Make Room for Your Highest Value Activities

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 High value activities are the activities that produce your most important outcomes. These activities produce the results you are measured on, and they are the difference between success and failure.Low value activities produce outcomes that, while still necessary, aren’t nearly as important. They don’t have any real impact on your success.High Value Activities and OutcomesThe high value activities for salespeople include prospecting, nurturing dream clients, making sales calls, keeping their follow up commitments, and taking care of their existing client relationships. These high value activities produce the outcomes of opening relationships, developing opportunities, executing the sales process, winning deals, and owning the outcomes that they have sold their clients.These high value activities must dominate your calendar. If they don’t, you won’t produce the outcomes that you need.Low Value Activities and OutcomesLow value activities are still important. But they don’t produce the sales outcomes you need. These activities include most of your email, most of your voicemails, much of your paperwork, updating your sales force automation, most of the RFPs you receive, some of your meetings, and some of your client calls.These low value activities feel like work, but they aren’t really the work that produces the outcomes you need. In all likelihood, you are using these low value activities to avoid the activities that you most need to do.That email doesn’t really require a response, at least not during your sacred sales time. That voicemail isn’t in any way urgent; it can wait. You can do your paper work between 4:30 and 5:00 PM (or at home, if you are a hustler). The only reason you are responding to the RFP is because you don’t have a solid pipeline.You can’t allow your low value activities to crowd out your high value activities. In fact, you need to use your calendar to ensure that your high value activities crowd out your low value activities. By committing to your highest value activities, you ensure that your time and energy is invested where it provides the greatest returns. This simple change of focus will dramatically change your sales results for the better.Invest your time in high value sales activities. Squeeze out just enough time for your low value activities. If you have to barely get some of your work done, don’t let that work be the work that really produces the results that you need.QuestionsWhat are the highest value activities for you as a salesperson?What outcomes do the high value activities produce?What are the low value activities for you as a salesperson?What outcomes do these low value activities produce?How do you ensure that the highest value activities dominate your calendar and command your time and attention?How do you minimize the time you spend on low value activities?last_img read more

Lewis, Moss, Owens, Urlacher highlight 8-person Hall class

first_img“The door knocked and I started getting excited,” Moss said of Hall of Fame President David Baker alerting him he has been elected. “All the emotions caught the best of me because it’s been a long journey and it ends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tears of joy.”Moss burst on the scene as a rookie in Minnesota in 1998 when he caught a league-leading 17 TD catches and helped lead the Vikings to the NFC title game. His combination of speed and athleticism made him the game’s most dangerous big-play threat and led to the phrase “You got Mossed” for embarrassed defensive backs.He led the NFL in TD catches five times, including his record 23 for New England in 2007, and earned four All-Pro selections. He finished his career with 982 catches for 15,292 yards and ranks second all-time with 156 TD receptions.Owens, who didn’t attend the announcement, entered the league as a third-round pick by San Francisco in 1996 but developed into a star known for some memorable playoff appearances, including his winning 25-yard TD catch to beat Green Bay in 1999; his 177 yards in a comeback win against the Giants in 2003; and his nine catches for 122 yards in the 2004 Super Bowl against New England just seven weeks after breaking his leg.Owens ranks second to Jerry Rice with 15,934 yards receiving and is third on the all-time touchdowns receiving list with 153.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City But the biggest stars of the class are the two linebackers that made it on their first tries, and the pair of lightning-rod receiver who sometimes caused as many problems for their own teams as for the opposition. Moss also made it on his first try, while Owens needed to wait for his third year on the ballot to get enough support.“I’ve been going a long time. And now I can finally rest,” Lewis said. “I want to go fishing with a cigar now and just sit back. I don’t want to work out every day now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMoss and Owens each played for five teams in their careers as they often wore out their welcome with their inability to get along with teammates and coaches at times.But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Cornerback Ty Law also made it to the final 10 in his second time on the ballot. Defensive backs John Lynch and Everson Walls, receiver Isaac Bruce and running back Edgerrin James were the other candidates eliminated in the first cuts.“I’m glad I didn’t have to vote for this class,” Urlacher said. “It’s a great class.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Patriots’ Brady wins 3rd MVP ahead of Super Bowl vs Eagles Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img Lewis is widely considered one of the greatest middle linebackers, winning two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards and earning eight All-Pro selections. He anchored a dominant defense for the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in a season that ended with him winning Super Bowl MVP, then retired as a champion after Baltimore closed his last season with a title win over San Francisco in February 2013.“Growing up as a child, I know what that looked like, Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus,” Lewis said. “Who dreams of being in that category, sitting with those guys?”Lewis joined tackle Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens voted into the Hall of Fame as both of the team’s first-round picks in its initial season of 1996 received the high honor.Lewis’ career was also marked by legal problems off the field. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice after initially being charged with murder in connection with two killings following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in January 2000. Lewis was also fined $250,000 by the NFL.Urlacher wasn’t far behind Lewis with his play on the field and is the latest in a line of great Chicago middle linebackers to make the Hall, joining Butkus, Singletary and Bill George. He was the Defensive Player of the Year of 2005 and joined Lewis on the 2000s all-decade team.Dawkins spent most of his 16-year career in Philadelphia, earning five first-team All-Pro selections for his versatility that included 37 career interceptions and 26 career sacks. He became the first player in NFL history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in the same game against Houston in 2002.Kramer got passed over 10 times previously as a finalist before finally getting enough votes as a senior to become the 14th member of the Vince Lombardi Packers to make the Hall. Kramer helped anchor the Green Bay line for 11 seasons, winning six NFL titles and making the block that cleared the way for Bart Starr’s TD sneak in the “Ice Bowl” for the 1967 NFL championship.Brazile was a finalist for the first time after a 10-year career for the Houston Oilers that included five straight All-Pro selections.Beathard, also not on hand Saturday, helped build four Super Bowl champions in Miami and Washington and made seven trips to the title game during more than three decades as a personnel executive with a sharp eye for talent.Five offensive linemen were among the 15 finalists, with tackle Joe Jacoby getting eliminated in voting that reduced the candidates to 10, and tackle Tony Boselli, guards Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson, and center Kevin Mawae getting cut in the next round of voting. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts as he is introduced before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Baltimore. Lewis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)MINNEAPOLIS — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher terrorized opposing offenses from the middle of the field. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens did the same to defenses on the outside.The two hard-hitting linebackers and two big-play receivers highlighted an eight-person class voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Safety Brian Dawkins also received at least 80 percent support from the 47 Hall of Fame voters, along with contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: How the mother of all cricketing battles is losing its lustre

first_imgIndia has extended its winning streak in World Cup matches against its arch-rivals – Pakistan to 7-0. India defeated Pakistan in a rain-interrupted match by a margin of 89 runs (DLS method).The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is considered to be one of the most intense sports rivalries in world cricket. The two nations carry bitter diplomatic relations which can be dated back to the partition conflict in 1947 and the subsequent Kashmir issue, and the same rivalry got translated even in the cricketing contests between the two teams. Cricketers of both teams often face intense pressure to win and have even been on the receiving end of the extreme fan reactions in case of a defeat.An India versus Pakistan cricket match has always been a treat to watch, not only because of the intense rivalry but also it always used to a tough contest between the two teams.However, An India versus Pakistan match has now become occasional and lackluster – there are hardly any nail-biting finishes and the odds are safely stacked against one team.The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of the India Today group has analyzed all the one day international (ODI) matches the two arch rivals have played against each other since their first World Cup encounter in 1992. We looked at the victory margins of all these matches to see how the recent clashes between the two rivals have become less challenging.India and Pakistan have faced each other in as many as 93 ODIs since 1992 and India emerged as the winner in 44 matches while Pakistan’s win tally is a tad higher with 49 wins.advertisementDuring the period 1996-2006, the two teams played the maximum number of matches against each other and more than half of these matches witnessed very close finishes and could have been anybody’s game till the far end of the match. 33 such matches out of total 65 matches played during the time period had a winning margin of either less than 50 runs or less than 6 wickets, if the winning team batted second.Post-2006, both the teams have played only 25 ODIs, which were mostly one-sided and only nine matches were close ones. Most of these one-sided wins went in favour of India, which managed to win 15 out of those 25 clashes.However, not only the clashes between the two teams are mostly restricted to ICC tournaments as the two teams haven’t played a bilateral series since 2013 and even the encounters in non-ICC tournaments are far and few. Both the teams last met in Asia Cup 2018, the only non-ICC tournament between the 2015 and 2019 world cup clashes.Also Read | World Cup 2019: There is no excuse, says Jason Holder after stunning loss to BangladeshAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notlast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd fullback Darmian Serie A return hopes shutdown

first_imgMan Utd fullback Darmian Serie A return hopes shutdownby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian has seen plans of returning to Italy this month stall.The Italy international is eager to return to Serie A after being limited to a bit-part role at United this season.TMW says Darmian’s agents have made fresh attempts to open talks with both Juventus and Inter Milan, but the response has been ‘cold’.While both giants regard Darmian highly, the word is they’re not interested in a deal for the defender in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazing

first_imgSanchez Flores positive about Watford squad: The mindset is amazingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has commended his players upon his return to the club.The Hornets fought back from 2-0 down at home to Arsenal last Sunday to gain just their second Premier League point this season in Flores’ first game in charge.He said: “I think when you are in the bottom of the table, of course, the mentality is a struggle, but we need time.”I think the behaviour and the performance of the players on the training ground is amazing, they look really positive. The way they understand everything and the way they played the last match, of course every single match is different, but very positive.”I feel they’re happy, I feel they’re positive, I feel they’re confident in the way they train and the energy they are using. They look fit and after the last match I think they’ve got a lot confidence for the next match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

From climate change to honeybees, here’s why bumblebees are dying out

first_imgFrom climate change to honeybees, here’s why bumblebees are dying outBumblebees, recently listed under the Endangered Species Act, has declined by nearly 90 percent. But they’re in trouble this time because of diseases spread by domestic honeybees, reports a recent study.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 15:00 IST Bumblebees are on the verge of extinction because of diseases spread by domestic honeybees.There are several species that are staring at the risk of extinction. One such species is that of bumblebees, because of diseases spread by domestic honeybees, reports a recent study.”Several of the viruses associated with bumblebees’ trouble are moving from managed bees in apiaries to nearby populations of wild bumblebees and this spillover is likely occurring through flowers that both kinds of bees share,” said Samantha Alger, a scientist who led the new research published in the journal of PLOS ONE.”Many wild pollinators are in trouble and this finding could help us protect bumblebees. This has implications for how we manage domestic bees and where we locate them,” she said.Decline in population of rusty-patched bumblebeesAround the globe, the importance of wild pollinators has been gaining attention as diseases and declines in managed honeybees threaten key crops.Less understood is that many of the threats to honeybees (Apis mellifera) including land degradation, certain pesticides, and diseases also threaten native bees, such as the rusty-patched bumblebee, recently listed under the Endangered Species Act; it has declined by nearly 90 percent but was once an excellent pollinator of cranberries, plums, apples, and other agricultural plants.About the researchThe research team explored 19 sites across Vermont. They discovered that two well-known RNA viruses found in honeybees – deformed wing virus and black queen cell virus – were higher in bumblebees collected less than 300 meters from commercial beehives.The scientists also discovered that active infections of the deformed wing virus were higher near these commercial apiaries but no deformed wing virus was found in the bumblebees they collected where foraging honeybees and apiaries were absent.advertisementMost impressive, the team detected viruses on 19 percent of the flowers they sampled from sites near apiaries. “I thought this was going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. What are the chances that you’re going to pick a flower and find a bee virus on it? Finding this many was surprising,” said Alger.In contrast, the scientists didn’t detect any bee viruses on flowers sampled more than one kilometre from commercial beehives.Alger showed concern about the long-distance transport of large numbers of honeybees for commercial pollination. “Big operators put hives on flatbed trucks and move them to California to pollinate almonds and then onto Texas for another crop,” she said.”This research suggests that we might want to keep apiaries outside of areas where there are vulnerable pollinator species, like the rusty-patched bumblebees, especially because we have so much more to learn about what these viruses are actually doing to bumblebees,” Alger said.Honeybees are an important part of modern agriculture, but they’re non-native. “They’re livestock animals. A huge misconception in the public is that honeybees serve as the iconic image for pollinator conservation. That’s ridiculous. It’s like making chickens the iconic image of bird conservation,” Alger concluded.(With inputs from ANI)Read | Rusty patched bumblebee on the verge of extinction: How will this impact our lives? Read | The mighty bees: From insane learning abilities to playing sportsRead | Bees can count with just 4 brain cells, says studyGet 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 bykarishma Tags :Follow HoneybeesFollow bumblebeeFollow extinct animalsFollow bumblebee populationlast_img read more

Red Clay Hot Sauce: A Southern Twist on a Flavor Favorite

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Geoff Rhyne was working as a chef at the Ordinary in Charleston, S.C., when he developed a mouth-watering hot sauce to complement the oysters and other dishes served out of his kitchen. He got a glimpse of how much customers loved it when he noticed bottles of his Red Clay Hot Sauce disappearing from the tables.“The Ordinary is a high-end caliber restaurant. Customers would spend $200 on dinner and then steal the hot sauce off the table,” said Rhyne.He tried many different peppers as he was creating a hot sauce, but finally honed in on Fresno chili peppers. He ferments them in bourbon barrels from High Wire Distilling in Charleston and Green Briar Distillery in Nashville.“I’m a Southern guy and love all things Southern. Hot sauce is a very Southern thing and I’m really proud of what we have done here. Once people taste it, they say, “Holy cow, this is delicious,” he said.“There’s a hot sauce boom, but a lot are trying to be a shocker and set your mouth on fire. I just want to give people something they will enjoy. Instead of overpowering foods, my hot sauce accentuates it.”Related: The 5 Hottest Peppers Known to Man A customer approached him about taking it to market and that became a reality in the fall of 2014. They rolled out the product in August at Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston, and then unveiled a website for online sales in October.“We’re in close to 20 locations in Charleston,” Rhyne said, “And 40 nationwide—from Charleston to New York to Chicago to Colorado. We’re probably in six or seven restaurants, and the rest are gourmet grocers or stores of that nature. We’ll have a big roll out in Williams & Sonoma this summer.”Creating a popular food product came just at the right time in Rhyne’s life. After working as a chef for 15 years, he now devotes his attention to building his brand while spending as much time as possible with his 9-month-old son, Jackson.“No matter where I am in life, my number one objective is to be a great father,” he added. “Chefs sacrifice a lot in the way of family.”He’s currently working on some new products including a hotter variety of hot sauce and a green chili sauce. They are also drying for pepper powder.“We only purchase peppers grown in the South. Seeds from our first batch are sprouting now and a local farm is cultivating for us. We love showing off the South.”Shown in picture at top: The Flask (12.7 oz) retails for $24; The Gentleman’s 5 oz. sells for $7.99. Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets last_img read more

Residents clash with police in Durgapur three injured

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high in Durgapur late on Monday night after clash broke out between some local residents and the police personnel who reached the Faridpur area to arrest a miscreant. Three police personnel including an officer were injured in the attack. A police picket was set up in the area as the tension was prevailing on Tuesday morning. Senior police officers reached the spot on Tuesday morning to take a stock of the situation and also to oversee the law and order situation. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt was learnt that the whole incident was triggered after some BJP workers put up a lock on the main gate of a Trinamool Congress party office. The incident had caused a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. Some BJP activists were allegedly involved in the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the BJP activists were trying to capture their party offices. Police personnel went to Faridpur area of Durgapur to arrest a miscreant who had been unleashing tension since the LS election results were declared. When the policemen were conducting raids some local people attacked them. The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the attackers. The officers are also trying to confirm if the miscreants are linked to any political parties. The district Trinamool Congress leaders however alleged that BJP backed goons were involved in the attack and demanded arrest of the culprits.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty extend gains for 2nd day Yes Bank soars 11 pc

first_imgMumbai: Equity benchmark BSE Sensex on Tuesday rose by 234 points, extending gains for the second straight day as index major Reliance Industries, Yes Bank and Tata Motors advanced. The 30-share index closed at 39,131.04 points, showing a rise of 234.33 points or 0.60 per cent. It touched an intra-day high of 39,173.89 and a low of 38,845.27 during the day. The broader NSE Nifty ended 72.70 points or 0.63 per cent up at 11,661.05. During the day, the index hit a high of 11,670.05 and a low of 11,573.95. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Yes Bank was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying 11.48 per cent amid reports that private equity firms have showed interest in buying a major stake in the private sector lender. Tata Motors jumped 5.53 per cent after reports suggested that its British brand JLR has secured a loan guarantee from the UK government. Sun Pharma, NTPC, PowerGrid, Tata Steel, Axis Bank, L&T, HUL, Asian Paints, RIL and SBI rose up to 2.57 per cent. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Infosys rose by 0.71 per cent, continuing its rise for a second day after its quarterly results. Among others, Dewan Housing Finance Corp rebounded by 4 per cent after a massive selloff on Monday. The company stressed that it was working with stakeholders and creditors to ensure resolution of liquidity issues, without any haircut to the lenders. On the other hand, TCS, M&M, HCL Tech, Kotak Bank, TechM, Bharti Airtel and HDFC Bank fell up to 1.86 per cent. “Indian markets are showing resilience as we move into earnings season,” said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. The market has clearly factored in dismal earnings, but is cheering the decline in interest rates, improving liquidity as well as incremental positive news on resolution of some of the large stressed assets, he pointed out. “Investors seems to take comfort from positive data from RBI on India’s services export receipts which grew 15.5 per cent in May-19,” Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices followed benchmarks, closing up to 0.69 per cent higher. Sectorally, BSE realty, oil and gas, consumer durables, power, utilities, energy and capital goods indices ended in up to 1.98 per cent higher. While, BSE IT and teck indices settled up to 0.59 per cent lower. Market breadth was negative as 1,300 scrips declined while 1,162 advanced. Bond yields slid for a fifth straight day to 6.34 per cent, a 2.5-year low mark on the hopes of further rate cuts post three consecutive rate cuts announced by the RBI so far in 2019, he said, adding that yields have come off by almost a percentage point since beginning of the fiscal year. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Nikkei ended in the green, while Hang Seng and Kospi settled in the red. Equities in Europe were trading higher in their respective early sessions. On the currency front, the Indian rupee depreciated 17 paise to 68.72 (intra-day) against the US dollar as crude oil prices continue to rise. The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 0.36 per cent higher at USD 66.72 per barrel.last_img read more

Survival test for Netanyahu as Israel goes to poll today

first_imgJerusalem: As Israel goes to an unprecedented repeat polls on Tuesday, merely 160 days after the last elections on April 9 that failed to yield a government, the central question surrounding the voters is if the country’s longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will survive the toughest political challenge of his life. Haunted by alleged charges of corruption on multiple counts, which he has denied, Netanyahu not only faces a fight for political survival but also personal liberty with a decisive victory probably the only thing that could keep him out of his legal woes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRecent poll surveys have shown his ruling Likud party locked in a close contest with challenger Benny Gantz, a former Chief of Staff, leading the newly formed Blue and White party that had won 35 seats and tied with Netanyahu’s party in the April polls. The last poll results were seen as a major victory for the 69-year-old Netanyahu and right-wing formation led by him but hopes of an extended term for the Premier were dashed after an old associate, Avigdor Lieberman, turned hostile and refused to support the coalition with his five members on the question of everybody equally sharing the load of national service. Lieberman, an ultra-nationalist leader backed primarily by a large chunk of immigrant voters from the former Soviet Union, demanded that a section of the ultra-orthodox population enjoying exemption from military service forego the privilege and serve the nation like everybody else.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Receives US Ambassador at End of His Mission

Casablanca – King Mohammed VI received, on Tuesday in Casablanca Royal Palace, US ambassador Dwight L. Bush who came to take his leave of the sovereign at the end of his mission in Morocco.On this occasion, HM the King decorated Dwight L. Bush with the Alawite Wissam of First Rank (Grand Officer).This audience was attended by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and HM the King’s Chamberlain Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui.

ANP Denies Looting Sand from Surf Beach near Agadir

Rabat – The National Ports Agency (ANP) has just published a denial following information circulating online indicating that the sand on the beach of Imsouane, north of Agadir, has been plundered.“It is only a project to dredge the sand accumulated in the port of Imsouane. This work is carried out periodically to preserve the depth of the basins and quays of each port in order to guarantee the safety of navigation and improve the operating conditions of the vessels,” said the ANP.The ANP Regional Directorate in Agadir “has drawn up an action plan to improve the operating conditions of the port of Imsouane.” The plan, which also aims to ensure the safety of navigation, includes the dredging of accumulated sand, which is a danger to fishers. “The sand extracted by this dredging is dumped into the sea to avoid it being plundered,” according to ANP.On March 13, the association Surfrider Foundation Morocco cited a source of the project team.“Mechanical shovels have been dredging the beach of Imsouane since December 12, 2018 in order to clear the access to the port… to improve the working conditions of fishers,” said the source.“The collected sand is deposited on the plateau north of Imsouane, a place called ‘la Cathedrale,’” added the source.Surfrider published a video on March 8 showing bulldozers carrying out sand extraction operations in Imsouane.Imsouane had until then been spared from “plundering operations widespread on other beaches.” Called one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in 2017 by Forbes, Imsouane is a popular spot for surfers. They are “afraid that this dredging operation could change the wave that attracts up to 100,000 surfers each year,” reports the website Surfsession. Removing sand could “alter the break-up by making the wave flatter.”The need for sand in Morocco stood at 45 million tons in 2015 and 60 million tons in 2020, the Professional Sand Association (APS) estimated.The Littoral Act adopted in 2015 prohibits sand extraction from beaches and dunes. It also regulates any exemptions that may be granted. On 23 June 2015, the Chamber of Councillors passed the Littoral Bill.The law prohibits damage to the natural state of the sea shoreline.  This prohibition does not apply to port areas, sea defences or public interest installations.Created in 2010 in Agadir, the NGO Surfrider Foundation Maroc is a association for the protection, promotion and sustainable management of the coast, waves and its users. It is an affiliate of the Surfrider Foundation network. read more

Perpetual Treasuries chairman allowed to travel overseas

Perpetual Treasuries chairman Geoffrey Aloysius has been allowed by court to travel overseas for medical attention.Geoffrey Aloysius is the father of Perpetual Treasuries owner Arjun Aloysius who is the main accused in the Central Bank treasury bond scam. Geoffrey Aloysius had sought permission to travel to Singapore and India for medical attention.However the court only permitted Geoffrey Aloysius to travel to India. (Colombo Gazette)

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 22 February 2013

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United States national soccer team finds home in Columbus Crew Stadium

The United States men’s national soccer team is returning to its Columbus fortress at just the right time. Crew Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, is a ground that has seen the U.S. national team go undefeated in eight previous games. The Stars and Stripes have returned to Central Ohio for a vital 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica on Tuesday. The American squad boasts a lifetime 5-0-3 record at Crew Stadium, as well as a 12-1 overall score line in those games. Tuesday’s contest isn’t just a chance for the Americans to remain undefeated – it’s a shot to climb back into a safe position in the race to qualify for Brazil. Some American players on the team believe the team’s World Cup qualifying chances are hanging in the balance, while one veteran of the Crew and the U.S. national team says the match is important, but not an end-all, be-all. Either way, most agree that Crew Stadium is home, and it’s good to be back. Former U.S. star Brian McBride called Crew Stadium home for eight years as a member of Columbus’ MLS franchise before playing for English Premier League team Fulham. Even after McBride left the States for England, the stadium still served as a kind of home during games with America’s national team. In a Monday phone interview with The Lantern, McBride said that Crew Stadium is indeed the national team’s home. “The results have been great there,” McBride said. “For me, personally, being able to be a part of the Crew for eight years and then when we started playing qualifiers there, it was a double bonus. Especially when I went to England, I got to go back and see old friends and fans and fan base that Columbus has.” Current members of the U.S. player pool agree with McBride, who scored 30 goals in 96 appearances for the national team. Following the team’s training session at Crew Stadium on Sunday, American midfielder Clint Dempsey, now a member of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, said the trip to Columbus is much needed. “The venue (in Columbus) has always been good to us in years past,” Dempsey said. “It’s one of the first soccer-specific stadiums that was built. There’s always been good support out here and, you know, for some reason we always seem to do well, so I think it’s a good match.” The U.S. needs exactly that on Tuesday – a good match. America is locked in a second-place tie with Guatemala in its four-team World Cup qualifying group from which only the top two teams can advance. Jamaica, nicknamed the “Reggae Boyz,” is sitting atop the group with seven points to America’s four points. Jamaica took the lead in the group after its 2-1 win against the Americans Friday in Kingston, Jamaica, but now the stage has switched to Columbus. U.S. midfielder Jozy Altidore, a member of Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, said his team knows it has to win on Tuesday and Columbus is just the place to get the job done. “I think everybody feels that a little bit. If we don’t win on Tuesday, it gets pretty scary,” Altidore said. “I think everybody understands what’s at stake.” Fortunately for U.S. fans, Altidore is no stranger to national-team success in Ohio’s capital city. The memory of Altidore’s first national team game at Crew Stadium is still strong today, he said. It was on Feb. 11, 2009, that 23,776 fans packed the stadium for a 2-0 American victory against Mexico. Altidore came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute of the game and was on the field for a goal by U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley that put the Americans up, 2-0, in stoppage time. With memories of that victory in tow, Altidore echoed the sentiments of Dempsey and McBride, saying, “Columbus is great.” “It’s good to come home,” he said, “so hopefully we can put in a good effort.” U.S. defender and captain Carlos Bocanegra, a member of Spanish club Racing Santander, captained the American team and helped defend the team’s Columbus fortress during the February 2009 game. Bocanegra said he hopes the team is able to succeed again on the pitch that has been so good to U.S. Soccer. “Here, we’ve had great performances and it seems to be kind of a home field advantage for us,” Bocanegra said. “We enjoy playing here and we’re confident playing here.” Tuesday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. read more

Ruth Davidson calls for victims to be able to attend parole hearings

Wright, who had 16 previous convictions, including two for knife crime, had breached his home curfew after only 11 days after he tampered with the tag. He was jailed this week for 20 years for Mr McClelland’s murder.The judge Lord Matthews said he had no doubt questions would be asked about how Wright remained at large for so long and said the killing was for no reason “other than blood lust”.Michael Matheson, the Justice Minister, has asked police and prison watchdogs to review the case to determine wether the system could be improved when prisoners are being assessed for possible release.Writing in the Scotsman, Ms Davidson added: “…in many other jurisdictions, victims are able to attend parole hearings so their voices are heard when decisions are being made.”Yet in Scotland, they cannot. The best they can hope for is that parole board members take the time to interview them as part of their decision. It’s not enough, and it needs to change.”Doesn’t the victim of a crime deserve to know why the parole board has chosen to release somebody who attacked them or sexually abused them? I think they do.” Earlier last year, Fraser Summers, a double rapist, was released and then jailed again for another assault on a young woman.The Home Detention Curfew scheme allows allegedly low-risk offenders to go home after serving only a fraction of their sentences and has been widely criticised following a series of breaches. Almost 9,000 criminals have since been freed under the scheme. She listed other atrocities carried out by those released early, including the case of Robbie McIntosh, who attacked a woman in Dundee with a dumbbell days after being freed early from a conviction for murder. craig mcclelland Killer James Wright Ruth Davidson has called for victims of crime to be allowed to attend parole board hearings following the outcry over the murder of an innocent man by a prisoner who was “unlawfully at large”.The Scottish Conservative leader said the move could help “rebalance the justice system” so that it begins to respect the needs and wishes of those affected by serious crime.She also claimed that lawyers involved with the Scottish Parole Board privately acknowledged the system had to change, and called on the Scottish Government to “get on with it”.Ms Davidson added that with every high profile case, including the random stabbing of Craig McClelland, a 31-year-old father-of-three, members of the public had a “little less faith” in the country’s justice system.Her comments followed the sentencing this week of James Wright, 25, who breached a home curfew, involving an electronic tag, in February last year, but was still free in July when he stabbed Mr McClelland to death in Foxbar, Paisley. james wright The young father was on his way to his brother’s house at the time when his killer, a serial offender, stopped him to ask for a light before launching his murderous attack.Stacey Wilcox, the victim’s partner, said a justice system that allowed Wright to “roam about unlawfully” for nearly six months was flawed, and her partner should never have lost his life. Victim Craig McClelland 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. read more

Gayle committed to West Indies cause – Law

West Indies coach Stuart Law is open to showing “leniency” towards selecting Chris Gayle as long as veteran opener can fulfil certain “guidelines”. Law said he had seen enough during the limited-overs leg of the England tour last month to convince him that Gayle had earned the right for the management to relax certain selection norms.West Indies’ Chris Gayle leaves the field after losing his wicket for 37 during the first One-Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester on September 19, 2017. (Photo: AFP)Gayle played his first ODIs since the 2015 World Cup, having also made a T20 comeback earlier this year. Two instances in particular, during the T20 international at Chester-le-Street and the fourth ODI, at The Oval, assured Law of Gayle’s commitment.“There are certain players you give leniency to,” Law told ESPNcricinfo, during a wide-ranging interview. “Chris is one of our greatest-ever players. You have got to pay respect to that. Not saying it is an open draw, but there have got to be certain guidelines, which I am still trying to work out. What I saw in the T20 game in Durham and what I saw in the ODI at The Oval was a guy who was committed to the cause.”Gayle played the catalyst for the first time when he checked the emotions of his opening partner Evin Lewis in the T20I, which West Indies won. “In Durham he slowed the play down for a bit while Evin was batting at the other end,” Law said. “Evin was a bit twitchy facing Joe Root. Three dot balls. Chris realised Evin was going to try and hit the next ball for a six. Chris just stopped the play, walked down, had a quick chat and calmed Evin down.”During the Oval ODI, which West Indies lost on DLS in a rain-affected match, Gayle was busy helping his captain Jason Holder setting fields in addition to motivating the bowlers.Law agreed that seniors like Gayle and fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels were expected to perform, but the two most experienced players could also prove effective by mentoring team-mates during a match, which was the best form of coaching.Although Samuels has been struggling in the past few years, Law was certain he was committed to the job just like Gayle. “I have not spoken to them at any length about their involvement in the future, but as far as I am concerned, if they are not committed, why are they here? If they are just playing for the sake of playing, I don’t think that is Marlon or Chris. They are here to play because they want to be here. They have got to perform, yes. But imparting knowledge to the youngsters is invaluable. It is tough to build a team without that experience together out on the ground, talking through situations. We can send messages from the sideline, but those don’t have the same impact.”Law took over as West Indies coach in January and in the last eight months, the team has won 11 out of 34 matches under his watch. Among the victories were two Test wins: against Pakistan at Bridgetown and then the thriller at Headingley against England. Law, along with the selectors and director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, have a lot of trust in the young Test unit, whose average age is 23.However, Law’s priority is to make sure West Indies reach the 2019 World Cup. Having lost out on the direct entry route, West Indies will need to finish among the top two at the World Cup Qualifiers next March. With the amnesty put in place by Cricket West Indies recently opening up the potential for some of the best limited-overs players to return, Law is optimistic he will have the services of the likes of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite.Law also agreed with the relaxed criteria put in place by Adams and CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave, in order for the players to qualify for selection for the ODIs. “I want the best players available,” Law said.“I am not a selector, but yes, I do sit in on the selection process. There are some qualification criteria that the players have to adhere to. Now the number of games [in domestic cricket] they have to play to qualify has been significantly reduced. That gives them the best of both worlds: they can go out and play certain [T20] tournaments they are already contracted to, but it also gives them time to come back and play the quota [of domestic cricket] they have to be eligible to play ODI cricket.“The Pro50 finishes about a week before the World Cup Qualifiers, so it would be good to have players play our domestic tournament. They would be playing 50-over cricket before the World Cup Qualifiers, which is essential.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle return ‘huge boost’ for Windies — HolderSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”Chris Gayle signs off (or does he?) in vintage Gayle fashionAugust 14, 2019In “latest news”Windies wait on injured birthday boy GayleSeptember 22, 2017In “latest news” read more

Israeli soldier was dragged into a tunnel by Gaza militants says IDF

first_imgISRAELI DEFENCE FORCES members have begun a search for a soldier they say was “dragged into a tunnel” by militants from Gaza this morning.The missing man is being named as 23-year-old 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin from Kfar SabaTwo other Israeli soldiers were killed during his capture, according to the IDF.“Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers during the suspected kidnapping of 2nd Lt. Goldin this morning,” and IDF spokesperson said on Twitter. We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 1, 2014 Source: IDF/Twittercenter_img The IDF claims Hamas “took advantage of the latest ceasefire” in order to stage the kidnap, which they say happened as the Israeli soldiers were attempting to destroy the tunnel.“Extensive searches” are now under way in southern Gaza.Speaking to reporters at this home, Goldin’s father, Simha Goldin, said he’s “sure the army will not let up for a moment and will turn over every stone in Gaza to bring back Hadar safe and sound”.The development could be a significant one: in 2006, Hamas kidnapped another soldier, Gilad Shalit, and held him captive for five years — he was freed five years later in exchange for the release of over 1,000 mainly Palestinian prisoners.Death tollThe number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah today has reached 62, according to emergency services.Another four people were killed in tank shelling of Khan Yunis, also in southern Gaza.The killings follow the collapse of a US and UN brokered ceasefire, which had been aimed at giving civilians a reprieve from the violence. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPalestinians carry the bodies of eight members of the Bayoumi family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike on their building during their funeral in Nusseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip [Adel Hana/AP/Press Association Images]The 72-hour truce had come as a compromise after Hamas rejected an Egyptian initiative earlier last month for a durable truce followed by talks.Hamas had demanded guarantees that Israel would end its eight-year blockade of Gaza.The conflict, which began on 8 July, has killed at least 1,500 on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 63 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the other.Each side is blaming the other for breaking the truce.Includes reporting from AFP.Read Gaza truce in tatters as 27 are killed by intensive Israeli shellingRead Israel to investigate shelling of UN schoollast_img read more

z8GND5296 la galaxie la plus vieille et la plus éloignée découverte à

first_imgz8_GND_5296, la galaxie la plus vieille et la plus éloignée découverte à ce jourDes astronomes viennent de confirmer la découverte de la plus vieille et plus lointaine galaxie connue à ce jour. z8_GND_5296 se serait formée environ 700 millions d’années après l’Univers.Si de nombreuses galaxies autres que la nôtre ont été découvertes dans l’Univers, certaines font figure d’exception ! C’est le cas de z8_GND_5296. En utilisant les données recueillies par télescope spatial Hubble et l’observatoire Keck à Hawaii, une équipe d’astronomes est parvenue à confirmer l’âge de cette galaxie. Selon leurs calculs, celle-ci se serait formée 700 millions d’années après le Big-Bang, marquant la naissance de l’univers. La galaxie z8_GND_5296 serait donc la plus ancienne mais également la plus lointaine observée jusqu’à présent. Parce que la galaxie est particulièrement éloignée, la lumière qu’elle émet a mis environ 13,1 milliards d’années avant d’atteindre les instruments d’observation utilisés aujourd’hui par les chercheurs. “En général, l’aspect le plus passionnant de mon travail est que je peux apprendre des choses sur comment étaient certains objets très tôt dans l’histoire de l’univers” explique dans un communiqué Steven Finkelstein, chercheur à l’université d’Austin au Texas.Une galaxie observée dans ses jeunes années  Principal auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue Nature, ilpoursuit : “Parce que la vitesse de la lumière est constante, la lumière met du temps à venir jusqu’ici, nous ne voyons pas ces galaxies telles qu’elles sont aujourd’hui. Nous les voyons tels qu’elles étaient il y a 13 milliards années, ce qui correspond à 95% du chemin de retour vers le Big-Bang”.La galaxie est donc observée comme elle était dans ses très jeunes années. Néanmoins, les chercheurs estiment que beaucoup d’étoiles observées pourraient être encore présentes aujourd’hui dans z8_GND_5296, qui pourrait même avoir gagné en taille depuis. “Nous en apprenons tellement sur une région située si loin dans le temps, c’est difficile à comprendre”, a ajouté Steven Finkelstein cité par Reuters.CANDELS, l’instrument de Hubble a permis de découvrir quelque 100.000 galaxies. La nouvelle étude s’est elle concentrée sur 43 d’entre elles. L’objectif était d’utiliser l’hydrogène pour calculer la distance qui nous sépare de ces galaxies. Les chercheurs ont ainsi cherché une trace d’émission d’hydrogène mais curieusement, seule z8_GND_5296 a répondu présente. Une chose qui les a surpris car ils pensaient trouver au moins six galaxies avec de telles traces.Pas comme les autres Mais il faut dire que la galaxie, qui est plusieurs millions de fois plus massive que le Soleil, n’est pas tout à fait comme les autres. Elle présente des caractéristiques particulières et notamment une luminosité bien supérieure aux autres galaxies. En effet, celle-ci crée en grosses quantités des étoiles à une vitesse particulièrement rapide : en moyenne 150 fois plus élevée que celle de la Voie Lactée. Autrement dit, pendant que la Voie lactée fabrique une à deux étoiles semblables au Soleil en une année, z8_GND_5296 en fabrique 300. Par ailleurs, la galaxie contient un pourcentage impressionnant d’éléments plus lourds que l’hydrogène et l’hélium, créés par fusion nucléaire à l’intérieur des étoiles. “Il serait possible que cette galaxie vive dans une région très dense en hydrogène ionisé, ce qui permet de la voir… mais c’est une supposition”, a commenté Steven Finkelstein. Des étrangetés dans l’univers ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette galaxie se trouve dans la même région de l’Univers que celle qui détenait le record avant elle. Cette dernière montrait d’ailleurs également un rythme important de fabrication d’étoiles. “Il se pourrait que nous ayons trouvé deux étrangetés, mais maintenant, nous avons trouvé deux étrangetés dans la même image d’Hubble, dans cette toute petite région du ciel”, a expliqué le spécialiste. “Il est plus que probable qu’il ne s’agisse pas d’étrangetés. Je pense que cela nous dit que, dans l’univers lointain, on peut fabriquer un nombre suffisant de ces galaxies”. Les astronomes projettent désormais d’obtenir davantage d’informations sur z8_GND_5296. Toutefois, cette entreprise de grande envergure nécessite la mise en service du successeur d’Hubble, le télescope spatial James Webb, prévue pour 2018.(crédits photo :  V. Tilvi (Texas A&M), S. Finkelstein (UT Austin), the CANDELS team, and HST/NASA)Le 24 octobre 2013 à 13:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more