first_imgIt takes a lot of email messages to make up a single telephone conversation. I don’t have a mathematical formula, but my guess is that if the conversation is of some small importance, 11 email messages may make up a single, short telephone conversation. If the conversation is seriously important, the number of emails rises proportionally. Why? It’s the wrong medium for the exchange.Oh, you’d rather email someone than bother them with a phone call? It’s bothering someone to have to respond to five emails about the same subject.If it takes a lot of email messages to make up a single telephone call, what’s the math on a face-to-face conversation? If I had to guess, it might be something close to 63 email messages to make up single face-to-face conversation. And the communication, even though it’s in writing, is poorer.The need to have whole conversations over “mail” ended with the invention of the telephone. Email is very much like postal mail. You wouldn’t want to have an important conversation over mail, would you? It would take too long, and it would lose something, wouldn’t it? Email is even more like a telegraph.How to Decide to Use EmailEmail is excellent when you need to send information to another party. It’s also excellent when you need an answer that doesn’t require any real conversation.Email is a poor medium when the topic is important or when a discussion is necessary (like your proposal and pricing). It’s a horrible medium for resolving issues, problems, or challenges. It’s also a horrible medium for many of the sales conversations that are attempted through email.Are you sharing information? Need a quick, easy answer? Nothing easily lost in translation? Send an email.Important issue or request? Requires dialogue? Much of what needs to be communicated can’t (or won’t) be communicated effectively over email? Schedule a face-to-face meeting, a video chat, or a phone conversation (in that order). Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

first_imgYoung Tarundeep Rai won India their maiden individual silver medal in archery at the Asian Games on Wednesday despite losing 3-7 to South Korea’s Kim Woo-jin in the recurve final at the Aoti Sports Complex.This was indeed a big effort from Rai as the depth in the field was top-class. On a dramatic and tiring day for Rai, sustaining the intensity was not easy. He started the day by crushing Vietnam’s Trong Kien Dao 5-1. The bespectacled lad won the first and third sets and tied the second on his way to victory.After a short gap, in the pre-quarterfinals, Rai beat Malaysia’s Cheng Chu Sian 6-2.He then came up with a major upset defeating fancied Korean Oh Jinhyek 6-4 in the last eight. Rai lost the first set 26- 27 but won the second 30-26 to draw parity. The third set was tied 28-28 and he won the next 29-27 and then tied the fifth 28- 28.”This was a big win,” said Paresh Mukherjee, secretary general of the Archery Association of India. “The Koreans are very strong and, for Tarundeep, this was a morale-boosting win.”In the semi-finals, Rai made short work of Chinese Taipei’s Sung Chia Chun 7-3. He won three sets (six points) and tied one (one point) and lost one. The first set was tied at 29- 29 and Sung won the next 30-26. But the Indian staged a great fightback, winning the next three sets (30-27, 28-26, 29-28) to make it into the historic final.advertisementThe final was indeed a big match where mental toughness and consistency were key factors. Rai could not reproduce the form he had shown in earlier matches. Pitted against top Korean Kim Woo-jin, he tied the first set 28-28 but lost the next 27-28.The Indian fought back to win the third set 29-28 but the Korean snuffed out the Indian challenge, winning the next two sets 28-27 and 29-27, with an eight point shot by the Indian towards the end being decisive.”This is the best showing by the Indian archers in the Asian Games,” said former world number one Dola Banerjee. “We are going back home with three medals – a silver and two bronze. In the last edition of the Games at Doha we had won only one bronze medal.”Dola also feels the showing by India in Guangzhou will count in the future. “These are the kind of results we need for the development of the sport in future,” said Dola.Speaking about his silver medal, Rai said: “I am happy with my result but not the medal. I could have won gold today,” said the archer.For his part, Kim was very happy. “I did very well today and it was wonderful. At the last shot, I only focused on the yellow zone. I think victory will finally favour me as long as I work hard. My parents came to my mind when I shot the last arrow. I will now spare no efforts in preparing for the 2012 London Olympics,” he said.Much was expected from the Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rahul Banerjee but he crashed out in the prequarterfinals without putting up a fight. The Indian went down 0-6 to Chinese Taipei’s Sung Chia Chun.last_img read more

first_imgChina’s Lu Xiaojun broke two of his own world records as he took the Olympic gold in the men’s 77kg weightlifting category. Lu Xiaojun headed the field with a world record total of 379 kg, one more than his previous world best, and Wednesday set a separate world record of 175 kg in the snatch part of the event, beating his own record of 174 kg.He achieved the overall record with a clean and jerk lift of 204 kg, which he managed on his last lift despite sinking into a squat with the massive weight above his head before completing the lift.”I feel absolutely amazing,” Lu said.Asked about breaking records, he said it was “not bad.””Most of the records were my own to begin with. But I’m very happy.”His compatriot Lu Haoije managed a total of 360 kg to give China a one-two finish, despite injuring his left arm during the competition.”During the second snatch my elbows were stretched. The right not so bad, but the left very bad,” he said.Asked how he was still able to compete, Lu Haoije said: “It is the Olympics. How could I just give up? I just decided to try everything.”Bronze went to Cuba’s Ivan Cambar Rodriguez, who managed a total of 349 kg before watching his two main rivals for third place failing to make their lifts.Thailand’s Chatuphum Chinnawong twice managed to lift the 195 kg weight he needed for bronze above his head in the clean and jerk, but failed to manage a legal lift, while Egyptian lifter Ibrahim Ramadan Ibrahim’s failure at 197 kg was enough to guarantee Cambar Rodriguez a bronze.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndignant at Maria Sharapova admitting she didn’t know who SachinTendulkar was, a lot of Indian cricket fans ran an online campaign ofsorts to target the Russian tennis player.While some jokes wereoutright funny, some others were below the belt. While the tennis player became the butt of jokes yesterday, here’s a harsh truth. We may deifyour cricketers but as a nation we have scant respect for our athletes.Since people do not care, the government doesn’t bother either. Here’sthe story of some of athletes  who live in penury while cricket boardsbecome obscenely rich.Sita SahuSport: Athletics Now: Golgappa sellerFrom being a two-time bronze medal winner in the Athens Special Olympics in 2011 to selling gol gappas and papdi chaats, Sita Sahu’s tale echoes the story of several sportspersons who have faded into oblivion due to poverty.The 15-year old Olympian from the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh has been forced to work at a shop owing to financial troubles. A bronze medal in 200 meter relay race and another in the 1,600 meter race was not enough to aid her family of six. Along with three of her siblings, Sita spends her time at home making the base for the chaats in their one-room house in Dhobia Tanki. In the evening, her brother Dharmendra Sahu carries boxes and utensils on a hand-cart to sell the gol gappas under a street light. The family on an average earns Rs 150-180 a day or even less.”I am unable to recall the last time I offered a glass of milk or fruits to my children,” said Kiran Sahu, the athlete’s mother, “I don’t even remember the last time my family had a complete meal. We have been forced to sell chaats as my husband cannot take on a physicallydemanding job. This is our only source of income and life has been going on like this for the past many years.”advertisementThe state government is yet to offer any support to the family. “Poverty was never a deterrent to my aspirations to earn for my family, though the lack of support or empathy occasionally does demoralise me; even the government has not helped us, ” she added. According to Sita’s coach Sajid Masood, there were announcements of cash prizes for Sita from the state government “but nothing came her way despite several reminders”.Sita’s brother Dharmendra had even approached Social Justice Minister Gopal Bhargava about the announcement he has made in front of the contingent after Sita was awarded the medals. “The Minister had announced that those winning gold medal will be given `1 lakh cash reward, silver medal winners will get Rs 50,000 and while bronze winners were to get `25,000,” claimed Dharmendra, “the government has failed to fulfill its promise. It will be great, if they could at least give us some space near the lamp post,” he added.By Anup Dutta in Bhopal—-Shanti DeviSport: Kabaddi Now: Vegetable sellerShanti Devi, the 40-year-old former player of Bihar kabaddi team is now selling vegetables at the Sonari Aerodrome Market at Jamshedpur to feed her three sons and a daughter.Shanti Devi, who represented Bihar in the 30th, 31st and 32nd National Kabaddi Championship in the 1980s, said, “Our inadequate income has forced us to discontinue school for the children, while two of my sons work”. Stating that she had represented the undivided Bihar team more than 30 times in various championships, Shanti Devi regretted that she was ignored.”But any government could have offered me a job,” Shanti said. She went on to win the 31st and 32nd National Kabaddi Championship in 1982 and 1983 at Jamshedpur and Amravati respectively. She won the silver medal in Guwahati National Kabaddi League and bronze in All India Women National Kabaddi Championship.She also won the Bihar Kabaddi Federation Championship. She said she had kept aside her medals as did not want her children to take up the game. “I have never encouraged them, as I don’t want them to face the same frustration.Nauri MunduSport: Hockey Now: TeacherOwing to financial issues, 33year-old Nauri Mundu gave up the dream of being a hockey player five years ago. Mundu, who’s from Jharkhand’s Khunti district, has represented the national team 19 times. Today, Mundu teaches in the Mahil School, a private school run by a non-governmental organisation called SINI. Besides teaching, Mundu has also been forced to do farming because the Rs 5,000 she earns from her teaching job is not enough to feed her family of 14.Mundu stated her career in 1995 by winning Nehru Hockey Tournament. In 1995, she was awarded the best hockey player ward by former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav and in 1996 she won bronze in Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament and National Women’s Games. In 1997 she won silver in the 43rd National Senior Games Championship and 15th Bihar State Hockey Women’s Championship.advertisementWith many more awards in in between, she also she won the Jharkhand Women’s Hockey Association Award in 2008 “I have put my best foot forward, but I soon realised that without adequate funds I won’t be able to support my family,” she said, “I would have continued if I had been helped by the government, much like it does with cricket players. I moved pillar to post but without any respite.”Nisha Rani DuttSport: Archery Now: JoblessThe 21-year-old archer Nisha Rani Dutt from Pathmada village in Jharkhand had to leave the sport two years ago after she realised she had to help out her family. Dutt, who won the best archer’s award in Taiwan, participated in the Asian Grand Prix, won the best player award in Sikkim and bagged another silver at the South Asian Championship held at Jamshedpur in 2008.She participated in the Bangkok Grand Prix in 2008 and won a bronze in the team event, besides coming out with flying colours at a tournament in Taiwan. “It was difficult for me to continue the game and support my poor parents. In 2005, I joined Tata Archery Academy and remained there till 2008. Though I earned a monthly stipend of Rs 500 to 600, it was not sufficient.”When asked about her family, Dutt said “My father, who’s a farmer, sometimes doesn’t even have enough money buy seeds,” she adds, “To meet my family’s needs, I went to Bangalore in 2008 and stayed with Mittal Champions Trust and earned `3,000. But now for the past two years I am in Jharkhand doing nothing.”Dutt remembers how she was forced to sell her priced possession – a set of Korean bow and arrows worth `4 lakh for just Rs 50,000 for the maintenance of their worn-out mud house. Things Dutt, hopes, are about to improve. “I prepared myself to face the banking exams. I passed the interview too and was taken in by PNB with a salary of Rs 11,000.”By Saiful Haque in Ranchi—S.SanthiSport: Athletics Now: Brick Kiln LabourerEarning laurels for her country has neither given due recognition nor changed life for the better, as S Santhi , the silver medalist at the Doha Asian Games, still struggles to find a foothold. Santhi failed a gender test that followed the women’s 800 mt event.Worse was to follow as she worked in a brick kiln in Tamil Nadu’s Katthakurichi village to support the family of six. The journey from penury to Doha has not taken her anywhere but brought the girl back to be a daily wagelabourer who earns a meager Rs 200 a day. Her persistent efforts might land her in Patiala to get trained as a coach. She is hopeful about getting admission to the Sports Authority of India Institute soon.advertisementDespite the results of the gender test, former chief minister M Karunanidhi had extended a cash award of Rs 15 lakh. With that, the family purchased agricultural land but with rain playing truant, the land lies fallow. Santhi’s plight attracted media attention ahead of the London Olympics and brought some succor with public sector giant GAIL promising Rs1 lakh to meet the immediate expenses. “Only a fellow athlete could understand the trauma of another.Track and field queen, Ashwini Nachappa, who has also acted in movies, spoke to me for over five minutes and asked for my resume. I still believe she is interested in getting me some job,” says Santhi.By M.C. 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first_imgRoger Federer defeated 64th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in the third round as he won 37 of 40 first-serve points and stretched his Wimbledon winning streak to 29 sets on Friday.A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title without dropping a set.Federer’s best run at the All England Club is 35 consecutive sets, from 2005 to 2006.The eight-time champion and No. 1 seed next faces 22nd-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3.”Against big servers who go for a lot it’s always difficult to find rhythm and be sure that you are in driver’s seat until the match is over,” Federer said.”I was happy to stay clam and finish off the job. I thought I did very well today. I created more chances in the second set and was always able to stay pretty clean on my own service game.”It’s a wonderful feeling walking out there, I take every match one at a time, I try to put on a good match, try hard every time, and will never underestimate anybody – that keeps me in check.” UNSEEDED MONFILS TRUMPS QUERREYUnseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils tamed the power of American Sam Querrey to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time on Friday, having previously fallen six times in the third round.It looked like being a familiar story for the 31-year-old when 11th seed Querrey bombed down nine aces to win the opening set but crowd-pleaser Monfils responded with some dazzling tennis to win 5-7 6-4 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court.advertisementMonfils levelled the match with an ace of his own after breaking for a 5-3 lead in the second set.A forehand pass gave him the breakthrough midway through the third set and Querrey’s resistance faded in the heat as Monfils raced through the fourth set in 23 minutes. ANDERSON KEEPS AFRICAN HOPES ALIVESouth African eighth seed Kevin Anderson reached the last 16 for the fourth time with a straight-sets win over experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber.The way he played in his 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory suggested Anderson could go further than ever before at the All England Club.Anderson, 32, pressured Kohlschreiber from the start and was gifted an early and decisive break as the German double-faulted and he netted a forehand in the second game.The South African also broke at the start of the second set but Kohlschreiber hit back immediately.Anderson bided his time and broke at 5-5 with a forehand winner and held for a two-set lead.He got a huge slice of luck at 5-5 in the third set when his backhand return flopped off the net tape and over to earn him the break and he served out to love, clenching his first and roaring his delight as Kohlschreiber’s return flew long.Anderson, the only African left in the singles draws, will face Monfils for a place in the last eight.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgManchester United Who is Ethan Hamilton? Introducing Pogba’s replacement dubbed the ‘next Roy Keane’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:18 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ethan Hamilton Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town FA Cup The Scottish starlet has been drafted into the senior Red Devils fold by Jose Mourinho, with big things expected of the highly-rated midfielder Lofty ambition at Manchester United dictates that big money must be spent on proven international performers to keep the club competitive on domestic and European fronts.There is, however, an expectation at Old Trafford that a proud tradition of youth development will be upheld and a steady stream of home-grown talent fall off the academy conveyor belt into the senior ranks.AdChoices广告Jose Mourinho has, despite concerns to the contrary, sought to embrace that mindset since inheriting the Red Devils reins, with the Portuguese prepared to offer opportunities to those deemed deserving. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ethan Hamilton is the latest youngster to be drafted into the first-team fold, with an untimely illness suffered by Paul Pogba ahead of an FA Cup clash with Huddersfield seeing the Scottish starlet presented with his big break.Who is Ethan Hamilton?Born in Edinburgh on October 18, 1998, Hamilton’s first tentative steps down a footballing path were taken at local boys club Hutchison Vale.Like Darren Fletcher before him, his early potential was noted by United and he was offered the opportunity to join the Old Trafford youth system at the age of 16.John Thorburn, the Red Devils scout who first caught sight of Hamilton back in 2010, told the Scotsman on an aspiring talent: “He’s got a chance, like anyone else, but there’s such a long way to go.“Everybody understands how difficult it is from joining at 16 to getting in the first team. The most important thing for United is that he listens, learns and grows up.“They would just be very keen that he makes a living out of football and becomes a decent human being. That’s why they’ve got in excess of 140 players playing in England’s four divisions.“Very few clubs outside the Premier League don’t have players who have been at United.”What position does Ethan Hamilton play?Roy Keane Manchester UnitedHamilton has already earned comparisons to United legend Roy Keane as a midfield enforcer prepared to sit deep and break up play.In the modern era, his game could be compared to that of Nemanja Matic, with his rangy physique seeing him cut from the same cloth as the classy Serb.A keen swimmer and basketball player in his younger years, Hamilton is an athletic presence in the middle of the park who has already seen his composure widely heralded.He is two-footed with a powerful shot in his armoury – much like Matic and Keane – while his versatility means that he is capable of filling in at full-back if required.United have already seen him skipper their U18 side, before being fast-tracked to the reserve set-up, and he will be hoping to make his senior bow before too long – having previously been linked with a loan switch to Glasgow giants Rangers.What number does Ethan Hamilton wear?Having been offered a surprise call-up by Mourinho once Pogba was laid low, Hamilton was handed the No. 48 jersey.Fellow academy graduates Zachary Dearnley and Will Keane have previously filled that shirt, with the latter having gone on to make three first-team appearances before linking up with Hull City on the back of several loan spells.How much potential does Ethan Hamilton have?Ethan Hamilton Manchester UnitedHamilton has been included in Scotland youth squads and will hope that further recognition at Old Trafford will eventually lead to senior caps with his country.Ricky Sbragia, who is coach of both the Scotland U19 side and United’s 23 squad, has said of an exciting prospect: “He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about it.“He’s box to box. He’s got a great physique and technically he’s very good. He knows the game. The great thing for me is that he is happy down there. His accommodation is good, he wants to learn, his education has been good. His mother is down there living with him. So in general he’s in a good place.“He’s definitely got a chance at Man United. He’ll be given an opportunity, he’s also played for the under-23s there. When I phoned him and asked him to come to Andorra for the [Scotland] qualifying campaign he was over the moon. I’d seen him four or five times and was hoping he would say yes and was delighted when he did.”Sbragia added: “He said his inspiration is Darren Fletcher and Fletch is everything you want a footballer to be. He came and played for the reserves when I was there and it wasn’t a problem.”He’s a great example and I think he has spoken to him as well when he first came down. If you ever want to model yourself on someone as a pro, it would be Darren.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – At look at the latest Conference Board of Canada report on immigration, by the numbers:— As part of its 2018-20 immigration levels plan, Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.— Economic-class immigrants have typically made up the majority of newcomers to Canada at around 60 per cent of total admissions.— Family-class immigrants have accounted for about 27 per cent of the annual immigration admissions, while refugees comprise about 12 per cent.— Employment rates for family class immigrants are at about 52 per cent.— Even after a decade of living in Canada, family class immigrants earn only 61 per cent of the average Canadian wage. After 23 years, they earn about 81 per cent of the average wage.— Refugees have the lowest earnings among immigrants. They reach only 50 per cent of the average Canadian wage 10 years after arriving in Canada.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey.Payroll processor ADP says last month’s job gains slowed from October’s strong showing of 225,000. Still, November’s hiring is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.ADP said that job gains were strong in health care, which added 37,000 jobs, and in hotels and restaurants, which gained 26,000. Construction gained 10,000 positions while manufacturing added just 4,000.The report Thursday arrives a day before the government releases its official jobs numbers. Economists forecast that they will show employers added 195,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate will remain at a five-decade low of 3.7 per cent.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

NEW YORK — Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren’t employees.Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes and workers compensation and disability insurance. Companies that are audited and determined to be using employees misclassified as independent contractors face fines.“The penalties for non-compliance can be significant,” warns Wendy Silver, owner of Beyond the Workplace, a human resources consultancy based in Needham, Massachusetts. She suggests owners consult an attorney to before classifying a worker as an independent contractor.The IRS has criteria by which it measures who’s an employee and who isn’t. Much of the criteria has to do with control over the employee. For example, who determines where and when the worker is at work? How closely is the worker supervised? Who purchases tools and supplies? Can the worker do work for other people or companies? Is the worker paid by the hour, weekly or other time period, or instead receives a flat fee?The IRS, as it does in many issues, looks at the totality of circumstances. So if all the criteria point toward the worker, for example a graphic artist, being an independent contractor, the fact that the worker is paid by the hour won’t necessarily turn this into an employer-employee relationship.The relationship itself is another key factor. Are the services the worker provides a key aspect of the company’s regular business? Officials might look to see how the worker’s assignments compare to those of a company’s full-time staffers.“But make sure they’re not doing the same thing as your employees,” suggests Michael Boro, a consultant with PwC whose expertise is in workplace issues.Owners can find out more about the government’s criteria on the IRS website, www.irs.gov.Companies can be audited randomly, or federal or state officials could be tipped off to possible misclassification in other ways. If there’s something suspicious about the 1099 forms sent to independent contractors, the IRS might want to investigate further. State officials often look at unemployment tax payments. If an independent contractor sues the company, the government might want to investigate.Some owners might want to use an independent contractor rather than temporary employee. But the two are not interchangeable, warns Kyle Lawrence, owner of Berkshire Payroll Tax, a Sandisfield, Massachusetts, company that helps businesses comply with employment tax laws. If the worker fits the government’s criteria for an employee, a business can’t call the worker an independent contractor.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

President Cristina Fernandez said that having a home, job, hope and dignity are fundamental rights, and that citizens become repeated victims of speculators and financial lobbies.“We see millions of unemployed in the world, a situation similar to what Argentina went through in 2001,” lamented the Argentinean President. “We have been serial victims of lobbyists, of vulture funds, of those who bought bonds at knockdown prices, and that is the story of Argentina; but in a short time, it could be the story of any other country,” she added. Turning to the conflict in Syria, the President noted that a large majority of Syrians have died in attacks by conventional weapons.“They have killed more than 150,000 people and 99.9 per cent of those people have died by conventional weapons, not chemical weapons,” Ms. Fernandez said. She recalled that at the most recent G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, the question arose as to what difference it made if a person was killed by shrapnel, landmine, missile, grenade or chemical weapons. “There are not just wars; only peace is fair,” noted Ms. Fernandez.Stressing the lack of action from the Security Council to reach a political settlement to the Syria crisis, Ms. Fernandez recalled that Argentina held the Council’s rotating presidency during the month of August. While chairing the Security Council thematic debate on cooperation between the UN and regional organizations on 6 August, Ms. Fernandez said she proposed reforming the 15-member body so that its decisions would be taken by consensus without the possibility of a veto. Finally, she said she hoped that the new Government in Iran would cooperate with Argentina in relation to the clarification of the attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires in 1994.Ms. Fernandez is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tom Herman wasn’t on the Texas sideline two years ago, even if a bunch of his players were, when the Longhorns walked out of Memorial Stadium with a head-shaking loss to Kansas.The defeat ended a string of 13 consecutive wins over the Jayhawks, likely sealed the fate of embattled coach Charlie Strong and ultimately led to Herman’s hiring away from Houston.But when asked whether there is a sense of revenge among the veteran players on the Texas roster as they prepare to return to Lawrence for the first time Friday, the plainspoken Herman responded with what could only be considered an audible shrug.“I feel like that program that went there, I feel like that was 50 years ago, not two years ago,” he said. “We’re so far passed that point in our program, no, there’s no hidden significance to it.”Especially considering some far more important things are at stake: The No. 11 Longhorns (8-3, 6-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) will clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game with a win.The fact that the Longhorns are in the mix heading into their regular-season finale may be the best evidence of the progress Herman has made. The year they lost to the Jayhawks, they finished 5-7 for the second straight season, and played their finale knowing a bowl game was out of reach.“We’ve come a long way but we’re far from a finished product,” Herman said. “I would argue we’re overachievers at this point, when you look throughout the landscape of our conference. How many first-team all-conference guys do we have on our starting 22? I don’t know. I think we have some pretty good players, but we have a lot of guys that know how to play team football.“That’s the sign of progress,” Herman said, “when your culture can take over and win some games.”The Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7) are in the midst of another culture change of their own.David Beaty will be coaching his final game for Kansas on Friday, having been relieved of duties with two games left in the season but allowed to finish out his fourth season in charge. He only has six wins over that time period, including that monumental high of beating the Longhorns.The school has already hired national championship-winning coach Les Miles, and he is busy assembling a coaching staff and hitting the ground recruiting.“I haven’t spoken to him and we probably won’t speak,” Beaty said, “but that’s OK. I’m going to be the coach here through the rest of this week and then it’s going to be time for a change. Our job is to win this game, to help those (players) that are going to still be here.”Texas is no doubt in a better place than it was two years ago, when the Longhorns lost to the Jayhawks. But the reality is Kansas is in a better place, too, with a competitive roster — even if the positive results have been painfully hard to produce.“Only the ones who have been inside know where we started and where we’re at today,” Beaty said. “At the end of the day it’s about production, and production is spelled out with W-I-N. You’ve got to win. We weren’t able to do that at a high enough level fast enough. And I get that.”He has one more chance on Friday.HAGER APOLOGYTexas defensive end Breckyn Hager issued a public apology earlier this week after he called out Oklahoma following the Longhorns’ win over Iowa State last week. Hager had said that “OU still sucks,” and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby publicly reprimanded him.POOKA POWERKansas freshman Pooka Williams torched the Sooners for 252 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries last week.“He’s the real deal,” Texas defensive lineman Chris Nelson said. “The biggest thing for this game is just gang-tackling. Everybody has to put a hat on him.”SAM THE MANTexas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is expected to play after reinjuring his right shoulder against Iowa State. Shane Buechele finished up the win over the Cyclones and Ehlinger did not throw early in the week, but Herman expressed confidence he would be ready by Friday.JOHNSON HEALINGLonghorns wide receiver Collin Johnson said he’s “close to 100 per cent” after hurting his knee in practice early this month. He caught three passes for 55 yards against Iowa State, and said, “It was good to be back out there. At this point, everybody is battling.”BIG 12 TITLETexas won three Big 12 title games, the last in 2009, before it went away following the 2010 season. Oklahoma played TCU for the championship last season.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Dave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAutopsy finds Essequibo labourer’s heart was punctured; suspect arrestedJanuary 2, 2019In “Crime”Accused in Old Year’s murder of labourer remandedJanuary 3, 2019In “Court”Essequibo bar owner shot by security guardMarch 30, 2017In “Crime” Police say they are investigating the murder of Kevin Betancourt ,23, a labourer of Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast which occurred about 21:30h on Monday at Pomona, Essequibo Coast allegedly by 20 -year-old of Pomona Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast.According to the Police, their investigations revealed that the suspect, who was allegedly intoxicated, got into a verbal spat with the victim over his presence in Pomona.A physical confrontation subsequently ensued and the suspect allegedly whipped out a knife and wounded the victim to his neck and chest .The victim was rushed to the Suddie Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival.Police noted that the suspect has since been arrested and the alleged murder weapon was recovered as investigations continue. read more

first_imgBoart Longyear will present the advantages of sonic drilling over conventional surface drilling during MINExpo International 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 26 to 28. It says its drillers “are the industry’s most experienced in sonic drilling”, which dates back to the 1990s. Its LS™250 MiniSonic™ rig, which is proving to be the ideal solution for a wide range of applications, will be on display.Sonic drilling utilizes high-frequency, resonant energy to advance a core barrel or casing into subsurface formations. During drilling, the resonant energy is transferred down the drill string to the bit face at various sonic frequencies. Simultaneously rotating the drill string evenly distributes the energy and impact at the bit face.“Although adoption of sonic drilling technology has been gradual, drilling contractors and other professionals are now seeing it as the solution for a variety of needs, including geotechnical, environmental, water and mining applications,” said Shayne Drivdahl, Vice President, Global Engineering for Boart Longyear. “They recognize that sonic offers many benefits that traditional core drills simply cannot provide.”Drivdahl, an expert on the advantages of sonic drilling over conventional surface drilling methods, will discuss those advantages during MINExpo. His presentation, How Sonic Drilling Can Increase Your Rate of Return, will be on Tuesday, September 27, in the North Building, Upper Concourse, Room N257.Among the benefits of sonic drilling over conventional technologies in appropriate applications is the superior information provided by the continuous, relatively undisturbed core sample of unparalleled quality and accuracy through any type of soil – clay, till, loose or heaving sand, gravel, boulders or cobbles.Sonic drilling also reduces drill spoils and waste by up to 80 percent relative to conventional drilling methods, causes minimal disturbance to the surrounding borehole wall and is up to two to three times faster than conventional overburden drilling methods.“Sonic drilling is certainly still within its adoption phase,” said Drivdahl. “However, these and other advantages are becoming more and more apparent to clients in real-world situations.”last_img read more

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first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers are facing a public backlash after they bypassed normal legislative procedures and quickly approved a bill exempting themselves from the state’s Public Records Act and subjecting themselves instead to more limited disclosure requirements.More than a dozen newspapers across the state ran front-page editorials Tuesday urging Gov. Jay Inslee to veto the measure that was passed by the Legislature on a “veto-proof” two-thirds margin Friday — a 41-9 vote in the Senate and a 83-14 vote in the House — and force lawmakers to decide whether they want to take a second vote to override his action.The bipartisan bill prohibits the release of lawmaker communication with constituents, but allows release of some lawmaker correspondence beginning on July 1, including those with lobbyists; information from lawmaker calendars; and final disciplinary reports. However, because the bill is retroactive, it would prohibit the release of the records being sought by the coalition of news organizations that sued last September and who prevailed in an initial court ruling last month.In defending their votes, state legislators have made several assertions — on social media, their websites and in letters to their constituents — about the bill, which was introduced and passed in less than 48 hours.___CLAIM: Democratic Sen. Jamie Pedersen writes for an online labor publication that it’s clear that lawmakers are exempt from the state’s Public Records Act, passed in 1972: “This ruling overturns settled law from the last 45 years.”last_img read more

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 12 and 18 January 2017 were:Tribunal rules against Ministry of Justice in pensions discrimination caseLifetime Isa becomes law through Savings BillCharlton Morris introduces unlimited holiday for senior consultants31% believe their employer does enough to support mental health and wellbeingLeeds Trinity University launches health and wellbeing programme for staff88% of those who have experienced mental health problems have felt distressed at workMeditation bus helps London-based staff unwind during commute73% believe employers should do more to support employee healthHealth Shield to acquire Prevent55% will stay with an employer due to pensions provisionlast_img

first_imgChancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his Autumn Budget 2018 speech at approximately 3.30pm on Monday 29 October 2018.Stay tuned to the Employee Benefits website for all the latest updates on how the Autumn Budget could impact employers and staff.In the Autumn Budget 2017, key announcements included: an increase in the tax-free personal allowance and the higher-rate tax threshold, rises in the company car tax diesel supplement, fuel benefit charge and van benefit charge, an increase to the national living wage, no benefit-in-kind charges for staff who charge their electric vehicles at work, the introduction of an income tax and national insurance contribution (NIC) exemption for accommodation allowances for Armed Forces personnel and the pledge that tax relief for employer premiums paid into life assurance schemes or certain overseas pension schemes will be modernised from April 2019.Follow @EmployeeBenefit on Twitter for real-time coverage of the Autumn Budget.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A driving detour is set to take place as the Andrews Avenue Drawbridge gets a makeover in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.Crews will begin renovations for Andrews Avenue Drawbridge on Monday. The project will take about two years to complete.Traffic will occasionally be limited to one lane in either direction and other times will be completely rerouted to the Southwest Seventh Avenue drawbridge. The Southeast Third Avenue drawbridge is also an alternative.The Andrews Avenue drawbridge is located along the New River, between Las Olas Boulevard and South Fifth Street. Officials said the machinery is near the end of its life.Upgrades will include new electrical and mechanical systems, as well as remodeling sidewalk ramps and light posts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgShashank ND of healthcare platform Practo and Sachin Bansal of Flipkart have emerged as the CEOs with the highest approval ratings from their employees among a list of chief executives of “new-age” firms, according to study by a executive search firm.While Shashank has received 100% approval by its reviewers, the CEO of India’s biggest e-commerce firm Bansal has got an approval rating of 94%, US-based Glassdoor.com said.Recently, Flipkart rolled out a range of employee-friendly initiative including extension of maternity leave to 24 weeks. Under the current labour laws, companies can give a maternity leave of up to 12 weeks.The Bengaluru-based Flipkart is probably the first online retailer to introduce such measures to create an attractive work environment for female employees.On the other hand, Kunal Bahl, the chief executive of the country’s second biggest online retailer Snapdeal , has obtained a rating of 91%. Employees at restaurant review site Zomato have given an approval rating of 88% for Deepinder Goyal as CEO.”Companies with high ratings tend to have engaged and motivated employees who believe in the company’s mission, feel that their job matters, and feel they have career opportunities to advance within their organization,” The Economic Times quoted, Scott Dobroski, career trends analyst, Glassdoor, as saying.In contrast, Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of taxi aggregator Olacabs and Vijay Sekhar Sharma, founder of mobile payment services firm Paytm, do not seem to be too popular among their employees. Ola’s Aggarwal and Paytm’s Sharma have got approval rating of 70% and 69% respectively.”For big companies, it would have been good to have an option for employees to rate the entire management team, as it gives a more holistic view,” Nirupama V G, MD of recruitment firm Ad Astra Consultants, told TOI.”But for startups, the ratings are a true reflection, because the CEO is the manager, he is always in touch with his employees and is hands on,” she added.In IT sector, Infosys’ CEO Vishal Sikka has earned the highest rating of 95%, followed by Cognizant’s Francisco D’Souza with a 94% approval rating.The rating for TCS’s CEO N Chandrasekharan and Wipro’s CEO T K Kurien stood at 84% and 74% respectively.last_img read more

first_imgMap of Libya. File PhotoLibyan police on Friday arrested four Bangladesh nationals from Tajoura district of Tripoli for their alleged involvement in abducting five Bangladeshi migrants, says an official.Talking to UNB, ASM Ashraful Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy to Libya, said the arrestees demanded a ransom of $32,500 for their release.”We’re still trying to know their identities,” he said adding that they are in touch with the Libyan police.Ashraful said a fierce fight was going on in Tripoli and around, and they are not sure when they will get the victims in their possession.He hoped that they will meet the victims soon and find out ways to help them for their possible return to home or hand over them to the places of their work.Such incidents of abduction happen frequently in Libya amid the civil war, he added.last_img read more