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

China for govt-level talks on BCIM economic corridor

first_imgBeijing would like to upgrade the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) dialogue from Track I (official diplomacy) to the “intergovernmental level”.The two-day BCIM meet began in Kolkata on Tuesday.The BCIM is a sub-regional group to review economic development of the region while facilitating the construction of a 2,800-km economic corridor from Kunming in south-west China to Kolkata via Mandalay in Myanmar, Imphal (Manipur) and Silchar (Assam) in India, and Dhaka and Jessore in Bangladesh. The idea gained momentum after a meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2013.At the beginning of the BCIM-EC Joint Study Group meeting here on Tuesday, the head of the Chinese delegation said Beijing wishes to have a mechanism in place to initiate the process of government-to-government dialogue.“It was decided in the second conference [held in Bangladesh in December 2014] that mechanism modalities of an intergovernmental framework agreement will be worked out on the basis of reports by all BCIM countries,” said Chinese delegation head Wang Xiaotao.He is the Vice-Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a counterpart of India’s NITI Aayog.Explaining Mr. Wang’s observations, a Chinese delegation member toldThe Hindu, “As per the decision during the Bangladesh conference, the time has come to launch the mechanism of intergovernmental cooperation. The mechanism has two parts —first to discuss and approve reports, and then to launch the discussion to set up the government-to-government arrangement.”Economic integrationThe BCIM meeting on Tuesday was held to review the economic integration process while facilitating the construction of the economic corridor.Though the corridor is planned through Manipur and Assam, officials from the States concerned were surprisingly not present at Tuesday’s plenary session.Head of Indian delegation and former Ambassador Rajeet Mitter said reports of all four countries “have [been] finalised and circulated…[and these reports will] operate as an important reference point for future work”.“Several chapters from reports by the four countries have now been merged in accordance with the last joint study group meeting [held in 2014]. They [the merged chapters] are in a position to enter into a discussion on the draft merged chapters,” Mr. Mitter said.However, China’s suggestion to upgrade the joint study group dialogue to the “intergovernmental” level is easier said than done, as indicated by A. Gitesh Sarma, the Additional Secretary (Administration) and a delegation member of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.“…Even as we explore greater connectivity between BCIM countries, we should be mindful of different domestic circumstances and developmental aspirations in our respective countries. While forging ahead on our respective developmental paths our four countries [are] at present at different levels of developments and this should be an important consideration while we engage in mutually beneficial areas for cooperation,” Mr. Sarma said.The disparity in development, as indicated by some diplomats earlier, between Kunming and north-east India is perhaps the reason why New Delhi is yet to show the flag to the mega-BCIM corridor.last_img read more

Meghalaya to soon announce calendar for holding ADC by-polls

first_imgShillong, Sep 1 (PTI) Meghalaya government today said it would soon announce the calendar for holding the by-elections for the seven vacant seats to the two autonomous district councils (ADCs).The seats had fallen vacant after elected members resigned in the wake of a legislation last year preventing them from holding two elected posts.”The proposal for a calendar for holding of elections to the various vacancies will be forwarded to the Governor,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said today.The District Council Affairs (DCA) minister Prestone Tynsong said once the Governor gives nod to the proposal, the calendar will accordingly be approved and announced.”Though the seats have to be filled, there is no specific time frame for holding the bye-elections so far the ADCs are concerned,” said Tynsong.Out of the eight legislators who held two elected posts, seven have resigned after the House passed the Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya) (Amendment) Act, 2015, which seeks to end holding of dual posts by the MLAs, last year.One of the defiant Congress legislator, PN Syiem, who also holds charge of the Khasi hills Autonomous District Council chief, however refused to relinquish from either the post of MLA or MDC.His decision not to step down from either of the two posts got a fillip when the Governor gave an order in his favour in May 31 last citing that his holding the post of MDC did not attract disqualification as per Article 191 of the Constitution.Subsequently, the Meghalaya High Court also upheld the Governor?s order while disposing of a PIL, which seeks disqualification of the 8 MLAs for holding dual posts, filed by an NGO. PTI JOP SUS CHTadvertisementlast_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 bookings start in India, to launch next month

first_imgAccording to reports, Bajaj Auto has commenced with the pre-bookings for their latest product, the Pulsar NS 160 in India for an initial token amount of Rs 10,000. As far as speculations go, the new Pulsar NS 160 is not a replacement for the company’s best seller, Pulsar 150 and will be positioned below the Pulsar 180 in India.Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.Safety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of  Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.advertisementPrice:We expect the new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 to come for price tag of Rs 82,000- Rs 85,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Travel to Spiti, Leh with Bajaj Avenger FLG Rides cruising season 2017-18ALSO READ:Bajaj Dominar 400 price hiked by Rs 2,000last_img read more

Honda sells over 15,000 Grazia in 21 days of launch

first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, the second largest two-wheeler maker, today said it has sold more than 15,000 units of its latest scooter Grazia in just 21 days of the launch.The advanced urban scooter was launched nationally in the first week of November at a price of Rs 57,897, which is marginally higher than the existing Activa, which has been the largest selling two-wheeler in the country since May 2015.Scooters contribute almost 65 per cent of the volumes for Honda, which has set a 20 per cent volume growth this fiscal. In the first seven months of the fiscal, the company sold over 14 per cent more units.Elaborating on the response, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior vice-president for sales & marketing, said, “the feature-loaded Grazia has taken the style and performance loving customers by a storm.”We are overwhelmed by the initial response and are confident that with its expanded scooter portfolio, Grazia will take our leadership to the next level.”The 125-cc Grazia is the first scooter to come with full LED headlamp and a 3-step eco speed indicator that gets better fuel efficiency.The new scooter also sports other advanced features like a 4-in-1 lock with seat opener switch, all-digital instrumentation and a utility front pocket with optional smartphone charging among others. PTI BEN BENlast_img read more

Parab-2017 takes off in Koraput

first_imgKoraput (Odisha), Dec 21 (PTI) Parab-2017, the three-day annual cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich cultural heritage of tribal Koraput began at the stadium ground here today.The festival was inaugurated by minister of tourism and culture Ashok Chandra Panda.Braving the cold, people in large numbers including foreign tourists, enjoyed cultural programmes, till late in the evening.”Over 500 artistes from across the country will perform reflecting the tribal art and culture of their areas. However, the traditional dance and music of undivided Koraput district would be under the spotlight during the three-day celebrations,? said collector (Koraput) Anupam Saha.A five-day Pallishree Mela is also being organized at the festival ground where a variety of handicrafts are on display.The festival, featuring a number of competitive sports, tribal dance, songs, music and art was launched at the shrine of Goddess Sankuli Devi of B Singh Pur in the district on November 19 and was celebrated in blocks across the district till December 20.Earlier in the day, the minister laid the foundation stone for a permanent Parab ground near the SLN medical college and hospital. A budget of Rs 4.30 crore has been made for the project which will spread over 25 acres of land.?From next year, Parab will be celebrated at its own ground. While there will be around 60-70 permanent stalls in the Parab ground, around 700 stalls will could be erected during the festival,” said Panda. PTI CORR AAM JMlast_img read more

Vecow: Coffee Lake workstation-grade platform for AI applications

first_imgVecow introduces her powerful delivery for AI-oriented embedded computing applications, ECX-1400/1200 GTX Series GPU Computing Embedded Systems. The latest 8th generation Intel Coffee Lake workstation-grade platform running with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics engine, up to 8K resolution and 7 independent HD displays, excellent system performance, leading integrated functions, secured system operation, smart manageability and trusted reliability, ECX-1400/1200 GTX1070/1050 GPU Computing Embedded System is your compact & smart solution for Robotic Control, AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle), Facial Recognition, Public Surveillance, Autonomous Vehicles, Telemedicine, Simulator Training, Deep Learning, and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.Multiple VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort display interfaces, optimized and integrated system operation supports up to 7 independent HD displays; multiple SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s), Multiple SATA III (6Gbps), USB 3.0 (5Gbps), PoE (1Gbps) LAN and multiple wireless connections make seamless high-speed data conveying possible.6 GigE LAN ports with 4 IEEE 802.3at (25.5W/48V) PoE+ without additional power connections, 6 external USB 3.1 support up to 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections, 4 front-access 2.5” SSD trays, 3 external SIM sockets for WiFi/4G/3G/LTE/GPRS/UMTS wireless data transfer, front-access CFast socket, 4 SATA III support software RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 data protection, 4 COM RS-232/422/485, M.2 sockets for storage and expansions, 32 Isolated DIO, 12V to 36V wide range power input with 80V surge protection, configurable ignition power control, smart remote management features, remote power switch, anti-shock, anti-vibration, EN50155 and EN50121-3-2 compliant, Vecow ECX GTX Series GPU Computing System serves compact integrated functions and trusted reliability for embedded applications.Vecow’s ECX GTX series GPU Computing Embedded System is a compact and smart solution for Robotic Control, Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), Facial Recognition, Public Surveillance, Autonomous Vehicles, Telemedicine, Simulator Training, Deep Learning and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous SYSGO reinforces its Commitment to the Automotive MarketNext Advantech extends fibre optic media converter product rangelast_img read more

Australian Open: Roger Federer knocked out in last 16 by Stefanos Tsitsipas

first_imgRoger Federer’s bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed on Sunday as Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his nation’s first Grand Slam quarter-finalist.In a match pitting the oldest and youngest players left in the men’s draw, the 20-year-old Tsitsipas overhauled Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, sparking delirium among Greek fans out in force at Melbourne Park.The 37-year-old Federer, 20 times a Grand Slam champion, will rue his chances, having failed to convert any of the 12 break points he took from Tsitsipas over the course of a riveting clash laden with sparkling shot-making.Yes, you @StefTsitsipas!You’re into the #AusOpen quarterfinals (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019He’s done it!@StefTsitsipas knocks out defending champion Roger Federer 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5) to reach his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam.#AusOpen #AOFiredUp (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Instead, it was Tsitsipas showing a wise head on young shoulders in a final tiebreak of unrelenting tension.When given a match point after Federer slapped a forehand long, he converted it clinically, forcing a backhand error from the Swiss to announce himself on one of the game’s biggest stages.He raised his arms in triumph and roared at the terraces, bringing tears of joy to his brother’s eyes in the players’ box.What an effort!Please don’t forget us @rogerfederer! #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019″There’s nothing I can describe, I cannot describe it, I am the happiest man on earth right now,” Tsitsipas said in his courtside interview.advertisement”Roger is a legend of our sport, he showed such good tennis over the years. I have been idolising him since I was six.”It’s very important to have an aggressive mindset, stay in the moment, press from the beginning. I didn’t lose my patience, stayed in those rallies. It was very important to save those breakpoints.”Tsitsipas will play 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more



Fit-again Wriddhiman Saha set to return to action after nine months

first_imgFit-again Wriddhiman Saha set to return to action after nine monthsWriddhiman Saha is all set to return to action for the first time since May 25 and will reprepesnt Bengal in their open their Syed Mushtaq Ali campaign against Mizoram in Cuttackadvertisement Press Trust of India KolkataFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 21:27 IST Wriddhiman Saha will make his return since injury back in May (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWriddhiman Saha went under the knife for a shoulder injury and did not playWriddhiman had injured himeself during IPL at the Eden Gardens back in MayWriddhiman was named in Bengal’s 15-member squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20Bengal on Sunday selected a fit-again Wriddhiman Saha in their 15-member squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 domestic tournament.The former India Test wicketkeeper batsman, who went under the knife for a shoulder injury, is set to return to action for the first time since May 25 when he last played for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here.”I’m approaching the tournament as just like returning from a normal break. It’s like the start of the season for me,” Saha said of his comeback.Bengal will open their campaign against Mizoram in their group D fixture in Cuttack on February 21.Things have changed dramatically for Saha in this nine months with Rishabh Pant establishing his place in the national side.”I’ve never played cricket thinking about selection. It’s not in my hands. I’m focused on what is in my control and that is my performance. I’m keen to make full use of the opportunities that come my way,” the 34-year-old said.India’s next Test assignment will only be after the World Cup when they visit the West Indies for a two-Test series in July.Manoj Tiwary will lead the Bengal side with Abhimanyu Easwaran as his deputy. Bengal had last won the title in 2010/11 season.Bengal are clubbed along side Mizoram, Karnataka, Assam, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in group D, the matches for which will be held in Cuttack.advertisementBengal squad: Manoj Tiwary (captain), Abhimanyu Easwaran (vice-captain), Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Vivek Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Shahbaz Ahamad, Pradipta Pramanik, Kanishk Seth, Ashok Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Prayas Ray Barman and Ayan Bhattacharjee.Also Read | Saha has been India’s best wicket-keeper for the last 5-10 years: GangulyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Wriddhiman SahaFollow Wriddhiman injuryFollow Wriddhiman returnFollow BengalFollow Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUN-09-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (59 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.eBOSS CANADA JOB/CREW & CASTING NOTICESCASTING BOARD: CLICK HEREJOB/CREW BOARD: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?List your company in the eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORY – IT’S FREE!CLICK HERE————-FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

first_imgPHOENIX – A civil rights group sued Motel 6 on Tuesday, alleging it discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests.The lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund said Motel 6 had a corporate policy or practice of giving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents information that guests provided at check-in.It also alleges that Motel 6 provided such information without requiring authorities to get a warrant or without having a reasonable suspicion that crimes were being committed.“We are seeking to deter any (law enforcement) operation of this sort,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the civil rights group.Motel 6 declined to comment on the lawsuit but said in a statement that it takes guests’ privacy seriously.The national budget motel chain said in September that its Phoenix employees will no longer work with immigration authorities after the Phoenix New Times newspaper reported that workers were providing guests’ names to agents who later arrested 20 people on immigration charges.In a tweet at the time, Motel 6 said: “This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management.”Earlier this month, the Washington state attorney general sued the chain, saying it had violated a state consumer protection law by providing the private information of thousands of guests to immigration agents without a warrant.The lawsuit alleged Motel 6 was aware that agents used the registration information to single out guests based on their national origin. Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office began investigating after news reports about the Phoenix case.The chain has said it had told its more than 1,400 locations that they were prohibited from voluntarily providing guest lists to immigration authorities.The Phoenix lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of eight unnamed Latinos who stayed at two Motel 6 locations in the city during June and July. All but one of the eight was arrested.ICE agents visited some of the guests at their motel rooms a day after they showed passports, driver’s licenses or identification cards issued by the Mexican government to Motel 6 employees, according to the lawsuit.As a result, one woman was deported from the United States, while a man spent 30 days in a detention centre until he could raise a $7,500 bond. In two instances, ICE agents laughed when guests asked them whether Motel 6 had provided their personal information, the lawsuit said.It said the eight guests had a reasonable expectation that their information would not be shared with federal authorities and alleged that the discrimination was made because of their race or national origin.The Latinos who sued said they suffered emotional distress, fear and humiliation.They are seeking undisclosed financial damages and are asking a judge to declare the information sharing a violation of anti-discrimination law and constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.Immigration and Customs Enforcement wasn’t targeted in the lawsuit. Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for the agency’s operation in Arizona, declined to comment on it.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at His work can be found at .last_img read more

BJP banks on sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: BJP has once again relied on Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency seat. After the BJP announced his name on Saturday, Singh will be hoping to win from the Gurugram seat for the fifth time. Rao Inderjit is the son of Rao Birender Singh who has also won from the Gurugram seat a number of times.In 1998, Rao Inderjit Singh contested from Congress and won. His victory was shortlived as in 1999 he was defeated by Sudha Yadav from BJP who besides being a tall leader of the saffron party is also the widow of Sukhbir Singh Yadav, a martyr in Kargil war. In 2004, Rao Inderjit defeated Sudha Yadav and from thereon he has been winning the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat regularly from Congress and BJP seats. In 2014, Rao Inderjit for the first time fought on BJP ticket and won by more than one lakh votes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite being a prominent leader nationally, Rao Inderjit in the past has not shied away in expressing his displeasure on the workings of the state government. Recently, he disagreed with the state government policy of moving the substantial portion of Aravallis out of the Punjab land and preservation act (PLPA). He has also stated several times that it is the Central government that has played a much greater part in revamping the city’s infrastructure by improving roads and connectivity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough Rao Birender Singh and his son have had a formidable record in winning the Ahirwal belt maximum number of times, they have been defeated a few times. After the emergency, Rao Birender Singh of Congress was defeated by lawyer Manohar Lal Saini from Janata Party. Later in 1980 elections, Saini was defeated by Rao Birender Singh. The victorious reign of Rao Birender Singh carried on with huge wins in 1984 and 1989 elections. The tides for Rao Birender Singh changed in 1991 elections when he was defeated by Colonel Ram Singh, a retired Army soldier who had represented India in 1962 and 1965 war with China and Pakistan respectively. Colonel Singh was instrumental in ensuring BJP win for the first time in the belt when he defeated Rao Birender Singh in 1996 General elections. This is for the last time Rao Birender Singh contested in the General elections.last_img read more

Worsening security hampering relief effort in Somalia says UN

Efforts to help Somalis who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence engulfing their nation have never been as restricted as they are now, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Roadblocks, shelling and attacks in the capital Mogadishu, along with rising threats against and targeting of aid workers, have severely limited the humanitarian community’s ability to operate, according to OCHA.Just last week, a roadside bomb near the southern Somali town of Kismayo killed three humanitarian workers serving with the international non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières.The worsening security situation has also led to an increase in the vulnerable population. Over the past two months, some 40,000 people have fled Mogadishu. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) puts the total number of those displaced by the ongoing fighting since the end of last October at over 294,000.OCHA has stressed the urgent need for the political and security issues in the troubled Horn of Africa nation to be addressed “in a robust way to create an environment conducive for humanitarian response and eventual recovery.” 5 February 2008Efforts to help Somalis who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence engulfing their nation have never been as restricted as they are now, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. read more

Empowering women through media explored at UN meeting in Beirut

Addressing participants, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Mervat Tallawy, said the media, with all the technological advancement within its reach, could help in transforming the traditions and customs which have greatly hampered the advancement of Arab women.”We hope the media will change … the negative and stereotypical image of women,” Ms. Tallawy said. She hailed the numerous UN conferences which have helped improve conditions facing women and said media should begin according priority to women’s issues.In an opening statement, Lebanon’s Minister of Information, Ghazi Aridi, said the media, which has an important role to play in influencing public opinion, should shed light on the problems that women face around the world. At the same time, she warned against attempts to use the plight of women only to promote State policies, citing the example of Afghanistan. Afghan women had been oppressed for years under the Taliban regime, but their plight was only highlighted when a war was being planned in the country. Speaking on behalf of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), Therese Gastaut, Director of its Strategic Communications Division, said the UN was taking a two-pronged approach to the issue, advocating women’s increased participation and access to the media, while promoting a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women. She said DPI will be looking to the results of the four-day meeting as it strives to improve its communication programmes for the advancement of women. The event was organized by the UN’s Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with DPI, ESCWA and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

New challenges await Guerrero Jr as top prospect joins Blue Jays

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. destroyed minor-league pitching at every level, improved his defence enough to look like a viable big-league third baseman and kept saying the right things even as injuries and service time games slowed his inevitable arrival to the major-leagues.My son! The country that saw you as a child will now see you turn into a big one.Working hard everything can be done. I’m proud of you! Love you!— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) April 25, 2019Now the hard part begins. When Guerrero Jr. makes his Blue Jays debut Friday against the Oakland Athletics, he’ll face a new challenge: putting it all together against the best competition in the world, not just for a day but week after week and month after month. Every early mistake will be scrutinized, while any early successes will raise expectations even further.“It’s a big moment for the Toronto Blue Jays,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s the number one prospect in baseball … hopefully he becomes what everyone thinks he can become.”It’s time. #LetsGoBlueJays— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 24, 2019No pressure, though. Guerrero Jr. finished up his stint at triple-A by going two for five with an opposite-field home run Wednesday. Through 33 plate appearances at the highest level of the minors, he has a .367 average with a 1.124 OPS.But really that’s hardly surprising for Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in the minors. Fair or not, that level of offence was expected of him at triple-A. It’s perhaps equally significant that on Wednesday he played in three consecutive games for the first time since returning to action from the oblique issue that sidelined him this spring.Because Guerrero Jr. has been injured twice in the last calendar year, his conditioning remains a variable worth watching as he arrives in Toronto. Knee and oblique issues sidelined him for weeks at a time, slowing his development. That means the Blue Jays will monitor his workload carefully, mixing in regular days off to guard against fatigue.“I honestly think he’s going to do well,” Montoyo said. “But whatever happens we have to be patient. Defensively, offensively. Because he’s 20-years-old.”Right, his defence. On the field, Guerrero Jr.’s glove remains a critical variable for the Blue Jays. Long-term, they gain massive value if Guerrero Jr. can stay at third base. If that happens, the team keeps first base available for another offence-first player and designated hitter stays open for a rotating cast.Can Guerrero Jr. play third in the big-leagues right now? Sure–the Blue Jays have already discussed how they’ll position him on various shifts. But while the likes of Kris Bryant and Alex Bregman completed their defensive development in college and the minors, Guerrero Jr.’s will finish on a big-league field. Third base coach Luis Rivera likely has some early afternoon infield sessions in his future.With questions still lingering around Guerrero Jr.’s conditioning and defence, some of his development will have to happen at the major-league level. That’s not necessarily ideal, but the Blue Jays are still in a great spot here with the most exciting prospect in baseball about to join their lineup. And make no mistake: from a hitting standpoint, he’s ready to contribute right now.“I think so,” Montoyo agreed. “I think he’ll come here and do well, for sure.”The smoothest transitions happen when players are ready in all facets of the game. In this case, Guerrero’s bat outpaces the rest, so we’ll likely see occasional mistakes on the field once he does arrive. Behind the scenes, the Blue Jays’ strength coaches and nutritionists will work to keep him physically ready for the challenge of a long season.Considering all those variables, Guerrero Jr.’s arrival in Toronto won’t be a coronation. It’ll be the beginning of a new set of challenges, some of which he has more experience with than others. How Guerrero Jr. responds will determine his own path ahead as a big-leaguer while impacting the Blue Jays’ direction as much as any one player can.Once Guerrero Jr. arrives in Toronto, he’ll have a day to get his bearings in his new home ballpark. Maybe he’ll set up his locker or get settled in a hotel room. At some point along the way, he’ll meet with his manager and when he does the message will be simple.“Just relax and play,” Montoyo will say. “Do your best. And he will.” read more

Maptek relaunches open pit scheduler as Maptek Evolution

first_imgMining solutions developer Maptek has re-launched the open pit scheduler which it acquired from Orelogy in 2014, as Maptek Evolution. This contains strategic, tactical planning and optimisation tools for preparing development plans and medium to long term mine schedules. The software runs on a cloud-based server using genetic algorithms which are ideally suited to multi-objective problems such as scheduling. “Processing schedules within a single solution and leveraging the cloud is 10 times faster than traditional methods,” said Maptek Mine Scheduling Manager Steve Craig. “Many iterations are run to analyse the most relevant solution for a particular set of data inputs and operating conditions. Planning teams can concentrate on developing the scenarios that add value.“Evolution employs cut-off grade optimisation which is the single most effective task that can add value to a project,” continued Craig. “This optimisation accounts for the complex geo-metallurgical environment, balancing mining, milling and refining capacity constraints to maximise value, and does it extremely efficiently. This complicated process is now encapsulated in a straightforward application, so engineers can readily explore where value can be added to their projects.”Evolution’s tactical approach generates a production schedule while also optimising the haulage fleet and the shape of waste landforms. This results in the optimised allocation of haul routes with calculated cycle times, productivity and fuel burns. Scheduling across planning horizons helps operations hit blending targets and meet customer specifications. “Holistic scheduling ensures optimised haulage routes and grade/tonnage consistency throughout the mine life. Mine planners and management can feel confident that their decisions are based on profitability right from the start of their project. Yet there’s flexibility to adapt to fluctuating commodity prices,” he added. “Engineers always look for practical solutions. The integration of Evolution with Maptek Vulcan mine planning software will provide the necessary tools. Our first project is phase optimisation, a tool which is in high demand for finding the most practical phase design for a schedule.”Recent sales in South America represent a significant milestone for Evolution, affirming its place among Maptek mining solutions.last_img read more

Who will host Womens EURO 2014

Playing period: 9 to 21 December 2014 28 January 2011: Presentation of bids to the EHF Office Until 28 October 2010: Submission of the letter of intent to the EHF and request for the bidding documents by the interested federations After the applicants for the 2014 Women’s European Championship and the only candidate for the 2013 Women’s 17 European Championship withdrew their bids prior to the allocation of the event, the 2010 EHF Congress in Copenhagen decided that the event shall be newly announced.The EHF therefore approached its Member Federations with regard of the organisation of the tournaments. Those that intend to apply for the 2014 Women’s European Championship need to submit their letter of intent by 28 October 2010 at the latest. Member Federations that intend to apply for the 2013 Women’s 17 European Championship need to submit their letter of intent by 10 November 2010 at the latest.2014 Women’s European ChampionshipFour to five host cities are invited to host the highlight event of women’s handball in 2014. The host cities and the host federations are invited to create a “tailor made” event showing the special tradition and features of the host country.After an evaluation of the bids and the respective site visits, the EHF Executive Committee will allocate the event at its meeting on 8/9 April 2011. The EHF officially announces the organisation right for the Women’s EHF Euro 2014 and refers to the following time schedule: January/February 2011: Site visits February/March 2011: Evaluation of bids by the EHF 8/9 April 2011: Awarding of the event by EHF ExeC Upon receipt of letter of intent: Dispatch of the Manual for Staging the EHF Euros 2014 together with the relevant specifications and forms by the EHF Handball EURO 2014 source: 28 September 2010: New announcement of the organization right, invitation to provide a letter of intent to the EHF ← Previous Story Risto Buha a new coach of Tunisia women’s NT Next Story → Toledo dismissed Astrauskas – New coach is Jorge Liebana read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img EVERY MORNING brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #GRA CONFERENCE Rank-and-file gardaí have called for 24-hour armed support units to deal with violent crime in every division in Ireland ahead of the start of the annual Garda Representative Association conference today.2. #EUROPEAN ELECTIONS A group calling for Ireland to leave the European Union has breached election laws by accepting donations for political purposes despite not being correctly registered to do so.3. #EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION Irish citizens who commit serious offences abroad can be prosecuted under new laws which come into effect from today.4. #PORN BLOCK The government is set to consider a similar system to the UK’s so-called ‘porn block’ law as part of new legislation on online safety.5. #NEW CITIZENS More than 2,000 people from over 90 countries will become Irish citizens during three ceremonies taking place across the country today.6. #SPANISH ELECTIONS Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists have won a snap election in Spain, where the Vox party became the first far-right party to enter parliament since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.7. #ONLINE SCAM Gardaí have issued a public alert about an ongoing fraud involving scam websites that offer ‘quick’ loans.8. #NAGP The president and national council of the National Association of General Practitioners have stood down over what they say are “grave concerns” about governance at the group.9. #WEATHER It will be mostly dry and cloudy across the country today, with scattered outbreaks of rain and highest temperatures of between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. By Stephen McDermott No Comments 11,824 Views Image: Shutterstock/Germanova Antonina The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Short URLcenter_img Monday 29 Apr 2019, 7:59 AM Image: Shutterstock/Germanova Antonina Apr 29th 2019, 7:59 AM Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Poway

first_img June 5, 2019 Updated: 1:00 PM Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – A free weekly fitness class is being offered in Poway but it’s not your typical exercise class. Its called hula hoop fitness.The founder of Holistic Hoop Fitness Plus, Julie Clemmons, puts on a free class every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library.Clemmons says the experience goes beyond fitness.  In many cases she says it is therapeutic. She found it is even helping people with special needs as they too are able to hula hoop in some form. Clemmons makes all of the hula hoops used during the class. She also sells them.Having been so affected by the synagogue shooting, Clemmons says she wants to contribute a portion of her hula hoop sales the Friendship Circle, the nonprofit that was established by Lori Kaye, the victim of the synagogue shooting.The free hoop fitness class happens every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library. For more information email  or call 858-442-6391. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: June 5, 2019 Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Powaylast_img read more