Are You the Dangerous Type?

first_imgIf you were to walk in the back door of your dream client’s account and speak to one of the contacts who cares about what you do, would your competitor have reason to be concerned? Should they fear your very presence inside the building as an existential threat? Or, would they feel confident that there is no way you could create an opportunity to displace them?This might sound like a question about how well your competitor has their client locked up, but it isn’t. It’s a question about whether your approach allows you to create an opportunity by helping the client discover something about themselves and opening up a gap. Your company’s first 8 slides are not going to compel your dream client to change. Nor is it likely that a traditional discovery process is going to do enough to overcome the status quo.The dangerous type of salesperson is strategic, meaning they know how to initiate conversations about strategic outcomes, things that matter, systemic issues that are difficult to resolve. You pose no threat if the best you can do is share features and benefits. There is no danger in a salesperson who provides no more danger than a catalogue that comes in the mail.The dangerous salesperson has the ability to find and engage the people who are necessary to change and bring them into the process. They can enter the organization at the highest level, the lowest level, or anywhere between and wire the building. You are no danger if you can’t move vertically and horizontally within the four walls of your dream client’s company.When it comes to the intangibles, the dangerous type of salesperson has them in spades. They have the ability to develop relationships, to look and sound like a peer, and to create a preference to work with them because of the value they create (which is something different than the value their company or their product creates). Without the intangibles, there are salespeople who can walk into your dream client’s building and leave without anything changing inside their four walls.What makes one dangerous is their ability to create a situation where a competitive displacement is possible—or likely.last_img read more

Amit Shah backs Kodnani’s alibi

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah on Monday testified before a special SIT court that he had seen Dr. Maya Kodnani in the Gujarat Assembly and subsequently at the civil hospital in Sola on February 28, supporting the latter’s contention that she was not present when the Naroda Gaam massacre took place.She is a key accused in the case that relates to the brutal killing of 11 people belonging to the minority community during the 2002 communal riots in the State.Appearing as a defence witness, Mr. Shah told the court that he had “seen Mayaben Kodnani inside the Assembly at 8.30 a.m. and again at the Sola civil hospital around 11-11.15 a.m. and then they were both escorted out by the police.”The bodies of 59 people killed in the Godhra train carnage were brought to the civil hospital in Sola in Ahmedabad. The Sola hospital was part of Mr. Shah’s Assembly constituency Sarkhej in Ahmedabad.In his hour-long deposition, Mr. Shah answered several questions posed to him in the SIT court of P.B. Desai, who is conducting the trial in the Naroda Gaam massacre case.Asked where Dr. Kodnani went from the Assembly, Mr. Shah said he was not aware of the details.He also did not know where Dr. Kodnani went after they left the hospital.He told the court that the Special Investigation Team probing the case had not contacted him for any information regarding Dr. Kodnani’s whereabouts at the time of the massacre.However, several prosecution witnesses submitted that she was leading a mob that carried out the massacre between 9.30 and 10 a.m. in Naroda Gaam, an area falling under her Assembly constituency.In her submission, she named 14 persons including Mr. Shah as defence witnesses and said that she was not present at the place of killings as was being claimed by the prosecution. All the persons she listed as witnesses have testified in her favour before the court.Earlier on September 12, the trial court had asked Mr. Shah to appear before the court on September 18 as defence witness.The court had issued summons after Dr. Kodnani’s lawyer submitted Mr. Shah’s Ahmedabad residence address. Before that, Dr. Kodnani had claimed that she had failed to reach Mr. Shah because he was constantly travelling outside Gujarat.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Alabama and South America Used to Be Neighbors

first_imgAreas that are now northern Alabama and northeastern South America were once neighbors, according to a new study. The research also suggests that a 3000-kilometer-long swath of magnetized rocks beneath North America—what geologists call the Midcontinent Rift (depicted in red at upper left of this gravity map)—formed just before tectonic activity separated those areas. Geologists have long thought these rocks were remnants of lava from an extended period of widespread volcanic activity and that the ancient supercontinent split much later. But several recent studies, including fieldwork by another team in northeastern South America, suggest that the split did occur that time after all. Tectonic activity cleaved a portion of modern-day North America called Laurentia from a piece of South America known as Amazonia about 1.1 billion years ago—just as volcanism that formed the Midcontinent Rift ended, the researchers reported in the 16 March issue of Geophysical Research Letters. See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

North, South Korea hockey players team up for Olympics

first_imgThe players were sharing the same locker room and the lockers of the North Korean players were deliberately placed between those of their South Korean teammates so that they could become close quickly, according to Yonhap news agency.The Koreas fielded a single team to major sports events only twice, both in 1991. One event was the world table tennis championships and the other soccer’s World Youth Championship. But this is the first time they’ve assembled a single team for the Olympics.The Koreas explored how to cooperate in the Olympics after the North’s leader Kim Jong Un abruptly said in his New Year’s address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. As part of the rapprochement deals, the Koreas also agreed for their athletes to march together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. Some experts say North Korea may want to use improved ties with the South as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.The International Olympic Committee has allowed 22 North Korean athletes, including the 12 hockey players, to compete in Pyeongchang in exceptional entries given to the North, which initially had none for the games. The 10 others will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. They will come to South Korea on Feb. 1.The joint hockey team deal has triggered a backlash in South Korea, with a survey showing about 70 percent of respondents opposing the idea because it would deprive South Korean players of playing time. The IOC-brokered agreement requires at least three North Korean players to suit up for each game, meaning that three from South Korea’s original roster cannot play in those games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments North Korean women’s ice hockey players arrive at the South Korea’s national training center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Jincheon, South Korea. Twelve North Korean female hockey players have crossed the border into South Korea to form the rivals’ first-ever Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games. (Song Kyung-Seok/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other Thursday to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare reconciliation steps following a period of nuclear tensions.A dozen North Korean hockey players wearing white-and-red winter parkas crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea earlier Thursday, as about 30-40 conservative activists shouted anti-Pyongyang slogans at a nearby border area.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The North Koreans traveled on to a national athletes’ village in southern South Korea, where they were welcomed by their South Korean teammates and Canadian coach Sarah Murray, who presented them flower bouquets in an outdoor welcoming ceremony.“I sincerely welcome your arrival,” Lee Jae-kun, head of the athletes’ village, told the North Koreans after they got off a bus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPark Chol Ho, a North Korean coach who arrived with the 12 athletes and two support staff, told reporters that he’s happy to team up with South Koreans. “I’m very pleased with the fact that North and South are united as one to participate in (the Olympics). I expect we’ll see good results if we unite our efforts … though we don’t have much time,” he said.The Korean players later shouted “We are one!” and took a group photo. North and South Korean players plan to practice separately for several days as Murray needs time to learn about the North Koreans. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Murray has said that the North Koreans’ hard-hitting style would make them suited to be her fourth line, a group of players who are typically asked to provide strong physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest.Murray, who examined the North Koreans first hand during an event in Gangneung last year, has identified five players as memorable, but among them, only forwards Jong Su Hyon and Kim Hyang Mi made the trip for the Olympics.The unified Korean team will open their group action against Switzerland on Feb. 10. It will then face Sweden on Feb. 12 and Japan on Feb. 14. What draws attention is its Japan match, as many in both Koreas still harbor bitter resentment against Japan’s 35-year colonial rule that ended in 1945, three years before two different governments were formally established on the Korean Peninsula.Conservatives in Seoul have held a series of small-scale rallies in recent days. On Monday, activists burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag as the head of the North’s popular girl band passed by them during a visit to the capital. North Korea responded Tuesday by warning similar actions could disrupt ongoing reconciliation efforts.South Korean officials hope an Olympic-inspired mood of detente would serve as a stepping stone to the resumption of diplomatic talks that could slow down North Korea’s nuclear advancement. North Korea, however, has insisted it won’t discuss its nuclear program during its ongoing talks with South Korea, and some experts warn that tensions could flare again after the Olympics. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum destroys AMA by 24 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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FIFA Rankings: India break into top 100 after 21 years

first_imgThe Indian football team has made it into the top 100 of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in 21 years.As per the updated rankings, released on Thursday, the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot along with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.The last time India were in the top 100 of the rankings was in 1996, with the 94th spot in February 1996 being the country’s best ever FIFA ranking.India had made a big jump in last month’s rankings to rise to the 101st spot due to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar in March, both away wins.India had clinched a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers on March 28 — the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years.The Indian team had also recorded their first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an international friendly.They had also registered a 4-1 win against Central American opponents Puerto Rico in an international friendly.Although the Indian team did not play any matches during official FIFA dates in April, the one spot rise came about due to African nation Malawi dropped a staggering 42 points since the last world rankings were announced.The Indian team have secured victories in 11 of their last 13 matches including an unofficial match against Bhutan, scoring 31 goals in the process.India will next face Lebanon in an international friendly on June 7, ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying clash against Kyrgyzstan on June 13.advertisementCongratulating the national team, Indian football icon I.M. Vijayan hailed India’s entry into the top 100 of the FIFA rankings, saying the side languished too low for a long time and these are signs of improvement which hold promise for the future.”It’s great news. We have been lying low for too long a period. It was time we did something about it and Stephen Constantine (India coach) has done a good job so far,” Vijayan told IANS over phone.”During our time the best we got was 95. I’m happy the team is winning away and rankings have shot up considerably,” the ace striker who played for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and was one of the key members of the India team at the peak of his career, added.All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said rankings are at times a “mathematical game” and the team needs to improve in their minds and keep on winning games.”It’s a mathematical game at times,” Das told IANS.”Rankings are not always a true reflection of form. It’s definitely important as it helps us play better opponents in friendlies. But we need to improve in our minds and believe that we can keep on winning football matches,” Das added.Meanwhile, Brazil remained at the top of the latest FIFA world rankings. Bitter South American rivals Argentina continued in second place, while World Cup winner Germany stayed in third, followed by Chile in fourth.Colombia found themselves at fifth, while the French national team came on sixth. Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain complete the top 10 of the FIFA rankings.Iran continued to be the highest ranked country in Asia as they held on to the 28th spot.South was next at the 43rd position while Japan was one rung below at 44th.Australia was next at 50th followed by Saudi Arabia (52nd), Uzbekistan (60th) and United Arab Emirates (75th).last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Brits to take centre stage on Centre Court

first_imgHome fans will be treated to a double-bill of British number ones at Wimbledon on Wednesday when Johanna Konta stars in a revenge play against Croatia’s Donna Vekic before defending champion Andy Murray takes to the stage.With world number two Rafa Nadal bringing down the curtain on the scheduled matches, taking on the United States’ Donald Young, a few more chapters in the quest for this year’s titles will be written by the end of the day.Sixth seed Konta, 26, lost to 21-year-old Vekic, ranked 58, in the final of the Nottingham grasscourt tournament last month.”It’s another opportunity for me to try and find a way to come out on top this time,” Konta told reporters about the match-up after her first round win over Hsieh Su-Wei.Twice champion Murray, who has been suffering with a sore hip, has already dispatched one player with an armoury of unconventional shots, Kazakh Alexander Bublik.He now takes on 97th ranked Dustin Brown of Germany, whose trademark dreadlocks are often sent flying as he leaps for seemingly ungettable balls.”You know, he’s unpredictable. You know he’s going to go for it. Also you know he hits a lot of dropshots. He can play slice. Sometimes he hits two first serves, goes for a huge second serve. It’s not easy to play players like that,” Murray said.One man who knows that all too well is Nadal, whom Brown famously beat in 2015 in the second round.But this year, a rejuvenated Nadal, 31, is coming into the championship off the back of his 10th French Open win and looking to add to his two previous Wimbledon crowns.advertisementHe plays fellow left-hander Young, ranked 43, who reached the second round after Denis Istomin retired on Monday.”He’s a player that plays quick, hits the ball so quick,” Nadal said of Young. “Sometimes he’s able to play at a very, very high level. Is a dangerous opponent, no? Is a lefty, too, so that makes a big difference.”On Court One, ninth seed Kei Nishikori takes on Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, five-times champion Venus Williams plays Wang Qiang of China, and world number two Simona Halep will face Beatriz Haddad Maia, of Brazil.last_img read more

Smith Says He’s Jets’ Real QB

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Geno Smith is unfazed by all the critics and doubters.There are lots of them, for sure. There’s a growing contingent of fans and media who think Smith’s time as a New York Jets quarterback is over — no matter what happens Sunday in the season finale at Miami.Smith has news for you: He believes he’s only getting started.“I see myself being the quarterback here for a long time,” he said. “I see myself helping this team turn things around. Obviously, I’m a part of the reason why we’re in this position, so I’d love to be a part of the solution.”This “situation” would be a 3-12 record that has the futures of both coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik in serious doubt with the franchise. There’s a good chance owner Woody Johnson could clean house on Dec. 29, opting for wholesale changes throughout the organization.Ryan insisted he believes the Jets are an ascending team despite the record, and “it’s obvious what it needs, but I’m not going to get into it.”Well, that could include the quarterback position, among others. Smith has 10 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions with a 70.9 quarterback rating this season. With his shaky play in his first two years, many believe the Jets will pursue another answer at quarterback through free agency or the draft this offseason.But Smith remains steadfast that he can help the Jets rebound from what quickly became a lost season, including an eight-game losing streak.“I know that it takes hard work and not everyone is going to see the same things, but within this locker room, within this group of guys, we all see the potential we have as a team,” Smith said. “Obviously, that’s not saying much with the record that we have right now, but we believe that if we work hard enough and we do what’s right, we can turn things around.”One of the major questions, however, is whether Smith will progress beyond what he has shown so far.In 29 NFL games, Smith has 40 turnovers — 34 interceptions and six lost fumbles — along with a paltry 68.4 overall quarterback rating. He has regressed in the eyes of many, with his penchant for staring down receivers something even opponents have pointed out.“I think he certainly has a chance,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “There are some guys that don’t even play for a couple or several years, even. So, he’s got an awful lot of experience banked. I think he’s got a real chance and an opportunity to become a good quarterback. But that’s going to be up to him.”Which means Smith will need to improve his timing, reading defenses and his consistency.“He’s young, talented, bright and works hard with his preparation,” Mornhinweg said. “So, he’s got an awful lot of really good qualities. Nobody’s got the crystal ball, but usually when you work hard and prepare and you’re talented, good things start happening at some point.”Smith has gotten a full taste of playing in the hyper-critical New York-New Jersey market after growing up in Florida and playing in college at West Virginia. The quarterback said a recent comment that “change could be good for us all” when asked about a potential coaching change was “misunderstood,” and he was referring to his college experience.“My feelings toward Rex, I love the guy,” Smith said. “Love playing for the guy. He’s my coach and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.”But he also acknowledged he needs to be more careful in his choice of words.“When I was coming in, everyone was saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be tough,’” Smith said. “You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into until you actually go through it. It has been tough, but it’s not something that’s overwhelming. It’s something that I fully accept and I understand and I welcome.“I appreciate the fact that I’m here in New York and we do get all this coverage because I believe that when we turn things around (the coverage will) be on a positive side.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

In-form AEL beat Omonia, Anorthosis stunned by minnows

first_imgAEL recorded their second consecutive big win, this time over Omonia, while leaders AEK deservedly defeated Ermis to remain at the top of the Cyprus football championship for yet another week.Round 12 ended with some late drama though as a 95th-minute equaliser by Facundo Bertoglio saw champions Apoel rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Apollon to go second in the table.The biggest upset came at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium where Anorthosis were defeated by first division newcomers Karmiotissa thanks to a long-range effort by Stavrou after a comedy of errors in the Anorthosis backline.A large section of the Anorthosis fans could not hide their disgust and left with 20 minutes still to play. With the final whistle the few that remained booed the Anorthosis players off the pitch.This was Anorthosis’ second consecutive loss under recently appointed coach Roni Levy who said after the game that his team needs new players but until then (the January transfer window) they have to “buckle down and work hard. We need to prepare for next season,” he said.His counterpart, Liasos Louca praised his players for their win which he said was “thoroughly deserved” but also noted that “Anorthosis are a big club and they will bounce back.”Having overcome champions Apoel last week, AEL produced another imposing display to defeat the other Nicosia giants, Omonia, by the same 1-0 scoreline.The only goal of the game came nine minutes from the end when Lafrance was first to react after Omonia’s rookie goalkeeper Christodoulou could not hold onto Soouza’s strike.A minute earlier, Omonia had a great chance to take the lead but Matt Derbyshire, having rounded the keeper, could not find the target with the goal gaping.Despite failing to impress, leaders AEK had few problems in defeating Ermis Aradipoou.The Larnaca team had a number of chances to make the game safe after a da Silva own goal gave them the lead just short of the hour mark.AEK were almost made to pay for their wastefuleness as Ermis’ Antoniou could and should have equalised right at the end but instead shot wide from inside the area.Nea Salamina leapfrogged over Anorthosis after defeating Ethnikos Achnas by a solitary goal.Both sides had enough chances to win the game but lady luck smiled on Nea Salamina when they were awared a penalty deep into added time which their top scorer converted.Ethnikos were left to play with ten men for the last 20 minutes after Stoychev received his second yellow card of the game.A total of 61 tickets were sold for two ‘important games’ involving teams fighting to beat the drop.Aris producing one of their best performances of the season, thumping four past a beleaguered Doxa Katokopias in front of 48 fans.Gonzales opening the score in the 17th minute with three more coming in the second half through Antoniou, Frangos and Onilo.AEZ and Anagennisi Dheryneia had to settle for a point each with the team from Dheryneia almost certain of the drop.The draw though puts the Zakaki team in all sorts of trouble now as they dropped to 11th place.Di Franco had given Zakaki the lead only to be cancelled out by Furtado’s 62nd minute equaliser. Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ban on TV betting ads during other live sports can be boost to racing

first_imgPremier League Horse racing The law of supply and demand suggests the value of the advertising opportunities around the sport can go only one way. As a result the value of racing’s media rights, for instance, should also increase and the terrestrial rights in particular could be a very interesting proposition for a number of bidders when ITV’s contract expires at the end of 2020.As things stand, and assuming the bookies’ agreement holds, racing could offer not just the best but the only significant space on mainstream TV to advertise betting brands around sport.The bookies’ greatest fear, of course, is racing’s nightmare, too. What if a future government decides that even stricter regulation is required and introduces a blanket ban on gambling advertising? Nothing seems impossible in politics these days but Labour’s proposal included an exemption for racing and the industry is such an important employer that it is difficult to see either major party going that far.The days when racing accounted for the overwhelming majority of the bookies’ turnover are long gone but the sport remains, in many respects, the best and most compelling of all betting mediums.Any move that increases racing’s significance for the bookies can work only in the sport’s favour, because, like it or not – and there are still plenty who try to pretend otherwise – betting will always be vital for racing’s popularity and prosperity. Talking Horses: Eight tracks sign up to be part of team horse racing Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sportblog Topics Sport betting It is not often that bookmakers give in to pressure from anti-gambling groups without being forced to, so Thursday’s news that the biggest names in online betting will soon introduce a whistle-to-whistle ban on television advertising around sporting events is a collector’s item. Ray Winstone’s loss, many will feel, is the armchair fan’s gain.The market leaders in online gambling, including Bet365, SkyBet and Paddy Power Betfair, are all signed up to the voluntary ban, from which TV coverage of horse racing will be exempt. So, too, are the firms with big retail estates, such as Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill, who may – perhaps – have learned a lesson from their long, bitter and ultimately futile campaign to resist pressure for a cut in stakes on fixed‑odds betting terminals. Share via Email The agreement announced on Thursday in effect implements a proposal that was expected to feature in the next Labour manifesto, and does so, in all likelihood, at least three and a half years in advance of any legal requirement to do so.So, has the UK’s gambling industry suddenly decided that its opponents were right all along? Of course not. Their decision will have been taken after careful consideration of its long-term effect on profitability, versus the possible impact of even stricter regulation further down the line. The clear concern seems to be that, if they do not do something themselves, the alternative could be much, much worse.It is a calculated move, not a climbdown. And when it comes to football, which dominates the online market, it is also far from complete as it does not cover shirt sponsorships, for instance.But again this could have knock-on benefits for some British firms at least, since the overwhelming majority of betting‑related shirt sponsors are Asian firms with no significant customer base in the UK. If there are no gambling ads in the breaks, the Premier League could feel that the time is right to ban shirt sponsorships for gambling businesses, too – which would be no bad thing for high-profile UK-based bookies that operate in the Asian market.It is also significant that the bookies’ self-imposed ban covers the entirety of any sporting event bar racing that starts before 9pm, so there will be no blitz of ads post‑watershed. This means racing will soon find itself in the happy position of being the only sport around which the biggest names in betting are able to advertise, which could prove a significant boost for the only sport that has been intertwined with betting from its earliest days. Gambling comment Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragelast_img read more

Sydney Harbour Sulphur Cap for Cruise Ships Looming

first_imgzoom A new regulatory amendment requiring all cruise ships to use low sulphur fuel (01% of less) while berthed in Sydney Harbour is coming into effect on October 1, GAC reports.A second stage of the amended regulation, which will require the use of low sulphur fuel (0.1% or less) while in Sydney Harbour (including while berthed) will come into effect from July 1, 2016.Exceptions from the requirement to use low sulphur fuel are provided in some circumstances, for example, ship safety and emergency situations or technical problems, GAC says.Ships may seek approval from the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to use alternative methods to achieve an equivalent reduction in sulphur oxide and particulate matter emissions, for example, the use of exhaust scrubbers.Public consultation on the draft Regulation amendment was held in June 2015. Further consultation will be undertaken with communities in regional NSW ports about the broader application of the low sulphur fuel requirements.The state government is also assessing possible options for reducing emissions from the broader shipping sector in NSW waters.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORK RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: George Street, Sydney Construction has started on the George Street Roundabout in Sydney, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers in the area should be alert for slow-moving vehicles and lane closures. Work is scheduled to continue until Saturday, Nov. 30. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 28 Highway 28, from Kilkenny Lake Road to Daley Road for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Innovation Drive Bridge Innovation Drive Bridge on Innovation Drive, about 600 metres north of the intersection of Highway 4 (Pictou Road), is closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Detour signs are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 29. A detour is in place. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Shaw Road Underpass Shaw Road Underpass, near Berwick, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 25. Detour route is Maple Street to Brooklyn Street. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic is two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route.center_img CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at . ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Canso Causeway Highway 104, from the intersection of Highway 4 in Aulds Cove to the causeway’s swing bridge, will have one-lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. Use caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Sections of Route 216, from 15 kilometres west of Highway 4 to Eskasoni, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Nov. 15. The lane closures are 24 hours a day with traffic signals or traffic control people. Delays are expected. Drivers should use extra caution and patience. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Seal Island Bridge to the top of Kellys Mountain, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Saturday, Nov. 9. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Sections of Route 316, between Coddles Harbour Bridge and New Harbour West Road, is reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 15 for repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. KINGS COUNTY: Cornwallis River Bridge Cornwallis River Bridge, on Middle Dyke Road near Coldbrook, will have one-lane closures for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day. Public advised of delays, please take alternate route if possible. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Summer temperatures will be like whiplash says meteorologist

first_imgTORONTO – Temperatures this summer are expected to feel like “whiplash,” and may swing between hot and cool over the course of the season, a top meteorologist says.The Weather Network released its summer forecast Tuesday, and chief meteorologist Chris Scott said it may feel like being on a teeter-totter.“When you’re going down, before you reach the bottom, someone jumps on the other side and you’re jerked right back up again,” he said. “That’s what our weather patterns are going through. They’re getting kind of jerked around by the overall patterns in the Pacific Ocean with El Nino.”Scott said that while British Columbia has had a cool spring, that should turn around for summer and it’ll end up being a little warmer than average — though he notes that it shouldn’t be excessively hot.And he said precipitation-wise, the region should get the average amount of rain — which is to say, not a ton. Scott said it could present an issue for forest fires.In the Prairies, temperatures will vary by the region. Scott said Alberta could get some of the same warm temperatures as British Columbia, but the eastern Prairies can expect it to be cooler than average.And while there may be a few dry pockets, meteorologists aren’t predicting any prolonged droughts.Scott said it won’t be as hot or dry in Central Canada as last summer.“We will be on that battle ground, between warm to the south — and hot, humid weather at times — and cool to the north,” he said. “We’re painting in much of northern Ontario with below normal temperatures, most of southern Ontario with near-normal and just a little bit of southern Quebec at above-normal.”“Versus last summer, I wouldn’t say a cooler summer — let’s just say not as hot,” he said, adding there won’t be quite as many days above 30C as there were in Toronto last year.In terms of precipitation, he said it may be a little bit above normal, though the regions affected by flooding in the spring likely won’t have to worry about further issues in the summer.Meanwhile, Scott said the southern parts of the Maritimes will be a little bit above normal temperature-wise.But he added that in Newfoundland and Labrador, it may be chillier than average whenever there’s a wind coming off of the ocean, which is cooler this year than it usually is.In the North, Scott said Yukon can look forward to a warmer than normal summer.Much of the Northwest Territories will see near normal temperatures, but southern Nunavut should expect a cooler season than usual.last_img read more

Looters taking advantage of BC fires are typical at natural disasters expert

first_imgVANCOUVER – As if the risk of losing their homes isn’t enough, wildfire evacuees in British Columbia have faced the additional threat of looters searching through their belongings after they rushed to safety.Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C., says looting is an unfortunate but routine part of virtually every natural disaster, from fires to floods, hurricanes to earthquakes.“It’s predatory behaviour of the worst kind,” Gordon said, adding that looters are opportunists.“There is nothing especially organized. People just see a chance to make off with somebody else’s possessions, and they’ll do it if they can get away with it.”The RCMP said they have arrested a half-dozen people accused of exploiting the disaster over the past week.Emergency officials have ordered thousands of residents to lock up and leave since the province declared a state of emergency on July 7 after hundreds of fires started across B.C.’s central and southern Interior.Gordon said looters are often locals who have had an eye on a particular house or business. Besides cash, the most likely items to be stolen are typically small, portable and easy to resell, such as electronics, jewelry and guns, he said.“There’s a market in firearms,” he explained. “And they’re, generally speaking, quite easy to move.”To help prevent looting, Gordon would like to see police train volunteer safety officers who would remain in their communities during an emergency, when it’s safe to do so.“My betting is there would be a lot of people willing to go back into their communities to protect their property and the property of their neighbours,” he said, comparing it to a volunteer firefighting program.“It’s a model of emergency service which is already in place in many respects,” Gordon said of auxiliary policing systems. “A lot of communities have them. The Gulf Islands have them. I’m just surprised that is not the case in the Interior.”Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson said he has been receiving reports of “fake fire marshals” knocking on doors telling residents their street is under an evacuation alert.“We believe that these are people potentially looking for opportunities to rob vacant homes,” Simpson said.“Most of my thoughts are unprintable. I think it’s unconscionable that these individuals take advantage of this situation.”Swindlers are not necessarily always on the ground when emergencies hit. Evan Kelly of the Better Business Bureau warned about scam artists who set up fake crowdfunding websites to take money illegally.“It really comes down to the emotional aspect, and that’s what scammers are trying to capitalize on here,” he said, describing such cons as “the lowest of the low.”Kelly encouraged people interested in donating online to contribute to charities that have registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Door-to-door solicitors should be able to provide a tax receipt immediately without leaving the front step, he added.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information provided by the RCMP said at least a dozen arrests had been made by police.last_img read more

Saskatchewan groups trying to curb high level of Indigenous children in care

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe number of Saskatchewan children in foster care is alarming.Recent statistics show nearly 85 per cent of kids in foster care are Indigenous.Many in the province are asking why the number is so high and what can be done about it.last_img

Winnipeg police offer apology to Indigenous women on final day of the

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe chief of the Winnipeg police service apologized to Indigenous women Thursday for how they have been treated by his force.“Indigenous women were not treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve,” Chief Danny Smyth told the commissioners.“As the chief of the Winnipeg police service I offer my apologies for past conduct and policies that contributed to harming Indigenous women and girls.”Winnipeg has one of the highest Indigenous populations in the country.Smyth says it’s a population that has not been served well, but that Winnipeg Police are making efforts to rectify that by working more with frontline workers and taking more of harm reduction approach.Harm reduction is something Rachel Willan says could’ve helped her back in the day.She told the inquiry that the only way she survived the sex trade and the pimp she worked under was with the help of friends.“Women defended me. Women locked the door,” she told the inquiry.“All held the door because they wouldn’t let him into the door where I was, while I was hiding in a closet filled with dirty clothes and needles. Hiding from him.”This was just one of the harrowing stories Willan recounted from her life on the streets of Winnipeg.A life that started with sexual abuse, 53 child service placements – then eventually the sex trade, drugs, and prison.The Metis woman escaped with the help of her current husband.“It doesn’t take anybody, a rocket scientist to know what it takes to surround a woman with love and have her exit on her own,” she said.“And you know what, they find themselves because I did.”Diane Redsky has devoted the last 25 years of her life to combating sexual exploitation.The Ojibway woman from Shoal Lake First Nation was part of a 2014 task force to end sex trafficking.“What we learned was that the biggest risk factor to sex trafficking is just being a girl,” she said. “Right off the bat, if you are a girl you are already at risk.“The common recruitment age is 13, and I’ll tell you something when I first started doing this work 25 years ago the average age was 16.”Redsky is now based in Winnipeg where she said there is a specific market for vulnerable Indigenous women.She said the longer a woman is sexually exploited – the shorter her life expectancy.The inquiry will now hold two dates for final submissions to be made by those individuals or groups with standing.The final report is due April 30, read more

Maroc Telecom Invests €6 Billion in African Communications Infrastructure

Rabat – Morocco’s telecommunications company, Maroc Telecom, has invested nearly €6 billion in the last decade for infrastructural modernization projects and the improvement of the quality of its services in Africa, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).During the launching ceremony of the group’s first corporate campaign, which took place on Thursday in Abidjan, Abdesslam Ahizoune, Maroc Telecom’s chairman of the management board, highlighted the impressive journey of Maroc Telecom in the continent.“Maroc Telecom plays an active role in Africa in telecommunications and new technologies sector,” said the CEO. “Our African approach is in line with the vision of a great African, the person of King Mohammed VI, who works tirelessly for a harmonious development of an Africa that relies on its own forces for the well-being of its populations.” Specifically, Ahizoune noted that Maroc Telecom has deployed national and international fiber optic over a length of 6,900 kilometers, benefiting Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco.Ahizoune added that Maroc Telecom plans to deploy a sub-sea cable on the Atlantic coast. The chairman also noted that Maroc Telecom has also put in place 6,221 new mobile radio stations serving all sectors of the population.This initiative seeks to combat the digital divide, which creates a gap between demographics and regions that have access to communications technology and those that don’t or that have restricted access.Maroc Telecom group currently serves over than 55 million users in 101 African countries. The group generated estimated overall revenue of CFAF 2,122 billion in 2016.Ahizoune added that the group made these achievements possible through strict compliance with the regulatory and legal requirements of the different countries where its operate.For the CEO, the key to this success is also the humility, experience, and effective contribution of the group’s employees, who he said have formed a single solidarity team with their African brothers.“The result is that these teams, purely African, have grown faster than all their competitors in all the countries of our presence,” he said. Ahizoune stressed that this development that revolves around investment and the promotion of employment, aiming to provide all, in a democratic and popular way, the tools that allow access to knowledge.During the ceremony, Ahizoune named French judoka Teddy Riner as the ambassador of Maroc Telecom throughout Africa.Riner was a double Olympic champion and a nine times world champion. The ceremony was attended by several representatives of the group and Ivorian officials and diplomats, as well as other African countries where the group is present through its subsidiaries.The Maroc Telecom group’s adjusted net profit increased by 5.7 percent amounting to MAD 2.92 billion by the end of June 2017, compared to MAD 2.77 billion in the same period in 2016. According to the group’s report, this evolution is mainly due to the sharp increase in the net income of its African subsidiaries’ activities. read more

16yearold Bosnian girl killed by gunfire in Srebrenica UN mission says

According to UNMIBH reports, Mehla Dzuric was killed around 11:00 p.m. yesterday when several bullets from an automatic rifle were fired into a house in Vlasenica. The girl and her family had recently returned to the area.This was the second time that this particular house had been fired at in the last six weeks, UNMIBH said. Police secured the property shortly after the incident and have no suspects at this time.

UN envoy calls for major investment in children and youth of Afghanistan

While the international donor community has responded generously to the situation in Afghanistan, Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters that he was appealing for donors to “stay the course” and invest significantly in the country’s children and young people.During his visit from 22 to 28 July, Mr. Otunnu said, he had been heartened by the extraordinary resilience and thirst for knowledge among Afghanistan’s children and youth. He called on international donors and the Afghan Government to give top priority to ensuring investments in education, nutrition and basic medical care for Afghan boys and girls.As he toured the country – including stops in Kabul, Kandahar and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border – Mr. Otunnu visited schools, orphanages, hospitals, prisons and camps for internally displaced persons. At every turn, he said, he sensed that Afghan young people were longing to participate more actively in the process of rebuilding peace and healing in their country.In order to build on that palpable spirit of hope, and to bolster the children’s agenda within the country as well as internationally, Mr. Otunnu announced that a national conference for the children of Afghanistan – a “children’s jirga” – was being planned, in collaboration with the Government, UN agencies, and local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He voiced hope that the conference would take place before the end of the year.Describing the high price they had paid during more than two decades of war, Mr. Otunnu noted that one third of the children had lost one or both parents, 50 per cent had suffered from chronic malnutrition and about half of the country’s 200,000 landmine victims were youngsters. He stressed that empowering the country’s youth through education was the best way to prevent manipulation and radical indoctrination by militant groups.”It seems to me that investing in children and youth is one of the best ways to turn a new page in Afghanistan,” Mr. Otunnu said. read more

New building being constructed to house Foreign Service Institute

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun the process of establishing a new building to house its Foreign Service Institute with the demolition of the Ramphal House, according to GINA.Workers demolishing the Ramphal HouseLocated on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, the Ramphal House was scheduled for demolition and reconstruction in the 2017 National Budget.During the presentation of the budget estimates in December, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge noted that, “The Ministry has been struggling with that building for quite some time and the various attempts at renovation seem not to have been effective.”The government will expend $100M this year for the demolition and construction of the new building. Last year, the Ministry spent $50M in preparation for the demolition. The overall investment for the new building totals $282.5M.GINA said the new building, which will be erected on the same site, will also house the Protocol and Consular Affairs departments. It is expected to improve accommodation and operational efficiency of the departments it will house.In the meantime, staff who worked in the Ramphal House have been relocated in the Ministry’s Takuba Lodge, South Road location for the duration of the construction. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHouse approves $2.2B for Ministry of Indigenous People’s AffairsDecember 12, 2017In “Local News”Guyana’s Foreign Service Officers briefed on possible impact of US immigration policyFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”Chinese Foreign Ministry delegation meets with President GrangerJune 23, 2015In “Business” read more