Stop Being Defensive

first_imgSometimes you need to give your dream client proof that you’re the right partner. They challenges you with a concern, and you want to make your case. You want to resolve all of their concerns, offering proof point after proof point in an attempt to convince them that their doubts are unfounded.But being defensive can cause your client to defend his concerns. You cause them to continue to find reasons to object to what you’re saying and to defend their assertions. When you’re defensive, you cause your prospective client to entrench in their own defense when you really want to open them up to possibilities and new ideas.There are lots of occasions when you need to offer proof. But that isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes when your client is incredulous, the right response is to ask questions.Your dream client might say something like, “We’re not sure if you’re big enough to handle our business. ”You’re gut reaction might be rattle off the number of locations your company has, the size of the organization, and all the capabilities you have to serve that client. But another approach, a different approach, my be to ask a question. You might ask, “What would you need to see to be hundred percent confident in choosing a company our size?” You’re not defensive about your the size of your company, you’re not desperate, and your dream client is forced to consider the question.Or a prospective client might say something like, “I’m not exactly sure your solution would work.” Instead of defending your solution, blasting the client with all of the reasons that you believe your solution will work, you might say something that sounds like this, ” What would we need to change in order for you to be certain our solution would work? This doesn’t suggest that you’re not confident, it doesn’t suggest that your client’s belief is wrong, and it opens a dialogue about their beliefs and what might change them.One of the real benefits of not being defensive when challenged is that it can help to get the real issue out on the table. Instead guessing at what evidence or proof might be necessary to win your prospective client over, you let them tell you what they need to see. If you can provide it to them you have an excellent chance of winning their business. Being defensive and arguing your point can make winning much less likely. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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Vettel is right in being cautious about his chances on Race Day

first_imgThe dust and grime have settled on the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida -in every sense. And after two days of hectic activity at the Indian Grand Prix in free practice and qualifying, it is clear that anyone who is going to watch Sunday’s race will get his or her money’s worth.Agreed, a lot of talk has revolved around dwindling interest this year, after the inaugural edition saw good crowds. But my point is, unlike many sports where the competitors do get a huge boost from fan support, the race drivers do not rely on the crowd to up their performances.The way this Formula One season has panned out, it has been frenetic activity for the big teams, with Red Bull again leading the charge in their inimitable style.The qualifying format is very simple and when one analyses the performance of Sebastian Vettel, again sitting on pole, he becomes the favourite to open up a huge lead in the drivers’ standings if he wins on Sunday.However, the two-time defending champion has been very defensive about his chances and even after clinching pole position says no points have been won and everything boils down to Race Day.From a fans’ point of view, the Indian GP is being held at a crucial time with the championship pretty much open. Though the battle for the drivers’ title is between Vettel and Fernando Alonso, with just six points separating them, the German will have the advantage of being right in front on the grid.For those who saw a flawless Vettel in superb form last year at the Buddh circuit, he is again on a hot streak now. The way he has won the last three races in Singapore, Japan and Korea was awesome. Yet, qualifying on Saturday was a mildly jittery one for Vettel as an error at Turn 7 on his first Q3 effort reflected vulnerability.However, the champion responded in style with a scorching lap of 1 minute 25.283s in his second attempt to beat Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. After that, Vettel stayed out, knowing that if he had to defend his position, he would return.In every sport, there are riveting rivalries which catch the eye. And in Formula One, you would imagine that the rivalry between drivers should be from different teams.Though Vettel and Webber are part of the same team, it is good to see both of them pushing each other so hard. The work the Red Bull engineers have done on the two cars in the second part of this season is awesome and the pace they produce cannot be matched.The way they started the topsyturvy season was difficult to understand, with initial races throwing up seven different winners.But now that Red Bull have found the zing again, unless something goes drastically wrong, Vettel looks unstoppable.I can understand why Vettel is trying to keep the pressure off himself by not talking too much about his chances at this point of time. Last year, he was pretty much in a comfort zone as the championship had been sealed midway through.Yet, the beauty of this sport is how the unexpected can happen.And to rule out more twists in the tale would be dicey as, despite the engineering efforts and skills of a racing driver like Vettel, it is, after all, a car. With 80,000 components bringing the beast to life, there is an element of suspense as one fault -mechanical, electrical or hydraulic -can stall the car.Sorry SchumiEven though none of these bothered Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes on Saturday, it was sad viewing to see the former champion limp along in qualifying.H aving been in the Capital for almost five days now, Schumacher has been attending media conferences and trying to remain focused on the last four races of his career. It’s clear that the seven-time F1 champion has lost the competitive edge. For those used to seeing Schumacher dominate the sport for years and his Ferrari eat up the miles on the track so fluidly, his last few days in F1 make for painful viewing.That he could not even make it to Q3 while teammate Nico Rosberg did was proof that there is no point blaming the car. And as Schumacher himself said earlier in the week, his legacy is intact, though his return to Formula One in 2010 after retiring in 2006 has been forgettable.The hardcore Schumacher fans fondly remember him for his daring and, at times, audacious driving in the Prancing Horse. And with his former teammate Felipe Massa also showing poor control of his car on the corners in Saturday’s qualifying, feeling nostalgic didn’t really help.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe push Australia down under with three-wicket shock ODI win

first_imgZimbabwe registered their first ODI win against Australia in 31 yearsZimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in 31 years on Sunday as captain Elton Chigumbura’s 52 not out led his team to a famous three-wicket win in the ODI triangular series.Chigumbura carried the tournament host to 211-7, overhauling Australia’s below-par 209-9 on a tough batting strip at Harare Sports Club.Opposite number Michael Clarke also made an unbeaten half-century for Australia on his return from injury, but then re-injured his hamstring in only his country’s second loss ever to the southern African team and said he would leave the tournament to return home for treatment.It was Zimbabwe’s first win over the Australians since they met in ODIs for the first time at the 1983 World Cup. Chigumbura had valuable help from Prosper Utseya, who was 30 not out in a match-winning half-century partnership at the end.”I had to be there until the end,” Chigumbura said. “The most important thing was to stay calm. The guys worked very hard for this and the supporters were behind us throughout.”The tense victory – sealed with two overs to spare but after Zimbabwe was struggling at 156-7 – sparked rare celebrations and a lap of honor for a team that recently lost two ODIs in a row to draw a series with lowly Afghanistan and had been beaten in its previous seven one-dayers at home.Utseya, whose 30 came off just 28 balls to help carry Zimbabwe home, sealed the win by launching a six over mid-wicket and into the delighted home crowd. The victory keeps alive Zimbabwean hopes of making Saturday’s final of the three-team tournament. Australia, which has lost its last two games, plays South Africa on Tuesday. Australia started the triangular series as the top-ranked team in ODIs but had slipped down to fourth after Sunday’s surprise loss.advertisementAustralia were restricted to a paltry total of 209 runs by ZimbabweZimbabwe’s long-awaited success was built on its earlier spin bowling effort as the Australian batsmen struggled on a slow, turning pitch to only just get past 200, with only Clarke looking completely settled with his 68 not out.”Definitely not enough runs,” Clarke said, “but credit to Zimbabwe, they bowled well and batted well. We lost the match during our innings, and Zimbabwe showed us how to play spin.”Clarke hit his half-century in his first international in six months and after passing a fitness test to play, but retired hurt in the 43rd over just as Australia appeared to be slowly recovering from a poor start.The Aussies had been 97-5 after Zimbabwe’s spinners struck early and quickly, but Clarke built a 50-run stand with Brad Haddin (49) before he made the decision to limp off and limit any damage to his hamstring. He returned briefly for the last over.Haddin was supported by Ben Cutting (26) down the order but the Australians ultimately didn’t make enough runs and offspinner Nathan Lyon’s career-best 4-44 couldn’t save them.last_img read more

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See pics: Balika Vadhu actress Neha Marda vacations in Thailand, sizzles in a bikini

first_imgNeha Marda, who played Gehna in Balika Vadhu, recently took some time off for a fun and leisurely vacation with hubby Ayushman Aggarwal in Thailand. The holiday lasted for a good one week and the lady had the time of her life visiting Phi Phi Islands, Phuket, Krabi among other destinations.The actress who loves beach vacations also posted a bikini pic from Phi Phi Islands. From rife shooting, to relaxing, to eating out, to spending some quiet moments with the love of her life–Ayushman, Neha seemed to have loads of fun.Check out her holiday pics:last_img read more

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Emotional Medals For Miller, Weibrecht

first_imgKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This medal mattered to Bode Miller.Not so much because, at 36, his bronze in Sunday’s super-G — behind winner Kjetil Jansrud and surprise runner-up Andrew Weibrecht — makes Miller the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history. Or even because he now owns six medals in all, the second-highest total for a male ski racer and tied for second among U.S. Winter Olympians in any sport.The guy who for years and years insisted results don’t mean much to him declared he actually did care about this one. The last year has been a difficult one for Miller: the death of his younger brother, Chelone, in April 2013; the court fight over custody of his infant son; the work it took to come back from left knee surgery and return to the Alpine apex.“It’s almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations, where I really had to test myself, so I was happy to have it be on the right side of the hundredths,” said Miller, who grew up in New Hampshire and is now based in California. “Some days … medals don’t matter, and today was one of the ones where it does.”He wiped away tears in the finish area after someone mentioned Chelone, a charismatic snowboarder who was 29 and hoping to make the U.S. team in Sochi when he died of what was believed to be a seizure. “Everything felt pretty raw and pretty connected,” Miller said, “so it was a lot for me.”Weibrecht couldn’t help but be moved by his own journey, calling the day “probably the most emotional day of ski racing that I’ve ever had.”It also was an important day for the U.S. ski team. The Americans had managed to collect only one of the 15 medals awarded through the first five Alpine events of the Sochi Olympics before Weibrecht and Miller tripled their nation’s total in one fell swoop.Through 28 starters, Miller and Jan Hudec of Canada were tied for second place, about a half-second slower than Jansrud’s run of 1 minute, 18.14 seconds. But then came the 29th racer, Weibrecht, who had come out of nowhere to win the super-G bronze behind Miller’s silver at the 2010 Olympics but since then has dealt with injury after injury, including to both shoulders and both ankles.He’s had four operations in the last four years, lost funding from the U.S. ski team at one point, and was not a lock to make the Sochi Olympic roster.“I’ve had to evaluate whether this is really what I want to do. Even,” Weibrecht said, then paused before adding, “as recently as yesterday.” He laughed at his own punch line.“All kidding aside,” Weibrecht said later, rubbing his left temple, “it’s been a pretty difficult four years. It’s kind of one of those things that you can only be beat down so many times before you start to really look at what you’re doing. I didn’t know how many more beatdowns I could take.”Charging with abandon — his nickname is “War Horse” — Weibrecht dominated the top of the course, then held on to nudge into second, 0.30 seconds behind Jansrud and 0.23 ahead of both Miller and Hudec, whose bronze is Canada’s first Alpine medal in 20 years.That Weibrecht pulled it off did not shock U.S. coaches or teammate Ted Ligety, the super-G world champion who was 14th. Weibrecht credited a recent day of giant slalom practice in Austria alongside Ligety with helping him carry speed.Being quick has never been a problem for the 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Weibrecht, who’s 28. Mid-race errors usually set him back.Just last week, Ligety called Weibrecht “the fastest skier in the world for 20 seconds in every single event.” How stunning was this silver? In 95 World Cup races, Weibrecht never finished better than 10th. Yet he owns two Olympic medals.“Hits the bull’s-eye once every four years,” is how Italy’s Peter Fill put it.Weibrecht’s 2010 bronze hangs in the lobby of his parents’ hotel in Lake Placid, host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games. In the wee hours of Feb. 1i6 — there’s a 9-hour time difference between New York and Sochi — Weibrecht’s parents followed along at home.“He had some really bad experiences,” Weibrecht’s father, Ed, said in a telephone interview. “It’s been a struggle for him to come back, but he never wavered from that goal.”Understanding where Miller’s goals lie can be tricky.He’ll talk about the purity of skiing. He’ll say tangible rewards aren’t significant, that “skiing 80 percent would get me more medals, but it just doesn’t feel right.”Here, though, he was bothered by finishing eighth in the downhill, sixth in the super-combined. In the super-G, one error coming out of the final jump cost Miller what he estimated to be about a half-second. Still, he appreciated the accomplishment.“After the year we’ve had, and the fact we just keep pushing through it,” said Miller’s wife, Morgan, “it just shows how resilient Bode is.”Even if clearly in a reflective mood, Miller couldn’t completely turn off his wry side when asked about trailing only the Alpine-record eight medals won by Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt, and the U.S.-record eight Winter Olympic medals won by speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno.“It means,” Miller said with a smile, that I’m old.”___By Howard Fendrich, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Andrew Dampf contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Olympiakos Beats Apollon 3-1 to Lead Greek League

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Karim Ansarifard checked in in the 62nd minute and scored twice to break a tie and lead Olympiakos over Apollon 3-1 in the Greek league on Saturday.Defending champion Olympiakos topped the standings, a point ahead of PAOK, which beat Xanthi 3-0.AEK Athens, two behind Olympiakos, can go top with a win at Levadiakos on Sunday.Apollon was 14th.Apollon scored first when a defensive mistake allowed Elik Elbaz to shoot from close range.Alaixys Romao set up Omar Ellabdelaoui to equalize in the 30th, and Ansarifard scored in the 80th and the fourth minute of injury time off pinpoint crosses by Felipe Pardo and Costas Fortounis, respectively.Also, Asteras beat Kerkyra 4-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor Is “Obsessed” With Netflix, Believes In Mermaids, Loves Documentaries About Bigfoot

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15 Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah15Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is a 6-foot-10 center with one of the most refined offensive post-games in college basketball, and is almost guaranteed to be the top overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. That we all know. The Wall Street Journal dug a bit deeper into the Blue Devils star, and found out that he’s much more than a talented basketball player… he is also a very unique personality. Specifically, he loves cryptozoology and is adamant about the existence of mermaids.Okafor is obsessed with Netflix. He keeps a teenager’s diet of action movies and soapy television series, but his secret soft spot is for documentaries about odd phenomena—the weirder, the better. Okafor is well-versed in the legend of Bigfoot, for example. He also likes mermaids.“That’s always been my interest,” Okafor said. “Things of the unknown.”…What he likes to do instead—when he’s not playing basketball, of course—is watch television by himself. He has a taste for the mythical. Okafor has tipped multiple people off to a Discovery Channel special that promised new evidence that mermaids are real.“I tried to tell them,” he said. “They wouldn’t listen.”He was doing this in high school, too. Okafor once raved to his coach about a Bigfoot documentary he had just devoured. “He tried to get me to watch that,” said Tyrone Slaughter. “I was like: I’m not watching that.”His college teammates now know who to ask if they ever need a movie recommendation. Okafor even found a kindred spirit in his roommate Tyus Jones, who joined him for a documentary about monster snakes, though he struggled to remember the exact names of Okafor’s favorite films. “A lot of them are just about nature,” Jones said.Jones added: “He’d be a good person to talk to during Shark Week. That’s the kind of stuff he’s really into. And I’m a pretty big fan of Shark Week, too.”Luckily for Duke fans, the Blue Devils’ title hopes are a bit more believable than many of the things that Okafor binge-watches.[WSJ via SB Nation]last_img read more

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Precautions Needed During Power Outage

first_img Be sure battery-powered detectors and alarms have fresh batteries and are in good working condition. Using candles is not recommended, but if you must use them, make sure they are properly supported — use a non-combustible container that is larger than the candle. Keep materials at least half a metre (two feet) away from candles. Extinguish all candles before leaving the room. Put the correct fuel in portable appliances like Coleman stoves or oil lamps. Substituting fuels is extremely dangerous. Propane and liquid camp stoves are for outdoor use only. Space heaters create carbon monoxide. Ensure they are used in rooms with good ventilation and placed on a flat hard surface to prevent tipping. Do not leave the units unattended. If using a portable, unvented kerosene heater, it is vital to open a window one inch or keep a door ajar to another room to provide safe ventilation, especially if the room is less than 150 sq. ft. Generators should be operated in well-ventilated locations outdoors away from doors, windows and vent openings. They should be placed so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors or other building openings. Generators must be certified and connected to the electrical system of a house by a construction electrician. They should be used to power equipment such as lights, portable electric heaters and a water pump and other equipment that may be connected directly by plug to the generator. In preparation for potential power outages linked to Hurricane Earl, the Emergency Management Office and provincial officials are reminding Nova Scotians to use added caution in and outside their homes. People are reminded to be particularly aware of dangers in places serviced only by electric-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which will not work during outages. The provincial fire marshal also offers the following safety tips: For further information on food safety, call 902-424-1173, or visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/ . The Department of Environment advises that municipalwater utilities are continuing to supply water that is safe forhuman consumption. For people who have their own well, if it is damaged in any way or there is doubt about water quality, the best policy is to boil the water for at least one minute before consuming and to have the well tested as soon as possible. For more information on power outages in specific neighbourhoods, call Nova Scotia Power at 1-800-428-6230 (toll-free) or 902-428-6230 in Halifax. Remember that many people are calling this number. Do not hang up; calls are taken in the order they are received. Visit nspower.ca to view the LIVE outage map which includes restoration information or www.nspower.ca/m from a mobile device. In addition, the public is encouraged to report any downed powerlines to the Nova Scotia Power customer service numbers listed above. -30- As always, if you have an emergency call 911. People are reminded that cordless phones do not work in a power outage, and to use corded phones. They should also ensure their cellular phones are fully charged. Officials from the Department of Agriculture suggest consumers be careful about foods in refrigerators or deep freeze units. Foods will generally stay safe in a refrigerator for several hours even without power, especially if the door is kept closed. They offer the following food safety tips: Perishable food that has reached room temperature for more than two hours must be discarded. Also discard any food that feels warm or has an unusual odour or colour. Any food in a deep freeze that is fully stocked is good for two days from the time of power failure. Any food in a half-filled deep freeze is safe to eat for one day from the time of power failure. Food retail outlets are advised to keep food below 4 C (40 F). Any perishable food left above this temperature for more than two hours should be discarded immediately.last_img read more

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Qatars evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

first_imgDOHA, Qatar — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium are being laid, perhaps the most audacious and innovative of the eight venues that will play host to the biggest tournament on the planet.Four years out, everything appears to be running on schedule, from stadium construction — including at Ras Abu Aboud, which will incorporate 1,000 shipping containers while offering a sweeping view of Doha’s downtown skyline — to finding the right grass that can both meet FIFA’s exacting standards while also providing a long-term benefit to the Arabian Peninsula.Yet logistics are only a portion of Qatar’s story.The small country of 2.7 million — only 300,000 of them actual Qatari citizens — has spent the better part of a decade grappling with the white-hot spotlight landing the World Cup provides.The construction boom that accompanied the winning bid has been built on the backs of migrant labourers from India, Pakistan, Nepal and other Asian nations, much like it has in other oil-rich sheikhdoms in the region. As oil prices crashed below $30 a barrel in 2016, construction firms in Qatar and elsewhere in the region suffered. Some stopped paying staffers on time, if at all. Others seized workers’ passports or otherwise abused Qatar’s “kafala” system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer.In recent months, Qatar ended a requirement for some workers to seek their employers’ permission before leaving the country. It also required contractors who bring in workers from other nations to reimburse employees for any recruitment fee they paid to an outside agency to facilitate their placement.Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other activists say more needs to be done. There have been two reported deaths at Qatar’s World Cup projects.While al-Khater, deputy-secretary general of the World Cup organizing committee, understands “this is an area we’re going to have to do a lot of work,” he points to the headway made since 2010 as proof the World Cup has already made a lasting impact.“I think we should be very proud of ourselves,” al-Khater told The Associated Press from his office in the 33rd floor of the shimmering glass-ensconced Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy building in Doha’s West Bay. “And I think people should take a look at everything that’s happened here in the past eight years when it comes to worker’s welfare. Look at the progress and I think it’s a case study. I believe right now in the Middle East we are basically ahead of everyone else when it comes to this.”The questions about worker’s rights are one of many Qataris have grown accustomed to addressing. They stress they are taking great pains to answer them one by one. Do that and Qataris believe the conversation will turn away from “should Qatar be hosting the World Cup?” to “can Qatar pull it off?”On that front, the answers are far less nebulous. Qatar is intent on putting on a show, but doing it creatively and financially responsibly.In an era of bloat where budgets for big ticket events like the World Cup and the Olympics are calculated and then blown up, Qatar is determined to prove it can dazzle without saddling itself with hulking stadiums left unoccupied once the party ends. The majority of the venues used in the World Cup will have their capacity diminished from 40,000 to 20,000 after tournament, with the sections taken out then put up for sale. What’s left will serve as the home pitches for the local professional teams.Ras Abu Aboud won’t exist at all. After a champion is crowned, it will be meticulously taken apart and dismantled to make way for a mixed-use area that will feature housing and shops.Other innovations could lead to more far-reaching changes.Yasser Al-Mulla oversees a turf farm a few miles west of the city centre, where he’s tested 36 different kinds of grass, exposing them to various amounts of shade, sunlight and other forms of treatment to see what works. The turf isn’t designed simply for the games but for the open recreational areas that will surround the venues after the World Cup is gone. The strain of grass it believes it will use for the World Cup could possibly signal an opportunity for other arid countries to introduce their own public green spaces.Qatar is taking these steps despite being under an economic boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since June 2017 over a political dispute. That has seen its air routes affected and other regional airlines cut their flights. What should be a flight under an hour from Dubai now lasts far longer and requires a layover.Regardless Qatar continues to forge ahead, intent on making sure that its promise to “Deliver Amazing” is not broken. What once felt like a far-off goal is becoming more tangible — and Qataris believe — more attainable by the day.“I actually think it’s going to be something that really proves that … the World Cup can go beyond football and beyond sports and beyond what it means for the athlete,” al-Khater said. “But it goes toward real social and economic change and human change and I think that’s the beauty of the World Cup.”___Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsWill Graves, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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53 polling in UP till 5 pm

first_imgLucknow: Over 53 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, officials said. In Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term, the voter turnout was 52.9 per cent. “Till 5 pm, the turnout (across 13 seats) was 53.19 per cent,” a state election office spokesperson said. According to the data given by the state election office till 5 pm, the highest turnout was 57.80 per cent in Maharajganj, while Ballia reported the lowest turnout of 48.80 per cent. In Gorakhpur, the turnout was 54.80 per cent. Violence erupted in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, from where state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking re-election, when supporters of the saffron party and the Samajwadi Party clashed. “The incident was reported from Parahupur Sikatiya village in Chandauli. A police team rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer B D R Tiwari said. Two election officials deputed at different polling booths in Gorakhpur and Bansgaon constituencies died of sudden illness, officials said. Rajaram, 56, was a polling officer of booth number 381 at Prathmik Vidhyalay Madhopur in Pipraich area in Gorakhpur seat, Assistant Election Officer J N Maurya said. He was rushed to a community health centre where he was declared dead. In the Bansgaon, Vinod Srivastav, 50, deputed at polling booth number 219, died around midnight due to cardiac arrest. He was an employee with the sugarcane department. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was among the early voters in Gorakhpur. “People are fighting this election for nation’s interest and if someone cannot understand this thing, his IQ is questionable. The entire election revolved around Modi ji. With big achievements of his government during the last five years, the BJP will win the election.”Adityanath said after casting his ballot. Union minister Shiv Pratap Shukla, who also exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, said BJP candidate Ravi Kishan would win by a margin of over three lakh votes and the party would form the government. A report from Chandauli said the fingers of Dalits had been inked before they could actually cast their vote in Tara Jivanpur village under Alinagar police station. Asked to comment on the report, the additional chief electoral officer said: “We have taken cognizance of the entire incident and an FIR has been registered. Prima facie, names of workers of a political party have come to the fore. The administration has assured the people that they do not need to fear.” On death of an election official in Gorakhpur, Tiwari said: “The matter is being probed. If someone is seriously ill, then he is not deployed on poll duty. People submit their requests (for exemption from election duty) and the district administration considers such requests with sensitivity. However, if any untoward incident is to take place, no one can forecast it.” When asked whether there were lack of medical facilities for the election officials, the additional CEO said, “There is proper medical arrangement and first -aid kits have been given to all the poll staff.” The additional CEO also said reports of EVM malfunctioning were reported from some places but polling was not hampered. “We also got reports of poll boycott from certain places in Gorakhpur, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Mau. Officials rushed to those places to pacify the voters,” he said. Polling is underway in Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). Union minister Manoj Sinha is seeking re-election from Ghazipur. The BJP is contesting 11 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, while its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is contesting from Mirzapur, currently held by Union minister Anupriya Patel, and Robertsganj. The saffron party has pitted Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan from Gorakhpur against Congress’ Madhusudan Tripathi and Rambhual Nishad of the Samajwadi Party. Gorakhpur MP Pravin Nishad, who had won the seat on a SP ticket in bypolls last year, has joined the BJP. The party has fielded him from Sant Kabir Nagar seat. Gorakhpur was represented by Yogi Adityanath in the Lok Sabha from 1998 to 2017, before he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The final phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state will decide the fate of eight SP and five BSP candidates. In all, there are 167 candidates in the fray for 13 seats. The highest number of 26 candidates in the fray are from Varanasi, while Bansgaon has the least number of four candidates fighting the polls. The total number of voters who are eligible to cast their votes in this phase is over 2.32 crore. As many as 25,874 polling booths have been set up in 13,979 polling centres, the Election Commission added.last_img read more

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TSX declines as crude oil prices slide Scotiabank takes big Q4 charge

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market plunged almost 200 points on Tuesday, before recovering some of those losses in afternoon trading, as energy stocks sustained significant losses following a move by Saudi Arabia to cut prices to its U.S. customers sent oil reeling to four-year lows.The December crude contract in New York fell $2.25 to US$76.53 a barrel after Saudi Arabia made the price cut. BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said the move added “to speculation that Middle East producers are working to defend market share amid surging U.S. output.”Prices have also been pushed downward by a U.S. dollar that has gained in strength lately as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program concluded at the end of October.The TSX energy sector fell 4.5 per cent. Major losers included Athabasca Oil, which plunged 12.5 per cent to $3.06 while Canadian Natural Resources dropped 4.5 per cent to $36.55.Falling oil prices and dovish comments Monday by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.41 of a cent to a five-year low of 87.64 cents US.Energy stocks also punished U.S. indexes as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 81.81 points to 17,284.43, the S&P 500 fell 16.35 points to 2,001.46 while the Nasdaq declined 41.55 points to 4,597.36.Oil prices drop to 3-year low as Saudi Arabia cuts crude prices againCanadian dollar tumbles to below 88 cents as oil prices slumpThe major corporate story of the morning involved Scotiabank, which announced that it’s cutting 1,500 jobs companywide — about two-thirds of them in Canada.It’s posting a $341 million after-tax charge for the fourth quarter which will reduce earnings by 28 cents a share. Part of that is for severance costs but Scotiabank is also taking a number of other steps, including an additional $109 million of loan loss provisions related to the Caribbean region. It will also write down the value of its investment in a Venezuelan bank by $129 million and take a $47 million charge related to unremitted dividends from Banco del Caribe in Venezuela. Its shares lost $1.30 to $67.48.Elsewhere on the TSX, other resource sectors registered sharp losses amid data showing the eurozone economy in precarious shape. The European Commission has cut its growth forecast, saying growth will come in at 0.8 per cent this year, down from 1.2 per cent growth it forecast this spring.The base metals sector lost three per cent with December copper down five cents to US$3.01 a pound.The gold sector was down 0.2 per cent while December gold inched up 50 cents to US$1,170.3 an ounce.The TSX found some strength from consumer staples and telecoms.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. reported a third-quarter profit of $457 million or 64 cents per share on $2.45 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $481 million or 68 cents per share on $2.20 billion in revenue a year ago. On a comparable basis, the company said it earned $450 million or 63 cents per share for its latest quarter, two cents ahead of estimates and its shares gained 39 cents to $55.42.WestJet Airlines says its quarterly net income excluding losses from the sale of old aircraft surged 31 per cent to a record $85.4 million. The airline earned 66 cents per diluted share in adjusted profits, two cents short of analyst estimates. Its shares declined 85 cents to $31.18. read more

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WatchCanada and 10 other countries agree to new TransPacific trade pact without

OTTAWA — Canada and the remaining members of the old Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed Tuesday to a revised trade agreement that will forge ahead without the United States, opening distant new markets at a time of uncertainty closer to home.The deal comes exactly one year after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement, leaving Japan as the largest player in a new 11-nation pact that spans two hemispheres and includes both U.S. neighbours.Asked by reporters whether he was aware of the deal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while walking past them at the Davos economic summit in Switzerland: “Who do you think has been working hard at it behind the scenes.”Thrilled to announce that Canada + the 10 remaining members have signed the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership #CPTPP. Canada can and will work hard to set the terms of trade so the middle class can compete and win on the world stage.— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC)🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) January 23, 2018The agreement follows two days of high-level talks in Tokyo and was confirmed by International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. The partners are now expected to work toward signing the agreement by early March.“Canada can and will work hard to set the terms of trade so the middle class can compete and win on the world stage,” Champagne tweeted.“The agreement reached today is the right deal.”The announcement came just hours after a Canadian government official told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believed a deal could be struck, even as it pushed for more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.Terence Corcoran: Trudeau can’t land a trade deal — because he’s no free traderCanada attempts to smooth Japan’s ruffled feathers after Trans-Pacific trade standoffForget Trump, Trudeau is now the biggest obstacle to Pacific trade dealAnother Canadian government official said Champagne pressed his counterparts for an exemption on culture-related elements that had been part of the original TPP deal.The official said Canada will protect its cultural sector in the updated deal through legally binding side letters with each partner.This could not be a dumber move at a more important timeFlavio Volpe of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association The autos component risks being more controversial.In a sector considered key to the deal, Canada managed to get a bilateral arrangement with Japan to resolve non-tariff barriers, including a binding dispute settlement mechanism, according to an official. The official said the side agreement brings into force key commitments made by Japan to Canada and the U.S. in the original deal, but which were lost when the U.S. pulled out.Rebranding of TPP as Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is a joke. With this deal it’s the same old story. Shameful broken trade promises. This isn’t progress for workers it’s a mockery #cdnpoli #canlab— Jerry Dias (@JerryPDias) January 23, 2018The new deal also includes a bilateral agreement with Malaysia to adjust auto rules-of-origin and another agreement was being finalized with Australia, the official added.But a major Canadian auto-parts association offered a scathing reaction.Flavio Volpe of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association said this agreement moves Canada in the exact opposite direction of where its most important customer and powerful next-door neighbour is headed — right in the midst of sensitive negotiations.He said the U.S. is pushing for a new NAFTA that increases domestic content requirements, and keeps Chinese parts out of North America — but the revamped TPP deal moves Canada and Mexico the opposite way, reducing local requirements and letting more product from non-TPP countries like China into the supply chain.“This could not be a dumber move at a more important time,” Volpe said in an interview.He accused Champagne of chasing a legacy item, without regard for how it might affect the far more important NAFTA negotiations — literally unfolding this week in Montreal: “We’re trophy hunting,” Volpe said.Canada, the second-largest economy among the partners, was widely considered the main holdout in the negotiations. Last fall, the pact was rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.The Tokyo negotiations were the first high-level talks since the leaders of the partner economies met in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang, Vietnam.Trudeau made international headlines there by deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what became known as TPP11 following the U.S. withdrawal. Trudeau’s decision in Vietnam to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting in Danang.Volpe said Canada has now caved into countries that really wanted a deal, without extracting much new in return. He noted that trade with these countries pales in comparison with the U.S.: “New Zealand,” he said sarcastically, naming one TPP country: “That huge market we’ve been waiting our entire lives to crack.”But other industry leaders, many of whom had actively lobbied Ottawa to commit to the Pacific Rim deal long ago, applauded news of the agreement.Assuming reports of a finalize #TPP trade deal are accurate, CFIB heartily congratulates PM @JustinTrudeau, @cafreeland & @FP_Champagne. #TPP will provide lots of new opportunities for Canadian small firms at a time of trade uncertainty with the US.— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) January 23, 2018Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, tweeted that the “TPP will provide lots of new opportunities for Canadian small firms at a time of trade uncertainty with the US.”John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association tweeted: “Great news for Canada’s beef producers and job creation in Canada as a whole! Helpful for NAFTA talks too.”Many believed the original TPP had suffered a fatal blow when Trump withdrew from the deal in his first week as president.The government official said Trudeau had been bringing up the Asia-Pacific trade pact in recent months every time he’s had conversations with leaders from the other partner economies. Over the last week, he discussed the deal with the leaders of New Zealand and Chile by phone.Trudeau also dispatched well-connected Vancouver Economic Commission chief executive Ian McKay as his personal envoy at this week’s negotiations in Japan, the official said. McKay joined Canada’s chief and deputy chief negotiators in Tokyo for two days of talks that were scheduled to wrap up Tuesday.Besides Canada, the new deal’s partners are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.Most importantly, the deal will open up access for Canada to Japan’s economy, the third-largest in the world. Canada’s agricultural, seafood and forestry sectors would see some of the greatest benefits, the official said.The official insisted that Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland also remained engaged with their counterparts in recent months.They added that Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, met with Japan’s ambassador last week to discuss the deal.With files from Alexander Panetta in Montreal read more

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DR Congo rebel coalition in east lays down arms in UNbrokered deal

The UN Mission in the country (MONUC) said that the move by the rebel coalition Mouvement Revolutionnaire Congolais (MRC), which consisted of regrouped combatants from other armed militias that had previously disbanded, will make relocation easier for displaced persons in the troubled Ituri District and allow many more to vote in the elections.William Lacy Swing, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, welcomed the agreement, signed yesterday in Bunia by the Congolese Government and the MRC in the presence of UN officials, calling it a major step forward for the elections and for peace. He urged other rebel groups to follow the example and lay down their weapons.In the past few months, UN peacekeepers have been backing the Congolese national armed forces as they fought to disarm or expel such groups from Ituri and the two Kivu provinces in the eastern part of the vast country.Thousands of people fled the conflict in those areas, much of which had been controlled by militias since the multi-factional and multinational fighting of the Congolese civil war in the late 1990s.In Sunday’s elections, the first in the country in 45 years, 25.5 million voters are expected to cast ballots at 50,000 polling stations in an election involving some 33 presidential, over 9,000 national legislative and more than 10,000 provincial assembly candidates. It is considered to be the most complex electoral-assistance mission ever undertaken by the UN. read more

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Crude oil drops to near US94 a barrel as ECB rate cut

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 4:06 pm MDT Crude oil drops to near US$94 a barrel as ECB rate cut boosts dollar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil fell Thursday as an unexpected rate cut by the European Central Bank strengthened the U.S. dollar and OPEC said global crude supplies are abundant.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 60 cents to US$94.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell more sharply, dropping $1.78, or 1.7 per cent, to US$103.46 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Aiming to encourage Europe’s modest growth rate, the ECB cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low 0.25 per cent, a move not generally expected until at least next month.The cut weakened the euro and strengthened the dollar, making commodities like crude more expensive for traders using currencies other than the U.S. currency. The euro was down to $1.3365 from $1.3520 before the rate cut was announced.Meanwhile, a report from some of the world’s key oil producers that forecast rising energy supplies in the coming years also weighed on prices.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it expects demand for its crude oil to fall to 29.2 million barrels a day in 2018 from 30.3 million barrels a year this year. OPEC said rising supplies from other sources, such as Canadian oilsands, crude from Latin America and the increased use of biofuels, would contribute to the fall in demand for its own output.“This year’s (report) demonstrates again that there is no shortage of oil and resources are plentiful,” OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badry said in the group’s 2013 World Oil Outlook report.OPEC also predicted that global oil demand would rise from 81.2 million barrels a day in 2013 to 89.7 million barrels a day in 2020 and 100.2 million barrels a day in 2035. At the same time, renewables and other fuels will cut into oil’s share of global energy use.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell four cents to US$2.50 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil lost three cents to US$2.84 a gallon and natural gas gained two cents to $3.52 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Racket sponsor backs Sharapova despite failed drug test

Racket sponsor backs Sharapova despite failed drug test FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova’s racket supplier became the first main sponsor to publicly back the five-time Grand Slam champion after she admitted to failing a doping test. Austria-based company Head announced Thursday, March 10, 2016, it was planning to extend its sponsorship deal, three days after Sharapova revealed her use of the banned substance meldonium. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) VIENNA – Maria Sharapova’s racket supplier became the first main sponsor to publicly back the five-time Grand Slam champion after she admitted to failing a doping test.Austria-based company Head announced Thursday it was planning to extend its sponsorship deal, three days after Sharapova revealed her use of the banned substance meldonium.Head CEO Johan Eliasch said Sharapova has made “a manifest error” by her continued use of the drug after it was banned, but added there was no “evidence of any intent by Maria of enhancing her performance or trying to gain an unfair advantage.”Eliasch said his brand, which started sponsoring Sharapova in 2011, “is proud to stand behind Maria, now and into the future and we intend to extend her contract. We look forward to working with her and to announcing new sponsorships.”Several other brands, including sports gear giant Nike, watch maker TAG Heuer, and sports car company Porsche, were quick to suspend their support of the world’s highest-earning female athlete after her announcement Monday that she failed the drug test at the Australian Open in January, days after the substance was banned.A former No. 1 for a total of 21 weeks, Sharapova earned an estimated $29.5 million last year alone, mostly off the court. Sharapova has 35 career singles titles and more than $36 million in career prize winnings.Sharapova said she has taken meldonium for 10 years for various health issues and that she neglected to click on a link in a late December email to check the new list of banned substances. She faces a lengthy ban, which could prevent her from competing for Russia at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.“She has and still is dealing with the medical conditions she described,” Eliasch said. “Prior to 2016, we believe that Maria has never throughout her career been taking any WADA banned substances or any other illegal substances.”Eliasch said Sharapova was taking meldonium in such low doses that the drug couldn’t possibly have had a stimulating effect on her performance, and that “we further conclude this falls into the category of ‘honest’ mistakes.”According to Eliasch, it “is common ground within the scientific community” that for meldonium to provide “any relevant performance enhancing effect it has to be taken in daily dosages in excess of 1,000 to 2,000mg.”The dosages Sharapova had been taken “were significantly short of performance enhancing levels,” according to the CEO.“The honesty and courage she displayed in announcing and acknowledging her mistake was admirable,” Eliasch said. “Maria may have made a mistake, but she has earned the benefit of the doubt and we are extending it to her.” by Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN Libya mission urges countrys stakeholders to pursue next round of talks

This follows recent political and security developments, particularly last week’s deadly terrorist bombings in the City of Al-Qubbah and the decision of the House of Representatives in Libya to suspend its participation in the political dialogue. The latest wave of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.In a statement, the Mission said it “would like to clarify a number of misconceptions in recent media coverage regarding the talks” the latest round of which took place in Geneva last month. The UN-facilitated Libyan dialogue was conducted in a “responsible and serious environment, with a high sense of resolve and determination” with the hopes of reaching a comprehensive political agreement to end the country’s crisis and restore security, the Mission said. “The participants and the United Nations were fully transparent during their work on the dialogue; decisions were made by participants after broad and inclusive deliberations and consultations,” it emphasized, adding that ending the “severe political division” in Libya is of critical importance, since its continuation will pose a clear threat to the unity of the country. “Accordingly, it is urgent and necessary to reach an agreement on a strong and independent Government, whose highest priority should be restoring the confidence of the citizens in the Libyan State, as well as provision of services and combatting terrorism, since terrorism has become a real threat to the political process, the Libyan State, and the security and stability of the country and the region.”The UN-backed dialogue is intended to produce proposals to be endorsed by Libyan stakeholders and supported by the people. All decisions made by participants – whether related to the consensus government’s mechanism, method of formulation, or to security arrangements related to the ceasefire – are first and foremost Libyan decisions that are made by the consensus of the participants, the Mission said. In that regard, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León, who also heads up UNSMIL, has reiterated to Libyan leaders the neutrality of the UN on many occasions, the last of which when he contacted Interim Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni to offer condolences for the victims of the terrorist bombings in Al-Qubbah. In that telephone conversation, Mr. León reiterated that a political agreement is the safeguard to Libya’s unity and ability to combat terrorism, and asked for the interim government’s public support for the dialogue. The Special Representative also assured Mr. Al-Thinni that the international community remains fully supportive of the dialogue.Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a serious humanitarian crisis, with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies along with mounting numbers of casualties. read more

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Internet Explorer 11 support for WebGL SPDY3 confirmed

first_imgInternet Explorer 11 is due to arrive later this year along with Windows 8.1, but the new web browser has already been poked and prodded thanks to the Server 2012 R2 preview release. From what’s been shown off so far, it’s clear that Microsoft is still keenly focused on building a standards-compliant browser that competes with the likes of Chrome and Firefox.Developer Robert McLaws (the same fellow that shared images of the Start Button tweaks) posted a variety of images that detail IE11’s new features for both end users and developers.WebGL support — which was teased on Microsoft’s Vine account a while back — has indeed landed in IE11. Right now the browser only passes about 73% of Khronos’ WebGL tests, but that could be because this is 1) a preview release and 2) running on Server 2012 R2. IE11’s numbers should be much better by the time Windows 8.1 RTMs.The latest revision of Google’s SPDY protocol is also supported, something that was hinted at in earlier leaked builds of Windows 8.1. While SPDY tests in April returned negative results, registry keys indicated that Microsoft was working to integrate support in IE11.McLaws’ screenshots highlight a few other tweaks for users. The SmartScreen filter can now be turned off more easily, as an option has been added to the download manager. There’s also a “flip ahead with page prediction” feature. While not demonstrated, it’s likely that this allows users to continue scrolling to read the next page of multi-page articles in IE11.Some semantic changes have been made, too: “Add Site to Start Screen” has been switched to “Add Site to Apps” on the gear menu.We’ll know plenty more about IE11 in the coming days. The Windows 8.1 Preview should be released today at Build, and we’ll be taking a deep dive into it.last_img read more

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FAA Will Now Require You to Display an ID Number on Your

first_img Your drone will need a dog tag: The U.S. government is now requiring all civilian drones to add external IDs due to safety concerns.On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted the regulation on a preview website for the Federal Register, Bloomberg reported. The regulation, which will go into effect on Feb. 23, aims to protect people from potentially concealed explosives and other hazardous incidents. Considering that there are more than one million drone users in the U.S., this regulation will help the FAA elevate safety and security.If you are attending @NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Clash today, be advised that there is a #NoDroneZone in effect within 3-nautical-miles of Daytona International Speedway from 2 pm until 5 pm ET. #FlySafe pic.twitter.com/FitH9UcoAr— The FAA (@FAANews) February 10, 2019The rule, which won’t be published until tomorrow, will give citizens a 30-day commitment period to respond to the updated ID requirement, The Verge reported. Moving forward, drone owners will have to externally display their drone registration numbers outside their devices. Previously, drone owners were allowed to place identification inside the devices’ battery compartments.Last month, the FAA proposed a framework that would enable expanded drone flights over large crowds and populated areas. However, flying a drone during major sporting events, including NASCAR races and football games, is strictly prohibited. Other companies, including Echodyne, a startup backed by Bill Gates, are also trying to help reduce illegal aircraft activity with their anti-drone radars.Visit FAA’s website for additional drone operation safety guidelines and tips.More on Geek.com: You May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, at NightFlights Grounded at Newark Airport After Two Drones Spotted Flying NearbyDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more

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New title match added to WWE Fastlane PPV this Sunday

first_img Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Ronda Rousey Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter Kevin Owens, who captured the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Monday night during RAW, will defend his newly won title against Dolph Ziggler at WWE Fastlane.Also added to the show is The Cutting Edge Peep Show hosted by Edge and Christian with special guests The New Day this Sunday (2/21) on the WWE Network from Cleveland.Here is the updated card for Fastlane on Sunday.Winner Advances to WrestleMania 32 Main Event – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman ReignsWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerWWE Divas Championship MatchCharlotte (c) vs. Brie BellaSasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & TaminaThe Cutting Edge Peep Show with special guests The New DayKickoff Show:WWE United States Championship MatchKalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio* Note: Alberto Del Rio challenged Kalisto to make the title match a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match. WWE has yet to confirm the stipulation as of late Monday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournamentlast_img read more

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Wilmingtons Woodbriar Health Center SOLD To Pointe Group Care

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below press release is from Pointe Group Care, as shared by the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce:Pointe Group Care, a private, family-owned and locally managed senior living and rehabilitation provider, announced it has completed the acquisitions of the former Grosvenor Park Health Center in Salem and the former Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington. The facilities have been renamed, respectively, AdviniaCare Salem and AdviniaCare Wilmington, and the acquisitions were approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.Pointe Group Care has been operating the facilities since October and has focused its efforts on improving resident safety and updating facility infrastructure.“Our team has worked diligently to re-establish the sterling reputations of these health care centers within their respective communities,” said Chris Hannon, director of operations at Pointe Group Care. “We have focused our energies and investments on enhancing the clinical preparedness of the staff and improving the infrastructure that is necessary to provide highquality care in a safe and welcoming environment. We look forward to working closely with our partners in the communities that we are now serving in Salem and Wilmington.”Pointe Group Care oversaw capital improvements at both facilities, including replacing resident furniture and repairing major equipment. The company also appointed new leadership teams for administrative and nursing services. Each facility now has an active Family Council to ensure engagement with the loved ones of residents and patients, and these groups are encouraged to participate in facility initiatives and ensure that leadership is meeting their expectations.“We worked closely with Pointe Group Care during their tenure as manager of the Grosvenor Park and Woodbriar facilities, and their efforts during that period reflected a focus on resident care and a strong understanding of clinical, regulatory and facility-related priorities,” said Paul Valentine, senior managing director of KCP Advisory Group, the court-appointed receiver of the two facilities that were acquired. “We very much enjoyed the relationship with them and anticipate that those in the Salem and Wilmington areas will appreciate these centers being operated under the AdviniaCare banner.”The new AdviniaCare Salem is a 123-bed facility located at 7 Loring Hills Ave. in Salem. AdviniaCare Wilmington is a 142-bed facility located at 90 West St. in Wilmington. Each facility employs about 125 people.The acquisitions expand Pointe Group Care portfolio to five rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, including facilities in Brockton, Chelsea and Fall River. The company also plans to purchase the five-star Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Brewster.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Woodbriar Health Center To Be Sold In Early 2019In “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Banyan Treatment Center In WilmingtonIn “Business”Woodbriar Health Center To Pay Up To $200,000 In Settlement With Attorney General’s Office After Patient’s DeathIn “Business”last_img read more

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