first_imgYou own the outcomes you sell because you made the promises. You made the commitment on behalf of your company, and you must stand with your client and get things done when problems arise. Things will always go wrong, and inevitably, the more important the client, the more that goes wrong–especially when you first start serving them.Owning the outcomes does not require that you take care of all the transactions. If billing, for example, gets your client’s invoices wrong, you are responsible for making sure they are corrected. But you are not responsible for tracking down the invoices and correcting them.Here’s the challenge for you and your company: when you aren’t selling, no one is doing that work for you. No one is going to pick up the slack and do your prospecting for you. No one is going to forgive you for missing your goal because you were busy doing someone else’s job.But, for a lot of people, it’s too late. You have been taking care of your client’s problems so long that you are no longer a salesperson. Instead, you are glorified customer service. You’ve abandoned your role as peer, and you need to reset.The first conversation you need to have is with your clients. You’re going to tell them, “I am going to speak to John in billing, I am going to give him this information, and he’ll call you if he needs more information, and then again when he has you taken care of. I’ll have him call me as well, and I’ll call you to make sure you are 100 percent.”The second conversation you are going to need to have is with your team. You say, “I told Joan you are going to call her with questions, if you need to, and then you’ll call her to let her know everything has been taken care of. Let me know it’s all good, and I’ll call her to make sure she is happy and doesn’t need anything else.”You’re going to repeat this, handing the problem off to the person or people who own them. You are then going to go about your real work, helping clients achieve outcomes they can’t get without you.“What happens if my people keep dropping the ball?” you ask. Then your sales leader is going to need to intervene to negotiate a more stable and permanent solution. That’s the outcome they own. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgPune:The Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has crores to spend on publicity stunts and propaganda campaigns, but no money for farmers, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday. Attacking the State government’s ‘Mi Labharthi (I am a beneficiary)’media blitz as part of the Congress and NCP’s ‘Halla Bol’ yatra in Latur district in the arid Marathwada region, Mr. Pawar said, “No one has benefited from any of this [BJP] government’s promises. The much-touted farm loan waiver has come a cropper. Farmers are devoid of even basic amenities like round-the-clock electricity as opposed to states like Telangana which provide 24 hours electricity to their farmers.” Power billsThe NCP leader further alleged that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Ltd. (MSEDCL) was forcefully recovering money from the farmers, which in turn was driving them towards suicide. Mr. Pawar visited Shahaji Rathod, a farmer from Ujani village in Latur’s Ausa Taluka at a local hospital and announced ₹1 lakh for his treatment.Mr. Rathod had recently attempting suicide in front of the local MSEDC office by consuming a poisonous substance as he was allegedly unable to pay his electricity bill. “The Rathod family runs a humble flour mill to make ends meet… Shahaji’s case is an example of the BJP government’s apathy towards the State’s farmers. What happened to the government’s ‘solar krishi pump’ scheme, which was scuppered after the distribution of a mere 2,200 pumps,” asked Mr. Pawar.last_img read more

first_imgA Panama-flag merchant ship with 22 Indian crew members, including two from Kerala, went missing from Benin Coast of West Africa on Thursday+ . The owners of tanker ship MT Marine Express, which was loaded with gas oil, have sought the help of the directorate general of shipping in Mumbai to get in touch with their counterparts in Nigeria and Benin to carry out search operations for the merchant ship.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

first_imgMILO executives during the announcement of the Philippine team for the FC Barcelona training on Wednesday. Photo by Bong LozadaThirteen kids are set to go on a trip of a lifetime as they head to  Spain this October to experience the brand of football of the La Liga giant FC Barcelona.The selected youngsters, who were chosen after two-day camp conducted by MILO and FCB Escola Youth Academy, will be in Barcelona from October 15 to 23 for a series of trainings and other activities including watching a live La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES But Willy De Ocampo, the Vice President and Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines, said they are “committed to bringing everybody to Barcelona.”“Rest assured there won’t be anyone left behind, everyone will fly either on Saturday or Thursday,” said De Ocampo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew From 150 participants, Lien Dale Manuel, Lara Angela Amante, Liam Arc Villaran, Kevin Hadap, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza, Alexis Caitlin Tan, Joseph Kyne Garces, Marcus Lucas Arias, Lorenz Albert Tortona, Enzo Gacutan Courbet, Boris Malcolm Uy, and Ethan Jacob Roxas impressed coaches the most during the camp held last September 2 to 3.“We believe that we have a really good team of kids who exemplify the right mix of values and skills that both MILO and FC Barcelona advocate,” said the brand’s sports executive Robbie De Vera Wednesday during the press conference in Taguig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFormer Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will also join the young footballers in the training camp where they will also undergo classroom sessions at FCB Escola and technical skills development on the pitch.Unfortunately, there were hiccups when it came to processing of visa with a some of the kids with only a few days left before the trip. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Rockets set NBA record with 27 3s, rout Suns 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 “Let me just say that for 47 years, Warriors fans have stuck with us through thick and thin,” Kerr told the crowd moments after the final buzzer, also thanking arena staff. “Let’s be honest, most of those years have been a little thin.”Landry Shamet scored 17 points with five 3-pointers for a Clippers team still missing Patrick Beverley because of a right hip pointer. Los Angeles dropped into a seventh-place tie with San Antonio in the West by losing its third straight. Now, the Clippers play the Jazz in the regular-season finale Wednesday and with various scenarios very well could be returning to Oracle next weekend for Game 1 in the first round of the playoffs.Green just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in Golden State’s seventh win over the last eight games and fifth in a row at home. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 12 points, nine boards and four assists playing with foul trouble.Even with the playoffs around the corner, this was a night of celebrating the end of a nearly five-decade run in the arena.“Are they not going to make the playoffs?” Clippers coach Doc Rivers quipped. “I hope they don’t make it. That would be phenomenal. I’m just saying, it would be.”ADVERTISEMENT Clippers: Rivers would like to play the Warriors in the playoffs, just not in the first round. “If you want to win, you’ve got to play somebody at some point. We’re not dodging,” Rivers said. “I just want to be healthy and playing great in the playoffs. Do we want to play the Warriors in the playoffs? Yes. Do we want to do it in the first round? Probably not, but you’ve got to take it when you get it.” … Los Angeles is 0-4 without Beverley, who missed his third straight game. … The Clippers were outscored 42-18 in the third. … All five starters reached double figures.Warriors: A tribute to Al Attles was shown on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout for his selection into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Attles, a former player, coach, general manager with the Warriors and current ambassador, hasn’t been well enough to attend games this season but received an ovation. … Cousins received his third foul 6:49 before halftime on a debatable charge. … Shaun Livingston, who had been questionable with a bruised left knee, made all four of his shots in 13 minutes. … Every Warriors player scored. … Andre Iguodala sat out with a sore left toe. … Golden State finished 30-11 at home and 19-7 against the Western Conference.UP NEXTClippers: Host Utah on Wednesday.Warriors: At New Orleans on Tuesday to start a back-to-back to conclude the season at Memphis on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry greets fans as he takes the court for warm up shots prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr sure would like to properly thank the loyal fans at Oracle Arena one more time. In June. With another championship in hand.“Hopefully we’ll have another send-off in a grander manner,” Kerr said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Soaking in the franchise’s nostalgia of yesteryear, Stephen Curry scored 27 points and helped the Golden State Warriors clinch the Western Conference’s top seed with a win in their final regular-season game at Oracle Arena, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 131-104 on Sunday night for a fifth straight victory.Kevin Durant added 16 points and seven assists, making six of seven field goals, as the Warriors players opted to honor the past by sporting throwback white “We Believe” jerseys worn during the 2007 playoff run that snapped a 12-year postseason drought.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, logistics“These jerseys hold a special place in Warriors’ fans hearts and this organization and the history of this organization,” Draymond Green said.A banner commemorating 47 years at Oracle was unveiled afterward and it will move across the bay to hang inside new Chase Center in San Francisco where the Warriors will play next season. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Warriors beat the Clippers for the 16th time in the last 18 matchups and 15th in 17 at home.Golden State made 10 of its first 13 shots — Durant hitting his initial four and Curry starting 3 for 3. Curry wound up just 3 for 10 from deep.“We just got frustrated with not making shots and against them you have to make shots,” Rivers said.HONORING ORACLEThe Warriors played their 1,936th regular-season game at Oracle, where the first game was held on Oct. 24, 1967, against Cincinnati. Golden State’s overall record in the venue: 1,166-770.“Since it’s not really the last game here, I know it’s a ceremonial final game, I didn’t get too sentimental or emotional or anything because hopefully we will be coming back here and playing a lot more games in the next couple months,” Kerr said. “I’ll probably hold off onto the emotion until it actually happens.”Kerr narrated an appreciation video to fans and the arena on a night old favorites such as Sleepy Floyd, Rick Barry, Adonal Foyle and Marreese Speights were on hand for the festivities.The Oakland Symphony performed at halftime as more highlights played.“I think sports history is going to remember those teams that played here,” Shamet said.TIP-INS View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSteve Smith has been the pillar for the Australian side lately and has been led the side with flair and panache.The Australian captain remained unbeaten on 65 at close of day one’s play in the Boxing Day Test. He has been on a scintillating run in whites this year and has hammered 426 runs from four innings prior to the Boxing Day Test.  He started 2017 with a bang, slamming a gritty hundred against India in Pune and guided his team to a 333-run victory in the first Test of the four-match Test series against India. Smith was slammed in the following Test for a DRS spat with Virat Kohli, where he was accused of looking towards the dressing room while reviewing. Australia lost the match but in the following Test at Ranchi, he had the perfect answer to all the criticism. He slammed 178 in the third Test at Ranchi and a 111 in Dharamsala. Australia lost the series but Smith finished with 499 runs from four Tests and ended as the leading run-getter in the series.He was average in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh but cometh the hour, cometh the man. Smith slammed a brilliant unbeaten 141 in the Ashes opener at the Gabba and followed it up with a career-best 239 at the WACA in the third Test as Australia regained the prestigious urn with two matches to spare.Smith has been unbeaten in three consecutive Boxing Day Tests, having scored a total of 434 runs in matches against West Indies, Pakistan and now England. And the Three Lions veteran James Anderson hopes that the Australian captain makes some mistake or gets to face a really good ball and gets out as the Australian has been in the form of his life.advertisementJust another day at the office for the Aussie skipper #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017″I would like to get him out but every now and then you come up against a player who’s in the form of his life. I think he is the leading run-scorer this year in Test cricket and obviously he is in a really hot streak. And as a bowler it can be tough coming up against someone like that.But it’s our job to try and a figure out a way to get him out. With the new ball, I beat the bat and I thought ‘here we go’. The next 11 balls I bowled he played fairly easily,” said Anderson.”It’s just one of those things, when someone’s in that kind of form you just got to hope that he makes a mistake or just hope you bowl a ball that’s good enough to get rid of him,” he added.Smith now has 1192 runs from 11 Test matches in 2017.What’s it like to bowl to Steve Smith at the moment? Jimmy Anderson has his say… #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Prior to Smith’s arrival, another Australian finally got some runs to woo the Boxing Day crowd at the MCG. Vice captain David Warner struck a 151-ball 103 to regain some lost form in Melbourne. But it was not that simple for ‘The Bull’. The southpaw fell to debutant Tom Curran on 99 to hand the debutant a dream start. As he walked towards the pavilion, the disappointment showed on the Aussie’s face while the young Englishman was seen celebrating a dream start. But, destiny had other ideas and Curran went sour in the space of few minutes. As Warner walked towards the pavilion, a TV replay showed that the Surrey pacer had bowled a no-ball of which Warner played a clumsy pull-shot that was caught at mid-on.Warner promptly returned to the crease as the terraces roared in delight and pushed a single on the next ball to raise his 21st Test century, leaving Curran pondering the agony of what could have been.Anderson limited the damage by having Warner caught behind for 103, but Curran finished his first day wicketless for 44 runs and Australia marched to 244 for three and a position of strength at stumps.”I was gutted for him,” pace veteran Anderson told reporters.”It was hard to watch really seeing the elation in his face, then watch it drained from his face seconds later when the big screen showed his foot came over the line.”It’s one of those things, you’ve got to learn the hard way and unfortunately for him it’s on debut at the Boxing Day Test match so I’m sure he’ll be behind the line from now on.”advertisementDavid Warner describes the hectic sequence of events on 99 today at the ‘G… #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Warner’s wicket put Anderson on 519 Test scalps, equal fifth on the all-time list with West Indies pace great Courtney Walsh.But it was a mostly frustrating day for he and his fellow quicks on a flat and slow MCG wicket.The drop-in pitch usually offers something for the bowlers in the first morning but proved to be a feather-bed for Australia, whose openers marched to 102 without loss at lunch after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat.England rallied well to take two wickets and restrict Australia to 43 runs in the second session but Anderson felt the 88,172 spectators had been short-changed by the pitch.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco tossed two second-half touchdowns and the Ravens maintained their dominance on the road in the postseason, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game.In the NFC wild-card game, Cam Newton threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns and Carolina’s defense set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game as the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-16.Baltimore (11-6) sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times and kept the NFL’s second-ranked offense off-balance the entire night. Roethlisberger passed for 334 yards, but the Steelers (11-6) settled for field goals while the Ravens kept scoring touchdowns against their rivals in the AFC North division.Flacco hit Torrey Smith for an 11-yard score in the third quarter and found Crockett Gillmore with a 21-yard pass in the fourth one play after Terrell Suggs picked off Roethlisberger. The Ravens won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason.Baltimore heads to top-seeded New England next Saturday.Two years after leading the Ravens to the franchise’s second Super Bowl title — with wins at Denver and New England along the way — Flacco did what he always seems to do when the calendar flips to January.Flacco’s seven road playoff wins are the most by a quarterback since 1970. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and the two scores. The Ravens gained a measure of revenge after the Steelers knocked them out of the postseason in 2008 and 2010 at Heinz Field.Pittsburgh played without All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, out with a hyperextended right knee. Fill-ins Ben Tate, Josh Harris and Dri Archer managed just 43 yards on 15 carries as the Steelers’ four-game winning streak came to an abrupt and decisive end.In the day’s other playoff game, Carolina got its first win in the postseason in nine years and Newton’s first playoff victory since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.Jonathan Stewart ran for 123 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (8-8-1), who will play at top-seeded Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. If the Lions win, the Panthers play at Green Bay.The Panthers held Arizona (11-6) to 78 yards, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him four times. The Cardinals managed 12 yards in the second half and had eight first downs for the game.After a 9-1 start, Arizona’s once promising season was undone by a rash of injuries, including to quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Cardinals lost five of their last seven games. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgurban meyer on the sideline of the maryland gameCOLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)While most of this week’s rivalry games turned out like we thought they would, there were a few results that greatly affect the College Football Playoff picture. Ohio State’s win over Michigan is the big one.Washington State’s loss to Washington on Friday night will also change the way the rankings look on Tuesday.Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia all prevailed, and they will likely be the top four teams when the fifth set of rankings are unveiled.Oklahoma and Ohio State will likely follow. Those are the six teams that still have realistic shots at playing for it all.Let’s take a look at the projected College Football Playoff rankings heading into conference championship week.AlabamaClemsonNotre DameGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateMichiganUCFWashington StateLSUThe fifth version of the College Football Playoff rankings will come out Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: A special geriatric OPD to provide healthcare services to the elderly on Sundays was opened for public at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital. The outpatient department (OPD) was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday morning.In the initial days, services at the facility will be limited to five departments –medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, Dr Sunil Gupta, medical superintendent of the hospital, said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Union minister also inaugurated several other medical facilities, including an advanced 3T MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 750W in the Radiology Department, a Cath Lab and a Lithotripsy machine in the Urology department. Vardhan said health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and the new OPD reflects that the prime minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile interacting with the staff, para-medics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. “Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,” he stated. He also reviewed the processes of registration of patients, referral and other services.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $50 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also six Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and three of them were won.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Nov. 16 will be approximately $55 million, and 12 Maxmillions prizes will be offered.The Canadian Presslast_img

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsThe national inquiry hearings into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls concluded Wednesday in Moncton with more testimonies from families in search of answers.Barbara Bernard of Abegweit First Nation on P.E.I. shared the story of her mother’s disappearance decades ago.Mary Francis Paul went out on evening and never come home.Days later her body was found stuffed in an oil drum, with a broken neck.Bernard, who had her own baby at the time, said she doesn’t recall much after hearing the news — until the day she buried her mother.“I remember a social worker coming up to me at the graveyard asking me, what am I going to do with my baby? And it hurt so bad, because they had already took my brothers and sisters,” said Bernard.A decade passed before she would speak with a police officer about her mother’s death.“He said, you need to remember your mom for your happy memories, he said. You don’t want to remember your mom stuffed in one of those drum cans,” she recalled during the hearing Wednesday. “And that kind of stuck with me, and I was like that’s not what they told me when I was younger.“I couldn’t believe that they wouldn’t have [investigated more thoroughly], because it felt like they didn’t think my mom’s life was worth anything, and that hurt,” she said, fighting tears. “My mom matters. My mom is a human being. And I just need to know.”Bernard wants to know whether the RCMP investigated her mother’s death and whether it was ruled suspicious.Leona Simon of Elsipogtog shared the story of her aunt, Gladys Marie Simon, 41, who went missing from a hospital in Campbellton, N.B. in 2004. She had been institutionalized there as a patient.She had intellectual disabilities and was frequently taken advantage of by people, Simon recalled.Eight years later some of Gladys’ remains were found and her family was told foul play had been ruled out.They want the case re-opened.Simon recommended to the inquiry Wednesday that adequate mental health facilities be placed on reserves.“It would be nice to have some institutions home, so we can facilitate people that need that, that have mental health issues, so we don’t have to worry about them,” she said.In its interim report last fall the inquiry recommended the establishment of a national police task force that could re-open investigations and review cold cases.Responding to Bernard’s testimony inquiry Commissioner Michèle Audette said Canada’s justice system “should be changed, and it has to change.“We pray for that, we push for that, and it will be in the hands of our leaders after,” she said.In total, 38 people testified in Moncton, most of them in private.Audette told reporters the inquiry is on the cusp of submitting a request for a two-year extension to its mandate, and that with an extension it will be able to visit more communities and ensure more people and families are able to tell their stories.She also announced Wednesday that the inquiry will visit Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador during the first week of March.Next week the inquiry will visit Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.last_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is taking a $3 billion charge as a contingency against a possible fine by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook, but has not announced any findings yet.The one-time charge slashes Facebook’s first-quarter net income considerably, although revenue grew by 25% in the period. The FTC has been looking into whether Facebook is in violation of a 2011 agreement promising to protect user privacy.The social network said Wednesday that its net income was 85 cents per share in the January-March period. Revenue grew 26 % to $15.08 billion from a year earlier. Excluding the charge, it earned $1.89 per share.Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.62 per share and revenue of $14.98 billion.Facebook’s monthly user base grew 8% to 2.38 billion.The Associated Press read more

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela has announced the lifting of foreign exchange controls on banks for the first time in 16 years, but some observers are skeptical the measure will do much to lift the shrinking economy.Few people lined up at money exchange windows in private banks in Caracas on Monday. One man, Rodolfo Gutiérrez, said Venezuela’s hyperinflation is so severe that many people find it hard to buy dollars and are focused on buying whatever food they can.Economist Asdrúbal Oliveros says some private institutions struggle to do international transactions because of U.S. sanctions imposed in a campaign aimed at pressuring President Nicolás Maduro out of office.The exchange controls were imposed by Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, following an attempted coup in 2002.The Associated Press read more

“We can limit the spread and impact of diabetes by promoting and adopting healthier lifestyles, especially among young people,” he said in his message on the Day, urging people to eat better and be physically active. He also stressed the need to improve diabetes diagnosis and access to essential medicines such as insulin.“Governments, healthcare providers, people with diabetes, civil society, food producers and manufacturers and suppliers of medicines and technology must all contribute to changing the status quo,” he said.Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world, he said.In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes. By 2014, that number had risen to 422 million, or 8.5 per cent of adults, reflecting a global increase in risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.Even though we have the tools to prevent and treat it, diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year. High blood glucose causes an additional 2.2 million deaths.This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first Global report on diabetes, outlining the scale of the problem and suggesting ways to reverse current trends. The burden of diabetes is not equally shared, within or between countries. People in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected. Wherever poverty is found, there are also disease and premature deaths.Diabetes affects countries’ health systems and economies, through increased medical costs and lost wages. In 2011, world leaders agreed that non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, represent a major challenge to achieving sustainable development. Last year, Governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include the target of reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one-third.In her video message, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the agency decided to devote this year’s World Health Day to diabetes for many reasons. “The prevalence of diabetes is alarming and is rapidly getting worse. This is a worrying worldwide trend,” she said, calling for healthier lifestyles. WHO: Message from Director-General for World Health Day 2016 on diabetes. Credit: WHOGlobal commitments to reduce diabetesMany cases of diabetes can be prevented, and measures exist to detect and manage the condition, improving the odds that people with diabetes live long and healthy lives,” says Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health. “But change greatly depends on governments doing more, including by implementing global commitments to address diabetes and other [noncommunicable diseases].” These include meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 3.4, which calls for reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, by 30 per cent by 2030. Governments have also committed to achieving four time-bound national commitments set out in the 2014 UN General Assembly “Outcome Document on Noncommunicable Diseases”, and attaining the nine global targets laid out in the WHO “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs”, which include halting the rise in diabetes and obesity. “Around 100 years after the insulin hormone was discovered, the ‘Global report on diabetes’ shows that essential diabetes medicines and technologies, including insulin, needed for treatment are generally available in only one in three of the world’s poorest countries,” says Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Access to insulin is a matter of life or death for many people with diabetes. Improving access to insulin and NCD medicines in general should be a priority.” Stay super. Beat diabetes. Credit: WHO read more

“This meeting comes at a crucial time when everyone serving under the United Nations flag needs to respond to the UN Secretary-General’s ambitious reform agenda,” said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). “ESCWA is looking forward to speaking with its partners to decide how together we can address our regional priorities and meet the needs of the millions of people who count on us to improve their social and economic conditions,” he added.In September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced a plan to reform the UN’s development system, including increased coordination and accountability to better assist countries through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In response, ESCWA’s annual Regional Coordination Mechanism, which includes members from all UN regional agencies and the League of Arab States, will focus special attention on what the proposed reform means for the region as it moves to accelerate its work on the 17 SDGs. “There are forces that pull the Arab region backwards, obstruct the path to development and sabotage reconstruction efforts,” said Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, who will be visiting ESCWA for the first time on Monday.“On the other hand, there are forces that are firmly promoting change and adopting a reform agenda that stems from the development of societies and people. We commend the governments that are boldly, confidently and steadfastly on the path of reform,” he underlined. Meanwhile, the UN House in Beirut will also welcome David Griggs, a Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University in Australia and Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Professor Griggs was heavily involved in the development of the SDGs and is an expert on their synergies and trade-offs. “Dealing with the interlinkages is absolutely critical,” he explained. “The SDGs are complicated enough with 17 goals and 169 targets; to make matters worse, they all interlink with each other so if you act to achieve one target or one goal in isolation, then you risk missing potential opportunities.” Professor Griggs highlighted that an obvious example is when seeking to achieve affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), and climate action (Goal 13), renewable energy can have a positive impact on both goals and improve air quality, also helping to reach good health and well-being (Goal 3). The importance of exploring these “interlinkages” at a regional level will be a focus of his keynote address to UN development experts representing 25 different agencies, funds and programmes. “Some things you have to do at a national level because the national circumstances are very different,” Professor Griggs continued. “But equally there are transboundary issues—issues that cross national boundaries and are much more cost effective, easier and quicker to work on in regional partnership.” He noted that this includes transboundary air pollution, water pollution, and climate change, none of which respect national boundaries: “So when you’re coming to tackle those kinds of issues, it makes sense at the regional level,” he insisted. The UN’s Regional Coordination Mechanism hosted by ESCWA has been devised for that exact purpose; on Monday, it will examine ways to draw on positive SDG interlinkages while avoiding trade-offs, explore new entry points for UN agencies to collaborate towards increased results and impact, and deliver on the UN Secretary-General’s vision towards a better world. read more

first_imgPokemon continues to be a major success for Nintendo, selling millions of copies with every new game released in the series. And as is typically the case with very successful games, the formula isn’t messed with much from game to game.There’s more than a few gamers who would like to see a 3D Pokemon game released, and one independent developer by the name of Nilllzz has decided to make it a reality by unofficially developing Pokemon 3D.The game is based on the world of Pokemon Gold and Silver, and has you walking around just like you would in an FPS. Pokemon 3D is in the very early stages of development right now, but you can download and play what’s there already. It’s also listed on IndieDB and is being received very positively showing just how much desire there is for a first-person Pokemon game.Of course, the use of the Pokemon name and gameplay will surely make Nintendo take notice, and chances are Nilllzz will be receiving a letter from Nintendo’s lawyers before long. But a better fix would be for Nintendo to actually consider making such a game, especially as the 3DS hardware could handle it. There’s also the Wii U to consider, and that second screen on the GamePad. A 3D Pokemon game that used the GamePad display for battles could work very well.Nilllzz has been working on the game since August, but the first playable version appeared just a couple of days ago. It runs on Windows XP onwards, but requires the installation of both the .NET and XNA Frameworks if you want to give it a try.More at Nilllzz’s Tumblr and IndieDBlast_img read more

first_imgLa lignée des lamantins et des dugongs serait originaire d’AfriquePubliant ses travaux le 16 janvier sur PLoS ONE, une équipe franco-tunisienne, à partir de l’étude d’un os fossilisé de sirénien découvert en Tunisie, suggère une origine africaine pour ce groupe de mammifères marins.Un modeste os pétreux (os de l’oreille) fossilisé mis au jour dans le Djebel Chambi, en Tunisie, est une précieuse trouvaille pour les chercheurs français et tunisiens dirigés par Julien Benoit, paléontologue de l’Université de Montpellier 2 / CNRS. D’après son étude, il appartiendrait à un sirénien (le groupe de mammifères marins comprenant les lamantins et dugongs actuels), le premier du genre en Afrique, et remonterait à 55 Ma environ. Il possède des caractères primitifs qui font de son propriétaire un bon candidat au titre de ‘premier’ ancêtre de cette lignée originale de ‘mangeurs d’herbe’ aquatiques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette découverte met à mal une autre piste africaine, qui se fonde depuis vingt ans, elle, sur d’autres fossiles moins archaïques découverts en Jamaïque et sur des données issues de la biologie moléculaire, avançant plutôt que siréniens et éléphants sont issus d’un même groupe de mammifères originaires d’Afrique, les afrothères. La nature lacustre du gisement du Djebel Chambi, où l’os a été trouvé, suggère que les premiers siréniens, probablement issus de quadrupèdes (comme c’est le cas pour les cétacés), se sont d’abord adaptés à une vie aquatique dans les lacs africains, vers l’Éocène, avant de gagner les océans.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 09:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNine voters in Precinct 100 did not have a chance in the 49th Legislative District Senate seat. The race was omitted from nine online ballots. As of Thursday, preliminary returns had Stonier leading with 26,459 votes, or 55.13 percent of votes, compared with Topper’s 21,533 votes, or 44.87 percent of votes.“I am sorry these nine voters did not have this race on the ballot they obtained online,” Kimsey said. “We have developed and will implement procedures to try to prevent this from happening in future elections.”The error was confined to one race and one precinct. The outcome of the race will not be affected by the nine ballots with the error.last_img read more

first_imgNew rules scheduled to take effect in July of 2016 could adversely affect export cargo shippers. While it may primarily impact container cargo, it could significantly impact the soybean industry’s livestock customers as well as some soybean exports directly, similar to the disruption experienced at West Coast ports during the labor dispute last year.The rules will require that shippers verify the weight of cargo and containers for steamships and terminal operators before being loaded onto vessels. The rules, which come from the U.N. International Maritime Organization, are intended to protect ships, their crews and their cargoes from overcapacity that can lead to ships capsizing.At a recent hearing held by the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C., U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul Thompson told agriculture shippers and marine terminal and steamship line representatives that delaying the new rules are not a good option because it would send a message to foreign countries that goods can’t be safely loaded onto ships in America.Representatives from the shipping community, including agricultural groups and agri-businesses argued that a system for verifying cargo weight is already working in the U.S. and the new requirement will create unnecessary delays at U.S. ports.  The rule is aimed at countries that grossly overload containers, which hasn’t been an issue for the U.S.  Furthermore, the requirements could put U.S. exports at a disadvantage to foreign competitors if countries, such as Brazil, do not enforce it to the same extent as the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Edward C. Hanlon, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden and Winthrop, passed away on May 18, 2019.Edward was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Brennan) Hanlon, devoted father of Leslie Coye & her husband Kenneth of Malden, Dana Doyle & her husband James of Wilmington and Edward “Ned” Hanlon of Winthrop, loving “Grandpa” of Kristen Reidy & her husband Michael, Kathleen Christensen & her husband Ryan, Erin Doyle and Ryan Hanlon & his wife Elizabeth, Great-grandfather of Sean Reidy, Jack, Eleanor and Maeve Hanlon, cherished son of the late William and Mary Sarah (Schwartz) Hanlon, dear brother of Paul Hanlon of CA, Arthur Hanlon of NH, Dorothy Turner of CA, the late William, Rita, Albert, Robert and Hubert Hanlon. Edward is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Edward C. Hanlon(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more