You don’t really buy your prospect’s business by giving them the lowest price. When you live by the sword that is price you die by that same sword. And when you allow price to be the issue, you confirm what some buyers really want to believe, namely that they can have best, fastest, and cheapest all in one package.Buy ItIf you want to buy the business, you buy the business with your business acumen and your situational knowledge. You buy it by having the chops that make you a consultative-selling, trusted advisor.You buy the business by being proactive, by showing up, by creating value before claiming any. You buy the business by proving that you can make a difference.You buy the business by collaborating with your dream client, including all of the stakeholders who will be effected by any decision to move forward with you. You buy the business with your time and by caring enough to find out how to really help people.You don’t buy the business with the lowest price. You buy the business by helping your dream client make the case for change, make the necessary investments—even when those investments are more than your dream client initially thought they would be—and by ensuring that they achieve the results they need.Inherent ConflictSelling is part conflict and part collaboration. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that there is only collaboration, that you don’t have to have uncomfortable conversations. It’s easy to want to avoid the conflicts that occur over access to people, access to information, and the conflict around the proper investment.You buy the business with your ability to deal with the inherent conflict that others avoid. You buy the business by creating value where others can’t–or won’t.QuestionsWhy shouldn’t you buy your dream client’s business?Do you really serve them by giving the lowest price? A price lower than you need to really serve them?What do you do that creates more value than price? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari while MVP Myla Pablo added nine.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Water Defenders, after getting in the brink of elimination in the preliminaries, have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb knows his team has now built enough confidence, after their topsy-turvy eliminations, as they are one win away from the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”“Again we were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship.” NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure struck quick and humbled Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 to get a 1-0 lead in the final round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Risa Sato, who was awarded as the league’s 2nd Best Blocker, handed the finishing blow with a quick kill down the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Kiriasis quit after refusing to change roles from driving coach to track performance analyst, which she said would have given her no access to the athletes.The German said: “I have never known such disappointment in this sport in my life. The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship.”But on Friday the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said it would accept an offer from Red Stripe – which was made on Twitter – to buy a sled, worth about £5,000.“We have been gifted a bobsled,” the JBSF president, Chris Stokes, told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper. “We have accepted their generosity and we are preparing the sled.“The team is in competition mode and we are focused on one goal – coming to the start line prepared mentally and physically. We have had some challenges in Pyeongchang but we stand united and thank our fans and colleagues for their unwavering support.”Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who once competed in bobsleigh for the US, and Carrie Russell, a gold medallist in the 100m relay at the 2013 world championships, are hoping to become the Winter Olympics’ first Jamaican female competitors – 30 years after the Jamaican men, who inspired the film Cool Runnings, made history in Calgary.They recorded their highest finish in a World Cup race in Winterberg in Germany in December, finishing seventh. Practice is on Saturday with the opening heats on Tuesday. Winter Olympics Support The Guardian … 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. Share on Facebook Bobsleigh Cool Runnings II is back on. Fears the Jamaica women’s bobsleigh team would miss their first Winter Olympics, after the coach quit and threatened to take the sled with her, appear to have abated after a beer company offered to buy a new one.The situation came to a head earlier in the week when Sandra Kiriasis – an Olympic, world and European champion – said she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she was legally responsible for the sled. Topics Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Messenger Reuse this content Slalom shocker: Shiffrin places fourth in signature event as Hansdotter wins gold Read more Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Jamaica
ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.
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Take the Ultimate Desert Road Trip with Lamborghini’s Serata Dubai Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Johannes Plenio/PexelsRoad-tripping season is upon us. With a bevy of always-connected technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to get too complacent when it comes to packing the right emergency gear. Stranded aside a major freeway, you’re likely just a phone call away from help. But, what if you get caught out far from civilization and, worse yet, in the desert? Here’s a primer on what to pack to ensure you don’t become a statistic.Check and Double-check the EssentialsIt’s easy to overlook the essentials. While you can survive weeks without food, dehydration kills much, much faster anywhere, but especially in the desert. First and foremost, pack twice — even three times — as much water as you think you’ll need. For desert trips, carrying a gallon of water per person per day is ideal. If your ride completely craps out even a few miles from the main road and you’re without cell service, you could be staring down hours or more in the desert heat. Without shade or AC, things are likely to get very hot very quickly. Electrolyte tabs (like these from nuun) are a great way to have key nutrients on hand whenever and wherever you need them. Don’t forget a proper first aid kit too!Prep for Frigid NightsJust as dangerous as dehydration from the heat is the bone-chattering cold temperatures you’ll face when the sun goes down. Many people are surprised to learn that those triple-digit temperatures during the day can easily drop below freezing once the sun goes down. Pack accordingly. Think: warm pants, multiple top layers, gloves, and a winter hat in case you need to spend considerable time in your car waiting for daybreak.Take a Hard Copy BackupTechnology fails — often when you need it most. If you’re planning to get far, far off the beaten path, take a detailed paper map book or fold-out map with you. Modern GPS systems work just about anywhere, but batteries die, signals can become inexplicably lost, or they can otherwise simply crap out because … who knows why? A paper backup never fails. Plus, when you’re finally able to signal or call for help, it won’t do you any good if you can’t accurately describe to rescue workers where in the hell you are.Tell a FriendIt’s common knowledge for backcountry hikers: map out your route and send a digital copy to someone you trust. Let them know where you’re headed and how long it should take you to get there. Then confirm once you arrive safely. Let them know that, if they don’t hear from you by a certain time, it’s cause for concern.Consider Packing an SOS BeaconThat always-connected technology I railed against earlier? Well, it turns out it can still help save your life. Most smartphones are useless in the desert. But, today’s SOS beacons rely on GPS technology to ensure you can send out a distress call from quite literally anywhere on the planet. There’s a lot to like about those from SPOT and ACR including long battery life, little to no subscription cost, and global coverage. The most basic versions feature a simple push-button design that’s meant to be depressed if things go south. Some even allow you to send simple text messages to family and friends to provide more detailed updates. But, consider these are meant as a last-ditch effort when all else has failed. They’re not an excuse to go out unprepared and rely on expert search-and-rescue workers (who could be saving people in real peril) to save you because you were too boneheaded to heed the rest of the advice here and pack accordingly.And if your road trip is already planned out, make sure to download our playlist for the best Road Trippin’ songs. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider
In the budget I delivered on April 6, I announced that the HST would be restored to 15 per cent on July 1. It’s part of government’s multi-year plan to get the province’s finances back to balance. Nobody likes taxes. Not you, not me, not anybody. But we all like great public healthcare, a quality education system, decent roads, a sustainable environment, and good jobs. And it’s taxes that pay for those things. I wanted to take the opportunity to remind Nova Scotians about what this government is doing to ensure government lives within its means while at the same time protecting the vital services that Nova Scotians expect will be there for them and their families for years to come. Last summer, the government had an independent consultant examine the province’s books to get a clear picture of the state of the province’s finances. The report told us that government was spending much more than it took in and that the cost of providing goods and services to Nova Scotians was growing steadily. The financial mess this government inherited left us on an unsustainable path to a $1.4 billion annual deficit. When we received that report, we knew that government was going to have to make difficult decisions to get back to balance. We wish things were different. We wish the legacy of unsustainable spending we have inherited didn’t exist. But it does. It is our responsibility to deal with it — to clean up the mess — so that Nova Scotia’s future is not compromised. Last year, I launched the largest and most extensive public consultation in the history of the finance department. Those Back to Balance consultations allowed Nova Scotians to share their thoughts on how to eliminate our deficit. We were told, very plainly, that we cannot turn to Nova Scotians for more revenue unless we commit to using every single existing revenue dollar as wisely and efficiently as possible. We agree. Of the $1.4 billion fiscal gap referred to above, we will eliminate $1.1 billion through spending restraint and expenditure management. Of that $1.1 billion, about $250 million will come from ongoing wage restraint in the public sector. This includes freezing the wages for MLA’s, senior officials, and political staff and reducing MLA allowances. Just as importantly, Nova Scotians also said if government was going to increase revenue, it needed to ensure that those who are most vulnerable to consumption taxes were protected. Again, we agree. Government’s new Affordable Living Tax Credit starts today. That credit, valued at $70 million, will put money back into the hands of Nova Scotians living on low or modest incomes. This important measure means that households earning less than $30,000 will receive quarterly payments, similar to the existing GST credit. It will return about $240 per household and $57 per dependent child every year. Those earning up to $34,800 will also receive a portion of the credit. This is the right decision for Nova Scotia families. Government is also making life more affordable for senior citizens. Starting this year, this government will ensure that any senior who receives the Guaranteed Income Supplement will no longer have to pay any provincial income tax. This means about $12.5 million will be returned to about 18,000 senior citizens across the province. And of course, seniors with low and modest incomes will also be eligible for the Affordable Living Tax Credit. Government also established a new Poverty Reduction Credit. This credit will return about $3 million annually to about 15,000 individuals living in poverty, many of whom are disabled. This credit will amount to $200 annually. Also, starting today this government will eliminate the provincial portion of the HST on children’s clothing and shoes, diapers and feminine hygiene products. These tax cuts alone will return approximately $7.7 million to families in every region of the province in 2010-2011, growing to over $11 million in 2011-12 and beyond. The government already returns almost $84 million annually to Nova Scotians with the removal of the provincial portion of the HST on basic home energy. Already, the province of Nova Scotia has made significant progress in getting back to balance. The forecasted deficit this year is $222 million down from a deficit forecast of $592 million just last fall. Together with Nova Scotians we are accomplishing this using a balanced approach of reduced spending, growing the economy and increasing revenue. We are accomplishing this while still protecting those Nova Scotians with the lowest incomes. And we are accomplishing this because we must take on the hard the work to get back to balance in order to protect critically important services like health care and education. -30-
On behalf of the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust, Develop Nova Scotia is leading the implementation strategy to improve high-speed Internet service in underserviced areas through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust has final decision-making authority on funding network solutions based on recommendations from Develop Nova Scotia. For more information or to view the pre-qualification documents, visit the Develop Nova Scotia website at http://www.developns.ca . with Develop Nova Scotia’s provincewide lens, no region will be left behind in planning and service will reach as many Nova Scotians as possible, greater than 95 per cent through service level agreements and ongoing monitoring, Develop Nova Scotia will hold providers accountable to deliver reliable high-quality service over time Develop Nova Scotia’s goal is to ensure services are competitively priced so they are affordable for Nova Scotians. Develop Nova Scotia has launched the first phase of the process to find qualified service providers to enhance and extend reliable, high-speed internet across the province in rural areas. As part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative, the Crown corporation is inviting organizations interested in building, managing, and maintaining high-speed internet networks to become pre-qualified to bid on network solutions. “This is an important next step in delivering improved internet service for rural Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “This is an investment in strategic economic infrastructure that is critical to building stronger communities and a stronger economy.” Earlier this year the government placed $193 million in an internet funding trust to help connect more communities, homes and businesses across the province. That funding commitment was one of the largest investments per capita by any province. Potential providers that can demonstrate they have the financial capacity, human resources and experience to build, maintain, grow and evolve the networks will be invited to bid on implementing internet in specified zones. Projects must meet or exceed provincial speed targets of 50 megabits per second for wired connections and 25 megabits per second for wireless and must evolve with changing technology. Develop Nova Scotia estimates the pre-qualification stage will be complete by the end of March with the invitation to bid released in the summer. Project starts will depend on market response, but it is estimated they could begin in early 2020. All federal Connect to Innovate projects that identified provincial contributions have been invited to complete a simplified application process so that funds may flow and projects can begin as early as possible next year. “We know that reliable high-speed internet is critical to creating places that attract people and investment to Nova Scotia,” said Jennifer Angel, president and CEO of Develop Nova Scotia. “Our job is to deliver a reliable high-speed internet solution to as many Nova Scotians as possible, as soon as possible. “It’s a complex challenge, but we are working with an excellent team and stakeholders across the province. We are determined to get it right.” While touring the province this year, Develop Nova Scotia heard helpful feedback from key stakeholders, including concerns that some communities may be overlooked, companies would not provide consistently reliable service and services should be affordable. With these concerns in mind, the forward-looking implementation strategy was developed and ensures:
BATHURST, N.B. – A young beluga whale that lost its way in a northern New Brunswick river has been rescued in a unique and complex operation that saw the endangered marine mammal travel by land, air and sea before being reunited with a pod in its natural habitat.“We put him back in the St. Lawrence near a pod of belugas and he started to swim right away,” Marie-Eve Muller with the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals said Thursday evening. “He seemed quite vigorous back in the water.”The juvenile male whale waded into New Brunswick’s Nepisiguit River weeks ago, likely following a school of fish or an impulsive teenage drive for adventure.The beluga — about two metres long — appeared healthy but showed no sign of leaving the river on his own.The federal Fisheries Department, marine mammal groups and scientists banded together and launched a rescue mission to move the wayward beluga back to the deep blue sea.Rescuers gently coaxed the whale into a net, using an acoustic deterrent device to direct the beluga towards the trap, and then transferred him to a sling.The mammal, a bit thin with skin in poor shape, was assessed by a veterinarian and given an injection to keep him calm during the transport.The whale was then carried from the river to the back of a truck, where he was transported to the Bathurst, N.B., airport.The beluga was then carefully loaded onto a small airplane and flown to Riviere-du-Loup, Que. The veterinarian stayed by the beluga’s side during the flight and gave him intravenous fluids.The whale’s odyssey continued in Quebec as he was loaded back on to a truck and transported to a port near Cacouna, where he was put on a boat.Rescuers then ferried the young whale to an area near a pod of belugas, and set him free.He re-entered the ocean through the St. Lawrence Estuary near Cacouna, Que.“It was very intense,” said Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society. “There were a lot of people involved but it was a very co-ordinated activity. We discussed the best options beforehand so everyone knew the game plan. It went extremely smoothly because it was such good co-ordination.”She said it’s unknown why this whale went off on its own and decided to stay in the fresh water river.“Many times it is because they are following fish that happen to be running. We have had some cases where it’s an animal that has just gotten confused and gets lost basically,” said Swimmer, a lecturer of marine mammalogy at Dalhousie University. “It was a natural case for us to say we needed some sort of intervention to either herd the animal out of the river or try to capture it and take it out of the river.”She said whales can survive in fresh water but are not designed to be there permanently.As for his chances of survival, she said the rescue group did everything possible to give the beluga a good chance of rejoining a pod.The whale will be equipped with a tracking device so scientists can observe where it goes.Fisheries and Oceans, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals, the Marine Animal Response Society, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Shedd Aquarium from Chicago, Ill., the Whale Stewardship Project and veterinarians from the Universite de Montreal were major players in the relocation effort. A prayer was offered before the rescue operation started by Pabineau First Nation elder Gilbert Sewell.The population of the St. Lawrence belugas has been declining since the early 2000s and it’s believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence.— by Brett Bundale in Halifax.
ST JOHNS, N.L. – Police in Newfoundland say a toddler has died and eight people were injured after a three-vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon.Officers with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary say the vehicles collided in a major intersection in St. John’s.Police say the toddler, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, died in hospital.They say eight other people were taken to hospital, including a woman who is in serious condition.Investigators did not identify the toddler or any of those injured.Police say they are investigating the cause of the crash and are asking any witnesses to come forward.
One of the youngest victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is nine-month-old Canadian Rubi Pauls, who was on the way to Kenya from Ontario to meet her grandfather for the first time for Easter.The grandfather, Quindos Karanja, says Rubi’s 60-year-old grandmother, Ann Wangui Karanja, was also on the flight.So was Rubi’s 34-year-old mother, Carolyne Karanja, her seven-year-old brother Ryan, and her sister Kerri, who was four.Rubi was the only Canadian citizen in the family.Karanja says the family was on its way back to Kenya after a visit to Ontario.Ann Karanja travelled to Canada in August and was supposed to be there for just three months but had extended her stay.The plane went down moments after takeoff from Addis Ababa’s airport, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board.Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
Mr. Annan made his remarks after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his cabinet to further discuss implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 that ended the recent month-long conflict between Hizbollah and Israel. “The Secretary-General… called for the lifting of the Israeli blockade and the return of the Israeli soldiers. He also stressed the importance of having ‘one law, one authority and one gun’ in Lebanon,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. On his arrival in Beirut, Mr. Annan said this was a “very critical time,” and stressed that it was important for him to discuss personally with the Lebanese authorities the aftermath of the war and the measures being taken to implement UN resolutions, “and also to underscore international solidarity.” Later the Secretary-General also met with Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, during which he assured him that the UN and the international community wanted to work “very, very effectively with the parties” to ensure full implementation of resolution 1701 so that there will be “long-term peace in this region.” “We have a chance now to have a long-term ceasefire and a long-term peace and we all need to work together. This is the purpose of my visit here.” The Secretary-General is also scheduled to have a working dinner hosted by Prime Minister Siniora which Alain Pelligrini, the head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), will also attend. UNIFIL said today its force commander had met senior representatives of the Lebanese and Israeli armies this morning at the Ras Naqoura border crossing in the south to discuss and coordinate the latest progress of withdrawal and deployment as stipulated by resolution 1701. It described the meeting as “productive” and said others were scheduled. From Lebanon, Mr. Annan is also scheduled to travel to Israel to discuss the cessation of hostilities and longer-term peace in the Middle East and he will then go to other countries in the region, including Iran. The Secretary-General’s trip follows his high-level meeting with European Union (EU) ministers in Brussels on Friday during which EU countries agreed to provide the ‘backbone’ to a beefed-up UN force of up to 15,000 troops in Lebanon as called for by resolution 1701. European officials said between 5,600 and 6,900 extra soldiers were pledged during the meeting, plus sea, air and logistical support, and Mr. Annan has said it is vital that advanced units of this expanded force be on the ground as soon as possible.
Motor industry Facts 2008 can be downloaded here. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Taking key facts from leading SMMT publications, this gives an overview of the environmental performance of the automotive sector. It is also packed with car and commercial vehicle registration and production data, as well as highlighting key safety issues. The core data provided is from SMMT’s Data Services team. They’re the people who process the numbers every month to provide accurate and timely data for the monthly releases on car and commercial vehicle registrations. And, to whet your appetite for Motor Industry Facts 2008 here’s some of the information you can find on its pages:* Registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles nearly doubled in 2007 compared to the previous year.* The number of new car registrations in VED band C (121-150g/km) increased to 32.7% in 2007 compared to just 7.8% in 1997.* One in three cars registered in 2007 was from the supermini sector.* There are 4,247,958 commercial vehicles on UK roads. “For more than three decades, the dedicated data department has supplied a range of authoritative reports and publications acknowledged as the most comprehensive, reliable and accurate source of automotive information in the industry,” said Paul Everitt SMMT chief executive. “The society is not only a source for people to find vehicle data though as each department has a wealth of knowledge about industry issues. We’re ready and willing to provide comment on a variety of topics.” Where would the discerning investigative journalist be likely to go for facts and figures about the motor industry? The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders of course! As the voice of the motor industry, SMMT provides comment about environmental and other key issues and the latest edition of Motor Industry Facts will give you sector information at your fingertips.
It decreed that the comedy night would be a “safe space” and all topics discussed by performers must be “presented in a way that is respectful and kind”. Unicef on Campus at Soas, University of London, tried to book five comics to appear at an unpaid charity gig in January, but the invitation came with a “behavioural agreement form”. The form continued: “By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or… A university society has provoked ridicule by asking comedians to sign a “safe space” contract, forbidding them from making jokes about class, race or sexuality.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHIV prevention response inadequate – PANCAPJanuary 22, 2019In “Health”Op-Ed: World AIDS DayNovember 30, 2018In “Health”SASOD honoured with world’s leading award in response to HIVJuly 22, 2014In “Business” The Caricom Secretariat, in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP), has staged its 5th annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, being observed across the globe today, December 1.The event has been in keeping with this year’s theme, which is the “Right to Health”; it zoomed in on the efforts made to allow for the much-needed access to health care for persons living with HIV & AIDS across the region.This theme has been chosen because it has been recognised that although much strides have been made in bringing attention to this dreaded disease, persons who are infected are still not given equal access to health care services, like obtains with any other chronic disease. As such, this year’s observance is meant to bring attention to this issue.Speaking at the ceremony hosted at the Caricom Secretariat on Thursday, Vivian Rookhum, Senior Officer attached to the Coordinating Unit of PANCAP, in his address on behalf of the PANCAP Director, indicated that the initiative is aimed at highlighting that everyone has the right to the highest attainable health care without discrimination and stigma. This, he noted, is echoed in a wide array of international commitments.He outlined the significant accomplishments of his organisation, particularly as relates to the fight against HIV & AIDS.“Since its establishment in 2001, PANCAP has seen many successes, including the sharpest regional decline in HIV incidents — by 48.1% between 2001 and 2013; decline in AIDS-related deaths by 50% from 2000 to 2016; and ARV (Anti-retroviral drugs) coverage increased to 52% from less than 5% in 2001,” relayed Rookhum.This, he noted, is paired with capacity building of health care providers across the region.The PANCAP official further pointed out: “Despite the overall gains, considerable challenges remain for the Caribbean, which (still) has an unacceptably high HIV prevalence among key populations. While 64% of people living with HIV knew their status in 2016, 36% did not; 52% are on treatment, while 48% are not.”With that in mind, he contended that in order for there to be further reductions in AIDS-related mortality and transmission, there must be increased efforts at providing services and awareness where HIV is more heavily concentrated.“Achieving universal access to comprehensive, high quality, integrated HIV prevention and treatment services requires inclusive and harmonised multi-sectorial action, including the removal of legal, social and cultural barriers,” expressed Rookhum.Echoing similar sentiments was Deputy Secretary General of Caricom, Manorma Soeknandan. During her remarks, she indicated, “While we have been dealing with this devastating disease, HIV/AIDS, for over three decades, it has taught us many lessons.”Soeknandan elaborated, “The AIDS response leveraged rights, expanded access to life saving medicines, expanded health systems, and increased access to acceptable and quality health and social protection services without discrimination or coercion.”Moreover, she underscored that strides made for the prevention of HIV and AIDS have paved the way for improved health care services for other chronic and non-communicable diseases.Meanwhile, this event aligns with Caricom’s years-long tradition of reflecting on the regional campaign to stamp out HIV and AIDS, while assessing the efficiency of avenues available for the provision of health care services to those affected by the disease. Each year, this local aspect of World AIDS Day observance is marked by making a donation to the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) in offering assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS.
(Photo courtesy of @Alanpbarry)HIGH TIDES AND THE severe weather caused further flooding overnight, with the worst affected area being Cork City, where the River Lee burst its banks yesterday evening.At around 8pm last night the waters of the River Lee flowed over the barrier walls, spilling into the city streets.The water flowed down the South Mall and onto Oliver Plunkett Street forcing gardaí to close of large parts of the city centre.This is the second night that the stormy weather and high tides have caused significant damage to the city.Speaking in RTE’s Morning Ireland, Cork City Mayor, Counsellor Catherine Clancy said she believes these are the worst floods since 2004.She said that lot of damage, has been done, but that Cork City Council did try and be prepared as they could be by giving out over 1,800 gel bags and over 650 sand bags.She added this did help the situation, however, water did get into some premises. Some kayakers decided to make the most of the situation by kayaking down Cork Street.Canoeists on the South Mall, Cork. Pic: Paloma Kreischer(Via @AcornBlinds) Meanwhile on Oliver Plunkett Street in the city, this woman tried to cycle her way home in the floods.(Via @AcornBlinds)High tide later this morning is causing further fears for the people of Cork, who fear they may not have seen the worst of it yet.John Mulvihill Jnr, Mayor of Cobh told RTE they were essentially cut off yesterday, which he said worried him for future emergencies as there would be no access.A woman walks through flood water in Cork city. (PA Images)Across the countryMeanwhile, other parts of the country are also waking up to damage caused by the stormy weather.Fallen trees, debris and flooding after excessive rainfall are the main problems throughout Leinster, Munster and Connacht.There is localised flooding in Wexford, Carlow and Waterford. Flooding was also reported in Kilkenny and Arklow.There are also dangerous conditions on the roads this morning, with temporary blocks on routes due to flood water and trees blocking roads from Clane to Kilcock, the Dublin Road into Naas, Ballymore Eustace and Newcastle to Rathnew in Wicklow.Around 8,500 households are without power, mainly in the southeast of the country.ESB Networks say crews are working to restore power.RoadsAA Roadwatch reports a collapsed wall on the Dundrum/Cashel Road and are asking drivers to take extreme care.Exiting the M50 northbound at J11 Tallaght there is also flooding, with one or two lane to close shortly.Today there will be further heavy showers according to Met Eireann, who said there will be some thundery downpours and local flooding. There will be strong to gale force easterly winds over Leinster, Ulster and Connacht and also strong to gale force westerly winds later this morning and this afternoon over Munster.Met Eireann warns that there is another severe storm depression due to hit on Friday.(Weather making its way from the Atlantic on Friday. Via magicseaweed.com)Read: VIDEO: Yes, these people are kayaking down a flooded Cork street>Read: More rain and wind forecast tonight – so be careful on the roads>
GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a fatal collision involving two cars, which occurred this afternoon near Charleville, Co Limerick.The crash happened at around 12.30 pm, on the N20 at Creggane.The driver of one of the vehicles was seriously injured and subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.The body will be removed to Midwestern Regional Hospital in Limerick for a post-mortem later today.The driver of the other car was taken to Limerick Regional hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and there were no passengers in either vehicle.This is the second fatal road accident in Co Limerick in just 24 hours, after a 17-year-old boy was killed yesterday when the quad bike he was driving collided with a tractor on the Oola to Doon Road.Today’s incident brings to 107 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far in 2014, an increase of three from this time last year.Witnesses are asked to call Bruff Garda station on 061-382-940, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, or to contact any Garda station.Read: Teenager killed in Limerick when his quad bike collided with a tractor>
Man, it’s sure hard to keep secrets if you’re a company with a smartphone or tablet you want to keep quiet until launch day. Just ask Apple. If some sneaky devil with a camera isn’t snapping pics of pre-production units, retailers are letting inventory listings slip out left and right. Listings like the one Carphone Warehouse posted for the LG Nexus 4.With this latest leak, the Nexus 4 has cemented its status as the worst kept smartphone secret ever. There aren’t a whole lot of new details contained in the Carphone Warehouse posting, but what we’ve already seen before has been confirmed:quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 native resolution (roughly 320ppi)8GB of internal storageno microSD expansion slot, in keeping with previous Nexus device offerings8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 360-degree panorama supportAndroid 4.2And of course there’s mention made of the new Swype-style Nexus Keyboard, which Carphone Warehouse refers to as “Gesture Typing. ” It’s also noted that the Nexus 4 will officially go on sale on October 30th, just a day after Google’s launch event.One particularly juicy tidbit that we hadn’t heard of previously is that the Nexus 4 may very well be free on-contract. Carphone Warehouse shows the $0 deal on new activations with either Vodafone or O2.Whether that means we’ll all be able to get our hands on the smartphone equivalent of a Nexus 7 that’s actually priced similarly remains to be seen, but CW’s itchy trigger finger has certainly given us reason to hope.More at BBC
https://jrnl.ie/4594588 Public health as a discipline has been overshadowed by advances in the biomedical sphere for decades.Now that we’re facing an onslaught of preventable chronic diseases that we cannot cure with a pill (as with infectious diseases), it’s time that public health approaches are recognised and valued as the largest contributor to maintaining good health for longer.Health researchers know that ‘we cannot treat our way out of cancer’.The projections for cancer incidence alone could threaten the financial sustainability of our health system by the middle of this century.Measures such as the workplace smoking ban (15 years old this week) and the recent Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are ‘upstream approaches’ in public health.This means that instead of firefighting to save lives downstream, we change the focus to fostering and preserving good health now, preventing the illness from ever occurring.We do this by tackling the causes of ill-health and the ‘causes of causes’.For example, if obesity is a cause of cancer and diabetes, we try to reduce levels of obesity.The big picturePublic health researchers study health systems and services, population health needs and inequalities, demographics, health statistics, disease patterns (epidemiology), causes of disease, and health promotion and protection.Public health professionals can be medics, who work in the community, but they’re also statisticians, epidemiologists, environmental scientists, economists, policy analysts, sociologists, geographers and historians, or a mix of those.According to the Institute of Medicine in the US: public health is “what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be healthy”.It is said that sickness is an inevitable part of ageing but there is a big difference between the general effects of ageing and premature onset of multiple preventable chronic diseases in your 50s or 60s.If we are going to reduce the incidence of cancer, and other chronic diseases such as asthma and COPD, there are a few key things we need:Housing for allEasy access to healthy and affordable foodReduce dangerous levels of air pollution (particularly in cities)Clean water free from microbeads and other pollutantsLocal infrastructure to support active travel such as greenwaysJobs that encourage physical movementStronger regulation for industries that profit from causing ill-health – such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar.The HSE was given a budget of €16 billion in 2019.Health and wellbeing was allocated €121 million which works out as less than 0.001% of the overall budget.Even though there are elements of public health in activities under other budget lines, this still gives a clear indication of how little we prioritise public health.Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention.But we need to look to the smoking ban, seat-belts and food labelling, as well as cycling infrastructure and firearm regulation (in the US) and ask, do they limit or increase our freedoms?With our community groups and representatives, we can collectively demand the policies and regulation necessary to create healthy liveable environments. Opinion: ‘Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention’ But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin. Apr 18th 2019, 7:01 AM 11,311 Views HOW IS IT possible that the US spends more money on healthcare than any developed country but still has poorer outcomes?Public health research can tell us a lot about this apparent paradox within the US healthcare system.For starters, healthcare in the US is relatively expensive compared with other countries and is mostly delivered by private healthcare companies who extract enormous profits.So, while this money may be considered health spending, much of it does not actually contribute to the cost of providing healthcare and keeping people healthy.There is a massive wealth gap in the US and it has no system of universal healthcare.Very rich people spend vast sums of money and benefit from expensive cutting-edge treatments, in hospitals akin to 5-star hotels, while poor people often struggle to access even basic community care services.There is also evidence of widespread waste in the US health system, including overtreatment, which is related to the commercial nature of the system.Public health research points to another reason for this incongruity between health spending and outcomes, and it lies beyond the healthcare sector entirely.Health is not simply related to healthcare.In fact, studies show that formal healthcare contributes to approximately 15% of the overall health of the population. (That is not insignificant; healthcare is vital when people get sick and this generally increases as the population ages.)But we have to ask what constitutes the other 85% of factors that influence the health of the population?According to research, they include behavioural patterns, genetic predisposition, social circumstances and environmental exposure.The study of genetics is an evolving and ethically challenging field.However, there is a strong body of evidence that the other factors – behavioural, social and environmental, can be addressed.They largely concern the context in which we live, grow and work.Behavioural causes of diseaseHow our own behaviour contributes to disease is a really interesting area that is contributing to the broader field of behavioural science.Research shows that ‘nudge theory’ (which is when we implement measures that gently encourage people to change their behaviour) isn’t very effective at scale to address grand challenges, like obesity and climate change.We’re beginning to understand human behaviour in terms of how we interact and are influenced by our environment rather than the simplistic idea of individuals choosing to make ‘good’ or ‘bad’ choices.For example, we now know that commercial marketing techniques are designed to erode individual willpower, so unless healthy options significantly outweigh unhealthy ones, education alone cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’.There is an abundance of academic literature on the most effective ways to influence behavioural change at scale and they largely relate to influencing the following: the physical environment (e.g. cycle lanes); the regulatory environment (e.g. clear food labelling and ‘no-fry zones’); the policy environment (e.g. health-proofing all policies); and the fiscal environment (e.g. taxes on cigarettes and sugary drinks).These policies have been shown to have a much greater impact on the health of the overall population than approaches which focus solely on individual agency.The leading causes of death in this country are cancer and heart disease, chronic diseases commonly referred to as ‘lifestyle diseases’, which is somewhat misleading.These diseases are often preventable (not always) but only if the context and environment in which a person lives are supportive of living healthily. Otherwise, it is extremely difficult for an individual on his or her own to change their behaviour and sustain those changes.Public health interventions at the household level and in settings such as schools and workplaces are also less effective than broader community and societal measures.Social and environmental causes of diseaseHealth outcomes are inextricably linked to your economic status. People who live in wealthier neighbourhoods, attend good schools and have better-paid jobs, and job security, tend to have better health.Needless to say, having a home is the most fundamental determinant of health.When there are significant wealth disparities within a country, the overall health of the population worsens and Richard Wilkinson writes about this in detail in his book ‘The Spirit Level’.We know that adopting population approaches to improving health can also do more to address health inequalities than individual level approaches.We should remember that the largest increases in life expectancy over the last 100 years were down to public health measures, such as clean water, sanitation, tobacco control and vaccination – rather than healthcare. Maebh Ní Fhallúin Share36 Tweet Email3 By Maebh Ní Fhallúin This will help to relieve much of the pressure on our precious health system. Maebh Ní Fhallúin has a Masters in Public Health. She is a public health policy researcher and advisor with a background in media and communications. 9 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was due to be locked in talks on Wednesday night with key European officials after Greece’s lenders submitted new proposals for measures to unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds that Athens dismissed as being unacceptable.Tsipras, accompanied by State Minister Nikos Pappas and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos, held talks for several hours with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde after lenders demanded the Greek government adopt more spending cuts than it had proposed.This meeting was followed by a brief Eurogroup meeting, where finance ministers were not able to take any decisions as the previous talks had not arrived at a conclusion. A decision was reached for the ministers to reconvene at 1 p.m. in Brussels on Thursday, by which time they hope to have a document that they can assess.“We will work through the night if we have to,” said Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who was also due to take part in Wednesday night’s talks along with European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici and European Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling.A government official said Greece’s delegation had expected talks in Brussels on Wednesday to focus on Greek proposals that “the institutions had accepted as a basis for discussion on Monday.” However, the creditors submitted their own proposal, “which transfers the burden to salaried workers and pensioners in a way that is socially unfair while also proposing measures to avoid increasing the burden on the privileged,” the official said.“The Greek side is unable to go in such a direction,” the official added, noting that “negotiations are continuing at all levels.”The creditors’ latest demands include that Greece raise revenue to the tune of 1 percent of gross domestic product from reforms to the value-added tax system, as compared to 0.74 percent of GDP as proposed by Greece. Overhauls proposed by creditors would lead to the VAT on cafes and restaurants increasing to 23 percent from the current 13 percent. The VAT on basic supermarket staples such as pasta and rice would increase to 23 percent. Creditors also want Greece to gradually phase out the low-level pension benefit known as EKAS.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram