My Influences

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 Tom PetersI didn’t read In Search for Excellence. By the time Tom Peters came into my awareness, he had just written The Circle of Innovation. It was through this book, published in 1997, that I came to understand that we live an accelerating, disruptive age and that one must adapt, again and again and again.From Circle, I went backwards to Thriving on Chaos, and then forward to The Brand You 50, The Professional Service Firm 50, and The Project 50, before reading Re-Imagine years later. No one has shaped my thinking about business and doing purposeful, meaningful work more than Tom Peters.Stephen CoveyI am not sure when I first picked up The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, but I was young. What I discovered was that everything was my fault, and that if I wanted to change the relationships I had with other people, I had to change first. I’d love to tell you that the lesson stuck on the first reading. Or the fifth reading. But it took quite a while longer than I would have liked.It is easy to understand the ideas in The Seven Habits intellectually. It is something different to make them your own.From there, I read and studied First Things First and Principle-Based Leadership. There I learned even more about my responsibility to use my time to do meaningful work and the charge a leader must keep.Neil RackhamI have read countless books on selling. I have taken something from almost every one of them. But no work has been more influential, and none has helped me succeed in sales more than two books from Neil Rackham. The first, naturally, is SPIN Selling. Two ideas changed everything about how I sold. First, I started working on gaining an advance in every sales call. Second, I started to focus like a laser beam on the implications of not changing. Upon making these changes, selling became easier for me, and my personal sales took off. So much so, I ended up leading a team.Rackham’s follow up, Major Account Sales Strategy, had an even more profound impact on my thinking. This book never got the accolades it deserved. That book helped me win multi-million dollar deals, and the principles in that book are deeply ingrained in how I think about sales and selling.There are a lot of people who have done good work here, but for me, it’s Rackham first.Ken WilberIt is important to understand your world. If you like that kind of thing, then maybe you want to understand the Universe, and everything in it. Ken Wilber is a philosopher, but for me, he is far more than that. He is a friend, and a teacher.I found his books A Theory of Everything and A Brief History of Everything, before stumbling into Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality (if you pick this book up, you are on your own).Ken’s great work is a framework into which you can fit all other frameworks. It is master key for understanding human behavior, human cultural evolution, and the development of human psychology. His work is a synthesis of a lot of other’s work, including philosophers, scientists, developmental psychologists, and spiritual teachers.I only discovered Ken’s work a few years ago, but it has made positive changes in the way I view much of my work, and even more positive ways how I view other people.last_img read more

O, Sister!

first_imgTake a dozen or so celebrities. Add 37 cameras. Mix them in one house. And leave for 35 days. What you have is the recipe for Celebrity Big Brother.This year’s contestants were a C-list collection of wannabees (Danielle Lloyd, Jade Goody), have-beens (Ken Russell, Jermaine Jackson, Leo Sayer, Jo O’ Meara, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Dirk Benedict), and nobodies (Carole Malone, Donny Tourette, Cleo Rocos, Jack Tweed, Jackiey Budden). The exception was Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, arguably more famous than the rest of the housemates put together, who reportedly received $680,000 to participate. Yet to the British public, she entered the house unknown and unrecognized.It appeared that Channel 4, the British network behind Big Brother, had a flop on its hands. That was until simmering tensions bubbling under the surface began to heat up. It started with Jackiey Budden, in the house with daughter Jade Goody, not being able to pronounce Shilpa’s name. Budden repeatedly hreferred to the actor as “Shipla” or “Shipa,” before graduating to “the Indian.” British viewers observed how Budden’s treatment of Shetty drove the actor to tears on a number of occasions. Budden questioned the actor, who is reputably worth $30 million, if she lived in a shack.After Shilpa prepared a dish of roast chicken for the group, Jo O’ Meara, former member of pop band S Club 7, hrefused to eat it, “I don’t trust that chicken. I want to eat it but I’m scared,” she complained, claiming it was undercooked. The singer went on to say Indians were thin because they were always ill as a result of undercooking their food. Jo later did impressions of Shetty’s accent and protested the actor had touched housemates’ food with her hands.Danielle Lloyd, briefly a former Miss Great Britain, hreferred to Shilpa as a “dog.” After an argument between Jade and Shilpa, onlooker Danielle interjected that Shilpa should “just f**k off home,” adding that she was unable to speak proper English. However, it was serial reality TV contestant Goody, who appeared to torment the actor more than any other housemate. In conversations with O’ Meara and Lloyd, Goody was heard hreferring to Shetty as “Shilpa F***awallah” and “Shilpa Poppadom.” The former dental nurse also stated of the Hindi film star “‘She makes me feel sick, she makes my skin crawl.”Many of the rows in the Big Brother house centered around the kitchen. On Day 14, an argument developed over who had used the last stock cube. Jade launched into a verbal tirade against Shilpa, “I f***ing hate liars. You’re not some princess in f***ing Neverland. You’re a normal housemate like everybody else. Go back to the slums and find out what real life is about lady.”The racially charged incidents inside the house began making headlines around the world, as the initially under-performing show rapidly developed into a major diplomatic crisis. As the racism debate heightened, in India, chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown found himself fielding questions about Big Brother, sidetracking his original agenda on bilateral trade. By Jan. 20, the number of officials complaints against the network hit 40,000, the highest ever against a television program in the UK.In her introductory video before she entered the Big Brother House, Shilpa Shetty claimed, “I’m an Indian film actress and lucky enough to be one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema.”Not quite, Shilpa. Yes, Ms Shetty is a genuine Indian film actress. You would be hard pressed however, to find many people who pre-Celebrity Big Brother, would agree that she is “one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema.” Globally, we all know Ashwariya Rai. Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta may also get nods of recognition. But Shilpa? Although Shilpa has been acting in Bollywood for almost 14 years, and has released close to 50 movies, in only a handful of films has she achieved commercial success. Her 1993 debut Baazigar (Magician) was well received, but in the movie all we really saw was the heroine dancing around a bit, before she is killed off. She gained critical recognition in 2004’s, Phir Milenge (We’ll Meet Again), in which she played the role of a person living with HIV. The film, with its controversial storyline, won her several awards, but did not perform well on its release. After delivering just one movie last year, the flop Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar, Shilpa has Apne with Sunny and Bobby Deol and Anurag Basu’s Metro to look forward to in 2007.Whilst not the most talented or well-known actor in the industry, karate expert and yoga queen Shilpa has earned the title the “body” of Bollywood. BB viewers watching Shilpa’s keep fit regime in the house know that this ex-model works hard. Though there is speculation that her famous body has been achieved with the help of plastic surgery. With a mass of public support, originally from Britain’s 2 million South Asian population and now by a sympathetic British audience, Shilpa is now favorite to win the competition. Her popularity was evident on Jan. 20, when she won an eviction night vote, after being nominated alongside her tormenter Jade. The result was seen as a stand against intolerance, as 82 percent of voters evicted Jade from the house.The eviction was not without controversy, however, as viewers complained the show broke its own rules of isolating the contestants from the outside world by informing Goody before the eviction about the ongoing race row. After one hour in the Diary Room talking to the producers (of which only 10 minutes were transmitted), Jade uncharacteristically greeted Shilpa with a hug and apologized for anything she may have said, which was perceived by the actor as being racist. In turn Shilpa backpeddled on her complaints on the show that she was a victim of racism. Since emerging from the house, Jade, horrified by the storm she had generated, has been serially apologizing to the media.An unprecedented global audience has sat up and taken notice of the first Bollywood actress to appear on Celebrity Big Brother. While Shilpa may not be one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema, she can now certainly claim to be one of the world’s most well known reality TV stars.    Related Itemslast_img read more

Test cricket returns to Wankhede after emotional Sachin Tendulkar farewell

first_imgIndia are gearing up to face England in the fourth Test at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai with the comfort of a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Virat Kohli and his boys will be aiming for nothing less than a win which would see them clinch the series and equal India’s longest unbeaten streak (17 matches without a defeat) in Tests. (India aim to extend winning run in fourth Test vs England)Team India have everything going for them at the moment but they will be aware of their dismal record against England at the Wankhede. The last time India defeated England at this venue was way back in February 1993. In the two matches since (2006 and 2012), England has been the emphatic winner, by 212 runs and 10 wickets respectively. England are the only visiting team to have won more than one Test at the Wankhede. (Kohli, Pujara approaching key milestones)Back in 2012, India had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh in their team but even then they were outplayed and outclassed by a magnificent century from Kevin Pietersen first and then spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann bamboozled their famed batting lineup. (Rahane ruled out of remaining two Tests vs England)None of the above mentioned stars are around now and this Indian team under captain Kohli has a completely new look to it. India will be playing its first Test at the Wankhede without Tendulkar ever since he made his debut in 1989. (Lokesh Rahul to open the innings: Kohli)(BCCI Photo)advertisementTendulkar bowed out of international cricket in an emotional farewell Test at this very ground in 2013. The Little Master’s 200th Test saw India defeating the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs with Pragyan Ojha finishing with 10 wickets in the match. Cheteshwar Pujara (113) and Rohit Sharma (111*) made superb hundreds but it was Tendulkar’s 74, his final Test innings, which overshadowed all other contributions.His innings was laced with the trademark straight drive, the cut, the pull and the on-drive as the capacity crowd chanted ‘Sachin, Sachin!’ throughout his stay at the crease. Tendulkar’s speech at the end of the match was even more special as the legend bowed out with a bang in front of his home crowd and with more than a billion people watching on television.(BCCI Photo)History beckons for India once again as they aim to clinch their fifth Test series win in succession. Only once in 84 years has an Indian team achieved that. Between 2008 and 2010, under skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India defeated Australia at home, England at home, New Zealand in their own den, Sri Lanka at home and Bangladesh in Bangladesh.But if there’s one thing which history has taught India is that it must not take an out-of-form England side for granted and be complacent. Their last victory over England in a five-match series came way back in 1972-73, when captain Ajit Wadekar lead the Indian team to a 2-1 victory. The final Test of that series was played at Wankhede where the visitors almost managed to pull off a miracle and level the series.Wankhede will once again be in focus from Thursday with five gruelling days of Test cricket and a slow turner awaiting both the teams. Both sides have been hampered by injuries to its key players and with the toss playing a crucial role in the series so far, it will be anybody’s game in Mumbai.last_img read more

Vikings Reinstate Kid Abuser Peterson

first_imgEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Sept. 15, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.While many of Peterson’s teammates welcomed him back and threw their support behind the embattled former MVP, the Vikings also faced plenty of criticism for deciding to let Peterson play while facing charges of child abuse.The Radisson hotel chain suspended its sponsorship deal with the Vikings and former players like Cris Carter and Scott Fujita lined up to question the team’s motives while Peterson insisted that he was not a child abuser.“I understand that this is a very difficult thing to handle,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “But we also feel strongly as an organization that this is disciplining a child. Whether it’s an abusive situation or not, or whether he went too far disciplining, we feel very strongly that that is the court’s decision to make, but we also understand the seriousness of abusing children as well.”After deactivating Peterson for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sept. 14 while they gathered more information on the face of the franchise’s indictment, the Vikings reinstated Peterson and said they expected him to play against the New Orleans Saints next weekend. Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.Peterson didn’t talk to reporters, but did issue a statement through his agency that said he wanted “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.“No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the decision after consulting with Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer and the players who were available to the media lined up to support it.“We’ve just got to stick together. That’s how the best teams win games and that’s how the best teams grow as a team and (build) team chemistry,” defensive end Everson Griffen said. “The best thing we can do right now is support the Minnesota Vikings, support the decisions that they made to reinstate Adrian Peterson and fully support Adrian. ”Radisson is the first company to back away from a sponsorship deal since the league has been facing criticism over its handling of domestic violence cases.Radisson’s sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences. The banner was behind Spielman as he discussed the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson.Peterson faces a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, was scheduled for Oct. 8.“I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct,” Peterson said. “Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury.A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”“If anyone in your family, if someone does something you disagree with, you’re still going to love them,” backup quarterback Christian Ponder said. “We love Adrian. We’re here to support him through everything that is going on. I’m not going to comment on whether I agree or disagree with what happened. That’s his decision as a father, and he may or may not pay the penalty as he goes through what he’s going through down in Texas.”Spielman said the Vikings have seen files the authorities have built on Peterson’s case, including some photos of the injuries the boy sustained.“The photos are disturbing. I understand that,” Spielman said. “But to be clear, any matter that’s involving the child is very important for this organization. But we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally.”The Vikings clearly see Peterson’s case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend and charged with domestic assault. Cook was suspended by the team, reinstated with pay and then barred from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.The Vikings also cut cornerback A.J. Jefferson last year, less than a day after he was arrested for domestic assault. In 2012, the Vikings cut practice squad running back Caleb King hours after he was released from jail after allegedly inflicting serious harm on another man in a fight.“Why are due process rights only reserved for the privileged (and) for those at the top of the roster?” Fujita tweeted.But Spielman steadfastly denied the team’s decision on Peterson had anything to do with his status as one of the best players in the league and his ability to help the team win.“It has nothing to do with him as a football player,” Spielman said. “It’s based purely on the facts that we have that have been presented to us.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New Details Have Emerged Regarding Urban Meyer’s Text Messages

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State University released on Tuesday more documents related to the investigation into Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The new documents included some screenshots of text messages sent to and from Meyer over the past couple of months.A text message back-and-forth between Meyer and his agent, Trace Armstrong, was going viral on social media. There was one aspect of the back-and-forth that had people talking.Texts between Urban Meyer and agent Trace Armstrong. Meyer tells Armstrong that Zach Smith was fired for “cumulative stuff” and “I will not tell the media.”— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018There have been questions about the message from Meyer’s agent that told him two women were going to need his phone for a couple of hours.Of course, this led to rampant speculation on social media, but context is important. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has provided everyone with it.Those two women are from Meyer’s legal team. They needed to go through Meyer’s phone and then hand over everything to the investigation.Deleted that last tweet because I goofed one very key word. “They” were members of Meyer’s legal team. Stuff from the phone was then turned over to Ohio State. My bad on the dumb wording on the last one.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 29, 2018So, there’s some context. More details surrounding the Ohio State-Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga are expected to be released at a later time. There are still more documents centered on the Meyer investigation that have yet to be released.Ohio State, meanwhile, is a couple of days away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Saturday against Oregon state.Interim coach Ryan Day is leading the Buckeyes during Meyer’s suspension. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season, though he’s able to return to the practice field following the opening game.Meyer will be able to return to the sideline Week 4. He’ll be back one week before that massive game at Penn State. Ohio State is opening the year ranked inside the top five of both of the major preseason polls. Meyer will be returning to a team with Big Ten and national championship expectations.last_img read more

Minister Denies Appeal of Onshore Oil Exploration Approval

first_img considered and incorporated community input as part of the approval thoroughly considered the location and nature of the proposed activity ensured there were terms and conditions in place to protect the environment and human health the district manager was formally delegated to make decisions on behalf of the minister. PetroWorth applied in October, 2010 for approval to drill an onshore oil exploration well in the west Lake Ainslie area. The application required separate approvals from the Departments of Environment and Energy. The Department of Energy approved the company’s application for an authority to drill on Sept. 20. This permits the company to drill a vertical exploration well between 1,200 and 1,500 metres. It does not include hydraulic fracturing. The Department of Environment approved PetroWorth’s industrial approval application on July 29. It contains terms and conditions to protect the environment through the construction, drilling and remediation phases of the project. The Margaree Environmental Association filed all the necessary documents for an appeal on Oct. 18. The department acknowledged receipt on Oct. 21 and the Environment Minister had 60 days to issue his decision. Petroworth Resources Inc. can proceed with the drilling of an exploratory oil well in Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Dec. 20, he has upheld the industrial approval issued in July 2011. “I have carefully reviewed the grounds for appeal and there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support overturning the approval,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. The review found that the Department of Environment:last_img read more

4 dead in devastating northern Oz shooting

first_imgSydney: Four people are dead and one person injured in Australia after a gunman opened fire late Tuesday in the northern city of Darwin, authorities said. A 45-year-old man has been taken into custody and Northern Territory (NT) police say there are no further public threats. They said the incident was not believed to be terror-related. “Today, June 4, 2019, has been a devastating day in the Northern Territory,” NT chief minister Michael Gunner told reporters. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Five crime scenes, four people deceased, one injured. This is not the Darwin we know,” he added. The alleged gunmen remained at large for an hour before he was apprehended. Witnesses recalled harrowing scenes as a man moved from room to room opening fire at a motel. The suspected shooter was known to police having been released from prison in January. “We’re still trying to establish the intent and the motivation behind this but all I can say is that sadly people have lost their lives this evening,” Northern Territory Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaKershaw said they were investigating five crime scenes in the city. The deceased were all male and the injured a women, he added. Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the attack as “a terrible act of violence”. “I just want to extend my deep condolences and sympathies to all the people of the Territory and particularly in Darwin,” Morrison told reporters in London. “This is a very tight-knit community and I know they will be rocked by these events.” Witnesses told national broadcaster ABC they saw a man with a “sawn-off shotgun” enter a Darwin hotel. “He shot up all the rooms, and he went to every room looking for somebody and he shot them all up, then we saw him rush out, jump into his Toyota pick-up, and rush off,” witness John Rose told the ABC. Another witness said she helped a bleeding women “with holes all in her skin” after a boyfriend carried the victim from the same hotel.last_img read more

Sensex drops 250 pts Nifty below 11450

first_imgMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex extended its losing streak by falling over 250 points in early trade Wednesday, led by losses global markets amid rising US-China tension. The 30-share index was trading 205.12 points, or 0.54 per cent, lower at 38,071.51. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty was down 63.65 points, or 0.55 per cent, at 11,434.25. Top losers in early session were RIL, ONGC, Vedanta, NTPC, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, HDFC twins, HUL and SBI, shedding up to 1.57 per cent. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, PowerGrid, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Yes Bank and Sun Pharma were the top gainers, rising up to 0.82 per cent. In the previous session on Monday, the BSE bourse ended 323.71 points, or 0.84 per cent, lower at 38,276.63. The NSE Nifty too dropped 100.35 points to settle below the 11,500 level at 11,497.90.last_img read more

Moroccan Actor Escapes Brussels Terrorist Attacks

By Abdelghafour HalimiCasablanca – The Moroccan actor, Amine Ennaji revealed in a Facebook post today that a change of travel plans allowed him to escape potential tragedy, referring to the multiple terrorist attacks in Brussels, two of which took place at its airport, that occurred earlier today. So far, 34 are reported dead as a result of the attacks.The Moroccan actor, who was traveling in Belgium, posted a statement on his Facebook page stating that he was in need of an airplane ticket from Brussels to Casablanca. However, he changed his destination this morning, choosing to take the metro to Amsterdam, where he flew out of Schiphol Airport.Following the attacks, Ennaji wrote in a Facebook post “I was lucky that I flew from Amsterdam this morning.” read more

Professor and author to share UNESCOs Arab culture prize

7 October 2008An Egyptian professor and a Portuguese author will each receive this year’s Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. Professor Gaber Asfour and the writer Adalberto Alves were chosen on the recommendation of an international jury that considered 33 candidates presented by 20 countries, according to a press release issued by UNESCO.Dr. Asfour, who teaches at several Arab, European and United States universities and is the current head of the National Translation Foundation in Cairo, plays a key role in disseminating Arab culture around the world, UNESCO noted.“His highly original literary criticism has gained international recognition,” the agency said. “A champion of intercultural dialogue, he has promoted values such as women’s rights, respect for others, creative diversity and tolerance.”Mr. Alves, who heads the Centre for Luso-Arab Studies of Silves, Portugal, is now working on a dictionary of Portuguese words of Arab origin. He also heads a committee that helped create the Foundation of Arab Memory, served as vice-president of the Portuguese-Arab Cooperation Institute and was a member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Foundation of Arab-Islamic Heritage.“His work has inspired many Portuguese and Spanish writers and has contributed to the dissemination of the history of Arab culture of Portugal’s Muslim era [the Gharb al-Andalus],” UNESCO said.A monetary prize of $30,000 each and the awards will be presented to the two laureates in a ceremony at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 17 November.The Sharjah Prize was created by the Executive Board of UNESCO with funds provided by the Sharjah Government in the United Arab Emirates in 1998 to honour individuals or groups that have contributed in a significant way to the development, dissemination and promotion of Arab culture in the world, as well as to the preservation of Arab cultural heritage. read more

Obama praises confirmation of Cordray as director of consumer financial office

by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 1:26 pm MDT WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed Richard Cordray’s long-awaited confirmation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying his installation gives consumers a stronger footing “for years to come” in dealings with banks and credit card companies.Obama, the beneficiary of a Senate agreement Tuesday that cleared the way for a number of his nominations, said Cordray’s confirmation eliminates any lingering doubts about the authority of the consumer agency, whose creation was one of the key features of a 2010 financial regulation law and has long been a point of contention with Republicans.Cordray’s confirmation and his swearing in by Vice-President Joe Biden Wednesday morning culminate a drawn out fight between Obama on the one hand and the financial industry and GOP lawmakers on the other over the authority of the agency. Republicans have sought to alter the agency’s structure and the means by which it is financed to give Congress greater control.“For two years, Republicans in the Senate refused to give Rich a simple yes or no vote, not because they didn’t think he was the right person for the job, but because they didn’t like the law that set up the consumer watchdog in the first place,” Obama told an audience of about 60 people gathered in the White House’s State Dining Room.Among those in attendance was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who conceived the idea of a consumer agency while she was a Harvard Law School professor. Initially touted for the director’s job, Warren was perceived as too polarizing and Obama instead chose Cordray for the post.Cordray and Warren embraced warmly Wednesday after Obama’s remarks.Cordray thanked Obama and senators for his confirmation. “It’s all I ever asked for, all I ever worked for was the chance to have an up or down vote on the merits,” he said.Creation of the bureau was one of the key features of a 2010 financial regulation law and it has long been a point of contention with Republicans.Obama last year placed Cordray in the job through an appointment when the Senate was not fully in session. Republicans have challenged the appointment arguing that the Senate was not officially in recess to permit Obama to act on his own.Obama, noting that he took matters into his own hands, said Wednesday that “without a director in place the CFPB would have been severely hampered.”In one of its major actions, the agency last year ordered three credit card companies — American Express, Discover and Capital One — to refund more than $400 million to about six million customers for using what it said were pressure or misleading tactics.Obama also gave credit to the agency for addressing more than 175,000 consumer complaints, for helping simplify credit card forms and giving students and parents more information before taking out student loans.Cordray’s confirmation was part of a deal in the Senate to dislodge a number of Obama nominations that had faced Republican opposition. The Senate voted 66-34 to confirm Cordray, the first in a series of votes planned this week on a total of seven Obama nominees to various Cabinet departments and agencies.On Wednesday, the chamber planned to vote on Fred Hochberg to be president of the Export-Import Bank. Votes on Labor Secretary-designate Tom Perez and Gina McCarthy, Obama’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, could also come by the end of the week.The deal averted a pitched struggle over changing the Senate rules that effectively require 60-vote thresholds instead of the 51-vote simple majority to win confirmation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Obama praises confirmation of Cordray as director of consumer financial office read more

SKM electrical engineer recognised for IPCC work in Australia and Brazil

first_imgAn electrical engineer with engineering and project delivery group Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has won the prestigious AW Roberts Award, which was presented by the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH), in a ceremony held in Sydney, Australia in November 2013. Jacob Power won the ASBSH AW Roberts Award, named after industry leader Alan Roberts, “which recognises the achievements and notable contribution of a young person in bulk materials handling in the areas of research, design and/or practice.” Power was recognised for his particular expertise in the design of materials handling projects and IPCC for major projects undertaken by SKM in Queensland and Brazil.SKM’s General Manager for Mining and Metals, Phil Lory, noted that “Jacob’s contributions to SKM’s work for clients’ coal and iron ore projects in Queensland and Brazil have been outstanding, and demonstrate the high level of skills of young engineers in the profession. Jacob continues to make a significant contribution on all projects with which he is involved at SKM.” Chief Electrical Engineer at SKM, Greg Brown said: “Jacob is an invaluable member of the SKM Electrical Engineering team, contributing a significant level of expertise to the research, design and practices of the group.” Power joined SKM in 2007 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Mathematics and is currently undertaking an integral role as the Electrical Asset Manager as part of a Brisbane-based SKM team to deliver the truckless component of Vale’s S11D project in Brazil.In 2011, Mr Power was nominated to take part in SKM’s Future Leaders Program. The program is specially created to harness and develop the leadership skills of SKM staff with five to ten years’ professional experience. He is currently participating in a mentoring program for high potential staff at SKM.last_img read more

Goldlinks blockchain tie up with Mongolian gold mine

first_imgGlobal gold industry blockchain alliance, Goldlinks, has concluded a strategic partnership with Erd Khul LLC, a gold mine in Mongolia. The partnership covers cooperation on mining, the creation of gold-backed digital assets, mine acquisitions, and more. The tie-up is the latest in a succession of important partnerships for Goldlinks, and indicates Erd Khul’s enthusiasm for the synergies made possible by gold-backed digital currencies.Erd Khul is located in Zaamar District, Töv Province, Mongolia. The mine occupies a total area of 2,243 ha, has proven gold reserves of 50 t, and a monthly output of 150 kg, expandable to over 500 kg.Recently, Goldlinks unveiled a gold-backed digital currency called Global Gold Cash (GGC) that runs on a blockchain and is backed by physical gold. Currently, 100 GGC is equal to 1 g of physical gold of 99.9% purity. As an up-and-coming ‘stablecoin’ that is backed by gold, GGC recently found itself in the media spotlight after it became the world’s first digital currency to be used in international trade settlement.Under this new strategic partnership, Erd Khul expressed its approval of Goldlinks’ philosophy and vision and pledged to work together to digitize its 50 t in gold reserves. This physical gold will be used by Goldlinks to back the issuance of GGC, helping to lend the tokens greater credibility.In addition, Erd Khul agreed to accept payment in GCC from Goldlinks users for products and services provided by the mine and its subsidiaries. This offers a compelling usage case for the currency as a medium of exchange in commercial applications.The agreement also calls for the establishment of a joint digital currency investment fund that will invest in high-quality digital currency projects worldwide to promote the digitization of gold by mine owners. Backed by physical reserves, future production, and mining rights, gold-backed blockchain tokens are expected to have a profound impact on the world’s financial, blockchain, and digital currency sectors.Also of note is that Erd Khul may allow users to trade Global Gold Token (GGT), a gold community digital currency issued by Goldlinks, in exchange for shares in its gold mine. This could make GGT the world’s first digital currency that can be used to acquire a mining stake.GGT is a utility token issued to community members by Goldlinks that records member rights, including the right to buy gold at a discount, invest in gold mines, vote on projects, and reap the rewards of the Goldlinks business ecosystem. At the time of going to press, one GGT token was trading at around $1.21 on BitForex.last_img read more

PS Vita usable as PlayStation 3 controller or Wii Ustyle display

first_imgSony has revealed at the Develop Conference that its upcoming PSP successor, the PlayStation Vita, could be used as a PlayStation 3 controller and that it will be up to developers to determine how the two systems interact.Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers listed a number of possibilities, which he called “a few boring technical ideas.”  The first was a Wii U-esque use of the Vita’s screen to display a PS3 game. He mentioned that the PS3 could be doing graphics processing and sending the “fancy graphics” over to the Vita. A “rich experience on Vita” comes without sacrificing the PS3’s CPU, he said.Another possibility was using the Vita as a controller for the PS3. This would enable the bigger console to take advantage of the Vita’s unique features, including the touch surfaces on front and back as well as the portable’s gyroscopes.These possibilities, which will be made available as options to developers working on Sony platforms, tie in to a bigger Sony effort to promote same-title, cross-platform gaming on the PS3 and Vita. At the conference, Rogers demonstrated Wipeout 2048 communicating with the PlayStation 3 racer Wipeout HD. Eurogamer, which attended the conference, noted that performance was better on the PS3 but that the Vita version wasn’t bad at all.The PlayStation Network has been presented in this context as a cloud service to link gameplay experiences across platforms. Players will be able to access data such as save games and scoreboards from either platform. Sony has taken care to ensure that “it doesn’t break the PS3 experience,” citing the large number of PS3 owners.In an interesting twist, Rogers detailed a PS Vita feature called Continuation Play. Not unlike the “Transfaring” feature in upcoming Konami games, Continuation Play allows users to start playing a PS3 game and then pick it up while on the move on Vita. The system will be supported by Title User Storage, which puts 1MB on Sony servers for save games visible from both the PS3 and Vita. As Rogers put it, players can play a game at home, “take it on the train and continue.” The feature has already been announced for Ruin, a Diablo-esque RPG, and Rogers teased that more games using the feature “probably” exist. Sony will also make it possible for PS3 developers to patch in these features to existing PS3 games.Data will be transferred through the PlayStation Network, or Wi-Fi when both systems are on the same access point. “You don’t need fancy cables,” Rogers claimed. “It just works,” he added.Remote Play, a feature for streaming gameplay from the home console seen on the PSP, will also be present in Vita. Rogers claims to have seen an early version running and said it “look[s] good.” The feature will be available at launch.The Nintendo 3DS was recently mooted to support greater interaction with the Wii U, such as being used as an additional controller for the console, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata downplayed the potential for fear of turning customers away.The PS Vita will likely hit retail shelves in late October.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Gardaí discover loaded pistol and shotgun cartridges during searches in west Dublin

first_imgThe contribution of the defence forces has been invaluable in these searches. Apr 26th 2019, 7:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23 Comments Short URL 17,927 Views Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:39 PM Image: Garda Press Office GARDAÍ AND MEMBERS of the Defence Forces conducting searches related to gangland activity in west Dublin have discovered a gun and ammunition. As part of an on ongoing operation into feuding gangs in the Corduff area, searches were carried out at a waste ground in the vicinity of the Riversdale Community College and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.During the search, a loaded Makarov 9mm pistol and silencer was located. At a separate location the search team discovered nine shotgun cartridges and four 9mm bullets. Commenting on the find, Superintendent Liam Carolan of Blanchardstown said:“The search carried out today resulted in another firearm being taken off the streets.“This is the second joint operation carried out by Gardaí from Blanchardstown, assisted by our colleagues from the Defence Forces, in which firearms have been recovered.center_img By Cormac Fitzgerald The loaded pistol discovered today. Share Tweet Email1 Gardaí discover loaded pistol and shotgun cartridges during searches in west Dublin Gardaí said the weapon and ammunition seized will be forwarded for ballistic testing. The loaded pistol discovered today. Image: Garda Press Office Gardaí said the weapon and ammunition seized will be forwarded for ballistic testing.last_img read more

Greek Parliament passes multibill

first_imgAgainst a backdrop of street protests, strikes, occupations of public buildings and left and right wing opposition in Parliament, and after a few minor last minute amendments to the 109 articles multi bill, the New Democracy-PASOK Greek Government managed to pass this morning through Parliament another austerity bill. The bill voted in by 153 MP’s in the 300-seat Greek Parliament was a prerequisite imposed by the troika in order to unlock another instalment of nearly 7 billion euros to Greece. The bill that, amongst other, obliges the Greek government to fire 15,000 public employees by the end of 2014 and transfer 12,500 to other jobs was passed hours before the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble arrives in Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece creates platform for Airbnb tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Airbnb lodged properties should be declared or face a hefty fine. According to a report printed in daily Greek financial paper Naftemporiki, the independent public revenues authority of Greece is about to launch an online platform for owners leasing residential lodgings on a short-term basis. Registration will be mandatory and it will provide property owners with a certification number, which should be declared on any digital platform, website and social media where it is advertised – including the Airbnb website. The platform will demand the declaration of the property, the names of the renters and the duration of the lease, or otherwise face a fine of up to €5,000 (AUD $7580.13). According to tourism industry experts, this measure is aimed to appease the official tourist lodging sector (hotels, and rooms-to-let), facing unfair competition by shared economy newcomers, such as Airbnb. Tax authorities also aim to collect revenue from people who put their property for lease on Airbnb, a practise that is becoming more and more widespread in crisis-stricken Greece, providing people with alternative sources of income.last_img read more

Les débris de satellites autour de la Terre sont un risque pour

first_imgLes débris de satellites autour de la Terre sont un risque pour les communicationsUn rapport du Pentagone, envoyé en mars 2010 au Congrès américain et non publié jusqu’à présent, estime que l’accumulation de débris de l’activité spatiale humaine autour de notre planète entraîne des risques croissants de collision avec des satellites. Avec, à la clé, un arrêt possible de toutes communications sur Terre… Bharath Gopalaswamy, un spécialiste indien en aéronautique, auteur de recherches sur les débris spatiaux à l’Institut International de recherches pour la paix à Stockholm, évalue à plus de 370.000 le nombre de débris divers dans l’orbite basse de la terre (LEO), à une distance de 800 à 1.000 kilomètres de la planète environ, où évoluent 1.100 satellites.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn février 2009, la collision entre un satellite russe abandonné et un satellite d’Iridium Communications Inc a laissé quelque 1.500 débris fonçant autour de la Terre à 7,7 kilomètres par seconde. En janvier 2007, lors d’un  test, un missile chinois a détruit un satellite, dispersant 150.000 débris dans l’atmosphère.Chacun de ces débris peut détruire un satellite, dont les débris deviennent à leur tour une menace. Une réaction en chaîne qui pourrait un jour nous priver de téléphone, de télévision, de GPS et de prévisions météo. Sans parler du danger physique potentiel pour les astronautes. C’est pourquoi l’Office des Nations unies pour les affaires spatiales (UNOOSA) a publié en 2009 des directives pour la réduction des débris spatiaux, recommandant le déplacement des vaisseaux spatiaux et fusées de lancement hors de l’orbite de la Terre à la fin de leur mission. Le 2 février 2011 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

County council picks Shawn Henessee for manager

first_imgShawn Henessee The Clark County Council has picked Shawn Henessee to be the next county manager.According to a county news release, on Thursday the council unanimously approved a motion authorizing council Chair Marc Boldt and Interim County Manager Jim Rumpeltes to develop a contract with Henessee.The council’s decision came just a day after holding a forum where the three finalists for the position answered questions from county staff and the public. During the forum, Henessee touted his work as assistant director for Jackson County, a large county in Missouri that includes much of Kansas City. Additionally, he highlighted his service as county administrator for Marinette County, Wis., where he said he helped solve a structural deficit regarding how the county funded roads. A lawyer admitted to the Washington bar, Henessee also mentioned his work at a law firm where he focused on land-use and growth management.Boldt said that the council interviewed the candidates Wednesday afternoon and then met in executive session, a special meeting closed to the public, for nearly two hours. He said the council talked again for an hour on Thursday before making its decision.“He really made an impression on us how he gets out and listens to employees,” said Boldt.Boldt also said that the council appreciated his approach to growth management and planning, as well as his willingness to get into the details of a budget.Boldt said that Henessee’s contract is being negotiated with county Human Resources and he didn’t have details. The county’s previous manager, Mark McCauley, had an annual salary of $169,460 and a monthly car allowance of $400. Previously, Boldt had suggested the county would need to pay $200,000 or more to attract a qualified manager.last_img read more

US Navy parachute team showcases stunts over Youth Fair in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Navy parachute team put on a stunning sight over the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition in West Miami-Dade.The team showcased several stunts over the Youth Fair, including free-falling, Wednesday.The demonstration was part of Navy Week in Miami, where several businesses are partnering with the U.S. Navy to participate in several events.“Every demonstration has a little different energy to it. There’s always different challenges. Wind, weather, everything like that always puts a new challenge in every perspective, but every jump gets better and better,” said Andrew Young, one of the team members.Navy Week in Miami will continue through March 31.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more