Breaking Through Nomentum

first_imgIn physics, momentum is the idea that a body tends to maintain it’s inertial movement. There is a whole bunch of math that smart people can do using mass and velocity to determine momentum.When it comes to your personal and professional success, momentum is the direction and speed at which things are going for you. If you have momentum, or “the Big Mo,” things are great and getting better. It’s your velocity.Nomentum is a lack of direction and speed. It means you aren’t moving, that you aren’t going anywhere.DirectionYou can’t have momentum without first having some direction. You have to decide what you want, where you are going, and why you are going there now.A good place to start is your purpose – those things that will bring meaning to your life and allow you to make your contribution. Then you can decide on goals, the milestones you will cross as you pursue your purpose. Goals are impotent without purpose. Purpose provides the direction.Maybe you want to start your own business? First answer the question “Why?” How does it meet your need for purpose? How does it give your life meaning? How does it allow you to make a contribution?Maybe you want to make $1,000,000. Why? Without a purpose, it is just a goal, and one that won’t inspire you to take action. At least, not for long. A bigger “why” means greater motivation. Greater reasons inspire greater action.“Why” turns nomentum into movement. It gives you your sense of direction.SpeedYour velocity is in large part determined by how bad you want that vision, that purpose, that meaning. If your “why” is super compelling then you will take massive action to bring it to life. You will work haste to chase it down.If your “why” is “So I can pay my rent,” you aren’t going to feel compelled to take action. A small, meaningless why doesn’t provide the “fire in your belly” necessary to develop speed.Long TermThere is a problem with goals. That problem is that they can be achieved. Of course, you can always set new goals, even bigger goals. But purpose, meaning, and direction are what provide ongoing motivation. Your larger mission is more important than any goal.People with the largest, most meaningful purpose in their life never expect to see their vision realized. They expect to make a major contribution and to lay out part of the path for others to follow. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

London Olympics: Yogeshwar Dutt wins bronze medal in 60kg freestyle

first_imgTwo decades of toil in wrestling and a progression from mud akharas to the modern day mat culminated in Olympic glory for lion-hearted Yogeshwar Dutt as he won bronze in the 60kg freestyle category at the London Olympics.Finally, when the bearded 29-year-old police officer based in New Delhi who trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium tore the form book to shreds and pinned down Ri Jong Myong of North Korea in the last repechage bout, it was a true story of guts and large-hearted effort.”I have devoted 21 years of my life to this sport and this is the biggest day of my life,” said the tired Indian grappler as he went to receive his medal.With Yogeshwar’s coaches egging him on from the sidelines, the atmosphere inside the Excel arena was electrifying.Knowledgeable and discerning fans waved the India tricolour as the hall egged on Yogeshwar for the huge challenge.This was a day when the bearded Yogeshwar had to stretch every sinew and breathe hard as he reserved the best for the close.Three points came in a jiffy towards the end in the third repechage round against Ri Jong Myong as Yogeshwar showed great inner strength to win.”It’s an incredible feeling and I am glad I have been able to increase India’s medal tally to five in London,” said Yogeshwar.Not many would know three years ago Yogeshwar almost had to give up wrestling as he had suffered career-threatening ligament injuries on his knee. He stayed out of the sport for a long time and then bounced back.advertisementOn Saturday, in the first round of repechage, Yogeshwar showed great mettle in tackling Franklin Matos Gomez 2-0, courtesy two clinch efforts.With both the grapplers evenly matched, it was the “luck of the coloured ball” and on both occasions Yogeshwar got the chance to go on the offensive with “clinches.”Yogeshwar showed his experience by toppling Franklin with ease.On a day when the Indian had lost earlier in the pre-quarter finals to four-time world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia, luck smiled on Yogeshwar.With Besik making the final, it gave 29-year-old a fresh lease of life in the 60-kg freestyle wrestling competition.In the second round of repechage, Yogehswar faced Iran’s sturdy  Esmaeil Poorjouybari.This was easily billed as the most difficult bout for Yogeshwar as the Iranian is a respected figure in international circles.Yogeshwar was aggressive from the beginning. He won the first round by a “clinch” and in the subsequent rounds showed he had muscle and mass to tackle the Iranian.The effects of competing in his fourth bout of the day could not be seen from the stands as the Yogeshwar brought into play his tons of experience.The day began on a tricky note for Yogeshwar as he lost in the main draw second round.After that, being given repeated rub-downs by his coaches and support staff, Yogeshwar prepared for the repechage.It was only at the Beijing Olympics repechage was introduced in wrestling, where Sushil Kumar won bronze.The Beijing Games hero will be competing on Sunday and hopes to raise the bar once again.Overall, looking at the depth in Indian wrestling, Yogeshwar’s rise to the top is not unexpected. Yet, given his bad luck with injuries and being unable to do too well in the world championships in 2010 and 2011, this was a phenomenal effort.The sheer experience of having competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004 and Beijing 2008showed he was better prepared for the challenges today.Yogeshwar was inspired by Balraj pehelwan and has taken to a sport where the human effort is backed by scientific inputs.And Yogeshwar has been a strong votary of foreign coaches coming to India and helping out the grapplers with technique.last_img read more

Apollo Tyres inks global sponsorship pact with Manchester United

first_imgSeptember 08, 2016 Apollo Tyres today said it has inked a global sponsorship agreement with Manchester United Football Club for the next three years.After completion of three years of regional association with Manchester United Football Club, which helped the company increase brand visibility across geographies, the two organisations have now inked a global sponsorship agreement for the next 3 years, Apollo Tyres said in a statement.As part of the deal, Apollo Tyres will now be the official global tyre partner for the world’s leading football club, it added.“We believe that the global partnership will further help us position our brand and the products in the minds of the consumers across geographies, in addition to being visible to the 659 million fans of the club,” Apollo Tyres Chief Marketing Officer Marco Paracciani said.The three—year association with Manchester United has supported the company’s business expansion plans especially in India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa, he added.The company’s three years of regional association with Manchester United, which started with India and the UK in August 2013, was later extended to more than 100 countries.Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold said the journey has reached its natural conclusion with Apollo joining the club’s family of global partners.“We’re proud to have 659 million followers worldwide and look forward to working with Apollo Tyres to help further engage with our fan base,” he said. PTI MSS SA 09081645 football COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE Apollo Tyres Ltd COMMENTSlast_img read more

Cricket: Virat Kohli receives a customised jersey from Southampton FC

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: India captain Virat Kohli speaks to the media before India nets ahead of the 4th Test Match against England at The Ageas Bowl on August 29, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: CricTracker)Indian captain Virat Kohli who is currently in Southampton following the conclusion of the 4th test vs England received a customised jersey from the Premier League club, Southampton FC.The jersey was presented by their club forward Danny Ings. This was after team India suffered another narrow defeat to the host’s thereby surrendering the series with a game left.“It was great to welcome Virat Kohli and BCCI to Southampton last week!” read the tweet posted by their club handle.It was great to welcome @imVkohli and @BCCI to Southampton last week! 😇 #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 4, 2018Meanwhile, reflecting on the bitter defeat the Indian skipper said, “I thought England did well to give us that target. They batted well in third innings. Seeing how the pitch was, how the ball was turning, they applied themselves and got to a total that was challenging. Thought we were in with a fifty-fifty chance last night. Didn’t get a good start, England applied a lot of pressure.”“All in all it was a challenging day, we put our best foot forward but it wasn’t good enough. Don’t think we made too many mistakes today. Credit to them. We never thought like that (of an impending collapse). Me and Jinks did well with that partnership, but if you don’t have a partnership before or after it becomes difficult. But we were always under the pump. The pressure was non-stop. We felt the passion of eleven players on the field, wanting to win the Test match for their country,” he added.The 2 teams are set to face each other for one final time in this series at the Oval on Friday. With series already in the bag, England will look to finish the series in style and give Alastair Cook a fitting farewell.Also Read:England vs India: Indian legend calls for the axing of three players from the Indian squad Advertisementlast_img read more

Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: Kuldeep

first_img Press Trust of India NagpurMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 16:12 IST Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been India’s go-to spinners in limited-overs cricket in last few years (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKuldeep Yadav picked 2 wickets in the 1st ODI vs Australia on SaturdayRavindra Jadeja was preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal in the first gameIndian team is expected to make some changes in its playing XI in the 2nd ODI”We haven’t ousted anyone but made use of opportunities that we got,” was how young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav responded when asked if Yuzvendra Chahal and his performances have literally shut the ODI door on veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.The wrist-spinning duo of Chahal and Kuldeep have been regular feature in India’s ODI format confining finger spinner Ashwin to the sidelines and relegating Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner.”No, no, not at all. We haven’t ousted anyone. It’s just that we have got the opportunities and we did well. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) have always been doing well for India. In Test matches, Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Jaddu Bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are still playing,” Kuldeep said on the eve of the second ODI.Since it was a leading question, Kuldeep made extra effort to make it clear that there”And we learn a lot from them. They have a lot of experience. When I am in the Test squad, I learn a lot from them. Whenever we got an opportunity, for me and Chahal, we have performed for the team and that helped the team to win, so happy about it,” Kuldeep waxed eloquent about the kind of relation that the duo share with the senior pair.In the first game, Kuldeep bowled well and got two wickets while Jadeja despite going wicketless was very economical.Kuldeep is happy that all spinners are bowling well.”To be honest, me, (Yuzvendra Chahal) and Jaddu bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are playing really well so nothing much to worry about and we are focusing game by game,” added Kuldeep.advertisementQuizzed if he has ever felt pressure while bowling to any batsmen, he said: “No one to be very honest. There are few players, who have played me well and I am not afraid of getting hit.”However Shaun Marsh, according to Kuldeep is one batsman, who has really played him well.”Shaun Marsh is a very good player of spin bowling. In Australia, Shaun Marsh was playing really well (against me) and they (team management) wanted to give me a break for a couple of games.”After that I studied Marsh’s batting and saw him playing a lot of deliveries on the front-foot and it paid off. But it will be important how I bowl to him in the next game if he plays,” he said.Having already played 12 ODIs against Australia, there is a sense of familiarity about the opposition batting line-up.”Of course, it been two years (now) I am playing international cricket and I have almost played 10-12 matches against Australia in One Day format. Now a days, video analysis is there, it is very to pick any bowler.To add another dimension to his game, Kuldeep has now started devoting extra time on his batting under watchful eyes of assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.”Of course, batting is important be it in One Days or Test cricket. I am focussing more on batting, every session I am batting for 20 odd minutes. Batting becomes important in some of the close matches and I am working with Sanjay Sir (Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar),” he signed off.Also Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow R AshwinFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Team India Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: KuldeepThe wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been regular feature in India’s ODI format confining finger spinner Ashwin to the sidelines and relegating Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner.advertisementlast_img read more

Lancement de lindice de létat financier

first_imgLes municipalités et leurs résidents disposent d’un nouvel outil qui leur donne un aperçu de la santé financière d’une municipalité, y compris les recettes, le budget et les immobilisations. L’indice de l’état financier (IEF) a été lancé aujourd’hui 15 mai par le ministère des Affaires municipales et l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AMNE). « Chaque municipalité a ses propres circonstances uniques, et l’indice est un outil que les dirigeants municipaux peuvent utiliser pour cerner les problèmes, appuyer les plans d’atténuation des risques et prévoir pour l’avenir, a dit Mark Furey, ministre des Affaires municipales. L’indice fait en sorte que les renseignements financiers de chaque municipalité sont transparents et basés sur les faits et les analyses. » L’indice a été élaboré par les Affaires municipales, l’AMNE et l’Association des administrateurs municipaux, selon une recommandation du groupe Towns Task Force. « Le groupe Towns Task Force a reconnu la nécessité pour les municipalités d’avoir une discussion sérieuse sur leur avenir, a dit David Corkum, maire de Kentville et président de l’AMNE. Il y a une grande demande dans les municipalités pour des nouveaux services et des services améliorés. Cet outil aidera les conseils municipaux et leurs collectivités à bien comprendre les répercussions financières de leurs décisions. » L’indice de chaque municipalité considère la source des recettes et la façon dont les budgets sont élaborés pour les priorités municipales. Un total de 15 indicateurs sont utilisés pour calculer le score d’une municipalité, la moyenne pour sa catégorie (municipalité rurale et ville) et le seuil, qui est une ligne directrice précise de rendement. Chaque municipalité a examiné et approuvé ses données et fourni des renseignements pour expliquer certains indicateurs, des circonstances uniques et des tendances. L’indice se trouve au read more

Two dead as single engine plane crashes after takeoff from Whitehorse airport

first_imgWHITEHORSE — Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the scene of a deadly plane crash in Yukon.Spokesman Jon Lee says a single-engine Cessna 170 crashed into trees moments after take off from the Whitehorse airport on Monday, killing the pilot and lone passenger.The crash, barely 600 metres from the end of the runway and just west of several busy baseball diamonds, also sparked a fire.Airport and city firefighters doused the flames with assistance from a helicopter dropping water from a bucket.The privately registered aircraft had been on its way to Anchorage, Alaska, but the names or hometowns of the victims have not been released.Lee says a TSB team should be at the scene by midday to begin what he calls the “long process” of gathering information that could assist the investigation.“Collecting information on the pilot, the aircraft, the maintenance history, collecting weather information. If there was any closed circuit TV imagery at the airport we will try to get that,” Lee says.He says the Edmonton-based team will also seek statements from any eye witnesses. (CKRW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fired Kentucky Amazon employee sues over bathroom breaks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former Amazon employee in Kentucky who suffers from Crohn’s disease is suing the company over his dismissal for what he says was a need for more bathroom breaks.The lawsuit says the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act with “unyielding and inhuman policies regarding bathroom access.”The former employee, Nicholas Stover of Lexington, says Amazon was aware of his illness when he was hired at a Winchester call centre in November 2016. The suit says Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel condition that can “lead to life- threatening complications.”Stover was fired Dec. 21, 2017. He says the company failed to accommodate his treatments for the disease.An Amazon spokesman said by email that the company doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits. It seeks a minimum of $3 million in damages.The Associated Press read more

UN urges better protection for worlds forcibly displaced stateless people

7 December 2011The United Nations refugee chief today called on the international community to assume its shared duty to protect and assist millions of forcibly displaced and stateless people around the world, as he opened the largest-ever conference on the issue in Geneva. The United Nations refugee chief today called on the international community to assume its shared duty to protect and assist millions of forcibly displaced and stateless people around the world, as he opened the largest-ever conference on the issue in Geneva.The two-day forum, organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), brings together government officials from almost 150 countries and marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. “This is a unique opportunity for us all to come together to discuss and shape the evolution of the international protection system over the next decade,” High Commissioner António Guterres told the meeting.“What I am asking is for all of us to assume our shared duty. To reaffirm and recommit to the values of international protection. To face the new challenges of forced displacement, and find concrete and constructive ways to address them collectively.”Mr. Guterres noted that dramatic events have forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek refuge across borders in 2011. More than three quarters of a million people became refugees, following upheaval and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.Global forced displacement figures already stood at a 15-year high at the end of 2010, with 43.7 million people uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide. Recent events indicate that this number is likely to rise again by the end of the year. The number of stateless people is estimated to be at least 12 million.All of this, said Mr. Guterres, demonstrates why it is important to re-engage with and recommit to the core values underpinning the entire system of international protection – tolerance, solidarity and respect for human rights and dignity.The UN refugee chief warned that a succession of political crises and the global economic downturn were contributing to a significantly more challenging environment for protecting people who are forced to flee their homes. He also noted that some people are playing on public uncertainty and anxiety to promote xenophobia.“Populist politicians and irresponsible elements of the media exploit feelings of fear and insecurity to scapegoat foreigners, try to force the adoption of restrictive policies, and actively spread racist and xenophobic sentiments.”While States have the right to define their own immigration policies, they should do so in respect for human dignity and basic rights, he stated.“All this can be done, and needs to be done, in ways that ensure protection is granted to those who need it,” Mr. Guterres stressed. “This means guaranteeing their access to territory, fair treatment of their asylum claims, and adequate integration policies that contribute to social harmony.”The High Commissioner also highlighted four challenges to providing the kind of protection that the Refugee Convention aspired to: failures of States to live up to their treaty obligations; disproportionate burdens for developing countries, who host 80 per cent of the world’s refugees; the millions of refugees left stranded in protracted displacement limbo; and the complicating effects of factors such as population growth, and food and water insecurity. In addition, climate change was increasingly exacerbating other drivers of forced displacement, he said.Mr. Guterres called on States to look at ways to strengthen their own protection mechanisms for the displaced and stateless. He also announced his agency’s commitment to do more to fight sexual and gender-based violence, with a particular focus on women and girls.The UN refugee agency was created in December 1950, initially as a response to displacement in Europe in the wake of the Second World War. The 1951 UN Refugee Convention came into effect about a few months later and has since become one of the most widely accepted international human rights instruments – responsible for saving millions of refugee lives.In a video message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1961 Statelessness Convention “life-saving treaties” that have helped millions around the world.They are based, he said, on a simple principle that is as true today as ever: the principle that people should never be forced into harm’s way. “Today you have a chance to help us reduce statelessness, and assist refugees. Today you can pledge your support for UNHCR,” he stated. “Your contributions will help people far from their home countries, struggling against injustice, marginalization and fear.”The conference is expected to see governments making a number of commitments to better standards of national and international protection for the forcibly displaced and stateless. Several countries are expected to formally accede to one of the statelessness conventions during the course of the forum, and a final communiqué will be issued tomorrow. read more

BlackBerry chief executive plans lawsuit in effort to stomp out product leaks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen says he’s fighting against future product leaks by taking “legal action” that he hopes will set an example.The head of the Waterloo, Ont.,-based smartphone company alleges that a person he did not name stole confidential details about a future BlackBerry product and leaked them to the public.He said the individual posed as an employee of a wireless carrier to gain access to BlackBerry’s secured networks. From there, the information was taken.The allegations, which have not been proven, were outlined briefly in a post by Chen on the company’s website.A BlackBerry spokeswoman did not provide any additional details on what the “legal action” would be, and later stopped short of calling it a lawsuit against the unnamed individual.Chen did not say if the product was a new device or software.Earlier this week, screenshots from an update to the BlackBerry operating system revealed some new features that are in the works, while numerous other BlackBerry devices have appeared on blogs in recent months.Product leaks are common in the technology industry, particularly when it comes to smartphones, because of rabid consumer interest in the latest features.But competitors often reap the rewards of leaked images and product specifics because it gives them a head start on creating their answer to the development.“Leaks are, at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders,” Chen wrote.“The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version saw a ‘lawsuit’ had been filed BlackBerry chief executive plans lawsuit in effort to stomp out product leaks by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 11:20 am MDT read more

Healthy and sustainable food systems key to fighting hunger UN agency says

“Our common approach to food production is simply not sustainable today, or in 2050, when we will have to provide food for a population of 9.6 billion people,” said FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo in a news release.“We need to produce nutritious food for all people today while also protecting the capacity of future generations to feed themselves,” she added.Food production has tripled since 1945 and average food availability per person has risen by 40 per cent, FAO said.Despite the abundance of food supplies, there are still 840 million people that go hungry every day, according to FAO. The health of another two billion is compromised by nutrient deficiencies.This, as another 1.5 billion people are overweight or obese, consuming more food than their bodies need and exposing them to greater risk of diabetes, heart problems and other diseases.Much of the high food output achieved in the past has placed great stress on natural resources, Ms. Semedo said. These include degraded soils, polluted and exhausted fresh water supplies, encroached on forests, depleted wild fish stocks and reduced biodiversity.Intensive farming systems, combined with food wastage on a massive scale, have also contributed to greenhouse gas emissions.Among the challenges highlighted in FAO’s news release is the management of sustainable livestock. Demand for livestock products will grow 70 percent by 2050, the UN agency noted. Consumption of meat, milk and eggs is growing rapidly in developing countries, providing nutritious diets to previously food insecure populations. Consumers also need help to make healthy food choices, requiring “better governance, based on sound data, a common vision and, above all, political leadership,” Ms. Semedo said.“If the global community invested $1.2 billion per year for five years on reducing micronutrient deficiencies, the results would be better health, fewer child deaths and increased future earnings,” she added. “It would generate annual gains worth around $15 billion – a benefit to cost ratio of almost 13 to 1.” read more

Football Ohio State releases depth chart prior to Illinois game

Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik ookarrison (39), cornerback Damon Arnette (3) and safety Damon Webb (7) take down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State posted its depth chart four days ahead of its game Saturday against Illinois, revealing changes at the linebacker positions and at the two kicker positions. Sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison was named a co-starter at outside linebacker with redshirt junior Dante Booker. Head coach Urban Meyer had said earlier in the day on the Big Ten coaches teleconference that Booker was still questionable for Saturday’s game. Booker and junior linebacker Jerome Baker both missed last Saturday’s matchup against Michigan State with undisclosed injuries. He cleared Baker to play on the teleconference. At special teams, redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger was listed as the lone starter at kicker. Last week, freshman Blake Haubeil was a co-starter with Nuernberger. As for the kickoff specialist, Nuernberger is no longer listed as the starter, and now Haubeil is listed as the co-starter. Despite the fact Nuernberger was listed as the starter last week, Haubeil handled kickoff duties all throughout last Saturday’s game. Ohio State’s game against Illinois kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately said Malik Hooker would be co-starting at outside linebacker. In fact, Malik Harrison is listed as a co-starter. Hooker, a former Buckeye, is now a safety for the Indianapolis Colts. read more

TT woman who had taken out restraining order found shot to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman stabbed to death, lover attempts suicideMarch 14, 2016In “Crime”T&T teacher slain by relative during quarrelFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”T&T woman facing 109 fraud charges escapes from police custodyNovember 29, 2017In “latest news” (Trinidad Guardian) A 35-year-old mother of three, who had recently taken out a restraining order against a man she knew, was found dead in St James last night.Killed: Nadine SmithPolice said there was a single gunshot wound to the head. Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect, who is believed to have gone into hiding.According to police reports, at about 8 pm officers acting on information received went to Dundonald Hill where they found the woman, who was identified as Nadine Smith. Smith was married five years ago.Up to late last night investigators were still on the scene gathering details.However, speaking to the T&T Guardian under strict anonymity, a close friend of Smith, who was very distraught, described Smith as a “gentle and loving soul”. She said Smith often attended church and was known as a “woman of serious faith”.“She was the most humble person you would ever meet and her children were her world. She lived for them and to make them happy,” the friend said.“It is so shocking and sad to know she had to go in this inhumane way.”An investigating officer told T&T Guardian that Smith recently removed herself from an abusive relationship with a man she knew and added that she received several death threats afterwards.Smith’s murder was recorded as No. 263 for the year thus far.Investigations are continuing. read more

Corrections officers police arrest wanted man

first_imgState Department of Corrections officers and Vancouver police arrested a wanted man Thursday in a 9 a.m. raid at 3010 Kauffman Ave.Corrections officers had been looking for Roy J. Thompson, 32, for months, said Gelinda Amell, community corrections supervisor.She said Thompson had been convicted of a drug violation and later failed to report to corrections officers. An arrest warrant was issued for him as an absconder.On Thursday evening, Thompson was being held without bail in the Clark County Jail for the corrections violation, a jail official said. The corrections department will schedule a hearing in about two weeks.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or

Oxford City Council announces living wage rise to £1002 an hour

first_imgOxford City Council has announced that the Oxford hourly living wage will rise from £9.69 to £10.02 in April 2019.The Oxford living wage is the minimum rate paid by the council to its workers, including agency staff. Any contractors who have contracts worth more than £100,000 are also expected to pay their staff and subcontractors the Oxford living wage.The move follows the announcement earlier this month of an increase in the voluntary living wage to £9 an hour for employees working across the UK, and £10.55 an hour for those working in London.The council is accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary living wage, and said that its minimum would be 95% of that of London because Oxford is a relatively expensive place to live.Voluntary living wage rates exceed the government’s national living wage, which is the statutory minimum paid to employees aged 25 and over, currently set at £7.83 an hour and due to increase to £8.21 from April 2019.Councillor Martyn Rush, living wage champion for Oxford City Council, said: “Oxford needs a pay rise. The Oxford living wage helps our employees afford to live with dignity. It also helps the council by improving staff motivation and retention, enabling us to provide better customer service.“A number of other local employers already pay the Oxford living wage, including the Oxford Bus Company, Campion Hall, Blackfriars College and My Life My Choice. Oxford City Council encourages other employers in Oxford to follow their lead and adopt the Oxford living wage.”Craig Simmons, councillor for St Mary’s and leader of the Green Party on the council, believes the city’s living wage should exceed that of London. He said: “Oxford is the least affordable city to live in the UK, and there is not the choice of accommodation that you can get in London. Commuting costs are also greater. Homelessness is also higher proportionally than in London. If anything, we need a higher living wage than London, not one which is lower.”last_img read more

Facebook lost control of our data Now its paying a record 5

first_img See All US Tech Policy US Tech Policy reading • Facebook lost control of our data. Now it’s paying a record $5 billion fine Tags • Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says At one point in negotiations with Facebook, the FTC considered a higher fine, according to reporting from the Washington Post. There was also debate about whether to make Zuckerberg personally accountable for the company’s privacy screwups.”If the FTC is seen as traffic police handing out speeding tickets to companies profiting off breaking the law, then Facebook and others will continue to push the boundaries,” wrote Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, in a May letter to the FTC.In response to the FTC settlement, Facebook on Wednesday said it’s made large strides on privacy but more changes are in store.”We will be more robust in ensuring that we identify, assess and mitigate privacy risk,” wrote Facebook’s Colin Stretch in a blog post. “We will adopt new approaches to more thoroughly document the decisions we make and monitor their impact. And we will introduce more technical controls to better automate privacy safeguards.”The settlement also imposes other privacy requirements, including greater oversight over third-party apps and “clear and conspicuous notice” of its use of facial recognition. Facebook must also encrypt user passwords and regularly check for any passwords stored in plain text. In addition, the order prohibits the social network from using phone numbers it obtained to enable two-factor authentication for advertising and from “asking for email passwords to other services when consumers sign up for its services.”The US Department of Justice, which worked with the FTC, said it’s committed to making sure Facebook and other social media companies don’t mislead consumers about their personal information. “This settlement’s historic penalty and compliance terms will benefit American consumers, and the Department expects Facebook to treat its privacy obligations with the utmost seriousness,” said Jody Hunt, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Division, in a release.The FTC fine stems from Facebook’s inability to control the data of as many as 87 million of its users. That info ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy. The organization has been accused of using data gleaned from Facebook users to influence political campaigns, including the Brexit vote and the 2016 presidential campaign that led to the election of Donald Trump.Also on Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it’ll fine Facebook $100 million as part of a settlement tied to a probe into the social network’s handling of users’ data. The investor protection agency alleged that Facebook’s public disclosures didn’t offer sufficient warning that developers and other third parties may, in obtaining user data, have violated the social network’s policies or failed to gain user permission. Originally published July 24 at 5:45 a.m. PT.Update at 6:24 a.m. PT: Adds statement by Mark Zuckerberg. 7:09 a.m. PT: Adds more details on the settlement and the statement by Jody Hunt.Watch our video on how to delete or disable your Facebook account: We walk you step-by-step on saving your data and removing your account. The FTC settlement could mark a turning point in how governments treat social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for bad behavior. Over the years, harassers, trolls and propagandists have taken advantage of the sites, which often don’t strictly enforce their own rules. That’s created increasingly toxic environments in which personal attacks, hatred and fake news spread. It’s also allowed the sites to be exploited by governments, such as Russia’s illegal influence in the 2016 US presidential election.Though the US is just starting its efforts to rein in tech, the European Union and the UK are ramping up privacy protections for their citizens. The EU has begun enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping law that requires companies to give people control over their data and to quickly inform them if data is mishandled. The UK, meanwhile, is considering new regulatory roles in government to safeguard internet users’ interests and punish companies that don’t. But none of them has yet taken on Facebook directly.The settlement follows months of negotiations after the FTC claimed Facebook had violated a 2011 agreement to protect user privacy after breaking promises to users that it would do so. In April, Facebook telegraphed that a deal was in the works by telling investors it was prepared to pay as much as $5 billion related to the FTC investigation. That’s significantly higher than the previous record, set when Google paid $22.5 million in a 2012 FTC settlement over tracking users. We have a responsibility to protect people’s privacy…now we’re going to set a completely new standard for our industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Share your voice Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook FTC Now playing: Watch this: Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints Governments around the world are figuring out how they want to punish Facebook for its privacy screwups. Getty Images Facebook is notching a record breaker. The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced that Facebook agreed to pay a $5 billion fine over privacy violations and its failure to inform tens of millions of users about a data leak that happened years ago. The fine is the largest the US regulator has levied against a tech company.The settlement will require Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as well as other designated compliance officers, to certify that the company is taking steps to protect user privacy. A false statement could potentially expose them to penalties. The order also removes some of Zuckerberg’s control over privacy decisions by creating an independent privacy committee of the company’s board of directors. “Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a release. “The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations.”The multibillion-dollar fine — which is in addition to a $100 million settlement with the US Securities Exchange Commission — marks the first significant punishment Facebook has received for the storm of privacy and security scandals that have engulfed the company for more than a year. The issues, which range from the spread of fake news to improperly secured personal data, have prompted governments around the world to consider regulating social networks.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement Wednesday that the social network would make “major structural changes” to how it builds products and conducts business.”We have a responsibility to protect people’s privacy,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We already work hard to live up to this responsibility, but now we’re going to set a completely new standard for our industry.” null 3:28 0 Politics Tech Industry Internet Onlinelast_img read more

India China in US blacklist for IP theft and patent violations

first_imgCybercrimes take almost $600 billion toll on the global economy, a new report has revealed.Creative CommonsChina continues to head the blacklist prepared by the US government on intellectual property theft and patent violations worldwide, a list including 11 countries and which also includes Argentina, Chile and Venezuela.In its “Special 301” annual report for 2018, the Office of the US Trade Representative Office (USTR) identifies “trading partners that do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce intellectual property (IP) rights or otherwise deny market access to US innovators and creators that rely on protection of their IP rights.”The blacklist includes 11 countries – Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Venezuela, the Efe news reported.The report “identifies foreign trading partners where IP protection and enforcement has deteriorated or remained at inadequate levels and where US persons who rely on IP protection have difficulty with fair and equitable market access.”The USTR document says that although Beijing did make some modest reforms to its judicial system over the past few years, it has not yet changed certain laws that enable Chinese firms to violate the intellectual property rights of foreign firms, including online piracy, counterfeiting and registering trademarks in bad faith, among other things.Specifically, the question of intellectual property is one of the main points of friction in the current trade negotiations between China and the US designed to put an end to the tariff and trade war launched by US President Donald Trump and to which Beijing has responded with similar measures.In second place on the list is India, with the USTR emphasising “longstanding deficiencies” in its IP framework and a lack of adequate measurable improvements concerning patents, copyrights, trade secrets and enforcement, along with new issues that are negatively affecting US right holders.Chile and Venezuela had been on the list last year, while Argentina was added this year because of “longstanding and well-known challenges to IP-intensive industries, including from the US. A key deficiency in the legal framework for patents is the unduly broad limitations on the patent-eligible subject matter,” the report states.The report acknowledges “progress” by Chilean authorities but emphasises that there continues to be significant digital piracy in that country, while regarding Venezuela the USTR warns that “significant uncertainty and deterred investments in innovation and IP in recent years” have placed it considerably below international standards.last_img read more

AME Black History Concert

first_imgHemingway Temple AME Church, located at 501 P Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. will sponsor a Black History Concert in honor of Esther Thompson, a member of the church, on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.  Guest choirs, soloists and groups from the area will be participating in this concert of praise, worship and song. The public is cordially invited to attend. For more information, email