Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Do you look for a job in sales the same way that you sell?Do you make one attempt by sending your resume and never follow up?Do you assume that because the advertisement for the position has an email address that you are limited to communicating by email? Is there some reason that you believe that email is the most effective medium you have for a communication as important as pursuing the job you want in sales?Do you prepare for your interview like it’s a sales call? It is a sales call, you know. To you prepare a list of questions about the position that indicate that you have experience and a deep situational knowledge? Do you have an ability to tie what you know to your ability to generate immediate results for your would-be employer?More here on preparation. Do you know what kind of clients the hiring company is trying to acquire? Do you have ideas about how you might help them acquire those clients? Do you have ideas about why their potential customers would find you to be a value creator as the salesperson handling their account?After you interview do you go away? Do you make one follow up call and disappear? Do you ask for the sale? I mean do you ask for the job?How you go about pursuing a sales job is an excellent indication to a potential employer as to how you might behave after they hire you as a sales rep. The more you demonstrate the sales behaviors that allow salespeople to be successful, the more your potential employer can see you in that role. The opposite is also true. The fewer of those behaviors you demonstrate the less likely it is that that employer can see you making sales.You are selling yourself, right?
Anna University conducts T.N.E.A – Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions to enable a Single window admission process for admission into Engineering and Technology courses in University Departments of Anna Universities, Government and Government Aided Engineering Colleges and for the seats offered by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges.NEA is open to any Indian National however, admission policies vary from college to college and Non – Tamil Nady students have to keep these in mind during Engineering admission process.IMPORTANT DATES:Last Date for Submission of filled-in application 31.05.2012ELIGIBILITY CRITERION:Admission to engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu is based on the marks secured in 10+2 or its equivalent through single window counselling by Anna University. For student to be eligible for counselling, he/she should have scored 55% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The marks scored in qualifying exam is reduced to a base of 200 (Mathematics=100 and Physics and Chemistry=100) and accordingly ranks are issued.APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Application form with Information Brochure for the admission of students under Management Quota to Professional Courses will be made available through Consortium office and at all the member colleges of the Consortium on payment of Rs.500/-(Rs.250 in case of SC/ SCA/ ST) by cash in person.By Post: From “The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025” by sending a letter along with DD and an address label written in capital letters to which the application is to be mailed. Candidates are instructed to write the name and address on the reverse side of the Demand draft.SC/ST candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu who want to avail Registration fee concession (Rs.250/-) should produce a Xerox copy of the Community certificate obtained from competent authority.Application forms can be downloaded from www.annauniv.edu/tnea2012 and send the application along with the crossed Demand Draft.Candidates seeking admission under Special reservation category should enclose a separate special reservation application along with the main application together with a DD for Rs.100/- for each special reservation with attested Xerox copies of relevant documents. The applications under Sports Quota should be submitted along with all the documents only in person.The completed application forms should reach “The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA), Anna University, Chennai – 600 025” on or before 06.06.2012, by 05:30 PM.For further information:http://www.annauniv.edu/tnea2012/instructions.pdfCONTACT DETAILS:The SecretaryTamil Nadu Engineering Admissions Anna UniversityChennai – 600 025advertisement
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue San Miguel Beer will need its superstar to be in his MVP form anew if it wants to avoid a 1-3 hole against a determined Magnolia side.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss June Mar Fajardo receives his 8th PBA BPC award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—What else is new?For the sixth straight time, June Mar Fajardo won the Best Player of the Conference award in the Philippine Cup, asserting himself as the undisputed most dominant player in the PBA today.ADVERTISEMENT The San Miguel Beer center, who already holds the league record for the most number of Best Player of the Conference plums, collected his eighth BPC award. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ June Mar Fajardo runaway winner for his sixth straight Philippine Cup BPC award. #PBA pic.twitter.com/QDVoniCd9Q— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) May 8, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 29-year-old Fajardo, who is also the reigning five-time MVP, received the award on Wednesday before Game 4 of the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals between the defending champion Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots.For the sixth straight time, June Mar Fajardo won the Best Player of the Conference award in the Philippine Cup, asserting himself as the undisputed most dominant player in the PBA today.Read more: https://t.co/U4HLBY3bev pic.twitter.com/jAHJYy4l5L— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 8, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Renault India has began taking bookings for its small car Kwid at an initial token price of Rs 25,000. The booking amount is refundable.The French carmaker is hoping to cash in on the hype created around the car.Before you go book your Kwid, here are 9 things to know about the car:1: Engine: Renault has designed a brand new engine for the Kwid. The car will be powered by an all-aluminium, three-cylinder, 800cc petrol engine. It is a four-valve unit with dual overhead cams (DOHC which is simply more modern than expected). The engine will be mated to a 5-speed manual which will ensure optimum fuel efficiency which will be a prominent selling point in India.2. Platform: The Kwid is based on the new CMF-A platform and sports a unique design. The front features a typical Renault look with the badge taking centrestage. The grille too is inspired by the SUVs Renault offers and has multiple rectangular slats much like the Duster.3. Ground clearance: For a car its size, the Kwid offers ample ground clearance of 180mm, a figure mostly seen in SUVs.4. The Kwid comes with bulging wheel arches with the plastic cladding giving it an SUVesque look. Inside the wheel arches, the Kwid runs on 155/80-R13 tyres which are fastened using only three lug nuts instead of the conventional four.5. The seats are comfortable and the driver has a good view of the road ahead. It is much like being in a compact crossover. There is ample shoulder room to allow two to sit without grazing one another.advertisement6. The instrument console is an all digital affair which comes with a speedo, odo, trip, fuel guage etc. The centre console houses a touch screen multimedia interface which offers audio, Bluetooth connectivity and even SatNav.7. No power windows for rear passengers: Rear passengers have got to make do with manual window winders instead of electrically operated units.8: Storage: The boot is one of the best in the class. There is no intrusion which can eat up stowage capacity and this helps it score more points. The dash also offers a deep glove compartment on top as well as in the lower half. In the middle, a shelf has been created to offer quick storage. Cup holders and door pockets are also provided. 9: Pricing: Renault has already announced a price range of Rs 3 to 4 lakh and that makes it phenomenal value for money.
Venus Williams broke down in tears during her post-match news conference at Wimbledon on Monday when asked about a recent motoring incident she was involved in, which led to the death of a 78 year old Florida man.Williams, who won her first-round match against Belgian Elise Mertens in straight sets, was asked about her feelings regarding the incident.”There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and…yeah. I’m completely speechless. It’s just – yeah, I mean, I’m just,” said the American before breaking down in tears and leaving the room.The five-times Wimbledon champion returned shortly afterwards to finish off the compulsory media briefing.News of the fatal incident near her home in Palm Beach Gardens surfaced on Thursday.Palm Beach Gardens police released a preliminary report saying she was the driver at fault in a June 9 accident that left Jerome Barson, a passenger in the other car, with fatal injuries.After the crash, Barson was taken to a Florida trauma center where he died 13 days later, according to the Palm Beach county medical examiner.The police report estimated Williams was travelling at about 5 miles per hour (8 kph) at the time of impact and was not distracted or suspected of any drug or alcohol use.Before breaking down in the news conference, Williams had been asked several questions about her emotions in the past month but had avoided directly addressing the matter.”Life, you can’t prepare for everything. I prepared for a lot of matches, tried to get ready for whatever my opponent will throw at you, but you can’t prepare for everything,” she said.advertisement”I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned,” she said to another question on how she was handling the situation.Last week Williams released a statement on Facebook saying that she was “heartbroken” and “devastated” by the death of Barson.Williams also said she was missing her sister Serena who is on a break from the game while she is pregnant.”I miss her a lot. I think she misses me,” she said.The 37-year-old American faced a tenacious opponent as she began her bid for a sixth Wimbledon singles title with a 7-6(7), 6-4 victory.While a nervous Mertens struggled early, going 3-0 down in the first set, the 21-year-old, ranked 54th in the world, battled back to force a tiebreak which Williams won 9-7.Williams, who last won Wimbledon in 2008, was unable to convert two match points in the second set before a rain break, but she returned to serve out for victory.
French ATP tour veteran Julien Benneteau edged Croatia’s Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters and keep alive his pursuit of a maiden singles title.The 35-year-old wildcard, who finished runner-up in 10 Tour-level finals between 2008 and 2014, can give himself an 11th chance at a title if he can defeat either American Jack Sock or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco on Saturday afternoon, reports Efe.The third-seeded Cilic appeared poised for a run at his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title after Spanish world No. 1 and top seed Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament on Friday with a knee injury, but Benneteau had other ideas.The Frenchman more than held his own in the service department, striking 12 aces to Cilic’s nine and also enjoyed a surprising amount of success in his return games..@julienbenneteau is LIVING the dream.He’s into the semifinals of his last-ever #RolexPMasters.What. A. Night! ??? pic.twitter.com/nfUrUWIBU2- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 3, 2017Benneteau took inspiration from a boisterous home crowd in grabbing service-break leads in both sets, but Cilic drew level both times.The first set was decided in a close tiebreaker after four service breaks, while Benneteau managed to break the Croatian’s serve a fourth time in the 12th game of the second set to clinch the victory.After wrapping up the win with a forehand winner, an emotional Benneteau fought back tears and lay sprawled out on the court while soaking in the crowd’s cheers.It’s only the beginning.#RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/PQvjl9kHpoadvertisement- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 3, 2017Cilic’s 32 unforced errors, 15 more than his opponent, proved to be his downfall in Friday night’s match.Benneteau’s victory, meanwhile, ensures that a there will be a new Masters 1000 champion and a first-time winner of this indoor hard-court event.Saturday’s first semi-final will pit big-serving American John Isner, a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 winner over Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, against Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who advanced to the final four due to Nadal’s injury withdrawal.
TweetPinShare0 Shares TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Rangers have been talking about which style is the right one for them. They found it the night of Dec. 30.Dominic Moore put New York ahead early in the third, Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist and the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 to end an eight-game road losing streak.“We had a lot of good talks the last 24 hours about coming back to the team we really are,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. “Play to our strengths and it starts really with hard work. We played really well tonight. We showed ourselves what we need to do to have success.”Lundqvist made 20 saves and moved past Rogie Vachon for 17th place on the NHL’s career wins list with 356.New York was 0-6-2 during the skid. Boyle scored in the first period and Mats Zuccarello in the second. Viktor Stalberg and Rick Nash added empty-netters.New York also won for just the fifth time (5-10-2) in its last 17 games overall.Jonathan Marchessault and Anton Stralman scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop lost for the first time to the Rangers after winning his first nine games against them. Tampa Bay is 2-2-1 during a six-game homestand.“If you really look at this game, we really didn’t give them anything,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “And when we did, it was our blunders. You look at that winning goal, we turned the puck over three times in a harmless situation.”The defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning are 9-8-2 at home this season after going 32-8-1 in 2014-15.Moore gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead on a backhander 3:16 into the third after a defensive zone turnover by Tampa Bay. Two of his four goals this season have come against the Lightning.“I just tried to stay poised,” Moore said.New York defenseman Marc Staal saved a goal in the opening minute of the third when he swiped Valtteri Filppula’s shot off the goal line.“I just saw Hank get a piece of it, so I knew it would start going to the net,” Staal said. “I just got it in time.”The Rangers went ahead 2-1 on Zuccarello’s shot from the top of the left circle 56 seconds into the second.New York’s Tanner Glass received an interference penalty late in the second for a hit that sent Brian Boyle over the boards and onto the Rangers bench.Tampa Bay took advantage of Glass’ infraction when Stralman’s in-close shot trickled under Lundqvist’s pads with 8.2 seconds to go in the second.Boyle opened the scoring 1:53 into the game from the right circle off a nice pass by Keith Yandle. All five of the defenseman’s goals this season have come in the last 10 games.After failing to get a shot during their first two power plays, the Lightning converted a third chance and tied it at 1 when Marchessault redirected Stralman’s shot with 3:25 remaining in the first.(MARK DIDTLER)
Shanghai, Dec 20 (AFP) Chinese football on Thursday imposed a salary cap of 10 million yuan (USD 1.45 million) a year for domestic players and vowed to kick teams out for so-called “yin-yang contracts”.The swingeing measures are part of a ramped-up effort by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to clamp down on big spending and get teams to toe a tougher financial line.There will also be a limit on bonuses and other financial inducements for domestic players, according to state sports channel CCTV5 and other reports on an end-of-season CFA conference in Shanghai.Foreign players are not affected by the salary cap, which will be in place for the new Chinese Super League (CSL) season when it starts in the spring.However, each club’s annual expenditure cannot exceed 1.2 billion yuan in 2019, which will decline to 900 million in 2021.Two years ago, Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar joined CSL side Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea for an Asian-record 60 million euros and Argentine forward Carlos Tevez signed for rivals Shanghai Shenhua, both earning some of the highest wages in world football.Their high-profile arrivals, along with dozens of other foreign stars such as Brazilians Hulk and Paulinho, triggered fears that Chinese clubs were distorting the international transfer market with overinflated wages and fees.But the CFA has since moved to stop the splurge and force teams to focus on youth development instead, and there is unlikely to be serious money spent when the winter transfer window opens on January 1.The CFA last year slapped a 100 percent transfer tax on the purchase of overseas players, which significantly reined in Chinese clubs, and the organisation limited the number of foreigners each team can field to three a match.advertisement- ‘Not sustainable’ -=====================Among a raft of other new measures, teams must submit contracts for their players and coaches by the end of the year as part of a crackdown on “yin-yang contracts”.Such contracts — one for the tax man and another with the real value of the agreement — are thought to be widespread in football and showbusiness in China.If the CFA uncovers any tax-avoidance schemes, the offending player or coach face a ban of between one and three years. Their clubs can be deducted points or even kicked out the league.”The association will draw on the experience of advanced overseas leagues to design comprehensive measures to control high wages, high bonuses, high transfer fees and other issues,” Li Yuyi, CFA vice chairman, said earlier this week, according to Xinhua news agency.Li added: “If there’s only investment but no clear idea of what the long-term returns are, Chinese football is not sustainable.”Companies (that own teams) need to understand why invest, what are the rewards and what it contributes to society.” (AFP) APAAPA
World number nine Saina Nehwal was crowned the women’s singles champion at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament on Sunday after Carolina Marin pulled out of the much-anticipated final with an injury midway during the first game.Carolina Marin, the reigning Olympic and world champion, started the match on a high as she seized the early initiative at the Istora with her pace and power. Saina Nehwal was seemingly clueless as the Spaniard race to a 8-2 lead.However, in a heartbreaking moment, Marin winced in pain after landing awkwardly while attempting a smash. She fell on the ground and was in tears unable to bear the pain.Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin, Indonesia Masters 2019 women’s single final: HighlightsA spirited Marin tried to carry on and even won a point after the injury, which proved decisive in the end. With her eyes welling up in disappointment and frustration, Marin finally decided to withdraw from the match when she was leading 10-4.DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2019 | WS – F – HIGHLIGHTS #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/ysrX7AwvlZBWF (@bwfmedia) January 27, 2019″It is important year for all of us. This was not good at all. She is a tough competitor, she started off well and it is unfortunate what happened today,” said Saina, who last won a BWF title in 2017 in Malaysia.It is a creditable performance for the Indian, who had suffered a shin injury late last year. “I just came out of injury. I played this events to see how good is this. and I’m happy I could play the semifinals at Malaysia and final here. Looking forward to get back to shape and play next tournament,” she said.advertisement”I have been getting injured in the last few years. I always try to come back stronger, there is no secret. I want to thank physios and coaches who are supporting me a lot.”Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at the Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International.
Improvements will be made to the park reservation system for the 2019 season to make it easier to book campsites. A record-breaking 6,500 reservations were made on opening day in 2018. All provincial parks are now closed for camping but people are encouraged to continue visiting parks to enjoy walking, cross-country skiing and similar activities. While parks are closed, regular park services and facilities are not available. Visitors must follow park rules, including keeping dogs on leashes. Visitors are reminded to use the pack-it-in, pack-it-out principle, and take their trash home with them. There are 20 provincial camping parks and more than 100 day-use parks in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia’s provincial parks welcomed a record number of campers in 2018. The provincial park system saw 82,422 campsite nights booked, an increase of five per cent over last year. Bookings have gone up about 30 per cent since 2014. Several infrastructure projects were completed or are in progress this year: new electrical and water services to campsites at Amherst Shore Provincial Park and Battery Park Provincial Park road and parking lot repairs to Queensland Beach Provincial Park upgrades to the Blomidon Provincial Park day-use area construction of a new comfort station at Valleyview Provincial Park near Bridgetown
As all the countries were marking the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the report of HelpAge India released on its eve mirrored our tangential deviation from the past. Gone are those days of our lofty thoughts equating them with God; even the basic responsibility of taking care of them in their old age is often felt like a millstone. In our culture, certain tenets, mythology, etc., were used in the past to instil values and discipline in our society. Thus, in order that parents were respected and taken care of, the tenet ‘Matru devobhava; Pitru devobhava’, and the mythological story of Shravan Kumar in Ramayana, were oft repeated. Also Read – A special kind of bondShouldering a yoke with a basket hanging from each end, Shravan physically carried his blind and frail parents, to fulfil their wish of a pilgrimage. Amidst a forest en route, when he stopped to fetch water from a river to quench their thirst, the arrow of Dasharath, the king of Ayodhya, who was a good hunter and expert in hitting the target just on hearing sounds, shot him in his chest. Mistaking the sound of filling of the urn with water as an animal drinking it, he had released his arrow. Withering in pain, the devoted son spoke his touching last words to his distraught parents, ‘I am going to Heaven. I will wait for you there so that I can serve you there too.’ Before dipping themselves to death in the river, the couple cursed the king with the same fate of dying with the pain of parting of his dearest son. This poignant story conveys us the ideals of devotion and dutifulness of a son, and also the despair and suffering of parents. It is all past. Also Read – Insider threat managementNow, fortunate are those whose children sincerely take care for them, like one senior doctor, for whom his illiterate parents are like gods since it is they who had spent everything they had; sold even their meagre possessions of land, to make him a doctor. He closes his busy clinic to attend to them when they are hospitalised; steals time to make them happy by taking them to their village to spend time with their old mates. Although he keeps nurses round-the-clock for their care, he personally spends quality time with them to provide the much-needed emotional support, Of course, he is an exception, since we keep hearing about several pathetic episodes of people who are forced to live alone or are exposed to problems like lack of physical, social, emotional and financial support. Yet, most of them are proudly reconciled that their children are comfortably placed somewhere away from them, and silently suffer and depend on neighbours for help. Courtesy to such people, a famous 82-year-old writer was admitted in the ICU when he slipped and fainted in the house. His anxious wife of 75 years, waited outside all the time until their elder son reached from the US; the other son was busy elsewhere. The doctor informed the son that the patient would not survive for more than four days. Impatiently he waited, and then asked the doctor, ‘You said four days…What you have to say now?’ Everyone around was shocked. When he died after a couple of days, mechanically the son completed rituals and rushed back, caring little for his grieving mother. He was a busy man in the US! People seek greener pastures abroad for big money, and a comfortable life, free from hassles of corruption, pollution etc. In their busy lives, they have no time even to think of their parents back at home. A well-known Indian was attending a lunch hosted in his honour by a rich Indian in the US. During their casual talk, the host said, ‘I don’t know how things are in India. I came almost 10 years ago’. The guest asked him about his relatives. He said, ‘I have my mother and sister living there. I do have some relatives.’ When enquired about his father, the rich man said, ‘He died a couple of years ago.’ The puzzled guest questioned, ‘Do you mean to say that you could not visit even when your father died?’ The reply was nonchalant. ‘True. I was very busy at that time.’ Speechless, the visitor quit the party. Not everyone would think about the state of mind of their parents. Having spent all their lives and resources – time, energy, material, on their children, and having also worked even as unpaid nannies for their grandchildren, they are now decrepit. With passing years, there is a decline in the number of visitors, engagements and activities; increase in visits to doctors, and lay-offs on beds. Physically they feel, they are of no avail to their families; and their worldly wisdom, acquired over the years, is of no service to anyone in this computer age. Loneliness sets in; feeling of abandonment overwhelms them. On top of everything, they have to swallow their pride and self-esteem; they face snide, insult and abuse from their loved ones – the biggest disincentive to live on. Physical pains and mental agony join together to create a sense of helplessness – an experience of a nightmare when they are fully awake. Yet, in their obsession of love, and pride of the achievements of their children, chewing the pleasant memories of the past, they silently suffer; and kill the vacant time, which is in plenty. At the ripe age, like small children, they only long for care, love, and affection. When a woman visited an acquaintance in an old-age home and enquired about her welfare, the eighty-plus woman felt very happy, and said, ‘Great. People here are warm. We spend our time together.’ However, there was a streak of sadness visible in her countenance. ‘What about your children?’ asked the visitor. Tears rolling instantly, the old woman answered, ‘Oh. Both my sons are in Canada. Since the time my husband passed away, I have not heard from them. It is almost six years.’ Instantly holding her hand reassuringly, the fluttered visitor simply said, ‘Anyway, you are happy here. Good, I will keep visiting you.’ Then, as she rose to leave, she asked what she could do for her. ‘Can you pray for me?’ ”Sure,’ the visitor nodded. The elderly woman added in a pleading voice, ‘Then, please prays to God to change the minds of my children so that they will see me at least once before I die’. Giving a warm hug in silence, the visitor left. There are people who even do not have compunctions to exploit the frailty of elders to neglect or abuse them. It could be physical, psychological, sexual, and financial. They deny access to funds; grab their properties through theft, forgery etc., and some even eject them from homes. Sometimes there could be unintentional neglect. Yet, talking about them is a taboo, not only in India but also in most of the countries. According to the UN, 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, which is a gross underestimation, because only 1 in 24 cases is reported, in part because the victims are dependents, or afraid to report, or because of cognitive and other impairments. Thus, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence and one of the least addressed in national action plans. Further, with the increase in longevity, the population of elders would be over 2 billion by 2050; double of what it is today; and the number of victims would also go up to more than 320 million. Since this social problem affects their health and human rights, it is to voice collective opposition that the UN General Assembly designated June 15 as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In our country, as HelpAge India reports that elders face disrespect, neglect and even verbal abuse at the hands of their children. Yet, they choose to remain within the family ambit, seeking only a sensitisation of their children; almost 70 per cent of them primarily seek emotional support. It is only when things are totally unbearable that they move out. One inmate of a government-run old-age home says, ‘I have three daughters and one son, but none of them cares for me, which is why I am forced to stay at this place.’ The study finds, while 29 per cent of caregivers feel it is a burden to look after their elders at home, 35 per cent are not happy looking after them, and 25.7 per cent who are fatigued and frustrated even behave aggressively with them. It is significant that about 40 per cent of elders have no escape since they have no income of their own. We already have a central law, ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007’, which makes it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to parents and senior citizens; food, clothing, residence, healthcare, and other amenities need to be taken care of. Failure to do so is a punishable criminal offence. Even properties grabbed with the false assurance of looking after them can be restored. Tribunals have been set up to tackle non-compliance and provide relief within a specified time. Yet, nothing has changed. Most of the victims and perpetrators are not even aware of the provisions. Unless there are sustained efforts and campaigns involving government agencies and civil society, things would remain the same, since it is a social problem. But, their human rights cannot be ignored. Growing in age is mandatory while growing up is optional. The country should grow up not to permit old age to become a curse. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: The state Cabinet on Tuesday approved 10 percent reservation for ‘economically weaker general caste’ in state government civil service and in educational institutions across the state.”This is a historic decision on the part of our government. The SC/ST and OBC, who are already entitled to reservation, will not get the benefit,” said state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly. The state government will soon bring out a notification in this regard after tabling and passing a Bill in this regard, preferably in the ongoing Assembly session. The criteria and other formalities for getting the benefit have already been discussed and will be clearly mentioned in the notification. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that a few months ago, the Centre had also introduced 10 percent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality” by providing “equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status”. During the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with the MLAs of SC/ST and tribal community at the state Assembly and took stock of development activities and other works for the communities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe gave a patient hearing to their suggestions to ensure that work for the Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department can be carried out in a more efficient manner. “The Chief Minister has instructed the concerned officials to expedite the process of disbursement of SC/ST certificates and not to dilly-dally regarding handing over the same, as these backward classes need the certificates for admission from school to university and also for jobs of state and Central government,” Chatterjee said. All Opposition MLAs attended the meeting and 37 of them belonging to different political parties offered their suggestions to expedite services rendered for the welfare of the backward classes. At present, 84 MLAs in the state among 294 belong to the SC and ST community. Banerjee also gave the nod for holding camps in the block level to fast-track the process of handing over the certificates. “The Chief Minister has given clear instructions that apart from hearing their grievances and attempting to solve them, steps should be taken for socio-economic development of them as well,” Chatterjee said. The meeting was attended by state BCW minister Rajib Banerjee and senior officials of the department. Banerjee also called for an awareness campaign regarding the various benefits for the welfare of the backward classes being provided by her government, to bridge any sort of information gap in this regard. It may be mentioned that since assuming power in 2011, the state government has issued 67.22 lakh SC and OBC caste certificates, while the number of ST certificates distributed stands at 6.9 lakh.
TORONTO – As Toronto police investigate a string of high-profile shootings, a war of words is brewing in the force’s upper echelons, with the mayor and chief on one side and the head of the police union on the other.It all goes back to a letter that Global News reported was written by veteran investigator Sgt. Mark Hayward and addressed to Mayor John Tory. The sergeant accuses Tory of being a direct contributor to the city’s gun violence by cancelling a police anti-violence strategy in 2016, the news outlet reported.Hayward says the controversial program known as TAVIS provided police a crucial tool in keeping violent street gangs at bay. He also calls Chief Mark Saunders “a puppet on strings,” which he says are being pulled by the mayor, according to Global News.In response to the letter, police have launched an internal investigation and Saunders has promised that the officer — whom he does not name — will be disciplined if they are found to have committed misconduct.In a statement Friday night, Saunders said there are “conflicting points between what has been reported in the media and what our investigation has uncovered,” but he did not expand on what those points of conflict are.He said TAVIS was cancelled as part of a modernization effort that included 32 recommendations from members of the public as well as “highly trained members of the service.”Hayward declined to comment on Saturday, citing the internal investigation.Tory released his own statement on Saturday, saying he supports Saunders and the city’s police services board “100 per cent.” The mayor’s statement blames the head of the police union for what he calls “a dangerous set of tactics.”Mike McCormack “could be a partner with us in our fight to rid our streets of the gun violence we’ve seen recently,” Tory said, adding, “Unfortunately, he has chosen not to be.”Tory accuses McCormack of holding up shift schedule changes that would allow the city to “deploy more officers where we need them.”McCormack did not mince words in responding to the mayor’s statement, calling it an attempt to distract from the surge of shootings that has gripped the city in recent weeks.“He’s deflecting towards me. Well, I got big shoulders — so be it,” McCormack said in a phone interview Saturday.“But that’s really not helping the dialogue.”Regarding Tory’s allegation that McCormack had held up changes to shift schedules that would have helped the force deploy more officers where they are needed, the union head was equally blunt.“You can’t deploy officers you don’t have,” he said.“We just don’t have the resources, and the mayor knows that.”He said hundreds more officers are needed to deal with the issues the city faces.
TORONTO — Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totalling $106 million during the period. Ontario judge grants cannabis store licensing stay, rejected applicants seek review ‘Procedurally unfair’: Disqualified cannabis lottery winners file legal challenge against AGCO ‘Violation of our rules’: AGCO disqualifies seven HighLife-linked cannabis lottery winners Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 last year, and the rollout was mired by supply chain issues and product shortages, which largely have been resolved in recent months.The supply shortages prompted the Ontario government to cap the initial number of retail licences at 25, but the province is in the process of increasing the number of legal pot outlets to 75 by October.The OCS announced last week that chief executive Patrick Ford would be retiring. Cal Bricker, senior vice-president of horse racing at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., was named interim chief executive while a search for a replacement is conducted.
Any doubts we had that the Nexus 5 will arrive very soon have been quashed today because the smartphone made a brief appearance on to the Google Play Store.Those lucky enough to be visiting the site when it happened would have seen the black version of the Nexus 5 you see above sitting next to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The URL for the phone’s page also included reference to 16GB, which seems likely to be the base model alongside a 32GB option.As for the price, the same page suggests Google intends to sell the new smartphone for $349. Google was very competitive on price when it released the Nexus 4, and the 16GB Nexus 5 actually matches what the Nexus 4 16GB model originally sold for before being reduced to $249 more recently. It’s worth pointing out there was a cheaper $300 8GB model, but it seems unlikely we’ll get that option again for the Nexus 5.When you consider the iPhone 5S sells for $649, and handsets including the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are priced around the $600 mark, the Nexus 5 is a bargain.Google isn’t cutting any corners in terms of performance to reach that price point. Inside the smartphone we expect to find a quad core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM sitting behind a 5-inch 1080p display. It’s also going to ship with Android 4.4 preloaded and none of the crapware other Android phones sometimes include.With the Nexus 5 page accidentally appearing on the Google Play site, it seems likely we’ll get an official announcement before the week is over. Let’s just hope this time Google has enough stock to meet demand and consumers aren’t left waiting weeks to purchase the new smartphone.
A recent study into the distribution of medical and nursing staff at Greece’s cash-strapped public hospitals has found that contrary to popular belief, there is no significant shortage of doctors and that patients can get the kind of attention they need through a shakeup of the system.The study, conducted by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine with the assistance of Athens Medical School and the World Health Organization, found that pathology units are more understaffed than cardiological and psychiatric units and that the hospitals of Macedonia in northern Greece have the biggest shortage in nursing staff around the country, for example.The study found that while the average for the National Health System (ESY) is one doctor per two patients, there are parts of Greece, such as Piraeus and the islands of the Aegean where medical personnel is stretched much more thinly, and others, such as in parts of Attica, where there are as many doctors as there are nurses.The institute suggests that the distribution of hospital staff can be rationalized with the hiring of 3,000 new nurses with the aim of bringing the nationwide average to 2 per 1,000 residents from the current 1.79 per 1,000 residents.As far as doctors are concerned, the study suggests that transfers from hospitals that are well staffed with medical personnel to those that are struggling to meet demand should be sufficient to cover any gaps in healthcare without requiring more hirings.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After an ABC Four Corners-Fairfax investigation claimed this week that CommInsure – the life insurance arm of the Commonwealth Bank – encouraged doctors to redraft medical diagnoses to avoid payouts to sick and dying people, the Turnbull government has asked ASIC to investigate the matter.The victims’ cases shown on Four Corners on Monday included that of Helen Polydoropoulos – an employee of CommInsure until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011. One of four million CommInsure policy holders, Ms Polydoropoulos was ‘ill-health retired’ from the bank and advised by its chief medical adviser, Dr Colin Johnston, to claim for “total and permanent disability”. Despite the doctor’s advice when it came to lodging her claim, it was rejected – on the basis that she was fit for work.Ms Polydoropoulos attempted to seek further guidance and clarification from Dr Johnston, who signed both her letter of medical retirement and the rejection letter from CommInsure, but to no avail. He refused to return her calls.After being contacted by Four Corners, the doctor said that he had acted “on the advice of specialists”, and within days CommInsure had offered a settlement to Ms Polydoropoulos.Her story is typical of the way the company put profits before the wellbeing of those insured – until forced to radically revise its decisions in light of media scrutiny.Another victim whose story was told in the Four Corners program was that of 37-year-old IT worker Evan Pashalis.Mr Pashalis made a claim against his life insurance policy when diagnosed with terminal leukaemia in 2014.Even though two doctors found he was unlikely to live more than 12 months and a third gave him a 30 per cent chance of living a year, when Mr Pashalis lodged a terminal illness claim with CommInsure it was repeatedly rejected until the investigative program contacted the bank.“They figured, well, there might be a slight chance he survives, so why pay him?” Mr Pashalis told the ABC.Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said that the government is seeking an urgent report from the corporate regulator into the incidents raised by the investigation.Meanwhile Shadow Financial Services Minister Jim Chalmers said the government should consider a royal commission.“There are millions of Australians who are potentially impacted,” he said. “No Australian should be treated in the despicable, appalling, inhumane way like those people featured in that program.”
Friday — 1,791 adult spring chinook, 266 jack chinook, 38 steelhead, 88,217 shad, 411 sockeye.Water temperature: 59.1 degrees. Water visibility: 3.0 feet. Streamflow: 432,680 cubic feet per second (13.74 feet at Vancouver gauge)
Vancouver and Clark County police officers were busy Sunday, investigating two incidents involving domestic violence.One incident was in the Rose Village neighborhood Sunday afternoon and the other in Orchards in the evening. Police dog teams responded both times.The first incident occurred about 4:20 p.m. at 32nd and X streets. At least five officers and a police dog entered the white house at the northwest corner of 32nd and X. They found no one at home.They were looking for a 32-year-old man with a felony domestic violence warrant, said Officer Ilia Botvinnik. He said the man is known to own weapons and police were concerned the man might have a gun. Officers used a bull horn to ask the man to come out. At about 4:40 p.m., they announced they would be coming into the house and the police dog would bite the man if he found him.After about 20 minutes in the house, the officers emerged, checked the garage and left. They had blocked off area streets.A neighbor, who asked that his name not be used, said the area generally is quiet. “No trouble at all, really,” he said. “Kinda weird.”The suspect’s name was not available Sunday night.Major responseThe second incident happened near 49th Street and 112th Avenue in the Kevanna Park neighborhood.Information was sketchy but police were called because of an assault, with a possibly armed man in his 30s, Botvinnik said.At least 10 officers were on the scene. At The Columbian’s press time, officers were searching in a wooded area near Kevanna Park, which is not far from the Washington State Patrol headquarters. No arrest has been made.Neighbor Jason Kolstad, 39, lives about a block from the Evergreen Park Apartments, where police were looking for the man.“They had a good quarter mile in all directions cordoned off,” Kolstad said. “They had a cop at every intersection. It was pretty crazy.”
Marketing and communications agency Proctor and Stevenson has launched a new flexible working policy for its 70 Bristol-based employees, to create cultural change and improve staff retention and productivity.The flexible working initiative, developed in conjunction with consultancy and recruitment firm Flexology, was implemented on Monday 11 March 2019.Aiming to give staff greater autonomy in order to better manage their time and workloads, the organisation’s commitment to a flexible working culture empowers employees to select their own working hours. This could include, for example, coming into work earlier or later to improve commutes, taking an extended lunch break, or working from home more often.Previously, the organisation operated a rigid 9.00am to 5.30pm working structure, with little opportunity for flexibility and home working only available in limited circumstances.Caroline Beardkins, HR manager at Proctor and Stevenson, said: “This new culture of flexible working will provide an opportunity for our staff to demonstrate that they can deliver what our clients need while working to less traditional working patterns.“We are keen to place Proctor [and Stevenson] at the forefront of our industry in order to secure talent to grow our team. Flexible working will help with attraction of new staff, as well as retention of our current personnel by improving fairness, reducing travel time, providing a better work-life balance and by improving trust and loyalty.”Proctor and Stevenson has also introduced new measurements to track the initiative’s effectiveness on a monthly basis, such as looking at financial improvements based around the attraction and retention of staff. Monitoring the new culture will also enable the organisation to implement improvements, if required.The move to a flexible working culture was communicated to employees via a staff meeting led by managing director Roger Proctor. Proctor discussed the culture changes and ran a question and answer session. This was followed up with an all-employee email, featuring links to a frequently asked questions page and updated staff policy information.Beardkins added: “It’s going to take some getting used to and our employees will need some time to get into the habit of updating their calendars when they are not working regular hours.“It is crucial that our managers are supportive and encouraging. Leading by example in this area will help ease the changes and embed a genuine, [organisation-wide] culture which benefits everyone.”