Garden or the exclusive Corona Deck viewing area, as well as samplings of Pepsi Pure Leaf and Colio on site. Contesting, carnival games and driver autograph signings will round out the evening, providing fun for the whole family.This year’s Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park.Now the permanent home of Canada’s finest standardbreds and year-round harness racing, the picturesque racetrack in the heart of Campbellville has recently undergone a series of renovations and upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to World Class Horse Racing and providing customers with first-class experiences will be front and centre when the track unveils its new improvements.Post time for the Pepsi North America Cup race card is 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm with the action concluding around 11:30 pm. The event day box office will be open from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and is located at the main entrance.Website: THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATIONTransforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment and technology, and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come. Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, April 2, 2018 – The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup returns bigger than ever this year to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. The signature race of the 2018 standardbred season will take place Saturday, June 16, with K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from Letterkenny and live music from country duo Buck Twenty.center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advance tickets are now available at General admission tickets are $10 for guests aged 18+ and guests under 17 receive free admission. Tickets purchased on site at Woodbine Mohawk Park on opening weekend (April 12) will receive 25% off. The Milton District Hospital Foundation will be the official charity partner for this year’s Pepsi North America Cup, with a percentage of all ticket sales going towards the Foundation.Hosts K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from acclaimed Comedy Network series, Letterkenny, will guide guests through the thrilling evening of live racing and are sure to provide some comic relief along the way. Their popular show won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series and has amassed fans across the country.last_img read more