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Determining Your Life’s Purpose

first_img 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 The most important decision you will ever make is the decision as to what you will do with your life. Your one life. This is more difficult than it sounds.This decision requires that you navigate between two primary questions.What Are You Here For?First, you have to determine what your purpose is. Why are you here?What are you here to do?What contribution are you going to make?What is the mark that you are to make?There is no purpose that will satisfy you long-term if it doesn’t make some contribution to others. You are going to measure your life by the contribution you made to others and the gratitude you feel for those that were there for you.How Do You Want to Live?The second idea is as important. How do you want to spend your time?What does your ideal day look like?What lifestyle do you want for yourself?Who do you want to spend your time with?How do you design this life?There is more than one way to live your purpose. Your way need only be the right way for you. Others will choose their own path, and their path need not look like yours.Living IntentionallyMuch of the circumstances of your life are accidental. You don’t choose your parents. You don’t choose the place of your birth. You don’t choose who you fall in love with.But you have to be very intentional about what to do with your life. It’s likely that you haven’t spent enough time asking yourself these questions and working on the answers. Your answers may change from time to time because your intentions may change.If you don’t determine the purpose of your life and how you will live it, someone else will, and that is a recipe for unhappiness. Your primary job is to determine your life’s purpose and then get busy fulfilling it.last_img read more

IndiGo flight makes emergency landing at Kolkata airport

first_imgOver 130 passengers onboard an IndiGo flight from Jaipur to Kolkata faced a life-threatening situation when the plane’s cockpit and cabin were engulfed in smoke, forcing it to make an emergency landing at its destination airport. No passengers were injured in the incident. The government has tasked the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) to probe the incident. IndiGo has also been asked to conduct a detailed technical inspection and submit a preliminary report, according to a DGCA official.“The IndiGo aircraft VT ITR was about 45 miles off Kolkata when smoke engulfed the aircraft. The pilot issued May Day call and sought an emergency landing at Kolkata airport,” a source said.The Airbus A320 Neo plane was then steered towards an isolation bay at the airport, following which a chute was deployed to evacuate some passengers and others deplaned with the help of a ladder, according to IndiGo in a statement.last_img read more

Thane Call Centre Scam Tip of Iceberg

first_imgThe masterminds of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) call centre scam may be involved in at least four other such frauds to cheat US, Australian and Canadian citizens, a top police official said. Related Itemslast_img

As PepsiCo’s CEO Plans Exit, Women’s Corporate Clout Fades

first_imgIn her 12 years as chief executive of PepsiCo, Indra K. Nooyi has been part of an elite club: She is one of only a small number of women leading large corporations. It is a position that has often meant her every move received greater scrutiny than the actions of her male peers.That was true again Monday, when Nooyi, 62, announced she was giving it all up and handing the reins of the multinational conglomerate to Ramon Laguarta, a 22-year veteran of the company in October.Her departure served as a stark reminder that the absence of women at the very top of corporate America remains a problem. She was one of 11 such women at the helm of the biggest U.S. companies in 2006. She’s now one of only 25 in the Standard & Poor’s 500. She will remain PepsiCo’s chairwoman until early 2019, the company said.In recent months, the list of departing female chief executives has included Denise M. Morrison at Campbell Soup, Margo Georgiadis at the toy company Mattel, Sherilyn S. McCoy at Avon, Irene Rosenfeld at Mondelez and Meg Whitman at Hewlett-Packard. All five have been replaced by men.The number of women in top jobs has, in fact, fallen sharply.“I hate seeing her step down this particular year because we’ve had a 25 percent drop in women CEOs at major firms, and this is a big loss,” Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, the senior associate dean of leadership programs at the Yale School of Management, said of Nooyi.In some cases, the women at the top have been pushed out by activist investors seeking a shake-up in the executive suite. “A lot of women have been easy targets when their performance weakens,” Sonnenfeld said. “Maybe unconsciously, institutional investors get weak-kneed and don’t back them up and boards of directors collapse like lawn furniture.”Others tie the lack of women at the top not only to the choices of individual executives, but to a wider culture that is biased against women in the workplace, some experts argue. Women struggle as they adapt their careers to the demands of child-rearing while they are often viewed differently because they do not fit the mold of the leaders, overwhelmingly men, who preceded them.“We have found that overall, we are stuck. We are seeing very little movement,” said Lareina Yee, senior partner at McKinsey & Co. in the global technology practice and co-author of the report Women in the Workplace, which found that only one in five of the most senior executives at U.S. companies is a woman. “We see that entry levels don’t look that bad, but women are not promoted at the same rates as men to the first manager role. We start to see the imbalance of opportunity early on.”Nooyi’s impact on PepsiCo cannot be overstated. Over the past decade, she has transformed the company dramatically, expanding its presence in international markets, and also shifting its products increasingly into healthier beverage and snack choices.In addition to Doritos and Mountain Dew, it now offers customers baked chips and water brands like Lifewtr and Bubly, and it recently acquired Bare Foods, a maker of baked fruit and vegetable snacks. As Nooyi steered the change, she clashed with activists and other investors who told her that her ideas were flat-out wrong.Today, half of the company’s revenues come from healthier drink and snack products, up from 38 percent in 2006.Still, Nooyi spent much of her tenure at the top defending her strategy to critics, who included activist investors. When PepsiCo lost market share on its namesake product a few years ago, critics claimed Nooyi was too focused on the “healthy” strategy. Others, including billionaire activist Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management, wanted the company split into two, a beverage giant and a snack king.Nooyi held firm. Since she took over, revenue has grown to $63.5 billion from $35 billion in 2006, while the company’s share price has nearly doubled in that time.In an emailed statement, Peltz congratulated Nooyi on a “strong decade-plus of corporate leadership” at PepsiCo. “We wish her all the best.”In an interview, Nooyi said she was stepping down now, in part, because she wanted to spend more time with her 86-year-old mother. “You reach a point where you get tired,” Nooyi said. “Physically tired. And your family starts to demand more time of you. I’ve reached that point.”Inside PepsiCo, Nooyi was known for working incredibly long hours — as many as 20 hours a day, often seven days a week. When asked Monday whether she felt that made her a good role model for other women, Nooyi said, “probably not.”“But you have to remember when I started working in this corporate world, there were hardly any women in the jobs I was in. At that time, 30 or 40 years ago, expectations for women were unreasonable. We had to produce a better product and do everything much better than the men in order to move ahead,” Nooyi said.(BEGIN OPTIONAL TRIM.)Nooyi’s departure comes as the outlook for consumer packaged goods companies remains murky. It is difficult for big brands to raise prices as they increasingly face competition on shelves from private-label store brands. There has also been an extreme fragmentation of the food industry as big brands like PepsiCo face competition from startup snack companies.And marketing to millennial consumers, whether through social media influencer campaigns or viral videos, has proved tricky. A year ago, Pepsi had to quickly pull an ad featuring Kendall Jenner that critics said trivialized the Black Lives Matter movement.Born in Chennai, in southern India, Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and held a series of strategy roles before becoming its chief financial officer in 2000, and in 2006, its chief executive.She said she believed the workplace, in general, had improved for women in the past decade. “Women are not held to unreasonably high standards these days,” Nooyi said. “That’s not a blanket statement. There are still places where it is a boys’ club, but I do think we’re moving to a place where we’re letting the best candidates move ahead.”While Nooyi was often held up as an example of a woman in a very powerful position, she was a rare chief who did not claim to have it all worked out. A wife, mother and chief executive of a global conglomerate, Nooyi played down the notion of perfect balance.“I don’t think women can have it all,” she said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2014. “We pretend we have it all.”She told a story about getting a call when she was at work late one night from the chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo that she was going to be named president of the company and put on the board of directors.She left work to tell her family, but when she arrived home, she was met by her mother, who told her to go back out and buy milk for the morning.She did, banging the milk on the counter and telling her mother that she had just been named president and placed on the board of a large company, and all her mother wanted her to do was to go out and get the milk.As she recalled, her mother said she might be the president of PepsiCo. She might be on the board of directors. “But when you enter this house, you’re the wife, you’re the daughter, you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother. You’re all of that,” Nooyi told the conference. “So leave that damned crown in the garage.”Over the years, Nooyi got advice from several powerful male leaders. Shortly after she had taken over PepsiCo as its chief executive in 2006, she had a meeting with Steve Jobs, the co-founder and at the time, the chief executive of Apple. Jobs, a driven visionary who was also known for his ruthless temper, advised Nooyi to throw the occasional temper tantrum, Nooyi recalled at a DealBook conference in 2016.“I’m beginning to use certain words a little bit more freely, and I am screaming a bit more, pounding the table,” Nooyi said at the conference, noting that was not really her style. “But it is effective. It shows the passion that I have for what I’m doing.”Prashant Rao and Amie Tsang in London contributed reporting.© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsIndra NooyiPepsiColast_img read more

Ruckus in Odisha House over rising crime against minors

first_imgThe Opposition members in the Odisha Assembly on Monday created ruckus demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the issue of a large number of missing children and sexual assault on minor girls in the State.During zero hour, the members drew attention to the fact that 5,028 girl children have gone missing in the State in the past four years. Besides, the incident of an eight-year-old girl being raped and dumped by the roadside in Angul district was also raised.House adjourned Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the House several times during the pre- and post-lunch sessions.Leader of the Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik alleged that despite the Patnaik government being in power for five terms, the law and order situation had not improved and minor girls continued to face sexual assaults on a regular basis in the State.“Although there is an increase in crimes against minors, the State government is keeping mum. The government should inform the House about the steps being taken to stop them,” he said.Senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra said: “The CM had said that the law and order situation was normal and satisfactory. According to information submitted to the Supreme Court, 1,005 minor girls were raped within the first six months of this year.”On Saturday, the Assembly was informed that more than 5,000 girl children have gone missing in the State in the past four years. Furnishing records of the State Crime Branch, Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu said as many as 5,028 girl children were reported missing between January 2016 and March 2019. Of these, only 2,370 have been traced which means the whereabouts of more than half of them are not known. In 2016, as many as 1,291 girls had gone missing while 1,360 were reported missing in 2017. Last year, the number of missing girls increased to 1,875, registering a 37.86% jump.In the first three months of the current year, 502 girls have already been reported missing. The State police have managed to trace only 79. The average number per month of missing girls has gone up to 167 this year from 125 between 2016 and 2018.Khordha district reported 432 missing girls in four years, followed by 412 and 409 in Cuttack and Mayurbhanj districts respectively. Compared to girl children, missing of 1,551 boys has been reported during the same four year period and 933 have been traced, that constitute 60.15%.last_img read more

Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo

first_imgUnfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles converted 11 of their three-point attempts.Still, Alejandro doesn’t care much for the numbers and instead would look at the intangibles.“For me as long as I see them fighting, not giving up that is fine with me,” said Alejandro.And even with NU staying at the sixth seed with a 3-6 record, Alejandro said there’s no panic in the team and that they can still turn their fortunes around in their remaining five games.“There’s no panic, and we have to work about it,” said Alejandro who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. “As long as we play this kind of game we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.National University’s veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn’t help but applaud his teammates’ efforts.“I’m still okay, and we fought earlier,” said Alejandro. “It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I’m still proud of my teammates because I saw that they really fought hard.”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 shutoutThe Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, when they trailed the Blue Eagles 67-65, when Ateneo managed to outscore them 18-7 in the final period.And although there was a huge disparity between the two teams in the fourth, NU was able to prevent Ateneo’s inside scoring. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

India stroll into semi-finals with rout of South Africa

first_imgPublished on kohli   –  Reuters SHARE June 11, 2017 kohli   –  Reuters COMMENT Don’t think we need to change anything for final: Kohli ×center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL null RELATED India crushed South Africa by eight wickets on Sunday to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals and knock the world’s top-ranked team out of the tournament.South Africa crumbled from 116 for one to 191 all out in good batting conditions at The Oval before Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76 not out) shared a fluent partnership of 128 to lead India to victory with 12 overs to spare.The defending champions followed hosts England and Bangladesh into the last four and they will be joined by the winners of Monday’s final Group B game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.“Our bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed it up. It was a complete performance in the field — we grabbed the chances that came our way,” captain Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.“The guys really stepped up with their intensity.”South Africa started cautiously after being sent in to bat as Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock added 76 for the first wicket without undue alarm.Amla raised the tempo with a six over mid-wicket but, on 35, he tried to cut spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and nicked a sharp catch to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.South Africa were 94 for one after 20 overs and De Kock reached a tidy half-century off 68 balls before he was deceived by spinner Ravindra Jadeja and bowled for 53.SELF-DESTRUCTSouth Africa then pressed the self-destruct button with two run-outs in quick succession.Captain AB de Villiers, on 16, perished trying to pinch a quick single and David Miller (one) was dismissed in farcical circumstances with both batsmen stranded at the same end to leave South Africa struggling at 142 for four.Their hopes of a substantial total rested on the shoulders of Faf du Plessis but his scratchy knock of 36 ended when he dragged a ball from medium-pacer Hardik Pandya on to his stumps.Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel soon joined him back in the pavilion and the innings petered out in the 45th over when Imran Tahir became the third run-out victim.India began their reply positively and both openers had struck sixes before Rohit Sharma drove loosely at Morkel and was caught by wicketkeeper De Kock for 12.Kohli joined Dhawan and after surviving hostile spells from Morkel and Rabada the pair started to play with more freedom.Dhawan crunched Morris over mid-on for his eighth four to reach his 50 and the left-hander played some brutal strokes before he skied Tahir to Du Plessis at long-off.Kohli remained in total control, however, and Yuvraj Singh hoisted JP Duminy over mid-wicket for a huge six to complete the most comfortable of wins for his team.“It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament,” De Villiers said. “It’s disappointing, but credit to them. They put a lot of pressure on us.“We got something nice going until the run-outs which cost us highly today. We just came unstuck against a better team.” ( cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

Brand Sindhu sets sports endorsement market abuzz

first_imgEvery Olympic cycle throws up new heroes. With PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik being the only two medal winners in Rio 2016, they have occupied the Indian sports’ mindspace.But that’s till the Olympics fever lasted. Cricket eventually took over and India taking on a lowly New Zealand side has begun attracting eye balls. For Indian sport it’s business as usual.For all of Sakshi’s brilliance to win India’s first medal at Rio, the only other televised event she next gets to compete in before Tokyo 2020 will be the Asian and Commonwealth games. For brands looking for ambassadors, the limited visibility factor is a big let down.Unlike Sakshi though, PV Sindhu’s sport has greater appeal. Most international badminton tournaments are now telecast and with age on her side, most brand managers are backing the Hyderabadi girl to last the distance.Sindhu is in line to be the darling of the endorsement bazaar and on Cloud Nine, quite literally.Her brand managers have been working behind the scenes for the month following Rio and in talks with nine brands to have Sindhu as brand ambassador. Half of the deals are already sealed. Bank of Baroda who had Rahul Dravid as a brand ambassador in the past have signed up Sindhu and so have Vizag steel.Sindhu’s backroom team look at the unprecedented brand interest around her as an opportunity to establish her as a leader in the sports endorsement market in the non cricket space.”She is already there having achieved Olympic success early in her career and she can go much further. There has been great interest but we have gone quite slow. The key is to ensure that the brand is good and should match Sindhu’s values and it should be a long term deal,” says Ramkrishnan R, co-founder Baseline Ventures who manage Sindhu.advertisementHaving grown under the shadow of the pioneering performer Sania Nehwal, Sindhu had merely two modest deals before the medal happened. Her managers are now targeting around 10 brands a year with valuations in a crore plus range and an emphasis on multi year deals.The market has been abuzz with a rumoured 50 crores value targeted for Sindhu. She could be a trail blazer if she lives up to these numbers. “We haven’t given out these numbers but the valuations are deserving of her talent and potential,” Ramkrishnan says.Sindhu shared stage with the big and mighty of Indian sport at the ISL launch, while the magical Rajnikant was the chosen one in the past. Sindhu’s social media space is full of her photographs with bollywood personalities and cricketers. A stylist now helps takes care of her off field image makeover.Sindhu may soon occupy our tv advertisement space with Sania Mirza and Sania Nehwal the only two other money spinners in the non cricket space.Given her giant killer instincts, performance and fitness permitting, Sindhu could easily compete in two more Olympic cycles. These are dynamics very well understood by brands. The newest poster girl of Indian badminton has the potential to go where few non cricket sportsmen in India have.last_img read more


first_imgHundreds of women from the area gathered in South Sioux City today for the 19th annual United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch.Paralympic gold medalist and ESPN commentator Victoria Arlen keynoted the event.Arlen overcame physical adversity to achieve remarkable success.At age 11 she came down with a rare viral disease which she battled for five years – four of which she spent in a vegetative state.That disease left her without the use of her legs for almost a decade.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….a testimony. :11Having been a lifelong swimmer and athlete, Arlen never gave up hope of competing in the Olympics and in spring of 2012 she qualified for the London Paralympic Games.She won a Gold and three Silver Medals and later went on to perform on “Dancing With The Stars”:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….keep going. :15Heather Hennings of the Siouxland United Way says the Women’s Power Lunch also raises money for scholarships for single parents:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………bettering their futures. :14Around 1200 people attended the event at the Delta Hotels Center.last_img read more

25 days agoJohn McGinn: Aston Villa punished for lack of experience

first_imgJohn McGinn: Aston Villa punished for lack of experienceby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn McGinn says Aston Villa were punished for a lack of experience in Saturday’s draw with Burnley.The hosts blew their one-goal lead twice in the 2-2 result at Villa Park.McGinn said: “We didn’t manage the game properly and we got punished.”I know we are inexperienced at this level a lot of us but we are learning the hard way.”It is painful, you want to win. It doesn’t matter the level whether it is League Two or anywhere, you want to win games.If you have just scored it is so important, everyone knows you are vulnerable.”But we concede and it is a kick in the teeth because it is a game we deserve to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Encourages Participation in Voluntary Planning Process

first_imgHow can government better manage the environmental, business and recreational benefits of Nova Scotia’s forest and mineral resources? How can wildlife be better incorporated in our plans for urban development? Can Nova Scotia’s provincial parks do a better job satisfying tourists and locals? These are the kinds of tough questions that are expected to be discussed when public consultations begin in January about the province’s natural resources. “We need to seriously weigh options and fully discuss the long-term ramifications of all the possible directions that government might take when it comes to management of our natural resources,” Natural Resources Minister David Morse said today, Sept. 13. Mr. Morse said the strategy development is part of government’s overall path to build a strong, competitive economy while working to ensure the sustainability of our natural assets. But, he said, all Nova Scotians play a critical role. “That is why I am so pleased to see that Voluntary Planning has taken the first step in its independent public assessment process by advertising for volunteers for the project committee.” The Department of Natural Resources announced in May that Voluntary Planning would lead a full year of independent consultations on the province’s minerals, forests, provincial parks, and on the interaction among and within plant and animal species in our ecosystem (biodiversity). In a news release on Wednesday, Sept. 5, and in newspaper advertisements, Voluntary Planning announced that it is seeking volunteers for the committee that will oversee that online and community consultation process. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1. The Voluntary Planning consultations are phase one in a three-part plan being used by the Department of Natural Resources to develop a new long-term strategy for minerals, forests, provincial parks and biodiversity. In phase two, a panel of independent experts will conduct more detailed analysis of the findings identified by the Voluntary Planning project committee through the consultation process. Phase three will be development of the long-term strategy itself using the various inputs from the two first years. “This first phase is crucial. It will identify the foundation on which we can build a better plan. That is why we asked Voluntary Planning to lead the consultation process, so it is completely open to all perspectives,” said Mr. Morse. “I just want to emphasize how important it is that anyone with an interest in the future of this province’s natural resources be ready to participate, either now, by volunteering for the project committee, or later, by providing their input during consultations.” For information on the Voluntary Planing project committee see the website at .last_img read more

Drownings spur Winnipeg schools to teach swimming water safety

first_imgWINNIPEG – Mark Wasyliw knew something had to be done after two children drowned at a Lake Winnipeg beach in 2016.“This hit me very personally. The students were around the age of my children,” said the trustee with the Winnipeg School Division, where David Medina, 12, and Jhonalyn Javier, 11, were students.Their families had recently arrived in Canada from the Philippines.Wasyliw’s school division, Manitoba’s largest, and the city of Winnipeg announced a pilot program Wednesday to incorporate water safety education into the curriculum. The Swimming Counts program includes three 40-minute sessions in the pool as one hour of classroom time.About 2,300 Grade 4 students from 59 schools are to take the course between this month and June. It’s hoped it will become a permanent fixture and spread to more schools.The program was designed with help from the Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society.“It is a basic set of skills which will arm a student with enough knowledge to basically keep themselves alive until help gets there,” said Wasyliw.Soon after the 2016 drownings at Grand Beach, Wasyliw learned that newcomers to Canada and Indigenous youth — two groups highly represented in his school division — are most at risk of water-related accidents.“We deal with a lot of poverty issues in the Winnipeg School Division,” he said. “Many of our students can’t afford swimming lessons or never leave the inner city.”The program would cost $63,000 a year, which Wasyliw said works out to $30 a student and a small fraction of the school division’s $408-million budget.“It’s money well invested,” said Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, who chairs the city’s protection, community services and parks committee. “I think this program will be extremely successful and it will save lives.”Pagtakhan’s family came to Canada from the Philippines when he was a toddler. He said his parents had a lot on their minds at the time and enrolling their kids in swimming lessons wasn’t at the top of the list.“It was basically survival, learn the language, bring the kids to school and get a house.”Schools are the “great equalizer” when it comes to making sure everyone has the skills needed to stay safe, said Shelley Dalke, director of the Canadian Red Cross’s swimming and water safety program.“We need to start taking a look at it as fundamental skills and knowledge that anyone in Canada needs to have.”Christopher Love with the Lifesaving Society said water safety education offered in schools across Canada varies. Sometimes it’s up to the province and sometimes it’s up to local school divisions.In Ontario and Nova Scotia, the society’s Swim to Survive training has been taught to more than 80 per cent of students in Grades 3 and 4.The Swim to Survive standard requires children to be able to forward-roll into the water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres without stopping. His group believes that if every child in Canada could master those three skills, drowning deaths would be cut by as much as 70 per cent.Swim to Survive elements will be incorporated into the Winnipeg program, but Love said instructors may have to tailor their classes for kids who have never been in the water before.“We would love to see the Swim to Survive standard being used in all schools across the country for that Grade 3-4 age group,” he said.“It’s going to take constant reinforcement and getting into every single school over multiple years.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

UN needed more than ever in todays globalized world Annan says in

Delivering the keynote address at the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, the Secretary-General pointed out that when the UN was founded in 1945, it was assumed that any threat to world order would come from war by one State against another. “What keeps people awake at night now,” he said, “is the fear of what might be done by a handful of fanatics – perhaps armed only with box-cutters, like those who attacked the United States last September.”Even the best-organized countries were not finding globalization easy to manage, he observed. Security challenges, which encompassed economic, physical, environmental and psychological components, could make even a strong State look weak. For example, population movements bring people from different cultural backgrounds into formerly stable communities, prompting questions about how inclusive a nation should be, and what its identity should be based on.In the age of globalization, many challenges required a global response, Mr. Annan stressed. “What is needed is a kind of ladder of institutions, rising through many steps from the village or district council to the United Nations itself,” he said. “Through these institutions, individuals must be able to express their many different identities, and link up with each other in an emerging world community.””Just as States remain relevant and necessary at the national level, so the United Nations and its Charter are more relevant than ever at the global level,” he emphasized. “Fundamental principles enshrined in the Charter – sovereign equality, good faith, and the peaceful settlement of disputes – must form the core of any viable international community.”Mr. Annan, who studied at the Institute in the early 1960s, today received an honorary doctorate from the school.Also today, the Secretary-General met with his Special Envoy for Myanmar, Ismail Razali, as well as his Special Adviser on Sports for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi. In addition, he held a private meeting with Switzerland’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Deiss. read more

Bombardier ends CSeries order drought with upgraded interest from airBaltic

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier has ended a five-month sales drought for its CSeries passenger jet with two deals in as many days for the new aircraft.The company announced Thursday a firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft from airBaltic, plus an option to buy an additional 10 planes,The Latvian airline’s firm order, which is a conversion from a letter of intent announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, has a list value of US$764 million, but could be worth up to US$1.57 billion if all the options are exercised.On Wednesday, Bombardier said an unidentified airline based in the Americas signed a letter of intent to up 30 CS100 CSeries planes, worth up to US$2.08 billion.AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said Thursday it firmed up its interest in the CSeries following an analysis of the plane and its rivals.“A modern and efficient fleet is one of the fundamentals of the airline business, and this order is a progressive and exciting move forward for us,” he said in a news release.The airline is moving to an all-Bombardier fleet as it replaces older aircraft with more environmentally friendly planes. It also plans to add more Q400s to its fleet of eight turboprops.AirBaltic serves 60 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East from its base in the Latvian capital of Riga.“Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative airlines, airBaltic demonstrates the growing demand and need for unmatched technologies, operational flexibility and efficiencies,” stated Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.As of Sept. 30, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 352 CSeries aircraft from 14 customers, including firm orders for 138 CSeries airliners from 10 customers.The firm order and letter of intent this week marked the first announced commitment for the Cseries since July, when airBaltic signed a letter of intent and an unnamed buyer placed a conditional order for five CS100 and 10 of the larger CS300 aircraft, valued at about US$1 billion.Bombardier recently delayed the launch of the smaller CSeries aircraft to June 2014, followed by the larger 110- to 149-seat CS300 by December 2014.The company said the wings for the first CSeries flight test aircraft are being joined to the fuselage at the company’s final assembly plant in Mirabel, Que, after having arrived from Bombardier Aerospace Belfast.It said assembly was progressing smoothly ahead of the first flight scheduled for the end of June.Evan Mann, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit, said the announcements were positive given Bombardier’s goal of obtaining 300 orders by the time the CSeries enters into service.He had previously raised concerns about the CSeries delay.“Although this schedule change won’t increase project costs, it will extend the company’s negative free cash flow generation and we were concerned it would make it more difficult to secure new CSeries orders over the near term,” he wrote in a report.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained eight cents, or 2.24 per cent, at C$3.65 in midday trading. Bombardier ends CSeries order drought with upgraded interest from airBaltic by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 12:28 pm MDT read more

Amidst new challenges Geneva Conventions mark 70 years of limiting brutality during

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the treaty, comprised of four Conventions and three Additional Protocols, established the modern, international legal standards for humanitarian treatment during times of war. They were agreed on 12 August 1949, and with some exceptions, ratified by 196 countries around the world.“As they are ratified and acceded by almost every State of the world, the principles and legal norms enshrined in these Conventions are also recognized as customary international humanitarian law [IHL] and are universally applicable”, said Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, speaking for his nation which holds the Presidency of the Council for August. “This is a rare quality for any multilateral treaty”. Among other things, the Conventions established protections for vulnerable groups in armed conflict, namely the wounded and sick; prisoners of war; and civilians, including civilians living under occupation. Because Poland has been “painfully affected by consequences of other States’ failures to comply with international agreements” and in conjunction with its “sense of responsibility” to maintain international peace and security, Mr. Czaputowicz said that strengthening international law has always been important to his country. “The greatest challenge to protecting human life in modem conflict is observance of and respect for the existing rules by the armed forces and non-State armed groups”, he asserted. “If existing rules were followed, much of the human suffering in contemporary armed conflicts would not occur”.Poland’s top diplomat also pointed to new threats that demand practices and policy consistent with international humanitarian law. “Artificial intelligence and autonomous weapon systems, such as military robots and cyber-weapons, reduce the role and control of human factors during wartime”, he continued. Moreover, the general rules of IHL prohibiting indiscriminate and inhumane weapons, “are being violated”.Two IHL principles under the Geneva Conventions that deserve particular attention, according to Mr. Czaputowicz, are “the obligation to protect civilians, prisoners of war, the wounded and shipwrecked” as well as “limitations to the rights of parties to an armed conflict on how they conduct operations and on their choice of weapons”. “The Conventions show us what is possible when States take collective and individual action to uphold the law and humanitarian principles”, he said.Noting that “every single day” international humanitarian law is at work saving lives and protecting women, men and children in conflicts, he highlighted that while “we rightly hear about the violations because the consequences are tragic and visible”, we must also “recognize the protective power and positive impacts when IHL is respected”.The ICRC chief painted a picture of IHL in action, when the wounded and sick are evacuated to safety; the detained are treated with dignity; the fate of missing people is clarified; and humanitarian assistance is delivered across lines.“The impacts of IHL are also shown through acts of restraint, when horrors are not inflicted – civilian areas are spared from direct shelling, medical workers are able to freely operate without threat or targeting”, he added.Continued violations do not mean the law is inadequate, but rather that efforts to ensure respect are inadequate, he flagged, urging “we can – and must – do more”.The world must not forget that “the Geneva Conventions represent a line of our common humanity, and they shield us from our own barbarity”, underscored Mr. Maurer.Full coverage of the commemorationsFor full coverage of the day inside the Security Council, including statements from numerous national representatives, including Foreign Ministers and UN Ambassadors, you can go here, to the UN Meetings Coverage section report on the proceedings. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, addresses the Security Council meeting on the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security. (August 2019) The increasing role of non-State actors and IHL legal loopholes are “the new reality of modem conflict”, he spelled out, bemoaning that they hinder international humanitarian law “in many ways”.“International humanitarian principles are under pressure” and “the complexity of new challenges impedes the process of classification of conflict situations and makes it difficult to determine the exact rules that may be applied”, he elaborated.‘Historic moment for humanity’According to UN Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares, the four Conventions are “at the core” of IHL.Noting that the first three conventions “were by no means completely novel at the time”, he singled out the Fourth Convention as being “the first treaty that was specifically dedicated to the protection of civilian persons in time of war”.Mr. Soares also drew attention to Article 3, the provision on basic rules governing the humane treatment of people not involved in hostilities, including soldiers who have laid down their arms, those wounded or in detention, as well as civilians.Calling the inclusion of Article 3 “a historic moment for humanity”, he said it was the first instance in which non-international armed conflicts were regulated by a multilateral treaty. The significance is augmented by the fact that the Geneva Conventions are now universally adhered to.,Conventions show ‘what is possible’For his part, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), maintained that the Geneva Conventions represent “one of the greatest achievements of inter-State cooperation” and “symbolize our enduring and common humanity”.The Geneva Conventions are for all of us – they represent a line of our common humanity, and they shield us from our own barbarity.#GC70My full remarks to the #UNSC on the 70th anniversary— Peter Maurer (@PMaurerICRC) August 13, 2019 read more

Baylor gets bowl eligible with 3524 win over Texas Tech

ARLINGTON, Texas — Charlie Brewer threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns and ran for a score as Baylor beat Texas Tech 35-24 in the regular season finale Saturday to get bowl eligible a year after winning only one game.Brewer, who was 22-of-30 passing, put Baylor (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) ahead to stay with a 1-yard keeper less than two minutes into the second half.The Red Raiders (5-7, 3-6) ended their third consecutive losing season with lingering questions about the future of coach Kliff Kingsbury, their former quarterback who is 35-40 in six seasons as head coach — 19-35 in Big 12 games. They lost their last five games.After Tech had three consecutive incompletions on its first possession after halftime, the Bears drove for John Lovett’s 3-yard TD run that made it 28-17. Lovett ran 28 times for 125 yards.Still-gimpy McLane Carter, making his first start at quarterback for Texas Tech since an ankle injury in the first half of the season opener, was 21-of-37 passing for 247 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the fourth quarter.Carter was grimacing and walking gingerly after getting sacked on the opening drive on the game right before hitting Ja’Deion High for a 54-yard TD pass.Soon after that, Carter left the field with a trainer but never missed a play after Baylor used more than 9 minutes on its opening 19-play drive that ended with the first of two TD catches by Denzel Mims.True freshman Alan Bowman was the nation’s top passer early in the season after replacing Carter but is sidelined for the second time because of a partially deflated lung. Dual-threat Jett Duffey, who had 524 total yards in a near-upset of Texas two weeks ago, also missed the finale because of knee and foot issues.THE TAKEAWAYBaylor: The Bears entered this season with 17 losses their previous 19 games. One of those wins in the Cactus Bowl two seasons ago to end a six-game losing streak. They bounced back from a disappointing 16-9 loss to TCU a week ago, when they were trying to get bowl eligible in the home finale for 10 fifth-year seniors who remained through a sexual assault scandal that rocked the school more than two years ago. Baylor was 1-11 in coach Matt Rhule’s debut last season.Texas Tech: The last winning season for the Red Raiders was 7-6 in 2015, and their only other winning season under Kingsbury was 8-5 in his 2013 debut season that started with seven consecutive wins.UP NEXTBaylor: Wait to find out what bowl game the Bears will play in.Texas Tech: Season over, 2019 opener is Aug. 31 at home against Montana State.___More AP college football: and Hawkins, The Associated Press read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State – UCLA preview Ball and Bruins fastpaced offense

Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) goes up for a shot against UConn’s Steven Enoch (13) on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCollege basketball is a sport where any given team can beat any other team on any given day. Ohio State is no stranger to this phenomena. One of the most illogical instances would be when four-loss OSU beat then-No. 4 Kentucky last season in the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn. On Saturday, the Buckeyes will attempt to upset No. 2 UCLA in Las Vegas in the third season of the event.The victory over the Wildcats last year was one reason OSU stayed around the NCAA tournament talk until the Big Ten tournament in March. An inexperienced Buckeye team that had underachieved all year was suddenly making any open shot, locking down on interior defense and rebounding the basketball. A win against the second-ranked Bruins (11-0) for the Buckeyes (8-2) might not be as surprising as the Kentucky win, but it would be a shock nonetheless.“It’s a completely different team that we have this year from last year. But one of the key points facing UCLA is we’re going to have to have that same mentality,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “Everybody is going to have to be on the same page and we’re going to have to play our hardest for 40 minutes.”UCLA has six scorers averaging 10-plus points per game and coach Steve Alford’s team ranks first in the country averaging 97.9 points per game, 100.3 in the last three games. The Bruins are led by do-it-all guard Lonzo Ball, who reminds OSU coach Thad Matta of a point guard he had a few years ago.“Someone asked me about him in comparison to D’Angelo (Russell) and there are some similarities there,” Matta said. “He can beat you by scoring, he can beat you by passing. As we did with D’Angelo, they move him around to a lot of different spots. He does a great job of making that team go.”Listed at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds, Ball is averaging 14.8 points, 8.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the country in assists.In the Bruins’ win over Kentucky earlier this year, Ball was one of five players who had at least 14 points. Ball is without question the straw that stirs the drink, but the bread and butter of UCLA’s high-powered offense is its ability to score in transition and get open looks from 3-point territory.The Bruins attempt nearly 25 3s per game compared to OSU’s 19.4. UCLA also ranks first in 3-point percentage, shooting over 45 percent from distance, and first in the country in offensive efficiency. KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency, which measures offensive efficiency per 100 possessions, ranks UCLA third.OSU has had trouble with turnovers in several games this year. In its two-point loss to then-No. 6 Virginia, the Buckeyes had 20 turnovers. In its last game against Connecticut, OSU had only six turnovers compared to its average of more than 13 per game. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said that maximizing possessions versus the Bruins is one of several factors needed to pull an upset.“Basketball is a mistake game,” he said. “You’re going to have turnovers. It’s going to happen. It’s just focusing on the bad ones like throwing them into traffic. We try not to have a lot of them.”Since injuring his ankle in the Providence game in mid-November, Bates-Diop has played in just the last two games, averaging 18 minutes. Matta said that he doesn’t think the junior from Normal, Illinois is 100 percent not just because of his ankle injury, but because of how much time he has missed which hasn’t allowed him to get into the shape other players are in.Bates-Diop had a stress fracture in his left shin before the season, which sidelined him for a few weeks. For now, he will likely continue playing around half the game and coming off the bench while redshirt junior guard Kam Williams starts in his place.Prediction: OSU is in a bit of a funk shooting the ball lately. The Buckeyes shoot only 34 percent from the perimeter, but in its last three games, OSU is shooting at a clip of just over 19 percent. Only eight other teams, currently, have shot a worse percentage over that span.That being said, UCLA is not one of the most stellar defensive teams. Its opponents are shooting over 36 percent from 3 and allow 74.6 points per game. Expect OSU to get out of its shooting slump with Williams leading the charge and finding his stroke from deep again.However, UCLA is going to continue its strategy of relying on its offense to outscore the opposition without locking down on the defensive end. Don’t be surprised if OSU can lock down UCLA on a few possession, but the Buckeyes might struggle turning the ball over which allows UCLA to execute in transition.Final score: UCLA 94, OSU 80 read more

Woman robbed after leaving city bank

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman robbed by gunman after withdrawing money from BankFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime”Man shot, woman robbed $1M as trailing bandits strikeJanuary 19, 2017In “Crime”Suspect in armed robbery of businesswoman confesses, implicates othersMay 10, 2018In “Crime” A woman was reportedly relieved of a bag containing $100,000 and other items while at the intersection at Main and Lamaha Streets, Georgetown earlier today.Based on information reaching Inews, the woman had finished a transaction at a commercial bank in the area and was going about her business when the car in which she was travelling was intercepted by a new model Premio Motorcar.One of the occupants of the motorcar reportedly exited the vehicle and brandished a handgun at the woman during which he ordered her to hand over the bag containing the money.He subsequently reached into the car and grabbed the bag containing the money, phone and important documents before rejoining the getaway car which sped off the scene.  The police are investigating the robbery. read more

Drugged Up Jedi Gets Prison Sentence for Beating

first_imgA 36-year-old Bucks County, Pennsylvania resident was sentenced to eight to 20 years in jail for a beating. The judge reportedly gasped upon seeing images of the victim. The man was high on prescription drugs. When the police arrived, he told them that he was Obi-Wan Kenobi.The man, Milan Marinkovic, apparently doesn’t remember the incident. He told the press, “I woke up in a holding cell at the police station,” his mind a blank. When police arrived at the scene, the faux-Jedi master was standing above Sean Delp, his 30-year-old victim. AdChoices广告Delp says that Marinkovic approached him in a parking lot, seemingly unprovoked. Marinkovic choked him, punched him, elbowed his face, and finally stopped on his head, rendering him unconscious.“I hope one day that he can function in society without waking up with blood on his hands, but I don’t know when that will be,” Delp told the press.Upon viewing the images, the judge told Marinkovic, “”This is, without a doubt, the worst case I’ve ever seen involving a beating that did not result in death. This was absolutely an attempt on your part to kill this man.”So much for the Jedi mind trick.last_img read more

Sylvania HD1Z 720p HD 39 at Woot

first_imgWoot has some pretty odd talk about the whole Julian Assange / WikiLeaks/ DDoS / MasterCard thing. A preemptive strike (or plea, rather) against the folks in Operation Payback who might attempt to take down the deal site once it’s down with Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Amazon, et. al. Don’t worry Woot, you’re probably fine.The site also has a super-good deal on a shiny new HD camcorder. You can pick up the Sylvania HD1Z for $39, if you direct your browser on over there. The camcorder shoots video in 720p at 30 frames a second. It has HDMI out, 4x digital zoom, an SD card slot (which is nice, seeing as how the thing only has 46MB of memory built-in0, and a built-in speaker and mic.AdChoices广告You can also shoot still with the thing and upload it instantly to YouTube and Facebook. No official word yet from the White House regarding the deal.last_img read more