Stop Sending Prospecting Emails Before Calling

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Why do you keep sending emails to your prospective clients instead of calling them?You know that most people get too much email, and because they are already too busy, a salesperson’s email is among the easiest to ignore.You know that an email finds its way to the bottom of a never-ending onslaught of emails that accumulate day and night, moving to a place where it is both out of sight and out of mind.The information you provide to your prospective client about what makes your company so great isn’t useful or helpful to your potential client as an email. More still, more PDFs are not better than fewer PDFs. Fewer PDFs aren’t better than no PDFs (unless it is serious insight with your handwriting all over it).An email is a lousy place to ask for the Commitment for Time, especially when it is your very first communication. It’s doubtful that you can pitch enough value in this format to gain the commitment you seek.You make it easy to say no when you ask over email. You make it possible for your prospective client to reject you without even having to tell you no by merely pressing the delete button.You have established that you are no different from the dozens or hundreds of salespeople and sales organizations that seek efficiency instead of effectiveness, trading less effort for even less effectiveness. Your effort should match your desire for the outcome you want, and your unwillingness to exert that effort is proof positive you don’t want the outcome enough.The person receiving your email knows something about you, namely, that you are afraid of them. They know that you prefer to hide behind a computer screen, which indicates a lack of confidence and suggests you don’t think of yourself as a peer and a value creator.You send the email believing that your dream client will read your words, pick up the phone, call you directly, and ask you to drive out to see them so they can buy from you. But the phone never rings, and you rarely receive even a rejection email. When you do receive an email, you believe it indicates engagement and become your dream client’s penpal, arguing for a meeting.Email has a place in your prospecting sequence and cadence. However, it should not be your first attempt, and it isn’t the right place to ask for the commitment for time. If you want to schedule a meeting, and if that meeting is important to you, start by picking up the telephone.last_img read more

India to take on Pakistan in Champions Trophy opener

first_imgJune 01, 2016 ICC admits to purposely putting India, Pakistan in same group Huge demand for ICC Champions Trophy tickets The 18-day tournament will run from June 1 to 18, 2017. COMMENT cricket Defending champions India have been seeded second and will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening cricket match of next year’s ICC Champions Trophy after the two countries were today placed in the same group for the event to be held in England.The Asian powerhouses will go head to head at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on June 4. The 18-day tournament will run from June 1 to 18 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London.A couple of days before the all-Asian clash, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in a repeat of the World Cup 2015 final at Edgbaston.Event host and 2004 and 2013 finalists England will take on Bangladesh in the tournament-opener at The Oval, which will also be the venue for a battle between former champions Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 3.The tournament schedule was announced at The Oval exactly a year before the first ball is to be bowled in the tournament, in which a total of 15 matches — including three knock-out games — will be played over two and a half weeks.The top eight sides as on September 30, 2015 have qualified for this tournament, with world champions Australia seeded number-one. They head Group A, which also includes fourth seeds New Zealand, sixth seeds England and seventh seeds Bangladesh, who will be returning to this competition for the first time since 2006.India lead Group B, which also comprises third seeds South Africa, fifth seeds Sri Lanka and eighth seeds Pakistan.The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals, which will be played at Cardiff and Edgbaston on June 14 and 15 respectively, with The Oval hosting the final.There will be a reserve day for the final.Announcing the schedule, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The ICC Champions Trophy is a short and sharp event, which is followed and enjoyed by the spectators and players alike. The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is not just an ODI competition, it carries a great deal of value since it is being played just three months before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 qualification cut-off date. As such, every point earned here could be crucial.”In the 2013 event, India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-reduced match at Edgbaston and then went on to beat England by five runs at the same venue to win their second ICC Champions Trophy title.However, in the 2009 event in South Africa, Pakistan beat India by 54 runs at Centurion, which interestingly is their only victory over old foes in a major ICC event.Australia have won back to back Champions Trophy titles in India and South Africa in 2006 and 2009 respectively, while New Zealand won the competition in Nairobi in 2000 when it was called the ICC Knock-Out.England are hosting the event for the third time. They had made the final of both tournaments that were held on home soil previously. In 2004, they narrowly lost the final to the West Indies at The Oval by two wickets, while in 2013 they suffered a five-run defeat at Edgbaston.South Africa won the inaugural event in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1998 while India and Sri Lanka shared the trophy in 2002.Event schedule:June 1 — England v Bangladesh, The Oval (d)June 2 — Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d)June 3 — Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (d)June 4 — India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (d)June 5 — Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (d/n)June 6 — England v New Zealand, Cardiff (d)June 7 — Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (d/n)June 8 — India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (d)June 9 — New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (d)June 10 — England v Australia, Edgbaston (d)June 11 — India v South Africa, The Oval (d)June 12 — Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (d)June 14 — First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (d)June 15 — Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (d)June 18 — Final, The Oval (d)June 19 — Reserve day (d). SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on null RELATED SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Centre working on Bal Sansad programme: Smriti Irani

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) The Central government is working on a programme Bal Sansad to develop life skills in children like planning, decision making, participation of children in all activities including management of the school, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said today.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Irani said that guidelines of the programme, once finalised will be shared with states and UTs.”The Central Government is working on a programme, namely Bal Sansad or Childrens Parliament to develop life skills in children, in planning, problem solving, leadership, ownership, decision-making, participation of children in all activities and management of the school and making school a fun-filled, joyful and safe learning environment,” Irani said.She said the Centre is developing guidelines for the programme based on the best practices of the states or UTs.”Once finalised, the guidelines will be shared with the states/UTs,” she said in her reply.In a written reply to another question, Irani said that the HRD ministry has constituted a Committee for integration of sports in higher education as part of its New Education Policy (NEP) consultations.Replying to yet another question, the HRD minister said that Surya Namaskar has been included as one of the activities of yoga in the model syllabi and textual material developed by NCERT based on its scientific importance and not considering any religious aspect. PTI ADS RGlast_img read more

India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Karthik in 2019 World Cup squad: Jacques Kallis

first_imgSouth Africa great and Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Jacques Kallis has backed Dinesh Karthik to make India’s World Cup squad, saying the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman will be crucial to the team’s chances at the quadrennial tournament in England and Wales.Kallis added India would be silly to ignore Dinesh Karthik, considering the experience and temperament the Kolkata Knight Riders captain brings with him. Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, the legendary all-rounder also said India have the firepower to bring home their third World Cup trophy.India have tried quite a few options at the much-talked-about No. 4 spot in the batting order without much success. While captain Virat Kohli had tipped Ambati Rayudu to seal the spot as early as last year, the Chennai Super Kings player’s form in the recent past has been a cause for concern.On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik had managed to do well in the limited opportunities he got to represent India in ODIs over the last three years. Karthik has scored 425 runs in 20 matches at an average of 46.75 in ODIs since 2017.In T20Is, Karthik had proved his mettle as a finisher, helping India win the Nidahas Trophy T20 tournament in 2018 with a blinder in the final against Bangladesh.Despite being consistent with his performances, Karthik was not picked for the ODI series at home against Australia last month. It was also India’s final international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30.”India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Kartik in the World Cup team. He has the experience and the temperament and will be critical to India’s chances. He should be looked at as the number 4 option,” Kallis said.advertisement”2019 will be the most open World Cup of all and India certainly has the team to win it and are the favourites going into the tournament,” Kallis added.”DK is one of the best finishers I have ever seen. He has been unbelievable for KKR. India will be silly if they don’t pick him up for the World Cup. To have a guy there who is going to be calm under pressure and he’s great to have him in your dressing room as well,” Kallis told India Today.Kuldeep shouldn’t be too hard on himself: KallisKallis also urged Kuldeep Yadav to not look too much into the lean patch he is going through in Indian Premier League (2019). While the left-arm wrist-spinner has been consistent for India at the highest level, picking wickets across the globe, he has struggled in the ongoing season of IPL having picked just three wickets in six matches for Kolkata Knight Riders.Kuldeep had a busy season with Virat Kohli’s Team India during their overseas trips last season as he was part of the side in all the three formats of the game. The young spinner is looking a bit tired in IPL 2019 and KKR may even rest him for a couple of matches in the near future.”Kuldeep shouldn’t be too hard on himself because he is holding the middle overs and batsmen are being careful not to give him wickets. Kuldeep should not worry too much and just keep his focus,” Kallis said.Also Read | Self-doubt creeps in when I don’t pick wickets, like in this IPL: Kuldeep YadavAlso See:last_img read more

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom quick review: Premium, powerful and special

first_imgOppo has made great strides in the affordable to mid-range segments in India. The company has crafted some good-looking phones packed with impressive hardware to earn a level of trust among consumers in the country. And when it comes to launching flagship phones, the company as confidently introduced new and unique technologies to impress the masses. The Find X was an example of that last year. And this year, we have the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship smartphone that is part of the newly-minted Reno series. The Reno series has been created as a youth-centric line to offer attractive premium phones at affordable prices. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a Snapdragon 855-powered phone that also touts a premium glass design, pop-up camera, notchless AMOLED display and a triple camera setup, among other things.This flagship phone has been launched in India priced starting at Rs 39,990, while the regular Snapdragon 710-powered Reno model costs Rs 32,990. I spent a brief amount of time with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom ahead of its launch and here are my initial thoughts. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is all kinds of premium from its design. Right out of the box, you are greeted with a large device that offers an incredibly smooth back. This is due to a combination of a curved Gorilla Glass 5 with a matt-like coating that makes it feel silky smooth to the touch. It’s quite slippery on the palm so the curved panel is welcomed for a better grip.advertisementThe matt finish on the back makes the glass resistant to smudges and fingerprints. The other reason the panel is so smooth is because the triple camera setup sits underneath the glass. There is no camera hump so phone can lie flat on the table, but this also makes the device thick at 9.3mm. The cameras, Oppo logo and “Designed by Oppo” branding are all placed neatly vertically on the strip in the center.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition and the regular Oppo Reno come in two colours – Jet Black and Ocean Green – both of which look really attractive. The flagship model does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It does offer stereo speakers and a Type-C port. At 215 grams, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition feels substantially heavy to hold. On the front, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition offers an edge-to-edge display free of notches or punch-holes. You get a tall 6.6-inch AMOLED display that offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The FHD+ (2340×1080) display looks bright and vivid with punchy colours and deep black. The bezels on the top and sides are negligible while the chin is fairly thin as well. Stay tuned to our in-depth review where we will test the display under different lighting conditions and for scenarios like gaming and entertainment.The AMOLED display also allows Oppo to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Reno 10x Zoom Edition. Like many other phones this year, the Oppo Reno also comes with a pop-up selfie camera, but with a slightly different design. While most phones come with a 90-degree pop-out mechanism, the Reno comes with what the company calls a shark fin rising camera design. The mechanism rises from the side of the top frame in a 11-degree angle, which Oppo says is the best position for capturing selfies.The pop-up camera rises in 0.8 seconds as per Oppo. The system houses a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera that can also be used for face unlock. The triple camera setup on the back, includes a 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens. The camera system supports 10x hybrid zoom, hence the name of the flagship. The phone can digitally zoom all the way up to 60x as well. I have spent less than a day with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition, so I won’t be able to talk about the cameras in detail. It’s worth knowing that the phone also supports Night mode, Slo-mo video, Google Lens and an Expert Mode, among other things. It also gets a Dazzle Colour feature, which is similar to Chroma Boost on some Relame devices.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a flagship phone since it’s powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset. This is notably the second phone in India to rock the latest Qualcomm flagship processor after the OnePlus 7 Pro. As expected, the phone feels blazing fast while opening apps and browsing through the UI. We will test the performance more extensively in our full review.advertisementThe Reno phone also runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6. The custom Oppo software comes with an app drawer and a gradient colour theme. There are a bunch of preloaded apps as well, most of which can be uninstalled. Lastly, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom houses a 4,000mAh battery and the phone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging over Type-C.I used the Reno 10x Zoom for less than a day, but it’s clear already that Oppo has crafted a premium device that packs a punch. This is not just a good-looking phone, but it also offers something unique with its shark fin pop-up camera. It also looks like it can stand toe-to-toe in performance when compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro. However, we can only know how good the Reno 10x Zoom really is after an in-depth review so do stay tuned for that.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Oppo Reno launched in India: Price, specificationslast_img read more

All Blacks cut loose against France after yellow card opens floodgates

first_imgA questionable yellow card to the France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thumping 52-11 victory in the first Test of their three-match series at Eden Park on Saturday.With the match locked at 11-11 early in the second half, Gabrillagues was sent to the sin-bin by the English referee, Luke Pearce, for a high tackle on Ryan Crotty, but TV replays showed Gabrillagues was nowhere near the centre’s neck or head. Australia 18-9 Ireland: rugby union international – as it happened Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter New Zealand rugby union team Topics France rugby union teamcenter_img Codie Taylor and Ben Smith scored tries while Gabrillagues was off the field and Rieko Ioane added a third seconds after the lock returned to ease the All Blacks 19 points clear with 20 minutes remaining.Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape, Ioane and Ardie Savea then scored tries as the All Blacks opened the visitors up in the final quarter to clinch a 12th successive win over France and continue their 24-year unbeaten run at Eden Park.“We were behind on the scoreboard and as soon as we drew even, the boys really picked up again and it felt good,” the All Blacks captain, Sam Whitelock, said.“We just had to hold on to the ball. A couple of times in that first half we played, dropped the ball and gave them the opportunities. The second half we were a lot better, we capitalised on those opportunities.”Despite the yellow card blowing the game open, the world champions had started to look ominous by dominating possession and territory and it looked like it would only be a matter of time before the French finally crumbled.That France held an 11-8 half-time lead was testament to their defensive strength, epitomised by their goal-line tackling when the All Blacks hammered away in the final few minutes before the break to no success.Until that point, the visitors had lived on All Blacks mistakes with Remy Grosso’s early try set up after a poor attacking kick had allowed Teddy Thomas to counter and set up field position.The All Blacks, however, had turned the ball over only for Ben Smith to pass the ball straight to Grosso. Both of Morgan Parra’s first-half penalties were also needless with Aaron Smith’s dissent costing his side 10 metres and putting the France scrum-half within kicking range the worst of the transgressions. match reports Despite the All Blacks errors, they looked dangerous with ball in hand and Beauden Barrett’s try was the result of some superb interplay with his two brothers.The All Blacks fly-half evened the score with his second penalty in the 48th minute but when Gabrillagues was shown the yellow card three minutes later, the home side cut loose.“It was difficult, the All Blacks accelerated after the yellow card and for us it was difficult in defence,” the France captain, Mathieu Bastareaud, said. Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Sign up for the Breakdown, the Guardian’s weekly rugby union email. Rugby union Reuse this contentlast_img read more

PKL 2019 highlights: Patna Pirates edge out Bengal Warriors, UP beat Pune

first_img Next PKL 2019 highlights: Patna Pirates edge out Bengal Warriors, UP beat PuneA superb performance from Pradeep Narwal helped Patna Pirates overcome the challenge of Bengal Warriors in their final Pro Kabaddi League match of the season on Sunday.advertisement Press Trust of India Greater NoidaOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 22:50 IST Patna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors 69-41 on Sunday (Twitter: @prokabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSPatna Pirates beat Bengal Warriors 69-41 on SundayPradeep Narwal scored 36 points for Patna PiratesUP Yoddha produced an all-round performance to beat Puneri Paltan 43-39 in a Pro Kabaddi League matchPardeep Narwal was at his scintillating best for Patna Pirates as his 36-point performance helped the three-time champions thrash semifinal-bound Bengal Warriors 69-41 in their final Pro Kabaddi League match of the season here on Sunday.Pardeep Narwal’s 36-point display in front of a packed audience at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex also helped him cross the 300-point mark for the season (302) as Patna equaled their own record of highest points scored in a match.A total of 110 points, another Pro Kabaddi record, was scored in the free-flowing encounter between two sides who were playing with nothing to lose.Despite starting with a much-changed seven, Bengal Warriors began the match on the front foot with the likes of Rakesh Narwal and Mohammad Taghi impressing in the raids.The Pirates’ poor defending meant they were reduced to two men on the mat around the 10th minute but that is when the revival began for the three-time champions.Vikas Jaglan and Neeraj Kumar produced two Super Tackles for the Pirates to spark a comeback and Pardeep Narwal then inspired a 5-point raid with six minutes remaining to half time to inflict an All-Out on the Warriors and open up a 9-point lead.Pardeep Narwal and the Pirates were playing the last match of the season having failed to qualify for the play-off stages and they looked like a side keen to enjoy their final moments.Pardeep picked up his Super 10 in the dying minutes of the half and ensured there was only one Bengal player left on the mat as the half ended with scores 27-17.advertisementThe second half started with Patna clinching an All-Out in the first move. There was a brief period of dominance for the Bengal Warriors thanks largely to raiding prowess of Rakesh Narwal who clinched a Super 10.But once again the Warriors failed to inflict an All-Out, with Mohammad Maghsoudlou and Pardeep Narwal producing Super Tackles. The game’s tempo dropped as smiles started appearing at both the camps.Patna were playing for pride while Bengal were just testing their B team as their top side got some rest before the crucial stages of the tournament.Bengal did manage to secure an All-Out with four minutes remaining but Pardeep Narwal then produced a massive 6-point Super Raid (equalling his previous best of 6 points against Haryana Steelers in season five) to inspire another All-Out for Patna with under two minutes remaining.Pardeep was not done as he crossed the 300-point mark for the season (first one to do in season seven) and inflict another All-Out on the Warriors to clinch a big win.Nitesh inspires UP Yoddha to a hard-fought win over Puneri PaltanHome side UP Yoddha produced an all-round performance to beat Puneri Paltan 43-39 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Sunday.Captain and lead defender Nitesh Kumar, with a High 5 (6 tackle points), was the star for the UP team as they clung on to the match despite a late effort from the Pune side to stage a comeback.For 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi 2019Follow Patna PiratesFollow Bengal WarriorsFollow UP YoddhaFollow Puneri Paltanlast_img read more

Tiny House Warriors establish new village to resist pipeline assert Secwepemc sovereignty

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Tiny House Warriors have established a new village in BC’s interior at the site of a planned worker’s camp and are calling land defenders to the area in an effort to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and assert Secwepemc sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw, their unceded territory.Last weekend’s arrest of Secwepemc Ktunaxa land defender Kanahus Manuel and the subsequent eviction of the Tiny House Warriors from B.C.’s North Thompson River Provincial just outside Clearwater has drawn six or seven land defenders and water protectors from other nations.Manuel, a member of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and founder of Tiny House Warriors resistance, was taken into custody by local RCMP officers last weekend, but was released later that day after signing a conditional release “under duress,” she told APTN News Tuesday at the group’s new village in Blue River, B.C.“They didn’t win, because we’re here and I’m standing on this ground that they forcibly removed my people from [for] hundreds of years — and I’m still standing here. And this is the power that nobody sees.“They think they’ll break me by arresting me and throwing me in jail…when I didn’t do anything wrong. And they think it’s going to stop me. But it won’t, because we have determination.”The new village sits alongside an access road on the edge of Blue River, about 100 feet from a family campground and across the road from Kinder Morgan’s planned workers’ accommodation complex.Three tiny houses are accompanied by four tents, a camping gazebo, and a small kitchen area covered by a green tarp when not in use. Kanahus and her sister’s children run around with the dog and take short strolls up the road. She is joined by two of her sisters—Snutetkwe and Mayuk—her mother Beverly, children, niece and about a half dozen land defenders and water protectors from the occupied Tongva, Mohawk and Purepecha territories. Filmmaker Jahnny Lee of the Yong-In Clan Korea Nation, a filmmaker who helped shoot “Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is also at the Tiny House Warriors’ village documenting the resistance.All of those present at the village are Indigenous.Just up the road along the Yellowhead Highway motels, tourist lodges and a couple gas stations are the only visible businesses in the town of about 250.Tourists pass by on their way to Murtle Lake, a popular canoeing destination.Some stop to ask what the warriors are doing and seem interested. Most just drive by. Vehicles the warriors believe to be unmarked police cars or private security hired by Kinder Morgan pass by a few times a day.It’s doubtful anyone seeing the Tiny House Warriors know of the Manuel family legacy.Manuel and the warriors are part of a growing movement of Indigenous peoples in Canada asserting themselves on their land. They argue that despite its rhetoric Canada has not moved to fully recognize inherent Indigenous rights, title and jurisdiction as mandated by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, international law, and by the Supreme Court of Canada.Manuel’s family has led the fight for rights and sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw. Her late father Arthur Manuel, a former Secwepemc chief and international ambassador for Indigenous rights in Canada and abroad, has been described as the “Nelson Mandela of Indigenous Peoples”. Her late grandfather George Manuel was the first chief of the National Indian Brotherhood.Kanahus said she is continuing the fight her father and grandfather led.“I will never live my life and their life in vain, for what they did for us — and not just them but all our ancestors before.”New village next to Kinder Morgan’s Blue River “man camp”Kanahus and the others call the proposed Trans Mountain worker’s accommodation complex a “man camp” due to the overwhelming majority of men who typically occupy the facilities.The site will house up to 1,000 workers, most of them men, for the duration of the pipeline construction phase in the area, which is scheduled to begin in September.Manuel said the man camps will be just the latest in a long line of such encroachments on Secwepemc territory dating back to the Hudson’s Bay Company and the camps established to build the Canadian Pacific Railway, which helped open up Secwepemcul’ecw to settlers, increased resource extraction, and violence against Indigenous women and girls.She said some Indigenous women are likely to work in the camps, and that like others she has spoken with they may fear reporting harassment or assault out of fear of losing their job. “If they come out and they address it then they’re blacklisted from any type of jobs working at the camps anymore.”A 2016 report from Amnesty International concluded resource development in Northeastern BC is “both fuelling violence and increasing vulnerability to violence” for Indigenous women.Fending off smear campaignsOn Tuesday Kanahus was the target of an article by Stewart Muir, a former editor at the Vancouver Sun and currently a writer for Resource Works, a website sponsored by the Business Council of British Columbia and forestry, mining and energy associations.Though Arthur Manuel acknowledged in “Reconciliation Manifesto”—the book he was working on when he unexpectedly passed away in January 2017—that he has “earned a living off oil and gas,” Muir claims to have “broke news of the gas station angle” on the story of Kanahus Manuel. Manuel said the article is part of what she calls a broader “smear and disinformation campaign” that regularly targets Indigenous people defending their land.“In the 80s when our people were completely impoverished and there was no opportunity in the whole valley for the three reserves there—Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap—there was no business, no type of employment, only the band office working for the state,” she said, responding to Muir’s article.“My father had a lot of kids and he refused to be on welfare. He would take office jobs that would take him out of the community…and he said no, I think I’m going to start a business — and he started a gas station on the reserve,” she continued. “Not to be involved in the oil and gas industry — you don’t make money on oil and gas in a small business. The purpose was to create some economic certainty for our family, and that’s what he did, and I stood by him. He raised us off of that.”Manuel denied owning the gas station, as claimed by Muir, and said her uncle Richard, Arthur’s brother, owns the gas station and presently leases the business out.Kanahus says other smear campaigns may come, particularly at the hands of federal intelligence and security agencies.“The counterintelligence program that was used to take down the American Indian Movement and to dismantle other liberation movements and fronts throughout Canada and the U.S. — they know those tactics,” she said.In 1995, following an armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake in Secwepemcul’ecw, evidence submitted in court proceedings revealed the RCMP had sought out “smear and disinformation” tactics against the land defenders.Manuel said she expects similar tactics employed by RCMP and intelligence agencies as the Tiny House Warriors gain support.“People are going to try to discredit this movement, but our hearts are so big for our land, our hearts are so big for our children, for my mother, my great-grandmother, all those who came before me who instilled who I am in my DNA,” Manuel said.All part of a bigger fight against colonizationThe increased violence against women and loss of access to traditional lands and resources are all part of the wider issue of colonization, said Manuel.She said the Canadian government has forcibly displaced her people “off of our traditional territory on to Indian reserves, which is 0.2 percent of our land base,” but that the Tiny House Warrior movement “is freedom”.Four of the 17 bands established under Canada’s Indian Act have signed agreements with Kinder Morgan.In “Reconciliation Manifesto,” Manuel wrote that while a few Secwepemc bands have signed deals with Kinder Morgan, “Secwepemc territory belongs to the Secwepemc people collectively.“Band councils have jurisdiction on the postage stamp-sized lands set aside under the Indian Act, but it is the whole nation that holds collective title to our vast national resources.”Echoing the key pillar of her father’s fight for Indigenous rights and sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw, Manuel said Canada and corporations wishing to extract resources from her people’s territory need the consent of the nation.“When we’re saying that the Canadian government, the Trudeau government, did not get the free, prior and informed consent of the Secwepemc people collectively, it’s important for us to continue to say that this is a collective right,” she said. “It’s a collective right with all 10,000 Secwepemc that are within the Secwepemc Nation.“[If] one child stands up and says no, that’s our law. That’s our law as Secwepemc people,” she continued.“There is a collective Nation that needs to say yes as well, and there is no yes for this pipeline.” read more

Bengals intellectuals call for Mamata as PM in unison

first_imgKolkata: Prominent intellectuals from Bengal stood by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, for dividing people on religious lines and damaging the secular fabric of the country.All the intellectuals who joined a programme at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday with the slogan of ‘check the communal forces from unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal, an embodiment of communal harmony’, echoed the opinion that Banerjee is the only viable alternative in the country to fight Modi and his fellow BJP leaders, who carry with them a baggage of bigotry and intolerance. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe intellectuals also made it clear that they want to see the Trinamool supremo, who has the capability to ease the tension and fear prevailing among the people across the country, as the Prime Minister. They also strongly objected to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark that Bengalis have been turned to Kangals (beggars). Renowned artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya said: “Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. A political party with a saffron flag is trying to spark communal tension in Bengal. We came across a rally (one attended by Amit Shah) while coming here. Where are these people coming from? They certainly do not look like our fellow citizens. They were shouting objectionable slogans and showing gestures which the people here in Bengal are not familiar with.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We must prevent the extremism and intolerance triggered by some people in the state. They are coming from outside the state and maligning Bengal. Our Chief Minister had hinted many days ago at the attempts to spread communal tension, which is being witnessed now. These communal forces are targeting Banerjee as they are scared of her. We must build opinions and support her,” he added. Economist Abhirup Sarkar said that the saffron party has been trying to destroy institutions including the Reserve Bank of India, which gives an idea as to which direction our democracy is heading toward. “The institutions which are supposed to keep a vigil on the ‘Chowkidar’, have been destroyed,” said Sarkar. Well-known singer Kabir Suman said that they must lend support to the Chief Minister, who has given a clarion call to oust Modi. “They have seen a revolution in the development works initiated by her. BJP has waged a war and she must win to restore communal harmony,” the singer said. He also said that he would have slapped Shah, had he been present when the former had termed Bengalis as ‘Kangals’.last_img read more

Akhilesh Maya weigh options

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday held a meeting with Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati to discuss the political situation in view of the exit polls results.The hour-long meeting was held at the BSP chief’s Mall Avenue residence here. The two leaders made a seat-to-seat assessment but decided to wait for the results rather than speculate on the exit poll results. Talking briefly to reporters after the meeting, Akhilesh said: “We will talk after the results on May 23. I maintain my stand that we are winning 56 seats in UP.” Sources said that the two leaders also decided that they would hold talks with other opposition leaders on May 24, when all results are finally out. “They will have telephonic talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar on May 23 and with other leaders, including those of the Congress on May 24,” said a source.last_img read more

Ban Maithripala agree to meet in New York

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President Maithripala Sirisena have agreed to meet in New York next month when the President attends to the UN General Assembly.Ban Ki-moon had telephoned the President yesterday and congratulated him on the peaceful conduct of the Parliamentary elections, the President’s office said today. During the conversation, the UN Secretary General had expressed keen interest to meet the President on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He commended the President for having shepherded an inclusive process and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.The Secretary-General encouraged the new Government to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation. He had said he looks forward to continuing to work with the President, the Prime Minister, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka in support of building long-term peace and prosperity for the country. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly and will speak on the latest developments in Sri Lanka. The President has told the UN chief that he looks forward to the meeting in New York and also agreed to consider some of the advice given by Ban Ki-moon during their telephone conversation.On Tuesday, in a statement issued by his office, Ban Ki-moon applauded the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August. read more

Disgraced lawyer sent to prison

The Hamilton lawyer who helped win a $20-million lawsuit for the residents of Caledonia was sentenced Monday to penitentiary time after he was convicted of skimming $1.7 million of the funds.John Findlay pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust by taking the money that was held in trust for the people of Caledonia who suffered from an occupation of the town in 2006. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.“This is a good man who’s fallen from grace,” Findlay’s lawyer, Geoffrey Read, said on Tuesday.“The public can look at this and see there was an accounting and justice was done. But I hope they also look at what kind of a fellow this was.”Reid said his client had a long history of good behaviour and had reported himself to the law society and co-operated with the police.“It’s a shame, but he’s done everything a fellow could do.”The law firm Findlay McCarthy LLP was paid $3.3 million for its role in shepherding the Caledonia class-action suit through the courts.In an agreed statement of facts, the court was told Findlay moved another $1.7 million from the trust account to bank accounts of Trefoil Marine, a U.S. company that Findlay was operating.He was arrested in September last year and, in April, the Law Society of Ontario revoked his licence, ordering him to pay costs of $51,500 plus the missing $1.75 million.At that point Findlay wrote to the society and said he had made “substantial progress” in his efforts to make restitution but as of his arrest, he had only repaid $50,000.The suit, which involved hundreds of Caledonia businesses and residents, was designed to compensate those who had property damage or business losses during the occupation.Along with the $3.3 million paid to the lawyers, about $14.5 million went to members of the lawsuit. Findlay was to keep a reserve of about $2 million.Such a white-collar crime might not have even resulted in jail time a decade ago but Canadian sentences are increasing and the judge agreed such a breach of trust by a lawyer merited a penitentiary sentence.Assistant Crown attorney Fraser McCracken asked Justice Tory Colvin to consider a three-year sentence while Read suggested a 15- to 18-month jail sentence was more appropriate, noting the increase in sentences for major frauds occurred just after Findlay illegally began transferring the money.While the judge also ordered that Findlay repay the $1.7 million, Colvin acknowledged that a disgraced lawyer will have little opportunity to do that once out of prison.The judge declined to make a penalty condition of further prison time if Findlay doesn’t pay up.The law society becomes involved in such cases and has replaced the missing funds so it will be to that entity Findlay owes the money.“He wants to make good on that,” said Read.“Justice has been done according to the law and hopefully he can return to being a good citizen when he’s released.” read more

UN atomic agency chief says Libya was in early stages of nuclear

After visiting Libya to start verifying its clandestine activities, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today said that Tripoli’s nuclear programme was “at an early stage of development.”Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, who arrived in Libya on Saturday with a team of technical experts, has begun a detailed process of verification of the North African country’s nuclear record.Mr. ElBaradei’s trip comes on the heels of Libya’s recent renunciation of all endeavours to develop weapons of mass destruction and its pledge to fulfil all obligations under international disarmament treaties.Seeking the Agency’s help, last week a Libyan envoy in Vienna informed the IAEA that his country had been engaged for more than a decade in the development of a uranium enrichment capability but added that that no industrial-scale facility had been built, nor any enriched uranium produced. read more

This Could Be The Biggest AlabamaAuburn Matchup Ever

Georgia32.2-1.9+2.82.2 SatGeorgia Tech165423.7Georgia212219.4 Ohio State27.8+3.2-4.83.8 RKSEASONALABAMAAUBURNALABAMAAUBURNCOMBINED So with 62.4 percentage points of total CFP probability on the line — in terms of how much the game projects to swing our model’s odds across every team in the country — Alabama-Auburn is easily the most important game remaining in the regular season: 10199314✓22198120041992 32016✓3012246819902204 SatOklahoma217787.3West Virginia173416.5 FriPittsburgh150015.6Miami221614.8 Auburn21.0%-20.6+31.0+/-24.7 Clemson70.0-1.7+2.62.1 82011✓4214218718642013 Oklahoma58.1+1.2-1.91.5 SatFlorida166142.5Florida State16744.0 And the stakes of this particular Iron Bowl could scarcely be higher. Not only will the winner go to the SEC title game as West division champ,2Either Alabama will have an 8-0 conference record or the teams will be tied at 7-1 in conference games and Auburn would have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Crimson Tide. but the outcome will also have a big influence on who ultimately makes the College Football Playoff.According to the FiveThirtyEight CFP prediction model, Alabama and Auburn are two of the eight remaining teams in the country with at least a 20 percent probability of making the CFP. If Bama wins, that would bump the Tide’s playoff odds from 67 percent to 84 percent; if they lose, that number falls to 42 percent (meaning ’Bama might well miss the CFP for the first time). The stakes are even higher for Auburn: If the Tigers prevail, their odds will rise from 21 percent to 52 percent, but a loss would effectively eliminate them from the CFP race. And the ripple effects extend beyond the SEC, as seven other teams figure to see their playoff probabilities shift by at least 1.5 percentage points depending on what happens on the Plains. USC9.5+1.6-2.41.9 As of Nov. 20, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least +/- 0.5 percentage points 12017??237421612262 Alabama66.9+16.6-25.120.0 TEAMCURRENT CFP CHANCEBAMA WINSAUB WINSCFP SWING SCOREELO RATING 61994✓2114208921082098 72015✓2913239017642030 How the Iron Bowl could change the playoff pictureSwings in each team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff depending on who wins the Alabama-Auburn game SatWashington196176.5Washington St.19128.5 DAYSCHOOLELO RATINGWIN PROB.SCHOOLELO RATINGTOTAL SWING SatAuburn216139.9%Alabama2374+/-62.4 2201328✓34234920962215 Miami51.1-1.6+2.41.9 The most important games of Week 13According to total swing in all teams’ likelihood of making the College Football Playoff based on the game’s outcome 52014✓5544230019752125 Elo ratings are scaled so that an average team has a rating of 1500. SatStanford200444.3Notre Dame199710.4 SatSouth Carolina189118.6Clemson219214.5 CHANGE IN CFP CHANCES IF … SatMinnesota156513.2Wisconsin216512.0 SatMichigan187225.7Ohio State199225.5 4201027✓28215622102182 9198920✓30205119451996 On paper, this year’s Iron Bowl looks like the best in yearsHighest combined Elo ratings (according to their harmonic mean) for Alabama-Auburn matchups, 1988-2017 Week 13 in college football — aka rivalry week — promises to be one of the most chaotic of the year, with dozens of teams playing hatred-filled games that will have major College Football Playoff implications. No. 2 Clemson travels to face in-state rival South Carolina; No. 7 Georgia hits the road for its annual meeting with Georgia Tech; and No. 9 Ohio State heads to the Big House to face “That Team Up North.” But of all those high-intensity games, it’s the one between Alabama and Auburn that has the most riding on it.The Iron Bowl has given fans some of the most spectacular college football moments in recent memory, including “The Drive” in 2009, when Greg McElroy drove Alabama back to a 26-21 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium via a touchdown with less than 90 seconds left. Or “The Camback” in 2010, when Auburn, led by Cam Newton, stormed back from 24 points down in Tuscaloosa to stay undefeated (they’d eventually go on to win the National Championship). And most famously, there was the “Kick Six” in 2013, when Alabama took a 57-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining, but the ball fell short, and Auburn’s Chris Davis ran it back 109 yards to win the game.But this Saturday’s Iron Bowl could top all of those others, given its importance and the sheer quality of this year’s Tide and Tigers squads. For starters, these two teams are the best they’ve been in decades. We can measure how strong a given matchup is using our Elo ratings, which assign each team a score based on their quality at any given moment. And currently, Alabama boasts the No. 1 Elo in the country (what else is new?) while Auburn ranks sixth. If we combine those Elo ratings using their harmonic mean — which allows us to look for matchups where both teams have high ratings — we find that this year’s Iron Bowl features the greatest combination of Alabama and Auburn squads since at least 19881Our Elo Ratings for college football only go back that far.: TCU11.0+1.8-2.72.1 Notre Dame1.1+0.4-0.70.5 HOME TEAMAWAY TEAM In terms of ridiculous, heart-stopping finishes, it would be hard for Saturday’s game to top the 2013 edition, which ranked second in terms of combined Elo ratings, so don’t hold your breath for another miraculous kick six. But even though we don’t know how it will end, this Iron Bowl is set up to be special. The teams are at their best, the winner will likely go to the College Football Playoff while the loser will likely stay home, and the game’s outcome could help throw the rest of the country into chaos. The Alabama-Auburn rivalry is legendary and the game would still be tense even if both teams were 2-9 — but with the road to the national championship passing squarely through Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, this season’s edition should be one for the ages.Check out our latest college football predictions.CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m.): A previous version of the third table in this story reversed the home and away teams for several games: Auburn-Alabama, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh-Miami, South Carolina-Clemson, and Stanford-Notre Dame. The table has been updated. read more

This Years Boston Marathon Was Sloooooowww

For more than 20 years, the first man and woman across the Boston Marathon finish line have almost always been athletes from Kenya or Ethiopia. But it was an American woman and a Japanese man who won this year’s open divisions. Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win since 1985, finishing in 2:39:54, the slowest winning time since 1978. The men’s field was similarly sluggish — Yuki Kawauchi’s winning time of 2:15:58 was the slowest since 1976.One likely reason for the unusually slow finishes? Runners faced heavy rain, headwinds and the coldest marathon temperatures in 30 years. Kawauchi was loving the cold, though. “For me, these are the best conditions possible,” he told reporters after the race. read more

Heineken Cup cheat sheet Your guide to this weekends rugby action

first_imgUlster v CastresWhen: Tonight, 8.0pmWhere can I watch? Sky Sports 3.The story so far: Ulster are flying so far this season. They currently top the RaboDirect Pro12 with five wins from five, having played one game fewer than their nearest rivals as their trip to Zebre was postponed after the tragic death of Nevin Spence.Castres, as ever, are ticking along nicely in the Top 14. They have won four, drawn one and lost three games this season with the defeats coming away to fellow Heineken Cup competitors Toulon, Montpelier and Toulouse. Their drawn game was also on the road – a gritty 20-20 finish against Stade Francais in Paris.Team news: The visitors have made nine changes from the side which beat Clermont at home seven days ago. Among those drafted in, is the familiar face of Pedrie Wannenburg who scored the decisive try for Ulster in last season’s Heineken Cup semi-final.Castres coach, Laurent Labit, has retained both first-choice props for the trip, along with second row Rodrigo Capo Ortega, open side Yannick Caballero and backs; Marc Andreu and Daniel Kirkpatrick.Ulster coach Mark Ancombe has been forced to switch Stephen Ferris into the unfamiliar number eight jersey in the absence of Nick Williams, ruled out after suffering a rib injury last week. Ferris’ place on the blindside will be taken by his heir apparent Iain Henderson. Ruan Pienaar is back from international duty with the Springboks, but after a season almost devoid of rest he is placed on the bench. Zebre: D Halangahu; G Venditti, M Pratichetti, G Garcia (c), S Sinoti; L Orquera, T Tebaldi: S Perugini, D Glazzon, L Redolfini; Q Geldenhuys, J Sole; N Belardo, M Bergamasco, D van Schalkwyk.Replacements: C Festuccia, M Aguero, C Fazzari, M van Vuren, F Ferrarini, L Martinelli, R Trevisan, L Sarto.Connacht: R Henshaw; T O’Halloran, E Griffin, D McSharry, F Vainikolo; D Parks, K Marmion: D Buckley, E Reynecke, N White (c); M Swift, M McCarthy;  J Muldoon, W Faloon, G Naoupu.Replacements:  A Flavin, R Ah You, R Loughney, D Gannon, J O’Connor, D Moore, M Nikora, M Fifita. Leinster: I Madigan; A Conway, B O’Driscoll, F McFadden, I Nacewa; J Sexton, E  Reddan: C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross; L Cullen (c), D Browne; K McLaughlin, S Jennings, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, H van der Merwe, J Hagan, D Toner, L Auva’a, J Murphy, I Boss, F Carr.Exeter Chiefs: L Arscott, I Whitten, P Dollman, J Shoemark, M Jess; G Steenson, H Thomas: B Sturgess, S Alcott, C Rimmer; T Hayes (c), J Hanks; T Johnson, J Scaysbrook, R Baxter.Replacements: C Whitehead, C Budgen, B Moon, A Muldowney, D Mumm, W Chudley, I Mieres, S Naqelevuki. Racing Metro v MunsterWhen: Saturday 1.45pmWhere can I watch? Sky Sports 1.The story so far: It has been a mixed start to the season for Munster. While they have impressed in playing the new expansive style advocated by Rob Penney, they have come up dreadfully short in their big games thus far. The three defeats all came away from home: a narrow reversal to Ulster coming before being outclassed by trophy winners Ospreys and Leinster.Racing currently reside smack, bang in the middle of the Top 14 with four wins and four defeats, the last of which came at home to Montpelier last Saturday, so there is hope for Munster here…Team news: Until, that is, you look at the home team’s front row where the is room for international class only.Andrea lo Cicero is brought in as one of five changes from last week’s defeat. Out-half Ollie Barkley is also promoted into the starting XV.Munster confirmed this week that they would have to go to Paris without the services of Keith Earls and Wian du Preez. Donncha O’Callaghan also failed to recover from a hamstring injury, but (and it’s a very big BUT) Paul O’Connell is back in harness.All of that coming and going means a reshuffle in the pack and the backline. Up front, The Big Dog has displaced Donnacha Ryan, who switches to blindside flanker to provide some extra power in the back row. Ahead of O’Connell and Billy Holland in the second row, there is another switch at hooker where Damien Varley has regained his place ahead of Mike Sherry.Behind the scrum, Earls’ loss has been James Downey’s gain in midfield. And Penney has moved to sate Ian Keatley’s lust for a starting jersey by putting him at fullback, from there he will hope to inject another dimension to the Munster attack. ©INPHO/James CrombieZebre v ConnachtWhen: Saturday 1.45pmWhere can I watch? Sky Sports, but it will be behind the red button.The story so far: The home side have made the most inauspicious of starts to their existence. Five defeats in five games have been adorned by only a single losing bonus point. They currently sit eight points adrift at the foot of the Pro12 table.The bonus point win over Leinster has undoubtedly been the highlight of Connacht’s six games so far. However, they were quickly brought down to earth with the news that Eric Elwood would step down at the end of this season. Seven days after running in five tries against the European champions, Connacht could not manage a single point on the road to Ulster.Team news: Captain Gavin Duffy’s continued absence through injury means new signing Nathan White will lead the western province into their second Heineken Cup campaign. Duffy’s place at fullback is again filled by Rob Henshaw. Elwood has opted to blood some promising young talents in Parma. Kieran Marmion is chosen to partner wily old Dan Parks and Denis Buckley (tipped for big things) will start at loose head after impressing against Leinster and Ulster in recent weeks. Schmidt: Leinster not defending the Heineken Cup, just one of 24 contendersMuller: Tragedy reminds us just how lucky we are to play rugbycenter_img Ulster: J Payne; T Bowe, D Cave, P Wallace, A Trimble; P Jackson, P Marshall; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (c), D Tuohy, I Henderson, C Henry, S Ferris.Replacements: R Herring, C Black, A Macklin, L Stevenson, M McComish, R Pienaar, L Marshall, C Gilroy.Castres: R Teulet; M Garvey, S Bai, D Kirkpatrick, M Andreu; P Bernard, T Lecrampe; Y Forestier, M Bonello, M Coetzee; M Rolland (c), R Capo Ortega; P Faasalele, Y Caballero, P Wannenberg.Replacements: M Rallier, G Marmoiton, H Lazar, J Tekori, A Claassen, R Kockott, P Bonnefond, T Sanchou. Leinster v Exeter ChiefsWhen: Saturday, 3.40pmWhere can I watch? Sky Sports 1.The story so far: As you may already be aware, the reigning champions of Europe have not had it all their own way this season. A spate of first team injuries depleted their resources in the early season fixtures and they needed some heavy soul-searching after shipping six tries in Llanelli and five in Connacht. Since then though, things have been looking up. The win over Munster, the easing of the injuries arising from that game and a home tie to open their defence of the big cup.Team news: Despite being reduced to the bare bones by the 70th minute of last Saturday’s win over Munster, Joe Schmidt has been able to named an unchanged backline this afternoon. The pack includes two changes, but only because of front-liners Cian Healy and Leo Cullen have returned to full fitness.Neither Rob Kearney or Gordon D’Arcy have proved their fitness, but Isaac Boss (unavailable since hyper-extending his elbow in the opening night defeat against Scarlets) is one of just two backs on the bench as Joe Schmidt includes extra back-row cover in the formidable shape of Leo Auva’a. Racing Metro: B Fall; J Jane, M Bergamasco, F Estebanez, J Saubade; O Barkley, M Machenaud: A lo Cicero, D Szarzewski, L Ducalcon; K Ghezal, F van der Merwe; A Battut, J Cronjes (c), M Matadigo.Replacements: T Bianchin, E Ben Arous, B Sa, F Metz, B la Roux, C Gerondeau, S Descons, V Vakatawa.Munster: I Keatley; D Howlett (c), C Laulala, J Downey, S Zebo; R O’Gara, C Murray. D Kilcoyne, D Varley, BJ Botha; B Holland, P O’Connell; D Ryan, S Dougall, P O’Mahony.Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, D O’Callaghan, P Butler, P Stringer, D Barnes, D Hurley. Heineken Cup build-up: Elwood determined to haze the new boyslast_img read more

Man hospitalised after stabbing in Tipperary

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD is in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed in the early hours of this morning in Tipperary.The incident occurred at the entrance road to Móin Na Cíbe (Monakeeba), Thurles. The 22-year-old sustained multiple stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to Clonmel Hospital where his condition is described as stable.A knife was recovered near to the scene by gardaí in follow-up searches and a man in his 30 has been arrested. He is currently detained at Thurles Garda Station.The scene is preserved for a technical and forensic examination.Anyone with information is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station 0504-25100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 66 111.Read: Man dead and another seriously injured after early morning stabbing in Shankill>last_img read more

TUI recommends rejection of Croke Park II proposals

first_imgTHE TEACHERS’ UNION of Ireland is to put the Croke Park extension proposals to its members in a ballot – and is recommending they reject them.In a statement this evening, the TUI said that its executive committee met this afternoon to consider the proposals that emerged from public service talks as they apply to the education sector.It added: The TUI executive has decided that the proposals should be put to a ballot of TUI members, with a recommendation to reject.The TUI represents in excess of 15,000 members at second and third level.RTÉ reports that a second teachers’ union, the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has also recommended its members vote against the proposed agreement.This morning, the AHCPS, which represents more than 2,700 public sector workers, also recommended a No vote on Croke Park II.Read: Civil servant union to recommend No vote on Croke Park II> The overwhelming view was that the proposals are deficient in many respects.last_img read more

Minister denies resource issue in area where 13 patients have died by

first_imgUpdated: 8.20pmKATHLEEEN LYNCH HAS denied there is a shortage of mental health staff in the Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary area after it emerged that nine senior doctors have withdrawn confidence in the service.Some 13 patients have died by suicide in the area in the last two years, with a further four “serious incidents” being recorded.The group of nine consultant psychiatrists wrote to Lynch, the junior minister with responsibility for mental health, in June 2013 to express their “serious concerns” about local services in light of nine fatalities from August 2011 to January 2013.These included three suicides of in-patients by the same means, four suicides in home-based settings and a further suicide in a crisis house.Four more deaths by suicide have since occurred.RTÉ’s This Week programme received the letter under the Freedom of Information Act.‘No resource issue’Speaking on the radio show today, Lynch denied that she had ignored the doctors’ concerns, noting that she had passed the information on to the HSE.She said that the Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary mental health service “one of the best-resourced services in the country” with 658 employees.“There is no resource issue there,” she stated.Lynch said that a report into services in the area was commissioned in December 2013.When asked why there was a six-month gap from her receiving the letter to the establishment of the report, she said “I felt there wasn’t a need for [a report before then].”I’m a great believer in checking your facts … and getting outside experts to come in a take a look.Lynch asked the nine doctors who sent the letter to engage in discussions with the department of health, the HSE and the Mental Health Commission.The nine senior doctors raised their concerns with the HSE about the management of the service in November 2012 and on a number of subsequent occasions.‘Incredibly alarmed’Dr Alan Moore, a retired psychiatrist from the area, said that the doctors had received “no adequate response” from Lynch or the HSE.He said the number of patients’ deaths by suicide were “extraordinary”, adding he was ”incredibly alarmed by the lack of action”.Dr Moore noted that he expected ”a much more robust and instant response” given the ”unusual and very high number of tragedies being reported”.The HSE has previously stated that the number of deaths by service users were in line with figures from previous years.Dr Damien Sharpe, a GP working in Clonmel, said that the home-based treatment teams, which cover 100,000 people, were under-staffed.Lynch denied this, saying they had 200 employees.Dr Sharpe said that the nine doctors ”have been going through the proper channels all along but my feeling is that they haven’t been listened to”.The service in its current format is not working … it has in the past and it continues to fail its patients.Lynch said that the report into services in the area was due soon and she would act on its recommendations.“When we get a report that people are dying within the service … we take it very, very seriously,” she added.‘Wake-up call’Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Colm Keaveney, said the number of deaths were “harrowing and should be a serve as a wake-up call” for Lynch and her department.“The Minister claims that the service in Carlow-Kilkenny-South Tipperary is the best resourced in the country, so why are the suicide and self-harm numbers so high?“The current system is not working and it must be changed to meet the needs of service users. The only way this can be done is speaking with nurses, doctors and patients, not so-called experts who have no appreciation for the situation within these institutions and in the homes of service users,” Keaveney stated.Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said it was ”very serious” that the psychiatrists had withdrawn their confidence in the HSE management of the service.He called on Lynch to come before the Dáil this week and “explain how this situation has arisen and what she is going to do about it.”Originally published: 2.56pmHelplines: Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19) Samaritans 116 123 or email  Console 1800 201 890 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement) Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email – (suicide, self-harm, bereavement)center_img Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety) Read: Improved mental health supports needed for Irish familiesRead: Struggling with your mental health, but don’t know where to turn? This can help Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)last_img read more