Markets Torn Asunder

first_imgIn the future, you are likely to find yourself occupying one of three spaces in your market place. Those places will be super-transactional, super-relational, or the muddy middle.Amazon.com is super-transactional. Before Amazon.com and Kindle, we bought books from bookstores. We also did a lot more shopping in retail stores. When the idea is to reduce friction as the way to create value, super-transactional wins. Uber is super-transactional. So are all of the online travel sites, as are all convenience stores.The opposite pole is super-relational. My tailor sends me pictures of new suits by text. He knows what I like, and he keeps an eye out for me. In the days before Amazon.com I frequented a small, used bookstore. Without me asking, the people who ran it found me books that they knew I would want. But don’t mistake super-relational for a B2C play. It’s a B2B play, too.I have purchased enterprise software from a salesperson multiple times, specifically because it comes with some risk, has a high strategic value, and requires greater trust. I have a relationship with my production company for the same reason, even though I am continually called on by other companies. Super-relational means you are part of your client’s team, their decision-making, and their future.The problems exist in the muddy middle, even though there will always be people and companies who occupy “good enough.” If you aren’t transactional enough to compete against the super-transactional, you have to create greater value—value that is meaningful to your clients. If you aren’t super-relational enough to capture enough of the value you need to support that model, you will be relegated to the market for “good enough.”If you are super-transactional, you are only competing against the super-transactional. You aren’t geared to compete against the super-relational, so you never have to compete there. If you are super-relational, you can’t compete against the super-transactional, because that market isn’t yours. Super-relational competes with super-relational, and sometimes the “good enough” competitors for the clients who are aspirational and not quite there yet.The challenge in the muddy middle is that you are forced to compete against both sides. You can lose to the more transactional, and you can lose to the super-relational. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Hope to continue to make India proud: Saina

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) Decorated with a Padma award today by the President, badminton ace Saina Nehwal said she hopes to “continue to make India proud” through her exploits in the sporting arena.The 26-year Hyderabadi said she was “very happy” after receiving the nations third highest civilian honour — the Padma Bhushan — from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Civil Investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.”Its a great moment, a proud moment. I am very very happy. My parents are very happy,” she said, adding that she hopes “to continue to make India proud”. PTI ACB KKMlast_img

Involving Salman Khan is a good idea: Hockey legend Balbir Sr

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 26 (PTI) The controversy over appointment of Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent notwithstanding, hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr today felt involving the Bollywood superstar is a “good idea”. “The Olympics is a celebration of sports so I agree with the statement that preference should be given to suitable Olympic icon with achievements and medals at the Olympic level. However, involving Salman Khan is a good idea,” the 92-year-old, member of three Olympic gold-medal winning teams, told PTI here. Salmans appointment has been criticised by some noted sports personalties of the country including wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and sprint legend Milkha Singh who had raised eyebrows over India Olympic Associations (IOA)s decision. Further commenting on the controversy surrounding Salmans appointment, he said, “It is a bitter truth that India doesnt have a sporting culture yet. We only like winners.” “Every sportsperson who has been lucky enough to represent India is a hero. Nowadays, medal winners in the Olympics get recognition but what about the others who have represented India but couldnt win laurels at the Olympics? In the recent past, Bollywood has indeed helped raise the stature of certain sportspersons to larger-than-life levels,” Balbir said. He said to win is the goal of every sportsperson but due recognition is needed to boost their performance. “This is where Bollywoods popularity can be used to help elevate the stature of sports/sportsperson in general in India, not just around Olympic time,” Balbir, who was part of the gold winning teams from 1948 to 1956 Olympics, said. He pointed out that sportspersons are the “real stars” but fans cheering for them also makes a big difference. “In my time, Prithviraj Kapoor, B R Chopra, Raj Kapoor and others used to come and cheer us on during our matches. Indeed, one of my most cherished Olympic memories is of 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, when I was invited to the Olympic Games by the organising committee as a guest of honour. I watched and cheered as our hockey team won gold in the final. “I would request other known personalities to travel to Rio along with Salman, at their own expense, to support the team as fans and motivate them to do better,” he said. On Salman, Balbir said, “I dont know Salman personally, but if this is a long-term association for the next four years, with non-cricket Olympic sports, his popularity among the masses would be very useful, and additionally, his own stature as a star will make him hard to manipulate.” PTI SUN AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Faultless’ Virat Kohli killed us softly: Mike Hesson

first_imgNew Zealand coach Mike Hesson admitted that India captain Virat Kohli was “faultless” during his majestic 211 as the home team dominated the proceedings with some “high quality batting” on the second day of the third and final Test in Indore.Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (188) were involved in India’s highest-ever fourth-wicket partnership of 365 runs as the hosts declared their first innings at 557/5.”(It was) high quality batting, took a good delivery to create half chances. Went through long periods of play where we reeled out a lot of plans, stuck to our game well, but we were worn down. Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles (out of his career best score of 211),” said Hesson. (Kohli is improving as batsman and leader: Rahane)However, he also looked at the positive side and said his team had stuck to the task well.”A tough day but, sounds funny, also a satisfying day in terms of the standards we set. Our seam bowlers delivering 30 overs, 135-140kmph at times, in heat and humidity. At no stage did we roll over and give soft runs. I thought it was a high quality Test cricket. We contributed to that with our bowling.”When you go over a 100 overs without a wicket it can be demoralising. If you’re not strong willed and keep fighting it can be tough, but we did that pretty well,” he said. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)advertisementONUS ON TOP SEVEN NZ BATSMENHe said the third day tomorrow was crucial and the onus was on the top seven batsmen who have seen how to tackle the track by Kohli and Rahane, with Rahane missing his double ton by just 12 runs. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)”Any Test match they have to set the tone, that’s something we haven’t been able to do. This is the third of three quite distinctive surfaces. (We have) been shown a blueprint of how to play on it. As the game moves on things will become harder but tomorrow s an important day for us.”The surface is still pretty good. (It’s) fair to say footmarks (are) building as they tend to do, but body of surface is good. I m sure the umpires will maintain that.”We just have to bat for long periods of time. Each batsman has his own game plan and it is a matter of being very decisive around that. It is not quite as sharp a turn at the moment as perhaps in Kanpur but we know that will change over time. We have a very good blueprint of how to bat of that surface. Our challenge tomorrow is to try and replicate something similar.” (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)FAULTLESS KOHLIHe said the team tried out a lot many things to break the fourth-wicket stand.”At 100 for 3 on a very slow surface we had got ourselves in a nice position but Virat in particular yesterday was very composed around how he played. There was one half chance but outside of that it was faultless.”We tried to bowl straight, wide, tried to bring the foot holes into play, bowl around the wicket, a short (ball) plan.”We tried a lot of things and we created a lot of chances against Ajinkya but it wasn’t to be. The way they carried on today, it was an exceptional partnership and we have to acknowledge that and say well played,” Hesson singned off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Air India felicitates ace cricketer employee Jhulan Goswami

first_imgKolkata, Aug 7 (PTI) Air India today felicitated its Indian Womens cricket team all-rounder Jhulan Goswami at its eastern region head office here. In recognition to her achievement, the national carrier, which had always encouraged and supported Goswami, felicitated her at the AI eastern region headquarters, where she was promoted as a Manager in the Eastern Regional Directors office. The AI Regional Director, Eastern Region, Capt. Rohit Bhasin handed over a citation, Rs 50,000 cheque, which the Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani had announced earlier. Goswami had joined the national carrier in 2006 in the Commercial department and had always been posted here. A leading fast bowler and a dashing batsman, Goswami recently scripted history by breaking the record of Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick to become the highest wicket taker in womens One Day International Cricket. She also played a key role in the recent ICC tournament 2017, where India became the runners-up after losing the ICC Womens World Cup final match against England. A former captain of the Indian Womens Team, Goswami was the ICC Womens Player of the year in 2007 and has been honoured with the Arjuna and Padmashri awards. On being honoured by her employee, Goswami said: “Air India is like my extended family and I feel extremely happy to be bonoured by my organisation. “I shall always remember the contribution made by Air India to make me what I am now. It has been extending all support to me and other players who have been able to leave some mark in sports for India.” PTI AKB PR ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Iowa Band Members Allege Physical, Sexual Abuse After Iowa State Game, Upset School Dropped Investigation

first_img Gotta love Iowa athletics and the AD. They tell us YESTERDAY they’re investigating the violent acts against us in Ames….Posted by Corey Knopp on Thursday, September 19, 2019Iowa vs. Iowa State is one of the most fun rivalries in college football, but whatever transpired here clearly goes beyond normal banter.It’s unclear if Iowa will re-open its investigation now that multiple band members have spoken out. We’ll keep you updated. A member of Iowa marching band performing during a football game.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Members of the Iowa Hawkeye marching band perform before the match-up against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Earlier this week, Iowa issued a statement on an alleged incident involving the program’s marching band that was reported to have occurred after the football game against Iowa State in Ames. Thursday, the athletic directors for both schools issued a joint statement, calling for fan bases to be more welcoming in the future.The decision to move on from the investigation has apparently upset some Iowa band members. A student named Corey Knopp took to Facebook on Thursday night to express his disappointment in his school for not doing more after the incident.In the post, Knopp alleges that after the game, as the band members marched in formation back to their bus, they were subjected to being shoved and having beer cans “shaken and sprayed” at their feet. He also alleges that one of his bandmates was left with broken ribs.Another band member, Jack Buchanan, says that there was sexual assault as well. The two posts were brought to our attention by the Iowa City Press-Citizen:last_img read more

Australia gun down 359 vs India to complete their highest successful chase in ODIs

first_img scorecard Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 22:02 IST India vs Australia 4th ODI: Ashton Turner played a sensational innings in Mohali. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia chased down 359 in Mohali to beat India by 4 wickets in MohaliThis is Australia’s highest successful chase against India in one-day cricketPeter Handscomb scored his maiden hundred while Ashton Turner 84 not out off 43Australia rode on spectacular knocks from Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Ashton Turner to gun down 359 against India in the fourth ODI in Mohali to draw level in the five-match series. India and Australia will now fight it out in the decider in Delhi on Wednesday.Chasing 359, Australia got off to a horror start when Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh were removed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah with the Aussies reeling at 12 for 2. India were in command but Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb had other ideas. The two added 192 for the third wicket but India bounced back when Kuldeep Yadav snared Khawaja for 91.Kuldeep also got rid of the dangerous Glenn Maxwell while Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Handscomb for 117. Australia were 271 for 5 in the 42nd over and they had a mountain to climb against the guile of Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 4TH ODI: HIGHLIGHTSBut Turner joined forces with Alex Carey and the two shocked the Indian bowling attack with some audacious shot-selection. Playing only his second ODI, Turner showed no nerves and hit a flurry of sixes to take Australia home.Earlier, India were relieved after Shikhar Dhawan roared back to form with a career-best 143. He added a record 193 with Rohit Sharma, who fell for 95. This was the highest opening stand for India against Australia in one-day cricket.However, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul did not fire in the middle-order. Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) played important cameos to help India cross 350. India finished with 358 for 9 off 50 overs and they had every reason to believe they had enough on the board to clinch the series in Mohali.advertisementBut Australia’s batsmen had other ideas. Khawaja continued his fine form while Handscomb scored a gutsy hundred before Turner lit it up at the end as Australia won with 2.1 overs to spare.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ashton TurnerFollow Rishabh PantFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 4th ODI advertisement No data available! view more view lesscenter_img commentary graphs Australia gun down 359 vs India to complete their highest successful chase in ODIsIndia vs Australia: Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner helped Australia chase down 359 vs India in the fourth ODI. The series is now level 2-2 and the decider will be played in Delhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

Uno Bolt: When One Wheel is Better Than Two

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Your first thoughts when you think of unicycles probably have to do with the circus or guys who win mustache competitions, but unicycling has gained a cult following in the past decade among extreme sports lovers. Riding back and forth gets boring, so many unicyclists have taken to off-road/mountain unicycling or performing bicycle-like tricks in more urban environments.Though the Uno Bolt isn’t made for kickflips, it can get you around town with little effort on your part. Weighing in at about 45 pounds, the unicycle is lighter than many of its competitors and its heft can give beginners a greater sense of stability. “Right now it’s a bit too far ahead, but possibly with technological advancements…we could get a lighter vehicle,” says Chan.Just as with regular unicycling, tires can make or break your riding experience. Another unicycle, the Canadian Moto Pogo, like many others in this market, is geared towards urban use with a sleek finish, a higher price tag, and less maneuverability, whereas Uno Bolt utilizes a tire assist to help riders avoid overextending on turns along with tires that are built for some moderate off-road usage. “With all the e-vehicles…they really don’t offer an off-road type of vehicle,” laments Chan. “You have to be on a very flat surface and you can’t really ride on grass.”Across the board, these one-wheeled machines are outfitted with gyroscopic monitors and gears to keep you from face-planting outside your office. Most handlebars are just there to help the rider feel balanced, but Uno Bolts have brakes and a reverse lever. The 20 Ryno vehicles out there can actually perform like a motorcycle, marrying traditional steering with leaning.You have to at least give Uno Bolt points for embracing the fact that it’s a unicycle–not a one-wheeled scooter or motorcycle. If you’re looking for a new mode of casual transportation and you can’t decide between being practical or whimsical, the Uno Bolt is a great place to start. Let’s be honest, we’ve all wanted to pull off a commute via a Segway or hoverboard, but balancing isn’t everyone’s strong suit, especially at 10 mph. So why not try an electric unicycle? Though unicycles are known for their heavy reliance on the rider’s keen sense of balance, the Uno Bolt is promising riders stability and a statement vehicle.Similar to the (beautiful and extremely heavy) Ryno Motors unicycle that never came to fruition, Dragon Ball was the main source of design inspiration for the Uno Bolt. Sean Chan, founder and co-inventor of Uno Bolt saw potential in a one-wheeled launch vehicle and embarked on a five-year journey to make it a reality.center_img The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle last_img read more

‘Climb’ Mount Everest All Day and Glamp All Night with 29029

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather We can’t all be like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norway, the first men to successfully summit Everest, or Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to reach the proverbial top of the world. However, if you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, you can conquer your very own Everest, then sip fancy cocktails by the fire and listen to great music in the evening afterward.In 2019, all you need to do to “climb” Mount Everest is sign up for an adventure care of 29029, grab some hiking boots or trail runners, and head to Utah in August or Vermont in October. Here’s the short story right from the folks who merge extreme elevation gain with elevated lifestyle camping:“We rent a private mountain. We build a base camp village with bands, bonfires, luxury tipi tents, food, and drink. You join a community of like-minded individuals while tackling an epic endurance challenge. It’s a new category of events. Equal parts physical, mental, and spiritual.”“It’s a new category of events. Equal parts physical, mental, and spiritual.”A 29029 event merges grueling physical exertion backed by an iron will with the ultimate glamping experience. If successful, you will end your stay at a 29029 weekend having climbed more than 29,029 vertical feet (albeit not at once and with some down climbing in there, too), the equivalent of an ascent of Mount Everest. At the Utah 29029 event in August 2019, the group has planned a 2.3-mile long hike up Summit Snowbasin that involves 2,310 feet of vertical gain with each completion. After 13 treks up Summit Snowbasin, you’ve achieved the equivalent of Everest. In Vermont, the October 2019 event takes place on Stratton Mountain. Seventeen completions of the 1.3-mile, 1,750 vertical hike equal the Himalayan heavy-hitter.Here’s a secret: You don’t have to actually climb Summit Snowbasin or Stratton 13 or 17 times, respectively, to enjoy a 29029 weekend. If you pay your dues, the organizers still welcome you into the fold, which includes three nights in a luxury glamping tent, all the food and beverage you want, massage sessions after your hike, coaching calls leading up to the event, access to the private mountain (of course), and lots of neat swag.Good stuff, right? Well, it better be. Single entry to a 2019 29029 event costs $3,395; reserving a tent for two will set you back $10,495.So, do you have what it takes to climb Mount Everest? If you’ve got about four grand to spend on an experience of a lifetime … then yes, yes you do.While we’re on the topic of Everest, here’s a fun little fact for you: The first team of surveyors to measure the mountain’s height came back with an exact measurement of 29,000 feet. While precise based on calculations at the time, the surveyors added a few feet to make the height seem more plausible. While slowly rising, gaining about a half inch each year, for now, 29,029 is the generally accepted height of the world’s tallest peak. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Best Wetsuits to Keep You in the Water All Year Long last_img read more

MSME Policy Launched

first_img The policy’s formulation is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on job creation and economic growth. The Industry Ministry is leading the policy’s implementation, through its key agencies and other private and public support bodies. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, which provides a comprehensive framework for the development of the sector, was officially launched on Wednesday, October 29, at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in Kingston.The policy, which was launched by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, seeks to minimise some of the challenges faced by the sector, which impede its formation and sustainable growth and development.The policy’s formulation is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on job creation and economic growth.The document, recently tabled in Parliament, speaks to, among other things, increased finance to the sector and enhancing business development support. It also aims to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation while tackling cross-cutting issues such as women and youth in business, and persons with disabilities.The Industry Ministry is leading the policy’s implementation, through its key agencies and other private and public support bodies, including the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Companies Office of Jamaica, Logistics Hub Taskforce, MSME Alliance, and Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ).In his address, Minister Hylton pointed out that the MSME sector is a critical pillar of the country’s economic growth agenda, and it is imperative that the Government places entrepreneurship and MSME development at the forefront of the public policy agenda.He said the launch represents an important milestone in a long overdue intervention by Government to strengthen the environment for MSME growth and development.“After extensive consultations with various members of the MSME stakeholder community, the Ministry crafted a comprehensive policy that will serve as a framework for implementing initiatives that will support the MSME sector,” he said.The Minister further noted that while there have been a number of initiatives on behalf of the MSME sector over the years, the MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy is the first intervention framework that offers co-ordinated, coherent and targeted support to the sector, in an effort to expand its contribution to economic growth and development.The event also marked the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is being celebrated in Jamaica for the first time. It is to be observed from November 18 to 22.GEW, which began in 2007, is recognised as the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. Story Highlights The policy seeks to minimise some of the challenges faced by the sector.last_img read more

Tentative deal reached for striking Toronto Pearson airport ground crew

first_imgTORONTO – Striking ground crew workers at Canada’s busiest airport have reached a tentative deal with their employer.Teamsters Canada and Swissport say the deal involving the workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport was struck on Tuesday, although details of the tentative agreement won’t be released until it has been ratified in the coming days.About 700 cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and other ground crew workers employed by Swissport at Pearson have been on strike since late July.Union spokesman Christopher Monette says the union is recommending its members accept the offer.The workers’ concerns included pay and benefits cuts, scheduling issues, and what their union called a lack of respect from Swissport managers.Swissport says it is looking forward to seeing its workers return to the job.The company services 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by the company.last_img read more

City of Fort St John outdoor skating rinks are underway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John’s outdoor skating rinks have been delayed by unseasonal weather and are currently in the works.City Communications Coordinator, Ryan Harvey, says City Crews are underway with preparing the rinks.“Obviously we need the weather to cooperate a little bit, but some work is started on things. The grounds crew has been out there doing some flooding” City managed rinks will be located at Kin Park, Surerus Park, and at Matthews Park.The rink at Kin Park and Surerus Park will be a traditional rink while the rink at Matthews Park will be a skating loop.The City will also have a croki-curl rink on the grounds of the Rec Centre where residents can play a modified game of crokinole and curling.For more information, you can visit fortstjohn.ca/parkslast_img read more

New multilateralism necessary to achieve disarmament – Ban

“We live in an age of interdependence,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, pointing to the food, energy and economic crises.The solutions to such problems lie in a “new multilateralism,” he stressed, where “cooperation replaces confrontation, where creativity replaces stalemate.”The Secretary-General said he has seen signs of optimism emerging from recent announcements by the leaders of the United States and Russia to begin talks to replace a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty.He added that was encouraged by the Third Preparatory Committee of the 2010 review conference of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, having wrapped up its session “in a refreshingly positive tone, marking a distinct shift from previous years.”Currently, there are several initiatives from both nuclear and non-nuclear States which seek eliminate divisions and paralysis marking the past to spur dialogue and progress, Mr. Ban said. “These signs of greater political will represent an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.”He reiterated his appeal to the Conference – the world’s only multilateral disarmament negotiating forum – to break its 10-year deadlock, emphasizing that the body represents “a global partnership that can weave… disparate threads into comprehensive political agreements.”The Secretary-General acknowledged that “differences run deep,” but noted that “they are not insurmountable. Nor are they an excuse for paralysis.”The Conference has the ability to drive progress towards achieving the ultimate goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons, he said. “However, this can only be realized if all States, nuclear and non-nuclear alike, are prepared to abide by their disarmament and non-proliferation commitments and nurture an international climate conducive to disarmament.” 19 May 2009Calling on nations to seize the current momentum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for a new multilateral approach to ensure sustainable progress in disarmament. read more

Hamilton sex assault suspect

Hamilton police are asking the public for help in finding a sexual assault suspect.The assault happened near McMaster University at around 11:30 Thursday night. A woman in her 20’s was walking westbound on Sussex Street near Emerson Drive when a man grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her. Two witnesses heard her scream and chased the suspect as he fled west on Sussex, then South on Emerson. The victim suffered minor injuries.The suspect is described as an Asian man, in his late teens to early 20’s, about 5′ 6″ to 5′ 10″, clean shaven, with shaggy black hair and black framed glasses. He was wearing a white polo shirt with red stripes and light beige cargo pants. Anyone with any info is asked to call police.

3M cuts fullyear earnings outlook cites continued slow growth of global economy

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2015 6:02 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2015 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. PAUL, Minn. – 3M is lowering its full-year earnings forecast, citing continued slow growth of the global economy.While the Federal Reserve is expected to boost interest rates Wednesday, inflation remains low due to global economic weakness, falling energy prices and a strong dollar.The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics said Tuesday that it now anticipates 2015 earnings of about $7.55 per share. Its prior guidance was for earnings in a range of $7.60 to $7.65 per share.Analysts surveyed by FactSet predict full-year earnings of $7.66 per share.Looking further ahead, 3M Co. foresees 2016 earnings between $8.10 and $8.45 per share. Wall Street is looking for earnings of $8.41 per share.3M said in October that it planned to cut up to 1,500 jobs as part of a restructuring plan. 3M cuts full-year earnings outlook, cites continued slow growth of global economy read more

Speak up speak out against homophobia UN urges on International Day

“Human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love,” the UN chief declared in a special LinkedIn blogpost on the International Day. His message was echoed by other senior officials who called not only for changes in discriminatory attitudes but also to laws on the books in many countries so all LGBT people could live with dignity. Such changes are vital, said Mr. Ban, noting that in all parts of the world, LGBT people experience discrimination in every aspect of daily life. As children, too many are bullied by their peers, rejected by their own families, driven to drop out of school. As adults, too many suffer stigma, unfair treatment, even violence. Fearing prejudice or persecution, many LGBT and intersex people are reluctant to discuss the simplest aspects of their personal lives with colleagues at work or in social settings. “In 76 countries, having a partner of the same sex is even a prosecutable crime. People are arrested, imprisoned, and in some cases executed, just because they are in a loving relationship,” said the Secretary-General adding further that LGBT people also face deeply-ingrained hostility in the place where many of us spend most of our waking hours – at work. “We must ask ourselves: Do we want to live in a world where love is targeted or where it is celebrated; where people live in fear or in dignity?,” declared the UN chief. Noting that millions of people around the world observe the International Day, he said that the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has released a short video as part of its Free & Equal campaign called The Power of Sharing. “The video focuses on the impact that each of us can have by sharing our own stories and by showing our support for our LGBT colleagues, friends and family members. I encourage you all to watch the video and share it to help spread the word,” said Mr. Ban. Changing people’s attitudes takes time, effort and perseverance. “It takes us all to speak up and speak out against homophobia, even when it’s presented as harmless fun or as an accepted cultural trait. It’s not. It’s discrimination. And it’s our responsibility to fight it and to strive for a world that is truly free and equal,” the Secretary-General declared. “Speaking up empowers us, it always has… And when enough people listen it can change the world,” affirms the OHCHR video, which underscores that individuals can effect positive change by sharing personal stories and by showing support for LGBT and intersex friends, colleagues and family. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke earlier at the Fifth European Transgender Council about raising awareness of the discrimination and violence LGBT people face on a routine basis. “As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I have always spoken out against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And I have yet to come across a Government that says it supports violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Yet very few take action to protect people against such violations,” Ms. Pillay said. For the first time, UN independent human rights experts and Special Rapporteurs have produced a joint statement for the Day. It pinpoints, “States must build a climate of tolerance and respect in which all people, including LGBT … can express their thoughts and opinions without fear of being attacked, criminalized or stigmatized for doing so.” Quoting late South African President Nelson Mandela, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said: ‘To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’ With that in mind, the UNAIDS chief underscored that criminalization of LGBT people puts entire communities at risk. It keeps those in need of prevention and treatment services out of reach of life-saving interventions. “It is outrageous that in 2014, when we have everything we need to defeat AIDS, we are still fighting prejudice, stigma, active discrimination and homophobic laws in 78 countries around the world,” he said, warning that stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity drive new HIV infections. “We can only be free when we respect the freedom of our LGBT brothers and sisters.Let us walk the road to freedom together, he said. Echoing those concerns, Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that in the past year, harmful anti-LGBT laws have been passed under the guise of protecting children and families. “Punitive laws such as these have the potential to stir up homophobia and transphobia, and can have very toxic effects on people’s lives,” she said. Such laws scapegoat LGBT people and distract from the real social and development challenges which countries face. She stressed that anti-LGBT laws are based on the incorrect assumption that homosexuality poses a danger to a country’s social fabric. “The evidence does not demonstrate this – where nations have decriminalized same sex sexual conduct, no threat to the institution of marriage nor to the well-being of children has been witnessed,” said Ms Clark, explaining that, instead, decriminalization has been a key step in providing an opportunity for historically oppressed LGBT people to flourish and fully participate as respected members of society. read more

Innovative laserbased mine monitoring solution

first_img“In today’s economic climate it is often not possible to focus limited resources on a single area. The flexibility of SiteMonitor Mobile ensures it can be used as a static scanners for areas of high risk or concentrated production but can also be mounted on a vehicle for use at any location around the mine,” commented Dr Graham Hunter, Managing Director of UK based 3D Laser Mapping. Also included as standard is 3D Laser Mapping’s leading mine monitoring software SiteMonitor and SiteMonitor Volumes. SiteMonitor is used at diamond, gold, platinum, iron and coal mines across the world and analyses the laser scanned data to automatically detects tiny movements in slopes and walls in open pit mines and calculate volume measurements. Open-pit mines can be laser scanned on the move with this new innovation from 3D Laser Mapping. Its innovative laser-based mine monitoring solution, SiteMonitor Mobile, combines the flexibility of a mobile mapping system with the performance and accuracy of a fixed laser monitoring solution. It is designed to improve site safety and increase production and offers a flexible set up with operators able to choose the best configuration for different mines. The system includes the latest laser scanning technology, navigation system and highly advanced mine monitoring software. SiteMonitor Mobile is a modular system designed to offer a cost effective solution for monitoring the complete scope of mining operations. The laser-scanning unit can be mounted on virtually any type of vehicle, including off road quad bikes, often found in the mining operation, as well as for use in static applications. Users of the SiteMonitor Mobile system can select from the latest V-Line range of laser scanners from Riegl choosing either the VZ400 with field accuracies of up to 5mm or the VZ-1000 with a range of up to 1,100 m. Both scanners offer online full-waveform analysis, digital processing and exceptional data capture rates.  SiteMonitor Mobile incorporates a state of the art navigation system based on the one used by 3D Laser Mapping’s revolutionary mobile mapping system StreetMapper. The onboard navigation system includes a GPS receiver and a fibre-optic gyro based Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to allow tracking of the system’s position. last_img read more

Motorolas Honeycomb tablet coming to Verizon possibly with 4G support

first_imgLast week, Google‘s Andy Rubin showed off Motorola‘s new Android tablet with little fan fare, using the 10-inch slate simply as a way to demonstrate Android 3.0 Honeycomb‘s improved functionality for larger multitouch displays. Now we have new details on that tablet, thanks to a leak to Engadget, which shows that the 10-inch Honeycomb slate will be available on Verizon‘s CDMA network. AdChoices广告This gels with some persistent rumors that have claimed that Verizon would get a 10-inch Motorola tablet sometime in the new year to vie with the iPad 3G. The question is whether or not this Motorola tablet will be a 3G only affair, or if it’ll take advantage of Verizon’s new LTE 4G networkOtherwise, the specs of the Motorola tablet are pretty sound: an NVIDIA 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a built-in microSD card slot and a 1280 x 800 multitouch display, along with dual cameras and mini-HDMI.Motorola’s tablet has no name yet, with Engadget’s tipster simply saying that it could be called the “Stingray,” “Everest” or “Trygon” when it hits Verizon stores in 2011. Those names are uniformly terrible, but the tablet itself seems decent. We should know more at CES.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Show Your Love of Attack on Titan With This Awesome Jewelry Line

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Love Attack on Titan? Love jewelry? If you’re trying to save some money currently, you might want to have someone hide your wallet, because there’s a brand new line of official Attack on Titan jewelry coming. And it’s not garish costume jewelry if that’s something you’re concerned with. This is very wearable jewelry with gorgeous options and amazing packaging.The collection is a collaboration between Attack on Titan and jewelry maker Material Crown, spawning three pieces of jewelry including rings and a silver band. Two of the rings include the wings of the series’ Scout Corps that characters Eren and Levi are a part of. Eren’s band gets small green gems, and it’s reminiscent of the character.Levi’s ring, which was created in homage to the extremely popular character, features blue stones and a gorgeous silver band. If you’re Team Levi, this would make a great addition to your jewelry collection. Also, there’s a necklace modeled after the same one Eren’s father gives him at the beginning of the series — the one that’s hiding a secret we’re still waiting to figure out.You can preorder all of the items right now via the Premium Bandai site, with the rings costing $110 apiece and the necklace costing $140. Make sure you make your move quickly, however, because statement pieces like this usually move fast, especially when they’re based on popular franchises like this one. If you don’t jump on the ones you want, you might be destined to comb eBay to see the ones people decided to let go.These are gorgeous pieces that anyone interested in Attack on Titan will be interested in, especially with the debut of the second season this month. If you haven’t been keeping up, you should at the very least check out this jewelry collection to get inspired again!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.last_img read more