How Much Ground Have You Covered?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The elevator door opened and I started to walk out when I noticed I had only gone from the 7th floor to the 6th floor. I had pushed the button to go to the lobby. This wasn’t one of those times when you are on an elevator and not paying attention. In this case, the building was old, as was the elevator. Enough time had passed that I should have been in the lobby, but the elevator didn’t move for some time after I pressed the button.Time and Ground CoveredThere is a certain amount of ground you can cover in a period. Call that ground a goal, a milestone, a quota, or a chapter. The time passes whether or not you cover the ground.Some people recognize that time relentlessly ticks away and feel the need to increase their progress toward their goals. Others don’t feel the same urgency, being more passive and complacent about time—even though they have no more time than those who act with purpose. Time is not a variable; it’s universal. It doesn’t treat anyone differently and offers no one a preference. It just relentlessly counts off its beats.The ground covered is a variable, and it is inside your control. There are two areas you need to consider: values-based decisions and effort. If you want to cover more ground faster, then you need to prioritize those things that move you forward further and more quickly. The decision as to what you do with your time is yours alone. You also have to do the work, putting the effort and energy into the work.Otherwise, you can look up and think you should have gone somewhere only to find yourself standing very close to where you started.last_img read more

Injured Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon,Injured Maria Sharapova out of Wimbledon

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL × tennis COMMENTS Maria Sharapova   –  Reuters RELATED Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam The 30-year-old Russian was due to play in the qualifying event in the hope of making the main draw. SHARE Published on Maria Sharapova   –  Reuters June 11, 2017 Maria Sharapova withdrew from Wimbledon after failing to recover from a thigh injury, dealing another blow to the superstar’s bid to rebuild her career following a doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, who was champion at the All England Club in 2004, was due to play in the qualifying event in the hope of making the main draw. “After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play,” she said in a statement. “I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford from July 31.”The former world number one returned from a 15-month doping ban in April but has relied on wildcards to get into tournaments because her world ranking points expired while she was banned. At the moment the five-time Grand Slam title winner is ranked at 178.She was initially banned for two years for using meldonium, with the penalty later reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled she was not an intentional doper. After her ban expired, Sharapova returned to competition in April at the Stuttgart Open, reaching the semi-finals, and progressed to the last 32 of the Madrid Open.She failed to earn a qualifying spot for the French Open and was then denied a wild card into the main draw by Roland Garros organisers despite being a two-time champion. On the same day, she suffered the thigh injury which has now sidelined her from Wimbledon for a second successive season.Bruised by the Roland Garros snub, Sharapova decided not to request a Wimbledon wildcard, deciding instead to take her chances in three rounds of qualifying. She was still controversially handed a wildcard for the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham later this month, a key warm-up for Wimbledon.But the injury she suffered in the Rome claycourt event in May has scuppered her plans, leaving her to probably hope for a wild card into the US Open, the season’s final Grand Slam event. She was champion in New York in 2006. “I want to thank the LTA (Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association) for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend,” Sharapova added in her statement. “I look forward to meeting you there next year.”Only two weeks ago, Wimbledon decided that the qualifying event, held at nearby Roehampton, would be broadcast for the first time.However, a spokeswoman for the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the tournament organisers, told AFP that this was one of several “long-planned” changes and not a decision made in response to the added interest in the event caused by Sharapova’s presence. Qualifying is also to be ticketed for the first time. COMMENT nulllast_img read more

Cold vibes between Govt, Opp mark Presidents address

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) There was a distinct chill in the air in the Central Hall as President Pranab Mukherjee addressed a joint sitting of Parliament marking the beginning of Budget Session.Lack of warmth between the government and the Opposition particularly Congress was visible as leaders communicated very little with each other, unlike in the past on such occasions.Barring External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who walked up to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and both exchanged pleasantries, no interaction between Gandhi and any senior minister from the government was seen.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was seated in extreme left in the middle row along with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien was the only member from Congress who was seen thumping the desk a number of times during the Presidents address listing the governments initiatives and roadmap for future.Members from treasury benches thumped the desk vigorously when Mukherjee talked about disruption of Parliament while there was no response to it from the Opposition members.Sonia Gandhi, who launched a blistering attack against the government yesterday, was seated with BJP patriarch L K Advani and former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Devegowda.Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.Earlier when Sonia arrived, she was greeted by Congress workers as well as S S Ahluwalia from BJP. L K Advani who came after some time was seen chatting briefly with Gandhi.advertisementAfter the Presidents address, Sonia Gandhi was seen in an animated discussion with Advani.CPI(M)s Sitaram Yechury, CPIs D Raja and other Opposition leaders came to the Congress President where they interacted briefly after the President left the venue.Azad and Jaitley, who were seated together, were also seen in conversation.Ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, a Rajya Sabha MP, was also also present.There were, however, a number of empty seats in the special enclosure meant for officers and diplomats. Some members also came after the Presidents speech had begun. PTI AMR RTlast_img read more

2 Future Georgia Tech-Notre Dame Games Being Moved To Mercedes-Benz Stadium

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Georgia Tech athletics, AMB Sports & Entertainment and Peach Bowl, Inc. have entered a partnership that will have Georgia Tech football play an annual home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2020-24, the organizations announced on Tuesday.Georgia Tech will host the following games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons:2020 – Nov. 14 vs. Notre Dame 2021 – Date/opponent TBA 2022 – Sept. 5 (Labor Day) vs. Clemson – Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game 2023 – Date opponent/TBA 2024 – Oct. 19 vs. Notre DameThe announcement has drawn some derision, as is often the case when a team moves its home games. This is a bit more palatable, considering Mercedes-Benz Stadium is less than a mile from Tech’s campus.Notre Dame likely likes this call, as well. The Fighting Irish have made it a habit to play big neutral site games at big venues like Mercedes-Benz almost every year. This won’t be neutral site—Georgia Tech has confirmed that it will control the home team allotment of tickets for these games—but I expect that ND will sell these much like their “Shamrock Series” games to the fan base.[Georgia Tech] a wide shot of this afternoon's saints-rams game on foxNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Georgia Tech has announced a five year deal with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to one premier home game per season at the home of the Atlanta Falcons. Two of the five games already announced will come against Notre Dame.Earlier, word leaked out that Georgia Tech’s 2022 game against ACC power Clemson would be moved to the state of the art NFL venue. That will serve as the season opener and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic game of that season.The first season of this agreement is 2020, and Notre Dame will be the opponent for Georgia Tech’s new home-away-from-home game. The Yellow Jackets will host the Fighting Irish on November 14.Georgia Tech announced the two future Notre Dame games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in its release today.From the announcement:last_img read more

Rajnath condoles death of Army personnel

first_imgNew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday condoled the deaths of Army personnel in a building collapse in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district.”Deeply saddened by the loss of our brave soldiers in Solan. My heartfelt condolences to the families of these soldiers. We stand firmly in support of the affected families and reiterate our solidarity towards their well being. The nation stands with you in this hour of grief,” Singh tweeted.Fourteen people died and 28 others were injured after a multi-storey building collapsed in Solan district, officials said Monday.The bodies of 13 Army personnel of 4 Assam Regiment from nearby Dagshai Cantonment and a civilian were extricated from the debris, they said.Twenty-eight people, including 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians, were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains.last_img read more

Elderly woman who pushed 79yearold man wont be charged in his deathRCMP

first_imgHALIFAX – The Mounties have decided against laying charges in the Nova Scotia nursing home death of a 79-year-old man who was pushed by a female resident, fell down and smashed his head on the floor.Gordon Birchell died on Oct. 29 last year, several days after the fatal push at the Ivy Meadows home in the Halifax suburb of Beaver Bank.RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says in a news release that police ruled it a homicide, but decided against laying charges based on the woman’s “cognitive impairment.”The Halifax man was initially hospitalized at the Cobequid Community Health Centre, but he was returned to the home, where he died as a result of his injuries.Clarke said she could not confirm the woman’s medical condition, but Joan Birchell, the wife of the deceased man, said in an interview she was told by staff the female resident suffered from severe dementia.Birchell said her husband, who suffered from the early stages of dementia, had been pushed by the same woman on repeat occasions, including one occasion when she was present and was also pushed down.She said Tuesday she’s still waiting to hear back from a Health Department investigation into what happened leading up to the fatal push and whether policies and procedures were followed properly.“The investigation should be about the people who were supposed to be watching the woman whenever Gordon was around,” she said in an interview.Birchell said she does not feel the matter should be dropped until more is known about the circumstances that led to the death.“Is it going to be like so many other seniors’ homes where people are dying and nobody is doing anything about it?”Last May, The Canadian Press reported that eight residents of nursing homes in Nova Scotia had died since 2008 due to aggression from other residents, raising questions about why the majority of the deaths were never publicly disclosed.The list of death reports were provided through freedom of information requests made to the chief medical examiner, and included deaths at six homes around the province, with some having multiple incidents.Bonnie Cuming, a friend of Gordon Birchell, has said he was a native of Newfoundland and Labrador and was a former maintenance worker at the school where her husband had worked.“He was a nice man, a sweet, sweet man. … We’re just sick that he died in that way,” she said in a telephone interview.last_img read more

Government rejects 13 Senate changes to pot bill including ban on home

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government set the stage Wednesday for a possible showdown with the Senate over legalization of cannabis after it rejected 13 amendments approved by the upper house — including one recognizing the authority of provinces to ban home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the occasion to call on Conservatives to cease using the Senate to stall Bill C-45, the legislation that would lift Canada’s 95-year prohibition on recreational pot.“Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader, has been telling his Senate caucus — the senators that he still controls — to play games, to slow this down, to interfere with the will of the House,” he said.“It’s time that he stopped using his senators this way.”But it will be independent senators appointed by Trudeau — whose continued support for the legalization bill is crucial to the government’s plans to begin retail sales of recreational cannabis this summer — who will decide the bill’s fate. And they were miffed Wednesday that the government nixed all the amendments of consequence approved by the Senate, while accepting 27 largely technical changes and tweaking two others.Now they must decide whether they’ll insist on some or all of the rejected amendments, which would mean bouncing the bill back to the House of Commons.“It’s our constitutional right to maintain our veto and send a bill back to the House,” said Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the independent senators’ group.Still, Woo said it’s “too early to talk about political showdowns.”Independent senators will want to weigh a variety of factors, he added, including arguments that they should show deference to the will of the elected House of Commons and to a government that was elected on a specific promise to legalize marijuana. Moreover, he said they will have to weigh the loss of the amendments — particularly the one on home cultivation — against their support for legalization in principle as a way to restrict access to young people and marginalize the existing black market in cannabis.“The amendment is important to us, don’t get me wrong,” Woo said. “We’re very disappointed not to have it.”But he added: “We have a responsibility as senators to not make decisions based on a uni-factoral calculus, based on emotion, based on what the last lobbyist said to us, certainly not based on pique or kind of anger that the government did not accept our amendments.”The bill would allow individuals to grow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling. It gives the provinces the right to restrict that further — but not to ban home cultivation outright.Quebec and Manitoba have nevertheless chosen to prohibit homegrown weed. The Senate amendment was aimed at erasing the possibility of legal challenges to their constitutional authority to do so.“I thought this was a good occasion to show what co-operative federalism is all about and the government has decided to use what I would call a uniform federalism approach,” said Independent Sen. Andre Pratte.Pratte said he hasn’t decided whether the disagreement constitutes the kind of “exceptional situation” where the unelected Senate should insist on its amendments. But he said it’s a matter of defending provincial jurisdiction.Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said her province is confident that it has the jurisdiction to prohibit home cultivation.“We’re confident in our legal position on this and we’ll defend that legal position if necessary,” she said.But the federal government maintained it’s “critically important” to permit Canadians to grow pot at home in order to achieve the primary objective of shutting down the illegal market.“We have spent months, and indeed years, talking with experts, reflecting on the best path forward on the legalization of cannabis because the current system doesn’t work,” said Trudeau.“We’re making the changes to keep Canadians safe and one of the strong recommendations by experts was that we ensure personal cultivation of four plants at home.”Given that other controlled substances can be produced at home, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said consistency demands that home-grown weed be permitted.“Canadians are allowed to make beer at home or wine, and some can even grow tobacco,” she said.“It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe that the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis.”Other amendments rejected by the government included one that would have prohibited marijuana-branded swag like T-shirts, and another that would have required a registry of anyone involved in cannabis companies, aimed at keeping organized crime out of the legal pot game.Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith called the government’s response to the Senate amendments “unfortunate” and “disheartening” — noting that the changes were backed by independent, independent- Liberal and Conservative senators.“This idea that the prime minister banters about that we’ve tried to be obstructionist and playing games? We haven’t played any games,” Smith said.He said it’s too early to say whether Conservative senators will insist on any of the rejected amendments, a decision that will depend partly on whether there’s “commonality” with independent senators. But he warned: “There are very strong feelings, from our knowledge, with the independent senators and the independent Liberals that some of these amendments should be reconsidered.”Scheer also dismissed Trudeau’s complaint about Conservative senators holding up legalization.“The Liberal government has a majority both in the House of Commons and the Senate,” he said. “They control the timelines in both houses … The responsibility for any delay is 100 per cent the responsibility of this government.”MPs began Wednesday to debate the government’s response to the Senate amendments, which must be put to a vote in the Commons, likely on Thursday. The bill will then be sent back to the upper house, where senators will have to decide whether to accept the will of the Commons or dig in for a protracted parliamentary battle.last_img read more

BC man in terror case ordered released by Federal Court but awaits

first_img.Camille Bains, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A British Columbia man who glorified terrorism by the Islamic State group in multiple Facebook posts has been ordered released from immigration detention by the Federal Court nearly a year after the Immigration and Refugee Board deemed him inadmissible and a security risk to Canada.The court upholds a decision made in August by the immigration division of the board, which ordered Othman Hamdan released.Hamdan has been in custody since September 2017, when the Canadian Border Services Agency arrested him on the same day he was acquitted of terrorism-related charges based on Facebook posts calling for so-called lone-wolf attacks. “The fact that the immigration division had found Mr. Hamdan to be a danger to the public in the context of its admissibility hearing decision the previous year did not require the immigration division to reach a similar conclusion in the detention context as these adjudicate different sections of the (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act),” Judge Alan S. Diner said in a written decision released Tuesday.The border agency said it would not comment on the court decision until Wednesday.In upholding the immigration division’s decision, Diner said 25 conditions imposed by the board are reasonable, including that Hamdan live with a friend who was to post a $2,000 bond on his behalf.Diner cited 38-year-old Hamdan’s good conduct in prison, his admission of wrongdoing in the past, his testimony at detention review hearings that are held for all immigration and refugee board detainees, and by his long-time friend and bondsperson, who he must live with in Enderby, B.C. He must also abide by a nightly curfew, cannot drive a vehicle or accept a ride from any person, expect with the approval of his bondsperson, be treated for any mental health issues and co-operate with any removal proceedings.“Quite apart from the lack of violence, Mr. Hamdan was found not to raise any of the other concerns so often confronted by the immigration division, namely regarding flight and identity risks,” Diner wrote.“The bondsperson understood the prohibition of internet use, including accessing computers at public places such as the library,” he said, adding the board member who made the decision in August “accepted the appropriateness of the bondsperson as someone who would have moral suasion and a strong motivation” to supervise Hamdan’s behaviour.Diner said Hamdan does not have a history of non-compliance with conditions, including through the investigation stage prior to his arrest at his home in Fort St. John, B.C., in July 2015.“Terrorism is not an easy subject matter for any tribunal or reviewing court,” Diner said, adding the immigration board member made similar comments during his oral reasons when ordering Hamdan’s release, saying his decision was not a vindication of the ideology Hamdan had expressed in the past.Hamdan’s Facebook posts, between September 2014 and July 2015, drew the RCMP’s attention following two terror attacks in Canada in 2014, allegedly in support of the Islamic State.Board official Marc Tessler said in an October 2018 ruling Hamdan was a security risk, and while he did not have a history of violence he “praised lone-wolf attacks, actively promoted the Islamic State, disseminated instructions on how to commit attacks and seems fascinated with the extreme violence the Islamic State demonstrated by possessing Islamic State videos depicting gruesome murders.”Tessler said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale alleged Hamdan became a cheerleader for the Islamic state and the posts amounted to counselling and supporting others to commit terrorist acts in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Facebook began shutting down sites it identified as supporting the Islamic State but the court heard Hamdan was posting on about 14 accounts.Hamdan, who was born in the United Arab Emirates and is a national of Jordan, told his trial that his posts offered an alternative news source that provided his followers with another view of events in the Middle East.He said he entered the United States in 1999 on a student visa and studied electrical engineering.Hamdan said he converted from Islam to Christianity but faced discrimination following the September 2001 terrorist attacks, so he decided to come to Vancouver and was granted refugee status three years later. He applied for permanent resident status, but his application was declared abandoned.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Twilight Vampire Habitat Gets Conservation Protection

first_imgTo the vampires and werewolves of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the dark forests of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula offer the perfect habitat. Now, thanks to The Nature Conservancy and its partners, this “vampire refuge” will continue to offer a healthy home to future generations of people, wildlife, and other characters that haunt these lush forests.Over the past 18 months The Nature Conservancy has acquired 3,000 acres of forest along the Clearwater River, south of Forks, Washington. This effort has protected a 12-mile fish and wildlife corridor where years of industrial forestry has left fields of stumps. The Conservancy is working here, and on another 8,000 acres further south, to bring back the giant trees where Bella, Edward and Jacob frolic.In addition the Conservancy is working with coastal tribes, including the Quinault and Quileute, on forest restoration and marine debris cleanup. The work is focused on salmon, but also protects and creates real habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, spotted owls, bears, Roosevelt elk and other wildlife the fictional Cullen Family depend on for survival.“This builds on more than ten years of work along the rivers and forests of the Washington coast,” said Dave Rolph of The Nature Conservancy. “With partners like the Quinault and Quileute and other local communities, we’ve begun the 100-year process of restoring old-growth conditions.”The “Twilight forest” of the Olympic Peninsula is not the only place where The Nature Conservancy is working to protect and restore forests. The first action of the Conservancy was to conserve a New York forest within the Mianus River Gorge in 1955; since then the Conservancy has helped protect more than 20 million acres of lands and waters in the United States.Most of this work has been accomplished by working with partners, including the U.S. Forest Service. For example, one of the most recent cooperative national efforts is called the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program, which is increasing the pace of forest restoration on Forest Service lands for community health and safety.Forests cover a third of the United States, and offer tremendous natural value to our nation. They store and filter half the nation’s water supply; provide jobs to more than a million wood-products workers; absorb nearly 20% of U.S. carbon emissions; offer 650 million acres of recreational lands that generate more than $15 billion a year; and provide habitat for thousands of species across the country.“America’s forests are critical to people, water, and wildlife,” said Jon Schwedler of The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring America’s Forests program. “Our forests support real lives and livelihoods— they aren’t just a pretty stage for vampires.”The Nature Conservancy and its 1 million members are working to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

aptnpipelines Boom and Bust Cold Lake First Nations delicate relationship with oil

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe community of Cold Lake in Alberta is slowly getting back to normal after the collapse of oil prices in 2014.What makes the community 278 kilometres northeast of Edmonton unique is that it sits on 44 billion barrels of bitumen, second only to Fort McMurray in size.When the price of a barrel of oil was close to $100 U.S. in 2013, life was good for the small town and the nearby Cold Lake First Nations.Six figure incomes, nice house, and vacations.Craig Russell worked 15 years in the industry – then the price of oil plummeted.“Well I did 10 years on the service rigs,” said Russell. “I operated heavy oil and gas for about five years. In the fall of 2014, I got laid off. Had to jump on the service rigs again. Got laid off. Now at the age of 33, I am retraining to be a scaffolder.”As a scaffolder, he is making almost $70,000 less per year than he was in the oil industry.He said he is happy to still be able to provide for his family, and he is not alone.“All of my friends actually, with the exception of one guy, we’ve all had to take drastic pay cuts with the downturn in oil prices. We are still employed. Still taking care of our families. It’s part of life. No one said life was easy. We are making it work here,” he said.Jon Blackman is 33 as well. He has spent 17 years in the oil industry.He started work right out of high school.“When I was younger we grew up without money,” said Blackman. “I keep thinking about that every once in a while. Especially when I see someone and say when we were kids we would wish for this and this…Now I don’t have to. I can do whatever, whenever.”Blackman said the oil and gas industry has given him the freedom and money to pursue his passions. He plans to open a scuba diving instruction company in Belize. He can fly to Vancouver to watch hockey – and wants to retire by the age of 50.He said the money is so good, his father, a former Chief of the Buffalo River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan is now working in the industry.“My Dad just recently started working in the oil industry a few years ago. After being Chief and Council for so long. He retired from that. Now he’s in the oilfield.”He laughed and said he taught his Dad how to be a pipeliner.While there have certainly been economic gains for the local people and community, there has also been some problems.There have been five locations in the Cold Lake area where bitumen has leaked to the surface, including the lake.The first spill was in 2009. Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) used a system similar to fracking. The company injected the ground with pressurized steam 300 degrees C to melt the solid bitumen.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), CNR used too high of a pressure causing the earth to fracture and the liquid bitumen coming to the surface accidently. According to the company, the cleanup finished last year. The AER said small amounts may still leak in the future.One and a half million litres of bitumen has been spilled and hundreds of animals and birds have died since.Craig Russell is hopeful that the spills are a thing of the past.“Here in Canada, we have some of the highest, most regulated, ethical oil in the world. Right now, we need energy. And to meet those energy demands, where else would you go for oil?”APTN contacted the Cold Lake First Nation leadership for a comment on the pros and cons of investing in the oil industry. They referred us to one of its companies, Primco Dene – President James Blackman did not make himself available for an interview.Russell is thankful for his years in the oil industry.“It does have its ups and downs, peaks and valleys. But if you can ride those out and manage your money well, it’s a great career to pursue, working in the oil and gas industry.”Oil prices are headed back up. From a low of $16/barrel in 2016, to $40 today. At that price, some ventures start becoming profitable. Maybe the flow of jobs will start once again.cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more

UNESCO deplores recent killing abduction of journalists in Afghanistan

7 January 2010The head of the United Nations agency charged with defending the freedom of the press today condemned last week’s killing of a Canadian journalist and kidnapping of two French television reporters in Afghanistan. “Violence against journalists constitutes an attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression; it is therefore a direct threat to democracy,” said UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova.Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang, 34, was killed in a bomb blast on 30 December while traveling with four Canadian soldiers in the volatile Kandahar province after spending less than three weeks in Afghanistan.A reporter and cameraman for France 3 television were taken hostage by gunmen on the road near Omarkhil, north-east of the capital, Kabul, on 29 December while working on the current affairs programme “Pièces à conviction,” and there has been no word from them since.“The fates of these three media professionals cruelly underline the dangers that journalists face when they go into areas of conflict to provide news coverage,” said Ms. Bokova in a statement condemning the killing and abduction.“I call on the Afghan authorities to do their utmost to obtain the release of the French journalists, and to take measures to increase press security in the country.” read more

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown not recession

WASHINGTON — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall.Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and caused global financial markets to plunge on fears that the world’s largest economy could slip into a recession.Yet most analysts expect the U.S. economy to power through the rough patch, at least in the coming months, on the strength of solid consumer spending and a resilient job market.The U.S. stock market plummeted earlier this week when the bond market, spooked by the global turmoil, sent a possible early warning sign of a recession ahead: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note slipped briefly below 2-year Treasury yields.That is an unusual shift that indicates investors expect the U.S. economy to expand much more slowly in the coming months. The shift has preceded at least the last five U.S. recessions, though as much as two years can pass before a recession actually hits.Still, most economists were buoyed by a robust retail sales report Thursday that suggested that American consumers aren’t fretting about bond yields. Sales at U.S. stores and restaurants jumped in July by the most in four months. Online sales soared to their best showing since January. Spending at restaurants is a sign of confidence, given that most people eat out when they feel they have money to spare.“With the rest of the world sliding into the abyss, the July retail sales figures show a resurgent U.S. consumer riding to the rescue,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, a consulting firm.If anything, it’s the Trump administration’s trade war that has been harming the world economy. President Donald Trump has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion of imports from China, along with duties on most steel and aluminum imports. He has also threatened to hit the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports with 10% tariffs, though he has delayed that increase on about half of those items to avoid raising prices for U.S. holiday shoppers.Still, the tariffs — and Beijing’s retaliatory duties on $110 billion of U.S. goods — have dragged down China’s growth to its slowest pace in 26 years. That slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy has, in turn, pummeled Germany’s economy, because Germans export industrial equipment to China. Germany’s economy actually shrank in the second quarter.Other global headwinds remain a threat. Simon MacAdam, global economist at Capital Economics, said the chances of a “no-deal” Brexit have risen sharply since Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as British prime minister last month. Johnson “is dead keen on leaving the EU” by Oct. 31, the deadline for any deal, MacAdam noted.An abrupt exit would most likely lower the British pound, raising inflation and cutting into British consumer spending. Supply chains for British manufacturers and retailers would also probably be disrupted as the country reinstates its customs procedures.One of the U.S. economy’s biggest weak spots is manufacturing, which is suffering from the trade war and global growth strains. Factory output has sunk over the past 12 months. Manufacturing job growth has tapered off during the past year. Surveys of manufacturers indicate that the uncertainty from tariffs is hurting their businesses.American manufacturers appear to be either in a recession or on the verge of a downturn, said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist for the consultancy RSM. The best possible boost for U.S. factories would be if Trump pulled back on trade hostilities with China and achieved a trade deal, Brusuelas said.“Right now, the recession risks are more policy-driven, and if policy does not change or the trade and finance war with China escalates, then the manufacturing recession will become a broader and deeper contraction that threatens to spill over into other areas of the economy,” he said.Trump, who promised voters a manufacturing renaissance, has yet to acknowledge the sector’s bleak condition.“We’re restoring the glory of American manufacturing,” the president said Tuesday in Pennsylvania, a state that has lost 5,600 factory jobs so far this year.In fact, many economists say they’re nervous that the government has fewer options to juice the economy than it has in the past. The short-term interest rate that the Fed controls is barely above 2%, giving it far less room to stimulate growth in the event of a downturn. Before the Great Recession in 2007, the Fed’s rate was more than twice that level.And the widening budget deficit, on track to hit $1 trillion by 2022, also leaves the government with little room to manoeuvr.“It is very uncharacteristic — very unusual — to be running larger budget deficits every year,” Quinlan said. “The federal government is not in a very strong position to offer a fiscal response in the event that it’s needed.”Consumers could also pull back on spending later this year if hiring slows and wage gains slow. Employers have already reduced, on average, the number of hours worked for employees in the second quarter, which cuts into paychecks.And if Trump imposes tariffs on all $300 billion of Chinese goods by mid-December, as he says he plans to do, American consumers will pay more for such things as laptops, cellphones, video game consoles and clothing.At the same time, many economists say they think consumers can withstand the headwinds. Household debt, as a percentage of income, is much lower than it was before the Great Recession. And lower interest rates make it easier to pay off debts.That’s likely to sustain U.S. growth, though at a slower pace.“Consumers’ financial health has improved, and even in the case of an employment and income shock, they’re going to remain resilient enough to withstand the shock,” said Alexander Lin, U.S. economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Christopher Rugaber, Josh Boak And Bani Sapra, The Associated Press read more

Dikembe Mutombos Charity Work Makes Him More Than Deserving

Dikembe Mutombo, the shot-blocking, finger-wagging former NBA all-star center, was named as a finalist for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame class. It is debatable if he should get the call based on his 18-year career. But if humanitarian deeds were the criteria, he’d be a unanimous choice.The 7-foot-1 Congo native arguably has done more off the court for his country and Africa than perhaps any athlete has ever done for his native land. That alone should get him in the Hall. How can one not vote for a man who has been so committed to serving others, including in the United States?Mutombo showed the moment he joined the NBA in 1991 after a stellar career at Georgetown that he was cut from a special and unique cloth. He understood the value of his position and supported his troubled homeland as soon as his significant paychecks started being deposited.He’s done so much for so long that his basketball career would be considered secondary, except that basketball gave him a global platform and the resources to reach the masses. You’d think he graduated from Georgetown with a degree in humanitarian work instead of the double degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.In 2007, through his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, he opened a hospital in Kinshasa—a hospital—called the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital. Named after his mother, it is a 170-bed facility that cost $29 million to build. It’s the first new hospital there in 40 years. Futhermore, Mutombo raised money through his rich friends and fellow former Georgetown centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning as well as others. He also donated about $8 million of his own money to have it built.In his deep, hoarse voice with a heavy African accent, Mutombo told the Wall Street Journal that he was pained visiting the Congo and seeing his people suffer.The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinsasha, Congo“I got sick and tired of seeing people dying at a young age,” he said. “It hurt me a lot. People were dying from diseases that were treatable. I thought I could be part of the change and contribute to society and to mankind.”In 1994, Mutombo, Ewing, Mourning and others from the NBA office took a trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, where they helped build basketball courts and speak to youths about achievement. Mutombo was the most comfortable person in the contingent. The Black South Africans were wowed by his height and connected to him because of his heritage.“These are my people,” he said back then. “We’re all from Africa.”Those who did not see Mutombo play in the NBA know him from the Geico commercials, where he blocks people’s attempts to discard things—and then waves his finger (as he did in the NBA) before running out of the scene.He is second all-time in blocks in NBA history, which is his strongest basketball case to make for the Hall. On the offensive end, Mutombo worked hard but was not a fluid or big scorer. But he was extremely fluid in business and charity.Here’s some of what he does: He’s active with Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Christmas toy drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For the past 12 years, Mutombo has been one of the leaders of Basketball Without Borders/Africa, the NBA and the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young African basketball players from across the continent to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.He’s been a spokesman for CARE and on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Mutombo has received numerous honors and awards including the 32nd Annual Thurman Munson Award, the Goodermote Humanitarian Award, the President’s Service Award from President Clinton, Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City Achievement in Public Service Award, the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy, and the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. Mutombo is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta 2014. And that’s not half of what he does.Mutombo recently spoke in Atlanta about ending human and sex trafficking in Africa and America.“It’s not hard, because I love my job,” Mutombo said of being so charity-driven. “I thank the NBA organization for putting the trust in me to carry on this mission of social innovation worldwide. We’re having such a huge impact to our youth with our game of basketball. We invested more than $200 million in social innovation to improve health and literacy.”He said playing in the NBA has helped him see how important his work is.“It taught me how to be a good leader, a good competitor and how to win,” he said to the Journal. “It’s not easy to teach a child how to win. I’m glad I had a great mentor. [John Thompson] told me, ‘I know you want to be a doctor, but you can go out to make a lot of money and go out to save lives at the same time.’“I think it was the right choice, and I don’t regret that I didn’t go to medical school. I can go to medical school today if I want to. What I’ve done now is more than just treating people today—I’ve treated future generations to come.”Mutombo name might not be called when inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame are announced in April. But no one who makes it can claim to have done more good for more people than Mutombo. read more

Artist may tweak new Iraq and Afghanistan memorial after Duke of Edinburgh

first_imgAlfie Lunn, aged two, steals the showCredit:Eddie Mulholland Bereaved families have previously complained they had not been invited to the ceremony despite their sacrifice, amid claims there was simply not enough space.Tracey Hazel, whose son Ben Leaning died in Iraq in April 2007, said: “It has been proved with the Chilcot that it was not worth it. I obviously think somebody else should have had [Mr Blair’s] ticket, like one of the parents.” Corporal Michele Lunn, Alfie’s mother, said afterwards that the Queen had been “very understanding” thanks to having children of her own, carrying on calmly despite the threat of a toddler “meltdown”.”They’re so unpredictable children, we tried our best,” she said. “He was fine up until a few minutes before the Queen arrived.” Ministry of Defence of soldiers on Horse Guards Parade in London ahead of the serviceCredit:MOD But at the grand unveiling, he mentioned that the lettering, carved into stone, was not easy to read and suggested it could be darker.Paul Day, the artist behind it, said he was now considering “re-addressing” the sculpture, conceding the “aesthetic decision” could be re-examined in the face of the Duke’s opinion. The memorial includes a two-sided bronze medallion to represent the two facets of military and civilian work in Iraq and Afghanistan.It was unveiled by the Queen yesterday in a small ceremony following a spectacular main service in Horse Guards Parade, attended by 2,500 invited guests including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who performed a reading. The memorial was given the seal of approval by the Queen, he added, who admired it at length during a ceremony in front of dignitaries in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.Speaking afterwards, Day said: “Her Majesty the Queen seemed very enthusiastic about the memorial, if I may be permitted to say so. Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister came under fire for appearing at the serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski Ministry of Defence of soldiers on Horse Guards Parade in London ahead of the service Prince Harry reads from the book of Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8 Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister came under fire for appearing at the service The carved lettering The Queen leads guests at the memorial serviceCredit:Rex The toddler had been chosen to present a posy of flowers to the Queen, but raised smiles as he wriggled in his mother’s arms instead.When he was put down on the floor for his big moment, he swung around and tried to sit on the floor as the Duke of Edinburgh looked on in amusement. “The Duke commented on the fact the lettering wasn’t necessarily clearly visible enough. It could be darker.”That’s an aesthetic decision we might readdress afterwards, but we’ll see.”He added: “Obviously when one unveils a project that’s been imagined and worked out on paper in a sculpture studio, sometimes you live with something and then come back to it and say ‘OK perhaps this needs doing’.” For some military families, proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the presence of one other public figure: Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister they hold responsible for entering the Iraq war.Some, including Gerry Cartwright, whose son James died in Basra in June 2007, said Mr Blair’s ticket could have gone to a member of the public who had lost a loved on in the conflict.center_img The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the memorial serviceCredit:Rex The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales were among guestsCredit:Rex The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales were among guests The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the memorial service The Queen leads guests at the memorial service He has never been one to shy away from offering a forthright opinion.But a candid passing remark by the Duke of Edinburgh may inadvertently change the face of London’s newest monument, after he told the artist he could not see its lettering clearly.The Duke had accompanied the Queen around a landmark new memorial to Britain’s military and civilian forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990 to 2015. The Duke of Edinburgh is shown the statue by Lord Stirrup, chairman of the project The Duke of Edinburgh is shown the statue by Lord Stirrup, chairman of the project Alfie Lunn, aged two, became the star of the show, entertaining dignitaries with a lively appearance alongside his mother and father, who both served in the armed forces.The family were chosen to attend the memorial because of their deep involvement with the armed services, with father Sergeant Mark Lunn, 29, receiving the Military Cross for his actions during a firefight in Basra, and mother Corporal Michele Lunn deployed in Afghanistan in 2011-12. The carved letteringCredit: Owen Cooban Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attended, along with former prime ministers David Cameron and Sir John Major.Despite the long list of royal, political and military grandees, all eyes were on one young man at the unveiling ceremony: the little boy who was supposed to hand the Queen her flowers but was overcome by events. Alfie Lunn, aged two, steals the show Prince Harry reads from the book of Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news… Rachel Croash, Sarah Shine and Maria Kelly in Dublin during a preview of one of five new short operas inspired by episodes from the streets of Dublin.IRISHA five-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a lake at Belgree Lawns in Tyrrelstown.A teenager has died in a separate swimming incident in Cavan.The number of murders in Ireland rose over a 12-month period.Asking prices for houses all across the country are up for the first time in eight years.A 12-year-old boy is in a serious condition after his bike was hit by a van in Antrim.An Irish woman run over three times by a New York subway train walked away with just a broken shoulder.The family of Dhara Kivlehan say they are disappointed over the inquest delay. [RTÉ]Writer Dermot Healy has died at the age of 66.Murdered teenager, Mariora Rostas phoned her family crying the day after she went missing. [RTÉ]Croke Park residents could go to court to stop Garth Brooks gigs.Mrs Brown’s Boys had the biggest opening weekend box-office numbers in this country for any Irish movie, ever.WORLD A Nepalese woman walks carrying paddy saplings before replanting them at a rice field in Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal. Source: Niranjan Shrestha#UK: Rolf Harris has been found guilty on all charges of indecent assault.#URUGUAY: Luis Suárez admitted he did bite Giorgio Chiellini.#ISRAEL: The bodies of three missing teenagers were found in Israel.#SOUTH AFRICA: Oscar Pistorius was back in court where mental health experts said he was not suffering from a mental illness.INNOVATIONAre you the type of person that feels the cold no matter where you go. This new gadget is for you. [The Independent UK]Google is shutting down its original social network but not because of Facebook it says. [Quartz]PARTING SHOTLooking to take up a new sport? What about Quidditch? Here’s all the rules explained.First published 21.00pmlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #FAI: Sport Ireland announced that it will suspend and withhold future funding to the Football Association of Ireland.2. #BACKSTOP: Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney rubbished suggestions that Germany could be open to a five-year time-limit on the Brexit backstop.3. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: A PWC report has found a “series of weaknessess” involving initial planning, budget oversight and execution of the National Children’s Hospital project. 4. #ATM ROBBERIES: Gardaí and the PSNI are investigating dissident links to a spate of ATM thefts across the border region. 5. #JAY DONNELLY: A judge in Northern Ireland ruled that Cliftonville FC footballer Jay Donnelly must serve three months imprisonment for sharing a photo of him having sex with a 16-year-old girl on a WhatsApp group. Share2 Tweet Email 7,963 Views Apr 9th 2019, 4:57 PM By Ceimin Burke Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Aneta Jungerova Image: Shutterstock/Aneta Jungerova Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Short URLlast_img read more

Google Home and Amazon Echo Do Record You And Heres Why

first_img A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestParrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order T… Stay on target If you’re an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you should know or already are aware that both of the home assistants can and do record your voice. They’re listening, and they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. This isn’t a new concept or anything like that. Your internet history and activity online is recorded every time you visit a site, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ‘always-listening’ devices in your home are retaining some of that data.That means each time you make a request with your voice the snippets of your request are processed and sent to a server to analyze what you’re asking for and to return results in a manner that’s useful for you. Obviously, the innards of Google Home and Amazon Echo aren’t the end all be all of what’s required to make the devices work, so they’ve got to relay the information to be quick and snappy. Anything you say, however, before commanding Alexa or Google Home is not recorded.But the reason why either device would even listen in the first place has to do with “wake words,” as explained in this Wired article. The process has much to do with buffering data and ensuring the products don’t miss out on a request by being too slow. So by keeping an “ear” out so to speak ensures the machines can do what you need them to as soon as you ask instead of there being a delay. There are security measures in place to keep the information that could be heard in your home out of the hands of hackers, but with any information shared on the internet, there’s the potential that someone could get a hold of your communications.In short, yeah — the assistants do record you, but it’s for a good reason, and you don’t have to worry what’s being done with this communication. It’s all in the name of making these products more helpful. If you’re worried about sharing confidential information they may not be for you.last_img read more

Police give details about masked gunman at Vancouver pizza store

first_imgA masked man armed with a handgun targeted a Papa Murphy’s pizza store in east Vancouver Friday night but eluded capture.Shortly after 8:30 p.m., a man entered the store at 14201 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., wielding a handgun, and then fled south on foot, Vancouver police Sgt. Patrick Kennedy said Saturday. He did not know if the robber stole anything.No one was injured during the incident.Police came to the area but were unable to locate the suspect. He was described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches. and he reportedly wore an olive green hooded jacket, blue jeans and blue shoes. He wore a gray knit hat over his face, with holes cut for his eyes, Kennedy said.Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Vancouver Police Department.last_img read more

Alabama firefighters create their own New Years Eve ball drop

first_imgANNISTON, Ala. (WSVN) — Firefighters in Alabama rang in the New Year with their own version of New York’s famous ball drop.The Anniston Fire Department posted video to their Facebook page, showing one of their rookie firefighters playing the role of the “crystal ball.”Wrapped in white Christmas lights, Wilkerson can be seen slowly sliding down the fireman’s pole as his colleagues counted down to midnight.The hilarious video mimicking the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop has been shared over 3,500 times on Facebook, with nearly 200,000 views in just a day!Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man caught on video swiping packages from Coconut Grove home

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are searching for a porch pirate who was caught on surveillance video stealing three packages from a Coconut Grove home.The doorbell camera footage shows the subject, seen wearing a red polo shirt, walking up to the front doorstep of the house, located in West Coconut Grove, early Friday morning.The thief is then seen walking away with the packages, getting into a dark colored pickup truck and driving off.No one was home at the time.The victim said there were several Christmas gifts valued at over $100 inside the boxes.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more