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When Should You Make Your Calls?

first_imgSalespeople have all kinds of superstitions around when they should make certain kinds of calls.Some salespeople refuse to make cold calls on Monday. This group believes that the last thing anyone wants is a call from a salesperson first thing out of the gate Monday morning. Others believe that Mondays are the very best possible day to make their calls. They believe that people that want to get things done take those calls so they can schedule an appointment to take care of something important.Some salespeople believe that Monday is the very best day to call you existing clients. The logic here is that you can ask them about their upcoming week. Others believe that Friday is the best day to call your existing clients, after their clients have completed their tasks for the week and created some breathing room.Who’s right and who’s wrong?The Arrogance of Reading MindsThe truth of the matter is that no one knows the best time to call. How could you?Some of your dream clients might have a project you could help with staring them in the face on Monday morning. Your call might be just what they need. Or they might be so overwhelmed that sound of their phone ringing is enough to put them in what we might call “an un-resourceful state.”It’s a certain kind of arrogance to believe you can read your dream client’s mind. You can’t. And as soon as you start to generalize about a giant, diverse group of people, you are automatically wrong. Each individual contact is dealing with their own life, they have their own agenda, and they have their communication preferences. There is no way you can know their minds, and it’s a waste of time to try.I think the fuss over when to make the calls should be replaced with a focus on a more important issue, namely: “Are you prepared to create value for your dream client when you do call?” If the reason you are calling is so you can share your ideas about how your dream client can increase their revenue, decrease their costs, improve their profitability, or somehow make a difference for their business results, it doesn’t matter when you call.Your odds of success are improved by the content of your call more than they are by the day you choose to make it.Making Calls Now is Better Than Making Calls LaterThat said, I do have another strong opinion: making calls right now is better than making calls later.The sooner you make the client to your dream client, the sooner you begin to open the relationships that open opportunities. Even if you fail to gain an appointment, you have begun developing a relationship, and you have begun to establish your strong desire to work with and make a difference for your dream client. The only thing that waiting does is postpone the opening of that relationship.The same is true when calling your existing clients. You should call anytime you have something valuable to share with your clients. If that’s a Monday, so be it.Let this be your guide: Calls made are better than calls unmade. Calls made sooner are better than calls made later. Calls about something valuable are better than calls that waste time.QuestionsDo you have some superstition about when you should make certain calls?How do you know exactly when your dream client will be most receptive to your call?Do you ever put more focus on the “when” of making your calls than you do on the content of the call? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Sports Ministry grants recognition to BFI, says it secy-gen

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 27 (PTI) In a much awaited decision, the Sports Ministry has granted formal recognition to Basketball Federation of India, according to the secretary general of the BFI. Earlier this month, the Indian Olympic Association has granted affiliation to the BFI faction led by K Govindaraj, which was recognised by the world governing body (Fiba). This Govindaraj-led faction has been granted recognition by the Sports Ministry. “This recognition has been granted as the BFI has fulfilled all the conditions laid down by the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 for grant of recognition as a National Sports Federation (NSF),” the BFI said in a release. “Ever since the election of Govindaraj, Chander Mukhi Sharma and V Raghothaman as president, secretary general and treasurer respectively, of the BFI in March 2015, Indian basketball has grown from strength to strength. “Indian teams have participated in 16 prestigious international competitions across various age groups in both the men and women sections. BFI has hosted two South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championships and important FIBA gatherings such as the FIBA Asia Central Board Meeting and the FIBA New Competitions System Workshop. The BFI has also been successfully conducting regular National Championships and various FIBA Coaching Certification courses. “The BFI has also been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting prestigious FIBA competitions this year, starting with the FIBA Womens Asia Cup 2017 which is already underway in Bengaluru,” the release said. Speaking about the ministry decision, Chander Mukhi Sharma said, “This positive step is in recognition of the continued service to the game under the leadership and guidance of our President Shri K Govindaraj. Im thankful to all the stakeholders who have stood by us and supported us in the last two and a half years. We will take the game to new heights.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Riyad Mahrez keen to stay at Manchester City despite limited minutes

first_imgWinger Riyad Mahrez has said he will not seek a move away from Premier League champions Manchester City in search of more playing time after helping Pep Guardiola’s side win their second successive title over the weekend.Mahrez, who became the club’s record signing last year at a reported 60 million pounds ($77.78 million), started only 14 league games this season as Guardiola opted for Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the wings.The Algerian has chipped in with seven league goals and four assists this season, including one in the 4-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion that sealed the title, and said he would not shy away from the competition for a starting spot.”I’m very happy here,” Mahrez told reporters. “I’m not going somewhere else because I don’t play.”It’s part of the game. I need to be strong, stay strong. It’s part of my personality, I never hide from things.”Mahrez, who was the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year when he led Leicester City to the 2015-16 league title, said he knew it would be difficult to earn his spot in Guardiola’s record-breaking team.City won the title last season with a record 100 points, winning 32 games and scoring 106 goals in the process.”It’s not easy to come to a team who are settled and have the players who play,” Mahrez added. “That squad did everything last season.”I knew it wouldn’t be easy in my first year but I’m very confident in myself and have no doubts about my quality.”advertisementCity, who also won the League Cup earlier this season, have the chance to seal an unprecedented English domestic treble when they take on Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday.Also Read | Chris Hughton sacked as Brighton managerlast_img read more

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Dybala keen on Pogba reunion

first_imgTransfers Dybala wants Pogba reunion at Juventus Josh Challies 00:06 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dybala & Pogba cropped Getty Images Transfers Juventus Manchester United Premier League Serie A Paulo Dybala Paul Pogba Amid reports that the France midfielder is unsettled at Old Trafford, Dybala admits he would love to see him back in Turin Paulo Dybala wants a reunion with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Juventus.France international Pogba arrived at United from Juve for an initial €105 million in 2016 but has struggled for consistency in the Premier League.The 25-year-old was dropped by Jose Mourinho in 2017-18 as reports of a strained relationship between the pair surfaced, leading to links with a return to the Serie A champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Dybala inherited the Bianconeri’s number 10 jersey from Pogba and is keen to link up with his former team-mate again.”Hearing that he is maybe coming back, I’m very happy, even more with the relationship I have with him. Now we could stop making video calls and we would go back to training together,” the Argentina star told TyC Sports.”I felt very good on the pitch with him. There was a lot of feeling between us, and we also get on very well off the field.”We always created new greetings, new ways to celebrate a goal, like when we touched our fingers after watching Dragon Ball Z.”Pogba or Dybala ? Make your choice at https://t.co/pRpVziFcSX ! #ForzaJuve @adidasfootball pic.twitter.com/LoQofo9OmU— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 17, 2016Dybala could take on Pogba at the World Cup in Russia, as Argentina and France are tipped as contenders to go all the way in the tournament.last_img read more

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The world will never be the same Humboldt one year after deadly

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — After the last funeral, Matteo Carboni didn’t go back.Ten months passed before the minister from Humboldt, Sask., realized he hadn’t set foot again inside the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.“There could be some kind of subconscious reasons why,” he says.Thousands gathered at the arena last April to mourn after the team’s bus and a semi-truck collided while the Broncos were on the way to a playoff game. Sixteen people were killed and another 13 were injured.Mourners came with flowers and hockey sticks and candles. And they came for funerals.Carboni attended some of the services and helped organize a vigil. He’s doing so again Saturday for a memorial marking the one-year anniversary of the crash.“I used to go there all the time,” says Carboni, seated in the stained-glass sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.Massive farming equipment and a pork plant greet visitors heading into the quiet prairie city, home to about 6,000 people. Along Main Street, reminders of the tragedy are everywhere.“Prayers for Humboldt” and “Humboldt Strong” stickers pepper storefronts and rear windows of vehicles. Fire hydrants, with the team’s signature green-and-yellow stripes, are painted to look like Broncos players.At the art gallery, there’s a cycling exhibit of hundreds of crafts and gifts sent to the city after the crash.The Spotlight sportswear store sells T-shirts, hoodies and hats emblazoned with “We are Humboldt Strong.”“Everyone still wants a piece of the Broncos, something to wear in honour, to show some pride,” says the store’s founder, Mike Yager. “Last week we shipped a package to Argentina.”The Broncos crash made news around the world. People from 80 countries donated $15 million to support those on the bus and their families.No other place felt the impact more than Humboldt, where the Broncos are part of the community’s identity.Brenda Kraft pours coffee at Wong’s Restaurant on a recent afternoon. She says many of her friends and customers had loved ones on the Broncos bus that day.“One lady’s daughter is finally realizing her brother’s gone. She’s really taking it hard,” she says.Lou Pascal sits at a table of men talking over coffee. He’s retired and doesn’t go to games anymore, but years ago used to ride the team’s bus and do colour commentary at games.  “The emotions were pretty good there,” he says, his voice shaking. “It made you feel like you were part of something that was exceptional.”Pascal can’t explain why he hasn’t visited the crash site yet.“You feel sorry, but there’s nothing you can do. You feel helpless. You feel useless.”Some residents say the crash has brought people closer.“You have more, ‘Hello, how are you?’” says lifelong resident Val Lins while walking to the legion hall.At the hockey arena, average attendance at games was up this year and the number of season ticket holders jumped to 750 from about 400, says Broncos president Jamie Brockman.There were also more out-of-province spectators in the stands, he says.In what would turn out to be an unsuccessful yet celebrated playoff run, the Broncos played their final game on home ice against the Estevan Bruins on March 24.Hundreds of fans dressed in Broncos jerseys showed up. In between periods, many wandered to a glass display containing tributes and photographs honouring last season’s team.Carboni says he’s still processing the past year.He wrestles with trying to understand how greatly people around the world — strangers to Saskatchewan — were touched by the crash.Humboldt is healing, he says, and people are rebuilding their lives.Carboni suggests Saturday not only marks the anniversary of the crash, but the beginning of another chapter when attention on Humboldt will start to fade.  “The world will never be the same for any of us, but we have each other.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Save the date – Paul Jenkins speaks at Brock

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 4.  Former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, Paul Jenkins, will be visiting the Brock campus to speak. He will attend a reception for graduates and friends of the Faculty of Business to be held that evening. Jenkins is a St. Catharines native and a Brock chapter Beta Gamma Sigma honoree. Time, location and speech topic to follow, but be sure to save the date.

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Human trafficking fastest growing form of organized crime UN anticrime chief

“I am not referring to the smuggling of migrants but to the modern form of human slavery where the victim loses the freedom to control his or her own life,” Pino Arlacchi, the Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Drug Control and Crime Prevention Programme (UNDCP), said today in an address to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).”There are reports that drug traffickers are switching to human cargo to obtain greater profit with less risk,” he said. After noting several examples from around the world of thousands of persons – particularly women and children – taken against their will each year and forced into slavery or prostitution, Mr. Arlacchi said both organizations needed to be more proactive in implementing their common policy against trafficking in human beings. “This means helping our Member States introduce or upgrade their legislation,” he said. “It means assistance in the training of prosecutors and police. It means educating the public to the true nature of this form of crime.” Mr. Arlacchi said that as multilateral organizations, the UN and the OSCE could be especially effective in addressing the urgent need for operational cooperation along the whole chain – source countries, transit countries and destination countries. “The OSCE already has initiatives of this nature, and the UN can work closely with those initiatives in trying to move forward on a global level,” he said, calling for countries to ratify the International Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which received a record number of signatures last December in Palermo, Italy. read more

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1000 mourners flock to funeral of UN health agency chief Lee Jongwook

More than 1,000 people packed into the Geneva’s Basilique Notre-Dame for the funeral of Lee Jong-wook, Director-General of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), paying tribute to a man praised for his passion for his work and his kindness to his fellow human beings. “One of the last things he did was, on Friday night, to rush out and buy a take-away Chinese meal for two staff who were working late,” the head of Dr. Lee’s office, Bill Kean, told the mourners at yesterday’s ceremony. Dr. Lee, who died on Monday after suffering a stroke on Saturday, was a “man of action,” whose adventurous spirit led him to “experience more, see more, and do more,” his son, Tadahiro, said. “This spirit made him great at work, and great at life.”Tadahiro said his father gave 100 per cent of his attention to each one of the people he cared about, and to the issues he was passionate about. Dr. Lee became WHO chief in July 2003. Before that, he had worked for more than 20 years for the agency, first battling leprosy in the South Pacific islands, then tackling vaccine-preventable diseases, including polio. “Dr Lee’s work defined and exemplified the very best of WHO,” his compatriot Rhyu Si-min, Health and Welfare Minister of the Republic of Korea, said on behalf of the international health community.“He wanted change to take place on the ground. He travelled great distances, to more than 60 countries in three years. And he would never hesitate to travel the distance across the floor to take the hand of a child who was sick. His work has touched millions, and has made their lives better.”Staff remembered Dr. Lee for his direct interest in their work. It was common for him to drop by someone’s office to find out what they were doing, or to call WHO representatives in country offices and ask them how things were going. “He was never off duty. His agile mind was constantly turning over situations, plans and ideas. He never stopped thinking,” Dr. Kean said.Deputy UN Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown represented Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Other UN Agency heads present included Ann Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF0, Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).His widow has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Lee should be given to the project where she works, Socios En Salud in Lima, Peru. Donations can be given via the sister organization of Socios En Salud, Partners In Health. read more

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Competition Season Continues for PT3

Just before the holidays, Pineau’s Tumbling and Trampoline Team (PT3) traveled to a meet in Gunnison. Seven athletes competed at the event and ended with the following scores:Rickelle Collins 111 (Pictured)Audacee Eden 111Brittany Longmore 112Kashley Rhodes 113Tylee Jensen 222Naomi Mathis 145Mackenna Payton 569Then, just a number of days later, PT3 competed in Helper at an event sponsored by Carbon County Recreation. Competitors and their scores were as follows:Rickelle Collins 111Skyler Oveson 111Tylee Jensen 112Kashley Rhodes 122Naomi Mathis 122Marisa Oveson 122Mersadie Oveson 123Nevaeh Whiting 122Audacee Eden 134Kambryn Iriart 135Indie Pikyavit 234Mackenna Payton 359Local judges for the Helper contest included Lily Smith, Granger West and Sierra Jensen.An in-house competition was also held in Helper during that time. Athletes that finished in the top three were as follows:1st – Makaya Vigor, Eliza Pitcher, Brylei Velasquez, Lanaya Pitcher, Nevaeh Whiting2nd – Berkli Tullio, Deagon Westover, Mariza Morrow, Kaylee Pitcher, N’aomi Smith3rd – Riley Westover, Malia Smith and Keyire MorrowPT3 would like to thank the following sponsors for their constant support: Wolverine Dugout Mine, Carbon Emery RV Inc., Wall Contractors Inc., Swire Coca Cola, and Full Circle Sign and Design. read more

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Barcelona scores late frustrates Atletico Madrid again

MADRID — Another late goal for Barcelona, another disappointing draw for Atletico Madrid.For the second consecutive year, Atletico wasn’t able to hold on to its lead against Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, missing another chance to end its winless streak against the Catalan club in the Spanish league.Ousmane Dembele’s 90th-minute goal gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against Atletico to 17 leagues matches.Diego Costa put Atletico ahead in the 77th with his first league goal of the season.Last year, it was an 82nd-minute equalizer by Luis Suarez that denied Atletico.“We let it slip away,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “Details made the difference.”Atletico hasn’t beaten Barcelona in the league since 2010, before Simeone took charge. It has only two wins against the Catalan club in 27 matches, both in the Champions League.The result kept Barcelona one point in front of Atletico at the top of the league, with Sevilla having a chance to move past both teams with a home win against Valladolid on Sunday.“Atletico is definitely a rival for us in the title race,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It was important to salvage a draw.”Neither team created significant scoring chances until Costa’s close-range header on a corner taken by Antoine Griezmann.Dembele’s equalizer came from a low left-footed shot past goalkeeper Jan Oblak after a pass by Lionel Messi.Real Madrid dropped five points behind Barcelona after its perfect run under coach Santiago Solari came to an end with a shock 3-0 defeat at Eibar.MADRID’S SETBACKReal Madrid struggled on both sides of the field, never getting close to victory in its visit to Eibar.The attack was inefficient and defensive mistakes proved costly for Solari’s team as it lost to the Basque Country club for the first time.In his first match since being given the permanent coaching job, Solari was trying to win his fifth straight match since replacing the fired Julen Lopetegui.Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike Garcia scored at Ipurua Stadium.“Eibar played with real heart and that was clear for all to see,” Solari said. “They played extremely well and we couldn’t match them. We have to congratulate them on a quality, complete performance.”Defeat left Madrid with one of the league’s worst defences, 19 goals conceded. Only four teams have conceded more.Barcelona also has conceded 19 goals after 13 matches.VALENCIA’S RUNValencia easily defeated relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano 3-0 for its fourth win in its last five matches in all competitions.Santi Mina scored twice and Kevin Gameiro once for the hosts, which had won only once in their first 13 games.The good run moved Valencia to ninth in the standings, safely away from the relegation zone.Rayo Vallecano, second-to-last in the standings and winless since its third match of the season, played the final minutes with 10 men after Luis Advincula was shown his second yellow card.HUESCA STAYS LASTHuesca drew with Levante 2-2, staying in last place and extending its winless streak to 12 matches.Playing in the first division for the first time, Huesca hasn’t won since the first round.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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12year open pit life for Desert Scheelite pilot mountain scoping study

first_imgThe Board of Thor Mining reports the results of a scoping study for the Pilot Mountain tungsten project in Nevada, USA. Highlights:Desert Scheelite operational life of 12 years with open pit mining over 11 years and one additional year to complete processingTotal Desert Scheelite forecast open pit production of 7.5 MtAnnual throughput of 650,000 t from the Desert Scheelite open pit, producing scheelite concentrates and copper silver concentrates, plus zinc silver concentratesPreliminary analysis also suggests some potential for economic mining and processing from the higher grade Garnet deposit (inferred resource), supplementing production from Desert ScheelitePre-tax profit expectations from initial open pit operations ranging from $125 million base case from Desert Scheelite, up to $317 million, which includes improved scheelite recovery, reduced mining costs at greater throughput volumes and the potential inclusion of Garnet mine productionStudy outcomes support a decision to commence a more detailed PFS to progress the project along the development pathwayNo current primary tungsten production in USA where tungsten is classified as a “Critical Mineral”.Mick Billing, Executive Chairman of Thor Mining, commented: “I am delighted to release the results of the scoping study for the Pilot Mountain project showing potential for at least a medium term life on one, and potentially two, of the four tungsten deposits at 100% owned Pilot Mountain.”“Closed circuit metallurgical test work on Desert Scheelite ore has commenced which will, hopefully, upgrade the results of open circuit work previously conducted, which achieved 72% recovery of scheelite and saleable quality concentrates. The impact of any improvement is outlined below in this report.“The Pilot Mountain project hosts four known deposits, and it is anticipated that each of these has potential to contribute further as we continue to explore their potential.“With no US domestic production, and tungsten classified by the US Department of the Interior as a Critical Mineral, our objective is to re-start Unites States commercial mining and tungsten concentrate production after a significant break.“We look forward to providing regular updates on this project as material developments occur.”In late 2017, Thor commissioned Andrew Vidale Consulting Services (AVCS) to prepare a scoping study for the Pilot Mountain tungsten project to gain an understanding of the potential viability of the project to sustain mining and processing. The study terms of reference for AVCS were subsequently refined to cover the Desert Scheelite deposit only.An assessment by US based consultants Practical Mining LLC has indicated possible additional open cut and underground potential from the Garnet deposit nearby.The results of these studies show:Desert Scheelite• A 12 year life of processing ore from open pit operations at Desert Scheelite• Contract mining over 11 years to deliver forecast mine production to the proposed processing plant• Annual forecast throughput of 650,000 t from Desert Scheelite, generating approximately 1,000 t/y of scheelite in concentrate• Capital Expenditure range of $30 to $35 million• Project payback of 36 months on the base case, reducing to less than 18 if metallurgical test work, currently under way, is successful in improving recovery to 85% or above.Garnet (based on Inferred resources)• Initial open pit transitioning to small scale underground• Supplementary ore feed averaging 120,000 t/y• Reduction in project payback to less than 18 months.last_img read more

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If you dont regulate the FAI who does Sport Ireland faces questions

first_img 62 Comments 22,550 Views https://jrnl.ie/4575573 Apr 3rd 2019, 5:41 PM Short URL ‘If you don’t regulate the FAI, who does?’: Sport Ireland faces questions over FAI and the €100k loan Sport Ireland, which provides funding each year to the FAI, said it isn’t satisfied with what the FAI has said so far. We think we should be able to get an answer quicker than that. Circumstances of the loan, how it was paid back, the need for it. It shouldn’t be too hard to explain.As per the agreement that exists between Sport Ireland and the FAI, the FAI must notify if there is a material deterioration in its finances. Treacy indicated that it would have indeed breached these terms of conditions if the FAI failed to disclose financial difficulties in the context of the €100k loan. Treacy was asked if he had confidence in the FAI board. He replied: “Well, I’m not saying ‘yes’.”He was also asked about John Delaney’s new role within the FAI of Executive Vice President, and said he was surprised Sport Ireland wasn’t consulted.“Today is not a good day for sport to be in here talking about governance within the FAI,” Treacy said.However, both Treacy and Sport Ireland chair Kieran Mulvey stressed that they didn’t want there to be an adverse effect on the people who play football and work at grassroots levels if funding was withheld from the FAI.To date, it is happy that the funding it provides goes towards the programmes they’re intended for.And while Sport Ireland provides taxpayer money and audits the FAI every few years, governance of the organisation rests with the board of the FAI.It provoked this question from Ruth Coppinger : “If you don’t regulate the FAI, who does?”Treacy replied that, under the legislation, Sport Ireland doesn’t have the power to do so, and uses what leverage it has infrequently as denying funding could put jobs in jeopardy.He was also asked if he felt it strange that the CEO of the FAI gets paid more than, for example, the Taoiseach.Treacy replied: “I did think strange.”In a statement, Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster said that the response from Sport Ireland today was “telling”. “The FAI receives substantial funding from the state, and they must be held to account,” she said.I am not surprised that they can’t express confidence in the board, given all that’s come to light in recent weeks and the very weak response from the FAI in this time.John Delaney is set to appear before the Oireachtas Committee next week alongside other FAI officials.Munster added: “Next week’s meeting with be hugely significant, and hopefully it will shed some light on the bizarre goings-on at the FAI.”center_img SPORT IRELAND IS set to write to the FAI tomorrow and say that its explanation thus far over a €100,000 loan given to the organisation by former CEO John Delaney “falls far short” from what is expected.John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland, was among representatives fielding questions from the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport this afternoon.In his opening statement, Treacy said Sport Ireland has already asked the FAI for urgent clarification as to the circumstances of the €100k loan – details of which were first revealed in the Sunday Times – and its repayment.Sport Ireland is the statutory agency that provides Exchequer funding to sporting organisations across the country, including the FAI. Last year, it gave the FAI almost €3 million. So far, the FAI hasn’t provide a satisfactory answer over the €100k loan, Treacy said, and a new review commissioned by the FAI by independent firm Mazars isn’t a “legitimate” reason for the FAI to withhold answers.Treacy told the committee that Sport Ireland will write to the FAI again tomorrow and, if satisfactory answers are not provided, its board will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss potential sanctions against the FAI – which could include withholding funding.He said he was aware that cash flow has been issue for the FAI. “But we have no idea why that loan was given,” Treacy said. “That’s why we’re asking the question.  Share127 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 5:41 PMlast_img read more

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Fairbanks Hatchery Opening Doors To Public

first_imgThe Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks will open its doors to the public during this weekend’s Outdoors Show. Public outreach and education are part of the $46 million state hatchery’s mission, and a visitor’s center is required by its borough land lease. The hatchery has been operating for more than 2 years but the visitor’s center hasn’t opened.Download Audiolast_img

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UA president touts plan to save state money

first_imgDownload AudioUniversity of Alaska President Jim Johnsen is touting a restructuring plan called “Strategic Pathways” as a way to save the state money.UA president Jim Johnsen (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The plan, presented to the Board of Regents last week, would reorganize the system into three “lead” universities, but it lacks specifics about how much money it would save, or which programs might be on the chopping block.Johnsen told reporters today it’s in the University’s interest to withhold those details for now.“When we start naming particular programs, then people know exactly who’s in those programs and they start doing things like leaving,” said Johnsen. “They start doing things like not enrolling next term, etc. And so we end up with some very negative impacts in this. uncertain situation”Johnsen also fielded questions about a proposal by Rep. Tammie Wilson that would cut the University budget from the $331 million dollars in the Governor’s budget down to $288 million.Wilson told the House Finance Subcommittee last week her budget plan only contains money for what the University considers “student instruction.” It would eliminate funds for research and for outreach programs like the Marine Advisory Program.“I did hear from Rep. Wilson today that the general fund support for intercollegiate athletics,which is about $8 million per year, is included within the $288 [million],” Johnsen said. “So that’s a clarification I learned from her this morning, but outside of it is research and outreach.”Johnsen is headed to Juneau this week to meet with lawmakers and defend his Strategic Pathways plan, which is meant to take shape over a three-year period.He said a dramatic budget cut like Wilson’s would force the process to go much more quickly… and would make for a much leaner institution.“There will much less choice in terms of academic majors for students,” said Johnsen. “There will likely be less research that happens, meaning much less outside revenue will come into the University. It’ll be a lot more houses on the market for sale. It’ll be a lot fewer people who are shopping at Fred Meyer and buying your newspapers. It’ll be a serious hit on our capacity to serve the state.”Johnsen said the university has provided Wilson with “extensive information” about the types of research conducted at the University.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is reporting Wilson has put the University budget on hold while she seeks a more detailed breakdown on how research is paid for and who it benefits.The subcommittee had planned to finish its work on the university’s budget Tuesday. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Citing irregularities 26 candidates boycott election

first_img.As many as 25 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates and one independent contestant have announced to boycott the election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men, according to UNB.They made the announcement halfway through as they alleged that ruling party men captured polling stations, rigged votes and barred voters from casting votes in their constituencies.The Oikya Front candidates who boycotted the election are Mohammad Shahjahan (Noakhali-4), Fahim Chowdhury (Sherpur-2), Mahmudul Haque Rubel (Sherpur-3), Mia Golam Parwar (Khulna-5), Sunil Shuvo Roy (Khulna-1), Abul Kalam Azad (Khulna-6), Rafiqul Islam Bakul (Khulna-3), Azizul Bari Helal (Khulna-4), Mir Ezaz Khan (Khulna-1), Iqbal Hossain (Pabna-5), Gazi Nazrul Islam (Satkhira-4), Moniruzzaman Montu (Nilphamari-2), Azizul Islam (Nilphamari-3), JM Nurur Rahman (Barishal-4), Rumana Rashid Kanak Chapa (Sirajganj-1), Rumana Mahmud (Sirajganj-2), Abdul Manan Talukder (Sirajganj-3), Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan (Sirajganj-4), Masud Rana (Bagerhat-1), MA Salam (Bagerhat-2), Abdul Wadud (Bagerhat-3), Abdul Alim (Bagerhat-4), AKM Nasir Uddin (Shariatpur-1, Shafiqur Rahman Kiron (Shariatpur-2) and M Samsuzzoha Khan (Naogaon-2), and independent candidate Salma Islam (Dhaka-1).last_img read more

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About 100 People Displaced After New Carrolton Fire

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRONearly 100 people were displaced and an entire building was destroyed Monday as a result of a three-alarm blaze that caused more than $2 million worth of damages to a New Carrollton Apartment complex.“It is amazing that with a fire of this size there were no injuries,” said Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady about a fire that took place in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue.”The remnants of a completely destroyed apartment building after a fire on the 5300 blocok of 85th Avenue in New Carrolton, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)The morning after the September 17 blaze residents of the massive complex could only look and take photos of their charred building.“I was coming from work and my wife called and said the building was on fire,” said one man who declined to give his name. “My children are all safe.”Many other residents stood in front of the building and just looked at a structure that had a roof, which was partially collapsed. Brady said the cause of the fire “is still under investigation.”Brady said firefighters began to work with the fire around  3:30 p.m. but were hampered because “the water pressure in the fire hydrants was low,” and as a result water lines had to be connected to sources provided by the Washington Suburban and Sanitarian Commission.Despite being stretched thin because of Hurricane Florence, the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross responded to the fire Monday night to help families by placing them in hotels.last_img read more

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How is Modi spending crores on meetings CM to seek EC probe

first_imgHeria, Nimtouri (East Midnapore): Trinamool Congress will write to the Election Commission of India, to conduct an inquiry into the expenditure incurred at the meetings that are being addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday.”Look how Modi is spending money at the election meetings. He is spending crores of rupees at the meetings, flouting ECI norms. Who is Modi? There is no special rule for him. We will write to the ECI to conduct an inquiry into the expenditure incurred at his meetings. We want to know the source as well. It is public money,” Banerjee said, adding: “In Varanasi, Modi spent more than a crore to conduct the meeting.” She addressed two meetings at Heria and Nimtouri on Sunday afternoon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataComing down heavily on Modi and RSS, Banerjee alleged that “Modi is not talking about the development carried out by the Centre in the past five years. He is talking about Hindutva to win elections. In India, people from different religious communities have lived peacefully and happily for thousands of years. If the country belongs only to the Hindus then should we drive out or kill the people belonging to other religious communities? There will be communal riots every day.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Trinamool supremo said that in the election rallies, Modi is speaking “lies and lies only.” “He is saying that no Durga Puja is held in Bengal. This is absolutely false. If no Durga Puja is held then why did his party go to the High Court challenging the state government’s decision to give Rs 10,000 to the clubs? Also, why did the Income Tax send notice to 40 Durga Puja clubs asking them to furnish the details of expenditure? Modi does not do any home work and deliberately tells lies to create confusion among the people,” she added. She also alleged that the saffron party has engaged agencies to bring people to the rallies or put up their flags, by paying huge amounts of money to them. “The workers do not put up posters or bring people to the rallies. They do it through agencies. We want a probe into the matter and want to know how much money BJP has given to the agencies,” she stated. Banerjee said that in the past seven years, all-round development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot. The schemes taken up by the state government have helped people coming from all walks of life. The students have been benefitted by Kanyashree, Yubashree and the Swami Vivekananda scholarship. Khadya Sathi has helped poor people as they get one kilogram of rice at Rs 2. She urged the people to cast their votes in favour of party candidates Sisir Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari. “On May 12 when election will be held in Tamluk, Kanthi and Ghatal constituencies, case your votes in favour of Trinamool candidates to oust BJP from the Centre,” she said.last_img read more

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The Body of President Zachary Taylor was Exhumed and Tested for Poison

first_imgZachary Taylor is not a particularly well-known president, but he had one of the strangest terms in history. Conspiracy theories abound about U.S. presidents who have passed away while in office. We’ve all heard them and many have curiously considered the speculative what-ifs. In the case of one late commander-in-chief, however, the digging into his strange end went beyond idle interest. More than a century afterwards, Zachary Taylor’s body was exhumed and tested for poisoning.Taylor, the United State’s 12th president, had been elected in March 1849. Serving only 16 months, he died five days after becoming sick after eating a bowl of raw cherries and iced milk. He had just returned from a July 4th dedication of the Washington Monument, and after eating the snack, complained of severe stomach cramps and took to his bed. Acute gastroenteritis was the diagnosis at the time.Daguerreotype of Taylor at the White House by Mathew Brady, 1849.The 65-year-old, who had been in otherwise good health, was laid to rest for several months at Washington, D.C., Congressional Cemetery, then moved to the family plot in Louisville, Kentucky.And that seemed to be that for more than 100 years.But in the 1970s and ’80s, conspiracy theories began emerging that Taylor’s death might have been more sinister. The biggest proponent of this theory was Clara Rising, a researcher and professor at the University of Florida who was working on a book on Taylor. She noted there were powerful interests that he had disappointed, people who felt they had a lot at stake.Death of General Z. Taylor, 12th President of the United States.Taylor had been a career military officer and rose to be a national war hero in the Mexican-American War. Before then, in fighting against the Seminole, he earned the nickname “Old Rough and Ready.” He was reluctant when he was approached to run for president by the Whig party, but finally gave in.His platform was never clear, but it was a time when tensions were rising over slavery in the country. Many wanted to expand slaveholding to the newly acquired Western territories.Taylor, who came from a prominent planter family with Kentucky and Virginia ties, was a slaveholder himself. Other slaveholders expected to find him their ally when he took the country’s top office. Instead, he wanted to bring in the new territories as free states.Official White House portrait of Zachary Taylor.As tensions rose, Taylor seemed to make things worse by keeping his distance from Congress and even his own cabinet. Conspiracy theorists like Rising looked at the suddenness of Taylor’s death and the growing political maelstrom of the time as evidence he may have been poisoned by enemies, likely by arsenic. And Rising and others were able to find a living descendant of Taylor’s for permission to exhume his body for tissue samples to check the theory.Related Video:“The suspicions are really in the history books,” Rising told the New York Times. “Right after his death, everything he had worked against came forward and was passed by both houses of Congress.”President Zachary Taylor standing in front of his Cabinet,If her theory was true, Taylor would have been the first president assassinated in office. So in 1991, the former president’s remains were exhumed to be tested by a team of Kentucky medical examiners.Uniformed officers from the Department of Veterans Affairs stood at attention as as Taylor’s flag-draped walnut coffin was taken to a hearse and on to medical facilities. They were quickly returned the same day. No signs of poisoning were found, and nothing much else of interest, except that Taylor had been a tooth-grinder.Taylor’s mausoleum at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.And so Taylor was relegated back to his place in history – ranked by historians as one of the most forgettable presidents of the nation.But there is a footnote to his death that seems to hold more credence than the poisoning theory, and that is that his death was more likely caused by shoddy medical treatment to the cramps he developed.Zachary TaylorAccording to records, he was given opium and ipecac to induce vomiting, as well as bleeding and blistering treatments relied on in the day. Some believe Taylor would have had a better chance at survival with no treatment.Read another story from us: Thomas Jefferson: Emancipator or Enslaver of Men?While Taylor’s exhumation to check for poisoning is unique, the bodies of other presidents have been disturbed for various reasons – such as Ulysses S. Grant’s body’s transfer to Grant’s Tomb in New York City years after he died. Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin was opened four times, just to establish that he was really in there.Terri Likens’ byline has appeared in newspapers around the world through The Associated Press. She has also done work for ABCNews, the BBC, and magazines that include High Country News, American Profile, and Plateau Journal. She lives just east of Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more

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Charles Darwins Grandfather – The True Founder of Evolutionary Theory

first_imgWhen Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, it opened up a dialogue that would change our understanding of life on earth. As one of the key thinkers behind natural selection, his role in the advancement of human knowledge cannot but understated.Darwin biographer Joseph Carell describes On the Origin of Species as “one of the two or three most significant works of all time — one of those works that fundamentally and permanently alter our vision of the world.”Charles Darwin c. 1881.Ideas, just like species, evolve over time and Darwin’s revolutionary concepts did not exist in a vacuum.Around 50 years before Darwin’s trip on the HMS Beagle, his grandfather Erasmus Darwin published his thoughts on evolution, a theory we now know today as the survival of the fittest.HMS BeagleErasmus Darwin was born the youngest of seven children in Nottinghamshire, England in 1731. The son of a physician and lawyer, he went onto study classics and mathematics at Cambridge then had three years of medical training at the University of Edinburgh.It’s not clear whether he finished his medical degree but he ran a successful medical practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire for more than fifty years, earning a fellowship from the Royal Society.Portrait of Erasmus Darwin by Joseph Wright of Derby (1792).His practice was so successful that George III invited him to be his Royal Physician, a position he declined.The elder Darwin fully embraced the ideas of the Enlightenment and was a founding member of the Lunar Society, an informal but influential dinner club that supported the French and American revolutions, supported the abolition of slavery, and was one of the driving forces behind the industrial revolution.Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield, England. Photo by Bs0u10e01 CC BY-SA 3.0He was also a supporter of education for girls, helping to fund a boarding school set up by two of his daughters.Erasmus Darwin was a prolific experimenter and is acknowledged as the creator of the Ackerman Linkage steerage system which is still used in cars today.He also invented a horizontal windmill, a copying machine, a voice machine, and several weather monitoring instruments.Erasmus Darwin oil on canvas, probably 1770s.Darwin also hypothesized a hydrogen-oxygen rocket engine characterized by an elongated combustion chamber and expansion nozzle.Darwin didn’t get to test this theory in his lifetime and it would take another 100 years before the works of scientists like Konstantin Tsiolkovsky would make rocket propulsion a reality.Darwin’s hypothesis did, however, successfully show that the volume of hydrogen needed to be greater than the volume of oxygen and his general theory is still being used today by NASA.Erasmus Darwin’s holograph manuscript. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0When Erasmus was not inventing, he turned his eye to transcribing and writing textbooks. His most notable work is the first Latin to English translation of the Systema Vegetabilium, an influential system of plant classification based modern botany.Darwin was also a passionate natural scientist and was the first person to understand and describe the process of photosynthesis and to describe the formation of clouds.Darwin is described by the team at Erasmus Darwin house as “friendly, generous, sociable, full of teasing humor, and, according to his friend James Keir, ‘paid little regard to authority.’”Title page to ‘Letter to Erasmus Darwin…,’ 1793. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0His reputation has at various times been attacked or revered depending on who is in charge of the narrative.Erasmus Darwin has been called an exploitative capitalist and lost favor among his critics due to his religious skepticism.To his fans, he was a major thinker whose work would influence Romantic thinkers such as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley and is seen as the true forefather of evolutionary theory.Read another story from us: Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution, was married to his first cousinAlthough Erasmus Darwin died seven years before the birth of his more famous grandson, we know that Charles Darwin studied the works of his grandfather with great interest and this helped inform his own ideas of evolution as a young man.last_img read more

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