What to Include In Your Sales Stack

first_imgTo become as successful as possible, here is what you want in your sales stack:Integrity: You are going to build your real sales stack on your character. Your integrity is going to be the foundation for trust. “Who you are” always matters more than “what you know or what you do.” Ultimately, you need to be someone people want to do business with, someone they want on their team.Other-Orientation: A sincere interests in other people creates a connection faster than anything else. You’ll see this in people with fast rapport skills. You’ll also notice that they are vulnerable, creating a space for other people to let down their guard.Positive, Optimistic, Future-Oriented Attitude: You want your sales stack to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Start with a positive, optimistic, and future-oriented attitude.Curiosity: The very best performers in sales want to know things. They want to understand things that they don’t understand. This is how they continually improve their business acumen and situational knowledge.Initiative: Sales results come from taking effective action. Action on behalf of your goals, and action on behalf of your clients. Passivity and being reactive are detrimental to your results. Your sales stack needs to run on the fact that you are a self-starter.Resourcefulness: If you are going to be a person of value to others, you have to figure things out. Much of the time, this form of problem-solving is deployed in response to a challenge that hasn’t yet been overcome.Wait. You thought this was about technology? It is about technology.Your most important technology is the technology that lives between your ears, still the most complex and powerful technology anywhere in the known universe. The software is made of the thoughts and beliefs that run your stack. More than anything else, it’s the intangibles that produce results. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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PM announces ₹10 lakh for kin of IS victims

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex gratia payment of ₹10 lakh each to the next of kin of 39 Indians who were killed in Iraq, official sources said. The remains of 38 of them were brought back to the country on Monday and handed over to their relatives. Of the 39 killed by terror group Islamic State (IS), 27 hailed from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.last_img

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Amandeep assures India’s first boxing medal at Delhi Games

first_imgAmandeep Singh assured India of its first boxing medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semi-finals with a 7-1 triumph over Malaysia’s Muhammad Fuad here today.The Punjab-boxer, for whom it would be his maiden CWG medal whatever be the colour, will now take on Ireland’s Paddy Barnes, who beat Australian Andrew Moloney 5-3 in a tense quarterfinal bout.”I am very happy to have assured myself of my first Commonwealth Games medal but the task would not be complete till I get the gold,” Amandeep said after his bout.Interestingly, Amandeep had defeated Fuad by exactly the same margin in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth championships held here earlier this year.The encounter today had its fair share of drama after the initial lull, during which the first round ended 0-0. More than half of Amandeep’s points came because of Fuad’s recklessness.Fuad was warned twice in the bout for ducking and ending up head-butting Amandeep in the process.”That is why it became difficult to connect punches because he was ducking too much,” said Amandeep.Suranjoy Singh (52kg) will also be aiming for a semi-final berth in the ongoing afternoon session of the event.last_img read more

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India carefully studying UN tribunals verdict in SCS row

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) India is “carefully studying” the verdict by an UN-backed tribunal which today ruled that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in South China Sea.”India has noted the Award of the Arbitral Tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in the matter concerning the Republic of the Philippines and the Peoples Republic of China and is studying it carefully,” External Affairs Ministry said in a statement here.The Permanent Court of Arbitration said in a statement that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line.Ruling out against China in a bitter row over territorial claims in South China Sea, the Permanent Court of Arbitration “concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line.”Asserting that it “does not accept and does not recognise” the ruling, China rejected the verdict as “null and void”.China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from its Southeast Asian neighbours.Manila had lodged the suit against Beijing in 2013, saying that after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all political and diplomatic avenues. PTI PYK VMNlast_img read more

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Warmup game Pujaras 100 Rohits 68 take India to 2975 on Day

first_imgCoolidge (Antigua): Cheteshwar Pujara immediately struck form with a fine century while Rohit Sharma hit 68 as India shrugged off initial wobble to score 297 for 5 against West Indies A on the opening day of their three-day warm-up game here. Pujara and Rohit stitched 132 runs together for the fourth wicket to take India to a strong position after being reduced to 89 for 3 at lunch on Saturday. Test specialist Pujara got going in his first competitive match of the West Indies tour as he retired after making 100 off 187 balls from which he struck eight fours and one six. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhRohit fell after making 68 off 115 balls. He hit eight fours and one six. After Pujara retired in the final session, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari pushed the Indian total further to reach near the 300-run mark. Stumps were drawn just after Pant was out for a 53-ball 33 which he made with the help of four boundaries and one six. Hanuma Vihari was batting on 37 from 101 deliveries while Ravindra Jadeja was on 1 not out when the stumps were drawn after playing 88.5 overs. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFor West Indies A, pacer Jonathan Carter took 3 wickets for 39 runs from his 13.5 overs while Keon Harding and Akim Frazer got one wicket apiece. India, however, made a struggling start to their innings after winning the toss, with Ajinkya Rahane, who was designated as the captain for the practice game, failed once again as India reached 89 for 3 at lunch. Rahane, who has been in wretched form for the past couple of years and also had a poor county stint with Hampshire, was out for 1, edging seamer all-rounder Jonathan Carter behind stumps to keeper-captain Jahmar Hamilton. He faced six deliveries before his dismissal. KL Rahul looked fluent during his knock of 36 off 51 balls with five fours and a six but fellow opener Mayank Agarwal’s (12) defence was breached within the first hour. Rahul looked good for a big one before being holed out to Romario Shehperd off new ball bowler Keon Harding’s bowling. The talking point of Indian batting has been Rahane, who has gone without a hundred for the past two years. His last three-figure knock came against a below-par Sri Lanka side in August, 2017. In the last 12 Test matches, he has crossed half-century mark only five times in 20 innings. His place in the playing Xi is not under threat at least for this two Test series but the same can’t be said for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home if he happens to fail in the current series. With Hanuma Vihari closing in on him and Shreyas Iyer waiting in the wings, it’s a tense time for the Indian vice-captain.last_img read more

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The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Jan. 26———BOMBARDIER WINS TRADE VICTORY OVER BOEING: Bombardier Inc. won a resounding victory Friday, when the U.S. International Trade Commission eliminated nearly 300 per cent duties on its C Series commercial jet. Four commissioners voted unanimously that Bombardier’s American rival, Boeing Co., did not suffer harm from prospective imports of the C Series. The Montreal-based manufacturer said in a statement that the decision is a “victory for innovation, competition and the rule of law.”———RCMP FINED OVER N.B. SHOOTING RAMPAGE: The RCMP has been ordered to pay $550,000 for failing to properly arm and train its officers in the Moncton, N.B., shooting that left three members dead in 2014. Judge Leslie Jackson handed down the sentence on Labour Code charges in a packed courtroom in Moncton on Friday. He ordered the force to pay a $100,000 fine, along with $450,000 in charitable donations.———BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR REPEATED SEX ASSAULT: A Crown prosecutor says two brothers who were sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for repeatedly raping a teenage girl should be kept in prison as long as possible. Jonathan Hak said after the sentencing that “there is very little that society can do to prevent a repeat” of Corey and Cody Manyshots’ crimes. The brothers, aged 29 and 24, have fetal alcohol syndrome.———POLICE SAY SHERMANS WERE TARGETED: Toronto police say pharmaceutical tycoon Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were the victims of a “targeted” double homicide, but no suspects have been identified. In a news conference on Friday, Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes of the force’s homicide squad said police have put thousands of hours into investigating the case over the past six weeks. The case has grabbed public attention because of the prominence of the deceased, as well as the mystery surrounding how they died.———ONT. TORIES TO HOLD LEADERSHIP CONVENTION: Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives will hold a leadership race to replace Patrick Brown, who resigned suddenly this week amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The party’s executive voted Friday to elect a new leader in time for June’s provincial election. Vic Fedeli, who was chosen by caucus members as the party’s interim leader earlier Friday, will be eligible to run for the permanent job.———N.S. TORY LEADER DISMISSED OVER SINGLE INCIDENT: The president of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative Party says Jamie Baillie was dismissed from his leadership role after “multiple sources” reported a single incident of alleged inappropriate behaviour. Tara Miller released a statement on Friday as calls intensified for more information about why Baillie was dismissed on Wednesday.———CLARK CALLS OUT ‘FRAT BOY’ ANTICS IN POLITICS: Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark says she saw plenty of “frat boy behaviour” during her time in office. Clark, who was the first woman elected premier in B.C., weighed in on the discussion around sexual misconduct in Canadian politics in a Facebook post on Thursday. She wrote that it’s an often “brutally sexist” business.———EX-HOSTAGE BOYLE TO UNDERGO ASSESSMENT: Former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle, who faces a string of assault charges, will undergo a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. Boyle’s lawyer told an Ontario court on Friday that an initial evaluation found his client fit to stand trial, but he would benefit from a more extensive assessment at a mental-health centre. Boyle’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 26.———FEDERAL HELP COMING FOR PRINT MEDIA: The federal government is hinting that it will offer a helping hand to the newspaper industry in this year’s budget. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly discussed the matter Thursday with representatives of a Quebec union representing thousands of culture and communications workers. Details of the financing are expected to be laid out in the federal budget, likely in late March.———$300K COLLECTED FOR MOSQUE SHOOTING VICTIM: More than $300,000 has been collected for a father of three who was shot seven times and partly paralyzed in the Quebec City mosque shooting. Aymen Derbali says he’s not surprised at the generosity of people around the world who have donated to his fundraiser. Witnesses who were at the mosque a year ago say Derbali tried to get the shooter’s attention in order to help others flee.———last_img read more

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NGT seeks details from DPCC on action being taken against illegal water

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has sought details from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on action being taken against illegal supply of water at Jamia Nagar here. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the DPCC to file an affidavit showing action and not mere proposal or recommendation. “The compensation to be recovered must take into account the value of the groundwater extracted and must be deterrent so as to discourage violation. “It should be adequate to recover the cost of restoration. If these factors have not been considered, the same be now considered and the amount revised. Basis for determination be indicated,” the bench said. The tribunal had earlier sought a report from the DPCC which told the bench that the SDM has been asked to take action and compensation of Rs 50,000 was assessed. The NGT was hearing a plea filed by city resident Shahid Khan who alleged that illegal business of water supply was going on at a house at Joga Bai near public library in Jamia Nagar. The tribunal has earlier directed the Delhi government to act against unauthorised water extraction in the national capital and directed it to seal the illegal borewells. It had also directed the authorities to mark the borewells which were discharging contaminated water, containing high levels of fluoride and arsenic, in red colour to apprise people that the water was unfit for consumption.last_img read more

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French Entrepreneur to Renovate Moroccan Movie Theaters

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – French entrepreneur and CEO of CineAtlas Holding in Morocco, Pierre-François Bernet, has allocated MAD 10 million to renovate Le Colisée movie theater in Rabat.Within five years, the founder of Chrysalis Films and Butterfly productions aims to renovate and create a dozen movie theaters in Morocco and other African countries, including Cameroon, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire. The Frenchman has obtained government authorization to start his renovation business.His CineAtlas Holding has allocated MAD 10.5 million to remodel Rabat’s Le Colisée into a four-screen multiplex in order to change its theater-going experience.Bernet told Morocco World News that the movie theater is part of Morocco’s heritage and the cinema in Rabat deserves to become one of the best cinematic destinations.“We will transform it into a multiplex with a 3D theater, 4K projectors and premium theater chairs to ensure its comfort level.”The staff will mainly focus on the quality and comfort of projection. The biggest theater in Le Colisée will include 200 seats.“We will endeavor to keep this a great place using a mix of ancient heritage and modernity,” he added.Despite the presence of approximately 300 cinemas in Morocco, most are deserted. In fact, only 30 remain in action – these include Megarama, Royal and La Renaissance.Bernet added that before the 1980s, Morocco was one of the most vibrant markets in terms of movie theaters, and its 300 cinemas were notable for their large capacities (800 to 1500 seats on average).“Unfortunately, Moroccan business operators have not been able to take the step to modernize their movie theaters the way Western operators did between 1990 and 2000,” said Bernet, citing the example of the failure to introduce complexes and multiplexes.The Frenchman added that he was fortunate to have been encouraged by Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM)’s staff of film professionals, cineasts and producers to start this renovation project.The entrepreneur noted that Morocco is a country “on the lookout for opportunities to seize,” concluding it is “a country that has business in the blood.” read more

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Former union official pleads guilty in corruption probe

DETROIT — A former labour leader in Detroit has pleaded guilty to conspiring to enrich himself and others by having Fiat Chrysler pay for meals, golf and other perks.Norwood Jewell was a vice-president at the United Auto Workers. He is the highest-ranking labour official charged in a scheme to tap cash from a job training centre that was financed exclusively by Fiat Chrysler, known as FCA.The corruption occurred during a period when the UAW and FCA were negotiating labour contracts, although Jewell insists his strategy during 2015 contract talks wasn’t affected.Jewell on Tuesday became the eighth person to plead guilty. Former FCA executive Al Iacobelli is serving a 5 1/2-year prison sentence.Jewell told a judge that he “wasn’t perfect.” He admits he couldn’t accept something of value from FCA.Ed White, The Associated Press read more

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New York markets lower as Greek debt talks stall TSX holds to

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market held to a small gain Monday, bucking a trend that saw a big sell-off in New York following the collapse of debt talks with Greece on the weekend and weaker than expected manufacturing data.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.90 points at 14,756.05, while the Canadian dollar lost 0.04 of a U.S. cent to close at 81.19 cents.In New York, markets were solidly lower for a second consecutive session following a big pullback Friday that had also been sparked by worries over a possible debt default by Greece and its affect on the euro and the world economy.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 107.67 points to 17,791.17, the Nasdaq was down 21.13 points at 5,029.97 and the S&P 500 declined 9.68 points to 2,084.43.Optimism over the Greek debt crisis turned sour last Thursday after the International Monetary Fund walked away from the talks, citing lack of progress.New talks were arranged for the weekend with hopes than the outline of a deal could emerge in time for a meeting of the 19 eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday. Those expectations are now fading.The current bailout program runs out at the end of the month and Athens needs to pay some 1.6 billion euros to the IMF or risk a default. The talks centre on freeing up 7.2 billion euros in bailout money, but Athens and its creditors remain far apart on austerity measure Greece needs to impose to put its financial house in order.Meanwhile, a U.S. manufacturing survey showed disappointing results. The index dropped to negative 2.0 in June.A Canadian manufacturing survey was also weaker than expected. Statistics Canada said factory sales contracted 2.1 per cent in April — a result about four times lower than economists had predicted and the third time in the first four months of the year that manufacturing sales fell.Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, said many traders are awaiting news from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday regarding the timing of an interest rate hike. That, combined with the uncertainty around Greece’s debt woes, has left the Toronto stock market trading within a narrow range, Nakamoto said.“I think there’s enough confusion out there to get people to sit on the sidelines,” he said.“It seems to me that we’re trading in a range here until there’s more clarity in terms of what the Federal Reserve is going to do, what’s going to happen with Greece. We’re sort of a sideshow, in a way.”On the commodity markets, the August gold contract rose $6.60 to US$1,185.80 an ounce while the July crude contract was down 44 cents at US$59.52 a barrel.Shares of Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) gained more than seven per cent to close at $25.78 after announcing a $3.36-billion deal to purchase German department store chain Galeria Kaufhof.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version incorrectly said the value of the HBC purchase was $3.9 billion by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2015 6:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New York markets lower as Greek debt talks stall; TSX holds to small gain read more

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Im going to hit you between the eyes 5 winners and 5

first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. Alan ShatterThe former justice minister isn’t going quietly to the backbenches with a blistering attack on the report that led to his resignation earlier this week. Shatter was utterly damning of the Guerin report as he sought to restore a reputation battered by months of controversy.Whatever you think of him – and a former government colleague described him to us as “sore, pissed off and very bitter” this week – you can’t fault Shatter’s lengthy, detailed but compelling oratory: Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTube2. The banking inquiry Just to have its first meeting was a success given the myriad of problems and controversies the banking inquiry faced in the days and weeks leading up to that first gathering deep in the bowels of Leinster House on Thursday morning. The four-hour meeting was a very preliminary affair with not much emerging from it but that’s sure to change in the coming weeks.3. Joe HigginsThe veteran Socialist Party TD was a late addition to the banking inquiry after the withdrawal of Stephen Donnelly. He’s a fan of rhetoric and always delivers a fiery, entertaining and engaging speech in the Dáil but at committee level he is a hard worker and is never afraid to ask the big questions. A welcome addition to the much-maligned committee.https://vine.co/v/MIxOM2JUXib4. Joan Burton The Labour leadership contender got the backing of the IMF this week, much to the annoyance of Alex White no doubt.5. Alex White That said, the other Labour leadership contender gave what we felt was a very honest and forthright interview to TheJournal.ie this week about everything from Labour’s failures to his views on cannabis legalisation (and whether or not he’d inhaled).Sure it’s easy to do such thigns when you’re seeking distance from government but a politician who answers the question no matter how unusual it is is a rarity in the era of media training and spin: Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Niall CollinsNo surprises here as the Fianna Fáíl justice spokesperson has been badly damaged by his letter to a judge asking that a drug dealer not be jailed. In short, Collins should not have done what he did and he’s paying for it in terms of damage to a reputation that had been steadily growing during the various controversies that engulfed former justice minister Alan Shatter. Source: Sam Boal2. Micheál MartinCollins’s party leader could have done without the controversy this week given there are already lingering questions about his future as head of the main opposition party. The Collins story was a reminder of all that is wrong with politics and when it’s linked to Fianna Fáil that hardly helps the party.3. Public Accounts Committee Normally on the front foot when it comes to accountability and putting civil servants through the ringer, the PAC was this week forced to contend with a rejection – for now – from another Dáil committee over its efforts to compel former Rehab executives to come before it. Shane Ross and Mary Lou McDonald at the Public Accounts Committee Source: Oireachtas TVWhile it also appeared to be caught on the hop when the long-awaited report into the scandal-hit CRC came out. The report was supposed to be with the committee on Monday but was instead published by the HSE on Thursday.4. Enda KennyThe poor Taoiseach was laughed out of it on Tuesday when he suggested in the Dáil that the banking inquiry would be “free of any direction from government”. Not really credible when you consider the membership debacle. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTube5. Mattie McGrathThe outspoken independent TD’s efforts to regulate the scrap metal business failed this week for the second time in two years as the government rejected his bill. Though the Friday sitting didn’t pass without lots of entertainment. This compelling account from Daragh Brophy is a must read.Like politics? Then ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Read: How Niall Collins did nothing wrong, but did himself no favoursEXCLUSIVE: Alex White on how austerity affects him and whether Joan Burton hurt his feelingslast_img read more

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What Tech Companies Used to Make

first_imgTheir names are emblazoned on electronics all over your home and office, but what did companies like Nintendo, Motorola, Sony, IBM, and HP produce before digital cameras, PCs, and cell phones were invented?We’ve taken a look at some of today’s top tech companies before they started making what we all know them for. The list includes tires, playing cards, radios, and even comic books. IBM, Founded 1911IBM started life as the Tabulating Machine Company in upstate New York in the late 19th century. It adopted the now familiar International Business Machines moniker in 1917. Before the whole computer thing, the company sold scales, meat slicers, coffee grinders, and a variety of other products, including that primitive computer precursor, the punch card.Nokia, Founded 1865What did the world’s largest cell phone company make before cellphones existed? Tires and paper, of course. Founder/mining engineer Fredrik Idestam kicked things off with a paper mill in 1865, and eventually named itself after the Finnish town Nokia (which named itself for the nearby Nokianvirta River). The company combined forces with Finnish Rubber Works, a tire and boot producer. The tire company still exists today as Nokian Tyres.HP, Founded 1939Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard famously founded HP in a garage, picking their business name with the toss of a coin toss, but soon got down to business, producing all manner of electrical equipment, including oscilloscopes, voltmeters, signal generators, and thermometers. Nintendo, Founded 1889Founded in the late 19th century, Nintendo has been in the gaming business all along. The company started out as Nintendo Koppai, specializing in a card game called Hanafuda. The company dropped the Playing Card title in the mid-60s and starting selling taxis, hotels, instant food, even launching a television network. Everything changed in the mid 70s when the company started distributing the Magnavox Odyssey video game console in Japan. A few years later, the company hired a student named Shigeru Miyamoto–you know the rest, right?Sony, Founded 1946After World War II, Masura Ibuka left his job at a film processing plant lab to open up a radio repair shop. A year later, he helped found the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, developing transister technology. In the 1950s, the company adopted the name Sony, derived from “sonus,” the Latin word for “sound.”Sharp Founded 1912Sharp began life as a metal workshop. Company founder Tokuji Hayakawa really hit his strip with the invention of the Tokubijo belt buckle. In 1915, he invented the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil–the product that gave the company its now familiar moniker. Motorola, Founded 1928Like Sony, Motorola started out in the radio biz. Founded in Chicago, the company’s first product was a battery eliminator for radio. In its early years, it developed car radios, defense electronics, and helped develop the first walkie-talkie.Ziff Davis, Founded 1927Here’s one that hits close to home. Before Ziff became best known at the publisher behind PC Magazine (and a little gadget blog called Gearlog), it published practically every manner of speciality magazine known to man. William Ziff launched the company as an advertising firm, a publishing company three years later, and ultimately teaming up with Bernard George Davis to launch American Humor in 1927. Over the years, the company has published magazines on subjects as broad reaching as photography, weddings, skiing, the outdoors, science fiction, and, close to my heart, lots and lots of comic books. In recent years it’s been all technology, of course–Computer Shopper, ZDNet, Popular Electronics, MacWEEK, EGM, and 1UP.com were all under the Ziff banner at some point.last_img read more

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Differences between the Grace terms of reference before and after There arent

first_img By Cianan Brennan 9,383 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3278484 Mar 9th 2017, 2:35 PM Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 2:35 PM Differences between the Grace terms of reference, before and after? There aren’t many, but they mean a lot… There aren’t many differences between the before-and-after terms, but what has changed matters. Source: Shutterstock/Photo_DDDUpdated 14.35NEW TERMS OF Reference for a Commission of Investigation into the case of Grace, a woman with disabilities who lived in a foster home in the south east of the country, and allegedly suffered abuse there for many years, have been passed in the Dáil by unanimous vote this afternoon.Following scathing attacks in the Dáil chamber yesterday on the initial terms of reference, Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath agreed to return to Cabinet to redraft those terms in a manner acceptable to the Dáil.The chief source of the scorn poured in the Dáil by TDs John Deasy and John McGuinness was that the terms as initially envisaged didn’t go far enough in their scope.There was some confusion for a time prior to the vote as to whether or not the inquiry would be delayed after fiery exchanges at this morning’s sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).With the HSE’s actions in testifying before the committee regarding the Grace case being condemned at PAC, a written invitation has been sent to the executive asking that it appear before the committee once more.A one-week deadline has been set for a written response from the HSE to that invitation, with it expected to be represented in person after a further week. Normally such a parallel action would be expected to delay the Commission of Investigation, however that appears to not be the case here.Despite widespread condemnation of the situation surrounding the Grace case by TDs (independent Mick Wallace said that “it’s time for heads to roll” at the HSE), all were in agreement that the revised terms of reference are appropriate.Spot the differenceThe new terms have now been published (the original terms can be read here). But what are the differences? Well there aren’t many, but those that have been made are very significant:The timescale of the investigation has been expanded, with a final timeframe of no more than two years set for the second phase of the Commission. In altering Section I(c) of the Terms, the Government has committed to a second phase of the investigation, which to all intents and purposes will be focused on the many other residents of Grace’s foster home during the period under review. Previously, the Commission was to report in a maximum of 12 months regarding Grace’s situation alone, and then make its recommendations. This change is to effectively rubberstamp an in-depth investigation, with fewer limits in scope.Under the Commission’s working methodology, under section II of the Terms, the timeframes for the investigation have been greatly expanded upon. Previously part (a) of this section had specified a maximum of six months for the preparation of an interim report, and a maximum of 12 before the publication of findings. This section has now been split into four parts – each reflecting a maximum six-month period before the production of interim and final reports respectively with regard to the two phases of the investigation. Crucially, the second phase now explicitly refers to the matters that will be under investigation in part X of the report, which brings us to…Part X of the Terms has now been altered to more explicitly state that following phase one of the investigation the scope of the second phase is to be outlined, as opposed to any possible (emphasis ours) further investigations that might be necessary. More importantly, rather than just citing in vague terms the recommendations for investigation by barrister Conor Dignam in his 2016 report Review of Certain Matters Relating to a Disability Service in the South East, “for the avoidance of doubt” the Terms now explicitly state that the matters on which Dignam made recommendations that will be included in the second phase of the investigation are: care and decision making in respect of others, actions of the HSE in terms of investigating/protecting others, and the HSE’s treatment of whistleblowers. The final two recommendations were not to be included under the initial Terms of Reference.So to summarise, the Commission of Investigation is now to pour its focus on both the HSE itself and its treatment of whistleblowers in the context of whatever the second phase of the investigation will refer to. And you can take it as read that means the other 46 children who passed through the foster home.At the same time, the investigation will still be clearly split in two. So it may be some time before the true nature of what went on in the home as a whole, and how the HSE dealt with what it did and didn’t know, comes to light.Read: Man (20s) in serious condition after being hit by a van while joggingRead: Three families re-housed following tragic Clondalkin fire Short URL Share20 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Vigils take place in Dublin Belfast and Derry in memory of journalist

first_imgVigils take place in Dublin, Belfast, and Derry in memory of journalist Lyra McKee Meanwhile the PSNI has released new CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the shooter. South of the border a small vigil was held in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green, where some of Lyra’s work was read out.“I think we’re all shocked, stunned, saddened,” journalist and organiser of the vigil Karrie Kehoe said, “It’s such a loss, she had such a positive message.” https://jrnl.ie/4600251 Speakers in Dublin paying tribute to Lyra McKee: “She was a campaigner, she was a journalist. She’s never going to know the people who are going to read her work now.” pic.twitter.com/luw57TxlP9— Stephen McDermott (@Ste_McDermott) April 19, 2019 Incredible courage as Lyra’s partner Sarah pays tribute to the ‘love of her life’ pic.twitter.com/172oKpVLXy— Damien Edgar (@damien_edgar7) April 19, 2019 Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald with DUP leader Arlene Foster. Source: PA Images 20,065 Views Share Tweet Email Apr 19th 2019, 7:06 PM Short URL Source: James Gordon/Twitter Sara Canning, the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee at the vigil in Derry. Source: PA ImagesVIGILS HAVE TAKEN place in cities across the island of Ireland in memory of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead during rioting in Derry last night.Her death has been met with widespread condemnation. The leaders of the six main political parties in Northern Ireland united to release a rare joint statement, describing the incident as an “attack on all the people of this community” and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.President Michael D Higgins described Lyra as a “woman of talent and commitment”. Flowers have been left at the scene where Lyra was shot. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe respected journalist was covering the disturbances – described by the PSNI as “orchestrated violence” – last night when police came under attack.The PSNI says that a single gunman fired shots, striking Lyra. Officers administered first aid at the scene and rushed the journalist to hospital, where she died a short time later.Lyra’s partner Sara Cunning paid powerful tribute to her at a vigil in Creggan, Derry: Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life, and her legacy will live on in the light that she has left behind.The vigil was attended by Northern Ireland’s political leader. A separate event was held later outside the Guildhall in Derry.  We are all poor for the loss of Lyra. Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. Vigil for #LyraMcKee at Belfast City Hall. Queue for the book of condolence snaking it’s way through the crowd pic.twitter.com/zukifgshOc— James Gordon (@jamesgordon89) April 19, 2019center_img Another vigil was held outside city hall in Belfast. This cannot stand. Guildhall square, DerryVigil for #LyraMcKee taking place. pic.twitter.com/fZ3t5OGqv2— Patricia Mac Bride (@IRLPatricia) April 19, 2019 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Stephen McDermott/Twitter Video not playing? Watch here. Friday 19 Apr 2019, 7:06 PM By Nicky Ryan Source: Patricia Mac Bride/Twitter Source: Damien Edgar/Twitter The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a great aunt, has left so many friends without their confident, victims in the LGBTQIA community are left without a tireless advocate and activist, and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with. The PSNI has intensified their efforts to track down those responsible for Lyra’s death. A senior officer, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, is now leading the case, and released a statement this evening calling for those with information to “do the right thing”.CCTV footage has also been released, showing Lyra in the crowd prior to the attack.The video then focuses on a masked figure who steps out from behind a wall. Police say this is the gunman. Source: PoliceServiceNI/YouTube“Lyra’s death is senseless and appalling beyond belief,” Murphy said.“It represents the tragic loss of promise and the loss of potential, however it should not be the loss of hope. We know that the people of Creggan do not support what happened and they stand with us today in outrage and disgust at the mayhem that took place on their streets last night.People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets, people know who they are. The answers to what happened last night lie within the community. I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city of Derry/Londonderry and help us stop this madness.last_img read more

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Dépression Traiter les adolescents aide les parents à aller mieux

first_imgDépression : Traiter les adolescents aide les parents à aller mieux1 personne sur 5 a souffert ou souffrira de dépression au cours de sa vie. Cette maladie qui touche tous les âges, de l’enfance à la vieillesse, est donc l’affaire de tous. Et lorsqu’elle affecte un enfant ou un adolescent, elle devient alors une souffrance familiale. Comme vient de le montrer une étude, un traitement adapté du patient peut alors faire du bien à son entourage et notamment à ses parents.  Alors que la plupart des dernières études se consacrait essentiellement aux répercussions que pouvaient avoir l’état d’un parent dépressif sur sa progéniture, sur la dépression prénatale ou post-natale, des récentes analyses viennent d’être révélées sur les effets positifs que peut avoir la prise en charge de la dépression d’un adolescent sur ses parents. Décryptage. La dépression est incontestablement une affaire de famille C’est lors de la convention annuelle de l’Association américaine de psychologie qui s’est tenue à San Francisco, le week-end dernier qu’ont été révélés les résultats préliminaires d’une étude menée par le département de psychiatrie et de sciences comportementales de l’université de Northwestern (Etats-Unis). Ils apportent des débuts de réponse à une question fondamentale : si les enfants vont mieux, est-ce que leurs parents aussi ? «  Suite à mes propres observations, au travail que j’ai accompli avec des familles et bien évidemment grâce à mon expérience personnelle, il est évident que les enfants affectent leurs parents », a constaté Kelsey Howard, l’une des co-auteurs de cette étude. Elle rappelle ainsi que la dépression est bien une affaire de famille et d’entourage. Regrettant que la plupart des recherches sur la dépression se concentre davantage sur le traitement et non sur les effets de celui-ci sur les proches, l’étudiante en second cycle universitaire a décidé d’approfondir le sujet.Pour se faire, Kelsey Howard et son superviseur Mark Reinecke ont analysé les données d’une étude datant de 2008 qui avait observé plus de 300 adolescents ayant suivi pendant 9 mois un traitement (médicamenteux ou un suivi psychologique ou les deux) contre la dépression. Avant et au cours de cette étude, les chercheurs ont également interrogé l’un des parents de chaque adolescent pour savoir s’il montrait aussi de symptômes dépressifs. La santé mentale des parents évolue en fonction de celle de leurs enfantsL’analyse des données a montré qu’avant que les adolescents ne suivent un traitement, près d’un quart des parents souffrait de dépression à un niveau élevé. Mais bonne nouvelle, les choses évoluent ensuite de manière favorable.Au cours de l’étude et donc du traitement de l’enfant, les symptômes de dépression chez les parents diminuent. Un mieux-être parental qui est lié à l’amélioration de l’état mental des enfants.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Quoi de plus logique, au final ? Lorsqu’un parent voit sa progéniture souffrir et se battre contre une maladie, cela affecte forcément son humeur et son bien-être. Et lorsque l’enfant va mieux, cela remonte le moral et participe à la régression de la dépression parentale. « Nous sommes des animaux sociaux. Nous existons dans une famille, dans un réseau de relations sociales. Et une grande partie de notre bien-être, de nos moments « hauts » et « bas » dépendent de ces relations inter-personnelles », explique Kelsey Howard.Des résultats qui rappellent encore la nécessite de suivre un traitement lorsqu’on souffre de dépression. Sans oublier que prendre soin de soi c’est aussi bien prendre soin des autres. Et vice-versa. Le 14 août 2018 à 16:11 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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Controversial Anchorage bathroom bill will go on April ballot

first_imgAnchorage voters will decide next spring how public bathrooms are going to be regulated. According to the municipal clerk’s office, a citizens’ initiative has gathered enough signatures from supporters to go before voters on the April 3rd ballot in 2018.Listen nowThe measure seeks to regulate bathrooms, locker-rooms and other “intimate spaces” on the basis of biological sex rather than gender identity, as is the current policy. If a majority of voters approve the item, it would amend a 2015 law passed by the Anchorage Assembly barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public facilities.A large amount of organizing around the initiative has come from Alaska Family Action, which calls itself a “public policy ministry” standing for conservative values. Supporters say the policy change will protect their privacy in places like locker rooms, and give churches and private businesses the ability to regulate bathrooms in line with their beliefs.The ballot measure has already sparked controversy and an opposition campaign among those who say it would discriminate against transgender residents. A coalition of groups opposed to the measure called Fair Anchorage said they will focus on a public education campaign over the next several months.In a statement today, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz called the measure “divisive and distracting,” and said he opposes it.The same election in April determines who will be the city’s next mayor. Berkowitz has not formally announced yet whether or not he’ll run for a second term.Turn out in municipal elections with a mayoral race on the ballot tend to be slightly higher.2018 will be the first year Anchorage switches to the new vote by mail system.last_img read more

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