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 The image here is a screen capture from outreach.io, our sponsor for the Outbound Conference (April 23 – April 26, 2019). This is an actual sequence that was used to pursue over 20,000 contacts. The names of these contacts are blurred out to protect their identities. Down the right-hand column you are looking at the first eight steps in the sequence. This image is worth 10,000 words.If you look in the furthest right column, you’ll notice step one was an email and is indicated by the tiny email icon in the words “step #1.” You’ll notice in the top column they have contacted 18,000 of the 20,000. Only 15 of them replied to the first step. Moving down to step #2, indicated by an icon of a telephone, you will see that 1,544 people responded to that attempt. That is an increase of 100 X.Step #3 is a LinkedIn connection request. A worthwhile endeavor no doubt, but with a very low yield as it pertains to engagement with the prospective client. Because I know this group, I know their use of outreach.io is excellent, as is their connection request. It isn’t the straight pitch. The next step, #4, is another email, this time yielding 21 engagements.In step five this group returns to the telephone, engaging with 1066 prospective clients. They followed that with another attempt on the telephone in step six, creating another 456 engagements. In step #7, another email, for 16 engagements. Step #8, an email produces 242 additional client engagements.There are almost no voices left willing to tell you that you should not use the telephone as the primary tool for prospecting. The few voices that still write about cold calling as something negative still believe that “social selling” has replaced the need to use the telephone. The group using this tool is generating 4 to 5 deals for every 100 contacts they pursue. Remember, the sequence you’re looking at here was used to pursue over 20,000 contacts. Most content marketers would have a tough time yielding 800 using content marketing alone (And I consider myself a content marketer)Mike Weinberg, Jeb Blount, Mark Hunter, and I all share the same experience around campaigns and professional pursuit plans. It takes four or five attempts, mostly telephone, to gain the attention and engagement of your dream client. The image here is an excellent example an explanation of what prospecting looks like in the modern day. If you want to learn more, visit my friends at outreach.io,, and come join us at the Outbound Conference 2019 (the single greatest sales conference on Earth).
The UK-India ties grew steadily in 2017, with the British government laying the groundwork for a new post-Brexit economic partnership with New Delhi amid concerns over its tough stance on the movement of professionals and students between the two nations.The cultural strand of the bilateral relationship may have dominated the year, with grand celebrations at some of the UK’s major institutions to also mark 70 years of India’s independence, but the foreign office highlighted that other aspects of the ties remain equally at the forefront, especially within the context of Brexit.“Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi described the connection between our people as a ‘living bridge’ and that link has been strengthened during the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture,” said a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson. Read it at First Post Related Items
concern: ChinaNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Indian ships taking part in maritime exercise in the South China Sea was a matter of “concern”, a senior Chinese official said today, a day after four naval vessels set sail for the disputed waters for participating in Malabar exercise with the US and Japan.The official said the colonial tactics of “divide and rule” was being used.”When there is some trouble in the South China Sea, India is worried. When Indian ships participate in maritime exercises in the South China Sea, of course China will show concern,” the official told reporters.The statement comes ahead of President Pranab Mukherjees visit to China next week.Guided missile stealth frigates, INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri, INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet support ship, and INS Kirch, a guided missile corvette, had set sail yesterday on a two-and-a-half month long operational deployment to the South China Sea and North West Pacific.They will also take part in the Malabar exercise near the South China Sea. China claims sovereignty on almost all of the South China Sea which is disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.The US, which had been pushing for Japans inclusion, has said the exercise is an important element for assessing the maritime capabilities of all the three countries.The US has in recent months ramped up its warnings over what it calls Chinas growing “militarisation” in the region.American warships and aircraft have undertaken a number of operations in the region to challenge Chinas moves even as the US hopes to stitch Asian military powers into a closer cooperation.advertisementThe US has also been pushing for a quadrilateral security dialogue involving itself, India, Japan and Australia.Meanwhile, on the issue of terror group JeM chief Masood Azar, the Chinese official said his country has made no difference between India and Pakistans enemy.”You need strong evidence. It is not a bilateral issue, it is at the UN. He (Azar) is not an Indian citizen,” he said, adding that “terrorism sponsor” as a word for Pakistan was a “too heavy title”.He said that it was good that foreign secretaries of the two countries met.”We encourage this kind of talk. You dont have a language barrier and you have been in the same family,” he said. MORE PTI PYK SAP SK
DENVER — Carmelo Anthony got his points and a lukewarm reception. Not a win, though. Never does these days when he returns to town to face his former team.Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets beat New York 110-94 on March 8 for their eighth straight win over the Knicks at the Pepsi Center.That’s not all with Anthony, of course, who’s now 0-3 when playing at his old stomping grounds since being traded to New York in February 2011. He insisted he didn’t hear any boos. And if there were some, he doesn’t take it personal.“I thought they were booing because we were the opposing team,” said Anthony, who had 30 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds (seven) as well as assists (four). “I didn’t feel like they were booing me. Maybe they were. I don’t know.“The fans that were here when I was here, they understand the situation.”The game was long decided and just a few seconds remaining, but there was Faried, fighting for a rebound like it really, really mattered.That’s just the way he operates. All energy, all the time as he turned in his sixth double-double in seven games.“He’s probably top-three best energy players in the league,” rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay said. “As long as he plays with that energy, it’s good for us.”The Nuggets dominated in virtually every category. They had more points in the paint (62-36), second-chance points (15-6), fast-break points (17-11), a better rebounding advantage (45-43) and way fewer turnovers (16-6).“I love when we play like that,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “A good win for us.”Kristaps Porzingis was limited to six points in his return after missing a game with a bruised left leg. The Knicks were dealt a blow before the game when forward Lance Thomas hurt his left knee in warmups.This wasn’t a good start to their six-game trip, which is their longest since the 2005-06 season.New York cut the deficit to 89-82 with 6:42 left on a layup by Porzingis. But the Knicks could never get any closer.D.J. Augustin all but sealed the win with a five-point burst in a 34-second span that extended the lead to 100-87.“Everybody kind of contributed and did what they’re supposed to do,” Mudiay said.(PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
DiversityRelationship management and support is a key element of the role Megan and Mel fulfil for Touch Football Australia, whether itâ€™s ensuring the leading Referees are in a worry free environment to facilitate best performance, or a first time referee that requires that little extra bit of care, Megan and Mel have an innate ability to manage and respect the most diverse of people. Fantastic ambassadors for the sport, Megan and Mel epitomise the respect and understanding required to embrace the diversity of our sport President â€“ 2010 to 2012Treasurer â€“ 2012 to currentGeneral Committee â€“ 2008 to 2010Referee Director â€“ 2009 to 2012Benâ€™s long time commitment to start back in 2001 when he made his Open Debut for Fremantle, a commitment carried through until 2011 where he filled roles as a player, coach and manager for Menâ€™s and Mixed Teams at various times. In 2015 Ben was made a Life Member of Fremantle for he continued contributions to the affiliate whilst being involved in the game elsewhere on much larger scale.At a State Level Ben has once again shown his commitment in all areas of the game. Ben has previously been a player, manager, selector and referee. After being a player in the 2002 WA Under 18â€™s Boys Team he was then Team Manager for the 18â€™S Boys in 2009, NTL Mixed Open Manager in 2011 and Selector in 2012.Over the past two months, ben has been active in driving change in two key areas of our sport that have had a significant impact on the sport and engagement with our members in WA. In February, this year Ben sought election to a position on the WA State Operations Panel â€œto give back to the sport that I enjoy being involved inâ€. Ben felt that as a player, referee, coach and local volunteer I thought that I had a wide range of experience across the sport that I could help contribute back to the future direction of Touch Football in WA.Post the Annual Meeting in February, Ben further nominated himself to Chair of the SOAP to help set targets and realise the achievements possible for Touch Football in WA towards our 2020 goals. The SOAP in WA had been fairly inactive in WA for a period of time and Benâ€™s enthusiasm, passion and leadership have helped create a new level of engagement with this panel which has set the sport up for a period of long term success.The other vital role which Ben had undertaken was with the Lead Role at the 2016 WA Junior State Championships. With the WA Referee Panel in transition and a number of key members unavailable Ben volunteered to take on this key role at the WAâ€™s premier junior touch football event. Benâ€™s leadership, integrity, professional and excellence in this role enabled this key part of our sport to operate successfully ensured a quality event experience for referee, participants and spectators through his operation in this role. Ben even managed to referee a few games himself where needed across the weekend. Benâ€™s previous work as a Referee at State Events since 2000 and being part of the Referee Coaching Team since 2015 held in a good stead to undertake this position.What consistently is shown in Benâ€™s work is his embodiment of the TFA Values and this has been the key to being such a successful contributor across all facets of our game for a long period of time. Benâ€™s contributions over the last twelve months have highlighted his passion to see the ongoing success of Touch Football in WA which, under his leadership and guidance will be achieved for many years to come. Other nominees will continue to be posted through the week.Related LinksVolunteer of the Year Award Excellence Consistently looking at ways to improve the experience for Referees and event participants, Megan and Mel have played a significant role in the development and ongoing improvement of the Referee Experience for Touch Footballâ€™s major events, their pursuit of excellence and quality experiences is second to none.Megan Harapa and Mel Jones have completed the same role in unison for Touch Football Australia for many years now, they as a team and individuals are at the core of the sports success and growth of the Referee Program, and individually or collectively would be a worthy recipients of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Graeme Clancy QueenslandGraeme is the founder of Touch Football Specialised which gives participants with special needs the opportunity to play Touch Football.The countless amount of volunteer hours Graeme has contributed has seen substantial growth in Touch Football Specialised and the programs now available for participants.The QLD Special Education Championships were held for the third successive year in 2016 with seven new schools attending, an additional thirteen teams and ninety six new participants.Graeme has also created a prototype competition for special needs athletes which will see athletes compete in a regular form of competition over multiple weeks. These competitions will be held at difference affiliated associations in South Queensland for the first time in season two of this year.He has also developed resources and modified equipment to allow the game to be accessed and played by numerous participants. These resources and aids have allowed schools and all ability organisations to self-deliver programs of their own.The countless hours Graeme has continued to put in has seen the organisation create a new partnership with the Gold Coast Titans and a continually growing ambassador group which now includes Olympic Athlete Michelle Jenneke.Queensland Touch could not be prouder of the contributions Graeme has made to the special needs and Touch Football communities through his initiative. He has single handily given children and adults with special needs opportunities through our sport which have never been there before. Klaire Carrick TasmaniaKlaire is the current assistant coach for the Under 18 Tasmanian NYC team and has significantly contributed to the success of our touring teams. She has been a part of Touch Football for a number of years and has previously volunteered as a coach before. Kliare exhibits TFAs core values every time she volunteers, often going the extra mile especially when it has come to fundraising and organisation of her team. She has done an exceptional job in reducing team levies for her players. Her commitment to the team is undeniable, from writing to local government to running two separate Bunnings BBQâ€™s, she has shown maturity and professionalism beyond her years. While balancing a university degree, part time work and her own playing, she has never missed a training session and is constantly asking how she can do more to help the team and Touch Football Tasmania.Klaire is seen as a role model and leader amongst the team and other volunteers, she was asked to increase her role and take on more responsibility as a coach and has successfully transitioned into taking full training sessions by herself and developing her skills as a coach. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer here in Tasmania and this nomination is highly deserved.Benjamin Dempsey- Western AustraliaBen has been a long time contributor to Touch Football in Western Australia. Benâ€™s contribution covers â€“ playing, refereeing, referee coaching and also administration at both an affiliate and State level. In WA, Ben is a key driver of the TFA Values and these are consistently showcased in his work throughout Touch Football. At Benâ€™s affiliate, Fremantle Touch Association, he remains as treasurer on the committee, after previously holding the following roles: Integrity, Leadership and Professionalism The National Touch League, National Youth Championships and particularly the Touch World Cup, present many unique experiences â€“ from extreme weather conditions to first time referees â€“ in the face of any obstacle, Megan and Mel have maintained complete professionalism and integrity at all times.The leadership and cultural alignment which Megan and Mel vest into all members of the Referee community is second to none, they have a complete understanding of the various elements and considerations needed to ensure optimal culture development and positivity from Referees and the wider Touch Football community both on and off the field. Touch Football Australia is lucky to have countless volunteers who have made significant contributions to the Touch Football landscape over the past 12 months and beyond.To celebrate and recognise these contributions for the second year running Touch Football Australia will award the Volunteer of the Year Award to one of our highly valued volunteers. â€œThe opportunity to recognise and say thank you to our volunteers is one that we as a sport do not take for grantedâ€, CEO Colm Maguire speaking on the importance of volunteers in our sport.â€œWe are excited to again be able to recognise many of these fantastic individuals, who are all deserving of being awarded this prestigious honour, for the great work they have done in their local community and the sport at largeâ€.Each State and Territory were asked to nominate one individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2016, as well as two nominees from a National Level.Nominations were to be considerate of their exceptional service to the sport and have made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.The nominees all will have demonstrated the Touch Football Australia values of:LeadershipIntegrityProfessionalismDiversityExcellenceThe Touch Football Australia Board of Management has reviewed all nominations and voted using a 3, 2, 1 system to determine the 2016 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year.â€œOur Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country,â€ Maguire, continues, â€œAnd has found it particularly difficult to determine this yearâ€™s recipient from an extremely deserving groupâ€.â€œWhile itâ€™s always difficult to choose a winner, the flipside is, what a great position to be in – so many wonderfully talented and dedicated people in our sport. The nominees are a shining example of the valuable volunteers in our sport. We wouldnâ€™t exist or be anywhere near as successful without them. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport – the TFA board, and this award, recognises in no small way, the generosity and commitment of all of these people- not just the state representatives or winnersâ€ TFA Chair Anita Hagarty adds.Over the next four days, each nominee for the Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year will feature on Touch Football Australiaâ€™s website and social media channels, with the winner to be publically announced at 3pm on Friday 30th September 2016.All nominees will also receive a plaque of recognition and a small gift to say thank you for the tremendous work they have done for the sport of Touch Football.Keep an eye out below for your locations nominee, as Touch Football sayâ€™s thank to them, and all volunteers in our sport. NominationsGreg Mason VictoriaGreg Mason is a highly committed individual to the sport of Touch Football in Victoria, sitting on a variety of volunteer committees, heavily involved in the VT League and coaching at the State Level.Greg has sat on the VT League committee for 5 Years now, a trusted leader in the community and always willing to go above and beyond. Gregâ€™s greatest strength is his ability to separate his club affiliations from the bigger picture, always giving his thoughts and opinion on what is best for Touch Football in Victoria, not just the Melbourne City Lions. However, he has strongly lead that Melbourne City Lions for the past 6 years in the Presidents Role. The benchmark team in the competition, it is known for its professionalism and excellent administration, most of which is attributable to Greg.In 2014, when a VT League club withdrew from the competition only two weeks out, Greg was instrumental in supporting the TFV Office and working on a recovery strategy, creating the â€œSouthern Phoenixâ€, ensuring that the season was able to run with a fifth club. Greg was quoted as saying â€œI just wanted to give everyone the chance to play if they wantedâ€¦ at the end of the day, thatâ€™s all that matters, not politics and clubsâ€.When TFV were unable to construct a â€œstandalone committeeâ€ for the Southern Phoenix, Greg was once again called upon to run the club in 2015, which he did, undertaking all administrative equipmentâ€™s including apparel, finances, organising training etc. The South Phoenix is now being run be a separate volunteer committee, which Greg took upon himself to recruit.Greg was a member of the State Executive Council for five years, providing advice and support to the TFV Office. Despite living in Lake Dewar, he was a regular attendee at meetings, driving the three hour return trip each quarter, and doing so with a smile on his face.Greg has the unenviable task of being a long standing member of the TFV Disciplinary Panel, which unfortunately is created when an on field indiscretion requires further sanctioning. Given his experience in the game and personal contacts, he is often required to sit on panels and make tough decisions about people he knows personally. He does this with respect and sincere honesty, always ensuring due processes are followed. As previously mentioned, his ability to put the good of the sport fist, above his personal relationships, is without doubt his strongest character, particularly given the smallness of the Touch Football community in Victoria.Greg has been the Coach of the Under 18â€™s NYC Victorian Touring Team for the last two years. His coaching ability may not be the best in the State, but the respect his team holds him in, and the manner in which he conducts himself is without doubt the best of all Victorian Coaches.He is also heavily involved with Ballarat Touch Association, in which he is a player, referee and team manager. If called upon, he also referees at the VT League as often as requested. In fact, he goes above and beyond, heading into the Referee Room at the start of each round and ensuring he has offered his services and made his presence known as a possible â€œback upâ€ referee.Lastly, Greg has a strong understanding of the role of a volunteer, and how they can work closely with the TFV Office, as they are there to provide support and assistance when required and help with some of the â€œheavy liftingâ€ to keep the sport moving forward.He is one of the most trusted and esteemed members of the community, and for all these reasons has been nominated for this prestigious award. Sean Harvey Australian Capital Territory Sean commenced playing Touch Football in South Australia in 1981. In 1988, Sean moved to Canberra where he became a member of the Woden Eagles Touch Club. Since joining the club, Sean has made an invaluable contribution to the clubâ€™s sustainability through his leadership, integrity, professionalism, diversity and excellence.Sean has assisted TFACTâ€™s competitions through his work with the Woden Eagles club by his continued involvement as a player, coach, referee and a key administrator since 1988.Sean has shown strong skills in both leadership and integrity through organising and managing six adult Woden Eagles teams to compete in the 2015/2016 TFACT Summer Domestic Competition and 2016 TFACT Winter Competition.During the summer competition, Sean also coached a junior team in the 2015 Junior Competition, while assisting other volunteers of the club to coach junior teams to maintain the clubâ€™s involvement at a junior level. His level of involvement at both a junior and senior level shows his commitment to the sustainability of the sport within the ACT. Sean has displayed his flexibility and willingness to be involved in multiple programs including being a coach in TFACTâ€™s AusSquads Junior Development Program. He has assisted in the programs delivery since its inception in 2015.Sean is currently a general member of the TFACT Sport Operations Advisory Panel (SOAP) and has displayed professionalism in all aspects of his role. He makes timely and valued input both verbally and written in regards to all SOAP matters discussed and implemented. Sean has displayed excellence at a club level over the past year and for this he was awarded the Woden Eagles 2015 Volunteer of the Year. His excellence is not limited to his work at the club, however as he works with the TFACT staff to ensure the sustainability of all programs within the ACT and assists where he can especially in regards to refereeing and coaching.Sean has been an invaluable member of TFACT since 1988 with a positive and respectful attitude to all those he interacts with regardless of the role he is undertaking. Ben Cooper New South WalesBen is an outstanding individual and one whose values and integrity bring leadership to a small touch footballing community and stamp him as an outstanding candidate for the Touch Football Volunteer of the Year. Benâ€™s passion and drive has seen him as the driving force in the rebuilding of Young TA. Through his leadership and professionalism he has helped build and deliver a better product in the community and gas done this with a view to fostering development of the game in all aspects. In the last few years, helping to build and develop the game in the Young Area. Benâ€™s excellence has been awash over several integral positions on the Young Committee. He has been President, Treasurer and is currently leading the charge through his position of secretary.During the period of Benâ€™s involvement he has overseen the growth of the competition and acceptance of the competition in the local community. Under his tenure the Young TA competition has grown tenfold. He aided in introducing the highly successful ladies only â€œChampagne and Crackersâ€ competition which secured great community interest and buy in.His background in teaching has also seen him play a large role in bringing juniors into the sport of Touch Football. He has ensured that Young High School supports several NSWTA school events across the State and further develops their all-round skills by undertaking Referee Accreditation Courses with the student body.This area of Referee Development isnâ€™t just limited to the student body and through these efforts many students and adults have helped Young TA build their Referee numbers and develop their skills in the game to help develop Young TA.Ben has also engaged with NSWTA to run development days and clinics to update training sessions at schools right across the Young area. Through this practice Ben has assisted developing the game across the whole community.It was through Benâ€™s drive that saw Young TA enter in their first Junior State Cup in 2014 where he was the jack of all trades. Coach, Manager, Tour Leader and Travel Agent. He is now looking at getting Young to participate at their first Senior State Cup in 2016.With the amount of time Ben devotes to Young TA we are at a loss to understand how he finds to for his other roles â€“ High School Teacher and Deputy Lord Mayor of Young. It goes without saying that the qualities that Ben displays in all aspects of his like easily transcend into why the Young community he is such a well-respected individual.His commitment to our sport is shown in the great pride, professionalism and integrity that he delivers our product with. It is a benchmark for others to emulate. He would be not only a worthy winner, but already is a worthy ambassador for our game. Megan Harapa and Melissa JonesMegan Harapa and Melissa Jones are vital members of the Touch Football Community, particularly at the National Level aligned to Referee Support and Major Event Delivery. For the past 7 years Megan and Mel have acted a Referee Managers at all National Touch Football Events, as well as the 2015 Touch World Cup, held in Coffs Harbour.Both have also made countless contributions to the support of Referees at State (NSW) and lower levels for many years, prior to and in conjunction with her work at the National Level.Recognised for their ability to manage complex relationships and the rigors of major events, Megan and Mel are consistently a beacon for everything that Touch Football Australia looks for in a volunteer, as an organisation we are extremely grateful for the commitment and time they have provided so many people for so many years.
zoom Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Fairview Container Terminal at Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert, will proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs.The project will provide a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard.On-dock rail trackage will also be expanded through densification of the current track configuration, which will be supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation. The terminal expansion will increase the capacity to over 1.3m TEUs annually, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.Maher Terminals awarded the construction contract to FRPD-BEL Gateway Joint Venture as the prime contractor.Image: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Legislative changes introduced today, April 10, will increase employer involvement in apprenticeship, and make it easier for apprentices to complete their training and get jobs in Nova Scotia. Amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and the Community Colleges Act will lay the groundwork to establish an industry-led apprenticeship agency, make it easier for apprentices to have out-of-province experience recognized, and ensure apprentices are getting the training they need. “We need to change the way the apprenticeship system works in Nova Scotia if we want our businesses and apprentices to succeed,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “These changes will help us to build on our partnerships with industry, employers, apprentices and trainers so our trades can continue to grow and our workforce can take full advantage of opportunities.” Amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act allow the new agency to be created. It will be led by industry and employers, and will work to improve employer involvement and expand opportunities for apprentices. “This is a great day for the industry and apprentices,” said Heather Cruickshanks co-owner, L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd. in Halifax, and a member of the industry implementation team. “These changes will allow for better communication between industry, apprentices and training providers. “The system worked for some and not for others, so we simply gave it a tune-up. This is a win-win situation. Industry will have input on the training and delivery, and the apprentices will get the training they require for employment.” Apprentices who live in Nova Scotia but need to work in other provinces to gain practical experience in their trade will now be able to keep their apprenticeship registration in Nova Scotia. This change will make it easier for apprentices to have their out-of-province training recognized and help apprentices complete their apprenticeship without interruption. “I think the changes will make it easier for apprentices,” said Devon Connors, a fourth-year apprentice. “With industry involved, the training, testing and what industry really needs us to know, will line up and we will learn what we need for our trade.” Changes will also allow the province to issue cease and desist orders when someone is working without a certificate to practice in compulsory trades. Changes to the Community Colleges Act will encourage more industry influence in trades training and ensure pre-apprentices get the skills and training they need. These changes are the result of a series of consultations over the last few years with apprentices, employers, industry members and trainers to identify ways to improve Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system. Recommendations include developing a new agency to give industry a greater voice in apprenticeship, with more authority, leadership and decision-making power. Recent changes to modernize apprenticeship also include more flexibility and authority for industry to set trade-specific ratios, harmonizing apprenticeship programming and standards across the Atlantic provinces, and a $2.6-million investment to expand apprenticeship training and program development.
VANCOUVER – Two men convicted of perjury in connection with a notorious stun-gun encounter at Vancouver’s airport will have their appeals heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.The court announced Thursday in Ottawa that it would hear appeals from Const. Kwesi Millington and former corporal Benjamin (Monty) Robinson. As is customary, the court gave no reasons for its decision to hear the cases.Millington was sentenced to 30 months in prison for testimony he gave to an inquiry examining the October 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski, who was jolted several times with a Taser at in the arrivals area of the airport.Robinson was sentenced to two years less a day, one year of probation and 240 hours of community service.They were found guilty of colluding to make up testimony, but the two other officers with them that night were acquitted of the same allegations in separate trials.Glen Orris, the lawyer for Millington, said Thursday that the decision from the Supreme Court is his client’s first break in the decade-old case.“They obviously wanted to hear the argument that we are advancing, that the verdict basically was unfair and not based on the evidence,” he said in an interview from VancouverOrris said the high court has set a tentative date of Oct. 30 for the appeal.Dziekanski’s mother said in a telephone interview from her home in Kamloops, B.C., that the decision wasn’t what she wanted to hear.“I just want this to be over and done with, then I could cherish the memories still,” she said. “I don’t think I could ever let go … but I try my best, I keep myself busy.”She said the news was especially difficult just days after Mother’s Day. She said in the six years she and her son were separated while she was living in Canada and he was in Poland, he would always call her on Mother’s Day.“It is very hard for me,” she said, crying. “Even after 10 years almost, he’s gone and there is no justice for my son.”A bystander’s video played at the public inquiry and viewed millions of times on social media showed four RCMP officers approaching a troubled Dziekanski at the airport and within minutes he was jolted and lay dead on the floor.The officers told the inquiry they perceived Dziekanski as a threat when he picked up a stapler.The inquiry’s commissioner, Thomas Braidwood, said in his 470-page report that the officers approached the scene as if they were responding to a “barroom brawl.” He said they failed to reassess the situation when it became clear they were dealing with a distraught traveller who didn’t speak English, rather than the drunk, violent man they’d anticipated.Millington, who fired the Taser, and Robinson, who was the senior officer at the scene, were found guilty of colluding to make up testimony presented at the inquiry.The British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld the perjury convictions of both men.
Remember disco? The American Heart Association and comedic actress Jennifer Coolidge are pumping new life into the ‘70s disco classic, “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, to teach people across the country how to save lives with Hands-Only CPR.The Bee Gees’ hit – which is the near-perfect rate for doing chest compressions during CPR – is a centerpiece of the Association’s new Hands-Only CPR awareness campaign. It only takes 60 seconds to learn the life-saving skill either online or during free in-person sessions at the new state-of-the-art mobile training unit that kicks off its nationwide tour in New York City. Supported by a $4.5 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation, the campaign will contribute to the American Heart Association’s goal to double survival from cardiac arrest by 2020.“People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct compression rate when trained to the beat of ‘Stayin’ Alive,’” said Alson Inaba, M.D., the American Heart Association CPR instructor credited with first using the song to help students recall the right rate of compressions. “Not only is it a fun, catchy and memorable way to remember what to do, but it works – people’s lives have been saved because of it.”Coolidge, whose work includes CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” and numerous films such as “Best in Show,” “American Pie” and “Legally Blonde,” stars in the American Heart Association’s humorous new public service announcement to teach everyone the two easy steps of Hands-Only CPR. If a teen or adult suddenly collapses, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” until help arrives.“It seems almost impossible to me that the whole world doesn’t know CPR. I learned Hands-Only CPR while shooting the American Heart Association’s new PSA, and now I know how to save a life,” said Coolidge. “Who would’ve thought? I can save a life!”Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year, and almost 90 percent die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. When begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.“The WellPoint Foundation is committed to improving health in our communities, and one of our primary focus areas is combating heart disease.” said Dr. Sam Nussbaum, Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer for WellPoint. “We are delighted to support the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign to increase survival after cardiac arrest. We are asking people to watch this short instructional video which will empower them with an unparalleled skill: the ability to save a life.”Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1do4x)
The ‘sunset’ and ‘sunrise’ institutions will not operate for profit. The ‘sunrise’ institution will be a company limited by guarantee that charges fees, but re-invests any excess income over expenditure in the institution, including in the provision of scholarships based on financial need. SLIIT is an ideal partner in this effort, with two decades of experience in providing high-quality, not-for-profit higher education.Thus, the Government says this practical and equitable solution recognizes, addresses, and resolves the concerns expressed against SAITM, and is fully compliant with the Communiqué issued by the President on 29.10.2017.Additionally, the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital will be transferred to the Ministry of Health, allowing the State medical sector to gain a Rs. 3.2 billion asset at no cost to the State. A new not-for-profit ‘sunset’ institution will absorb all students who were in the medical program of the SAITM campus in Malabe, as well its assets and liabilities, at which point SAITM will be abolished, the Government information department said today.Sudarshana Gunawardana, Director General of the Government information department said in a statement the 9-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena was tasked with implementing the steps outlined in the Presidential Communiqué of 29.10.2017. The solution has the unanimous approval of the 9-member Committee, which was Chaired by (Dr) Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and includes the Secretaries to the Ministries of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, and of Higher Education and Highways; President of the SLMC; Chairman of the University Grants Commission; Vice Chancellors of the Universities of Colombo and Sri Jayewardenepura; and Medical Faculty Deans of the Universities of Colombo and Kelaniya. This Committee met thrice to debate and improve this solution, with the participation of the Association of Medical Specialists, Sri Lanka Medical Association, Government Medical Officers’ Association, Federation of Faculty Medical Teachers’ Association, Government Medical Students’ Parents’ Association, and SAITM Medical Students’ Parents’ Association, as observers. (Colombo Gazette) A new not-for-profit ‘sunset’ institution that will absorb all students who were in SAITM’s medical program, as well its assets and liabilities will be created, at which point SAITM will be abolished. The sunset institution will conclude operations when the last current batches of students graduate. No new students will be admitted to this entity. A new not-for-profit ‘sunrise’ institution will start accepting new students from 2019.On 30.12.2017, the Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAITM and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). According to this MoU, with the abolition of SAITM, SLIIT, a leading non-state, not-for-profit degree awarding institute, will establish the new sunset and sunrise institutions, under the guidance of the Government that will take over ownership and management of SAITM’s assets, liabilities, staff and students. Subject to the approval of the Attorney General’s Department, this MoU will be converted into a legal agreement. The SLMC will grant fresh approval for the ‘sunrise’ institution upon its meeting Minimum Standards, through an institutional review and site visits as per their mandate and standard practice for this purpose. That SAITM’s profit motive will pervert the goal of creating good doctors.The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), which establishes and maintains national standards for the medical profession, proposed a thorough set of Minimum Standards for Medical Education and Training that was accepted by the Cabinet with minor amendments on 13.12.2017. This filled a major void in ensuring high standards of medical education.Medical education and training of the ‘sunset’ institution will be approved by the SLMC in accordance with the Minimum Standards. The SLMC will specify further measures (clinical training and assessment in state hospitals) necessary for students who have received degrees from SAITM, to meet these Standards and thereby gain Provisional Registration. This solution resolves both concerns raised by various groups. They are:That SAITM does not meet Sri Lanka’s high standards for medical education. Accordingly SAITM must be abolished in a manner legally acceptable to the current shareholders, lending institutions and the new entity interested in taking over all operations and management of SAITM must be looked into and steps must be taken to transfer all SAITM’s assets, liabilities, staff and students to a non-state, not-for-profit degree-awarding entity that complies with the Minimum Standards on Medical Education and Training. The legal process to carry this out will require the creation of two separate entities, both in compliance with the Minimum Standards, the Government said.
The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recent formation in Iraq of a new Government while voicing hope that the process would soon be completed.“The Council is particularly encouraged by the fact that the Government is representative of Iraq’s many diverse communities and expresses its hope that the Ministers of Defence, Interior and National Security Affairs will be appointed as soon as possible,” the Council President, Basile Ikouébé of the Republic of Congo, said in a formal statement on Wednesday.Welcoming the 20 May inauguration of Iraq’s constitutionally elected Government, the Council congratulated the people of Iraq “on this milestone in their country’s political transition.”The statement encouraged the new Government to promote national reconciliation through dialogue and to build an atmosphere in which sectarianism is rejected. “The Security Council, at the same time, urges all Iraqis to participate in the political process peacefully, demanding that those who continue to use violence lay down their arms,” said the President, condemning acts of terrorism.The Government was urged to deliver improvements in security and stability, in human rights and the rule of law, in the provision of essential services, and in economic progress and prosperity. In addition, the Council strongly outside help for Iraq’s sovereign Government “at this crucial time,” noting the particular role of the country’s neighbours.
Peers has appeared as a ‘soccerette’ on Soccer AM and was in the top 100 “sexiest babes” for former lad’s magazine NutsCredit:REX/Shutterstock Her lawyer Stephen Connor said: “This is a sad day for the defendant. She has no convictions against her, she is 32 and entered a timely guilty plea, and sadly now has lost her good character.”She is a self employed model, but work is drying up and she is struggling. She is currently undertaking a makeup course and will be self employed in that venture. “The loss of her license is inevitable and will dramatically affect her course and job opportunities. This was not a high reading. I ask you to be as lenient as possible.”David Morgan, prosecuting, said: “Two lanes were closed and an electronic sign directed drivers that the lanes were closed. A police vehicle was in attendance and had its lights flashing and in those lanes themselves road workers were carrying out work on them.”But the defendant was seen driving into the lanes by police officers who pulled her over and she admitted she had consumed some alcohol.”She told officer she had consumed two bottles of beer before driving the vehicle. The police officers conducted a roadside breath test, which she failed and she was driven to custody.”She has never been convicted before, she has never been before the courts before.” She was banned from driving for 12 months and offered a place on drink driver’s rehabilitation course. She was also fined £400 and ordered to pay £125 in costs and surcharges.The 1am incident occurred on November 10 this year after Peers who had been out with friends was driving home along the M60 when she was spotted at Junction 13 at Salford. Peers was banned from driving for 12 months and offered a place on drink driver’s rehabilitation courseCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press A topless model caught drink driving in a closed motorway lane was “struggling” to deal with her work “drying up”, a court heard.Holly Peers, 32, failed a breath test after she was stopped for illegally driving her Fiat 500 onto a closed section of the M60 which had been shut due to roadworks.Tests revealed the former Page 3 girl, who appears as a ‘soccerette’ on Soccer AM and was in the top 100 “sexiest babes” for former lad’s magazine Nuts, was over the alcohol limit.She claimed to have drunk two bottles of beer before getting behind the wheel.At Manchester magistrates court, Peers, of Swinton, near Salford admitted driving with excess alcohol and breach of a lane closure – but she pleaded for clemency saying she was having to embark on a new career as her modelling work was “drying up.” 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.
Minister accused of ‘living in cloud cuckoo land’ for saying rents are rising at a ‘slow rate’ The average cost of renting a home in Ireland in the first three months of this year was at an all time high. Monday 13 May 2019, 3:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4632272 May 13th 2019, 3:00 PM Short URL By Christina Finn 34,052 Views Share185 Tweet Email2 All counties, excluding Dublin, had rent inflation at least double the Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) 4% cap, while in Dublin rents rose by 7% and are now between €1700 and €2200 – depending on the location. 106 Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article RENTS REMAIN UNACCEPTABLY high, according to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, who added that rents are rising at a “slow rate”. “Rents are rising at a rate that we haven’t seen since 2013. A very slow rate,” he told RTÉ News at One today. The latest Daft.ie report finds that in Dublin, the average cost has risen above €2,000 – with rent increasing in the capital for the 31st consecutive quarter in a row.The average cost of renting a home in Ireland in the first three months of this year was at an all time high of €1,366 – a rise of 8% on the same time last year.The latest quarterly report from Daft.ie has also highlighted that there were just 2,700 homes available to rent nationwide on 1 May which is the lowest recorded since the first time these figures were compiled in 2006. Reacting to the latest figures, Murphy said “rent caps are working” but added that they need to be “strengthened and extended and that is exactly what we’re doing”. In the coming days, the minister is set to finalise the Residential Tenancies Act, with it set to signed into law within the next fortnight. The Residential Tenancies Act has been a long time coming, with Murphy promising that it will fundamentally change the rental market in Ireland.New powersIt aims to do this by giving the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) the powers to carry out investigations and impose sanctions on landlords, as well as setting the rules for rent pressure zones (with additional zones added just recently).The government also wants to increase the notice periods for tenants, as well as laying down new rules for short-term lets, such as AirBnb.Murphy said today, that for “the first time we are bringing in large institutional landlords under those new rent cap laws so tenants renting from those properties have the same protections as the tenants renting from traditional landlords”. “We know we need to do more… the rent caps that have been working will now be extended to 2021 at the earliest. We are also reforming them so it is not easy for landlords to step outside of their obligations and crucially large institutional landlords, which were not previously covered by rent caps are now being covered by them”.However, Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin criticised the minister’s comments that “rents are rising at a rate we haven’t seen since 2013 – a very slow rate”.He accused the minister of “living in cloud cuckoo land” stating that rents for new tenancies are accelerating at an alarming rate.“The year-on-year increases are overwhelming thousands of renters.“Ten counties had double digit rent increases. Waterford had a rise of 16% while Galway had an increase of almost 17%,” he said, adding: For the minister to focus on the quarterly rise rather than the annual one is either a sign of stupidity or dishonesty. If he really believes what he said, then he is living in cloud cuckoo land.Strategy is failing says Sinn FéinÓ Broin said the government’s rental strategy, including the rent pressure zones, is failing.He said the legislation currently going through the Dáil “will do nothing for those renters who today are facing bills of between €1300 and €2200 for new rentals”.“The time for mealy-mouthed measures are over. We need a rent freeze and a refundable tax credit for renters worth a month’s rent.“We also need a major programme of public investment in affordable cost rental accommodation to provide renters with accommodation that they actually afford,” said the Sinn Féin spokesperson. Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy
Polio : 101 morts depuis le début de l’épidémie au CongoL’épidémie de polio a déjà tué 101 personnes depuis le début du mois d’octobre, selon la Direction de la lutte contre la maladie (DLM). Le bilan de 78 décès donné avant-hier par le Comité de crise à Pointe-Noire est donc revu à la hausse.Un membre du comité de crise concernant l’épidémie avait confié à l’AFP que le nombre de morts de la polio était de 78. Aujourd’hui, il s’agit de 101 personnes, décédées à cause de cette épidémie qui avait disparu du Congo depuis 10 ans (voir notre article).À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteLe Pr Alexis Elira Dokekis explique : “Ce qui est important, ce n’est pas d’évoquer le nombre de morts. Mais, nous avons à cette date recensé près de 183 cas (…) Nous faisons face à un virus très virulent et potentiellement mortel. Nous nous apprêtons à lancer une grande campagne qui va toucher toute la population congolaise. Les dispositions sont prises de sorte que la campagne démarre effectivement à Pointe-Noire à partir de vendredi”. L’OMS rappelle que la poliomyélite est une maladie infectieuse et contagieuse qui touche souvent les jeunes enfants.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
The coolest Fortnite merch you can buy Gaming Consoles Computers Fortnite Brute changes coming in next update, Epic says Fortnite season 10 challenges and where to find spray cans, gas stations Fortnite season 10: Neo Tilted transforms into Tilted Town Post a comment Fortnite Fortnite season 10 Share your voice Tags Patrick Holland/CNET The Fortnite Champion Series will have more than $10 million in prize money up for grabs, Epic Games said Friday. The FNCS also comes with more ways to get to the season finals, the company said. The competition is set to kick off Aug. 17, with the finals running Sep. 20-22.Fortnite, one of the all-time most popular free-to-play games on consoles, launched in 2018 and became a cultural phenomenon, raking in $3 billion for developer Epic Games across all platforms that year. Last month, a 16-year-old won $3 million playing in the Fornite World Cup, with 2 million viewers watching.You can get to the season 10 finals via the standard three-round Trios event each weekend for the next five weeks, with the top teams in each server region advancing. The new path to the finals will be through scoring Series Points, which Epic Games said “will be awarded based on each team’s final placement every week.” According to Epic Games, this will reward consistency throughout the season, and also outstanding performance when competing each week. Epic will also give away prizes in Solo and Trios Cash Cups each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.The Fortnite Brute will remain for now, but Epic will be monitoring the impact in gameplay. For version 10.10, the company is also adding a laser to show which direction Brute is aiming its rockets while they’re being charged.”This laser will have directional audio to help indicate when it’s being pointed at you, even if you’re behind a structure,” Epic Games said. 0 23 Photos
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged that a sense of insecurity has crept into the minds of voters belonging to the 20-party alliance due to continued arrest and harassment by police in three cities that go to polls Monday, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the election commission is working out a design for holding lopsided elections to Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal at the ‘behest’ of the Awami League government.”Opposition leaders and activists are being arrested in the three cities following the lists (made by the ruling party). There’s no enthusiasm among voters in the election areas as panic has gripped them,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The helpless family members of the leaders and activists of BNP and the 20-party have been suffering from a sense of insecurity due to non-stop harassment by police.”Rizvi said the ruling party is devising a new model of vote rigging and driving out the voters and polling agents of BNP candidates in the three cities.He alleged that the Election Commission is playing the role of a silent spectator instead of taking action against the violation of the election code of conduct and irregularities by law enforcers and ruling party men.The BNP leader said police are raiding the houses of BNP leaders and activists and intimidating them and their families so that they do not go to polling stations on Monday.Under the circumstances, people cannot depend on the administration and the ECfor holding a neutral and credible election, Rizvi added.He strongly condemned the arrest and harassment of BNP leaders and activists, and demanded the government immediately release those arrested in the three cities.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is already one of the most hated figures in professional sports, now the internet is convinced “The Hammer” shamelessly wiped a booger on the back of an unsuspecting girl as the two walked off the stage following her announcement of the Bears’ 2nd round pick.The replay shows Roger digging for gold and appears to show him wiping the treasure on the girl’s dress as they turned to leave the stage.Did Goodell wipe the booger on purpose, or is it all a big misunderstanding?#Boogergate has started and people want answers. We already know where Pats fans stand on this. Watch the video and decide for yourself. Advertisement
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