The relationships you have with your customers is worth more than a single transaction. You dramatically change the relationship by over-vauling the transaction.You might be able to push your dream client to buy before they are ready. You might know how to use tactics like tie-downs to lock them into a decision. By locking your dream client into a decision they weren’t yet ready to make, you put the transaction before the relationship. Your dream client now carries a negative feeling about you because you demonstrated that the sales was more important to you than the person you sold.You might be able to take advantage of a client’s lack of knowledge about what you sell to give them a price that is higher than any price you might charge someone who knows the value of what you are selling. Over time, as your client learns that you took advantage them, they will come to discover that you put the single sale above the relationship. You won’t make another sale to this client, and they will share the bad experience they had with others.Sometimes your prospective customer will want to buy what you sell before they are capable of benefiting from what you provide them. By selling them what they want, you allowed them to fail, and likely cost them time and money. By taking their money, you have demonstrated that the transaction was worth more than the potential relationship.The value of the relationship is worth more than a single transaction. When you get this wrong, you make a single sale. When you get this right, you develop the kind of trusted relationship that gives you access to all the future transactions–and maybe even exclusive rights to all of those future transactions. 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 Now
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A Pit Without a Bottom”Only one end of this war is predictable: the decimation of Afghanistan, not that of terrorism or the Taliban. For even if Osama bin Laden dies, his followers will carry on.”Rajinder Kohli, HissarMadman’s ManuscriptThe pace at which the war to catch Osama bin Laden is being,A Pit Without a Bottom “Only one end of this war is predictable: the decimation of Afghanistan, not that of terrorism or the Taliban. For even if Osama bin Laden dies, his followers will carry on.”Rajinder Kohli, HissarMadman’s Manuscript The pace at which the war to catch Osama bin Laden is being waged, it would appear that he will eventually meet a natural end (“It’s a Long Haul to Hell”, November 5). In the process, however, many more innocent lives would be lost, resulting in increased hatred from several more communities. Is that tenable? While a war against terrorists is bound to be incessant, one should guard against the struggle assuming religious overtones. M. Kumar, on e-mail What have the US attacks on Afghanistan brought save for fear, squalor, death, disease and despair? The killing of thousands of innocent and defenceless people to capture one man is an act of cruelty. We need to find an alternative solution to war soon. Radhika Narayan, on e-mail After three weeks of retaliatory strikes, the US could not get Osama bin Laden either dead or alive. But the attacks continue to cause untold destruction in Afghanistan. The fight against one man and his brand of terrorism is escalating into a war that is producing an even larger number of his ilk in Muslim countries. Chandranshu Charan, on e-mail Joy StickThe commendable performance of India’s junior World Cup hockey team in defeating “invincible” Argentina has broken the jinx (“Hope from Hobart”, November 5).The team has shattered the myth that Indians cannot rise to the challenge, but what is more remarkable is that this has happened despite gross mismanagement and the ills afflicting the national sports scene. It is sad that the nation at large and hockey lovers in particular could not view our moment of glory, since the tournament was not even telecast. V.B.N. Ram, Delhi Okay, So now we have something to smile about but why is everyone advancing the celebrations? It’s too early to hail the players as champions since champions are those who notch up one win after another.A stray win could well be a fluke. We need to give more time to the junior hockey team to prove its mettle. Let’s wait and watch. Shama Anand,on e-mail Apocalypse Now India needs to wait and watch before taking a decision to strike because an attack on Pakistan at this juncture could lead to greater support for General Pervez Musharraf, thus boosting his morale (“Should India Attack?” October 29). For now we should meticulously plan to crush the terrorists in our region. In any case, Pakistan is facing a threat from all sides: the Taliban, America, Islamic organisations and India. Dinesh Kumar, Kurukshetra In the Mahabharata, Bhishma, while on his bed of arrows, tells Yudisthir that “God does not create any more land”. That is why obtaining and retaining land is the prime responsibility of a ruler. Thanks to Jawaharlal Nehru’s blunder, we lost a huge landmass to Pakistan. And we continue to perpetuate the struggle with semantics. The phrase “Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir” implies that it is not Indian territory but merely occupied Kashmir. No wonder neutral countries consider it merely a “disputed territory”. Let us first identify the area as “Occupied Territory” and then act accordingly. After all, it is not Kashmiris who are getting killed, but Indians. L.N. Roychoudhury, Kolkata It is not enough to wipe out the terrorist training camps along the Line of Control. In fact, the entire Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir should be overrun and brought back into the fold of India. R. Haripanth, Chennai advertisementFictional Fact Unarguably, Bhagat Singh was one of the greatest heroes of our freedom struggle (“Three Halos for Bhagat”, November 5). It is a laudable effort to remember him today-with his relevance being more pronounced than ever before-and bring alive his passion for the motherland. But I have serious doubts about the sincerity of the filmmakers: do they have it in them to honestly depict the martyr’s patriotism without resorting to songs, melo- drama and romantic aberrations? The weird titles of the films themselves reinforce such reservations. Imagine 23-3-1931-The Martyr and Bhagat Singh – the Shaheed. How can a date in history become a “martyr”? Besides, couldn’t they find more appropriate names in Hindi or any of India’s vernacular languages? Vikas Bardia, DelhiBooty DaysIf one discounts its relatively long innings of 365 days, the current Government of Goa cannot be said to be different from its predecessors (“Sustained Saffron”, November 5). While corruption is the last of the many ills plaguing the Manohar Parrikar Government, systematic saffronisation is the one causing the greatest concern. However, one cannot blame Parrikar – he has always been a dedicated RSS worker and has only been performing what he has assimilated. His party has acquired an office in a plush Panjim commercial building in just a year whereas the Congress party is still housed in a shabby stable in comparison. It would seem that in the Congress only the leaders get rich, while in the BJP, the party shares the booty.Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar advertisementSaving AccountOf what use is a drop in the inflation rate if an ordinary consumerdoesn’t see any change in his purchasing power (“Where Do We Save, DrJalan?”, November 5)? Senior citizens and those depending on interestfrom deposits, mutual funds and postal savings schemes are the hardesthit with interest rates dropping ever so often. Worse still, there is no social net for these fixed-income persons to fall back on.The sop tosenior citizens by way of slightly better rates of interest on bankdeposits should be extended. D.B.N. Murthy, BangaloreWith every cut in the bank rate of interest, there is a corresponding cutin the interest rates of fixed deposits. This is causing an untoldmisery to pensioners, who base their monthly budget solely on interestincome. The Government should introduce a special scheme so thatpensioners are not subject to the vagaries of changing interest rates. S. Nagaratnam, MumbaiCyber Active In the zeal to consign dotcoms to history, the vital contribution of the IT fraternity in changing the scenario of our work culture seems to have been forgotten-offices have become fun places, epitomised by casual dressing, flexi-timings and telecommunicating, which facilitate output optimisation (“The Dotcom Wasteland”, October 29). Though the industry is heading south, it is incumbent upon the Indian companies not to revert to the stiff lip era of the yore. When recession and downturn in economy stare us in the face, depression can be mitigated if fun is made an integral par t of the work culture. Nalin Rai, on e-mail Pride and Malice I wonder why everyone considers the Nobel Prize for V.S. Naipaul a matter of pride ( “A Prize for Sir Vidia”, October 22). His Nobel would have been something to cheer about if he were an Indian. He, who has an inferiority complex about being an Indian and shows the world all that is bad about India in a superfluous manner, is not a person to be proud of. Sameer Agrawal, Aligarh Transferred Epithet Tavleen Singh appears ignorant of the meaning of the word “secular” (“Unsecular Faith”, October 15). She takes secular to mean tolerant when, in fact, secularism means unconnected with religion and a secular state is merely one that has no state religion. Therefore, “Secular Faith” is an oxymoron. India proudly flaunts the secular label but in practice religion and its by-product- caste-are very much the cornerstones of our governmental, political, social and educational activities. A.B. Deo, Kolkata advertisementClarification In a performance evaluation of former civil aviation minister, Sharad Yadav, we inadvertently reported that two hotels of Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) are closed (“Clueless Pilot”, August 27). The HCI informs us that all their hotels are functioning. The error was unintentional and is regretted. – Editor
The failure to clear the ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test at the National Cricket Academy was the primary reason why Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were not considered for the Sri Lanka limited-overs series.The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test being the most important of them.It is an advanced version of the ‘beep’ test that was used by teams of earlier generations. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance.It has been learnt that for the current Indian team, the acceptable ‘Yo-Yo’ score is 19.5 and upwards. Captain Virat Kohli, easily the fittest Indian cricketer, scores around 21 in the test.However, both Yuvraj and Raina have scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 with Yuvraj barely managing to touch 16, which was the biggest reason for his ouster.”The current team think tank, coach Ravi Shastri, skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad have made it clear that fitness standards are non-negotiable.” (Yuvraj no more India’s limited-overs talisman?)”On an average, the Australian cricketers score 21 in Yo-Yo test. Here Virat, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey regularly hit that score while others are either touching 19.5 or is hitting above that score,” a BCCI official, who cannot come on record, said.”In an earlier era, when the traditional beep test was in vogue, the Indian players of the 1990’s would have scored around 16 to 16.5 barring a few like Mohammed Azharuddin, Robin Singh or Ajay Jadeja.”But now it’s different as the skipper himself is hitting the benchmark, which the Australian cricket team sets it,” the official added.advertisementJust for understanding, how the Yo-Yo Test worksCones are placed to mark out two lines 20 meters apart. A player starts with his foot behind one of the lines, and begins running when instructed. Player continues running between the two lines, turning when signalled by the recorded beeps.After each minute or so, the pace gets quicker. If the line is not reached in time, the player must run to the line turn and try to catch up with the pace within two more ‘beeps’. The test is stopped if the player fails to catch up with the pace within the two ends.The entire process is software-based where the results are recorded.It must be noted that the same test for football and hockey team will produce entirely different results, have higher benchmarks, considering the speed and endurance level involved with the sport.
Primera División ‘Those are my qualities!’ – Paulinho proud of first Barcelona goal Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 18:09 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Getafe v Barcelona Getafe The midfielder feels he proved exactly why the Catalan club paid €40 million to sign him following his winning goal against Getafe Paulinho has warned LaLiga to expect more of the same after he scored Barcelona’s winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Getafe on Saturday.The Brazil international netted his first goal for the club since his €40million move from Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao in the 84th minute at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.Malaga 4/1 to beat Valencia Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 29-year-old collected a pass from Lionel Messi before powering his way into the penalty area and smashing the ball past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from a tight angle to maintain Barca’s 100 per cent start to the league campaign.Question marks were raised about the decision to sign the former Tottenham man but he believes he has shown exactly why head coach Ernesto Valverde was so keen to bring him to Camp Nou.”Of course, I am happy for my first goal with Barca, but more because of the win,” he said afterwards, as quoted by Sport.”I usually score goals of this type. Those are my qualities. I never give up on any ball. “Those are my qualities [getting into the box], arriving from deep to score goals. But the important thing is the win, the rest is secondary.”Barca were made to work for their fourth win in as many league matches, with Denis Suarez cancelling out a stunning opening goal from Gaku Shibasaki before Paulinho’s late winner.”It was a difficult game,” the midfielder said. “Getafe made it really difficult because they have some quality players and they made us work until the end. It was not easy.”I think the key was staying calm. We didn’t lose that and we waited for our chance. The whole team did a phenomenal job.”
India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, becomes India’s 227th player in ODIsIndia vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill became India’s 227th ODI player after he was named in the playing XI for the 4th ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton. Gill is a top-order batsman from Punjab and played a key role for India in their successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2018.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta HamiltonJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 07:38 IST India vs New Zealand Live Score, 4th One Day International: Shubman Gill received his ODI cap from MS Dhoni (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill became India’s 227th ODI player when he was handed his maiden India cap by MS DhoniGill, 19, is a top-order batsman from Punjab. He made 372 runs when India won the U-19 World Cup in 2018Gill joined the Indian team in New Zealand following the suspension of KL Rahul after Koffee with Karan rowShubman Gill became the 227th ODI player for India when he was handed his maiden India cap by MS Dhoni in Hamilton on Thursday. Gill, who replaced KL Rahul in the Indian squad for the tour of New Zealand, is a 19-year-old top-order batsman from Punjab and made his mark during India’s successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2018.This is a special moment for Shubman Gill. It was here in New Zealand that he made his mark with 372 runs as India, led by Prithivi Shaw, lifted the U-19 World Cup for the fourth time. A year and one day ago, Gill had scored a fine 102 not out in India’s victory over Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup.India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Live Cricket ScoreOn Thursday, Shubman Gill replaced India skipper Virat Kohli in the playing XI. India have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series and Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand”Shubman Gill has shown a lot of promise, he has played here and was the Man of the Series in the U-19 World Cup (2018). Highly rated and we wanted to see what he could offer to the team,” stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said at the toss.Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZqBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019Since his exploits in the Under-19 World Cup, Shubman Gill has been in the news with his consistency elsewhere. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders last year and went on to score 203 runs for them with a best of 57 not out.advertisementShubman Gill has also proven himself in first-class cricket. He has 1089 runs from nine matches including a classy 268 against Tamil Nadu.Born on September 8, 1999, Shubman Gill epitomises the new breed of Indian cricketers. Consistent, sharp and agile, Gill is a fan of Virat Kohli and credits the India captain for changing the trends in the team.The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaohBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019″I think because of him, a lot of trends have changed in Team India. Fitness levels have changed for most players, and India is one of the best fielding sides in the world right now,” Gill had told kkr.in recently.”All these things are very important. When your role is purely of a batsman or a bowler, it’s possible that two out of five games, you could fail to impress. So you need to find other ways to contribute to your team. These are really important aspects of cricket,” Gill said.The appreciation is mutual. Shortly after India clinched the ODI series on Monday, Virat Kohlli heaped praise on Shubman Gill: “Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 per cent of that when I was 19.”Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to appear in 200 ODIsFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shubman Gill debutFollow India vs New ZealandFollow Shubman GillFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat Kohli
Samsung Galaxy A70 update released in India, improves camera and fingerprint recognitionIn addition to the latest May 2019 security patch, the software update for the Galaxy A70 also brings improvements to the camera and fingerprint recognition.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung has released an update for the Galaxy A70 in India.The OTA update brings the May security patch along with improvements to camera and fingerprint recognition.The Galaxy A70 was launched in India priced at Rs 28,990.Samsung has released an update for the Galaxy A70 in India. This is the first OTA update for the Galaxy A70 (Review) since its launch a few weeks ago. In addition to the latest May 2019 security patch, the software update also brings improvements to the camera and fingerprint recognition. The Galaxy A70 is currently the most premium Galaxy A-series device that Samsung has launched this year with a price of Rs 28,990.The latest Galaxy A70 update version A705GMDDU1ASE4 is 376MB in size. As per the changelog, the update improves the camera picture quality, adds new camera features like Beauty Video Mode for the rear camera and improves performance of fingerprint recognition. The update also brings an accidental touch protection feature along with stability and security improvements and the latest Android security patch.The update is currently rolling out in India and should reach more markets over the next few days. Samsung Galaxy A70 users should automatically see a notification for the new update. In case they don’t, they can manually check for the update in Settings. The Galaxy A70 went on sale in the country earlier this month touting a massive 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and long-lasting battery courtesy a 4,500mAh battery. The Galaxy A70 is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Galaxy A70 ships with Android 9 Pie with One UI on top.The Galaxy A70 sports a triple camera setup that includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. It is also the first Galaxy A phone to support 25W fast charging, which is capable of charging the device from 0 to 75 per cent in 60 minutes.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 review: Worth buying for its big battery and gorgeous displayGet 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 Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A70
zoom Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information services, has delivered two Perseus-M spacecraft into low Earth orbit.Spacecraft DX-1The maritime segment of the Perseus constellation will track and monitor vessels in open seas and navigable waterways in the United States, Canada, Northern Europe and Russia.“The launch of the Perseus-M satellites marks a significant achievement for Dauria,” said Mike Kokorich, founder and president at Dauria Aerospace. “Once established, the maritime segment of the constellation will provide valuable vessel traffic information to a range of users from captains and ship-owners to coast guard and search and rescue services in the Northern Hemisphere.”These satellites will be combined with Dauria’s DX1 spacecraft and eight Perseus-O imaging satellites to form the Perseus space monitoring and remote sensing constellation.Canopus Systems, a Mountain View, CA based affiliate of Dauria, developed these satellites which feature a proprietary microsatellite platform and are equipped with commercially oriented experimental Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads.The next segment of the constellation involves launching a DX1 small satellite, which is awaiting launch aboard a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from Baikonur in early July.The Perseus constellation will be the first commercial space monitoring and remote sensing satellite constellation with a Russian private component.The DX1 platform permits future utilization of the satellite for Earth remote sensing and various scientific purposes.Press Release, June 25, 2014
Blueprint for building a better Nova Scotia…2005 Progress Report is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/prem . A 30-year low in unemployment rates, an historic offshore royalty deal with Ottawa, help for low-income diabetics, new housing options for people in need, more money for schools, hospitals, roads, and a fourth straight balanced budget are some of the highlights of the second year of minority government. Premier John Hamm today, Sept. 29, released the government’s annual progress report on its Blueprint for building a better Nova Scotia. Just over two years into the four-year plan, 95 per cent of its commitments have been either completed or are well underway. “The achievements of the past year show that it is possible to help people in need, make smart investments in our schools, hospitals and roads, and be fiscally responsible with Nova Scotians’ money,” said Premier Hamm. “I’m confident that these commitments to building a brighter future will continue in the years to come.” Among the commitments underway or completed are: securing 100 per cent of Nova Scotia’s offshore resources, highlighted by an $830-million down payment from Ottawa; lowering class sizes, hiring more teachers and adding more resources to schools; hiring more health-care professionals and doubling the number of publicly funded MRIs; introducing low income drug assistance program for diabetics; updating the five-year-old provincial economic growth strategy, building on the plan that helped Nova Scotia lead the country in job growth in 2004 and have its lowest unemployment rate in 30 years; opening of the new Office of Immigration.
Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le mardi 16 août à 10 h. Il n’y aucun changement majeur depuis le bulletin d’hier après-midi, et les quatre feux demeurent entièrement circonscrits. Pendant les prochains jours, la section de la route 8 près de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, qui est fermée depuis la semaine dernière sera ouverte pendant la nuit, soit de 20 h à 8 h. Les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées demeurent en vigueur à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse péninsulaire, et on demande aux gens de continuer d’éviter toute activité qui pourrait allumer d’autres feux. Il a été annoncé hier, 15 août, que les restrictions sur les déplacements dans les régions boisées ont été levées au Cap-Breton. Pour des renseignements sur les interdictions de brûlage : http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe/fr. Pour des renseignements supplémentaires sur les feux de forêt : “http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr. À compter du mercredi 17 août, la personne-ressource pour des renseignements sur les feux de forêt sera Bruce Nunn. Ses coordonnées sont ci-dessous. -30-
Kolkata: Jadavpur University authorities have launched its first-ever census of trees in the campus, a senior varsity official said on Thursday. The exercise, as part of which trees in the 58-acre university campus are being mapped through GPS, videographed and awarded number tags, has been launched in August 7. “The mapping process, aimed at preventing cutting of trees, has begun in the main building area,” he said, adding exact number of trees mapped till now has not yet been calculated. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said such an exercise has never been undertaken in the campus. The official said as part of the exercise, authorities have begun videographing the trees after dividing the campus into separate zones. He said no incident of cutting of trees has been reported since commencement of the exercise. The drive began after members of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) alleged two trees inside the campus were chopped by a group of people. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The JUTA members had submitted photographs of the two chopped trees to the authorities in mid-July, after which they had promised to conduct a census of the trees in the campus, a spokesperson of the teachers’ body said. “There had been past instances of trees being chopped and surreptitiously transported out of the campus,” he said. Trees in the campus include Mahogany, Mango, Arjun, Siris among others. While supporting the tree census and promising to keep a vigil against cutting of trees, the Arts Faculty Students Union also undertook a plantation drive on Wednesday. “The plantation drive is our initiative to conserve the greenery of the campus,” Titash, a student, said.
OTTAWA – The competition to become one of up to five government-designated technology “superclusters” and draw from a federal funding purse of $950 million has attracted more than 50 proposals.The contest, a cornerstone of Ottawa’s so-called innovation agenda, is designed to encourage academia and businesses to work together on strategies to boost fast-growing sectors — everything from advanced manufacturing to clean technology.The number of bids generated during the competition’s first phase, which ended late last month, exceeded federal expectations, said a senior government official who spoke on condition on anonymity because the information was not yet public.The 50 letters of intent came from consortia representing a total of more than 200 companies and 20 post-secondary institutions, the official said.The contest, overseen by Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, aims to lift the economy, promote research and create high-quality jobs. Bains has said he’s looking for ambitious bids that also feature intellectual property strategies designed to keep benefits for Canada.The plan includes a federal funding commitment of up to $950 million over five years to support the development of between three and five superclusters.As examples, the government listed six innovative industries in its spring budget that could anchor superclusters: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health and bio-sciences and clean resources.The submissions represent each of these sectors and more, said the official, who declined to elaborate on the other industries.The government is also hoping the leverage from its $950-million commitment will lure even more private investment cash into the economy.To qualify, supercluster bids must show private-sector investment commitments of at least a dollar for every government dollar requested.Combined, the submitted proposals say they can bring in a total of $17 billion in private investment, even though they are asking for $10 billion in federal funding, the official added.“The policy imperative for this program was trying to unlock business investment in (research and development), which has been this perpetual issue in Canada” said the official.“This isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s a model to tackle that issue.”A short list of about a dozen applicants will be released in the coming weeks based on assessments by experts from across different government departments and agencies.Each submission will be evaluated on criteria such as job creation, how likely the new jobs will avoid becoming automated in the future and the proposal’s overall impact on the economy.The winners will be announced by early 2018.The program director for the Blockchain Research Institute, an organization that is participating in a supercluster proposal, said the bid received a total of $50 million in funding commitments from about 50 groups, including universities, private firms and non-governmental organizations.The submission is focused on making Canada a world leader in the development of the emerging digital platform known as “blockchain.” Blockchain is the underlying technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin and it has the potential to change everything from how financial transactions are conducted to how democracies vote.Jenna Pilgrim said Thursday that the goal of her group’s bid is to house the world’s best blockchain expertise in the Toronto-Waterloo region rather than watch it set up shop in Silicon Valley.She noted that $50 million in commitments is likely lower than other submissions, but adds it makes sense because the technology is still young. She also argues blockchain has more potential to become self supporting.There are also expectations that some groups jockeying for the limited number of supercluster spots might join forces as the process evolves and the list shortens.“We have been approached by several other organizations creating bids as well,” said Pilgrim, who believes blockchain will help enable other new “transformational” technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence.“We just want a seat at the table and then we are definitely open to collaborating with other groups.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Professor Sachs, the Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was appointed as Special Adviser on The Millennium Development Goals for an initial term of one year. At the historic UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, over 160 world leaders agreed to eight Millennium Development Goals — on health, poverty, education and environment. Professor Sachs’ duties will be to gather and commission research and to develop new approaches to aid in the achievement of those goals, which include the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. He will work closely with UN Development Programme Administrator, Mark Malloch Brown, who has been charged with coordinating the campaign to reach the Millennium Development Goals across the UN system.
CMTI Group’s locally-developed and patented mechanised underground mining equipment is now ready for commercial contracting. The cutting-edge technology includes ultra-low profile (ULP) mining and integrated brake-testing equipment, as well as rail-bound transport solutions, such as a unique hybrid diesel-electric locomotive.These are the outcome of a 12-year-long development programme working in joint venture with some of the world’s largest platinum-group metal (PGM) and gold mining houses, and more than three years of testing the sophisticated solutions in arduous South African underground environments. CMTI Group is manufacturing the equipment at its factory in Tshwane, Gauteng, which commenced operations at the start of 2017.As part of the ramp-up, the group embarked on a fundraising round that will close during the first quarter of 2018 to satisfy growth and the significant demand for South African mechanised-mining solutions.CMTI Group believes that its technologies are a proactive response to a clarion call for locally-developed solutions that will promote safer gold- and PGM-mining operations, while extending the life of these mines. “This is considering the existing limitations of imported ‘off-the-shelf’ technology from United States and European manufacturers in meeting South African gold and PGM miners’ demands.”“The group’s mechanised solutions remove people from harsh working environments, characterised by abrasive rock and steep gradients. As these mines become deeper, workers also have to contend with rising temperatures of virgin rock, as well as other factors that pose additional threats to health and safety levels.Seismicity was the leading cause of more underground fatalities in 2017, and Anglo American Platinum, Chief-Executive Officer, Chris Griffith, who is also head of the Chamber of Mine’s CEO Zero Harm Forum, noted that industry, government and labour had to accelerate initiatives to improve underground working conditions.Danie Burger, Managing Director of CMTI Group, says, “It is a serious concern to all stakeholders in the industry that the death toll in South Africa’s mines this year has surpassed those in 2016. There were 82 fatalities in 2017, over-and-above the 73 reported in the previous year. This has ended nine consecutive years of falling fatalities in the world’s deepest mines, and the call for increased mechanisation will continue to gain momentum.”He also points to the critical role that mechanisation will play in helping ensure the industry’s sustainability by significantly extending mine life by facilitating the mining of lower-grade ore bodies and accessing deeper resources.Mechanisation replaces out-dated drilling-and-blasting methods used in the South African narrow reef, hard-rock mining environment. Increased depth and distance from the shaft has resulted in contracted drill time at the workface. This has contributed towards shrinking production and burgeoning costs, which have been compounded by suppressed commodity prices.Mechanised equipment establishes an environment conducive to continuous operations beyond 2045. Their mechanisation will facilitate the mining of deeper resources and greenfields targets that depend on continuous operations, Burger says.Moreover, he says increased adoption of local mechanisation by underground mines will play an immense part in creating secure employment opportunities in the country, while contributing significantly towards skills development and shareholder wealth.His views are in line with those of resource development strategist, Dr Paul Jourdan, who also stresses that local manufacture of mechanised mining equipment will neutralise job losses during this transition to modern equipment.Jourdan says a vibrant South African mining equipment research-and-development, as well as manufacturing hub that supplies both the local and export markets will drive industrialisation. This will ensure that traditional jobs in the underground mining industry are replaced by secure and safer employment prospects in the supply chain. CMTI Group’s business model is in line with this agenda, considering that its technology comprises more than 70% local content.However, there are still concerns that the rate of transition to a mechanised era has taken too long, and that the industry now needs to accelerate the process, considering more looming large job losses.Anglo American Chief-Executive Officer, Mark Cutifani, recently warned that the South African mining industry was at risk of shedding 100,000 jobs if it failed to modernise. This is over-and-above the 100,000 employment opportunities that have been lost in the industry over the past six years. Safety head of the CoM, Sietse van der Woude, anticipates a loss of as many as 200,000 jobs over the next 10 years if the industry does not undergo meaningful change.Burger stresses that “home-grown” innovation is also key to the successful transformation of an industry that has relied heavily upon labour-based techniques for more than 100 years. “Our solutions are based on extensive learning from prominent gold and PGM miners. They are the outcome of a process that was driven by the needs of the sectors, as opposed to a ‘push’ approach from international manufacturers in the supply chain. By allowing the mines to drive the process, we have developed successful solutions for unique local operating conditions,” Burger says.For example, CMTI Consulting’s 10 t hybrid-diesel locomotive spent 18 months operating in local deep level gold mines, where proof of concept was finalised ahead of its commercial launch. Meanwhile, the company’s ULP mining machines have exceeded expectations at several South African gold and platinum mines.Moreover, CMTI Group is Sibanye Stillwater’s technology partner, supporting the miner’s mechanisation drive. Noticeably, the company’s technologies have already played an important part in helping a leading platinum miner reduce safety-related stoppages at its Rustenburg operations in the 2017 financial year.The platinum miner reported 276,000 t of lost ore due to safety stoppages in 2017, compared to 559,000 t during the previous year. Including safety-related, Management-Induced Safety and other stoppages, it lost 595,000 t in the 2017 financial year, as opposed to 678,000 t in the previous financial year.Similar successes have been achieved at Bathopele platinum mine near Rustenburg, while CMTI Group’s MT100 and MT 1000 ULP equipment has been operating in Burnstone gold mine in Balfour, Mpumalanga.Sibanye Gold is using the equipment to mine panels at heights of 1 m, as opposed to the current 1.5 m. By now being able to extract significantly more gold bearing ore and reduce waste-rock extraction, the mine will increase its yields and reduce its waste-disposal costs.“Certainly, this is in line with Sibanye Gold’s recent announcement that it is researching technology to make its mining operations safer and more productive. The process is being driven by mining operational executive and mining engineer, Peter Turner, who has also highlighted the important contribution of remote-controlled ULP technologies.”CMTI Group’s MT100 has a maximum height of 420 mm and a battery life of seven hours. Importantly, this versatile machine can be equipped with any two attachments, such as a sweeper, scraper and dozer with an 850 kg dozing capacity. This allows the re-mining of inaccessible areas that still contain some reserves in the form of fines. Powered by a trailing cable, the MT1000 features a rock-breaker for non-explosive mining and a patented multi-drill attachment, which allows four holes to be drilled quickly and accurately at the correct angles.Using the technology, two panels are being drilled in a single shift, and Botha says CMTI Group will improve on this stellar performance early next year. This performance is in stark contrast to the extended periods it currently takes up to five rock-drill operators to drill a 30 m panel using traditional mining methods.Both machines feature a multi-track concept. Four tracks are individually driven and are able to swing around a centre point for the platforms to negate vertical obstacles as high as 400 mm. The tracks on the MT1000 are also steerable.He concludes that CMTI Consulting Group is proud of the company’s achievements thus far, and is looking forward to continuing its long association with leading gold and PGM miners to help accelerate the implementation of mechanisation in South Africa.
PIRATES HAVE STORMED an oil supply vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped two American crew members, Nigeria’s navy and US defence officials said today, the latest unrest in a region described as a piracy hotspot.A US-flagged C-Retriever owned by American oil servicing company Edison Chouest Offshore was attacked yesterday off the city of Brass, Nigeria’s navy spokesman Kabir Aliyu told AFP.The ship’s chief engineer and captain, both US citizens, were kidnapped in the attack, said US defence officials who requested anonymity and AKE, a private security firm which closely tracks the region.The US Navy and the Marine Corps had not yet received orders to intervene, two US defence officials told AFP.Aliyu said the navy had launched a search and rescue mission, but could not discuss the details including whether any foreign navies were yet involved.Edison Chouest Offshore did not reply to emails or calls seeking comment.Kidnapping of foreignersThis was the first reported kidnapping of US nationals around the oil-producing Niger Delta region in at least two years, said an official at the AKE office in Lagos, who requested anonymity.The kidnapping of foreigners working in the oil sector was once a common occurence in the delta.Abductions declined dramatically after a 2009 amnesty deal with rebels in the region, but they have spiked again in recent months.The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which is funded by ship owners, recorded 31 pirate attacks in the first half of 2013 in the Gulf of Guinea, which includes the waters off Nigeria, Togo, Benin and parts of Ghana.The IMB noted a surge in kidnappings, but precise statistics are hard to establish as the reporting of many incidents is conflicting.Oil servicing vessels have been among the most frequent targets for pirates.Often the attackers are aiming to steal crude oil being shipped from the Niger Delta to world refineries, but sailors of varying nationality have frequently been taken hostage.Hostages have typically been released days or weeks after their abduction. Most analysts say that ransoms are paid in such cases, but the companies involved and Nigerian officials rarely comment on payments to kidnappers.Bolder and more sophisticatedIn a report released last month, the Risk Intelligence security firm said pirates in the gulf have increasingly sought to rob international vessels over the last two years.There are signs that the region’s pirates have become bolder and developed more sophisticated attack methods, the report said.The Lagos-based AKE official, citing recent attack patterns, said the raid on the American-owned C-Retriever was likely carried out by gunmen on board two or three speed boats, with four attackers on board each boat.Nigeria does not allow vessels operating in its waters to have private armed security agents on board.Companies seeking armed protection against pirates must arrange to carry Nigerian naval personnel, a difficult and often unreliable process.On Tuesday, pirates shot dead two Nigerian officers who were escorting oil workers to a field off Bayelsa state, the same area where the Americans were abducted.The US navy, along with forces from Britain, Spain and The Netherlands last week conducted a joint training exercise with Nigeria’s navy to curb piracy in the region.Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer, generating some two million barrels per day from onshore and deepwater fields in the Niger Delta, which falls along the Gulf of Guinea.- © AFP 2013.Read: Kidnapped British woman freed by Somali pirates>
Updated at 4.40pmLONDON POLICE SAY the two suspects in this week’s high-profile domestic slavery case are from India and Tanzania, and came to Britain in the 1960s.Metropolitan Police Commander Steve Rodhouse said that officers believe two of the three women victims, who were allegedly held against their will for over 30 years, met the male suspect in London “through a shared political ideology and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call ‘a collective’”.He said police are investigating “the nature of that collective and how it operated”.The two suspects, a male and a female, both aged 67, have been released on bail.The women — a 57-year-old from Ireland, a 69-year-old Malaysian and a 30-year-old British woman — were rescued on 25 October, one week after first making secret telephone contact with a charity.Rodhouse said police were trying to determine how the collective came to an end and how the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects.“How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims’ lives,” he said.Police said the woman who is now 30 appears to have lived with the suspects and the other women for her entire life.Rodhouse said the woman “does have a birth certificate” but that no other official documentation could be found.Police were carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the Brixton area of Lambeth this afternoon in an attempt to gather more information about the suspects.Television footage showed police searching an apartment building in the neighborhood.Rodhouse said police are working “to gain the trust and confidence of the highly traumatized victims” and said the process would take time.“This must move at their pace, not anyone else’s,” he said.‘Tip of an iceberg’Earlier, an MP warned that the case was indicative of a much larger problem.Labour’s Frank Field, who has been appointed to oversee an evidence review ahead of the drafting of a new Modern Slavery Bill, told BBC Breakfast it was “safe to act on the assumption that the examples we’ve had in the last few months are the tip of a rather large iceberg.”In an earlier update on the case, Rodhouse said that the three women had been allowed outside in “carefully controlled circumstances” during their ordeal, but were victims of slavery.He said investigators are trying to figure out “what were the invisible handcuffs that were used” to exert such control.AbuseThe two suspects were also arrested in the 1970s, but police have not said why.Officers do not believe there are other victims in the case, and say they are confident that they know the true identities of the three women. The relationships among the women — and between the women and the suspects — are under investigation.“Whilst we do not believe that they have been subjected to sexual abuse, we know that there has been physical abuse, described as beatings,” said Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit.He and Rodhouse defended the lapse in time between Oct. 25 — when the women gained freedom — and the arrests, saying that the case is complicated and investigators must be careful to ensure they do not further traumatize the victims as they unravel what happened.Hyland also urged patience as the case unfolds, noting that officers must sift through 55 bags of evidence seized in a search of the home, interview several people and follow up numerous strands.This article includes reporting from AP. It was originally posted at 1pm.Read: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’ >More: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slavery >Related: Concerns over Irish procedures for handling domestic slavery cases >
THE BRITISH POUND has tumbled in the wake of the UK election.Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January after an exit poll – now confirmed to be accurate – suggested the Conservatives would lose their majority, leading to a hung parliament.The British pound fell sharply late yesterday afternoon before gaining some ground this morning. At one point, it had fallen to $1.27 (down almost 2%) and 87.59p per €1.The triad of big events involving Britain, former FBI director James Comey’s testimony in the US and the European Central Bank (ECB) deciding to keep its ultra-low interest rates unchanged had earned the moniker ‘Super Thursday’, but produced no obvious pattern in global stocks, with London retreating, Paris flat, and Frankfurt and New York gaining modestly.“It’s going to be close, and results will come out through the night, but this is going to leave Theresa May struggling to keep control of the Brexit process,” Kit Juckes, an analyst at Societe Generale, said.Ultimately, the election is now seen as a failed gamble by Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader May.On Wall Street, attention was focused on Comey’s testimony on his firing by President Donald Trump and links to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.Comey testified that Trump asked him for “loyalty” and to drop a criminal investigation into his former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.The former FBI director said he took painstaking notes of the extraordinary encounters for fear Trump might “lie” about the meetings, a step he did not deem necessary with previous presidents.Impeachment? Although the testimony painted an unflattering picture of Trump, analysts said most of the information had already been aired in press reports and the disclosures themselves were not disturbing enough to end the market’s bullish sentiment.Comey himself declined to address whether Trump’s conduct constituted obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.“Based on what the stock market is doing, it did not see a smoking gun based on this testimony from Mr. Comey,” Briefing.com’s Patrick O’Hare said.Some legal observers have said Trump’s conduct as described by Comey constitutes obstruction of justice. However, O’Hare said the market’s reaction suggested it was sceptical of that reasoning and still views proposed tax cuts and other Trump growth measures as alive, along with his presidency.The Nasdaq rose 0.4% to a fresh record, while the Dow and S&P 500 finished barely positive.‘Relatively neutral’ ECB The ECB had earlier decided as expected to keep its ultra-low interest rates unchanged, saying it would continue its €60 billion monthly bond purchases to December.The central bank said it saw fewer risks to the eurozone economy as it increased its growth forecasts while cutting inflation estimates. It also dropped a longstanding commitment to slashing rates yet further if necessary.“The central bank made every effort to retain a relatively neutral stance overall, balancing any hawkish or dovish statement with something roughly equal and opposite,” market analyst Craig Erlam at OANDA currency traders said.“The fact that it no longer expects interest rates to remain at present ‘or lower’ levels is a clear deliberate signal that policy makers are gradually becoming more hawkish,” he added.- © AFP 2017Read: May’s gamble backfires as Corbyn surge sees hung parliamentRead: As it happened: Theresa May’s gamble fails as Tories lose seats and UK faces hung parliament By AFP Friday 9 Jun 2017, 7:26 AM Jun 9th 2017, 7:26 AM http://jrnl.ie/3434771 Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images Sterling tumbles in wake of UK election The British pound saw its biggest daily fall since January. Short URL Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May 33,518 Views Share46 Tweet Email2 26 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
19,206 Views By Hayley Halpin The rain will ease off in the afternoon and will make way for sunshine and scattered blustery showers, according to Met Éireann. The national forecast for St Patrick’s Day is a bleak one.“St Patrick’s Day looks set to be a cold and blustery day with sunny spells and passing showers, some with hail and thunder,” Met Éireann said. Highest temperatures will range between 7 and 9 degrees. Showers are due to move back to Atlantic coastal areas on St Patrick’s Day night with good clear spells developing elsewhere. Lowest temperatures will range between 1 and 4 degrees. Similar to the weekend, Met Éireann has said current indications suggest that Tuesday will be a “cloudy and breezy day with patchy rain and drizzle moving eastwards across the country”. Mar 15th 2019, 3:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4544718 16 Comments Blustery with showery outbreaks of rain, mainly affecting Munster and Ulster this afternoon. Some sunny spells elsewhere however cloud and rain in the southwest will gradually edge up across the country later this evening. Highs of 7 to 10°C in fresh to strong westerly winds. pic.twitter.com/IrRkRzykD6— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 15, 2019 Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie The St Patrick’s Day forecast is bleak with hail and thunder expected Highest temperatures will range between 7 and 9 degrees, according to Met Éireann. Share48 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Short URL COLD TEMPERATURES WITH hail and thunder are forecast for St Patrick’s Day this weekend. Looking at tonight first, a status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Connacht, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary. Very heavy rain is expected to develop overnight and into tomorrow with spot flooding. A total of 25 to 35mm of rainfall is expected. The warning will kick in at 9pm and remain valid until midday tomorrow. A status yellow snow-ice warning has als been issued for Donegal. Met Éireann said the heavy rain will turn to snow tonight and early tomorrow morning. This will lead to poor driving conditions. Snowfall is likely to be greater on higher ground, the forecaster said. This warning kicks in at midnight and will remain valid until midday tomorrow.The snow in Ulster is due to turn back into rain tomorrow morning. It will be very wet and blustery across a lot of the country and further spells of heavy rain are expected. Friday 15 Mar 2019, 3:30 PM Source: Met Éireann/Twitter
Stay on target People have worshipped at the Church of the Bloomin’ Onion for nearly three decades. But Outback Steakhouse promises it isn’t practicing witchcraft.The Australian-themed casual dining chain defended itself against a series of memes suggesting the restaurant is actually a front for a satanic cult.When Twitter user @eatmyaesthetics on Thursday posted a set of map images connecting multiple Outback locations in the shape of a pentagram, the Internet went wild. Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning pic.twitter.com/l1CSafkdOK— balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics) July 27, 2017Often associated with occultism/Wicca and Freemasonry, the five-pointed star was used symbolically in ancient Greece and Babylonia. Now, conspiracy theorists believe it illustrates satanic goings-on behind the steakhouse’s closed doors.As Jezebel’s Lauren Evans put it: “You don’t just get a 10-ounce steak for $12 without at least a little help from the devil.”Spurred by @eatmyaesthetics’ speculation (covering New York, Indiana, Arizona, and Georgia), Twitter users posted their own local pentagrams, connecting the dots between Outback restaurants in North Carolina, Ohio (“Sin-cinnati,” indeed), California, and Virginia.Outback Steakhouse shrewdly responded to the controversy on Friday, trolling the trolls with an image of its famed Bloomin’ Onion hovering over headquarter city Tampa, encircled by half a dozen restaurant franchises.That’s not fooling anyone, though. KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaMinneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-Thrus If the Bloomin’ Onion is evil then we don’t want to be nice. — Outback Steakhouse (@Outback) July 28, 2017Jezebel takes the hypothesis a step further, revealing that one of the restaurant’s four creators is Trudy Cooper (née Olson)—the same name as the former (and 23-years dead) wife of astronaut Gary Cooper—who appears in a photo snapped in 2013.Try eating the steak-and-crab meal backward to discover Outback’s hidden secrets.Parent company Bloomin’ Brands did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. But in a statement to the Daily Dot, the company said it has “no plans … other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin’ Onions to our guests.”Their strategy—black magic? mysterious hooded figures?—remains unclear.Outback Steakhouse hasn’t gotten this much publicity since season six of 30 Rock, when Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) stages a fake paparazzi photo outside a Florida location.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.