Are You Deploying Your Resources Appropriately?

first_imgImagine a military commander. He has a strategy to win. He has decided what the missions that result in a positive outcome look. The targets have been determined, and he gives orders to the people in his charge. And then he allows them to spend their time on things that are not aligned with what needs to be done.Maybe you hate military analogies. Too violent.  A less violent analogy is sports, let’s say, football. You are the coach. You have designed the plays your offense needs to run to score points and win games. The team knows what they need to do, and you call the play. Then the team runs a play that looks nothing like what you designed.Still too aggressive. I get it. You are a choreographer. You are leading a world-class group of dancers, all of whom are highly capable and competent. You design a show that will be unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Everyone knows their part going into opening night, and then they decide to do something so different from what you designed to make it unrecognizable.As a sales leader, you must deploy your resources appropriately. You must choose the targets, and you have to decide the strategy to pursue those targets. You must ensure that your goals are communicated, that everyone knows their part, and that they are trained and capable of executing your strategy. This is how you win.As far as we know, no battle has yet been lost because the soldiers were busy responding to their email. No football game has been lost because the team was busy responding to their teammates request for a meeting to be brought up to speed on some issue that, while being important, isn’t most important. You no doubt take my meaning here.If the time, the effort, and the resources that belong to you are not being deployed appropriately, you are responsible for changing that. If you lack opportunity creation, it is because you are allowing this to be the case. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

India Ranks 44 out of 50 on Global Intellectual Property Index

first_imgIndia’s overall score has increased from 25 per cent in the 5th edition of the Global Intellectual Property (IP) Index to 30 per cent in the latest edition, bringing it to rank 44 out of 50, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report released on Feb. 8. The U.S. agency has attributed the positive change on reform efforts on patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) and registration procedures of well-known marks.India, for the first time, rose from the bottom 10 per cent of economies measured, due to the passage of guidelines to improve the patentability environment for technological innovations, and implementation of some tenets of the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. Earlier, India’s rank was 43 out of 45. The country’s score, however, continues to suggest that additional, meaningful reforms are needed, the report said.The “Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs)” was revised in July 2017 in India and it included that there would be no requirement of innovation in hardware. “Local legal analysis suggests that although they do not carry the force of primary or secondary legislation, these new guidelines should create more certainty for innovators in the computer software space,” the report said.The U.S. agency, calling the Indian copyright environment as “challenging,” also added that “rights holders are increasingly able to defend and enforce their copyrights through injunctive relief. Since 2012, there have been a number of cases in which access to websites offering pirated andinfringing content — including notorious international sites like The Pirate Bay — has been disabled through court orders.”Taking note of court injunctions given in India for disabling certain URLs, the report said that India still has a long way to go. “Indian rights holders suffer as much at the hand of online piracy as do foreign entities. In fact, one of the major cases brought to the High Court involved the illegal broadcasting of Indian cricket matches on non-sanctioned websites,” the report said.The report also added that while the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) permits companies to register their marks since May 2017, there is no clarity over what the supporting documents should be.Among the top 10 countries in the global intellectual property index are the United States, United Kingdom, EU economies, Singapore and Japan. Related Itemsinnovationlast_img read more

London Olympics: Team Britain wins gold in women’s double sculls rowing

first_imgBritish world champion crew Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins stormed to Olympic gold in the women’s double sculls final in Friday. Grainger and Watkins opened up an early lead on the Australian pair of Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley and only pulled away to time six minutes, 55.82 seconds.For veteran rower Grainger, 36, it was a long-awaited first place after three consecutive silvers in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.”It’s been a long, long wait. It’s not been painful, I’ve had a great few years. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” she said.The Australians were nearly three seconds back, with Polish crew Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska grabbing the bronze a further nine seconds adrift.Australia’s Kim Crow was blown away by the British performance.”That was fantastic. An amazing race. Those girls were phenomenal. That’s the classiest race I’ve ever been part of,” she said.last_img read more

Oliver Giroud Scores Penalty as France Edge Past Iceland in Euro 2020 Qualifiers

first_imgReykjavik: Depleted France needed an Olivier Giroud penalty to edge past Iceland 1-0 and keep pace with Turkey in their Euro 2020 Group H qualifier in Reykjavik on Friday.With key duo Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba both out injured, the world champions mustered just enough to end the evening on 18 points, level with leaders Turkey and six ahead of Iceland with three games to go. France now host Turkey in a crunch game at the Stade de France on Monday, having suffered a 2-0 defeat in Ankara in June.”That’s a good win ahead of the big match we’re all expecting Monday,” said coach Didier Deschamps after his 200th match with France — 97 of those coming in the dugout.”It wasn’t easy, they were dangerous, even if we had several chances to score again.”After a torrid night for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, whom the compact Iceland defence niggled away at continually, the referee awarded a penalty for a sneaky kick on 66 minutes.Despite little playing time at Chelsea this season, Giroud retains the faith of Deschamps and the 33-year-old fired a sure strike past Hannes Halldorsson with a confident spot-kick.🇫🇷 Giroud’s best attribute is __________#EURO2020— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) October 11, 2019 “It was a tough match but a good game from the whole team gave us the three points. Now we have a big home game on Monday,” said Griezmann.”We suffered over there so we’ll have to be ready.”With 37 international goals Giroud is third in the all-time scoring standings for France, behind Thierry Henry on 51 and Michel Platini on 41.Already missing Pogba and the fleet-footed Mbappe, France also lost their midfield metronome N’Golo Kante to a hamstring strain in the warm-up.But the Euro 2016 finalists enjoyed 75 percent possession with Blaise Matuidi and Moussa Sissoko enjoying a great deal of the ball on the left.Matuidi hit the post on 77 minutes after a neat cutback from Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman and late substitute Wissam Ben Yedder almost added a late second.Giroud had picked up a yellow card for dissent after a penalty appeal for handball in the first half as the visitors fared poorly against a robust home defence.In the French goal Steve Mandanda, in for Hugo Lloris after his dislocated elbow last weekend, made his first save on 30 minutes into the game and was little troubled thereafter.France beat Iceland 4-0 at home back in June and the two had history after their quarter-final meeting during Euro 2016 which Les Bleus also won 5-2. Euro 2020 QualifiersfootballFranceIceland First Published: October 12, 2019, 7:56 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Children to get national awards for exceptional feats

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) Children with exceptional abilities in academics, art, culture and sports will be given national awards by the government.Children residing in India between the age of five and 18 years will be eligible for the National Child Award.The Union government has sought nominations for 36 National Child Awards, equivalent to the number of states and union territories, to be given this year.There will be one gold medal, a cash prize of 20,000 and book vouchers of Rs 10,000 besides a certificate and a citation. There will also be 35 silver medals, a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each, book vouchers of Rs 3,000 each and a certificate and a citation.”Not more than two candidates shall be awarded from one state and union territory,” said an official note.The Ministry of Women and Child Development has instituted the National Child Award to give due recognition to children with exceptional abilities and who have achieved outstanding status in various fields including academics, arts, culture, design and sports etc, it said.The honour will recognise innovation in any field including design, scholastic achievements at national level (e.g. first position in mathematics in two successive years), and achievements in sports, arts, culture, social service and music, among others.The awards will be announced on November 14, Childrens Day, each year and will be given away in the national capital on a convenient date.All ministries have been asked to circulate the order seeking nominations for the awards. PTI AKV SK SUKlast_img read more

Gulbadin Naib calls for calm and friendship after Saturday clashes at Headingley

first_imgAfghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib issued a plea to supporters after his team’s three-wicket defeat by Pakistan at the World Cup on Saturday was marred by clashes in the stands and outside the stadium.Videos shared on social media showed supporters of both countries fighting outside Headingley and security personnel being forced to intervene, while ESPNcricinfo reported that at least two fans were evicted from the ground during the match.The clashes continued after the match ended, with supporters charging on to the pitch and some fans captured on camera throwing punches at each other in the stands. The ICC has promised to take action against any offenders.”We’re here to leave a good impression of my team and also my country. So if you look at my country, there’s not good going on in the last 40, 45 years. But we’re here to show to the world we want friendship,” Naib said.”To all the audiences watching these kinds of matches, this is only a cricket game. Just watch the cricket game. It’s a sport.”To all audiences who are watching matches, please just watch like a sport.”Naib said that while he understood the emotions in the stands and appreciated the atmosphere in the ground, the fans should have refrained from encroaching on the pitch as soon as the final ball was bowled.”I love this kind of audience to cause the cheering, both sides,” he added. “I think they love the players… so they’re really excited to meet them and to hug them.advertisement”But it’s not good to come in the ground, to tease the players or tease the groundstaff and other staff… Everyone loves their players, they love their heroes.”So they don’t want to harm anyone. They just want to hug and touch. For me, it’s nothing (but) it’s not good for them coming on the ground. You can say discipline-wise, it’s not feeling good at the end.”As for his team’s defeat, Naib pointed to the loss of veteran pace bowler Hamid Hassan with a hamstring injury after his second over as the moment that turned the tide against Afghanistan.”We had bad luck,” he said. “With Hamid Hassan, he’s our main bowler. The wicket was really slow. It was not supporting medium pacers like me.”But the bad luck is that Hamid was unfit, so if he was still in it to the end, maybe it would be really difficult for them. I think the main turning point is Hamid.Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Sure Pakistan fans will be supporting us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Thrilling win over Afghanistan gave us confidence, says Imad WasimAlso See:last_img read more

Linear Cancer Treatment Centre Opens in Kingston

first_img Prev 1of3 Next Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), and Head Radiation Oncologist for the newly built National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, Dr. Praveen Sharma, examine a computerised tomography (CT) simulator at the facility, which was officially opened on Monday (Nov. 26).Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), and Head Radiation Oncologist for the newly built National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, Dr. Praveen Sharma, examine a computerised tomography (CT) simulator at the facility, which was officially opened on Monday (Nov. 26). The $860 million facility, constructed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, was formally opened by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton. Financing was provided by the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE); and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). Cancer care delivery in the public health system has been further boosted with Monday’s (Nov. 26) opening of Jamaica’s second National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre.center_img Story Highlights Cancer care delivery in the public health system has been further boosted with Monday’s (Nov. 26) opening of Jamaica’s second National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre.The $860 million facility, constructed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston, was formally opened by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.Financing was provided by the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE); and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).The Kingston centre’s opening comes just over a year after a similar facility, developed at a cost of $770.9 million, commenced operations at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.The centre, similar to the Montego Bay-based facility, utilises state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines to administer radiation therapy.Dr. Tufton, who delivered the keynote address, said that cancer is among the lifestyle and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounting for approximately 70 per cent of the 18,000 to 20,000 Jamaicans succumbing to health-related illnesses annually, adding that it is second behind cardiovascular disease.Dr. Tufton said the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that 7, 348 Jamaicans will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018, with prostate cancer accounting for 17 per cent of cases, and breast cancer – 13 per cent.He noted that the first line of defence is always prevention, by encouraging persons to exercise, eat a balanced diet, and knowing their health status in order to minimise risks. However, the Government is cognisant that beyond prevention, “you have to invest in the curative side of things.” He said that with the establishment of the two treatment centres “we could declare today that Jamaica is adequately equipped on the curative side, because of the investment in this very modern technology… this very important piece of infrastructure.”NHF Chief Executive Officer [CEO], Everton Anderson, who chairs the LINAC Steering Committee, which piloted the centres’ development, noted that there was significant local and overseas technical support for the project.This, he said, included assistance and guidance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), as well as private sector inputs “to ensure that at the end of the day, what is being delivered is safe and effective… and that we are compliant with international standards”.Mr. Anderson pointed out that the NHF’s US$10 million contribution to the establishment of the Kingston centre, represents the agency’s single largest investment, adding that as the entity celebrates its 15th anniversary of operations this year “there really is no better way to mark [this]”.CHASE Fund CEO and LINAC Steering Committee Deputy Chairman, Billy Heaven, expressed the hope that the facility will improve access, capacity, efficiency and quality of patient healthcare delivery.“I hope that the administration of the project will make [it one] that maximises the investments and minimises the cost, and that we end up with the best feasible and most sustainable business model,” he added.For his part, TEF Executive Director, Dr. Carey Wallace, said the project represents an investment in Jamaica’s greatest resource – its people.“We invest in our people when we spend on projects like this… where we make this country of ours [a place] where we can feel safe and secure, knowing that we have world-class health facilities,” he noted.last_img read more

Publication du plan dinvestissement dans les écoles

first_img École de la maternelle à la 9e année dans la région de Bedford Ravines École dans la région de Clayton Park-Fairview École secondaire dans la région Eastern Shore St. Joseph’s A. MacKay Elementary School, Halifax (rénovation) École élémentaire dans la région de Springhill École élémentaire dans la région de Glace Bay École secondaire de premier cycle dans la région de Northside, région de North Sydney-Sydney Mines Breton Education Centre, New Waterford (rénovation) Ferrisview Elementary, North Sydney (rénovation) Harbourside Elementary School, Sydney (achat – école en PPP) Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney (achat – école en PPP) De nouvelles écoles seront construites ou des rénovations majeures seront effectuées aux écoles dans treize collectivités au cours des prochaines années. Le gouvernement fera également l’achat de deux écoles en PPP au Cap-Breton, qui avaient auparavant été choisies pour être retournées au promoteur. L’investissement total est estimé à 300 millions de dollars. Ces projets s’ajoutent aux six projets de construction ou de rénovations majeures d’écoles qui sont en cours, et à l’achat des 37 écoles en PPP que le gouvernement a annoncé à l’automne 2017. « Ce plan pluriannuel est une réponse directe aux recommandations du vérificateur général et du rapport de Mme Avis Glaze visant à assurer un plan d’investissement à long terme plus prévisible, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous bâtissons des écoles dans les collectivités où les besoins en matière d’installations sont critiques et surtout où les élèves pourront profiter d’installations modernes dont la conception répond à leurs besoins en matière de programmes. » Les écoles sont choisies selon les priorités soumises par les centres régionaux pour l’éducation et le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Chaque école incluse dans le plan pluriannuel a été cernée comme une priorité par la région où elle sera construite. Le choix final est effectué selon le nombre d’inscriptions, l’état des installations et le financement disponible. Les projets sont les suivants : Centre régional pour l’éducation Cape Breton-Victoria Centre régional pour l’éducation Chignecto-Central École dans la région de Wedgeport École dans la région de Clare École sur la péninsule d’Halifax École acadienne de Pomquet (rénovation) Centre régional pour l’éducation Halifax Tous les projets d’investissements ainsi que les projets déjà en cours peuvent être consultés au . Conseil scolaire acadien provinciallast_img read more

The Gallaghers most festive light display

first_imgThe light display started when the family use to live in town, close to Bert Ambrose school. Gallagher admits the substantial display at that time would expand out of his yard into a neighbouring park.  Four years ago when he purchased this new property, Gallagher said as soon as he looked at the property he knew it was perfect for his light display “the winding entrance would be the perfect ‘Candy Cane Lane”.To create the growing display Gallagher has purchased light displays from the States then found a Supplier in Edmonton and chooses to purchase second-hand lights. This is more meaningful as he uses his time in the summer to refurbish the lights by stripping the frames of their old incandescent lights, sanding and repainting the frames and then rewiring with new LED lights.  Gallagher says residential displays this big could not happen with the old incandescent light as the power usage would be too great.“LED technology uses 90 percent less energy,” said Gallagher yet he still upgraded to a 400 amp service to be able to power the over 65,000 lights in the display. Gallagher tells me he already has plans for next year and I could tell he is eager to continue to grow the size of the display.Gallagher has received help from his friend Bob Amon a local Electrician, who has donated a lot of his time to help install panels and all the underground wiring.  Gallagher’s youngest daughter also enjoys helping by going outside to work on and look at the lights.This year the Gallaghers offered a spot on the property to house a Red Kettle for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Gallager admits he was surprised by the success that the kettles received.  About 500 vehicles passed through his property each night, the week before Christmas giving the Red Kettle great exposure. Gallagher was happy to do this by providing help to the community.Typically the lights of the display are turned off at midnight, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they were left on all night and the family saw approx 1000 vehicles pass through the property on Christmas Eve alone. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the past 15 years Gallagher’s light display has been the fulfillment of a childhood dream and continues as the display grows in size every year.Many residents of the North Peace have come to look forward to and have created their own family traditions by visiting the Gallagher’s ‘Candy Cane Lane’. Set on their property which can be seen from the West Bypass, the light display is impressive and inspiring.Sean Gallagher shares “As a little kid I always loved Christmas more than the average person, I dreamed of doing this even as a little boy. I never dreamed it would be this big, its a real love for Christmas and it has never gone away.” There is still time to view the display as the lights will be turned off for the season on January 15th, 2019. To see the lights travel north on 100 Street past fish creek and taking a left onto the west bypass road, take a left onto the 244 Road for approx half a km and the property is on the left. You can also approach the property if you continue on the bypass and take a right onto the property. You get a different view of the display when approaching from either direction.last_img read more

Will be Indias last election if Modi is reelected Mamata

first_imgMathabhanga (Cooch Behar): Stepping up the ante against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday called him a “jhootha chowkidar” and alleged that he would “throw away” the Constitution and turn India into a totalitarian regime if he is re-elected and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections could be the last one in that case.Addressing a rally here on Thursday, Banerjee challenged Modi to win more than 125 Lok Sabha seats in the general elections across the country. She claimed that the government of the “expiry babu”, the term she has coined for the Prime Minister, will be defeated in the Lok Sabha polls after losing seats across north and central parts of the country. The people of India are sick and tired of the “fake (jhootha) chowkidar” because of his arrogance and endless lies and will replace him in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said.last_img read more

Samsung India unveils Galaxy A70 for Rs 28990

first_imgGurugram: Samsung India on Wednesday announced Galaxy A70, earlier than its reported launch next week, which is the sixth smartphone in the popular Galaxy A series. Priced at Rs 28,990, Galaxy A70 will be available for pre-booking between April 20-April 30. The device has 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with micro-SD slot up to 512GB. Consumers who pre-book can purchase Samsung U Flex, a premium Bluetooth device worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999 only, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our recently launched Galaxy A line has seen an unprecedented success since its launch. It has reached a milestone of $500 million in sales within 40 days of launch,” said Ranjivjit Singh, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung India. Galaxy A70 comes with 32MP triple rear camera capable of shooting super slow-mo videos. The device has a 4500mAh battery with 25W super-fast charging capability. “With its best-in-class display, Samsung Pay, path-breaking triple rear camera and top-notch processor, the Galaxy A70 is all about experience,” Singh added. For Selfie buffs, there is a 32MP front camera with features like AR-Emoji and Selfie-Focus. Starting May 1, Galaxy A70 will be available for sale in three colours — white, blue and black. Galaxy A70 will also be available on Flipkart.last_img read more

Financial crisis eroding development gains African leaders warn at UN

In sub-Saharan Africa, the current financial and economic crisis “threaten to erode decades of modest growth and thereby make the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] unattainable in any meaningful way,” Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills said at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.The MDGs are a set of socio-economic targets which world leaders have agreed to try to achieve by 2015.Mr. Mills voiced support for “a global integration that ensures inclusive and equitable development and effectively contributes to substantial poverty alleviation, including full and productive employment as well as broad access to social services.”International trade bears the promise of lifting millions out of poverty, he said, with the Doha trade round being committed in principle to boosting poor nations’ access to market.“Unfortunately, the current global trading system discriminates against developing countries, hinders their participation in the global economy and damages the earning opportunities of farmer and rural communities.”Also pointing out how trade imbalances saddle poorer nations was President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.“Our economy continues to be vigorously challenged by the falling prices of our exports,” including diamonds and cash crops, on the international market, he said in his address to dozens of heads of States and government. As a result, Sierra Leone cannot generate the foreign exchange reserves it needs to import the basic commodities it need to survive, Mr. Koroma emphasized.The President of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika, questioned why industrialized countries continue to marginalize Africa and hold the continent back from its potential as a true multilateral trade partner.“Malawi is concerned that under the Doha arrangements, industrialized nations continue to protect their industries against processed and manufactured goods from Africa while insisting that the poor nations completely liberalize their economies,” he said.Mr. Mutharika called on the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations to take part in a “genuine” dialogue to assist in setting up an international trading system that is both fair and can promote sustainable growth and development in Africa and in other developing countries.The current financial crisis has been driven the by “selfishness and the desire of some to dominate others and to continue to be the prevalent vehicle in international relations,” President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea told the Assembly yesterday.“At every step, the gap between developed and developing countries has widened, despite the numerous resolutions, decisions and recommendations adopted to promote equality in political, economic and socio-cultural rights,” he noted.Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, President of Comoros, today added his voice to the chorus calling on the world’s richest countries to help developing nations face enormous challenges, including climate change and hunger.Small island nations such as Comoros could be wiped off the map within years, he warned. “Thus true international mobilization, particularly on the part of the richest nations, is vital to confront all the challenges that our countries face.” 24 September 2009The current worldwide recession is jeopardizing strides made toward reaching development targets, African leaders told the General Assembly today, calling for imbalances in the global trade system to be rectified to ensure that developing nations can grow their economies. read more

UPFA issues challenge to Sobitha thero

Perera said that the monk should now stand by his opinion and give the UNP poison for the alleged crimes they have committed towards the people of this country. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today challenged the Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, to force the UNP to consume poison for allegedly stealing from the country.UPFA member Dilan Perera said that the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero had wanted those who steal from the country to take poison. “They must be asked to take poison or you must resign,” Perera told the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero yesterday.Perera also accused the UNP of committing “highway robbery” through the deals reached to construct new highways. The Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero had reportedly made this comment when he signed an agreement to support the United National Front for Good Governance. He also challenged UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to take part in a debate with the UPFA on the highway deals. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Subaru tells some Legacy Outback owners Dont drive them

Subaru tells some Legacy, Outback owners: Don’t drive them DETROIT – Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail.The company is recalling about 52,000 of the cars and SUVs from the 2016 and 2017 model years. It also has told dealers to stop selling them until they’re repaired. About 22,000 of the cars have been sold in the U.S., with the remainder still on dealer lots, Subaru says.In documents posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru said the steering columns may have been manufactured improperly by a parts supplier. The columns may not engage properly with the rest of the steering system. “If this were to occur, the steering wheel may rotate freely and the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle,” the documents said.The problem was discovered May 3 when the owner of a 2016 Outback reported trouble. Subaru says there have been no crashes or injuries. The Outback is Subaru’s second-best selling vehicle.Dealers will send technicians to a customer’s location to inspect the steering columns. If they weren’t manufactured properly, they will be replaced starting in mid-May.The company will offer loaner cars until parts are available, Subaru of America spokesman Mike McHale said. “We have the details of the owners and are contacting them directly,” he said. Subaru does not know how exactly many cars will have the problem.The problem affects cars worldwide, but McHale said he did not know the number.The recall covers 2016 Legacys and Outbacks made from Feb. 29, 2016 to May 6, 2016. Also covered are 2017 Legacys and Outabacks made from April 18, 2016 to April 29, 2016. by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2016 7:03 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2011, file photo, a Subaru logo is displayed on a sign at a dealer’s lot, in Portland, Ore. Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail. The company is recalling about 52,000 of the cars and SUVs from the 2016 and 2017 model years. It also has told dealers to stop selling them until they’re repaired. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) read more

One of Canadas oldest oilsands projects to stay shut until crude cracks

CALGARY – One of Canada’s oldest oilsands projects, which was shut down during the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., will remain closed until benchmark oil prices rise above US$50 per barrel, its operator said Monday.The Hangingstone thermal oilsands project, operated by Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. since 1999, was shuttered in May as a precaution when staff were evacuated due to the wildfires.Satoshi Abe, the company’s executive vice-president, said the facility won’t be restarted for economic reasons.“It was our plan before the wildfire to shut it down temporarily because of the very, very weak oil price market,” said Abe in an interview.“With WTI (West Texas Intermediate) in the lower $40s, we are losing money for every barrel we produce. So we decided to suspend production to improve our short-term results while at the same time leaving resources in the ground to be produced when market conditions get better.”The project was built with capacity of 10,000 barrels per day to test the use of steam to produce bitumen from wells but had been producing only about half of that in recent years. At full capacity, Canada’s oilsands industry produces about 2.5 million bpd.Abe said construction continues on the company’s nearby $1.8-billion Hangingstone expansion project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year and begin producing by the middle of next year. Japan Canada Oil Sands is planning to ramp up capacity of that site to 20,000 barrels per day, with room for a future expansion to 30,000 bpd.Japan Oil Sands, owned by a consortium of Japanese companies, doesn’t expect any layoffs from among its 200 current permanent staff because they will be needed during construction and when the new project opens, Abe said.Analyst Michael Dunn of FirstEnergy Capital said the Japan Canada operation had higher than average costs per barrel because of its relatively small size, the age of some of its wells and equipment and the fact it was trucking its product to market instead of using a pipeline.He said the expansion project, which will be connected to a pipeline, will be more economically sound.Abe said about 800 people were evacuated from the construction site and about 40 from the operating site when the wildfire erupted. They were able to return by late May.The projects are 25 per cent owned by Nexen Energy, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd.The Alberta Energy Regulator recently reported provincial oilsands production in May dropped by about 25 per cent, mainly because of the wildfire and the resulting evacuation of about 90,000 people from the region.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 12:40 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email One of Canada’s oldest oilsands projects to stay shut until crude cracks US$50 read more

Archers star says controversial editor chose to ditch tradition of voice matching

first_imgWhen Pip and Tom from The Archer’s eponymous family were recast in 2014, fans were outraged that the new actors sounded different. This was not an oversight, however, but the result of a deliberate choice by the show’s then editor Sean O’Connor, who ditched the traditional practice on the Radio 4 favourite of ‘voice matching’ – a mistake, according to Timothy Bentinck, who plays David Archer in the series.Speaking about the recasting of his fictional daughter Pip, Bentinck told the Oxford Literary Festival: “That was Sean O’Connor – that had never happened before,” . When actors left the show in previous years, their replacements would try to imitate their predecessors to maintain continuity, he explained.It was “always in the brief that you should do a voice match”, Bentinck added.  English peer and actor Timothy Bentinck pictured at Century Club, London, UK “But Sean for his own reasons decided that didn’t matter, so when he cast those parts, none of them sounded the same.“On radio, you can’t see it’s a different actor. It’s the same character, but they’ve had a vocal transplant. I don’t like to criticise, but I think going onwards, we shouldn’t do that.”It makes it very difficult,” he said. O’Connor recast the roles after telling The Daily Telegraph that he wanted to get rid of younger actors on the show without professional acting trainingA former EastEnders producer, O’Connor also drew the ire of audiences for turning the Archers into ‘EastEnders in a field’, with racy storylines and a domestic abuse plot between characters Rob Titchener, and his wife Helen.On leaving the show after nearly three years at the helm, O’Connor went back to EastEnders, becoming the show’s executive producer in June 2016. Bentinck however said he disagreed with the criticism of O’Connor’s soap background. “He was great,” he said.  “He was accused – oh he worked for EastEnders once, so therefore he’s going to turn it into EastEnders, which I thought was a bit… it’s like it’s a disease that you’re going to transmit.” Bentinck’s fictional daughter Pip Archer has been voiced by a different actress since 2014, angering some fans Credit:Rii Schroer 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

BEUMERs drone and 3D modelling combination speed up conveyor builds

first_imgBEUMER Group’s ability to combine high-resolution drone surveys with detailed 3D modelling is reducing the amount of time required to develop and install complex conveyor systems in the mining space, Andrea Prevedello, Global Sales Director CL Systems, told IM on the sidelines of the Bauma fair in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday.BEUMER has been offering modelling solutions for many years, while it has been working with drones for about the past three years but combining the two for conveyor design is something new.The first project to involve this combination is a 6.5 km conveyor installation at Knight Hawk Coal’s Prairie Eagle underground coal mine in Illinois, US.The curved troughed belt conveyor carries coal from Knight Hawk’s new underground mine portal to its main coal preparation plant at Prairie Eagle. It allows Knight Hawk to seal a portion of its underground mine and bring coal to the surface near its current mining activities. Commissioning of the new conveying system was previously scheduled for this month.BEUMER’s solution at the mine features a single-flight curved conveying system that eliminates the cost of tower steel, and greatly reduces the quantity of components and necessary spare parts, according to the company. It reduces the dust, noise, maintenance and operating costs associated with the transfer points, and offers 98% reliability compared with roughly 92% reliability of four conveyors operating in series, Beumer said.In addition to this recent drone and modelling development, Prevedello said BEUMER is also now able to provide fully-erect shiploaders to customers. Instead of having to transport individual parts and erect on site, the company can now deliver a complete system that customers can slot in, he said.For companies looking to replace an old shiploader with a new one, this is very important, Prevedello said, allowing companies to make a quick switch that minimises operational downtime.last_img read more

Moneygall to open its Barack Obama visitor centre

first_imgSource: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandTHERE’S NO MISTAKING who Moneygall’s famous relation is – and now there’s going to be a visitor centre in his name.US President Barack Obama’s relations hail from the small Co Offaly town, and during his 2011 trip to Ireland he called to visit his distant family there.Just last month a Barack Obama Plaza opened in Moneygall, at a cost of €7m.The plaza will employ over 70 people and was developed by Pat and Una McDonagh, who are the founding directors of Supermac’s Ireland. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandNow comes the next phase in the plaza’s development: the opening of the President Barack Obama Visitor Centre and meetings suite in the Barack Obama Plaza.It will officially open next Friday, 4 July. Pat McDonagh will give an address at the opening on opportunity in Irish business, which he has titled ‘There is a tide in the affairs of men’.The Barack Obama Plaza is located at Junction 23 just off the M7, and has a services station and food court.The visitor centre will commemorate the visit of President Obama and his wife Michelle to Moneygall, as well as focusing on Irish-American history and culture.Henry Healy, one of Obama’s closest Irish relatives, is the manager of Barack Obama Plaza.Read: Moneygall to get a ‘Barack Obama Plaza’, creating 60 new jobs>last_img read more

ECB puts Greek banks on emergency aid

first_imgThe Bank of Greece, the country’s central bank, is likely to step in to smooth funding for the country’s banks after an earlier-than-expected downgrade of the nation’s credit rating prevented them from borrowing against Greek government bonds. Rating agency Standard & Poor’s cut Greece’s long-term ratings to “selective default” after Athens launched a bond swap to lighten its debt burden as part of its second bailout. While such downgrades were expected, S&P moved before the eurozone could activate a deal to offset the impact of the ECB’s obligation to temporarily suspend the use of Greek bonds as collateral in its funding operations. The plan is for Greece to receive 35 billion euros worth of support from the EFSF, the eurozone’s rescue fund, to back central bank lending against Greek government bonds and other assets underwritten by Athens. But with this arrangement not yet in place, the ECB said national central banks would have to help banks through “emergency liquidity assistance” (ELA) until the 35 billion collateral enhancement scheme is activated, at which point Greek bonds would again be eligible in principle. “This is expected to take place by mid-March 2012,” the ECB said in a statement. That the eurozone’s deal makers and the ECB did not foresee the potential risk of the EFSF support scheme not being activated in time is likely to leave some with red faces. The issue is vital because Greek banks would almost certainly go bust if their central bank funding was withdrawn. Other banks in countries like France also own large chunks of Greek debt, though they have other assets to use as collateral. The timing is particularly awkward for the ECB, coming just a day before its eagerly-awaited second, and expected to be final, offering of three-year loans – a major crisis-fighting policy tool. The ELA is effectively underwritten by the states in which it is extended, putting more pressure on the finances of eurozone countries whose budgets are already strained. The ECB requires guarantees in the form of eligible collateral from all banks that seek central bank funds in its lending operations. RISKS AHEAD S&P’s downgrading of Greece could well be short, but there is a risk Athens could fall back into default later, S&P analyst Moritz Kraemer told Reuters Insider television. “It’s a distinct possibility that this will be a short default which will be cured,” Kraemer told Reuters Insider in London. “The more interesting question is not when it will be cured but whether it will be the last one. “I think the rating coming out of default of the Hellenic Republic will give some indication of what the likelihood of another restructuring down the road would be,” he added. When assessing what rating to give Greece in the future, S&P would look at the political environment, the growth outlook and the remaining debt stock. “We think that on all three fronts there are huge question marks,” said Kraemer. Commerzbank economist Michael Schubert said the collateral enhancement plan was implemented too slowly. “We do not know what they’ll accept as collateral, but the spirit of emergency liquidity assistance is to bridge a short-term liquidity squeeze, so in principle it is the ideal instrument,” he added. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Farmers Industry Gather with Federal Partners at Biotech Working Group Meeting in

first_imgDespite single-digit temperatures and myriad travel delays, the members of ASA’s Biotech Working Group met this week in Washington to discuss the current regulatory landscape for biotechnology in the U.S.ASA’s farmer-leaders joined their counterparts from the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), as well as representatives from industry technology providers, to meet with administration officials, including Dr. Michael Firko, Acting Deputy Administrator of the Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) office at USDA, Dan Rosenblatt, Associate Director of the Registration Division in EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and Ed Porter, Director of the New Technology Division at the Foreign Agricultural Service.Deputy Administrator Firko provided an update on the USDA’s regulatory process, while Rosenblatt did the same for EPA, touching on ways the two agencies work together to streamline the regulatory process. Porter discussed the current state of biotech regulatory affairs in China, Korea and the EU.Attendees also heard more on the EU biotechnology landscape from industry consultant Benno van der Laan, as well as an update on the progress of the U.S. Biotech Crop Alliance from USBCA Secretariat Dr. Michael Phillips.This week’s was the first of two 2014 meetings for the Biotech Working Group. The group will meet again this summer, at a venue yet to be chosen.last_img read more