Too Soon to Quote the Buyer | Season 2 – Episode 15

first_imgRalph asks what to say when his dream client refuses to allow him to quote. Even if your business has a transactional component, you still benefit by being consultative.The Blog: https://thesalesblog.comThe Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need: http://amzn.to/2ejSajxThe Lost Art of Closing: http://amzn.to/2hXXgCxThe Lost Art Audible: http://adbl.co/2ABiSA8last_img

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State to launch start-up yatra to pick from rural ecosystem

first_imgThe Maharashtra government will tap into the vibrancy of the start-up ecosystem by launching a yatra to search for future entrepreneurs and unicorns in rural areas.Backward regionsThe month-long start-up yatra will be flagged off by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu and cover as many as 14 districts of Maharashtra, especially in the backwards regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada, officials said.A contingent of industrialists, bankers and investors will depart from Mumbai on October 3 and complete the month-long journey in the first week of November. “During the period we will hold boot camps looking for ideas and talent in the rural start-up system. The conclusion would be a two-day incubator camp in Mumbai,” said a State official.Rural outreachSenior officials said the yatra aims to support a start-up culture in the region, and at the same time reach out to the hinterland to “pick up start-ups”.The contingent will include representatives from 24 start-ups which have been shortlisted earlier this year to collaborate with the government to implement innovative projects.The state has already signed Letters of Intent with 24 start-ups for work orders worth ₹15 lakh as part of the Maharashtra Start up Week where over 2,000 participants made a pitch for their innovations at the event. The shortlisted start-ups are collaborating with the government over the next few months and work closely in areas such as infrastructure, healthcare, defence and the environment.As part of the State’s start-up policy, the rural outreach has been in the planning stage for a while, Minister for Labour and Skill Development Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar said the most exciting part of the start-up week was, 18 of the 24 shortlisted firms are based in the rural regions of Maharashtra, and areas outside bigger cities. “We now want this start-up ecosystem to spread even to the rural areas,” he said.last_img read more

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WATCH: Christian Standhardinger launches new vlog

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In the 12-minute video, the Fil-German forward showed the fans a glimpse of how his day went as he came from Hong Kong to Manila and back again after San Miguel made him the number one overall selection in this year’s draft.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 shutoutStandhardinger promised to release more vlogs in the future as he hopes to draw closer to his Filipino roots before playing in the PBA.“I’ll post more vlogs showing my life and tell the fans to subscribe to my channel,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Games LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ San Miguel selects Christian Standhardinger as the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWho would have thought that the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is also a techie?Christian Standhardinger launched a new YouTube channel and posted his first vlog on Saturday which documented his journey in the annual draft selection.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger is currently playing with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season before coming back here in the Philippines to debut for San Miguel Beermen midway in the next season. Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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Roger Federer, 36, becomes oldest number one

first_imgRead Next Elite Alive “What an amazing run it’s been, to be number one again means a lot to me,” Federer said.“This is incredibly special, I’m so happy. I didn’t really think I could get back to number one, this is a significant moment in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer surpasses Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33 years and 131 days in 2003, as the oldest man to claim the world number one spot.It is Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top position in February 2004. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.The ageless wonder dropped his first set of the week against Haase, who later said he had been sick all week and unable to do any more than play his matches.Federer is back on top after winning three majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open in January.– ‘Double nice at my age’ –Federer was on his heels in the opening set as the aggressive Haase prevailed, but the Swiss top seed regained control to ease to the victory as he controlled the Dutchman in the remainder of the contest.The Swiss triumphed to the cheers of the fans in 79 minutes, ending with six aces. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point.Federer will now face a decision whether to try and stretch his leading margin over Nadal by competing in just over a week in Dubai, his Gulf training base.“To rank this high, I don’t know how I did it. This is really big for me, especially because of the gap (between his last time at the top).“It’s double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it.”Despite his achievement, Federer still has a semi-final to play on Saturday. “I hope all this is not a distraction, it may or may not be. I came here to get to number one and then win the tournament.“But I’ve got all day tomorrow to recalibrate. This could also free me up, lay the pressure aside and start to play my best tennis.”Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first final in Rotterdam as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withdrew prior to his quarter-final, with the Czech’s absence putting fourth seed David Goffin into the semi-finals. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. When you’re older you have to work double the amount, you have to wrestle it back from someone who’s also worked hard to get there. It’s a dream come true,” added an emotional Federer.“It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer.“36 years 195 days… @rogerfederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!,” tweeted the American.Federer had talked on Thursday of his desire to retake the world number one spot but doubted it would ever happen after he underwent knee surgery last year.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Roger Federer faces the media Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after becoming ranked as the world number one player. Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence Friday, returning to the top of the world rankings for the first time in more than five years and becoming the oldest player to reach the top spot. (AP Photo/Michael C. Corder)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer became the oldest world number one on Friday when the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.The 36-year-old Swiss overcame an early setback to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will replace old rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM16)

first_imgMumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4600 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6300 Javas 60/70: 7750 Javas 70/80: 7550 Javas 80/90: 7350 Kardi 2975 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 5700 Sesame 95/5/1: 5550 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4850 Sunflowerseed 4025 Nigerseed 7500 and Castorseed Bombay 3125.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 920 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 685 Refined 760 Cottonseeds Refined 602 Palmolein Refined 525 Soybean Refined 625 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 795 Rapeseed Expeller 765 Copra White 820 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 850 Castoroil Comm 655 FSG 665 Kandla 625 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 28,000 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 22,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 34,640 and Castor Extraction 5000. —- Oilcakes: Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 30,500/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD PTI JBH ADI MKJ BASlast_img read more

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Assembly polls: Star war in Pathanapuram

first_imgPathanapuram (Ker), Apr 29 (PTI) Keralas Pathanapuram constituency will literally witness a star war in the May 16 Assembly polls as three film actors cross swords in their bid to wrest the segment.Sitting MLA K B Ganesh Kumar of Kerala Congress (B), known for his heroic and character roles, has been backed by LDF while Jagadish, popular comedian and TV host, has been roped in by UDF and BJP has put up Raghu Damodaran alias Bheeman Raghu, who played a villain in many movies.The three actors have set aside their tinsel town friendships and are aggressively campaigning against each other to woo voters.While it is an electoral debut for Jagadish and Raghu, Kumar will look to retain the constituency, where he had gotten 71,421 votes in the 2011 polls.In what may be seen as irony, 49-year-old Kumar, who had won the constituency thrice in a row from 2001 under the UDF banner, is now seeking his fourth stint under the LDF bandwagon.His opponents have taken up this association with LDF as a major campaign tool against him, terming it an example of political opportunism.Kumar and his party had distanced from Congress-led UDF after he quit the present Oommen Chandy government as minister of Forests, Sports and Cinema following a domestic violence case filed against him by his former wife on April 7, 2013.It was not a smooth sailing for Kumar when joining the LDF fold initially as there were rumblings over his candidature as he had made some objectionable comments against CPI(M) veteran V S Achutanandan during his tenure as minister in the Chandy government. (MORE) PTI LGK UD RC PRM KKadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT-NZ-WARMUP 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 48) (REOPENS DEL 48) One of the few times the pitch raised alarm bells was when southpaw Henry Nicholls was caught behind off left-arm-spinner Gohil, on a ball that rose sharply and the wicket-keeper collected it well above the waist height. All this while, Ronchi displayed top form as he dished out some delightful cover drives besides using the long handle effectively. He was literally dealing in boundaries as he hammered 12 fours on way to completing 50 runs off 57 balls. He clobbered three sixes and as many fours in the second half of his innings. As he punished the bowlers, wickets kept falling at the other end and by the time he was stumped after scoring a sublime hundred, New Zealand were left at a precarious 162 for six, just 22 ahead of Mumbai with more than a session remaining in the day. However, B J Watling (43) and Latham (25) calmed nerves in the dressing room after resuming from the tea break at 187 for six in 49 overs. They shared a 55-run stand to guide the team to safety. The game ended before the stipulated time when Ish Sodhi mishit to be caught at mid-on. Brief scores: New Zealand 324/7 decl and 235 all out in 66.4 overs (Ronchi 107, Watling 43; Valsangkar 3/41). Mumbai 464/8 decl in 114 overs. PTI BS PM PMlast_img read more

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How low (power) can you go?

first_imgIn my last post, “Arm Cortex-M low-power mode fundamentals”, we explored the fundamentals of low power modes that can be found on every Arm Cortex-M processor and how we could leverage the WFI and WFE instructions to put a processor to sleep. The question that really remains though is how are these low power modes implemented on a real microcontroller and how do those modes affect our embedded system? In this post, we will explore in more detail how we can put a microcontroller to sleep and see how much energy that buys us.Low Power Mode Experimentation The best way to explore low power modes is to select a microcontroller and actually run the processor in various low power modes. For this post, I decided to dust off my tried and true NXP Kinetis-L Freedom board which I have not only experimented with but have used in many products, applications and courses. I also decided, right or wrong, to measure not just the amount of energy that the microcontroller was drawing but the entire development board. The MCU is usually one of the most power-hungry devices on a board, but I’ve often found that measuring the entire system current reminds me that it’s not the only energy consumer on the board. Optimizing the microcontroller can take you a long way but it’s not always the only device that might require energy optimization.  Start with a baseline measurement Whenever I’m working on optimizing the energy consumption of a product, I first start by taking a baseline energy measurement. This is normally done by profiling the current draw of the device over several seconds or minutes to understand where we are starting at. For my development board experiment, I left the Kinetis-L in run mode with no sleep implemented, all peripherals on and set the board to toggle an LED periodically. Using IAR Embedded Workbench with an I-Jet debugger and the I-Scope, I was able to profile a simple baseline for my board ~16.9 mA when the LED was off and ~18.0 mA when the LED was on which can be seen below in Figure 1. As you can see, it’s important to note where you take your measurement from or else you can be off significantly in your analysis.click for larger image Figure 1. A current measurement of the development board with an LED toggling once per second. (Source: Author) Optimizing Energy with Wait and Deep Sleep Modes The quickest way to see some energy savings is to implement the wait or the deep sleep mode. An examination of the datasheet for the Kinetis-L processors shows that the wait mode draws between 3.7 and 5.0 mA at 3 volts. In this mode, the CPU and peripheral clocks are disabled but the flash is in a doze mode which allows the processor to still wake up within an interrupt time frame (12 – 15 clock cycles). Wait mode is easy to implement, the code to enter wait mode can be seen below: void Sleep_Wait(void){      SCB_SCR &=~ SCB_SCR_SLEEPDEEP_MASK;      asm(“WFI”);} Scroll or drag the corner of the box to expand as needed. ↑With just those two lines of code, the current consumption of the development board drops from 18.0 mA to 15.9 mA. That’s an 11.6% decrease in current consumption! If the board was being powered by a 680 mA battery, the battery life for the device would have gone from 37.8 hours to 42.8 hours! A five hour increase from just two lines of code!What’s great about these high-level power modes is that we can easily take this another step further. Instead of putting the processor into wait mode, we can move it into a deep sleep wait mode using the following code: void Sleep_Deep(void){      SCB_SCR |= SCB_SCR_SLEEPDEEP_MASK;      asm(“WFI”);} Scroll or drag the corner of the box to expand as needed. ↑All we did was adjust a single bit in the SCB_SCR register and we now have gone from an original 18 mA current draw to 14.8 mA. That’s a 17.8% decrease in current consumption! Again, assuming the board was powered by a 680 mA battery, the battery life would now have gone from 37.8 hours to 46 hours! These are some big savings for just a couple lines of code and it’s only the tip of the iceberg!Leveraging Stop and VLLS modes for uA current draw Using stop mode has the potential to further drop the MCU current draw by up to another two milliamps by disabling the core and system clocks. What you will find is that the lower the power mode, the more code it takes to implement it and the more complex the code becomes to wake the system back up. The code to enter stop mode on the Kinetis-L can be seen below: void Sleep_Stop(void){      volatile unsigned int dummyread = 0;      SMC_PMCTRL &=~ SMC_PMCTRL_STOPM_MASK;      SMC_PMCTRL |= SMC_PMCTRL_STOPM(0);      dummyread = SMC_PMCTRL;      Sleep_Deep();} Scroll or drag the corner of the box to expand as needed. ↑Notice that stop mode is controlled through a power management control register and once the state is set, the Sleep_Deep function is called to finish setting the power mode and executing WFI.Up to this point, we’ve been talking about the MCU drawing 1 – 2 mA. A modern microcontroller will have power modes that can draw microamps or even nanoamps! The Kinetis-L processor debuted back around 2013, and its Very Low Leakage Stop (VLLS) mode draws only 135 to 496 microamps! The code to initialize this power mode can be seen below: void Sleep_VLLS1(void){      volatile unsigned int dummyread = 0;      SMC_PMCTRL &=~ SMC_PMCTRL_STOPM_MASK;      SMC_PMCTRL |= SMC_PMCTRL_STOPM(0x4);      SMC_VLLSTRL = SMC_VLLSCTRL_LLSM(1);      dummyread = VLLS_CTRL;      Sleep_Deep();} Scroll or drag the corner of the box to expand as needed. ↑At this point, the microcontroller would be drawing nearly no energy at all!The effect of low power modes on wake-up latency As we have seen so far, moving the processor into lower and lower power modes is a great way to save energy but that savings does come at a cost. The lower the energy state of the processor, the more time that is required for the processor to wake up and do useful work. For example, if I were to use the standard stop mode, it would take 2 us plus interrupt latency for the processor to wake up and start executing code again. Not too bad. However, if I were to use one of the VLLS modes on the Kinetis-L, I would have a wake-up latency of booting the processor plus another 53 to 115 microseconds! This may not be acceptable depending on the application. Figure 2 shows additional transitions from low power modes to the run state on the Kinetis-L.click for larger image Figure 2. Transition times from low power modes to various modes on the Kinetis-L. (Source: Kinetis-L datasheet) Conclusion Arm microcontrollers will all have the standard low power modes, but every silicon vendor customizes the low power modes that are available to developers. As we have seen, silicon vendors often offer several modes that act as low hanging fruit that have minimal effect on wake-up latency. They also provide several very low power modes that nearly turn the processor off and draw only a few hundred microamps or less! Developers often need to balance the amount of energy they want to draw with how quickly they need their system to wake up and respond to events. The trade-offs are definitely application specific so don’t expect to be able to run the lowest power mode on every product and application. Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com, at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. Continue Reading Previous Keysight launches new phase noise test systemNext ADI: impedance & potentiostat AFE for biological and chemical sensing Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, EDA 1 thought on “How low (power) can you go?” Log in to Reply June 5, 2019 at 5:51 pm “I remember laughin aloud a decade ago when ARM9 device manufacturers used the ‘low-power’ adjective and I saw the numbers.nToday, one can get lower (and I mean _lower_) numbers with specially designed arm processors like TI’s MSP432 or even before those, scaprile says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Saba Karim to develop Maldives cricket, BCCI officials stunned

first_imgAfter Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was in India to watch the Indian Premier League game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, it has now been learnt that it wasn’t a one-off programme.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) monitoring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now set to send GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim to Male to study the position of the gentleman’s game in the country and the development program it requires.The move has come as a complete surprise for BCCI officials, who feel that at a time when there is already so much on the plate for the board after the induction of nine new teams in the domestic structure, the out-of-the-way effort to develop the game in another country could have come later.”There is so much work to be done in the Northeast and you have the BCCI GM Cricket Operations gallivanting away to the Maldives rather than spend valuable time in the Northeast. The state associations that develop the game and work at the grassroots have been denied the money that is rightfully theirs, but here BCCI money is being spent to send Saba off to Maldives. Do they not understand that the ‘I’ in BCCI stands for India?”Even if cricket diplomacy is to be considered, who in their right minds would think about Maldives or Indonesia for that matter when the focus has to be on relations with Australia, South Africa, New Zealand etc,” a senior BCCI official told IANS.advertisement”Is there some personal agenda? Is someone hankering for an assignment in Maldives after a BCCI assignment?”Another senior functionary spoke about how it has all become a theatre of absurd as people are now keen to go on foreign projects than help develop and rework the infrastructural issues concerned with Indian cricket.”We don’t have time to restart the Umpire’s Academy, but the CFO visits the US under questionable circumstances, the GM Cricket Operations is visiting England and Maldives, the COO of the NCA is off seeing the Australian Open. This is hilarious.”And for all you know, the CEO will probably end up with an enquiry or two once the Supreme Court reopens after the break despite throwing about names in every conversation he starts. This is the legacy of the CoA,” the functionary rued.”With only two home series as far as women are concerned in the next four years, instead of concentrating on the wave of women’s T20 challenge the CoA seems to be working on taking the development mantle.”Is that the role of the CoA or is someone trying to justify trips that are being proposed? Also what exactly was Karim’s role when he was appointed by BCCI? Wasn’t women’s cricket development under him?”Also Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid KhanAlso Seelast_img read more

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Kansas Coach David Beaty Speaks Glowingly of Oklahoma State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “Their running backs are good,” added Beaty. “They got a true freshman, (Justice) Hill, out of Tulsa. Really a quick dude, very much along the same mold that they have always had there at Oklahoma State. The kid runs really, really fast. They have several that they use.“(Rennie) Childs is another good one that ones the ball well. They do a good job of making you beat them. They’re not going to give you the football. They take care of the ball. He does he want put it in jeopardy and they’re big up front and they move your defensive line a little bit in the run game. They got a good squad on the offensive side of the ball.”Beaty is right about protecting the football.https://twitter.com/solidverbal/status/786646361580199936“Defensively, Glenn Spencer is one of the best guys I’ve ever had to coach against. They’re high in the Big 12 in just about every category. They are second in the conference, third down defense, which is something I always look at. So they do a good job on money downs. They’re first in the conference in fourth down defense. So they’re not easy to convert against …“I think they’re first in the conference in red zone as well. One guy that sticks out to me, No. 96, tackle, I believe his name is Vincent Taylor, he’s a good guy, a hard-charging ball flare. They had two really good ends last year and I didn’t know how you could replace those guys. But they have two really good defensive ends this year.“They have nice recruiting. They are solid in the kicking game as well. It’s a good Oklahoma State football team, not unlike the teams he fields every year. But we’re excited about the challenge that we got put in front of us this week.”Can we hire David Beaty as a PR rep after his days in Lawrence are over? David Beaty and his Kansas Jayhawks have a single win this college football season after beating lowly Rhode Island earlier this year. However, they haven’t been far enough from a few other Ws. Beaty talked earlier this week about the challenge of facing the Pokes.“We got a great team coming in here,” said Beaty at his weekly presser. “Coach (Mike) Gundy, as you know is one of the best in the Big 12, if not in the country, and this year is no different.“They got a really good football team again, led by Mason Rudolph, as good of a manager as I’ve seen so far. He manages the ball really well, takes care of the ball. You’re going to have to beat these guys. They’re not going to beat themselves.“We are going to have to work to create some turnovers, though … He’s taking care of the ball, really, really well which bodes well for them.”Beaty also talked up OSU’s All-American candidate at WR.“One of more dynamic players in the conference, James Washington, who is a really talented guy. You just flip on the Texas game alone he makes a couple of plays in that game that are just ridiculous. He should have been tackled two or three times in a couple of those plays and somehow he stays on his feet and goes the distance against some really good players.”last_img read more

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Jordan shock Australia in Asian Cup clash

first_imgAustralia’s bid to defend their Asian Cup crown began in miserable fashion as they slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to Jordan in Al Ain on Sunday.Anas Bani Yaseen’s bullet header midway through the first half gave the unfancied underdogs a hard-earned and entirely deserved victory in the opening fixture of Group B.Though content to sit back and counter, Vital Borkelmans’ men forced Mat Ryan into regular saves and could have had a second to celebrate if not for a fine save from the Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Awer Mabil also tested the woodwork late in proceedings, while Jamie Maclaren had a goal ruled out for offside, but concerns over Australia’s ability to replace the goals of the retired Tim Cahill are threatening to linger throughout the tournament.What a moment for @JordanFA’s number !The #AsianCup2019 treating us right  pic.twitter.com/TJErgDjfb7— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019Australia were nervous from the outset and their sloppy start was punished in the 26th minute, centre-back Bani Yaseen rising unchallenged to head in Mousa Suleiman’s corner.The margin was so nearly doubled four minutes later as Mat Ryan acrobatically tipped Baha Abdel-Rahman’s free-kick against the crossbar.Graham Arnold’s men created little in the first half outside of an early Mabil chance, although they were unfortunate not to receive a penalty for Feras Shilbaya’s apparent handball shortly before the break.Chris Ikonomidis came on in place of Robbie Kruse soon after the restart and the Perth Glory winger quickly threatened in following up a shot from Tom Rogic, who scooped a better opportunity over the bar inside the final 20 minutes.But for all their possession and territory, the Socceroos were scarcely a threat outside of a Mabil shot into the upright and a Jamie Maclaren finish that was ruled out for offside.Ikonomidis and Jackson Irvine did attempt to force in an equaliser in one final stoppage-time push, but Amer Shafi was up to the task with a smart double save for a jubilant Jordan.What does it mean? Australia’s attack must be addressedA reported groin problem forced Andrew Nabbout out of Australia’s expected starting XI and left Arnold able to select just one member – playmaker Rogic – of his preferred front four.Hibernian striker Maclaren was inserted at the point of attack but, like the much-maligned Kruse, was ineffective, and questions continue to hang over just how the Socceroos will score the goals needed to be a success in the United Arab EmiratesTop marks for AteyahJordan’s paucity of possession, just 23 per cent, meant complete concentration was required in defence and the alert Khalil Bani Ateyah set the standard.The midfielder was industrious and intelligent inside his own half and finished with 12 tackles and four interceptions in an impressive display.Luongo lacks intensityMuch was said about Bert van Marwijk’s decision not to employ Massimo Luongo at the World Cup but, starting alongside captain Mark Milligan, the Asian Cup’s reigning Player of the Tournament did little to prove that decision wrong.Luongo’s decision-making in possession always seemed unnecessarily delayed and he was statuesque as Bani Yaseen nodded home the opener.What’s next?Jordan will attempt to build on their tilt at topping Group B when they meet Syria on Thursday.Australia are in action the following the day, a date with Palestine presenting an opportunity to restore order to their campaign. read morelast_img read more

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Updated Predictions For College Football’s Starting QB Battles

first_imgA view of Clemson fans cheering.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of fans of the Clemson Tigers against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The first Saturday of the 2018 college football season is set to start exactly three months from tomorrow. Saturday, Sept. 1 will be a great, great day.We’re still a long way out from that, unfortunately. Hopefully the next three months go quickly.A lot is going to happen in those three months, at least. Specifically – some major quarterback battles/situations are going to unfold.Here are latest predictions for some of the big ones.Alabama Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Will it be Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts? We’re going to go with a surprise prediction and say that Hurts will actually be the Week 1 starter.Clemson Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Tigers are loaded with highly-touted recruits at the QB position and have brought in another five-star QB in 2018.Bryant has locked this job up for the time being, though.Florida (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Gators have a new coach in Dan Mullen who specializes in the QB position. Will he make a big change under center? We’ll go with Feleipe Franks holding onto the job in 2018.Georgia (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jake Fromm took the job from Jacob Eason after the former 5-star recruit went down with an injury. Will another five-star recruit, Justin Fields, so the same? Nope. Fromm is the man in Athens.NebraskaTrue freshman Adrian Martinez is looking really good, but reports out of Lincoln say that it’s probable that Tristan Gebbia will be the Week 1 starter.Ohio Statedwayne haskins plays for ohio state in 2017This could have been the most-intense quarterback battle in the country, but Joe Burrow opted to transfer out. It’s Dwayne Haskins’ job. Tate Martell will play, though.Oklahomakyler murray plays at ohio stateReplacing a Heisman Trophy winner is never easy. Who will earn the nod at Oklahoma in 2018? Kyler Murray, the former Texas A&M QB, was the Sooners’ backup in 2017. He’s in line to be that guy in 2018. The MLB might be calling, though. We’ll say Murray decides to stay put in Norman, Okla. for another season.Texas (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Will Sam Ehlinger, Texas’ starter at the end of the 2017 season, hold onto the job over Shane Buechele? We think so. He’s our pick for the man to lead the Longhorns in 2018.last_img read more

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Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League opener

first_img Next Reuters ManchesterAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 00:04 IST Manchester United’s Daniel James celebrates scoring their fourth goal (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThat was Manchester United’s biggest Old Trafford win over Chelsea since 1965Chelsea went close to an equaliser when Emerson struck the post shortly before the breakA brilliant way to start the season for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerMarcus Rashford struck twice as Manchester United opened their Premier League account with a resounding 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.It was an awful start for the new Chelsea boss in his first competitive game on the bench for his old club who struck the woodwork twice in the first half but paid for their defensive frailties as Anthony Martial and Dan James also scored.”Four mistakes for the goals. We have to be self-critical for that. We controlled the first half hour but made some poor decisions. We should be in the lead at the break,” said Lampard, who took over from Maurizio Sarri in the close season.”They have pace and if you turn over the ball and allow them to run in behind you they can hurt you.”We were comfortable in the first half. But there are lessons there. You can’t make mistakes at this level. But if you look at the game, it is not a 4-0 game,” added the former Chelsea and England midfielder.It may indeed have been a harsh scoreline for the visitors but for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United team with Harry Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, and right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka making debuts, it was a dream start to the campaign.The win was United’s biggest over Chelsea in a top-flight match since the same scoreline in March 1965 under Matt Busby.Not only did Rashford strike twice but his attacking partner Martial also found the target after the break and the victory was rounded off by substitute James, a close-season signing from Swansea City, marking his United debut with the fourth.advertisement”It is a great start for myself and the team. We rode our luck a bit first half but second we were much more ourselves,” said Maguire,” who joined United for 80 million pounds ($96.27 million) from Leicester City on Monday.”It is the first game at Old Trafford so I think there were nerves. We gave the ball away in dangerous areas. We moved it nicely second half and our front three are so dangerous on the break,” added the centre-half.But while the crowd celebrated their new-look side’s perfect start, it was evident until Martial made it 2-0 in the 65th that there is still much work to be done to get United anywhere near the level of title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool.The 41-year-old Lampard handed starts to youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, back at the west London club after loan spells in the Championship (second-tier), with American Christian Pulisic on the bench, and his side started brightly.Abraham crashed an early drive against the United bar and Mount then tested David De Gea with an effort from distance.With Pedro and Ross Barkley causing problems in the channels, Chelsea were moving the ball with confidence and United’s midfield were often chasing shadows.But against the run of play the hosts got in front with an 18th minute Rashford penalty after the England forward was pulled down by Kurt Zouma.Chelsea responded well, however, and went close to an equaliser when Emerson struck the post shortly before the break with a left-foot drive from a tight angle.But the game turned decisively in United’s favour when, after a Rashford led counter-attack, Martial bundled in a low cross from Andreas Pereira.Two minutes later, Chelsea’s defence was again exposed when Rashford timed his run to perfection, latched on to a long ball from Paul Pogba and beat keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a confident finish.Another counter-attack led to United’s fourth goal when Pogba fed Welsh winger James who, after initially hesitating, fired into the far bottom corner via a deflection.That was the icing on the cake for United and, while the team remains a work in progress, the mood around Old Trafford was back to its jubilant best.Read more | Great achievement to play 300 ODIs: Chris GayleAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leagueFollow Man UtdFollow ChelseaFollow Premier League opener Manchester United thrash Chelsea 4-0 in their Premier League openerA big win for Manchester United over Chelsea with two goals for Rashford and one each for Martial and James.advertisementlast_img read more

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England award central contracts to Jofra Archer, Rory Burns and Joe Denly

first_imgEngland award central contracts to Jofra Archer, Rory Burns and Joe DenlyAfter playing an instrumental role in World Cup 2019 and Ashes, England’s rookie pacer Jofra Archer has been awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season.advertisement Next Reuters LondonSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 16:57 IST England’s Jofra Archer bowls during Ashes test (Fie photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSPlayers awarded central contracts will have their salaries paid in full by the ECBJoe Denly (312 runs) has earned his first white-ball, limited-overs, contract at the age of 33Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have missed out on white-ball contracts for the 2019-20 seasonEngland’s Ashes and World Cup bowler Jofra Archer and opening batsmen Rory Burns and Joe Denly are among a number of players to be awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.Archer was England’s leading wicket taker in their victorious World Cup campaign with 20 wickets and he made his Test debut against Australia, picking up 22 wickets in four Ashes Tests.Burns was England’s second-highest run scorer (390) in the Ashes after Ben Stokes (441). Denly (312 runs) has earned his first white-ball, limited-overs, contract at the age of 33.Players awarded central contracts will have their salaries paid in full by the ECB.”Selectors have awarded 10 test contracts and 12 white-ball contracts,” the ECB said in a statement. “Sussex fast bowler Jofra Archer receives a Test and a white-ball contract for the first time after his successful debut international season.”Surrey opening batsman Rory Burns is awarded a Test contract after becoming the leading top order run scorer in the Ashes series. Kent batsman Joe Denly is awarded a white-ball contract for the first time.”However, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have missed out on white-ball contracts for the 2019-20 season, while spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have received only white-ball contracts after previously having contracts across all formats.Hales was withdrawn from the World Cup squad in April after British media reported he was serving a three-week ban for drug use.Also Read | 16-year-old Virat Kohli: Have you seen his pic yet? VAlso see:advertisementFor 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow ECBlast_img read more

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A Private, Chauffeured Exploration of London and the UK Awaits You with Evan Evans

first_imgLONDON, July 9, 2019 – Evan Evans, the recipient of the 2018 “Service Provider of the Year” award from UKinbound, has launched an exclusive collection of ten private chauffeured experiences.  Selected from our best-selling itineraries and crafted into a selection of luxury, immersive experiences, you’ll enjoy the personal services of an expert guide and a separate driver as you travel in an elite collection of luxury vehiclesaround London and the United Kingdom. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, as a group or as a family, Evan Evans is proud to offer a modern and prestigious fleet that caters to everyone. You can choose from either a Mercedes E-Class or V-Class for our selected experiences, or from our full range that includes Jaguars, eco-friendly hybrids and vintage vehicles with our bespoke experiences. For our unique Vintage Collection, step back in time and travel like royalty with oursuperb collection of classic cars. Choose from the Rolls Royce Phantom and a range of Bentley’s including the Bentley S3, Bentley MK VI, Bentley RT LWB, and Bentley Azure convertible, plus the Morris Minor ‘Million’. If you would like to travel inside an eco-friendlier vehicle, you can enjoy a comfortable, quiet journey inside a Toyota Prius hybrid that is built with the environment in mind–featuring innovative ecological plastic derived from plants in its interior and a world-first solar-powered ventilation system. Our private chauffeured experiences give you the flexibility to create your own unique experience.  So, sit back and relax as an Evans Evans’ personal private guide brings you up close and personal to some of the most sought-after sites in the United Kingdom.  From half-day to full day experiences, with pickup and return to your hotel, here are just a few of the exceptional offerings: Have a leisurely morning and then enjoy an afternoon exploring two of London’s most famous sites with your personal guide on Crown Jewels of London and River Cruise. Learn about the history of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London and see the priceless Crown Jewels in person.  At St Paul’s, discover the breathtaking splendor of Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural magnum opus with origins dating back to 1673 and experience the spectacular views of London from the Golden Gallery.  At the historic Tower of London, learn about the origins and history of “The Tower” and hear tales of imprisonment and execution.  Get up close with the Star of Africa, the largest cut and most valuable diamond in the world.  Afterwards, cruise along the magnificent River Thames and view London’s beautiful waterfront from a different perspective. The 4 ½ -hour tour is offered at £335.00 per person based on two passengers traveling in a Mercedes vehicle. The Crown Film Locations explores the magnificent London film locations from the famous TV series The Crown on this spectacular five-hour guided private experience. See the settings for where Elizabeth married Prince Phillip and where King George VI’s funeral was held prior to Elizabeth being crowned Queen. Explore the settings for Buckingham Palace and the dramatic façade for the gala scene with The Queen and Prince Phillip adorned in tiara and tux.  Your expert guide will bring the incredible royal history to life as you follow in the footsteps of the much-loved Claire Foy and Matt Smith.  You’ll also visit Blythe House, the Lyceum Theatre, and The Old Royal Naval College, iconic sites and settings for the series, and for other famous films.  The 5-hour tour is offered at £329.00 per person based on two passengers traveling in a Mercedes vehicle. Visit Stonehenge and Bath, two of Britain’s finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and travel back thousands of years in time as we take you on a journey into England’s prehistoric, Neolithic past before being transported thousands of years forward into its ancient Romans and more recent Georgian history.  Step back in time 5,000 years as we visit Stonehenge, the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Take a step inside the reconstructed Neolithic houses, furnished with replica axes, pottery and other artefacts, and listen as our guide brings the fascinating history of Stonehenge to life. Who built Stonehenge? Why was it built? Discover the answer to these questions and more.  In the afternoon you’ll have a scenic tour of the historic city of Bath, originally built as a place of well-being and relaxation by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. You will visit the famous Roman Baths, home to Britain’s only natural thermal hot springs.  The scenic drive through this delightful city, where the ancient world is intertwined with threads of medieval and more recent Georgian history, provides an excellent introduction to the major sights of beautiful Bath where the buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The 10-hour tour is offered at £599.00 per person based on two passengers traveling in a Mercedes vehicle. Hampton Court and Windsor Castle combines a visit to two of the UK’s most beautiful and historic royal homes on this fantastic full-day experience.  Our expert guide will bring the history of these two Royal residences to life.  Windsor Castle; ancestral home of the British Royal family and the largest, is the only continuously occupied castle in Europe.  Step inside St. George’s Chapel, the site of the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle in 2018, and where the tombs of several previous monarchs are located, including Henry VIII and Charles I.  Walk through the State Apartments, the centerpiece of the castle and reputed to be the grandest apartments in England, where some of the most beautiful works of art from the Royal Arts Collection can be seen. A display of typical British pomp and pageantry takes place every morning at the Changing the Guard ceremony.   A favorite summer home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an opulent fusion of architectural styles from very different periods in English history.  Best-known as a Tudor Palace, it epitomizes both Tudor and, later, Baroque styles.  You’ll visit the lavish State Rooms, the Great Hall, The Chapel Royal and wander through its vast medieval kitchens and cellars, which will provide you with a fascinating insight into the complexity and challenges faced trying feed six hundred people in the 16th century.  Outside, explore 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze, the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK. The 8-hour tour is offered at £555.00 per person based on two passengers traveling in a Mercedes vehicle.last_img read more

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Plus dinformation sur lintimidation à lintention des parents

first_imgLe gouvernement provincial offre davantage de soutien aux parents et tuteurs qui cherchent de l’information pour aider leurs enfants à aborder les problèmes d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation. Un site Web contre l’intimidation a été lancé aujourd’hui 24 mai. Il contient des renseignements à l’intention de quatre publics cibles, c’est-à-dire les enfants et les jeunes, les parents et les tuteurs, les éducateurs et les écoles ainsi que la communauté. Le gouvernement provincial créera également un guide sur l’intimidation et la cyberintimidation qui sera distribué à tous les parents et tuteurs des enfants des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse au début de la nouvelle année scolaire. « Comme parent, j’ai hâte d’avoir accès à des ressources qui aident les parents à prendre des décisions éclairées sur la façon d’aborder et de prévenir l’intimidation en ce qui a trait à leurs enfants, a dit Vanda Dow, parent et présidente de la Fédération des associations foyer-école de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est très important pour les parents de faire partie de la solution, alors nous espérons que les renseignements inclus dans le site Web, dans le guide et d’autres ressources encourageront les conversations entre les parents et les écoles. » Un sondage récent sur la consommation de drogues des élèves, dont les résultats ont été publiés par le gouvernement provincial, révèlent que certains des problèmes les plus importants auxquels font face les enfants sont les sujets de conversation les plus difficiles pour eux et pour leurs parents, ce qui renforce le besoin de ressources qui peuvent aider les parents à entamer les conversations. Le gouvernement provincial lance également une campagne d’éducation publique pour mettre les parents au courant des ressources, des services et des gens qui sont à leur disposition pour les aider si leur enfant éprouve des difficultés. « Ces ressources seront très avantageuses pour les parents, pour les écoles et pour les communautés, a dit Gary Walker, directeur de l’école Halifax West High School. Les parents ont besoin de renseignements clairs et directs afin de pouvoir reconnaître et aborder différents types d’intimidation. Un site Web et un guide donneront aux gens des options pour aider les enfants et les adolescents dans leur vie à aborder les situations difficiles. » Les jeunes, les parents, les enseignants, les organismes communautaires et autres auront également la chance d’apprendre comment ils peuvent collaborer pour aborder l’intimidation dans leurs communautés lors d’une conférence sur le leadership et contre l’intimidation qui sera organisée par le gouvernement provincial du 15 au 17 août à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur l’inscription, les conférenciers invités et les sessions seront disponibles en juin. « Les parents veulent protéger leurs enfants contre l’intimidation, mais souvent ils ne savent pas où aller chercher de l’aide, a dit Marilyn More, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine. Le site Web, le guide et la conférence offriront aux parents et tuteurs des renseignements pratiques et fondés sur la recherche sur la façon de reconnaître les comportements d’intimidation et d’intervenir. » La section du site Web à l’intention des parents inclut des renseignements sur la façon de reconnaître et de signaler les comportements d’intimidation, et sur la façon de parler à leurs enfants de l’intimidation et de la cyberintimidation. Il inclut également des liens à des organismes et des programmes qui offrent de l’aide en matière d’intimidation, de sécurité sur Internet, de santé mentale des adolescents et d’autres enjeux qui touchent les jeunes. Le guide inclura des renseignements sur les causes et les types d’intimidation, sur la façon de reconnaître les comportements d’intimidation et sur la façon dont les parents peuvent aider et obtenir de l’aide dans le système scolaire et dans la communauté. Le nouveau site Web contre l’intimidation lancé par le gouvernement provincial se trouve à l’adresse www.antibullying.novascotia.ca/fr.last_img read more

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Alibaba heads remarks spark debate over China working hours

first_imgBeijing: Remarks by the head of Chinese online business giant Alibaba that young people should work 12-hour days, six days a week if they want financial success have prompted a public debate over work-life balance in the country. Jack Ma is one of China’s richest men and his comments last week brought both condemnation and support as China’s more mature economy enters a period of slower growth. Newspaper People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, issued an editorial, saying mandatory overtime reflects managerial arrogance and was also impractical and unfair to workers. Online complaints included blaming long work hours for a lower birth rate in the country. Ma has responded to the criticism by saying work should be a joy and also include time for study, reflection and self-improvement. (AP)last_img read more

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Moroccos English Proficiency Very Low English Proficiency Index

Rabat – Morocco English proficiency has dropped drastically. Falling from the 35th position to the 60th, the 2017 English Proficiency Index said that the mastery of the English in Morocco is “very low.”At the continental level, the country performed mediocrely, ranking below South Africa, Nigeria, and Tunisia respectively but ahead of Egypt, Angola, Cameroon, Algeria and Libya.“Despite the tremendous progress made over the last 20 years to increase equal access to education throughout Africa, access to preschool and secondary education remains scarce in many parts of the continent,” said the index. The findings of the index seem to contend with a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which revealed that Morocco has the best proficiency in English as a second language in the MENA region.The region, however, scored very poorly compared to other regions. The study, which was published on November 15, showed that the “poorest performing region is the Middle East and North Africa where all but two nations – Morocco and the United Arab Emirates are rated very low.”The Proficiency Index found that Moroccan women outscored men by 1.82 points, mimicking the trend in Africa.“Girls are more likely to finish lower secondary education in these two countries. Indeed, the gender gap in English proficiency is more pronounced in Africa than in any other region, and women far outnumber men,” found the index.The previous Minister of Education and Vocational Training in Morocco, Rachid Belmokhtar, said in 2016 that the ministry had taken serious measures to expand and improve the use of the English language among students in the kingdom.The aim of this initiative was “to improve the level of pupils in the country’s newly adopted second foreign language of English.”The minister also proudly pointed out the “good” level of English exhibited by students who participated in COP22 in Marrakech. read more

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Its a zoo out there

Norfolk County is looking for accountability when it comes to wild animals and their potential impact on local residents.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus raised the issue this week after he was asked to deal with an animal complaint recently near the dividing line between Delhi-area Ward 3 and Waterford-area Ward 7.“I wish I could’ve pushed it across the borderline,” Columbus told council Tuesday. “It involved a skunk.”Columbus noted that a void has been created now that the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has stopped investigating animal abuse and neglect complaints.With the OSPCA on the sidelines, Columbus feels it is only a matter of time before the public starts asking the municipality to intervene.“These things are falling through the cracks,” Columbus said. “It’s the same with raccoons.”Residents often call police or canine control when they see a wild animal behaving erratically in their neighbourhood.The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit tracks instances of rabies and other serious diseases that can be transmitted to humans but does not offer front-line assistance where wildlife is concerned.Columbus contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry about the skunk. He received instructions to secure the animal and send its brain away for testing if possible.The Norfolk OPP will intervene when wild animals pose an immediate threat to public safety. Otherwise, police defer to other agencies.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman, a council representative to Norfolk’s Police Services Board, said the Norfolk OPP responded to nearly 300 complaints in this area last year.However, Huffman added that “The OPP are really not equipped to deal with raccoons wandering through neighbourhoods. It’s not part of their mandate.”Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin would like a reliable mechanism in place to deal with animal complaints. Coyote incursions into Port Dover have become increasingly frequent in recent years.“This is a concern for a lot of residents who feel they’re getting the run-around,” Martin said.Wildlife rescues in the Norfolk area and beyond have received numerous calls in recent months about raccoons in distress or behaving strangely.In a recent interview, Denise Boniface, manager of BryDen’s Den Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Port Ryerse, said she is not equipped or trained to deal with diseased animals.Boniface says the large number of sick raccoons is due to an epidemic of distemper sweeping through the population. When wildlife populations reach the peak of their reproductive cycle, disease thins their numbers because they are in such frequent contact with each other.Council referred the matter to Marlene Miranda, acting CAO and Norfolk and Haldimand’s general manager of health and social services, as an “action item.” Miranda will look into potential responses and report back.“It would be wonderful to have this conversation before our summer break,” said Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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At global UN consultation health leaders underline need for action on migrant

The ‘Colombo Statement,’ adopted yesterday at the second Global Consultation on Migrant Health, aims to address the health challenges of increasingly mobile populations, now numbering about one billion – one in seven people on the planet.“Protecting the health of mobile populations is a public health and human rights imperative,” said the South-East Asia Regional Director at the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Poonam Khetrapal Singh. Highlighting the importance of the issue, Davide Mosca, the Director of Migration Health Division at the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), added: “This can only be realized through the implementation of well-managed and coordinated migration policies, which include financial risk protection and equal access to quality health services.” The Colombo Statement also calls for mainstreaming migrant health into key national, regional and international agendas and promotes international solidarity for equitable migrant health policies, a shared research agenda and the development of global frameworks to ensure migrant health is protected. Furthermore, ensuring the highest standard of health for all, including for migrants and refugees are also a key component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pledge to leave no one behind. SEE ALSO: World leaders at UN summit adopt ‘bold’ plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrantsThis health issue most directly linked to targets 10.7 on facilitating safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people; and 3.8 on achieving universal health coverage under Goals 10 and 3, respectively. There is also an anticipation that the momentum generated by the Global Consultation will carry into the World Health Assembly – WHO’s governing body – where its member States will deliberate, among other health issues, priority actions to protect migrants’ right to health. The Global Consultation was organized in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, by IOM, WHO and the Government of Sri Lanka. read more

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