10 Questions To Start Your Week

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Here are ten questions to start your sales week with a rock solid plan. What live opportunities in your pipeline can you move forward this week? What actions will you need to take to move those opportunities forward? What commitments will you dream client need to make and what value do you have to create to gain that commitment?How much time are you going to spend prospecting for new opportunities this week? When are you going to do your prospecting work? What time are you going to block on your calendar for opportunity creation?Which of your dream clients need nurtured this week? What ideas are you going to feed your dream clients? How are they going to use those ideas? How does what you send them distinguish you as someone with valuable ideas?What commitments have you made in the past that need to be kept this week? Who do you owe a phone call? Who do you owe information? Who did you promise that you would take some action on their behalf? When are you going to keep those commitments?Who do you need to thank? Do you have prospects who you need to mail a thank you card? Do you have clients who are long overdue for a show of gratitude? Who on y our internal team, your personal, private, professional services firm do you owe lunch for delivering on all of the promises you make to your clients?Who are you going to help? Who needs your help? What are you going to do to help them? How are you going to pay forward what has been paid forward to you?What are you going to do to improve yourself? What are you going to read and study to improve your business acumen? What are you going to read to make you a well-rounded, well-read person? What are you going to do ensure you have the energy you need to generate the outcomes you need?What lessons have you learned over the past few weeks that you aren’t applying to your work? What ideas have you read or discussed but haven’t yet put into practice? What do you need to do turn that knowledge into results by taking action?What is the one outcome you need to achieve this week that will move you closer to reaching your biggest goal? Why is this goal so important to you? what is the price you will pay for not achieving this goal? What is the reward for reaching it? Have you blocked time to take the actions you need to get that outcome?Who do you have to be? Who do you have to be to achieve everything you want to achieve this week?last_img read more

Decoding the Call of the Wild

first_imgA wolf’s howl is one of the most iconic sounds of nature, yet biologists aren’t sure why the animals do it. They’re not even sure if wolves howl voluntarily or if it’s some sort of reflex, perhaps caused by stress. Now, scientists working with captive North American timber wolves in Austria report that they’ve solved part of the mystery.Almost 50 years ago, wildlife biologists suggested that a wolf’s howls were a way of reestablishing contact with other pack members after the animals became separated, which often happens during hunts. Yet, observers of captive wolves have also noted that the pattern of howls differs depending on the size of the pack and whether the dominant, breeding wolf is present, suggesting that the canids’ calls are not necessarily automatic responses.Friederike Range, a cognitive ethologist at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, was in a unique position to explore the conundrum. Since 2008, she and her colleagues have hand-raised nine wolves at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn, which she co-directs. “We started taking our wolves for walks when they were 6 weeks old, and as soon as we took one out, the others would start to howl,” she says. “So immediately we became interested in why they howl.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although the center’s wolves don’t hunt, they do howl differently in different situations, Range says. “So we also wanted to understand these variations in their howling.”The scientists have divided the wolves at the center into two packs. Range and her colleagues first determined each wolf’s position within the dominance hierarchy in its pack and the animals’ social relationships. The captive wolves do not have families as wild wolves do, and so they form hierarchies. “They have obvious, preferred partners that they play with, groom, and lie close to when sleeping,” Range says. The scientists then took each wolf out for three 45-minute walks, spread over several weeks. They removed the wolves in random order, so that the animals could not predict which one in their pack was going to leave. The researchers also set up a control situation by placing each of the wolves in an adjoining holding area again on three occasions for 45 minutes each time. The rest of the pack could not see the wolf in this area, but because he or she was nearby in a familiar place, there was no need for the animals to communicate.In almost all cases, the pack began to howl within the first 20 minutes after a member was led away on a walk, Range says. But the one out for a stroll usually did not return the call. Those left behind howled in 26 of the 27 walking trials, but only two times during the control trials. The scientists kept careful track of which wolves were actually howling. Overall, the animals did most of their yodeling when the pack’s dominant member went for a walk. Individual wolves also howled more when the wolf that was led away was his or her preferred pal—which means that the wolves aren’t simply howling because others are. “It’s not a contagious response,” Range says. “Social relationships are very important to them, and the howling patterns reflect that.”Thinking that the stress of separation likely triggered the wolves’ howls, the scientists tested the animals’ levels of the stress hormone cortisol by collecting saliva samples 20 minutes after each trial began. “We’ve trained them to let us put a stick with cotton on the end into their mouths and pull it around,” Range says. “I thought stress would be connected to the amount of howling, but that’s not always the case.” The wolves’ cortisol levels spiked when the dominant animal was taken for a walk, but not when their preferred partner was led away. Despite their numerous howls in the latter situation, they were apparently not stressed. And that means that the wolves’ howls aren’t like the robotic responses of Pavlov’s dogs, which salivated when the dinner bell rang. Instead of always being a simple physiological stress response, a wolf’s howl is at times more voluntary and driven by social factors, the team reports online today in Current Biology. “It’s strategic, not emotional,” Range says. “They’re trying to contact individuals that are important to them and reform the pack. And they have some control over how much they howl.”“The paper provides the first experimental evidence … that the main reason [for howling] is to help the pack assemble after a long hunt,” says Dave Mech, a wolf biologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He proposed the notion in 1966 after witnessing a pack of 15 wolves hunting. At the end of that hunt, the wolves were widely dispersed, he says, but “after howling, the pack was able to assemble again.”But John Theberge, a wildlife biologist emeritus from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Mary Theberge, who study wolf howls in wild populations, point out in an e-mail message that “extrapolating conclusions from penned animals to … wild ones is dangerous. The role of howling may be quite different in the wild where an animal is free to silently follow the scent trail of others.” They also suggest that hormones other than those associated with stress may be involved in the wolves’ howls. “Perhaps some other emotion was involved, such as a general level of excitement,” they write, noting that wild wolves also howl as they get up after long periods of rest. “No stress is evident,” but the wolves are “aroused” and howling. And that means there’s plenty left to explore in the howl of a wolf.last_img read more

8 killed in expressway accident

first_imgEight members of a Greater Noida family on their way to the Taj Mahal were killed when their car rammed a truck on Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district on Sunday, police said. Five members of the family from Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar district died on the spot when their car rammed the truck moving ahead of it around 8.30 a.m. in the Baldeo police station area, about 30 km from Mathura city. Three others succumbed to injuries at a hospital, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Aditya Kumar Shukla said. According to a police statement, the family was going to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Mr. Shukla said the car was completely mangled and they had to use gas cutters to bring out the bodies. The deceased have been identified as Neeraj (30), Anita (30), Vishnu (23), Taruna (21), Santoshi (19), Shalu (20), Anjali (11) and Gabbar (24), the police officer said. Truck driver flees The truck driver fled with his vehicle from the spot after the accident, the officer said. The 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra, has witnessed hundreds of deaths in road accidents over the years, with officials saying that many of them occurred due to overspeeding. Last Tuesday, three men returning from a wedding in Aligarh to their homes in Ghaziabad died on the expressway after their speeding car crashed into a truck, the police said.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Vijay Kumar- who is he?

first_imgBefore Friday, when he won the coveted Olympic medal, clinching silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, the armyman from a small town in Himachal Pradesh had won two World Cup silver medals in the 10m air pistol event, one each in 2009 and 2011.He also won two bronze medals at the 2010 Asian Games and three gold and one silver medal at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games. All coming in the 10m air pistol event – his primary event.On Thursday, Vijay was in hot pursuit finishing fifth in the qualification stage 1 of the event. He ended with a score of 293/300 (99, 96, 98) with the leader Alexei K Limov of Russia getting 294.On Friday, Limov got eliminated, while Vijay ended with a final score of 28. The gold went to Cuban Leuris Pupo, who equalled the world record of 34. Chinese Feng Ding won the bronze.Vijay Kumar is serving as a subedar in the Indian Army.last_img read more

Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury

first_imgDefinitionLateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury is an injury to the ligament on the outer side of the knee.It can be a stretch, partial tear, or complete tear of the ligament.Alternative NamesLCL injury; Knee injury – lateral collateral ligament (LCL)ConsiderationsThe lateral collateral ligament (LCL) goes from the top part of the fibula (the bone on the outside of the lower leg) to the outside part of the lower thigh bone.The ligament helps keep the outer side of the knee joint stable.CausesThe LCL is usually injured by pressure or an injury that pushes the knee joint from the inside, which results in stress on the outside part of the joint.SymptomsSymptoms of a tear in the lateral collateral ligament are:Knee swellingLocking or catching of the knee with movementPain or tenderness along the outside of the kneeKnee gives way, or feels like it is going to give way, when it is active or stressed in a certain wayFirst AidA lateral collateral ligament test may reveal looseness in the ligament. This involves bending the knee to 25 degrees and placing pressure on the inside surface of the knee.Other tests may include:Knee joint x-raysKnee MRITreatment includes:Applying ice to the areaNonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)Raising the knee above heart levelYou should limit physical activity until the pain and swelling go away. The health care provider may put you on crutches and in a brace to protect the ligament. You may also be told not to put any weight on your knee when you walk.advertisementAfter a period of keeping the knee still, you should do exercises to strengthen and stretch the knee. Physical therapy may help you regain knee and leg strength.It is rare that the LCL is the only ligament injured. If it is a partial tear, it can be treated without surgery by using only immobilization and rest.More commonly, the LCL is injured with other ligament injuries due to a knee dislocation. These are usually significant injuries, and you should seek medical help immediately. When injuries to other ligaments also occur, surgery is needed to prevent future instability of the knee.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:You injure your knee and have symptoms of LCL injury (injury to the LCL is often a serious knee injury, which can include many knee ligaments and injuries to the nerves and blood vessels)You are being treated for an LCL injury and you notice increased instability in your knee, pain or swelling return after they subsided, or your injury does not go away with timeYou re-injure your kneePreventionUse proper technique when exercising or playing sports. Many cases may not be preventable.ReferencesDe Carlo M, Armstrong B. Rehabilitation of the knee following sports injury. Clin Sports Med. 2010;29:81-106.Schorfhaar AJ, Mair JJ, Fetzer GB, Wolters BW, LaPrade RF. Knee: Lateral and postereolateral injuries of the knee. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23;sect F.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

US Open Tennis Draw List & Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

first_imgNEW YORK— US Open Tennis returns once again to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NY. The event begins on August 29 and runs through September 11. Among the players to look out for at this year’s championships, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus playing in his eleventh US Open. He faces Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis in the first round. Maria Sakkari of Greece, making her second appearance at the US Open, will face qualifier Duan Ying-Ying of China in the first round. Australian Nick Kyrgios is making his fourth US Open appearance. Born to a Greek father and Malaysian mother, Kyrgios is almost more famous for his controversial comments than his tennis, but this could be a turning point in his career. In his best finish at the US Open, he lost in the third round. He faces Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain in the first round. Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia will miss this year’s US Open due to a pulled pectoral muscle. Kokkinakis was plagued with injuries this year which kept him out of all four of the major tennis championships, the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and now the US Open. He did participate in the Rio Olympics but lost in the first round to Portugal’s Gastao Elias.Reigning U.S. Open singles tennis champions Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, and Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, look at their trophies during a media availability at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in New York. The first round of the U.S. Open is scheduled to start on Monday. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day took place on Saturday August 27. The event for kids kicks off the US Open each year with fun, tennis-related activities for kids, performances by top music acts and artists, and top tennis players and tennis greats raising funds for charity with their tennis skills. The free concert featured Jacob Sartorius, Sophie Beem, Citizen Four, Tegan Marie and Los 5, hosted by Radio Disney. This year, hip-hop artist Flo Rida, pop star Zara Larsson, actress Laura Marano, Entertainment Weekly’s ‘One To Watch’ Jordan Fisher, breakout pop band Forever In Your Mind and Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan participated with tennis players Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, as the AP reported. The event honors the late, great tennis champion Arthur Ashe who did so much for tennis, breaking barriers, and encouraging young people to embrace the sport.Arthur Ashe in 1975. Photo by Bogaerts, Rob / Anefo via Wikimedia CommonsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rain washes out Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in Bristol

first_imgThe World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol was washed out on Friday without a ball being bowled. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost one and won one match in the tournament so far.It was a crucial game for both teams. Pakistan had been blown away by West Indies in their opening game last week before they bounced back to shock hosts England in a high-scoring game.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan in a thriller after losing to New Zealand in their tournament opener.Disappointing news from Bristol. #PAKvSL has been abandoned both sides have been awarded a point. #WeHaveWeWill #LionsRoar #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VyZlS6RVGx Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 7, 2019Sri Lanka and Pakistan now have 3 points from 3 matches.Sri Lanka will next take on Bangladesh on June 11 while Pakistan face Australia on June 12.On Saturday, hosts England will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play New Zealand in Taunton.Also Read | Pakistan players wanted retaliatory celebration against India, PCB says noAlso Read | AB de Villiers backs battered South Africa to bounce back in World Cup 2019Also Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Team India warms up in style ahead of Afghanistan clash

first_imgThe Indian team has so far been undefeated in the 2019 Cricket World Cup with formidable wins over South Africa, Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan and are next gearing up for their clash against Afghanistan on June 22.After their clinical win over Pakistan on Sunday, India enjoyed a two-day off before hitting the training ground in Southampton on Wednesday.With just two days to go for their next World Cup match, a relaxed Indian team opted to warm-up in a unique fashion.Captain Virat Kohli and his men, along with Rishabh Pant-the recent inclusion in India’s World Cup squad- were seen playing football with a challenge to not drop the ball and the Indian men succeeded in keeping the ball in air for 41 times.BCCI shared a video of India’s practice session and captioned it, “#TeamIndia’s fun warm-up before the nets. The boys kept the ball in the air for 41 times, how many times can you do the same?”#TeamIndia’s fun warm-up before the nets. The boys kept the ball in the air for 41 times, how many times can you do the same?#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/v4c5cx9xMCBCCI (@BCCI) June 20, 2019Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was included in India sqaud after being named the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the tournament with a broken thumb.Rishabh Pant joined the Indian team on June 14 as cover for injured Dhawan but after observing Dhawan for a few days, the Indian team management finally decided to replace him with Pant on Wednesday.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30Also Read | David Warner creates World Cup history with brutal 166 vs BangladeshAlso Seelast_img read more

Australian Watchdog Concerned over Shell’s BG Takeover

first_imgzoom The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed its concerns over the proposed USD 70 billion Royal Dutch Shell’s takeover of BG Group, saying that it might limit local competition and increase gas prices.The ACCC said it has received a large number of submissions from market participants concerned about the competition effects of the proposed acquisition.Shell currently has a 50% interest in Arrow Energy, a Queensland coal seam gas company that produces gas in the Surat and Bowen Basins.In Australia, BG holds a majority stake in the Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project (QCLNG)—an LNG project in Gladstone, Queensland. It also holds interests in natural gas tenements and production facilities in the Surat Basin in Queensland, and exploration rights in the Bowen and Cooper Basins.“The ACCC is concerned that, by aligning Shell’s interest in Arrow Energy with BG’s LNG facilities in Queensland, the proposed acquisition may change Shell’s incentives such that it will prioritise supply to BG’s LNG facilities over competing gas users. As a result, Shell could choose to direct more (and possibly all) of Arrow’s large gas reserves towards meeting BG’s contracts to supply LNG export markets. This would remove some or all of Arrow’s gas from the domestic market,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.“Currently, Arrow has the largest quantity of uncommitted gas reserves in eastern Australia and there are a limited number of other potential suppliers to the domestic market. If the proposed acquisition resulted in less supply of gas to the domestic market, therefore, this could substantially lessen competition to supply domestic gas users and lead to higher domestic prices and more restrictive contractual terms.”The ACCC has invited further submissions from the market in response to the proposed takeover, and as a result, its final decision will be deferred until November 12, 2015.last_img read more

NTSB Finds El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

first_imgzoom The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).The investigative team, comprised of specialists from the NTSB, the U.S. Coast Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the owner and operator of El Faro, Tote Services, located the El Faro’s mast where the VDR was mounted using remotely operated undersea search equipment at about 1 a.m. EDT.After examining numerous images provided by undersea search equipment, the team positively identified the VDR.“It would not have been possible without the information gained during the first survey of the wreckage,” NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, said.The next step in the ongoing investigation is to determine how the VDR can be retrieved.The research vessel Atlantis will stay at the accident site through April 30, while the team continues the photo- and video-documentation of the sunken ship and debris field before returning to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on May 5.In a separate announcement, the USCG said that it will conduct a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into El Faro’s sinking.“The second hearing will focus on shipboard operations, cargo loading, lashing and stowage operations for the accident voyage while also examining the vessel’s analysis of stability and weather conditions forcasted and encountered,” the USCG said.In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined to determine and potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage.The third hearing will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew witnesses, TOTE company officials and contents of the El Faro’s VDR if it can be recovered and analyzed.The U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank on October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin while sailing from Florida to Puerto Rico, taking all 33 crewmembers with it.last_img read more

EU strongly urges Iran to stop nuclear enrichment

first_imgBrussels: The European Union said Monday it was “extremely concerned” by Iranian plans to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal, calling on Tehran to reverse course. Iran said Sunday it would breach the cap “in a few hours” and on Monday announced it had passed 4.5 per cent enrichment — well above the 3.7 per cent limit. It first announced its intention to reduce compliance with the deal in May, a year after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the pact and reimposed crippling sanctions. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We strongly urge Iran to stop and reverse all activities that are inconsistent with the commitments made under the JCPOA,” EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters. The JCPOA or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action gave Iran relief from punishing sanctions in return for setting strict limits on its nuclear activities. The remaining signatories — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — say the deal is the best way to stop Iran developing atomic weapons. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”We are extremely concerned by the announcement made over the weekend by Iran regarding the start of the uranium enrichment above the limit of 3.7 per cent,” Kocijancic said. The EU will await a report from the UN’s atomic energy authority and consult other signatories to the deal before deciding on future steps, Kocijancic said. Britain, France and Germany have sought to save the deal by creating special mechanism called INSTEX to sidestep US sanctions so Iran can keep trading. But the mechanism is still not operational six months after its launch and Tehran has grown increasingly frustrated at Europe’s failure to act effectively. Brussels officials see the latest announcements from Iran as a bid to pressure the West into doing more to help. “The situation is extremely difficult for them domestically — they are running out of humanitarian supplies,” an EU source told AFP. “They want to preserve the agreement, but they want the benefits they were promised.” The steps Iran has taken so far — increasing enrichment and breaching a limit on uranium reserves — can be reversed, the source said. However, if Iran went above five percent enrichment, the situation would be more serious, officials warn. Meanwhile, Iran says the last chance for saving its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will pass after a 60-day deadline.last_img read more

RBI blasts banks on poor compliance with regulations blames it for frauds

first_imgMumbai: Reserve Bank deputy governor MK Jain Tuesday slammed banks for poor compliance with regulations, and pointed out that high value frauds and fines are a result of their lackadaisical attitude on this. Jain said in some cases, the lack of compliance has been “recurring”, wherein banks have also ignored RBI’s instructions to commit the same mistakes time and again. “Despite the benefits offered for good compliance culture and the cost of poor conduct, the compliance culture at banks is far from satisfactory,” Jain, the commercial- banker-turned-central-banker, said speaking at the annual industry conference Fibac. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”During the process of supervisions, the Reserve Bank has observed various lacunae in the compliance culture. Some weaknesses and irregularities observed have been recurring in spite of the commitments to the Reserve Bank,” he added. Jain said he expects banks to make “serious efforts” on the compliance side, and look at the aspect beyond a regulatory mandate. “It won’t be an exaggeration to say that some big losses suffered by banks on account of frauds could have been avoided if they had good compliance culture.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe pointed out that between January and July, RBI has marked out 70 instances where banks have been cumulatively fined Rs 122.9 crore, with a majority of it being levied for lack of compliance. Jain said compliance should be a shared responsibility and not just limited to the top management. Banks have board-adopted policies on corporate governance, but the same should not be looked as a compliance function alone, he said, asking for the effective implementation of the same. Listing out the benefits of good compliance, he said it is imperative for banks to develop a “culture of compliance” and exhorted them to “eschew” the tendency to look at this aspect as a cost and warned that there can be severe costs including reputational loss and also fines which will have to be incurred by the lenders for a lack of compliance.last_img read more

Alberta hamlet ordered evacuated due to fiery crash one dead others hurt

first_imgCEREAL, Alta. — One person is dead and others have been injured in a fiery crash that forced the closure of Highway 9 about 300 kilometres east of Calgary.The Alberta government ordered the evacuation of the hamlet of Chinook due to the Tuesday afternoon collision, which involved a semi tanker truck hauling fuel and another truck carrying butane.“Preliminary reports indicate that there were approximately 12 vehicles involved in the collision, some of which are semi tractor trailer units,” RCMP said in a release.“The collision area is consumed with flames.”RCMP say the crash happened near the intersection of the highway and Range Road 72 between Chinook and Cereal.Two of the more seriously injured were flown to hospital and others were transported by ground ambulance.RCMP say there is no confirmed information available on the number of dead and injured.Mounties say it will be several hours before support units can examine the collision scene.Police are seeking witnesses who saw or were involved in the crash.EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux says the highway was impassable for emergency crews due to the number of vehicles involved in the collision. RCMP are asking motorists to avoid the area. (The Canadian Press, CTV Calgary, CFFR) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

March on Aboriginal Affairs office marks floods fourth anniversary

first_imgAPTN National NewsProtesters were in the streets of Winnipeg marking the fourth anniversary of the historic floods that destroyed two Manitoba First Nations and severely damaged a third.Now, former residents say they’ve become invisible victims of that disaster.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

Alberta construction jobs to bottom out in 2018 shortage expected in 2027

first_imgAs the province continues its economic recovery, there are some sober numbers for construction workers, at least in the short term.New data predicts Alberta’s construction industry will shrink by 5,200 jobs through to 2019.BuildForce Canada Executive Director Bill Ferreira noted Alberta is coming off some historic highs with regards to construction employment.“It’s what we would call a return to a more normal level of activity,” he said. “It basically will bottom out we anticipate in terms of employment by 2019, and then you’re going to see some growth again.”It won’t be until 2021 when residential construction employment levels recover to 2014 levels.As oil sands construction recovers, Ferreira believes up to 2,500 jobs should be restored in the next decade, but there won’t be new investment until about 2024.“We’re probably looking at one of the busiest peak periods, one of the busiest periods frankly the industry has seen in some time, this spring when it comes to shutdown and maintenance work,” he said.He said the real problems start in a couple years, dealing with the anticipated retirement as things pick back up.“We are expecting that the industry will probably over the next ten years, lose about 40,000 workers to retirement,” he said.That means with increased demand, the industry could be 6,000 workers short by 2027.last_img read more

Yemen UN refugee agency voices alarm at increasingly bloody violence

Two Somali refugees, a 14-year-old boy and a young woman, were killed last week during fighting between armed tribesmen and security forces near the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, according to Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Media reports stated that the presidential residence had come under mortar attack today as fighting raged in Sana’a.“We’re also seeing Yemeni families fleeing in the south and renewed displacement to the north,” he said. Dozens of refugee families have fled the al-Hasaba area near Sana’a and UNHCR and partners are encouraging them to move in with relatives and friends until the situation calms down, Mr. Edwards said.The agency has so far provided 150 refugee families with emergency funds to relocate, as well as water and relief supplies. For those without any support, UNHCR is exploring other shelter options such as renting a building for temporary accommodation.The violence has also affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the earlier conflict in Sa’ada in the north, with more than 80 IDP families having fled fighting in al-Hasaba and returned to Sa’ada city and the surrounding areas. UNHCR has managed to locate 43 of the families and is providing relief in the form of shelter and basic supplies.In southern Yemen, ongoing clashes between Government forces and gunmen in Abyan governorate have displaced an estimated 20,000 people. Hundreds of families have fled the city of Zunjubar to the surrounding areas, according to Mr. Edwards.“UNHCR, our partners and local authorities are also helping 982 families hosted in seven schools in Aden city. The majority of IDPs are being hosted in small villages near Zunjubar. Aid agencies are working with the local authorities to assess the situation and provide urgent help to these newly displaced people,” he said.In addition to the new IDPs, the agency has been assisting nearly 200,000 refugees and over 300,000 displaced people in northern Yemen and the escalating conflict is affecting UNHCR’s ability to offer protection and assistance. 3 June 2011The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm over the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, where hundreds of people have died in clashes pitting Government forces against peaceful demonstrators and armed groups seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh. read more

UK encourages Government to deliver on its commitments

Britain has encouraged the Sri Lankan Government to deliver on its commitments to the people of this country and to the international community.The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that there remains a lot to do and, as a partner with a firm commitment to working with Sri Lanka, the UK is supporting the rebuilding process as well as encouraging the Government to deliver on its commitments to the people of this country and to the international community. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. The GBP 1,000,000 (US$ 1.3 Million) project will directly support more than 2,500 people returning to their homes in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa Districts. The project will help those returning to their homes in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa districts by supporting livelihood opportunities in fisheries, agriculture and livestock, and facilitating access to local government services. It will also help families to rebuild their lives by promoting entrepreneurship through training in small business management, and by assisting in re-establishing community support structures and local civil society organisations.The Sustainable Resettlement project will prioritise empowering women and youth, promoting diversity and inclusion, and reaching vulnerable and marginalised communities. Under this agreement, UNDP Sri Lanka will work in close collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka to facilitate sustainable return, resettlement and integration of conflict-displaced persons, whilst strengthening institutions for equal and transparent access to services. The overall intended impact is to improve the wellbeing of conflict-affected communities in line with the Sri Lanka Peacebuilding Priority Plan, agreed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN to support long term peacebuilding and reconciliation, and the National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict Affected Displacement. Speaking about this project, UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director Jorn Sorensen stated, “UNDP is pleased to join hands with the UK Government to support families to resettle and reintegrate back into their communities. Through this project and beyond, we remain fully committed to helping build a more inclusive, peaceful, and resilient Sri Lanka, to advance sustainable human development.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN health agency launches new panel to fight social causes behind illhealth

The United Nations health agency today launched a new global Commission to tackle the social “causes behind the causes of” ill-health, such as poverty, social exclusion, inappropriate housing, shortcomings in safeguarding early childhood development, unsafe employment conditions and lack of quality health systems. “Social standing plays a big part in whether people will live to be 40 or 80, whether they will be treated for a curable disease, and whether their children survive their fifth birthday,” World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-wook at the official launch in Santiago, Chile, with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos Escobar. “People should not die young because they are poor. This commission will assist countries, no matter how rich or poor, to implement strategies that will help people who are poor and marginalized live longer, healthier lives. This effectively places the needs of the disadvantaged first on the health agenda in the 21st century,” he added. The 17-member Commission on Social Determinants of Health includes leading global experts on health, education, housing and economics. Commissioners will work to recommend the best ways to address health’s social determinants and safeguard the health of poor and marginalized populations, and to break the “poverty equals ill-health” cycle. The core of the Commission’s work will be to identify, evaluate, adapt and distribute effective strategies to address social determinants, with the aim of supporting governments to scale-up action. It will operate for three years. “A great share of health problems is attributable to social conditions, and this is why the poor carry the greatest burden of ill-health,” Commission Chair Michael Marmot, Director of the International Centre for Health and Society at University College London, said. “On a global scale, we must ensure that health policies move beyond exclusively disease-focused solutions and include the social environment. “We will arm policymakers with the best evidence to ensure that poverty does not sentence a person to a shorter, unhealthy life,” he added. Social determinants are a significant reason behind the world’s vast difference in average life expectancy, ranging from 34 years in Sierra Leone, the lowest in the world, to 81.9 in Japan, the highest. Social determinants also account for the majority of health inequalities within countries. In Indonesia, under-five mortality is nearly four times higher in the poorest fifth of the population than in the richest fifth. In England and Wales, the latest data shows a 7.4-year gap in life expectancy between men in professional occupations and men in unskilled manual occupations. read more

Increased USUK crisis funding for Africa could answer millions of prayers –

“Additional funds from the United States for the World Food Programme’s work in Africa will answer the prayers of millions of hungry mothers and children,” said James Morris, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “It comes just in time to avert massive loss of life from hunger, especially in Ethiopia and Eritrea.”This past Tuesday United States President George Bush and United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair called on the international community for increased emergency funding for “people in acute need in many parts of Africa,” with the US specifically pledging approximately $674 million of additional resources, and the UK pledging some $300 million.Before the announcement, the WFP was nearly $1 billion short of its $2 billion target for relief operations in Africa this year. According to the agency, its country directors in Sudan, Burundi and Sierra Leone have faced a “heart-wrenching choice” of cutting either the number of people receiving food relief or the size of the rations.In addition to the dollar increase in aid, Mr. Morris was sanguine about the increased concern over hunger in Africa shown by the US and UK leaders. “They understand how crucial it is to fight hunger if we are to succeed in the other Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty, cutting child and maternal mortality, promoting education for all children, empowering children and combating AIDS,” he said.In his role as special envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for humanitarian needs in southern Africa, Mr. Morris just completed an 11-day tour of the region that included stops in Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, where he saw the deadly inter-relationship of hunger, AIDS, and low government capacity.”People across Africa are telling us they can’t fight HIV on an empty stomach. As more and more people receive antiretroviral treatment, thanks to donations from G-8 countries, we hope that they and their families will have the food they need to stay healthy,” he said. read more

Rightmove apologises after sex for rent advert appears on site

“Rightmove will know this and so should be actively looking for warning signs, not waiting for the public to raise the alarm.” Bad move: the advert offered ‘reduced rent for special favours’ The advert She told The Telegraph: “Rightmove is a site I use myself and is well-respected by most people who would be horrified to think that it was being used like this. It is a huge breach of trust.”A spokesperson for the Rape and Sexual Violence Project said: “There’s no doubt that listings sites like Rightmove ought to be doing more to regulate their adverts. There are exploitative landlords abusing their financial control over people for sexual gain.”This is sexual exploitation, pure and simple. ‘Sex for rent’ is not new, but it does seem to be increasing. However, the company admitted that adverts were moderated after being set live on the site – not before – and that it is up to agents and businesses to ensure their listings comply with the terms.The spokesperson added: “All Rightmove advertisers must ensure their property listings are fully checked before they go live on Rightmove. All businesses are vetted in person before they can become a Rightmove advertiser.”Accommodation service Student Tenant said the advert had been reported to police and removed as soon as they became aware of it.On its website, the company says it offers “a fantastic platform for landlords to advertise their properties, and given students the tools to easily find and book them online.” The advert Rightmove has apologised after a “sex for rent” advert appeared on its website, causing an outcry among charities and MPs.The advertisement was aimed at a female student, and said “reduced rent is available for special favours to be discussed.”The two-bedroom terraced house in Birmingham was priced at £100 per month, and posted by Student Tenant on Rightmove’s site.After widespread outrage that the advertisement has been placed on a seemingly reputable lettings website, Rightmove said it will be reviewing its vetting process.Local MP Jess Phillips, who used to work for a domestic violence charity, said Rightmove needed to tighten its regulations so exploitative prospective landlords could slip through the cracks. A Rightmove spokesperson said: “As soon as we became aware of this property listing we immediately removed it from Rightmove. We’ve spoken with the agent advertising the property who have confirmed that they’re carrying out a full investigation, and we’re carrying out a full review of this agent as this is in breach of Rightmove’s terms.”We’re carrying out a full review of our vetting process. This property listing is clearly unacceptable.” The advert offered "reduced rent for special favours" 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. read more