Technology Is No Substitute for Building Better Salespeople

first_imgMistakes are being made. One of the biggest is the substitution of technology for the things that produce real results. This substitution, or more accurately, the replacement of mind sets and skill sets is a factor that is causing sales results to decline—even though the intention is quite the opposite.Some are collapsing mind set and skill set into tool kits, and in doing so, they are reversing John Boyd’s axiom, “People. Ideas. Technology. In that order.” They are putting technology first, believe that technology is the idea, that automation is what is needed. This is to confuse efficiency with effectiveness, preferring things that can be counted over what cannot, what is objective over what is subjective, mostly because it can be quantified.The CRM is not a replacement for the relationships that are supposed to exist between the client and the person who owns that record in the CRM.A list of generated leads is not a substitute for a well-defined list of target accounts, or what I call dream clients, who would perceive what you do as compelling, differentiated value. Nor is it a replacement for knowing the people inside those dream clients and nurturing them.A slide deck put together by marketing to provide insights is not the same as a salesperson with real business acumen and situational knowledge. That slide deck is not going to be a trusted advisor, a title that is only available to those who have both trust and advice, the proof of which is determined only by the client’s experience and opinion of working with that individual.The social tools are not a substitute for prospecting. If anything, they are simply a tool that provides some value above the funnel, especially as it pertains to shaping mindshare if you have the content to do so. It doesn’t replace referrals, nor does it replace the need to call your dream clients to create new opportunities.The web demo is not a substitute for value creation, the catch-all concept for serving the client’s needs, having an excellent sales process, or knowing what commitments your dream client needs to make. The demo may remove the barrier that is physical distance but it does nothing to remove the barriers to change.All of these technologies are important. They all have the potential to create efficiencies. None of them, however, improve effectiveness. If there is a gap in sales performance, you are not likely to find the answer in technology. That gap is a competency issue that lives inside a salesperson or salespeople, and that gap is not going to be addressed without helping the individual or individuals improve what they do and how they do it.last_img read more

Treasury head wife mocked for photo of them holding money

first_imgWASHINGTON – A photo of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife posing with a sheet of new $1 bills — the first notes bearing his signature — is prompting people to poke fun at them online.The Associated Press photo shows Mnuchin holding the sheet of money as his wife Louise Linton stands behind him, her gloved hands touching a corner.Some remarked that the pair resembled villains from the James Bond movie franchise. Others used the image to mock the Republican tax plan, which critics say would mostly benefit high earners and corporations.The pair prompted a public outcry this summer after revelations he requested a military jet to fly them to their European honeymoon. It never happened, but the department launched a review of Mnuchin’s use of government aircraft.last_img

Judge says Papa Johns founder entitled to corporate records

first_imgDOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge has ruled that the embattled founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain is entitled to corporate records that the company has refused to turn over to him.John Schnatter sued Papa John’s International Inc. last year, claiming he needs the records to inform himself in order to fulfil his corporate duties, and to ensure that other directors are doing the same.The company argued that Schnatter, who was pressured to resign as chairman in July, wanted the records to further his own self-interests.The two sides eventually resolved disputes over 13 of 17 categories of documents.The judge ruled Tuesday that the company failed to prove that Schnatter’s purpose for seeking to inspect the remaining four categories of documents was improper.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Program expansion provides respite funding for special needs children

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – With the expansion of a program, more than 1,300 additional families with children who have special needs will benefit from respite services by qualified caregivers.As of March 31, 2018, approximately 3,900 families were receiving respite services. This program expansion will provide for 1,300 additional families and provide an increase in the base funding amount each family can receive.“We’ve heard how incredibly important respite care is for families,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Parents can get so caught up caring for a loved one that they forget to take time for themselves. They often don’t have the luxury of asking a friend, neighbour or relative to step in for them. Respite offers them a chance to recharge and the peace of mind that comes from having a skilled professional they can count on with the training to meet their child’s unique care needs.” Respite funding allows eligible families to purchase services from a qualified person who will care for the child while the parents attend to other family priorities. Services are provided in the child’s home, the respite caregiver’s home or within the community. Eligibility is not based on a specific diagnosis. Children may be eligible for the program if they are assessed as dependent in at least three of four areas of daily living (washing, bathroom assistance, eating and dressing), or have a palliative condition.According to the government, once families become eligible for respite funding, they are also able to access a range of other programs, including access to a child and youth care worker, behaviour supports, parenting skills training, counselling, housekeeping and life-skills programs for children.Government is developing a new plan to better support children and youth with special needs and their families. It will guide how the ministry invests in and delivers services for children and youth with special needs, and will roll out in spring 2020.The $6.3-million boost to the Province’s respite program was announced in Budget 2019, and changes began to come into effect April 1, 2019. Five million dollars is being used to provide respite services for families who had previously been on the waiting list. The remaining $1.3 million is increasing the base annual funding amount each family can receive from $2,800 to $3,080, marking the first increase in respite funding since 1989.For more information on services available; CLICK HERElast_img read more

VIDEO Traffic cop stops Costa Rican bicyclist Andrey Amador in bizarre highway

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador surges to 2nd place in Giro d’Italia Costa Rica’s Román Urbina inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Colombia’s Luis Mejía claims second straight Ruta de los Conquistadores title Costa Rica’s Laurens Molina wins Los Angeles Marathon In a subsequent video from the Traffic Police, Amador appears to be upset by damage caused to his bike when the cop turned it over. He tells the traffic cop that he’ll have to pay for damages if he ever stops him like that again.“Do you know who I am?” Amador asks.“I don’t care,” responds the cop.A third video Tweeted out by Amador shows the confrontation continuing as the transit official says in Spanish to another man, “I don’t understand his attitude.”Amador responds, “He almost threw me off the road.”The renowned cyclist later asked on Twitter if someone could loan him a bike to keep training, as the transit cop confiscated his bike. A short time later, Amador posted a YouTube video in which he apologized and admitted his error. He said he knew what he did was a traffic violation, but was upset with the aggressive way the traffic cop reacted.“After pushing and cutting me off with his motorcycle, he put himself at risk and he put me instead of just stopping off at a safer spot on the highway,” Amador said in his video response. “That’s why I was so angry.”Transit police confirmed Tuesday morning that Amador paid the traffic fine of ₡50,000 (about $100) and got his bike back.Amador will return to San José’s streets Saturday when he is scheduled to be the grand marshall of the annual Festival de La Luz parade downtown. Facebook Comments Decorated Costa Rican cyclistAndrey Amador had a morning training session take an unexpected turn Tuesday morning.Amador illegally took his bike on Highway 27 near Escazú, violating the country’s transit laws, and was asked to pull over by a transit official. Video taken from the transit cop’s motorbike shows the officer get to the side of Amador, directing him to immediately stop. Amador responded that he wanted to stop at a bus stop up ahead to have more room and avoid an accident on the thin stretch of shoulder.“Don’t make this any harder,” the cop yells back.The officer eventually cuts Amador off and apparently shoves him after yelling, “Calm down!”The entire video, courtesy of the Costa Rican Traffic Police, can be seen here:last_img read more

AirAsia boosts flights between Malaysia Australia Bali

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/16f5a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L AirAsia said today AirAsia X would increase the number of flights between Malaysia and Australia from July 1, while Air Asia will ramp up flights to Bali from June.The budget carrier currently operates one daily direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne and between Kuala Lumpur and Perth.From July, it will double the services, flying twice daily between the destinations, totalling to 14 weekly flights.AirAsia will also increase its frequency from Bali to Perth from 1 June this year, increasing from two to three direct daily flights.  “Loads have been consistently strong year-round on all Australian services” said AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani. “This has given us the confidence to increase our capacity particularly on Melbourne and Perth routes and as we grow our network and expand aggressively in India.”  To celebrate the additional frequencies, AirAsia is offering special all-in fares on the routes available for booking from today until 18 April.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 67,098-61,595 Let’s put Manning’s 67,098 passing yards into perspective: – Manning has thrown for 38 miles in his career (and he’s 38, which is a cool coincidence). – Manning has thrown for about 670 football fields.– Manning has thrown for more yards than dollars in the median household income of Americans in 2013 (be more like Peyton, America). – Manning has thrown for 5,503 yards more than Arizona’s combined quarterbacks since 1998, and has done so despite taking an entire year off due to injury.97.85-74.87Manning’s career quarterback rating is 97.85. Blink, rub your eyes, read it again: 97.85. His highest? 121.1 in 2004. The Cardinals’ Kurt Warner’s best season came close to Manning’s average — Warner boasted a solid 96.9 high in 2008 and was consistently rated high prior to that, but his retirement after the 2009 season put the Cardinals on their quarterback roller-coaster once more. The 20 Cardinals quarterbacks since 1998 have combined for a rating of 74.87.1What might be the most impressive aspect of all these numbers is a fact many people forget: Manning missed an entire season due to a neck injury and surgery. It hasn’t slowed him down; in addition to all of his other accolades he received the NFL’s “Comeback Player of the Year” award in 2012. In Arizona, 1998 was the year the team saw its first winning record in the desert at 9-7, thanks in part to Arizona State standout Jake Plummer (remember that mustache?). Seventeen years later, 19 different quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in a Cardinals uniform under five different coaches. And while Arizona fans bore witness to turnover of quarterback, coach and stadium, they might’ve pined a bit for a team led by Manning (and even thought they’d get him at one point); the solid foundation of a constantly shifting league, the keeper of the passing game, the star of the NFL. What if the Cardinals hadn’t gone through so many quarterbacks over the years? What if they’d only had one — the one? Here’s how Manning’s numbers compare to the Cardinals’ over the last 17 years:513-316Since 1998, Manning has thrown 513 touchdown passes (the most in NFL history). Conversely, the Cardinals have had 19 quarterbacks combine for 316 touchdowns during that same time. (Note: Ryan Lindley threw 171 passes as a Cardinal QB, but never threw a touchdown.)222-330Manning has thrown 222 interceptions during his tenure — 28 of which came in his rookie season — while Arizona hit that mark long ago and has 322 interceptions between its combined quarterbacks since 1998. Comments   Share   Seventeen years ago, when people weren’t watching Leo’s face slowly turn blue as he sank into the freezing ocean (there was room on the raft, dang it) or headbanging to “Chumbawumba”, their eyes were glued to the beginning of one man’s NFL career. He wore No. 18 in blue and white, spoke with a Southern drawl and slung a football like you wouldn’t believe — yet people could never have predicted during his 1998 rookie season, complete with more interceptions than touchdowns, that Peyton Manning would change the game of football. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It doesn’t take much debate to be convinced that Manning could very well be the greatest quarterback of all time — or at least of the modern NFL era. Cardinals fans will never see him in red and white, but maybe, just maybe another rookie who speaks like molasses and throws like a firing gun will come along. Nah. There’ll never be another like Manning. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Howrylak to insurers mental health is as important as physical health

first_img13Jun Howrylak to insurers: mental health is as important as physical health State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a measure preventing insurers from discriminating between coverage provided for mental illness and physical illness.His proposal will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same coverage for mental health services as traditional medical care.“There should be no question about the need to fully, consistently and adequately care for those in need of mental health services,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “I want to recognize the importance of removing the stigma behind mental illness, improving access to care and creating an atmosphere where people who are struggling feel comfortable seeking treatment and talking about their condition.”The bill comes in the wake of the House bipartisan mental health task force, named for its commitment to community, access, resources, education and safety. Task force members traveled throughout the state to listen to mental health experts, families, law enforcement professionals, addiction specialists and more. The group compiled a report containing recommendations about how to improve Michigan’s broken health care system.“Insurance coverage should never be the thing that prevents an individual from seeking mental health care,” Howrlak said. “Caring for the mind is as important as caring for the body and I have so much respect for those who seek out mental health care, and for the many professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping those in need.”Other states such as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois have already successfully implemented similar mental health parity legislation.Rep. Howrylak encourages any questions about this legislation to be directed to him at MartinHowrylak@house.MI.gov or (517) 373-1783.House Bills 6190 and 6192 were referred to the House Health Policy Committee.### Categories: Howrylak Newscenter_img Tags: CARES, CARES Task Force, Health Policy, insurance, Mental Health Care last_img read more

Leading German broadband trade fair ANGA COM has a

first_imgLeading German broadband trade fair ANGA COM has announced that 80% of its exhibition space is now booked and has unveiled a new presentation platform for exhibitors.ANGA COM, which last year attracted 450 exhibitors and 17,000 visitors, 50% of whom were from outside Germany, will this year focus on next-generation networks, content delivery, smart TV, multiscreen, video-on-demand and the connected home.This year, ANGA COM will also offer a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ feature for exhibitors, allowing them to present products and solutions with demonstrations to attendees in addition to the event’s regular conference panels.About 150 seats will be made available in an area in Hall 10.1 at the Cologne Messe, with further standing room also available. The agenda for the Speakers Corner will be presented in April.last_img read more

The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a

first_img The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a two point range of unchanged on Wednesday—and the HUI closed down a tiny 0.15%. It was much the same chart pattern in palladium, except it closed down a dollar. I have a lot of stories for you again today—and some of them are definitely worth your time, but the final edit is always up to you. In a nutshell, the 150 million oz (30,000 contracts) of newly created open contracts between the technical funds and the raptors is what caused silver prices to fall $3 since the end of February. As much as I pinpoint JPMorgan as being the prime silver manipulator, since the bank’s net short position in COMEX silver has hardly changed over this time, I can’t accuse JPM as being the active catalyst in the recent silver price drop. However, I will be very quick to accuse the bank, along with the 7 other large COMEX silver shorts, should that short position increase on any silver rally. It is rare when it is so clear that two specific trader categories accounted for, effectively, all the net positioning in any one market like exists in COMEX silver over the past three months; but the data are undeniable. What is also undeniable is that the technical funds’ new short selling of 150 million oz is what caused the price to drop $3; as there is no other plausible explanation. The only question is what motivated the technical funds to sell such a quantity of silver futures contracts? The answer is also clear – progressively lower prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 May 2014 Except for the tiny spikes in both gold and silver at, or just before the New York open yesterday, there’s nothing to report regarding yesterday’s price action, as volume was anemic.  I’ve already said what I wanted to say at the top of this column. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again, so you can put yesterday’s price action in some perspective against the overall. One should never short a quiet market It was a nothing day again on Wednesday—and the tiny rally that began in gold shortly before the Comex open, got squashed at precisely 8:30 a.m. in New York—and by around 11 a.m. the price was back below unchanged.  Nothing happened after that, as gold traded sideways for the remainder of the day. With gold trading in less than a ten dollar price range, the low and high ticks aren’t worth looking up once again. The gold price finished the day at $1,243.60 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was very tiny—around 79,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a quiet affair yesterday, as only 35 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:57 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. After two days of running down the batteries on their forklifts, there wasn’t much in/out activity in either gold or silver on Tuesday over at the Comex-approved depositories.  There were no changes at all in gold—and in silver, nothing was reported received—and 97,156 troy ounces were shipped out. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around yesterday evening.  It shows the total derivatives position in both gold and the white metals versus their entire derivatives position.  It sure doesn’t take much money to control precious metal prices—or the price of anything else they decide is worth their effort. The first photo is of a magpie on the wing that I took a couple of weeks ago.  It’s almost a surreal picture, because it’s being lit by the sun from above and behind at the same time.  No Photoshop here, as it’s straight out of the camera, although I did bump up the saturation a hair. Going into the London open this morning, gold and silver volumes were as low as I can ever remember seeing—even lower than yesterday.  Gold volume was around 11,000 contracts—and silver’s volume was 2,900 contracts.  It is deathly quiet out there—and there isn’t a high-frequency trader in sight.  The gold price is about unchanged, but the other three precious metals are all down from their respective closes in New York yesterday afternoon—and what passes as the world’s reserve currency at the moment, is down a handful of basis points. A long time ago I read somewhere on the Internet that one should never short a quiet market—and I consider that to be excellent advice when it comes to the precious metals at the moment. But Ted did mention in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday that “My only concern in gold is that if the technical fund short position in gold [is] to mimic the record increase witnessed in silver, then there may be more technical fund selling to go in gold.“ That may be true, dear reader, but I bought some silver yesterday anyway, as we’re close enough to a bottom in this metal to suit me. Tomorrow we the jobs numbers, along with a shiny new Commitment of Traders Report—and embedded in [and extracted from] that report is the June Bank Participation information, so I’ll have lots to talk about in my Saturday missive. And as I send this off into cyberspace at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are now down on that day, with silver under the most selling pressure. Volumes have picked up substantially in gold, but is still very much on the lighter side—and silver’s volume is very quiet, so whatever price action is occurring, its happening on very little volume.  The dollar index is down ten basis points. I have no idea what will happen with prices today.  I would suspect that there will be some activity around the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, but that event is still 24 hours away. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was ultra-quiet in silver trading as well—and the 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. EDT rally in that metal met the same fate as the tiny rally in gold—and once the high was in, the price did very little after that. Silver traded within a 20 cent price range yesterday—and closed at $18.795 spot, down 1 whole penny from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 20,000 contracts. The dollar index opened flat—and traded flat before a 20 basis point down/up move that began at the London open—and ended 10 hours later shortly after 1 p.m. in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much—and closed at 80.66, which was up 4 basis points from Tuesday’s close. Platinum traded flat until shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and from that point got sold down to its low of the day just before 1 p.m. in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended at 2 p.m. in electronic trading in New York—and it traded flat from there, closing up 8 bucks. Exactly the same can be said about the silver equities, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the basically unchanged, down a tiny 0.01%. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have  a major win with an incredible share structure. Renaissance Gold has proven through the joint venture business model what exploration success with a tight share structure can do. Renaissance is the spinout of AuEx Ventures that sold in 2010 and made just shy of 100x their first private placement. It takes technical strength and fiscal conservatism to generate meaningful share holder returns in the high risk exploration business. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

A Tory peer has accused work and pensions secretar

first_imgA Tory peer has accused work and pensions secretary Esther McVey of making a series of untrue statements about the Motability car scheme to fellow MPs.Lord Sterling, who co-founded Motability in 1977, has told McVey in a letter that he found the “litany of inaccuracies” in the comments made by her and fellow MPs in a debate earlier this month to be “deeply troubling”.Only last month, Disability News Service reported how McVey had been appointed as the new work and pensions secretary despite previously being repeatedly shamed in 2013 for misleading fellow MPs and the public about the impact of her policies on disabled people.Lord Sterling’s letter also reveals that of 180,000 Motability customers who were previously claiming disability living allowance (DLA) and have so far been reassessed for the new personal independence payment (PIP), about 75,000 have lost eligibility to remain on the scheme and have had to return their cars, because of decisions by McVey’s department.The Commons debate on 8 February followed an urgent question asked by the Labour MP John Mann about claims in the Daily Mail newspaper concerning the £2.4 billion in reserves held by the company that runs the scheme – Motability Operations (MO) – and the £1.7 million pay and bonuses package of MO’s chief executive, Mike Betts. But Lord Sterling told McVey (pictured in the debate) in his letter that the debate had been “deeply flawed and misleading”, with some of the errors relating to claims by Mann that the charity itself was holding the reserves and running the scheme, and that Betts was employed by the charity.The Tory peer pointed out that the Motability scheme was delivered by MO under contract to the Motability charity*, rather than by the charity itself.But he also told McVey – a separate letter aimed at correcting the “many false statements” made in the debate was sent to her by Motability Operations – that she herself had made four serious errors.The first, he said, was that she had called for the charity’s trustees to be “held to account” after another MP told how a constituent who had been a lifetime recipient of DLA had been threatened with having her Motability vehicle removed on Boxing Day.But this was a result of a PIP reassessment – carried out by McVey’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – which had found the constituent was no longer eligible for the higher rate of mobility support, and therefore no longer eligible to lease a car through the Motability scheme.Lord Sterling pointed out in his letter that PIP assessments were the responsibility of McVey’s department and that it was DWP’s decision to remove her eligibility.He then highlighted McVey’s claim in the debate that it had been her intervention as minister for disabled people in 2013 that led to Motability agreeing to pass £175 million** to former DLA claimants who lost their Motability vehicles in the reassessment programme.Lord Sterling said that minutes of the charity’s meetings showed that its own trustees had made this decision themselves the previous year because they had “felt a moral obligation to help people at risk of losing cars due to government policy changes”.He said they had already decided by December 2012, months before McVey’s intervention, “to provide a package of significant financial support and other assistance”.And he said that McVey had even suggested in 2013 that this support should only be focused on the initial stage of reassessments, up to 2015-16, whereas Motability’s trustees wanted to provide financial support “over the full period of the DWP’s reassessments”.The Tory peer told her that the charity had had to cope with the loss of about 75,000 customers through PIP reassessment, many of whom were “confused, distressed and even suicidal, as they worry about losing their mobility”.Lord Sterling also said that McVey was wrong when she said that DWP would use money regained from Motability to help constituents whose cars had been removed before their PIP appeals had been heard.She had told MPs: “When we have got the money back from Motability that we believe we should to support disabled people, that is one of the first things it should be used for.”Lord Sterling said this was wrong because there was “no basis on which the government can demand any money to be handed over”.He also said that McVey had been wrong when she claimed that the charity was piloting a scheme – “after direction from the department” – to help disabled children under the age of three, when the scheme was actually being piloted by MO and there had been “no direction” from DWP.A DWP spokeswoman refused to say if McVey would be apologising for the “inaccuracies” in her statements to MPs.But she said: “When PIP was first introduced, the government worked with Motability to design an extensive £175 million transitional support package to support Motability customers who have not been awarded the enhanced mobility component on reassessment from DLA to PIP.“While the department works closely with Motability, it is an independent charitable organisation and therefore we are not directly involved in determining scheme policy or operational issues.”Motability revealed this week that the number of its customers had fallen to 628,000 by December 2017, a drop of 5,000 since March 2017.Although it has lost about 75,000 customers through reassessment, the rollout of PIP has also opened eligibility to more disabled people with mental health conditions and learning difficulties.Meanwhile, despite McVey’s calls in the debate for the Charity Commission to carry out another review of the financial relationship between the charity and Motability Operations, following one it carried out last year, the commission has said this week that it has no new concerns.It said in a statement: “In light of media reporting about the Motability scheme, we reviewed the highlighted issues to see if there was anything we had not investigated as part of our previous regulatory compliance case in Motability… which was under our jurisdiction as regulator of charities in England and Wales.“Having reviewed the latest information in the media we have concluded that, as set out in our statement on 8 February, there are no new concerns that come under the commission’s jurisdiction.” *The Motability charity is a DNS subscriber**The £175 million came from a series of donations from Motability Operations to Motability during 2014 and 2015. Motability says it has so far paid out about £100 million, usually in sums of £2,000 to “departing customers”, as well as allowing customers to retain their cars for longer periods after losing their PIP eligibility and providing them with other advice and support. It is not yet sure whether it will spend “slightly more or less” than £175 million in total but plans to continue providing this support until the end of the reassessment programme, which is likely to be in 2020.last_img read more

BMA Government cuts to stop smoking services have detrimental impact on public

first_img Source:https://www.bma.org.uk/ Mar 15 2019Responding to a new report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK, which found that cuts to public health budgets mean that only half of local authorities offer all smokers the support they need to quit, BMA public health medicine committee chair Dr Peter English, said: With smoking remaining one of the leading causes of preventable ill health, it is concerning that we are seeing such a significant reduction in funding for stop smoking services.These services remain one of the most effective ways of quitting and are a vital source of support for those who have taken the difficult step to seek help.Budget reductions have unfortunately led to unacceptable variations in the quality and quantity of services available. This is particularly apparent in more deprived areas where demand is higher, and resources more thinly spread.Government reductions in the public health grant has meant many local authorities are under a lot of pressure to make savings and are very often in the position of having to rob Peter to pay Paul with prevention services often at risk.Cuts to smoking and other healthcare prevention services are not cost-effective in the long run. They have a detrimental impact on population health which risks widening health inequalities and increases future NHS demand requiring further spending.”last_img read more

Robotassisted surgery for thoracic and abdominal indications provides few advantages despite high

first_imgMay 28 2019Clinical studies on robot-assisted surgery for indications in the thorax and abdomen have so far shown few advantages for this cost-intensive surgical method. This is the result of a recent analysis by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment, which examined relevant international clinical studies. In fact, the data situation is currently very unsatisfactory, as there are few larger, high-quality studies available.Robot-assisted surgery allows minimally invasive interventions with high precision. One might therefore expect advantages for patients in the course of surgery and subsequent recovery, compared to other procedures such as laparoscopy or open surgery. A comprehensive study by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA) has now investigated whether this is actually the case for indications in the thorax and abdomen. A total of 28 relevant controlled clinical studies with at least 10 patients each were included in the HTA study. The results have now been published as part of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA).Hardly any advantages – weak data In summary, it can be said that for the indications analyzed there are few indications of clear advantages for the efficacy and safety of this new surgical technique.”Priv. Doz. Dr. Claudia Wild, Director of the LBI-HTA This result is particularly difficult because robot-assisted operation systems are expensive, tend to require longer operation times and require intensive training and frequent practice. Differences in surgeons’ experience, the study authors emphasize, contributes to difficulties in comparing different studies. The studies provide little systematic information on the extent to which experience and frequent practice can have an influence on the patient outcome.Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’For nine of the 13 procedures examined in thoracic and abdominal indications, no sufficient evidence could be found from comparative clinical studies that would have made it possible to determine the benefit of robot-assisted surgery compared to other methods.Complications possibly reducedFor a small number of procedures, certain advantages could be identified, albeit with a high degree of uncertainty, even if only for some and not all outcomes. For example, robot-assisted oesophagectomy (removal of the oesophagus) probably reduces postoperative complications and improve patients’ postoperative quality of life compared to open surgery. When used in gastrectomy, robot-assisted surgery may improve postoperative complications compared to laparoscopic surgery. Robot-assisted surgery may also lead to fewer or milder complications during and after surgery compared to other methods for gall bladder removal. A robot-assisted rectal resection (partial removal of the rectum) may improve sexual function and reduce postoperative complications, but may increase intraoperative complications and worsen sleep function.As this study shows, the evidence for the advantages of such surgical techniques is often not convincing. With regard to robot-assisted surgery in the thorax and abdomen the evidence situation is expected to improve significantly over the next five years. Another result reported is that numerous studies are already underway on this topic, involving up to 5.000 patients.center_img Source:Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessmentlast_img read more

Beware the fax machine some hackers target old gadgets

first_imgWhat could be less threatening than the old office fax machine? Nothing. That’s precisely why it’s used as a backdoor for hackers to get into an organization’s network. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Check Point, a cyber security firm in Israel, said Sunday that their research discovered security flaws in tens of millions of fax machines.The hack works by sending an image file through the phone line—or a file that the fax machine thinks is an image file—and that is coded to contain malicious software. When a company receives the photo, the image is decoded and uploaded into the fax-printer’s memory, allowing the hackers to take over the device and spreading the malicious code through the network.”Many companies may not even be aware they have a fax machine connected to their network, but fax capability is built into many multifunction office and home printers,” said Yaniv Balmas, group manager of security research at Check Point.The researchers focused on Hewlett Packard’s OfficeJet Pro all-in-one fax printers—the global market leader for fax machines. Hewlett Packard quickly fixed the issue—a patch is available on their support page—but the same vulnerabilities are present in most fax machines, including those by Canon and Epson.Many machines are too old to even update. That means it will be difficult for companies to stop hackers from entering their system.Globally, businesses use an estimated 45 million fax machines. Faxes are still widely used in healthcare, banking, and law, sectors in which highly sensitive data is stored. In the U.S. medical sector, 75 percent of all communications are sent by fax.To prevent organizations’ networks from becoming compromised, experts recommend that companies check if their fax machines can be updated, or place fax devices on a secure network that is separate from the networks that carry sensitive information. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Security flaw could have let hackers turn on smart ovenscenter_img Citation: Beware the fax machine: some hackers target old gadgets (2018, August 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-beware-machine-hackers-gadgets.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

SIT releases Congress MLA Roshan Baig after questioning in ponzi scam case

first_imgSIT releases Congress MLA Roshan Baig after questioning in ponzi scam caseAfter over 12 hours of detention, Karnataka leader Roshan Baig was released on Tuesday. He was detained in ponzi scam case.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 14:44 IST Congress MLA Roshan Baig was detained on Monday. (Photo:ANI)The special investigation team, probing the multi-crore IMA Jewels ponzi scam, has released Congress MLA Roshan Baig after around 12 hours of questioning.Roshan Baig was detained on Monday night when he was about to board a chartered plane from the Bengaluru international airport, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had said.Earlier in the day, Roshan Baig’s son had moved the high court against the Congress MLA’s detention by the SIT. Roshan Baig has now been asked to appear before SIT on July 19 for further interrogation, ANI reported.IMA Ponzi Scam case: Suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig who was taken for inquiry yesterday from Bengaluru airport back home after interrogation ended for today. He was allowed to appear on July 19 for further interrogation pic.twitter.com/slXWpAxuvUANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of pulling down his government. On Monday, he presented Baig’s case to prove his point.The chief minister also shared a document on Twitter showing that the plane was supposed to fly Baig as a passenger.Baig was supposed to appear before the SIT Monday but citing some important work he did not turn up and sought time till July 25 but the investigators asked him to depose on July 19 instead.He was needed in the case as the ponzi scheme operator Mohammad Mansoor Khan had accused him of taking Rs 400 crore and not returning it. Baig has refuted the charge calling it baseless and frivolous.Leaving more than 30,000 investors in the lurch, Mansoor Khan fled to an unknown place.READ | Congress MLA Roshan Baig’s son moves HC against detention in ponzi scamWATCH | Will non-stop nataka finish Congress-JDS govt in Karnataka?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Karnatakalast_img read more

INS Viraat changeover into museumhotel given inprinciple nod Sitharaman

first_imgCOMMENTS INS Viraat, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, in Mumbai. (file photo) SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Centre has given ‘in-principle’ approval to the Maharashtra government’s proposal for converting decommissioned warship INS Viraat into a museum or hotel, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the Maharashtra government has put forth the said proposal before the defence ministry, Sitharaman replied in the affirmative.“Proposal of Government of Maharashtra regarding conversion of INS Viraat, post decommissioning, as a museum/hotel has been approved in-principle,” she said.INS Viraat was decommissioned last year after 30 years with the Indian Navy.The aircraft carrier, in its earlier avatar, had won the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy.It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from November 1959 to April 1984. After refurbishment, it was commissioned into the Indian Navy, which purchased it at the cost of $65 million. It was recommissioned on May 12, 1987.Responding to a question on allowances to non-commissioned officers, Sitharaman said the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had considered all aspects with regard to applicability of military service pay (MSP), including the rates while making its recommendations.“The 7th CPC has consciously decided not to create additional categories of personnel for the grant of Military Service Pay or to disturb the slab rates for the four categories for which it is being paid up to the level of Brigadiers. The government, after carefully considering the recommendations of the 7th CPC in respect of MSP, has accepted and notified the same,” she said. COMMENTcenter_img SHARE Published on December 31, 2018last_img read more

Govt presents awards to King and Queen

first_imgGenuinely surprised: Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah feeding each other pulut kuning during a surprise birthday celebration at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur as Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah look on. — Bernama Nation 11 Jul 2019 It’s work as usual for the birthday boy Nation 12 May 2019 King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs Related News Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/govt-presents-awards-to-king-and-queen/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0601:06  Related News Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah later surprised Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali with an impromptu birthday party.The Prime Minister appeared to be genuinely in the dark when the special cake along with a pulut kuning dish were brought into the room to mark his 94th birthday, which was on Wednesday.Dr Siti Hasmah celebrates her 93rd birthday today.Their Majesties then joined in when those present began to serenade Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah with the Happy Birthday song during the cake-cutting ceremony.The piano-shaped cake in black and white was decorated with flowers, a miniature violin, a piece of musical note and books – perhaps a reflection of Dr Mahathir’s well-known love for reading and Dr Siti Hasmah’s passion for music.Dr Mahathir and his wife of 63 years then fed each other a slice of cake witnessed by Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah. — Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia by the government.At the same ceremony held at Istana Negara yesterday, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara.The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15 and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31. Metro News 18 May 2019 King and queen break fast with the public The King’s installation is scheduled to be held on July 30. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more