Your Client Didn’t Abandon You. You Abandoned Them.

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 When you lose a long time client, it can feel like you’re being abandoned. You’ve stood together through what seems like a lifetime of battles and challenges, always finding a way, no matter how difficult. You had a relationship. Now it’s over.But it isn’t likely that your client abandoned you. It’s more likely that you abandoned them. One of the three following reasons is at the root of your loss. Study them, make changes, and prevent the loss of another client.NeglectThe most common way to lose a client is through neglect. Relationships require careful care and feeding. Ignoring your clients is a form of neglect.You used to call. You used to make appointments for face-to-face visits. You used to send articles that your client would find helpful in thinking about their business. Now . . . nothing. It’s been a long time. Too long.Neglect is form of abandonment. When you discover that your client has opened a new relationship with your competitor, they didn’t abandon you. You abandoned them.ComplacencyAnother way you can abandon your client is to become complacent.Remember how you used to ensure that all of your client’s problems and challenges were taken care of? Remember how you used to follow up to make sure that they were getting the results that they needed? Well they remember too. And they can feel the empty space where the salesperson that cared about them used to be.Because you have a client now doesn’t mean you are entitled to keep them. Just because you created tremendous value for them in the past doesn’t mean you have a right to their business in perpetuity.Complacency is a form of arrogance or a form of laziness, and either leads to abandonment.Failure to GrowYour client’s needs are going to change over time. They are growing and their needs are growing along with them. And if they’re struggling, their needs are changing too. In order to help your clients take advantage of the opportunities they come across, you have to grow. If they have greater challenges than ever, you have to grow big enough to help them overcome those challenges.If you don’t continue to grow, you aren’t going to have the ability to help your clients keep growing. If you are going to keep your client for life, you have to match—or exceed—their growth.Failure to grow is another form of abandonment. You force your clients to need a new partner?In all of these cases, you might feel as if your client abandoned you. The truth of the matter is that your neglect, your complacency, or your failure to grow was your abandonment of your client.QuestionsDid your client abandon you or you them?How does neglect lead to lost clients?How does complacency lead to lost clients?How does a failure to grow lead your clients to need someone new?How do you prevent abandoning your clients?last_img read more

Is a Slim Physique Contagious?

first_imgWhat makes some people slender and others full-figured? Besides diet and genetics, the community of microbes that lives inside us may be partially responsible. New research on twins suggests that lean people harbor bacteria that their obese counterparts don’t have. And, given the chance, those bacteria may be able to prevent weight gain. But don’t dig your skinny jeans out of the closet just yet. So far, the work has been done only in mice. What’s more, the bacterial takeover requires a healthy, high-fiber diet to work, illustrating the complex relationship between diet, microbes, metabolism, and health.Our intestines are home to at least 400 species of bacteria, and evidence is building that the balance of microbes in our internal ecosystem has far-reaching effects on health, including brain function and risk of cancer. A study last year showed that transferring gut bacteria between humans reduced insulin resistance, which is linked to obesity.To explore how microbes differ between obese and lean people, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis took gut bacteria from four pairs of identical and fraternal twins; one sibling in each pair was lean and the other obese. Then they transplanted these microbes into mice that had no intestinal microbes of their own. The mice who got microbes from the lean twins stayed lean, the researchers report today in Science. 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Led by microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon and graduate student Vanessa Ridaura, the team took advantage of one of the rodents’ least endearing habits: They eat each other’s poop. After letting this happen, the researchers discovered that microbes from the lean twins seemed to be particularly good at taking hold in the gut ecosystems of the mice that started with obesity-associated microbes. And after those bacteria moved in, the mice didn’t gain weight. The most invasive species of microbes from the thin animals were in the Bacteroidetes group, which has previously been associated with leanness in mice and humans. The obese mice seemed to have unoccupied niches that the Bacteroidetes could easily move into.To figure out what the gut bacteria might be doing, the researchers looked for bacterial genes that were active in the two kinds of mice. The heavier mice had higher levels of proteins involved in detoxification and stress responses; the lean mice expressed more genes involved in breaking down dietary fiber.Diet, it turns out, was key to the impressive properties of the microbes from the lean twins. All the mice in the first round of experiments had been eating chow that was high in fiber and low in fat. The researchers then prepared a mouse-pellet form of an unhealthy human diet, high in fat and low in fiber, and housed svelte and heavy mice together again. They found that, with this diet, the microbes associated with leanness didn’t colonize the cagemates’ intestines.This work was rigorously done and fits in well with earlier findings, including the idea that Bacteroides may protect against weight gain, says Alan Walker, a gut microbiologist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study. What’s new here, he says, is that the researchers began addressing the question of how that protection might work: which species are responsible, what genes they use, and what diet they require.”This study is an important step toward ultimately answering these questions,” says microbiologist Peter Turnbaugh of Harvard University. A valuable result of this work, they both agree, is that it sets up a way to test the effects of microbial therapies on human gut bacteria (even though the bugs are living in a mouse). The authors suggest that a logical next step is to use the animals to measure the effects of particular foods or ingredients on gut ecosystems.The mouse experiments also provide a way to test fecal transplants, which can cure a potentially fatal intestinal infection in humans and show potential for treating other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and obesity. There’s a danger inherent in this approach: Transferring human feces into a patient’s colon runs the risk of transmitting pathogens as well. Walker and the authors note that a well-tested “next-generation probiotic” consisting of known beneficial microbes delivered as a pill or other therapy could take the place of fresh feces, and this mouse system provides a way to identify the most effective bacteria, the diseases those bacteria can treat, and whether a particular diet is necessary.”There’s a major way to go before you can translate these results to humans,” Walker cautions. A weight-loss probiotic isn’t a simple next step, as the researchers found when they isolated 39 of the beneficial Bacteroidetes species. The mixture was unable to cause the same effects as mouse poop, possibly because the Bacteroidetes aren’t acting alone and more of the microbial players need to be identified.last_img read more

Dhoni’s bat fetches Rs 72 lakh at auction

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s precious bat, which helped his team win the ICC World Cup, fetched a whopping Rs 72 lakh in a high profile charity auction held in London on Monday night.India skipper MS Dhoni with his bat that he used during the World Cup.The entire Indian team was present to watch Dhoni’s prized bat go under the hammer as the skipper hosted a lavish dinner at Hilton Park Lane hotel, where the auction took place.Besides his team-mates, bigwigs like Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh and David Boon were also present on the occasion.Dhoni, along with wife Sakshi and Poorna Patel, came in a little earlier to make sure everything was in place.Understandably, the bat generated massive interest amongst cricket enthusiasts since he hit the winning runs of the title triumph with a crunching six off the willow.Besides his bat, most of Dhoni’s cricketing gears used in the World Cup finals were also put up for auction. The funds raised through the auction would go to his wife’s charitable organisation, Sakshi Foundation, to be used for under-privileged children.last_img read more

June Mar Fajardo sad to see Brian Heruela go, but hopes pal gets longer minutes at TNT

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—College pals June Mar Fajardo and Brian Heruela time as teammates in the PBA has come to an end after three years.ADVERTISEMENT It was a harmonious albeit polar partnership for the former University of Cebu Webmasters with Fajardo raking in two of his four MVPs in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season while Heruela languished at the Beermen bench.San Miguel traded Heruela away with forward David Semerad and a 2020 first round pick to TNT for Terrence Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionFajardo admitted that he was sad to see his pla go but he’s aware that the PBA is a business and no one player has full control of his career.“At first I was sad because I’ve been teammates with him for so long,” said Fajardo after the Beermen’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Clubhouse. “But it’s always been said that we really don’t control our destiny in basketball. Whatever your team is now, you should cherish your time with it.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I’m happy for him,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Fajardo, though, is happy to Heruela go to a new team that could use his talent unlike in San Miguel where the 5-foot-10 point guard had to wait behind Alex Cabagnot, Von Pessumal, and Chico Lanete,Heruela played the least among the Beermen during the 2017-18 season with an average of 9.7 minutes per game, but Fajardo hoped that his buddy could have a better individual career with the KaTropa.“I think it’s better that he’s there because he can play longer,” said Fajardo.Blackwater chose Heruela as the 26th overall pick of the 2014 Draft but the diminutive point guard was quick to prove his worth as he put up 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in 25 games in his rookie season.These numbers caught the eye of Barako Bull, which then traded him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Lassiter on Romeo’s arrival: San Miguel style ‘not going to change for another player’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Tata JLR to create 5,000 new jobs

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Jun 19 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to hire 5,000 new recruits, thousands with strong software skills to enhance the luxury carmakers focus on autonomous and electric vehicle technology.The UK-based JLRsaid more than 1,000 of the new roles would go to electronic and software engineers, who will be set code-breaking challenges through an app in partnership with virtual band Gorillaz.The remaining jobs will include manufacturing positions, majority of them being based in the UK.”As the automotive industry transforms over the next decade, fuelled by software innovation, we have to attract the best talent and that requires a radical rethink of how we recruit,” said Alex Heslop, JLRs head of electrical engineering.”Here weve found an engaging way to recruit a diverse talent pool in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance. It will be the first of its kind,” he said.JLR is the UKs biggest car manufacturer and one of the countrys largest exporters, with about 80 per cent of its 24 -billion-pound annual revenues generated from cars sold abroad.The brand, which has seen a remarkable turnaround since the Tata Group took over the struggling company in 2008, has indicated that half of all its new models will be available in an electric version by the end of the decade.The company is set to build its first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, in Austria, necessitating the latest recruitment drive.”The best performers will be fast-tracked through the recruitment process, helping to meet Jaguar Land Rovers ambition to employ thousands of bright new talents over the next year. Its a major change in the way the business looks for candidates, aiming to tackle the engineering skills gap, inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking,” JLR said in a statement.advertisementPotential candidates will be set challenges via the app, including assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguars first all-electric five-seater sports car.There will also be code-breaking challenges to test applicants “curiosity, persistence, lateral thinking and problem solving skills”.The Tata Group company, which employs 40,000 people globally, has said it would continue to accept applications through traditional routes, via a CV through the JLR careers website.The news comes against the backdrop of concerns over the impact of Brexit on the UK automotive industry.There are fears of a potential loss of competitiveness, which would require compensation to maintain the industrys work in Britain. PTI AK ABHlast_img read more

WATCH: Netherlands star Robben hit in nether regions!

first_imgVideos VIDEO: Arjen Robben left wincing by a kick in the testicles Goal 01:13 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Netherlands Getty Images Videos Netherlands Belarus v Netherlands Belarus WC Qualification Europe The Bayern Munich winger got kicked in the place all men would rather remain undisturbed, but was able to laugh about the incident later on Arjen Robben was left writhing in pain during a Netherlands training session after receiving a sharp blow to the testicles! With the Oranje battling to make the 2018 World Cup, tensions are high around the team as they prepare for must-win clashes against Belarus and Sweden. But the Bayern Munich star went from Netherlands to a pain in his nether regions in an unwanted tussle during practice.  Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. | Arjen Robben ‘geveld’ op #Oranje-training. “Dat was een voltreffer. Die kwam lelijk aan, ja.” #NederlandsElftal #WRuNed— FOX Sports (@FOXSportsnl) 4 de octubre de 2017Happily, however, he was able to laugh it off later and keep focused on the goal of qualifying for Russia 2018, even if he might be carrying around the pain for a while longer yet!last_img read more

Froome questions persist despite Wada’s statement on handling of case

first_imgTeam Ineos comment Share on LinkedIn According to the statement, the combination of Froome’s “within-subject variability for salbutamol excretion, the sudden and significant increase in salbutamol dosage prior to the doping control, and the number of consecutive doping controls meant that the analytical result could not be considered inconsistent with the ingestion of a permissible dose of inhaled salbutamol.“In the Froome case, the test was applied the same as for any other athlete by looking at the unique physiological and circumstantial details that could be clearly determined. Froome was able to show the UCI Tribunal how it was possible that he took a permitted dose of salbutamol.”According to Wada, between 2013-17, of the 41 completed cases that involved salbutamol as the only substance, 21 out of 41 resulted in suspensions. Yet only four of the 57 completed cases had been within road cycling. Drugs in sport Wada Share on Messenger Tour de France 2018 Read more Tour de France: Sagan wins stage five amid simmering Team Sky tension Share on Pinterest Chris Froome and Team Sky will be hoping that the lengthy statement published last night by the World Anti-Doping Agency, clarifying the circumstances around the decision to drop his salbutamol case, finally defuses the tense and fractious atmosphere around the defending Tour de France champion. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Tour de France Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share via Email Sky’s team principal, Dave Brailsford, has been pressuring both Wada and the UCI president, David Lappartient, to explain their decision more fully as the atmosphere of hostility from French fans towards Froome continues.Reacting to the statement at the stage start in Brest on Thursday morning, Froome said: “I’m happy that they have released more data and as I’ve said from the beginning I’m happy for them to do that.”Yet inconsistencies remain, which will concern those who have both the time – and energy – to trawl through the latest in a long line of statements from the UCI, Wada, and Froome’s team.Most striking is the Wada reliance on the UCI’s decision to waive a pharmacokinetic study, attempting to recreate the conditions surrounding Froome’s sample from last year’s Vuelta a España, which was not even considered worth mentioning in the UCI’s original statement issued on 2 July that cleared Froome.In contrast, Diego Ulissi of Italy was subjected to a nine-month ban after his pharmacokinetic study, following a similar adverse analytical finding on stage 11 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, failed to convince the UCI.“I can’t speak for Ulissi but I know in my case it stopped at the explanation phase,” Froome said. “There are two phases: explanation phase and than after that, if that’s not sufficient, it goes to the pharmaceutical study. Mine stopped before it even got to that phase.”Wada stated that the UCI accepted that in Froome’s case a “pharmacokinetic study would not have provided reliable evidence.”The statement added that Wada took into account Froome’s physical condition, “which included an illness, exacerbated asthmatic symptoms, dose escalation over a short period of time, dehydration” and added that like Ulissi, Froome was “midway through a multi-day road cycling race.”But Froome was critical of the possible inequality of treatment of athletes according to financial status.“If an athlete is given a guilty sentence for his lack of funds and support then I think that’s an extremely dire situation for sport in general,” he said. “It’s not for me to say if there should be some kind of fighting fund but it would definitely help people in that position.” The Wada statement – published 20 minutes before England kicked off against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final – firmly puts responsibility for the outcome of Froome’s case at the UCI’s door, saying that “from start to finish” the UCI was “solely and exclusively in charge of the procedure and dealt with all procedural aspects of the case.”As stated by the UCI, Wada asserted that cycling’s world governing body had reached “the right and fair outcome on this very complex case”. 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Get Lost On Your Terms With Hudway Sight AR Helmet

first_img The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Previous There are times I love getting lost on a motorcycle. In fact, most times I ride, I’d rather get lost than have a predetermined destination. It’s what motorcycling is all about. There are, however, times where getting lost isn’t that great or when you really need to know where the hell you’re going. Up until now, though, GPS directions have only been routed through headsets and earbuds. Hudway Sight, however, aims to change that with its head-up AR display.Built so that it can be added to virtually any helmet, the Hudway Sight AR unit gives riders the ability to wirelessly connect to their phone and display a host of apps and data in a bid to help riders on their journey. The AR unit clips into the helmet’s structure and gives the rider an unobstructed forward view with superimposed maps, apps, and more on a clear glass single eye screen. No more looking down at handlebar-mounted phones here, meaning less of a chance of an accident or collision. Editors’ Recommendations What the Hudway Sight AR is capable of doing is wirelessly connect to your phone through Bluetooth, provide the rider with a host of apps; including navigation, music, voice call functionality, and vehicle data. It will also last for a hefty amount of riding time thanks to a battery life of up to five hours. The full-color display will also correct for brightness, depending on ambient lighting; i.e. day to night shifts. Two absolutely neat optional features are the Hudway Sight AR’s rearview camera mode and night vision. For motorcycle riders, the rearview camera mode is a brilliant add-on. There have been far too many riders killed because they couldn’t see what was going on behind them. And as for the night vision, there has definitely been a handful of times I’ve wished I could see better in the dark coming home late evening. The best part of the Hudway Sight AR system is that it weighs practically nothing (only 54 grams) and thus won’t upset your helmet’s weight balance from neutral to one side or the other. Pricing hasn’t been released yet as the Hudway Sight AR system is still very much in its infancy, but based on the tech specs and promises by the company, this is set to make riding a heck of a lot safer in the very near future.For other moto gear to keep you safe when riding, check out these five motorcycle safety necessities. Next 1 of 2last_img read more

PM Hails Land Information Council for Advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_img He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done. We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen. In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary. Story Highlights For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.last_img read more

New Aberdeen Residents to Benefit from Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative

first_imgFamilies living in a Glace Bay neighbourhood are getting help to fix up the exterior of their homes and revitalize their community. Housing Nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard announced today, May 4, in Glace Bay, that more than 150 homes in the New Aberdeen section may be eligible for grants to improve their curbside appeal as part of Housing Nova Scotia’s Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative. “Building healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods is more than bricks and mortar,” said Ms. Bernard. “The best ideas for revitalization come directly from the community. They are in the best position to identify strengths, issues, challenges and the potential of a particular area, and our goal is to support their efforts to improve the quality of life.” The improvements will complement work being done by Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the New Aberdeen Revitalization Affordable Housing Society. The homes, from First to Eleventh streets, between West and Centre avenues, may be eligible for grants of up to $3,000 for projects such as landscaping, exterior painting and some repairs. Landlords may also qualify for $2,000 grants per unit, which they have to match. The municipality will also clear lots of empty, derelict homes, and the New Aberdeen Revitalization Group plans to create a community garden and spearhead the sale of vacant lots. “Revitalization projects involve almost every aspect of our lives — social, cultural, economic, environmental and physical,” said Darrell Flynn, councilor for District 10. “Experience shows that these projects result in an enhanced quality of life and stronger sense of community for our local residents. I sincerely thank the province for helping to make this project possible.” Jennifer Ludlow grew up in the area, known as Number 2, and is chair of the New Aberdeen Revitalization Affordable Housing Society. “I remember this neighbourhood as a bustling, vibrant community,” she said. “It wasn’t that long ago that every lot had a house on it and all of those homes were occupied — most with families living in them. We see today’s announcement as a jumpstart to this project and are thankful to have the province standing with us.” Applications will be delivered this week to homes in the area and can be found at . The Neighbourhood Improvement Initiative is part of the province’s housing strategy to foster healthy, vibrant and diverse communities. Housing Nova Scotia supports a mix of income levels, housing types and tenure to ensure Nova Scotians can find the housing choice that is right for them.last_img read more

Winnipeg police investigating murder of First Nations woman

first_imgAPTN National NewsShe’s Winnipeg’s latest homicide victim.Cherie Richard, 20, was a First Nation woman who died after being stabbed early Sunday morning.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler reports, she’s also another young woman added to the list of murdered and missing women in Canada.last_img

Taylor to begin engaging with ISPs about getting fibre optic Internet access

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — Staff at the District of Taylor are going to begin engaging with Internet service providers in the near future about the possibility of getting fibre optic internet access in their community.At Tuesday’s District council meeting, a motion by Mayor Rob Fraser to have staff start communicating with both Telus and Shaw about the potential for building fibre optic access to the community. The motion stemmed from Council adopting its April 3rd correspondence list.  Mayor Fraser said that he was inspired to bring the issue of fibre optic internet access after officials with Telus gave a presentation to the Peace River Regional District Board on March 8th about the future of fibre optic connectivity in the region.In 2016, Telus unveiled its PureFibre internet access in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, with residents in Charlie Lake and Hudson’s Hope getting access to the service shortly thereafter. The vast majority of PureFibre service is located on the South Coast, though other Northern B.C. communities such as Quesnel and Williams Lake have also been connected. Fraser explained that he has made inquiries himself with ISPs, but has not heard back on whether there is a fibre optic line that passes through, but doesn’t provide service to Taylor. He explained that the District needs to find out where the closest fibre optic line is, and what the cost would be to get a fibre line installed over the “last mile” to District residents.“If we want to see fibre optics in Taylor, we are going to have to start interacting with these folks. When it comes to keeping people in your community and attracting businesses that are part of this knowledge-based economy where they do everything over the computer, if you do not have fibre optic ability, you will not be able to attract people and keep them there. If it’s not already, it’s going to become an infrastructure that’s a requirement. I don’t believe we should let ourselves be isolated from this.”last_img read more

Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek now open following fatal collision

first_imgFollowing the collision, one lane was closed, with alternating traffic, during the investigation and clean up of the collision site.According to the RCMP, one person was pronounced as a result of the collision.For road condition updates at any time, you can visit DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The section of the Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek is now completely open as of Friday at 4:00 p.m.A fatal collision between a Pick-up truck and a Tanker truck north of Dawson Creek closed the Alaska Highway yesterday afternoon.The accident took place at around 2:40 p.m. and closed the Alaska Highway, at 214 Road, 9 km north of Dawson Creek for several hours.last_img read more

Social media frauds increased 43% in 2018

first_imgSan Francisco: In a sign that platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are emerging as new public square for criminal deception, a study has found that social media fraud increased 43 per cent in 2018. The results suggest that cyber criminals are increasingly relying on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other legitimate social media and messaging platforms to communicate with each other and sell stolen identities, credit card numbers and other ill-gotten gains. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraGiven the ease of use, absence of fees and other benefits of these platforms, continuation of this trend in 2019 should come as no surprise, said “Current State of Cybercrime – 2019” white paper, released by RSA Security. Trade in stolen identities would gain greater momentum with more stores likely opening on legitimate platforms to sell this type of data, the study said. According to researchers, fraud in the mobile channel has grown significantly over the last several years, with 70 per cent of artifice originating in the mobile channel in 2018. In particular, fraud from mobile apps increased 680 per cent between 2015 and 2018, said the study, adding the use of rogue mobile applications to defraud consumers was on the rise. With one out of five cyber attacks attributed to rogue mobile apps in 2018, RSA identified an average of 82 rogue mobile applications a day last year across popular app stores.last_img read more

QuadrigaCX’s inadvertent transfer due to ‘platform setting error’: monitor

The Canadian Press HALIFAX — The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for the roughly $260 million owed to clients of the embattled QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange says the bitcoin transfer it “inadvertently” made this month was due to a “platform setting error” that prompted the automatic transaction.Ernst & Young also said in its second report that it has confirmed that the insolvent company’s cold-storage wallets continue to hold approximately 104 bitcoins. It had said that 103 bitcoins had been transferred out on Feb. 6.The report adds that the Vancouver-based company on Feb. 14 transferred bitcoin, litecoin and other cryptocurrencies over to cold-storage, or offline, wallets controlled by the court-appointed monitor.The monitor says QuadrigaCX transferred roughly 51.1 bitcoins, 33.3 bitcoin cash, 2,032.7 in bitcoin gold, 822.3 litecoin and 951.5 ether, which will be held pending further order of the court.The report also says that the cryptocurrency exchange, which was granted creditor protection and appointed a monitor earlier this month, has “no accessible funds” to fund its creditor protection proceedings and pay creditors other than interim financing “which will be exhausted in the near term.”Ernst & Young says there are three immediate sources of funds available, such as bank drafts and money held by third-party processors, and the company and the monitor are taking steps to facilitate access. read more

Soccer stars encourage children at UNorganized event in Texas

8 August 2011Two teammates of FC Barcelona, the Spanish soccer club that supports the efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the lives of children in Africa, made themselves available to young fans in the United States city of Dallas, telling them that with passion and love of the game, they too can become star players. Striker David Villa and midfielder Thiago Alcántara, who were accompanied by Ramon Pont, the FC Barcelona Vice President, participated in the UNICEF-hosted event in Dallas on Friday, talking candidly to the more than 30 youngsters who turned up to seek advice on how to improve their skills.Both players encouraged the children by telling them that “as long as you are happy and passionate about what you are doing, you will always develop your skills to be the best you can be.” Through the sport, the two FC Barcelona players had learned values such as respect for others and hard work to achieve their goals, they said.Sport is incorporated in UNICEF-supported programmes for specific development objectives such as improving the health of children, increasing their chances of survival, and ensuring that every child has access to basic education, HIV-AIDS prevention and protection from exploitation and abuse. The agency also believes that sport teaches important life lessons about respect, leadership and cooperation, and promotes equality for all.“UNICEF and FC Barcelona are here… to continue their successful collaboration on behalf of the world’s children,” said Mr. Pont. “For the last five years FC Barcelona has been supporting UNICEF’s efforts to save and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.“In the next phase of the partnership we will focus on supporting a global movement for quality education and sport that will deliver tangible results for children.”Lawrence Picard, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Operations, said: “UNICEF is extremely proud of its partnership with FC Barcelona, which has helped improve the lives of more than 400,000 children, many in sub-Saharan Africa.“We believe this partnership is a leading example of sport contributing to social change for children. We are looking forward to taking this ground-breaking partnership to the next stage in the new season by utilizing the social assets of the club to engage many more people in support of a global movement for education and sport,” said Mr. Picard. read more

Court rejects request by Moonesinghe to travel overseas for treatment

Moonesinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan was found in his personal bank account.Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank. The Fort Magistrate’s court today rejected a request by former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe to travel overseas for medical treatment.Moonesinghe is in remand over the hacking of a Taiwanese bank. Litro Gas is a Government owned gas company. read more

Three top international judges to visit Sri Lanka

Three judges, from three different legal traditions, will visit Sri Lanka and speak on the role that constitutional courts have played in their respective countries, at a forum on 4 October in Colombo.The three judges; Chief Justice Alejandro Linares-Cantillo, Justice Edwin Cameron, and Justice Ilwon Kang, come from three different legal traditions: the Latin American, the South African, and the East Asian, respectively. Alejandro Linares-Cantillo, is the current Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia; the highest court in Colombia. Justice Edwin Cameron has served for almost 10 years on the Constitutional Court of South Africa; the highest court in that country. Justice Ilwon Kang recently retired from the Constitutional Court of South Korea, having served six years in that court.Constitutional and supreme courts have begun to play a more robust role in promoting equality, public integrity, and the rule of law. The idea that the constitution is the supreme law of the land and its values and norms should be advanced and protected has gained currency in several Asian and other courts. A consequence has been the increasing role that judges and courts have been required to play in the governance of their societies.Constitutional and supreme courts are required to decide on the impeachment of holders of public office, the registration and proscription of political parties, the interpretation of religious statutes, the legality of personal laws and intrusions into privacy, disputes on centre-state relations, and the constitutional validity of public policy.In some countries, international law, international human rights norms, and the directive principles of state policy found in the constitution, were explicitly integrated into constitutional adjudication. In many countries, comparative law was widely cited. Each of their societies had to manage different socio-political and historical contexts including economic prosperity, political violence, and social inequality. Institutional design, judicial personalities, legal and constitutional history, and extra-legal constraints have all made an impact on the robustness and responses of constitutional and supreme courts in different parts of the world.The three judges will reflect on how courts in these different legal traditions have responded to the social, economic, and political issues in their different societies.The forum will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jetwing Colombo Seven, Ward Place, Colombo 7. The three judges will reflect on how constitutional courts have contributed to the transformation of unequal social relations in their different societies, and advancing public integrity and the rule of law. The forum is organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Asia Programme.Participation is by invitation. Contact Lakmaliat the International Centre for Ethnic Studies for registration, on: 011 2685085; 011 2679745 or Accompanying the robustness of courts in many parts of the world has been the ebb and flow of politics. Courts in many countries have had to respond to the challenges of authoritarianism, the spread of violent extremism and religious radicalisation, economic prosperity and economic marginalisation, acute poverty, the abuse of power for personal gain, growing inequality, gender-based violence, inter-religious violence, and threats to independent institutions. read more

UN agency launches push to help African nomads preserve environment

Backed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the initiative is targeting dry and semi-arid lands in Kenya, Botswana and Mali. It aims to educate local people, students and scientists in land management and indigenous species conservation, with the overall goal of cutting poverty and improving livelihoods.Ultimately, UNEP said, the project will evolve into an African Centre for Arid Land Studies and Development, where new knowledge can be communicated to those living in similar, often degraded, environments.In addition to receiving $9 million from the GEF, the project has benefited from over $1 million contributed by Norway. read more