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Future You and Present You for Salespeople

first_imgIf you missed the Sunday newsletter, you may not be familiar with the concept here. The idea is that you should allow Future You to make the decisions as to what Present You does with your time. Future You knows what you are going to regret doing, and more importantly, what you didn’t do. You are always choosing your future regrets, or you are acting in a way to prevent them.Future You wants to reach your goals. If this is true, than Future You wants you to spend your time nurturing your dream clients, prospecting, and creating new opportunities. Future You believes that you will regret Present You not doing the work necessary to reach those goals.Future You also believes that Present You puts the future at risk by avoiding the difficult conversations necessary to really help your clients. Future You worries that by avoiding those conversations, and the conflict that comes with them, you will lose deals—and more importantly, the relationship with your dream client. Future You is trying to prevent having to say, “I should have tried harder to do what was right instead of what was easy.”Present You causes Future You all kinds of heartburn because showing up in the future as a consultative, strategic, trusted-advisor-type salesperson requires that you read, study, develop your business acumen, and pay enough attention to develop situational knowledge. Poor Future You believes that the time you spend in your inbox, on the social sites, browsing the web, and allowing yourself to be distracted from what you really want is forming a habit with a groove so deep you may never recover.Future You has bigger goals and desires for you, but Future You needs the help of Present You to help bring those goals to life. Present You has the power to make Future You, but Future You has no power whatsoever over Present You. That means that everything Future You is going to be is the result of the decisions and actions Present You takes now. So then, let Future You decide what you do now.last_img read more

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Cricket: MS Dhoni’s golden touch strikes again with Siraj call-up

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: India TodayMohammed Siraj was one of the few surprises picks in the squad for the test series against the West Indies. The pacer has been in a rich vein of form prior to his call-up and faces a task of filling in the shoes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah who are rested for the series.MS Dhoni’s golden touch strikes again with Siraj call-upThe youngster revealed that the pep-talks by former Indian skipper MS Dhoni have helped him to elevate his game while also crediting the World Cup-winning skipper for his tips on the field. Siraj said:“Batsmen ke footwork ko dhyaan se dekh aur fir line aur  fir line aur length change kario” (Notice the batsman’s footwork carefully to adjust the line and length accordingly)  The Royal Challenger Bangalore pacer rose to fame after Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him up initially in the auctions for a whopping 2.6 INR compared to his base price of INR 20 Lakh.Having already represented India in multiple Twenty-20 Internationals, Siraj would look to make it count in the longest format of the game against the struggling West Indies.West Indies’ tour of India is scheduled to start from October 4. The two tests would be played at Rajkot and Hyderabad with Siraj expected to play a prominent role in the absence of the prime pacers.Read Also:Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar praises India’s Asia Cup winCricket: Shikhar Dhawan dropped, Mayank Agarwal called up for West Indies tour Advertisementlast_img read more

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NBA 2018/19 Season Preview

first_imgAdvertisementBasketball fans, rejoice! The NBA makes its grand return tomorrow morning as the Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers followed by a clash between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.Warriors are the overwhelming favourites yet again, and people who think otherwise are just being hopeful. Their core of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green is still in their prime, and a treble definitely seems on the cards. New boy DeMarcus Cousins is yet to be integrated, but other than that Steve Kerr’s roster looks good for yet another successful campaign.The main challengers to Golden State in the west are Houston, and the Rockets came mighty close to reaching the Finals last time. James Harden finally has his MVP, and they can be excused if the cruise in the regular season. In the playoffs, however, they are a matchup nightmare for any side.Utah seems like the third best side in the west, but they could put on a show in the regular season as the former two will be expected to cruise through. Donovan Mitchell is set to improve massively, and their team game is sure to facilitate another playoff run.Then come the Lakers, a side who will be under tremendous attention as LeBron James takes centre stage in Los Angeles. James will be accompanied by youngsters Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram as well as veterans like Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson. Successful or not, the Lakers are going to be an intriguing watch. But it’s Lebron after all, so playoff success is highly likely.The other suspects in the west include the New Orleans Pelicans, where Anthony Davis will look to scale new heights. The Thunder will look to put in a more consistent showing as Paul George begins his second season there. Nothing is normal in Minnesota, but if things are sorted out they can be a mean outfit.Aside from these, the Blazers, Spurs, and Nuggets look good as well. The Clippers, Mavericks and Grizzlies round of the playoff candidates in what is sure to be an exciting race for the eight spots.Out in the east, the Celtics are the undeniable favourites, and missing the Finals may be looked upon as a disappointment. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will return, where they will see Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who are playing well beyond their years. Masterminded by coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics have a deep and well-rounded roster who can, in theory even challenge the Warriors at the very top.Kawhi Leonard is a Toronto Raptor. It still sounds weird, but the Raptors will be hopeful this season as long-term nemesis LeBron is finally out of the east. They will be confident of making a deep playoff run, but whether Nick Nurse can unleash Kawhi’s full potential remains to be seen.The process has repaid the trust in Philly, where Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are looking like a fearsome duo. Markelle Fultz will play his first full season, and the top draft pick will look to make an impression. If not this season, the 76ers will certainly challenge for the east in the coming years.Indiana also has a fearsome duo in Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner, and both of them have scope to improve. If Oladipo can build on last season, the Pacers can be a factor in the east. With the Pacers are the Bucks, who arguably have the East’s best player in Giannis Antetokounmpo. With the Greek Freak’s continuous development, surely they can break the first round hoodoo this time.The likes of the Heat, Wizards, Detroit, and Charlotte make up the playoff contenders, with perhaps Cleveland in with a shout as well.To wrap it up, Warriors are still the best, Celtics are going to be really good, and LeBron in LA is going to be interesting. It all kicks of tomorrow morning, an enthralling ride which is set to last till June.Advertisementlast_img read more

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India-Pakistan women series in doubt, India’s World Cup qualification under threat

first_imgThe cross-border tensions have now put the women’s ODI series between India and Pakistan in a serious doubt. The two sides have till the end of October to play the series, which consists of six points in the ICC Women’s Championship. The series is due to be hosted by Pakistan, who are willing to host it in the United Arab Emirates. (Latest Cricket stories)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to respond to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) whether India will play the bilateral series or not. However, the BCCI has said that it is up to the Indian government to decide.”This is for the government to decide. The BCCI doesn’t have a say in this. We still have time to make a decision,” a board official told ESPNcricinfo.If the series is not played, the matter will be referred to the event’s technical committee on how the points will be distributed. The PCB has also asked India to forfeit the available points if they refuse to play the three-match ODI series.”The two sides have until the end of this month to play the series, which has to be hosted by Pakistan. If the series doesn’t go ahead, then the matter will be referred to the Event Technical Committee,” an ICC spokesperson told ESPNcricinfo.HOW THE POINTS ARE IMPORTANTThere are eight teams in the ICC Women’s Championship. While the top four will automatically qualify for the 2017 World Cup in England, the bottom four will play a 10-team qualifying tournament next year.advertisementBoth India (13 points) and Pakistan (8 points) are currently positioned at sixth and seventh place respectively. If Pakistan get the desired six points then the two sides will swap places. Even in that case, neither team will have a chance to make a direct entry into the World Cup.Australia (30), West Indies (20), New Zealand (20) and England (19) currently occupy the top-four slots with South Africa (17) at fifth. Sri Lanka are at the bottom with 5 points.NO CRICKET BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTANIndia and Pakistan have not played a men’s bilateral series since the latter visited India for a short limited-overs series in December-January 2012-13. However, they continue to play at the multi-team ICC events such as World Cup, World Twenty20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the traditional rivals, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play at least six series between 2015 and 2023.The first of which was called off last year due to political tensions between the two nations.TEAMS REFUSE TO TOUR PAKISTANTeams have refused to tour Pakistan since militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009. However, Zimbabwe became the first team to make a short visit to the war-torn nation last year for a limited-overs series after the World Cup Down Under.Even though the matches were held under tight security and PCB hosted the series successfully, other teams continue to remain apprehensive about touring Pakistan.last_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s chance to show what he is worth as RPS square off against Delhi

first_imgIt has been quite a stormy year for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Just four days into the new year, Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain on after a trophy-laden nine-year reign, which included two World Cups and a Champions Trophy. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows off his dancing skills)The 35-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who rose from the streets of Jharkhand to lead the game’s most passionately-followed team, decided to step aside as captain immediately and was replaced by Virat Kohli.In February, he was removed as captain of Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiant and replaced by Australian Steve Smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and franchise cricket. (Rising Pune Supergiant look to return to winning ways against Delhi Daredevils)That was the first time that Dhoni, who had stepped down from Team India captaincy on his own terms in all formats, was removed from the top position. The decision came a day before the players’ auction.SYNONYMOUS WITH CAPTAINCYThe call to remove Dhoni as captain didn’t go down well with the fans and purists, who questioned the franchise’s motive behind it, pointing at the enormous record he had in the league.The most expensive player of the tournament that began in 2008, Dhoni also has been among the most successful.Part of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise from 2008 to 2015, Dhoni led the team to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. Besides, he also led Chennai to the Champions League T20 trophies in 2010 and 2014.He was the first one picked in the only draft held in the IPL, in December 2015, after Chennai and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years and two new franchises – Pune and Gujarat Lions – were given the option of choosing up to five players each.advertisementHe has been with the Pune franchise ever since.But Pune, under Dhoni’s captaincy, finished second last in their maiden IPL season last year – something that probably led the franchise thinktank to the decision.UNDER ATTACK FROM THE TEAM OWNER’S BROTHERDhoni, unnerved by all the drama that preceded the 10th season of the IPL, made his first appearance as a non-captain in the league. Rising Pune Supergiant rode on a brilliant 84 from their new captain, Smith, to win their first game against Mumbai Indians.Needed 13 runs off the last over, Smith brought up team’s victory with two consecutive sixes off Kieron Pollard – with Dhoni watching on from the non-striker’s end.Smith’s brilliant effort prompted Harsh Goenka, brother of RPS owner Sanjiv Goenka, to tweet: “Smith proved who is the captain of the jungle. Overshadows Dhoni completely. Captains innings. Great move to appoint him as captain.”But Harsh Goenka faced tremendous backlash on Twitter and was slammed left, right and centre for his scathing remarks on Dhoni.In fact, Dhoni’s wife, Sakshi, too posted a picture on her Instagram wearing a Chennai Super Kings jersey and a helmet. Sakshi’s post was seen by many as a sign of protest to Harsh Goenka’s comments.DHONI’S SHOT AT REDEMPTIONAs they say, a tiger is more dangerous when wounded, Dhoni would be itching to hunt down his critics with the bat and prove that he was still a dominant finisher who was far from being finished.Dhoni recently gave a fine display his class when he hammered 134 off 122 balls, his 10th one-day century against England in the ODI series in January.For someone who took to the IPL like a duck takes to water, Dhoni would not stay quiet with questions being raised at his capabilities. He would rather send those questions out of the park in a helicopter.Dhoni has scored 12* and 5 so far in the first two games for Rising Pune Supergiant. It will be interesting to see whether he can bounce back in style when RPS take on Delhi Daredevils later Tuesday evening.last_img read more

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Barca Mounts 6-1 Comeback to Oust PSG; Roberto Nets Winner

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona completed the biggest comeback in Champions League history by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday, scoring the decisive goal of a 6-5 victory on aggregate in the fifth minute of stoppage time.Barcelona scored three times from the 88th minute, with Sergi Roberto’s dramatic late goal sending the Nou Camp fans wild and making their team the first to overturn a 4-0 first-leg defeat since the Champions League format started in the 1992-93 season.PSG seemed certain to go through after Edinson Cavani scored a valuable away goal following Barcelona’s opening salvo of three goals, which included a Lionel Messi penalty.Barcelona needed three more goals to advance, and the feat seemed impossible even after Neymar scored with a free kick in the 88th minute.Click image to see the highlightsBut the Brazil striker scored a penalty in the 90th and then followed up with a chipped pass for substitute Roberto to steer the ball beyond goalkeeper Kevin Trapp in injury time.The winner sent Barcelona’s bench flooding onto the pitch as the stadium celebrated the club’s 10th consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals. Coach Luis Enrique, who announced he would leave the club this summer, embraced his players and staff.Barcelona played with all the intensity that PSG was lacking for the entire match, and didn’t need its trademark passing attacks to get its first three goals.PSG coach Unai Emery’s strategy of not pressuring Barcelona backfired, as his team sat back and passively let the hosts hem them into their box.The visitors’ entire backline was frozen when Rafinha’s routine cross came into the box in the third minute, and Luis Suarez was able to nod a bouncing ball over Trapp.PSG was running scared from there on, lamely trying to hunker down in its area and wait for the clock to tick down.Defender Layvin Kurzawa was at fault for Barcelona’s second goal in the 40th, when he turned Andres Iniesta’s back-heeled flick into his own net.Another PSG defender, right back Thomas Meunier, was behind Messi’s penalty in the 50th after he clumsily thrust his shoulder into Neymar’s legs while trying to recover his position in the box.Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto celebrates after scoring the sixth goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain, March 8, 2017.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Emery finally ordered his players briefly forward.That was when Cavani stepped in for French champions, rifling in Kurzawa’s headed pass.But Barcelona never stopped pressing, despite needing three goals.And Neymar led the way, pulling off one of the most remarkable sequences seen at the ground of the five-time champions.He struck first with a curling free kick from the left flank that slipped inside Trapp’s near post.Next, he took responsibility for converting the spot kick after Suarez was shouldered down by Marquinhos in the box.But the best was saved for last, when his pass was lofted over the defense and fell for Roberto to get his boot forward and turn the ball into the net.Barcelona had set a precedent in the 2012-13 season’s Round of 16 when it became the first team to erase a 2-0 away leg loss by roaring back to beat AC Milan 4-0.But nothing compared to the challenge faced against PSG, a side that hadn’t lost in 16 matches overall and completely outplayed Barcelona during first leg.It was a demoralizing end for PSG. The French side was on the verge of avenging quarterfinal exits to Barcelona in 2013 and 2015 and earning an elusive marquee victory that its Qatari owners were longing for. Instead, it must remain in the second-tier of talented but ultimately flawed European teams.Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto celebrates after scoring the sixth goal.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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Cervoz: industrial flash module case study

first_img Continue Reading Previous Ultra low-power system pins AI hopes on TinyMLNext Embedded vision builds on specialized co-processors Clients concern about the lifespan of SSD when they convert using from HDD to SSD, especially for those who need to store small files frequently. The following solution is how Cervoz product solves clients’ problem:The client, a printing machine manufacturer, needs a high endurance storage, which can handle a huge number of small 4K pages read and write continuously. The client problem is when the system writes a large number of small files to the SSD or handle lots of inbound and outbound data with various ways, the system will become slower and start to freeze. It takes time and more effort to check the system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Pochettino: Demand trophy when Spurs spend £300m

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists he is under no pressure to deliver a trophy at Tottenham, with his remit merely to secure a top-four finish as rivals continue to splash the cash.The Argentine is yet to win major silverware during his time in north London, despite overseeing Spurs’ transition into Premier League title contenders and Champions League regulars.He was the only manager not to bolster his ranks during the summer transfer window of 2018 and is not expecting to be busy throughout January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Instead, Pochettino is looking to keep Tottenham on track as they prepare to make a return to a redeveloped White Hart Lane – with that project having eaten up much of the club’s finances.He said ahead of the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with capital rivals Chelsea: “When Daniel Levy called me to offer a contract here, he was clear – him and owner Joe Lewis.“They said: ‘Mauricio, you need to prepare and to help the club to arrive to the new stadium. When we finish the new stadium, in the first season at the new stadium, we need to have a team that can finish in the top four in the season after’.“We are in advance of that, no? That is why sometimes I laugh when the people say we need to win a trophy.”Pochettino has been forced to watch on as the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have spent big in the transfer market, while Jose Mourinho was given £420 million in a little over two years before being relieved of his duties at Manchester United.Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2018-19With Spurs nowhere near matching that kind of outlay, talk of demands for success have been downplayed.“If I had arrived at Tottenham and Daniel says you have £300m to spend, it is my responsibility to win,” added Pochettino.“Come on, if I was to spend £300m and then say the project is to build step by step and be in the top four or maybe win something…. Come on, it’s not normal, this. When the club offers you the job they say what the club expects from you.“If the club says to you ‘I want you to win the Champions League, the Premier League, the Carabao Cup’, you say ‘OK, you want to win this and this and this? Can you give me this and this and this?’“Yes? OK, then I need to deliver it and win.”Pochettino has Spurs sat third in the Premier League table at present, six points adrift of leaders Liverpool while also progressing positively in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Bangladesh doesn’t take defeat lightly, says Shakib al Hasan

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 15:07 IST Shakib al Hasan says Bangladesh has come a long way (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh doesn’t take defeats lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh defeated South Africa in their first match of World Cup 2019They had reached their first-ever World Cup quarter-final in 2015Shakib al Hasan, who played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s emphatic win in their opening World Cup match over South Africa, believes there has been a massive improvement in their game in the last decade.A wonderful batting display led by the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78), supported by eye-catching cameos from Soumya Sarkar (42) and Mahmudullah (46), helped Bangladesh post 330/6 after being asked to bat by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Sunday at the Kennington Oval. The bowlers then struck regularly to restrict South Africa to 309/8 and register a convincing 21-run victory over the Proteas.Bangladesh had last defeated India and South Africa in the 2007 edition of the World Cup. Shakib feels much has changed in the last decade as now they are seen as serious contenders rather than just any team.”It’s been 12 years, so our cricket has come a long way forward,” Shakib was quoted as saying by the ICC website after Sunday’s match.”Back then, it used to be good enough for the crowd if we played well. But not anymore, they are not satisfied. They don’t take defeat to any other team (lightly). This is the expectation level we’ve got in these 12 years. I’m very happy, but this is just the start of the tournament.”The Bangla Tigers have made massive strides in the game, especially the 50-over format in the last decade and a half. Their performance in multi-nation tournaments has improved by leaps and bounds and they are no more considered as minnows.advertisementIn 2015, they made their first-ever World Cup quarter-final and shortly before the ongoing tournament, they defeated Ireland and West Indies in a tri-nation series to win their first win in a multi-nation ODI tournament.”Building up to this World Cup, we knew what sort of challenges we might face,” Shakib said.”So we prepared ourselves well. We were in Ireland, where we played really well against West Indies and Ireland. That gave us a lot of confidence and belief. There are so many things to prove in this tournament, and we are up to the challenge. The boys are confident, but at the same time, they are relaxed. They know we have the skill to beat big teams,” he added.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar thought his career was over after Test debutAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar MahmoodAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow shakib al hasanFollow Bangladesh vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2015 World Cup 2019: Bangladesh doesn’t take defeat lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh registered a sound win against South Africa and Shakib al Hasan believes that there has been a lot of improvement within the team. Bangladesh reached their first ever World Cup quarter-finals in 2015.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Offshore Agreement Encourages Development Protects Environment

first_imgENERGY–New Offshore Agreement Encourages Development, ProtectsEnvironment New offshore energy projects developed in Nova Scotia can now usea more efficient approval process. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke signed a memorandum of understandingwith the federal government today, Feb. 18, to create the newregulatory approach. “This agreement meets industry’s concerns that our offshoreapproval processes are slow and inefficient,” Mr. Clarke said.”It’s a significant step toward meeting another of our energystrategy’s objectives — that is to encourage offshoredevelopment in an environmentally responsible, sustainable way.” The new agreement allows a proponent to file one set of documentsfor a development. The single application triggers all of theregulatory reviews the application must receive. “This means the reviews happen at the same time, rather than oneafter the other, as was the case before,” Mr. Clarke explained.”The result will be that our regulatory review times will becompetitive with those in other offshore areas around the world,and that’s a great incentive for development.” The agreement does not change any environmental performancestandards that well developers must meet. “It will mean moreeffective public scrutiny of development applications,” Mr.Clarke said, “because members of the public will now know thatone set of comments will be seen and heard by all of theregulators.” The agreement involves the Nova Scotia departments of Energy andEnvironment and Labour, four federal departments, the CanadianEnvironmental Assessment Agency and the Canada-Nova ScotiaOffshore Petroleum Board. All are members of the Atlantic EnergyRoundtable, which also has industry and labour membership. TheRoundtable process led to the creation of the memorandum. The Atlantic Energy Roundtable is meeting this weekend inHalifax.last_img read more

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New Chair and Four Members Appointed

first_img Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. It created the Park After Dark pilot program that provides an affordable, safe alternative for the overnight winter parking ban. Rodney F. Burgar, a corporate lawyer and CEO of Accelerator Inc.; Joyce Carter, vice president, finance and chief strategy officer for Halifax International Airport Authority and chair of the Halifax Gateway Council John Holm, a former MLA and public affairs consultant Rustum Southwell, chief executive officer of the Black Business Initiative George Archibald has been appointed chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors and four new members have been named to the board, the province announced today, March 2. “We are fortunate to acquire new members with the range of knowledge and experience to complement the existing board,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Under Mr. Archibald’s leadership, WDCL is well positioned to move forward with development projects and to create quality experiences on our waterfronts.” Mr. Archibald is a former Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Transportation and chair of the Management Board. New board members are: last_img read more

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The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Sept. 6———NEGOTIATORS REPORT PROGRESS AT NAFTA TALKS: The latest round of NAFTA negotiations has wrapped up with the three countries saying they’ve managed to make some progress. The three lead ministers told a closing news conference in Mexico City that they’re still aiming to get a deal by year’s end. However, multiple sources say the countries have not even begun dealing with the more complex elements and that any attempts to raise a contentious issue have been brushed off by the other parties. The next round of talks is scheduled to take place in Ottawa Sept. 23-27.———CANADA FACES POLITICAL RISK ON NUCLEAR STANCE: The unfolding North Korean nuclear crisis is exposing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to international criticism that it is too soft on nuclear disarmament, and too close to the sabre-rattling Trump administration. International anti-nuclear activists call it a development that could have ominous implications for the government’s bid to win a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2019. Countries vying for a seat on the UN’s most powerful body need the support of at least 128 countries in the General Assembly.———STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH SHAKES UP PREDICTIONS: The economy’s surprisingly powerful second-quarter performance is pushing forecasters to change their outlooks. Fresh data released last week showed the economy expanded at an annual pace of 4.5 per cent between April and June — which followed an impressive jolt of 3.7 per cent growth in the first three months of the year. Due to the strong momentum, several analysts are now predicting the Bank of Canada will hike its trend-setting rate Wednesday, instead of later this fall as most had expected. Others have begun to question whether the Trudeau government’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure commitment over the coming years could overheat the already-sizzling economy.———SHAPOVALOV TO LEAD DAVIS CUP TEAM: Teen tennis phenom Denis Shapovalov headlines Canada’s team for next week’s Davis Cup tie against India. He’ll have the support in Edmonton of veterans Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor in the absence of Canada’s top-ranked singles player Milos Raonic, who is out with an injury. The best-of-five playoff is set for Sept. 15 to 17 at Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum. The winner will earn a berth in the prestigious World Group next season.———FEDS UNVEIL DATA BREACH REPORTING SCHEME: Companies would be required to notify people in the event of a serious data breach involving personal information under proposed new federal regulations. Legislation passed two years ago laid the groundwork for mandatory reporting of private-sector breaches that pose a “real risk of significant harm” to individuals. Several businesses — including telecom provider Bell Canada and affair-seekers website Ashley Madison — have been stung by breaches in recent years.———CHARGES STAYED IN RADIOHEAD STAGE COLLAPSE CASE: Charges stemming from a fatal Radiohead concert stage collapse in 2012 were stayed Tuesday when a judge ruled the justice system had failed in allowing the case to take far too long to come to trial. Ontario court Judge Ann Nelson ruled the inordinate delays had violated the rights of those charged to a timely hearing. The judge acknowledged her ruling would have a “negative impact” on the victims of the stage collapse, especially the family of the drum technician killed in the incident.———ONTARIO STUDENTS TO GRADE THEMSELVES: Some Grade 9 students at an Ontario high school will be able to negotiate their end-of-semester grades as part of a new pilot program the school is rolling out. James Kardash, principal at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon, Ont., says students will sit down with their teacher at the end of the semester to assess their work and, ideally, agree on a grade. Some experts like the idea, saying it will allow kids to focus on the learning process rather than the grades, but others feel grading should be the teacher’s job.___TRUMP RESCINDING DACA PROGRAM: President Donald Trump on began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. But the administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program. The move has drawn criticism from many immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as some Republicans.___HURRICANE IRMA HAS FLORIDA ON EDGE: Hurricane Irma’s size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice on Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that could reach the state by this weekend. Irma’s winds were 185 mph (297 kph) on Tuesday, a strong Category 5 storm, and forecasters said it could strengthen more as it neared the eastern-most Caribbean islands, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.———TIFF LINEUP INCLUDED EDGY WORKS: On the heels of a major summer box-office slump, the Toronto International Film Festival is offering up an alternative to franchise sequels: edgy stories that have big names but don’t quite fit into the mainstream. Organizers say the lineup kicking off Thursday features adventurous work by major filmmakers at a time when the instinct is to not take risks. About 340 films will screen at this year’s fest, which runs Sept. 7 to 17 — a smaller number than in recent years.———last_img read more

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UN report says donors should focus on quality of aid to foster

Developing countries are not much better off today “such that the amount of aid going into development projects last year remain at the same level as in 1990,” Mr. Ocampo said in launching the World Economic and Social Survey 2005 at a press briefing in New York today. For this reason, he said, it is important for the international community to carefully monitor that increases in promises of aid will effectively reach development projects in the poorest countries. The report calls for targeting and distributing aid in a sustained, strategic fashion to build national capacities and fulfil the human needs addressed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Survey also found that ODA should be increasingly channelled through recipient country budgets, so that the “budget process, planning process, and parliamentary scrutiny” of the countries can come into play, Mr. Ocampo said. At present, according to estimates only about one-fourth of ODA is channelled in this manner. In addition, international aid donors need to better manage the “strongly cyclical patterns of their financial flows” that can wreak “harmful economic side effects” on developing countries,” and countries should borrow in their own currency so that they won’t be adversely affected by huge variances in world currency exchanges, he added. Mr. Ocampo also said that the concentration of capital flows to a handful of “darling” countries to the detriment of aid “orphans,” the poorest countries, would need to be rebalanced in order to reach the MDGs and other internationally agreed-upon development goals. He noted that in addition to the increasingly home-grown technical assistance in developing countries, many now also had their own development banks, research funds, and micro-economic policy coordinators, an outgrowth of the growing importance of South-South aid in improving development projects, and having a positive impact on the total debt picture of developing nations. read more

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Vehicle just ahead of UN aid convoy in Lebanon hit during Israeli

A vehicle just ahead of a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy in Lebanon was hit today during an air strike by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.During the incident, which occurred just north of Tyre, “the two occupants of the vehicle were killed,” OCHA said in an update. “There were no injuries to the four UN staff accompanying the convoy or damage to convoy vehicles.”According to the update, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that some 4,000 displaced Lebanese and others arrive in Syria every day. Of those, some 1,600 proceed to other destinations abroad, while some 1,000 return to Lebanon, OCHA said, estimating the net daily influx at 1,400 per day. The Syrian Government reports that there are now some 180,000 ‘persons of concern’ in Syria. UNHCR is working with the UN Development Programme and the Lebanese authorities to facilitate the registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), some 8,000 children in 80 of the 144 IDP centers have been vaccinated against measles and 3,000 against polio. The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently delivering a large quantity of donated drugs from Jordan to Zahle in the Bekaa Valley. A UN convoy of six trucks of essential drugs and water have been delivered to Tyre hospital, where some 200 people are sheltering.UNICEF sent three trucks of bottled water, containing a total of 30,000 litres today in a convoy destined for Tyre. The agency also sent 100 family water kits, 47 cartons of essential drugs, 200 cartons of feminine hygiene supplies and 200 cartons of diapers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided an additional 2,000 hygiene kits, especially to assist women and girls in Lebanon IDP communities. read more

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US wholesale stockpiles increase 03 per cent in January while sales plunge

WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.Stockpiles held by wholesale businesses rose 0.3 per cent in January after no change in December and a 0.8 per cent November increase, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.Sales dropped 3.1 per cent in January following a 0.9 per cent December decline. The January decline was the largest setback since sales fell 3.6 per cent in March 2009 when the country was mired in the Great Recession. January marked the fourth consecutive month that sales have fallen.Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays Research, said that because of a larger-than-expected gain in January inventories, Barclays was revising its tracking estimate for overall growth in the January-March quarter up by 0.1 percentage point to 1.8 per cent. But he said a downward revision to December inventories had trimmed the estimate for fourth quarter growth by 0.1 percentage point to 2.1 per cent.Despite the string of declines in sales, economists remain optimistic that sales will rebound in coming months as consumer spending gets a boost from falling gas prices and healthy job gains.The economy added a solid 295,000 jobs in February, the 12th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. It’s the longest such stretch since 1994-95. The unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.5 per cent but that improvement came primarily from people dropping out of the labour market, an indication that the job market has still not totally healed from deep recession of 2007-2009.Analysts say that with the strong gains in employment, consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, should strengthen further in 2015 and this will help propel the economy to growth above 3 per cent, the strongest annual growth in a decade.For the fourth quarter, economic growth slowed to just 2.2 per cent, even slower than the government’s initial estimate of 2.6 per cent growth in the October-December period. Much of the downward revision reflected slower growth in inventories than the government had initially estimated.For January, the rise in inventories reflected a 1.6 per cent increase in auto stockpiles and a 1.2 per cent increase in furniture inventories at the wholesale level.Petroleum inventories were down 1.1 per cent in January but analysts said this was likely more of a reflection of falling prices than a drop in the volume of petroleum stockpiles. FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Craig Steinmetz checks out new recreational vehicles at United RV Center store in Haltom City, Texas. Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero, FIle) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale stockpiles increase 0.3 per cent in January while sales plunge 3.1 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 8:27 am MDT read more

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Football Ohio State up to No 5 in latest College Football Playoff

The Ohio State football team wears throwback jerseys for their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA dominating performance Saturday against then No. 10 Nebraska and a stunning loss by then No. 4 Texas A&M has thrust the Ohio State football team back into the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes find themselves at No. 5 with the latest playoff poll on Tuesday night.Alabama remained in the top spot, with Clemson and Michigan following behind, respectively. In a shake-up of the top four spots, Washington has now moved up to fourth.Texas A&M has now dropped behind OSU, finding themselves at No. 8. As for the rest of the Big Ten, Wisconsin jumped to No. 7, while Nebraska dropped to No. 19. Penn State now finds itself at No. 10 after posting 41 points Saturday against Iowa.OSU will be traveling to College Park, Maryland, to face the Maryland Terrapins at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. OSU is 2-0 all-time against Maryland, winning 49-28 in Columbus. With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, OSU needs to bank on Michigan winning the next two games or a Penn State loss to keep its title contention hopes alive. read more

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EHF CL BEST 7 Jurecki Canellas Nagy Alilović…

The second EHF Champions League quarter-final weekend BEST  7 is announced:left wing – Dominik Klein (THW Kiel)left back – Michal Jurecki (Vive Tauron Kielce)playmaker – Joan Canellas (THW Kiel)right back – Laszlo Nagy (MVM Veszprem)right wing – Lase Svan (SG Flensburg)line player – Tin Kontrec (PPD Zagreb)goalkeeper – Mirko Alilović (Veszprem) best 7 handballEHF Champions League BESTMichal JureckiTHW Kiel ← Previous Story 2016 Australian Open Club Championships in Geelong Next Story → 121 GOALS: Mikkel Hansen sets new all-time record! read more

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This manga about Ubuntu school girls will make or break your day

first_imgYou were probably having a normal day today, going about your business — or at worst, you didn’t think the terrible day you were having could get any worse. Luckily, you have us. We’re here to inform you that there’s a manga about Ubuntu, the most popular Linux operating system, and it’s called Ubunchu. In true manga fashion, it’s about school girls. However, rather than a narrative featuring high school love or shooting energy blasts, the manga is about a system admin club learning how to use Canonical’s operating system.While a manga about Ubuntu seems highly niche and fairly wacky, it’s worth noting that this manga could’ve been even weirder than it already is. Thanks to the internet, you might have come across the OS-tan in your digital travels. If not, the OS-tan are the anime personifications of operating systems — normally young school girls. Because the internet is somehow weirder than it is large, OS-tan cover any operating system you can think of, from Windows ME to DOS. They also cover internet browsers, and yes, the OS-tan illustrators are very liberal with their use of the tail in the Firefox logo.As for Ubunchu, the original manga is written in Japanese, but you can easily load a translation in your native tongue. The series features lines of dialog like, “Youtube is a waste of processing power” and “The command line? That’s just a relic of the old world.” The art that accompanies these gems is, as expected, your standard manga fare, full of sweat beads and busy backgrounds. Yes, this manga looks like a must-read.It should be said that we condone following your interests and pursuing your hobbies, but you should be careful when doing so, because sometimes that leads to mangas about Ubuntu. If you blast through the comic and still need to satiate your lust for embarrassing Linux creations: you’re welcome.last_img read more

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