December 9

Blaming External Factors for Your Results

first_imgIf you look for reasons you can’t do something, your mind will look for evidence to confirm what you want to believe. The question you need to ask yourself is, “Why do you want to believe external forces are preventing you from achieving some outcome or goal?” The answer can be challenging to accept, even though it is true. You look for external factors to explain why you are not responsible for failing to achieve something (or worse, as a reason not to try). Your mind works very hard to protect your ego, keeping it intact, regardless of how detrimental its strategies can be to your overall success. It will absolve you of your responsibility if you let it.External factors are beyond your control. Since there is nothing you can do about those factors, you can’t possibly be responsible, can you? So you look at politics, foreign affairs, the economy, the President, the Congress, events from your childhood, your lack of education, your age, your parents, your company, your leadership, your lack of training, your manager, your competitors, your clients, your lack of time, and an inexhaustible list of things that are beyond your control—and mostly beyond your influence.Denying the EvidenceSalespeople often believe and suggest that they lose deals because their price is too high when compared to their competitors. The external factors include their company’s pricing and their competitor’s willingness to sell something similar at a lower price. When presented with empirical and unassailable evidence to the contrary, namely a list of salespeople who are succeeding with the same pricing and the same competitors, they suggest those reps are lucky (a factor outside their control) or their territory is different (another factor outside of their control).I have heard sales leaders suggest that it is impossible to hire good salespeople, that they don’t exist. The most popular external factor that they point to as the cause is generational differences (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, etc.). Even though they are sometimes correct about activity levels that are too low, and some salespeople employ ineffective approaches, neither are universally true across their sales force. It’s easier to blame the sales force than to lead and manage them, building a culture of accountability. There is little chance of producing better results while believing you can’t impact the performance of the people in your charge. The evidence is when a salesperson that fails for you goes on to succeed working for someone else.The Case for Believing Everything is Your FaultThere is a case for believing everything is your fault. That case does not include refusing to acknowledge the external factors, but instead to recognize them and respond to them appropriately. Even though you lack the power or influence to change the external factors, you have the power to determine how you react to them.The approach of believing that external factors beyond your control dictate your results eliminates your agency, disempowers you, and positions you as a victim. You might recognize this as blaming someone or something else as the root cause of your challenges. That posture can create a downward spiral (or vicious circle). Instead of working to improve your results by controlling your response, you give up and get carried away in the “The Drift.“By believing everything is your fault, you exercise your agency, empower yourself to act, and position yourself as the protagonist. You are not the victim. Instead, you are working on the things you can control or influence, and in doing so, creating a different outcome. If you must err on one side or the other, you are better off holding beliefs that allow you to act to improve things rather than those that would have to sit idly by, come what may.What It’s NotIt is not your price that causes you to lose deals to lower-priced competitors; it is your ability to convey the greater value and the better outcomes in which you are asking them to invest. The most substantial variable is how you sell and the experience you create for your prospective client.It isn’t true that there are not good salespeople available for work, nor is it true that the generational differences are so vast as to prevent any young person from being a successful salesperson. Instead, it’s what you do with the people you hire that has the most significant impact on your results.Two ListsIf you want control, start by making two lists. On the first list, write down all the external factors that might have some impact on your results. Label that list, “Things Outside of My Control.” Make a second list of what you can do to improve your results—in spite of the external factors. Label this list, “My Action Plan for Turning Things Around.”Any time you want to look at the external factors, also look at the list of things you can do and take action on what appears on that list. The more work you do on the second list, the less the first list will matter, as the first list isn’t actionable and the second is.You never have to wait for someone to empower you. You can empower yourself to act as soon as you decide to do so. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

December 3

Nagaland polls delay board results

first_imgStudents in Nagaland who appeared for their Class 10 and 12 exams are feeling the impact of the Assembly elections that were held in February.Officials of Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) told reporters in Dimapurthat the results of the high school leaving certificate and higher secondary school leaving certificate exams held in March could be delayed by a fortnight.NBSE results are normally declared by the first week of May.“NBSE exams are usually held in February, but because of Assembly elections, they were conducted in March this time. This has caused the delay,” a senior board official said.last_img read more

November 26

BFI Should Consider Doing Away with Selection Trials for Performers: Mary Kom

first_imgNew Delhi: Celebrated Indian boxer MC Mary Kom on Wednesday said proven performers should not be made to undergo selection trials and asserted that she did no wrong by seeking an exemption from the ones for the world championships.A controversy broke out over Mary’s selection for the women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia after her competitor in the 51kg category, Nikhat Zareen, was refused a trial bout. Zareen, in a letter to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), alleged that she was stopped from competing despite having a scheduled trial bout. Mary Kom, a six-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist, was chosen by the BFI selection panel based on her gold medal-winning performances at the India Open and a subsequent tournament in Indonesia.”Maybe, the BFI can change the programme altogether, no trial for boxers who are performing well, they can directly get the quota for any championship or tournament,” Mary told reporters on the sidelines of an event arranged by the All India Gaming Federation.The world championship is scheduled to be held in Russia in September-October.”You look at other games like badminton, who gives trials? Did Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu give any trial?” she added.Mary defeated Zareen in the semifinal of the India Open in Guwahati earlier this year. When quizzed on her decision to approach the BFI with a request for exemption, Mary Kom said she merely left it on the federation and did not pressurise it to rule in her favour.”I felt weird about my decision but I had told BFI clearly you decide who is doing better. If I have to give a trial or not is not in my hands. The BFI decides all these things, it’s upto them” she said.Soon after this furore, Mary Kom was caught in the eye of the storm on being picked in the selection panel for this year’s national sports awards. The point of contention was her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s application for the Dronacharya award.Mary Kom recused herself from the selection committee’s proceedings after a media storm on conflict of interest. Yadav was eventually not among the nominees finalised this year.”This was my second time in the committee. I have recommended many coaches and at that time there was no controversy. This time I don’t know what happened, the media created a controversy, so I recused myself,” she said.Mary Kom was part of the awards selection committee for Dronacharya in 2016 as well but her coach was not in fray at that time. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. bfiboxingBoxing Federation of Indiaboxing india First Published: August 21, 2019, 4:11 PM ISTlast_img read more

November 18

Chris Gayle testifies on day 1 of defamation case vs newspaper

first_imgCricket star Chris Gayle has given evidence on the first day of his defamation action against an Australian media organization, denying allegations that he indecently exposed himself to a woman in a team dressing room after a practice session in Sydney during the 2015 World Cup.The ex-West Indies captain is taking the legal action against Fairfax Media, which published the story in January 2016 in three of its newspapers.Giving evidence Monday in the New South Wales state Supreme Court, Gayle said the allegations were “the most hurtful thing I’ve come across in my entire life.”Gayle said he had to defend himself against the allegations because “I want to clear my name.””I strongly believe you stand for something or you fall for anything,” he said.The 2015 World Cup was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.The hearing is expected to run for up to two weeks.last_img read more

November 16

IPL 2019 Auction: Yuvraj Singh will play for Mumbai Indians next year

first_imgIPL Auction 2019 live: India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at base price in the IPL 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Yuvraj had reduced his base price for the first time this year and set it at Rs 1 crore. Yuvraj Singh had failed to find any bidders in the first round but was brought back in the auction pool in the evening. Mumbai Indians were the only franchise to bid for Yuvraj Singh.Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab last year but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches. Overall, he has played 128 IPL matches and scored 2652 runs with a highest score of 83. Yuvraj last played for India in the West Indies back in 2017 – he was dropped thereafter as India started looking for newer options in the middle-order. Next year, Yuvraj will ply his trade for three-time champions Mumbai Indians. He is good friends with MI skipper Rohit Sharma and the two have a lot of mutual respect.Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auctions when Delhi Capitals paid a whopping Rs 16 crore for the swashbuckling all-rounder back in 2015. Incidentally, he was also the record the year before, when Royal Challengers Bangalore paid a 14 crore to get his services but released him the following year because of his bad form and fitness.Yuvraj, 37, has so far played for five franchises – Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He won the IPL with SRH in 2016 before being released by the team the following season. Yuvraj has so far played 128 matches in the tournament and amassed 2652 runs at an average of 24.78 with 12 half-centuries and a highest score of 83.advertisementYuvraj hasn’t played for the senior national team since June 30 and has not been in the selectors’ radar in the recent past. However, he still receives a tremendous reception whenever he walks out to bat in domestic games. Every time he slog-sweeps a spinner over the ropes, the cricketing world is at its feet.Yuvraj recently revealed that he is eager for one final shot at the 2019 World Cup, which is just six months away. The all-rounder’s performances in the domestic circuit have been far from impressive this season and time is certainly running out for him.Regardless of whether he plays for India again or not, the prince from Punjab will remain as one of India’s greatest cricketing heroes.last_img read more

October 25

Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran was bullied for his ginger hair in primary school

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 12:59 IST Shape Of You singer Ed SheeranEd Sheeran has revealed that he was picked upon by his classmates for his “quirky” looks. The 28-year-old singer said life in school was tough for him as he was “instantly ripped into” for being different.”I hated primary school with a passion; I cried every day. I’m ginger so I was instantly ripped into from the day I started school – ginger, had a stutter, and wore huge glasses… just a bit odd,” Sheeran said in an interview with DJ Nihal and rapper Dave.”But then as I got older I kind of loved it, I’ve always kind of looked a bit quirky. I never had much luck with girls and stuff like that, it was always I kind of looked a bit weird,” the singer said.The Shape of You hit-maker said things changed for the better when he found music in high school.”I got to high school, started playing guitar and joined a band. Music is one of those things that can give you confidence. You’re suddenly like ‘wow, I can actually do something well’. Before I picked up a guitar I did nothing,” he said in the interview.”I went to a primary school that was quite sporty and I couldn’t play sport.That was how you were cool – if you were good at football you were cool and I wasn’t good at football. But then when I joined high school it was such a melting pot of all different things and I started playing the guitar and suddenly started fitting in,” Ed Sheeran added.advertisementALSO READ| Ed Sheeran conquers Mumbai with his successful Divide TourALSO READ| Ed Sheeran in India: The audience goes crazy as the pop star sings Shape of YouALSO WATCH| Ed Sheeran’s music conquers India with his successful concert in MumbaiGet 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Ed SheeranFollow Shape of YouFollow Ed Sheeran in India Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran was bullied for his ginger hair in primary schoolEd Sheeran, the Shape of You hit-maker was bullied for his quirky looks in primary school. During an interview with the media, the singer said things changed for the better when he found music in high school.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 24

Health Minister says Feeding Policy Will Reduce Child Mortality

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the development of a National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy will assist in reducing mortality and morbidity of infants and children by addressing their nutritional needs. Speaking at a validation workshop for the policy at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, March 6, Dr. Ferguson said it will also help to bring Jamaica closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Four, which is a two thirds reduction in the under five mortality rate by 2015. Currently, Jamaica’s infant mortality rate (0-1 year) stands at 20 per 1,000 live births, while the child (under five) mortality rate is 22 per 1,000 live births. “In 2000, Jamaica’s child mortality rate stood at 24 per live births, which means that by virtue of our MDG commitment, we are required to achieve between nine and 10 per 1,000 live births by 2015. It is clear that we have much work ahead of us to get to where we need to be,” Dr. Ferguson stated. “Every child has the potential for greatness and it is incumbent on us as adults to enable them to attain optimal health to provide the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” he said. The draft policy seeks to create a sustainable environment that will contribute to a reduction in child morbidity and mortality and improvement in child health and nutrition. It is guided by the recommendations set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and is supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The WHO recommendations include: initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth; breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months; and thereafter, providing nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods; and continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond. According to the Health Minister, development of the Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy is a mark of the Government’s commitment to improving the health of the nation, while fulfilling the country’s international obligations related to health and sustainable development. He said it will also provide the operational framework needed to guide implementation of initiatives to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the population, starting with children. He noted that NCDs, such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, account for over 60 per cent of deaths in Jamaica. “They interfere with people’s capacity to work and provide for their families and are a cost burden for many, who are thrust further into the depths of poverty,” the Minister argued. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) estimates that about 130 million children worldwide are undernourished and this contributes to 53 per cent of deaths in young children, mostly in developing countries. Under-nutrition in childhood results in diminished intellectual ability and a reduced capacity to work in adulthood.last_img read more

October 16

Exclusive Interview Joe Staley Talks Smile Train And Electric Run San Francisco

first_imgSmile Train, the world’s largest cleft lip and palate charity, has announced Joe Staley will act as ambassador for Electric Run San Francisco, and LookToTheStars.org talked to the San Francisco 49ers Tackle about the event.How did it come about that you were asked to host the ‘Electric Run’ to benefit Smile Train?The organization approached me to host the event and when I found out proceeds were benefiting Smile Train I wanted to get involved. Anything that benefits children is just a great cause and I am very excited to put my name down to the charity and the event itself.Any teammates running alongside you?I am the official starter of the race and am not actually running. I try keep the stress off my knees in the off season. I don’t know of any of my teammates who are running in the race. My girlfriend and a few of her friends will be running though.Aside from hosting this event for Smile Train, are there any other causes you are involved with? Future work with this organization?I do a lot of work back home in Michigan. My mom is a librarian at an elementary school and I have helped in the schools to get kids excited about reading. I have also done some work with Play 60, but mainly I just work a lot with the students at the schools. I am also doing a few football camps this summer.If you could ask your fans to do one thing to improve this world, what would it be?I think people should smile and laugh more and they should take time to develop real relationships.Finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?It would probably be something I would make up that’s why it would be my theme song.Smile Train will serve as the official beneficiary of Electric Run, taking place for the first time in the Golden Gate city on Saturday, April 27. Staley will join more than 10,000 participants to kick off the race lighting up Candlestick Park, the same field on which Staley plays during the season.For more information about the event, click here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

October 12

UN forum seeks to ensure schooling for children from homes affected by

The Fourth Global Forum on Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, co-hosted in Dublin by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s overseas aid programme, called for a package of social welfare services to tackle child poverty and the effects of HIV/AIDS on children in developing countries. “For too long children have been the missing face of the aids pandemic,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman told the 200 delegates from 42 countries. “This conference, generously co-hosted by the Irish Government, provides an important opportunity to discuss approaches for dealing with children impacted by HIV and AIDS.” The forum will attempt to secure commitments for affected children to realize their right to health, education and welfare. Cash transfers and other social welfare instruments may alleviate poverty, improve school attendance and nutritional intake, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said. The forum brings together leaders in government, civil society and the UN to review progress, set priorities, and make commitments for children affected by HIV and AIDS. 6 October 2008Social services and the funding they entail are vital to ensure that children in households affected by HIV and AIDS are not forced to drop out of school to care for sick relatives or to engage in paid work when a breadwinner falls ill, a United Nations-backed forum said today. read more

October 12

DR Congo Security Council team visits camp for internally displaced

The 15-member group visited Kiwanja IDP camp near Goma, in North Kivu province, temporary home to some 13,000 people fleeing conflicts in the area, Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.Earlier, on arrival in Goma from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the delegation was briefed by the military leadership of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, about the current UN-backed operations by the Congolese army to address the problem of foreign and local illegal armed groups.They also met with the governor of North Kivu, the humanitarian community and with senior Congolese military and police commanders, and visited a clinic caring for victims of sexual violence.Tomorrow, the delegation will be in Kinshasa for senior-level meetings with Government officials, including President Joseph Kabila, and will also examine the promotion of economic recovery and development in the DRC, Ms. Okabe said. It will then head to Liberia.Council members arrived in DRC from neighbouring Rwanda, where they met yesterday with President Paul Kagame to discuss Rwanda’s contribution to peace in the eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region and its role in UN peacekeeping.The delegation began their African trip on Saturday with a stop in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where it met with African Union officials. Both parties expressed their commitment to enhancing collaboration in areas including the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Africa, according to a communiqué released after the meeting.The Council team also met with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the situation in Somalia and the stalemate in the Ethiopia/Eritrea peace process. 18 May 2009A Security Council delegation on a week-long visit to Africa met with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today to assess efforts by the Government and the United Nations to consolidate peace and security in the area, a spokesperson for the world body said. read more

October 11

UN agency deplores slaying of another Pakistani journalist

17 May 2011The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom today condemned the murder of another journalist in Pakistan, where at least 15 journalists have been the victims of targeted assassinations since 2002. Nasrullah Afridi, a reporter for Khyber news agency, died on 10 May when his car exploded in the city of Peshawar. He had also worked for Pakistan Television and for the Urdu-language newspaper Mashreq. Mr. Afridi, the President of the Tribal Union of Journalists, had been in Peshawar fleeing threats from militant groups, according to a statement issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The agency’s Director-General Irina Bokova said she was deeply concerned about the high number of journalists who have been slain in Pakistan in recent years. “The authorities must spare no effort in bringing the culprits of such crimes to justice, to ensure that journalists can pursue their important work,” she said. “The time has come for serious action against those who use violence to silence the all-important voice of the press.” UNESCO noted that the latest killing occurred just one week after Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari told the Committee to Protect Journalists, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), that he would pursue justice for journalists killed on the job. read more

October 8

TSX heads lower as traders wonder if rally out of steam

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower late-morning Wednesday as traders wondered if an impressive rally has run out of steam despite a strong reading on U.S. retail sales.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 75.78 points to 12,802.8, led by falling telecom and energy stocks.The Canadian dollar was down 0.21 of a cent to 97.25 cents US.New York indexes were also lacklustre after the U.S. Commerce Department reported that February retail sales rose by 1.1%, the fastest pace in five months and much better than the 0.5% rise that economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials shed 8.64 points to 14,441.42 after the blue chip index chalked up a sixth, straight record high close on Tuesday. The Nasdaq was up 0.08 of a point to 3,242.4 while the S&P 500 index edged up 0.26 of a point to 1,552.74.The solid increase in retail sales is encouraging because it shows that Americans kept spending despite a payroll tax increase that has lowered take-home pay this year for most workers.U.S. markets have been on a tear since the start of 2013 amid a positive run of fourth-quarter earnings news and data showing an improving housing sector and job gains.“One thing to add is we have seen earnings keep up with the market so although the markets have moved up, the valuation has not become stretched,” said Jeff Bradacs, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“And I think that is one area where investors see the market goes up a lot and think it’s getting more expensive but we’ve actually seen it kind of keep in line with earnings growth, which has been positive in the U.S.”The Dow industrials have jumped about 10% year to date. Buying enthusiasm has been muted in Canada but the TSX is still up about three%.Bradacs points out that the TSX is a different market than New York as it is heavily weighted by energy and gold companies.“And with golds, if you’re bullish on the economies out there, it’s tough to be bullish on gold unless you believe . . . (in) very stellar growth that is going to lead to higher inflation, which is difficult at this stage given the slack in the economy and high unemployment,” he said.“The other area is energy that’s holding back the TSX and that’s really just due to pricing differentials in Canada and that’s really holding back our energy space from moving forward.”The telecom sector led TSX decliners, down 1.16% as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) lost 68 cents to $46.75.The gold sector was down about one% while May bullion declined $3.70 to US$1,588 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) fell 56 cents to C$33.40.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 40 cents to US$92.94 a barrel. The energy sector was down 0.7% and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lost 30 cents to C$32.77.The base metals sector was down 0.75% with May copper a cent lower at US$3.54 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) declined 61 cents to C$31.In corporate news, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) was ahead eight cents to $2.65 after the federal government said Tuesday that it would give Air Canada more time to eliminate the $4.2-billion deficit in its pension plan. But it imposed strict rules on the airline that limit executive pay and prevent it from paying dividends.Printing and publishing company Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) turned around a loss from a year ago to post quarterly net earnings of $17.8 million or 23 cents a share. Adjusted earnings were $28.5 million or 37 cents per share, a penny short of estimates. Revenue for the quarter was also less than analysts expected at $528.7 million, although it was up 8.4% from a year earlier. Meanwhile, Transcontinental says it will pay a special dividend of $1 per share in the second quarter and its shares added 31 cents to $12.77.Construction company Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) stock was up 58 cents to $12.02 after it said it would raise its dividend to eight cents from seven cents effective April 1.The eurozone debt crisis focused investor attention Wednesday as Italy’s borrowing costs rose in the country’s first bond auction since ratings agency Fitch cut the government’s credit rating last week.Italy sold (euro)3.32 billion of two-year bonds at a yield of 2.48%, up from 2.30% in a mid-February sale. Demand weakened, with bids exceeding supply 1.28 times versus 1.37 in the February auction.European bourses were mixed in the wake of the U.S. retail data as London’s FTSE 100 index declined 0.7%, Frankfurt’s DAX added 0.03% and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.16%. read more

October 2

The future is happening now warns UN calling for urgent measures to

“Many people now think that the problem is solved since we reached a nice agreement in Paris last year… but the negative side is that we haven’t changed our behaviors,” Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told reporters in Geneva.He argued that carbon dioxide concentrations in the air would be five times the current level in 500 years if no limits are placed on fossil fuel, meaning that the planet would be seven to eight degrees Celsius warmer at that time. It would then take up to 100,000 years to restore the normal level, he added, stressing the urgency of substantially cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the coming few decades.According to the WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, the year made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity.“Our planet is sending a powerful message to world leaders to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and cut greenhouse gases now before we pass the point of no return,” Mr. Taalas said in a press release, emphasizing that the worst-case scenarios can be averted by taking urgent and far-reaching measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions.The statement shows that the global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a wide margin, at about 0.76 degree Celsius above the 1961-1990 average, because of a powerful El Niño and human-caused global warming. With 93 per cent of excess heat stored in the oceans, ocean heat content down to 2,000 meters also hit a new record.Record-breaking trend continuing in 2016The record-breaking trend has continued in 2016. January and February 2016 set yet more new monthly temperature records, with the heat especially pronounced in the high northern latitudes. Arctic sea ice extent was at a satellite-record low for both months, according to NASA and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Greenhouse gas concentrations crossed the symbolic and significant 400 parts per million threshold.“The startlingly high temperatures so far in 2016 have sent shockwaves around the climate science community,” said David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, which is co-sponsored by WMO. He added that it is premature to determine that 2016 would extend a record-breaking streak.The WMO Statement was released ahead of World Meteorological Day, on 23 March. read more

September 28

Was Tressel the ticket to high ticket sales

Ohio State football tickets are scheduled to go on sale for students today at 4 p.m., and some some say coach Jim Tressel’s resignation will change their buying plans. Tressel resigned on Monday after a scandalous offseason, and some students say it has affected their decision to buy tickets. “I’m disappointed that he’s leaving because I thought that Tressel was different from most coaches,” said Mark Rudolph, a first-year in biomedical science. “I bought tickets last year, but I’m not going to this coming year.” One student said she isn’t optimistic about the upcoming season. “It’s not going to be a great football season without him next year,” said Katy Wheeler, a fourth-year in accounting. “But then again, I know it really just comes down the players.” Others don’t think Tressel’s departure will hurt the program’s ticket sales. Tickets will be sold by students’ rank, which is determined by a student’s number of credit hours. Sales will run through June 15, with any unsold tickets going on sale to all ranks at 4 p.m. on June 16. “If I buy tickets next year, I’ll probably just sell them,” said Natalie Zeleznik, a first-year in math and physics. Students can purchase the student season ticket package, which includes tickets to the final five home games of the year. This package includes games versus Colorado, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Penn State, respectively. The cost for this package is $170, plus a $10 processing fee, according to OSU’s official website. Some students said Tressel’s resignation wouldn’t prevent them from attending the games. “Tressel is a great coach but no one is bigger than the program,” said Alan Irving, a fourth-year in psychology. “I bought tickets last year, and I’m getting tickets next year. OSU football is a tradition. It’s not just about Jim Tressel.” Students can also buy tickets to home games against Akron and Toledo, which cost $34 each, along with a $2 processing fee. Upgrading to the Block “O” section of the stadium costs an additional $5 per ticket package, as well as a $15 Block “O” membership fee. Students can buy tickets to away games, but must purchase the home game package to be eligible. The prices for away games range from $70 to $90. The only away game ticket to cost $90 gets students into the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 26, when the Buckeyes play Michigan for the first time in the post-Tressel era. Prior to Tressel’s tenure, the Buckeyes hadn’t beaten the Wolverines in Ann Arbor since 1987. “I got tickets last year, and I’ll come back for a couple next year,” said Matt Gant, a fourth-year in economics. “I expect anywhere from one to four losses next year.” Tressel won’t be the only familiar face not donning scarlet and gray at Ohio Stadium on Saturdays this fall. Five Buckeyes including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Tressel was also to be suspended for the first five games of the season. Columbus’ NBC affiliate reported Tuesday that Pryor has been driving under a suspended license. Pryor arrived at a team meeting Monday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350Z with temp tags on it. read more

September 25

Police are not recording fifth of reported crimes

first_img“Although the force has implemented the recommendations from our previous crime recording inspection in 2014, we found that almost one in five crimes in Thames Valley are not being recorded properly – that equates to approximately 35,200 crimes a year.“It now needs to ensure that it records crimes at the earliest opportunity, and that there is proper supervision of crime recording decisions.”  One in five crimes reported to the police are not being recorded by officers, according to new figures, leading to victims being “deprived” of justice.Rape and violence are among the thousands of crimes that are not recorded by the police, a watchdog warned. Inspectors who are reviewing crime data for every police force in England found that at Thames Valley Police (TVP), one of the largest forces in the country, 35,200 crimes were not recorded per year. The force has been graded “inadequate” at recording crime by a watchdog which found only about 80 percent of crimes that were reported were recorded. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that at TVP only 69.2% of reported violent crimes were recorded, meaning over 13,900 reports are not recorded.HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham said: “I am disappointed with the quality of crime recording in Thames Valley. Credit:Alamy 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. Thames Valley Police record approximately 80% of crime All crimes are reported by an incident log, however failing to record an incident can lead to resources being misallocated and not all incidents being investigated.The data revealed that out of 174 rape reports, only 152 were accurately recorded.Thames Valley Police said it accepted the findings and will be addressing the concerns raised.The watchdog also published findings from North Yorkshire where it estimated that the force fails to record 9,200 reported crimes a year, including sexual offences, domestic abuse and rape. Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: “As it stands today, we estimate almost one in five crimes in North Yorkshire are not properly recorded. This is simply inexcusable.”The force has robust processes in place to ensure the safeguarding of victims of these crimes, but too many offences continue to go unrecorded and therefore not investigated properly.”The force is potentially depriving victims of the services and justice to which they are entitled.”The findings are the latest from a series of rolling inspections looking at the crime data “integrity” of every police force in England and Wales.Inspectors launched the programme in November 2015 after finding the national average of under-recording of crimes stood at an “inexcusably poor” 19%. Credit:Ben Lack North Yorkshire policelast_img read more

September 25

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley discharged from Salisbury hospital three weeks after poisoning

“The progress he has made is a testament to the remarkable clinical team who have worked tirelessly, supported by brilliant behind the scenes staff.”I would also like to reassure everyone that, despite many people seeking advice following these incidents, there have only ever been a total of five people who have been exposed to this nerve agent and admitted to hospital for treatment. Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital almost three weeks after he was poisoned with his partner.Mr Rowley, 45, was taken to hospital with Dawn Sturgess on June 30 after the pair became exposed to the deadly nerve agent in Amesbury, Wiltshire.It is believed the couple had come across a glass perfume bottle containing Novichok and the two accidentally poisoned themselves.Police launched a murder inquiry after Ms Sturgess died at the hospital on July 8 as she failed to recover from the exposure. She was 44 and a mother of three children.On Friday, Salisbury District Hospital’s director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson announced Mr Rowley had been discharged and Public Health England said he posed no risk to the community.She said: “Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine.”Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery and all of us here at Salisbury Hospital wish him well as he continues to get better.  Dawn Sturgess died on July 8 after becoming exposed to the nerve agentCredit:AFP Mr Rowley’s discharge comes in the wake of reports Russian agents suspected of perpetrating the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia have been identified by police. 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. “Our advice to the public remains unchanged. Do not pick up any items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass. If you didn’t drop it, then don’t pick it up.”Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “On behalf of all my officers, staff and volunteers, we welcome today’s news that Charlie Rowley has been discharged from Salisbury District hospital. “We wish him the best with his ongoing recovery.”I would also like to pay tribute to the staff at Salisbury District Hospital for the outstanding care and compassion they have shown to everyone involved in both this incident and the incident in March.” Dawn Sturgess died on July 8 after becoming exposed to the nerve agent “In the past four and a half months, our hospital has treated all five victims while the world looked on and yet we have never closed our doors to the public.”Mr Rowley’s brother Matthew said he did not know what follow-up care he would receive following his release and added “it’s a big thing”.Professor Paul Cosford, Director of Health Protection and Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “We’re pleased that Mr Rowley is well enough to leave hospital. For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Rowley’s discharge creates no risk to anyone in the community. read more

September 21

Mid2013 MacBook Air Handson Apples newest laptop

first_imgOut of everything revealed at the WWDC 2013 keynote on Monday, the most unsurprising of the announcements was that of Apple’s new MacBook Air models. We learned that the popular MBA would still come in 11- and 13-inch sizes and the same unibody design, but after Monday it would be shipping with Intel’s new Haswell processors, complete with upgraded graphics. The battery life would be much better thanks both to Haswell and, as we’ve since learned, a larger battery. There would be some other updates as well, like dual microphones and faster, PCIe-based storage.The unexpected bonus from the announcement was an adjustment in the price or the specs of each of the models, depending on how you look at it. The 11-inch MacBook Air now ships with 128GB of flash storage and 4GB of RAM for $999, where the mid-2012 model was the same price but had 64GB. The new 13-inch MBA starts at $1099 with 128GB and 4GB of RAM, where as the 2012 model was $1199. Each model now runs a 1.3GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU. Neither system has gone with a Retina display, which means the 13-inch Air runs at a depressingly standard 1440×900. And good news for some: the WiFi has been upgraded to 802.11ac.This morning I had the chance to spend some time with the mid-2013 MacBook Air, aka the MacBook Air 6,2. I didn’t have enough time with the computer to deliver a full review or to confirm/refute Apple’s claims of a 12-hour battery life, but I can tell you that everything seems very solid so far. The system is blazingly fast and the battery life has barely moved since I started writing this article. Best of all (for me at least), this computer really allows what I like about OS X to shine through.Here is a brief video of the new MacBook Air, with me running through some of the specifications.While using the system, basically no changes can be found if you were to compare it to the 2012 model. The 2013 Air should be bit faster than the previous one, thanks to the new processor and faster storage (the 2013 model’s flash storage uses a PCIe connection as opposed to SATA), but you simply can’t notice a 5-10% overall performance bump during day-to-day use.The jump from 9 to 12 hours of battery life, on the other hand, should be noticeable once these new Airs start leaving the office and hitting the road. A teardown released today noted that Apple’s battery life gain wasn’t just from Intel’s new Haswell ULT chip, but it turns out that the battery in the new Air is actually larger than before. The 2013 model has a 7150mAh battery where the previous 13-inch model has 6700mAh. The 11-incher hasn’t been opened up yet (to my knowledge), so we don’t yet know if that was changed.If you are curious about benchmarks, the standard MBA 6,2 with 4GB RAM, 128GB flash, and the 1.3GHz Core i5-4250U system scored 6062 on GeekBench. That’s respectable, but nothing too special — Core i5 ultraportables from this and last gen (Ivy Bridge) tend to land in the 6000 to 7000 range. The 13-inch 2013 Air with the $150 upgrade to the 1.7GHz CPU seem to be clocking in at around 7100 on Primate Labs’ site.Recent Windows 8 ultrabooks are often lighter and more powerful than the Air, and some of them are moving to higher resolution displays, but with this update the MBA is still the computer to beat — especially after its price drop. Yes, it would have been nice to get a Retina display, but that’s not possible to do with all-day battery life, so if you need all those pixels you should consider the 13-inch Pro. Haswell-powered MacBook Pro machines were not announced at WWDC but they will be available soon enough, and at that time 2012 models should get a nice discount.As for the MacBook Air 6,2, so far everything is looking very good. The Air has been a no-brainer purchase for years now. It’s been a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of battery life and doesn’t want to carry around too much computer with them, and that’s still true today. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 MacBook Air 13-inchlast_img read more

September 12

SZA Kendrick Lamar SchoolBoyQ Train For TDE Championship Tour

first_img Twitter From tennis (!) to fitness training, find out how the label’s roster has been preparing for their upcoming trekRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 17, 2018 – 5:34 pm Touring for artists is no joke — it takes hours of preparation. It therefore seems only appropriate that Top Dawg Entertainment’s star-packed roster gets in a little training in anticipation of their first-ever full label tour.On April 17 TDE released a trailer video of sorts for The Championship Tour, which features artists such as Kendrick Lamar, SZA, SchoolBoyQ, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker, Isaiah Rashad, and Zacari training for the championship in a series of tennis, golf, soccer, and fitness training exercises.The hilarious video also includes the dates of the two-month trek, which kicks off on May 4 in Vancouver. The TDE crew will blast through Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, and Tampa, Fla., before wrapping up June 16 in Pittsburgh. Ready For The TDE Championship Tour? sza-kendrick-lamar-schoolboyq-train-tde-championship-tour News Facebook center_img Email SZA, Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoyQ Train For TDE Championship Tour Tickets are available via Ticketmaster if you want to get in on the action and be a winner.The Championship Tour trailer video comes just one day after the announcement of Lamar’s historic Pulitzer Prize win in the music category for his GRAMMY-winning 2017 album, DAMN.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

September 11

CAMPAIGN FINANCE Mike McCoy SelfFunds Campaign At 18000 Spends 12500 As Of

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) was the first of the five Democratic candidates in the 19th Middlesex State Representative race to file his pre-primary (May 7 to August 24) campaign finance report with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.McCoy previously told Wilmington Apple he would self-fund as it’s something he’s purposely done his entire political career:“Unlike the other candidates, I am not soliciting campaign funds because I’m spending my own money for the State Representative’s race just like I have for all of my 28 years as a Selectman. I have never taken a single penny contribution because there are a lot of I.O.U.’s attached to financial contributions. When you take contributions from developers, realtors, and the power brokers, not to mention board members and politicians, there are typically expectations of campaign promises once the candidate is in office, usually not in the best interest of residents but rather those who stand to make money with certain votes. The practice of paying for my own campaigns is one of the reasons I have been reelected over and over for 28 years–believe me, it’s no easy task.”DonorsMike McCoy was, in fact, the sole donor to his campaign. He donated $18,000 to his campaign in four contributions —  $2,500 on June 12; $2,500 on June 19; $4,000 on July 18; and $9,000 on August 15). He also loaned his committee $2,388,50 on May 10. His campaign liabilities total $20,388.50.SpendingMike McCoy’s campaign has spent $12,559.18 as of August 24. Expenditures include:$4,979.90 to Connolly Printing, of Woburn, for 8,398 mailed postcards$2,276.73 to Connolly Printing, of Woburn, for 11,000 palm cards$1,633.65 in advertisements with Wilmington/Tewksbury Town Crier$1,250 to the Massachusetts Democratic Party to access its VoteBuilder$1,000 to CK Strategies LLC, of Boston, for mail design$760 in advertisements with Your Tewksbury Today$550 to Jon Daigle, of Quincy, for website design$93.90 for check stock and $15.00 to Santander for a monthly bank feeMcCoy also spent $2,388.50 on lawn signs and stickers, which show up under his liabilities, as it was classified as a loan, not donation.Read It For YourselfMike McCoy’s pre-primary campaign finance report can be read HERE.(NOTE: Wilmington Apple will report on each candidate’s campaign finance report over the next few days.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: McCoy Not Seeking Any Financial Donations Or Big Political Name EndorsementsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidates File New Campaign Finance ReportsIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Mark Kratman Raises More Money From Donors Than His 4 Primary Opponents COMBINEDIn “Government”last_img read more