Deciding What Not to Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Because we live in an age where the digital tools provide infinite distractions, it is easy to get drawn away from your work by visual, audio, and written content designed to amuse and entertain you. Even though the social channels can be used for work, more and more they are less and less business-oriented in the content they provide.These entertaining distractions are not primarily to blame for pulling people away from their work. Instead, there are two other primary causes to blame. The first is things that look like real work but that don’t contribute to the result in a meaningful way. The second is work that belongs to someone else in some other department.Something Isn’t Being DoneThere is always something that needs to be done that isn’t being done. This idea, as simple as it is, is surprising to some. Because you are doing something, you tend not to think too much about what isn’t being done. It might also strike you as novel to think about choosing what isn’t getting done.There are emails from people inside your company, from your clients, and from other business associates that require your attention, even if only to provide you with some small bit of information you need. Your inbox has an endless stream of requests for your time and attention to certain business-related matters. Not many are cat videos, although you no doubt have friends and family that send you things that you’ll enjoyWhile you live in your inbox, something isn’t being done that has a greater impact on your results, and you are the one choosing to leave it undone. If you are in sales, putting email before prospecting is to trade opportunity creation for time spent on activities that have a low probability of resulting in you creating or winning a new opportunity. If you are in leadership, the inbox is no better, doing very little to move you and those in your charge toward the future you are building.This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t answer your email, but to make the point that what is most important should be done before things that are necessary but in no way enough when it comes to producing the results you need.If You Are Doing This, Who Is Doing ThatA lot of tasks find their way to people who don’t – and shouldn’t – own those tasks. Salespeople do not belong to operations, customer service, or accounting, yet they take orders from clients, solve customer service challenges (like chasing down shipments) and retyping invoices and generating reports their clients request. While you are doing work for other people and other departments, there is no one doing your work (unless you can ask the accounting department to make your cold calls while you retype invoices).Is what you are doing the most important thing you could be doing now, and is it going to do more than anything else to produce the result for which you are responsible?Are you intentional about what you are doing—and equally intentional about what you are not doing?If you feel like there is never enough time to do everything you need to do, it might serve you to first decide whether you should be doing something at all.last_img read more

Set up anti-trafficking units, HC tells W.B.

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal government to set up an anti-human trafficking unit headed by a specially trained officer, preferably a woman, in every district of the State.Any FIR registered under the sections of Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1956, and sections 370, 372, 373 of the Indian Penal Code or under the provisions of the POCSO Act, involving commercial sexual exploitation of women, should be investigated by the anti-human trafficking unit, the High Court said in its order. The police station where the FIR is registered will hand over such cases to the unit in 24 hours, stated the order delivered last week by a Division Bench of Justices Ravi Krishan Kapur and Joymalya Bagchi.Alarming numbers The direction assumes significance as Bengal has recorded the maximum cases of trafficking in the country. According to the latest NCRB data, Bengal in 2016 recorded 3,579 cases of human trafficking (44%) among 8,132 cases recorded in the country. The Bench gave the order while cancelling the anticipatory bail granted to Sangita Sahu, owner of a hotel in Joka area, by a lower court.She is accused under ITPA, POSCO Act and sections of IPC dealing with human trafficking. The Bench noted that “the menace of trafficking of women and minors have assumed alarming proportions”, and expressed concern over the “lackadaisical manner in which offences involving commercial sexual exploitation of women and children like the present one are investigated, prosecuted and/or pursued”. The High Court’s direction has been welcomed by a number of non-government organisations working against commercial sexual exploitation of children and women.Saji Philip, director of operations, International Justice Mission, Kolkata, the organisation which aided the investigative agencies in the raid at Ms. Sahu’s hotel in September 2017 where 30 people were arrested, called the order a “fresh lease of life in dealing with cases relating to trafficking of children and women”. “This order will strengthen existential directives and aim at fixing the lacunae in each step of trafficking cases, including rescue, rehabilitation and prosecution,” Mr. Philip said.last_img read more

Yoga’s Popularity in the US Long Predates Hippies and Bead-wearing Hipsters

first_imgWith the exception of notable figures such as Swami Vivekananda, most assume that yoga arrived in the United States in earnest during the late 1960s, when the opening up of immigration laws to allow Asians into the country coincided with the flowering of a hippie counterculture that looked to India as a source of mystic wisdom. There was, however, a vibrant world of American yoga during the early 20th century, and it flourished because earlier immigration policy succeeded not in keeping Indian immigrants out of the United States as much as keeping them in.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img

World Cup 2019: Australia crush England to storm into semi-finals

first_imgAustralia hammered England by 64 runs at Lord’s on Tuesday to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Australia, the defending champions are the first team to reach the last four of the 2019 World Cup. England, the hosts and one of the pre-tournament favourites, are now in a bit of a spot. They now have 8 points from 7 matches and face must-win matches against India and New Zealand for a safe passage into the semis.England were rattled in the 2nd ball of their chase when James Vince was bowled by Behrendorff. Joe Root, England’s leading run-scorer this World Cup, was then trapped LBW by Starc. Eoin Morgan did not look comfortable during his brief stay and top-edged a short ball from Starc – England were in tatters at 26 for 3 in the 6th over.But England still dreamt with Ben Stokes in the middle. He dropped anchor and played some enthralling shots to keep England in the hunt. When he started his association with Jos Buttler, it looked like England would take it close.However, England were pegged back further Marcus Stoinis removed the dangerous Buttler. After a promising partnership between Stokes and Chris Woakes, Starc produced a lethal yorker to end Stokes’s stay for 89.From thereon, it was a matter of time before Australia romped home to a comfortable win. It was a special day for Behrendorff and it was made more special when he dismissed Jofra Archer to pick his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs.advertisementEarlier, Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to put Australia in to bat in overcast conditions. After a watchful start, Aaron Finch and David Warner got into their groove and became the first opening pair to be involved in 5 successive 50+ stands in the World Cup.Warner and Finch are the two leading scorers in the 2019 World Cup and they have allowed Australia to be so dominant despite a dodgy show from the middle-order. On Tuesday, the two men tormented England and made sure Australia had a solid foundation for a big score.David Warner became the 3rd Australian after Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting to score 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup but he fell to Moeen Ali for 53 after a 123-run opening partnership.Australia once again sent Usman Khawaja before Steve Smith at No.3 and he could never eeally get going but Aaron Finch was in fine form at the other end. He pierced the gaps, ran hard and kept the English attack on its toes.And just when it looked like Australia were on course for a score well in excess of 300, they lost Khawaja and Finch in quick succession.While Khawaja fell to Ben Stokes in the 33rd over, Finch miscued a pull shot off Jofra Archer right after getting to his 100 in the 36th over. Steve Smith tried his best at No.4 with 38 but a horrible mix-up with Marcus Stoinis and regular wickets thereafter allowed England to restrict the Australians.Alex Carey’s unbeaten 38 off 27 meant Australia got to a competitive total against a power-packed English batting line-up. At the end, 285 proved to be more than enough against a batting side which fancies itself to go past 500 in ODIs one day.Also Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin Pietersenlast_img read more

Newcastle team news & likely XI vs Huddersfield Town

first_imgNewcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Town Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rafa Benitez Newcastle Getty Images Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Huddersfield Town Premier League Rafael Benitez’s side are looking to edge further away from the relegation zone when they host a side struggling away this season Newcastle United may have climbed up to 13th in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez’s side have little room to relax in their fight for survival.The Magpies picked up a much-needed 3-0 win over Southampton before the international break to move four points clear of the relegation zone.But with a few of their rivals near the bottom of the table taking on top half sides this weekend, Newcastle have a chance to push further ahead of those struggling below them as they welcome Huddersfield Town. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although David Wagner’s team sit just a point behind Newcastle, they have just one point from their last three games and have lost 10 on the road this term, and Benitez’s men will be hoping to record consecutive league wins for the first time since September.Newcastle injuries The hosts are likely to have Matt Ritchie fit, despite his early return from the Scotland squad, but Islam Slimani is still injured and yet to make his first appearance for the club, while Jonjo Shelvey is a doubt.Newcastle suspensions Newcastle do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Newcastle potential starting line-upRitchie could make the starting XI after training during the week so could take his place on the right.With Shelvey’s availability unknown, Isaac Hayden could be the man to partner Mohamed Diame in midfield.GFX Info possible Newcastle United XI HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town team news Jon Stankovic, Michael Hefele and Danny Williams are all out injured, while Terence Kongolo and Sean Scannell remain doubtful.Huddersfield have no suspensions heading into this game.TV channel & kick-off time The fixture will not be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom), but can be watched in the United States on  NBC Gold  and kicks off at 10:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Newcastle haven’t won three consecutive matches at St. James’ Park in the Premier League since a run of four under Alan Pardew in December 2014. Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their last three Premier League games. It’s their third run of three consecutive goalless league games this season, but they’re yet to go four without a goal in the Premier League. The Terriers have only scored in four of their 15 away Premier League games this season, but they haven’t lost any of those games in which they’ve found the net (W3 D1). After failing to score with his first 43 shots in the Premier League this season, Matt Ritchie has found the net with two of his last four in the competition. Aaron Mooy has scored in each of Huddersfield’s last two league matches against Newcastle, netting the winner in this season’s reverse fixture.last_img read more

Man City won’t take transfers lightly, says chairman

first_imgTransfers Man City chairman suggests no repeat of £200m summer spending spree Dejan Kalinic 15:38 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Transfers Premier League Manchester City The Premier League champions spent big as Pep Guardiola remodelled the side, but it is unlikely that there will be a similar splash this year Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insisted the Premier League champions would only sign players that could improve their “high-quality squad” in the off-season.City spent more than £200 million ahead of the 2017-18 season and Pep Guardiola’s men delivered in the Premier League, winning the title with a record-breaking campaign.But the big-spending outfit are unlikely to repeat that this close-season, with Al Mubarak suggesting there would be more caution about their spending. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “In terms of improving the squad, we have had a lot of learning in the past. Today, we have a superbly high-quality squad,” he told City TV.”You don’t get to 100 points without a full, high-quality squad, which is what we have. Any additions have to improve the squad.”This is my biggest learning from the years of chairing this club. When winning, bringing in new players is a very important decision because you have a winning formula that has just won.”Whatever you can add, it has to be a decision that you don’t take very lightly at all. You have to bring in players that will strengthen, improve and add competition into the squad – that is key.”City claimed 100 points in the Premier League and scored 106 goals, while losing just two of their 38 games.But Al Mubarak said he expected Guardiola’s side, who were eliminated in the Champions League quarter-finals, to get better.This time last week…— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 20, 2018″My expectation, and the manager’s expectation, is that this team will continue to improve,” he said.”We have a manager in Pep who is relentless.”There’s not going to be any content or relaxation here, that I can assure you. I have no doubt that this summer we’re going to come back and be hungry and be more aggressive and we’ll continue to grow and improve.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelli

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The false assertions made by Imran Khan about India in his NYT

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan penned an opinion article for The New York Times which was published on Friday, wherein he made false assertions against India while trying to rake up the nuclear bogey. “After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for a lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan, despite our difficult history, confront similar challenges of poverty, unemployment and climate change, especially the threat of melting glaciers and scarcity of water for hundreds of millions of our citizens,” Khan wrote. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details If this were so, Pakistan would not have been progressively reducing allocations for the water sector in its budgets, even under Imran Khan. “I wanted to normalise relations with India through trade and by settling the Kashmir dispute, the foremost impediment to the normalization of relations between us,” he added. This holds no truth as Pakistan, even under Imran Khan, did not move to give India Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status mandated under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and neither did it allow land transit to Afghanistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “On July 26, 2018, in my first televised address to Pakistan after winning the elections, I stated we wanted peace with India and if it took one step forward, we would take two steps. After that, a meeting between our two foreign ministers was arranged on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in September 2018, but India cancelled the meeting. That September I also wrote my first of three letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for dialogue and peace,” Khan said in the article.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Frances Dassault to acquire Medidata for 58 billion

French software company Dassault Systems says it will buy U.S.-based Medidata Solutions for $5.8 billion in cash.Dassault said Wednesday that it was offering of $92.25 for each share of Medidata, slightly less than its $94.75 closing price on Tuesday. Medidata shares dipped about 4% in premarket trading.New York-based Medidata provides cloud-based services and software to help medical and pharmaceutical companies manage data and track clinical trials.The companies said that 18 of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies are Medidata clients. Medidata, which has 16 offices across seven countries, had revenue of $636 million last year.The deal is expected to close in the last quarter of 2019 pending approval by a majority of Medidata shareholders.The Associated Press

TSX closes slightly higher after two days of losses on fiscal cliff

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher after two days of losses amid worries about the knock-on effects from the U.S. economy going over the so-called fiscal cliff.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 5.75 points to 12,196.8 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 2.24 points to 1,300.92.The fiscal cliff label refers to a string of tax increases and steep spending cuts aimed at cutting the deficit which are set to take effect at the first of the year. If they are allowed to take full effect, the cuts and tax increases will total about at least half a trillion dollars and take a big chunk out of GDP, in 2013. Failure to come up with a compromise would likely tip the U.S. back into recession and drag down other economies with it.“I think now all focus, all emphasis, all the world is watching, is fiscal cliff, said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.[np-related]“And how the U.S. is going to deal with this fiscal cliff will determine how everything goes. And there will be no new money going in (the markets) until (traders) see some sort of resolution there.”Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says the fiscal cliff is the most imminent threat facing the Canadian economy.Traders found little comfort from an early afternoon announcement by President Barack Obama that he is inviting congressional and business leaders to a meeting next week for talks aimed at finding a compromise.But he made it clear that spending cuts must be combined with new revenue, adding he would not accept any approach that isn’t balanced and does not include the wealthy paying more taxes.Republicans say raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans is a non-starter.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent at 99.87 cents US. The loonie has lost almost nine-tenths of a cent over the past two sessions as worries about the fiscal cliff pushed investors to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries.New York indexes were mostly little changed after registering their worst declines of the year over the last two sessions as investors worry that taxes on capital gains and dividends could rise substantially after the first of the year.The Dow Jones industrials were up 4.07 points to 12,815.39.The Nasdaq rose 9.29 points to 2,904.87 and the S&P 500 index gained 2.34 points to 1,379.85.The TSX ended the week down 183.61 points or 1.48% while the Dow fell 277.77 points or 2.12%.There was some positive consumer news Friday. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey index came in at 84.9 in November, the highest reading since July 2007, from a final October reading of 82.6, reflecting lower gasoline prices and the improvement in housing and labour market data. Economists had expected a decline to 81.5 because of concerns over the fiscal cliff and the effects of superstorm Sandy.Positive economic data from China also seemed to have little effect on sentiment.Auto sales, consumer spending and factory output in the world’s second-largest economy all improved in October.Also in October, inflation eased further, giving Beijing more room to cut interest rates or launch new stimulus measures to speed a recovery with less danger of igniting politically dangerous price rises.Financials led TSX advancers Friday afternoon as Scotiabank rose 29 cents to $53.80 while Manulife Financial climbed 36 cents to $12.18.The TSX telecom sector was also positive as Telus Corp. reported its net profit rose 8% to $351-million or $1.08 per share. Overall revenue was up 5.8% to nearly $2.8-billion, up about $200-million from just over $2.6-billion in the third quarter of 2011. Overall wireless revenue was up 7% from a year ago, rising by $104-million to $1.5-billion and its shares were up 96 cents to $64.49.The energy sector also advanced as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 98 cents to US$86.07 a barrel. Talisman Energy gained 34 cents to C$11.18 while Cenovus Energy advanced 65 cents to $33.79.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer as the metal is used in so many applications, dropped two cents to US$3.45 a pound and the base metals sector was lower. Turquoise Hill Resources lost 20 cents to $8.38 while Taseko Mines gained four cents to C$2.89.The gold sector was the major weight after two days of gains even as December bullion rose $4.90 to US$1,730.90 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. faded 63 cents to C$44.28.The European debt crisis also kept traders on edge as cash-strapped Greece said it would issue unusually short-term debt on Tuesday in the hope of raising enough money to make a key bond repayment days later.It will issue C2.1 billion in four-week treasury bills and C1 billion in 13-week bills.Greece is not expected to get its next batch of international rescue loans by Nov. 16, when it has to roll over C5 billion in three-month treasury bills.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Robert Dutton, the top executive at home improvement retailer Rona is leaving the company after 20 years as president and chief executive. It also comes just months after the company fended off a takeover by American rival Lowe’s. Rona shares ran ahead 77 cents or 8.24% to $10.12.The Canadian Press read more

SLPA Chairman questions proposed port deal with China

After signing a framework agreement with the Sri Lankan government in December 2016, the state-run China Merchants Port Holdings was expected to pay $1.12 billion for a 99-year lease, on an 80% stake in the Hambantota port. The port, built with Chinese loans in 2010, was part of Beijing’s plans to create a Silk Route across Asia. Finalised and completed when ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power, the port was termed a “white elephant” by his successor government that came to power in 2015.Government politicians negotiated a new deal and pitched it to the public as one aiming to reduce the burden of the $8 billion-debt Sri Lanka owes China. “Just because someone puts a billion dollars in front of you it doesn’t mean you give everything away,” said Ranatunga, brother of Ports Minister and former cricket Arjuna Ranatunga. Critics have in the past questioned his qualification to be appointed chairman. It is not just New Delhi or Washington that is worried about Colombo’s proposed deal to sell a deep-sea port in Hambantota to a Chinese company. Sri Lanka’s ports authority has “fundamental concerns” over the proposed deal, its Chairman Dammika Ranatunga said, according to The Hindu newspaper.While the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) appreciates the importance of foreign investment, it would only “go by the book”, Mr. Ranatunga told The Hindu. “We took a careful look at the [draft] agreement — it violated the SLPA Act, and the terms were not conducive to us,” he said, adding that even after 10 revised drafts of the agreement, factoring in some of SLPA’s observations, many concerns remained. Last week, the SLPA raised the matter again with a ministerial committee overseeing the agreement, flagging key clauses that reportedly ignored the Authority’s observations. The chairman’s remarks come ahead of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheduled visit to Beijing. However, observing that the proposed deal gave sweeping powers to the Chinese company to handle operations near the port, Ranatunga asked: “What does that mean? Can that be a military base,” pointing to Chinese investment in African countries that had sparked “similar concerns”.Colombo and Beijing also agreed to develop a 15,000-acre industrial zone near the port, and Beijing is now willing to sign the port deal, only if land for the industrial zone is made available. However, locals have been resisting the project. read more

Kosovo UN envoy announces cash reward for leads to Serb familys murderers

“Anyone with information is encouraged to call an untraceable international telephone number to be released shortly by the police,” Michael Steiner, chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said. The telephone would be manned “24 hours a day,” Mr. Steiner said, who reassured any prospective callers that their identities would be held in strict confidence. The killing yesterday of three members of the Stolic family was a “heinous crime” directed against the efforts to create a multi-ethnic Kosovo, Mr. Steiner stated after rushing that same day to Obilic, a few kilometres outside Kosovo’s capital of Pristina.

Darfur UN envoy on sexual violence urges immediate access for probe into

In a press statement today, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura said that the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, should be given access by the Government of Sudan to investigate and verify whether the incidents reported in the town of Tabit have occurred and, if they have, to ensure accountability.Furthermore, she called on humanitarian actors to ensure “appropriate services” for any survivors.“It is critical that in the process of verifying the facts that the safety of survivors is of paramount concern,” she declared.Reiterating the support of the UN to Sudanese authorities to address any incidents of conflict-related sexual violence in a comprehensive manner, Ms. Bangura said her office stands ready to cooperate with UNAMID in line with the UN-backed African Union (AU) Framework of Cooperation on Prevention of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Africa. That agreement, which was signed at the end of January, strengthens national policies, legislation and institutions working on conflict-related sexual violence.Two days ago, UNAMID expressed deep concern about the allegations of mass rapes in Tabit, which is located 45 kilometres south-west of El Fasher, in North Darfur. UNAMID has declared that it is conducting a thorough investigation into the veracity of the claims.Tensions have been simmering across Darfur over the past few months. In October, an attack on UNAMID peacekeepers by armed militants claimed the lives of three peacekeepers.The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been displaced by the conflict between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur since the start of 2014. The world body has repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003. read more

Seismic shakeup A number of schools changed conferences but have we seen

After the Cornhuskers made the Big 12 a smaller 11, the Pac-10 snagged Colorado, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams. Many anticipated more action from the Pac-10, expecting the conference to attempt to rival the Big Ten by expanding to as many as 16 schools. But after swiping Utah from the Mountain West, the Pac-10, now with 12 teams, appears satisfied. Utah will join the Pac-10 in 2011, Colorado in 2012. “I expected that to happen — new commissioner in the Pac-10, new television agreement coming up,” Smith said. “It made sense for them, so I knew the Pac-10 was going to go that way, and I knew that it would affect the Big 12, but I just didn’t know how. When television contracts are getting ready to come up and people see the changing landscape in television, people start adding inventory.” The shakeups left the Big 12 on life support, with just 10 teams and its moneymaker, Texas, contemplating a switch itself. Texas A&M even received an invitation to join the SEC. But a new TV deal, set up to make Texas the main attraction, got all teams on board, saving the Big 12 as a league with 10 schools. But plates continued to shift and movement persisted. Boise State, a perennial BCS bowl-game contender in the last decade, parted ways with loads of inferior competition in the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada also will join the MWC in 2012, while Boise will enroll in 2011. One of the signature programs of the MWC, however, isn’t sticking around to face the newcomers. Brigham Young will become an independent in football in 2011, a title only Notre Dame, Army and Navy claim in Division I. For all other sports, BYU will join the West Coast Conference. “We’ve long sought broad, nationwide access to our games for our fans and increased visibility among those who may be less familiar with our university and athletic programs,” BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a press release. “We’ve also been looking for ways to take better advantage of our own unique broadcasting resources.” After the dust settled, there were more rumblings than actual quakes. There was never that one tremor that affected the entire nation, which many expected and some feared. Instead, we’re left with minor face lifts to several conferences, and we’re left with more questions about potential future shakeups. “I’m watching everybody else,” Smith said. “We’re (the Big Ten) basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand anymore, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape.” The rumbling started last winter, when the Big Ten announced its intentions to explore conference expansion. It culminated months later in significant, nationwide shifts. The first tremor shook the Midwest, when Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten. The reshuffling set off a series of quakes felt all around the country, from the Pac-10 to the Big 12 to the Mountain West. In the end, if we have reached the end, the landscape of college football changed, though not as dramatically as the initial quivers suggested. But have these relocations been the result of a routine shakeup, or is this the start of a major restructuring? Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the transformation results from changing revenue streams. “If you look back over the history of college sports, the one thing that’s constant is change,” Smith said. “One of the largest areas of revenue for all of us is television money. People don’t want to talk about it, but it’s true. The reality is, as television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them.” Initial rumors suggested college football could be transitioning to feature four “super-conferences,” each equipped with 12 to 16 teams — enough power and revenue to bury non-BCS leagues in the sand. “I think it’s possible because the thought is there,” Smith said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a playoff like the public wants. I see a lot of challenges with that on a lot of different levels. But do I see playoffs within a conference that could lead to something like that on a smaller scale? Yeah. So, when you get to those 16, you get to two or four conferences with 16 teams, divisions, that type of stuff. I can see that down the road.” The notion of super-conferences stemmed from indications that the Big Ten was prepared to expand to 14 or 16 teams, adding from the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, Texas and Missouri to stretch its reach across more of the country. Plucking programs from other conferences would force those battered leagues to fuse together to match the Big Ten’s muscle. “People use the term ‘arms race,’ which I really don’t think is it,” Smith said. “We’re like any restaurateur, we’re like the college of business, we’re like the college of engineering. We’re like everybody else that aspires to be No. 1. Yes, you can use the term ‘arms race,’ but frankly, we’re just strengthening the business.” The super-conference idea hasn’t panned out just yet. Instead, a series of aftershocks sent a handful of teams in and out of new conferences. read more

Cameron Underwood Face transplant means I can smile again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWill David Cameron’s six-year reign over West Indies cricket end soon?March 8, 2019In “latest news”Cameron: CWI working on model for senior playersFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”World T20 win highlights friction between players and WICBApril 11, 2016In “Sports” Cameron Underwood (NYU LANGONE HEALTH)(BBC) Cameron Underwood says he doesn’t get as many “stares or questions from strangers” since his face transplant.“I have a nose, and a mouth so I’m able to smile, to speak and eat solid foods again,” he says.Cameron was speaking two years after shooting himself in a suicide attempt in 2016.He lost his nose, most of his lower jaw and all but one of his teeth in the incident.“I am so grateful to have a face transplant because it gives me a second chance at life,” the 26-year-old said at a press conference in New York on Thursday.“I have been able to get back to many of the activities I love, like being outdoors, playing sports and spending time with my friends and family.“I hope to get back to work soon and someday to start a family.”Cameron, right, pictured here with family members on New Year’s Day in 2016 (CAMERON FAMILY)In January this year, more than 100 medical staff performed a 25-hour surgery on Cameron at the NYU Langone Health centre in Manhattan, New York, and his recovery was revealed this week.The operation took place just 18 months after Cameron’s suicide attempt – which the centre says is the shortest period of time between injury and surgery in US history.Since the first face transplant in 2005, more than 40 have been performed worldwide.The surgery was led by Dr Eduardo D. Rodriguez who says, along with medical advances, it was Cameron’s determination to survive that helped make the surgery a success.“In the end, it’s all about the patient. Cameron has put in the work and has made the necessary commitments,” he says.Cameron’s transplant was the third carried out by Dr Rodriguez and he says the relatively short time in which Cameron had lived with his injuries was also a major factor in his recovery.“Cameron has not lived with his injury for a decade or longer like most other face transplant recipients have,” he says.“As a result, he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psychosocial issues which often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviours.”During the surgery, the doctor transplanted and reconstructed Cameron’s upper and lower jaw, including all 32 teeth and gums.The roof and floor of his mouth, lower eyelids and nose were replaced and his tongue needed reconstruction.The centre says the operation was the most technologically advanced face transplant and was the first use of a 3D-printed donor facial mask in the US.‘My son is helping Cameron live a better life’The donor was 23-year-old Will Fisher, a chess champion, aspiring writer and filmmaker.“My son’s death was a tragedy,” says Will’s mum Sally.“I am thankful that, in honouring his decision, we were able to give life to others, and especially that Will and Dr Rodriguez have given Cameron and his family a chance to recapture their dreams.“Being a part of this experience has been a source of strength for me during a very difficult time.“I don’t think I would have survived Will’s death if not for Cameron. Cameron has his whole life ahead of him – and I love the idea that Willie is helping him have a better life.”Cameron paid tribute to Will and the support of the Fisher family during his speech at the hospital’s press conference.“I want Sally and her family to know how much my family and I appreciate their gift and I’ll always honour Will’s legacy,” he says.“There have been so many amazing advances in surgery. I’m living proof of that. But it only happens because of special people like Will and his family.”For information and support on issues such as suicide, visit the Radio 1 advice pages. read more


 Loading … EHF F4 IN COLOGNEhandball cologneHandball F4 WHO? The answer on simple question will wait until Sunday evenning. The fifth fantastic handball event on which level are proud the whole handball community is ahead of us – VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne. In two days, four teams will decide who is the best team in Europe this year. Four fantastic squads, legendary coaches, three handball countries.Stay with us in the upcoming days… Who will play at the VELUY EHF F4 FINAL MATCH? FC Barcelona – THW Kiel FC Barcelona – MVM MKB Veszprem THW Kiel – SG Flensburg MKB MVM Veszprem – SG FlensburgView Results  Loading … Who has the biggest chances to win the trophy? FC Barcelona THW Kiel MVM MKB Veszprem SG FlensburgView Results ← Previous Story CHAMPIONS STRIKE AGAIN: Jurkiewicz to Vive Targi Kielce! Next Story → Joan Canellas close to THW Kiel – Palmarsson between Barca and Veszprem? read more

8 types of runners youll meet at a marathon

first_img1. The genuine contenderRunning is not just a hobby but their career. No messing around here, you can put money on them crossing the line before 95% of the other competitors.James Roitich and Joel Kipsang. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Declan RoughanVira Ovcharuk. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton2. The bloke who insists on cross-dressingIt may look thrown together but they’ve been planning their outfit all year. Generally more concerned with getting papped than making an impact in the race.Credit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneCredit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan3. The groupsIt’s all about strength in numbers for this band of merry joggers. Usually wearing matching t-shirts advertising their charity name.Members of the Air Corps. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanCredit: INPHO/Donall Farmer4. The celebrityOnly after they pass you coming around St Stephen’s Green do you realise it’s ‘your man off the radio’.Second Captains host Eoin McDevitt. Credit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanRosanna Davidson. Credit: INPHO/Donall FarmerRay D’Arcy. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan5. The lad who has got no running left in himThey’ve given their all and literally can’t go on any further. Call the medics, quick!Credit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit:  INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan6. The show-offReally… There’s no need.Credit: INPHO/James Crombie7. The casual walkerNot going anywhere fast but who cares, they’re out to enjoy their Bank Holiday Monday.Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridan8. The fancy dress brigadeThey come in all shapes and sizes and add colour and character to the race.Credit: INPHO/James CrombieCredit: INPHO/Ryan ByrneCredit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanCredit: INPHO/Cathal NoonanHave we forgotten any? Which type are you?Golfer flips his club while juggling a ball in an incredible trick shot videoWhich of these 18 types of sports fan are you?last_img read more

Republican introduces Worlds Greatest Healthcare Plan as politicians debate Trump proposals

first_img Trump Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images By AFP Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 5:56 PM Short URL Republican introduces ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan’ as politicians debate Trump proposals Several major hospitals and medical organisations have opposed Trump’s plans. Mar 9th 2017, 5:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images 18,813 Views A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL in the US has been debating Republicans’ plans to kill Obamacare for over 24 hours, highlighting deep divisions over the proposed health reforms.Lawmakers from Republican President Donald Trump’s party hold a majority in both chambers of Congress, but many of those same lawmakers oppose the proposed legislation.After 18 marathon hours of debate the House Ways and Means Committee earlier today became the first panel to approve the bill that would repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama’s landmark health reforms.However, the House Energy and Commerce Committee — a separate panel that began reviewing the legislation at the same time yesterday — was still going strong a full day later, with no end in sight, but plenty of weary faces among its 55 Democrats and Republican members.“Tempers are probably fraying a little, and we’re all a little tired,” acknowledged Energy and Commerce chairman Greg Walden following testy exchanges over military veteran coverage in the proposed legislation.Republican leaders have forged ahead with their proposal despite mounting opposition from within the party, heaping pressure on Trump as he faces resistance to his top legislative priority.Trump has played down divisions, tweeting that the plan is “coming along great” and “will end in a beautiful picture“.One of the bills being looked at is the ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017′, which was introduced by Texas Representative Pete Sessions.Republicans split “House healthcare bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes,” Senator Tom Cotton tweeted earlier today, joining a host of other Senate Republicans opposed to the measure in its current form.While Republicans hold a strong majority in the House, they hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.“To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast,” Cotton added.Republican leaders indicate they want to pass the bill by early April.But the plan suffered a setback yesterday when several major hospitals and medical organisations — including the American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 doctors — opposed the Trump-supported American Health Care Act.Backers say the legislation guts Obamacare’s mandates to purchase health care and rolls back its taxes.Republican opponents, however, warn that the plan is too similar to Obamacare, and believe that it could cost even more.Democrats, who are expected to oppose the bill with near-unanimity, say it would leave millions of poor and working-class Americans without health insurance.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health planRead: New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US Trump 52 Comments last_img read more

Goulopoulos 52 pleads guilty to sex offence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 52-year-old Deborah Goulopoulos has pleaded guilty to one charge of persistent sexual abuse of a child under 16. The teenager, who was sexually abused by Mrs Goulopoulos – 30 years his senior – said the abuse started when he was 13. In a statement, he said, “It was just the norm of what happens. I never wanted to do it, but I felt as though I had to do it. “I knew it wasn’t right and I didn’t feel right,” he said. ”I had never had sex before this and I felt sick to the bottom of my stomach.” The statement details how Goulopoulos gave him money, gifts, alcohol and drugs during a two and a half year period of offending. It says that she met the boy at a Box Hill skatepark where she was with her son. “It was like she was a teenager, the way she used to act,” he said. “Deborah was always around and she was really easy to talk to. “I could talk to her about anything. She was more of a friend than a strict parent. She didn’t have any rules. We could do what we want.” He recalled the second or third time he stayed at her house that she “put it on me to have sex with her” before they had sex in the garage. He told police: “We didn’t speak about anything. I was in shock. This was the first time that anything like that had happened to me. “I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there still and didn’t move. I didn’t know what to say or do. It felt really awkward. “It stopped because she stopped. “I sort of didn’t believe that it had happened,” he said. “I was exhausted then after skateboarding that day and getting no sleep the night before.” The revelation of the relationship came after the boy’s father saw him counting $1000 and he confessed to the abuse but “begged” his father not to say anything. Four charges were struck out against Mrs Goulopoulos, who is on bail to appear in the County Court on November 27.last_img read more

VSL tops Premiers VCE Awards

first_imgThe Victorian School of Languages (VSL) performed well at this year’s annual VCE Premier’s Awards presentation, with 14 students recognised for their achievements. Run by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the ceremony was held at Crown’s Palladium, where Premier Daniel Andrews presented awards to 289 students from 132 schools across the state. Nominations for the Top-All Round VCE High Achievers category were based on study scores from the most recent academic year.One of this year’s successful nominees was Sofia Vamvakidou, a student of Modern Greek at the VSL’s South Oakleigh campus who managed to obtain a perfect score of 50, topping the state. The Thessaloniki-born 16-year-old is still in the process of completing her VCE at Glen Eira College, where she also received a score of 47 in French. “Studying a language is beneficial as it allows you to understand the culture and beliefs of a nation,” says the high-achieving linguaphile, who adds that by pursuing Greek studies, she has been able to stay in contact with who she was and where she came from. At the age of seven, Sofia lived in Belgium with her family, who spoke Greek at home, with a mix of French. It was in early 2015 that they made the move to Melbourne and she went on to complete VCE Greek while in Year 11. Currently her plans are to study arts and to pursue a career in acting.“I am a strong believer that people should follow their dreams, no matter what these are, and do what makes them happy,” she says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more