Stop Avoiding the One Thing Standing Between You and Success

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 The biggest obstacle between you and what you want isn’t outside of you. It never was, is not now, and never will be.It’s Out There. Somewhere.You can easily spot people who believe their problems lie somewhere outside themselves. They focus in on things over which they have no control, and never on the one thing over which they have the most control.There is no end to the challenges the world faces right now. It is easier to focus on what’s wrong with the world today as a means of avoiding the areas where you need to, and can, make improvements. When you improve yourself, you also improve your little corner of the world, and you build your capacity to make a greater difference.Politics is an easy place to go to avoid dealing with your real problems. In fact, many of the people who spend their time worrying about partisan politics do so as a way to avoid addressing what really needs to change in their life. The changes you need to make are not going to be addressed by any politician or government agency. While elections are important, they aren’t nearly as important as what you can do for yourself.Some folks spend all of their time looking for what is wrong with other people, and recounting the sins of others to anyone who will listen. They can tell you what’s wrong with everyone they know, and they can tell you what’s wrong with a lot of people they’ve never met. They can identify the flaws in everyone except themselves. By looking outward for what’s wrong with other folks, they don’t have to look inward to see what’s really wrong.Problems don’t age well. Tiny monsters grow up to be bigger monsters. By avoiding the areas you need to improve, you not only limit your success, you sabotage it.It’s Inside of You Right NowYou are the single biggest obstacle to your own success. The difference between where you are now and where you want to be is made up of what you believe, what you are doing now, and what you are not doing now. It isn’t something outside of you.Because this is true, everything you need to go from where you are to where you want to be is also inside you right now. Right now you have potential. This means you have the capacity to be more, to do more, to have more, and to contribute more.There is nothing outside of you that deserves so much of your attention that it prevents you from focusing on what you really need to change.last_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. LATEST STORIES “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 6 to launch tomorrow: Snapdragon 835, dual cameras and more

first_imgThe Xiaomi Mi 6, which is arguably one of the most anticipated handsets of 2017, is finally going to be launched on April 19 after reportedly facing a lot of delays due to Snapdragon 835 procurement issues. There are expected to be two variants of the device – the Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus, with the latter having a bigger display and maybe even a bigger battery. The multitude of leaks and rumours leading up to the launch have helped us get a clear idea of what Xiaomi’ s upcoming flagship handset is going to bring to the table. In a market graced by formidable competitors such as the OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi needs to pull out all the stops with the Mi 6.If the rumours are anything to go by, the Mi 6 looks like a smartphone to watch out for. Here is everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi 6 so far:Also Read: Nokia 9: Carl Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 835 and everything else we know so farSpecificationsXiaomi’s upcoming flagship is set to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – the Snapdragon 835. With this, the Xiaomi Mi 6 will become part of an elite group of smartphones having the much touted processor from Qualcomm. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ Premium are the only other smartphones that are powered by the SD 835.Many manufacturers like LG and HTC eschewed the Snapdragon 835 in favour of the Snapdragon 821 SoC in their latest flagships because of delays in SD835 production.Processor aside, the smartphone is set to come with a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, USB Type-C for charging and data transfer and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button up front.advertisementTwo different variantsThere are expected to be two different variants of Xiaomi Mi 6 – one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and a high-end version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship is set to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storageCertain rumours also point towards a low-end variant of the device powered by the MediaTek Helio X30 processor, although this seems a tad unlikely.Design and displayThe Mi 6 is expected to come in two different screen sizes. The regular model is set to sport a 5.15-inch display while the Plus model is set to come with a bigger 5.7-inch panel. On the design front, the Mi 6 is rumoured to feature a ceramic body like the one found on the Mi Mix as well as a curved display like one found on the Mi Note 2.CamerasOn the imaging front, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is set to offer a comprehensive update over its predecessor. The device is expected to come with a 12MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front camera for selfies. Both cameras reportedly support video recording in 4KCertain rumours also point towards either the Mi 6 or Mi 6 Plus sporting a dual camera array at the back. Past leaks also indicated that the Xiaomi Mi 6 may use Sony’s IMX400 camera sensor for its rear camera.Price and availabilityWhile no solid information is available regarding the price of the Mi 6, reports point towards the Mi 6 being priced a bit higher than its predecessor, at around CNY 2099 (Roughly Rs 20,500).Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designlast_img read more

BVP Rao hopeful of winning archery elections

first_imgDespite pessimism in the air, the much-delayed election for the Archery Association of India will take place in the Capital on Saturday.Even on Friday evening, there was a bit of suspense with Arjun Munda moving the Delhi High Court as his name was ‘removed’ from the electoral college since bureaucrats are not allowed as per the new constitution. However, the court did not intervene.The archery body at home was being controlled by one powerful man for decades and finally derecognised by the government. The last elections were held in 2012 but Saturday’s poll will be held under the new constitution which has come in for severe criticism from several quarters.After the AAI was put under Supreme Court appointed administrator SY Quraishi, there has been a lot of bickering. Quraishi played the single largest role in the new constitution being put in place, under which these elections will be held.However, even before the poll process was set in motion, the sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association said they will not accept this constitution. In fact, IOA president Narinder Batra told Mail Today, “there is no way the international archery body will recognise these elections.” He said there will be no recognition for the newly-elected body by the IOA and “one has to wait and see”.For its part, sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, too, had written to Quraishi the new constitution could not be accepted and these elections would not be recognised.On Friday, BVP Rao, who is contesting for the president’s post, told Mail Today he was hopeful of winning. The electoral college has around 90 voters and Rao is said to have the backing of around 30 archers who are also part of the electoral college.advertisement”It’s my vision that the profile of archery in India improves. I am all for archers doing well and chase that elusive Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020. We need to prepare for it in right earnest,” Rao said.A letter was doing the rounds on Friday which questioned Rao’s nomination from the northeast and how this was ‘improper’. Having resigned from the Telangana government, Rao is very keen he works for the betterment of Indian archery. Whatever be the outcome of the elections, what will follow afterwards promises to be very interesting.last_img read more

GILLIBRAND TESTS IOWA POLITICAL CLIMATE

first_imgShe will be in Boone and Ames on Saturday and then speak at a Women’s March in Des Moines.Photos by George Lindblade Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in Iowa this weekend.Gillibrand, who is considering a run for the presidency in 2020, stopped into the Pierce Street Coffee Works and Sioux City Gifts Friday afternoon accompanied by J.D. Scholten.Gillibrand spoke with numerous local residents and then attended a private gathering of the local Truman Club with local Democrats.last_img read more

A Former College Basketball Star Passed Away This Week

first_imga game between northern illinois and templePHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 18: A general view of John Chaney and Harry Litwack court as the Temple Owls play against the Northern Illinois Huskies at the Liacouras Center on December 18, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)A former college basketball star passed away earlier this week. Former Temple standout Mik Kilgore was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack earlier this week and passed away on Friday, the school confirmed.Kilgore was 48. The former Temple star started every game of his four-year career with the Owls and helped lead the team to three NCAA Tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 1991.Temple head coach Fran Dunphy released a statement about Kilgore’s passing.“It is a very sad day for Temple University and Temple Basketball. Mik coming back to get his degree was a great Temple story and a lot of people shared in his success.  He deserved a lot of credit for getting that degree and he was on his way to using it well with his new job at Girard College.He had made a great impression on a lot of people with his spirit and his hard work.  Somebody wanting to make a difference in life and I think he was doing all of that until tragically he lost his life.”Kilgore averaged nearly 12 points, over five rebounds and three assists per game during his collegiate career. Following his four-year run at Temple, Kilgore played professionally overseas.Our thoughts are with the Kilgore family and Temple community.[Temple]last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names His Top 5 Team Performances Of Week 1

first_img My top performances of WEEK 1Teams1-@GeorgiaStateFB 2-@BroncoSportsFB 3-@AuburnFootball 4-@OU_Football 5-@BadgerFootball Players1-Jalen Hurts OU QB2-Hank Bachmeier Boise St QB3-Jonathon Taylor Wisconsin RB4-Brandon Talton Nevada FR K 5-Deandre Square Kentucky LB— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 3, 2019Georgia State, of course, pulled off the biggest stunner of opening weekend, beating Tennessee in Knoxville. Boise State’s 18-point comeback against Florida State earned them a spot on the list.Auburn showed resiliency in battling back to beat Oregon in the final seconds, while Oklahoma and Wisconsin handled their respective opponents, Houston and USF, with ease.Did Herbstreit miss anything here? Which teams or players did you think should have been included but weren’t? Kirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.Week 1 of the 2019 college football season is in the books. It didn’t take long for us to get some fireworks.There were plenty of noteworthy team and individual performances over the weekend. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit provided his favorites today.Every week during the season, Herbstreit recognizes five players and five teams who showed out. Sometimes it can be tough to narrow it down, so he’ll fudge it and include a few more.Herbie’s top team performances of Week 1 belonged to Georgia State, Boise State, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.last_img read more

The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies and Western Union Business Solutions Team Up

first_imgJuly 2nd, 2019 – The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) is proud to announce that it has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions, a leader in global payment services and foreign exchange. By teaming up Western Union Business Solutions becomes ACTA’s Foreign Exchange partner of choice. As one of the world’s leading providers of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions transforms how companies can expand globally through one of the largest and most diverse payment networks in the world. “We would like to welcome Western Union Business Solutions as ACTA’s newest Corporate Partner,” said Wendy Paradis, President of the association. “Western Union Business Solution’s offers valuable business tools and consultation for any of our members who would like to ease the complexity of international money movement. “ Western Union Business Solutions is thrilled to partner with ACTA to help drive value back into the travel industry and into ACTA’s member base’s bottom lines. Having pioneered the idea of moving money around the world, we have been connecting people globally for over 140 years. As one of the world’s leading providers of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions is transforming how businesses can expand globally through one of the largest and most diverse payment networks in the world. ACTA and their national member base of Travel Agencies will provide Western Union Business Solutions with opportunities to widen their network by connecting with the travel industry at ACTA events and delivering education and subject matter experts for ACTA’s learning and development content, while being recognized as the Bronze level preferred foreign exchange team member of the association.  About Western Union Business SolutionsWestern Union Business Solutions helps to equip you with the solutions you need to send, receive and manage international payments. Western Union Business Solutions has an extensive global network, spanning 200 countries/territories and 130 currencies combined with our knowledge of local markets enabling you to manage international payments simply, effectively and efficiently.last_img read more

Baloney Meter Has every single refugee claimant in Canada been screened

first_imgOTTAWA — “We have made sure that every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules. We have seen over the past years all around the world an increase in migration and in asylum seekers happening everywhere, and Canada is not immune to that. However, we have a strong immigration system that continues to apply all its steps to everyone crossing the border.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in question period, May 7, 2019.—The influx of asylum seekers to Canada has become a sustained political headache for the Liberals over the last two years and is likely to be the subject of divisive debates in the upcoming fall federal election.The most heated rhetoric tends to revolve around tens of thousands of “irregular migrants” who have crossed into Canada through unofficial paths along the Canada-U.S. border since early 2017.The Conservatives have been accusing the Trudeau government of not being in control of the country’s immigration system and have been using the number of migrants — whom they typically call “illegal,” not “irregular” — to highlight those concerns.Trudeau and immigration officials continue to insist the system is just fine and that Conservatives are merely stoking fears for partisan gain.The prime minister responded to one recent question from deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt by  saying “every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules.”Is this statement true?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “Full of baloney.”Here’s why.THE FACTSAnyone wishing to make an asylum claim in Canada faces a number of screenings by three different federal agencies.The Immigration Department and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) first conduct an eligibility assessment, which involves biometric screening (fingerprints and photos) and biographic checks as well as a security check for anyone over 18 years of age. This determines whether the person is eligible to make a refugee claim. Factors that rule out eligibility include whether the person has committed a serious crime, made a previous claim in Canada or received protection in another country.If, after those checks, the person is deemed eligible for refugee protection, the Immigration Department or CBSA then refers the claim to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) — an arm’s-length tribunal that decides refugee cases and appeals.Once a claim is referred to the IRB, it’s reviewed for security, credibility and for possible grounds for exclusion from Canada’s asylum system.THE AUDITOR GENERALFederal auditor general Sylvain Ricard recently probed whether all three government agencies involved in refugee determinations have been consistently processing asylum claims in an efficient and timely manner.The audit found Canada’s refugee system has a backlog of asylum claims that is worse now than it has ever been, caused in part by systemic inefficiencies.Ricard’s office also zeroed in on whether biometric checks for criminality or identity were completed for a sample of 82,503 claimants.His office found that the CBSA had no quality-assurance program to ensure all the proper screening procedures had been completed. For example, the audit found some files contained errors in electronic documentation. It also flagged 400 claims where biometric checks for criminality or identity were not completed, as required. In some of these cases fingerprints were simply not taken and in others there were system errors that occurred when information was transmitted.“Although these cases represent 0.5 per cent of all claimants for whom criminality or identity checks were required, the checks are important for public safety and the integrity of the refugee determination system,” the auditor’s report says. “Neither organization systematically tracked whether a criminal records check was always completed because of poor data quality.”Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale responded by saying the system has “layers of protection.” When the auditor general found those 400 cases with missing biometrics, the CBSA immediately checked those files and in every case, proper criminal screening was done to ensure no bad actors inadvertently slipped through the system, Goodale told reporters May 7.“With respect to biometrics, (CBSA officials) were able to identify that in 0.2 per cent of cases, that part of the screening process was not completed properly. I guess you could look at it the other way around and say 99.8 per cent of the cases, it was properly completed, but in 0.2 per cent, they acknowledge an error and they have taken steps to make sure, by way of proper protocol, that doesn’t happen again,” Goodale said.THE VERDICTTrudeau clearly and matter-of-factly stated that “every single person crossing our borders, whether legally or illegally, gets processed according to all our rules.” He made this statement on the same day the auditor general’s report was published, describing the 400 cases where biometric screenings were not completed as well as other gaps in information collected or shared among government agencies about asylum seekers.The audit report did find that in most cases, proper procedures were followed, but it did flag areas where some people did not get screened according to all the rules.For that reason, Trudeau’s statement in the House of Commons earns a rating of “Full of baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Billboard company appalled no one taking ownership of Bernier ads

first_imgOTTAWA — The owner of the billboards that featured ads promoting Maxime Bernier’s stance on immigration says they would have stayed up had the third-party group that paid for them not left his company twisting in the wind.Randy Otto, the president of Pattison Outdoor Advertising, says his company agreed to run the ads on the condition that True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp. identify itself and let people viewing the billboards know how to reach it.Otto says his company felt the group could promote Bernier’s and the People’s Party of Canada’s views on immigration — as long as it was prepared to deal with any fallout.He says he did not like having been left alone to defend the ads.Otto says he was “further appalled” to see Frank Smeenk, the head of the third-party group, tell The Canadian Press he disavowed the ad and that he had paid for the campaign without getting the chance to approve its message.The billboards, which featured a photo of Bernier with his party logo and a slogan advocating against “mass immigration,” started appearing across the country late last week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Knifeman Attacks Imam Inside Hassan Mosque During Friday Prayer

Rabat – A man wielding two knives attacked an imam during Friday prayers at the Hassan mosque in Rabat. Service attendees were quick to intervene to stop the suspect from attacking the leader of the Friday prayers.No injuries were sustained.A car guardian in Hassan, who witnessed the incident, told Morocco World News that a group of people performing Friday prayer managed to stop the knife-wielding suspect. Authorities arrested the suspect and took him to police headquarters for further investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident.A scene from the attack aired on Moroccan TV channels, Al Oula and 2M. However, both channels muted the sound and quickly showed images of the outside of the mosque.The unprecedented incident has caused shock and agitation among mosque-goers and the general public. read more

Eating seafood guilt free UN agency to establish guidelines to certify fish

As the world consumes more seafood, with an increasing proportion of it farmed in captivity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it is working to create a new international standard to certify the safety and harvesting of fish.Currently, almost half of all seafood eaten is farmed in captivity by humans instead of being raised in the wild, prompting questions about whether what is eaten is safe and whether it was produced without hurting the environment.A certification system that is uniform across the world could verify that seafood has been harvested in a way that is healthy, socially responsible and environmentally-conscious, and to this end, FAO is mounting the effort to create a standardized framework.“Establishing transparent, fair and reliable certification schemes is not at all straightforward,” said Lahsen Ababouch of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.Without one global standard, both consumers and producers are tasked with deciding which certification method to trust. As the number of so-called standards increase, consumers could become confused and lose confidence in the entire certification system.“Who sets the standards? Can producers be sure they are grounded in good science? Are the out of reach of poor farmers in the developing world?” he asked. “To what extent should private-sector standards supplement governmental consumer protection policies, and how can the two be reconciled?”Such issues, FAO said, could potentially be resolved with the creation of a uniform certification system. To this end, the agency, in collaboration with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Network for Aquaculture Centres in the Asia Pacific, has been conferring with certification organizations, producers, processors and consumer groups to establish global guidelines for the creation of a new system.“The idea is to bring together a broad group of all the different people involved in the industry, look at what’s already being done in terms of certification, and come up with an overarching framework that can help put aquaculture certification schemes on the same page,” Rohana Subasinghe of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department said.“That will help ensure that certification standards, wherever they are being applied, are credible, trustworthy, and fair and will give producers clear goals to shoot for.”While the guidelines to be set up will not be standards in and of themselves, they will help to regulate the raising of seafood by Governments, NGOs or private companies, Mr. Subasinghe added.The first discussion among the various participants was held recently in Bangkok, bringing together 72 different groups from 20 countries.“There was wide consensus on the roadmap that is being proposed, that certification schemes should address four main areas: food safety and quality, social impacts of fish farming on local communities, environmental issues and economic feasibility,” Mr. Ababouch said.The next meeting is scheduled to take place later this year in Brazil, after which FAO and its partners will draft guidelines to be presented to Governments at the UN Agency’s Subcommittee on Aquaculture meeting to be held in November 2008 in Chile. 20 April 2007As the world consumes more seafood, with an increasing proportion of it farmed in captivity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it is working to create a new international standard to certify the safety and harvesting of fish. read more

Statement of Intent for new undergrad program

The Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to introduce a new undergraduate program, BEd in Applied Adult Education.As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the university community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by Feb. 14, 2013 via the link provided below. In submitting your response, please include the new program title in the subject line.Please send comments to: ARC-SOI@brocku.ca and Sharon Abbey, director, Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach. read more

Feds Irving Shipbuilding reach deal to build naval Arctic patrol ships

by Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2015 9:48 am MDT OTTAWA – The Harper government has signed a contract to build its long-promised Arctic patrol ships, but it had to increase the overall project budget by $400 million in order to do so.Officials from Public Works and National Defence, along with Irving Shipbuilding President Kevin McCoy, made the announcement Friday in Ottawa ahead of a planned event next week in Halifax.The entire program is now expected to cost $3.5 billion, up from the $3.1 billion initially proposed when the ships were first announced in 2007 as part of the Conservative government’s ambitious plan to rebuild the military.The ships themselves will cost up to $2.3 billion to construct and the rest of the allocation is made up of other costs, including jetty improvements, initial equipment and ammunition.The agreement is to build six light icebreakers for the navy’s use in the North and off both coasts, but there will be a ceiling to the budget and officials acknowledge the number of ships could slip to five if the program runs into trouble.“Should costs increase due to unforeseen factors, the contract will guarantee the delivery of five ships within the same ceiling price,” said a government official who spoke Friday at a technical background briefing.The deal provides incentives to Irving to keep costs down in order to deliver all six ships on time and on budget.Essentially, officials have agreed to a benchmark cost and if it isn’t met, Irving’s fee goes down. If the company manages to beat the benchmark, then its fee goes up.“It’s a fairly simple formula,” McCoy said. “As we drive our costs down, both Canada and Irving share in some of the benefit of the reduced cost.”Last fall, a series of defence and government sources told The Canadian Press that with existing funding, the program was on track to deliver five ships, not six — a report McCoy denied at the time. A few days later, the parliamentary budget office warned that delays and inflation would force the Conservative government to buy fewer ships if it stuck with the original budget.An official, not authorized to speak publicly, said the increase in the budget will mostly go to the project’s contingency fund, which is built into every program as a cushion against inflation and unforeseen circumstances.McCoy didn’t want to criticize the PBO report directly, but said the company’s exhaustive planning, use of computer modeling and three-dimensional imaging allowed it to more accurately predict the costs and what it could do.He was adamant Irving will deliver six ships by the end of the program in 2022.When the program was originally conceived, the Conservatives promised to build up to eight patrol ships, prompting Liberal defence critic Joyce Murray to wonder what exactly has changed.“What was the requirement?” she asked in an interview Friday. “It must have been based on something. Now we’re getting five or six. The lack of transparency — that is what is troubling.”It’s not clear whether the government is making the requirement fit the budget, or the other way around, she added.In order to stay within budget, Irving will have to keep a tight rein not only on its costs, but on those of its suppliers as well, who are already feeling the pinch and have complained to Nova Scotia Economic Development Minister Michel Samson.The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association wrote Samson last summer with concerns about “onerous conditions,” particularly when it comes to matters of intellectual property.McCoy was making no apologies Friday for driving a hard bargain with suppliers.“As the prime contractor, it is our job to deliver the ships that Royal Canadian Navy needs for a fair budget,” said McCoy, who noted that Irving hired outside experts to challenge costing formulas.“We’ve taken on a considerable amount of risk as a company and we expect our suppliers to give us the best possible price.”Modules, which test the ship’s design, will be built this summer and Irving expects to begin building the first ship in September. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds, Irving Shipbuilding reach deal to build naval Arctic patrol ships read more

UN agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees

“The CAR remains one of the most poorly-funded emergencies. The underfunding is badly hampering our ability to provide even basic survival assistance for the refugees and even less to host communities,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “The new refugee arrivals show signs of the brutal violence they have escaped in CAR. [They] have walked for weeks through the forests with little to eat or drink. In April and May, as many as 40 per cent of all the new refugees, children as well as adults, were suffering from malnutrition. We fear that for some children the assistance may be coming too late.” The appeal, backed also by 16 other agencies providing life-saving relief, is a revision of a Regional Refugee Response Plan covering the four asylum countries – Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Republic of Congo – initially launched in April 2014. Today’s revised plan puts the required needs at $210 million for a targeted beneficiary population of 306,500 by December 2014. To date the amount is only 31 per cent funded. “Serious gaps in assistance remain in shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene. This poses particular concern now that the rainy season has begun,” Mr. Baloch said, stressing the need for resources and life-saving supplies. Over 357,000 CAR refugees are in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and the Republic of Congo and some 160,000 of them have fled since December 2013 after clashes intensified between the Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia. The situation is particularly worrisome in Cameroon, where a majority of the refugees are arriving. To deal with the influx of refugees there, the Revised Plan requested $111 million, almost double of what was sought earlier. “UNHCR has seen particularly serious malnutrition rates in Cameroon for over 118,000 arrivals in the last six months. Over 60 per cent of the refugees are women and children, with a high number of unaccompanied children,” he said. Children have indeed been affected by the region’s conflict. Since December 2013, some 17,500 have arrived in Chad, over 15,000 in DRC, with another 9,000 in the Republic of Congo.Also calling attention to the growing humanitarian crisis was UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and actress Mia Farrow who spoke to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York today. “There’s never going to be a time that [Central African Republic] will have the attention that it deserves,” she said. Recalling her first trip to CAR in 2007, Ms. Farrow said, “I came away thinking that the people of Central African Republic are surely the most abandoned people on Earth.” She said that in those early trips she did see tensions rising and a “sense of the otherness” between the Muslim population and the non-Muslim population but she never thought it would rise to such a level of systematic killing. In November 2013, she travelled to the town of Bossangoa, where she witnessed a chaotic scene of 30,000 non-Muslims “trapped” in a church and Muslims in an abandoned school. “Both populations were extremely traumatized with not enough of anything and NGOs [non-governmental organizations], and UNICEF and partners were working very hard to reach them with drinkable water and food. But it was the level of fear that I came away with.” When she returned this year, she said that the entire town of Bossangoa, virtually all Muslims, had been cleansed. “Truck loads” of people had gone either to Cameroon or to Chad. Christians, too, were driven out of their homes and were seeking shelter in churches.She said Central Africans were very much looking forward to September when UN peacekeepers will be on the ground. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) will take over from the existing African-led MISCA force. “We can’t look to them to eliminate the problem but they can quell the killing and hopefully give humanitarian aid workers access to the population.” read more

UN chief welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at interMalian peace talks

“He commends participants for their willingness to engage in constructive dialogue in line with the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou Agreement,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement issued last night.The Agreement, signed in the capital of Burkina Faso last year by the Tuareg rebel groups from northern Mali and the Government, allows the Malian regular army, as well as its civil administration, to gradually return to the region of Kidal, held by rebels since 2012. Despite initial improvements since the signing of the accord last year, the situation in northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of 2014, as noted by Mr. Ban in a recent report. An increase in incidents involving improvised explosive devices, mostly targeting Malian and international security forces, contributed to an overall sense of insecurity that has impeded the return to normalcy and resumption of economic and development activities.The Secretary-General remains “deeply concerned” by the deteriorating security situation in parts of Northern Mali, including armed confrontations, his spokesperson said.Mr. Ban called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and to cooperate with the joint security commission – agreed on during the week-long peace negotiations that ended yesterday in Algiers – that will be led by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). “This is essential to foster conditions favourable to the progress of the ongoing talks,” the statement noted. Also welcoming the consensus adoption of the roadmap was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSMA, Bert Koenders, who said it will foster a climate of trust necessary for a comprehensive and definitive agreement that will allow all communities in Mali to live in peace. “This path on which you have committed yourself is not easy but it is the only option. By adopting a consensual roadmap, you are taking the first step in this direction,” he told the parties.The second phase of the inter-Malian peace negotiations is set to start in mid-August.In a related development, Mr. Ban has appointed Arnauld Antoine Akodjènou of Benin as his Deputy Special Representative for Mali. Mr. Akodjènou succeeds Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal, who has been appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). read more

Monsters exact revenge on Marlies with OT victory

TORONTO — Mark Letestu scored 61 seconds into overtime to give the Cleveland Monsters a 2-1 win over the Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League action on Sunday.The Monsters (10-7-2-0) bounced back after losing 6-5 in overtime to the Marlies (7-7-2-2) on Friday in Cleveland.Cleveland’s Sonny Milano tied Sunday’s game with 1:42 remaining in regulation.Mason Marchment scored the lone goal for the Marlies in the first period.Cleveland outshot Toronto 27-24.The teams meet again on Wednesday night in Cleveland.The Canadian Press read more

For Years The Road To Grand Slam Greatness Ran Through Mario Ancic

Mario Ancic never won a Grand Slam tournament; he never even reached a final. He peaked at No. 7 in the world, with a Davis Cup win and an Olympic bronze medal, before illness and injury cut his tennis career short. This week, the 30-year-old Croatian started his final year at Columbia Law School, where he’s preparing for his next career — even as his old friends and rivals gather elsewhere in New York City to compete for the U.S. Open title.But Ancic earned one distinction that ranks him among only a few boldface names in tennis history: On the sport’s biggest stages, he almost always lost to the very best.In his seven years of Grand Slam play, Ancic lost 21 matches. The list of players who eliminated him is a partial who’s who of tennis greats over the last two decades, with just a few interlopers. Of the 25 men who have been No. 1 in the world in the 41 years of ATP World Tour rankings, seven beat Ancic at a Grand Slam. Andy Roddick beat Ancic twice at Grand Slams. Roger Federer did it four times in a little over two years.Even the 10 non-No. 1s who knocked off Ancic were a pretty impressive bunch. They include four other Grand Slam finalists, plus two others who were ranked in the Top 10 when they knocked him out of a major.The quality of a player’s conquerors is a product both of luck and of the player’s own abilities. Some players are so consistently good that they either win the big tournaments they enter or beat all but the very best. Others suffer from poor luck of the draw — like Ryan Harrison of the U.S., or Amer Delic of Bosnia, who faced one-time No. 1s in five of his 10 Grand Slam losses despite never advancing past the third round. Every time the guy thought he was going to get to kick the football, a Lucy — or Novak — yanked it away. Unlike, say, the orderly NCAA tournament bracket, tennis tournaments distribute their entrants randomly, within the constraints of rules preventing the best players from facing each other too early.A handful of other players have lost mostly to the very best, but for slightly different reasons than Ancic did. Only four men with more than 10 Grand Slam losses were facing former, current or future No. 1s in at least half of the losses, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann, proprietor of the website Tennis Abstract: Ancic, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Andre Agassi.Djokovic and del Potro are recent Grand Slam champions who have had the misfortune of playing during the reign of Federer and Rafael Nadal, one-time No. 1s who consistently reach the later stages of majors. Neither Djokovic nor del Potro has lost to as many different No. 1s as Ancic did, despite already having longer careers. Agassi is one of the all-time greats and usually was ranked in the Top 10 when he headed into Grand Slam events, so it’s not surprising that it usually took a top player to knock him out of big tournaments.Ancic’s story is quirkier. He was never ranked above 10th in the world heading into any Grand Slam tournament. But he often rolled in the early rounds, as his aggressive serve-and-volley style overwhelmed opponents. He combined that with a knack for drawing tough opponents in later rounds, and usually losing to them; he was 3-11 at Grand Slams against players who at one point were ranked No. 1. Sometimes he had to play them before their prime: As teenagers ranked outside the Top 75, both Nadal and Djokovic beat Ancic at Grand Slam tournaments. Sometimes he had to play them earlier in the tournament than he could have expected to: Ancic had a 25 percent chance of ending up in Federer’s quarter at any given event, yet he did so in four of five Grand Slams he played between 2006 and 2008. Federer was ranked No. 1 in the world each time. Ancic didn’t win a set in any of the matches.Ancic, who has a law degree from the University of Split in Croatia, sees no injustice in his tough Grand Slam record. He just wishes he could have reaped the benefits of his early losses by reversing some of those results once he reached what should have been his prime.“I saw those losses as a challenge — to improve my game, to improve the things I needed to do,” he said in a telephone interview. “That’s part of the fun of being an athlete: challenging yourself against the best of the world. I was never in despair — ‘Oh my God, if I didn’t play Roger in the quarters, if I had a better draw, maybe I’d play in the final of a Slam.’”Ancic felt he was learning from his losses. But then, when he was 22 years old, he battled mononucleosis and other health problems. He came back, several times, but other than one six-month stretch and a later five-month stretch in which he appeared in at least one event each month, his career was stop-and-go. Right when he thought he should be peaking, he was watching his career end. A back injury that would have kept him sidelined for a year convinced him to retire in 2011. Now he occasionally hits with the Columbia team and feels much better physically.Ancic is glad to be at Columbia and creating a new life, but he regrets not realizing his potential. “I’m sure I never achieved my top,” he said. “I still felt my peak was coming later.” He added, “I don’t like to think what would have happened if things were different.”If Ancic really had kept getting better, even more of his losses would have come against top players. And there’s lots of evidence that he was on pace to be one of the best of his generation. He led the under-20 rankings at the end of 2002 and the under-21s in 2004, and was second to Nadal among under-23s in 2006. And more tennis players stay competitive into their late 20s and early 30s these days. Six of the eight U.S. Open men’s quarterfinalists this week were 27 or older; Ancic is 30. Ancic faced each of those quarterfinalists during his career, beating six of them at least once — four at Wimbledon, his best tournament.Ancic remains close to the sport. At his invitation, Djokovic spoke to Columbia law students when in town for an exhibition in March. Ancic attended the U.S. Open on Monday as the tournament’s guest, where he caught up with some old friends who remain on tour. He also continues to follow the game keenly. He predicts Djokovic and Federer will meet in the final this year. If that matchup materializes and Federer wins, Djokovic will have the booby prize of increasing his percentage of Slam losses to one-time No. 1s.Ancic lost to both men at Grand Slams but also beat them both, at Wimbledon — no easy accomplishment against two all-time greats who together have won nine of the last 12 Wimbledons. “We are talking here about a couple of guys who are among the best ever,” Ancic said of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. “It’s an honor to compete with them.” read more

Soccer fans around the country gather at International Champions Cup

Derevon Guyton cheers on PSG in the International Champions Cup at Ohio Stadium on July 27, 2016. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWednesday night was another night inside Ohio Stadium where the fans were loud, somewhat obnoxious, donning their team’s colors, but it wasn’t quite September yet. A warm night in July pitted European soccer powerhouse clubs Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid.The International Champions Cup came to Columbus for the first game in the ‘Shoe since 1998 when the Columbus Crew played their last home season on Ohio State’s campus. All night, the atmosphere was electric, filled with an attendance of 86,641—a record for the state of Ohio. For some, this was the first chance they got to see the stars they idolize oversees.Derevon Guyton, 28, traveled from Washington state to see his beloved PSG squad play for the first time.“PSG to the death of me, bro,” Guyton said. “That’s my boys out there, man. I’m sitting out here, but I feel like I’m on the field with them.”A soccer fan since high school, Guyton flew out to Baltimore on Saturday to meet with his girlfriend for two days before they travelled to Columbus for the international friendly. He estimated his trip to be $1,200.Sporting a Zlatan Ibrahimovic jersey, who has since left PSG for the Premier League’s Manchester United, Guyton waved his red and blue PSG flag for the entire crowd to see, as if they couldn’t hear him already. Cheering at every moment, mocking Real Madrid defender Marcelo as he fell to the turf, the passion exuding from Guyton represented the growth of soccer in America.“I’ve been waiting to see them for years. It just costs too much to go to Paris. It’s not really feasible unless you’re like a millionaire, bro. It’s like $5,000,” said Guyton. “So for them to come here, it’s a big deal for me. I’ll always remember this.”Fans from nearby Dayton, Cincinnati, Toledo and Detroit made the journey to OSU for Wednesday’s friendly, as well as some from Chicago. These fans may live in the U.S., but some of them represent nationalities of Spain, France, Canada and even Nepal. One family made the trip to Columbus from Columbia to cheer on their national hero.“James (Rodriguez for Real Madrid). We came to see James,” said the family. Their trip cost around $2,000.A nationwide obsession of the video game FIFA has been a major impact in the expansion of soccer in the U.S. Major League Soccer has 20 teams currently playing across the country and some in Canada.Former Columbus Crew player Frankie Hejduk, who won a championship for the Crew in 2008 when there were just 14 teams in the MLS was in attendance on Wednesday night. He said that seeing die-hard soccer fans from many nationalities bonding with an American football-dominant crowd is something he didn’t think would have been possible five years ago.“This game really brings attention to the fans who don’t know much about soccer that could potentially say, ‘I had a blast,’” Hejduk said. “That’s what I see is people are learning to respect the game a lot more because these guys are athletes.”PSG won 3-1 with all scoring in the first half. The first goal came at the two-minute mark sending the crowd into a frenzy. Personal photos were being taken just about everywhere around the stadium to remember the moment they first got to see their team play in America. Fans also took part in a resounding stadium “O-H-I-O” in the second half.Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vasquez said that he felt at home on the pitch and the atmosphere was phenomenal.“I think what we have seen is that all around the world we have fans, and we saw them when we got to the hotel,” said Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. “Overall, we’re happy to be here and to spend a little time with the fans in Columbus.”The preseason exhibition between PSG and Real Madrid is one of four games played in the U.S. this month as a part of the ICC. Columbus has been a city that has adapted well to the game, but Wednesday night may have been another installment into how the sport continues to grow in the country.“It promotes real football. It shows them what football really is,” Guyton said. “I still believe that the MLS is years behind all the other leagues. But this right here is a spectacle.” read more

Persistent rain forces Pakistan v Sri Lanka washout in Bristol teams

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Ground staff clear water from the pitch during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol County Ground on June 07, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)Persistent rain and a damp outfield forced the first washout of the 2019 World Cup as the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Although the rain wasn’t heavy, it was enough to force a delay of more than five hours and render several parts of the outfield too wet to play on.According to ESPNCricinfo, umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong made the final call at 3.45pm local time. The teams split points, which ensured Sri Lanka moved to third on the table by virtue of a superior run-rate (-1.517). Pakistan, like Sri Lanka, have three points from as many games, but they only have a net run-rate of -2.412.The (no) result means Sri Lanka will have to wait even longer to break their World Cup duck against Pakistan. The head-to-head reads 7-0.Pakistan will now enjoy a five-day break before facing Australia in Taunton while Sri Lanka will run into Bangladesh on June 11 in Bristol, ESPNCricinfo reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIt’s all Brizzle drizzle and fizzle as Sri Lanka v Bangladesh is washed outJune 11, 2019In “latest news”ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Oval to host tournament opener between England, South AfricaApril 26, 2018In “Sports”Windies Women clash with arch-rivals Aussies in openerMarch 9, 2017In “latest news” read more