first_imgIt may take 90 days to create a habit, but it only takes one second to decide. You can decide right now to do what is going to have the greatest impact on your future, or you can decide to choose comfort.Subscribe to My YouTube Channel: Anthony Iannarino is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on sales, success, personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s 3 privately held staffing firms generate annual revenues of $50M. These firms serve some of the most well-recognized brands in the United States. Anthony speaks to and provides transformational workshops to sales organizations throughout the world.His blog,, is read by 60,000 people each month, and he has published there daily since 2009. His widely acclaimed Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people.Anthony has continually been named one of the 25 most influential people in the world in sales and marketing._Subscribe to my Sunday Newsletter for Exclusive Content: the Daily Blog: https://thesalesblog.comListen to the In the Arena Podcast: Connected Online:LinkedIn: Staffing: http://www.solutionsstaffing.comIannarino Fullen Group: http://www.iannarinofullen.comlast_img read more

first_imgICC World Cup 2007Finally, there they all are now. This peculiar congregation of multimillionaires, accountants, teachers, students, policemen and forklift driver. Blessed by Buddhist monks, sent off by Bollywood stars, showered with rose petals, attended to by masseurs and biomechanists, some propped up by mental skills coaches and psychologists and,ICC World Cup 2007Finally, there they all are now. This peculiar congregation of multimillionaires, accountants, teachers, students, policemen and forklift driver. Blessed by Buddhist monks, sent off by Bollywood stars, showered with rose petals, attended to by masseurs and biomechanists, some propped up by mental skills coaches and psychologists and others by blind faith and optimism.In the place where Bob Marley wrote, “One love/ One heart/ Let’s get together and feel alright,” brotherly love is going to be in short supply for seven weeks. Even in its shortened version, cricket seems to have a special ability to stretch time.Team India celebratesYes, West Indies’ own Cup is prolonged, unwieldy, overgrown. But more than most in decades past, this World Cup is more open, more unpredictable, more vulnerable to future shock. Two-time world champions Australia have lost six of their last seven ODIs. The “flightless” Kiwis’ build-up to the Cup included successful chases of totals above 335. Twice. In three days. Then they lost a warm-up game to Bangladesh. The pundits are now talking about ODI totals of 500 and cricket, it seems, can hardly wait. New Zealand’s Jacob Oram was ready to amputate a broken finger to make it to his team’s playing XI (only joking, he said later, probably after a severe phone call from Mrs Oram). The Dutch are so excited that they’ve taken unpaid leave from work and bought flight tickets with their own cash.Alright, alright, enough of the others, what about us? Could India possibly win and put an end to 24 years of yearning?It’s better to be sitting down now. Yes, India could. And no, their new “zero distraction, performance-enhancing” kit is not the cause. The World Cup 2007 is a lottery and India is chockful of high rollers willing who will get only this last gamble.The Form Book of TeamsClick here to EnlargeIt’s like Sachin Tendulkar says, “To win the Cup it’s not that you must play good cricket for 8-10 months. It’s just a matter of 8-10 important games.” Tendulkar is in his fifth World Cup and among the Indians, there is an entire generation that will not be back in 2011. Legspinner Anil Kumble will give up the short game after West Indies, his fourth Cup. For captain Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, three strikes is all they will get. After scoring 36,235 ODI runs and taking 579 ODI wickets, their collective achievements from 1,247 ODIs are all going to come down to 8-10 games.Between them, (with some help from Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman) Dravid and the three other greybeards own most of Indian cricket’s major records. Runs, wickets, captaincy, team victories. Everything except cricket’s biggest prize.Captain Dravid consistently stamps on any suggestion that the World Cup is the one yardstick to judge a player by. “What about Ian Botham? He didn’t win a World Cup; isn’t he remembered as a great player?” But ask this unsentimental man about what the World Cup is like and he is willing to break from prose and flirt a little with poetry. “The air around a World Cup is different. There’s no other cricket going on elsewhere. You think the eyes of the world are on you.” Guess what, Rahul? They are.These four men are also the keepers of the flame. They are the last of the active India players who have memories of what owning the World Cup meant to the Indian on the street. Because on June 25, 1983, they were the Indian on the street, ordinary kids watching their elder brothers cry and their fathers dance. Ajit Wadekar says this is India’s best-ever team to go to a World Cup.Tendulkar remembers the thrill of being allowed to stay up late to join the celebrations with older boys in the neighbourhood. The Kumble household didn’t have a TV but the news reached them via firecrackers. Dravid got an ice-cream as a special treat, and a ten-year-old Ganguly went running through the roads of Behala with the Indian flag in his hands.India is a different nation now, more impatient, less tolerant; its cricket more ruthless, less innocent. But the idea of winning the World Cup still turns its knees to water.India’s cricket is less innocent today than it was in 1983 but the Cup is still its Holy Grall.”People still remember that team,” says Kumble as the greyer, plumper heroes of 1983 do their quadrennial rounds on TV. “I would definitely like to have a trophy that I can say I was a part of winning. That’s what gives you the most satisfaction. Even though most of the time in India individual performances are highlighted.” Most of the time, but never with the World Cup. Never.The quartet of emperor, worker bee, problem solver and maverick are still trying to crack the chemistry of the Cup. Kumble looks at Australia and says, “The ability to get out of tough situations more than most teams, quality players and backing the same side. Recently, they’ve changed their side and they’ve lost.”MR CONSISTENT: Will Dravid repeat Kapil’s feat?It is not just greatness that wins World Cups. After all there were mostly mortals amongst the boys of 1983. It is not merely sweat, because today everyone sweats. It is not merely planning. Everyone has computers. It is not gee-whiz coaching, because at their peak, the West Indies didn’t need any coaches and Bob Woolmer has gone empty-handed twice already.It is talent, sweat, preparation, all this and more because the prize they are all shooting for is more than a shining trophy. It is sporting immortality itself. Sehwag, Zaheer Khan Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh finalists in 2003, came close enough to smell it. They will look upon their oldest colleagues, understand their urgency and know that soon, time will press upon them too.Average age of the teamsAustralia: 30.75South Africa: 30.02Sri Lanka: 29.25New Zealand: 28.71Pakistan: 27.73England: 27.69India: 27.68West Indies: 26.67Ajit Wadekar has called this the best Indian team to go to the World Cup. It doesn’t guarantee anything but India can look at what they have in the West Indies and feel secure. The fizz of youth, the zen of experience. Check. Hunters and collectors with the bat. Check. Pace, swing, spin. Check, check, check. India is also not the Dad’s Army it’s been made out to be (see box). If Dravid & Co are the brains and nerves behind the enterprise, men like Yuvraj, M.S. Dhoni and Irfan Pathan must supply its lung power.Six months ago, thanks to a kink in the ICC calendar, all the world’s teams met in the Champions Trophy and the old order was well in place. England couldn’t play, India had mood swings, and Australia won. Six months later, there is mayhem. The form guides show a churning amongst most sides barring South Africa who have impressively stayed on top. Even this can be explained by the fact that during this period, excluding four ODIs, South Africa have mostly stayed at home. Australia look mortal. The rest of the field believe they are in with a shot.This is not a jousting-of-nobleknights sort of World Cup. This is going to be a dogfight.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDisgraced former UEFA president Michel Platini insisted he had done nothing wrong and said his conscience was clear as he gave a farewell speech to European soccer’s governing body at their extraordinary Congress on Wednesday.The Frenchman, who resigned in May after being banned for from the sport for four years for ethics violations, was given a round of applause by the delegates but did not get a standing ovation.”Thank you. Thank you for these nine years. I think we did a great job…Friends of football, farewell,” said Platini, who was first elected in 2007, at the end of his seven-minute speech.His replacement was to be elected immediately afterwards with Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin and Dutchman Michael van Praag as the two candidates. (Also read: European football split as UEFA set to elect new president)Despite Platini’s ban, FIFA’s ethics committee said an exception had been made for the event as a “gesture of humanity.””It’s very emotional for me to be here but I’m also delighted to be here because this will be my last speech to a UEFA Congress,” Platini began.”You are going to continue this wonderful mission without me for reasons I don’t want to go into today.”I have a clear conscience, I am certain not to have made any mistake and will continue to fight this in the courts.”One of the finest players of his generation who went on to become a powerful sporting official, Platini was suspended over his dealings with fallen world soccer chief Sepp Blatter during the scandal which shook the sport’s global governing body last year.advertisementPlatini was banished along with Blatter over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.08 million) made to the Frenchman by FIFA with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.  (Also read: UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19)Platini said that football was “a game rather than a product, a sport rather than a market, a show not a business.””There isn’t one football for large nations and one for small nations, there is a single football, a single sport, it doesn’t belong to FIFA or UEFA, it belongs to the whole world,” he said.”That is why I wanted to come today to say thank you and, friends of football, farewell.”last_img read more

first_imgZURICH — Banished from soccer’s ruling body for eight years for unethical conduct, Sepp Blatter won’t give up the Presidency of his beloved FIFA without a fight.“I will fight. I will fight until the end,” Blatter said Dec. 21 at a news conference that started 90 minutes after he and former protege Michel Platini were each banned by FIFA’s ethics committee.It was a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders over a $2 million payment by FIFA to Platini, the President of European soccer’s ruling body UEFA. The payment is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.“I’m sad. It can’t go on this way. It’s not possible,” said the 79-year-old Blatter, who has spent more than half his life working for soccer’s scandal-hit governing body. “After 40 years, it can’t happen this way. I’m fighting to restore my rights.”Already serving a provisional ban, the elected FIFA President and his long-time likely successor were kicked out of the sport just two months before 209 member federations elect a new leader.Platini, a FIFA Vice President whose bid to succeed Blatter on Feb. 26 now looks over, described the proceedings as a “true mockery.”Their offences were judged to be conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA. They avoided life bans because corruption was not proven.Platini’s lawyer, Thibaud d’Ales, told The Associated Press it came as no surprise that the corruption charge had been dropped.“They used it with the sole purpose of dirtying Michel Platini, although they knew from the start it was an untenable argument,” D’Ales said.Guilty verdicts were expected. So were the subsequent denials of wrongdoing and promises of urgent appeals to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Blatter’s defiant display was a bonus for international media summoned to FIFA’s former headquarters, just hundreds of meters (yards) from the new building where he spent eight hours with four ethics judges on Dec. 17.The choice of venue hinted at a vintage Blatter show. He did not disappoint.Blatter invoked Nelson Mandela within a minute, pointing to the spot where the iconic South African leader had lifted the World Cup trophy 11 years ago, when his country was chosen as the host nation for the 2010 tournament.Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, the Nobel organization and the United Nations were also referenced in a spirited 52-minute performance as he held court with more than 100 journalists.His last words were “I’ll be back, thank you.”Blatter’s trademark fighting talk was delivered while still sporting a strip of surgical tape on his right cheek after a minor medical procedure five days earlier.Blatter made it clear he regretted his current position but declared he was innocent of any wrongdoing.“I am not ashamed,” he said. “I am sorry that I am a punching ball. I am sorry for football. … I am now suspended eight years, suspended eight years. Suspended eight years for what?”Platini was also dismissive of the ethics commission’s work.He said its proceedings, which included a hearing earlier this month that he did not attend, had been “orchestrated… by governing bodies that I know well” to tarnish him.“I’m convinced that my fate was sealed before the Dec. 18 hearing and that this decision is just a pathetic maneuver to hide a true will of taking me out of the football world,” the Frenchman said.“My behavior has always been faultless and I’m at peace with my own conscience.”Platini said he will also file a lawsuit in a civil court to seek damages for what he has endured during the ethics commission’s proceedings.In a brief statement, UEFA said it was “extremely disappointed” with the ruling and supported its leader’s right to clear his name.FIFA’s ethics judges decided that Blatter and Platini had broken ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering or receiving gifts.Platini took $2 million of FIFA money in 2011 – a payment approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.In the verdict, Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,400).“Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr. Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment,” the judges said.“By failing to place FIFA’s interests first and abstain from doing anything which could be contrary to FIFA’s interests, Mr. Blatter violated his fiduciary duty to FIFA.“His (Blatter’s) assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.”Blatter hit back at that conclusion during his news conference, portraying the ethics committee as saying of Platini and himself: “He’s a liar and I’m a liar.”“This is not correct,” Blatter said.Blatter acknowledged an administrative “error” in failing to register FIFA’s debt to Platini in its accounts for eight years, though he insisted: “This is nothing to do with the ethics regulations.”The Swiss had started tentatively and the grey bristles on his chin – that clearly showed he hadn’t shaven that morning – added to his aged appearance.Yet his voice grew stronger, seeming to take heart from gentle prompts and notes given by his only child, daughter Corinne, sitting to his left.He spoke in four languages and translated his own German, French and Spanish answers into English, clearly relishing the attention of a big audience again.By the end, with his top shirt button undone and tie loose, it was possible to forget that Blatter had faced a health scare on Nov. 1.“I am back, I am back, I am doing better,” he said. “I have the support of my daughter, I have the support of Linda (Barras), my love.”While Blatter wants to leave FIFA with his head high, the 60-year-old Platini wants to clear his name, pass a FIFA integrity check and be declared an official candidate in the election he had been favored to win.Platini’s campaign has stalled since he was questioned on Sept. 25 in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected criminal mismanagement at FIFA.Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the suspected “disloyal payment” of FIFA money to Platini and selling undervalued World Cup TV rights for the Caribbean.Platini was paid in February 2011, just before Blatter began campaigning for re-election against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. Platini’s UEFA urged its members weeks before the June 2011 election to back Blatter, who was elected unopposed when Bin Hammam was implicated in bribery.Few FIFA officials knew of the Platini payment which emerged during a wider Swiss probe of the governing body’s business affairs, including suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.“I have never cheated with money,” Blatter insisted, before claiming he still wielded authority in the sport. “I am still the President. Even if I am suspended, I am still the President.”__By Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin contributed from ParisTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Colombia announce 21-member squad Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Colombia U-17 squad (2) FCF Selección Colombia U17 World Cup Colombia U17 The South American nation are the first team to land in India ahead of the Under-17 World Cup next month… Colombia Under-17 team are to arrive on the 20th of this month at Delhi for their final set of preparations in Delhi ahead of the Under-17 World Cup.The Los Cafeteros shall undergo training at the Conscient Football School in Gurugram, the same facility which will be utilized by the India Under-17 squad.Coach Orlando Restrepo announced the final 21-member squad which shall compete at the World Cup in India. Some of the key absentees from the squad are Kevin Moreno, Heyler Gomez, Juan David Martinez, Marlon Tunjano, Alejandro Arboleda, Elson Mosquera, Wanderley Wandurraga and Carlos Mario Carranza. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Interestingly, right-back Mateo Garavito, who was one of the star players in Colombia’s performance in the South American Under-17 Championship, has been left out of the squad as well.”Ghana are a stroong, physical team and have had good performances at the World Championship before. India is tidy but they do not have great technique while USA are the strongest of all in our group,” said Restrepo.Colombia are grouped alongside India, USA and Ghana in Group A of the Under-17 World Cup. Their first game is on October 6 against Ghana in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Squad:Goalkeepers: Nicolás Gómez (Deportivo Cali), Kevin Leonardo Mier (Atlético Nacional), Daniel Melo (Liga del Atlántico).Defenders: Andrés Felipe Balanta (Deportivo Cali), Robert Andrés Mejía (Universitario de Popayán), Christian Andrade (Millonarios), Thomas Gutiérrez (Liga de Antioquia), Juan Sebastián Peñaloza (Liga de Antioquia).Midfielders: Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal (América), Luis Miguel López (Santa Fe), Yair Meneses (Envigado), Andrés Felipe Perea (Atlético Nacional), Brayan Arley Gómez (Atlético Nacional), Guillermo Tegue (Liga de Antioquia), Etilso Martínez (Liga de Antioquia), Fabián Steven Ángel (Barranquilla FC).Strikers: Déiber Caicedo (Deportivo Cali), Deyman Andrés Cortés (Atlético Huila), Jaminton Campáz (Deportes Tolima), David Barrero (Liga de Antioquia), Juan David Vidal (Barranquilla FC).last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles.The advice comes against the background of the recent increase in cases of the disease in the United States and across the region.Dr. Tufton said parents ought to take this precaution as measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease.“In order to stop the disease from spreading, 95 per cent of children in Jamaica need to be fully vaccinated with the two doses – MMR1 at 12 months and MMR2 at 18 months,” he noted.The Minister, who was making a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (April 23), said the vaccines are available at all public health centres across the island free of cost.He lamented that there has been a decrease in uptake of the vaccines over the last few years, and in 2018, Jamaica had 89 per cent coverage of MMR1 and 82 per cent coverage of MMR2.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton assured that there are no local or imported cases of measles in Jamaica.“As at 30 March 2019, there were 3,674 suspected cases and 596 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas, with over 300 of the confirmed cases from the USA. In Europe, in January 2019, there were 881 cases of measles reported from 19 countries,” he said.Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult. The virus circulates worldwide, and approximately 90 per cent of susceptible people (persons not vaccinated) who are exposed to someone with the virus will be infected.Most cases of measles are mild and symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to an infected person, but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.The complications from measles include ear infection and diarrhea, while severe complications include pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death. Pregnant women may give birth prematurely or have a low-birth-weight baby.Jamaica has had no local spread of measles since 1991. The last imported case of measles in Jamaica was in 2011.The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the island for imported cases of measles. Persons may call 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) or visit the nearest health centre for more information. Dr. Tufton said parents ought to take this precaution as measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated against measles. The advice comes against the background of the recent increase in cases of the disease in the United States and across the region.last_img read more

first_imgzoom BAE Systems has received a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers and cruisers, either homeported in or visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.The five-year contract, awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, includes modernization, maintenance, and repair work for the USS Chafee, USS John Paul Jones, USS Chung-Hoon, USS Hopper, USS Michael Murphy, USS O’Kane, USS Halsey, USS Milius, and USS Preble. This award marks a continuation of work BAE Systems has been performing on the same type of ships in Hawaii under a previous seven-year contract. “Our sustained, outstanding performance on the first MSMO award paved the way for this follow-on contract,” said Bill Clifford, president of Ship Repair at BAE Systems. “The Navy clearly recognizes our achievements and success in maintaining and modernizing these ships to ensure the readiness of the fleet. This award speaks volumes about the dedication and commitment of our highly skilled workforce, as well as our island suppliers and small businesses.”“The new contract — coupled with similar MSMO contracts in Norfolk, Virginia; Mayport, Florida; and San Diego, California — reinforces the company’s trusted partnership with the Navy. BAE Systems has successfully completed more than 300 cruiser and destroyer availabilities over the last 20 years,“BAE Systems said.BAE Systems, April 29, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Janko Hoener / CC-BY-SA-4.0. UK-based company Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a consortium of DIV/Fincantieri to collaborate on building ultra-luxury discovery yachts at the Croatian Uljanik shipyard.Signed on January 11, 2019, the LOI between Scenic and Uljanik’s newly selected strategic partner will lead the shipyard to set up a new discovery yacht division within the restructured shipbuilding group.This new joint venture will be focused on completing Scenic Eclipse, expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s discovery yachts, Scenic said.Scenic also revealed that the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht, is being amended to August 15, 2019.“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” a spokesperson of Scenic stated.Launched in Pula in January 2018, the 22,498 gross ton newbuilding will be able to accommodate 237 passengers and 172 crew members. It will feature a length of 165.7 meters and a width of 21.4 meters and fly the flag of Malta.The delivery of the ship has been delayed due to ongoing financial challenges faced by Uljanik. Shipyard workers have not been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions, resulting in months of lost production.To keep the build moving as quickly as possible, Scenic has expanded the team within the shipyard by employing cruise ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway. The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team.On the occasion of the LOI signing, Glen Moroney, founder and chairman of Scenic, said he believes Uljanik will soon solve financial problems the shipbuilder has been facing. What is more, Moroney said that the construction of the second discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, will start following the approval of the shipbuilder’s restructuring program.The parties have commenced works on designing a new series of Scenic’s ultra-luxury expedition cruise ships to be built at Uljanik.last_img read more

first_imgThe province’s mobile asphalt plant is now in operation. The crew started work today, Aug. 3, in Victoria County. “I’m very pleased to see this work begin and I can assure Nova Scotians that despite a late start, we will do the road work we promised,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Maurice Smith. “Delays with the asphalt plant were unfortunate, but I’m confident that Nova Scotians will see improvements in the roads and highways in their communities.” The minister explained that the work will get done through a combination of using the mobile asphalt plant and tenders. The province’s chip-seal operation, which saved $2 million last year, continues to operate this year, generating more savings to be reinvested in road work. In previous years, the province was paying private industry $91,000 per kilometre of double chip seal. In 2011, the province paid $40,000 per kilometre for tendered work. If the province had not started its own in-house crew, there would be no increased competition, no reason for industry to start reducing their prices. Taxpayers would still be paying top dollar. The province has paved more than 1,900 kilometres in the last three years. More than $1 billion has been invested in paving and repaving roads and highways across the province. “We are confident that our forward-looking five year plan is putting Nova Scotia on the right track,” said Mr. Smith.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative congratulates Academy Award nominee Laura Dern for her acclaimed performance in the movie adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild,” in which she portrays Strayed’s mother, Bobbi Lambrecht, who died of lung cancer only seven weeks after being diagnosed.Laura Dern continues the Oscars celebration by slipping into a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress for the Vanity Fair After-PartyCredit/Copyright: Mike Windle/Getty ImagesTo help elevate awareness of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Dern and Strayed debuted statement jewelry featuring LUNG FORCE’s signature color, turquoise, on the red carpet and later, Dern donned a turquoise Badgley Mischka dress at the exclusive Vanity Fair After-Party.“When I first got involved in the project, I was so moved by Cheryl and her mother’s story,” Dern said. “And after researching the role, I was shocked to learn that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, but only one percent of women say lung cancer is even on their radar. That’s why I’m asking all women to unite and share their voices to fight this deadly disease. Go to to see how you can get involved.”Strayed added, “I know very personally how lung cancer affects women – no one should have to lose their mother the way I did. That’s why I feel an obligation to help unite all women so we can – one day – defeat this disease.”LUNG FORCE, which is nationally presented by CVS Health, works to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. In 1987, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women, and is projected to kill more than 71,000 American women in 2015, accounting for about 26 percent of all female cancer deaths.“Cheryl’s very moving story embodied by Laura’s breakthrough performance in ‘Wild’ is a powerful reminder of the need to fight this deadly disease,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “Through this, we aim to continue to raise awareness of lung cancer and, ultimately, defeat lung cancer. The time for change is now.”Visit to learn more, or join the conversation on Facebook at or on Twitter at read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council met on Monday and approved plans for a new off-leash dog park to be built at Toboggan Hill Park.EDS Group Inc. presented a detailed design of the dog park to councillors, with the hopes of beginning construction late summer or early fall.Detailed design plan from EDS. Photo provided by the City of Fort St. John. Motocross Track Park:Pros: Room for a large and small dog area.Cons: Small parking lot, large gulley, loud noises.Priority: Long term.Motocross track dog park. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.RV Site Park:Pros: Good for tourists, makes people traveling with dogs potentially stop in the city.Cons: Next to highway, loud for dogs.Priority: Near term.RV site dog park. Photo by the city of Fort St. John. EDS proposed that the treed area of Toboggan Hill Park along 93rd street be cleared out to make room for the new eight acre park. That area would consist of a year-round dog park, with three different spaces for miniature, small, and large dogs. The park would also include watering sites, picnic areas, and a public washroom that would be accessible to the skate park as well.EDS Principal John Buchko explained that the park would feature paved and wood chipped walking areas for owners and their dogs with the paths being maintained year round.There is already a small dog park at Toboggan Hill, but residents have complained that the gravel in the area hurts their dogs paws. 60 percent of residents surveyed said that the city of Fort St. John would benefit from a new dog park.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that Toboggan Hill will be the only dog park built this year, but there could be as many as three more built in the near future. The other sites that were deemed most suitable for possible future parks are:Kin Park:Pros: large area for dogs exercise.Cons: Next to playground with many young children.Priority: Medium term.Kin Park dog park plan. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.center_img Council voiced their pleasure at the safety of the parks as well as them being beneficial for residents and travelers with dogs.“I like that the park is based around safety,” said councillor Lilia Hansen.“The one by the sani-dump is good for travelers and people who live in that area,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “I like the idea of Toboggan Hill, Kin Park, and the RV lot.”last_img read more

The United Kingdom plans to join the World Tourism Organization (WTO) in what the United Nations specialized agency has called “a historic turning point” for the future development of international tourism cooperation.“We shall extend our most heartfelt welcome to the United Kingdom in the WTO family and put in place a mechanism so that the UK plays an adequate role in world tourism and in global economy,” the Madrid-based agency’s Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli said of the British decision, announced on Wednesday by UK Tourism Minister Richard Caborn.Mr. Frangialli called the decision “a historic turning point, which demonstrates the value of the Organization for the tourism sector as a whole.”The WTO, comprising 145 Member States, seven territories and over 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, destinations and education, serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism know-how, playing a decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.It plays a major role in stimulating public-private sector partnerships and in encouraging the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to ensure that member countries, tourist destinations and businesses maximize the positive economic, social and cultural effects of tourism and fully reap its benefits, while minimizing its negative social and environmental impacts.Among reasons cited by Mr. Caborn for the UK’s accession were the membership of China and Russia, two of Britain’s biggest new markets, and last December’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami which demonstrated the value of international co-operation in re-building vital tourism infrastructures. read more

Businesses and entrepreneurs across Canada stepping in to help Syrian refugees CALGARY – Businesses and entrepreneurs across the country are stepping in to help settle the thousands of Syrian refugees coming to Canada over the next few weeks.Real estate companies are contributing apartments, airlines are offering seats and individual business leaders are chipping in cash.Calgary-based Mainstreet Equity Corp. offered at least 200 apartments across western Canada to house refugees at a discounted rate.Wednesday’s offer follows a similar one last week by fellow Calgary-based Boardwalk Rental Communities to provide 350 apartments across the Prairies and in Montreal, and Westbank Corp.’s donation of 12 fully furnished and stocked apartments in downtown Vancouver.Bob Dhillon, the CEO of Mainstreet, said his experience immigrating to Canada from war-torn Liberia with his family in the 1970s helped motivate him to assist the refugees.“I can relate to what these guys are going through. They’re going through turmoil, hardship, a difficult time, and if we can make their lives easier on their entry to Canada, why not?” Dhillon said in an interview.“I think how we made this country so beautiful is to open our hearts up at times like this.”The company says it hasn’t finalized what kind of discount will be provided, but said it could include temporarily waiving the rent or offering the discounted rate for a longer period of time.David McIlveen, director of community development at Boardwalk, says his company will be offering discounts of $150 a month for the first year, similar to what it offers in its other affordable housing programs.“We follow the news like anybody else, and we knew there was a need,” said McIlveen.In Ontario, meantime, a businessman in Guelph has spearheaded the future settlement of 50 Syrian families in his community.Jim Estill, chief executive of Danby appliances and a former Blackberry Ltd. director, says he’s helped organize charities in Guelph to prepare for the refugees and called on his business associates to help set up accommodation and other necessities.Estill says he’s also agreed to post the cash needed to sponsor refugees, which amounts to an estimated $27,000 for each family of four — but he’s downplaying the commitment.“This isn’t about the money,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s about landing people properly and integrating them …. I just know what’s going on is horrific and we need to do something, and I didn’t see people doing things,” said Estill.He added that Canada’s business community can help out both financially and by tapping into business networks to provide necessities for the influx of refugees.“I think the best way to help is stand up and say you’re going to do it, and go do it,” he said.Earlier this month, Air Canada offered to help ferry refugees to Canada, and Calgary-based charter airline Enerjet says it will make its fleet of aircraft available to the government to assist with refugee resettlement.Following the government’s revision of its refugee plan Tuesday, Canada is set to resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of the year, with another 15,000 set to arrive by the end of February 2016.—Follow @ibickis on Twitter by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2015 9:16 am MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR) reported a profit of US$50 million in its latest quarter compared with a loss a year ago.The company behind Tim Hortons and Burger King says the profit amounted to 21 cents per share for the three months ended March 31.That compared with a loss of US$8.3 million or four cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue slipped to US$918.5 million from US$933.3 million as the weak Canadian dollar cut into Tim Hortons revenue.On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands said it earned US$142.1 million or 30 cents per share in the latest quarter, up from US$73.9 million or 16 cents per share a year ago.Comparable store sales at Tim Hortons increased 5.6 per cent after adjustments for currency changes, while Burger King saw a 4.6 per cent increase.“Innovative product launches and continued expansion of our global footprint drove favourable comparable sales and system-wide sales growth for the quarter,” Restaurant Brands chief executive Daniel Schwartz said in a statement.“We believe our focused approach on delivering a great guest experience and growing franchisee profitability will support long-term, sustainable value for our guests, franchisees, employees and shareholders.” by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 5:23 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Restaurant Brands reports US$50M Q1 profit compared with year-ago loss read more

first_imgSirius Minerals has varied its existing mineral transport system (MTS) tunnelling contract with STRABAG AG to include the engineering, procurement and construction of the fit-out of the system at its polyhalite project in Yorkshire, England.The MTS fit-out scope includes the fit-out of the MTS conveyor, the maintenance railway, electrical and communications infrastructure, and all other services in the tunnel essential to the operation of the MTS.Sirius said the price of the MTS fit-out was in line with the company’s capital re-estimate announced on September 6.The MTS will carry the company’s mined polyhalite from 360 m underground at the Woodsmith mine site to the materials handling facility at Wilton, Teesside, on a 37 km underground conveyor system. The tunnel will be constructed by three tunnel boring machines and the conveyor system in the MTS will be designed to handle 20 Mt/y of throughput. It will also contain maintenance rail and services, including a 66 kV power feeder from Wilton International industrial complex.More than 50% of the MTS fit-out price is on a fixed rate or lump-sum basis, with the remainder based upon estimated prices to be converted into fixed prices prior to completion of stage two financing. The proposed schedule for the MTS fit-out is in line with the company’s overall project schedule, Sirius said.This is a significant step forward for the project, with Sirius saying it has now completed its procurement for the major construction packages related to the stage two senior debt financing process.Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO of Sirius, said the company’s efforts were now focused on the successful execution of its financing plan to fully finance the construction of its polyhalite project.As previously announced, the company expects the capital funding requirement of the project to be $3.4-$3.6 billion (previously $3bn), with a $3 billion senior debt financing being the appropriate level of debt.Given the timing of completion of the final procurement contracts, final lender commitment letters are expected to be received in December and January. The company is targeting financial close of stage two financing in the March quarter.last_img read more

first_img9.30am: Youth Work is the focus for the Committee on Health and Children in Committee Room 2 first thing. The National Youth Council of Ireland are amongst the groups appearing.  Everything else happening in the Dáil 11.45am: Work continues on the Industrial Development (Forfás Dissolution) Bill 2013, followed by the upper chamber version of ‘Topical Issues’, ‘Matters on the Adjournment’, whereby members discuss various issues of concern to constituents. Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here 12.21pm: After Order of Business, it’s back to wok on the above bill and on the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 (if not already concluded) and the Health (General Practitioners Service) Bill 2014. 1030am: ‘Order of Business’ time for senators. Midday: The embattled (or is he still ‘embattled’, now that he’s quitting?) Labour leader Eamon Gilmore fields opposition questions today. Probably one part of the job he won’t miss, once he steps down… WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on 09.30am, Dáil: Education Minister Ruairí Quinn will be taking questions on his Department’s activities first thing this morning. Given that ASTI members have been hardening their stance on proposed junior cycle changes in recent days, this could be interesting.  center_img 10.45am: Work continues today on four pieces of legislation, beginning in the morning with the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014.  10am, Committee Room 1. The Public Accounts Committee gathers this morning to discuss a varied agenda — including its own ongoing business (always worth a look, considering the high-profile Rehab scandal). NAMA officials will also appear before members to discuss their latest annual report. The Agency is predicting it will return a profit on the bad loans it bought from the country’s banks once its work has concluded. Everything happening in the Seanad 10.45am: What’s the role of the arts in bringing the two communities together in Northern Ireland? The Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tackles that question today. Committee Room 4.  10.30am: The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade also meets today. Expect a workaday session as members discuss “the ratification by Ireland of the Internal Agreement concerning the 11th European Development Fund”. That’s in Committee Room 3. The Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht panel also meets in the same location at 12.45. What will they be talking about? They won’t say – it’s listed as ‘private’.  Everything else that’s happening in the Committees Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a bill become a law? >last_img read more

first_imgImage credit: Modern ExpressSomething for the weekend: Although most employees would move mountains in order to avoid rush hour traffic on the way to work, one Chinese employee has taken a more direct approach by repainting road signs to ease congestion on his daily commute.The 28-year-old employee, Cai, has been fined 1,000 yuan (£112) for repainting directional road arrows in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, after he was caught on surveillance footage attempting to redirect traffic.Armed with a can of white paint, Cai was spotted painting a new road arrow in a left turn only lane to instead enable road traffic to use the lane to continue straight ahead. He decided to take this action, which was caught on camera on 27 September, after becoming frustrated with long delays during his bus journey to work.Traffic police have since deployed workers to repaint the road.According to Chinese publication Modern Express, Cai told local police: “I saw that the straight lane was always packed with cars, while the lane that turns left has a lot of space. I thought changing the signs would make my commute smoother.”Here at Employee Benefits, we can see the appeal of redirecting the hectic traffic on Oxford Street outside our office to ensure a quicker, simpler and stress-free commute. If only we could get the tube to go directly to our nearest station and skip all the stops in between…last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A gas leak caused early morning road closures, Tuesday, in Miami.According to Miami Fire Rescue, crews were sent to the leak at Northwest 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue.There were no reported injuries, but Miami Police had to block off the surrounding area while the leak was being fixed.As of 11 a.m., fire crews were still on the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgVancouver-based Graphite One Resources announced this month they’ve finalized all land purchases for a promising graphite claim on the Seward Peninsula. But village residents in the area are concerned the proposed mine could harm subsistence resources. And they’re frustrated they haven’t yet heard from company officials.Download AudioGraphite One Resources has already drilled some exploratory holes at their claim. Vice President Dean Besserer says they’ll do more work this summer to measure the mine’s economic potential.“It’s similar to pre-feasibility stage, so applying some economics to ensure that the resource is actually viable or looks to be viable for mining,” Besserer said.This summer the company will stage operations from a camp off the Teller Road, with more employees working in Nome testing deposit samples. Jerald Brown, a vice-president at the Bering Straits Regional Corporation says they’ve worked with Graphite One the last two years, helping with logistics.GraphiteOne has attracted a lot of interest. The city of Nome has referred to the potential value of the deposit to bolster its case for building a deep-draft port. And at Monday’s common council meeting, port project manager Joy Baker spoke of getting inquiries about graphite ore transport from a shipping company based in Norway. But so far the mining company has not reached out to the nearby communities of Brevig Mission or Teller, both of which would be directly affected if the deposit is mined.Albert Oquilluq has served on the Mary’s Igloo Traditional Council based in Teller since 2005. He says potential mine site is one of the most important subsistence grounds for people living in the area.“The importance of the graphite creek area—it’s a food source, a seasonal food source. We get moose and musk ox and reindeer, occasionally. And migratory birds when they migrate through there. It’s an abundant resource,” Oquilluq said. “And we also get a lot of our berries for the winter there. It’s just a great place to get our winter supply of food.”There’s also fishing and a small seal harvest from nearby waterways. Oquilluq says nobody with the three IRA’s close by were aware of the claim’s development status. Nor have they been contacted by anyone from the company about the possibility of open-pit mining near a prime food and water source.“Yeah, we also haven’t heard from this company,” Oquilluq said. “Now the sale is final on that and there was no imput—we did not have any input in the decision making process, so, we kind of feel left out. It’s gonna affect our food security, so…”Matt Ganley is in charge of land and resources for BSNC, and says that while they’ve helped Graphite One with logistics in the region, that has not included contacting any tribal governments. Besserer says that Graphite One is waiting until after the Alaska Mining Conference this April to reach out to communities close to the deposit.“Well we understand that we need to have a presence in the community, and educate both the people and the shareholders in the area as to what’s going on with respect to Graphite One’s exploration campaign,” Besserer said. “And we aim to do that in both the spring and summer of this year.”Joe Price, project manager for Graphite One, says the company held off reaching out to tribes in the region until work on the mine was further along. That way they’d have firmer information on hand for meetings.last_img read more