Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The proliferation of tools, apps, and modern business practices has increased the number of distractions with the power to interrupt your work to a number just shy of infinite. When email was new and novel, a chime to notify you of a new message in your inbox was helpful. The inbox, the phone, and an open door were the only ways you might be distracted from your work. The new currency of excellence is focus, something that requires giving yourself over to what’s most important and avoiding distractions. If you want to do excellent—and meaningful—work, focus on one thing at a time.On a Need to Know BasisEmail: Your email program notifies you that you just received a message, something that might have been useful at a time before email became the primary form of communication. If you have your email notifications on now, the frequency of interruption matches the second hand on a clock, making the notification of an email something close to useless. Most people leave their inbox open, responding to email in real-time, opening themselves up to innumerable distractions, most of which are not worth the cost of shifting your focus.Chat: Your messaging service or chat program notifies you that some conversation you are part of has new messages. Because other people can tag you in those messages, you are interrupted when they seek your attention. The intention behind these programs is that you could catch up when it makes sense. But the tools initially designed to replace email communication more often resemble the telephone’s synchronous communication.Smartphone: The smartphone and its many applications provide an endless parade of notifications and distractions. Every application, from the task manager that is supposed to help you be more productive, to the social apps that are supposed to keep you connected to people, all come with notifications, each promising to keep you updated, and in doing so, robbing you of your focus. Add texting to this device, and you have the ultimate weapon of mass distraction.Open Workspace: If you are unfortunate enough to work in an open office space, you are plagued by the option for anyone to interrupt you at any time and for any reason. It’s also likely that you can’t get through dinner without picking up your phone every five minutes. Not that anyone notices while they engage with their smartphone.While all of these tools may be useful in some cases, do you need to know the information they provide now? Is each communication so valuable that you must stop what you are doing to review it, decide what it means, and respond to it? The answer is a resounding, “no!” Almost nothing requires your immediate attention.More Than One Thing at a TimeComputers are designed for multitasking. In some ways, humans are also capable of doing more than one thing at a time. But humans are not capable of doing two things that require their attention at the same time. You can drive to work without having to concentrate on the route and listen to the radio, that pattern having been burned in over time. You can wash the dishes and talk to someone at the same time without any trouble. But some tasks require your full focus and attention.You cannot read an email and write a report at the same time. Nor can you have a meaningful conversation with someone you care about while answering your email and checking every text message as it arrives. When you are doing more than one thing at a time, you are not multitasking. Instead, you are shifting your attention between the different tasks.There is no single outcome you might generate that is improved by shifting your attention to every potential distraction. The opposite, however, is true; you significantly improve your results when you give yourself over to some piece of work.Giving Yourself Over to Your WorkI am using the word “work” broadly here. Work means some outcome you need to create, be it a work project or task or date night. Because it is possible for your body to be in one place and your mind somewhere else, giving yourself over to your work requires that you bring them together in the same spaceThe way to give yourself over to work is to focus on one task at a time for, say, ninety minutes. To do so, you have to refuse to allow anything else to capture any small part of your attention.If everything is important enough to deserve your attention, then nothing is important. When you assign the same value to an email or text message as the conversation you are having with someone on your team, you are surely undervaluing the more important of the two. When you stop working on your most important project or initiative because your phone notified you that someone commented on your social post, you are assigning too much value to something with no chance of creating the same long term value as your most important project.Writing This PostAs I am writing this post, I have a single application open. I have no web browser on my screen. The notifications function on my laptop is completely disabled. It is very early in the morning, and there is little chance anyone will need—or want—my attention.My smartphone is on the desk, but it is in Do Not Disturb mode, allowing no texts or calls except for the people in my favorites list, which includes my family members. All the notifications on all the applications on my iPhone are turned off, as I refuse notifications from all apps when I install them, with very few exceptions, my calendar being the primary app I allow to notify me. As I am writing this, my phone chimed to let me know I have a meeting in ten minutes. I can get so focused that I lose track of time, which makes that a notification worth allowing.I have written close to a thousand words in about forty-five minutes, something that might have taken more than two hours had I not given it my full and undivided attention.Excellence is in the OutcomesIn a world where almost everyone has forfeited the right to give themselves over to something long enough to do excellent work, doing so makes you a stand out. You cannot do anything with excellence when you allow your focus to be pulled this way and that by the trivial.
Umru village on the Assam-Meghalaya border lacks a road but that doesn’t stop its famous winter visitors — a flock of Amur falcons, the world’s longest travelling raptors.While Doyang Lake near Pangti village in Nagaland’s Wokha district is better known as a stopover for the Amur falcons during their annual migration from their breeding grounds in Mongolia and northern China to warmer South Africa, a flock has been seen since 2010 in Umru. The lack of an access road is not the only problem faced by the villagers. Umru is in Block II, one of 12 disputed areas along the Assam-Meghalaya border, since Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972.Assam claims the village is under Baithalangso Assembly constituency of East Karbi Anlong district while Meghalaya asserts it is under Mawhati Assembly constituency of its Ri-Bhoi district.The 50-odd Gorkha households in the village prefer to be in Assam while the 30 Khasi tribal households want to be in Meghalaya.Common causeBut these disputes are forgotten when the village welcomes the falcons in mid-October, uniting to ensure a safe stay for the birds. Both communities have made common cause in protection of the Amur falcons and have fixed a fine of ₹25,000 for anyone caught ensnaring or killing the birds.“Various factors divide the people, but this should not affect the beautiful birds who know nothing about political boundaries,” L. Khriam, former headman of Umru said. Gorkha elders such as S.B. Chhetri echo the sentiment. Birdwatchers paradiseThe Tyrso Valley Wildlife Protection Society is an NGO formed by the villagers of the eponymous Meghalaya village adjoining Umru. The group has been organising the Amur Falcon Festival since 2015 to celebrate the “birds that have this back-of-beyond area famous”.The festival is scheduled on November 7-8, a fortnight before the birds are expected to soar for the next destination on their migration.“People here have become sensitive about the birds because of our awareness campaigns. They are also opening up to the idea of homestays for birdwatchers and nature lovers who come here for the Amur falcons,” the society’s chairman Jro Shadap said.And the lack of a road had cramped their plans to open up to birdwatchers. The former Congress-led coalition government in Meghalaya under Mukul M. Sangma had sanctioned a nine km road from nearest roadhead, Liarbang and the villagers hope work on the road will begin soon.The Umru-Tyrso area, about 75 km northeast of Shillong, however, is a relatively recent pit stop for the Amur falcons. The birds used to flock to Umwang, also in the Block II disputed area, from 1998-2009 before human interference made them shift base.Wildlife officials in Nagaland also point out that the migratory birds used to roost in very large numbers in the Changtongya Community Conservation Reserve but moved on to Pangti and Yaongyimchen, a lesser roosting site. Efforts are on to revive the Changtongya area, about 100 km north of Pangti, for the migratory raptors.
Beijing, Apr 27 (PTI) Days after provoking India by announcing Chinese names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, China has tweaked the name of Taiwan, which it claims as its inalienable part.China chose a sports contest to announce the change of the name of Taiwan, a self-governed cash-rich island.The state-run China Central Television addressed Taiwan at the 2017 Asian Table Tennis Championships on April 11 as “Zhongguo Taipei” instead of “Zhonghua Taipei,” a report in the Global Times website said today.Zhongguo and Zhonghua both mean China, but Zhonghua refers to a general concept of a Chinese nation, while Zhongguo refers to the Peoples Republic of China.The change sparked criticism from Taiwans Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Katherine Chang.Katherine said that her “government” would not accept this “unilateral act of dwarfing” from the mainland.China dismissed accusations that the mainland has “dwarfed” Taiwan by changing how the island is addressed on mainstream media, the report said.The Chinese mainlands Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang defended the move, saying that the mainland media has always reported on Taiwan-related events according to the One-China policy, and that the so-called “act of dwarfing” does not exist.”Our policy is consistent and has not changed. Taiwans table tennis team is participating based on arrangements made by Olympic committees across the Taiwan Straits,” Ma said.China consistently objects to Taiwans participation in any international tournament or event pointing to One China policy. It has repeatedly stated that Taiwan is its inalienable part and must be reunified with the mainland even by force.advertisementSignificantly the change of name of Taiwan apparently for the first time after it was estranged from the mainland since 1949 came after the China announced the “standardisation” of names of six areas of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of South Tibet.The move was widely seen as a retaliation to Indias permission to the Dalai Lama to visit the border areas.India has rejected Chinas move to rename six places in Arunachal Pradesh, saying that the state is an integral part of India and inventing names to the towns of ones neighbour does not make territorial claims legal.The Chinese Foreign Ministry had defended the move, saying it was its “lawful right” to do so.In recent years, China has come out with “historic” Chinese names to buttress its claims for the South China Sea islands and the disputed islands with Japan to establish its claims.The change in how Taiwan is addressed on mainland TV comes at a time when cross-straits relations continue to deteriorate following last years election win of Beijing critic Tsa-Ing-wen as President defeating Beijing-friendly Ma Ying-Jeou.China is bitter that Tsai Ing-wen administration in Taiwan refuses to acknowledge the 1992 Consensus, which stresses on the One-China policy, since it came to power in May last year despite repeated calls from the mainland.Her attitude has irritated Beijing, which considers the 1992 Consensus the very foundation of all cooperation, the report said.As a consequence, the number of mainland tourists to Taiwan has fallen 36.2 per cent in the seven months since Tsais inauguration. PTI KJV ASK AKJ ASK
ATHENS — World gymnastics champion Eleftherios Petrounias will start the torch relay for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on April 21.The Greek gymnast will receive the newly-lit flame during a ceremony at the birthplace of the ancient games in southern Greece.The meticulously choreographed ceremony is held ahead of every Olympics in front of a 2,600-year-old temple in Ancient Olympia.The Greek Olympic Committee announced the selection of Petrounias on April 11.Petrounias, who will be competing at his first Olympics in Rio, won gold on the rings at the world and European championships last year.He will pass the flame to Brazilian former volleyball great Giovane Gavio. From Ancient Olympia, the flame will be carried through Greece for a week before being handed over to Rio officials on April 27.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The 2019 Cricket World Cup got underway on May 30. Plenty has happened since. West Indies announced their intentions with a bullying victory over Pakistan. Pakistan bounced back after a shambolic defeat to stun England and David Warner endured booing to steer Australia to victory over a gutsy Afghanistan.In short, it has been a gripping first week at the 2019 World Cup. Yet, the game’s biggest superstars have not yet arrived on the park. India will begin their campaign on Wednesday at Southampton against South Africa who are reeling from defeats to England and Bangladesh and the loss of Dale Steyn to a shoulder injury.It has been a strange build-up for the Indians in the lead-up to this World Cup. In 2015, India had spent months in Australia before storming to the semifinals. The 2011 World Cup was played at home which India won. 2019 has been a different story.While most other teams played intense internationals and spent enough time together to gear up, India played their last ODI on March 13. India have since only played the Indian Premier League and then two warm-up matches, one of which they lost.All geared up – @imVkohli & Co. not willing to take South Africa lightly ahead of World Cup opener #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/pD6I3YEEViBCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2019But Virat Kohli is far from worried. His bowlers are in top shape. The openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – did not get many runs in the warm-ups but these two men always get in the groove in big tournaments. Virat Kohli is never far away from an impact innings – the top 3 are therefore not much cause for concern.advertisementWhat could worry India is their middle-order. After some sweating and worrying, India seem to have zeroed in on KL Rahul for the No.4 spot but Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar could still give him a run for his money.Then there are the likes of MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Japsprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami who select themselves.India are the rockstars of world cricket. They have been among the most dominant teams in World Cups this century. They reached the final in 2003 and won the tournament in 2011 after being knocked out of the group stages in 2007. In 2015, India reached the semifinals before losing to Australia. Again.In 2019, almost every expert believes India and England will play the final provided both teams play to their potential.India have a huge fan following in England. They love playing in England as was evident in the Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017. When India play, the cricket world watches in awe.Indeed, India struggled in England last year when they lost the ODI and the Test series but they are a different team in ICC events.In 2013, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy and won. In 2014, India made it to the final of the T20 World Cup and lost. In 2015 and 2016, India reached the finals of the 50-over and T20 World Cups. In 2017, India reached the final of the Champions Trophy. That’s staggering consistency.No wonder then, fans expect the world from India in England this year. And, they will turn up in numbers to cheer for the team across England. Indians from India and from the world over have landed up in England to make it a party to remember for the ages.Also Read | India in their World Cup openers: 5 wins and 6 defeatsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India confident of defending any total, feels Virat KohliAlso See:
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1. Lacoste 2. Lacoste 3. Lacoste 4. Lacoste 5. Lacoste 6. Lacoste 7. Lacoste 8. Lacoste 9. Lacoste 10. John Warren How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level Lacoste makes its mark on fashion this year as it celebrates its 80th birthday. So naturally they asked iconic artist, Peter Saville, who has worked with everyone from Dior to Joy Division to help them, help you celebrate. Together they add a spin on what they do best – the Polo.Instead of changing the color, or shape, Saville went in for the brands crocodile ambassador. The 80th anniversary Holiday Collector N°8 series polo will remain white with a green crocodile. However, the crocodile logo will be transformed to take on different shapes. Its shape evolves into a doodle, blur or line version of itself pushing the boundaries of the brand’s identity. Two collections will be available that include the Holiday Collector series and a truly Limited Edition. Lacoste’s Holiday collector series consists of white polo’s for men and women with eight choices of “crazy crocodiles”. But the truly Limited Edition includes only 80 for women and 80 for men. Each will sport a completely unique logo and a certificate of authenticity signed by Saville himself.If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the man that leans towards preppy one of these makes a one-of -kind gesture. Lacoste honors its original polo exclusively made for the English football team by keeping white color and green logo. The brand only begun to add color in the 1950s. You can pick one of these up at any Lacoste boutique this November. Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service Editors’ Recommendations The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Editors’ Recommendations One of the most surprisingly enduring and wildly successful bag brands to have launched over the past decade, Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Company shows no signs of slowing down. Come next week, the brand will release its best-looking collection of satchels, work, and leisure bags yet for men, and if our predictions are right, the brand will soon have as much of a lock on men as it has on women. The classic satchel’s design is no less irresistible from the day it was handmade in 2008, but as we learned more importantly, founder Julie Deane and mother Freda Thomas’s organic approach to the line, entrepreneurial spirit, and preservation of craft and made in Great Britain products continue to give the brand its unlikely cool, relatable, and smarter edge over its counterparts. We caught up with Deane, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire since last year, on a recent trip to New York City to chat about that edge as well as to ask what’s next for the quintessential British company.The Cambridge Satchel Company became successful in part because of its extraordinary relationship with its fans. Tell us about that.Right from the very beginning the customers have really directed us. It’s never been a case of watching what other accessories brands are doing. For us, it’s always been more about engaging the bloggers and customers, hearing what people want—they want light colors to come out in spring time, not dark colors—trying to not just do these three or four collections a year that are so far in advance, just giving people what they want, when they want it, and lots of newness. That’s really important to us.Take us back to how you got into satchels. In the very beginning I really needed to make school fees for my daughter. She was having a tough time at a local school, so I really wanted to send her to a really good school and I had 600 pounds to start. And I came up with 10 ideas of things I could do to make school fees to get her into this really good school, and satchels was one of the things on that list because I’d looked for satchels about six months before. I just tired of bags that either fall apart or they have something on them that means [my children] like them or they don’t like them. And my school satchel lasted me right the way through school and it looked really good at the end—it softened and it had character.Was it made in the UK?Yes, it would have been made in the UK, but when I started looking for one for my children, nobody was making it in the UK anymore. And I thought, how can that be right? It’s such a British bag and it’s not being made anymore. So that sort of registered and when the time came to think what can I do to really make a business, satchels was one of the ones on there.It’s such a terrific story and we love the design of the satchel. It’s so iconic and so great to be able to nail that from the get-go. I’m really lucky because my mom is about the most stylish woman I’ve ever met. She looks at things and her eye for color is spot on. Every time we look at a group [of bags] sitting together it’s because my mom has said that has to be a bit lighter or a bit darker, and I think one of the real joys of owning this business is that I get to say just because she’s over 70 it doesn’t matter—she still has a voice, she can bring her expertise. We don’t have to have these big stupid corporate laws that say once you’re 65 you don’t matter anymore or just because you’re too young we’re not interested in what you’re saying. Next month I’m going to China to talk about women and entrepreneurship, because I started this with 600 pounds and it’s changed my life—I didn’t risk the family home and I think there are so many aspects of it that people can relate to. People want to make things better for their family, people go beyond for their kids, and 600 pounds is an amount of money that people can think “I can picture having that and putting it into something.” And just to dispel this rumor of people thinking they have to have a huge corporation behind them or a rich family—it’s just nice to hear that stuff can happen for a good reason.Well, how many people do you have working for you now?A hundred and twenty and we ship to over 100 countries. So for me now, I’ve got them into a great shool, I’ve got this amazing company with this incredible team. But what I’d really like is to feel like I encourage people to do something.About those people involved in creating your bags. Tell us who they are and what goes into making one of your classic satchels.There are the people that check the leather when it first come in, then you’ve got the people on the cutting presses that cut out the individual parts. That’s really a huge skill, because a more experienced person will go to the edges and cut out loads more. (I think a lot of manufacturers now use computers, but I would back our cutters against a computer any day of the week.) Then it goes to a marking bench where people go and put tiny pinpricks so that the machinists know where to start the sewing and where to stop. Then there’s the person who does the riveting and another person that does the embossing. They’re all quite different skills.So how long does it take to make one bag?If it’s just a classic satchel, we can do one in just under an hour from start to finish. but if you’re looking at the binocular bags, where the edges are painted by hand and then have to be dried and be repainted again—there’s the handstitching on the top, the riveting at the back, and the detail on the pocket—then you’re looking at a lot more time on that.You offer bags in two leathers now. There’s the split, which is our standard, and there’s the saddle leather, which is a more expensive leather but ages so well.And where’s your leather from?We get whatever leather we can from Scotland to minimize how much the animals have to travel. Otherwise it all comes from within Europe.The men’s line looks amazing. Do you have a specific vision for it and how do you see it growing?I want to carry on being able to make things in our own workshops to keep the margin low enough that we can continue offering bags of this quality to normal people. That’s really important to me: a bag that people can have and know they’ll have for ages and ages and years and years; a bag that’s really stylish, really designed perfect, not fussy, not over the top; a bag that a man can feel proud of and not embarrassed by; and a bag that isn’t trying to take over the whole way that somebody looks, so it would just complement and be so, so useful with loads and loads of different outfits. I would really like to feel like men have got an option to have a great work bag like these ones—bags to pop on when you go cycling—a bag that is going to last and last and is made by people that take such pride in their work.Surely you had to invest a lot of time to find these artisans. When I first set up the workshops, all of our most skilled people were within five years of retirement age. It just frightens me to think if it had been seven years later, where would we have found the skills because it’s easy to shut down factories. It’s not so easy to start them up again. Now at least we have those people to join us and teach the apprentices that we have coming through, and those skills are being passed along. It’s a scary thing to look at how skills can be lost in the workforce.You have several stores in the UK. Do you plan on opening any stateside? We’ve been looking around on this trip. I’d like a shop in New York by the end of the year.Finally, any other ways you see the brand expanding, say luggage for instance?We’re about to launch some really small leather goods—some wallets, purses, travel things. And those are very, very nice—again, really simple. I also help the British Museum and the British Library with designers that have great ideas and great products but don’t know how to sell them. If I can give them a little bit of space to help them along their way, I think that would be great for us. It would make our stores really interesting and it would be really great for them to have an opportunity to have a little bit of a shop window. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
The activities will begin with church services at Northern Caribbean University Chapel in Mandeville on October 28 at 11:00 a.m., at the Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston on October 29 at 10:45 a.m., and at the Faith Temple Assembly of God in Montego Bay on October 29 at 11:00 a.m. A Tax Talk Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on November 1 will be the highlight of the activities for the inaugural Tax Administration Week, being observed from October 28 to November 3. Story Highlights In the meantime, he is urging persons to take advantage of the final few days of the traffic ticket amnesty, which the TAJ will also be accommodating by opening selected offices on Saturday, October 28. A Tax Talk Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on November 1 will be the highlight of the activities for the inaugural Tax Administration Week, being observed from October 28 to November 3.Communications Officer at Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Leighton Beckles, told JIS News that the forum, to be aired live on radio, will seek to engage stakeholders and partners in discussing tax compliance.Additionally, at the forum, TAJ will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Chartered Accountants to strengthen the ties between both entities.Panellists at the forum will include Director of National Integrity Action, Professor Trevor Munroe; Executive Director of Fi Wi Jamaica, Rosalea Hamilton; Chairman of the Taxation Committee, Allison Peart; and CEO of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Dennis Chung.Mr. Beckles said the week will be observed under the theme ‘Making a Difference Through Service’, which serves to highlight how TAJ sees its customers internally and externally, and the drive to change its culture to better serve Jamaica.He added, further, that the week will look at how taxes impact the lives of Jamaicans, and raise awareness of the rights and obligations of the tax payer.The activities will begin with church services at Northern Caribbean University Chapel in Mandeville on October 28 at 11:00 a.m., at the Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston on October 29 at 10:45 a.m., and at the Faith Temple Assembly of God in Montego Bay on October 29 at 11:00 a.m.On Thursday (November 2), the TAJ’s staff will visit and present care packages to four children’s homes in Mandeville, Montego Bay, Kingston and St. Andrew.The week will culminate with a number of social activities in the tax offices around the island on Friday, November 3.Mr. Beckles said the TAJ will also be on a drive to sensitise persons about tax compliance, and to explain to persons how the TAJ works.In the meantime, he is urging persons to take advantage of the final few days of the traffic ticket amnesty, which the TAJ will also be accommodating by opening selected offices on Saturday, October 28.For further information on Tax Week 2017, persons may contact the Tax Administration’s Customer Care Centre at 1-888-Tax-Help (1-888-829-4357)
Police have arrested one man and launched an international manhunt for two others in a pair of alleged Mob hits in southern Ontario, investigators announced Thursday, saying the deaths appear to be the result of a power struggle within the Mafia’s ranks.Jabril Hassan Abdalla, 27, was arrested this week and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and three of conspiracy to commit murder, police said at a news conference in Hamilton.The arrest was the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the 2017 deaths of Angelo Musitano — a member of a notorious crime family who was shot dead in the driveway of his Hamilton home — and Mila Barberi, who was shot while in a car with her boyfriend in Vaughan, Ont.“It was evident from the beginning that (Musitano’s) very public execution was likely a result of his involvement in the family business,” said Det. Peter Thom of the Hamilton police. “Although we don’t know the exact motive, there appears to be some sort of power struggle going on.”Barberi was struck by bullets intended for her boyfriend, Saviero Serrano, who was also shot but survived, said Thom, alleging Serrano’s father is tied to organized crime in York region.Investigators issued Canada-wide arrest warrants for Michael Cudmore and Daniel Tomassetti, who are believed to have fled to Cancun, Mexico. Canadian investigators plan to be in touch with Mexican authorities and Interpol to expand that warrant internationally, Thom said.Cudmore’s family, however, worry that he may be dead, Thom noted.He allegedly joined Daniele Ranieri, a person police were investigating, in Cancun in May 2017, Thom said. But Ranieri was found dead in March, three years after fleeing to Mexico to escape an Ontario arrest warrant, police said.“He had been bound and executed,” said Thom.Cudmore has since “uncharacteristically” lost touch with family members who have reported him missing and fear he might have met a similar fate, Thom said.Meanwhile, Tomassetti, the second man being sought by police, allegedly flew to Cancun in July — four days after police released new information about the investigations into Musitano’s and Barberi’s deaths — and did not return a week later as scheduled, police said.Thom noted that Tomassetti owned a travel business in Canada, called Wave Travel, and could have connections in Mexico.“They are invested in diverse and lucrative ventures,” Thom said of the men allegedly involved in the shootings. “Some of their businesses are legitimate, but others aren’t. That’s why their organizational heads drive around in armoured vehicles with bodyguards, unlike the CEOs of other multi-national companies.”Police also believe there are more suspects in the case.“Three individuals were not the masterminds behind the plan to kill Angelo Musitano, and a number of other persons of interest were identified,” Thom said.Investigators believe they know who the accused were working for and suspect those individuals are also involved in the Mafia but aren’t in a position to reveal more, Thom said.Police are also still investigating whether the shootings are linked to that of Albert Iavarone, who was gunned down outside his Hamilton home earlier this month while his wife and two children were inside.“It would be fair to say Albert Iavarone knew two of the accused persons in the Musitano case, is very close to one of the persons of interest in the Musitano case, and also he is known to have known Angelo Musitano,” Thom said. “I’m not saying that the two cases are connected, but it’s something we’re very interested in following up on.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A hearing to determine whether the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will be awarded an injunction to stop work on the Site C Dam ahead of a treaty infringement lawsuit will start in B.C. Supreme Court today.The two First Nations filed the lawsuit and the injunction application on January 15, seeking either a complete stoppage on the dam, or for work to stop in so-called “critical areas” for a period of 18 months – which is the period of time for an expedited trial for the treaty infringement suit.Two weeks ago, a judge ruled against BC Hydro after it sought to have certain sections of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ civil claim seeking an injunction to stop construction of the Site C Dam omitted. In a written decision on July 11th, Justice Warren Milman dismissed an application by Hydro to have three sections of the First Nations’ notice of civil claim thrown out.In section 14(c) of their civil claim notice, the First Nations claim that “The Crown’s solemn promises, in the context in which they were provided, guarantee the Plaintiffs’ rights to meaningfully: (c) maintain access to resources and places which have a unique and central significance to their hunting, fishing, and trapping, or other aspects of their mode of life.”The injunction hearing is expected to run until August 4th.
In a letter to the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the judges said they were “saddened that at the time of writing, the Cambodian Bar had not reconsidered its position” over the first-year fee, which they added would create a prohibitive entry cost.The proposed fee would severely limit the number of foreign lawyers able to appear before the ECCC and would allow the accused to argue that they have not been afforded the right to have the counsel of their choice, thereby breaching the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the judges believe.Further, such a fee would exclude many lawyers that are volunteering to represent victims for free, as they would be left significantly out of pocket for offering their services pro bono, according to a press statement released in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.The international judges expressed hopes that discussions between the Cambodian Bar and the ECCC’s Defence Support Section would lead to an acceptable solution but the statement emphasized that the “window of opportunity is closing quickly and they simply cannot allow for endless delays.”This dispute is the latest delay in the long-awaited trials, and the international judges said they would re-examine the situation during the last week of this month, adding that if no progress has been made they will propose organizing the participation of foreign lawyers without the assistance of the Cambodian Bar Association, in line with established practice in other international and hybrid tribunals.Judges and prosecutors for the trials were sworn in last July. Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the trial court and a Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system will investigate those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.The UN will pay $43 million of the $56.3 million budget for the trials, with the Cambodian Government providing $13.3 million. 3 April 2007International judges at the United Nations-backed trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders, accused of mass killings and other horrific crimes during the late 1970s, said today they would not hold a plenary session this month to adopt the court’s internal rules because Cambodian barristers were still insisting on a $4,900 fee for foreign lawyers, something the judges warn goes against all international practice.
“From the moment disturbances broke out in Ampara and Kandy, the government has been trying to lay the blame for these incidents on the SLPP. We have already issued two statements pointing out among other things that these Sinhala-Muslim disturbances which are now increasing in frequency, were first started several years ago to destabilize the Rajapaksa government and that the reason why the present Government never appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the incidents that began in 2012 and culminated in the Aluthgama disturbances 2014, is because all the perpetrators are among the founders of the present Government,” Peiris said in a statement. “A section of the international media has been helping the Government in its propaganda effort. Recently, the London based Guardian in an article on the Kandy incidents quoted Alan Keenan of the International Crisis group who said that this violence can be related to ‘the growing strength of the Rajapaksa led opposition’ and that these clashes were being motivated by ‘a need to look for new enemies to unite the Sinhalese and to win votes’. Despite the efforts of various interested parties, nobody in this country, particularly the Muslim community believes these stories anymore,”Peiris said.Peiris said the position of the SLPP on the incidents that have been occurring from time to time over the past several years is firstly that that all those responsible for the violence should be brought to book, and secondly that a Presidential Commission of Inquiry should be appointed to inquire into all such incidents going back to 2012. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says it wants a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate several incidents which had taken place since 2012.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Chairman Professor G.L.Peiris said that sections of the international media have continued to amplify and broadcast the Sri Lanka Government’s propaganda that the Joint Opposition or the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was responsible for the recent Sinhala-Muslim disturbances in Kandy. He said despite this the Government keeps trying to pin the blame for the incidents on the SLPP, in the hope that they will be able to motivate the Muslim people to vote en masse with the present Government as they did in January 2015.
“Outrage is not enough,” said Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s Principal Gender Advisor. “We need action now to end this brutality that has become routine and to give the victims of violence the justice and protection they deserve.” The statement was issued in response to a reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years prior.The case “underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women,” Ms. Malhotra said. About one out of every 10 girls in the world will experience sexual violence, according to UN figures – the majority between the ages of 15 and 19. In 2013, following nationwide outrage and protests sparked by the death of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-rape in New Delhi in 2012, India enacted new laws to prevent and prosecute rape and other sex crimes. At that time, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, had said the reforms, though commendable, “did not go far enough” to address systemic gender inequalities in Indian society.
Motor Codes has received full OFT approval for its Service and Repair Code, meaning that subscribing garages can now display the OFT logo alongside the Motor Codes tick, to further reassure motorists.Three years on from the inception of the Service and Repair Code, developed following the effectiveness of the OFT-approved New Car Code in reducing consumer complaints, this endorsement demonstrates continued confidence in the self-regulation consumer codes model.Underlining the importance of this backing, Colin Brown, Director of Consumer Policy at OFT, describes the move as, “one of the most important developments in consumer protection in car service and repair for many years.”A sentiment echoed by Chris Mason, Motor Codes Managing Director, “The Service and Repair Code was introduced at the request of government to deal with its continued prominence in complaint statistics and set out to improve standards and raise consumer confidence. This announcement sends a clear message that we offer a comprehensively backed code of practice and our network of garages delivers real peace of mind for the consumer.”Consumer feedback is central to the Motor Codes operation and each customer is encouraged to rate the quality of service received – visible online to potential garage customers. This open, customer-facing review system was a key factor in fulfilling OFT requirements.“Motor Codes has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and scrutiny amongst its members, making it simpler for motorists to make an informed choice”, added Colin Brown.To date, in excess of 25,000 motorists have submitted reviews, all visible on the Motor Codes website.Standards for Motor Codes garages are upheld through a combination of regular RAC Compliance Checks and the support of a structured advice and conciliation service, with a team of independent customer service professionals on hand to offer advice both to motorists and garages. Where things do go wrong, a three stage intermediary process, consisting of Fast Track resolution, conciliation and legally biding arbitration is implemented to administer a fair solution for all parties.Emphasising the effectiveness of this service and its value to businesses and customers, of all conciliation cases to date in 2011, over 30% have been resolved as Fast Track – meaning that solutions are brokered swiftly, while a customer’s car is still in the garage.Further information about Motor Codes and its codes of practice can be found at www.motorcodes.co.uk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
2015 Brock finalist: Mikel Ghelfi, Trimbach, Switzerland (PhD student, Chemistry) Brock University’s 2015 3MT finalistsBrock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) finals were held last month as part of the 10th annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.The 3MT® contest encourages students to talk about their research and explain why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. The challenge is that this must be accomplished in three minutes or less, while using only one PowerPoint slide.Watch all of the videos from the five finalists listed below by CLICKING HERE2015 Brock champion: Matthew Nikitczuk, St. Catharines (Master’s student, Earth Sciences)Matthew’s research focuses on a particular type of micro-fossil that eats volcanic glass. The implications of the study allow for new insight into early life on earth, as well as beyond it.WATCH HERE2015 Brock runner-up: Natalie Trojanowski, Niagara Falls (Master’s student, Health Sciences)Natalie’s presentation focuses on the inefficiency of a specific protein within those suffering from muscular dystrophy. She will highlight how diet could be used to improve the efficiency of the protein and as a result conserve muscle strength in muscular dystrophy patients.WATCH HERE2015 Brock finalist: Hasam Madarati, Mississauga (Master’s student, Biotechnology)Hasam’s research focuses on studying wet, water-filled cells in the body responsible for transferring protein from one cell to another. He hopes to use this to better understand the intake of fatty foods and keep people healthy.WATCH HERE2015 Brock finalist: Emma Stares, Wellington, New Zealand (PhD student, Chemistry)Emma will present on improved MRI scans and her proposal to develop a new family of contrast agents that are safer for patients and will produce more early and accurate disease diagnosis.WATCH HERE Mikel is focusing on Vitamin E. Specifically, he will highlight a Vitamin E analogue he created that offers new insight into the movement and interaction the protein has with the cell membrane. The analogue is already gaining interest from brain disease researchers.WATCH HERE
How many female photographers have been omitted from history books — their stories never told and their work never shown — simply because they were women?That’s a question Brock Visual Arts Associate Professor Amy Friend has been asking herself quite frequently.It has also been front of mind for the French Ministry of Culture and for independent curator Fannie Escoulen, who recently featured the work of Friend and other female photographers throughout history in a new photo book, Elles X Paris Photo.Brock Visual Arts Associate Professor Amy Friend had her work featured at the renowned Paris Photo last month, which highlights the work of artists around the world. She was also chosen for inclusion in the new photo book, Elles X Paris Photo, and gave a book signing for her newly published Stardust at the art fair.Friend’s Ruth, October 1936, was showcased alongside images from other female photographers, ranging from early 20th century photographic pioneers to contemporary artists of today.The goal of the project is to draw attention to the systemic barriers that women have historically faced in the field, and to promote the work of an emerging generation of artists that are still largely underrepresented today. “To be featured among these other female artists was particularly special because it means that my vision and my perspective matter,” said Friend. “We have been historically approaching imagery that has been primarily constructed and presented from a male standpoint.“This project allows us to consider what it means for women artists like myself to present their view of the world, what barriers still exist that prevent female artists from holding a place in the history books, and what has to change in the future to overcome those barriers.”Ruth, October 1936, was composed using a found, vintage photograph of a woman firing a gun.As with the other photos in her Dare alla Luce (Italian for ‘to bring to light’) series, Friend pierced tiny pinholes in the photo before shining light through and re-photographing it to create an orb-like optical effect.“This image was especially fitting for the book because all we know about that woman in the photo is her name and that somewhere in the world, in 1936, she was shooting a gun. That’s all we know,” said Friend. “Her history was forgotten.”Elles X Paris Photo debuted this fall at Paris Photo in Grand Palais, Paris. Considered to be the largest photography fair in the world, Paris Photo showcases the work of artists from hundreds of galleries around the world.Friend, who was recently listed among an elite lineup of ‘7 Female Photographers You Should Know from Paris Photo’ in Artsy, exhibited work from Dare alla Luce, as well as doing a book signing for her latest monograph Stardust, from L’Artiere, Publishing.She was represented by in camera galerie (Paris), known for its esteemed roster of artists including Cindy Sherman and Jane Evelyn Atwood.“It was important to engage with people and artists from all over the world; making connections, talking about ongoing projects and celebrating,” Friend said of being part of the fair. “I could also interact with work coming out of galleries and countries that I might never get to see otherwise. It was an enriching experience.”
Stupid is as stupid does and, Friday, one Ohio State football player tweeted something very, very stupid. Buckeyes third-string quarterback freshman Cardale Jones seems to be facing a bit of an existential crisis. On Friday morning at 8:43 a.m., Jones, from his Twitter handle “Cordale10,” had this brilliant thing to say to his nearly 3,000 Twitter followers and, consequently, the rest of the world: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS” The tweet, which received 50 retweets and 12 favorites, has since been deleted. Thanks to Deadspin, though, it now lives in interwebs infamy for people who, like me, missed it on the first go-around. This, arguably, is the most damning tweet I’ve seen an OSU football player send since first-year Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus last November. And while it would be equally impulsive and reckless for Meyer to suspend Jones for blasting, you know, the purpose of a university, one can only imagine what the former Florida coach will have to say to him today or tomorrow. Regardless of how Meyer chooses to handle it all, Jones’ outburst tells me a lot of things. First, to Meyer’s credit, it seems by the looks of it that Jones is probably in class – or doing something productive – at 8:43 a.m. on a Friday. Moreover, for one to tweet such a thing, it likely means Jones is going to class and, at the very least, going to sign the attendance sheet or appease Meyer’s henchmen who check up the players’ presence in the classroom. But it shows me that Meyer isn’t messing around with his squad’s academic endeavors-even if some, not all, players are taking classes like basket weaving and underwater croquet. Second, Jones’ tweet absolutely, positively cannot be taken as an indictment of the entire football team’s opinion on getting a free education, as doing so would be as ignorant as the tweet itself. Jones’ outburst is probably embarrassing to the many players on the team who take school as seriously as they take playing for Meyer and the Buckeyes. On freshman linebacker Josh Perry’s twitter account “RIP_JEP,” his little info box below the account handle says: “School, sports and The Ohio State Football #STUDENTathlete #1LFD” For Perry, who was named an OSU Scholar-Athlete after enrolling early to school in January, emphasis, obviously, is on the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete. Like Perry, the John Simons, Etienne Sabinos and Michael Bennetts of the world exist, likely, in the dozens on OSU’s football team. Per Jones’ tweet, it seems he doesn’t subscribe to such a similar mindset. But I don’t know Jones personally. I’m, clearly, not his friend, nor have I ever bumped into him at Big Bar. As a student-journalist, I’ve never interviewed the kid. Jones could be a model citizen doing the right things off the field for all we know. His Twitter bio, after all, says “Trying To Make A Difference In Everyone’s Life Who’s In Mine.” His tweet, above anything else, shows various degrees of immaturity and a misguided sense of purpose at OSU. And while the tweet can’t be reflective of an entire team of 100-plus people, I wouldn’t doubt that there are a handful of players in Jones’ corner saluting his 119-character Psalm of wisdom.
Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) prepares to spike the ball against Quincy University at St. John Arena on Feb. 18, 2018. Ohio State defeated Quincy in three matches. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorDespite winning the first set of the MIVA semifinals 25-8, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team found itself tied with Lewis at two sets apiece.However, Ohio State dominated the fifth set 15-8 to defeat its challengers 3-2 and secure a spot in the conference tournament finals. The Buckeyes kept Lewis attackers at bay with 16 team blocks. Redshirt freshman opposite hitter Jake Hanes and redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson led the team with seven and 11 blocks, respectively. Ohio State stormed out of the gates in the first two sets, winning by a combined score of 50-26, but lost narrowly in both the third and fourth sets. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said his team played well in all facets of the match in the first two sets, but that quickly changed.“Their kids responded well because they’re competitors and it was a little bit frustrating as a coaching staff to see our guys become tense and become unsettled about that sort of thing,” Hanson said.Lewis redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ryan Coenen has been one of his team’s most productive players, but struggled in the first set, racking up three attacking errors before Lewis’ first timeout at 11-6. The Flyers scored only two kills in the 25-8 loss. The Buckeyes had five blocks in the first set, shutting down Lewis’ offense. By the second set, Lewis’ offense picked up and the team’s hitting percentage breached zero, climbing from -.300 in the first set to .029 in the second. Coenen met Ohio State’s offense with five kills in the set. The Buckeyes maintained their net presence with seven blocks and 12 kills in the second set to beat the Flyers 25-17. The Buckeyes began to lose steam in the third set. Their hitting percentage dropped from .417 to .118 they picked up just 2 1/2 team blocks. Lewis picked up the tempo, surpassing Ohio State with a hitting percentage of .316 and adding 3 1/2 blocks. Lewis took the 13-12 lead and managed to stay ahead of the Buckeyes for the remainder of the set to win 25-22. The two teams kept the fourth set close, but Ohio State was slow on its feet, seemingly still recovering from the energy exerted in three straight sets without intermission. Lewis put on a more energized performance, ultimately collecting the 25-20 win. Despite his team finding itself tied at two with Lewis, junior setter Sanil Thomas said he was not worried about the outcome of the match.“We came out pretty strong, we knew what was at hand,” Thomas said. “I think since the first two kind of went a little easier than we expected, we took a little step back and they also adjusted very well and we couldn’t really cope with that because we were a little lackadaisical.”The Buckeyes took an 8-4 lead in the fifth set prior to switching sides, then pulled away with the win. With six kills, four service aces and a block, Ohio State took the set, winning 15-8.
La bière la plus vieille du monde brassée à nouveau ?Des échantillons de la plus vieille bière du monde ont été prélevés afin d’en déterminer la composition et d’en recréer.En juillet 2010, était découverte l’épave d’un deux mâts dans la mer Baltique. Datant de 1800 à 1830, les 145 bouteilles qui se trouvaient à bord semblent être le champagne le plus vieux du monde. Cinq autres bouteilles s’avérèrent également contenir la plus vieille bière jamais retrouvée.Une commission scientifique a donc été établie afin d’étudier la recette originelle de cette bière. Car après avoir été goûtée par des professionnels, celle-ci mis à part son goût “de vieux”, a révélé une étrange note de brûlé légèrement acide difficile à déterminer.L’étude scientifique va donc chercher à retrouver des levures toujours vivantes ou d’éventuelles cellules microbiennes qui permettraient, par la suite, de reproduire la même boisson, indique la BBC.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pour l’heure des levures et des bactéries ont été retrouvées, mais les chercheurs ne savent pas si elles sont toujours vivantes ou pas. “Si nous pouvons trouver des microbes vivants, nous analyserons leur ADN et essaierons de les comparer avec les levures que nous connaissons aujourd’hui afin de déterminer quels sont leur points communs et leurs différences”, expliquent les scientifiques.Toutefois, l’opération s’avère compliquée car près de 200 ans plus tard, faire revivre ces levures n’est pas chose aisée. Par ailleurs, il faudra être capable d’interpréter les analyses pour définir, à partir de ce qu’il y a maintenant, ce dont il s’agissait autrefois, quand la bière était fraîche… ce qui est loin d’être le cas aujourd’hui !Le 10 février 2011 à 16:50 • Emmanuel Perrin