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Good Leads and Bad Leads

first_imgSome leads are good even though some salespeople and their sales organization perceive them to be bad. Other leads are bad, even when some salespeople believe they are good and their sales organization paid money to acquire the lead.The worst lead: The worst lead is one who does not buy what you sell and could never benefit from doing so. This is true even if the buyer title matches your ideal customer profile, and even if you paid to acquire the lead.Compelled and engaged but should be disqualified: These leads feel like good leads. They are compelled to do something different, and they are engaged in the process. All of which points towards their being a good lead. However, if this leads should be disqualified, it is not a good lead. If you are a differentiated, value creating sales organization and happened upon a transactional, lowest-priced buyer, the lead is wrong for you.The following is a list of good leads that are often mistaken for bad ones.Not ready to buy: Just because a lead is not compelled to change and does not show up to your first meeting prepared to sign a contract, is not an indication that the lead is no good. If the lead buys what you sell or would benefit from doing so, the fact that you are required to initiate the process of change doesn’t mean the lead is not good.Stalled at discovery: The fact that a lead stalls after a discovery meeting is not evidence that the lead was no good. It is greater evidence that you did not create enough value to command another meeting or lost control of the process.Leads that don’t buy: A lead that doesn’t buy from you or doesn’t buy in the time you expected them to is not a bad lead. There is a greater possibility you mismanaged it. Even if the engagement ended in a “no decision,” the fact that they engaged in the process just that the lead was good.It is easy to spend time with bad leads believing they are right when the better choice is to abandon them. The opposite is also true, meaning you can spend too little time with good leads because you perceive them to be bad. In these cases, you are better off asking yourself if another salesperson from another sales organization is going to sell that lead what you intended to sell them.The fact that a lead is difficult to sell is no indication of the quality of that lead.last_img read more

J&K suspends 22 social media sites

first_imgWith students’ protests and unrest showing no signs of letting up for second consecutive week in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday decided to suspend 22 social networking websites and applications, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsAap, in Kashmir.Invoking the Indian Telegraph Act 1885, the government said the ban will remain in force for at least one month.According to State Home department, headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the internet service providers in Kashmir Valley have been directed “to stop transmitting any content on 22 social networking sites.”“Over a period of time, an increasing trend was witnessed regarding the misuse of social media by the elements inimical to public order and tranquillity, thereby impinging on public safety, particularly in the Kashmir Valley,” reads the order issued by the home department.‘Disturbed peace’Such elements, according to the Home department, were “transmitting objectionable contents to spread disaffection amongst the public against the State administration and security forces with a view to incite them to commit various offences at a large scale, causing damage to life and property and disturb peace and tranquility.”It claimed these elements “extensively misused social media sites and instant messaging services for vitiating peace and instigating violence” during the 2016 unrest.The ban comes at a time when several videos of rights abuse and of local militants were doing the rounds on the social media. Several students protests were also streamed live on the social media. Ban opposed The move, however, has come under severe criticism from several political parties and stakeholdersin the tourism sector.“The ban denies people necessary access to prospective tourists. How will customers contact hotels and tour operators? It will ruin our business,” said Mushtaq Pahalgami, a hotel owner at Pahalgam.National Conference (NC) president and recently-elected Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah said the communication blockade “would play havoc with the state’s economy and in turn, render thousands of youth unemployed.”“The PDP-BJP Government is not only suppressing the people of the State through brute force but also persecuting them economically. The continued blockade of internet will seriously affect businesses and especially youth-oriented start-ups in the e-commerce sector,” said Dr. Abdullah.Fresh clashes Students on Wednesday again clashed with security forces in parts of Kashmir Valley. Around 13 students were injured.Protesting against alleged “high-handedness of security forces against the student community”, fresh clashes led to closure of schools and colleges in Pulwama, Bandipora, Chadoora, Ganderbal and Shopian.The students were protesting against an alleged police raid on Government Degree College Pulwama on April 15, which left over 50 students injured.Last week, the authorities suspended the class work for a week after violent protests left over 50 students injured. There were fresh protests on Monday.last_img read more

Kashmir to seek Bollywood help to shed negative image

first_imgThe J&K government has decided to approaching the Bollywood and seek help in dispelling the negative notions about the State, as it makes fresh bid to revive its old connections by making picturesque locales available for the film shootings.“Serious efforts are underway to bring back the Bollywood to the Valley for filming and other related activities. The Bollywood hopefully would contribute its bit in removing the negative perception,” said Director Tourism, Kashmir, Tasaduq Jeelani.Buoyed by Bollywood star and director Manoj Bajpayee’s decision to shoot a family soap Family Man in Kashmir these days, Mr. Jeelani said the government was serious to revive the Bollywood connection. He said this will also benefit the local artists and people connected with this trade.In the 60s, 70s and 80s, Kashmir remained the most sought after destination for the Bollywood. Many blockbusters like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kashmir ki Kali etc put Kashmir on film shooting map. However, after the emergence of militancy in 1990s, Kashmir saw a slide in Bollywood shootings.Describing Kashmir as a paradise for adventure lovers, Mr. Jeelani urged tourists and the Bollywood “to become brand ambassadors of J&K”.“There are 200 major tourist destinations in Kashmir Valley,” he added.last_img read more

Navy officer booked for molesting maid in Goa

first_imgThe Vasco police in south Goa on Wednesday booked a Navy officer for allegedly molesting his maid. The police took the action after the woman lodged a complaint against Commodore Manikandan Nambiar, 46, Naval officer, second in-command at the INS Hansa naval base. The incident allegedly took place on Tuesday evening. A police spokesperson said the accused had been booked under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. “The victim has accused him of molesting her at his residence. (Commodore) Nambiar has now filed for anticipatory bail,” the spokesperson said. Sources in the Vasco police station said Commodore Nambiar fell unconscious when he was being questioned. He was later shifted to a local hospital for treatment.last_img read more

ScienceShot: How the Whale Became the Whale

first_imgAbout 54 million years ago, a semiaquatic deerlike creature headed into the water for good, giving rise to whales and their relatives. The newly sequenced genome of the minke whale, a baleen whale found worldwide, tells the story of how stressful this move to live underwater was. An international team has decoded the genomes of four minke whales, a fin whale, a bottlenose dolphin, and a finless porpoise, comparing these cetaceans’ genes to the equivalent genes in other mammals. It found whale-specific mutations in genes important for the regulation of salt and of blood pressure and for antioxidants that get rid of charged oxygen molecules that can harm cells. These molecules increase in number as the whale uses up its oxygen supply during dives. Whales also had larger numbers of related genes, called gene families, for dealing with sustained dives, the team reports online today in Nature Genetics. Overall, 1156 gene families had expanded, and several increased the number of enzymes that help the whale cope with low-to-no oxygen conditions. A few of those expanded families are also expanded in naked mole rats, which live underground where oxygen is scarce. But the numbers of genes for body hair and for taste and smell had decreased. And of course, there were genes and gene families that help explain why whales look the way they do.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Geje Eustaquio is a good striker with decent takedown defense, and he has a good team behind him. I do not think he has a lot of weaknesses,” Akhmetov praised. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “My advantage should be my wrestling and ground game, but I am not going to rely only on that. I am willing to test myself against him on the feet, and show what my hands can do,” said Akhmetov.“I envision every possible scenario, from a quick win, to a tough decision where I overcome adversity. Whatever he brings to me, I will be ready for it,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAkhmetov hopes to get back into title contention and he has to go through Eustaquio first before earning another shot.The Kazakh knows it won’t be a walk in the park. Photo from ONE ChampionshipWhatever the result and however the fight would turnout, former ONE flyweight world champion Kairat Akhmetov said he will be ready for anything.Akhmetov faces tough Filipino Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Sept. 16 in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending Articles01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James View commentslast_img read more

Dhawan pips Kohli in share of BCCI’s revenue from games,Dhawan pips Kohli in share of BCCI’s revenue from games

first_img COMMENT cricket dhawan and kohli sport SHARE Captain Virat Kohli is among the highest paid in endorsement deals, but his share of the tax-free spoils from the gross revenue of BCCI from international games in 2015-16 is slightly lower than his teammate Shikhar Dhawan.While left-handed opener Dhawan has received Rs 87.76 lakh, Kohli has pocketed Rs 83.07 lakh as his share, according to information on the website of the Indian cricket board on payments of over Rs 25 lakh made in May.The third highest in this category is Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 81.06 lakh) while in the fourth place are Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma together (Rs 73.02 lakh each).The lowest amount has been secured by Varun Aaron (Rs 32.15 lakh).The players have also received their match fees for the three home series held last season against New Zealand, England and Australia, respectively.Players have also been given the tax free portion of the cash award announced by the BCCI and Test ranking prize money that the Board has received from the International Cricket Council as well as a portion of retainers.Senior left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra has received Rs 1.52 crore as injury compensation for IPL 2016.Five former women cricketers, including Diana Edulji who is a member of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators, have received Rs 30 lakh each as a one-time benefit from BCCI.The other four are Anjum Chopra, Neetu David, Shubhangi Kulkarni and Sudha Shah.BCCI has also spent Rs 3 crore as land registration cost for the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Published on × dhawan and kohli June 08, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL India COMMENTSlast_img read more

Virender Sehwag’s favourite India-Pakistan moment: 2007 World T20 tied match

first_imgVirender Sehwag slammed a triple hundred against Pakistan and won a historic Test series against them in their own backyard, took Shoaib Akhtar to the task on a few occasions and featured in two World Cup victories over the arch-rivals.However, for the former India batsman, the most cherished moment against Pakistan is the 2007 World Twenty20 clash which was clinched by India after a tense bowl-out. (India-Pakistan rivalry bigger than Ashes, says Ashwin )India will take on Pakistan in the ongoing World T20 in Kolkata on Saturday, a match which has been billed as the marquee showdown of the tournament.”My best India v Pakistan moment is from our first match in the ICC World T20 2007, which was a tie. Nobody thought that the first encounter between the two countries in the first World T20, would be a tie. At the time, the rule was that if the match ended in a tie, it would go to a bowl-out,” Sehwag said in a press release issued by Cricbuzz.”We had practiced for this prior to the contest, wherein Robin Uthappa, Harbhajan Singh and I hit the stumps the most number of times. So, I told MS (Dhoni) that I would like to bowl first. I was confident that if I go first, I’ll surely ‘disturb the furniture’, which is what actually happened.”We were 1-0 up. This was followed by hits from Harbhajan and Uthappa. The stadium erupted thereafter. Harbhajan jumped on Yuvraj and hugged him. Everyone broke into a loud cry of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai!’ and started to sing along, ‘Chak De India’, which was quite popular at the time,” he recalled.advertisementSehwag backed India to defeat Pakistan despite the shock defeat against New Zealand in their tournament opener. (Golden chance for Pakistan to humiliate India )”I think the scenes will be no different on March 19 when the two sides meet again at Kolkata.”Dwelling on his other India-Pakistan memories, Sehwag said he could never forget the sledging he faced during his debut match in 1999.”It was, in every sense, an April Fool’s Day for me. It was my first game and I got out on 1. But it is during that match I witnessed the high intensity of an Indo-Pak cricket match for the first time in my career. I understood the significance of an India v Pakistan game and what that means for the players participating in these clashes,” he said.”I came in at No.7 in that fixture and I was greeted by a string of abuses from Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi. So much so, that it appeared like Afridi was a mate of mine and was conversing only in expletives. Shoaib Akhtar, on whose bowling I got out, didn’t get a chance to sledge me because I was out first ball to him. Thereafter, I was waiting for a chance to return the favor when it was our turn to field.”Sehwag said he paid the Pakistanis back in the same coin when he came out to field.”I did abuse some of their players but didn’t go overboard as we Indians are a respectful lot and believe less in sledging and more in playing the game (in the right spirit).”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

China holds public trial on Michael Jordans trademark appeal

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Apr 27 (PTI) China has held a rare public trial on a trademark dispute case lodged by US basketball icon Michael Jordan against a Chinese firm and the trademark authority in a bid to highlight transparency and fairness in the high-profile cases involving IPR issues.In 2012, Jordan accused Qiaodan Sports Co.Ltd., a Chinese sportswear and shoe manufacturer of unauthorised use of his name and identity.”Qiaodan” is the Chinese translation for Jordan.Jordan lodged an appeal to the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce to revoke the trademarks in dispute, but this was rejected.Later, Jordan filed two lawsuits against the adjudication of the trademark authority but lost both.Supreme Peoples Court (SPC) upheld the adjudication on the grounds that the Chinese translation “Qiaodan” is the translation of a common family name and does not necessarily refer to the basketballers name only.In addition, the Chinese translation “Qiaodan,” as featured in the trademark, differs from the Chinese translation of “Maikeer Qiaodan,” or “Michael Jordan.”Besides, the graphic part of the trademark, a silhouette of a man playing basketball is a general image featuring no facial appearances, making identification difficult, according to the verdict given at the second trial.In 2015, Jordan appealed to the SPC for a retrial. The SPC accepted the appeal on the basis of the Administrative Procedural Law and heard the case yesterday.Yesterdays trial featured the court investigation, debates and final statements. A verdict has not been reached, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.advertisementCourt debates centred on a slew of issues, including the legal bases of the rights to a name, whether the trademark necessarily leads to identification of Jordan and whether Qiaodan Sports registered the brand name with intentional malice.China says it has toughened its stance against Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement and fake products through a variety of measures, and the judicature has become a major authority in IPR disputes.Court rulings are playing an increasingly important role in defining legal boundaries and codes of conduct, Song Xiaoming, head of the SPCs IPR tribunal said.Putting administrative powers regarding patent, trademark and other IPR issues under judicial scrutiny has helped streamline law enforcement and promote the development of related industries, Song said.A guideline released in December by the central cabinet ordered enhanced IPR protection to create a sound environment for innovators, vowing stricter punishments and saying protection in emerging sectors will be prioritised. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

Yuki Bhambri stuns defending champion Gael Monfils to enter Citi Open third round

first_imgYuki Bhambri entered the third round of the Citi Open, which is being played in Washington, as he stunned world No. 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils on Thursday.Bhambri defeated Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a second round contest that lasted for almost two hours, thus registering one of the most memorable wins of his career.Monfils looked out of sorts and was duly sent packing by the 25-year-old Indian.Bhambri started well in the first set and won it 6-3 before Monfils mounted a comeback in the second set.The 30-year-old French star levelled things at the end of the second set by winning it 6-4 but it was Bhambri who had the last laugh as he sealed a tight third set 7-5 to win the match.Bhambri had earlier set up the second round clash with the world number 22 after his first round opponent had to retire.Bhambri, 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship, will now face Guido Pella of Argentina for a place in the quarter-finals.Should he beat Pella, the Indian will probably clash with Dominic Thiem or 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson.last_img read more

UK health minister replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit row

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Jul 10 (PTI) Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to curb the growing turmoil around her leadership with the appointment of UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt as the new foreign secretary to replace Boris Johnson.Johnson, who dramatically stepped down earlier yesterday from his post soon after the resignation of Brexit minister David Davis, accused May of pursuing a “semi-Brexit” with proposals for post-Brexit trade that would leave Britain as a “colony” of the European Union (EU).Taking charge of the Foreign Office, Hunt said he would be standing “four square” behind the Prime Minister “so that we can get through an agreement with the European Union based on what was agreed by the Cabinet last week at Chequers”.He added, “This is a time when the world is looking at us as a country, wondering what type of country we are going to be in a post-Brexit world.””What I want to say to them is Britain is going to be a dependable ally, a country that stands up for the values that matter to the people of this country, and will be a strong confident voice in the world.”Hunt’s post of health secretary has been taken over by culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock, as May struggled to keep control of dissenting voices within her top team.In her response to Johnson, May wrote that she was “sorry and a little surprised” by his move after his apparent support on Friday, when ministers held talks at her country retreat of Chequers and emerged with a “collective” position on Brexit.advertisementShe said the deal agreed by the Cabinet after their “productive discussions” would “honour the result of the referendum” and allow the UK to “take back control of our borders, our law and our money”.During a day packed with high-profile Cabinet departures, she also faced down her Conservative party’s powerful 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, amid rumours they were close to getting the 48 signatures needed to trigger a no-confidence vote that could have removed her as Prime Minister.But so far she has stood firm in her resolve to hold on to her leadership and insists that she is confident of seeing through her proposals for a smooth exit from the EU.Besides their senior colleagues, Brexit junior minister Steve Baker and two ministerial aides also resigned from the government yesterday.UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright replaces Hancock as the new culture secretary, with backbencher Geoffrey Cox replacing him as the new Attorney General. PTI AK KISKISlast_img read more

Salah joins Ronaldo, Messi on UEFA’s best forward award shortlist

first_imgLiverpool’s main man Mohamed Salah joined regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on UEFA’s shortlist for the best forwards of the Champions League 2017-18, the European football governing body announced on Thursday.Salah was majorly responsible for Liverpool’s Champions League final appearance as he scored 10 goals and provided four assists, striking a brilliant partnership with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, to help the club reach the final.In the final, Salah was injured after a clash with Sergio Ramos early on as Real Madrid went on to win the Champions League 3-1.Ronaldo, who was the recipient of this award last year, topped the scoring charts for the third year running as he scored 15 goals to lead Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title.Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi netted six goals as Barcelona finished quarter-finalists of the competition last season.While there were names from three different clubs in the best forward shortlist, the best defender award is surely going to Real Madrid. Real’s trip of Marcelo, Ramos and Raphael Varane are the only names in that shortlist.Real Madrid’s dominated the best midfielder award shortlist as well as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric made it to the list with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne being the third name.For the best goalkeeper award, Champions League winner Keylor Navas will be competing with new Liverpool signing Alisson Becker, whose performances for AS Roma last season earned him the place.Former Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who switched to Paris Saint-Germain last month, completes the list.advertisementThe winners will be announced during the 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 30.The nominees were selected by a jury of 32 coaches from last year’s Champions League participants and 55 journalists chosen by the European Sports Media group.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

The Latest On Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Investigation

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's benchLINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaves the field after the win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has now been on paid administrative leave for roughly two and a half weeks. Here is the latest on the Buckeyes’ investigation into the three-time national champion head coach.Today, Sunday, marks the two week period for the school’s investigation into Meyer. They’re attempting to figure out how he handled domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.Ohio State said on Sunday, Aug. 5 that its investigation into Meyer would take two weeks. That two week time period is up.The school’s president, Michael Drake, announced on Friday the investigation would be completed today.Here’s the full announcement:The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had formed a special, independent working group to direct this investigation. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.Additional details will be shared next week.It’s unlikely that we will learn of any decision today, but one is coming soon. It’s possible that by Monday or Tuesday, we’ll know what Meyer’s future is in Columbus.Ohio State, meanwhile, is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

Top 2021 WR Romello Brinson Announces Commitment

first_imgA general view of the Miami Dolphins stadium.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sun Life Stadium prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 5, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Sun Life Stadium ins in the middle of a two year renovation. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)College football teams are still finalizing their rosters for 2019, but one of the top prospects for the Class of 2021, wide receiver Romello Brinson, has just given one school plenty to look forward to in a few short seasons.Brinson has announced his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes on Twitter this afternoon.“1000 % committed,” he tweeted.1000% committed ?? @CoachVerne @Coach_MannyDiaz @CoachPop_Cooney @D_VanDyke8 @CoachStubbs @CoachField @Andrew_Ivins pic.twitter.com/ZEqNj2dx6j— The”Joker”? (@GodChildM3_) February 10, 2019A Miami native, Brinson joins a Miami Class of 2021 that is increasingly looking like it will be one of the best in the country.Brinson had 43 catches for 527 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Northwestern Bulls last season.BREAKING: Miami Northwestern ’21 WR Romello Brinson has committed to Manny Diaz and Miami. https://t.co/4hG5to8MRJ pic.twitter.com/bdfDfjI6rA— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) February 10, 2019Of the nine recruits that are currently committed to Miami, two have a five-star rating and another two have four-star ratings, per 247Sports.Though plenty will change between now and the next few years, 247Sports currently rates the Miami Class of 2021 as the best in the nation – and that’s even without having assigned a grade to five of the school’s nine recruits.The Hurricanes finished last season with a 7-6 record, losing in the Pinstripe Bowl to Wisconsin, before head coach Mark Richt abruptly resigned.Miami was able to pry former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz from Temple and named him their new head coach.Since taking over, Diaz has overseen some dramatic moves being made, including the highly-touted transfer of quarterback Tate Martell from Ohio State to his side.last_img read more

PM Outlines Three-Pronged Approach for National Security

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has said that the Government is pursuing a three-pronged approach to national security and the safety of the Jamaican people.She identified the strategies as: institutional improvements; targeting organized crime; and engendering trust.“We have been building the human resource capacity, increasing training, improving skills and the technology available to the police force,” the Prime Minister outlined.Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking at the official opening of the newly constructed Falmouth Police Station, in Trelawny, on March 6.The Prime Minister pointed out that the policy of the Government is to transform the Police Force into a modern, more effective, responsive and responsible police service.“The transformation is required if we are to achieve our national development goal of creating a Jamaican society that is safe, cohesive and just,” she emphasized.She noted that over the last year the Government spent some $500 million to upgrade police facilities islandwide, despite the funding constraints being experienced in all departments. The Prime Minister said this was done so that the police can be more comfortable, and the public can receive better service. “My administration believes in strengthening partnerships between the police and the community, and placing the interest of the community and residents at the centre of national security policy,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller called for unity, peace and love to be practised in the communities across the island, noting that the lack thereof forms part of the challenges being experienced by the country. She emphasized that strong united communities will lead to strong parishes, and ultimately a strong nation.She argued that crime fighting strategies will only succeed in strong united communities with a resolve to stand up against criminal activities.Construction of the Falmouth Police Station was implemented by the Engineering Regiment of the Jamaica Defence Force, with assistance from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It was built at a cost of approximately $270 million by the government, through the Urban Development Corporation, with support from the Petro Caribe Development Fund.The complex has several buildings, with living accommodation for up to 200 police officers, cells for up to 50 prisoners, and several other facilities.last_img read more

Bureau Veritas, MPA Set Up Deepwater Technology …

first_imgzoom Bureau Veritas (BV) will be unveiling its Deepwater Technology Research Centre (DTRC) in Singapore. The Centre aims to provide advanced technical solutions and innovations to BV clients in the Asia-Pacific region, which will reinforce the level and quality of its real-time support. The setup of the DTRC will be supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF).The DTRC is the first BV Technology Research Centre in the Asia-Pacific region and will benefit from the enhancement to the MCF, which was expanded in June 2013 to cover the setting up of R&D and Test Centres, critical components in developing a maritime knowledge hub, in Singapore.Mr Matthieu de Tugny, BV’s Vice-President for Marine & Offshore, South Asia Zone said, “Singapore was chosen as the site for the DTRC because of its strategic geographical location and its current position as a leading hub for the building and conversion of offshore units. It was also deemed to be the ideal choice because it is very well served by quality institutions and higher education establishments, and because it has world-class infrastructural links and a well-established and widely respected R&D strategy. Research and development is essential to the success of Bureau Veritas. Our technical innovations anticipate our clients’ future needs and maintain BV’s leading position in the ever-growing international market place.“The aim of the DTRC is to reinforce scientific and technical co-operation with local universities and industry. Working with Singaporean universities and local industry leaders, Bureau Veritas is keen to generate joint work projects and perform research and development activities based on high-level technical innovation. It is intended to disseminate knowledge and technical knowhow, to set up an R&D forum to share knowledge and generate joint industry projects, and to establish a forum which will constitute a working platform for technical personnel to meet, discuss and identify critical issues, to propose appropriate technical solutions and to share technical knowledge.”Mr Lam Yi Young, MPA’s Chief Executive said, “MPA is happy to support BV in the setup of its Deepwater Technology Research Centre in Singapore. Since the expansion of the MCF scheme, this is the second R&D test centre to open in Singapore. We are encouraged by the positive response and we encourage interested companies to come forward with their proposals. The setup of R&D and Test Centres will develop Singapore’s capabilities in the field of maritime R&D and technology.”The DTRC will be headed by Dr Xiaobo Chen, who graduated from Tsinghua University (China) and received his Ph.D in Hydrodynamics from ECN (France). Dr Chen has been working in Bureau Veritas since 1991 successively as Research Engineer, Head of hydrodynamic & mooring section and Director of International R&D Cooperation.The Centre will provide a platform for the technologically innovative resolution of issues by highly skilled personnel. Using BV’s state-of-the-art software tools, the DTRC will be conducting applied research in the key R&D areas of hydrodynamics, hydro-structures, mooring and riser systems, computational fluid dynamics, and renewable energy.BV expects that over S$7 million will be invested over a five-year period in up to 10 R&D projects and is in discussions with local stakeholders on possible collaborations.Bureau Veritas, October 2, 2013last_img read more

UN Costa Rica Supports Political Solution to Western Sahara Conflict

New York –   Costa Rica reiterated on Friday before the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly its support for a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara.Speaking at the Committee general debate, Ambassador Rodrigo Alberto Carazo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, reiterated his country’s “full support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy aimed at reaching a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.For Costa Rica, reaching a lasting solution to this conflict is necessary to address the new challenges facing the region, hence the importance of the role of the United Nations in resolving this dispute, Alberto Carazo pointed out. read more

Costa Rica urges UN to work for cuts in military spending to

2 October 2007The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica today urged leaders attending the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to work for cuts in military spending to fund development objectives. The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica today urged leaders attending the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to work for cuts in military spending to fund development objectives.“Multilateralism is not built on tests of strength,” Bruno Stagno Ugarte declared.He cited statistics compiled by the Millennium Project which estimated that if the world spent one tenth of its current expenditures on military spending – some $1.2 trillion – “we would have met the targets for 2006 for all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in all countries.” The MDGs are time-bound targets for addressing poverty and other social ills.“Security does not come from multiplying weapons; history has already proven this too many times,” he said. “Security comes from remedying injustice, easing shortages [and] creating opportunities so that we can have collective prosperity on par with collective security.”He cited Article 26 of the United Nations Charter, which calls for promoting “the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources” and said it was a “dead letter” that should be brought to life. The Foreign Minister said the UN must be able to learn from its mistakes. “We do a disservice to the credibility and effectiveness of this Organization if every time we experience a difficult or inconvenient situation we simply produce a report for the archives,” he said. Nicolás Maduro Moros, Venezuela’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, urged an overhaul of the UN to enable it to better serve the world’s people.The creation of a “multipolar world of balance without imperialistic hegemony is urgent, and it is possible,” he said. “This Organization has to be transformed. It has to rebuild itself to be the faithful instrument of a multipolar world,” he added.He said 17 years of a unipolar world has shown the need to overhaul multilateral organizations so that they can better serve humankind.He called for the UN to move towards democratization of Security Council through an expansion of both the permanent and non-permanent members. He also advocated strengthening the political role of the Secretary-General and other measures that would enable the UN to “move forward with new mechanisms of dialogue and coexistence towards a world of peace, justice and equality.”The Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Reinaldo Gargano, urged specific measures to help developing countries, including the elimination of subsidies, to allow them to compete fairly on the international market.“Developing countries don’t need aid so much as free access to markets,” he declared.He also emphasized the importance of the economic integration of South America, a region he noted serves as a stabilizing and peaceful force in the world.While hailing the continent’s natural resources, which should suffice to eliminate poverty, he decried the current “criminal” situation whereby half of South America’s 400 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.Peru’s Vice Minister Secretary-General of Foreign Affairs, Gonzalo Gutiérrez Reinel, also called for measures to reform the UN. “To reinforce its legitimacy, it is necessary to expedite the procedures and reduce the agenda of the General Assembly,” he said, urging also reform of the Security Council to make it a “more efficient, transparent, legitimate, representative forum with better work methods.”In addition, he stressed the relevance of the work of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in coordinating cooperation strategies for development and for dealing with emergencies.Looking to next month’s official launch of the International Year of the Potato, he said, “This celebration is of singular meaning for my country, since the potato is originally from Peru.”He noted that Peru has great genetic diversity. “The cultivation of the potato was developed since time immemorial by the civilizations that gave rise to the current Peru and is one of the major contributions to the world’s food supply,” he said.For its part, he said Peru has declared 2008 as the “National Year of the Potato” and has set a calendar of wide-ranging actions to be carried out in conjunction with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). read more

Security Council welcomes progress towards new government in Côte dIvoire

“Members of the Council express concern at recent violations of the ceasefire and call on all parties to respect the commitments they made and to immediately end attacks that undermined the process of peace and reconciliation,” the Council’s President, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico, said in a press statement.To that end, the Council members expressed their deep concern at the use of mercenaries, other foreign armed elements, forced recruitment, including recruitment of children, and demanded all parties to immediately refrain from such practices.Also concerned about the humanitarian situation, members of the Council called upon the parties to respect human rights and international humanitarian law, Ambassador Zinser said, adding that they also called on the parties to continue to move the Linas-Marcoussis process forward. In that regard, they welcomed a new decree delegating powers to the Prime Minster, and reaffirmed their willingness to support the efforts of the parties in implementing their commitments, he said.”They took note with satisfaction of the 11 April statement of Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo and called for its implementation,” Ambassador Zinser said, adding that the Council members also reaffirmed their full support for the monitoring committee created under the new peace accord.”Members of the Council renewed their support for the French and Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) forces,” he said, and stressed that they had called on donors to distribute the contributions they have announced to finance and, if possible, strengthen ECOWAS forces.The Council also called on Member States to respond to the appeal that will be launched at the end of the month in Abidjan and Geneva, the Council President said.”Members of the Council recalled their intention to travel in the near future to West Africa, in particular to Côte d’Ivoire,” he added. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey swept by Minnesota Duluth to close out

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded its fifth series-losing sweep of the season in its 2015 finale to drop its record to 6-12-0 on the season.The first period of both games ended with OSU trailing 2-1, and both were close, low-shot affairs dominated by special teams play. OSU was on the penalty kill 11 times on the weekend, including the final 10 minutes of the third period on Saturday. Eventually, frustration boiled over and OSU took a combined 27 minutes in penalties.“Just the team being undisciplined, and that’s not how I run my team, so we’ve got to show more discipline, even when you’re frustrated,” coach Jenny Potter said. “Being undisciplined definitely hurts your team.”Game notesOn Friday, OSU fell 4-2 despite outshooting the Bulldogs 25-23. Senior forward Melani Moylan scored her first goal of the season just three minutes into the game, but Minnesota Duluth would tie it at 1-1 six minutes later off of junior Ashleigh Brykaliuk’s ninth goal of the season.Sophomore Lauren Spring would score for OSU in the period’s closing minute to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after the first.The second period was mostly quiet for both teams except for Minnesota Duluth’s game-tying goal at 2:36 into the frame. Brykaliuk assisted on sophomore Catherine Daoust’s fourth goal of the season.The third period would remain tied until the eighth minute, when Brykaliuk recorded her third point of the game, an assist on junior Sidney Morin’s first goal of the season. With redshirt freshman goaltender Alex LaMere on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker, Brykaliuk would record her second goal and fourth point of the game, as Minnesota Duluth dashed OSU’s hopes of a comeback.On Saturday, with redshirt senior Stacy Danczak now starting in goal, Minnesota Duluth scored first from senior Michela Cava’s ninth goal of the season. Junior forward Claudia Kepler would score to tie it at 1-1 for OSU.“I don’t know how the puck got down low but (Moylan) had it pinned against the boards,” Kepler said. “I kind of pulled it from her feet and took it around the goalie and put it over her shoulder.”After scoring just four goals in two games, the team was not satisfied with the number of chances it generated against Minnesota Duluth.“Not really, we didn’t create enough,” junior defender Alexa Ranahan said. “But I know the girls worked as hard as we can, and I’m proud of the team.”After the game, OSU sounded as if it plans to work on the offense in the next three weeks before its first game of the 2016 calendar year.“Obviously, it doesn’t take too many chances, you got to bury the ones you get,” Potter said.However, Potter was sure to credit her alma mater for its performance in limiting the Buckeyes’ attack in the two games.“I think they competed all weekend,” she said. “It’s just a couple of breakdowns, so we’ve got to regroup and move forward.”Despite the team’s level of competition, the weekend was defined by the final 10 minutes of the third period. While on the power play with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, freshman defender Lauren Boyle was called for interference. Before the resumption of play, freshman forward Maddy Field was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty.With a four-to-three man advantage, senior defender Cara Zubko was given a five-minute penalty for contact to the head of an opponent and was assessed a game misconduct penalty, ejecting her from the contest. “It was definitely chaotic,” Ranahan said. “It’s unfortunate that penalties ruined the momentum of the period. It’s hard as a player having so many stops, it’s frustrating, but that’s hockey.”With three skaters in the penalty box and one in the dressing room, Minnesota Duluth was able to score its fifth goal of the game with six minutes remaining, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the skaters.“Penalties at the end don’t help,” Kepler said. “Whether we agree with them or not, it makes it way harder to come back and win hockey games.”OSU will be off until Jan. 2, when it welcomes Penn State to Columbus for two games. Puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m. on Jan. 2, as well as the next day. Stat broadcastOSU scored first on Friday for the first time in three weeks, going back to the first period of its Nov. 20 game against St. Cloud State.In addition to her first goal of the season, Moylan also recorded her first assist of the season on Kepler’s first-period goal.With Danczak in goal, LaMere watched the game from the bench, ending her games-started streak at 10.With two assists on Friday, Boyle has 10 points so far this season, moving her into a three-way tie for third. read more