A restaurant heist turned sour, when bungling robbers mistook a $5 bag of bread rolls for a $30,000 swag bag. Donna Hayes and Benjamin Jorgensen were sent down after the failed robbery at the Cuckoo Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, last year. The raid, which fittingly took place on April Fool’s Day, saw Jorgensen point a sawn-off shotgun at the manager and demand he hand over the bag he was carrying at the end of his shift. Aware of the contents, the manager thought it was a joke and tried explaining this to Jorgensen. Victorian County Court judge Roland Williams – generously we think – branded them a “pair of fools” and respectively jailed them for eight and seven years.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: US Air Force / PixabayBUFFALO — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has taken legal action seeking to stop all outstanding clergy sexual abuse lawsuits while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court.The diocese filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court on Saturday seeking an injunction on lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act. About 250 lawsuits have been filed against the diocese since August, when the act gave victims one year to pursue even decades-old allegations of abuse.Lawsuits against the diocese were moved to bankruptcy court in February and permanently frozen, but the bankruptcy filing only temporarily halted lawsuits against individual parishes or Catholic schools. Those cases could be moved back into state supreme court unless the diocese is granted a permanent injunction.“Pausing litigation will allow for all parties to engage in settlement negotiations in the context of the diocese’s Chapter 11 case and to attempt to reach a global resolution of all claims (including claims against parishes and schools), without the distraction of piecemeal litigation,” the diocese said in a statement Monday. The diocese said continued litigation would deplete its insurance reserves and reduce future settlements to survivors.But lawyers representing abuse survivors said the injunction is designed to keep their clients from having their day in court, prevent access to priest personnel records and allow parishes and schools to protect their financial assets.“This legal maneuver by the Diocese of Buffalo is just another example of the Catholic Church coldly putting its needs before the needs of victims,” said Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 39 clients suing the diocese. He said a hearing on the injunction is set for May 20.“This is a very aggressive move,” Buffalo attorney Steven Boyd said Monday. “We feel it is an unnecessary move because we’ve been negotiating with them in good faith.”The diocese previously announced it would cease financial support and health benefits for 23 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse beginning May 1 as part of the bankruptcy process. None were in active ministry.
Members don’t want service, they want an experience, says Bryn Conway, principal at BC Consulting and a former credit union marketer.Service, she says, is transactional and reactive—and often involves complaints, she says.“Service is about reacting to members’ ask, while an experience is engaged, proactive, personal, and memorable,” Conway says.It also provides value. Customers who have a great experience are nine times more likely to recommend a company, eight times more likely to trust it, and seven times more likely to forgive a misstep, she says.Conway outlines four ways to deliver a solid retail delivery experience: continue reading » Bryn Conway ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
28 September 2015Government wants to engage more actively with South African youth, using the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP) to highlight and solve challenges in unemployment, education and social cohesion.Minister Malusi Gigaba during the Governance and Administration Cluster Media Briefing #GABriefing pic.twitter.com/oo77kpqfda— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) September 27, 2015Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba stated government has partnered with youth organisations and business to make sure youth development is prioritised.At a media briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster on Sunday 27 September 2015, the Minister said the partnerships were formed to alleviate the challenge of youth unemployment.Presidential Youth Working Group“President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group in June 2015, to promote youth participation in governance and policymaking and to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government, to build a better life for young people,” Minister Gigaba said at the briefing.“In the work of the Presidential Youth Working Group, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, the following work streams have been established: Economic Participation and Transformation Education; Skills and Second Chances; Health Care and Combating Substance Abuse; Nation-Building and Social Cohesion, and Effective and Responsive Youth Development Institutions.”The Minister’s statement comes after Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, accompanied by Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, signed the National Youth Policy in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape in August this year. This policy framework, which was signed after a lengthy consultative process, also identified partnerships with all sectors of society as a way of advancing youth development.Minister Gigaba said that the strategies of the Presidential Youth Working Group’s work streams would form part of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy and progress will also be included in the MTSF for proper monitoring and evaluation.“The process to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act, 2008 (Act 54 of 2008), is ongoing, with a draft Bill currently with the State Law Advisors,” the minister said.Interventions to fast-track NDP implementationMinister Gigaba said interventions had been implemented to assist in fast- tracking several NDP imperatives, including growing the economy with an appropriate and healthy Growth Domestic Product (GDP) rate, as well as creating jobs and eradicating poverty and inequality.He said these were implemented using government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-19, which Cabinet adopted last year.“The current initiatives to stimulate growth include government’s Infrastructure Build Programme, the War Room on electricity, Operation Phakisa on the Ocean Economy and in Mining, and the Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create jobs,” the minister said. He also stated that there were other reports showing success linked to the implementation of the framework.A recent report on education and skills development showed that tremendous progress was made in the education sectors which continue to be a priority area of focus.While with rural development and land reform, progress on land acquisition for smallholders has been slow, but government’s implementation of programmes are being reviewed and strengthened to resolve some of these issues.Health care, crime and social cohesionMinister Gigaba said in regards to health care, South Africa has received worldwide recognition for its HIV and Aids programme, which has over three million people initiated on treatment, contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.“Good progress is being made under safety and security, regarding the reduction of overall levels of serious crime,” he said, “the department is implementing Operation Fiela (Reclaim), to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities.”“This multidisciplinary, interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities,” the minister concluded.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now From time to time it can be good to bring the sales force together for a massive, all-out prospecting assault. There’s nothing really wrong with a sales blitz from time to time. But it isn’t a magic bullet for poor sales results.Here’s the analogy: You eat too much and stop exercising for a couple years, and then decide to simultaneously go on a starvation diet and run a marathon to restore your health. It’s a blitz all right, but it not something that’s going to produce the long-term results you are after.When is a sales blitz is a bad idea?If your sales blitz is designed to make up for poor numbers, then it isn’t a good plan. A short-term program won’t address a systemic problem.If your sales blitz is designed to win business fast and you have a long sales cycle, it’s not a good plan. Your need for revenue does nothing to compress the sales cycle.If your sales blitz is designed to build a solid pipeline of opportunities, then you really have a prospecting problem. A prospecting problem isn’t going to be solved by a sales blitz.When is a sales blitz a good idea?If you sell something transactional, with a short sales cycle, and feet on the street turn into revenue, a sales blitz is a good idea.If you want to create some excitement around some new offering, a sales blitz is a good idea.If you are going to do a sales blitz, you need to make sure that the goal is something that can actually be obtained by a sales blitz. If the sales blitz is an emergency initiative to save your quarter, you are better served dealing with your real, systemic challenges.QuestionsWhy is a sales blitz such an attractive quick-fix initiative?What are the real sales challenges that a blitz is designed to improve?When is a blitz the wrong prescription?When is a blitz a good idea?
A boat carrying 18 persons capsized in the Ghagra river in Sant Kabir district of eastern Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.It was carrying local farmers who were travelling to the fields.While 14 persons have been rescued, the remaining four are still missing, the police said. “We are searching for the four persons with the help of divers,” said the Sant Kabir Nagar police.Senior district officials and police officers are on the spot.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the incident and directed the officials to ensure immediate help to the victims with the help of the State Disaster Response Force.
AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated The former Lakers star, who is in town thanks to the efforts of SnippetMedia, shared that his son is working on his game in hopes of one day getting a nod to join Gilas Pilipinas, even going to as far as applying for a Philippine passport before he turned 16.READ: Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food cravingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My son has been coming over to the Philippines and he’s very motivated. He’s working very hard. He’s going to be a senior next year. He’s very good academically and he got an offer from Yale and a lot of Ivy League schools. He can also play in Division I college also so he’s a very smart kid,” the NBA legend said.The younger Artest, who is a 6-foot-1 guard, is currently studying at Beverly Hills High School in California and is about to graduate in 2018. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFor Metta World Peace, having his Fil-American son Jeron Artest don the Philippine colors will be one of his biggest achievements considering that he has never been called up for national team duty.“I was never invited to play to the Olympics. They said that they don’t need a player like myself for the team. That was tough for me because I wanted to play in the Olympics. So anytime your kid gets a chance to play for the national team, I do feel like it’s special. To play for the national team is really something different,” he said on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT READ: Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact But World Peace knows that his son’s path to the national team—or any team for that matter—won’t be easy just because he’s the son of the former Ron Artest.“I told him it doesn’t mean that you’re my son is that you can play basketball in America, or you can play anywhere in the world and you’ll get to the team. You have to earn it,” he said. “And he’s working really hard. I’m so proud of him and I hope it all works out. He definitely wants to be on the team.”RELATED VIDEOMetta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for Gilas4.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Indian cricket board is the biggest earner of foreign exchange amongst all sports bodies in the country. This is an important contribution that BCCI makes to the Indian foreign exchange kitty, but the body hardly gets the credit for it.Now, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has amended its rules and made it mandatory for all foreign exchange earners to retain only 50 per cent of the foreign exchange, as against the earlier limit of 100 per cent, and the rest be converted into Indian rupees.The RBI has taken this step to arrest the sharp depreciation in rupee. With more dollars coming in, the rupee gets strengthened. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which boasts of $32.61 million in foreign exchange, has readily agreed to abide by the rules,” according to a top Board official.BCCI president N Srinivasan recently admitted to Mail Today in an interview that it’s already having problems with tax authorities after they re-opened old assessments dating back to seven years.”RBI amended its rules in May – and revised them last month – which entails all concerned parties to convert 50 per cent of their foreign exchange into rupees. The issue was discussed by the BCCI and the members unanimously agreed to abide by the new rules,” the official told Mail Today.”The BCCI currently has $32.61 million in its Exchange Earner’s Foreign Currency (EEFC) account and half of it is being turned into rupees, as per the RBI instructions.” It means that $16.305 million will be converted into rupees, which comes to Rs 88.84 crore at a current rate of Rs 55.52 per dollar.advertisementThe BCCI, as per its 2010-11 balance sheet, is worth Rs 2,530.88 crore.The main sources of foreign exchange income for the BCCI are television rights since bidders for various television rights are always asked to bid in dollar terms, various sponsors of the BCCI, as well as, the Indian Premier League and the Champions League T20.”Further, the 10 franchises who bought the IPL teams also paid the BCCI in dollars. And although the player auction for IPL also takes place in dollars, the money doesn’t go to the Board,” pointed out another official.The RBI on May 10 issued a circular to all Authorised Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks, referring to a 2006 circular that allowed all foreign exchange earners to retain 100 per cent of their forex earnings in EEFC accounts. After a review of the scheme, the RBI said that 50 per cent of the balances in the EEFC accounts should be converted forthwith into rupee balances and credited to the rupee accounts as per the directions of the account holder.”This process may be completed within a fortnight from the date of the circular (May 10, 2012) and compliance reported to the chief general manager, Foreign Exchange Department, Central Office, Mumbai,” the circular said.While mentioning that the circular was being issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) 1999, the RBI said that “the facility of EEFC scheme is intended to enable exchange earners to save on conversion/transaction costs while undertaking forex transactions in future. This facility is not intended to enable exchange earners to maintain assets in foreign currency, as India is still not fully convertible on capital account”.The RBI then amended the regulations for “operational convenience” on July 31, allowing “credit of 100 per cent foreign exchange earnings to the EEFC account subject to the condition that the sum total of the accruals in the account during a calendar month should be converted into rupees on or before the last day of the succeeding calendar month…””Accordingly, balances outstanding in an EEFC account as on July 31, 2012, and those balances that would accrue in the account with effect from August 1, 2012, shall get converted into rupee balances on or before close of business on September 30, 2012. Similar procedure may be followed for accruals during the subsequent months.”
The 17-year-olds, from Launceston in Tasmania, are one of several sets of twins competing at the event in 2011, and they say that being a twin on the field does have its benefits, even if they aren’t identical. “Kit normally does the freakish stuff and I’m normally on the receiving end of that, sometimes roles are reversed so there is a bit of a twin thing coming out there sometimes, nothing too telepathic. It certainly shows at some stages how well we know each other,” Dana said. “We can get into each other a bit but we’ve played every single sport in our whole lives together, so when we both fire up we can get pretty in to each other but we’ve been good so far so hopefully we can continue that.”“We are generally pretty good mates outside of it, so we are not too fussed about it,” Kit said. “We are generally pretty competitive people though, we don’t act like it most of the time but when we do something we do it the best that we can,” Dana said. The twins only started playing division one in Launceston last year, with Kit then competing in the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. What once was a sport they just played in the Aussie Rules off-season has now become a sport that the Young’s have become passionate about and hope to progress in. “It’s always been a pre-season thing, but now it’s become something a bit more, it’s a game that we actually look forward to playing over summer and this event reinforces that it would be good to play in later years as well. It’s something we’ll definitely look at playing further,” Dana said. Playing at a National Youth Championships level for the first time, Dana is enjoying the challenge of competing against teams from across the country, and is learning plenty along the way. “Even after one game you pick up a fair bit straight up,” he said. “We are just hoping to upset a few teams and learn a fair bit, we’re looking to be competitive as always, we want to give Tassie the best name we can.”
Photo by The Associated Press.Embattled offensive guard Richie Incognito has filed a non-injury grievance against his team, the Miami Dolphins.”The grievance challenges his suspension for conduct which was alleged to have occurred while he was with the club,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement. ”In the grievance, Incognito requests that the hearing be held on an expedited basis so that he can immediately resume playing for the team.”The NFL Players Association will continue to protect the rights of all players.”Incognito was suspended by Miami on Nov. 3 for misconduct related to inappropriate treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, including racial slurs in voice and text messages. Martin left the Dolphins last month, checked into a hospital briefly and has not returned to the team.The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin. Incognito has said the conduct was all part of the normal locker room environment.Incognito has missed one game, and the suspension by the team can last for four games. The Dolphins, who have not said how long Incognito is suspended, said they do not comment on grievances.Martin is scheduled to meet Friday with Ted Wells, the independent investigator hired by the NFL. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also plans to meet with Martin.A second-year pro, Martin left the team because of what his attorney has alleged was daily harassment by teammates, including Incognito.On Monday, Ross announced the formation of two committees to examine the Dolphins’ locker room culture. In recent days, players have been virtually unanimous in saying it doesn’t need to be changed.