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Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Million Dollar Bill tweeted me to share something someone said on television this morning. This person said, “You can’t sell to people. You can only be there when they want to buy.” He knew I would have a strong opinion about this bad idea.Yes, in fact, you can sell to people. More still, if you are going to be relevant at all, you are going to sell to them before they decide to buy. In business-to-business sales, you actually help create the compelling case for change that starts the buying process.Right now, people are still suffering from post traumatic recessionary stress disorder. They believe that we are still in a recession, even though this hasn’t been true for over 6 years. This, when the economy will come in around 19.2 trillion dollars, making it the largest economy in our Universe. Even though the economy continues to grow, and people have money, they are still afraid to spend money it.If you want to be a trusted advisor, what sense does it make to allow your dream client to struggle and perhaps hurt themselves when you have the ability to help them do better? What sense does it make to know the right answer to their challenge, posses the ability to execute for and with them, and help move them forward if you have to sit on your hands and wait for your dream client to decide it’s time to buy.In the old days of sales, you might have waited for your prospect to become dissatisfied enough to change. Now you create the compelling case for change. It used to be enough to lead with your product, but now you lead with your ideas, especially your strategic, future-oriented ideas.I loved the 1980’s, but that was a lifetime ago, and sales was a very different game (even if many still play the game as it was 40 years ago). What served you then will hurt you now, and the idea that you should wait, that you aren’t supposed to create opportunities, is bad advice.
Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Australia’s Samantha Stosur returns the ball to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS — Samantha Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself” with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor. In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper last week, Court wrote that she would stop flying Qantas “where possible” because the Australian airline “has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ The 74-year-old Court has been a critic of homosexuality for decades, and she expanded her comments in a Christian radio station interview this week.“I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,” Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMartina Navratilova wrote an open letter this week criticizing Court and recommending that tennis officials rename the arena that bears the Australian great’s name at Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open.Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, thinks that might need to happen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that,” Stosur said.She also backed Navratilova.“I actually really like the column that Martina Navratilova wrote the other day,” Stosur said. “It’s about the tennis, but it’s also about who you are. And I think if there’s not a nice light in that, then why should there be that name up in lights.”At the French Open earlier this week, British player Andy Murray also rejected Court’s comments.“I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business,” the No. 1-ranked Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT
FILE — Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo got back to its winning ways in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after dumping Lyceum in three sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles, who lost to Far Eastern University in four sets, improved to 2-1 and claimed sole possession of the second spot in Group A while the Lady Pirates slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Definitely we’re happy about the win and it’s always good to win,” said Lady Eagles captain Bea De Leon. “I think we started out really slow, really poorly and the energy on the court on the second set was very slow but we picked it up.”“The third set was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so I knew we could hold on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMaddie Madayag led all Ateneo with nine points while De Leon, Pauline Gaston, and Jules Samonte had eight points apiece.Although Ateneo trailed, 36-26, in scoring spikes, it made up for the lost points with 12 service aces and enjoyed the 31 errors committed by the Lady Pirates. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Rocelyn Hongria had a game-high 12 points for Lyceum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Karachi, Nov 17 (PTI) India has agreed to play against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Womens Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament scheduled to be held in Thailand from November 25, PCB sources said. There was uncertainty over the the match after the BCCI President Anurag Thakur had said that he would ask the ICC not to schedule the encounters between India and Pakistan in group stages of its events due to political and diplomatic tensions between the two neighbouring countries. But a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that India has agreed to play Pakistan in ICC events if required. “We took this up very strongly at the last ICC meeting in Capetown and India said it had reservations over playing with us in bilalteral series but would play in ICC events,” the source said. He said in the meeting Pakistan delegation head Najam Sethi had submitted newspaper clippings and video recordings of Thakurs statements on Indo-Pak cricket ties. “Sethi made the point passionately at the ICC meeting that while Pakistan had always advocated the need of keeping politics and sports apart, BCCI Presidents media statements were political. “Sethi clearly asked Thakur at the meeting whether or not his statements were not political ones on Indo-Pak relations and he should be very clear on whether India wanted to play with Pakistan in the group or knockout stages of ICC events in future,” the source disclosed. The source said that Thakur had indicated to the ICC that India will have no issues to play Pakistan in ICC events but could not commit on bilateral ties at the moment as it entirely depends on getting the governments go ahead. “As a result it is clear that India will play us in the Womens Asia Cup T20 and Champions Trophy,” he said. Sethi later also had an informal discussionwith Thakur on the sidelines of the meeting. The source said that the ICC had also asked Pakistan in writing whether it had any issues playing India in the womens league cricket competitions and the PCB had made it clear it was even prepared to play India in the series in UAE in October but India had pulled out at the last moment. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand are the participating teams in the Womens Asia Cup T20 tournament. Pakistan womens team will reach Thailand directly from New Zealand. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisement
Virat Kohli is now a member of an elite list of captains thanks to India’s tremendous run in Test cricket in recent times. India crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test at Nagpur on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Kohli is now the third most successful captain after 31 Test matches with 20 wins. He is only behind legendary Australian captains Ricky Ponting (23) and Steve Waugh (21). Former England skipper Michael Vaughan is fourth on the list with 19 wins. Kohli needs one more victory to equal Sourav Ganguly’s record and become the second-most successful India captain.Beginning the day 384 behind with nine wickets in hand and needing to bat about five sessions to save the Test, Sri Lanka failed to step up to the pressure and folded for 166 in the second session on the fourth day at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 213 off 267 balls. It was his fifth double hundred in the format which also helped him equal Brian Lara’s record of most double tons by a captain.The 29-year-old is averaging over 63 in Tests this year after having scored 766 runs in 9 matches with one more game to go in 2017. This also includes four hundreds and two double centuries. Last year Kohli had an even better run as he amassed 1215 runs in 12 Tests at 75.93 with three double tons, four hundreds and a couple of fifties.Four of his five double centuries came in successive series against West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh in the 2016-17 season, which is a world record in Test cricket. This year he has scored 10 international hundreds in Tests and ODIs so far which is the most by any captain in a calendar year. He is also the only batsman in world cricket to average more than 50 in all three formats of the game.advertisementThe win at Nagpur was India’s 16th out of 22 Tests since 2016, which is the most for any team in world cricket in this period. England and South Africa have registered 11 wins each while Sri Lanka and Australia have nine each.The match also saw India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reach the 300-wicket milestone in his 54th match, which is the fastest by any bowler in the history of the game. The record was previously held by Australian pace bowling great Dennis Lillee who had reached the milestone in 56 Tests. Lahiru Gamage was his record 300th scalp and the final Sri Lankan wicket to fall on Day 4.The third and final Test match between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Kohli’s home ground – the Feroz Shah Kotla – in New Delhi from December 2.
NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.The league announced the decision July 28, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.“He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,” Goodell said in his decision.“During the four months that the cellphone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device.”Brady acknowledged in his testimony he was aware of investigators’ request for information from the cellphone before he had it destroyed, the appeal decision said.Wells’ investigation had no subpoena power and Brady was under no legal obligation to cooperate.The text messages were critical to Wells’ investigation because they could have shown details of Brady’s messages with equipment managers blamed for deflating footballs.The four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback was suspended by NFL executive Troy Vincent in May following the Wells report.The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks. The team didn’t appeal its penalty, but Brady and his lawyers made their case during a 10-hour appeal hearing on June 23.The NFL Players Association has previously said it would challenge the decision in court if Brady’s suspension wasn’t erased.The union said it would have a statement later in the day. The Patriots said they had no comment on the decision.Moments after announcing Goodell’s decision, the league filed action in U.S. District Court in New York against the union, saying the NFL commissioner has the right under the labor agreement to hand out such discipline “for conduct that he determines is detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football.”Goodell mentioned exactly that in the conclusion of his appeal decision.“Especially in light of the new evidence introduced at the hearing — evidence demonstrating that he arranged for the destruction of potentially relevant evidence that had been specifically requested by the investigators — my findings and conclusions have not changed in a manner that would benefit Mr. Brady,” Goodell said.Brady and the Patriots have denied knowingly using deflated footballs in the AFC title game win over Indianapolis. The Patriots went on to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl and Brady was the MVP.The NFL announced in late January that Wells would head an investigation into New England’s use of underinflated balls against the Colts.More than three months later, the 243-page Wells report was issued, saying it was “more probable than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware” that footballs he used were improperly deflated by team personnel.Brady appealed and the union asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.Scientific arguments were a major part of Brady’s defense. Brady’s lawyers tried to shoot down the findings of an independent firm hired to provide scientific analysis of the air pressure inside the footballs used by the Patriots and Colts.Brady, who turns 38 on Aug. 3, took nearly every snap last season. But he’ll miss the first four games this season unless the case goes to court.Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick in 2014, would replace Brady, the two-time NFL MVP and three-time Super Bowl MVP.New England hosts Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 to open the regular season. It then goes to Buffalo, hosts Jacksonville, has a bye, and is at Dallas in the last game of Brady’s suspension. Brady would return against, yes, the Colts on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Remember that series of Calvin & Hobbes strips when the family went camping and it rained for a week straight? They all looked pretty miserable, save for Calvin’s irrepressible dad. Why? Because they didn’t plan ahead and didn’t properly respond to the conditions at hand. But you are doing it right. Reading this article is a good first step toward learning how to enjoy camping in poor weather. Having a lot of patience and a good sense of humor helps too.Camping in the rain is not as much fun as camping when it’s not raining — let’s not kid ourselves about things here. However, camping in the rain need not be the miserable ordeal you might imagine it to be. There are several pieces of gear you can bring along, a few techniques for preparing your tent and campsite, and some clever hacks that, used in concert, will make your sodden outdoor experience a pleasure despite the drizzle or downpour. Ideally, you would bring a good brimmed hat and a poncho too; the poncho can help cover a pack or stand in for the jacket if it gets damaged, dirtied, or soaked through, and a hat keeps more water off your face than a hood. Tucking your hood into your hat creates the ideal dry head situation.Pack redundantly, especially in base layers and socks. Once your clothes are wet, you need to get them off ASAP to avoid hypothermia, skin issues, and basic discomfort. Even if your outerwear is amazing at keeping you dry, it will also probably make you sweat, so you need to have changes of clothes ready.Also: no cotton! Cotton soaks quickly, loses all insulation ability when wet, and dries slowly. Sorry, cotton.Carry Waterproof BagsDon’t trust your tent or hiking pack 100 percent when it comes to water-resistance. To be sure that your critical gear stays completely dry when you’re camping in the rain — critical gear meaning sleeping bag, a change of clothes, food, any electronics, and medical supplies — you need to tuck the stuff into a completely waterproof bag even when said stuff is inside your “waterproof tent.” You can use a dry bag designed for boats, a trusted pack, or some good old plastic trash bags — just make sure you use something!Pack Foods That Don’t Require CookingHot camp food is great, but if it’s raining too hard, then hot food is also off the menu. If all you packed in were dehydrated meals that need boiling water or raw burgers and dogs, you’re in a bit of a pickle (to maintain the culinary jokes). At least a good portion of your food should be ready to eat because you can’t build a fire or use a camp stove in your tent. If you’re an intrepid outdoorsman, however, you can build a fire in the rain.Don’t Forget Stuff To DoAs hard as it is to believe, even the great outdoors can be boring or even downright oppressive when it’s raining too hard for hiking, biking, fishing, or even just sitting around the campfire. Bring books, playing cards, board games, and other things that you and your friends or family can use to pass the time. Don’t huddle around an iPad to watch shows, though, because your precious tablet might succumb to moisture or direct rain damage, and also because, come on, man, you’re out in the wilderness!What to DoPitch Your Tent On High GroundWater runs downhill, so don’t set up your campsite at the bottom of a hill. While you need to pitch a tent on the flattest possible ground for comfort while you sleep, if possible, set up a portion of your campsite on terrain that’s slightly sloped. The ground on a hill won’t have pools of water anywhere, so if you can hang a tarp above a gently sloped area that you’ll use for cooking, gear maintenance, card games, and so forth, you’ll enjoy an overall drier experience.Lay a Tarp Down Inside Your TentUnless I’m climbing a mountain or doing a long-distance hike, I always bring a spare tarp with me even if the forecast is fair. When no rain is falling, I place the tarp under my tent to prevent any moisture in the ground from seeping upward and to tamp down any sharp brambles or twigs that might poke up. If it’s actively raining or quite likely to pour, I advise putting your waterproof tarp down inside the tent. Laid under the tent, the tarp can inadvertently collect water that will pool underneath, making it more likely your tent will soak through. Inside the tent, water that seeps up through the floor or goes dripping down along the sides will end up under the tarp, so your sleeping bag, your pack, and all the rest of your gear on top of the tarp will stay dry.Sidebar: Make sure you have a waterproof tent with a rainfly. But you already thought of that, right? And you tested the tent and checked for punctures or tears? Great.Be Careful On Wet TerrainWhether you’re hiking over miles of soggy land or simply making your way a few steps out of the campsite to deposit some water of your own, wet ground is slippery ground, and falling over on wet ground can, at worst, lead to a serious injury and, in a less-bad but not awesome scenario, leave you wet and muddy.Use trekking poles to give you more stability, especially on wet rocks or when crossing streams, and consider adding some extra traction to the bottom of your shoes or boots when the ground is slick or muddy. You don’t need to strap on a set of ice crampons or anything, but I’ve used my Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats on boots, trail runners, and casual shoes, as they provide exceptional grip on muddy, slick terrain even snow. A pair of these tuck easily away into a jacket pocket.And If You Do Get Soaked …Get dry ASAP. And get warm. If you don’t have dry clothes and it’s warm enough in your tent, get naked in order to let your skin fully dry. Or get naked, then get in your warm, dry sleeping bag. Use hand warmers, layering, a fire built under a tarp outside, or whatever else you need to do.Hang wet clothes under a tarp to dry, but don’t hold your breath — in the moist air, it will take a long time for them to dry out fully. Stuffing balled up newspaper into wet boots, socks, or the sleeves of shirts or down pant legs can help, and if you’re car camping (or have access to a generator or an outlet), accessories like the DryGuy Travel Dry DX shoe dryer can help, as you can even use it to warm up and dry out clothing. (Yes, I have one. Why? Because wet feet suck.)Article originally published April 16, 2018. What Is the Best Jean Style for You? Editors’ Recommendations How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About What to BringWear the Right ClothingWhen we talk about clothing suitable for rain camping, at the very least you need a waterproof jacket, pants, and boots.Our Gear PicksColumbia Sportswear OutDry Ex Caldorado Shell JacketColumbia Sportswear OutDry Ex Stretch Pant How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
New Delhi: A man committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train at Delhi’s Tagore Garden Metro station, police said on Saturday. According to the police, around 11 p.m. on Friday night, the Raja Garden Metro police station received a call informing them about a body lying between the tracks and the platform at Tagore Garden Metro Station. “A team rushed to the spot and found the body of a person identified as Rahul, a resident of Najafgarh, lying between the lines. CCTV footage revealed that he had committed suicide by jumping before the metro train. We have sent the body to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay mortuary for post-mortem,” said a senior police officer. The police have also initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc).
On June 30, people across America marched to #KeepFamiliesTogether and protest current immigration policies.Stars such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Cher joined marchers at events across the country.“We love that the American story is filled with people who come from all over the world to have a better life here. America at its best is big, beautiful and diverse,” said Chrissy Teigen at the Los Angeles march. “Too many people demonize immigrants, like they’re stealing something from the people born here. Immigrants don’t come here to take from us; they add to what makes America special. Making America great doesn’t mean building walls to keep people out. It means continuing to embrace the dreams of immigrants who add to our culture, our economy and our humanity.”Other stars to attend marches included Carole King and Taboo, while Questlove and Selena Gomez took to social media to show their support.More information can be found here.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday told a court here that the police filed the charge sheet in the 2016 JNU sedition case in a “hasty” and “secretive manner” and that it will take over a month to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar in the case. The AAP government made the submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat It accused the police of filing the charge sheet secretly and in a hasty manner without obtaining the required sanction from the competent authority. The court had earlier directed the state government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that.
24 September 2008Mexico’s President today appealed to wealthy countries to contribute to the setting up of its proposed Green Fund, which would be managed by the United Nations and aim to help poor nations combat the effects of climate change. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, that the fund has been proposed to deal with a paradox of climate change – those countries which have contributed the least to the phenomenon are often the most vulnerable to its impact.“Climate change is not a problem to be faced by nations according to their degree of development,” he said. “It is a task that requires the translation of words into deeds that are to be substantiated by concrete proposals that are based on the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities.”Mr. Calderón said the planned fund – first announced in May this year – would be set up within the framework of the UN so as to allow incentives for individual States to redouble their efforts to fight global warming.“It is a great satisfaction for us to see that organizations like the World Bank have already taken the initiative to broaden the availability of resources for the benefit of the countries that need them,” he added.“I respectfully call upon all nations, especially the most developed, to contribute to the establishment of this Green Fund for the creation of financial instruments to protect the environment on a global scale.”Echoing that theme, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo Mendez called for short- and long-term global responses to the problems caused by climate change that are compatible with the economic and social development of each country.“It is ironic that the poorest, those that are least responsible for climate change, are those who suffer most from its consequences,” he said.“In terms of major responsibility we frequently witness the irony of conservation levels demanded from those areas of the world that are already oppressed by poverty and exclusion while we see a sustained indifference and low level of self-criticism from the political circles that lead the fate of the world.” Mr. Lugo Mendez also called for strengthening the powers of the 192-member General Assembly as the most representative body in the UN, where the 15-member Security Council’s resolutions are binding but the Assembly’s are not.“It should be transformed into a true parliament of the world where the great themes besetting humankind are debated and not hijacked by other organs, where the decisions that are adopted are restricted to a small number of countries who very often do not pay attention to the opinions of the majority of members,” he said.
SMMT will today sign contracts with Capita IT Services to develop a new Motor Vehicle Registration Information System (MVRIS).SMMT has worked with Capita IT services since 1995 and the new contract has been awarded following a two year procurement process. It is worth £11.7 million over a five and a half year period.Under the terms of the new contract, Capita will design, build and deploy the new system as well as manage it for a minimum of five years.Since 1995, SMMT has worked with Capita on the support and development of the SMMT’s core vehicle data systems as well as hosting and the provision of data capture services. The contract has been extended twice and this current extension will take the contract into its fourth term.Chris Welfare, MVRIS manager at SMMT said, ‘SMMT has become the primary source of authoritative and impartial vehicle data and information. The extension of our relationship with Capita allows us to focus on significantly developing and enhancing the service to our members.’Shaun King, director of client services at Capita said, ‘We are delighted that our work with SMMT has been extended. We are looking forward to building upon an already successful relationship, continuing to support SMMT to deliver a high quality service to its members. The new MVRIS system will not only provide improved performance and functionality but also establish a new scalable platform allowing future expansion of MVRIS and the introduction of new applications.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon.
To replace U.S. Army General Ronald Johnson as the league’s senior vice president of referee operation, the NBA promoted former player Mike Bantom, a long-time league executive.Bantom will oversee the NBA’s officiating program, including the recruiting, training and development of all NBA officials. He will report to Joel Litvin, NBA President, League Operations and his new role will begin immediately.“Mike has been an invaluable part of the NBA for over 20 years and has excelled in leadership positions across both our domestic and international businesses,” league commissioner David Stern said. “That experience, together with his considerable accomplishments on the court and his respect in the basketball community, make Mike an outstanding choice to lead the NBA’s officiating program.”Bantom was promoted from his position as Senior Vice President of Player Development, a job he had held since 1999. His 20-plus years with the NBA also included stops with NBA Events and NBA Europe.Bantom, 60, averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists during a 9-year career that included stops with the Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Nets, Indiana Pacers and Phildelphia 76ers during the 1970s and 1980s.While Bantom’s position isn’t particularly public, it is important. The conduct and performance of the referees he oversees are always hot topics.The unchecked outrage and conspiracy theories have cooled off a bit since the Tim Donaghy referee-gambling scandal first broke back in 2007, but the league will continue to find itself fighting a never-ending war for its credibility until error-free robots are invented to handle officiating duties.The league has made real progress over the last two seasons by undertaking efforts to increase transparency, setting up websites and even a Twitter account to explain calls, correct misconceptions and admit errors. Hopefully that progress continues under the new leadership.
No Big Ten team has won a football game this year. Despite 2011 embarking on just its third day, five Big Ten teams have taken to the gridiron. All five have failed. On a New Year’s Day that will live in conference infamy, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin all came up short. Three of those schools — Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State — perpetuated southerners’ favorite notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida thumped their Midwest adversaries by a combined score of 138-45. In late November, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee questioned the merits of schools from non-BCS conferences. He said TCU and Boise State, then ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the BCS, respectively, weren’t worthy of a shot at the national title. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for (the BCS conference) schools,” Gee told The Associated Press. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.” TCU beat Wisconsin 21-19 to cap off an undefeated season in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin was the only team to knock off Gee’s Buckeyes. Even incoming Big Ten member Nebraska lost last week in the Holiday Bowl to Washington, an opponent it defeated 56-21 on Sept. 18. The Cornhuskers totaled 189 yards of offense, a far cry from the 533 yards they amassed against the Huskies three months earlier. Iowa’s win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday and Illinois’ victory over Baylor in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday have the Big Ten sitting at 2-5 overall. The Big Ten isn’t the only conference to struggle this bowl season, however. None of the BCS conferences has blown away the competition, and only the ACC (4-3) and the Big East (3-2) have compiled winning records. That’s the same Big East scorned by many after sending unranked, four-loss Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl, which the Huskies lost 48-20 to Oklahoma on Saturday. ACC champion Virginia Tech faces Stanford in tonight’s Orange Bowl. Before Saturday’s trifecta against the Big Ten, the SEC had been 0-3. The Big 12 is 3-4, while the Pac-10 is 1-1. OSU can salvage what’s left of the Big Ten bowl season by knocking off SEC foe Arkansas in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes and Razorbacks have never played, but OSU has never won a bowl game against an SEC opponent (0-9). “I know personally — I have lost three in a row against the SEC,” said OSU coach Jim Tressel. “I’m not tired of hearing about it. It’s a reminder to me of just how good the SEC is in football.”
They are often derided as Mamils (middle-aged men in Lycra), but a new study suggests Britain’s urban cyclists will have the last laugh.Cycling to work lowers the risk of dying early by 40 per cent, and reduces the chance of developing cancer by 45 per cent.Similarly a daily bike ride to the office nearly halves the risk of heart disease, according to a major study by the University of Glasgow, who tracked the health of more than a quarter of a million people over five years.Over the study period 37 people in the cycling group died, but the researchers say the findings suggest that 63 would have died if they had all commuted by car or public transport. The findings held true for both men and women.Just four per cent of adults cycle to work each day, around two million people. Walking to work was also found to be good for health, although it does not offer the same benefits as taking a bike. Commuting on food was associated with a 27 per cent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 36 per cent lower risk of dying from it. Overall walking to work lowered the risk of early death by 27 per cent. Dr Jason Gill, from the institute of cardiovascular and medical sciences at Glasgow University, said the Government must do more to make cycling safer and more popular.“Cycling all or part of the way to work was associated with substantially lower risk of adverse health outcomes. “If these associations are causal, these findings suggest that policies designed to make it easier for people to commute by bike, such as cycle lanes, city bike hire, subsidised cycle purchase schemes and increasing provision for cycles on public transport may present major opportunities for public health improvement.” “The UK has neglected to build infrastructure to promote cycling for decades and the potential for improvements to increase cycling and the safety of cycling is huge,” he said. “Cities such as Copenhagen have prioritised cycling by building bike lanes; tunnels for bikes, so cyclists do not need to pass heavy traffic; and bridges over the harbour to shorten travel time for pedestrians and cyclists. Today, no car or bus can travel faster than a bike through Copenhagen.“The findings from this study are a clear call for political action on active commuting, which has the potential to improve public health by preventing common (and costly) non-communicable diseases.“A shift from car to more active modes of travel will also decrease traffic in congested city centres and help reduce air pollution, with further benefits for health.” But there was no link with a lower risk of cancer or dying early from any cause in walkers, the study found.People who preferred to stroll to work also had to walk for two hours a week in total to see health benefits, at an average speed of three miles per hour.Experts behind the study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), said the lower benefits seen for walking compared to cycling could be due to the fact cyclists covered longer distances in their commutes than the walkers, cycling is a higher intensity exercise and cyclists were generally more fit. Professor Lars Bo, an expert in sports science from the Western Norwegian University of Applied Sciences in Bergen, Norway, said the UK government must do far more to help people cycle or walk to work. Only four per cent of Brits cycle to workCredit:AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dr Carlos Celis-Morales, from the University of Glasgow, said: “Walking to work was associated with lower risk of heart disease, but unlike cycling was not associated with a significantly lower risk of cancer or overall death.”This may be because walkers commuted shorter distances than cyclists, typically six miles per week, compared with 30 miles per week, and walking is generally a lower intensity of exercise than cycling.”The study also found some health benefits if people cycled part of their journey and took public transport or drove the rest of the way.The people taking part in the research were aged 52 on average at the start of the study and were followed for five years.
Gone are the days when thermal imaging was prohibitively expensive. The cost of the technology has fallen exponentially with its take-up yet at the same time cameras have become even smarter and easier to use. Indeed, the scope of thermal imaging is now way beyond the defence and law enforcement sectors where is was first commercially applied. Its applications span industry, offering distinct advantages over other monitoring technologies. Of particular relevance to the mining industry is the technology’s ability to monitor stored material that has the potential to self-combust. Coal starts to oxidise when exposed to air and this causes a rise in temperature. Initially this is slightly above ambient temperature but if left unchecked it can rise to above 400◦C, causing the coal to burst into flame. FLIR Systems offers a range of thermal imaging camera solutions as part of its Bulk Material Combustion Warning Systems, which use an infrared camera to generate a thermographic image of the area being monitored. This clearly shows hot spots on a remote video or PC monitor in real time and triggers an alarm.During the pre-combustion oxidisation process coal can also produce large amounts of methane and carbon monoxide gases. These toxic and explosive gases can make it even more difficult for fire fighters to control any subsequent fire so early detection of any temperature rise is vital. Thermal imaging acts as an early warning system by spotting any abnormal rise in temperature before any fire breaks out. A fixed mounted camera can be used economically to constantly survey an indoor or outdoor area day and night, in rain or snow and through fog and smoke. Not only does it provide an early-warning of potential fire, it pinpoints its source too.These benefits are prompting the wide adoption of thermal imaging to ensure the safe handling of coal. The Dangjin Coal Fired Power Complex (DGFPC) in South Korea is one example. To transport coal to its boilers, a belt conveyor of several kilometres in length is used. It is especially important that the coal’s temperature is continually monitored during transportation as movement increases its potential for spontaneous combustion. To protect assets and personnel and ensure continued productivity, DGFPC installed several fixed mounted thermal imaging cameras. These devices not only detect the slightest rise in temperature and automatically trigger an alarm but also activate an automatic sprinkler system. This is possible because the type of camera the plant’s management chose has multiple I/O ports.One of the cameras is installed in the coal store, recording the temperature of the material as it enters the conveyor system. As the coal is transported to the boilers, at a speed of four meters per second, several additional cameras check its temperature in transit. All are connected to a TCP/IP network using a standard Ethernet cable. And through the network the thermal data is shared with a programmable logic controller which immediately stops the conveyor belt and activates the sprinklers when the camera triggers the alarm.A similar system is used by Nástup Mines in Tusimice, Czech Republic to continually and automatically monitor a coal pile that occupies a site, approximately 800 x 200 m in size. Five cameras are mounted on steel masts at strategic locations around the site. The thermal data they collect is transmitted via 3 km of fibre-optic cable to the control room. The cameras are configured to generate a direct alarm output to an operator if the pre-determined temperature threshold is exceeded. An acoustic alarm and display on the control room monitor concurrently draws the operator’s attention to the location of the potential spontaneous fire.The ability to monitor the entire piles of coal rather than rely on spot measurement was also the reason why the Dutch bulk handling company, OBA, also opted for fixed mounted thermal imaging. The company operates two terminals in the port of Amsterdam for handling a variety of commodities including biomass and coal. Several European countries also impose additional requirements for the transportation of coal. A multilateral agreement makes it mandatory for the temperature of a coal load – before, during and after the loading process – to be below 60◦C. Accordingly every ship load of coal that leaves the terminal to Germany, for example, needs to carry a valid temperature monitoring certificate. The company used to outsource this job which added costs to the operation but thanks to its investment in thermal imaging OBA can now perform that task itself, adding value to the service it provides. The technology is now used to visualise the entire stretch of conveyor belts from coal store to ship, a distance of around 900m. This allows coal temperature to be monitored up to the last moment before loading. The thermal video images are sent over IP to a central control room where they are continuously monitored. A proprietary software system provides a colour-coded visual guide; green indicates a safe temperature, amber, rising temperature and red, danger of self-combustion.OBA also uses hand held thermal imaging cameras to regularly determine the temperature of its storage coal piles. They also give site engineers greater intelligence in the event of an amber warning from the control room. The fixed cameras determine the location of the potential problem and hand held versions provide the means for further investigation. And as thermal imaging is a non-contact technology it allows the job to be done without compromising personal safety.Manufacturing economies have resulted in the dramatic fall in the cost of radiometric detectors. In turn, this has made the technology easily affordable by anyone whose job can benefit from the ability to either detect a heat source, such as a person, or to examine the thermal profile of a scene or system for signs of hotspots. Indeed, it is the flexible application of the technology that enhances its cost efficiency. The same device can be used to see through smoke to spot fire casualties or scan the industrial environment to identify systems or components that are operating at abnormally high temperatures. And with every application added to the list, return on investment is even quicker.
A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE shook northwest Alaska yesterday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.The magnitude 5.7 quake struck at 4:01 am (1.01pm GMT) on Monday near the village of Noatak, the Alaska Earthquake Centre reported. As with other temblors in the earthquake swarm, the quake was felt in Noatak, an Inupiat Eskimo community of 560 people.“It woke me up,” said resident Alvin Ashby. “Some people slept through it.”People there aren’t used to earthquakes, and these have some residents worried, said Ashby, who has lived in the community most of his life.Before the swarm that began April 18, the last known quake of similar size in the area was a magnitude 5.5 quake that occurred in 1981, earthquake centre seismologist Natasha Ruppert said.The quakeThe swarm of magnitude 5.7 quakes is connected to more than 300 smaller aftershocks, some with magnitudes in the high 3s, Ruppert said. The first quake and the others of that magnitude have been located in roughly the same area about 20 miles from Noatak. The community is 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle.Monday’s quake was preceded by one minute by a magnitude 4.2 foreshock and followed by at least 10 aftershocks.Minor damage from the earthquakes includes cracks in walls in Noatak, but no injuries have been reported.Ruppert said old seismic faults have been mapped in the area, but there are no known active faults, although that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. She said sometimes surface fault scars could be hidden by vegetation or glacial deposits: Obviously, since we are having all this earthquake activity, there must be some active faults in the areaSince the first of the swarms occurred, seismic sensors have been installed in Noatak and the regional hub town of Kotzebue, 55 miles south. Ruppert said the sensors help gather more accurate information about the earthquakes.BaffledThe series of earthquakes has scientists puzzled about activity that is considered very unusual in the area.“At this point, we don’t really understand the nature of these earthquakes,” Ruppert said.Ruppert said she doesn’t believe there is any connection between the quakes and the Red Dog Mine, located about 35 miles north of Noatak.“All mining activities are very near the surface,” Ruppert said. “And all the earthquakes are miles below the surface.”Read: There was a typically Irish reaction to the Wexford earthquake > Read: One dead, 30 injured as a series of earthquakes hit southern Pakistan >
31,042 Views Share Tweet Email Earls with his daughter, Ella May. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhether the new way of doing things can bring the same European trophy that Munster earned in 2006 and 2008 remains to be seen, but there has been a shift and all in Limerick are entirely comfortable with it, even the 29-year-old old man Earls.The transformation of his individual mindset around rugby has paired perfectly with what has been happening in Munster. Earls, in the last year and a half, has realised that there is much more to life than his sport.He has loosened up, without ever shirking the hard work that helps him to perform, and the Limerick man is enjoying his career more than ever as a result.“I suppose with the amount of rugby I’d played, I had to adapt my training, gym-wise, and adapt as a man, becoming a father,” said Earls.“I’m loving every minute of everything at the moment. I’ve definitely found a good balance in my life, whereas years ago it would have been all rugby, but now I’m gone more to the other side.“I’m a father, I’m a husband, then I’m a rugby player – that’s something I’ve picked up in the last 18 months.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Apr 19th 2017, 8:00 AM ‘I’m a father, I’m a husband, then I’m a rugby player’ – Munster’s Earls The Ireland international wing has learned to be part of a new Munster modus operandi. Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM By Murray Kinsella 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL THIS SEASON, MUNSTER have made a conscious decision to detach themselves from the province’s past.The previous European successes of 2006 and 2008 will always be a benchmark and the legends who earned that status won’t be forgotten, but this Munster crop have been keen to shed the burden of bygone times. Keith Earls is having one of the best seasons of his career. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHooker Niall Scannell spoke about this theme after the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulouse, remarking that this Munster squad are aiming to create their own legacy.They have achieved nothing yet, but this season feels like real progress more than before, as new leaders – several of whom haven’t been in a semi-final before – have emerged and helped Munster into the last four of the Champions Cup, where they meet Saracens in Dublin this weekend.“There’s not too many players left over from that era,” said Scannell of the former glories. “And even guys like Keith Earls have just bought in so much to doing it our way. It’s great to see guys like that, who it’s tougher for them because they’re crossing a generation.”It’s an interesting point from Scannell that a player like Keith Earls, who was on the Munster bench for the 2008 Heineken Cup final, has had perhaps the toughest job of all fitting into this new group.He is, of course, a leader in the Munster squad but when you put Scannell’s point to him, the Ireland international says that the revitalisation has actually been of major benefit to him.“If anything they [the younger players] have helped me,” said Earls this week. “I thought I probably had to be like the older lads. I suppose when I came into the group first, I was young for a couple of years.“I broke through in 2007/08 and Conor [Murray] and [Mike] Sherry and the boys only broke through in 2011. I had to be in a squad with men that were having kids for a couple of years and I got mature quite early, at a young age.“I learned a lot off the ROGs and the Paulies and the Dougies, but the lads who have come in have brought me back down to my age nearly and I’m a lot more relaxed and I’m enjoying it. Earls is happy to be part of a relaxed Munster group. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“The younger lads still need a kick up the arse every now and then, but they still have to drive standards every now and then because they are a different breed.”The atmosphere around Munster’s high performance centre in UL is certainly a relaxed one these days and the players constantly talk about how much they have enjoyed Rassie Erasmus’ philosophy of accepting errors, learning from them, but moving swiftly on.The weight has been lifted from Munster’s shoulders. They are energetic, positive and open-minded. It’s certainly a different environment to what pervaded back in 2006 and 2008, when the tough, hard Munstermen of that era dominated.“They’re still tough, hard men now, but they know how to switch off,” explained Earls. “Even before going into a meeting, someone can be running off, then we get in here and they’re switched on. It’s a lot more relaxing.“I don’t know how to describe it; fellas aren’t on edge 24/7, probably on edge when we’re in the centre, and when we’re on the field we still kill each other, when we’re in meetings we’ll have a go off each other – but in general it’s a good balance we have.“It’s definitely a lot more mellow from ten years ago. They were made of hard stuff years ago – different stuff, should I say.”Different stuff – there’s the real point. The same approach does not bring the same results for every group.Munster in recent years have been too concerned with living up to the standards, habits, attitudes and results of a bygone era.Now, they have finally realised that setting their own standards, habits and attitudes can bring their own positive results. http://the42.ie/3345531 Follow us: the42.ie Munster in a happy place after transformation under Rassie Erasmus‘You just can’t think about it’ – Earls not stressing over Lions call