Keeping Score of What You Are Getting Right

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Business is not difficult for you. Business is difficult for everyone. There are systemic challenges in every industry that challenge the best of people in the best of companies without ever being fully resolved. These systemic challenged treat all companies the same, the airlines being the best example, as none of them are free from delays caused weather, unexpected maintenance, or poor dining experiences. Your business has it’s own set of challenges, and it’s easy to believe you are not doing as well as others.You are getting an A. Maybe a B.Even though there are problems every day, you are probably not broken. It’s more likely you are an A or a B. Maybe 97% of what you do every day works perfectly fine, with 3% of what you are doing being woefully inadequate or failing completely. A 92% is still an A. An 85% is a B, which leaves plenty of room for improvement, but isn’t a failing grade.Businesses that get a failing grade don’t tend to last long because there are far too many choices available to customers and clients. That low of a grade will cause people to walk across the street.Leaders Deal with ProblemsThe reason so many leaders and managers and supervisors tend to see things worse than they are is because their days are consumed with the 3% or 8% or 12% of the things that are problems. They don’t have to work on what’s going well because it doesn’t require their attention. In some cases, that makes successes something close to invisible; you don’t see them, so they don’t capture your attention.If you are going to keep score, you need to do so in a way that is fair and honest and not something that is going to make you or others negative or cynical. Take credit for what’s working well and remember that every business has some percentage of their work that is subject to error, much of it due to the systemic challenges in their business—just like you.last_img read more

Negative Friction and Positive Friction

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In the past, I have written about what I believe to be the two strategies for business that are pulling in opposite directions. The first strategy I call super-transactional, as it seeks to eliminate friction, making it easier for customers to transact (think, Uber, AirB2B, etc.). The second strategy we might call super-relational, leveraging trust, personal care, and some form of customization.There are two categories of friction when it comes to clients and customers, negative friction and positive friction. It is a mistake to confuse them or apply one to the other.Negative FrictionFriction is the idea that you are difficult to do business with, that you make it difficult to transact, that more is required than should be necessary, and that the experience isn’t good. The worse your experience, the less likely you are to continue to buy from companies that create enough friction to drive you to seek other options.I’ve been writing about the difference between transactional and complex sales, describing the complex as low frequency-high significance decisions, and transactional as high frequency-low significance. When you buy something repeatedly with little importance and no real risk, removing the friction creates a better experience and preference to buy from you.Technology has enabled the reduction—or in some cases, the elimination—of friction (The number of physical books in my library and on my Kindle attests to this fact). Because the model is effective, many in business have conflated all friction to the negative, believing they should eliminate friction. This decision ignores the value of positive friction.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Positive FrictionIn a super-relational, strategic relationship where human beings need to work closely to solve problems and generate results together, friction is positive. Meetings are friction, which is why much is written about the amount of time wasted in poor meetings. Perhaps it because of the Digital Age in which we find ourselves, little is written about how face-to-face meetings and a physical presence creates positive friction, the deepening of relationships and the engendering of trust.Conversations to understand what clients need, especially the conversations that include multiple stakeholders with different or competing perspectives, are another form of friction. The friction created by competing perspectives and working through to some reasonable consensus is the benefit of that friction.Would it be easier to send a survey to see how you are doing? Would an email accomplish the same goal without interrupting your busy client? While these choices might end a bit of friction, the positive friction that comes from a phone call is that it proves caring and high touch. The lower friction suggests transaction.It is a mistake to try to reduce friction when it is positive, just as it is a mistake not to remove it when it is negative.last_img read more

Honor View 20 will be available via Reliance Digital and My Jio stores from February 6

first_imgHonor launched the Honor View 20 flagship smartphone in India earlier this week. During the launch, the company announced that the View 20 will be available online Amazon India and Honor’s website, and will also go on sale offline in February. The View 20 is available for purchase online now, but customers who want to buy the flagship offline will have to wait until February 6. Honor has announced an exclusive tie-up with Reliance Digital to sell the View 20 offline.The company announced on Thursday that it has entered into an exclusive offline partnership with Reliance Digital for the View 20. Starting Wednesday, February 6, the View 20 will be available in Reliance Digital and My Jio stores across India. Additionally, the company also announced that there will be no price difference between offline and online channels. This means the View 20 will be available at Rs 37,999 for the base model and Rs 45,999 for the top-end variant via offline stores.”At Honor, we are committed to delivering the best of technologies to our customers at affordable price points. In line with our commitment, the partnership with Reliance enables us to reach a larger audience. Further, this partnership allows the end-customer to experience firsthand the Honor View 20 smartphone at Reliance Digital and My Jio stores across India and enables them to make an informed choice. We are confident that the end-customer will benefit from this tie-up,” said Suhail Tariq, CMO – Huawei Consumer Business Group. The Honor View 20 is the company’s first smartphone to come with a hole-punch display. The hole in the display houses a 25MP camera and allows for a large screen real estate. The View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310×1080) AllView display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process and comes with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0.advertisementHonor is offering the View 20 in two variants – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. This is also the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor on the back. The Kirin 980 chipset will offer a 48MP AI HDR mode to offer high definition images. There is a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board that can be used to obtain depth information.The View 20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W Huawei Super Charge technology. The flagship ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top. You can read our review of the Honor View 20 to find out whether the phone has what it takes to take on the OnePlus 6T in this price segment.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 review: The flagship Honor is a hole lot of funlast_img read more

Report: Monaco 2 Montpellier 0

first_imgMonaco 2 Montpellier 0: VAR intervenes but Falcao’s brace decisive Iain Strachan 06:02 2/1/18 Monaco - cropped AFP Monaco were denied a penalty and a goal at home to Montpellier, but still recorded a 2-0 win to reach the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. Radamel Falcao scored a brace as Monaco defeated Montpellier 2-0 on Wednesday to book a Coupe de la Ligue final against Paris Saint-Germain.The Colombia international was on target twice in the first half of the semi-final at Stade Louis II, where Montpellier struggled to respond, despite twice benefiting from the intervention of the video assistant referee (VAR) system.Holders PSG overcame Rennes 3-2 a day earlier, and this result set up a decider between Ligue 1’s reigning champions Monaco and the runaway leaders from the capital in Bordeaux on March 31.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Even if they do spring a surprise in a rematch of last season’s showpiece, success in France’s secondary domestic knockout competition would be small consolation for a Monaco side who are fourth in the table, trailing PSG by 12 points after being stripped of several key players who were crucial to last term’s unexpected title triumph. Au terme d’un match totalement maîtrisé, l’AS Monaco se qualifie pour la finale de @CoupedelaLigue face au @PSG_inside qui aura lieu le samedi 31 mars au Matmut Atlantique ! (2-0) #ASMMHSC15′ & 28′ @Falcao— AS Monaco 🇨 (@AS_Monaco) January 31, 2018Monaco deservedly opened the scoring in the 15th minute, when Djibril Sidibe charged into the box and went down under a challenge. Falcao was well placed to take possession, setting himself before flicking the ball up neatly and picking out the bottom corner with a firm, low strike. Three minutes after opening the scoring, Leonardo Jardim’s men were denied a penalty when Stevan Jovetic went down after being challenged by goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte inside the area. Match official Amaury Delerue pointed to the spot but then consulted the VAR system and overturned his initial decision, affording Montpellier a lifeline.The hosts did make it 2-0 in the 29th minute, though, Falcao arriving at the back post to meet Rony Lopes’ delivery across the face of goal from the left and steer the ball into the roof of the net with a side-footed finish from close range. Lopes had a goal chalked off with 25 minutes to go when Falcao was shown to be occupying an offside position during the build-up to the strike, but that did not prevent the home team from securing a straightforward victory. read morelast_img read more

9 months agoBayern Munich chief Salihamidzic confirms talks for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic confirms talks for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed interest in Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Bayern are prepared to meet Lucas’ buyout clause to the tune of €85m.However, Salihamidzic says any deal won’t happen until the end of the season.”We have already had conversations and there will be more,” he confirmed. “But him arriving in the winter is not realistic.” last_img read more

Kyler Murray Isn’t Starting For Oklahoma Today: Here’s Why

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, one of the best quarterbacks in college football through the first four weeks of the 2018 season, will not be starting under center for Oklahoma today. The Sooners are starting his backup, Austin Kendall, against Baylor this afternoon.Murray, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is being punished by head coach Lincoln Riley. This is not believed to be a serious situation, but he did enough to earn an early benching against the Bears today.Why is Murray being benched to start the game? Here’s everything we know.Rumors were swirling this morning of Murray’s potential benching, with most attributing this to a possible late arrival at practice.Dean Blevins, an Oklahoma reporter for a TV station in the state, tweeted the following:“Lotta rumors that QB Murray suspended. My sources indicate nothing major … but possibly would not start v Bay for minor violation — possibly something like late to practice. Nothing serious long term, as some suggested. Nothing confirmed.”An Oklahoma insider for 247Sports, meanwhile, said the issue is “no big deal.”From his report:“It’s basically (Lincoln) Riley and the OU staff making sure Murray understands that he abides by the same rules as the rest of the team, despite being a millionaire,” he wrote late Friday. “It’s not something that has been a repeated issue, so OU was merely nipping it in the bud before it potentially got out of hand. Punishment looks like it will be handled and OU will still have Murray tomorrow. End of story.”Murray will be missed by Oklahoma, but it doesn’t seem like the star quarterback is going to be out for too long.ESPN had more on the Murray situation:There’s been speculation since Friday that Murray wouldn’t start for unknown reasons, but Oklahoma has yet to confirm. It’s also unclear how long Kendall will play after starting the game.Murray has completed 68 percent of his passes this season for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s rushed for another three touchdowns.Murray’s QBR (95.4) is second nationally, trailing only Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Kendall, a sophomore, completed 8 of 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners’ opening 63-14 win against Florida Atlantic, but hasn’t seen action since.The dual-threat quarterback has been brilliant so far this season, throwing for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns with a completion percentage close to 70 percent.Murray, obviously, is replacing a program legend in Baker Mayfield, but he’s done such an incredible job that he’s already drawing comparisons to the Heisman Trophy winner.News of Murray’s benching was actually first reported by Austin Kendall’s mother, who announced that her son was starting in a tweet. She has since made her Twitter account private.Oklahoma and Baylor are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

HSOG Wins Major Rig Refurbishment Project by Rowan

first_img Print  Close zoom International oil and gas services specialist HS Ocean Group (HSOG) has been awarded a multi-million dollar refurbishment and upgrade of a high-specification jack-up drilling rig at its facility at Labidco Port, La Brea in Trinidad.HSOG’s La Brea facility in Trinidad is ideally placed to capture work from its surrounding countries like Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela becoming a hub for Oil and Gas related projects in the region. In addition to work gained from its Caribbean neighbours it is also ideally located to attract work on assets that are in transit from South America to North America.HSOG is using its deep water quay to deliver significant financial and time savings to Rowan Companies – a major provider of global offshore contract drilling services.The refurbishment of the Rowan Gorilla III rig should also bring a significant economic boost to Trinidad by utilising a 300-strong local workforce and local supply chain.HSOG’s innovative approach mitigates risk and reduces the overall project cost for its client, by repairing ‘in country’.This approach avoids extensive transit and downtime normally associated with delivering the asset to the traditional repair centers located in the Gulf of Mexico.HSOG’s Managing Director of Projects John Dunn is leading the experienced management team and has been collaborating with the client for several months, fully integrating and successfully delivering a detailed set of work scopes in advance of project award. This phased approach mitigates the risk of contract variations and ensures a fully aligned collaborative approach to the project.HSOG delivers offshore oil and gas projects worldwide, and has used its expertise to develop this cost-effective solution across a number of strategically located MODU service hubs worldwide. HSOG has service hubs in the UK, Trinidad, Gibraltar, South Africa, Namibia, Malta and Nigeria, reducing the transit times and overall operational costs for clients across the globe.The Gorilla III project will see a range of works being undertaken within the defined 90 day out of service period. One of the sizable scopes is the inspection, repair and refurbishment of the spud cans, while the platform is supported by a semi submersible “crutch” barge alongside. This approach allows underwater works to be completed without the use of a traditional dry dock.Other works will include leg liners, replacement shale-shaker house and a complete upgrade of the accommodation, along with significant steel, electrical and pipe replacement scopes.Lee Foster, HSOG chief operating officer, said: “Our collaborative and pioneering approach of early engagement with our client at the initial stages ensures alignment and mitigates risk through the project lifecycle.“Then taking our considerable global expertise, backed with local content to the rig in country, minimises the rig’s transit time and cost, increasing the effective days of work alongside the MODU service hub. This approach saves our clients money and allows them to undertake more work within their allowable Out of Service period.”Andy Boardman, HSOG’s chief executive officer, said: “Our aim is to provide our clients with the option of repairing their rigs where they drill, so in this case ‘Drill in Trinidad, repair in Trinidad’” – this benefits the local economy and is politically very compelling. Our efforts are very much focused upon working with our clients saving them money, mitigating risk and exceeding their project delivery expectations.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 HSOG, January 9, 2014last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, May 2———EXPEL MEREDITH, SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE SAYS: The Senate ethics committee is recommending that disgraced Sen. Don Meredith be expelled for engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl — the first such recommendation in the history of the upper chamber. It’s now up to the full Senate to decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation. “He has brought disrepute to himself and to the institution,” the committee’s recommendation reads. “Your committee is of the opinion that Sen. Meredith’s misconduct has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as a senator. His presence in the chamber would in itself discredit the institution. No lesser sanction than expulsion would repair the harm he has done to the Senate.” Meredith must be given five sitting days in which to respond to the committee report, should he wish, so a vote on his fate can’t occur before next Tuesday at the earliest.———SAJJAN PULLS OUT OF MILITARY FUNDRAISER: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has bowed out of an annual fundraising event originally set up for veterans of the war in Afghanistan, an event whose main beneficiaries include military personnel returning from combat. The embattled minister is, however, pressing ahead with a speech Wednesday to members of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, billed by his department as an update on “the state of Canadian defence.” Sajjan had been scheduled to speak at the 8th annual “To the ‘Stan and Back” event Tuesday, but founder Cheri Elliott said she was told a scheduling conflict had arisen and he would not be able to attend. Sajjan, a former soldier and veteran of the Afghan war, was back in question period Tuesday, where he again met sustained fire for having exaggerated his role in Operation Medusa, a key battle involving the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan in 2006.———CANADIAN MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY GETS 7 TONY NOMINATIONS: The married co-creators of “Come From Away” were celebrating their six-year-journey from Gander, N.L., to the bright lights of Broadway on Tuesday as their uplifting, made-in-Canada theatrical production scored seven Tony Awards nominations, including a nod for best musical. “Come From Away” is only the second Canadian-written show in the 71-year history of the Tonys to vie for best musical, following 2006’s “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which won five awards. “Come From Away” is set in Gander in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The remote East Coast town saw its population double in size as it sheltered 6,579 passengers and crew from planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed. The feel-good musical will compete against “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day: The Musical,” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” for the prestigious best musical Tony.———SIDNEY CROSBY HAS CONCUSSION, OUT FOR GAME 4: Sidney Crosby walked around the Pittsburgh Penguins practice facility on Tuesday, trying to encourage his teammates as they prepared to go forward in their increasingly caustic playoff series against Washington without their captain and the game’s most indispensable player. The Pittsburgh star is out for Wednesday’s Game 4 while recovering from yet another concussion, this one coming from being cross-checked in the head by Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen in the first period of Washington’s 3-2 overtime victory on Monday night. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby will be evaluated on a daily basis going forward. There is no timetable for the two-time MVP’s return. Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champions, lead the series 2-1, an advantage they built thanks in large part to Crosby. He scored twice in Game 1 and dished out a pair of assists in a blowout victory in Game 2 to give Pittsburgh control in a meeting of the longtime rivals who finished the regular season with the two best records in the NHL.———POLICE SAY CANADIAN WOMAN STRANGLED TO DEATH IN BELIZE: A Canadian woman and her American boyfriend who had been missing for days in Belize died of strangulation, local police said Tuesday as the pair’s friends and families were struggling to come to grips with their loss. The bodies of Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, from Georgia, were found Monday afternoon in a sugar cane field in the country’s Corozal district. Police said in a statement that DeVoursney’s body was found on top of Matus’s body, and both were in an “advanced state of decomposition.” Authorities said the deaths were being investigated as homicides. The pair had been missing since last Tuesday when they were last seen leaving a local bar around 11 p.m. Dozens of Canadian and American expats were involved in the search, scouring the beaches, waterways and the bush. Belize police Det. Zamir Noh said the bodies were discovered late Monday afternoon in a sugar cane field.———QUEBEC PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER TOURS FLOODED AREA: Quebec’s public security minister asked flood-stricken communities to be patient on Tuesday as forecasts called for more rain this week. Numerous Quebec municipalities that border streams and rivers are dealing with floods as heavy precipitation and mild temperatures have caused water levels to rise rapidly. Martin Coiteux took stock of the situation in Shawinigan, Que., about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. “I understand the situation, it’s not fun,” Coiteux said. “But we have to ask citizens to be a bit patient, because I think the next few days are not going to be days when things are going to improve right away.” Heavy rain and spring run-off have also caused some roads to wash away and sinkholes to form across the province. Two particularly hard-hit areas are Gatineau and Rigaud, just west of Montreal near the Ontario border. Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald said he fears the worst and urged residents to reinforce rather than remove the sandbags protecting their homes.———B.C. LIBERAL LEADER’S VOTER ENCOUNTER GOES VIRAL: A brief encounter between Liberal Leader Christy Clark and a woman who said she would never vote for her is continuing to reverberate in British Columbia’s election campaign. The hashtag #iamlinda has become a rallying point on Twitter for people who oppose Clark’s government. A video posted online last week shows Clark in a North Vancouver market shaking hands with a woman who introduces herself as Linda and says she would never vote for her and begins to explain why. But Clark cuts her off, saying the woman doesn’t have to vote for her because that’s why we live in a democracy, before walking away. The encounter went viral and has been shared or retweeted thousands of times on social media. Campaigning Tuesday in Merritt, Clark said the exchange is the sign of a healthy democracy because people are welcome to confront their elected leaders if they don’t agree with their policies.———SENATOR SAYS ABUSE BY STUDENTS AN ‘UNSPOKEN TRUTH’: The former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says student-on-student abuse is an “unspoken truth” of Canada’s residential school legacy — one his own inquiry was not able to delve into. Murray Sinclair, now a senator, says physical and sexual abuse among students was not about sex but was rather a means for young people to inflict violence. He says student-on-student abuse was “degrading and dehumanizing to the victims,” suggesting it likely continues to haunt them today. Sinclair also says many former victims who haven’t come terms with their abuse go on to mistreat their own children — intergenerational trauma documented in a months-long investigation by The Canadian Press. He says his commission had evidence that victims of abuse by other students waited until the last possible minute to file their legal claims for compensation because they were waiting to see if perpetrators would die so they could avoid having to confront them.———INVESTIGATOR SAYS MAN’S PRISON DEATH PREVENTABLE: The death of a man who was repeatedly pepper sprayed at a New Brunswick prison was preventable, Canada’s correctional investigator has found in a damning review that concludes unnecessary force was used. Matthew Ryan Hines, who was serving a five-year sentence at Dorchester Penitentiary for offences including robbery, died on May 26, 2015. In a report released Tuesday, Ivan Zinger said the repeated use of pepper spray at very close range appears to have contributed to Hines’s rapid onset of medical complications. Zinger found correctional staff used unnecessary physical and chemical force, even as Hines was “clearly and fully” under control by the guards, and failed to properly respond to the ensuing medical emergency. “In this case, everything that could go wrong in a use-of-force intervention went wrong,” said Zinger. He said those factors ultimately led to the 33-year-old’s death by acute asphyxia due to pulmonary edema — a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.———PHARMACIST FINED FOR BAKING POT COOKIES: A pharmacist in Cape Breton has been fired and temporarily stripped of her licence for baking marijuana cookies for a patient and packaging them in a prescription bag. The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists says it has reached a settlement agreement with JoAnne Andrews, who agreed that her actions last September amounted to professional misconduct. In a decision last week, the college says a patient gave Andrews medicinal marijuana at the pharmacy where she was practising in Sydney, N.S., and that she took it home to bake into cookies. The agreement says Andrews brought the cookies to the pharmacy for the patient to pick up, but left them in a bag when the patient didn’t show up before her shift ended on Sept. 7. Andrews gave the cookies to the patient at the pharmacy on Sept. 8, and was fired the next day. Under the agreement, Andrews was given a letter of reprimand, fined $1,000, had her licence suspended for 30 days and was ordered to take an ethics course and notify the college of where she’s practising for three years.last_img read more

Morocco, AI Agree on Continuing Constructive Dialogue On Human Rights

Rabat – Justice minister Mustapha Ramid and secretary general of Amnesty International Salil Shetty agreed on the importance of continuing positive interaction and constructive dialogue in the service of human rights and the large-scale reforms in Morocco. Ramid, who met with Shetty and his delegation on Friday in Rabat in the presence of representatives of the concerned government departments, affirmed that the protection and promotion of human rights are a strategic choice for Morocco under the leadership of HM the King, said on Saturday a statement by the ministry of justice and liberties. Morocco undertook major structuring reforms seeking to reinforce human rights and democracy, said Ramid, reaffirming the Kingdom’s openness on all international organizations and bodies and his readiness to cooperate with them.  The secretary general of Amnesty International, who is on a visit to Morocco on March 17-19, said that the country made huge strides concerning human rights and is witnessing a real progress in this area, adding that Morocco’s initiatives deserve to be taken into consideration and supported. He also said that AI is convinced that torture is no longer the state’s systematic policy, hailing the crucial work done by the equity and reconciliation committee, the adoption of the new constitution and adherence to international treaties on human rights mainly the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. read more

Philippines ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

30 August 2011Philippines today acceded to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), when it deposed its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York. The Statute will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 November, bringing the total number of States that have joined the Rome Statute system to 117.ICC President Sang-Hyun Song, who visited the Philippines and other South-East Asian countries in March to facilitate consultations on ratification, applauded the move.“This act is yet another indication of Asia’s growing role in the international community’s efforts to put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to humanity,” said Mr. Song, speaking in The Hague where the ICC is based.“I send my heartfelt congratulations to all those in the Philippines who worked hard to make this day possible, and I hope that this historic decision will serve to dispel unfounded concerns about joining the ICC among other Asian nations.”The ICC is the first permanent international court set up to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.Established by the Rome Statute of 1998, the ICC can try cases involving individuals charged with war crimes committed since July 2002. The Security Council, the ICC Prosecutor or a State Party to the court can initiate any proceedings, and the ICC only acts when countries themselves are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute. read more

Higher oil prices boost loonie at midday

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was little changed late morning Thursday amid higher oil prices and investor sentiment buoyed by moves by three major central banks to stimulate their economies.The commodity-sensitive loonie inched up 0.02 of a cent to 98.72 cents US.The Chinese central bank cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.31 of a point to six per cent. It was the second time within a month that the bank has cut interest rates in an attempt to stimulate China’s rapidly slowing economy.The European Central Bank weighed in with a quarter point cut in its key rate to an all-time low of 0.75 per cent.The ECB also cut its overnight deposit rate — what it pays banks for depositing their money with the ECB overnight — to zero. That is meant to encourage banks to invest their money in the economy rather than stash it with the ECB.The Bank of England announced earlier it is injecting another 50 billion pounds into the ailing British economy, which has been officially in recession. The move by the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee involves the central bank purchasing government bonds from banks. It was widely-anticipated and raises the amount being pumped into the British economy since March 2009 to 375 billion pounds. It is the first stimulus since February.However, some of the shine on the central bank moves was tempered after ECB president Mario Draghi warned that further risks to euro-area growth have materialized and indications for the second quarter point to weakened growth and heightened uncertainty.Meanwhile, payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 176,000 jobs in June. This news was particularly welcome, coming a day before the release of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report. Expectations are modest with economists forecasting the economy only cranked out about 90,000 jobs last month.Other data showed planned layoffs in the U.S. fell 39 per cent to a 13-month low in June. Outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas said the June total is 9.4 per cent lower than the number of cuts a year ago and is the lowest monthly total since May 2011Traders also looked ahead to the release of Canadian jobs data Friday. It is expected the economy created about 16,000 jobs last month.Oil prices shook off early losses after data showed U.S. crude inventories fell by 4.3 million barrels last week, raising hopes for higher demand.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 22 cents to US$87.88 a barrel. Oil is still up about US$10 from last Thursday, partly over increased tensions with Iran.But traders have also been hopeful that central bank action to boost economic growth, along with signs late last week that eurozone leaders are making progress in dealing with the region’s debt crisis, will boost demand.September copper lost five cents to US$3.49 a pound, but prices are still up about 4.5 per cent from last Thursday.Gold prices relaxed $12.50 to US$1,609.30 an ounce. read more

United American begin selling cheaper economyclass fare

FILE – In this Friday, June 3, 2016 file photo, an American Airlines passenger jet takes off from Miami International Airport in Miami. American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers, announced Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare DALLAS – American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travellers.American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on 10 different routes from its hub airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina.United followed suit later in the day, posting reduced fares on some flights from Minneapolis to seven of its hub cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for travel starting April 18.Basic economy fares come with severe restrictions. Buyers can’t pick a seat when they buy the ticket, they’re in the last group to board, and they can only carry a small item that fits under their seat. With a few exceptions, they must pay extra to check a wheeled bag that other economy-class travellers can put in the overhead bin.But the fares are cheaper.The savings over a regular economy ticket appear to range from about $24 to $40 for a round-trip ticket on American and United. For example, on two random early-March itineraries between Dallas and Baltimore, economy tickets were listed on American’s website at $249 and $309. Those same trips were priced at $209 and $269 on basic economy.Even on the routes where American sells the new fares, they are usually available only on a small number of flights — sometimes one or two a day — and on some days, none at all.Bargain hunters will see more basic-economy options when searching one-way flights, rather than round trips, because American will not allow flyers to buy a round trip that combines the new cheaper fare on one leg with a regular economy fare on the other. On one-way flights, the price break can be as little as $12.American, the world’s biggest airline, said it will eventually add basic-economy fares on other routes.The United offering is even more limited — it only appears on some flights between Minneapolis and seven United hubs around the country. United said it started small to ensure a smooth rollout, but plans to expand the idea to the rest of the U.S., the Caribbean and the closest destinations in Latin America.Basic economy fares were introduced by Delta Air Lines several years ago in response to growing competition from discounter Spirit Airlines. Spirit and Frontier Airlines offer bargain-basement fares but add on more fees than the bigger airlines, including charging for use of overhead bins. They have gained ground among travellers looking for the cheapest price.Delta now offers basic economy on about 40 per cent of its U.S. routes and plans to cover its entire domestic network by mid-year.The major airlines are losing customers whose internet searches skip American, United and Delta because of higher economy fares, industry consultant Robert Mann said.The new discount fares could help the big airlines by stimulating new demand and because some people who intend to buy a rock-bottom fare will pick a traditional economy ticket instead, Mann said. Airline websites warn buyers of the restrictions on basic-economy tickets.___David Koenig can be reached at by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 4:46 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Three Out Of Four Media People Covering The US Open Are Men

Professional women’s tennis players make as much as the men do at all four Grand Slams. And the most successful American players are women: Serena Williams has 22 career major titles while her sister, Venus, has seven; no American man in this year’s U.S. Open draw has reached a major semifinal. At this year’s Open, like last year’s, by far the biggest story to watch is Serena Williams’s. Last year she was looking to tie the Open-era record for major titles and win all four in the same year; this year she’s looking to break the record.And yet the people who are telling the story of this tournament to the world are mostly men. Among the nearly 1,500 people who received media accreditation for the tournament, including broadcast staff, and who indicated whether they prefer to be referred to as “Mr.” or “Ms.,” 73 percent chose “Mr.,” according to Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the tournament. And a count I did in the media work spaces and stadium seats on Thursday afternoon showed that about 78 percent of the people present were men. Freelance tennis writer Ana Mitric, who contributes to the Serbian media outlet B92 and has written about sexism in tennis, provided a second pair of eyes, reviewing video of nine player press conferences on Saturday and counting men and women among the media in attendance. At women players’ press conferences, 67 percent of media were men; the figure was 82 percent at men’s. 1Widmaier said he couldn’t say how many people didn’t indicate which honorific they prefer; media members aren’t obligated to choose one. His count includes people accredited as media, photographers and broadcast staff — but not people accredited as part of broadcasters who hold rights to the tournament, which includes ESPN, owner of FiveThirtyEight. I counted 231 people in the photographers’ pit, the photo facility, the two media work rooms, the media dining room, media-center patio and the main media seats during Venus Williams’s second-round match. The estimate is imprecise: I didn’t ask people for their gender identity, nor whether they were members of the media. I also may have counted some people who weren’t part of the tournament’s media coverage. I counted people who I knew worked in the tournament’s media operations but not other tournament staff.“Our goal is to make tennis look like America,” Widmaier said — including by gender and race. He put the onus on media to achieve that: “I hope media organizations are following recruitment protocols to ensure their people look like America.” It’s a point well taken. I’m a white man and the only reporter in Flushing for FiveThirtyEight; producer Jorge Estrada, a Latino man, is also accredited for FiveThirtyEight. 20131,10239226 Source: USTA 20161,01037227% 20141,14241827 20151,18345728 201299332525 Number of U.S. Open credentialed members of the media YEARMR.MS.SHARE MS. Women make up a larger share of the tennis media at the U.S. Open than they do of people covering some other sports — a 2014 report found that just 13 percent of sports staffers for U.S. newspapers and websites in the U.S. are women. And women fill an even smaller share of executive positions with major international sports bodies. Carole Bouchard, a French freelance writer who has covered 20 majors on site, said the gender gap has narrowed in her 12 years covering tennis, but that it “would be ridiculous to say that there aren’t consequences.”The ways in which having far more men than women in tennis media threatens the coherence of coverage are all around. Take, for instance, the continued attention paid to debates about equal prize money, or the casual discussion of women players’ looks. How the sport is covered by the people who tell its story affects how much of the total interest and revenue paid to tennis goes to women’s tennis, and when men so outnumber women in the telling of the sport’s story, it can put a thumb on the scale in the consuming.Women I spoke with who cover mixed-gender tennis tournaments said the share of men among the media at other tournaments they’ve covered is at least as big as at the U.S. Open — roughly 80 to 85 percent, they estimated.2My own observation of media rooms at Wimbledon and the French Open in recent years suggests that if anything the gender gap was bigger in those, though I never counted. “I am used to it,” said Bouchard.“This is a topic I hadn’t thought about much before you asked, and now I can’t help but look around and notice this,” said Bobby Chintapalli, a freelance writer who covers primarily women’s tennis for USA Today and other publications, over email. “Which is why when it comes to topics like this, I think awareness is key; it’s often a first step to improving a situation naturally.”Lindsay Gibbs, sports reporter at ThinkProgress and contributing tennis editor at Excelle Sports who has written about sexism in tennis, wrote in an email, “Sports culture is not the most welcoming for women, and that bleeds into the media, which has always been seen as a ‘boys’ club.’ It’s a global issue.”The gender gap also might make some men think the press room is an appropriate venue for sexism or harassment. “There can be a very ‘boys’ club’ vibe,” Mitric said, “including banter & other behavior that verges on, if not crosses over into, the inappropriate.”Bouchard also said media members who are parents might be put off by the travel demanded by covering a global sport — and because of cultural expectations of mothers, that might dissuade more moms than dads.“Another gendered split I’ve noticed — and one that is just as important — is that more men are in positions of power, whether that’s in terms of seniority or status,” said Mitric.Mitric doesn’t believe in quotas but echoes Widmaier’s call for outlets to step up recruitment of women, as well as the mentoring and promoting of them. She also said it’s up to men covering the sport to learn its history, which includes the rise of the WTA, the long fight for equal prize money and sexism in advertising and coverage of the sport; while she sees a rise in women’s voices around the sport, including on Twitter, she worries some men now see gender issues as covered and don’t bother with them themselves. “I think tennis media often fall short in connecting the sport to the larger world around it — and not only when it comes to gender,” Mitric said by email.ESPN, which owns FiveThirtyEight and which broadcasts the tournament in the U.S., has five women and nine men on air during the Open, according to ESPN spokesman Dave Nagle, plus a woman, Prim Siripipat, appearing in videos reporting on the tournament for Nagle added that two match producers, managing producer, senior highlights producer, the lead producer on features and the production coordinator are women, as are many associate producers, graphic coordinators, social media producers and production assistants. (Of the 35 people accredited through — writers, editors and others not involved with the TV side, and not counting Estrada, Siripipat or me — 16 are women.) “ESPN has a long history of being a leader in providing opportunities to women both in front of or behind the camera,” Nagle said. (Widmaier declined to provide the number of journalists accredited from specific news organizations, but said that ESPN is the biggest “by far,” with The New York Times a distant second.)The frequent flaring of debate about whether women should continue to earn as much prize money as men might be less frequent with more women in the press room, Bouchard said. “Not a lot of men journalists have a huge love for women’s tennis,” she said.There are some notable exceptions, including several American men who write frequently about the WTA, the overseer of the women’s game worldwide. Also, women covering tennis often write about the men’s game. But even where there isn’t a firewall around gender, the old lines are often assumed to be in place. For instance, Bouchard says she’s had several conversations in which editors express interest in her contributing to their publications, but ask, “Oh, but also you are covering men’s tennis?” To which she replies, “I haven’t told you I am covering women’s tennis.”Men covering tennis may also discuss women athletes’ bodies differently, for instance talking about their looks. “I’m not sure women journalists would go at it the way men would,” Bouchard said. “Maybe I’m wrong.” To know, there would need to be more women tennis writers, she said.The media gender gap may help contribute to the growing gap in revenue between the men’s tour and the WTA. (For instance, broadcasters influence scheduling of tournaments, including which matches are featured on show courts, which skews male at some mixed-gender tournaments, notably Wimbledon.)“Men are still the ones making broadcasting decisions, writing the stories and controlling the narratives,” Gibbs said. “That leads to less coverage of women, which then leads to less people knowing about women’s tennis, which then directly impacts interest. Then, they cite less interest for the reason they don’t broadcast it more or write about it more. It’s a self-defeating cycle.”It’s a tough cycle to break, and far from the only one tennis is staring down. The vast majority of U.S. Open journalists are white, too. Trying to divine a person’s race at a glance is obviously fraught — as is divining their gender, it should be said — but it’s clear that the media rooms at the U.S. Open are a long way from looking like America. “You could count the number of black people here,” Bouchard said while looking around the workroom where we talked. She added, “The more diversity the better.” read more

For worldchampion jumping rope and physics go handinhand

For an Ohio State first-year in physics, Tori Boggs knows a lot about jumping rope.Boggs is a nine-time world rope skipping champion and a two-time world record holder, the current captain of both Jump Company USA and the U.S. National Jump Rope team, and a member of the USA All-Star Ambassador Jump Rope team.“It’s one of those things where you absolutely have to see jump rope to believe it and you just get hooked at the first sight,” Boggs said.Jumping rope is nothing new to Boggs, a Parkersburg, W.Va., native. The 20-year-old has been involved in the sport since she was 5 when she walked into a jump roping event at the Junior Olympic tournament where her brother was participating in a Tae Kwon Do competition.“She went into a gym where they were jumping rope and saw it and didn’t want to leave,” said her mother and jump rope coach, Rochelle Boggs. The mother-daughter pair stumbled upon an advertisement in their local newspaper the following week for tryouts and have never looked back.“She’s my coach now, so we’ve grown in the sport together,” Tori Boggs said.But Tori Boggs is the only person to her knowledge on OSU’s campus who participates in competitive rope skipping, something that means she spends many weekends traveling to perform and compete with her various teams. OSU does not provide any resources for her jump roping, but she said she is “working on” getting jump roping to the point where it is associated with the university.Last year, Tori Boggs spent the summer as part of a circus. She said she might want to pursue performing as a career.“I did a holiday tour with “Cirque Dreams” so it was a national tour, so I toured for a few months and we went around and I jumped rope in the circus,” she said. “I’m (also) employed by Cirque de Soleil for special events.“Ultimately I want to be on a Cirque de Soleil tour.”Until that point, Tori Boggs said she has dreams of bettering the sport of rope skipping.“I’m going to switch to engineering so I can actually apply physics, but basically my motivation for (pursuing a degree) is that I love jump rope so much, my body knows exactly what I’m doing, my muscles know what they’re doing, but I don’t know how to explain it,” Boggs said. “So I want to look at the forces that jump rope places on our body. I want to be able to design a better handle for jumpers, I want to be able to design better shoes and understanding the surfaces that we jump on, like how does that affect our body?”She said currently she is involved with the biomechanics lab at the Wexner Medical Center where she does tricks and uses technology to show her where the forces on her joints are located.“I want to be able to develop better products and improve training methods, and then I’m pre-med, too, so maybe I can go to med school and use that. I don’t know, there’s a lot of options,” Tori Boggs said.With the inaugural 2013 Arnold Classic jump rope competition happening this weekend, she has been working overtime to recruit novice jumpers to register.“I’ve seen people just playing around with the ropes so I always give them Arnold papers and talk to them about jump rope,” she said.The competition is being co-chaired by Rochelle Boggs, and it will have three different competitive categories, encompassing all age groups and skill levels from those who have never jumped before to professionals like Tori Boggs. Other professional jump ropers are excited about the opportunities the weekend may bring.“Any sort of way that we can get the public to view the sport is really exciting,” said Jen Evans, a grand national champion and three-time world medalist who will be attending OSU next year to work on a doctorate of physical therapy. Evans is a Strongville, Ohio, native and currently attends Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.“It’s really cool because I know that people from Columbus will be there and I’m hoping that it increases the awareness of jump rope,” Evans said. Rochelle Boggs said the new competition will fit in at the Arnold well.“The cool thing is it’s kind of like a natural progression to see jump rope get to the Arnold because Arnold is all about fitness and movement,” she said.The Arnold Jump Rope Fitness Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. read more

Netflix accepted into the British TV establishment with first major Bafta win

Claire Foy spoke out about her payCredit:James GOurley /REX/Shutterstock Jane Lush, the chairwoman of Bafta, has said that Netflix’s inclusion in the nominations was a recognition that times have changed. “How people are watching television is changing,” she said. “I think the awards are reflecting the way people are watching television now.”The Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, hosted for the second year running by Sue Perkins, did include significant wins for the BBC, including the awards for Three Girls and for Ambulance the channel’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, won the best factual series award.John Motson, the BBC’s veteran football commentator, was honoured with Bafta’s special award. He dedicated it to colleagues at the sports department where he worked for half a century until his retirement this year. Declan Donnelly, pictured with wife Ali Astall, attended the ceremony without Ant McPartlinCredit:Ian West/PA Jodie Whittaker wore a Time’s Up badgeCredit:Ian West/PA The Crown lost out on the award for best drama series, which went instead to the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.  The 30-year-old actress originally auditioned to play another character in The Crown, but went back to the casting director when she heard that the role of Princess Margaret had not been filled.She had a sudden feeling that she was destined to play the Queen’s troubled sister, and duly won the part. The second series covered her tempestuous relationship with Lord Snowdon. She has now left the show, and Helena Bonham Carter will take on the role in series three. Netflix has finally been accepted into the British television establishment by winning its first major Bafta, for Vanessa Kirby’s performance as Princess Margaret in The Crown.It was a landmark moment for the US streaming service, which has poured a reported £100 million into The Crown in an attempt to move in on the BBC’s territory.Last year the sumptuous royal drama had five nominations but won nothing, leading to accusations of a Bafta snub.This time around, Kirby was named best supporting actress, dedicating her award to the woman she played. “I just felt like the luckiest person in the world to play someone so colourful and vivid and brave and strong. So this is for Margaret, wherever she is,” she said.She also thanked her on-screen sibling, Claire Foy, praising her as “the best sister” she could have, before hastily checking herself and adding: “Apart from my real one!” Foy was beaten to the best actress prize by Molly Windsor, the 20-year-old who starred in the BBC’s Three Girls, a harrowing account of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal. Three Girls also won best mini-series.Sean Bean won the best actor prize for his performance as a troubled priest in Jimmy McGovern’s Broken.Netflix’s success in the world of television comes as it is shut out of the Cannes Film Festival, where organisers controversially ruled that only films released in cinemas could be entered for the prestigious Palme d’Or award. Vanessa Kirby The presenter, Sir David Attenborough, said the programme set out to show the beauty of the oceans “but also the truth about what we are doing to them. The fact that this one particular moment rang a bell in the minds and the conscience of people throughout this country is something that pleases all of us more than I can say.” Jodie Whittaker Credit:IAn West/PA Foy was asked about the revelation that she was paid less than Matt Smith, the actor who played the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown.She said: “I’ve spoken to people whose pay has gone up as a direct result of what I earn being put everywhere, and that made me think it doesn’t really matter what I think of it.”My embarrassment about it or my kind of shame or embarrassment of people talking about my worth and how much I earn, is nothing compared to the fact that then if people are now aware, people are not going to be able to make those mistakes again or make those decisions again and if that’s what’s good and comes out of it then I am very proud of it.”  Claire Foy  Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall Dozens of celebrities on the red carpet wore Time’s Up badges to show their solidarity with women who have suffered sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Best supporting actor went to Brian F O’Byrne for his performance as the father of Rhys Evans, the murdered 11-year-old, in ITV’s Little Boy Blue. The biggest surprise of the night was Blue Planet II losing out in the specialist factual category to a BBC Two documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat. But the scene in which a pilot whale grieved for its dead calf, a scene which prompted much debate about pollution in the oceans, was voted by the public as the Virgin TV Must-See Moment. read more

WISHH Hosts Safe Cooking Training for Chefs in Myanmar and Cambodia

first_imgChef Eric Low creates a dish containing U.S. poultry at the Cambodian training session. Photo credit ASA/WISHHNearly 100 chefs in Cambodia and Myanmar were taught how to safely cook with U.S. poultry products this week. Through a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Global Based Initiative (GBI), the American Soybean Association World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) partnered with U.S.A. Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) to deliver this training.Chef Eric Low, from Singapore, led the training in both countries. He presented on a wide range of topics, including “Food Science and How it Affects the Food Service Industry,” “The Nature and Types of U.S. Poultry” and “How to Properly Store, Cook and Handle Poultry Products.”Low also prepared several dishes that featured U.S. poultry in Asian and American cuisines. USAPEEC’s Southeast Regional Director, Margaret Say, also attended trainings in both countries.  U.S. poultry exports are very small to both countries at this time.ASA/WISHH is the lead cooperator on this GBI activity, with USAPEEC having an important role in developing the training content and working directly with Low. Four other cooperators developed training modules in 2016, which will be presented later in 2017 pending USDA funding.last_img read more

Fire officials propose temporary merger

first_imgCAMAS — The Camas and Washougal fire departments could soon become one, albeit for a temporary period.Officials from both departments told members of Camas and Washougal’s councils that a six-month merger would lower a projected $310,000 budget shortfall for emergency medical services. It would also show if and how a discussed permanent merger would work between the two departments, fire officials said.Council members did not vote on the proposal Monday. City government officials said such a vote would likely not happen until early May. But officials with both cities said the temporary merger proposal was significant. “It’s a huge step for the two communities to work together as one unit,” acting Camas Fire Chief Monte Brachmann said after the meeting. Camas is looking to hire a full-time fire chief by the end of May.“It gives us time to see if consolidation is the answer,” Camas Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Higgins added. “I sensed everyone’s aware of the problem and doing nothing is not an option. We have to do something.”Monday’s meeting at the Camas Library included presentations by Brachmann and Washougal Fire Chief Ron Schumacher outlining four possible options for reducing the deficit. The shortage stems from drastically reduced property tax revenue, they said.last_img read more

Work starts on Clark College STEM building

first_imgConstruction of a 70,000-foot STEM facility has impacted parking and pedestrian access to the west part of the Clark College campus. See the map for details.See detailed construction information at crews from Skanska arrived at Clark College on Wednesday morning with heavy equipment and started preparation for a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility on a campus west of Fort Vancouver Way. The site formerly was a parking lot for the Clark College Foundation.Crews bulldozed trees, began moving earth and built a construction fence around the entire site along East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way. Construction fencing and equipment have affected vehicle and pedestrian access to the foundation office. The parking lot between the foundation and the T building has been eliminated. Foundation visitors can use two parking spaces on Fourth Plain. All foot traffic to the foundation is accessible only from Fourth Plain. Walkers who previously cut through the woods on Fourth Plain to access the campus will not be able to do so, but must walk up Fort Vancouver Way. Bus riders coming to campus should not get off on Fourth Plain, but come up to Fort Vancouver Way.last_img read more

10 CEOs Lay Out Their Priorities for the Final Four Months of

first_imgPrev1 of 10NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse In a media world moving as fast as it is right now, you can learn a lot just knowing what your peers and competitors are doing, and—depending on your position—what your boss expects. In the second of a regular Folio: series, we asked folks from around the industry to tell us, in their own words, where they’re headed between now and January.   ——— Our top priority through the end of the year is to grow the subscription communities for each of our portal websites, and the daily free newsletters associated with those websites, through SEO, social media, and enhanced content. These communities represent huge growth opportunities for enthusiast media, both print and digital. While growth targets for our subscriber communities are different (our portal, for instance, is only a year old, while has been around for several years), we are looking at online incentives and giveaways to “throw gas on the flames” and drastically increase these subscriber communities by year’s end. We’re using individual store-by-store draw and sales data to more intelligently manage the newsstand distribution chain, which is still an important channel for us. We’re also purchasing carefully targeted retailer promotional programs in our best-selling chains, to shore up that distribution. Mark Hintz CEO, Sovereign/Homestead Magazine Publishing Sovereign/Homestead is an enthusiast media company with widely disparate brands serving a variety of markets, from log homes to history and sci fi, and anime and manga. Our overriding goal across is to shore up traditional magazine revenue streams, while looking for growth in brand extensions, one shots, portal websites and digital media.  Prev1 of 10NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 8 Driver Issued Summons Driver Smoking Marijuana Landscapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, September 8, 2018:Police notified DPW that the speed limit sign at Burlington Avenue and Roosevelt Road is obstructed by branches. (5:04am)A caller on Main Street complained of landscapers working at unreasonable hour. Police spoke with Fine Land Landscapers, who agreed to wrap up job momentarily and choose a better time in the future. (6:55am)A Hathaway Road caller reported her children came home from walking in the neighborhood and a notice a white Jeep operating erratically. Police were unable to locate. (5:59pm)Jaqueline C. Guimarres (39, Tewksbury) was is issued summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Failure To Stop/Yield. Driver was pulled over at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. (6:33pm)A caller observed a female operator in the Lucci’s parking lot smoke marijuana then pulling onto 129 and driving towards Reading. Police unable to locate, but notified Reading Police. (9:02pm)Two parties were observed in the backseat of a vehicle on Gandalf Way. They were advised to move along. (11:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more