Why You Need to Explore the Marketplace of Beliefs and Ideas

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are a variety of ideas and beliefs available to you. Sadly, you are mostly infected with them, and less often do you intentionally select those ideas and beliefs that will best serve you. The ideas you picked up along the way on your journey to where you are now may or may not be serving you. If they are not serving you, that is reason enough to evaluate other ideas and beliefs.If you were to look at one part of your life where you are not generating the results you want—or need—you would invariably see a set of actions that are causing your poor results (even if the action that causes poor results is a lack of action). Behind those actions are beliefs that support the action, or lack thereof. For example, procrastination is an action that causes poor results, but the belief is that you can put off until tomorrow what you should do right now. The belief behind that belief is that you have plenty of time, even though all you have ever had or will ever have is the present moment in which to do anything.Say you want better results. The first thing you might do is to go to the marketplace and explore new ideas and beliefs that may interest you and which might suit you better. Once you are in the marketplace, you must decide where to start your search for something better. There are two places one should almost always look, where there is success, and where there is something with which you disagree.When Someone Has What You WantIf someone already has what you want, they have a set of beliefs and are taking a certain set of actions to produce the result you want. The fact that their ideas and beliefs and actions work for them doesn’t necessarily mean it is the one right answer, and it doesn’t mean that their way will necessarily be your way, but it’s worth exploring. There may also be people who have similar ideas and beliefs but have very different strategies and are taking different actions to produce the same result. Remember, this is a marketplace, and that means you are shopping.One of the ways you accelerate your growth and development is by discovering what already works. You don’t always have to learn everything yourself, especially if the beliefs and methods to produce that result have been reverse-engineered for you.If It Generates an Emotional ResponseThere is this spot at the very end of the marketplace where it is dimly lit and scary. From where you stand, it looks dangerous, and it may cause you to feel something like a cross between fear and revulsion. In this part of the marketplace, the ideas and beliefs and actions conflict with your beliefs, including some that are your most cherished and deeply-held beliefs. You don’t want to explore this part of the marketplace, because looking at any of these ideas might mean you have to give up what you already know and believe and prefer. And this is why you must venture into this part of the marketplace.There are ideas and beliefs you don’t like that underlie the very outcomes you want. There are actions you refuse to take that others are using to produce the very results you seek. What you see that conflicts with what you believe is an opportunity for growth and development.Seth Godin told me he doesn’t write as many books as he once did because his ALTmba produces better results faster. As a writer, I don’t like that, but I am sitting with it because there is a truth there worth considering.If you want to become the version of yourself that comes after this one, you must be willing to let go of the things that will keep you solidly locked in place.last_img read more

10 reasons why India lost No. 1 Test rank, series to England

first_imgIndia’s fielding has been a huge disappointment in the series.Those who follow Indian cricket must have been at a loss of words to describe the way the team has been playing in England. So epic has been the capitulation of the Indians, who were the number one Test team in the world for the best part of two years, that words like humiliation and whitewash seem incapable of summarising the tragedy.India suffered their third heaviest defeat in Tests on Saturday and by the time S. Sreesanth edged one to Kevin Pietersen, watching the team play had become a strain on the eyes, mind and heart.Once the dust settles on what is left of the current Indian team, answers will have to be sought as to what could have possibly gone wrong. There can’t be one single factor for such annihilation. But there are certainly a few which can be collectively held responsible.The Indians were simply not prepared for the series; players broke down at crucial junctures; M.S. Dhoni didn’t have the firstchoice team at his disposal; the Indians are playing too much cricket; England are simply too good and have put in their all to win the series? the list is quite long.Let’s look back at what happened this year. India had a full tour of South Africa, including three Tests and five one-dayers. After that came the World Cup. Being held in the subcontinent, India wanted to win it badly. The pressure and expectations were so high that the players admitted by the time the knockout stages came, they couldn’t eat properly and threw up regularly.advertisementEmotionally and physically, the Indians were drained by the time they tamed the Aussies, overpowered Pakistan and lorded over the Sri Lankans.Lifting the coveted trophy after 28 years at home should have meant a long break for the battered mind and body of the players. But six days after Dhoni deposited Nuwan Kulasekara over the mid-on boundary in Mumbai, the players were back to the field for the Indian Premier League, this time their corporate bosses holding the reins.So instead of cooling down after putting themselves through the ultimate grind, they threw themselves into the maniacal cauldron of T20 cricket. And before long the wheels started to wobble.Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir injured their right shoulders. Sehwag chose to play as long as the Delhi Daredevils were mathematically in the tournament. The day they were out, Sehwag was ruled injured and he flew to Germany to treat his shoulder. Gambhir said he wasn’t informed about the full extent of his injury by the Knight Riders’ physios, and that probably aggravated his condition.When the IPL jamboree finally ended on May 28, the players decided to take a break. So putting aside national interests, they decided to give the West Indies series, which followed soon after the IPL, a miss. Some players opted out of the entire tour or part of it, citing injury, fatigue and various other reasons. Sachin Tendulkar did not tour the Caribbean, Dhoni didn’t play in the ODIs, Zaheer Khan rested his hamstring and ankle.How and why did the players agree to play in the IPL and not in the West Indies has very little to do with cricket. It is a nobrainer that money power silenced cricketing logic.Arriving in England with hardly any practice as a team – no Sehwag for the first two Tests; the fitness of pace spearhead Zaheer untested and just one practice game under their belt – it was a disaster waiting to happen. And it was a disaster unlike anything seen by this generation.10 steps to disaster1. Zaheer’s hamstring: India’s pace spearhead injured his hamstring on the first day of the first Test at Lord’s. India had pinned all its hopes on one man and it all went downhill from there.2. Sachin’s viral: Sachin Tendulkar was indisposed due to a viral infection with India needing to bat out almost four session to save the first Test.3. Gambhir’s elbow hit: Got hit on the elbow after Matt Prior swept one straight at him. Was in considerable pain and missed the second Test. Struggled while batting at Lord’s as his hand movement was restricted.4. Broad-Swann stand: India had reduced England to 124 for eight on the first day at Nottingham. But a counter-attacking partnership between Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann took England to 221 on a bowler’s wicket.5. Broad hat-trick: In Trent Bridge, India had another chance to shut England out of the game when they were well placed at 267 for four. But Broad picked up a hat-trick as India collapsed to 288 all out. A possible lead of 150 and more became just 67.advertisement6. Harbhajan’s stomach strain: Dhoni was again short of bowling options in the second innings at Trent Bridge as Harbhajan Singh developed a stomach strain. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina took up the bowling responsibilities and England carted them around gleefully.7. Butterfingers: With a number of straightforward catches dropped so far, including Rahul Dravid dropping sitters at first slip and MS Dhoni struggling to collect deliveries, Indian fielding sunk to depths rarely seen in international cricket.8. Lack of killer instinct: India had a golden chance to finish off England on the first two days of the second Test and also restrict them at Lord’s when the hosts were 107 for six. But they let them off the hook and have been thrashed as a result.9. Sehwag’s king’s pair: All eyes were on Virender Sehwag, returning from a shoulder surgery. Whether or not he was match-fit wasn’t looked into and despite his failure in the warm-up against Northants, it was hoped he would come good on match day. The king’s pair at Edgbaston dashed India’s hopes.10. Birmingham shootout: With Sehwag failing and England batsmen scoring runs at will, the writing was on the wall by the second day itself. England scored a little less than 400 runs on Day Two and Team India was simply waiting for the last rites.last_img read more

AP CM urges setting up health, education centres near temples

first_imgVijayawada, Sep 11 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today said the state government is planning to develop surroundings of all major temples to include health, education and wellness centres in them. “Temple premises should also house educational institutions, spiritual and wellness centres and Ayush centres (for health) so that an entire ecosystem is created in the region,” the AP CM said. He said that if wellness increases, it would bring down healthcare spending. Addressing participants at a review meeting of the Endowments Department at the CMs Camp Office here, he said, “Feeding people should be mandatory in every temple. No person in temple surroundings should go hungry. We should be able to feed every person in the vicinity. Simultaneously, hygiene and sanitation should be maintained along with beautification and landscaping,” he said. Naidu also underscored the need to protect endowment lands. “Come up with innovative ways to build parks and sports facilities in these areas,” he said. Stating that temples should become part of peoples lives, he suggested that on occasions like birth, marriage and death, temple priests should visit houses and perform rituals. “If a baby is born, the local priest can visit the house and bless them. A similar practice can be followed for marriages. In the case of death, they can perform shuddhi puja and other rituals. This practice of connecting with people will bring goodwill,” he said. He asked the Endowments Department to set up a call centre to seek feedback from them. “The call centre should monitor all temples and their daily activities regularly,” he said. (MORE) PTI RS BA DBSadvertisementlast_img read more

South Korea passes Anti-terror law: The law which led to a world record of speeches

first_imgThe controversial South Korean anti-terror law which was proposed 15 years ago in the year 2001 has been passed in the parliament. Nearly 160 parliament members voted in favour of the bill. The bill was proposed after the 9/11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers and several other targets in the United States of America.What was 9/11?9/11 is one day no one can forget. It was on this day when 19 al-Qaeda militants hijacked four American airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States of AmericaTheir prime targets were the World Trade Center TowersOver 3,000 people were killed in the attacks including more than 400 police officers and firefightersOne of the worst attacks in the history of the United States was carried out on September 11, 2001.Here is all about the bill:The law was first set on the floor February 23, but the vote had since stalled when left-leaning assemblymen organised a filibuster that lasted nine days, a world recordIt had been put in motion multiple times since 2001 but always failed to get over 50 percent nods from the parliament members. Also, there had always been a strong opposition from NGOs and opposition partiesOpposition lawmakers had also launched nonstop speeches to delay the vote on the country’s first anti-terror bill from February 23A total of 38 opposition lawmakers participated in the filibuster that ran for 192 hours and 25 minutesAccording to the anti-terror law, terror is an “act that can put national security and citizens’ safety at risk which includes the disturbance of the nation, regional government, and foreign government exercising its authority.”The legislation will allow National Intelligence Service (NIS) agents to collect personal information, location and conversation in mobile phones from suspected terroristsIt will also enable the agency to track bank accounts and immigration records of the suspectsThe NIS will be also allowed to halt card issuance, and request financial information and immigration records from related authoritiesThe intelligence agency will report to the Prime Minister before they exercise their new powerUnder the Bill, those found guilty can face capital punishment or life imprisonment or over 10 years of imprisonment, and those who join a foreign terrorist group can face over five years of imprisonment.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section. advertisementlast_img read more

Levy grabs Hero Challenge in electric atmosphere at the Grove

first_imgHertfordshire (UK), Oct 12 (PTI) In the first of its kind event, the inaugural Hero Challenge got a huge thumbs up from an impressive crowd of over 2,200 in a stadium-like atmosphere under floodlights at the one-hole knockout contest at The Grove. Frenchman Alex Levy, who won the third of his three European Tour titles only a fortnight ago, added the Hero Challenge one-hole knock-out to his list of conquests beating Swede Alex Noren, twice winner this year, in the final at the 156-yard specially constructed par-3 at the golf course. In the bargain Levy claimed the 10,000 pounds first prize for charity from Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Hero MotoCorp, who are also title sponsors of the Hero Indian mens and womens Indian Opens. In between the various stages of the eight-man competition, crickets spinning legend, Shane Warne beat three celebrities, including fellow cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, singer Brian McFadden and TV personality, Piers Morgan in a Celebrity one-hole shoot-out. The action, which took place two days before the venue hosts the British Masters supported by Sky Sports – was shown live on Sky Sports. Eight players started out in the knockout format with Tournament host and former World No.1 Luke Donald taking out Indian superstar, Jeev Milkha Singh, while Levy beat Englishman Andy Sullivan. Levy then beat Donald in the semi-final. In the other half of the draw, Noren beat Austrian Bernd Wiesberger before dispatching Irelands Shane Lowry in the semi-final after Lowry beat Andrew Johnston in the Battle of the Beards. The 18th green had a amphitheatre kind of feel with the Grandstand and the adjoining Donald Pavilion packed with 2,200 spectators. The winner Levy, said, “That was a lot of fun. I said to Alex Noren, I felt more pressure there than in the play-off in Germany, which is ridiculous. It was amazing to see the crowds and everyone enjoying it. Golf needs something like this and it is a great idea. I really enjoyed it, and of course it is always nice to win.” Jeev added, “This is a great way to bring more spectators to golf. The quick-fire one-hour format will win us (golf) many more followers. We should have those at event back home in Indian, too.” Shane Warne, a keen golfer, and his friend, Piers Morgan were engaged in their own banter and livened up the atmosphere for the crowds, which enjoyed itself thoroughly. The tournament host Donald believes the Hero Challenge was a terrific addition to the tournament. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Bernd Leno gets chance to prove his worth against Vorskla

first_img Ivan Gazidis leaves Arsenal just as his biggest challenge was about to begin Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Topics news Eden Hazard misses Chelsea’s PAOK trip after complaining of tiredness Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter European club football The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. “We are going to play Leno but each match we are going to look at each performance and each preparation,” Emery said. “I think Petr [Cech]’s performance is good and with Leno we signed him for now and to improve with us. We want him to go a long way here at Arsenal – he is young.”Emery won the Europa League for three successive years with Sevilla and insisted he would pick a strong team to help end Arsenal’s 24-year wait for a European trophy. “Every title for us is very important,” he said. In 2000, Arsenal played the final against Galatasaray but didn’t win. And also, Arsenal played the final in 2006 in the Champions League and also didn’t win.“In my career, the ambition is very important to achieve the objectives in my career personally and with the team. I want to play for every title going forward.”center_img Europa League Arsenal Unai Emery David Hytner Emery was speaking a day after it was confirmed that Ivan Gazidis will leave the club next month to join Milan. Arsenal’s chief executive was pivotal in appointing Emery in May, but the Spaniard says he respects Gazidis’s decision to leave.“The first three months with Ivan were very important for me because he’s a big person, and a professional person too,” said Emery. “The relationship between us was very close for three months.“We spoke a lot about football, about management, about how big Arsenal is and our responsibility. His decision is a private one which I respect. I know Ivan is giving us the best next people to take the responsibility to continue to do good work.” Share on Facebook To assume Gazidis’s responsibilities, the club have confirmed Raúl Sanllehí as head of football and Vinai Venkatesham as managing director. Sven Mislintat will continue to oversee player recruitment.Stephan Lichtsteiner, one of the club’s summer signings, will make his first start for Arsenal. The 34-year-old Switzerland international was signed by Emery to provide competition for Héctor Bellerín at right-back but has so far just been restricted to one substitute appearance against Manchester City on the opening day.“I’m not frustrated but of course I’m not used to being on the bench more than three times in a row,” said Lichtsteiner, who joined after seven years with Juventus. “It’s also a new situation for me and I’m curious how I’ll manage it. I am hungry to get back to the Champions League.” Read more Share on WhatsApp Unai Emery will hand Bernd Leno his first Arsenal start against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday and has said that it is up to the German to show he deserves to be picked for league games as well.The goalkeeper has not yet featured since his £19.2m transfer from Bayer Leverkusen but will get his opportunity to press for more regular games in Arsenal’s opening European fixture of the season. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How Martinez is solving Hazard-De Bruyne conundrum

first_imgWorld Cup How Martinez is solving Belgium’s Hazard & De Bruyne conundrum Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 21:30 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Getty Images World Cup Eden Hazard Kevin De Bruyne Belgium v Portugal Belgium v Egypt Belgium v Costa Rica Belgium v Panama Belgium v Tunisia England v Belgium Southampton v Manchester City Newcastle United v Chelsea Tunisia Panama Portugal Belgium Egypt Costa Rica England Southampton Manchester City Chelsea Newcastle United Friendlies Premier League Opinion The Spaniard has signed a contract extension until 2020 and his ability to coax performances from his star duo has been key to productive Belgian form Roberto Martinez has renewed his Belgium contract and will coach the Red Devils for another two years at least. He will be in charge for the World Cup this summer and will also provide continuity through the upcoming UEFA Nations League and into the next cycle of qualifiers for Euro 2020.Belgium’s golden generation are right at the peak of their powers and should be able to play somewhere close to their potential at this tournament and the next. Their ages are right and their form is good – both for the national team and their clubs.Belgium’s great hopes for the Brazilian World Cup of 2014 were dashed by Argentina at the quarter-final stage but even up to that point, there was a lack of fluency in what should have been a more cohesive unit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Similarly, they met their end at Euro 2016 against a Wales side that they should have swept aside. Gareth Bale apart, the Welsh did not have a player equal to their Belgian counterparts but a coherent tactical structure – allied to a genuine pride in the shirt – carried the day for the Dragons.Marc Wilmots took plenty of criticism and fell on his sword for failing to get the best from his team on a consistent basis. There was lethargy and a sense in the stands that players this good ought to be scoring more goals and providing more entertainment.Chief among Wilmots’ issues was a failure to get the best of both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne in the same team. Both are playmakers, both are deserving of their star status but national teams down throughout history have been plagued by this kind of problem: how to fit two extremely gifted schemers into the same line-up and also ensuring that they hit their marks.That was something Martinez knew he would inherit from his predecessor. Back then – hard to believe it’s less than two years ago – De Bruyne was still somewhat unsure his best position for club and country.He played for Wolfsburg and Manchester City at wide left, wide right and in the centre of a three-man support line behind the forward. And anyone sketching a Belgium XI would probably have put De Bruyne in one of those positions too.Martinez, though, made a change that would not only benefit the national team – as the goals started to flow and excellent form was coaxed from both De Bruyne and Hazard – but would also help improve Manchester City into the bargain.Eden Hazard Roberto Martinez BelgiumIn a qualifier against Estonia in November 2016, Martinez opted to put De Bruyne in his now familiar position at the centre of midfield and ceded the more attacking slot to Hazard. The rationale was that De Bruyne had the technical ability, the awareness and the lungs to influence a game over long periods from the centre of the field.Martinez discovered quickly that while the temptation in the early days existed to play De Bruyne and Hazard either side of a striker – or at least alongside each other in behind – it would benefit everyone most if they played in different lines of the attack.Both were usually the main targets for passes from midfielders and given their characteristics, they were bound to end up competing for the same kind of balls. By moving one further back, Martinez solved that issue. It would be more productive for the team if one was feeding the other and De Bruyne got the nod at the deeper position.Kevin De Bruyne BelgiumPep Guardiola admits that he began to play De Bruyne alongside David Silva in those twin ‘No. 8’ positions partly on the strength of his performance there for the national team. The night he first featured there they won 8-1. And it may have been ‘only’ Estonia but that’s where De Bruyne began to acquire the stature of a world-class centre-midfielder.Hazard, meanwhile, was enduring a tough 2016-17 season up to around that point. Chelsea under Antonio Conte were struggling and had lost heavily 3-0 to Arsenal before the Italian tried something drastic. While the 3-4-3 he settled upon for the 2-0 win at Hull the following week has been interpreted as a way to improve the defending, it could be argued that it was that tactical switch which finally got the best out of Hazard.It was something attempted by Martinez in his first competitive game in charge. He had watched his Belgium team get booed off in his first friendly – against Spain in Brussels – and endured a disappointing 2-0 defeat. He set them up in a 4-2-3-1 that night with Hazard wide on the left. It didn’t bear fruit.Eden Hazard BelgiumBy the time the Cyprus game rolled around, Martinez was ready for something new. In came a 3-4-2-1 which would give Belgium more control of the midfield but also freed up Hazard.Playing him wide – in front of a wing-back – became a feature of Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning team. And it is in those positions that De Bruyne and Hazard are best deployed. There are still issues to solve of course with De Bruyne pointing out publicly that work still needs to be done. Despite injuries to both at various intervals during the qualification period – indeed they missed the hard-fought 1-1 home draw against Greece – Belgium emerged from their group with nine wins out of 10 and were joint-top scorers in Europe alongside World Cup holders Germany. Romelu Lukaku weighed in with 11 goals and Hazard got six of his own.Belgium managed to tap into their attacking weaponry and look a good bet for progress beyond the quarter-finals in Russia. For that, they can thank primarily the outstanding crop of talents but they can also acknowledge the astute analytical eye of their coach.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Again Addressed A Potential Return To Coaching

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)From the moment Urban Meyer announced he was stepping down at the end of last season, there has been speculation about when, not if, he’ll return to coaching.Meyer said he was going to step down as the Florida head coach after the 2009 season, only to change his mind the next day. When he did “retire” after the 2010 campaign, he didn’t even make it through one whole season before taking the Ohio State job.This time though, he swears it is going to be different.Toledo Blade columnist Dave Briggs spoke with Meyer recently about his current role working at FOX and how he is enjoying retirement. The 55-year-old former coach reiterated his days on the sideline are done. “I knew within a month that I made a mistake at Florida,” Meyer told Briggs about his first retirement. “This one, I believe I haven’t made a mistake. I like what I’m doing, and I really enjoy working at Fox and Ohio State and being involved with other teams, too.””This one, I believe I haven’t made a mistake.”https://t.co/XdlW50Wae1— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) August 29, 2019Of course, mostly everyone is in ‘believe it when they see it’ mode when it comes to Meyer actually being retired. He’s still the subject of coaching rumors to this day and will continue to be.In the meantime, you can catch Meyer on FOX studio coverage this fall.last_img read more

Fate of truck driver in Humboldt bus crash will test sentencing system

first_imgA legal expert says the punishment for the truck driver responsible for the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash will put Canada’s sentencing provisions to the test.Jennifer Quaid, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said she believes it will be difficult for a judge to arrive at a proportionate sentence for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.“It’s a real test of our sentencing regime,” said Quaid. “This is sort of the nightmare scenario where you have a mixture of … factors that point in different directions if you look at our sentencing law.”Sidhu admitted he caused the collision that killed 16 people and injured 13 when he barrelled through a stop sign in his transport truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection last April. Sidhu was not hurt.He pleaded guilty to 29 dangerous driving charges and is to be sentenced March 22.In a sentencing hearing this week, the Crown argued Sidhu should serve 10 years in prison and be banned from driving for 10 years. The defence, although citing cases with shorter sentences, did not propose a specific alternative.Judge Inez Cardinal’s task will be to find a sentence that strikes a balance between the consequences of the offence and the blameworthiness of the offender, said Quaid.While Sidhu pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, it was not a hit and run, he wasn’t impaired, nor was he speeding, or texting and driving, Quaid noted.On the other hand, she said, the outcome of his actions was horrific.“On the one side you got terrible consequences. On the other side you have a mistake that is not the worst of the mistakes,” she said.“What’s the right answer?”She believes the Crown is taking a hard line in proposing a 10-year prison sentence.“It doesn’t seem proportionate to his moral blameworthiness,” said Toronto criminal defence lawyer Daniel Brown. “It doesn’t seem proportionate to his actions.”Brown said determining a proper sentence for Sidhu will be challenging because the judge lacks comparable cases.He also said the typical signs of bad driving are missing. That makes it tough to craft a sentence that discourages people from a specific action, such as drinking and driving.  “How do we deter other people from missing stop signs?” Brown said.“He wasn’t distracted by his cellphone,” he said. “He simply missed the traffic signal.”Both Quaid and Brown said another significant factor Cardinal must  weigh is Sidhu’s guilty plea.“This is a person who has exactly the reaction that we hope … every person convicted or found guilty of a crime would have — to have this deep reflection, this absolute acceptance of responsibility,” Quaid said.Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The great CanadaPhilippines diplomatic garbage dispute of 2019 seems almost over

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s garbage is coming home from the Philippines.Canada has made a formal offer to have more than six dozen containers of Canadian household trash returned to the Port of Vancouver nearly six years after it was sent to Manila labelled incorrectly as plastics for recycling.The Canadian offer came around the same time as the Philippines has ordered its Bureau of Customs to get the containers back on a ship bound for Canada no later than May 15.Last month President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to declare war on Canada if it didn’t take back its trash and set this week as a deadline for an end to the impasse.Duterte’s colourful comments were matched by his foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin, who tweeted this week that he is going after the Filipino importers who brought the trash into the country but dismissed suggestions they should be sent to Canada with the garbage because that would be “too much pollution.”Global Affairs Canada spokesman Adam Austen says Canada hasn’t received a formal reply to the offer to bring the garbage back but tweeted that the garbage would be on boats by May 15 “no ifs or buts.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TV And Radio Presenter Named As UNICEF UKs New President

first_imgTV and radio presenter, Kirsty Young, has been announced as UNICEF UK’s new President, taking over from Lord Ashdown who has been in the position for the last six years.With her exceptional background in journalism, news and current affairs, Kirsty will bring a host of skills to the role, along with passion and dedication for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.Kirsty, who presents Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 and also fronts a variety of television programmes, brings impressive experience to the role. She began her broadcasting career twenty five years ago at BBC Radio Scotland and her work has been wide-ranging with stints anchoring network news and television series including BBC’s Crimewatch. Kirsty is a keen long term supporter of UNICEF UK and most recently helped to launch 7: The David Beckham Fund for UNICEF.David Bull, Executive Director, UNICEF UK said: “We’re thrilled to announce Kirsty Young as the new President of UNICEF UK. She brings incredible experience to the role alongside a strong belief in UNICEF’s work for children across the world. Kirsty is able to speak about the issues facing these children with authority and passion. I am excited to have brought a powerful new voice to our mission for children. Kirsty has a natural synergy with UNICEF, it’s values and our desire to put children first. Her experience of current affairs made Kirsty a natural choice for President and we look forward to working with her over the coming years.”Kirsty Young, UNICEF UK’s President, added: “I am delighted to step into the role of President for UNICEF UK and it’s a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Lord Ashdown. I hope that I’m able to help by shining a light on the vital work UNICEF does with children in danger across the world. As a mother, I can think of nothing more important than keeping vulnerable children safe and healthy. UNICEF is dedicated to that cause and I can’t wait to get started by doing my bit to help such a brilliant organisation.”last_img read more

Escalation of Iran-Saudi Arabia Row Could Have Disastrous Effects on the…

New York – The conflict that has erupted in the last few days in Iran and Saudi Arabia has the Middle East under further stress. Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday morning of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr was denounced by Iranians, who labeled it as a “crime.”On the same evening, angry Iranian protesters stormed and torched the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the Saudi Consulate in the city of Mashad, in northern Iran. The confrontations led to a series of statements in which both the Saudi and Iranian governments have lashed out at each other’s actions, which ended in Saudi Arabia severing its ties with Iran.Moroccan political analyst M’hammed Grine listed the implications that this Middle Eastern crisis have not only in the region, but at the global level.“Although relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have always been marked by tensions, but since the unrest triggered by Iranian pilgrims in Mecca, about fifteen years ago, tension between the two countries has never been as alarming,” the high ranking member of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) said in a statement to Morocco World News.“This event carries the risk of destabilization in the Middle East and beyond. If the situation escalates, this could greatly destabilize countries in the region, which are already grappling with precarious internal situations, like Yemen, Syria and even Iraq,” the graduate of the prestigious Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques of Paris, added.In Morocco where public opinion is concerned about the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the authorities are following the development of the situation with “great attention”.There is a “fear that the current excesses will take an unmanageable dimension,” Grine said citing a statement from MAEC.“Morocco relies on the wisdom of the Saudi and Iranian officials to prevent the current situation from spreading to other countries in the region already facing many challenges and multiple elements of fragility,” the Moroccan government said on Sunday.The Moroccan politician firmly believes that due to the “strategic positions” and “key roles” of both countries in the conflicts of the region, this crisis must end to avoid further chaos.“If this crisis is not curbed, it could have adverse consequences on the resolution processes that have been initiated, which would further exacerbate tensions and threaten worldwide peace and security,” Grine said.A larger conflict would “thwart any efforts made by the international community to combat the scourges of our time, such as terrorism and transnational crime,” the analyst stressed.Moreover, Grine believes the religious implications of a violent fight between the two major Muslim communities in Saudi Arabia and Iran, would affect Islam worldwide.“This crisis carries the danger of a serious division within the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shiites, which would cause a disastrous cleavage and carries all risks and calamities,” the human rights advocates highlighted.Analyzing the detrimental effects of this conflict, Grine reflected on the possibility of putting an end to the fight and for both countries to reconcile their differences.“It is therefore clear that the escalation in the crisis between the two countries is in nobody’s interest,” he affirmed, adding that “the voice of wisdom around the world urges both countries to exercise restraint and circumspection.” read more

Uproar in Morocco After Minister Participates in Sit-in Against Boycott

Rabat – In an unprecedented move, Minister of Governance and General Affairs Lahcen Daoudi participated Tuesday night in a sit-in held by workers at Centrale Danone in front of the parliament in Rabat. The minister’s participation sparked outrage among Centrale Danone boycotters who decried Daoudi as the first minister to stand against the demands of citizens.Approximately 2,000 workers of the dairy company protested in a sit-in held late on Tuesday in front of the parliament. Daoudi, along with the protesters,  chanted slogans against the boycott that is targeting the high prices of the company’s products.The workers were protesting losing their jobs after a month and a half of the boycott, which started on April 20. Carrying banners denouncing the boycott, the workers also blamed the government for “degrading the purchasing power of Moroccans,” according to Reuters.Daoudi angers El Othmani?Several Moroccan media outlets reported that Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has expressed anger over the participation of Daoudi in the sit in. Sources close to El Othmani also claimed that he called on Daoudi to denounce his participation in the sit-in.Daoudi, however, denied that El Othmani expressed anger. “He called me to ask if I was participating in the sit-in and I confirmed affirmatively.”He added that the workers asked him to participate in the boycott and he accepted their request.“I am a citizen before being a minister,” said Daoudi.Daoudi, “spokesperson” for Centrale DanoneThe workers’ protest did not surprise boycotters as much as Daoudi’s participation.Criticizing Daoudi,  a boycotter tweeted: “Is Daoudi the Minister of Agriculture or the owner of Centrale Danone?”????:??????? ???? ??????? ?? ???? ???? ??????. ??????? ????? ?? ?????? ???? ???? ????????.— Said Noussi (@noussielec) June 6, 2018Daoudi has been subject to backlash since the launch of the boycott for statements he made to the Moroccan press.Defending Centrale Danone, the minister said in an interview with Moroccan television channel Al Oula on May 31 that the boycott is ongoing for “no reason,” adding that the “instigators of this movement are playing with fire.”He also claimed that the company’s profit margin is 0.9 percent.  Many people supporting the boycott have heavily criticized and trolled Daoudi for his statements on social media.The photo of Moroccan football player, Mehdi Benatia, who sheltered a little girl from the rain during a friendly game against Slovakia, has provoked boycotters. A Twitter posted an edited photo of the footballer, depicting Daoudi sheltering Centrale Danone from running boycotters.«Au Maroc, gouverner c’est pleuvoir» – Theodore Steeg1 siècle plus tard, Lahcen Daoudi sert de parapluie ????? pic.twitter.com/nAXhCcAVJc— Mohamed Ezzouak (@BouchtaJebli) June 6, 2018Other boycotters changed the name of Centrale Danone into Daoudi.Il faut sauver le soldat Danone : Lahcen Daoudi prend le maquis. Titre de mon billet satirique de ce matin sur @yabiladi_fr ?? pic.twitter.com/NfqQ9GGnkT— Mohamed Ezzouak (@BouchtaJebli) June 6, 2018Another internet user described Daoudi as “the most pathetic person in Morocco.”“Lahcen Daoudi does not represent me as a minister. He only represents Centrale company.”???? ??????? ?? ?????? ????? ???? ???? ???? ?????? ???? #????_??????— Kherjouj hassan (@kherjoujhassan) June 6, 2018Some boycotters have expanded their focus to call on the government to remove Daoudi from the government after his actions.“If Doaudi is not removed from government after protesting at parliament, let us pray for the country.”??? ?? ??? ????? ???? ??????? ?? ??????? ????? ??? ????? ???? ???????? ?????? ?????? ??? ?????— Rien de Rien (@chibhmotakaf) June 5, 2018The boycott pushed Centrale Danone to cut 30 percent of its orders from 12,000 farmers on May 29. The company also announced a loss of MAD 150 million in the first half of 2018 on June 4.For the past seven weeks, the government and officials of Centrale Danone have been calling on citizens to end the boycott on Centrale Danone. Boycotters, however, declined the request, demanding the company to lower its prices.The campaign is also targeting Sidi Ali mineral water and Afriquia gas. The government, however, has yet to take a stance regarding the boycott against the other two companies. read more

Avaya Mitel Said to Be in Merger Talks

business_merger.jpg Last month about this time, we posed the question: Could Avaya be headed for a leveraged buyout? Now the question is more specific: Are Avaya and Mitel set to become one? Log in or register to post comments The answer is clear to Kerravala, who wrote in an email that he thinks “the combined company could bring a level of scale to compete with the big boys that both would struggle to do individually.” Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. What’s more, the proposed merger would be good for the industry, he said. “Rolling up the two installed bases would create a company with market-leading share in every region. The two companies are very complementary, with Mitel being dominant with SMEs and Avaya with large enterprises. Mitel has a strong public cloud solution, where Avaya has a great public cloud.” At the time of the Mitel-Searchlight deal’s announcement, UC analyst Zeus Kerravala, of ZK Research, wrote for No Jitter: The answer is speed and flexibility. Comments Kerravala promises more detailed analysis, so watch this space for additional insight. Permalink Submitted by BethSchultz on Fri, 04/26/2019 – 08:01 So here’s another question: Are the two, each struggling for a bigger footprint in the cloud, better off as one entity or separately? Growth through acquisition is a longstanding strategy at Mitel, which last purchased UC properties with the 2017 acquisitions of ShoreTel and Toshiba’s communications systems business. Mitel itself was acquired and taken private late last year by Searchlight Capital Partners, but in an October 2018 briefing, Graham Bevington, EVP of business development at Mitel, assured analysts that acquisitions were still very much part of the company’s lifeblood. Tags:News & ViewsM&AAvayaMitelindustry consolidationUnified Communications & CollaborationCloud CommunicationsIndustry NewsUCaaSUnified CommunicationsVendor News Articles You Might Like As a publicly traded company, Mitel has needed to balance a number of competing priorities, including using its capital to pay down debt or buy back shares. Now the company has greater flexibility to invest where needed to make the hard pivot to the cloud.” The WSJ report further stated that Mitel is offering about $20 to $22 a share for Avaya, noting that this is a slight premium based on current stock price. This is in line with earlier speculation that the Avaya board is evaluating a private equity offer in the range of $20 a share, as was reported late last month. The question stems from a report published today in The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter,” that the two UC players are discussing a merger in a stock deal pegged at about $2 billion. That would be a reference to So, given that, why go private? Avaya, too, has a large installed base and the ability to deliver private, public, and hybrid clouds – just earlier this week, we learned that international banking behemoth Standard Chartered has selected Avaya OneCloud private cloud for a digital transformation project that will see 18 premises-based contact center installations replaced by four cloud-based contact centers. And, likewise, it has struggled to balance competing spending priorities with the next-generation technology shift. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. “Mitel seems to have all the pieces it needs now — a large installed base and the ability to deliver private, public, or hybrid clouds. Every organization I talk to today has a strategy to move its communications to the cloud, but that doesn’t always mean public cloud and Mitel can deliver a cloud of any flavor. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. That would be a reference to Cisco and Microsoft Log in or register to post comments read more

Sport teaches the lessons of peace Nane Annan

“Sport allows young boys and girls to play and use their energies to the fullest, fostering team spirit and competition on friendly terms,” Ms. Annan said at the event at UN Headquarters in New York organized by the Department of Public Information ahead of the International Day of Peace, which will be observed on Tuesday.”Sport teaches children about working together to reach a common goal, and solving conflicts peacefully through agreed rules. This is true for all children, no matter which country they are from, but especially for children growing up in the shadow of war and destruction, poverty and destitution,” she declared, saying “a special hello” to the young people participating from Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.”I have read the most heart-warming stories about how football returned to Afghanistan, how sports have reunited young players in countries torn apart by civil war. I have visited cramped refugee camps and know what the possibility of playing sport, whether football, basketball or volleyball, would mean for young people who may have pent-up traumas and emotions, and what coaching would mean for children deprived of a guiding hand,” she added.The athletes from Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone engaged in a televised discussion with student-athletes from the United States gathered in the auditorium. Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a UN Messenger of Peace, and Norwegian speed skater Johan Olav Koss, a UNICEF Good Will Ambassador, also addressed the gathering. read more

Book based on popular Twitter feed about Goldman Sachs is cancelled

Book based on popular Twitter feed about Goldman Sachs is cancelled NEW YORK, N.Y. – Publication has been cancelled for a planned book based on a popular and anonymous Twitter feed about Goldman Sachs and the financial industry.Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Thursday it would not release John Lefevre’s “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking,” which had been scheduled to come out in October.“In light of information that has recently come to our attention since acquiring John Lefevre’s ‘Straight to Hell,’” Touchstone has decided to cancel its publication of this work.”Touchstone spokesman Brian Belfiglio said the publisher would have no further comment.The Twitter feed, @GSElevator, had hundreds of thousands of followers and purported to offer an inside and irreverent take on the financial giant. But just weeks after Touchstone announced in January that it had reached a deal with the feed’s purported author, The New York Times revealed his identity as John Lefevre, a former bond executive who was based in Texas and had never worked for Goldman Sachs, despite earlier public comments that he did.Touchstone initially defended Lefevre, saying that he had not misled them and that publication would continue as planned. But earlier this week, Lefevre posted an open letter on businessinsider.com saying the Twitter account was “not a person at all. It’s the embodiment or aggregation of ‘every banker,’ a concentrated reflection of a Wall Street culture and mentality.”“The issue of my anonymity was simply a device, and one that has suited the construct of the Twitter feed,” he wrote. “For the avoidance of any doubt, any person who actually thought my Twitter feed was literally about verbatim conversations overheard in the elevators of Goldman Sachs is an idiot.”An agent for Lefevre did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday for comment. by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 1:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Alberta leadership hopefuls work the crowds at premiers pancake breakfast

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2014 1:06 pm MDT Alberta leadership hopefuls work the crowds at premier’s pancake breakfast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The three men running to be Alberta’s next leader reiterated their concerns about changes to the federal temporary foreign worker program on Monday and said if they become premier, they’ll fight to make sure the province’s unique labour needs are taken into account.Ric McIver, Thomas Lukaszuk and Jim Prentice were working the crowds at the premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in downtown Calgary on Monday.McIver said he planned to bring the issue up with his caucus colleagues at a meeting following the breakfast.“We need to ask the federal government to take another look at their temporary foreign worker program,” he said.He said he’d ask for caucus support to set up a database where employers and prospective employees can connect, push for more provincial control over the program and cut down on the time needed to bring in provincial nominees.Lukaszuk, who was Alberta’s jobs minister before he entered the leadership race, said he’s been trying to “straighten out” the program with his provincial counterpart for years and that Alberta’s interests are being “compromised.”“The fact is, we do have a bona fide shortage of workers and in certain parts of the province, like Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Hinton, Edson. No matter how much employers pay, they can’t attract workers to entry-level positions,” he said.“Albertans overall do not believe in this revolving door of bringing workers in and shipping them out every four years and treating them like rented tools. We want to give them an opportunity to stay over here, invest themselves in our communities and become great Canadians.”Prentice says he aims to have a “constructive” discussion with his counterparts in Ottawa about how Alberta’s huge labour needs can be met under the program, while making sure it remains transparent and any abuses are addressed.“We’re going to have to find Alberta-specific solutions,” he said. “Our circumstances are unique and we need to do that together with the federal government as a partner and we need to do it quickly.”It was the first time hosting the event for Premier Dave Hancock, who took the helm on an interim basis following Alison Redford’s resignation in March. He said the recent tumult within the Progressive Conservative party in recent months hasn’t dampened the mood at this year’s event.“I think Albertans work hard, they need to play hard. I think it’s important for us to be part of coming together as a community and that’s one of the things that the Calgary Stampede actually symbolizes.” read more

Football Expectations for the 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes

OSU freshman running back Demario McCall runs during the second half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFew words can describe how most of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team felt following a 31-0 blowout loss to Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl — devastation, anger and shock are a few of them. Although players were seen in tears following the game, with many offering short responses during post-game interviews, there are more than a few reasons for the Scarlet and Gray to remain upbeat heading into the new year.With departures of star players like Curtis Samuel and Malik Hooker, Urban Meyer will be looking for a group of young players to fill big shoes. That fact, mixed with incredibly high expectations following the team’s second appearance in the College Football Playoff in three years, could yield some interesting results by this time next season.Even with a multitude of questions looming over the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, there are more than a few things to expect as the 2016 NCAA football season comes to a close with Clemson and Alabama fighting for a title while the Buckeyes watch from home.Who’s the next man up at safety?Malik Hooker, Mr. Do-It-All for OSU on defense last season, rose to fame in his first and only year starting for the Buckeyes, picking off seven passes and returning three for touchdowns. His ability to level ball carriers like a linebacker and run effortlessly across the field to break up a pass like a corner boggles the mind.That much is known, but who fills his shoes next season is a bit of a mystery. Soon to be senior safety Damon Webb seems like the obvious fit for the spot, barring any shocking announcement to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He started alongside Hooker as the second safety for the Buckeyes, and returned his first career interception for a touchdown.Still, Webb was worlds behind Hooker skill-set wise, and it showed at times when he struggled to locate his man in coverage. He might have been a starter last year, but there will be a severe drop in production after this year’s showstopping performance by Hooker.The other options at safety, rising sophomore Jordan Fuller and incoming freshman Isaiah Pryor, have virtually zero cumulative time playing in the OSU defense. Fuller has been predominantly a special-teams player in his short time in Columbus, while Pryor comes in from powerhouse high school program IMG Academy. Either one could be cracking the starting lineup if they have a good offseason camp, but only time will tell.McCall’s expanded roleAs a freshman running back who saw limited time early in the season, Demario McCall is arguably the fastest player on the offense for the Buckeyes. In his brief stints in the backfield against teams like Bowling Green and Maryland, McCall churned out 270 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and even hauled in a receiving score.That kind of versatility screams H-back, the very position Curtis Samuel flourished in this year.McCall even appeared as a punt returner, briefly, albeit just three showings. His combination of speed and agility could prove useful if Meyer puts him back deep for returns.This year, when asked whether McCall could see more touches after a stellar cleanup effort against Nebraska, Meyer responded: “He might now.”Whether it’s at H-back, spread out wide, sharing carries with Mike Weber or returning kicks and punts, expect to see number 30 on the field often in 2017.Big offensive changes ahead for Ohio StateTim Beck has moved on to Texas, Ryan Day will be coaching the quarterbacks, and Kevin Wilson might very well be the next man picking plays alongside Ed Warinner next year. That is, of course, as long as Warinner survives the offensive overhaul OSU is undergoing right now.Add these changes to the fact that Samuel and wide receiver Noah Brown are leaving early for the draft, and OSU’s field general Pat Elflein is gone, and you have the makings of a complete overhaul. J.T. Barrett came under fire this year on multiple occasions, as fans are still hungering for a repeat performance from his freshman campaign. Even though he holds the all-time touchdowns responsible for record at OSU, Barrett still has a lot to prove in his final year of eligibility.Predictions of a quarterback battle before the dust has even settled seem ludicrous, but Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow have shown promise. Burrow has done an admirable job in cleanup, and even has a 169.9 rating.Haskins came in as a four-star recruit, and the 63rd overall player in the 2016 class in ESPN’s top 300.And this doesn’t account for the fact Tate Martell graduated early and committed to OSU in June of last year. The Las Vegas native is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and is carrying some big hype behind him.Even though Barrett has veteran leadership and experience, things might get a little dicier as kickoff for the 2017 season approaches. Expect some serious talk about a possible different signal caller, although Barrett should get the nod.“I’m going to take a hard look at some things when we get back,” Meyer said after the Fiesta Bowl. “Any time you struggle a little bit, you always take a hard look.”This kind of statement from Meyer leaves nearly anything as a possibility heading into 2017. read more

US to ground all Boeing crash aircraft

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEurope joins wave of countries grounding the 737 MaxMarch 12, 2019In “Business”Ethiopian Airlines: Flight recorders recovered from crash siteMarch 11, 2019In “latest news”Ethiopian Airlines: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737March 10, 2019In “latest news” (BBC) US President Donald Trump has said the US Federal Aviation Administration will ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 – the aircraft in Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia.The FAA had previously held out while many countries banned the Max 8 from flying over their airspace.All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight were killed when it crashed just minutes after take-off.It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in six months, after one crashed over Indonesia in October, killing 189. read more