How Not to Ask Like a Mooch

first_imgIf you are going to ask someone for something, offer to trade value for what you want.Each day, my inbox delivers me requests from people I don’t know, have never heard of, and who don’t know me. These people make requests to be on the In the Arena podcast or post their guest post on my blog, or some other thing. They start by flattering me and citing my last podcast or my last blog post, quoting it, and telling me they’re a longtime fan of my work. (This pattern is clearly the recommended approach from people who sell picks and shovels, get rich quick on the internet schemes).I am not at all offended by the ask, and no one appreciates a little hustle when it comes to promoting one’s work like I do. I’ve said yes to a number of people, and have been thrilled that I got to spend time with them. But, having just written a book on closing techniques, the approach bothers me. There is no trading of value in exchange for the ask. It’s self-oriented, and the flattery that opens the request makes it so obviously insincere.There is no reason not to tell the truth.Truth 1: I was searching the internet, and it appears that you have a large audience I would love to share my new book with in hopes that they would buy it.Truth 2: I just found out who you are, and I looked at your work. I think what I need help with is in line with what you believe, and I’d love to explore whether there may be a chance that you would help me promote my work.Fine. It’s okay that you were hustling trying to get attention for whatever it is you need to promote. It’s a really clever idea to market and sell your wares, whatever they are. It’s also okay that you are not a longtime fan of my work, and it’s okay that you did not read all of my 3,000 posts, 100 podcasts, or 220 YouTube videos, and doing so would make you a very strange and lonely person. But here is what is missing:Reciprocity: My audience is not very large right now, but I am working on it. Can I promote your work to my audience as a way to pay forward any opportunity to have you help me with my new . . .?”The honesty and reciprocity change the nature of your ask. Instead of coming across as insincere, dishonest, and self-oriented, you offer to do something to help the person you are asking for help. This makes your offer easier to consider, and it demonstrates that you are willing to give in addition to your willingness to take. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Panic after two leopards escape Himachal zoo

first_imgTwo leopards escaped the Gopalpur Zoo, about 20 km from here on Tuesday night, triggering panic among residents in the area.The administration had sounded an alert in surrounding areas and parents have been asked not to sent their children alone to school. A control room had been set up at Gopalpur, officials said. The leopards escaped from the zoo after some miscreants allegedly cut the wire fence.last_img

Guyana suffer another big defeat, this time to Lions

first_imgEthan O’Reilly shone with the ball while skipper Alviro Petersen and Richard Cameron scored quickfire unbeaten half-centuries to guide Highveld Lions to a nine-wicket victory over Guyana in a Group B Champions League Twenty20 match here today.After O’Reilly (4/27) helped Lions restrict the Caribbean side to 148 for nine, Petersen (57) and Cameron (78) shared a 75-ball 133-run second wicket unbeaten stand to help the South African side overwhelm the target with more than four overs to spare.Steven Jacobs was the lone bright spot in Guyana’s batting chart with a 37-ball 34, while skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan (21) was the other notable run-getter.Chasing a modest 149, Cameron returned to form in style with a quickfire 78 that came off just 42 deliveries, while Petersen also blossomed in the right-hander’s company to score a breezy 38-ball 57 to take Lions home at the New Wanderers stadium here.Lions, however, started poorly, losing opener Jonathan Vandiar (8) in the third over, with scoreline reading 16 for one.But that was the only time Guyana bowlers tasted success as both Petersen and Cameron mixed caution with aggression to help Lions cross the 50-run mark in 6.1 over.Petersen, who showed signs of returning to form in their last outing, opened up and dispatched Eusan Crandon for a four and a six in the fifth over to accumulate 15 runs.In the seventh over, Cameron also got his act together and dispatched Crandon for two fours and a six to bring up his team’s 50. He was merciless in his approach and hammered the Guyanese bowlers to all parts of the ground.advertisementCameron was particularly severe on Christopher Barnwell and Royston Crandon as he treated both the bowlers with disdain, dealing with them in fours and sixes.Petersen hit Crandon for two consecutive fours in the 12th over to bring up Lions’ 100.In the 14th over, Cameroon clobbered two sixes off Devendra Bishoo to take his side closer to the victory target.Petersen completed the proceedings with a four and a six off Lennox Cush in the 15th over.Earlier, Lions’ O’Reilly wreaked havoc with the ball to restrict Guyana to a modest total of 148 for nine.Sent into bat, most of the Guyana batsmen found the going tough at the spongy Wanderers stadium as they lost wickets at regular intervals to surrender before disciplined Lions bowlers.Steven Jacobs, captain Sarwan and Lennox Cush (19 n.o.) made some useful contributions to help Guyana reach a respectable total after the Caribbean side were reduced to 42 for three in the sixth over and 88 for six in the 14th over of their innings.Struggling for runs, Guyana lost their opener Travis Dowlin (7) to pacer O’Reilly in the second over when the ball swung sharply into the batsman and hit him straight in front of the stumps.Sarwan seemed determined to make the most out of the outing as he hit Robert Frylinck for back-to-back boundaries in the third over.Sarwan showed glimpses of his ominous best, hitting O’Reilly for three fours in the next over to accumulate 13 runs.He eventually fell to a blinder of a catch by Jean Symes off Craig Alexander at point. He hit four fours in his brief 16-ball stay.Dowlin’s opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon (4) stay at the crease was also a struggle and it finally ended when he tried to hit a low O’Reilly delivery towards mid-on only to find Richard Cameron lapping on it in the sixth over.Jacobs and Christopher Barnwell (11) then tried to resurrect the innings with a 37-run fourth wicket partnership, but the latter perished in the 12th over in search of quick runs.Guyanese were further dug into trouble when promising Jacobs departed in the 14th over, holding one out to Richard Cameron off Aaron Phangiso at long-off in search of a huge hit. Jacobs hit five fours in his patient 37-ball stay.Esuan Crandon (3) too did not last long and fell prey to a mix up with Jonathan Foo, leaving the team tottering at 88 for six in 14 overs.O’Reilly registered his third wicket of the day by rattling Royston Crandon’s timbers in his return spell.Foo’s struggle at the middle finally came to an end when O’Reilly cleaned him up in the same over.Frylinck also registered a wicket against his name, when Derwin Christian (11) tried to hit a low rising delivery over the top only to find Alviro Petersen at long-on.last_img read more

James Yap says young Rain or Shine will grow from Game 7 loss

first_img“I’m still happy that we were able to experience this. This is big for our team. I like that my teammates are going to learn from this and we will be a more solid team when we face similar situations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The experience was a big factor because they just came off a championship so they really have the experience when the game is neck-and-neck and we resulted to panicking,” Yap said.The 37-year-old Yap, a seven-time champion and four-time Finals MVP, led the Painters with 14 points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.“James was the only one who’s relaxed. If it wasn’t for James’ composure we would’ve been blown out in the first half,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.Yap, however, just couldn’t convert on his potential game-winner and possible game-tying basket at the end of regulation and in the waning seconds of OT.Despite the heartbreaking setback, Yap kept his head high and stayed upbeat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Geje Eustaquio’s climb back to top begins vs rising South Korean DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I’m so proud of my teammates. We really fought until the end,” Yap told reporters in Filipino after Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals. “But you saw the difference when you’re up against a champion team in a crucial game.”“You saw that we were too eager and they played relaxed but I’m proud of my teammates because were able to build a big lead against them in the third quarter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Elasto Painters looked well on their way to a finals return after taking a 39-22 lead early in the third quarter before the Hotshots came back.Behind its slew of battle-tested veterans led by Rafi Reavis and Ian Sangalang, Magnolia proved to be the steadier team in the crucial stages. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Experience can’t be taught that’s why James Yap’s biggest takeaway on Sunday night was his young teammates finally got a feel of what it’s like to be in a Game 7.Yap, who is only one of three Rain or Shine players who has played in a Game 7 before Sunday’s showdown with Magnolia, said the Elasto Painters’ inexperience showed in their 63-60 overtime loss to the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Twitter reacts to Anil Kumble’s resignation: ‘Indian cricket has let itself lose an outstanding resource’

first_imgFormer leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Tuesday stepped down from the post of India head coach. The development comes in the wake of his fall-out of his rifts between skipper Virat Kohli and other team members.Kumble did not travel with the team from England to the West Indies for the limited-overs tour starting June 23 and decided to stay back in London to attend the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.WATCH FULL VIDEOAs per a BCCI source, Kumble said “he doesn’t want to continue with the team”.It is reported that he turned down the offer given to him by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, which was Kumble’s last day as India head coach.Kumble was appointed coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the CAC and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.But his decision to step down from the post was met with a lot of disappointment from Indian cricket fans and pundits.Here is how twitter reacted to the news:If it is true that @anilkumble1074 has stepped down as coach, Indian cricket has let itself lose an outstanding resource.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 20, 2017Organisations must strive to preserve committed people. I will be disappointed if there isn’t a bigger role for @anilkumble1074- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 20, 2017India are losing a Great man in @anilkumble1074 … realty hope he stays in some role …. far too good a bloke to lose … #India- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 20, 2017If there’s more intelligent/committed Crkt analyser than @anilkumble1074 on Indn horizon V r ignorant really!BCCI’s tainted bosses laughing?advertisement- Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) June 20, 2017My biggest teachers was coach Uwe.I hated him!But stuck with him for 20 years.He always told me things I did not want to hear.#justsaying- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 20, 2017last_img read more

Deepa Malik eyes podium finish at 2018 Asian Games

first_imgBhopal, Dec 5 (PTI) Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik is eyeing a podium finish at the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta.”I was chosen in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. Now it is my duty to take training. I am doing that. I am hopeful of bringing a big medal to the country again (in the 2018 Asian Games),” Malik told PTI here today.She today participated in a function organised by the Madhya Pradesh government where sports-persons were feted.Malik was the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics.According to her, she holds the Asian record and her Asian ranking was number one.”I need your all prayer .. my health should be ok. I am a case of tumor. I suffer from repetitive tumor. It is my duty to work hard and stay healthy,” she added.Malik won a silver medal in the womens shot put event at the Paralympics. PTI LAL MAS NRBlast_img read more

Dove Men+Care’s New Video Reminds Us Father’s Day Isn’t Just For Dads

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Dove Men+Care’s New Video Reminds Us Father’s Day Isn’t Just For Dads Close Being a father is about more than chopping wood and bringing home the bacon.Dove Men+Care unveiled their new video, ‘There to Care,’ that reminds us Father’s Day is about more than celebrating biological paternity.It’s about the men and father figures (uncles, coaches, teachers, or grandfathers) that played an instrumental role in shaping our conception of masculinity to include more than providing financial support and chopping wood in the backyard.These men showed us what care looks like.The top global expert on modern dads at work, Josh Levs, told The Manual, “Father figures give young people, particularly boys, multiple ways of understanding what it means to become a man.”In the sentimental video by Dove Men+Care, we see four real home videos capturing nontraditional father figures showing their support— including middle school football coach Larry Gilmer, uncle Scott Tarabilda from Seattle, fifth-grade teacher Barry White Jr. (he personalizes a handshake for every one of his students), and grandfather Martin O’Brien (pie in the face!).The spot collages these men as a stunning reminder that the true heroes of Father’s Day aren’t always the dads.“People have stepped up as father figures,” says masculinity expert Dr. Michael Kimmel, including non-biological fathers like neighbors, extended family, the clergy, etc. “The idea of masculinity… has expanded to include the emotional side – caring for others, caring for self, being emotionally expressive are all a part of being a modern man,” he adds.So it goes to show, Father’s Day should mean more than buying a pre-written Hallmark card and sending it to your pops who shoots you a line once a year.It should be about highlighting the men that went out of their biological obligation to care, and who helped you understand what “manliness” means.Share who this person is to you by tagging @DoveMenCare on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and hashtagging #ThereToCare.Then show them you care with a small “Father’s” Day gift like Dove Men+Care’s new nature-inspired Elements Charcoal + Clay Wash ($5.49 at Target or Walgreens).center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With Thatlast_img read more

IndiGo to put in place new policy on related party transactions

first_imgNew Delhi: InterGlobe Aviation’s board of directors has approved a new policy on related party transactions, sources said on Wednesday, amid promoters feuding over governance issues. Simmering differences between co-promoters — Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal — came into the open after the latter sought intervention of markets regulator Sebi to address alleged corporate governance lapses on July 8. While the allegations have been refuted by Bhatia’s group, Sebi and corporate affairs ministry are looking into the issue. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Against this backdrop, the board of InterGlobe Aviation — parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo — met on July 19 and 20. The sources told PTI that the new policy on related party transactions (RPTs) was approved by the board unanimously. Under the new policy, external advice would be sought for RPTs that are worth over Rs 2 crore and bidding process would be mandatory for any such contracts, the sources said. Further, any changes in RPTs would have to be unanimously approved by the company’s independent directors, they added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Among other issues, Gangwal had raised concerns that various RPTs involving Bhatia’s InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) Group were executed without seeking the audit committee’s approval and without seeking competitive bids from third parties. Another issue was about non-appointment of an independent woman director. A decision has also been taken to expand the strength of the board to up to ten members, including four independent directors. Also, there would be one woman independent director. Currently, the board has six members, including Bhatia and Gangwal. The sources said Bhatia group would nominate five members to the board, including the Chief Executive Officer. Gangwal and his affiliates hold around 37 per cent stake in InterGlobe Aviation — the parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo — while Bhatia’s group owns nearly 38 per cent shareholding. The company, which got listed in 2015, has come under regulatory lens following the complaint by Gangwal. The sources claimed the issues between the co-promoters stand resolved and the company is on growth path. While acknowledging that what has happened was unfortunate, the sources exuded confidence that the company would emerge stronger. The board of directors has decided to amend the Articles of Association (AoA) for expanding the board by up to a maximum of 10 members, including four independent directors, the company said in a regulatory filing on Sunday. “The said amendment of the articles will be subject to approval of the shareholders at the forthcoming annual general meeting of the company,” it had said. Generally, an AoA pertains to internal rules governing a company. On July 12, Bhatia’s group said the company is well run, financially sound and managed by a competent set of managers as it termed Gangwal’s allegations of as much ado about nothing.last_img read more

Unpopular Saskatchewan budget hangs over leadership race to replace Brad Wall

first_imgREGINA – Retiring Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s austerity budget from last spring has not been popular with voters and whoever takes over from him could still have to deal with the fallout.The budget cut library and education funding, as well as grants to municipalities and money for funeral services for poor people. It raised the provincial sales tax and added it to things that had been exempt such as children’s clothing and restaurant meals.The measures were part of the Saskatchewan Party government’s effort to tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.Shawn Davidson, president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, says the impact on students will be great if there are deeper cuts and he hopes whoever becomes the next premier recognizes that.“Education certainly did its part in the world of austerity for the province in helping to balance the budget, and there were a lot of tough decisions that came with that,” said Davidson.“But we’re at a point now where we need to see our funding be sustainable moving forward, so that we can do the best things for our kids.“This idea there’s still a bunch of fat to cut in education is just simply false.”Ken Rasmussen, a political scientist with the University of Regina, said Wall’s successor may face divisions in caucus between those who were not keen on the budget and those who are very much pro-austerity.Rasmussen suggested Wall was able to keep a lid on any kind of unrest, but that might not last.“That kind of division that clearly exists in cabinet is going to become more visible,” he said. “Whoever is the new leader is going to have a harder time tamping that down.”The budget is “already a bit of a shambles and whatever plan they had has sort of unravelled through piecemeal changes.”On Thursday, the government backtracked on a planned 10 per cent funding cut to community-based organizations such as mobile crisis services, detox facilities and youth centres.Health Minister Jim Reiter — who is considering whether to enter the race to lead the Saskatchewan Party and, ultimately, become premier — said the province decided after a review that it wasn’t appropriate to take money away from the groups.Public outcry had already led the government to reverse plans to cut the library and funeral funding.Tina Beaudry-Mellor, who has stepped down as social services minister to enter the leadership race, said there is a budget challenge.“Given that human services portions of our ministries have three-quarters of the budget, there’s no question that we need to look in those areas for efficiencies when we want to balance the budget. But there might be better ways of going about it than we currently are,” she said.“For example, I’m not certain that having the same level of savings across every ministry is perhaps the wisest approach.”Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, also considering a leadership bid, said he’ll continue to defend the budget, even though it might put him at a disadvantage.“Will I wear it? Probably more so than other people. That’s probably a fair statement. But again, this is a government decision and the government should all stand behind it.”Parks Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Justice Minister Gord Wyant are also deciding whether to run.Rasmussen said he can’t see any new leader of the Saskatchewan Party abandoning austerity.It would be a risky political move, he said, but whoever becomes premier could lessen some of the impact with a “reset” in the next budget.“I imagine that we’ll see a kinder, gentler austerity budget.”last_img read more

Police plan lengthy investigation of YouTube shooters past

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Authorities on Thursday promised a deeper investigation into the YouTube shooter’s past and her anger with the online video website, identified as her motive for attacking the company’s headquarters in California.“This will be a long and very methodical investigation,” said Geoff Caldwell, a police commander in San Bruno, a city just south of San Francisco where YouTube is located.Investigators will likely scrutinize Nasim Aghdam’s movements during the nearly nine-hour drive from her family’s home near San Diego to the YouTube campus, examine the bizarre videos she posted online and look for any messages she may have sent to company officials.Aghdam, an Iranian native in her late 30s, walked through a parking garage into a courtyard at the campus Tuesday and opened fire, police said. She wounded three people before killing herself.She had legally bought the 9mm handgun from a dealer in San Diego in January, and it was registered in her name, Caldwell said. He declined to say where she purchased the weapon.Police have previously said Aghdam went to a gun range before arriving at YouTube. Caldwell declined to identify the range but said employees contacted police after the shooting to report she had practiced there.Officers spent nearly two hours Wednesday at the Jackson Arms Shooting Range in South San Francisco, a few miles from YouTube headquarters.The most seriously wounded victim, a 36-year-old man initially classified as critically injured, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday. Two women who were wounded have been released from hospitals.Aghdam was prolific at producing videos and posting them online. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in bizarre productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.She posted the videos under the online name Nasime Sabz, and a website in that name decried YouTube’s policies, saying the company was trying to “suppress” content creators.“Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” one of the messages said.YouTube had no comment about any actions related to Aghdam’s videos.Her father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group that he warned police the day before the attack that his daughter was upset with how YouTube handled her videos and might be planning to go to its offices.San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said Thursday that the father never told deputies that she was a danger to herself or others when he reported her missing.Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Mountain View said they spoke to Ismail Aghdam twice after contacting the family to report finding his daughter sleeping in her car early Tuesday. Police say he also never told them she could become violent or pose a threat to YouTube employees.Federal and state investigators have searched two homes associated with the family, collecting evidence.Nasim Aghdam also ran a Farsi-language public channel on the messaging app Telegram, which had 6,000 followers.One video was a tutorial about how to massage buttocks, and another featured a song praising Bahaism, a religion that originated in Iran but is heavily suppressed by the Islamic Republic.People in Iran expressed pity and shock that Aghdam would shoot others in a country that allows more social media freedom. State TV briefly reported the shooting based on international reports.Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student in Tehran, questioned why Aghdam chose to live in America, adding, “I wish I was there to use YouTube freely.”Kimia Shobeiri, 18, suggested the shooting was a ploy to get attention.“She was insane and just wanted to make herself famous,” she said. “With this act she damaged the reputation of Iranians.”___Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Two Fort St John Mounties raising money ahead of this years Tour

first_imgThis will be Cst. Bojczuk’s third year participating in Tour de North, after she participated in the 2017 and 2016 editions, both times with Cst. Tristan Williams. Cst. Bojczuk has some personal experience with the disease, after her friend beat breast cancer a number of years ago.Sgt. Dave Tyreman said that the Fort St. John community has an incredible history of giving and supporting local causes. 80 percent of the funds raised by Tour de NOrth go to pediatric cancer research, with the remaining 20 percent donated to Camp Goodtimes. In the past 16 years, over 3.2 million dollars has been raised, and over 530,000 kms ridden by Tour de North Riders.Each rider is required to meet a pre-riding fundraising goal. Cst. Bojczuk and Cpl. Owen have planned a couple of events in order to help them in achieving their goals. Their first one is: Asking everyone to put their best foot forward and “Buck Up” for the boot.On August 3rd, the officers will be holding a Fill the Boot drive at the Fort St John Safeway from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., trying to fill an RCMP high brown riding boot with donations.Then on September 5th, the RCMP will hold their annual Jail and Bail at the Fort St John Canadian Tire parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Members of the community who have been nominated by their friends, family, and co-workers will be “arrested” and brought to a mock jail where a short mock trial will take place. Bail will be set and the arrested person will then be given time to raise the requested amount from the mock bail hearing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two members of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment are gearing up for this year’s Cops for Cancer – Tour de North, which is taking place in just under two months’ time.Constable Rebecca Bojczuk and Corporal Spencer Owen will be hitting the road to raise money for this year’s Tour de North, which is taking place from September 14th – 20th. The group of riders will be travelling over 800 kilometres during that week, riding from Prince George to Prince Rupert while raising money for the Canadian Cancer Foundation and Camp Goodtimes.Cst. Rebecca Bojczuk and Cst. Tristan Williams outside the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Indonesia UN prepares emergency response to expected volcanic eruption

18 October 2007United Nations relief officials in Indonesia have begun mobilizing staff and emergency medical supplies in eastern Java, where the eruption of Mount Kelud volcano is believed to be imminent. UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is closely monitoring the situation after the Government recommended on Tuesday that locals evacuate the area immediately.The World Health Organization (WHO) has mobilized 100 medical professionals, placed 200 health facilities on alert and established 41 outreach health posts in anticipation of the eruption. Emergency health kits, masks and other essential equipment are also in place. UN humanitarian agencies are also taking part in assessment missions, Ms. Montas said.WHO reported that some 116,000 people who had been living within 10 kilometres of Mount Kelud in either Kidiri or Biltar districts have already been evacuated, although some people in relatively low-risk areas have since been allowed to return to their homes because the volcanic activity has slowed. read more

Security Council hears call for more coherent approach to security sector reform

United Nations support for security sector reform in countries attempting to rebuild after suffering through conflicts must become more coherent and streamlined if it is to be successful, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today. Addressing a debate on the issue, Mr. Ban said that while the Organization “has rich and varied experience” in helping countries – from El Salvador and Cambodia in the past to Liberia and Sierra Leone today – reform their armed forces, police and other segments of the security sector, too often the UN has “remained an ad hoc partner” to other national or international bodies in this process. “What has been lacking is a common framework and a coherent system-wide approach,” he said. “Despite our hands-on record, we have only limited institutional structures to guide engagement on the ground. “We need to strengthen our ability to provide consistent, well-coordinate and high-quality technical advice, during peace processes and in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development. We need to make our approach less piecemeal and more holistic.” Mr. Ban, who issued the report on the subject earlier this year, called for the UN to work in collaboration with key international partners and ensure its approach in any individual country is flexible and tailored to that nation’s needs. “States and societies define and pursue security according to their particular context, history, culture and needs. There can be no rigid one-size-fits-all” approach, he said. The Secretary-General stressed that Member States remain the primary providers of security and national ownership must be the cornerstone of the UN’s approach on the issue. He also called on policymakers devising reform of the security sector in countries emerging from conflict to place an emphasis on preventing and reducing sexual and gender-based violence, which he noted “has become the common aftermath of conflict.” Later, in a presidential statement, Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom – which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body this month – said the Council backed the UN’s efforts to “develop an holistic and coherent” approach in consultation with Member States. Mr. Sawers also stressed that the UN Peacebuilding Commission plays a vital role in the process, as do many regional, sub-regional and other intergovernmental organizations, especially in ensuring ongoing international support to countries struggling to implement the needed reforms. 12 May 2008United Nations support for security sector reform in countries attempting to rebuild after suffering through conflicts must become more coherent and streamlined if it is to be successful, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today. read more

Hydro One signs blockbuster deal to buy US energy company Avista for

TORONTO — Hydro One Ltd. has signed a friendly deal to acquire U.S. energy company Avista Corp. for C$6.7 billion in an all-cash deal that would create one of the largest regulated utilities in North America.The Toronto-based company said Wednesday after the close of markets that it will pay $67 per share in cash for the U.S. firm.Shares in Avista closed Wednesday at US$43.33 on the New York Stock Exchange.“This transaction demonstrates the power and value of the transition into an investor-owned utility, by allowing for healthy expansion into new lines of regulated utility business and new jurisdictions, such as the U.S. Pacific Northwest which is experiencing customer and economic growth,” Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt said in a statement.The companies said there will be no job losses as a result of the merger and customer rates will not be affected by any of the costs associated with the transaction.Under the agreement, Avista would keep its existing corporate headquarters in Spokane, Wash., and continue to operate as a stand-alone utility in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.“Through this agreement, we have a unique opportunity to secure a partnership that allows us to continue to define and control, to a significant degree, future operations and opportunities in a consolidating industry landscape for the benefit of our customers,” Avista chairman and CEO Scott Morris said in a statement.“In Hydro One, we believe we’ve found a partner that allows us to preserve our identity and our proud legacy, while also preparing us for the future.”The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to Avista shareholder and certain regulatory and government approvals.In November 2015, Hydro One went public with much fanfare, raising $1.83 billion in one of the biggest and most politically charged initial public offerings in Canada. The partial sale of the utility was part of the Ontario government’s plan to raise money to fund transit and infrastructure projects.Hydro One has more than 1.3 million customers, $25 billion in assets and employs 5,500 people. Avista provides electric and natural gas services to 721,000 customers.The Canadian Press read more

New Defence Secretary assumes duties

The newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Hemasiri Fernando assumed duties during a ceremony held at the Ministry, today.Hemasiri Fernando was appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence by the President yesterday. Chief of Defence Staff, Tri Forces Commanders, IGP, senior Ministry officials, heads of institutions under the purview of the Ministry and members of the staff were also present at the ceremony.Fernando is also the Chief of Staff of the President. (Colombo Gazette)

Pedestrian struck and killed on 427

A pedestrian was struck and killed on the 427 late Saturday afternoon. It happened in the northbound lanes of the highway in Etobicoke.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says it was a man, believed to be around 40 years old. Police don’t know why the man was on the highway. Investigations are ongoing.

How High JR Smith Suspended 5 Games for Smoking

The NBA announced on Friday that J. R. Smith, the Knicks’ supreme sixth man, will be suspended five games for violating their anti-drug program.According to the NYT.com, the NBA didn’t disclose specifics about drug-policy violations, but the length of the suspension indicates it was for marijuana. The league issues an automatic five-game suspension for a third violation of the program. No other drug-related violations carry five-game suspensions.Smith, the NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year, was the Knicks’ second leading scorer last season, averaging 18.1 points a game.The Knicks re-signed Smith to a three-year, $17.95 million contract in July. Four days later, Smith had two surgeries on his left knee to repair unspecified damage to his patella tendon and a tear of the lateral meniscus.After Smith has recovered from those surgeries, which could last into the first two weeks of the season, he will carry out his suspension.The Knicks season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks kicks off on October 30. read more

Blizzard spirit The Britons going above and beyond in week snow brought

first_img#NHS #QueenElizabethUniversityHospital Salute to the NICU staff Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 4 staying for the night after a 12 hr day shift to cover 4 those who couldn’t make it to work due to the weather.I have no words to appreciate & thank u all hats off a BIG THANK U— Dr Asma Anwar (@MrsAnwar) March 1, 2018 People help a stuck car in Larbert, near Falkirk Other staff at the hospital stayed the night after a 12-hour day shift to cover for staff who couldn’t make it in to work due to the weather. Volunteers taking supplies to stranded drivers on the M62 at Milnrow in Greater ManchesterCredit:PA / Eleanor Kelly uk weather: beast from the east  As the ‘Beast from the East’ brought unprecedented snowfall across Britain the resolute response from the public in parts on the UK has been likened to a “reincarnation of the Blitz spirit”.Snowstorms over the last week have brought parts of the country to a standstill and seen drivers forced to abandon their cars in huge drifts.Thursday was the UK’s coldest spring day on record and more than a foot of snow was dumped in some parts of the country, while temperatures dipped as low as -10.3C in Kinloss, Scotland.The record cold snap has also prompted numerous spontaneous acts of kindness and community spirit as people have gone out of their way to help struggling and stranded strangers.Likewise, it has seen a herculean effort from members of the NHS and emergency workers to keep critical services running. Farmers Edward Wharton (left) and Paul Yaxley (right) So much respect for the NHS this evening. My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!— Lucy Oliver (@LucyOliver_7) February 28, 2018 Ambulance crews have braved challenging road conditions and been forced to shovel snow to clear pathways in order to reach, assess and treat patients needing emergency help.In Nottinghamshire, members of the public came together to assist in clearing a road for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff to pass. Locals help an ambulance crew in Nottinghamshire Credit:Supplied  Been stuck on this bus on the motorway for 3.5 hours in the snow chaos. A guy who lives nearby just came on handing out water and snacks donated by his local shop. What a guy! That’s the scotland way! ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #snow #M80 pic.twitter.com/XTGy4tY57f— Rachel Muircroft (@rachmuircroft) February 28, 2018 Night all in, helped by 4*4 and relatives #snowday2018 #teamicu #nightshiftselfie @iccueducation @SunderlandRoyal @FICMNews pic.twitter.com/Z20YCCKjT9— Mark Carpenter (@mcarpenter1967) February 28, 2018 Butterworth Hall Plymouth UK – where the postal workers wear shorts! pic.twitter.com/cfaFjlfhEE— CHRIS THRALL (@christhrall) February 28, 2018 An unnamed surgeon in Glasgow trekked through the snow for eight miles on Thursday so she could operate on a cancer patient.Her colleague, colorectal surgeon Andy Renwick, told BBC Radio Scotland: “I won’t give her name because she would be genuinely upset with me. In North Derbyshire, a local school teacher helped pick up staff in her Land Rover, with the grateful Chesterfield Royal Hospital & Royal Primary Care hailing her as a “heroine”.  Carl Beavan and Practice Manager Teresa Randall #gratefulheartofagirl Just want to give a HUGE shout out to say THANK YOU to the AMAZING local midnight angels & heros for their acts of kindness in the snow to call by each & every single one of all our vehicles now 8hours+ on the #M80 with juice/snacks – David Curtis +1 in pic pic.twitter.com/jsNVwLSCzN— Caroline McDermott (@naturcation) March 1, 2018 The quad biking nurse Many dedicated NHS staff left unable to commute to work have chosen to sleep in GP surgeries and hospitals this week.   Peter Smith digging snow to make way for the quad bikeCredit:Supplied  #NHSsnowHeroes #ThankYouNHS Linda, Nurse, Spilsby.Visited the elderly & sick in her village & provided palliative care for another patient & helped those whose carers have not been able to get through as well as picking up meds for 2 people who ran out! #StormEmma #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/a5jZpGTzOP— NHS England (@NHSEngland) March 2, 2018 Nurses Kristene Pain, Jennie Richards and Sallie Woodrow, from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, stayed in empty patients’ rooms overnight so they were available to work the next day. Derbyshire ambulance crew Anderson Westwood and Mary MatherCredit:Supplied  While in Lincolnshire, a dedicated firefighter set off the day before his shift and walked more than 14 miles in freezing conditions to get to work on time.“We all have a duty of care to protect our community when we can. It’s like a kind of reincarnation of the Blitz spirit, almost,” said the father-of-one. “Everyone in the emergency services family is going above and beyond everywhere.” Firefighter Dan Cheetham Two nurses in Lincolnshire, Helen Davy-Barnshaw and Zoe Watkin-Drury, drove over 70 miles to Norfolk in a snow blizzard so a patient being treated at a mental health hospital could attend a funeral.“It was very important for the patient to attend the funeral of a close family member and we could see that it would have a significant impact on their recovery if they couldn’t be there,” said Ms Davy- Barnshaw. The scene on the M80 Haggs in GlasgowCredit:PA Firefighter Dan CheethamCredit:PA Another patient, fireman Carl Beavan, also pitched in by travelling for four hours to deliver urgent medication to a patient in a neighbouring village. Alison Tyrrell Derberyshire ambulance crew Alison Tyrrell, a Community Nursing Team Manager in Lynton, used a quad bike to get to patients Credit:Supplied  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. In Plympton, Devon, a group of teenagers spent the day assisting motorists by pushing cars up a steep hill. “If they hadn’t stepped in there would have been massive tailbacks,” photographer John Allen said. Blizzardy conditions didn’t stop a hardened postman seen wearing shorts delivering letters to residents in Plymouth.  She said: “We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can in about a mile radius from where we can get to the carriageway. Helen Davy-Barnshaw (left) and Zoe Watkin-Drury from the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCredit:Supplied  “A journey that should have taken us a couple of hours took over five hours, but we would definitely do it again. The family and the patient were extremely grateful.”Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust called their efforts “heroic”, adding: “Even in difficult circumstances our nurses still have patient care at the heart of everything they do.”Ambulance crews battle sub-zero temperatures Hundreds of motorists reported being stuck for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles. glasgow snow  Farmers Edward Wharton (left) and Paul Yaxley (right)Credit:Supplied  “She walked from Anniesland to Paisley – it took her two hours and 50 minutes. I saw her come in, she had snow goggles on, Gortexed up, top and bottom, snow shoes and walking poles.“She is operating on someone who has bowel cancer, she knew that had to be done and so she has made extra effort to get in here to make sure that was actually delivered.”Going the extra mile Volunteer Eleanor Kelly, 19, said about 30 people had braved the conditions to take supplies up the hill to the motorway – including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car. Rachel Muircroft shared a story of a local resident who handed out food and water to people stuck on a bus for hours on the M80 in Scotland. ‏ An ambulance stuck in the snow  “What an amazing community we have here in North Derbyshire! We are genuinely bowled over by the incredible gestures of goodwill we’ve experienced in the last few days from staff, patients and the public!” they said.  Was her scrub nurse today, I only walked 50 mins, didn’t want to moan about my sore legs in front of her!!!! #supertrouper!— joanne mcwilliam (@jomcw) March 1, 2018 “Luckily we got back before there was a complete white out,” said the 55-year-old who works for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. “But the wind was vicious, blowing the snow into huge drifts. We had to dig the bike out twice!” Nottinghamshire At the Fakenham Medical Practice in Norfolk, staff who live locally have given up days off and worked double shifts to cover absentees unable to travel, while others arrived at work two hours early to clear snow from access paths.Amy Semper, a ward manager at a mental health ward in Lincoln, completed a 16-mile round trip on foot.“16 miles, a whole load of snow and 27 hours surrounded by some of the most kindest, selfless, hardworking and dedicated people you could ever meet!” she said. More heroics City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust also praised its “amazing staff” for staying overnight to ensure they could treat patients the next day. Today we have been out in the freezing cold weather to deliver some of our snow shovels to @uhbcomms to make sure their employees are able to make it to work tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/69bezniI0Z— Maypole_Ltd (@Maypole_Ltd) 1 March 2018 The high point of this blizzard spirit was captured in Plymouth as a postman was filmed doing his rounds as snow fell wearing shorts.Good Samaritans Good Samaritans came to the aid of motorists left stranded “indefinitely” on the M62 due to snow and ice, with the military also drafted in to help rescue vehicles stuck for hours overnight. Residents from the town of Milnrow formed a human chain to get supplies to stranded motorists, while also opening up a community hall to give people shelter.  “It’s been a bit mad. We even had to warm up some hot milk for a guy stuck at the junction with two children.“We knocked on his car and he had a five-week-old baby and what must have been a one or two-year-old girl in the car with him.”For hospital staff in Birmingham, a local business donated and delivered 800 snow shovels to trust staff to help them get to work. An ambulance stuck in the snow Credit:Supplied  In rural Devon a committed community nurse battled through snow drifts and blizzards on a quad bike to ensure that her patients were cared for.Intrepid Nursing Team Manager Alison Tyrrell, who is based in the cliff top town of Lynton, travelled five miles to visit her most rural patients in the village of Parracombe, with her husband Peter Smith assisting her by clearing a path in the snow. Carl Beavan and Practice Manager Teresa RandallCredit:Supplied Meanwhile, Derbyshire ambulance staff Anderson Westwood and Mary Mather shovelled snow which had drifted up to a patient’s front so they could assist him with a stretcher.EMAS Chief Executive Richard Henderson praised their efforts: “I have heard so many stories over the past day or so of colleagues and volunteers going above and beyond to ensure they are able to do their job and help the people in our communities.” Peter Smith digging snow to make way for the quad bike Kind-hearted Norfolk farmers Edward Wharton and Paul Yaxley braved the Beast from the East to help deliver medication to stranded patients.“The farmers worked as a duo, one clearing the road with a digger and the other behind with the tractor,” said Teresa Randall, Practice Manager at Acle Medical Centre in Norwich. In Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, a district nurse battled the elements to reach patients, with the help of a tractor clearing the route ahead. People help a stuck car in Larbert, near FalkirkCredit:PA Glasgow surgeon walks eight miles Helen Davy-Barnshaw (left) and Zoe Watkin-Drury from the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Devon GP, Dr Glen Allaway, slept for two nights on the floor of his Exmoor practice to stay open to patients, taking a sleeping bag, soup and sandwiches to work.“I’ve been stranded before in bad weather and stayed with people who run B&Bs locally, so this time I planned ahead and brought my sleeping bag,” he said.In Mundesley, Norfolk, practice manager Lynsey Wayte slept in the staffroom overnight as she was unable to commute in.Managing partner at the practice, Linda Marquis, said many of the team have “gone above and beyond what you would expect” in the circumstances.“They put the practice and patient needs above the personal demands of their own lives arranging childcare and putting on hold their normal lives outside of work,” she said.Newcastle-based referee Lucy Oliver also praised NHS staff, tweeting: “My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!” There are countless examples of staff who have given up their spare time to ensure NHS services can continue to function despite the deadly combination of the so-called Beast from the East and Storm Emma.Many acts of kindness have also been highlighted, with staff at Nottingham Children’s Hospital bringing in trays of snow for kids unable to go outside so they could enjoy making snowmen. Our fantastic @NUHPlayService bring the outside inside for our patients on a snow day #playmatters #FamilyHealthNUH #TeamNUH https://t.co/5hodpSxU5k pic.twitter.com/E8XKkdKoEI— N_ttm Children’s (@nottmchildrens) March 2, 2018 Sleeping overnight In rural Lincolnshire, an unnamed GP forced to abandon his broken down car ran the rest of the way to work, “consulting all day in his running gear with no idea how to get home”.Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned snow could give way to floods  this weekend with areas of the UK set to be battered by Storm Emma. Donated supplies at Butterworth Hall, a community centre in Milnrow, Greater ManchesterCredit:PAlast_img read more

Vaping linked to greater risk of heart attack study suggests

“Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use,” said Dr Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita and the study’s lead author.“These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.“When the risk of heart attack increases by as much as 34 percent among e-cigarettes users compared to nonsmokers, I wouldn’t want any of my patients nor my family members to vape.” Scientists and health officials are divided over whether e-cigarettes are safe. In 2015 Public Health England urged smokers to switch to vaping saying it carried just five per cent of the risk of tobacco cigarettes.  Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests.Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardiovascular risk factors, such as age, sex, body mass index, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. Although the researchers said they were also unable to determine whether the damage had occurred prior to using e-cigarettes, or was caused by vaping, they said the study should provide a ‘wake up call’ for people who consider the practice to be safe. Traditional tobacco cigarette smokers had strikingly higher odds of having a heart attack, coronary artery disease and stroke compared with nonsmokers—a 165, 94 and 78 per cent increase, respectively. They were also significantly more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems, and depression or anxiety. PHE has stuck to its support despite mounting evidence about the dangers, and warnings from the World Health Organisation and health authorities in other countries, such as the US.Last week, the head of Britain’s biggest addiction clinic warned that children as young as 14 are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes, and said there had been steep rise in the number of young people seeking help to quit vaping.Top scientists have also warned that PHE was ‘walking around with blinders on’ when it comes to the safety of vaping.The new study, used data from a total of 96,467 respondents from the National Health Interview Survey, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of Americans, from 2014, 2016 and 2017. Researchers also compared the data for reported tobacco smokers and nonsmokers.  Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

You wont believe these celebrity couples ever existed

first_imgWHEN PICTURES SURFACED last night of Chloe Green wandering around Disneyland with Marc Anthony and his kids (J-Lo’s kids…) there was a ‘Zuh…?’ that echoed round the world.No one could have predicted the Topshop heiress and fomer Made in Chelsea cast member having a romance with the man who was married to J-Lo for eight years.  How did they even meet?!?Upon reflection, however, this kind of carry on is not unusual in the world of celebs.  It’s not the first unexpected pairing we’ve seen, and it probably won’t be our last.We give you…some of the maddest celebrity couples the world of entertainment has ever seen.last_img