Your Greatest Assets?

first_img“Our people are our greatest assets.”These are easy words to say. There are not a lot of people who would disagree with this idea, and it appears on walls and on mission statements and in annual reports. It seems to be a universal truth for most companies, even if it is more often honored in the breach.Assets show up on a balance sheet. Expenses show up on a profit and loss statement. The money that employees are paid shows up on the profit and loss statement, and not a balance sheet. The words “our greatest assets,” might sometimes be in conflict with the reality that in some cases people are treated more like “a necessary evil.”Deep CaringA company can’t make people feel as if they are cared about. Only people can do that. Leaders can act in ways that make people know they are cared about. A person’s direct manager can make them feel as if they are valued. This is, in fact, what is necessary if people are truly your greatest asset.If no one cares about you at work, you are not going to feel like an asset. You’re going to feel like a number. Like a cog in a wheel. Deep caring for and about people is necessary.Investment in GrowthCompanies that believe people are the greatest assets invest in those assets. Some companies invest money to improve what they believe to be their greatest asset, their actual human resources. They train, develop, educate, and coach their people, helping them achieve greater and greater capabilities, confidence, and success. More still, they invest time and energy with the people who work for and with them.If you believe training and development is too great an expense to invest in your “greatest assets,” your behavior doesn’t match your professed beliefs.Meaning and PurposeThe most important things you can provide cost nothing and produce the greatest returns.Your “assets” want to do meaningful work. They want to do work that is purposeful. If your mission is to improve shareholder value, you are severely depriving people of both meaning and purpose.Many mission statements written on company walls are about as inspirational as the dust collecting on their frames and the even dustier and long forgotten binders the consultants gave the executive team when they were written.You have to help people understand how and why you create value, as well as how people benefit from their doing so.People are your greatest assets. But saying it doesn’t make it so. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Djokovic to face Nadal in final

first_imgNovak Djokovic reinvented himself as a player who could lunge and volley, run and hit and stay as cool as a cucumber as he outfought Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3 for his maiden entry into the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.With each passing match in the 125th edition of The Championships at the well-manicured lawns in the southwest suburb of London, Djokovic has grown in stature.Arguably the most consistent player in the last seven months on the tennis circuit, this was a test of character and nerves for the Serbian who, by virtue of Friday’s win, became the new World No. 1.The man he displaced from that position will be his opponent in Sunday’s final.Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Andy Murray in the men’s semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday. APTop-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal overcame an early hiccup to beat fourth seeded home favourite Andy Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.There were highs and lows, oohs and aahs, as Tsonga, who had dumped favourite Roger Federer, produced a brand of tennis which only he could have.The serve was spluttering and not as consistent as he wanted, but despite his huge frame the way he threw himself at the tennis ball was a revelation.The packed Centre Court included former champions Bjorn Borg and Goran Ivanisevic, as well as the humorous Mansour Behrami, who watched the action with rapt interest.This was a match to be viewed not for its statistical bits of information but the variety of tennis which the two players unleashed. Tsonga had set the pace with some classy stuff early on.advertisementBut the ice-cool Serbian, who has beaten all the top guns regularly this year, was unmoved. His monk-like serenity was there for all to see as he slowly caught up.It was not the routine Djokovic on view – the one with a staple diet of heavy artillery stuff from the baseline.His new avatar was ready to take his chances at the net as well as he outmatched Tsonga in the volleying duels.To be sure, in this new age grass court tennis, where serve-and- volley sultans have become extinct, Djokovic and Tsonga whipped up the tempo with some incredible play.If you had looked at the two men compete from the mid-court and the baseline, there were bazooka shots. Running from flank to flank and then front and back, the six-feet-two-inches tall Tsonga looked menacing.But Djokovic was not to be left behind, and his speed and footwork were indeed a treat to watch.Djokovic won the first set tiebreak in such a slick manner that it was as if Tsonga’s pocket had been picked.Djokovic again won the second set very quickly before making a hash of the third, when he had chances to close out the match.Tsonga played a good tie-break and pushed the match into the fourth set. However, as one who relies so much on the juice in his serve, Tsonga came up short.Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3As Djokovic sealed victory, he hit the deck and kissed it. He was again up and jumping so wildy and waving to people, it was as if he had already won the title.”It is difficult to put it into words, but it is one of the best feelings I have ever had on a tennis court,” said Djokovic.”My dreams are coming true as it is my first Wimbledon final. Hopefully there will be more celebrations to come.”Tsonga took the defeat in his stride. “I played good but my opponent played better.I took my chances, and there was a lot of running,” he said.Praising Djokovic further, Tsonga said: “Today, I could have beaten anyone other than Djokovic. His returns were unbelievable.”Asked to predict Djokovic’s chances in the final, Tsonga was circumspect.”Every day is different and in sport, you don’t know what happens tomorrow. Yes, since the beginning of year, he has beaten every player. And he is the best player in the world now,” he said.Nadal, the defending champion, showed no signs of the injury that has bothered him since the fourth round, capitalising on Murray’s mistakes. He later admitted: “The final will be tough for me.”ResultsMen’s singles semi-finals: Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-3Men’s doubles semi-finals: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (US x1) beat Michael Llodra/Nenad Zimonjic (FRA/SRB x6) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 6-7 (4/7), 9-7advertisementWomen’s Doubles Semi-Finals: Katarina Srebotnik/Kveta Peschke (SLO/CZE x2) bt Sania Mirza/Elena Vesnina (IND/RUS x4) 6-3, 6-1last_img read more

Wimbledon: Sania-Hingis crash out in women’s doubles quarters

first_imgIndia’s tennis star Sania Mirza and her women’s doubles partner Switzerland’s Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament here on Thursday.The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair was knocked out by fifth seeds Hungary’s Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 2-6, 4-6 in just 68 minutes.The Hungarian-Kazakhstani pair got off to a positive start, winning 13 of the 17 first serve points and winning two out of two break points to put the top seeds on the back foot.Also, two doubles faults served by the Indo-Swiss pair in the opening set proved costly as the duo went down 2-6 to hand Timea-Yaroslava the advantage right at the start.In the second set, Sania-Martina began the game well and aggressively. But powerful backhand and collective play by the fifth seeds saw them gather another 13 vital first serve points out of 27.The second set was going in a see-saw manner but once Timea-Yaroslava won two break points there was no way back for the Indo-Swiss pair.Despite breaking their opponents once in the set, Sania-Martina failed to hold on eventually missing a cut to yet another semi-finals as they lost the second set 4-6 to go crashing out of the tournament.The fifth seeded Hungarian and Kazakhstani pair will next face tenth seeded United States’ pairing of Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Portugal’s Renato Sanches named Young Player of Euro championship

first_imgEuro football championship winner Renato Sanches of Portugal was chosen above French winger Kingsley Coman and team-mate Raphael Guerreiro for the SOCAR Young Player of the Tournament award.The accolade caps a sensational breakthrough season for the 18-year-old, whose performances as a substitute in three of Fernando Santos’ side’s first four matches in France earned him his maiden international start for the quarter-final against Poland. (EURO 2016 FULL COVERAGE) Sanches scored his first goal for his country that night in Marseille, making him the third-youngest player to register in an Euro fixture.He went on to star in the last-four victory over Wales and against France in Saint-Denis on Sunday, to become the competition’s youngest ever finalist at 18 years and 328 days and its youngest winner – Portugal prevailing 1-0 to claim their first major title. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo puts Lionel Messi in the shade with two European titles)The Lisbon-born, who joined Bayern Munich from Benfica in May for an initial 35 million euros ($38.6 million), began the 2015/16 campaign in the Eagles’ B team and appeared in the UEFA Youth League, UEFA European under-19 Championship qualifying and the UEFA Champions League before making his Portugal debut on March 25. (Also read: Euro 2016: Losing to Cristiano Ronaldo again sucks, says Antoine Griezmann)For the award, Sanches edged out Coman, whom he will play alongside at Bayern next term, and Portugal team-mate Guerreiro. (Also read: Euro 2016: Portugal’s ugly duckling becomes beautiful)Left-sided defender Guerreiro was born a short distance from the Stade de France, and will face Coman and Sanches in the 2016/17 Bundesliga after moving from Lorient to Borussia Dortmund.advertisementThe award winner — open to all players born on or after January 1, 1994 — was chosen by the UEFA technical observers, led by UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu and including Manchester United’s legendary coach Alex Ferguson and former French midfield star Alain Giresse.last_img read more

Sports stars to raise funds for children with cancer

first_imgKolkata, Oct 26 (PTI) Sports stars Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Leander Paes and Virat Kohli, along with legends Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, will come together in November to raise funds for underprivileged children battling cancer at the Tata Medical Center here.The state-of-the-art cancer care centre will host Legends for Hope on November 18 in association with Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC), a statement said here today.”The completion of the much-needed expansion of the hospital will bring hope to so many in their battle against cancer. We urge supporters to join us in our efforts to lend a compassionate hand to underprivileged people suffering from this disease,” Tata Medical director (donor relations) Geeta Gopalakrishnan said.A musical evening would also be organized on this occasion and cricket icons C.D. Gopinath and Madhav Apte are expected to attend the programme, the statement said.”In celebrating 225 years of cricket in India, we as a club, are proud to be associated with Tata Medical Center. Being a cancer survivor myself, I cannot thank Tata Medical Center enough for all the efforts they make towards providing care and treatment to cancer patients,” CC&FC president and former cricketer Arun Lal said. PTI BSM RMSlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra in ivory at brother Siddharth’s roka teaches how to do shaadi fashion right

first_imgPriyanka Chopra Jonas recently flew down to Delhi with husband Nick Jonas to attend her brother, Siddharth Chopra’s roka ceremony. The 30-year-old got rokafied to Ishita Kumar.Priyanka was the first person to break the good news, as she shared images of the lovely couple during the ceremony on her official Instagram account. Priyanka Chopra at brother’s roka ceremonyShe captioned the image, “So proud of my baby brother. Ishita welcome to the family.. you r so beautiful together.. I wish you both the best for the future ! Happy Roka!!”Miss World 2000, looked gorgeous at the event. She chose to wear an ivory coloured lehenga that had heavy embroidery all across it. The queen of elegance and poise paired her lehenga with a statement kundan neck piece and bangles.The actress let her wavy hair down and was seen sporting a bindi. Nick too complemented his wife Priyanka in a Sherwani of the same colour.Nick Jonas has just released a new single, Sucker after reuniting with his brothers which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner in the video.advertisementALSO SEE | Jonas Brothers drop brand new single Sucker. Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner kill itALSO WATCH | Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas get hitched in Jodhpurlast_img read more

Video: Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union Are At The Nebraska vs. Fresno State Game

first_imgDwyane Wade taking a selfie with Gabrielle Union.Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union are at the Nebraska vs. Fresno State game Saturday night.Star actress Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and as most Cornhusker fans know, she’s a huge fan of the Nebraska football program. Saturday night, she and her husband, Chicago Bulls star guard Dwyane Wade, are on-hand to watch the Cornhuskers open their season against Fresno State.In fact, it looks like the duo was offered the opportunity to get onto the field before the contest. The team’s Twitter account also posted a cool video of them.Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union on the field prior to #Huskers game.— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 4, 2016In the house.✊ @DwyaneWade and @itsgabrielleu.#GBR— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 3, 2016Nebraska and Fresno State are just getting underway. We know which side Union and Wade are rooting for.last_img read more

$1.4 Billion for CSJP III Activities in 2019/2020

first_img The Citizen Security and Justice Programme III is set to receive a cash injection of $1.4 billion to carry out its work in the new fiscal year.Details of the allocation are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.The money will go towards enhancing citizen security and justice in targeted communities, through improved governance and behavioural changes focused on conflict resolution, social inclusion and safety; and increasing ‘labour market attachment’ among residents.It will also be used to conduct training with 80 community parent trainers, 10 parenting field officers and 663 parents, and provide 120 group counselling sessions.There will also be the provision of: vocational skills training for 726 beneficiaries; tuition support for 300 secondary students and 26 tertiary students; remedial/pre-vocational training for 300 beneficiaries; on-the-job training for 100 beneficiaries; employment internship opportunities for 70 interns; and business development grants to 11 small businesses.The money will also be used to conduct impact evaluations on the parenting and vocational skills programme, and the satisfaction survey on violence-interruption services and parenting programmes; and commence final evaluation of the programme.There have been several achievements under the third phase, which began in December 2014.These include training of 167 parent trainers and 189 parents; providing counselling interventions for 2,090 beneficiaries; conducting 612 outreach activities with 45,025 at-risk youth; implementation of a case management system, and social marketing campaigns; and implementation of seven situational crime-prevention projects.Other achievements include the provision of: vocational skills training for 1,549 participants; tuition support for 1,128 secondary students and 894 tertiary students; and on-the-job training for 978 persons.The project is being funded by the Government, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Department for International Development and Global Affairs Canada.It is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security and is slated to end in November 2019. Details of the allocation are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme III is set to receive a cash injection of $1.4 billion to carry out its work in the new fiscal year. The money will go towards enhancing citizen security and justice in targeted communities, through improved governance and behavioural changes focused on conflict resolution, social inclusion and safety; and increasing ‘labour market attachment’ among residents. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Gov’t to Provide Legal Definition for Strategic Investments

first_imgThe Government has taken on board, a suggestion from the Opposition, to provide a clear legal definition of the term “strategic investments”.This was disclosed by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies on Tuesday, July 2, as he closed the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.During his contribution to the 2013/2014 Budget Debate, Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, recommended that the Government bring to Parliament, a law surrounding strategic investments.He said the move is imperative as Cabinet prepares to consider a submission to amend the Contractor General Act, to limit the involvement of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) in certain investment projects at the pre-contract stage.“We have taken on board the comment/suggestion made by the Leader of the Opposition. What we would seek to do is provide a definition for a strategic investment (to be) put before Parliament,” Dr. Davies said.Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, on May 29, announced the amendments to the Contractor General Act.He explained that there were “several strategic investments at hand” and several others to come, and “when such investment opportunities are in the formative and feasibility stages, confidentiality is usually demanded by those seeking to do business with the Government”.Dr. Davies, in his closing statements on Tuesday, stressed that the move “is not an attempt to exclude the Contractor General from carrying out his responsibility in monitoring contracts, but it will preclude certainly, when there are potentially sensitive investments being discussed, these investigations being carried out even before any agreement has been arrived at.”He said it is important to also convey to the rest of the population that “it’s not a matter of this is Government money and therefore be subject to scrutiny as such.”“These are persons we are trying to attract. We don’t know that we have had them yet, so you can’t begin to investigate the possibility of an investment and so there is going to be a definition of strategic investment as the backdrop towards the amendments,” Dr. Davies said.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

New Infant School Opens in Negril

first_img In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he is extremely proud that the school has already met 98 per cent of the required standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and within a month, following additional requisite teacher-training sessions, will reach the 100 per cent mark. It was built at a cost of just over $111 million with funding from the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund, and comprises eight classrooms with accompanying resource rooms and bathroom facilities, a large kitchen and dining room/recreational area, a staffroom, sickbay and principal’s office. Story Highlights The new state-of-the-art West End Infant School, in Negril, Westmoreland, was officially opened on Wednesday, December 6. The new state-of-the-art West End Infant School, in Negril, Westmoreland, was officially opened on Wednesday, December 6.The facility, which commenced classes in September, is the result of a public-private partnership among the Sandals Foundation, the CHASE Fund and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The school has the capacity to accommodate 160 students, with 60 students on roll so far.It was built at a cost of just over $111 million with funding from the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund, and comprises eight classrooms with accompanying resource rooms and bathroom facilities, a large kitchen and dining room/recreational area, a staffroom, sickbay and principal’s office.The property also has a garden and playground. All the furniture and educational resources were donated by School Specialty, a United States-based company that supplies school equipment.In his address at the ceremony, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said he is extremely proud that the school has already met 98 per cent of the required standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and within a month, following additional requisite teacher-training sessions, will reach the 100 per cent mark.He also expressed gratitude to the two donor agencies for working with the Ministry to establish the school, which he said is crucial to national development. He called for the provision of further support to other Ministry initiatives, such as the nutrition and school-bus programme, which he said will greatly impact human development in the western end of the island.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, William ‘Billy’ Heaven, said his organisation, which has been a key supporter of the early-childhood-education sector for the past 15 years, provided $48 million towards the construction of the school.He emphasised that early-childhood development continues to be of critical importance to the Fund, and that returns of investment in the sector can be as high as $17 for every $1 invested.“We at CHASE understand and we underscore the value of early-childhood education not only to the individual but also to the society. Even more critical, we understand that this is the stage that determines what adult this child will become, and there is great need to maximise the future well-being of each and every child who attends this institution,” Mr. Heaven said.last_img read more

Choosing Body Armor for Maritime Workers

first_imgIn the following article, SafeGuard ARMOR, a manufacturer and designer of advanced body armours for various purposes, explains what to bear in mind when choosing a body armour. SafeGuard ARMOR, July 30, 2014 With a wide selection of body armor available, it’s easy to pick the wrong one and thus, proper measures need to be carried out to ensure that the body armor chosen is one that will be highly effective.More and more maritime personnel are realizing the significance of body armor when it comes to saving lives. With innovations for added protection as well as protection that is comfortable, body armor has received a warm welcome in this field.“There are five main things to be considered when selecting body armor, these include:• Comfort• Weight• Level of protection needed• Type• Fit” A closer lookThe first question that should be asked is whether covert or overt body armor will be the ideal choice?Covert protective gear is designed to be worn under clothing and thus, is concealable. Though maritime personnel may not have the need to obtain a certain degree of anonymity, covert gear is still effective due to its lightweight feature and the high level of comfort achieved when wearing this vest as opposed to wearing overt (worn above clothing) protective gear. Incorporating fabrics like Coolmax and materials such as cotton, the comfort aspect of covert body armor can’t be undermined.The benefits of CoolmaxBecause maritime personnel need to be protected throughout the day, comfort is essential and thus, a vest that isn’t bothersome to wear for long durations of time is ideal. With the Coolmax fabric, maritime personnel who decide on covert body armor, will be afforded a vest that keeps them warm in colder weathers and cool in warmer weathers. The ‘wicking away’ technique of Coolmax spreads perspiration over a larger surface area promoting a higher rate of absorption.LightweightA light weight vest is also a great option for maritime personnel for the aforementioned reason. The fact that they are in need of around the clock protection means that a vest that puts the least amount of pressure on them throughout the day will be best.It’s imperative that body armor fits rightOne of the main things to keep in mind when choosing body armor is that the correct size needs to be selected. Doing so will ascertain that the level of protection offered is not inhibited. A vest that is too small will be restricting and make moving around and exercising the necessary amount of flexibility difficult in high risk situations. Additionally, a vest that is too small will leave the body’s vital organs exposed and thus vulnerable.Body armor that is to large will present similar challenges. Because of the additional weight and bulk, flexibility and movement will be minimized and the vest will not be as effective as intended.The aim of protective gear is to protect and if an incorrect size is chosen, the protection will be jeopardized. As a result, maritime personnel should ensure that proper measurements are taken when selecting protective gear. Female maritime personnel should opt for a vest designed for their body type.TypeDue to the areas in which maritime personnel work, it’s imperative that the protective gear chosen is water resistant. This will ensure that the vest is not damaged from exposure to water and that in the case that the wearer need to be in the water at any time, the vest won’t be weight bearing.Level of Protection AvailableLast but not least, we’ll look at the level of protection available for maritime personnel seeking protective gear. Covert protective gear is available up to a level III A.LEVEL II AA level II A vest offers the wearer great protection against 9mm Full Metal Jacket rounds traveling up to 1090 feet per second as well as the .40 S6W Full Metal Jacket rounds traveling up to 1025 feet per second. This level has seen a decrease in popularity as even though its lightweight feature is remarkable, higher level vests are still able to pack in a high amount of comfort while offering greater protection.LEVEL IIThe level II vest offers the wearer protection against 9mm Full Metal Jacket rounds with velocities as high as 1175 feet per second and .357 JSP traveling up to 1400 feet per second. Due to being exceptionally lightweight and comfortable to wear on a daily basis, this vest a very popular option.LEVEL III AThe ideal vest for maritime personnel is the level III A covert vest. High in comfort and offering protection against the 9mm FMJ rounds (1400 feet per second), the .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (1400 feet per second) as well as the rounds protected against by lower level vests, maritime personnel will be adequately protected when wearing a level III A vest. One of the key features of this vest is the fact that blunt trauma injury is significantly minimized.center_img zoom High risk jobs need to be faced with the correct levels of protective clothing. In the case of maritime personnel, body armor is one form of protection that should not be overlooked. The fact that there’s an increased level of difficulty in determining just when a threat may be faced, prepared maritime security personnel will be equipped at all times.last_img read more

Strikes Winning Down at Australia’s Ports

first_imgzoom The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) has proceeded today with the second round of industrial stoppages at Australian ports, Svitzer Towage confirmed.The union stopped work for 24 hours at Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong on January 19, halting operations for 48 hours in Sydney/Botany, Fremantle and Kwinana on January 18.According to Svitzer, as no further advice has been received about further stoppages planned, normal operations are expected to resume until at least 26 January.The strikes, which affect all coal carriers, fuel carriers, car importers and bulk container vessels entering port, are being staged by the union amid tug crews’ disagreement with Svitzer’s proposed industrial contract which would force three-person crews, consisting of a skipper, a deckhand and an engineer, under a single industrial agreement.Svitzer said it had already reached agreement with two unions, out of three involved in the matter, namely the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Negotiations for a new agreement have been underway with the three maritime unions since October.Separately, Patrick Stevedores, Australia’s largest stevedoring business, joined the strikes on Friday, keeping Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle shut as they voiced fears for their job security.According to the Australian, the 24-hour shutdown of Patrick stevedore’s four port terminals could cost Australia’s economy more than $40 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

SL terror attacks 5 suspects repatriated from Saudi Arabia

first_imgColombo: A prominent member of a banned Sri Lankan terror outfit involved in the Easter Sunday bombings was among the five suspects repatriated from Saudi Arabia, police said on Friday as they questioned them for their alleged links to the carnage. Police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said that Mohamed Milhan was a key associate of Zahran Hashim, a leader of the banned National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ) who killed himself in the blast at the posh Shangri La Hotel here. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Milhan, who was also listed as a terror suspect in the Intelligence warnings issued before the Easter Sunday terror attacks, is also wanted since November for the killing of two police constables in the eastern Kathankudy area where Hashim had his base. Four others also wanted in connection with the Easter bombings that killed 258 people and injured 500 others were arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “A team of Criminal Investigations Department officers brought the suspects back to Sri Lanka this morning,” Gunasekera said. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe suspects were arrested by a team of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) led by an assistant police superintendent, he was quoted as saying by the Times Online. Gunasekara said that the suspects are being questioned at the CID headquarters here. The suspects have been identified as as N.M.A. Milhan, M.A Mohamed Mila, A. Abusally, M.I.M. Ismail, and M.M.M. Shahnawaz Sabri, the report said. The spokesperson said that 107 people have been arrested for having direct links to the suicide bombings that targeted three churches and high-end hotels. He said that the CID is currently questioning 77 suspects in connection with the blasts. Out of the 77 suspects, 25 individuals are under custody of the Terrorist Investigations Department. The terror attacks which took place despite prior intelligence are also blamed on the political infighting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that emerged in October last year. Sirisena last week sacked chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis after he testified before a parliament select committee formed to probe the Easter bombings. During the inquiry last week, Mendis testified that the April 21 attacks could have been averted and also said that President Sirisena had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threat from Islamic radicals.last_img read more

SC to hear review pleas contempt petition against Rahul on May 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it was “little perplexed” over separate listing, contrary to its order, of the pleas seeking review of its verdict in Rafale case and the contempt plea against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chokidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A special bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it had made it clear earlier that both the matters would be heard together but despite that, the contempt petition was not listed for hearing along with the review pleas on Monday. The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, was told that the contempt petition against Gandhi was listed for hearing on May 10. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We are little perplexed that the two cases are listed on two different dates when the order was that these matters will be heard together,” the bench observed. “This is the problem. There was order for listing both the matters together. We had dictated the order in an open court but it says one case on May 6 and other on May 10. How can this be done?,” it said. After a brief hearing, the bench ordered that the review pleas and contempt petition against Gandhi be listed together for hearing on May 10. “The present matters and contempt petition (criminal)… be listed together on May 10 at 2.00 PM,” the bench said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”We make it clear that the hearing scheduled for May 10 would be taken up and parties shall make an endeavour to complete the same on the said date. Rejoinder to the replies of Union of India may be filed, in the meantime,” the bench said in its order. At the outset, advocate Prashant Bhushan, who is one of the petitioners in the case along with former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, told the bench that there were three pleas before the court. Bhushan said besides the review plea, there were two other applications — one seeking perjury action against unknown government servants for allegedly misleading the court during the Rafale case hearing earlier and the other for production of certain documents. Bhushan said he would argue on the review plea and application for production of certain documents and the court should allow Shourie to argue on the perjury application. “Where is the connected matter of contempt?,” the bench asked. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for one of the petitioner lawyers, Vineet Dhandha, referred to the apex court’s April 30 order and said the contempt petition was listed for hearing on May 10. “We had said that both the matters will be listed together,” the bench said. When Bhushan said the court should hear his arguments on the review plea for an hour, the CJI said, “My brother (Justice Kaul) has to take up miscellaneous matters in his court”. After the court dictated the order, Bhushan said that the Centre has not filed reply on the perjury application. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said no notice was issued to the government on the perjury application. To this, the bench told Venugopal, “Did we issue any notice to the application for production of documents? But, you have filed your reply to this application”. Bhushan also told the court that he would file rejoinder to the Centre’s affidavit which was filed last week. Gandhi had made the contemptuous remark, “chowkidar chor hai”, against Modi, which the apex court had said was wrongly attributed to it. The top court had on April 30 given another opportunity to Gandhi for filing one more affidavit for his remark.last_img read more

Security Council extends arms embargo against militia groups in DR Congo

The Security Council today extended its arms embargo and other sanctions against militias operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) until the end of March, underlining that it remains deeply concerned about the presence of unauthorized armed groups, especially in the east of the vast and impoverished country.Council members voted unanimously this morning to maintain the sanctions – consisting of the arms embargo, a travel ban and an assets freeze on those who violate the embargo – until at least 31 March.The 15-member Council expressed serious concern about the situation in the provinces of North and South Kivu and in the Ituri district, close to the border with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.The presence of so many active armed groups there “perpetuates a climate of insecurity in the whole region,” the resolution said, referring to the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.Council members reserved the right to adjust the sanctions as appropriate depending on the security situation in the DRC, which has suffered from decades of war and misrule but in 2006 held its first free elections since in more than 45 years.They stressed the need for progress in security sector reform, including integration of the armed forces and reform of the national police, as well as the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation and reintegration of members of both Congolese and foreign armed groups.The embargo was first imposed in 2003 amid concerns that the growth and trafficking of arms was serving to fuel and exacerbate conflicts across the Great Lakes region. The Council also noted the link between the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the DRC and the proliferation of arms.The embargo does not apply to arms and related materiel intended for the use of units of the national army or police as long as those units meet certain criteria. 15 February 2008The Security Council today extended its arms embargo and other sanctions against militias operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) until the end of March, underlining that it remains deeply concerned about the presence of unauthorized armed groups, especially in the east of the vast and impoverished country. read more

SecretaryGeneral calls for greater international cooperation and solidarity

21 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater collective action as he marked International Solidarity Day during a year when the global financial and economic crisis may have pushed as many as 100 million people into poverty, and as the world faces challenges stemming from climate change to food insecurity. “Solidarity with people affected by poverty and oppression is one of the founding principles of the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said in a message released yesterday, when the Day is observed. “Based on equality, inclusion and social justice, solidarity implies a mutual obligation among all members of society and across the global community.” The Secretary-General called for greater partnerships and cooperation among all development actors, including government, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. He noted that Solidarity Day is rooted in the declarations adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000 in which governments include solidarity as a fundamental value essential to international relations. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General called on Saturday for greater South-South and North-South cooperation. The theme of this year’s International Day for South-South Cooperation, observed on 19 December, was “Innovative Solutions through Inclusive Partnerships,” meant to highlight the need for stronger alliances and coalitions. The Secretary-General noted that two weeks ago in Nairobi, at the High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, Member States renewed their commitment to pursuing more inclusive avenues for development cooperation. “I encourage the countries of the South to deepen their cooperation, and I urge the North to support those efforts,” he said. “But there need to be more North-South partnerships, too. South-South cooperation should not be seen as a substitute for North-South cooperation, but complementary to it.” read more

Plan to bridge digital divide available for online comments ahead of UN

In a pioneering bid to energize local-level action to help shape an international blueprint for closing the gap between information “haves and have nots,” the results of the second meeting of the preparatory committee for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) are now available on the Internet at The two-phase World Summit will be held in Geneva from 10 to12 December, and in Tunis from16 to18 November 2005.The UN-guided committee and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the lead agency organizing the WSIS, are encouraging ordinary folks worldwide to log on and make observations and comments on the basic working documents – a draft plan of action and declaration – approved late last month in Geneva. Replies received by 31 May will be included in a reference text highlighting where public contributions might be included in the documents for the Summit.The ITU – a worldwide organization responsible for setting global telecommunications standards – worked with the UN to bring together over 1,500 of the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications industries for the second preparatory meeting. A compelling international strategy emerged which may, with the help of citizens and local communities, ensure equal access by both developed and developing countries to the potential of new communication technologies (ICTs). The declaration and plan of action available on the ITU web site promote innovative ideas such as a more humanizing role for the Internet and creating a “digital charter” by which economies higher up on the ICT development scale would be bound to help those at the lower end. The information society is seen as inclusive, where all persons, regardless of frontiers, can utilize and share knowledge in any media. The essential elements for creating such a society include a respect for human rights and civil liberties, and the existence of an independent communications media. The draft declaration and action plan will be discussed at the next preparatory meeting in Geneva, scheduled for 15 to 26 September. read more

Illegal land claims helped fuel clashes in DR of Congo UN report

The report, drafted by the Human Rights and Child Protection Sections of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and submitted this week to the UN Security Council, covers abuses from January 2002 to December 2003, but also includes events leading up to the atrocities of these two years.Driving the conflicts are claims to the region’s productive farmlands and forests, the Kilo Moto gold mine, one of the largest in the world, and other goldfields, potential oil reserves in the Lake Albert basin and rich fish stocks.The report says because of the human rights abuses, which are too many to chronicle comprehensively, it is vital that the Council renew the mission’s Chapter VII mandate when it expires at the beginning of October. Chapter VII of the UN Charter authorizes peacekeeping troops to use force in certain circumstances.Departing Belgian colonists, who had leased land from Lendu traditional chiefs in Ituri, left it during political upheavals in 1973 in the care of its Hema managers. The managers began illegally and secretly to register the land in their own names, especially when a Hema, Zbo Kalogi, became Minister of Agriculture, the report says.”The latest conflict – which has provoked so many of the abuses – was sparked off by a particular land dispute in 1998 when some Hema concessionaires took advantage of the weakened State apparatus to illegally enlarge their estates to the detriment of neighbouring, mostly Lendu, agriculturalists,” MONUC’s report to the Security Council says.Lendu farmers, members of what may be Ituri’s second-largest ethnic group after the Alur, revolted when law enforcement agents came to evict them from their land. They then tried to ruin property belonging to the land-grabbing Hema leaders. Believing there was a Hema conspiracy against them, however, they also punished innocent Hema people in their reprisals, it says.Leaders of increasingly divided rebel factions vying for political power in Ituri, home to 18 ethnic groups, have profited from the ethnic resentments originally generated by the land disputes, the report says.’The pre-transition government in Kinshasa, and the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda all contributed to the massive abuses by arming, training and advising local armed groups at different times,” it says.When the Hema militia, Union de Patriotes Congolais (UPC), took over Ituri’s capital, Bunia, in August 2002 and May 2003, they tried to empty the town of its Lendu, Bira and Nande residents, the last seen as commercial rivals to Hema businesspeople.”Hundreds of Lendu villages were completely destroyed during attacks by Ugandan army helicopters together with Hema militia on the ground,” the report says.Thousands of school children aged 7 to 17 were put into the armed groups of all sides and entire villages were destroyed in the clashes, it says. Women and girls on one side were seized by men on opposing sides and made into “sex slaves” and “war wives,” or were just raped and released.”The chiefs of armed groups took over the roles traditionally held by administrators, businessmen, traditional chiefs and law enforcement officers. They appointed ‘public officers,’ collected local taxes, sold the natural resources of their area of control, arrested civilians, judged them and, in some cases, executed them,” the MONUC report says.Abuses were carried out with total impunity by Ituri and non-Ituri perpetrators alike, it says. Meanwhile, “apart from the delivery of a humanitarian aid shipment early in 2004, humanitarian aid from the Government to the Ituri victims has been negligible.”It adds, however, that by the March 2004 finalization of the report, MONUC had been able to declare Bunia a weapons-free zone and to establish outposts around Bunia at Iga Barriere, Bogoro, Mongbwalu, Marabo, Tchomia, Mahagi and Kpandroma, while patrolling other areas of Ituri. read more

Can Katie Ledecky Break The 8Minute Barrier

We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible. read more

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey faces disciplinary action for concealing temperature from medics

first_imgPauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before boarding an RAF Hercules at Glasgow Airport Credit:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty In February a panel convened by Save The Children, which runs the Kerry Town treatment centre where Miss Cafferkey worked,  said it was satisfied the nurse did not know she was infected when she left Sierra Leone.At the departure airport, her temperature was recorded as 98F (36.7C), which is normal.Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said Miss Cafferkey was “a dedicated humanitarian who worked tirelessly and selflessly in the fight against EbolaLast month Miss Cafferkey spoke for the first time to The Telegraph about the anguish she felt over the misconduct allegations which have lasted for more than 18 months.“I don’t know why it has not been finished. It’s very stressful. It would be nice to have closure,” she said although she has been warned not to talk about the details of the investigation.  Miss Cafferkey spent five weeks working in Sierra Leone, tending to Ebola patients. She twice came close to death – once from Ebola and later from meningitis triggered by the virus.She is still working but cannot continue her old job of home visits as a community nurse because she is currently prevented from driving because of the seizures caused by the meningitis.She said she would like to return to Sierra Leone when she regains full fitness. However the NMC alleges she did not inform screening staff who took her temperature at the airport that she had recently taken paracetamol – which is known to lower fevers – and left the area without reporting her true reading.She is accused of ‘allowing an incorrect temperature to be recorded’ on December 29 2014 which was ‘intended to conceal from Public Health England staff a temperature higher than 100F (38C).’If she is found to have wilfully misled public health workers, she could be struck off the nursing register.After details of the charges emerged, an NMC spokesman said: “Since these proceedings began the NMC has worked closely with Miss Cafferkey and her representatives to reach an outcome that is fair and meets the public interest in this case.”Since the NMC’s case examiners considered the allegations and drafted charges, we have received further evidence.”The final charges the panel will consider will be determined in light of this new material. A process of ongoing review is part of our normal practice in all cases.”Miss Cafferkey and her representatives have co-operated fully throughout this process. Currently we are working towards scheduling the case for a panel to consider on September 13.” Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been accused of taking paracetamol to lower her temperature so she would pass screening checks at Heathrow Airport.The Scottish medical worker is expected to face a fitness to practice hearing at the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) next month where she is accused of concealing her temperature from Public Health England officials.Miss Cafferkey was infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014 after travelling to the West African country to help at the height of the Ebola outbreak.She returned to London and then travelled on to Scotland before being diagnosed, and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.The volunteer recovered but was readmitted to hospital twice after suffering complications linked to the disease, and at one stage fell critically ill.center_img Pauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before boarding an RAF Hercules at Glasgow Airport  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