A Letter to Executive Leaders About Unaddressed Operational Challenges

first_imgI would be the very first person to tell a sales force to continue to prospect and sell through operational challenges. It is too difficult to regain that discipline once it has been lost, and it is never, ever a good idea to allow your pipeline to wither away.I would also be the first person to tell a sales force to take the difficult calls from their clients when there is a service failure, owning the outcome and giving the transaction, the task, to the person responsible doing whatever needs to be done. I would tell a salesperson to have a presence and to be accountable, even when it’s painful (scratch that, especially when it is painful).If the operations team is having trouble executing, I would be the first person to tell the salesperson to meet with their client to help get changes made on their side, when that is what is necessary. I would also tell them to turn their sales skills towards their own company leadership to get the help they need to take care of their clients.But as it pertains to the systemic challenges that cause salespeople to lose clients because they go unresolved, I must tell you as leadership and operations that you need to make the changes necessary to correct the issues in a way that is sustainable. When you don’t make improvements, you can cause the sales force to pull up the reins and slow their efforts.Imagine that right now you have operational challenges of the first order. You are failing clients, and the sales force is doing their part to help hold things together. But these problems don’t get better. Instead, they persist and get worse over time. Even though your sales leadership team is tough, forcing their salespeople to move away from the reactive, customer service role they still need to play, the sales force does everything they can to avoid prospecting and win new business.What you must know is that salespeople trade in a currency called trust. When they sell something they know is going to fail, they know that will be the very last time they sell anything to that customer. They will work very hard not to do anything that would destroy that trust. More still, you want them to have the trust that allows them to walk in, make a recommendation, have their client take their advice, and leave with a new project or new order or new initiative. They can’t do this if what they sell is guaranteed to fail.There are always operational issues. The sales force needs to be able to deal with the things that happen day-to-day in the business. But the exceptional challenges need more attention, and they need to be resolved in a meaningful way.If you are in leadership, you must have the will, the determination, and the resourcefulness to make the changes necessary to correct operational issues that have persisted for too long. If you don’t, you are putting the brakes on your sales efforts, and you will undoubtedly suffer lost clients and decreasing revenue. In this case, you need to go first.last_img read more

Minimal Disruption in Patient Care in the West

first_img Professor McDonald, who was providing an update on the work of the Committee at a press briefing held today (August 2) at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Health, said the rehabilitation work should be completed by August 2019. Story Highlights The care of patients continues with minimal disruption at health facilities in western Jamaica, as rehabilitation work progresses on the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay, St. James.According to Chairman of the CRH Rehabilitation Oversight Committee, Professor Archibald McDonald, primary healthcare in the area where the hospital serves has seen an increase of 6.5 per cent since February, which suggests that some of the patients “were redirected to primary care facilities”.Professor McDonald, who was providing an update on the work of the Committee at a press briefing held today (August 2) at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry of Health, said the rehabilitation work should be completed by August 2019.“When this project is finished, the air-quality issue will be solved, and the hospital will be a better (facility) than it was before,” the Chairman said.Since establishment of the Committee in May, members have held five meetings, two each month, to ensure accountability in the restoration of the hospital.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer, lauded the support staff at the various health institutions in the region, who are giving extensive service to ensure that “our population in the West is getting the best care that we can provide at this time”.The CRH is undergoing renovation to address the problem of noxious fumes emanating from an old ventilation system. In addition to addressing the vent system, the project also involves plumbing and electrical work, and rearranging of the facility to ensure a more efficient layout in order to administer better and more efficient patient care.The Committee’s mandate includes reviewing reports on the delivery of clinical services at the hospital, covering on-site and off-site locations to which services have been relocated, and providing recommendations to the Minister of Health on matters related to the execution of the project.Members also monitor compliance and progress in relation to the implementation of key project areas, and ensure that any required strategic changes are undertaken in a timely manner, so that the rehabilitation works are not delayed. According to Chairman of the CRH Rehabilitation Oversight Committee, Professor Archibald McDonald, primary healthcare in the area where the hospital serves has seen an increase of 6.5 per cent since February, which suggests that some of the patients “were redirected to primary care facilities”. The care of patients continues with minimal disruption at health facilities in western Jamaica, as rehabilitation work progresses on the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in Montego Bay, St. James.last_img read more

Premier Leads Mission to Asia

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is leading a delegation to Asia on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to promote trade and investment opportunities with some of Nova Scotia’s fastest-growing trading partners. “This mission will help strengthen our relationship with our second-largest trading partner, China, and with Japan and Korea,” said Premier McNeil. “Our goal is to support Nova Scotia businesses and institutions who are active in these markets and to help create jobs in Nova Scotia.” The 11-day mission will visit nine Chinese cities including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Jinan. Visits to Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, conclude the mission. The premier is scheduled to meet with business, academic and government officials including the governors of the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Shandong. He will also meet with international port and airport partners in support of the business goals of the Halifax International Airport Authority and the Halifax Port Authority. Exports from Nova Scotia to China totalled $420 million in 2015, an increase of more than 50 per cent from 2014. China is Nova Scotia’s third largest seafood export market, accounting for $210 million of the province’s $1.7 billion in fish and seafood exports. “This mission continues the direction set out last spring in the Nova Scotia-China Engagement Strategy to focus on our competitive strengths, to strengthen our relationships in China and to ensure a co-ordinated approach,” said Premier McNeil. “We are seeing positive outcomes that will result in investment and jobs for Nova Scotians.”last_img read more

Michelle Yeoh Announces Names Of Panda Ambassadors

first_imgWhat do two panda cubs and two Fijian girls have to do with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?If you answered “everything,” then you are on the right track, according to conclusions made by top United Nations officials.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was agreed and adopted by world leaders last year, and serve as a global plan for people, peace, prosperity and the planet. Of the 17 SDGs, Goal 13 is centred on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, whereas Goal 15 focusses on protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combating desertification, and halting biodiversity loss.In January this year, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) designated two pandas to officially become the first-ever Animal Ambassadors for the SDGs, flagging that the bears symbolize the plight of the world’s diminishing wildlife in the face of climate change and the loss of natural habitats. The pair, both males, had been born last year at the Chengdu Panda Base in China, just as world leaders gathered in New York to adopt the SDGs.After a global competition which saw thousands of submissions with proposed names from 116 countries, UNDP’s goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh announced on Monday that the search for names had come to an end.“I’m pleased and proud to announce the names of our panda ambassadors are Qiqi – in English ‘beginning,’ and Diandian, which means ‘moment,’” she said at an event at the 7th Social Good Summit in New York. “Together, the names give the sense of the start of a journey – in this case, our journey together towards 2030 as we work towards achieving the Global Goals.”“Addressing biodiversity loss is one of the Sustainable Development Goals,” Ms. Yeoh added. “At UNDP, we hope that our twin panda Ambassadors will help inspire people to engage with the goals, and raise awareness of our efforts to promote sustainable development around the world.”Some days before this, two other little individuals – in this case, two little girls, aged 5 and 7 – stole the show at the opening of the 71st session of the General Assembly. The session’s President Peter Thomson, a Fijian diplomat, had invited his granddaughters Grace and Mirabel to the podium – and promised that he would work to create a better future for them, representing all future generations.“What kind of world will we have bequeathed them and all their brothers and sisters around the world, your own grandchildren and children, born and yet to be born?” Mr. Thomson asked.“Will it be a world,” he added, “where the projected loss of biodiversity on land and sea severely limits the possibilities of life, where atmospheric levels of CO2 have gone well beyond the 1.5 to 2 degree thresholds, thereby imperilling humanity’s place on this planet?”In his remarks at the opening, the Assembly President also said that “for integrity’s sake the 71st [GA session] must be the year we witness the wheels turning on the implementation of all 17 SDGs.”Climate change to the foreThe issue of climate change will come to the fore this week, during the 71st General Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 20 to 26 September. The event is the annual meeting of Heads of State and Government at the beginning of the General Assembly session.Leaders from all countries have been encouraged to deposit – at a special event on 21 September – their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was adopted by 195 countries during the conference in Paris last December. The agreement sets out an integrated vision for the future and sets in motion the pathways to an economic and social transformation to achieve it.The more countries that deposit their instruments at Wednesday’s event in the General Assembly, the stronger the chances of the Paris Agreement coming into force early. The event is also seen as providing an opportunity for nations to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016.“The Paris Agreement marks a historic turning point in our common journey towards a secure and sustainable world,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said on the pact, adding that with 28 additional countries, representing 16 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement would cross the necessary threshold to enter into force.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

George Lopez Teams Up With PETA To Say Adiós To HomelessAnimal Crisis

first_imgCradling his canine pal Owen, George Lopez stars in a new ad for PETA that proclaims, “Fixing Your Animals Is Chingón!”George Lopez PETA AdThe new campaign reminds families that failing to spay or neuter animal companions is loco, since “fixing” them is the only way to reduce the number of dogs and cats in animal shelters and on the streets.In an exclusive video Q&A with PETA, the Lopez star shares another key way to help homeless dogs and cats: adopting from animal shelters. “I found Owen in a shelter — who knows what would have happened to him if I hadn’t come along,” he says. “If you see the look on a face of a dog who’s in a shelter, and then look at them when they get rescued, just for that sheer joy of that look on their face that you’re responsible for, it’s a beautiful thing to see.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — notes that more than 6 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes. Countless more suffer on the streets throughout the country.In addition to combating the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, sterilizing animals makes them less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system and — in the case of neutered males — less likely to roam or fight.Lopez will unveil his ad live at Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale this Sunday. He joins a long list of celebrities — including Kate del Castillo, Carla Morrison, Joaquin Phoenix, Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Eva Mendes, Alfonso Herrera, and Taraji P. Henson — who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.last_img read more

EU UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

first_imgSALZBURG, Austria – Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.With Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019, looming, there are growing concerns that a deal on the post-Brexit relationship may not be cobbled together in time to ensure a smooth and orderly British exit.All leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are desperate to solve the biggest Brexit riddle — how to keep goods moving freely between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member state Ireland.Despite reports of a friendly spirit at a summit in Salzburg, Austria, the fundamental differences remained. EU Council President Donald Tusk said parts of May’s Brexit plan — dubbed Chequers after a key Brexit meeting at the premier’s country residence of the same name — simply “will not work.”But just minutes after he spoke, May insisted that her Brexit plan was the “only serious and credible” proposal on the table.Like many leaders, including May, Tusk said “we need to compromise on both sides.” He wants to see a major breakthrough by the time the leaders meet again in Brussels on Oct. 18-19. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped — but only as a “punch line” if most of the deal had already been agreed.If Britain is to leave with a deal in six months, May and the Europeans must find solutions in coming weeks so parliaments have enough time to ratify the agreement.They’ve spent two days in Salzburg trying to do just that, but with things at a standstill, each side tried to ramp up pressure on the other. Each is urging the other to compromise, while EU leaders issue constant warnings to Britain about the Brexit clock ticking.“Time is running short,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters. “We want to avoid a ‘No Deal Brexit,’ but we are preparing for that. We are hiring extra staff and officials, bringing in IT systems. We are ready for that eventuality, should it occur.”Tusk said that key parts of the British proposals to leave would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.May wants to keep the U.K. inside the bloc’s single market for goods, but not services. The EU has insisted that the single market cannot be cherry-picked like that.“Europe isn’t an a la carte menu,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.The French said May’s proposals “are not acceptable as they stand, particularly in the economic realm” because they “don’t respect the integrity of the single market.”Tusk agreed May’s Chequers proposals “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market” of seamless movement of goods, services, capital and persons.The biggest single obstacle to a deal is the need to maintain an open border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. For Ireland, it’s important not to undermine the hard-won peace after decades of sectarian tensions in neighbouring Northern Ireland.May said Britain and the EU agreed on the need for a legally binding backstop to guarantee there would be no hard Irish border. But Britain rejects the EU’s proposal, which would keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc’s customs union while the rest of the U.K. leaves.May said the backstop “cannot divide the United Kingdom into two customs territories.” She said Britain “will be bringing forward our own proposals shortly” about how to break the impasse.Dealing with the EU is only part of May’s problem. Her Chequers plan also faces opposition from pro-Brexit members of her own Conservative Party, who say it would keep Britain tethered to the bloc, unable to strike new trade deals around the world.Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit the government in July, said Thursday that the Chequers plan was “devoid of democracy” and “worse than no deal.”Macron, meanwhile, expressed contempt for pro-Brexit British politicians who told the public there would be “simple solutions” to leaving.He said Brexit “demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe — that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money — are liars.”Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain’s exit from the bloc.Currently that’s expected to last until the end of 2020 — but without a deal Britain would crash out of the EU on Brexit day, a development that in theory could see flights parked and trade between the two sides grind to a halt.It all suggests a fractious summit in Brussels next month.“We are today at the moment of truth,” Macron warned.___Lawless reported from London. Raf Casert in Brussels, Thomas Adamson in Paris, and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.last_img read more

UN peacekeeping operation should be deployed to Somalia Foreign Minister says

The Foreign Minister of Somalia today decried slow international action in response to the crisis in his country and urged the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping operation there to restore stability.“Regrettably, we feel that our major efforts in nation-building and State institutions development were confronted with an unreceptive response and reticence of an inexplicable nature,” Husein Elabe Fahiye told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate. “Collective action by this world body was less consistent and devoid of vigour, until very recently, to come to the rescue of a nation in dire need of help.”He said an example of this was the “dragging” action on a resolution on the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Somalia.Should this continue, he said, “it will only reveal a lack of commitment and indirect acquiescence to prolong the agony of the Somali people.”He called on the UN to support “without delay” the deployment of multinational forces to Somalia, where currently the African Union has fielded a mission known as AMISOM.Somalia’s National Reconciliation Conference had reached a successful conclusion “despite disruptive intimidations by terrorist elements who tried to hijack the proceedings,” he said, paying tribute to the Ethiopian forces which have backed Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) as well as AMISOM, which “effectively dealt with these terrorists who are gradually fading away.”The Foreign Minister also advocated the convening of a pledging conference on Somalia, appealing to donors “to show serious commitment in organizing and convening” the event in coordination with the TFG.“We appeal to the world community to provide generous contributions and to work closely with the Somali authorities to ensure that humanitarian access is provided to the most vulnerable populations,” he said.“Meeting these humanitarian obligations will ultimately provide a strong foundation from which recovery, reconstruction and development can develop in the future.” 2 October 2007The Foreign Minister of Somalia today decried slow international action in response to the crisis in his country and urged the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping operation there to restore stability. read more

Submission made to UN Committee concerning Sri Lanka

A submission has been made to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child concerning Sri Lanka.The submission relates to Articles 28 and 38 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and focuses on the protection of students, teachers, and schools during armed conflict. Sri Lanka’s troops deployed on peacekeeping missions are required to comply with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ UN Infantry Battalion Manual (2012), which includes the provision that “schools shall not be used by the military in their operations.”Moreover, the new 2017 Child Protection Policy of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Field Support, and Department of Political Affairs also notes:United Nations peace operations should refrain from all actions that impede children’s access to education, including the use of school premises. This applies particularly to uniformed personnel. Furthermore, recognizing the adverse impact of the use of schools for military purposes, in particular its effects on the safety of children and education personnel, the civilian nature of schools, and the right to education, United Nations peace operations personnel shall at no time and for no amount of time use schools for military purposes. Earlier, in June 2015, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2225 (2015) on children and armed conflict, which expresses deep concern that the military use of schools in contravention of applicable international law may render schools legitimate targets of attack, thus endangering the safety of children and in this regard encourages Member States to take concrete measures to deter such use of schools by armed forces and armed groups. (b) Ensure that school infrastructures damaged as a result of military occupation are promptly and fully restored. Human Rights Watch has recommended to the Committee that it ask the Government of Sri Lanka:On what date did the military use of the primary section of V/Tamil MV school and the Omanthai Central College in Vavuniya cease?On what date were restoration efforts completed to restore damage caused by the military use of the primary section of V/Tamil MV school and the Omanthai Central College in Vavuniya?On what date were students able to commence studies at the primary section of V/Tamil MV school and the Omanthai Central College in Vavuniya, following their use for military purposes?Are any schools, anywhere in the country, currently being used, held, or occupied for military purposes?What steps has Sri Lanka taken in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2143 (2014) and 2225 (2015) to deter the use of schools for military purposes?Are protections for schools from military use included in any policies, rules, or pre-deployment trainings for Sri Lanka’s armed forces?Human Rights Watch also asks the Committee to:Congratulate Sri Lanka for attending the Buenos Aires Safe Schools Conference in March 2017.Call upon the government of Sri Lanka to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, and take concrete measures to deter the military use of schools, including by bringing the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict into domestic military policy and operational frameworks.(Colombo Gazette) The submission by Human Rights Watch notes that in its 2010 Concluding Observations under the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, this Committee called upon Sri Lanka to:a) Immediately discontinue military occupation and use of the schools and strictly ensure compliance with humanitarian law and the principle of distinction and to cease utilizing the primary section of V/Tamil MV school and the Omanthai Central College in Vavuniya to host separatees; and The submission notes that as of August 2017, Sri Lanka was contributing 456 troops and 21 military experts to United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping troops are deployed in the Central African Republic, Lebanon, and South Sudan.All three of these countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment that provides countries the opportunity to express political support for the protection of students, teachers, and schools during times of armed conflict; the importance of the continuation of education during armed conflict; and the implementation of the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. As of October 2017, 69 countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration, but not Sri Lanka. read more

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal agrees to pay 1B

DETROIT – Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S.The scandal, meanwhile, seemed to grow wider when plaintiffs’ attorneys charged that five major automakers knew the devices were dangerous but continued to use them for years to save money.In pleading guilty, Takata admitted hiding evidence that millions of its air bag inflators can explode with too much force, hurling lethal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Chief financial officer Yoichiro Nomura spoke on behalf of the Tokyo-based company, saying the conduct was “completely unacceptable.”The inflators are blamed for 11 deaths in the U.S. alone and more than 180 injuries worldwide. The problem touched off the biggest recall in U.S. automotive history, involving 42 million vehicles and up to 69 million inflators.Penalties in the criminal case include $850 million in restitution to automakers, $125 million for victims and $25 million for the U.S. government. Takata’s fine to the government could have been as much as $1.5 billion, but the judge in the case said such a sum probably would put the company out of business.While Takata’s destruction “would probably be a fair outcome,” it wouldn’t help victims get paid, U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh said in accepting the deal negotiated with the U.S. Justice Department.Takata’s penalty is small compared with the one imposed on Volkswagen, which must buy back cars and pay up to $21 billion over its emissions-cheating scandal. Steeh said he would pick a person to administer the restitution funds this week. Kenneth Feinberg, who handled the General Motors ignition switch and BP Oil spill compensation funds, is being considered.Takata’s inflators use ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflates air bags in a crash. But when exposed to prolonged high temperatures and humidity, the chemical can deteriorate and burn too fast. That can blow apart a metal canister.In the U.S., 19 automakers are recalling inflators. Worldwide, the total number is over 100 million.Takata is “fully committed to ensuring that such conditions never happen again,” Nomura said.The costs of the recalls have saddled Takata, which also makes seat belts, with two straight years of losses. Lawyers acknowledged in court that the company will have to be sold to fund the agreement. Separately, three former executives are charged with falsifying test reports. They remain in Japan.Steeh rejected pleas by lawyers for plaintiffs in lawsuits against Takata and automakers to delay the sentencing. They contended language in the plea agreement would help the automakers’ defence because it painted them as victims of Takata’s deception.“Whether the OEMs (automakers) have a role as culprit in addition to victim is something that can be resolved through the litigation process,” he said.Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits over the defect charged in court papers filed Monday in Miami that Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford and BMW had independent knowledge that Takata’s air bags were unsafe before putting them in millions of vehicles.After an inflator ruptured in 2009, one of the auto companies described the problem as “one in which a passenger protection device was transformed into a killing weapon,” the court filing said. The company was not identified.The filing marks the broadest allegation yet that automakers knowingly put their customers in danger.“The automotive defendants were aware that rupture after rupture, both during testing and in the field, confirmed how dangerous and defective Takata’s air bags were,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys said.The auto companies have asserted that they were deceived by Takata and shouldn’t be held liable.In Takata’s plea agreement, the Justice Department says Takata got the car companies to keep buying its inflators “through submission of false and fraudulent reports and other information that concealed the true and accurate test results.”The plaintiffs are suing not only over the deaths and injuries but over what they say is the vehicles’ loss in value because of the defect.The plaintiff’s filing Monday alleges that Honda, Takata’s biggest customer, was involved in designing Takata inflators, and two of them exploded and ruptured at Honda facilities in 1999 and 2000. Toyota had quality concerns about Takata in 2003, while Ford ignored objections of its own inflator expert. Nissan switched to Takata inflators to save about $4 per inflator, the lawyers alleged, while BMW also sought cost savings.BMW, Nissan, Ford and Toyota declined comment. Honda said the lawyers’ filing was misleading and an effort to maintain claims for economic losses regardless of Takata’s guilty plea. The company also labeled as false an allegation that it proceeded with Takata inflators for cost reasons while knowing they were dangerous. by Tom Krisher And Ed White, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2017 4:39 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B Takata Corp.’s chief financial officer Yoichiro Nomura leaves federal court in Detroit, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) read more

Hurricanes put Darling on waivers Coyotes claim Pickard

The Carolina Hurricanes have placed Scott Darling on waivers, while the Arizona Coyotes claimed fellow goaltender Calvin Pickard off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.Darling went on waivers Thursday with two years left on his contract beyond this season at a salary-cap hit of $4.15 million. Darling became Carolina’s third goaltender behind Petr Mrazek and Curtis McIlhenney, who the Hurricanes claimed from the Maple Leafs before the season began.Arizona picked up Pickard in the aftermath of starter Antti Raanta leaving a recent game with a lower-body injury. Philadelphia put Pickard on waivers after firing general manager Ron Hextall, who claimed him from Toronto as a stopgap before the start of the season.Pittsburgh re-claimed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from New Jersey.In other moves, the Hurricanes waived forward Valentin Zykov, the Blues waived forward Nikita Soshnikov and the Ducks waived forward Ben Street.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsStephen Whyno, The Associated Press read more

Senior Court of Appeal judge Remove right to jury trial for petty

first_imgThe vast majority of cases – 61,011 – were passed to the Crown Court by magistrates who thought they were too serious to be tried in the lower court. Crown courts have the power to impose tougher sentences but have a lower conviction rate.  The time taken for a case to get to Crown Court also allows a defendant to gather evidence and prepare for the case. Earlier in the speech Lady Hallett said: “The jury is seen by some as an unfair and time-consuming process, a ‘luxury’ placing an expensive burden on the state (albeit it operates in only 1 per cent or 2 per cent of criminal cases).”If you are a prolific shoplifter accused of stealing sweets from Tesco should you have the right to demand jury trial at a cost of approximately £20,000?”The senior judge, who is vice president of the Court of Appeal’s criminal division, cited the high-profile case of Vicky Pryce, who was convicted of taking her husband’s speeding points. The original jury was discharged after asking ten questions which the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said showed a  “fundamental deficit in understanding”.Lady Hallett concluded that on balance the jury system was worth retaining despite its flaws. Donal Lawler, secretary of the Criminal Bar Association and a barrister at 187 Fleet Street Chambers, said theft was included in the “either way” category because of its potential impact on someone’s reputation. “It’s the act of doing something dishonest rather than its actual value. The reputational impact of that is enormous,” he said. He added that he had seen numerous cases where a defendant had chosen to go to the Crown Court on a relatively minor charge and had been cleared. “We’ve all seen quite a few of those – you initially think ‘that looks absurd’, but when you drill down you see the human effect a conviction would have.  Pembroke College, OxfordCredit:Geoff Pugh “I dealt with someone who had a bit of a chequered past but had made big changes, had places sorted out at college. “They were accused of something relatively minor, but chose to go to Crown Court. “The time taken over a summary trial can be a lot quicker – and things came out over that longer process which utterly exonerated them,” he said. Pembroke College, Oxford Defendants should not be allowed to choose a jury trial in some petty crime cases, a senior judge has said. In a speech at Pembroke College, Oxford, Lady Justice Hallett, who sits on the Court of Appeal, said that a full jury trial could cost £20,000 for defendants accused of offences such as stealing sweets from a supermarket.She said the Government should “remove the right to elect trial by jury in cases that simply do not warrant it”. The most serious offences are indictable, meaning they have to be tried in a Crown Court. Summary offences are almost always tried in a magistrates’ court, while “either way” offences can be tried in either depending on seriousness. The defendant can choose to go to crown court for either way offences only, which include theft. Last year 1,637 defendants chose to be tried by a jury in a crown court, 1.7 per cent of the total of 98,668 which were tried in crown courts. If each case cost around £20,000, the total cost would be £32.7m.In 2009 a Birmingham man was tried and acquitted of stealing a banana worth 25p from the Bullring shopping centre after he chose to have a full crown court trial. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Corentyne woman takes her life after years of reported domestic abuse

-Woman’s mother said numerous reports to the police were not investigatedChristine reportedly took her life after suffering years of abuse at the hands of her husbandThirty-year-old Christine Singh of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne consumed a poisonous substance on Saturday morning and consequently died soon after.Her death allegedly followed years of domestic abuse, she had endured at the hands of her husband.According to her mother, Sarojinie Singh, Christine had told her on Friday afternoon that she was “going out,” but had promised to return home soon.After Christine had left home, Sarojinie said, she and her neighbour went to view a parade on the public road on Friday night.At about 19:30hrs, she said that she witnessed her daughter being manhandled and assaulted by her husband in the vicinity of the “burial ground bridge” on the public road.The distraught Sarojinie noted that her daughter did not confide in her about this most recent reported beating she had received from her husband, as she did not return home that night.Sarojinie said she was in her kitchen sometime on Saturday morning when she heard her neighbour’s urgent call summoning her, and upon running to the front of her yard, she noticed her daughter vomiting continually while leaning against the fence. She said she rushed to assist her daughter, but by the time she was near her, the girl had already fallen in an unconscious state to the ground.Fearing the worst, she rushed her daughter to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where she learned that her child had ingested a poisonous substance. Moments later, Christine Singh was officially pronounced dead by medical officials.Sarojinie told this publication that several reports had been made to the police about the physical abuse her daughter had been made to endure at the hands of her husband; but, on numerous occasions, the reports had allegedly gone uninvestigated.The very distraught mother feels that if the police had acted on any of those reports, her daughter would not have been forced to take her own life. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAbusive husband kills wife of several years, reportedly takes life afterAugust 6, 2018In “Crime”Police hunting Berbice man who set house on fire after failing in bid to kill ex-wifeJune 22, 2018In “Crime”Mother, child poisoning: Husband claims wife had threatened to kill self, baby beforeMarch 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

Abu Jayed picked for WI Tests Mustafizur among standbys

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJomel Warrican back in West Indies Test squadAugust 30, 2018In “latest news”Brathwaite urges relaxed but disciplined approachJuly 31, 2018In “latest news”England stick with unchanged Test group for West IndiesDecember 11, 2018In “latest news” Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been named among the standbys for the two Tests in the West Indies next month, after he had been sidelined with a toe injury recently. Mustafizur had missed the T20I series against Afghanistan and was expected to take up to three weeks to recover when he was ruled out in the last week of May.Abu Jayed takes flight on debut (Associated Press)Allrounder Mosaddek Hossain, who played the first Test against Sri Lanka at home earlier this year, was also among the standbys. Uncapped seamer Abu Jayed, who made his international debut this year, was picked in the squad while batsman Sabbir Rahman was left out.Sabbir and Mosaddek, however, were named in the Bangladesh A squad that will taken on the visiting Sri Lanka A side in the first of the three four-day matches from June 26 in Cox’s Bazar.Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who was recalled to the Test squad after nearly four years for the Sri Lanka series was also dropped for the Caribbean tour, as were seamer Nayeem Hasan and legspinner Tanbir Hayder. Instead, Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam, who have not played Tests since the South Africa tour in 2017, were picked. Rubel had also played against Afghanistan recently while Shafiul finished among the top 10 wicket-takers in the Dhaka Premier League with a tally of 24 from 13 innings.Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who made three 50-plus scores in his last three first-class matches and two centuries and a half-century in his last three one-day matches, also returned to the squad. He had made his Test debut in Christchurch in January 2017. Nurul Hasan, who had also made his Test debut in the same game, found a place in the squad too. He is the third wicketkeeper behind Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das. However, it was Liton, who had kept wicket in Bangladesh’s last Test in Mirpur in February.Shakib Al Hasan, who had taken a break from the Test series in South Africa and later missed the home Tests against Sri Lanka with injury, was back to lead the side. Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah are the other spin-bowling options in the squad.The Caribbean tour will be Steve Rhodes’ first full series as Bangladesh coach. They will play a warm-up match at the end of June before the first Test starts on July 4 in North Sound and the second on July 12 in Kingston. The Tests will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. The last two T20Is will be played in Lauderhill in the USA.Bangladesh squadSquad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt.), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hassan, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Abu Jayed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiul Islam.Standbys: Yeasin Arafat, Abu Haider, Naeem Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.IN: Shakib Al Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Abu Jayed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiul IslamOUT: Mosaddek Hossain, Nayeem Hasan, Tanbir Hayder, Abdur Razzak, Sabbir Rahman(ESPNCricinfo) read more

Fifa open proceedings against Wales Neil Taylor after Coleman horror tackle

first_img Image: Brian Lawless By Paul Fennessy Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 12:40 PM Neil Taylor was sent off for his challenge on the Ireland-Wales game. 27,239 Views Neil Taylor was sent off for his challenge on the Ireland-Wales game. Image: Brian Lawless 39 Comments Updated at 13.40FIFA HAS OPENED proceedings against Wales defender Neil Taylor following a horror challenge that saw him sent off in last Friday’s Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.The tackle resulted in Ireland defender Seamus Coleman suffering a double leg fracture, with the Everton defender set to be out of action for the foreseeable future as a result of the incident.Red cards for violent conduct incur an automatic one-match ban, though Fifa’s latest move has opened up the possibility of the Wales defender’s ban being extended to three games depending on what referee Nicola Rizzoli puts in his post-game report.Should it be extended to three games, the ban, which only applies to international matches, would see Taylor miss Wales’ upcoming games against Austria and Moldova, in addition to the Serbia encounter in June that he was originally suspended for.The Irish camp have not estimated a date for Coleman’s return, though the player is not expected to be available for the remainder of the Boys in Green’s World Cup qualifying campaign, with a return to action before 2018 unlikely.According to The Independent, a Fifa hearing that will decide Taylor’s fate is likely to take place within the next two weeks.Mourinho: I would be happy for Ibrahimovic if he leaves>Monaco prodigy is ‘ahead of Thierry Henry when it comes to using the ball’>center_img Fifa open proceedings against Wales’ Neil Taylor after Coleman horror tackle The challenge resulted in the Ireland defender suffering a double leg fracture. http://the42.ie/3314953 Mar 30th 2017, 12:40 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share16 Tweet Email last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Mr Finch

first_img ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Ever wonder what Rupert Giles-as-antihero is like?Headmaster by day, child-eating winged monster also by day (via BBC)MR. FINCHFirst appearance: “School Reunion” (2006)—season 2, episode 3Home planet: N/ADoctor: TenthCompanions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Sarah Jane SmithSchool should be a safe place. But for the students at Deffry Vale High, it’s anything but.In the three months since headmaster Lucas Finch (Anthony Stewart Head) arrived, the academy has been through some major changes: new teachers, new curriculum, new policies.Specifically, Finch implements a free-but-compulsory lunch program—which, based on the amount of fries those kids consume, isn’t exactly the healthy meal plan Michelle Obama implemented.Described by the Doctor as “different” (and by Rose as “gorgeous”), the deep-fried potatoes turn out to be more than a delicious snack: Cooked in Krillitane Oil, the chips act as a conducting agent to accelerate children’s learning power, making them “cleverer.”Every school administrator’s dream, Finch’s mysterious success has attracted media attention—in particular, the investigative eye of journalist Sarah Jane Smith.The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) reunites with old friends Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K-9 (via BBC)Played once more by Elisabeth Sladen, the Doctor’s former companion (and her robotic dog K-9) are, as the episode title suggests, reunited in the fight against evil.The evil Finch, that is: A Krillitane known as Brother Lassar, bent on cracking the Skasis Paradigm (“te universal theory”) and making his race into gods.But why school children? Innocent, pain-in-the-arse children who have no right being so smart? Because “the God maker needs imagination,” the Doctor explains.“They’re not just using the children’s brains to break the code, they’re using their souls.”With the furrowed brow of the devil and the slicked-back hair of Al Pacino, Head easily transforms from sexy librarian Rupert Giles to squawking lowlife Lucas Finch.Anthony Stewart Head is Mr. Finch (via BBC)Despite his attempts to subvert the Time Lord—tempting him to “become a God at my side” and save Gallifrey—Finch and his brothers are defeated by Team TARDIS: K-9 detonates a chip oil container, showering the Krillitanes with their own toxic oil.And, in what I truly hope is a throwback to Head’s Buffy days, the school (and everyone in it, including Sarah Jane’s tin dog) explodes in a ball of fire, throwing paper like confetti and making Kenny, the only kid who didn’t eat the fries, a childhood hero.Though presumed dead, it was thought Lassar survived the blast, permanently adopted his human form and name, and served as prosecutor during the Tenth Doctor’s trial by the Shadow Proclamation in IDW comic story “Fugitive.” The character, however, was later revealed to be a Gizou imposter.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Residents can learn about Mill Plain project

first_imgAn open house about the city’s plan to improve safety and address congestion on Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, between 104th Avenue and Chkalov Drive, will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cascade Inn, 11613 S.E. Seventh St.The busy half-mile-long section of Mill Plain at Interstate 205 experiences the highest daily traffic volumes in Vancouver, said Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for the city’s public works department. The project includes modifications to Mill Plain at the I-205 southbound ramp with the closure of Southeast 107th Avenue’s connection to Mill Plain, realignment and extension of Southeast 104th Avenue, extension of the left-turn lane for eastbound traffic accessing northbound I-205, signal upgrades, street lights and sidewalk ADA-compliant ramps. Potential changes to transit stops there are also being evaluated. The project will be paid for by $4.2 million in federal grants with $395,000 in local matching funds, Callahan said. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2015. The public can drop by the open house to look at project details and meet with project staff, Callahan said. Information can also be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/MillPlain-104.last_img read more

Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

first_imgA coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.Download AudioThe Port of Seattle earlier this month signed a two-year lease for 50 acres across from downtown Seattle to Foss Maritime, whose client is Shell.The groups allege that the port violated state environmental laws when it did not do a review. The groups including Sierra Club and Seattle Audubon Society are holding a news conference Monday.The port’s CEO has said that the lease complies with environmental regulations and will bring in about $13 million in rent over the two years. Eight vessels would be moored at the terminal.last_img read more

US suspends Muslim ban

first_imgPeople protest against the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, on 4 February, 2017, in Berlin, near the Brandenburg Gate and the US embassy. Photo: AFP US authorities on Saturday suspended president Donald Trump’s controversial ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries, following a court ruling that blocked its enforcement.“We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” a US State Department spokesman told AFP. The department had said some 60,000 travel visas had been revoked in compliance with the president’s recent executive order.“Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid,” the official said.The official added that the Trump administration is “working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and our legal teams” pending a full review of a complaint filed by Washington state’s attorney general, which filed one of several legal challenges to the measure.The Department of Homeland Security, in a separate statement on Saturday wrote: “In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the executive order.”It added: “DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure,” but said that US Department of Justice officials would launch an appeal “at the earliest possible time” to reinstate the ban, which the Trump administration believes “is lawful and appropriate.”“The order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do,” the DHS statement said.Trump meanwhile lashed out at a court ruling suspending the controversial ban affecting travelers from seven Muslim countries dismissing it as “ridiculous” and vowing to get it overturned.The order, issued late Friday by Seattle US District Judge James Robart, is valid across the United States, pending a full review of a complaint filed by Washington state’s attorney general.The travel restrictions, which went into effect a week ago, have wreaked havoc at airports across America, sparked numerous protests and left countless people hoping to reach the United States in limbo.“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump wrote in a flurry of early morning tweets.last_img read more

ProAL teachers sweep DUTA polls

first_imgLogo Of Dhaka UniversityRuling Bangladesh Awami League-backed platform of teachers of Dhaka University (DU), known as Blue Panel, swept the DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) election on Tuesday.The pro-AL teachers’ panel has bagged 14 out of 15 executive committee posts, reports UNB.Professor Maksud Kamal of Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty and Business Faculty dean professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam of the panel were elected president and general secretary respectively.In the election, 1,551 out of 1,988 teachers cast their votes from 10:00am to 2:00pm.DUTA election commissioner professor Tofail Ahmad Chowdhury announced the results at the DU Teachers’ Club in the afternoon.Professor Hasanuzzaman of Computer Science and Engineering department, was the lone executive committee member elected from pro-BNP White Panel.The other office-bearers are vice-president Imdadul Huq, treasurer Momotajuddin Ahmed and joint secretary Tazin Aziz Chowdhury while the executive committee members are Chandranath Poddar, Zeenat Huda, Aftab Ali Shaikh, Ziaur Rahman, Nizamul Huq Bhuiyan, Sadeka Halim, Sabita Rizwana Rahman, Nisar Hossain and Soumitra Sekhar.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday October 15

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uBillionaire Donald Trump is doing what the GOP establishment said was impossible; remaining atop the Republican polls for president by a wide margin. We’ll have analysis with John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University. Plus, 12 people were arrested last night at City Hall protesting the confirmation hearing of interim police commissioner Kevin Davis. We’ll talk to councilmen Nick Mosby and Carl Stokes about their votes in the confirmation process. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more